Well, here we are – two weeks down and many more to go! There has been a lot for me to adjust to but it has all been positive. The one negative, I suppose, is the scratchy throat I developed this week but that’s common with the return to school each fall.
Thank you for taking the time to check in here, and for your continued log-ins with Class Dojo. You should be receiving reports each Friday via email. Generally, the students have adjusted well to the program and a good chunk of points awarded have been for good behaviours. A few of the red/negative points have crept in but part of that comes with adjusting to new expectations and a new teacher. The class average right now is 88%, which, compared to your child’s percentage, should give you an indication of how he/she is doing among his/her peers.
We had our first math quiz of the year and these were returned today. You should see your child’s mark in the agenda under today’s date and, if he/she followed my instructions, the corrected test is in the Tests section of the Reminder Binder. Heading into next week, we’ll begin to tackle the four major operations; addition and subtraction tend to be easy but multiplication and division get complicated. If you like, reviewing basic facts with the latter two is suggested.
Managing a split is creating some conflict for science, as the topics don’t lend themselves to working together. For the time being, we will explore social studies and visit science later in the term. With a history background, I’m able to find some commonalities between the grade four and five curriculum in social studies. We’ll begin as a class learning about Canadian politics with a focus on the upcoming municipal election. Then, the two grades will break apart and delve into some independent research specific to their respective expectations. Rest assured that I’m doing what I can to ensure your child gets the education he/she deserves.
Our Read-a-thon/Walk-a-thon kickoff assembly is on Monday so expect some information about this fundraiser to come home next week. Enjoy the weekend!