As you have heard repeatedly (it seems like anytime you turn on the news) this is a really, really bad year for sicknesses, and not just the flu! We are doing all we can to try to keep things disinfected, but as Mr. Butterfield and Nurse Michelle have repeatedly shared, the best thing to help stop the spread of illnesses is to keep your children at home when they are sick and follow the 24+ hour rule before returning to school. Our immune systems can only fight so much at once, this includes those of us that are healthy and those of us recovering. One of the national trends being noticed is picking up something new very soon after being out sick - remember your immune system does not immediately go back to 100% and there is so much being spread around. Make sure you allow recovery time, as well as getting past the point of being contagious. Thank you!
Candygrams and Valentine's Day
The 8th grade class trip fundraiser for Candygrams went home this week. Please return them to the school office. They will be put in student's Valentine Bags to be opened after they get home. Please help remind your student not to discuss how many, etc. candygrams received.
We will make Valentine's Day bags this week for art for students to place Valentines in on the the 14th. If students choose to bring Valentines they are asked to bring Valentines for every student in the class. We have 22 students (including your student) - a class list will be sent home on Monday in student mail for names.
Valentines will not be opened at school, even during the class party. The Valentines Party is scheduled for 2:00 on the 14th.
NO SCHOOL DAYS
Just a reminder that there is no school for students on Monday/Tuesday February 12th/13th for teacher professional development days. We are also off on Monday the 19th for President's Day.
The Third Article of the Creed
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
This will be our last week of homophones. Just a reminder that students need to be able to identify which form it is by the sentence used and correctly spell it. Words will be given in random order.
Please help your student be practicing their multiplication facts. Saxon expects them to acquire them quickly and many homework problems will begin to get very difficult and facts are not known. While some of the date on the math tab of my blog are for last year's information (I will soon be updating those based on where we are at) there are many additional resources to help with multiplication linked. Please check it out. Spending 5 minutes a night or while in the car will make a huge difference on acquisition of multiplication facts. Quick recall of facts becomes essential for helping students feel successful in math both for the remainder of this year but in many concepts that will be covered in 4th grade math.
This week we began to look at 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication. However, you will also note that we are not beginning by teaching your student the "traditional" algorithm/set-up you might be used to using. No, Mrs. Hirsch and I haven't gone crazy or decided to teach "weird math" but we are exposing your students to additional (often easier to grasp when first beginning) algorithms. We will get to the traditional method, but it will be one of the last introduced because it is one of the most abstract forms of understanding multiplication for students. It will likely become the most efficient method for them eventually, but they need a solid understanding of the principles of multiplication for higher level math in future years.
Thursday and Friday we worked on expanded form (sometimes called partial product or box method) multiplication - see if your student can explain it and do some examples for you this weekend! (We even went to some challenges of 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication which they can easily do in this format - and they could even go larger if they wanted!) In about two weeks, we'll switch rooms and Mrs. Hirsch will teach them the lattice multiplication strategy.
In Christ our Mighty Fortress,