It was great to welcome so many students and their families on Friday. I’m as excited as the children to start a new year!
This first week at school involves a lot of introductions and explorations of everything from school and classroom procedures, to reading and writing genres, and the inquiry process in math and science. I’m confident we’ll settle in fairly quickly and all feel more comfortable once we establish a clear routine.
A couple of notes on this week’s homework:
· Spelling — Each student has a personal list that includes his or her address, phone number, and computer login information. Please check this carefully to be sure they are accurate and reflect the information your child should learn. Feel free to change the information; just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the changes so that I can correctly grade Friday’s quiz.
· Math — We’re using a new math text this year and will be experimenting with pacing and independent work, including homework. It may take a bit before we hit on the right balance. If your child announces they’ve finished their work at school, commend him or her for being so focused and on task at school (and then try cajoling them into practicing their math facts J for a few minutes). If they seem overloaded with math homework, please share your concerns with me.
· SEL — SEL stands for Social Emotional Learning, an exciting curriculum being used throughout the district. It’s being taught in all Mills classes on Tuesdays, and fourth grade includes a weekly, student-lead home activity. Your child should bring this home on Tuesdays, and it’s due back Friday with a parent signature.
We’ll cover more of this at Parent Night on Thursday. I look forward to seeing you then, but feel free to contact me throughout the week.