Dear Families,We are launched into the new year and doing well! Here are some notes to help your student:Math:Please practice math facts 3-4 times per week. They need to have recall of math facts 0-9 in multiplication. The math that they bring home has an in school component, Problem Set that mirrors the Homework Problems. They will have practiced the concept with me, and should be bringing the Homework Set and Homework Helper to help themselves complete their homework.ELA:In reading the "steps" are starting this month. Students will be bringing home their reading logs and asking you to sign for their at home reading of at least 30 minutes (2 steps). Please ask them about what they are reading and important details of the text. In class they have been practicing reading complex test, talking about character traits and motivations to help see the lesson or moral of stories. They have been answering questions using text based evidence to support their answers in multiple choice and essay formats. Grammar, spelling are being taught during all writing activities. We are building our classroom discussions in depth and participation. Students are experiencing peer editing and teacher conferences. Also, narrative writing is being explored.Social Studies: World geography, land-forms and mapsUpcoming events: Halloween- Costumes for storybook characters are encouraged. Violent, scary or weapon like accessories are not permitted. Halloween goodies like pens, pencils. bat rings and other fun Halloween related items are welcome.Dates to remember:October 1st- at home reading "Steps" start. Calendar/ log will be coming home. Please sign that your child has read 30 mins at home (or more). Wellness week starts.All Wednesdays are Work out Wednesdays, wear exercise apparelOct 2rd PTA meeting 7pm.Oct 4th Emergency Drill early dismissal 3:12, wear Bills AttireOct 7th Boosterthon Fund Raising startsOct 11 and 14th Columbus Day weekend- no schoolOct 18th Boosterthon Fun Run 2:15-3Oct 23 Unity Day wear orangeOct 26th Bills Day- wear Bills attireOct 31st at 9:30 Story Book Character Day Parade. Early Release Day12:40Please call me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 874-8200 from 8:00- 3:45 and leave a message with the office. My voice mailbox is number 39150.