Mrs. Denice Poetzl

Hopefully the cold weather isn't creating too much a a discomfort to all of you.  Personally, I'm ready for sunny and temps in the 80s!  This cold weather is for the polar bears!

In the classroom we continue to learn more fun and exciting things.  I appreciate all the work at home that students are doing with reading, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and states and capitals.  Any time we have a few free minutes during the day we so our best to work on these skills.  It is challenging because there are so many other things to learn and do in 3rd grade!  I really appreciate your continued help in these areas!
Want to do something different?  How about something that can help encourage your child to read?  I challenge you and your family to do a DEAR event.  WHAT?!?  It isn't that scary!  DEAR stands for Drop Everything And Read.  How often do your children see you read?  Do you talk about your reading habits with your family?  When children see parents read, it tends to add value to reading.  Start small and do a 10 minute read as a family.  You could read a book, newspaper, magazine, or whatever.  I have done this a few times at school also.  I have found that most of the reading I do is for school purposes and I haven't been reading anything just for the fun of it lately.  I just bought a new book and decided this is a great time to read with the kids.  I think they need to see me read something also.  Start small and build on it from there.  It doesn't have to be done daily, but wouldn't that be a wonderful habit to start!  Give it a chance!

Some of our main goals we will be working on this year will be improving reading and writing, learning math facts (adding and subtracting as well as multiplication and division facts), and learning the 50 states and capitals.  Any help you can give us at home with these things will be greatly beneficial and appreciated.  We are currently doing Mad Minutes for addition and subtraction facts and multiplication and division facts.  I feel it is important to continue to practice addition and subtraction or they will decrease in these areas. The students will have things to help with studying all of these topics.  A few minutes every day will make a huge difference.  Review these things in the car or waiting in the check out line or in the bleachers before the big game starts.  It may not seem like much but it WILL help!

If you would be interested in helping/volunteering in any way during the year, please contact me.  At times I may have things that can be done at home if you are not able to come into school.  We will have a snack break during the day.  This is when we celebrate birthdays.  Feel free to send in a snack for your child to share with his/her classmates.  If you would like to send a snack at any other 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

Mrs. Poetzl's Kindergarten