• Fritz's Flyers Week 4.11

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 5/24/2019

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    May 20-24, 2019
    Quarter 4, Week 11 
    Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Take Care of Yourself.
    Grade Level Motto: Choose Kind
    Class Mission Statement: We are kind to ourselves. We are kind to others. We are kind to our things. We are kind to our school. 
    END OF 4TH QUARTER
    END OF 2ND SEMESTER
    FINAL EDITION FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
     
    Thank you SO much for all of the thoughtful end of the year and amazing teacher day gifts. I had to make a couple of trips to the car to get everything home!! Thank you notes to your children are done and will be mailed on Monday. 
     
    Thank you to everyone who helped and/or participated in the Color Run/Spring Festival/Ping Pong Ball Drop events. I know that was a bit of a pain with the rain delay so your attendance and support was most appreciated.
     
    Thank you to everyone who attended the Dressel School Cardinal Night! I know the rain delay interfered with that too (I was unable to attend Wednesday and I know that affected some of you all too).  
     
    Thank you for letting your student bring items to participate in the ABC Countdown for the past 26 days. I know that can be an ordeal to remember those items. The kids really looked forward to the events though and they had a lot of fun with the countdown. Your support of the days is most appreciated. 
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS 
    Monday we shared books that were VERY special to us with our classmates and then later with the whole first grade for V day.
    Tuesday we had A LOT of fun using watercolors for W day. I heard more than once that this was the "best day of 1st grade ever!"
    Wednesday we completed our memory books and eXchanged autographs with our classmates and then the whole 1st grade for X day. 
    Thursday we met with our family teacher and group for the last time this year. Your student will have the same family group with the exception of the 5th graders and some new kindergarten friends. We were scheduled to play kickball but the muddy fields forced us inside to complete activities. We also packed up everything left in the classroom and took it home for Year End Clearance Y day.
    Friday we participated in an all school clap out of the 5th grade students. There were some tears. 
    Friday we also got to ZIP UP (for Z day) to 2nd grade to see the classrooms and meet all of the teachers. No one (including the teachers) knows who their 2nd grade teacher will be yet so we met them all. 
     
    REMINDERS
    Report cards for the 4th quarter are completed. Watch your email for a document sent by Lindbergh Schools. 
    School resumes on Thursday, August 15, 2019.
    Watch for information via email/Facebook/Twitter about Dressel sponsored summer events and Dressel back to school events. 
     
    HOMEWORK
    I sent home a summer practice packet (bright yellow). Your student can select their own books to complete the tasks that say " complete from the summer reading list" but I am also attaching a recommended summer reading list to this email. 
     
    SCHEDULE 
    No events are scheduled for next week :-)
     
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    We worked on enhancing our editing skills on iclips. If you have not gone to Seesaw to see your student's creations--GO! Some of them are absolutely spectacular!
     
    GUIDED READING
    4th Quarter Reading Level Expectations: 
     
    Level J and above=Exceeds Expectations
    Level I=Meets Expectations
    Level H=Still Developing
    Level G and below=Area of Concern
     
    Your student's beginning and ending reading levels are reported to you in the comments section of the 4th quarter report card. 
    Our final class levels after testing:
    Level B=2
    Level C=1
    Level D=2
    Level E=1
    Level F=1
    Level G=4
    Level H= 1
    Level I=2
    Level J=2
    Level K=2
    Level L=5
    Level M=1
    Note: these levels indicate fluency and comprehension abilities. Avoid the summer slide by keeping those good reading habits going for the next 2.5 months. 
     
    SHARED READING
    This week we read books about summer vacation. 
     
    SPELLING
    There are no more spelling tests scheduled. 
     
    WRITING WORKSHOP
    We tried hard to finish book three but there were a lot of interruptions this week so not everyone got done. Your child was really excited to share their writing with you so please try to find some time to listen to them before the excitement fades :-). 
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES
    We talked about environments that support specific habitats to complement our science unit. We covered forests, plains, the polar regions, mountains, wetlands, oceans, lakes, woodlands, deserts, and the sky.  
     
    MATH
    Chapter 10 math quiz results: 7-100%, 6-92%, 5-83%, 2-75%, 1-58%, and 2-50%, and 1-25%
    Chapter 10 math test results: 3-100%, 6-96%, 6-92%, 4-88%, 1-77%, 1-69%, 1-65%, 1-62%, 1-50%
    We completed the final math pages from our book on Thursday. We did a little time review on Friday but we had limited resources so we did not finish the zookeeper book. 
     
    SCIENCE
    Animal science test results: 12-100%, 1-92%, 5-83%, 1-75%, 2-67%, 2-50%, 1-33%
    We completed our unit with the test on Monday. We spent the rest of the week completing project based activities using the information we had learned about animals needs during the science unit. 
     
    GUESS AND TELL
    Thank you for letting your student participate. 
     
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  • Fritz's Flyers Week 4.10

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 5/17/2019

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    May 12-17, 2019
    Quarter 4, Week 10 
    Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Take Care of Yourself.
    Grade Level Motto: Choose Kind
    Class Mission Statement: We are kind to ourselves. We are kind to others. We are kind to our things. We are kind to our school. 
     
     
    We are STILL in desparate need of volunteers to throw color at the Color Run.  
    Color Run Volunteer Sign Up Genius
     
     
    The color run and the ping pong ball drop are Saturday, May 18th. I will be at both and I am looking forward to seeing many of you there. 
     
    Thank you to everyone that helped make Field Day a success on Friday! We could not do it without our amazing volunteers!  
     
    There are a few extra yearbooks in the office. They are $15 each. 
    The ABC Countdown continues next week with V-Z. 
    Monday=Students are invited to bring a book they would like to share when they Visit with a book buddy. It does not have to be academic. It can be a book that is special to them. 
    Tuesday=Watercolor activities, teachers will provided all materials.
    Wednesday=Exchange autographs. Students are invited to bring their yearbooks this day to get signed. We will also be providing an autograph book. 
    Thursday=Year end clearance--everything left will be sent home. 
    Friday=Zip off to summer. Please do not send backpacks to school. Put anything your student needs for the day in a bag. 
     
