Sunday, September 27, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
The rain clouds are slowly clearing and the sun will soon shine again! What a wonderful way to begin another week together! This week will include daily zoom lessons on grammar analysis, structured informational writing skills, geometric measurements, and cultural studies. I’m excited to share that reading groups will begin this week! Please see the class schedule on ItsLearning to see when your group will be meeting. In addition, two new required assignments will be added to your workload:
Spend 20 minutes each day doing math skills maintenance at www.prodigygame.com.
Complete 1 reading comprehension activity at www.readworks.org each week.
Below is a daily check-off list you may wish to use during each day. It lists all required works and lessons with a space to draw a satisfying check-mark when it’s complete. Feel free to print and use it if you will benefit from this more structured approach to daily tasks.
I’m sure you have heard all the news coming from the recent school board meeting about the eventual return to the classroom. I’m also sure you, like I, have many questions about what this will look like. Please know that I will pass along any information as soon as I am able to. I suggest you keep a close eye on SCCPSS social media and school board meetings. I’m sure a flurry of information is forthcoming that we will need to work through together.
I wish you a restful weekend,
Friday, September 11, 2020
With the exception of a few students, we are finished with our fall MAP assessments! Thank you for your efforts in completing these tests. I will use the results to help me plan lessons that are appropriate for your strengths and needs.
Speaking of lessons, I have some great ones planned this week! Your lessons may include more practice with writing informational paragraphs, part 2 of the Montessori Great Lesson “The Timeline of Life”, fun with geometry, and some more grammar work. In addition, check out the fun choice works I’ve uploaded to ItsLearning under the “Announcements” section! As always, your lesson schedule is posted on ItsLearning and your required followup works are found in Google Classroom.
You may note a change in our schedule when you look at the weekly ItsLearning calendar. We will not be giving live lessons on Wednesdays. Instead, we will be sharing a recorded lesson for you to watch and a followup for you to complete on Google Classroom. It is important that you are marking yourself as present in ItsLearning each Wednesday. Also, be on the lookout for more small-group lessons that have been added to the schedule with Mr. Mark and Ms. Connie. Students who need to attend these lessons will be noted on the schedule with the appropriate Zoom link to use.
I’ve had a few questions about reading and spelling groups. We will begin reading groups based on lexile scores the week of September 21st and developmental spelling groups the week of September 28th. More information about these groupings will be forthcoming.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Dear Upper El Parents/Guardians,
We will be administering
the Fall MAP assessment during the week of September
8th-11th, 2020. Tuesday will be a day of practice and preparation for logging on and off the NWEA MAP platform. We will begin administering the Reading assessment
Wednesday morning at 8am. The Math assessment will be given Thursday morning at
8am. Friday will be allocated for make-up assessments and/or students who need to
finish a section of the Math or Reading assessment.
Students will go to their regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday, 9-8-20 where we will practice logging into the NWEA MAP platform. On Wednesday at 8:00am, students will use a special Zoom meeting code to enter the classroom in which they will take the reading assessment. This code will be found in the announcements on ItsLearning. The students will then follow the same procedure on Thursday for the math assessment. The MAP assessment is not timed, so the student will have until 11:00am each day to work on the assessment. If they are still not finished at 11:00am, they will have the opportunity to finish the assessment on Friday. If a student misses an assessment on Wednesday or Thursday, they will be able to make it up on Friday.
In preparation for the
assessment, work with your child to create a quiet testing
environment with few or no distractions. If your child is attending a community center
during the school day, please inform the center that your child will need a space with
few or no distractions so your child can focus on the assessment.
During the test, if your
child needs a bathroom break, please remind them to raise their hand to alert
the teacher that they will be right back. If they have a question or need help,
let your child know to send a private chat message to the teacher. Students
must keep their camera on during the assessment. When they have completed the
assessment, students may quietly log off. Don’t forget explorations at 11:30!
We will not be giving
lessons the week of MAP testing. Your child should be working on independent
work, reading, math skills practice, or other educational activities after
testing during the week.
The Upper Elementary Team
Friday, August 28, 2020
Can you believe we just finished our first FULL week of school?! I've had such a nice time sharing lessons with you! I've really enjoyed getting to know you and seeing your works.
This week, we will continue our lessons in each of the subjects. As always, your lessons schedule is posted on the Mr. Trent's E-Learning Class course in ItsLearning. You may notice on the calendar that GEP will begin to meet this week. In addition, some other small group lessons will be taking place. Be sure to review your schedule very closely each day, so that you don't miss any lessons. If you do miss a lesson, or if you wish to review what we talked about, I record and post each lesson in the "Resources" section of ItsLearning. Feel free to view them at any time!
Please note that all required followup work is posted on Google Classroom. It is a good idea to review your works to make sure you have submitted everything. I've noticed that some students have finished the work, but simply forgot to press the "Turn In" button. Choice works that are listed in the "Announcements" section of ItsLearning are NOT required assignments, but please consider completing some of these works throughout the week as they are great compliments to lessons we've been having.
I have office hours each morning from 7:30-8:00. You can use the link in the schedule found on ItsLearning to join me during this time for one-on-one help with works or to ask any questions you may have.
Have a relaxing weekend,
Friday, August 21, 2020
Congratulations on completing the first week of school! I want to say a huge “Thank You” to everyone for being patient and so very helpful as we worked through our first few days together. I am so proud of our classroom community for pulling together to ensure that everyone was able to not only get online, but also engage with their classmates! We will continue to have a few technical issues along the way, but most of the big tech hurdles have been jumped because of your willingness to partner with me across cyberspace. Thank you, again!
The week of August 24th, we will begin following a class schedule that will more closely resemble a “normal” school day. The daily schedule will always be posted in your child’s ItsLearning platform under the course titled “Mr. Trent’s E-Learning Class”. Links to the Zoom meetings for each class will be included to make it easier for you to know where to be. The schedule includes a daily gradelevel-specific content lesson, times for independent work on required assignments and choicework, explorations, lunch, and recess. I will have office hours (accessible from the link on the schedule) each day from 7:30am-8:00. GEP, EIP, and other small-group lessons will NOT begin this week...we will add those meetings once we can ensure that the students feel comfortable following the basic schedule. I highly encourage you to log into ItsLearning this weekend and go over the schedule again with your child so you will know exactly where and when they will need to be in a lesson. I am available to answer questions at any time via remind or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I’m excited to start content lessons with the class this week! We will begin with three Montessori Great Lessons: God With No Hands, The Story of Language, and The Story of Numbers. There will be a variety of engaging required assignments and choice works for the students to enjoy throughout the week.
Finally, the upper elementary team would like to invite all 4th and 6th grade families to a special informational session to answer any questions you may have specifically about the transition to upper elementary or 6th grade. The 4th grade meeting will be on August 25th at 5:30. The 6th grade meeting will be on August 26th at 5:30. Please see your weekly overview email from Mr. Trent for the Zoom links to attend.
Have a wonderful weekend,