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From Mr. Monnin
Greetings and hello from Forest! Our second semester has begun. Did I say second semester? Where did the first semester go? WOW. Time flies when you are working hard and having fun. Our staff and students are working harder than ever in their classrooms. As we continue to help our students reach their potential, we ask for your continued support at home. We truly are a team and together we can help our students achieve the most growth.
Continue to dress your children for the weather. The winter blast we are getting right now is pretty amazing. I can't wait for spring! It really helps me gain a greater appreciation for the spring weather. That being said, our goal is to go outside as much as possible, and warm clothes with boots are needed for the snow. Thanks!
I wish you a great February. Please call or email if you have any questions.
Here are a few items for you:
Parent / Teacher Conferences
At the time you are reading this, we are holding our second round of conferences. Please make plans to attend at the time your classroom teacher has scheduled for you. Your involvement in your child's education is crucial. Your communication with the teacher is equally as important. Thanks in advance for blocking out time and attending conferences.
Primary School Family Reading Night...
On Thursday, February 20th, we are hosting a great evening of food and fun at Pine Intermediate School. We will have centers and stations throughout the school sharing great resources and activities to use at home while reading with your child. We'll also have a special guest, magician Rick Smith Jr., who will share a great message about always trying your best and giving great effort. He'll of course use his talents as a magician to entertain all of us! We will be providing dinner also for you and your family. Plan to come! Send back the RSVP when it arrives home with your child! We are truly looking forward to a great evening for all ages!
The topic of homework means different things to different people. As your principal, I want to share a few thoughts. Homework that comes home is designed to reinforce skills that are being taught in the classroom. They are not meant to be too lengthy or overly difficult. Our rule of thumb is around 10-15 minutes per grade. (10-15 for K and 1, 20-25 for 2nd grade, and 30-35 for 3rd grade) We also would like all of our students to spend time reading at home each night too. If any homework comes home that you are not sure about, feel free to contact your classroom teacher to ask questions. The homework that comes home should be able to be done independently by your child. It's quite ok to assist with homework, but do your best to guide your child, not answering their questions for them. Guide them with questions of your own. If you have any comments or questions for me, feel free to contact me. Thank you! Your support in the area of homework is greatly appreciated.
Red Cross Blood Drive
On March 3rd, Pine will be hosting the Annual Spring Pint Sized Heroes Blood Drive. It will run from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM. We are looking for lots of family members to come out and share the gift of life. I'll be there donating. Will you join me? Sign up on the Red Cross website. Please consider joining us!
News from 1st Grade
First Grade teachers and students have been busy in Language Arts learning to read with our new text book series, Reading Street. Students enjoy the Songs of the Week, Grammar Jammer, Concept Talk Video, Envision It (comprehension skills) and Vocabulary Activities! All students can access all of these at home by logging into Reading Street using their own personal pass code which is inside the cover of their Agenda Book! They have also learned to take their weekly reading test on-line in preparation for the 3rd grade state assessment tests. Reading every night at home is a very important part of becoming competent readers, keep signing those Reading Logs! We send paper "Decodable Readers" home each week which can be used for their Reading Log.
We have also been very busy in math using our Everyday Math series. Please find your child's log in information on the inside of his/her agenda in order to log in and participate in math concept games and activities. Your child can reinforce lessons from school at home, such as: Frames and Arrows, Finding Sums of 10, Patterns, Counting Money, Telling Time to the half-hour, Skip Counting, Addition Facts, Number Grid work, Measurement, Telling Time to the quarter-hour, and Story Problems.
We are all excited to go on our field trip on Tuesday February 25, 2014. The First Grade will be going to Lorain Community College's Stocker Arts Center to see, The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Story Books. It is a musical based on this book and several other books. We will be reading and discussing all of these books to prepare for our trip. This is a popular matinee series and we were lucky making reservations in early September because it sold out in September!
2/4 Conference night
2/13 Valentine's Day Parties @ 2:45pm
2/14 No school
2/17 No school - President's day
2/20 Primary Family Reading Night @ Pine 6:00pm
2/26 PTA @ 6:45pm
3/3 Red Cross Blood Drive @ Pine School
3/4 Kindergarten Information Night @ Pine School @ 7:00pm
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