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December Grade-Level Blogs

Kindergarten News

Wow!  We can’t believe December is already here!!

In our Core Knowledge Skills lessons, students continue to read one-syllable short vowel CVC words with greater ease.  We are also introducing the plural –s and some “tricky spellings” like when s sounds like /z/. Students are beginning to read decodable text in class. We have learned the name of all of our lower case letters, as well as producing the corresponding sound of each. We are working hard to write complete sentences now that we know all of our sounds and have many sight words on our word walls! 

In our CKLA Knowledge curriculum, we learned about Farms and will begin Native Americans soon. We will compare and contrast information about different tribes.  We will also work to retell events in stories about Native Americans. 

In math, we have quickly moved through measurement.  We compared items by size, length, height, weight and capacity. Next will be composing and decomposing numbers up to 5.

Science and Social Studies focused on types of weather.  We talked about temperature, types of weather conditions and weather hazards.


1st Grade News

We are finishing up our third unit in our CKLA Skills curriculum in which we've continued to learn about long vowels digraphs and verbs. We're building our fluency and comprehension skills by reading and answering questions about the text. We're focusing on writing our answers in complete sentences and including a restate of the question. To help with this, we practice saying our restated question and answer orally so it becomes more natural for us to write.

Our Knowledge curriculum has us exploring the ancient civilizations of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca. First graders are continuing to learn about important components of civilizations such as farming, cities, leaders, and religion, just as we have with Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt.

In our Eureka Math curriculum, we are developing mental math skills that help us subtract from teen numbers. Our first graders our becoming subtraction masters!!

In our Science and Social Studies rotations, we are continuing with Plants, but this time focusing more on plant survival in our STEM Scopes curriculum. In the upcoming weeks, in our Studies Weekly curriculum, we will learn about America, patriotism, and presidents.


2nd Grade News

Wow!  We can’t believe December is already here!!

In our Core Knowledge Skills lessons, students continue to read one-syllable short vowel CVC words with greater ease.  We are also introducing the plural –s and some “tricky spellings” like when s sounds like /z/. Students are beginning to read decodable text in class. We have learned the name of all of our lower case letters, as well as producing the corresponding sound of each. We are working hard to write complete sentences now that we know all of our sounds and have many sight words on our word walls! 

In our CKLA Knowledge curriculum, we learned about Farms and will begin Native Americans soon. We will compare and contrast information about different tribes.  We will also work to retell events in stories about Native Americans. 

In math, we have quickly moved through measurement.  We compared items by size, length, height, weight and capacity. Next will be composing and decomposing numbers up to 5.

Science and Social Studies focused on types of weather.  We talked about temperature, types of weather conditions and weather hazards. 


3rd Grade News

In ELA, the 3rd graders are on their second unit. They are reading literary and informational text to learn that stories and books are important for learning about themselves and others. Students understand that storytelling can be a way to connect them to others and past family history and traditions. In Social Studies, they are exploring how we learn about the past. They are also learning how the geography of Louisiana has contributed to the settlement of the Native Americans in our state. In Math, they have been learning how to tell time on an analog clock and rounding numbers. For Science, students have been excited about the explore activities on animal adaptations and environmental changes. 3rd Graders have been some busy little bees!

 
4th Grade News
 

Well, it’s December and half of the school year will be coming to an end this month.  The fourth graders are working very hard as our holiday breaks are approaching! 

In ELA, we will work towards completing our culminating task for the 2nd 9 weeks where students will draft an opinion essay that demonstrates their full understanding of the conflict in the American Revolution.  They will give their opinion on whether or not they felt the colonists were justified in declaring their independence and fighting the Revolutionary War. 

In Math, we will begin working on Module 5 this month.  This module will take us about two months as it is our big unit on fractions. 

In Social Studies, we will learn about the role of compromise in setting up a democracy.   We will learn that a country is more than just territorial, geographic boundaries. A government is necessary for a country to function and provide for its people. We will explore the Constitution and see how that document laid the framework for the US federal government as it was created through a series of compromises made by the Founding Fathers. 

For Science, we will begin Unit 3 which is on Energy.  We will discuss and learn more about energy, speed, electric currents, transfer of energy, and stored energy just to name a few things covered in our energy unit. 

Throughout this month, we will also take our second benchmark assessment in every subject.  This is a district mandated test and counts for a major grade in each subject. 

Parents, please make sure to check the school calendar for this important days this month.  We have a field trip planned to Destrehan Plantation, and there’s two early dismissal days this month as well.  We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable upcoming break.  Happy Holidays from 4th grade!


 
5th Grade News
 
November has come and gone! The turkey has been eaten and we are now feeling very satisfied after our break. The Audubon Zoo was a wonderful field trip. The weather was lovely and the kids and chaperones had a great time! Now, we need to get serious!
 
The second benchmarks are going to start the week of December 9th. These tests are to see our students' growth and progress on mastering the skills of 5th grade. They will be counted as major grades, so try to encourage your students to do their very best!  December 19 and 20th are going to be half days, so don't forget! 
 
Remember it is only 3 weeks between Thanksgiving break and Christmas break, We Can Do It!

 

 
Special Education News
 

 

 
P.E. News

Happy December! The Physical Education department wants to wish all the CT Janet Bluejays a wonderful and blessed holiday season! Remember to take a few minutes to relax, recharge and refuel during this busy time of year! Include healthy snacks and a twenty minute walk around the block or go to the park. 

We have been busy working on several different activities to ensure movement, skill and collaborating with classmates. Activities vary from basketball, kickball, soccer and volleyball, along with our fitness work days. As always, our focus continues to be good sportsmanship, correct rules and regulations, exercise and fun! Our Fun Friday’s are organized activities offered to our students to give them opportunities to participate in other sports than what they are working on in their classes. It provides all students a chance to choose what activity or sport they would like to try and play for that day. 

We have started Jefferson Parish Public School Program “Too Good for Drugs”. It is a 10 week program to help build self-confidence, empower students, and instill good decision making skills. The program is for Grades 1st- 5th Grade. 

Reminder- please label your child’s cold weather apparel. Any coats, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts and hats and gloves are sent daily to the lost and found. Please help us by putting names on all clothing.

Thank you for your support and as always- if you have any concerns or questions, please contact us!