Mrs. Caitlin Ingoglia
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Your child is using Mathletics as part of their mathematics curriculum. Mathletics is a targeted, rewarding and captivating online learning resource, which is aligned to curriculum standards. Mathletics will be assigned on a weekly basis as part of the students homework routine. Your child has take-home access to Mathletics – they simply sign in with their school username and password using any compatible computer or mobile device. The extra Mathletics practice at home can make all the difference to your child’s progress. Encourage them to achieve a weekly target of 1000 points to earn a certificate, building through bronze, silver and gold across the school year. Go for gold!
New Morning and Afternoon Procedures
*DROP OFF PROCEDURE*
Students will be dropped off at the main door and the children will go right into the classroom.
Second Grade will be dismissed outside at the door to the far left (closest to the church/teachers parking lot.) We dismiss at 2:55pm. On days of inclement weather, we will wait inside but please still come to that door. Please note that this is not a door that can gain you access into the school building. Please let me know if you need to set up an arrangement so that your child can be picked up in the same location as their sibling. I am here to help!
*Parent signatures are required each night in the “initials” section of your child’s daily planner.
Individual signatures on each piece of homework is not required.
Additional Math Directives:
* Student standards require children to master addition and subtraction within 100 by the end of 2nd Grade. Until I feel confident this has occurred, we will dedicate time for both in all of our upcoming units. Daily math practice at home, particularly in these two very important skills are highly encouraged. It is difficult to move on to harder concepts without mastering the basic skills of addition and subtraction.
* Check in with your child about our class Problem Solving Strategies. We are working to strengthen our ability to dissect and successfully complete tricky word problems that are part of our Math Curriculum. We use these skills daily in class, but an understanding of this will also help your child succeed in the future 🙂
*We also set class goals and personal goals at the beginning of each unit. Have conversations with your children about what their personal goals are. You might be surprised!! These goals have meant a lot to them and they are working hard to achieve them!
*Students will be given a daily quiz in Mathematics. This daily quiz will consist of a couple of problems to be solved (addition, subtraction, word problems, measurement, etc.) The quiz will be taken before the beginning of our daily Mathematics lesson. The quizzes will be tabulated into a final grade every week out of a total of 50 points (10 points per day). This is to keep track of their understanding, and allows me to formally assess them more frequently. I hope that this will be a useful tool for all of us!
“Grammar Challenge Thursday”
*Thursdays will be “Grammar Challenge Thursdays.” Different aspects of proper grammar will be practiced and assessed on these days. Some examples are sentence structure, reading comprehension, punctuation, finding errors in writing, etc. Like Math Drills, these assessments can be kept at home and practiced when needed. They do not need to be returned with other assessments in the Testing Folder.
“Math Drill Wednesday”
We will be implementing Math Drills on Wednesdays of every week, unless otherwise noted. We will begin with 1 digit addition and subtraction for the time being. Math instruction must include practice time for students. Students in all grades benefit from practice because it deepens their understanding and increases familiarity with the material. Similarly, drills are useful to reinforce and practice more rote knowledge and skills. Students benefit from practice because they are able to apply knowledge through interaction. Students connect with the material when they work with texts and concepts beyond a one-time exposure. When students practice using the knowledge through application, they connect with information on a deeper level. While drills used to be associated with a regimented style of instruction, they do have a place. Drills are used successfully when teaching students technique. For instance, when children are learning addition, they can do drills on each number set to help them memorize; they can then proceed to more difficult concepts that use the information obtained from drills. In physical education and music, coaches and teachers use drills as a method to hone skills that need repetition for improvement. Additionally, students can use this technique with one another for shared learning opportunities. These timed drills may be new to the students at first, but as time goes on the goal is to improve both time and accuracy in these basic but necessary Math skills. These can also be used to highlight strength and weaknesses in computation skills, so we will know what to assist the children with both at school and at home.
12/13: Spelling Test
12/9: School Closed (Immaculate Conception)
12/13: Christmas Show 6:30pm ($10 per ticket)
*Be in class at 6pm
*Bring a scarf
*Bring a flashlight
12/16-12/17: Christmas Store Open
12/18: Pajama Day
12/20: Free Dress *UP* (NO After School today)
12/20 – 1/3: Christmas Recess
*Spelling Menu Assignments are to be completed Monday-Thursday. Students may chose any prompt on their menu on these nights. Please complete assignments in their ELA notebooks.
*Prodigy is now part of our daily homework routine. Please help your child gain access to Prodigy on your computers or mobile devices. The assignments will pop up once you log in. All assignments are due to be completed by Monday morning.
ELA: Spelling Menu/ Superkids Workbook page 83
Math: Prodigy/ Worksheet
Science: Workbook pages 76 and 77
*Field Trip Tomorrow*
ELA: Spelling Menu/ Superkids Workbook pg 85 and 86
Science: Workbook pages 79 and 80
ELA: Spelling Menu/ Superkids Workbook pg 87
Math: Prodigy/ Worksheet
*Writing Journal Due Tomorrow*
*Christmas Show Tomorrow*