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 I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with you and your child this year.  I hope you are looking forward to playing an active role in your child's education!  Together, we will  help your child grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  

***PARENTS- Please make sure that you check your child's Agenda each night along with their blue folder.  The agenda is a critical tool used for communication between home and school.  The Agenda will be used  this year and throughout their 6th grade year.  It is your child's responsibility to show these items to you each night, but until it becomes a habit, please offer gentle reminders.  

***Often parents want to know what they can do to help their child...

READ WITH THEM OFTEN!!!  That is the best way to improve their skills.  Every subject in school requires reading.  The better they read, the better chance they have at success in other content areas.  What works really well is if you read a page to your child and your child summarizes then your child reads a page and then you tell them what you heard them say in your own words.  We call this Checking for Understanding.

Special Schedule

A day is ART

B day is LIBRARY

C day is MUSIC

D day is P.E.


Week of 3/12-3/16

"Half Chicken"


ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Why are some stories told over and over again?


1.  tumbling - falling and turning over and over suddenly

2.  flung - threw hard

3. tangled - twisted and mixed up with something else

4.  empty - not full, nothing in it

5.  swift - moves very fast

6. peacefully - happening in a way that is quiet and calm

7. stream - a small narrow body of water that may flow into or out of a river

8. blazed - burned very brightly and strongly

PHONICS SKILL:  Prefixes - re-, un-, over-, pre-, mis-; silent consonants


COMPREHENSION SKILL: Cause and Effect - tell how one event makes another happen

COMPREHENSION STRATEGY: Visualize - picture what is happening as you read

Students will be tested each week over the vocabulary and comprehension in each story as well as the phonics and grammar lessons.  I am no longer reading tests to any students.  Their grades are now a true reflection of their ability to read and understand a story and then read and understand the test questions on their own.  We also began testing on Chrome Books last week (2/1 and 2/2).  For students who score less than 70% on any of these tests, I plan to copy the test and send it home so you can go over it.  Grades can be checked on PowerSchool.  

Wednesday - ABC Order/Vocabulary Quiz

Thursday - Vocabulary/Comprehension Quiz (on Chrome Book)
Friday - Phonics/Grammar Quiz (on Chrome Book)

Students will have index cards made with the vocabulary word and definition.  Study these words nightly to assure success on the test for Thursday.  Also, by reading the story each night, your child's comprehension will improve.

We are practicing phonics, grammar, and vocabulary here at school.  However, the more you do at home, the more likely it is that your child will do well.  

Reading Homework for the Week...

Monday - Study Vocabulary and Reread the story

Tuesday -Study Vocabulary and Reread the story

Wednesday -  Study Vocabulary and Reread the story

Thursday - Sometimes they will have a phonics or grammar worksheet


Quarter 3


Chapter 8 Money


Chapter 10 Time


Parts of Chapter 12 - Halves, Thirds, and Fourths






Standards covered :

M.5  Tell and write time to the nearest five minutes from analog clocks, using a.m. and p.m.  Solve real world problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals on the hour or half hour.

M.6  Describe relationships of time, including seconds in a minute; minutes in an hour; hours in a day; days in a week; and days, weeks, and months in a year

M.7  Find the value of a collection of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars

CA.4  Add and Subtract within 1,000

CA.7  Create, extend, and give an appropriate rule for number patterns using addition and subtraction within 1,000

G.5  Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal parts; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whoe as two halves, three thirds, four fourths.  Recognize that equal parts of identical wholes need not have the same shape



***Students usually have 1 page of math homework each night.  Even if they finish it in class, I encourage them to bring it home so that you can take a look at it.


Spelling/Language Arts

Word Preview for week 3/5-3/9

1.  every 

2.  found

3.  still

4. between

5.  name

Skill to be tested: Long a,e,i,o


Chapter 3 Test is Wednesday, March 14.  Students were given a Study Guide on Wednesday, March 7. 


Chapter 3 The World Around Us

Lesson 1 Talking About Location

Lesson 2  All About Maps

Lesson 3  Our Earth

Lesson 4  Landforms and Bodies of Water

Lesson 5  Weather and Climate

Lesson 6  Our Environment

Lesson 7  Earth's Resources

Lesson 8  Moving Ideas, People, and Things




Quarter 3  


Chapter 7 

Chapter 5


Standards Covered

2.ESS.1  Record detailed weather observations, including cloud cover, cloud type, and type of precipitation on a daily basis over a period of weeks and correlate observations to the time of year.  Chart and graph collected data

2.ESS.2 Investigate the severe weather of the region and its impact on the community, looking at forecastingto prepare for, and respond to, severe weather

2.ESS.3 Investigate how wind or water change the shape of the land and design solutions for prevention

2.ESS.4  Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid



Important Dates


***Parents: please make sure you check your child's Agenda EVERY NIGHT!  This Agenda is an important communication tool for us that will be used by your child through 6th grade.  Getting used to using it effectively will be helpful to you and your child.  Also, please make a habit of checking your child's folder each night.  Your child needs to learn to be responsible for showing these items to you, but until it becomes a habit, please ask for it.  

***Our classroom gets cold.  You may want to send your child to school with a sweatshirt to be worn in class. 

***Children can bring in a healthy snack each day.  

Things to Remember

                                        LOOKING AHEAD....


3/15 Trash for Cash Collection


3/26-3/30  SPRING BREAK!!!

4/2 Return to school from Spring Break

4/5 Mobile Dentist 


Contact Me!
Shannon Klei
623-2235 ext 15402


Created: Aug 28, 2014
Updated: Mar 12, 2018
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Contact Me!
Shannon Klei
623-2235 ext 15402


Created: Aug 28, 2014
Updated: Mar 12, 2018
Viewed 1014 times

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