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Friday, December 23, 2016

A Big Bite

What a way to end 2016!!! We did so much this week.πŸ‘€  We finished the division unit in math and took the online test.  The grades and comments have been posted, just log into your child's math account to see the results.  We will continue to practice division all year, so keep working on those facts!  We finished the Canada unit and took the unit test.  The test was differentiated for students so that they could demonstrate mastery of the concepts in their own way.  A scoring guide explaining the differentiation was sent home with the test today.  Everyone did a great job!  We also finished reading Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer and will continue studying dogs through non fiction texts and other multi media when we return to school in January.  The written fiction stories are almost complete and some students have been able to move on to free writing in fiction by creating fantasy stories and/or wordless picture books.  The winter themed rhyming poems are a hoot and we can't wait to share them with you. πŸ˜ƒ  There was great improvement demonstrated by ALL students this week as they delivered their winter speeches.  Everyone had developed a personal goal for the second speech and really worked hard to improve.  I love it when students take ownership in their learning, woohoo!
We participated in many fun activities this week as a school community, a grade level and within our own classroom.  We participated in the first JFK school wide community meeting, led by Mrs. McNeil,  and we discussed ways that students at JFK feel included.  It was a very successful and productive meeting!  As a grade level we completed two separate craft activities.  We love spending time together as an entire grade, it is always so much fun.  The week would not be complete without Dance Party Friday, which took place on Freaky Friday (a school wide event).  Mr. Banks even got in on the fun as he danced around the gym as a snowman.  ⛄  Thank you to everyone who sent in pennies and loose change for the Student Council penny drive.  The drive was a huge success. 

We finished our week with a celebration of the end of 2016 with a "Party in a Bag," and board games. Check out the Twitter feed to see students opening small gifts from Mr. Williams and me.  πŸŽ  Thank you for all of the donations made in my name to the Franklin Food Pantry, the Santa Foundation, Breast Cancer Research and Answerthecall.org.  I am truly humbled by your kindness and generosity. Have a restful break and a wonderful holiday season.  I will see everyone in 2017, raring to go!

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