I spent some time on Thursday and Friday of last week getting caught up on all the stories of the different activities that students and their families participated in over vacation, and it sounds as though everyone had a really nice Christmas vacation. I wanted to take a minute to thank all of the parents for their generosity towards my wonderful Christmas gifts--you are very thoughtful!! As I mentioned to the students, this is a great time to reflect on the grades from the 1st trimester and find areas of weakness to improve upon. We are very close to moving on to multiplication and I want to stress the importance of studying and memorizing facts. Let flash cards be your guide! They are easy to keep in the car and make a great quick reference for review!
At this point, you should have received the re-registration packet that was sent home with each student (or the youngest sibling in a family). Mrs. Izzi is encouraging all parents who plan on returning for the following school year to return your forms ASAP to ensure that your child's spot is secured! We will be offering an Open House on January 27th, from 11-1pm. You are always welcome to visit the school, but it is always for parents to spread the good word about St. Rose and perhaps invite any other perspective families that you think might be interested in Catholic education!
- Spelling tests are every Friday. Although I allow students to complete h.w. in their packet in advance, please encourage students to review their list words nightly.
- On many occasions I send the Science and S.S. books home for an assignment that will be counted as an open book quiz grade. While students should be completing their work independently, they often need a reminder to utilize the opportunity to look back in the book for correct answers. As part of the new year, I'm continuing to remind students to slow down while completing all work and to focus on the information they are reading to help them as they complete assignments!
- Grammar is a tricky subject. We review pages from packets that we complete together in class throughout the week (sometimes 2 weeks if I've combined topics). I send the packets home with students a few days before we will have a grammar test, and this is typically accompanied with a h.w. sheet that we will review in class before we take the test. Helping your child to review the packets is helpful in reinforcing the skills we have covered.
- Lastly, I noticed that some students were getting a little lazy as far as writing assignments and information about upcoming tests/quizzes in agendas. As this is a time for the students to start gaining independence, I do not post assignments to the website. I want students to understand the importance of writing assignments from the board into their agendas correctly, as this is a skill they will need in the years to come!