Dear Parents,

I would like to share some information with you about the results of the Developmental Reading Assessments (DRA), our weekly spelling tests, and some friendly reminders.

* Developmental Reading Assessment
          Thank you all for your support of the First Grade DRA Days.  I mentioned to many of you how grateful I am to ASW for giving us two days to complete these assessments.  All of the children did a fabulous job.  And thanks to the DRA, I have a clear 'base-line' from which to plan our large group and small group reading instruction.  
          When we meet in early November for parent/teacher conferences, I will share more information with you regarding your child's DRA and about the reading learning plan I am composing  specifically for your child.  I will also use this blog to keep you informed about different strategies and skills we are practicing in class.  However, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not wait until November.  I always love sharing your children's successes with you!

*  Spelling Tests
       On Fridays, we have a spelling test.  The first five words for the spelling test are the focus words we added to our word wall the previous week.  Since last week only had three days of school, we only have three words for this week's test (from, good, and eat.)  However, there will also be a dictation sentence using review words.  Students receive one point for each word spelled correctly.  They also receive a point for remembering an uppercase letter at the start of their sentence and a second point for remembering to put ending punctuation at the end of the sentence.  I hope this explains how last week's spelling test of five words and one sentence had a total of ten possible points.  The dictation sentences will increase in complexity as the year progresses, and I will begin adding the challenge words as an option.  If you would like more information, please let me know!

* Reminders
               The school encourages the children to keep a spare set of clothes in their locker for any unexpected emergencies.  Since the weather is getting chillier, this may be a good time to check to see that your child has a complete backup outfit ready.  

          ASW conducted a complete fire drill yesterday.  I am happy to report that our students did a wonderful job exiting the building quickly and quietly.  Please ask your child to tell you about proper fire drill behavior. 

            Also, please remember the PTO Fall BBQ this Saturday at school from 12 - 4.  I hope to see all of you there!

Susan Hayden