Mrs. Denice Poetzl

Can you believe we are starting the 4th quarter?  I can't!

How is the DEAR challenge going that I posted on my page?  Did your family start that?  I hope so!  If not, why not start now?  In our busy lives, how often do we have to time to sit and read, whether it's to children or ourselves?  This is a great excuse to do that!  As the weather warms up, read outside!
I don't even know where the year has gone!  It has gone by so fast!  One of our biggest tasks if learning our math facts.  We have been working in our classroom on our math facts every day.  We also play learning games whenever there is spare time.  But the kids still need to practice at home every day!  The district goal is 25 facts in one minute for each of the four areas.  We are always working towards that goal but we also have a goal in our room of "one more fact that yesterday!"  We celebrate growth!  

We are starting our last region of states and capitals.  It is the northeast states and I would say it's probably the hardest as there are so many little states.  Your child should have a copy of the region that stays in his/her folder so it's available to practice at home and at school.

We have been talking in our room about the State Testing that will be happening.  We also have District Assessments that happen around the same time.  In other words, there will be a lot of testing in the next month or so.  Please make sure your child is getting adequate rest.  I know that is going to be challenging, especially when it stays lighter longer.  Don't get me wrong, I love when kids spend time actively playing outside!  We have talked about the importance of doing our best on the tests. I informed the kids that the scores are not on the report cards but we still need to work hard on them and make sure we do the best we can. This actually made some of them feel a little better and less stressed out.  I also told them that they are smarter than they think and know more than they realize so they will do a great job!  I also mentioned that I will have a treat when we finish for anyone that works hard and give their best effort.  This reward has nothing to do with the number right or wrong.  Please encourage your child to work hard and do the best job he/she can do. 

 If you would like to send a snack at any time during the year, please feel free.  Kids always appreciate and enjoy a surprise snack every once in a while.  I am not aware of any food allergies right now, but I will let you know if that changes.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  We are continuing our FABULOUS year!!!

Mrs. Poetzl