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Parent Newsletter for September 25, 2001

CAMP PENDALOUAN provides a wonderful opportunity for outdoor education. Our class will be spending an entire day at this camp in Montague on Wednesday, October 17. We will leave Lake Hills at 9 AM and return at 5 PM. You will need to make arrangements to pick up your child that evening. The cost for the day is only $8.50 and students will need to bring a sack lunch.

THE COIN DRIVE was extended for one more day as we attempt to reach "a major milestone" in our support of the September 11 tragedy. Students may bring their extra change tomorrow. Thank you for your continued support.

WEDNESDAY LUNCH this week will be provided by Rylee Tuggle’s family as we celebrate her ninth birthday. A magician will also be visiting our class during our lunch period tomorrow. We’re looking forward to the pizza and entertainment.

IN SCIENCE we have been looking at various ecosystems. Students have been asked to select their favorite wild animal and draw a picture by this Friday. Next week we will begin to discuss the special project relating to their choice of an animal. Drawings should be done in crayon or colored pencil.

READING is a crucial link to school success and that is a primary reason we emphasize independent reading in fourth and fifth grade at Lake Hills. Turn off the television, snuggle up with a book, and exercise your reading muscle as a family.

PLEASE READ the following details about how your child can be successful as an independent reader in our class.

STUDENTS are expected to independently read 400 pages of selected text each marking period. In several weeks many students have already exceeded this goal. Others will need to continue reading more frequently to achieve this goal by Friday, October 26, the end of our first marking period.

BOOKS READ may be reported by one of three methods: (1) students may take an Accelerated Reader test online and receive credit for the level of difficulty and how well they do answering questions about the book, (2) students may report fiction books by completing a Story Map and turning this framework into me, or (3) students may report fiction or non-fiction reading to me by having a conference with me about their reading.

AN INDEPENDENT READING record for each student is located in our classroom and students are to record their reading selections and pages in the "little black book" to receive credit.

IN SUMMARY students should remember these key points:
· choose a book which interests you from your room, school, home, or city library
· order books from The Trumpet Club
· have a book at school and at home to read
· read at least 400 pages per marking period
· report your reading through an AR test, a story map, or a conference
· record your reading in the black book


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