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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. find out what it means to me!

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Hi Parents,
This week we continued our discussion about disrespect and respect by reading the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. A girl felt disrespected by her peers who made fun of her name but with the help of their teacher (wink, wink) they soon wanted her name! The kids have really taken to using the words “respect/respectful” and “disrespect/disrespectful” and reminding each other how to be. It’s an interesting and welcome addition to the classroom. I’m just happy they remember what I say. 
We will add on to this discussion by talking about respecting our school, our parks, our homes, and the world around us and how we can do this. Since we are talking about it in class, this is a good time to reinforce your ideas of respect with them.
The last week before our Fall break It rained at school for the first time in a long while and we went outside and sang some old-time rain songs.That was fun.

Free Writing
Every Friday we do free writing and I get to see what they remember about W…

We're on a roll

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The school year has started and we're happy to see all of our friends from last year and some new ones as well!

The word wall is up and going in the classroom as well as many other resources in our class that can be used to tell a story through speaking, writing, or drawing.

Do the students have any new responsibilities?

Yes!

Each student has their classroom folder that should be brought to school each day so that new papers/information can go home. Each student also has a name plate that can stay at home to practice writing from top to bottom their first and last name with a whiteboard or washable marker. Lastly, each student has a sight word sticker book that she/he can keep track of their progress with reading and writing some sight words. Once it is finished they will receive a new one with different words.

I encourage them to use the sight words from their sticker book or from the word wall during class time Writers Workshop. The idea right now is that they become familiar wit…