Week 2 (AUG 27 – 31, 2007)

Email me. Please send an email to dave.tallent@legacyk12.org, and I’ll add it to my address book. A parent email list for emergency notifications, progress reports, and requests for volunteers will be generated.

No school. Labor Day is celebrated next Monday, September 3.

Volunteer hours. Here’s a list of tasks I need completed, some immediately, others within a few weeks. Please email me at dtallent@elbertccs.org or leave a voicemail at (303)646-2636, ext. 127 if you’re interested.

  • Make my Open Court bulletin board
  • Make “flip card” decks for Fry sight words (1)

Notes: (1) Can be done at home.

Every Monday, parents should look for these two things:

  • *This Week’s Assignments (in the sidebar on the right), and
  • the current issue of my classroom newsletter, Mr. T’s Tattler

Each week you’ll find printable study guides for Friday’s language arts tests in “*This Week’s Assignments.” The Tattler lists weekly homework assignments for my classes (e.g., Saxon Math 54 and science), and, whenever possible, requirements from Mrs. Waide and your student’s specials teachers (i.e., art, computers, music; physical education).

Absolutely no nuts or pineapple in the classroom at anytime. This includes products your kids bring in daily for their snack. Airborne particles and residue on hands, clothing, desks, and in waste containers are of dire concern. Thanks for your help.

Fun Friday Snack Helpers are Allysa (snacks) and Daniel (drinks). We start at 2:30 p.m., have 24 students, and there can be no nuts or pineapple in any snacks.

Math 54. Class assignments will be made based upon last week’s individual Saxon Publishers’ Middle Grades [math] Placement Test results. Math 54 students have no homework this week. Instead, they will continue testing. They’ll begin work in the textbook next week based on the classroom average on these tests.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

A copy of the practice sentences with an answer key are available every Monday. Each night, to reinforce your student’s learning, ask s/he to edit that day’s two sentences again which you can correct using the answer key (this work never has to be turned into me). Parents should familiarize themselves with the proofreading markings which will be used for the remainder of the year (these marks will be utilized when I edit any student’s written work).

Spelling. Students take a 20 word pretest every Monday. On Friday, students test only upon the words they misspelled on the Monday pretest. They will be exempted from the Friday test if their pretest score is at least 90% (i.e., they misspell two or fewer words).

Vocabulary. Students take a five word pretest every Monday. They will be exempted from the Friday test if their pretest score is perfect.

Please note: the DOL answer key, and the spelling and vocabulary lists will be available by Monday evening. This is a change from last year.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will be classifying sentences and working with synonyms and antonyms.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows:

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll test on the sentences edited each morning in class. Click on the links for:
  • Practice sentences
  • Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling. Students will test only upon the words they misspell on Tuesday’s pretest. They will be exempted if their pretest score is at least 90%.
  • Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary. A pretest will be given on Tuesday. Students will be exempted if their pretest score is perfect.
  • Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It will be an “open book” test.
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Crow (study guide)

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