Thank you for allowing me the time to grieve with my family in Iowa, it was much needed and I feel more at peace. I know that the timing is unfortunate but I am so thankful to be a part of a community that understands and supports life events. With that said, as a reminder, I will be gone for a wedding from September 12th-15th. Mr.Mason will be our sub, many of the kids will remember him from last year as he was one of our fabulous interns.
What does this mean for the beginning of the year? It will be a little bumpy with me coming and going and I apologize for that. However, we are still focusing mainly on procedures in the classroom and expectations. We have been working hard on our Daily 5 and math work each day; if you would like more details on this please come and see me before or after school. Please respect the classroom/student time and speak with me at 8:30 or wait until 3:45 to chat about any concerns, issues, or just general communicating. I love to talk with you all but by creating these boundaries the classroom is less chaotic for everyone. Thank you for understanding!
I will be sending our first spelling list home next week. The kids will be having a spelling assessment today that will place them in the appropriate spelling group. These groups are fluid; as they progress or choose to practice their words they may move up or down in the groups. We have 5 different spelling groups and we have many opportunities every day to practice our words and their definitions. Spelling tests will take place on Friday's, some Friday's we will skip our tests because we practice these words to strengthen our vocabulary and writing skills, not for a grade.
I am sending home a lot of information today in your child's mailbox, please be sure to flip through the information. Many students have not sent back their electronics paperwork which means they cannot use the iPads or computers until it is returned. It is their responsibility to check their mailboxes each day and to return the appropriate paper as requested.
We have had an interesting start to our year so far with my absences but it has been lovely overall. Thank you for your continued support, as always. You are appreciated!
Have a great week, I hope you get to make it to the fair!
Christine Homan :)