    We had 8 students earn free passes to Six Flags this week simply by recording their reading minutes. Way to GO!
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS 
    Junior Achievement graduation was on Monday. Awwwwww!
    Monday we visited 2nd grade and got to ask questions about what it is like to be a second grader. 
    Tuesday we did a fantastic job at the intruder drill.
    Tuesday we had a terrific time watching the 3-5 grade talent show. We also had fun at the rock, paper, scissors tournament. 
    Wednesday we REALLY liked cheering our friends on at the K-2 talent show. We also wore our team gear and had fun sharing and show and telling about our home toys (and playing with them).
    Thursday St. Louis County library visitors came and told us about our summer reading program. That is a chock full opportunity for your students. I really hope you take advantage of the library. 
    Mrs. Toomay visited for the last time on Thursday and talked with us about summer safety. 
    Thursday we had fun exploring during Tinker Day and we also had a lot of excitement at the turtle races.
    Friday was AMAZING!!! Field Day, sunshine, snowcones, who could ask for more?
     
    REMINDERS
    Monday we will have our science test about the animal groups. 
    Tuesday is Dressel Night at the Cardinal's game. I'll be there! 
    Wednesday is our final event with our family teacher.   
    Friday is a half day for students. NO LUNCH will be served at school. Please do not send anything to school unless your student is going to Flyer's Club after school OR going somewhere other than home that they will need items.  
     
    IF your student has alternate dismissal plans on Friday, please let me know. 
     
    Please send devices charged and ready to go. Thursday will be the last day to send devices. 
     
    HOMEWORK
    We will have one more science and math test next week so keep hitting those math homework pages. Rev up reading by getting started with the St. Louis county library reading program to keep those skills sharp. I also sent home via email and folders a summer reading offer from EPIC. 
     
    SCHEDULE 
    Monday=PE
    Tuesday=Music
    Wednesday=PE
    Thursday=Launch
    Friday=Art (keep all ART shirts at home)
     
    Make sure to either put your child in tennis shoes on PE days or send tennis shoes in the backpack.
     
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    We are coding, coding, coding. Many of the students have finished the Hour of Code program offered by code.org and have moved onto more complex programs like Scratch Jr. 
     
    GUIDED READING
    We have finished all reading and FastBridge testing. I will report your students begiinning and ending reading level on the fourth quarter report card.  
     
    SHARED READING
    This week we read books that matched our theme days: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Engineering, Ideas, and Animal Dad (this matched our science unit). There is no #bookaday posting for the Animal Dads book because it was published in 2018--but it was a good one. 
     
    SPELLING
    There are no more spelling tests scheduled. 
     
    WRITING WORKSHOP
    We completed book two and started book 3. All writing will be sent home next week along with the writing folders and word power dictionary. It is a good idea to keep these items handy so your student can do some summer writing to keep improving their fine motor skills. 
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES
    We talked more about natural resources and oceans. We are integrating social studies, science and math to cover these topics with projects and activities.   
     
    MATH
    Chapter 9 math quiz results: 7-100%, 3-95%, 10-92%, 4-86%, 
    Chapter 9 math test results: 14-100%, 2-93%, 3-87%, 2-80%, 1-53%, and 2 absences
    We transitioned from shapes to fractions. We covered half, third, and fourth. Chapter 10 is the final math chapter in first grade. It covers 3D shapes so we have already been integrating it in to chapter 9. We will start and finish chapter 10 next week. Yes, it is very short :-). 
     
    SCIENCE
    We finished our coverage of animal groups this week by talking about reptile and fish. We will have a simple science test over animal groups on Monday and then we will continue to work on animal projects next week in science. 
     
    GUESS AND TELL
    We are finished with guess and tell for the year. Thank you for letting your student participate. 
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  • Fritz's Flyers Week 4.9

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 5/10/2019

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    April 29-May 3, 2019
    Quarter 4, Week 8 
    Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Take Care of Yourself.
    Grade Level Motto: Choose Kind
    Class Mission Statement: We are kind to ourselves. We are kind to others. We are kind to our things. We are kind to our school. 
     
    URGENT UPDATE: The James Durbin PTO event scheduled for tonight, Friday, May 10th has been cancelled due to lack of particpation. 
     
    ~~NEWSFLASH--The Color Run has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 18th--ALSO--The Ping Pong ball drop has been rescheduled to Saturday May 18th at 2:30 due to the weather forecast of heavy rain. 
     
    Color Run Volunteer Sign Up Genius
     
      
    Join us for the Dressel Elementary Cardinals Night on May 21st at 7:15pm! Tickets are $18 a person. Buy your tickets today, only 300 are being sold! Deadline to buy tickets is Saturday, May 4th. If paying by check, please make out to Dressel PTO.

    GIVEAWAY!!! We are giving away tickets for 4 field passes for before the game! Buy 1-4 tickets, get 1 entry, buy 5-8 tickets and get 2 entries, buy 9+ tickets, get 3 entries!

    If you are wanting to sit by a particular family, please purchase tickets together to guarantee you are sitting together.

    Use this link to purchase tickets.

    https://forms.gle/31Qm242MDbspLgWn9

    Yearbooks are coming home in the school mail today. There are a few extras in the office if you would still like to purchase one. Please contact the office staff for details about that. 

    The ABC Countdown continues next week with Q-U
    Monday=Questions we want to ask 2nd graders
    Tuesday=Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament
    Wednesday=Sports and Toys, wear your favorite sports team attire and bring a toy from home to share (no electronics please)
    Thursday=Tinker Day with manipulatives at school
    Friday=Unbelievable FUN at field day--please wear our grade level color--BLUE!
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS 
    Junior Achievement was on Monday and we learned about jobs.
    Monday we visited our buddies and participated in a design project building activity. 
    Tuesday we had a fire drill during music class and we did a great job transitioning from a different room. 
    Tuesday we turned all of our libratry books in. Our class does not have any outstanding books. THANK YOU!
    Thursday we had our final fire drill first thing in the morning and our class did a perfect job. 
    Thursday we got to visit the chick in kindergarten. 
    Thursday we particpated in the final FastBridge evaluation. We continued into Friday and some people will need to finish on Monday. 
    Friday we had fun at the paper airplane tournament and we got to have SNOW CONES at recess as part of the MAP ending celebration event. 
     
     
    REMINDERS
    Monday we will have our fifth and final JA lesson.
    Tuesday we will have our final intruder drill for this school year. You might want to remind your student so no one gets too scared. 
    Tuesday we will attend the 3-5 grade talent show. 
    Wednesday we will attend the K-2 grade talent show. 
    Wednesday Mrs. Toomay will visit for the final time this year. 
    Thursday the St. Louis County librarian will visit to talk with us about the summer reading program. 
     
