We are ready to start our second week of the school year and have hit the ground running. This week we will continue to add subjects and content areas each day as we build our back to school stamina.

Reading: Speaking of stamina… we have been working to build our reading stamina in class so that we can read for a sustained time during our Daily 5 rotations. Last week our stamina started at 7 minutes, but by Friday we had built to 14:02! I was very proud of how the students worked to increase that stamina each day.

We will work on reviewing daily 5 stations this week and will also begin our first unit “Stories Worth Telling Again and Again”. We will be using poetry, short stories and fables as we work on retelling stories, describing characters in stories, looking at the setting of a story, and doing some narrative writing. This unit will take us through the first several weeks of school and we will build on this as we continue through the school year. Weekly reading logs will also come home today, please return these each Monday.

Math: We are working on the concept of Multiplication as we begin our first Math unit. Please spend some time with your child studying math facts each night. Doing this will ensure that they will have more success during our math time. Homework will be coming home Monday through Thursday, starting tonight. Remember homework is intended to be practice, not frustration. If this becomes overly frustrating for your child please send me a note with the incomplete paper and I will review it with them the next day.

Science: We will start looking at our plants unit this week and will work on doing several hands on projects throughout the next month as we look at life cycles of plants and animals.

Leadership: We have been discussing Leadership in the classroom and what is means to be a leader. Students each applied for and chose Leadership Roles in the classroom and will begin those roles today. Soon each student will have an opportunity to be on a School Leadership Team as well!

We are discussing Habit 1, Be Proactive this week. Talk to your child about what being Proactive means and how that applies in their lives.

Don’t forget that there is a PTO meeting Wednesday night at 6:00. This is a great way to be involved with Heritage and to have a say in programming and events at the school! We would love to see everyone there.

As always, please email or send in notes with any questions!

Mrs. B