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 year is going by quickly. We are in our sixth unit in math (GEOMETRY), our sixth unit in reading (COMPARING AND CONTRASTING), and our fourth unit in writing (PROCEDURAL TEXT). I hope that you enjoy the realistic fiction stories that the students just finished! Our unit math test is coming home, too. The children enjoyed making backbones with Mrs. Koble for science!  Cursive is going great and the students are enjoying the uppercase letters.

1A.  Ms. Selberg has been teaching a variety of lessons to the students.  She will take over full afternoons in our room from February 13 to March 3.  Then she will do full mornings from March 6 to 24.  Finally, she will take over the room full time from March 28 to April 21. 

1B.  Our annual NWEA tests and your child's first MCA tests have been scheduled.  (See below.)  Please avoid family vacations and appointments on those days if at all possible.  Thanks so much.

2.  Our FAMILY READING DAY is coming up quickly!  On February 17 you can visit our classroom from 10:10 to 10:40 and read with your child.  Feel free to send a grandparent if you can't make it.  If you want to curl up on the carpet you can bring a blanket or a beach towel, too.  Come early and tour the school!  Because of I LOVE TO READ MONTH,  we have decorated all of the doors in the building with reading themes.  They look AMAZING!!

3.   Our FIFTH reading calendar went home on January 31.  It is due on March 1 with a parent signature at the top. Keep on reading at home and recording those minutes!! WE HAD A GREAT RESPONSE RATE FOR THE LAST CALENDAR!!!  The class with the highest percentage of calendars returned gets the honor of hanging a banner outside their door.

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:
February 17 = Annual Family Reading Celebration - 10:10 to 10:40 for third grade
February 17 = Science Fair for grades 3-5
March 10 = No School - Prep Day for Conferences

March 6-7 = NWEA Tests in Reading
March 15-16 = NWEA Tests in Math

March 13 = Evening Conferences
March 14 = Late Start
March 16 = Evening Conferences
March 21 = Evening Conferences

March 23 = Annual Music Concert - gr. K-2: 8:30 & 12:15, gr. 3-5: 10:00 & 1:30
March 24 & 27 = No School - Comp Days for Evening Conferences
April 11 = Late Start
April 14 = No School - Easter Weekend

April 26-28 = MCA Tests in Reading
May 1-2 = MCA Tests in Math
May TBA = Third DIBELS Assessment

May 9 = Late Start
May 18 = Annual School Carnival - 5:00
May 29 = No School - Memorial Day

June 1 = Last Day of School for the 2016-2017 school year; picnic at the Children's Museum
June 2 = Work Day for Staff
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HAVE A GREAT SUMMER VACATION!!
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WELCOME TO THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!
August 28-31 = Staff Workshops
August 30 = Entrance Conferences in the evening  (Tentative)
September 4 = No School - Labor Day
September 5 = Entrance Conferences all day
September 6 = No School - Comp Day for evening conferences
September 7 = FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR 2017-2018
September TBA = First DIBELS Assessment
September 19 = Late Start
October TBA = Annual Walk-a-thon
October 10 = Late Start
October 19-20 = No School - MEA Weekend
October 31 = Annual Halloween Party
November 10 = No School - Prep day for conferences
November 14 = Late Start

November 14 = Evening Conferences (Tentative)
November 16 = Evening Conferences  (Tentative)
November 20 = Evening Conferences  (Tentative)

November 21-22 = No School - Comp Days for evening conferences
November 23-24 = No School - Thanksgiving
December 12 = Late Start
December 22 = Last day of school before Winter Break
December 23 - January 2 = Winter Break
January 3 = Welcome back from Winter Break

January TBA = Second DIBELS Assessment
January 9 = Late Start
January 15 = No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 26 = No School - Teacher Curriculum Day
February TBA = Annual music program at Mankato West
February 13 = Late Start
February 14 = Annual Valentine's Day party
February TBA = Annual Family Reading Celebration 
February TBA = 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 TBA = Evening Conferences
March TBA = Evening Conferences
March TBA = Evening Conferences

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

OUR 2016-2017 SCHEDULE:
8:05-8:40 = Differentiated Math
8:40-9:20 = 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. - T & Th, Art - W, Media - M, and Music - F  
11:30-11:45 = Word Study or Cursive
11:50-12:25 = Lunch
12:30-1:00 = Science/Social Studies/Health (M-Th) and Math WIN Time (F)
1:05-2:15 = Guided Reading (Small Groups & Interventions)
2:15
-2:30 = Interactive Read Aloud
2:30-2:35 = Clean up and dismissal

HOMEWORK INFORMATION
1. Your child will bring home a blue math Home Link most nights. It is due the next day. Remember that the peach colored parent letter will have answers for you to use.  On some days there will be a white homework sheet in the homework folder. Those assignments will also be due on the next school day.
2. Please remind your child to READ at least 15-20 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!
3. 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 32nd 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