    Friday is field day. Watch for reminders from the PE department. 
     
    Please send devices charged and ready to go. 
     
    HOMEWORK
    Keep up the good work with daily reading and reviewing math facts. 
     
    SCHEDULE 
    Monday=PE
    Tuesday=Music
    Wednesday=PE
    Thursday=Launch
    Friday=Field Day (no Block Classes) Please dress your student appropriately to be outside for half of the day participating in physical activities. 
     
    Make sure to either put your child in tennis shoes on PE days or send tennis shoes in the backpack. Even though I send you all the schedule every week we still have students who NEVER have tennis shoes on or in their backpacks on PE days. This causes them to miss a portion of the class trying to find appropriate shoes to wear into the gym. 
     
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    We used Seesaw to complete assignments. Some of us are still  working on following ALL of the directions. 
     
    GUIDED READING
     
    We used our time this week to participate in round 3 of the FastBridge screening. 
     
    SHARED READING
    This week we read books about Mother's Day. I posted all but one on Seesaw for you to review. Also coming home is a wonderful book your student made for you for Mother's Day. I hope you like them. 
     
    SPELLING
    There are no more spelling tests scheduled. 
     
    WRITING WORKSHOP
    We are working on wrapping up our realistic fiction stories. 
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES
    We discussed natural resources this week and talked about man made vs made by nature. We also talked about ways to take care of our natural resources.  
     
    MATH
    Chapter 9 math quiz results: 7-100%, 2-95%, 10-91%, 3-86%, 2-82%
    We continued our exploration of 2D shapes by learning how to combine shapes to make a composite shape. This is more challenging than it sounds. The students have to be able to mentally manipulate shapes in their minds as well as physically slide, turn, and flip shapes. 
     
    SCIENCE
    We continued learning about animals with a focus on birds this week. 
     
    GUESS AND TELL
    When the bag comes home please help your student remember to put something in there to share with the class the next school day. Thank you. 
     
     
     
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  • Fritz's Flyers Week 4.8

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 5/3/2019

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    April 29-May 3, 2019
    Quarter 4, Week 8 
    Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Take Care of Yourself.
    Grade Level Motto: Choose Kind
    Class Mission Statement: We are kind to ourselves. We are kind to others. We are kind to our things. We are kind to our school. 
     
    ~~NEWSFLASH--The Color Run has been rescheduled from this Saturday, May 3rd to Saturday, May 18th--ALSO--The Ping Pong ball drop has been rescheduled to Saturday May 18th at 2:30 due to the weather forecast of heavy rain. 
    PTO has sent and is sending out information regarding purchasing and volunteering for both. Watch Facebook, email, and Twitter for updates and information on both. I will also try to forward email updates about both events. 
     
    Color Run Volunteer Sign Up Genius
     
     
    Parents Night out at James Durbin Jewelry Design even information and tickets:
     
     
    Join us for the Dressel Elementary Cardinals Night on May 21st at 7:15pm! Tickets are $18 a person. Buy your tickets today, only 300 are being sold! Deadline to buy tickets is Saturday, May 4th. If paying by check, please make out to Dressel PTO.

    GIVEAWAY!!! We are giving away tickets for 4 field passes for before the game! Buy 1-4 tickets, get 1 entry, buy 5-8 tickets and get 2 entries, buy 9+ tickets, get 3 entries!

    If you are wanting to sit by a particular family, please purchase tickets together to guarantee you are sitting together.

    Use this link to purchase tickets.

    https://forms.gle/31Qm242MDbspLgWn9

     
    The ABC Countdown continues next week with L-P
    Monday=LAUNCH a Design for Global Design Day--we will be completing this activity with our buddy class
    Tuesday=Movie Day--students will get to choose from 5 movies being shown after lunch
    Wednesday=New Name Day
    Thursday=Wear ORANGE and hopefully work outside if the rain has taken a break by then
    Friday=Paper airplane design day and tournament
     
    The only thing you have to remember to do for next week is to dress your student in something orange on Thursday :-)!
     
    NOTE: MAP TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5 CONTINUES NEXT WEEK. PLEASE TALK WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT BEING EXTRA QUIET AND RESPECTFUL IN THE HALLWAYS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. WE WANT TO SUPPORT OUR CLASSMATES SO THEY CAN DO THEIR BEST.
    OUR CLASS HAS BEEN DOING A SUPERB JOB IN THE HALLWAYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT WITH THIS. 
     
    We have only 1 birthday left to celebrate this year in May.  AS A REMINDER YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SEND ANY FOOD ITEMS IN AS THE TREAT.  Thank you for helping us protect the students who are struggling with food allergies from being accidentally exposed. I think everyone who has a summer birthday celebrated their half birthday already but if your student didn't please feel free to send in a treat anytime in May and we can celebrate the summer birthdays then. 
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS 
    Junior Achievement was on Monday and talked how communities are planned and entrepreneurs. We learned why businesses are located where they are and how that helps the community and the business owners. 
    We have been visiting the Book Fair everyday this week. The kids had a really fun time shopping. 
    The Magic House visited on Wednesday and WOWED! us with some Big Science experiments. The students learned about gravity, optical illusions, and polymers. 
    Mrs. Toomay also visited on Wednesday and talked with us about bullying and strategies to prevent being bullied. Also we learned what to do if we are in a situation where we are feeling threatened. 
     
    REMINDERS
    Monday we will have our fourth JA lesson.
    Monday we will meet with our buddies and participate in Global Design Day.
    Tuesday please return all books and magazines. This will be our last library visit for the year so please try to get everything turned in. 
    Tuesday we will have our monthly fire drill--weather permitting. 
    Wednesday Mrs. Toomay will visit for the final time this year. 
    Thursday wear Orange to school and be ready to work outside (maybe bring sunglasses or a hat)
    Thursday we will participate in the third and final FastBridge screening for reading issues. 
    Friday we will participate in the spring celebration at recess time (again, weather permitting)
     
    Please send devices charged and ready to go. 
     
    HOMEWORK
    The next few weeks have a lot of interruptions for us due to events so we are not going to have any more spelling tests. However I will still post work on spelling city for us to complete during literacy time. We will have two more math tests and one more science test before the end of the year. The absolute best thing you can work on is reading. Please make every effort to listen to your child read to you daily and please plan on reading at least one book to them daily. I know it can be hard to fit that in but it truly does make a huge difference in their success at school in every subject area.  
     
    SCHEDULE 
    Monday=PE
    Tuesday=Music
    Wednesday=PE
    Thursday=Launch
    Friday=Art
     
    Make sure to either put your child in tennis shoes on PE days or send tennis shoes in the backpack. Even though I send you all the schedule every week we still have students who NEVER have tennis shoes on or in their backpacks on PE days. This causes them to miss a portion of the class trying to find appropriate shoes to wear into the gym. 
     
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    We practiced using the green screen this week and worked on taking photos with different backgrounds. 
     
    GUIDED READING
    The reading teachers continued taking students 1:1 from our classroom and administering the end of the year final reading evaluation. The beginning and ending reading scores will be provided for you on the 4th quarter report card. I am continuing to meet with all of the students in their small reading groups to practice fluency and comprehension. We are also covering phonics and grammar during these small group sessions. 
     
    SHARED READING
    This week we read books about plants, seeds, and gardens. You can find all of the book a day selections on Seesaw. 
     
    SPELLING
    -eat word family test scores: 12-100%, 1-90%, 3-80%, 3-70%, 1-60%, 2-40%,  and two absences
     
    There are no more spelling tests scheduled. 
     
    WRITING WORKSHOP
    We added details to book two of our realistic fiction series. The students are trying to wrap up the latest adventure with an exciting ending. 
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES
    We started to discuss land and water forms this week. We talked about mountain and plains. We talked about rivers and lakes. We also discussed family and history and began to think about how we have body parts and personality traits that are similar to people in our familes and extended families. 
     
    MATH
    Chapter 8 math test results: 7-100%, 2-94%, 4-88%, 4-81%, 2-75%, 1-69%, 1-63%, 2-44%, and one absence
    We began FUN Chapter 9 which presents two dimensional shapes with the added component of understanding sides and vertices. This week we talked about triangles, trapezoids, squares, rectangles, and circles. We also talked about the concept of shapes being opened and closed. Finally we practiced shape rotation, i.e. a square turned on its side looks like a diamond but is still a square. Most of the students have no issues with mental manipulation of shapes but a handful of the students struggle to identify shapes when they are laying on their sides or in some other unfamiliar way. 
     
    SCIENCE
    We began our science unit about animal classifications. This week we talked about mammals, amphibians, and insects. We are learrning about what makes each category of animal special and what must an animal have to fit into a specific category.  
     
    GUESS AND TELL
    When the bag comes home please help your student remember to put something in there to share with the class the next school day. Thank you. 
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  • Fritz's Flyers Week 4.7

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 4/26/2019

     

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    April 22-26, 2019
    Quarter 4, Week 7 
    Habit 6: Synergize. Work together to do better. 
    Grade Level Motto: Choose Kind
    Class Mission Statement: We are kind to ourselves. We are kind to others. We are kind to our things. We are kind to our school. 
     
    NEWSFLASH--The Ping Pong ball drop has been rescheduled from this Saturday, April 27th to Saturday May 18th at 2:30 due to the weather forecast of heavy rain. 
     
    Ping Pong Ball Drop Info
                        
                         http://bit.ly/PingPongDrop!
     
    There is a flyer coming home in the school mail today about ordering tickets for Dressel Night at the St. Louis Cardinal's game. NOTE: There are ONLY 300 tickets available so if you want to attend please order promptly.
     
    Join us for the Dressel Elementary Cardinals Night on May 21st at 7:15pm! Tickets are $18 a person. Buy your tickets today, only 300 are being sold! Deadline to buy tickets is Saturday, May 4th. If paying by check, please make out to Dressel PTO.

    GIVEAWAY!!! We are giving away tickets for 4 field passes for before the game! Buy 1-4 tickets, get 1 entry, buy 5-8 tickets and get 2 entries, buy 9+ tickets, get 3 entries!

    If you are wanting to sit by a particular family, please purchase tickets together to guarantee you are sitting together.

    Use this link to purchase tickets.

    https://forms.gle/31Qm242MDbspLgWn9

     
     
    The ABC Countdown continues next week with G-K
    Monday=Wear Green and Gold and bring a favorite board or card game--PLEASE NOTE: No electronic games
    Tuesday=Hats and Hula Hoops, Students can wear a hat all day and bring a hula hoop, NOTE: hula hoops will also be provided by PE
    Wednesday=Wear clothing inside out and the Magic House is visiting (time permitting we will watch the movie Inside Out and do some self-esteem building activities)
    Thursday=Wear jammies to school (pajamas) and be ready to share a joke with the first grade. Students can write their joke down if they cannot remember it or you can begin practicing with them to memorize it. 
    Friday=Kick off shoes all day at school. (Might be a good idea to send a pair of flip flops to slip on for trips to the bathroom)
     
    THANK YOU so much for letting your student participate in these days by bringing things from home. They really seem to be having fun with the countdown activities. 
     
    NOTE: MAP TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5 CONTINUES NEXT WEEK. PLEASE TALK WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT BEING EXTRA QUIET AND RESPECTFUL IN THE HALLWAYS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. WE WANT TO SUPPORT OUR CLASSMATES SO THEY CAN DO THEIR BEST.
    OUR CLASS HAS BEEN DOING A SUPERB JOB IN THE HALLWAYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT WITH THIS. 
     
     
    Thank you to everyone who participated in Dressel Night at Papa John's. Your support is so valuable. 
     
    Thank you to everyone who chaperoned at the Botanical Garden. We sincerely appreciate your assistance with keeping everyone safe and accounted for. 
     
    We had three students from our room audition for the talent show and all 3 entries were accepted. Congratulations to Kelsey, Kendall, and Addy. Talent show will May 15th from 9-11 for K-2. We will also attend the 3-5 talent show which will be on May 14th from 1-3. 
     
    The Spring Book Fair runs from April 29-May 4th. Your student can purchase items anytime during the week. A portion of all purchases support Dressel Library. 
     
    The Spring Book Fair still has some volunteer needs:
     
    Spring Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up:
      
    We have only 1 birthday left to celebrate this year in May.  AS A REMINDER YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SEND ANY FOOD ITEMS IN AS THE TREAT.  Thank you for helping us protect the students who are struggling with food allergies from being accidentally exposed. I think everyone who has a summer birthday celebrated their half birthday already but if your student didn't please feel free to send in a treat anytime in May and we can celebrate the summer birthdays then. 
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS 
    Junior Achievement was on Monday and talked about Wants and Needs. 
    We went to the Botanical Garden on Thursday and talked about leaves, roots, and middles of plants that we eat. 
    We previewed the Book Fair on Friday and wrote down some of our book choices. The students also brought home a flyer detailing some of the book options. 
     
