Week of February 19

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. Since we once again have a shortened week students will have only fourteen words to study for their spelling this week. Students will also have a reading log. Make sure that your child is reading and filling in their log throughout the week. During science students will be creating a slide show using the information they have been researching on for three different animals. Students will present their slide show to the rest of the class on Friday. At home students should be creating their new animal. This is due on February 28. Please see the paper that went home last week explaining what students are to do. In social studies students are continuing to work on their international festival country. At home students should be working on their landmark that will be displayed during the festival. Students should also be think of other artifacts that they can bring in to put on display. If you have any questions please feel free to contact on me. In ELA students are working on writing informational essays. Students are working on pulling information from passages and writing about a topic. This week we will be finishing our read aloud on Mysteries According to Humphrey. Students will have a test next week on the mystery genre. A study guide will go home about it. In math students are continuing to learn about graphs. A study guide will go home later this week for a short test the following week on it. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of February 11

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. On Thursday of this week will be our Valentines party. A list of students names went home last week for students to write their valentines cards. Just as a reminder no food items should be sent in with their valentines. There will be no school this Friday because of teacher professional development day. There will also be no school next Monday for Presidents day. During social studies this week students will be doing research for the international festival. In science students are also doing research on their animal research projects. A hand out will be going home this week to better explain what they are to do at home for a portion of their project. This Tuesday students will be taking their division test. Our next unit will be on graphing. During ELA we will continue to read aloud the book Mysteries According to Humphrey to go along with our mystery genre. Each reading group is also reading a mystery story. The class has been doing an excellent job in improving their writing as we have been writing multi paragraph informational essays. This week we will focus on how to do peer editing on a classmates work. Since we have a shortened school week students will be receiving a shortened spelling list this week. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of February 4

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. On Thursday February 14th we will be having our class Valentines day party. I will send a class roster home later in the week for students to write valentines. During the party students will be creating valentine bags to put their valentines in. There should be no food products being sent in with the valentines. This week students will begin working on their international festival projects in class. On Monday students will be selecting their countries and for the rest of the week they will be collecting information for their country. In science students are to be selecting what three animals they are choosing for their animal research project. Students should return the form that says the three animals they are selecting by Tuesday. At home students will be taking the three animals that they choose to create a new animal that is a morph of the the three animals they selected. Please see the paper that went home about this for clarification on what students should be doing at home. In math students are continuing to learn about division. During ELA students are reading a new class book called Mysteries According to Humphrey. Students will also be starting a new reading group book this week as well. During ELA we our working on writing multi paragraph informative essays. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of January 21

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. There is no school on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Last Friday students took their perimeter test in math and began learning division. We will be focusing on division for the next couple of weeks. In social studies we are working on finishing up our unit on map skills. Next week students will begin picking countries for our international festival. Information will go home about it. In science we our also working on finishing up the unit on animal adaptations. Students will have a test later next week on it. Also next week students will begin working on an animal project as well. For social studies students have begun working on multi-paragraph essays. Students are writing informative essays as they do so. We will be using both our international festival and animal projects to help with writing informational essays. In ELA we have begun reading a class book to go along with our mystery genre for the grading period. Many students will begin a new reading book in their reading groups this week as well. Please be sure to sign your child’s reading log after they read each night. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of January 14

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. As a reminder report cards were released last Friday on Infinite Campus. If you are unable to login please contact the office for help on how to do so. Next week on Monday there will be no school to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr day. In students Friday folders last week there were directions on how to access a digital library on the website SORA. This is a great way for students to read popular books at home on their devices. If you have not done so but would like to be a mystery reader for our class please feel free to contact me so that you can come in one day to do so.

