Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Update!

Just a few updates:
Test Email
Thank you for all of the test replies! The district IT department asked me to test this feature in hopes of rolling it out district wide. It was a success! Thank you for your help!
Valentines Day!
We will be having a Valentine's Day party on Friday, February 14 the last hour of class. Student's will be doing a valentine swap. It is not required that your child bring valentines, but if he/she does choose to bring them, he/she must bring a valentine for every student.
The first 20 minutes of our party will be devoted to passing out and reading the valentines. The students love this activity! The 2nd half of the party will be an ice cream sundae building party. Would anyone be able to send in bowls, spoons or toppings? I will send home more info and names on Thursday!
Homework Update!
This week our sound pattern focuses on the long vowel e. This can be tricky for some students. Please take some time to review homework and the list of spelling works:
Nonfiction Reading Passage: Pizza
The spelling test will include 15 of these words
1. also
2. know
3. moved
4. only
5. room
6. be
7. beat
8. heap
9. wheat
10. seed
11. trees
12. green
13. he
14. clean
15. feast
16. beetle
17. peach
18. teach
19. neat
20. cream
My Timeline - Homework
Today we talked about timelines and asked each student to take home a timeline and create one with your help. I have attached a copy in case it did not make it home. Please return the timeline on Friday. The students will be presenting his/her timeline to the class.
Many thanks!
Melissa :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Update

Since we do not have school on Monday, I sent home the homework early.  I would rather be a day ahead!  Next week's sound pattern is the long vowel O as in ow and oa.  This can be challenging for some students.  I have included a list of words to practice:


Reading Passage:
Happy Friday!
Melissa Slocum :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

This Week's Homework!

Today the students were introduced to Sum Dog, an online math gaming world that is aligned with our Common Core Curriculum.  I can manage their profiles and levels to give them more challenging problems or adjust as needed.

The students should have brought home their login information.  If they need it, you can email me.

You may notice that I will be making adjustments to some student's homework bundle to better fit their needs.  I will contact you if I am making changes.

Reading Passage:

I hope you have a fantastic week!
Melissa :)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Events…subject to change……

  • Friday, Jan. 10–Popcorn Friday ($.50 per bag)
  • Friday, Jan. 10- Arby’s Night 
  • January 17- Spirit Wear and Licorice ($.25 for 2 pieces) Friday
  • January 20-No School,  Martin Luther King Day

  • February 4- PTA Meeting 4:00 in the Health Room
  • February 7- Popcorn Friday ($.50 per bag)
  • February 12- Chipotle Night. Go between 4-8pm and let them know you are from Discovery Elementary. They will donate 50% of your order to the PTA
  • February 21- Licorice ($.25 for 2 pieces) and Spirit Wear Friday
  • March 21-Kindergarten Registration, 9:00 to 2:45. Appointment Required

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year!

We are back in action!  I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Years celebration!  With the new year, I have set some goals for our class.  Over the next 5 months, we will work very hard on our reading and math skills. 

Here are just a few reminders and updates:

1.  The January volunteer calendar has been posted.  If you would like to volunteer, please let me know.  We LOVE volunteers!

2.  Homework is due on Friday unless you contact me

3.  In addition to weekly spelling and comprehension tests, your students will also be tested on sight words and reading fluency.  As a reminder, your child is expected to read 53 words correct per minute by May.

4.  This week's spelling list has been published.  We are working on er, ir, and ur.  Since there is not a rule to follow when using the r controlled spellings, we will have a set word list.

Homework links:
Spelling List:
Volunteer Calendar:

Happy New Year!
Melissa Slocum