    REMINDERS
    Monday we will have our third JA lesson. Bring a non electronic game to school on Monday. 
    Tuesday we will have library. Please return all books and magazines. Wear a hat to school and bring a hula hoop if you have one.
    Wednesday the Magic House will visit for our program Big Science. Wear clothing inside out. 
    Wednesday Mrs. Toomay will visit for our counselor lesson of the month. 
    Thursday wear pajamams to school and have joke ready to share. 
     
    Please send devices charged and ready to go. 
     
    HOMEWORK
    We have the chapter 8 math test about time and measurement on Monday. Please help your student practice for that using the math pages that come home in the school folder. As always, please keep up with the daily reading practice. 
     
    SCHEDULE 
    Monday=PE
    Tuesday=Music
    Wednesday=PE
    Thursday=Launch
    Friday=Art
     
    Make sure to either put your child in tennis shoes on PE days or send tennis shoes in the backpack. 
     
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    We learned how to make stop motion animation slide show presentations with paper. The kids really like the paper slides concept and ask if they can make stop motion stories all of the time. It is really darling.   
     
    GUIDED READING
    The reading teachers started taking students 1:1 from our classroom and administering the end of the year final reading evaluation. The beginning and ending reading scores will be provided for you on the 4th quarter report card. I am continuing to meet with all of the students in their small reading groups to practice fluency and comprehension. We are also covering phonics and grammar during these small group sessions. 
     
    SHARED READING
    This week we read books about taking care of the environment. Many of the students are very passionate about this topic. You can find all of the books we read aloud for book a day on Seesaw. 
     
    SPELLING
    -ale word family test scores: 12-100%, 6-90%, 3-80%, 2-0%, and one absence
    Week of April 29th spelling words: beat, cheat, eat, greet, heat, meat, neat, seat, treat, wheat
    The test will be given on Friday, May 3rd. Your student can start working on the words now. 
    They are available on spellingcity
     
    WRITING WORKSHOP
    We worked on getting our characters to talk and show emotion this week. All of the students are working on book 2 in their series and I am hearing lots of comments related to having good ideas for their realsistic fiction stories when we are out and about doing things. They are really enjoying this unit. 
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES
    Our focus this week was on the tools needed to do certain jobs. We talked about how using the tools required responsiblity and some of the safety requirments of certain jobs. 
     
    MATH
    We completed chapter 8 this week. We talked about time to the half hour on both the digital and analog clocks. We also talked a bit about time elaspsed. This is pretty hard for most of the students. We took a practice quiz on Friday. Those came home in the school mail. They provide an excellent study tool for you to use to help your student prepare for the test on Monday. 
     
    SCIENCE
    Plant test scores: 5-100%, 7-80%, 11-70%, and one absence
    We completed our plant unit this week by exploring the inside of flowers. We learned about the stigma, filament, and anther. We made models of these very small plant parts. We started our unit on animals by talking about camouflague. 
     
    GUESS AND TELL
    When the bag comes home please help your student remember to put something in there to share with the class the next school day. Thank you. 

     

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  • Fritz's Flyers Week 4.6

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 4/18/2019
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    April 15-19, 2019
    Quarter 4, Week 5 
    Habit 6: Synergize. Work together to do better. 
    Grade Level Motto: Choose Kind
    Class Mission Statement: We are kind to ourselves. We are kind to others. We are kind to our things. We are kind to our school. 
     
    Reminder: There is NO SCHOOl on Friday, April 19th in observance of Good Friday. 
     
    The ABC Countdown to the end of the school year began this week with A. On Monday, April 22 we DO HAVE SCHOOL and it will be B day. Your student is invited to bring a beach towel and a favorite book. We will do some outside reading (weather permitting). 
     
    NOTE: MAP TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5 BEGAN ON MONDAY. PLEASE TALK WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT BEING EXTRA QUIET AND RESPECTFUL IN THE HALLWAYS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. WE WANT TO SUPPORT OUR CLASSMATES SO THEY CAN DO THEIR BEST. 
     
     
    Thank you to everyone who helped maked the Dressel Trivia Night a success.
    Thank you to everyone who took some out of their Saturday to iDrive and help raise money for Lindbergh Schools.  
     
    Deadline to register for Color Run is this Sunday. Super fun event--I'll be there and hope to see you too. 
     
     
     
    Other upcoming events that have volunteer needs: 
     
     Spring Book Fair:
     
    It's almost Scholastic Book Fair time again! The spring book fair will be held April 29 through May 4. We are looking for (strong) volunteers to set up and clean up the book fair, and we are also looking for people to help students find books and take payment at the cashier table.
     
    Thank you in advance for helping to make Dressel students lifelong readers - we couldn't do it without your participation!
     
    Spring Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up:
     
     
    Color Run and Spring Festival:
     
    Join us on Saturday, May 4 for the Dressel Elementary Color Run and Spring Festival! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make this an exciting event to end a successful and fun year. Thanks in advance if you are able to help with our event!
     
    Race will begin at 10:30am with Spring Festival to follow from 11am-1pm.
     
    Color Run and Spring Festival Volunteer Sign Up:
     
    Ping Pong Ball Drop Info
                        
                         http://bit.ly/PingPongDrop!
     
     
    We have only 1 birthday left to celebrate this year in May.  AS A REMINDER YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SEND ANY FOOD ITEMS IN AS THE TREAT.  Thank you for helping us protect the students who are struggling with food allergies from being accidentally exposed. I think everyone who has a summer birthday celebrated their half birthday already but if your student didn't please feel free to send in a treat anytime in May and we can celebrate the summer birthdays then. 
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS 
    We had lots of Easter treats all week from the OASIS tutors and Mrs. Fritz.
    We started Junior Achievement on Monday and learned about community jobs. 
    We learned about wants, needs, spending and saving on Tuesday with the program Money with Clifford. 
     
