September Blog This school year is off to a great start. To those parents that I have not met welcome to Saint Joseph and to those that I have, welcome back. A new year full of new challenges and learning experiences for me and your child. My responsibilities this year will be resource teacher for kindergarten, third, fourth and fifth grade. New students in the elementary grades have been benchmark. That information will be given to the classroom teachers and together we will determine which reading group your child should be in. God Bless You and Your Family, Lori Remetch If you have any questions or concerns about how or what you can do to help your child you can contact me at school 266-3433.
October Blog - Ms. Farrell Welcome back to another wonderful school year. This month I will focus on math. Later in the school year I will provide helpful suggestion how to help your child with reading. 6th grade Math – my advice for success: • Come to class prepared—remember what you need • Do your homework!!!!! • Be honest when checking your homework! • Find out why you missed the problem. • Seek help---I am here to help you. How can you as a parent help and support your child: • Read Dojo • Check your student’s homework and test scores on Power School • A practice test will be sent home before the test • If you have any question or concern please come to me • I will tutor before school • I will send home a copy of math test if the score is 15 or less points. Please sign and return it to school. Currently we are to use Dojo for parent communication but if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitant to call me at 266-3433. Fondly, Ms. Farrell
October Blog - Ms. Farrell Welcome back to another wonderful school year. This month I will focus on math. Later in the school year I will provide helpful suggestion how to help your child with reading. 6th grade Math – my advice for success: • Come to class prepared—remember what you need • Do your homework!!!!! • Be honest when checking your homework! • Find out why you missed the problem. • Seek help---I am here to help you. How can you as a parent help and support your child: • Read Dojo • Check your student’s homework and test scores on Power School • A practice test will be sent home before the test • If you have any question or concern please come to me • I will tutor before school • I will send home a copy of math test if the score is 15 or less points. Please sign and return it to school. Currently we are to use Dojo for parent communication but if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitant to call me at 266-3433. Fondly, Ms. Farrell
October Blog - Ms. Farrell Welcome back to another wonderful school year. This month I will focus on math. Later in the school year I will provide helpful suggestion how to help your child with reading. 6th grade Math – my advice for success: • Come to class prepared—remember what you need • Do your homework!!!!! • Be honest when checking your homework! • Find out why you missed the problem. • Seek help---I am here to help you. How can you as a parent help and support your child: • Read Dojo • Check your student’s homework and test scores on Power School • A practice test will be sent home before the test • If you have any question or concern please come to me • I will tutor before school • I will send home a copy of math test if the score is 15 or less points. Please sign and return it to school. Currently we are to use Dojo for parent communication but if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitant to call me at 266-3433. Fondly, Ms. Farrell

 

 

 

For the month of April:

 

 

 

6th grade Math-

 

On April 8th the student were able to estimate the probability of an event from data gathered by performing a probability experiment.  They used marbles for one and two number cubes for the other.  They with truly enjoyed the experience.  The lessons for the month:

 

4/9 Lesson 91 Geometric Formulas

 

4/10 Lesson 92 Expanded Notation with Exponents, order of operations with exponents and power of fractions

 

4/13 Lesson 93 Classifying Triangles

 

4/14 Lesson 94 Writing Fractions and Decimals as Percents, Part 2

 

4/15 Lesson 95 Reducing Rates before Multiplying

 

4/17 Lesson 96 Functions, Graphing Functions

 

4/21 Lesson 97 Transversals

 

4/22 Lesson 98 Sum of the Angle Measures of Triangles and Quadrilaterals

 

4/23 Lesson 99 Fraction-Decimal-Percent Equivalents

 

4/24 Lesson 100 Algebraic Addition of Integers

 

4/29 Lesson 101 Ratio Problems Involving Totals

 

4/30 Lesson 102 Mass and Weight

 

Tests are currently scheduled for Thursday, April 16th and April 27th.

 

Please check Power School for your son or daughter’s current math grade.   All assignments grades are posted daily.  Students need to make corrections on their homework assignment to better understand why they have incorrectly answered the problem.

 

Current support for elementary reading -Classroom teachers made changes after the last benchmarking.  They restructured the groups and were given addition support from associates for small groups.  I
 am sure we will see wonderful results due to the collaborative efforts to all involved.

 

God Bless You and Your Family,  
Lori Farrell

 

 

 

 

Homework: Help and Hints for Parents

 

 

 

 

 

Why is Homework Important?

 

For Children

 

Teachers assign homework to help children learn.  It is a way for children to:

 

  • Explore subjects more fully than time permits in the classroom.

  • Review and practice what they have learned.

  • Develop independent study skills.

  • Get ready for the next day’s class.

  • Develop self-discipline and responsibility.

     

    For Parents

    Homework provides and opportunity for parents to:

 

  • Share with their child the importance of education and learning.

  • Support what is taking place in the classroom.

  • See what their child is learning on a day-to-day basis and monitor their progress.

  • Encourage a love of learning by recognizing their child’s strengths and successes.

     

    Responsibilities of Students

 

  • Be sure you understand and know how to do the assignment before leaving school.

  • Have the necessary materials needed to complete the homework.

  • Take care of and return to school the books needed at home to complete the homework.

  • Practice the skills learned in class.

  • Use good study skills and work independently.

  • Strive for the best quality of work that you can do.

  • Complete and return assignments on time.

I hope to see you at Parent Teacher Conferences.

