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Specials, Snacks & more
Home-work & other monsters
by Ann Expert
Lois Downin was born and raised in Illinois where she attended Illinois State University to obtain a B.S. degree in elementary education. Following graduation, she married and began teaching. A preschool position and a job in a Chicago parochial school began her career, and in 1992 she began working in the Kyrene School District.She has taught 4th and 5th grades for many years in both regular education and the gifted program.
In 2001 Lois completed her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. In addition to teaching, Lois also enjoyed her many years of library work, both in public and school libraries. With ten years of experience it is understandable why she loves books so much! In her free time she enjoys reading, computers, paper crafts, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family. This begins her 22nd year in Kyrene, and she is very happy to be a part of the Cielo family.
Kyrene del CieloElementary
7:40 Students picked up from courtyard
7:45 Language Arts
9:45 Language Arts continued
10:20 Reading IFG
2:20 Discuss Homework/Agenda/Clean-Up
2:35 Dismissal (12:35 on Wednesdays)
This year we will be using the Harcourt Trophies program, Junior Great Books, and novels from the adopted trade book list. These programs provide learning opportunities for students at all levels of reading. Our writing will focus on the 6-trait writing model from Oregon. We will be doing journal writing, as well as, writing projects that take students through the stages of writing. This includes the area of conventions which focuses on the grammar, punctuation, and spelling aspects of the writing. We also have adopted writing materials to further aid in writing instruction. To improve the overall spelling in the students’ every day writing we will focus this year on the most frequently used words in writing along with the weekly words we are learning. These words, as well as, phonics and usage lessons will be practiced throughout the week. Finally, students will be expected to use spelling references consistently throughout the year. For example if they are reading an article to summarize, technical words that are used in the article should be copied correctly in the student’s summary of the article.
MathThis year math will focus on the fourth grade objectives first. As students show mastery, instruction will be accelerated to include objectives from higher grades. Mentally manipulating numbers and problem solving using a variety of strategies will be very important, as these are an important part of our math standards.
Math homework will be given 2-3 days per week, and the work is due the day following its assignment unless otherwise noted. I typically give 2 days on the Keeping Skills Sharp page, because the problem at the bottom of the page often takes more time. On the off days when time permits, it is a good idea to review basic facts, play math games, or study notes.
Social Studies, Science, and Health
In social studies our primary focus is Arizona history. Your child will have the opportunity to do a few reports and projects during the course of the year.
Science will be a combination of hands-on and scientific knowledge incorporating the district science kits. Our instruction will be based on the Kyrene curriculum and state standards. Our class will start with an overview of the scientific process, and then we will begin our Animal unit.
Health will use the textbook and other activities. We focus on how the body works as a whole, healthy unit. Topics like positive self-concept, safety practices, and the importance of good health habits are stressed.
Homeworkis assigned nightly, but often students have 2 nights to complete it. There is a homework calendar on line where you can double check assignments and due dates. There may also be periodic reports in reading, social studies, science, or health that require some work at home. This will be communicated when the need arises.This way of assigning work is to help your student start preparing for higher grades where the amount of homework can nearly double. These next couple of years are crucial in helping prepare students to be skilled in time management, organization, and productivity.Students are given 1 “I forgot” pass and 1 homework pass per quarter. When the “I forgot” pass is used, the assignment is then due the following day. The homework pass allows a student to skip one assignment. However, they may not be used on long term projects or assignments designated by me.
The Cielo PTO is once again putting together a student directory through an online sign-up system. Click the student directory link above to go directly there OR you may go through the Cielo PTO website.
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A place where kids can scientifically PLAY & explore during lunch recess.
Earth & Space
Life Science & Chemistry
The DR desperately needs room Volunteers during lunch recess (11:15-12:45) Mon, Tue, Thurs, & Fri - No Science Background Needed!! Grandparents welcome!! Kids of volunteers get a special pass to come when their parent/grandparent is volunteering. If an adult visits a child for lunch, they can both come to the DR. Sign up tonight on the sign up sheet OR take a volunteer form home and send it back in to your teacher. Contact Marni Anbar [email protected] training
Volunteer Training is Monday Aug 18 at 8am, 9:30 am, and 1:30 pm and Wednesday Aug 20 at 8am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am; more as needed