This week in math we will be having our perimeter test on Friday. Please use the study guide to help your child prepare for it at home. We will be reviewing for it along with beginning our new unit on division towards the end of the week. In social studies we will continue to be studying map skills and in science students are continuing to learn about animal adaptations. Students will have spelling words and a test on those words this Friday. Last week the class began learning to write multi paragraph informational essays. They will continue to learn how to write multi paragraph essays in class along with typing them up to improve their typing skills. After we finish reading our class book this week “Caleb’s Story” the class will begin our new unit on the mystery genre. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

WEEK OF jANUARY 7

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice winter break. Monday starts the third grading period to our school year. For the third quarter we will begin focusing on new content that the students will be learning about. In ELA students will be learning about the mystery genre. They will begin to learn how to write an informative piece of writing as well. Students will also go from from writing a single paragraph to multi paragraph essays. Students will continue to be learning about the use of suffixes in their writing as well. In math students are learning about perimeter and then after that we will start into division. For science we our continuing to finish up our unit on animal adaptations. In social studies we will be working on mapping skills. If you have any questions for me feel free to ask.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of December 10

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Throughout the week we are collecting fifty cent donations that will go towards the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village. If you are able to donate it would be greatly appreciated. This is our service learning project for the holiday season. On Friday morning of this week we will be having a special surprise that will go along with our OSOB. Throughout the rest of the grading period I will be assessing students on their reading levels. This will allow for students to choose books that are just right for them. Please make sure that when your child is reading at home that they are choosing books that they are capable of reading. They should not be unable to read five or more words on a single page. If they are able to read every single word on a page then that might be to easy of a book as well.

In math this week we will continue with our unit on area. Students have been doing a great job with learning what it is and how to find it. A test will be given on our area unit next week. A study guide will be coming home this week. In science students have been learning about the roles that living things play. Students have been focusing on the needs that living things have and how they get them.  During social studies we will continue with our unit on local history and be wrapping up the unit before the end of the grading period. During ELA we will continue with our study on historical fiction. As a class we are reading the book Skylark. Students are also reading historical fiction books in their reading groups as well. For our word study this week we will be focusing on “other common long vowels”. I have noticed that many of the students have been struggling with the spelling of these type of words in their writing so  I wanted to make it a focus for this week. Students are continuing to write personal narratives in class and will have the opportunity to type one up this week. We will also continue or study of context clues, character traits, affixes and plural nouns throughout the week. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of December 3

Hello,

I am excited to announce that Kenston won the state championship this past Friday. This is our districts first state championship in football. I hope everyone that had the chance to go enjoyed the game. For those students who missed school on Friday they will be making up their math test on Monday.

This week in ELA students will be focusing on character traits. We will be looking at what characters are like on the inside and how that can effect the story. We will also continue to practice the use of plural nouns and affixes in our writing. Children will be writing narratives this week as they learn to a write a paragraph using this style of writing. Each student is working in reading groups that allow for them study historical fiction. Students are looking for parts of the story that help us learn about long ago despite being a made up story. The class will once again have a list of spelling words as they practice at their current word study level.

In math this week students are learning about area. Our focus will be finding the area of shapes in square units. Students will receive their multiplication test in their Friday folders this week. In science students will receive new science books to help us for our new unit on the roles of living things. We will be looking at how different living things impact our environment. During social studies we will continue to learn about our local history.

Please make sure your child is reading twenty minutes every night and filling out their reading logs. It is their responsibility to make sure their reading logs are filled out each night. Also make sure to check your child’s agenda planner and make sure they are filling them out each day. I try to check once a week that they are being filled out and initialed by a parent. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me and let me know.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of November 26

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving break. On Friday our Bombers football team will be playing in the state championship. Congratulations to them on their great season. Students will be having a multiplication test on Friday. We will be reviewing for the test along with starting a new unit on area. During science we will start a new unit on roles of living things. Students will be receiving back their science test that were taken last week in their Friday folders. For social studies we will continue with our study of local history. During ELA students will continue to read from the historical fiction genre. For their writing they are working on writing narrative passages. They will also continue to work on making nouns plural, affixes and other skills that we have been working on throughout the grading period. Lastly I want remind students to make sure they are reading our one school one book Charlotte’s Web. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of November 19

Hello,

We have a shortened school week for Thanksgiving. Our focus this week will be to review many of the new skills and material that we have learned this grading period so far. Much of our ELA  will have different Thanksgiving related material to help students practice what we have been learning about. In math we will continue to learn about multiplication and strengthen the strategies they have learned so far for it. On Monday students will be taking their plant life cycle test. For social studies students have been learning about local history. We will be discussing some of the challenges early settlers  faced when they came to this area similar to what the pilgrims faced. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to let me know.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand