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ROCKY SAYS: Roosevelt is the place to be!
 
Our motto is SUCCESS FOR ROOSEVELT RACCOONS and our rules are BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, and BE RESPONSIBLE. (SRR)

1.   The students are enjoying the new 400 Club reading program!  We have bookmarks already rolling in for NEXT month!  Has your child returned a bookmark....or three?

2.  We are in Unit 5 in math, which is focused on place value with whole numbers and decimals. All of the children need practice with multiplication facts. The fact cards were in the November 17 Friday folder.  It is critical, for success in 4th grade, that your child learn her/his multiplication facts. In reading we are taking the unit 3 test the week before winter break. In writing we are in the middle of an informational report. The kids love researching their own topics!  Your child has Mrs. Koble for science at this time and have a HUGE science book to keep.  Cursive is going pretty well.  We know all of the lowercase letters already!

3.   We will soon be dividing up the children for some extra math practice. Some students will receive intensive instruction on the state math standards.  Some will receive practice with the state math standards. Some will receive challenges beyond the state math standards.  Each child will get what s/he needs most!

4.  If you call me during the day, please know that I am only able to check my voice mail from 10:40 to 11:30, 11:50 to 12:10, and after 2:35.  I am only able to check my email during those same times.  (Otherwise I am with your child and we are learning new things!!)  If you have an urgent message after 12:10, please call the office and Miss Sarah will buzz my room.  Thank you for understanding. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

December 22 = Last day of school before Winter Break
December 23 - January 2 = Winter Break
January 3 = Welcome back from Winter Break

January 12 = Second DIBELS Assessment
January 9 = Late Start
January 15 = No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 19 = Promoting Respect Workshop (annual diversity presentation)
January 26 = No School - Teacher Curriculum Day
February 2 = Annual music program at Mankato West
February 13 = Late Start
February 14 = Annual Valentine's Day party
February 16 = Annual Family Reading Celebration 
February 16 = Science Fair for grades 3-5

March TBA = NWEA Tests in Reading
March TBA = NWEA Tests in Math

March 13 = Late Start
March 16 = No School - Prep Day for Conferences
March 20 = Evening Conferences 
(Tentative)
March 22 = Evening Conferences (Tentative)
March 26 = Evening Conferences (Tentative)
March TBA = Annual Music Concert
March 28-April 2 = No School - Spring Break
April 10 = Late Start

April TBA = MCA Tests in Reading
April TBA = MCA Tests in Math
May TBA = Third DIBELS Assessment

May 8 = Late Start
May TBA = Annual School Carnival 
May 28 = No School - Memorial Day

June 1 = Last Day of School for the 2017-2018 school year; picnic TBA
June 4 = Work Day for Staff
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HAVE A GREAT SUMMER BREAK!!
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OUR 2017-2018 SCHEDULE:
8:05-8:45 = Differentiated Math
8:45-9:20 = Whole Group Math
9:25-9:45 = Shared Reading (Whole Group)
9:45-10:20 = Writing Workshop
10:20-10:40 = Independent/Coached Reading
10:40-11:30 = Special Classes
     (Phy. Ed. - M & F, Art - T, Media - TH, and Music - W)  
11:30-11:50 = Word Study or Cursive or Spelling
11:50-12:30 = Lunch
12:35-12:45 = Interactive Read Aloud
12:45-1:15 = Science/Social Studies/Health (M-Th) and Math WIN Time (F)
1:20-2:30 = Guided Reading (Small Groups & Interventions)
2:30-2:35 = Clean up and dismissal

HOMEWORK INFORMATION
1. Please remind your child to READ at least 20 minutes each night (both orally and silently). This is the single most important thing that you can do to help. MyOn Reader is a great resource for our students!
2. When the fact triangles come home, please practice with your child. If the fact triangles don't work for your family, feel free to get some regular flash cards at the dollar store. You can also use the app FLASH TO PASS. Your student has an IXL account and it is a wonderful math resource!  It is essential that your child go into fourth grade knowing her/his addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts!

ABSENCE INFORMATION
Please send me an email if you know in advance that your child will be gone from school. It really helps me to keep your child up-to-date with her/his work.  If you want homework prepared due to a family vacation or extended absence, just send me an email!

OUR CURRICULUM:
Reading, Grammar, Writing, Word Study: Benchmark Education's BENCHMARK LITERACY
Math: University of Chicago's EVERYDAY MATH
Health: Central Michigan University's MICHIGAN MODEL FOR HEALTH
Social Studies: Harcourt's OUR COMMUNITIES
Science: Pearson's INTERACTIVE SCIENCE
Cursive: Zaner-Bloser's HANDWRITING SIMPLIFIED

ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER:
This is my 33rd year teaching at Roosevelt Elementary. I am now teaching the children of my former students!  My Bachelor's degree is in Elementary Education, with a concentration in math, and my Master's degree is in Curriculum and Instruction. I have a Minnesota Teaching License for grades 1-6, and I have taught grades 3, 5, and 6. During my years with the Mankato Area Public Schools, I have worked on the spelling, health, handwriting, reading, language arts, social studies, and assessment committees. I am happy to be of service to your family this year. Please email me at or call Roosevelt at 345-4285.

Contact: Mr. Brian Eggersdorfer