Weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Dear Parents,

Thank you for attending conferences. I enjoyed speaking with all of you, and getting to know you and your children better.

One of the highlights of our short week was the Cereal Box Book Report presentations Wednesday and Thursday. Your children are very poised and articulate, and they all did a wonderful job of presenting. I love the fact that speaking in front of others is second nature to them. Please stop by and take a look at the project and pictures in the common area of the Madison Cottage.

Please read on for details about the days ahead.

Save the Date:
Oct. 2nd- Picture Day

Oct. 10th- Book Buddies

Oct. 16th: End of 1st Quarter Grading Period

Oct. 22nd: Report Cards go home

Important Notes:
Thank you to Loran Cowan for setting up the Shutterfly account for our class, Sandy Piper and Keri Tomsic for taking pictures, and Terry Neily for helping out with Book Buddies on Oct. 10th. It truly takes a village, and I appreciate all the help from everyone!

Please make every effort to get your child to school by 8:30 at the very latest. Doors to our classroom open at 8:20, and it helps students tremendously when students have time to organize themselves and time to socialize with friends. We start work at 8:30 promptly.

What’s Going on in our Classroom:
Reading: We are beginning Mr. Popper’s Penguins next week, and will work on summarizing all twenty chapters. We are also working on comprehension questions.

Spelling: Words are taken from the first five chapters of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. They include: penguin, afternoon, evening, excitement, curiosity, daydream, kindness, refrigerator, comfortable, quietly, science, intelligent, painter, voice, shadows, buckets, whiskers, ladders, radio, and flippers. Homework will include writing the words 3 times each.Test on Friday.

Vocabulary: No vocabulary next week. I am going to use the time devoted to writing and history.

Math: We are working on subtraction with regrouping.

Grammar: We are working on nouns.

Writing: We are beginning to write fall inspired stories, and creating a Halloween Guide Book.

History: Canada Project information went home. Project is due Oct. 23rd. We will be researching in the lab next week, but it is helpful if your child knows where they want to visit before heading into the computer lab, so we can make good use of our time. This project will be completed at home.

Canada Test on Thursday, Oct. 8th. Information comes from our book and blue folders. Students will have to label the territories and provinces, although we will have a word bank

Science: We are working on Investigation #3 and learning about density.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Have a wonderful weekend!