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. You should have received your child's DIBELS results on January 6.  Please call me if you have any questions.  We are in our fifth unit in math (MULTIPLICATION), our fourth unit in reading (SUMMARIZING), and our third unit in writing (REALISTIC FICTION). I hope that you enjoy the reports that the students just finished! The children are now going to Mrs. Koble for science!    Cursive is going great and the students are enjoying that, as well.  

2.  Our FAMILY NIGHT AT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM is coming up quickly!  On February 3 you can visit the Children's Museum for FREE from 6:00 to 8:00.  It is a great night of fun sponsored by our PTO.  

3.   Our FOURTH reading calendar went home on January 3.  It is due on February 1 with a parent signature at the top. Keep on reading at home and recording those minutes!! 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:
January 16 = No School - Martin Luther King Day
January 27 = No School - Curriculum Day for Teachers
February 3 = Trip to Mankato West for music program
February 3 = FREE Family Night at the Children's Museum
February 14 = Late Start
February 14 = Annual Valentine's Day party
February 17 = Annual Family Reading Celebration
February 17 = Science Fair for grades 3-5
March 10 = No School - Prep Day for Conferences

March TBA = NWEA Tests in Reading
March TBA = 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 TBA = MCA Tests in Reading
April TBA = 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


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
If you have to schedule an absence during the school day (dentist, ortho, etc.), the best time is around the lunch period. If your child is gone for the day, please call the school (or send me an email) to arrange to pick up homework. If I get the message by 11:00, I can have the work ready for you and in the office by noon! 

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