Week 15 November 19 - 23, 2018
When you are picking up your child at 2:15 or 3:15, please remember to keep the name placard visible in the windshield until your child is safely in your car. This will help all teachers on duty get your child quickly and safely to your car.
During the school year, every adult must wear a school-issued name badge or a temporary office-issued visitor's name tag while on campus.
Our field trip is on Monday, November 19th. Parents who are chaperoning should plan to arrive at the zoo between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. Please wait in front of the entrance to receive your group of students.
The buses will leave the school by 8:30. We will need a couple of parents to help remove coolers from the bus and take them to the small building inside of the zoo entrance.
- Groups are not to separate from each other. You are placed in groups for safety reasons.
- Pack your child a sack lunch with their name clearly written on it. No lunch boxes. All items should be disposable.
- Apply sunscreen to your child before they come to school. Although the weather is cooler, students will be in the sun most of the day.
- Students may wear spirit day shirts with appropriate dress code bottoms.
- Students are representing Valley Academy, so appropriate behavior is expected at all times.
- Students are to remain with a chaperone at all times. This includes visiting the gift shop and the restroom.
Spalding - We will review phonograms. No test this week.
Spelling - No spelling test this week. Students have the list for week 16.
Reading - We will read "The First Thanksgiving" in our From Sea to Sea text. No test.
Math - No lessons or test this week. We will practice math facts.
Students should be memorizing their x7 math facts.
Practice Math facts daily.
There are many websites where flashcards can be downloaded and printed. One site I have used is www.aplusmath.com. There are also several smart phone apps that you can try. One that I have tried and like is called "Math Fact Master".
Social Studies - We have begun the unit "Governing the People". This is Unit 1 in the social studies text.
Monday Field Trip
Tuesday - Turkey Trot
Please send a labeled water bottle with your child daily. Water bottles must seal tightly.
Important Dates This Week
11/19 Field Trip
11/15 Turkey Trot
November 21 - 23 Thanksgiving Break
11/26 Morning Assembly
11/30 Book Report and Poem due
12/ 7 Spirit Day
12/10 Morning Assembly
12/18 Reading Log due
December Poem due
1/19 Winter Concert
12/20 Winter Party
End of 2nd Quarter
Book Reports: The book for the November book report should be a narrative or informative-narrative. The book report is due on November 30th.
Poems: Poems may be recited before the due date. If your child is ready, write a note on the green sheet or send me an email to let me know. The November poem must be recited by November 30th.
Math timings –100 fact timing sheets are sent for homework often. Students should be timed for 4 minutes. At the end of 4 minutes, a line should be drawn to show where they stopped. Afterward, students should finish the rest of the paper. Parents, please correct the paper, circling any errors. Students should then correct their mistakes. Finally, parents please initial or sign the paper at the top.
Dress code reminder: Shirts worn under polo shirts should be white or the same color as the shirt. Socks must be a solid dress code color (solid white, navy, hunter green, light blue, khaki, or black). Gray is not one of the uniform colors. Tights may be worn however they must not be footless, and they must be worn without socks. Socks or tights are dress code appropriate, not both together. No leggings of any kind are allowed. Inside the classroom, jackets/sweaters must be dress code appropriate. No hooded jackets or sweaters are to be worn in the classroom.
Please do not send any glass containers to school with your child. This includes water bottles and food containers in lunch boxes.
Toys of any sort should not be coming to school. This would include Pokémon cards, Rubrics Cubes, stuffed animals, and other items such as phones and electronics. This extends to Coyote Club, as well, where games are provided. Items will be taken away if they are seen by any of the school staff.
Lip gloss is also not allowed. If your child needs chap stick (non-tinted), it should be kept in his or her backpack.
Remember that we are a Spalding school, and students are expected to always use their best Spalding penmanship in all subjects.
A proper heading is expected on all work. A point will be deducted for each missing item. Also, if the students misspell their name or the date is misspelled/incorrect, points will be deducted. The date is written on the board, and there is a large calendar posted in the classroom. If the heading is haphazardly written, points will be deducted. The heading should always be written neatly. Scribbling is not acceptable.
Students who choose to not follow verbal and/or written directions on their work will receive a five-point deduction on their paper/s. Following directions is an important skill. Clear directions – both written and verbal – are given with each assignment. Directions should be followed the first time they are given.
Overall, the students who pay attention to details and check their work carefully and consistently earn higher scores on their assignments. Encourage your child to take the time to complete quality work.
Bring in your labels!
Please collect Box Tops! We also collect Prang labels and Ticonderoga/Dixon UPC codes. These earn money for the school.