     
    REMINDERS
    Monday, April 22nd TALENT SHOW regisration forms are DUE!! (this is really fun, please participate)
    Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day and we will have our second JA lesson.
    Tuesday, April 23rd we will have library. Please return all books and magazines. 
    Wednesday, April 24 is Papa John's Night for Dressel.
    Thursday, April 25 is our field trip to Missouri Botanical Garden. All students will need to bring a lunch and drink. Please take note of the weather because part of the field trip is outside. 
     
    Please send devices charged and ready to go. 
     
    HOMEWORK
    Reading testing will begin in April. Please keep those skills sharp by reading daily with your student. An excellent math homework choice right now would be to have your student work on their math facts using xtramath.com
     
    SCHEDULE 
    Monday=PE
    Tuesday=Music
    Wednesday=PE
    Thursday=Launch
    Friday=Art
     
    Make sure to either put your child in tennis shoes on PE days or send tennis shoes in the backpack. 
     
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    We learned about and used a new interactive response website called Mentimeter. We had fun sharing our opinions and responses. 
     
    GUIDED READING
    I am meeting with all of the students in their small reading groups to practice fluency and comprehension. We are also covering phonics and grammar during these small group sessions. 
     
    SHARED READING
    This week we read books about Easter and stories about rabbits. Peter Rabbit and Pete the Cat were definitely a hit. We also did some fun Easter activities related to these stories. 
     
    SPELLING
    -an word family test scores: 13-100%, 7-90%, 3-70%, 1-30%
    Week of April 25th spelling words: gale, bale, dale, male, pale, sale, scale, stale, tale, whale 
    The test will be given on Friday, April 26th. Your student can start working on the words now. 
    They are available on spellingcity
     
    WRITING WORKSHOP
    I met with every student to let them read their first book aloud to me this week and we worked on modifications and editing. We started book 2. We are keeping the same character but writing a different story about them like books in a series. 
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES
    This week we learned about scarcity, surplus and shortage. We started to talk about Natural Resources and how those things need to be used sparingly and protected.  
     
    MATH
    Chapter 8 math quiz scores: 7-100%, 4-92%, 3-83%, 5-75%, 2-67%, 2-58%, 1-33%
    We began chapter 8 which presents time (analog and digital) and measurement. This week we talked about the analog clock, the digital clock, the minute hand, and the hour hand. We practiced time telling to the hour. We also talked about rulers, inches, centimeters, and feet. We practiced measuring things using rulers and non standard measurement items like cubes. 
     
    SCIENCE
    We completed our design of an umbrella using examples of trees. We talked about the insides of plants: pollen, nectar, and seeds. We also began to discuss how seeds travel. 
     
    GUESS AND TELL
    When the bag comes home please help your student remember to put something in there to share with the class the next school day. Thank you. 
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  • Fritz's Flyers Week 4.5

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 4/12/2019
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    April 8-12, 2019
    Quarter 4, Week 4 
    Habit 6: Synergize. Work together to do better. 
    Grade Level Motto: Choose Kind
    Class Mission Statement: We are kind to ourselves. We are kind to others. We are kind to our things. We are kind to our school. 
     
    Well we are officially half way through the 4th quarter of first grade. The ABC Countdown to the end of the school year begins next Thursday, April 18th. You will receive a calendar on Monday listing all of the events associated with each letter between April 18-May 24.
     
    NOTE: MAP TESTING FOR GRADES 3-5 BEGINS ON MONDAY. PLEASE TALK WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT BEING EXTRA QUIET AND RESPECTFUL IN THE HALLWAYS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. WE WANT TO SUPPORT OUR CLASSMATES SO THEY CAN DO THEIR BEST. 
     
    I am SO happy to report that as of Monday we had 100% of the signed field trip permission notes returned and 100% of the Botanical Garden and Magic House visit fees paid in full. THANK YOU SO MUCH. We are all set to go now. 
     
    Thank you to everyone who ventured over to Lion's Choice to support Dressel on Tuesday. 
     
    Thank you to everyone who attended the final PTO general meeting of the year on Thursday. I hope you enjoyed all of the treats provided by the Dressel staff to show our appreciation for your volunteer efforts. 
     
    Adults only Trivia is this Saturday, April 18th. Doors open at 6:30. The address is: The Pavilion at Lemay, 305 Gregg Road
     
    If you do not want to play trivia but you would like to help out with Trivia Night: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4ea8af22a1fd0-2019
     
    Other upcoming events that have volunteer needs: 
     
     Spring Book Fair:
     
    It's almost Scholastic Book Fair time again! The spring book fair will be held April 29 through May 4. We are looking for (strong) volunteers to set up and clean up the book fair, and we are also looking for people to help students find books and take payment at the cashier table.
     
    Thank you in advance for helping to make Dressel students lifelong readers - we couldn't do it without your participation!
     
    Spring Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up:
     
     
    Color Run and Spring Festival:
     
    Join us on Saturday, May 4 for the Dressel Elementary Color Run and Spring Festival! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make this an exciting event to end a successful and fun year. Thanks in advance if you are able to help with our event!
     
    Race will begin at 10:30am with Spring Festival to follow from 11am-1pm.
     
    Color Run and Spring Festival Volunteer Sign Up:
     
    Ping Pong Ball Drop Info
                        
                         http://bit.ly/PingPongDrop!
     
     
    We have only 1 birthday left to celebrate this year in May.  AS A REMINDER YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SEND ANY FOOD ITEMS IN AS THE TREAT.  Thank you for helping us protect the students who are struggling with food allergies from being accidentally exposed. I think everyone who has a summer birthday celebrated their half birthday already but if your student didn't please feel free to send in a treat anytime in May and we can celebrate the summer birthdays then. 
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS 
    We went to library on Tuesday and worked on building our own video games using Bloxel.
    Mrs. Toomay visited on Wednesday and we talked about career pathways. 
     
     
    REMINDERS
    Tuesday, April 16th we will have library. Please return all books and magazines. 
    Tuesday, April 16th is our first Magic House event called Money with Clifford. 
    There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 19th in observance of Good Friday.
    School will resume on Monday, April 22nd. Class is IN SESSION on Monday. We are using that as a make up day for one of the snow days.
    Please send devices charged and ready to go. 
     
    HOMEWORK
    Reading testing will begin in April. Please keep those skills sharp by reading daily with your student. An excellent math homework choice right now would be to have your student work on their math facts using xtramath.com
     
    SCHEDULE 
    Monday=Music
    Tuesday=PE
    Wednesday=Launch
    Thursday=Art
    Friday=NO SCHOOL
     
    Make sure to either put your child in tennis shoes on PE days or send tennis shoes in the backpack. 
     
