It is a exciting, (but challenging) time of year for teachers and students both. Yesterday our class finished our spring assessing. It is always exciting to see how each student has grown during the past school year. It is also a good opportunity for teachers to reflect upon assessment results to determine how to improve our teaching in the future.
As much as students enjoy counting down the days until summer vacation, it also serves as a reminder to teachers of how little time remains to accomplish what must be accomplished. For that reason, students continue to bring home homework and continue to take tests. Our final spelling list went home yesterday. The test will take place Friday, as usual. On Thursday students will take their unit 6 test in math. We will spend lots of time this week reviewing 3-digit addition and subtraction. Here are some quick tutorials so you know what methods I have taught the students:
Ungroup First method
Adding Up method
Please note that the students may use any method that works for them as long as they understand it.
Finally, please remember we are going on a field trip to John Ball Park Zoo on June 2nd. Thank you to the five chaperons that are coming with us. Many volunteered, but we could only bring five. If you are not on the chaperon list, you can still join us. You will just need to come as a paying zoo customer. Itinerary details will come home soon. For now, just make sure your child has a sack lunch that day.
As the year winds down, there are lots of important, end of the year,fun activities of which to take note. First, our very last time to go to the school library will be Wednesday, May 20. Please make sure all Jeffers library books are returned by that day.
Also, we are going swimming next Friday, May 22. Please be sure to send your child with a swimsuit and towel that day. Also, take note chaperons, our swimming time has changed from 1:00-2:00 and is now from 2:00-3:00. We appreciate all your help for this.
On June 2 (DID that date just say JUNE?!?!?!), we are taking a field trip to John Ball Zoo. We are all set for chaperons, but if you are still interested in meeting us there, you are always free to be a paid customer attending the zoo that day. If you are coming as a chaperone, please no siblings. Your second grader will need a sack lunch that day, as will chaperons. There IS a gift shop at the zoo. You may decide as parents whether or not you want to send your child for money for the gift shop. Please know, however, that I will not allow them to spend their money at any concession stands. Feel free to let me know if you have questions about this.
Here are some of our learning goals from the week:
I have been a bit lax at writing my updates lately. Sorry about that!
First and foremost, a HUUUUUUGE thank you to the Jeffers Parent Organization for hosting such wonderful lunches during teacher appreciation week. As one who is new to Jeffers this year, this staff is the envy of the district when it comes to how spoiled we are by our wonderful JPO. So, again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
This week we are starting the final assessments of our students. Doing proper assessing can be tedious and time consuming, but is well worth the effort and so rewarding when you see the growth your child has made in just one year. We will be done with our final assessments by May 22nd.
Here are some of our latest learning goals: