Class Newsletter 03/05/21



Dear Families and Guardians,

Thank to all that were able to pick up supplies this week. If you didn’t, no worries! You can still contact the school office and set up a time for pick up.  The next supply pick up will be in April. Just a reminder that zoom school is from 9:00 to 11:30 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Then 9:00-10:30am on Wednesdays.  You may also join me for additional help on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 1:15 to 2:15pm. These office hours are a great way to get help with assignments. Hope to see you then!  Links to class and office hours are in posted in Schoology. Please let me know if you have questions.


Here’s what’s happening next week….


Reading – Next week Unit 6 continues. This 4-week unit begins our work with expository nonfiction. During this unit, students use text features to better understand information in expository nonfiction texts. They hear and read expository nonfiction texts, explore text features and how they will better support them in their reading. Nonfiction plays an important role in learning as student progress through the elementary grades. Students must be able to read and understand both narrative nonfiction- biographies, memoirs, etc. and expository texts. Expository texts include textbooks, newspapers, online and print articles. Some text features discussed in this unit include- back-cover summaries, table of contents, indexes, keywords, glossaries, text boxes, etc. Students will notice these text features and use to help them better locate, understand, and use the information learned in these expository texts.  If possible, try reading more expository text during IDR.    

Writing- We have been doing a mini-review of Personal Narrative. A personal narrative is a true story taken from the writer’s life. The personal narrative should be written in order, have details and transition words. As with all writing include capitals and punctuation where it belongs. Here’s a great example…

As wrap this review, we will work on our next writing unit… Expository or Information Writing.  

Math- In math, your child is beginning lessons about time. This topic is directly connected to home and community and involves skills your child will use often in everyday situations.

Students are reading time the the hour, half-hour, quarter hour, five minute and minutes as well as describing the time before the hour and after the hour. For example, you can read 3:49 both as after and before the hour… Forty-nine minutes after three or Eleven minutes before four. Students will also solve problems about elapsed time. A strategy we use to figure out elapsed time or start or end time is called the Mountain Method.  Here is a short video explaining how it works.      

 Mountain Strategy

Daily assignments- Reading, Writing and Math assignments and discussions are posted. If your child has not yet completed and/or submitted work, please remind them to complete Schoology school work daily allowing for flexibility and breaks. Posted work is due the Sunday at midnight to allow time to complete before the new week begins. Students should expect to read every day at least 30 minutes.  Raz-kids and Epic are reading resources if you need additional reading material.

Library Curbside Pickup- Students may check out school library books by filling out a book request form in Schoology or emailing the librarian, Ms. Le at   Please look for reminder messages for the next pickup dates to get your books.

Parent access to Schoology- Currently, Schoology does not have an effective way for teachers to show student’s missing work to parents. However, there is a way for parents to check on assignments and see what your child has been working on (or not working on). Please check weekly or more often, so you know what work is needed. Here is a link with instructions and Schoology features to allow you to do that.

Here is a link to additional help videos for Schoology.


Thank you so much for all your help and support! I so appreciate your efforts and work.