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    This week we worked building our video game boards. The students really enjoy creating and testing their ideas. If you are interested in helping them pursue this at home the app we are using is Bloxels.
     
    GUIDED READING
    I am meeting with all of the students in their small reading groups to practice fluency and comprehension. Some of the students were pulled this week to begin reading testing. Their final score will be reported to you on the 4th quarter report card. 
     
    SHARED READING
    This week we read books about spring. This complements our plant unit in science as well as prepares us for our field trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden on April 25th. 
     
    SPELLING
    -ain word family test scores: 11-100%, 6-92%, 1-83%, 1-75%, 1-58%, 1-33%, 1-8%, and 2 absent
    Week of April 15th spelling words: an, can, man, fan, van, ran, pan, plan, tan, pecan
    I chose a very simple word family for next week since we only have 4 days of school to work on the words. 
    The test will be given on Thursday, April 18th. Your student can start working on the words now. 
    They are available on spellingcity
     
    WRITING WORKSHOP
    We completed our first story (most of us) and began our next realistic fiction book in our series. We learned that a book series has all the same characters but the adventure or problem changes each time. We are collecting our books into folders and the whole series will be shared at a reading celebration close to the end of the school year.  
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES
    This week we learned about goods and services. We will begin Junioir Achievement on Monday. This is a 5 week course on economics designed to complement this social studies unit. 
     
    MATH
    Chapter 7 math test scores: 6-100%, 5-95%, 2-90%, 1-85%, 1-80%, 2-70%, 2-65%, 2-50%, 2-35%, 1-15%
    We began chapter 8 which presents time (analog and digital) and measurement. This week we talked about the analog clock, the minute hand, and the hour hand. We practiced time telling to the hour. We also talked about rulers, inches, centimeters, and feet. We practiced measuring things using rulers and non standard measurement items like cubes. 
     
    SCIENCE
    We observed our seeds beginning to grow and we continued our discussion of plant parts. The students are getting stronger at identifying not only the parts of the plant but also the function of each part. We focused extensively on roots and tried to answer questions about why trees typically don't blow down when it is windy. We learned that the roots act as an anchor and the holes in the branches let air pass through the tree without lifting it up like an open umbrella. 
     
    GUESS AND TELL
    When the bag comes home please help your student remember to put something in there to share with the class the next school day. Thank you. 
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  • Fritz's Flyers Week 4.4

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 4/12/2019
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  • Fritz's Flyers Week 4.3

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 4/5/2019
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    April 1-5, 2019
    Quarter 4, Week 3 
    Habit 6: Synergize. Work together to do better. 
    Grade Level Motto: Choose Kind
    Class Mission Statement: We are kind to ourselves. We are kind to others. We are kind to our things. We are kind to our school. 
     
    Thank you to everyone who took care of the field trip permission note and money this week. That makes it so much easier. If you are one of the three people who still owe money or who still needs to return the permission form I will start to send reminder notices next week. 
     
    If you would like to purchase tickets to the adults only Trivia Night event: https://go.lindberghschools.ws/Page/14841
    If you do not want to play trivia but you would like to help out with Trivia Night: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4ea8af22a1fd0-2019
     
    Other upcoming events that have volunteer needs: 
     
     Spring Book Fair:
     
     
    It's almost Scholastic Book Fair time again! The spring book fair will be held April 29 through May 4. We are looking for (strong) volunteers to set up and clean up the book fair, and we are also looking for people to help students find books and take payment at the cashier table.
     
    Thank you in advance for helping to make Dressel students lifelong readers - we couldn't do it without your participation!
     
    Spring Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up:
     
     
    Color Run and Spring Festival:
     
    Join us on Saturday, May 4, for the Dressel Elementary Color Run and Spring Festival! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make this an exciting event to end a successful and fun year. Thanks in advance if you are able to help with our event!
     
    Race will begin at 10:30am with Spring Festival to follow from 11am-1pm.
     
    Color Run and Spring Festival Volunteer Sign Up:
     
    Ping Pong Ball Drop Info
                        
                         http://bit.ly/PingPongDrop!
     
     
    We have 2 birthdays in our classroom in April.  AS A REMINDER YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SEND ANY FOOD ITEMS IN AS THE TREAT.  Thank you for helping us protect the students who are struggling with food allergies from being accidentally exposed. 
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS 
    We had a very funny Aprill Fool's Day on Monday. Things were crazy in our hallway and room.
    We went to library on Tuesday and worked on our Rube Goldberg machines. This is a favorite activity of ours. 
    We did a nice job of following direcitons during the Tuesday fire drill. 
    Friday we wore our Cardinal Red to celebrate the "rainless" home opener. 
     
     
    REMINDERS
    Tuesday, April 9th we will have library. Please return all books and magazines. 
    Tuesday, April 9th is Dressel Night at Lion's Choice--flyers coming home in the Friday school mail.
    Mrs. Toomay will visit on Wednesday. 
    Thursday I will be absent. I have to attend a science event. 
    PTO General Meeting is Thursday. Everyone is invited to attend. 
    Please send devices charged and ready to go. 
     
    HOMEWORK
    Reading testing will begin in April. Please keep those skills sharp by reading daily with your student. Also, please go over the math homework pages together.  
     
    SCHEDULE 
    Monday=Music
    Tuesday=PE
    Wednesday=Launch
    Thursday=Art
    Friday=PE
     
    Make sure to either put your child in tennis shoes on PE days or send tennis shoes in the backpack. 
     
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    We are working on iClips to record our learning. We also worked on editing skills on various apps. 
     
    GUIDED READING
     
    Mrs. O'Brien ended her time with us this week. She will be pulling the students to do end of the year reading testing. The more support you can provide from home, the better your student will do on these tests. I will continue to meet with all the students in small reading groups through the end of the year. 
     
    SHARED READING
    We continued to read realistic fiction books to help understand and generate ideas for our own realistic fiction writing. The kids are getting really good at identifying the parts of the book that make it realistic fiction. You can find all of the book titles that we read on Seesaw. 
     
