Dear Parents,

    Happy Fall! It's hard to believe that October is already here. We have been very busy this past month getting to know one another and establishing fifth grade routines. We are off to a fantastic start!

    The students are doing a great job checking their SS and ELA TEAMs page.  Many assignments will be shared out on TEAMs this year.  I have been enjoying reading the Readers Notebook letters.  I am learning a lot about your child.  We have started our class book, Esperanza Rising.  We are having some great discussions and today we wrote our first Response to Literature (RTL).  This is where we use the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) format to answer comprehension questions in writing.

    I am also impressed with how the students are handling wearing their masks.  They are taking this seriously. Please reinforce at home the importance of social distancing and washing hands/using hand sanitizer. Thank you!

    The following information came home with my daughter a few years ago. I thought it was worth sharing:

    Ten IMPORTANT Reasons for Children (of all ages) to READ at HOME!

    1. Children who read at least 30 minutes a day SCORE in the top 10% on national tests. Those who read 60 minutes score in the top 2%.

    2. Readers DO BETTER in school and develop a passion for lifelong learning.

    3. Reading together BUILDS BONDS between parents and children...share giggles, tears, adventures, and surprises.

    4. Reading leads to TALKING TOGETHER about endless topics, issues, and values.

    5. Reading (and re-reading) deepens understanding.

    6. Reading ENTERTAINS -whether it be a favorite story, a mystery, a poem, or a magazine article.

    7. Readers are seldom lonesome or bored -they can always find a companion or an adventure in a book (or learn something new).

    8. Readers are better writers.

    9. Readers' vocabularies grow exponentially...they know THOUSANDS more words than children who do not read outside of school.

    10. Readers are THINKERS and PROBLEM SOLVERS with interesting and innovative ideas.

    Make reading a treasured family pastime! Thank you for your support at home, and if you have any questions or concerns please contact me via email or phone (267-3418).

    Patty :)