Tuesday, September 30, 2014

9.30.14 - Day THIRTY-THREE

Resource Day, friends!  Fastest. day. ever.  No, seriously!  They come in and poof, they're off to resource and poof, it's over!

  • Please send in donations for the Monarch Mile.  See the very bottom of this post for lots of news and insight about this first ever event for SMA!
  • Homecoming is NEXT week with our parade for fall sports and Fall Festival being next Friday evening.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are tomorrow (Wed. 10/1) afternoon/ evening and Thursday morning from 8AM-11:30 AM.  I look forward to meeting with each of you!  Please make sure to come with a copy of your child's grades in order to move through our discussion more fluidly and efficiently.   
  • TO MRS. SCHLEG'S FAMILIES: I am so, so sorry that I am unable to meet with each of you!  I know many of you wish to speak to me, but unfortunately, there is no way that I can meet with all 60 of our parents.  If you have specific concerns you would like to discuss, then please contact me to possibly set up an outside conference at a later date than the next 2 days or the week after this one (any availability for next week has been booked already too!).  Your concerns and insights are so very important to me and I am more than happy to talk some of these over with you, just please understand that it is impossible to accommodate everyone in this short window of time.  Please continually check Sycamore each Friday for your student's grades and contact me should you have comments, questions, or concerns. Your student's mastery of the concepts at hand is of utmost importance to me and together in partnership, we can accomplish many wonderful things towards achieving high levels of success.
  • MATH: So, here we are beginning multiplication and division and I've been assigning some review sheets... and I'm seeing that several of our students do not have their basic facts memorized.  Yikes.  These sweet babies understand the concepts of multiplication which is wonderful, but the basic facts are not there.  This is a sticky situation and a quite concerning one too, as every single bit of our focus and work from here depends on that foundation of knowledge.   If you are cognizant that your child is struggling and you are wondering what to do, the first thing I have to reiterate time and time again is that going over basic facts is not just something optional to do, it is a MUST be done situation.  We are past the point of options with that.  Sadly, we do not have time (or the paper) to do a daily timed test.  Repetition promotes fluency and I cannot memorize the facts for these kiddos.  They're going to have to continually work on the facts themselves.  I am aware that time is of the essence, but a quick run through of the facts at a stoplight, in line at the grocery, on the way home from practice or church, on the way to school, before bed, while getting dressed, during dessert, etc (the options are endless here as to where you can squeeze them in) can do wondrous things- even if not having them completely memorized, they are at least at the forefront of their minds.  I am just afraid (well, I know actually) that not having the basic facts knowledge is going to make your child slip further behind than necessary (and because of something that can be fixed quickly!).  It is just going to take a little bit of extra effort and practice at home.  
  • See the P.S. part at the bottom for some practice links and links to practice pages.  Please?!!!?
Okay, off my soapbox...

Assignment Reminders-
  1. Timelines for Reading are to be submitted on Edmodo by tomorrow.
  2. Literature Circle Roles are due by tomorrow during Reading time
  3. Multiplication Review packet is due during Math time tomorrow
  4. Vocabulary words with definitions on page 71 in Social Studies textbooks are due tomorrow.

I hope you have a terrific Tuesday evening!
Mrs. Thomas

P.S., 2-digit by 2-digit Multiplication game found HERE

I'm also linking my post from last Thursday (under MATH section) where I listed several practice sheets to print out and time yourself at home as well as numerous websites for skill review. PLEASE, please, PLEEEEEASE (pretty please, with sugar on top?!!!?) go to several of these!  Please?!?

Here are some important reminders about our First Annual Monarch Mile:
·         date 10/10/2014
·         time 10:00 a.m.
·         all welcome (no pets please)
·         donations due by 10/8 to be eligible for prizes
·         PK3 and PK 4 are invited to join us for the .7 walk
·         K - 2, 0.7 mile distance
·         Grades 3 - 8, 1.4 mile distance
·         route on school property
·         replaces magazine drive as primary fund raiser for PTO.  Over 95% of proceeds go directly to SMA!
·         funds used for the SMA music program
·         $20 to walk with t-shirt
·         $50 goal amount per student
·         250 house points for 100% house participation with donation
·         class with highest donation amount chooses music for the walk
·         individual with highest donation amount starts the walk
·         each $50 donation enters your student into the prize drawing

Also, as an extra incentive, if your child has brought in his/her donation for the Monarch Mile, he/she can wear Spirit Wear all next week with the uniform bottoms: skirts, pants, p.e. shorts, or p.e. sweatpants or p.e. track pants. If your children bring in the donation before or on Monday, they can also participate all week; if they bring it in on Tuesday, then they will have the rest of the week from the day they bring in the donation. Our goal is 100% participation!!! Thank you for your support of this new and healthy fundraiser for SMA!!

TOMORROW is Wednesday!!!
I like to give the students riddles in the mornings... see if you can figure these out.  If not, see if your student can help you (if they can remember!)

Q. If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?

Q. If there are four apples and you take away three, how many do you have?

Q. Where do fish keep their money?

Q. Two fathers and two sons go fishing. Each of them catches one fish. So why do they bring home only three fish?

Q. I add five to nine, and get two. The answer is correct, but how?

Q. The ages of a father and son add up to 66. The father's age is the son's age reversed. How old could they be?

Q. What weighs more - a pound of iron or a pound of feathers?

Q. If a rooster laid 13 eggs and the farmer took eight of them and then another rooster laid 12 eggs and four of them were rotten, how many of the eggs were left?

Q. I am an odd number; take away an alphabet and I become even. What number am I?

Q. Using only addition, how can you add eight 8's to get the number 1,000?

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