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Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

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Hi Everyone,
Happy 2019! We had a great first week back.  Your kids did a great job getting right back in the routines.  We already set goals for the week, revisited our mission statement, and assessed whether we are reaching those goals.

Donation Needed
We are in desperate need of KLEENEX.  Students are using them at a quick rate.  We are down to our last box.  If you could please consider sending in some, we would really appreciate it!  Thank you!!

Writing
We have started a new writing unit and we will be studying and researching Climate Change.  We are teaming up with We are the Forest (http://www.wearetheforest.org/), a place-based, an experiential learning platform that inspires students to connect with Nature, while learning inter-disciplinary skills in environmental stewardship, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Nathan Ayers from We are the Forest will be coming in and working with our students to engage them in some hands-on activities and lessons around Climate …

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Hi Everyone,
We are in the home stretch.  Just one week until the big holiday break.  Students have been working hard!  This week students took the Unit 3 Math Assessment, Unit 4 MathPretest Assessment, and took the Fact Fluency tests.  I will send student Data Binders home on Monday so you can take a look at their progress on the Unit 3 Assessment and on their Fact Fluency tests.  We will start Unit 4 after the break.



Our Biography study is complete.  Students have been working in their Digital Reader's Notebook.  Students collected words they didn't know or words they found interesting.  They wrote about the early years, personal information, and what they knew, wanted to know, and learned.  They also wrote a summary of the book.  Reading group discussions were excellent and your children learned a lot about people who have made or who are still making a difference in the world.


Students have wrapped up their Personal Narratives in writing.  I have enjoyed reading about their e…

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

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Hi Everyone,
We are starting to feel like we are in the homestretch before the big holiday break.  We are wrapping up writing, reading, and math units in the next two weeks!  Students are working hard and having fun too.

Paper Towel and Amazon Wishlist
We are almost out of paper towel...YIKES! If you would like to donate some to help clean our tables every day, we would deeply appreciate it.  Also, you can check out my wishlist for other items needed if you are in the spirit of giving. :0)
Burns Park Classroom Wish List - Ms. Shah 2018-2019


Writing
I am going over everyone's drafts and giving feedback to students.  Next week, students will be self-assessing, buddy checking, and having parents do a final check of their writing.  After that, students will type their drafts and publish their work.  We will have our author's celebration the last week in December.  Please expect students to bring home drafts all next week for potential reworking or rewriting drafts.  We will be publis…

Welcome Back!

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Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  I enjoyed my time off and spent most of it with friends, family, and my favorite furry animals! Students settled back in and they are counting down the weeks until the big holiday break. 

A big thanks to all the parents who chaperoned the Michigan Science Center field trip.  It was so much fun!  I have posted from great pics from the Michigan Science Center field trip!


Writing
Students will soon be wrapping up their personal narratives. They are working to revise and edit their first drafts and write a clean second draft.  Most students have done this, but some will have it for homework this weekend.  Students have been including inner and outer dialogue, telling the story from an internal point of view, embellishing details, embedding descriptive language, and more adding more details in general.

In the next couple of weeks, please expect to HELP your child with their drafts.  Students will do a self-check assessment, an…

Gobble Gobble!

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Hi Everyone,
Happy Friday!  We have a great week full of learning and fun!  We had a special assembly with author Kevin Kammeraad⁩ (http://www.kevinkammeraad.com/) featuring his message that "Ideas Are Everywhere!" We got to meet his puppet friends and enjoy some music and stories!  Check out the class photos page for some pics.  Also, check out his website for lots of great ideas and videos!


Report Cards
Report cards are coming home Tuesday.  If you have questions, please let me know.  This report card is for Term 1.  Everything will be reassessed for Term 2.  So make note that the numbers can change based on what I assess in the classroom.  PLEASE RETURN THE ENVELOPES on the following Monday after the break.  I will be reusing them for each report card term.  Students who need to work on capitalization and punctuation in writing will be receiving an additional work packet in the report card envelope to work on.  I am also sending home the answer key so parents can grade eac…

Brrrr...It's getting cold in Michigan!

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Hi Everyone,
Happy Friday!  I hope you are braving the cold weather.  We got a little snow today and I already saw some mini snowpeople being built on our school grounds! :0) 

Please send your child with a coat, gloves/mittens, hat on those super cold days.  My policy in terms of safety is that children should wear jackets in weather below 50 degrees but if it is in the 30's or low 40's it is a must! :0)


We had a shorter week and a change in our clocks so hopefully, we are adjusted and ready for a full week of learning next week.

Report Cards
Report Cards are coming home on Tuesday, November 20.  We reuse the report card envelopes for all three report cards so PLEASE RETURN THEM.  Thanks!

Peer to Peer
Here is a little more information about what Peer Mentors will be doing in the classroom.  Below is a list of how they will be helping.  Our ASD student at Burns Park is also supported by a Teacher Assistant to help and supervise along with myself.
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November Cornucopia!

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Happy Friday Everyone!
We had a great week of learning.  Students wrapped up a math unit, had a Halloween Parade and tested their vehicles with real eggs in PLTW!  Check out the class photos page for all the great pics from the week.

Parent Teacher Conferences
I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of my families for parent-teacher conferences on Monday.  You should have received an email reminder of your time from Sign Up Genius today.  Please be punctual for our meeting so we can honor everyone's time.  If you feel we didn't get to have enough time after the conference is over, I am happy to continue our conversation another time.


Reading We are in full swing with reading groups!  We are wrapping up our first genre study. Students are focused on finding the author's messages and looking beyond the text.  All students will be typing me a letter this week about their learning.  They continue to work hard on their digital reader's notebook.  Ask your child to log onto…

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