The "dark and stormy night" begins!

by Mrs. Nilsen on October 7th, 2012

Weekly ELA News - 10/1-10/5


We started into A Wrinkle in Time this week.  Students haven't wanted to stop reading.  The first chapter introduces our main character, Meg.  Parents feel free to ask your student what they think of Meg so far.  Of the other characters?  Students, feel free to add your thoughts to the comments below.  How do they act?  How do they feel?  How do they look?  What do they say that helps you make your claims?

I can't wait to get further into this book.  It's one of my favorite books of all time!  But what is a tesseract?!

We've also started going to the MRA Library for students to be able to check out books to read.  They may also check out books from my personal library.  Please make sure, students, that you're taking good care of our books.  Treat them like a dear friend, for they will treat you well in return.  


We've continued our exploration of the "Ideas" trait in writing.  Specifically we're working on Selecting a Topic.  Our main resource right now is our writer's notebooks.  Students are learning various strategies to help them choose what to write about.  Too often, when asked to write something for an assignment, students struggle to choose a good idea, or any idea for that matter.  We will continue learning strategies for ideas throughout the year, but will start looking at how to narrow and focus ideas next week.

At one point this week, students reflected on this line from A Wrinkle in Time where the mom is talking to our main character, Meg: " 'You don't know the meaning of moderation, do you my darling? Mrs. Murray asked. 'A happy medium is something I wonder if you'll ever learn.' "  A few of our students feel like Meg sometimes - odd, awkward, and alone.  Students reflected on their ideas of Meg's insecurities and finding a "happy medium:"

I will collect Writer's Notebooks on occasion on a Friday so that I can read through each students entire notebook.  I will try to give students a one day notice when I will be collecting notebooks.  I will review and read notebooks once or twice a month (I give daily feed back as well when I walk around reading what students write as they write it.)  More on "Ideas" in writing to come!


Monday, October 8th
·         Scrip Orders are due!  Please complete a scrip order form, available in the office or on the school website. This is a no cost to you fundraiser where MRA receives a percentage of your purchase without costing you a dime!
Tuesday, October 9th
·         Subway Lunch orders due no later than 3:30 p.m. (later orders will not be accepted) – Please pay separate from your pizza order.
·         6:30 p.m. MRA Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 10th
·         Subway Lunch
·         9:00 a.m. Fire Prevention Assembly grades K-5
·         Early Release – 1:00 pm      
·         Pizza orders and money due no later than 1:30 p.m.  (late orders will not be accepted)
Thursday, October 11th
Friday, October 12th
·         Pick up your scrip order in the office
·         Jog-a-thon and Hoop-a-thon money due today by 2:00 p.m.
·         Pizza Lunch
·         Book Fair set up in the Library
Dates Coming Up At MRA:
·         October 9th, 6:30 p.m.: MRA Board Meeting
·         October 15th through October 20th:  Book Fair
·         October 15th, 8:30 a.m.: Picture Retakes
·         October 18th, 3:15 p.m.:  Auction Meeting at MRA
·         October 19th: No School Teacher Planning Day
·         October 20th : Harvest Festival, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
·         October 24th, 3:00 p.m.: First Aid, CPR Class $35.00
·         October 25th, 5:00 p.m.: Parent Education - Dyslexia
·         October 31st: Teacher Planning Day – No School
·         November 1st and 2nd: Parent Conferences – No School  (Note: Sixth through Eighth Grade Conferences will be scheduled in an open format in the gym with specials teachers available .  These will be held on Thursday, November 1st from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in roughly ten minutes segments. You do not need to sign up for these.  Specials teachers will include Rachel Bythe, Jessie Paulson, Debbie Hood, Jenny Cook, and Danielle Reeber.  If you would like to schedule a separate conference time with any of the middle school teachers please contact us specifically and we will schedule a time with you on Friday the second.)

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