Would you like something FUN and educational for your child to engage in over the weekend?  If so, I have a great challenge available!  If your child visits DOGO News (click on image below) and posts a COMMENT about a kid-friendly news article they read on the site, they will receive 5 bonus points!!!!  These bonus points will go towards their Martian Money payment to be used at our Galaxy Mall!!
  1. Click on image below to go to DOGO News
  2. Find a great news article to read.
  3. Comment on this BLOG POST telling me the following:  
  • Your first name
  • Article title
  • A few sentences summarizing the article
  • Your favorite part of the article

4.  DON'T FORGET TO EDIT YOUR BLOG POST FOR SPELLING, GRAMMAR, & PUNCTUATION!!  Points will only be given to students with correctly written entries, so check your work before submitting!
 
 
GRAMMAR:
  • plural nouns
  • editing

MATH:
  • rounding
  • estimating
  • add double-, triple-, and larger digit numbers
  • place value
  • XtraMath facts practice

SOCIAL STUDIES:
  • BEGINNING OUR SOLAR SYSTEM UNIT!
  • Map Skills and Geography assessments
We are making great progress through our curriculum and soaring through our learning targets!

LITERACY:
  • Comprehension:  visualization and making mental images
  • Accuracy:  long vowel pairs (ee, ea, ay, ai, ow, oa) (When two vowels go walking, the FIRST one does the talking!)
  • Fluency:  Voracious reading, smooth and expressive voice, choosing just right/good fit books, 5 finger rule
  • Expanding Vocabulary:  using schema and mental images to determine definitions and remember/use new vocabulary
  • Daily 5 training and stamina practice for"Read to Self," "Read to Someone,"  "Work on Writing," and "Word Work"

WRITING:
  • journaling, editing, revising
  • 6 Traits-ORGANIZATION & SENTENCE FLUENCY:  "terrible, horrible, no good picture days"
 
 
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Join us on Friday morning for a family breakfast to raise money for a new set of bass bars for the music room. (What are bass bars?! Those really huge, really low sounding bars that every child is drawn to when they walk into the music room!) Our current set of bars is tired and worn out, and we are raising money to purchase new ones. The fifth grade ensemble performing in St. Louis at a national music conference will be the first to use them, and then the new bars will remain at Indian Trail for all our students to use and play for many years to come!



When: Friday, September 28 at 8am

Where: Indian Trail lunch room (downstairs)

Who: All Indian Trail students, family members, and special guests welcome!

What: Bagels, cream cheese, hot chocolate and coffee

Cost: Suggested donation of $1/item, all donations welcome

Members of the Tiger Tales Ensemble will serenade you as you dine and enjoy morning conversation with our school community! Thank you so much for your support! (If you are unable to attend the breakfast but would be interested in making a donation or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lucci at celucci@nssd112.org)


 
 
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Congratulations to the students who participated in our DOGO News weekend challenge!  These lucky Astro-Cadets earned 5 bonus points to be put toward Martian Money used at our Galaxy Mall!  Watch the blog for future weekend challenges and more opportunities to have fun learning and earn bonus points.

 
 

Download link below:

its_so_scary_creative_writing_contest.pdf
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BOO!
It's that time of year again!!  Halloween is just around the corner and so is the Indian Trail annual "It's SOOO Scary" writing contest!

Click on the document download link to the left to access the official details, rules, and deadlines for this year's school-wide contest.  Let's put our great writing skills to SPOOKY use with this fantastically FRIGHTFUL opportunity!

All entries are due to the library before 
NOON on October 22nd!

Contact Mrs. Grost with any questions:
kgrost@nssd112.org


 
 
MATH:
  • rounding
  • estimating
  • add double-, triple-, and larger digit numbers
  • place value
  • XtraMath facts practice

SOCIAL STUDIES:
  • Map Skills and Geography
  • using map keys and scales
  • hemisphere, continent, Equator, Prime Meridian, country, state, county, city
  • cardinal directions (N,S,E,W)
  • intermediate directions (NE, SE, NW, SW)
We are making great progress through our curriculum and soaring through our learning targets!

LITERACY:
  • Comprehension:  schema, story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution)
  • Accuracy:  chunk sounds to decode (Chunky Monkey), lips ready for beginning and ending sound (Fishy Lips)
  • Fluency:  Voracious reading, smooth and expressive voice, choosing just right/good fit books, 5 finger rule
  • Expanding Vocabulary:  activating prior knowledge to define words, highlighting key words in definitions
  • Daily 5 training and stamina practice for"Read to Self," "Read to Someone,"  "Work on Writing," and "Word Work"

GRAMMAR:
  • plural nouns
  • editing

WRITING:
  • journaling, editing, revising
  • 6 Traits-IDEAS:  unusual animal stories, imaginary friends, bad cases of.....
 
 
Each week, your child will receive a customized spelling list and either have 3 pages of practice either from their spelling workbooks or a stapled practice pack.  You may feel like he/she still needs additional practice to learn the words and be prepared for our Friday test.  If so, please use this extensive list of practice options featuring multiple-intelligence-based activities as a way to further practice spelling words!

Click on either the button below or the images of the practice pages to download the files.

spelling_home_choices.pdf
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wordworktaskcards_home.pdf
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Download SpellingCity Instructions:

spellingcity_instructions_home.pdf
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ALSO, don't forget about SPELLING CITY!

Procedures for accessin our weekly lists is DIFFERENT this year, so follow the instructions below or click on the TUTORIAL file link to the LEFT for further information.

1.  Go to www.spellingcity.com
2. Click on "FIND A LIST"
3. Enter the information pictured below.
4. Select your list color and correct week.
5. Practice with fun games and quizzes!
 
 
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Dear Families,

I wanted to touch base because (as you've probably heard), I've been out sick Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and will be out again tomorrow with hopes of returning Friday.  

Unfortunately, I have acute bronchitis and it has really kicked me in the pants!  Thank you for your patience, support, and cooperation as students do their best with substitutes throughout this week while I'm away.

If you have questions about homework or spelling lists from this week, please email them to me.

So many of you have sent well-wishes my way, and I greatly appreciate it!  I miss being in the classroom and all of my wonderful kiddos, so I look forward to returning ASAP.

Warm regards,
Lindsey

 
 
For your convenience, digital copies of the Fall Conference forms in English and Spanish may be downloaded below.  Please return the completed forms as soon as possible so that we may finalize our conference schedule.
conferences_english.pdf
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conferences_spanish.pdf
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Don't forget that tomorrow (Friday, 9/14) is an early release day.  School will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m.  NO HOT LUNCH will be served tomorrow, so please pack a lunch and send it to school with your child.  

Also, don't forget to send money with your child to purchase SMENCILS to support our music department.  See post below for more details.

NO SCHOOL on Monday!  Enjoy the long weekend!