Sunday, October 30, 2011

Red Ribbon Week

Wednesday was the end of the quarter. We have been busy working on finishing up our discussion of ecosystems. We have also started a discussion about maps.

In reading, we have been discussing a book entitled The Talking Cloth. This book is about traditions, so we have been making connections between previous books that are also about traditions.

This past week has been busy with activities to learn more about Red Ribbon Week. We were fortunate to have an assembly where we could talk with a police officer about the importance of Red Ribbon Week. Students also enjoyed decorating posters about Red Ribbon Week while we enjoyed our popsicles that were a reward for reaching our reading goal.

We had a special event Friday morning, which was a school wide field trip to the Convention Center. Many students enjoyed listening to Mark Twain play the banjo. Students also enjoyed some of his magic tricks. They enjoyed listening to his stories and picturing the details in their minds.

Looking ahead to next week, we will be having parent teacher conferences. Please sign up online through the Fairfield Community School District website. Please contact me if you have any questions about how to do this if you have not yet signed up for conferences. I will be calling tomorrow to check in with you about parent teacher conferences and any other concerns.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


     We have been learning about ecosystems this week. Students discussed rainforests, the tundra, wetlands, salt-water ecosystems, and many others this week.

      Students have also been working on estimating and adding 3 digit numbers. In math, students were able to discuss measurements, too. They used tape measures to learn about the U.S. customary system and the metric system. We measured things in centimeters and inches this week, among other units. Ask your child which other units they remember using to measure items in the classroom.
During reading, we have been discussing a story entitled Grandma’s Records. Throughout this story, we have continued our discussion about traditions. We classified and sorted information as we read the story. Practice this strategy at home with your child! During language arts, we wrote a story about a bear, discussed proper nouns, and sorted words based on how we make them become plural.
Today, we wrote letters to a student who is moving away. We will miss her, but are excited for her to meet new friends from another town.  The treats that are being brought home are from an early birthday celebration we had for her.

         Next week is Red Ribbon Week. There will be a variety of activities to recognize the importance of this week. 

         As always, if you have any question or comments, please e-mail me at Thank you for all that you do!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 10-15

The week of October 10th has been very busy. We have been working on writing compare and contrast papers. We compared and contrasted plants and animals using graphic organizers. Then, students were able to compare and contrast a topic of their choice. We have also been discussing compound sentences during writing.

In reading, we have been discussing making connections to text, author's purpose, and asking questions. Students enjoyed reading a book by Patricia Polacco entitled Mrs. Katz and Tush. Ask your child about their favorite part of the story.

We have been learning about and practicing place value, estimating, and measurement. Students discussed why a standard unit is important and devloped a standard size class shoe to measure items in the classroom.This coming week we will begin measuring using standard units, such as inches and centimeters.

Our topic for the next week in science is ecosystems. We have been discussing what makes up an ecosystem. We will continue discussing what kinds of ecosystems are around our world in the upcoming week.

1. Scholastic book orders are due by October 24, 2011.

2. A math sheet was sent home on Friday, so your student could practice place value. This sheet will be due on Tuesday, so if there was little time to work on it this weekend, do not fret!

3. Tomorrow, I will be sending home a sheet students can use to practice basic math facts. I will also be sending home a couple sheets students may use to practice cursive. Students are not required to complete and return these. They are optional! However, I strongly encourage you to work with your child on these over the course of this week.

Once again, thank you for all that you do! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at, or you may call the school if you would like to speak with me.

Ms. Ritland

Friday, October 7, 2011


The students are excited for the month of October! Students received Scholastic book orders at the beginning of the week. Order forms need to be returned by October 24th.

In class, we have been working on life cycles. We have also been discussing endangered and extinct animals during reading groups. Students were very excited to watch a video about endangered animals this afternoon. Ask your child to tell you one endangered animal they learned about during the video or reading groups, in addition to one fact about that animal.

In math, we have been working on adding and subtracting two and three digit numbers. Please practice this skill at home. Challenge your student!

If you have any questions, please contact me at Thank you for all that you do!

Ms. Ritland

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Jefferson County Park Field Trip