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M’s Message
December 10th, 2013

Welcome Back!
I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing, and surprising “Snowcation” off. I can’t wait to hear about everything you have done, the places you went, the people you saw, and the BOOKS you read! This newsletter is going out on the website and in your Thursday Folders. This is just a letter to let you know what we you are going to be expecting from me in for the rest of the semester and to help you help your student at home with homework and projects that we will have in school.

I also have a new webpage that will be updated more often.

Please make sure your student gets a goodnights sleep every night. A sleepy child does not absorb as much information as a well rested student!

 12-10 Select Choir Winter Concert 6:30  12-19 Pajama Day  12-20 Holiday Parties 2:30-3:15  12-23/1-3 NO SCHOOL: Winter Break  1-20 NO SCHOOL: MLK Day  1-22 Helping Kids Sleep Strong BA Library 6:007:00  2-17 NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day  2-18 NO SCHOOL: Professional Day  3-17/21 NO SCHOOL: Spring Break  5-29 TENTATIVE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Studying & Assignments
Reading Centers: Students have Reading Centers due every Friday at the end of the day. They have time in class and can take it home to work on. The centers are: Thinking Stems & Lexicons, SRA, Grammar, Spelling, and Mobymax/AR. Please make sure your  Writing Assignments: The State Writing test children are dressed apwill be given in February. We will be giving propriately for the weather each day. We students similar writing prompts every week. Please make sure your students are working on do have recess if the wind chill is the writing assignments during the week. They above 32 degrees! have to have certain parts of the assignment done everyday before we can go on as a class.

Science/Social Studies Projects: The assignments are given as homework, they can work on them in class during their spare time, but the projects are homework.  DUE DATES: I am going to be writing the due dates of every assignment on the paper. I am going to have to take 10% off the grade for every two days it is late.  Questions: If you have any questions about the classroom expectations or your child’s grade please email me.

Keep a positive attitude about tests.

Liberty Elementary
Courtny McFarland Educator Broken Arrow Public Schools E-mail:
You cannot open a book without learning something.

Math Help!
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Mrs. M’s Message

Reading Groups
Your students are put into 5 different reading groups based on their reading level. Every nine weeks students are given a different book to read. These books are used during their reading centers. In the next nine weeks I am wanting to get some more interesting books that are popular for the students to read. The problem is that I don’t have enough books for each group. I need 6 of each book. I am not requiring you to buy the book for your student, but I am asking that if you have any donations you would like to give I would greatly appreciate it! These are the books that I am wanting our kiddos to read. I will put the amount of books I have in my library.

The Cay by Theodore Taylor – I have all of the books needed! The Giver by Lois Lowry—I have 3, I need 3 more. Tuck Everlasting by Natatlie Babbit– I have one, I need 5 more. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai—I have 1, I need 5 more. Island of the Blue Dolphins– Scott O’dell– I have one, I need one more. I would need the books by January
6th, 2014 so that I can get the lesson plans ready. Thank you so much for everything you do for our class!