Dear Parents, We are well into 2018 and the 3rd quarter has already started. Were you satisfied with the way your child has progressed thus far? If not, take a few minutes to evaluate the habits that have been created around learning in your home and let's brainstorm some ways to rev it up and get our scholars on track. One thing I've noticed is that fewer students are doing homework daily. Students in grades 5 and 6 have homework every night (M-Th) and occasionally of Friday. Additionally, the expectation is that all scholars read for 30 minutes or more every night. Daily reading has a great impact on academic skills, but also on developing skills like empathy and compassion. Please continue to partner with us here at Shoesmith to help our scholars fulfill their highest potential. Please email me if you want some suggestions on how to target specific issues related to your child.
Dear Parents, I am so excited to be working with your children and I promise to do my best to help them achieve their goals. Partnering with you is very important to me and I want you to always feel encouraged to contact me with any concerns or questions you may have. There are a few things I want to share with you that will help you stay abreast of homework expectations. Each student is expected to do homework every night and to read every night, including on the weekends. Additionally, 5th and 6th graders should be well versed in all math facts and should be practicing facts every day. Several 6th grade diverse learners are on a 2 week vocabulary cycle. During the first week of the cycle, students are expected to complete assigned pages in the packet. During the second week of the cycle, students are expected to study nightly, including writing the words for practice, and to complete a fluency packet (with your assistance) that also contains designated activities for each day. They are also expected to read (or listen to) the class novel which is currently, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Sixth graders will also have a math assignment nightly that may include a worksheet, or writing and practicing math facts. They should currently be revisiting their 5’s, 6’s, and 7’s. The 5th graders have a schedule that is slightly different. They will have a modified vocabulary packet that is due every week and a fluency packet that is due every week. They should be practicing their vocabulary words nightly as well as reading the text that is assigned. They may have an additional reading worksheet to complete on occasion but not every night. For their math homework, please contact Ms. Harris firstname.lastname@example.org , or Ms. Reynolds at email@example.com. As always, I am available most mornings from 8:00 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. You can also contact me to arrange a conference at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year! Sincerely, Mrs. Goldsborough