Miss Dale & Mrs. Pentycofe

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Miss Dale & Mrs. Pentycofe

January 2011

Important Dates

Jan. 3rd – School back in session

Jan. 17th – No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 27thReport cards go home

Jan. 28th – Awards Assembly, 8:15a.m.

What We Are Studying

In Science, students finished the unit on Small Things and we are now starting an Optics Unit. Students will be learning about light and using mirrors to bend light from a light box. They will be working with the light boxes to create plans and mix colors. The students will also create optical designs and try their hand at looking into a mirror to write their name and draw pictures.

For Math students are working on fractions, graphing, multiplication number sentences, drawing pictures to represent multiplication problems, and adding three-digit numbers. The students are also learning how to change feet to inches, centimeters to millimeters, and years to months. They continue to work on building problem solving skills, especially problems that require more than one step to find an answer.

In Language Arts, students have read the story Addie in Charge and finished the Family theme unit. Each story in the unit introduces new vocabulary words and skills. When reading Addie in Charge, students worked on the skill of character. After each story, students take a selection test which tests the students’ knowledge and understanding of the skill presented with each story as well as the vocabulary related to each story. At the end of the unit, students will practice taking a unit test during the first week in January and learn strategies to help them on the real unit test as well as the state ELA test in May. Students will take the actual unit test during the second week in January.

We are learning about ancient Egypt, pharaohs, mummies, and pyramids in Social Studies. The class is very interested in learning about how the ancient pharaohs lived and thinking about what it would be like to live in a time with no cell phones, TVs, or computers. We will be spending more time reading and discussing how mummies were made and life in Egypt.

Required Reading

Students are required to read for 15 minutes at least 4 days each week (more is even better!). Every month I will send home a calendar with your child to be initialed on the dates that your child has read for 15 minutes. This assignment can be combined with other assignments such as reading for another subject/teacher. The required reading will count towards your child’s Language Arts grade and will help your child practice his/her reading skills.

Please have your child read to you every night and check his/her comprehension/understanding of what he/she read by asking questions. Your help and support with this assignment is appreciated!

Birthday Celebrations

We would love to celebrate your child’s birthday in our class! Your child can choose to celebrate with our class, his/her homeroom class, or both. Please let us know at least one day in advance if you plan on sending in treats so that we can set aside time to celebrate your child’s special day!

New on Our Website!

You can now access our monthly newsletter and calendar on our classroom website. Click on the Classroom News link on the left side of the page and it will take you to the page where you can access all of our newsletters. If you click on the Calendar link, you will find all of the days I am available after school for help as well as events going on at school.

You can access our website by going to the school home page (www.lyonscsd.org), click on “For Students,” and scroll down to “Teacher Classroom Web Pages.” Click on this link and it will take you to a page where you can search by teacher name or building. Type in “Miss Dale,” click search, and it will take you to the link to our page.

Please keep in mind that this page is still under construction. We hope that you will check it out and let us know what you think!

Contact Miss Dale

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s behavior or progress, you can contact me by sending in a note in your child’s planner, calling me at school (946-2200 ext. 3105), or sending an e-mail (ddale@lyonscsd.org). I hope to contact you often this year to let you know how well your child is doing!

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