Our whole class will be participating in the talent show!! Mrs. Fernandez is teaching us a folklórico style dance to perform.
Twin Day is this Friday, January 22. Come to school dressed like your "twin." Do your hair the same as your friend, wear the same color pants and/or shirt, etc.
Please take a few minutes to peruse the latest Scholastic Book catalogs. There is a lot to choose from! Online ordering is the easiest way to go. Click here to go directly to the parent section of the reading club. Orders are due by Wednesday, Jan. 27.
I have noticed several students wearing digital watches. I know it is cool to have a watch and always know the current time, but I'd prefer it if digital watches remain at home.
The reason is that, due to all the digital clocks out there (TVs, cable boxes, iPads, phones, etc.), students are quite proficient reading these "easy" timepieces. However, it is still an important skill to be able to read an analog clock. Analog clocks teach a lot of valuable skills: counting by 5s, clockwise and counterclockwise movement, degrees in a circle, and so forth. Most students struggle with analog clocks. The more practice they get reading an analog clock, the better. So, if they wear a watch to school, it would be best if it is an analog watch with hour and minute hands.
Please take time to review the family letter sent home last week regarding subtraction of 2-digit numbers. Be sure your student can subtract any 2-digit number from 100 (such as, 100-57), using both the "expanded form" method and the "counting up" method. Be sure your student can subtract any 2-digit number from any larger 2-digit number (such as, 82-34), again, using both of these methods. Students must also be able to CHECK THIER ANSWERS using the opposite operation. So, if a student is solving a subtraction problem, he/she must be able to use addition as a way to check their answer. An example would be 45-25=15. Check this by performing 15+25, then comparing the answer with the number they started with in the subtraction problem.
I will be making some videos for you showing these methods, and I'll let you know when they are posted.