Ms. Kane

October 27, 2013

October 28 – 31

Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 1:52 pm

A short week for students! STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1. It’s the end of the first quarter. Grades will be entered for Report Cards so students still have time to show their best effort. Listening, asking questions, being organized and positive is the key to classroom success. Parents, if you can help your children develop and attitude of perseverance and not feel defeated when learning doesn’t happen quickly and easily – work that magic. Too often, I see shoulders shrug and heads droop as if “I can’t get it – it’s too hard”. I don’t give them work they “can’t get”!
Students generally feel successful in our Wilson Reading lessons because it’s mastery based – they are not supposed to guess. After teaching and independent practice, the students are charted on word lists. If they miss a word, it shouldn’t be a big deal. They color their chart for the correct words and read another list the next day. They move on to higher steps only when lists are 100% correct. Some days, it’s a big disappointment to read only 14 out of 15 words correctly!
Without going into detail about the math and writing lessons for the week, please be vigilant about the homework. Just hold your child accountable for an hour of work. Read every night. If homework really can’t get done, write me a note. I take late homework but there’s a penalty.
Thank you for your great support, always!

October 21, 2013

OCTOBER 21 – 25

Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 12:40 pm

We are closing in on the end of the first quarter and report cards will be distributed during Parent/Teacher conferences on November 12.
DAYS OFF – there will be no school for students on Friday, November 1 (a school improvement day {teacher meetings}) and again on Monday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day AND students do not attend on Tuesday, November 12. It’s fine with me if the student attends the conference. I leave the decision to the parent.
Also a reminder about HALLOWEEN. Ray School will not be dressing up or passing out any candy in any classroom. No parties. And I don’t think I’ll give Homework that night. Thank you for your cooperation.
In MATH, we are looking at Rates, Ratios, and Proportions.
In WRITING, we have two short topics again: “Why do Leaves Change Color in the Fall and Why and Where do people go on ‘Color Tours'” “Is Halloween an Exclusively American Holiday or do other Countries Celebrate it in the Same Way?”
Thank you for all your support.

October 14, 2013

October 15 – 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 10:14 am

We began a new schedule last week where we have a solid two-hour block for LITERACY from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. (Actually, the 5th graders leave for special classes at 10:45 but that 15 minutes is made up at 11:45) Then, we have 90 minutes for MATH right after lunch. This is a great schedule! The students finish the day with their grade level peers in SCIENCE (5th) or SPECIALS (4th).

Our assistant, Ms. Hrvojevic, completed a 3-day training in the Wilson Reading System which is wonderful news. She goes from being a huge help to an officially trained huge help!

In MATH, we are working hard on fractions and decimals as well as continuing to add to our math vocabulary. Each week six new terms are added. Ask your child to explain the meanings to you. There is no better way to learn something than to teach it!

We have two topics in WRITER’S WORKSHOP this week, both begin with research. 1. What is Columbus Day and why do we get the day off? 2. What is elementary education like in China?
As always, I will provide a rubric – an expectations/points chart. These are short – just a couple of paragraphs long. The students MUST try for the highest grade. They are so averse to revision that they sometimes say they’d rather take a “C” that rewrite!

Thanks for all your support.

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