Thank you for your help and support, Ms. Farrell

 

Tips for Reading with Your Child

 

 

 

  • Read aloud to your child every day, even an older child.  Reading aloud provides a good model, expands vocabulary, simulates curiosity and imagination, lengths attention span, and motivates the child to want to read better books independently.  Most important of all, it helps to develop a lifetime reader!

 

 

 

  • Share reading with your child by alternate reading.  You read a page and then your child reads a page.

 

 

  • Be aware that reading level and listening level are very different.
    • Read easy books with your child.
    • Read more advanced books to your child to instill a love of books and for motivation.

 

 

  • For an older child, read aloud the first few chapters of a book to get him/her started.  This is where the characters are introduced, the plot is set up, and the setting is described.  You’ll be offering a jump-start!

 

 

  • Plan time for your family to read together.

 

 

  • Discuss the book you’re reading together.

 

o   Predict what the book will be about before reading  it.

 

o   Talk about the pictures.

 

o   Predict what will happen next.

 

o   Consider what else could have happened.

 

o   Relate to your own experiences.

 

o   Stop to explain things you think he/she doesn’t know.

 

o   Talk about the author and illustrator.

 

 

 

Read a variety of books including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Read for information and for fun.

 

 

  • Carry books with you wherever you go.  Read to your child while waiting for appointments.

 

 

  • Tape record favorite books so your child can listen to them over and over-even in the car.

 

 

  • Choose repetitive, rhythmic books for younger readers.  Look for interesting illustrations that help to tell the story.

 

 

  • Take time each day for everyone in the family to silently.  Shoe you value reading by allowing your child to see you read.

 

 

  • Encourage your child to keep a journal by recording the day’s happenings, his/her feelings, ect. 

 

 

  • Provide pencils, pens, crayons, markers, paper and other materials for your child to use to express feelings and thoughts about what is read.

 

 

  • Give your child his/her own library card for the public library.  Visit the library often.

 

 

  • Encourage your child to read easy books to improve fluency.

 

 

  • Subscribe to children’s magazines.

 

 

  • Write notes of your child – tuck them into a lunchbox or pocket.

 

 

  • Enjoy reading with your child.  

 

 

 

 

 I hope you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 Lori Farrell  

 

                                 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school

 

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December blog

 

It’s hard to believe that the school year is already one third of the year over.   As I write my blog the snow is falling and it is simply beautiful.  Snow from a child’s perspective it is snowmen, snow angels and school cancellation.  From an adult’s view it is shoveling the driveway, treacherous driving and school cancellation.   When school is cancelled have your child or children spent part of their day reading a good book.

 One of my responsibilities here at Saint Joseph is help children that struggle in the classroom.  It is a team effort your child’s classroom teacher, you and I, all working together to help your child.  If you need additional ideas, strategies and or materials please feel free to contact me at school.  

 Please let me know what information you would like to see in my blogs. 

 I hope you and your family and blessed Thanksgiving.

 Lori Farrell  

                                 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school

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September 2014 –Ms. Farrell’s Blog

Where did the summer go? 

I have been busy assessing the new kindergarten students and the other students new to our school.  The number of new students this year is impressive.  After completing the assessments I will be sharing that information with your student’s classroom teacher.

This year I have been assigned to teach sixth grade math and to support students in sixth and seven grade reading along with supporting students in the lower grades.  Each year bring new faces and a great opportunity to work with a multitude of learners, which I find very rewarding. 

6th grade Math – my advice for success:

  • Come to class prepared—remember what you need

  • Do your homework!!!!!

  • Be honest when checking your homework!

  • Find out why you missed the problem.

  • Seek help---I am here to help you.

6th and 7th Reading

We are currently reading a novel in class.  When they have completed the novel, students will work on a final project. This project will be completed in my classroom.  They will have a rubric.  I will teach the things they will need to do to receive the maximum points.  I hope that this experience will transfer to other subject areas.

The first week in September I will be starting working in the lower grade classroom.  Check  with your child to see if I am part of their reading center rotation.

God Bless you and your family,

Lori Farrell   

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April News Blog

Today it looks like spring!!!

5th grade math

Please check with child to see if their math homework is done. The homework should not take more than 20 minutes. Students who wish additional help and support can see me during their recess time Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We will have are next test Tuesday April 1st, it be test 18. I will spend Monday reviewing for it. Students who struggle with concepts and vocabulary need to review them prior to the test.

Support Reading for Kindergarten, First, and Second

Currently I am keeping students in their classroom during their reading block. I am working with a group of students during their center time. My focus is to support the skills and vocabulary that your son or daughter’s classroom teacher is teaching.

 

3rd grade

I am currently helping with spelling. It is important that students verbalize their spelling words and know the sounds that make up that word along patterns and rules.

 4th grade

Students are receiving a pull out service and are getting additional help with the lessons from the Journey series. They benefit from the additional support.   L

 

7th and 8th grade Reading

Students are reading short articles. The emphasis is on reviewing reading comprehension skills, vocabulary and word study. Your son or daughter needs to be reading outside of school in order to reach their Accelerated Reading Goal.

5th and 6th grade Reading

Students should be using the Think Central website. This site will help them understand the vocabulary and anchor text. Comprehension has been a struggle. Reread and answering the study guide will help.

Please check with your child to see how close they are to reaching their Accelerated Reading Goal??? Additional reading besides the required classroom assignment will help your child’s reading ability.

 

Happy Easter to you and your family, Lori Farrell

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school 515-266-3433 or by email lfarrellThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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