    SPELLING
    -am word family test scores: 13-100%, 4-92%, 2-85%, 1-77%, 2-54%, 1-38%, and 1-23%
    Week of April 8th spelling words: brain, chain, complain, explain, gain, grain, plain, main, pain, rain, stain, train
    The test will be given on Friday, April 12th. Your student can start working on the words now. 
    They are available on spellingcity
     
    WRITING WORKSHOP
    We continued to add to our own realistic fiction story. We are focusing on setting and describing the kinds of things that happen to our character. If you are so inclined many of the students have purchased Book Creator for $4.99 on their ipad and they are enjoying working on their realistic fiction book through this app. It is a one time purchase. 
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES
    This week we learned about buying and selling. We also talked about saving and spending money. We were able to do some work with coins and amounts too. 
     
    MATH
    We continued to work with bar, picture, and tally graphs. This week we spent more time interpreting data and solving problems related to the data. Chapter 7 is a short chapter. We had two quizzes this week. 
    Quiz 1--1-100%, 1-96%, 4-93%, 3-89%, 3-85%, 3-81%, 3-78%, 1-70%, 1-63%, 1-59%, 1-22%, 1-11%
    Quiz 2--4-100%, 3-97%, 4-94%, 2-90%, 4-87%, 3-84%, 1-55%, 1-52%, 1-32%, and one absence
     
    SCIENCE
    We did some more planting this week. We also continued our discussion of the plant parts and also talked about the function that each plant part serves. The bean sprouts are coming home in the school mail today. If you are so inclined you can help your student plant it and then they can take photos and share to Seesaw when it starts to grow. 
     
    GUESS AND TELL
    When the bag comes home please help your student remember to put something in there to share with the class the next school day. Thank you. 
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  • Fritz's Flyers Week 4.2

    Posted by Tarren Fritz-Hoerchler on 3/29/2019
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    March 25-29, 2019
    Quarter 4, Week 2 
    Habit 6: Synergize. Work together to do better. 
    Grade Level Motto: Choose Kind
    Class Mission Statement: We are kind to ourselves. We are kind to others. We are kind to our things. We are kind to our school. 
     
    THANK YOU!!!! SO much to everyone for stepping up the donations. First grade had two HUGE, overflowing boxes to donate. 
    If you would like to purchase tickets to the adults only Trivia Night event: https://go.lindberghschools.ws/Page/14841
     
    Other upcoming events that have volunteer needs: 
     
     Spring Book Fair:
     
     
    It's almost Scholastic Book Fair time again! The spring book fair will be held April 29 through May 4. We are looking for (strong) volunteers to set up and clean up the book fair, and we are also looking for people to help students find books and take payment at the cashier table.
     
    Thank you in advance for helping to make Dressel students lifelong readers - we couldn't do it without your participation!
     
    Spring Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up:
     
     
    Color Run and Spring Festival:
     
    Join us on Saturday, May 4, for the Dressel Elementary Color Run and Spring Festival! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make this an exciting event to end a successful and fun year. Thanks in advance if you are able to help with our event!
     
    Race will begin at 10:30am with Spring Festival to follow from 11am-1pm.
     
    Color Run and Spring Festival Volunteer Sign Up:
      
    On Monday you will get the field trip permission note to the Botanical Garden AND the note about the Magic House visiting Dressel twice. The total cost for all three events is $15. You can send it $10 for Botanical Garden or $5 for Magic House or just write one check for $15 for everything. All payment is due by Friday, April 12th. It is always VERY helpful if you sent it in before the due date. 
     
    Thank you to everyone who supported Dressel on Wednesday by participating in Papa John's Night. Thank you to everyone who helped their student complete the spring break activities. We had lots of kites to fly. 
     
    We have 2 birthdays in our classroom in April.  AS A REMINDER YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SEND ANY FOOD ITEMS IN AS THE TREAT.  Thank you for helping us protect the students who are struggling with food allergies from being accidentally exposed. 
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS 
    We went to library on Tuesday and worked on our plans for our Rube Goldberg design. We will create next week. 
    On Wedneday we participated in the Safe Touch program. We learned what to do if anyone ever makes us feel uncomfortable. 
    On Friday Lindbergh High School students visited to teach us about the Solar System. The kids had a great time. 
     
    REMINDERS
    Tuesday, April 2nd we will have library. Please return all books and magazines. 
    Wednesday, April 3rd is a 1:40 dismissal. Please let me know if your student has alternate dismissal plans. 
    Thursday, April 4th wear Cardinal's clothes in recognition of the Home Opener.
     
    Please send devices charged and ready to go.
     
    HOMEWORK
    Reading testing will begin in April. Please keep those skills sharp by reading daily with your student. Also, please go over the math homework pages together. The graphing chapter is proving to be challenging for some of the students. 
     
    SCHEDULE 
    Monday=Music
    Tuesday=PE
    Wednesday=Launch
    Thursday=Art
    Friday=PE
     
    Make sure to either put your child in tennis shoes on PE days or send tennis shoes in the backpack. 
     
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    We are going to start focusing on coding and math apps again. This week we revisited some of the math apps we learned about in the first semester and brushed up on some of our computational skills. 
     
    GUIDED READING
    We are reading for meaning now. We are reading and discussing to make sure the students are comprehending the texts. We are also focusing on text features like table of contents and title pages. 
     
    SHARED READING
    This week we read realistic fiction books to help understand and generate ideas for our own realistic fiction writing. 
     
    SPELLING
    -ar word family test scores: 11-100%, 6-91%, 4-82%, 1-73%, 1-55%, and 1-0%
    Week of April 1st spelling words: clam, dam, exam, gram, ham, jam, scam, slam, spam, swam tram, wham, yam
    The test will be given on Friday, April 5th. Your student can start working on the words now. 
    They are available on spellingcity
     
    WRITING WORKSHOP
    We created, named, and described our realistic fiction character. We introduced their family. We started our second chapter which will get our character into and out of some trouble.  
     
    SOCIAL STUDIES
    This week we learned about needs of living things and wants of humans. We learned that living things have many of the same needs. 
     
    MATH
    We started our graphing chapter. We learned the words data and survey. We have talked about tally graphs, picture graphs, and bar graphs. We willl have a chapter 7 quiz on Monday so it would be helpful if you would review some of the math work with your student this weekend. 
     
    SCIENCE
    We began our unit on plants in an effort to prepare for the field trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden. We dissected a lima bean and learned about what is inside a seed. We are trying an experiement to see if we can get the bean seed to sprout. We also began discussing the plant parts.  
     
    GUESS AND TELL
    When the bag comes home please help your student remember to put something in there to share with the class the next school day. Thank you. 
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