Welcome to a new school year! Below I have the first class newsletter that will be sent home this week. I will be using this site to post student work, assignments, photos and special information. Looking forward to a fun year!
September 2, 2014
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to a new school year! I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation as much as I did. I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year and I hope that we can work together to make their first year in the junior division a very positive experience.
For those who don’t know me, I am married and have two children who also attend Malden. Besides the classroom, much of my time is spent coaching after school and in the community.
Literacy will be taught every day for 100 minutes from 9:10 till 10:50. The balanced literacy program will begin with daily current events from all forms of media. I believe it is important that children are exposed to social, environmental and political issues both in the community and around the world. Take time around the dinner table to discuss current events with your children and encourage them to begin browsing the newspaper and watching some form of news. All students will have the opportunity to share during this time. . I will provide a useful site online which provides kids-friendly news articles.
Following current events, we will have independent reading and journal writing on a daily basis. During this time, there will be small group instruction (e.g. Guided Reading ). Literacy In Action will be the reading series we will be using for the most of the year. This will help provide the basis for much of our word study and writing. The final portion of each literacy block will feature a read aloud for the beginning of the year. The goal is to eventually have students doing literature circles by the end of the year. Most of the writing assignments will be done strictly at school, however, there may be some nightly reading or reader responses to be completed at home.
Math will also be taught in the morning each day before lunch. We will be using the text, Math Makes Sense. The format will generally follow a three part lesson. There will be a consolidation at the end of each lesson, but there will occasionally be some homework for practise or extension. Encourage your child to learn their math facts as it will become more and more essential as time goes on. In order to help with math computations, we will be using Xtramath, a web based program that your child will be able to access both at home and at school.
Social Studies and Science will be taught after lunch each day. The units for social studies are Canada and Its Provinces and Ancient Civilizations. For science, we will be learning about Sound and Light, Rocks and Minerals, Habitats, and Gears and Pulleys and Habitats and Communities.
In order to communicate effectively, your child is encouraged to utilize their agenda on a daily basis. Please sign it, and feel free to use it for messages or questions. Besides the monthly newsletters on the school website, I will be using a blog to showcase student work and provide interesting sites and relevant upcoming dates. You will be able to access the blog by Googling “Mr. Palumbo’s Blog” .
As far as school supplies are concerned, your child is encouraged to have a binder, 2 duotangs, and a calculator. Coloured pencils would be useful, however those are items that can be shared if necessary.
I am looking forward to a fantastic year with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at school. The number is 736-4529.