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    It's back to school again. I hope you and yours had a restful, peaceful, relaxing break.
    This month I will be formally testing your children to determine their reading growth. I am proud to say that all of my kiddos have made great gains, not only in academics, but also in personality. I enjoy watching them become strong, independent individuals.
    Mark your calendar...Jan. 15th is a holiday.
    For the next couple of weeks, we will be learning how to write friendly, persuasive letters. Don't be surprised if your child starts trying even harder to convince you to give it up.
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    It's our last week of school for 2017! Can you believe it, this year is half over. Time goes by so quickly. Our holiday party is at 2:15 Thursday. Friday will be an early release day. Dismissal will begin at 12:40.
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    Oh my gosh, have we been slacking!! It's December, we have two weeks until our Christmas vacation, and we're just now posting. FYI...Ms. Johnson will be out Monday and Tuesday.
    Save the dates!
    CBA testing starts next week. Ms. Hicks will be testing Monday and Tuesday. Mrs. Johnson will test the week of the 18th.
    Remember that we are celebrating the 12 days of Christmas with special events every day. See the image below the post for a reminder.
    Our holiday party is scheduled for the 21st at 2;15. We sent home information Friday about our plan. Please call if you have questions.
    Dec. 22nd - Our nine weeks perfect behavior party, early dismissal at 12:40, end of the second nine weeks, and our Perfect AttenDance for this first semester. The 22nd will be a busy day!!
    Dec 23rd-Jan 8th - Holiday
    We have no Spelling homework this week. We will spend our time publishing our procedural text paper.
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    November 5
    It has been a busy time for all. I can't believe we are in the 4th week of this grading period already!

    November schedule
    7th   open house
    13th  food drive
    20th - 24th holiday

    For the past two weeks, our daily in school tutoring time, known as "Shine Time" has been Math. The next two weeks will be Reading. Each group has a focus from mastering sight words to reading chapter books. This is the time each child gets what s/he needs to be successful. Please help us by reading with your children every night. Don't forget that Reading A-Z is available at all times. 
    October 15

    The first quarter is over and we're excited to begin the second! Our first quarter behavior party was a great success, but we want more of our students to earn the next one. Our December project will be a painting party with parents invited!!!! This quarter, if your child receives 7 or less dings from us and an E in conduct in Music, Art, and PE, they earn it.

    Report cards - October 20
    No school - October 23
    Red Ribbon Week - October 24 - 27
    Movie Night - October 26th
    TWA - Skulls and Skins CSI: Adaptations November 1
    Open House - November 7th (instead of Orientation)
    Food drive - November 13-17
    Thanksgiving holiday - November 20 - 24
    Progress reports - November 28
    GT referral window opens - November 30
    Fall Family Night - December 6
    Behavior Party - December 22


    Spelling Homework schedule:
    Monday - ABC order two times
    Tuesday - Pyramids
    Wednesday - Dictionary
    Thursday - study for test


    How to help your child become a better reader!!!

    Dear Parent or Guardian:
    Your child has access to award-winning digital resources through Kids A-Z, Learning A-Z's website created for students. After your child logs in, each website your child's teacher has subscribed to is shown. Your child can work on assignments or select other resources for reading and writing practice.
    Website Resources for Your Student
    Thousands of leveled books and resources in printable and digital formats
    Kids A-Z Login Instructions
    Step 1: Go to www.kidsa-z.com
    Step 2: Enter or choose the teacher's username, jhicks16
    Step 3: Your child finds his or her username on the class chart
    Step 4: Your child enters his or her password

    October 9
    We have CBAs this week. Our Parenting Partners class begins Tuesday. Friday is an early release day.

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    Spelling homework
    Monday – pretest Students who score a 90 do only dictionary homework

    Homework –
    Monday-ABC order two times each
    Tuesday – Pyramid Words
    Wednesday –Words in dictionary
    Thursday – practice test


    September 10

    Hello everyone. We're hoping your lives are getting back to normal.

    I have added a 20 minute reading assignment for homework each night. The students have a personal reading log in which they must write the title of the book or the name of the activity that they do each evening. Please initial that your child met the minimum expectation. If the log is not signed, that means a student did not do the homework and goes against the overall homework grade.

    Each student that reads for a minimum of 20 days for the rest of the month of September will earn a trip to the treasure box. That means reading on the weekends.

    Please pay attention to the level of the book your child is reading. Currently, the expected level is 16 or 18.

    Your child will have two teachers for the curriculum this year. I will be teaching the ELA content and Mrs. Johnson will be teaching Math and Science.
    Conference time
    Our conference time is from 2:35 to 3:20. Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your concerns. Expect to hear from us many times throughout the year to discuss your child's progress.
    School Day
    School at Schochler is from 8:10-3:40. All absences must have a written excuse.
    Feel free to come in and enjoy lunch with your child. Our lunch time is 11:15.
    Communication home
    Please ask to see and sign your child's agenda every day. This will be our daily communication between home and school, concerning behavior, homework assignments, upcoming events, and personal notes.
    Arrival at school
    For the safety of our students, please do not drop your child off in the parking lot to walk unescorted to the building. This is unsafe, as cars are driving through the area and may not see your child. If you must drop your child and leave, please take two minutes to walk your child to the school door.