LCIS SNSO 1/10/21
Hello LCIS Families,
We had a fabulous first week back at LCIS. It’s always so wonderful to reconnect with our students and share stories about our vacations. We’re all looking forward to the work of the spring semester and we wanted to share with you the big picture of what our students are working on.
In third grade English Language Arts, the students have begun the exciting unit on the 10th Mountain Division. Students are learning about World War II and about the soldiers who trained at Camp Hale here in Leadville. Students will be looking at primary sources, photographs, and articles about WWII and the 10th Mountain Division and learning about the impact they had on the modern ski industry. Students will also choose a specific soldier and write journal entries from his perspective. We are also looking forward to our visit to Camp Hale on January 22. Stay tuned for more information!
In third grade math we are focusing on multiplication and division within 100. We are working on fact fluency and word problems that involve multiplication and division. Third grade is the year when students learn and need to know their multiplication and division facts. Please help your child gain these essential math skills by encouraging them to complete their homework, work on their online programs, and practice their flashcards.
In fourth grade English Language Arts, students have started a module called Animal Defense Mechanisms. They are discovering animal defenses and researching the different ways bodies and behaviors help animals survive. As we build our background knowledge, we will be thinking about how writers can use research and writing skills to inform and entertain.
In fourth grade math, students are exploring division after finishing up last semester learning about multiplication concepts. Fourth grade mathematicians are using arrays and area models to solve division problems with remainders and will be introduced to the long division algorithm as they connect their place value knowledge from the beginning of the school year to division concepts.
In fifth grade English Language Arts students have started our new module, The Impact of Natural Disasters. Students have chosen a natural disaster to research and eventually create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about how to prepare for that disaster.
In fifth grade math, we are continuing our work with division and exploring the concepts surrounding decimal long division. Soon we will begin a new unit focused on adding and subtracting fractions.
In sixth grade English Language Arts, students are reflecting on their work from the first semester and writing paragraphs about their learning. They are also learning reading strategies to apply when reading both fiction and nonfiction texts. They will apply these strategies by writing letters to their teachers about their independent reading book and in the upcoming ELA module about remarkable accomplishments in space science.
In sixth grade math, students are currently working on decimal arithmetic in math class. They are learning to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers to the thousandths place. They will then use that knowledge to explore unit rates and percentages.
All students in grades 3-6 will receive weekly homework starting this week. Be sure to ask your child about his/her homework this week and be checking Thursday folders to see the assignments. Sixth grade students will receive their homework electronically through Google Classroom. All students will have a reading with comprehension questions, a writing prompt, and a math sheet. Please encourage your child to set aside time over each long weekend to complete these assignments.
Our Habit of a Learner focus for January is Craftsmanship. Our character targets for craftsmanship are:
- I reflect on and revise my work by accepting feedback.
- My work is beautiful, done with care, and I pay attention to detail.
Reading is Awesome!
Just a few reminders to help us all be successful during Second Semester:
- Please remember to bring all of your warm winter clothing every day! We plan to go outside if the temperature is 10 degrees or more and the wind chill is 0 or above.
- Please remember to bring your face covering every day.
- Please remember to wash your hands frequently.
- Please remember to socially distance from others by at least 6 feet.
- Please remember to keep your child home if they are feeling sick.
January 12 Fire Drill
SOS Outreach Registration Night @ LCIS by appointment from 4-8 p.m.
January 18 No School – Holiday
January 21 Panther Pride Day: Hawaiian Day for 3rd grade
January 22 Students will attend school on Friday!
January 22 Panther Pride Day: Hawaiian Day for 4th – 6th
January 22 3rd Grade to Camp Hale
February 4 Panther Pride Day – Superbowl Shuffle
February 9 Annual LCIS Spelling Bee
February 15 No School – Holiday
February 19 Students at School on Friday!
March 1-4 Dr. Seuss Spirit Week
March 3 ½ Day of School for students: B-Cohort academics in the morning
March 3 Parent / Teacher Conferences Noon – 8 pm
March 4 ½ Day of School for students: A-Cohort academics in the morning
March 4 Parent / Teacher Conferences Noon – 8 pm
March 22-26 Spring Break!
Principal, Lake County Intermediate School