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    October
     
      
     

    Upcoming Dates:

     

    October 3- PJ day
    October  11 - No School - Professional Development for teachers
    October 14 -  No School - Columbus Day
    October 18  - Dragon Dash - Flyer to come home this week with more information
    October 23 - Early release (10:35) Conferences - Battle of the Books Kickoff
    October 24 - Early release (10:35) Conferences / Evening conferences 5-7pm

     

     

    Reminder that the public library does not open until 2pm on Mondays.

     

     

    WHAT ARE WE LEARNING ON THE BATEMAN / BALL TEAM THIS MONTH? 
     
     
     Reading/Writing-   
    Students are working on skills focused around their reading habits- Book groups will be established to guide in practice of reader's workshop lessons. 
     
    Students are working with Narrative Essay writing and journal topics in during writier's workshop.
    Book Orders : class/team code: NTQCP
    Math-
    Topic 3- Multiplication properties
    USE IXL to support extra practice on this skill.
    Social Studies- 

     

    Introduction to geography 

    Study maps 

     

    Science- 
    Phyiscal Science- Students are learning about different characteristics of energy and motion.
     

    Technology:

    Students will use technology some days to complete  assignments.

     
     
     
     

    SPELLING

    Words Their Way-  Weekly sorts focus on word study and patterns. Check your child's agenda for the weekly list.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    COMMUNICATION:
     
    Our team uses DOJO to communicate daily. We send pictures of our homework board and daily reminders. 
     
    HOMEWORK:
     
    Please remember as we get into the school year and homework demands increase, NO student should spend more than 1 hour on homework. We trust that by fourth grade a good homework routine is in place.  DSU, Club, and Before and After Dark all offer a Homework time for routine and structure if needed. We assign homework that should only take (40 minutes) if they have studying to do add 10 minutes to the daily routine. NO STUDENT should be working on homework for more than 1 hour. 
     
    HERE is a guideline on the nightly homework layout: 
    READING: 20 minutes OR Read Theory
    MATH: 20 minutes Usually a worksheet (even or Odd) OR online option
    Social studies/ Science: 10 Minutes (study skills when preparing for a test) 

    Donations requested:

     

    Regarding sick notes for your child: An unexcused absence means that the school has no documentation that the absence was for illness or family emergency.  Alden School requires that families provide notes when a child has returned from an absence that explains the reason for the absence.  Excused absence notes may be handwritten and sent in with the student or emailed to the school nurse, Kathy Carney, at [ mailto:kcarney@duxbury.k12.ma.us ]kcarney@duxbury.k12.ma.us.  In the case of excessive excused absences, the school may ask for further documentation from a physician.

     MS. BALL'S class will have Tuesday lunch group with Mrs. Jones. Different students will rotate in to this group weekly. They eat in her room instead of the cafeteria.

    We are so lucky.