Happy New Year!

Wow, how did that happen already?! One of my resolutions for the year was to be better with updating my blog (was shooting for once a week) and looks like I’m not off to the best start but a start nonetheless! I hope you all had a relaxing, enjoyable, fun-filled holiday and break. I know the Loreto house was busy with family gatherings, catching up with friends, lots of lego sets, and helping our new puppy, Beau, get used to his new family. It was in the best busy possible!

Now that we are back into the swing of things, I wanted to just take a minute to send out a few reminders and updates on what 5L is up to these days…

The Reading Fair Project is soon due (Monday, Jan. 14th). I know many of the students are feverishly working on their boards and getting ready to bring them into school. If anyone is still struggling to find a board, we have a VERY limited supply (from the Dollar General) that Mr. Birch was able to secure. There are only a few left but if you are interested, students may bring in $1 to purchase a board from Mr. Birch to get the project done. If you are unaware of the guidelines/specifications of this project, please contact me and I will send you a copy of the rubric and specifications, directly. I can’t wait to see what the students have been reading and working on over the last month! We will also be opening up the fair to families that are interested in coming in to see the completed projects on Thursday, January 24th. I will be sending home more information on this event very soon. Stay tuned!

The Heritage project that students were researching before the holiday break, will continue in marking period 3. The Reading Fair Project took off as a grade level project and so we had to set the other project aside for a bit of time. Thank you for understanding.

Students have also been introduced to a Newsela Challenge for the next month. We are striving to read and engage in articles on Newsela that interest each individual in the classroom. Each student earns a hole punch in their reward card for every article that is read and accompanied by a quiz. The quiz score needs to be a 3/4 or 4/4 to earn the credit. The class set a goal to fill 28 cards with punches by the end of the 30 days. Students have been very excited about this incentive!

A few other reminders:

*Father/Daughter Dance forms are due back by January 17th. If interested, please be sure to send in your registration!

*Box Top Blitz is happening now! Get those box tops in when you can!!!

*Marking period 2 will end on January 17th. Report cards will be delivered to students on February 1st.

*Winter is officially here! I know it sometimes isn’t “cool” to wear a coat to school, or even long pants, but students will be going outside for lunch recess whenever possible. Please be sure to send your child to school wearing the appropriate attire for the weather. Thanks so much for your support and cooperation!

Mark your calendars…

1/17- End of marking period 2

1/18- No School K-12 (In-Service Day)

1/21- No School Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

1/25- K-12 1:30 Early Dismissal

2/1- Report Cards coming home!

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