Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Summer Vacation!

Dear Families,

I wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful thank you notes and gifts I received ton the last day of school!  It was so sweet of you all! I'm so lucky to teach this group of kids and to work with their supportive families!

Also, as promised, I'm sending a list of activities that the kids can work on over the summer.

The kids should continue working on Typing Club for about 15 minutes each week, they can do math games at www.arcademics.com, as long as they are challenging themselves, and Kahn Academy is accessible as well.

...and of course, most importantly,  the kids should read!

book suggestions:

Any books by Roald Dahl--Matilda, The BFG (The new movie is out in July!), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches

Fantasy:  Inkheart, The Percy Jackson Series, The City of Ember

Animal Stories:  The One and Only Ivan, Guardians of Ga'hoole series, Warriors series

Twisted Fairy Tales:  Whatever After series

History: I Survived series

Frienship:  Bridge to Terabithia, Wonder

Other authors I love:  Wendy Mass-the birthday series is great, Gary Paulsen--for the outdoor adventurer, and Margaret Haddix--for the futuristic, adventure, fantasy lover

Don't forget about the Dorothy Canfield Fisher book award list!  I recommend those that say grade 4 and up at http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/Masterlist1617.pdf



Please email me if you need more suggestions!





Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Final Auction Items Needed

Our final class auction is next week, and our supplies are dwindling!  If you have any items laying around your homes that you'd like to get rid of, please consider donating to our auction.   Thank you so much for your support!

Please Return Library and Classroom Books!

Hi Families!  The library is collecting books that have been checked out, and I need to collect my own classroom books to get the shelves reorganized for fifth grade next year!

Please search books bags, cars, bedrooms, and under living room couches for any school books.

Thank you so much!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Publishing Poetry

One of the best gifts I can give to my students' parents is a piece of their child's imagination imprinted on paper for eternity... or until it is lost, damaged or shoved into a box!  I'm lucky to have this ability as a literacy teacher! Together with Mrs. Foley, the kids made beautiful books to publish their poetry--so sweet and special!



SBAC Week Fun!




Thursday, May 19, 2016

SBAC Testing--loving the snacks-Thank you!!!!!

Hi Families, I'm looking for healthy snacks to enjoy during breaks from testing next week.

I'll ask the kids to volunteer tomorrow to bring in popcorn, cheese and crackers, and any other all natural snacks they would like.   Please email me if you wish to volunteer to bring something in!
adowning@ccsuvt.org

Monday, May 16, 2016

Student Led conferences

Confirmation slips went home last week, but in case you missed it:

Schedule:
9:30-10--Th
10:30-11--Ca and L
11:30-12----P
12-12:30--An and So
12:30-1--El and Is
2-2:30---  O, Th, and Et
3-3:30--Jo and Av
4-4:30--N, To, and V
4:30-5-- F, Co, and Ch
5-5:30--S and JH

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Student Led Conferences-May 19

Sign up sheets for student led conferences went home today.  Please sent them back by Friday.  Thank you!  Looking forward to seeing you all!

Friday, April 15, 2016

April Vacation Challenge! Keep READING!

All of the kids committed to read a book over vacation!  If they finish their book-don't abandon it-- by the end of break, they will receive 500 auction dollars (length taken into consideration)!

Monday, April 4, 2016

April is Poetry Month!

New homework assignment for this week!
All Mountaineer students need to memorize a poem and prepare to perform it in front of the class on Friday, April 8.  Two students will move on from each Fleming classroom to perform their poems on the stage in the gym on the following Friday. So practice, rehearse, memorize, and have fun with it!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Literacy Update--WWII

Hi Families!  I wanted to take a minute to let you know that we are beginning a historical fiction unit around World War II.  The kids are excited to learn about the war, and they are full of questions.  Please take some time at home to approach this subject with them. The photo below contains some of the texts that the kids will be reading in book clubs.  Thank you!