This Week’s News

In the midst of all the haunted house excitement, students presented their autobiography/biography projects.  The students did well, and the t-shirts may be viewed on the class website.  Special thanks goes to our classroom photographers: Abby, Annie, and Angelo .

Conferences begin next week and will continue through Friday, November 17.  Students will be running a portion of the conference so must attend with their parents. Each family has a scheduled conference time, and a conference schedule was also sent home with students as a reminder.  If for some reason your scheduled conference time no longer works, please contact me at your earliest convenience, so that we may reschedule your appointment or arrange for a phone conference.  During conferences, students are dismissed at 1:25 p.m. every day except Wednesday, when the dismissal time is 1:50 p.m.

This is just a reminder that there will be no school on Friday, November 10, because this is a holiday in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Students, in case you want to know more than that you get a day off of school, this holiday dates back to the end of World War I and commemorates our nation’s thousands of combat veterans who fought in the service of our country. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War.  Beginning the following year, November 11th was celebrated as Armistice Day, and November 11 became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938.  After World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

This is a reminder that Daylight Saving time ends this weekend, so don’t forget to set your clocks back (fall back) one hour on Sunday.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 10

To be successful in mathematics, students need to develop the ability to reason mathematically. To do so, students need to think about what they already know and then connect this knowledge to the new ideas they are learning. Many students are not used to the idea that what they learned yesterday or last week will be connected to today’s lesson. When students understand that connecting prior learning to new ideas is a normal part of their education, they will be more successful in mathematics. Your student can maximize their learning by:

  •  Actively contributing in whole class and study team discussions.
  •  Explaining what he has learned to someone else.
  •  Completing all assigned problems and turning in assignments in a timely manner.
  •  Checking and correcting problems on assignments (usually with their study partner or team) based on answers and solutions provided in class and online.
  •  Asking for help when needed from a study partner, team, and/or teacher.
  •  Attempting to provide help when asked by other students.
  •  Taking notes and using his/her Toolkit or Learning Log when recommended by the teacher or the text.
  •  Keeping a well-organized notebook.
  •  Not distracting other students from the opportunity to learn.

For Students:

Use Your Resources

When your team is struggling, try different ideas.  First, reread the problem, then look back at your previous days’ work.  Can you find help in a Math Notes box? Can you ask to do an I Spy (looking over the shoulder of another team)?  When everyone on your team has tried and struggled, and has looked at all your resources, then call the teacher over.

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