Monthly Archives: September 2019

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Mrs. O’Donnell’s Class 2019-2020

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What have we been learning?

Math: We have dove right into Chapter 1: Place Value! We reviewed place value through millions, learned the standard, word, and expanded forms of whole numbers, and compared large numbers. We have been learning all about decimals, converting them into fractions, learning how to expand decimals and understanding the relationships between each place value within decimals. This can be a tricky concept! We will continue Chapter 1 over the next few weeks.

Social Studies: Your child has started their first Social Studies Unit: 13 Colonies. Over the next few weeks, we will learn about the three regions of the 13 colonies (colonies, land, climate, economy, and diversity of people) Anytime a quiz or test is given in Content, your child will receive a study guide at least two days prior to the assessment. After Unit 1 is complete, my homeroom will travel to Mrs. Purzycki’s room for their first unit of Science 🙂

ELA/Grammar/Writing: We are learning all about conflict/resolution in ELA right now. We have learned the different types of sentences and how to identify a proper noun and adjective within sentences. We have been introduced to our first list of vocab words.

Spelling: Spelling packets will always be due on Fridays. Tests will always be given on Fridays as well. Students spelling grades consists of spelling packet completion and spelling tests.

Students are excited about their laptops!

As you all know, students received 1:1 laptops at the beginning of the year. These are brand new chrome books that are touch screen and can be converted into tablets. If you signed the permission form , your child is allowed to bring their laptop home. I do want to reiterate: because not every student brings their laptop home or has internet access: I will never assign homework on the laptop. If a student would like to work on a project we are doing in class at home, that is totally fine with me. Earbuds were not provided by the school this year. Your child can bring in earbuds from home to use. Laptops should be put into laptop cases if they are not in use or if they are traveling home each day. Students are expected to bring their laptop to school EVERYDAY. Laptops should be CHARGED.

Character Education Theme this month is KINDNESS

Each month, we will be discussing a different character education theme. We will complete lessons and have class discussions on how students can work on this character trait in the classroom, at home, and in the community.

Friday Folder Reminder:

Every Friday, your child will go home with their Friday Folders. These folders will have all graded assignments for the week in them. Any grade in their Friday Folder, you will also see in Sapphire. These folders need to be signed by you and are due every Wednesday. If the folders do not come back by Wednesday, students will owe me some recess time until they bring the folder in. Let me know if you have any questions about this policy!

September Special Events @ CM

9/9 PTO Meeting 6:30 PM – Library

9/24 CM School Picture Day- beginning at 9:00 AM

9/27 Early Dismissal K-12: 1:30 PM *PM KDG in session*