Ms. Kane

October 14, 2013

October 15 – 18

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Families,
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.

September 2, 2013

A New School Year 2013 – 2014

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Our new room is 511.
Needed supplies are just the basics: Four folders, pencils, paper, a writing journal. There is very little storage space in 511 but a couple of boxes of tissue and a roll of paper towels would be greatly appreciated.
Please come to the OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday evening Sept. 10. More info will come.
Thanks for everything.

June 10, 2013

JUNE 10 – 14

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Last two weeks!

We will be using every available day for reading, math and writing. My report card grades will be entered on the 19th. Only after that day will 210 students help pack the room and close the school year with special activities.

IMPORTANT DATE THIS WEEK – Tuesday, June 11.
RAY Olympics for 3rd and 4th grades.
This is a grand tradition! Students need to wear gym shoes and have their Olympic numbers displayed. Students may want to bring a plastic water bottle, healthy snack and sun protection.

Another date to remember is Friday evening, June 21 for the RAY TALENT SHOW. More details to come.

As always, thank you for all your support.

June 2, 2013

June 3 – 7

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*** If you read this before 11 AM on Monday, there has been a change.  I WILL NOT be at a training Monday and Tuesday.  So I’m at Ray. Yay!

Our Research Projects will now be due on Friday the 7th. I chose the topic of States because I wanted the students to look up information in a variety of sources. If they take notes and write from those, the report will be in their own words. I thank parents for help with the reading.

Parents – there is a Curriculum Night for each grade level this week. Remember a notice in the HW folder? The purpose of this event is to prepare you and your child to start next school year already clear on the expectations. It will be very informative.

We continue to work on all academic subjects. It is fun to hit the basics and review as well as try new things.  We’re a little bit all over the place in MATH. We’re trying to get better at MENTAL Computing.  It is great to see the students feeling like they can “do” things they didn’t know they could do.  We want to end the school year with the best grades possible and celebrate our accomplishments.

The book we are reading aloud is The Music of the Dolphins by Karen Hesse.

The librarian in me wants to provide a list of recommended reading for the summer – especially the books on CD at the Library.

As always, thanks for your support.

May 28, 2013

The End of May!

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Memorial Day is behind us. Next up – Fourth of July! Wow. It seems to go fast.
With the few weeks we have left, there is work to do. ( My students know I hate to waste time.) Full reading lessons with charting continue.

New Math topics include EQUIVALENT FRACTIONS, FINDING VOLUME, and NEGATIVE NUMBERS.

We will begin a RESEARCH PROJECT which should be straight forward. Students choose a state, do the research, and complete a written report with an original artistic cover . This topic is not so Internet dependent. I want the students to read about their state from books first.

Parents – please remember that students cannot have cell phones in the classroom. No toys, trading cards, electronic devices, PLEASE.
And finally, a reminder that water bottles (ONLY WATER) are allowed as long as the students don’t play with them. If they become a distraction, students will have to wait for the drinking fountains at designated times.

THANK YOU for all your support.

May 20, 2013

May 20 – 24

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Can you believe it? We are almost at Memorial Day! We have one important testing requirement to finish – the third MAPS (Measures of Academic Progress) Math Test. It is taken on the computer and students may have the entire test read to them so it is given individually.

This is a full week, then a short week with the 27th off. Look at the PTA and/or Ray School website for information about upcoming performances and special events such as Ray Olympics. Even after school hours, Ray is the place to be – Hyde Park Art Fair happens June 1 and 2.

My students have enjoyed the book The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going. It’s about two friends during the summer between their 4th and 5th grade school years and  takes place in rural Georgia in 1976. Check it out at the library and see what you think.

All of our academic subjects will be going strong until the end of the school year. We may be approaching lessons in a fun way but it’s still serious business! Right? Homework can be lighter or heavier depending on the effort put forth during the school day.

All for now. Thanks for your support.

May 12, 2013

May 13 – 17

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As you may have heard, I was absent most of last week. (For knee surgery.) The class was in wonderful hands with Ms. Lemberis who has been a long term substitute since last year at Ray.  Thank you.

I look forward to getting back to work on our Wilson Reading lessons. The students have made such good progress.

 This is the time of year for the students to really take ownership of all they have learned in the past nine months. I see in sinking in!  We’ll write. We’ll research. We’ll write more. Science and Social Studies keep moving ahead. Spanish is coming along.
This week Math will include calculations with large numbers – especially with meaningful story problems. Calculators are useful when available but it’s good to know how to compute with our brains too!

Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday.

Have a great week.

May 6, 2013

May 6 – 10

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TWO BIG reminders first — Scholastic Book Fair is at Ray this week and,
Early dismissal at 12:15 on Wednesday, May 8 for teacher meetings.

April 29, 2013

GOOD-BYE APRIL —HELLO MAY

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Dear Parents,
I’m sorry I missed blogging last week. We’ve been meeting with Dr. Hill and Ms. Campbell about changes at Ray and the teacher’s blogs were not at the top of the list. This is what IS at the top of the list.
*No more breakfast in the classroom. Students may eat in the lunch room before school, 8:20 – 8:40. Morning Fitness will take place from 8:45 until 9:05.
*No students are allowed to be in the hallways without a pass.
*No students are to go to the office for a “cool-off” break.  Behaviors have to be controlled!
These procedures are going to tighten up learning time and help Ray raise its rating.

MATH this week will be working with calculators and solving problems with large numbers.

SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES are mostly project based so keeping up with the assignment and not waiting until the last minute is the key to a good grade.

If the weather is warm, students may have a water bottle. If they play with it – they lose that privilege.  And finally, please remember that Homework is a matter of responsibility.  If there is a legitimate reason homework did not get done, a parent or another adult must write me a note. (even a post-it note)

Thanks for your support.

April 15, 2013

APRIL 15 – 19

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Reminder – Report Card Pick-Up is Wednesday this week. Students do not attend school but they are welcome to join us for the Parent Teacher Conference. It’s entirely up to you and convenience vs. inconvenience.

MATH – Rounding and Estimation continue. We will include more hands on activities such as guessing = “ESTIMATING” beans in a jar. When we are asked to ROUND to a place value, we absolutely HAVE TO know our place values. And, why is it useful to round to the hundreds or hundred-thousands place?

Science – which is the first period of the day, with Mr. Perez’ 4th grade class is covering the different systems of the human body. (digestive, circulatory, respiratory,…) Social Studies – which is the last period of the day back in Mr. Perez’ room is covering REGIONS of the United States.

In our effort to keep home-school communication SIMPLE, please keep the HOMEWORK folders cleaned out and write me a note if homework can’t get done.

Thanks for everything!

April 8, 2013

APRIL 8 – Four and a half days for students.

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Reminder: Early dismissal for students on Friday. 12:15. Teachers have meetings.
Reminder #2: Report Card Pick-Up Wednesday, April 17.  Let me know when you want to come for the conference.
MATH: ESTIMATION – which involves a review of Place Value and Rounding. We can ESTIMATE so many things – amounts, distances, weights, totals, etc. This is a key concept and a practical skill!

Ms. Cargould’s Thematic Unit of Literacy and Art continues with discussing, writing and drawing.  They are relating text to self.

April 1, 2013

APRIL 1st (But nobody here can be fooled!)

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Hope everyone had a great Spring Break – restful, healthy and happy. Our brains should be “recharged” and ready to attack the next section of school work. It’s eight weeks until Memorial Day.

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