Weekly Letter January 13th

Our class will kick off the new year with a great start as we discuss some important facts about our new unit; SPACE! The students are eager to learn all there is to know about the sun, moon, and stars. It will be a great way to ease back into school after the long break. Below are the topics and skills being covered this week.

Reading & Writing

In reading workshop, students will begin reading informational texts on the SUN! This week we will focus on the topics of sunset and sunrise. Where does the sunset? And where does the sunrise? Think about your house to make a personal connection! Students will also look further into earth’s rotation. We will be covering a lot this week 

Now that the students have experience responding to literature during guided reading, the students will begin a Reader’s Response Journal both in class and at home. This week in Writing Workshop, the students will practice responding to literature and this will be the focus over the next two weeks. Once the students are comfortable with this, they will respond to literature based on the book they read at home for homework once a week in their Reader’s Response Journal. More information about this will be sent home in a separate correspondence.

Phonics & Spelling

This week students will be focusing on adding endings to words to make them plural. Students will learn they have to add –s or –es depending on what the word ends with. For example, if a word ends in sh, ch, ss, x, or z students must add an –es to make the word plural. During our word work center this week students will be practicing this skill using word cards. It will become easier with more practice.


This week students will learn how to add three numbers. Our skill this week has students find the sum of 2 numbers first and then use that number to add the last addend. For example, 2+8+3. I can circle 8 and 2 to get a sum of 10 and then add 10 + 3= 13. Or I can add 3+2 first to get a sum of 5, and then know that 5+8=13. This week I will start giving timed fact quizzes. You will receive results by the end of the week. 


We will be starting Chapter 15 We Belong to a Parish. In this chapter the students will learn that a parish is like a family and we can work together with our parish family to help others.

Announcements & Reminders:

  • Please continue to initial your child’s behavior calendar each night
  • Talent Show Permission Slip Due Wednesday. Practice is on Thursday from 3-4
  • Hot Chocolate Sale during lunch on Thursday ($1.00)
  • There is no school on Friday, January 17th or Monday, January 20th for a professional development day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Scholastic book orders are due by January 15th. You can either purchase online or send in a form to school. Our class activation code can be found on our class webpage.