Mr. Brezny’s Room  

                                           January 3, 2017


Dear Families,

Welcome back to the New Year!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable winter holiday break.  It may be a cold and dark time of the year but that doesn’t keep us from having fun and staying busy as we make our way through the winter.  

Today is our temporary move upstairs to room 207, the computer lab, while our room is getting painted.  We will still keep our coats and backpacks in their lockers outside of room 141.  So what this will look like is while I'm upstairs in 207, I will have one or two parents outside room 141 in the morning helping children that need any assistance and moving them along up to our temporary lodgings.  At lunch time and at dismissal time we'll all come down to get our winter gear and lunches before heading down to the lunchroom or to the buses and parent pick up. 

The students are excited because... heck it's the computer lab!  However I will use this week to retest the students for their new reading level.  There has been a lot of reading activity in our room this past fall.  I’m excited to chart the progress the children have made in reading.  Our student progress reports will go home at the end of the month and I will include the girls and boys new reading level on their report card.

For the next few weeks in math we will be working with linear measurement.  Some of the focus points will be: understanding what length is and how it can be measured, measuring lengths of different size units, identifying context in which measurement is used, and understanding the meaning of at least in the context of linear measurement.  We will also continue to practice telling time and identifying and counting combinations of coins during our daily number sense routines.  Time and money are an ongoing set of skills used throughout the year.  You can help at home by practing with your child identifying coins and counting coins as well as telling time and writng it to the half hour.  Our homework packet for this month will cover these areas of study. The students aren't expected to have mastery at this point but rather a simple working knowledge.

On Friday, January 13th, there will be an all school assembly celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.  The celebration will be put on by the fifth grade class. It will be held in the gym at 8:00 a.m.  You are welcome if you would like to join the staff and student body.

Finally, there will be three release days for the children this month. Monday the 16th  is the MLK holiday with all schools being closed, the 27th is the end of the quarter as teachers prepare progress reports and the 30th is a district wide professional development day for teachers.


Have a nice warm week and once again welcome back,

                          Terry Brezny