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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 ROLAND-STORY NEWSLETTER November/December 2014, Volume III Patton’s Perspective st enrollment. Because each district’s funding is based on their enrollment, this is an extremely important time of year for us. Calculating the exact certified enrollment is somewhat complicated, but the simplest explanation is that the official enrollment count is the number of students living within the school district boundaries and attending public school on October 1st of each year. ! On October 1 , all school districts in Iowa calculated their certified ! The good news is that in recent years the district has experienced a modest growth in enrollment. In fact, after more than a decade of consistently declining enrollment from 2000 to 2011, Roland-Story has experienced three consecutive years of increases. This year the district’s certified enrollment increase was 19 students. The number of students in our early grades continues to be strong and that is also encouraging. Additionally, the substantial number of students open enrolling into Roland-Story from surrounding districts (112), verses the number open enrolling out (37), is a good indicator that the district is providing a quality product and that we have a good image in the surrounding area. !The current enrollment trend is positive. However, the financial health of our district is dependent on maintaining or growing our student enrollment. For us to preserve the excellent schools we have, and to continue to provide first-class educational opportunities for the students and parents we serve, it is also important that our communities continue to grow. For continued growth we need good jobs, affordable housing, quality amenities, and of course world-class schools. Last month in the Story City Herald I wrote about the partnerships between the school and the cities that span back over many decades. These partnerships are healthy and a true sign of a cooperative effort. These partnerships are also a sign that we are intertwined, making it virtually impossible for one entity to thrive while the others struggle. Collectively our successes and failures are dependent on how well we work together to ensure the success of all public and private organizations in our communities. ! If you have questions or want additional information on our student enrollment please don’t hesitate to contact me at mpatton@roland-story.k12.ia.us or 515-733-4301. Norsemen !1

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 A Year of Firsts in Kindergarten !For many children this is a first opportunity to be away from home. We are learning to ! School offers children a new place to show responsibility for themselves. Kindergarten ! First experiences with peer relationships and practicing problem solving are found at school. On the playground and in the classroom we practice sharing and cooperation, questioning skills, respect and independence. both students and parents and often a year of firsts. Our kindergarteners are very likely to lose their first tooth, read their first book, or write their first story during the next few months. ! Kindergarten is an important year for spend the day with the company of new friends and to communicate with Mom and Dad about what each new day brings. children are ready for many first time responsibilities at school as well as at home, and it is a great time to establish ‘chores’ and routines in which children can make a contribution to family life and feel pride in that. ! There are many academic firsts. Our Core Standards* are very Kindergarten specific and break down both Math and Language Arts skills into many measurable outcomes. While parents may remember learning their alphabet in kindergarten, today’s students will be challenged to apply many skills in Reading and Writing, Counting and Comparing numbers. These standards and expectations for our students may result in your child’s first experience with homework. !With parents, teachers and students working together, this year of firsts will fly by. Each new success adding skill and confidence on our way to First Grade! ! ! For more information on the Iowa Core visit http://educateiowa.gov/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=2485&Itemid=4602/ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Norsemen !2

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 In Language Arts I, the freshmen are enjoying Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe. They’re quite shocked at the treatment of African Americans during the 50s and to learn of the brutal murder of Emmett Till, an event that sparked the Civil Rights Movement. When we finish, students will have the opportunity to write a paper on a social injustice of their choosing. They will inform readers of the injustice as well as corrections that can be done to fix this in the future. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! The freshmen in Communications Lab 9 are reading The Giver by Luis Lowry. Many of the discussion and study guide questions force students to think about what a utopian society would be like. They make many comparisons between Jonas’s society and ours, and find both pros and cons. The seniors in Communication Principles are currently writing monologues on a specific event that shaped their identities. There is a wide range of topics, ranging from deaths to inspirational messages from coaches. This is an opportunity for them to reflect on the past 17-18 years of their lives and to share it with their classmates. ! The seniors in Humanities are focusing on Italy. After some historical research and a fun tripplanning assignment, we read Virgil’s Aeneid and just began Dante’s Inferno. The students seem eager to dive into some texts they’ve heard of before, just never have read. At the end of the Inferno unit, students will have an opportunity to discuss what they think the stages of Hell should be according to our society today. ! National Honor Society members organized a HUGE success with the Halloween Party. We had a great turnout and saw some excellent costumes. Our annual winter clothing drive takes place this month with a prize for the topdonating class! ! Thanksgiving Break ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Early Dismissal - Nov. 26 - 1:00/1:15 ~ Jessica Greenfield No School - November 27 & 28 Norsemen !3

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 ! ! Room 211 News -Tammy Ferrell Language Arts II , Communication Lab, and Language Arts IV have been busy! LA II had a curriculum change last year, so the focus in now on American literature. The sophomores started the year with Native American Indian literature and learned about origin stories and culture. The focus was on how Native American youth can learn to follow the “Red Road” while still living in contemporary America. Following this unit, the students travelled back to America of the 17th Century, particularly 1692, by viewing Arthur Miller’s classic screen version of The Crucible. The pictures accompanying this article showcase some of the final projects demonstrating the students’ depth of understanding. Moving right along into the Romantic era, our next piece of literature is The Scarlet Letter. This novel of love and betrayal highlights the differences between the Puritan and Romantic eras. Sophomores are expected to challenge themselves and express understanding in a variety of ways. Communication Lab 10 is a new class designed to help sophomores who struggle with reading. Their first unit is over short stories. The sophomores read aloud and complete various activities and strategies designed to increase their “learning tool boxes.” ! ! ! Norsemen !4

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! LA IV is spending time at the Gatsby Mansion. The seniors have read the novel and are watching the 1974 and 2013 versions in order to write an essay of argument detailing which cinematic version best represents the novel. Following the essay, the students will write a short story based off themes from The Great Gatsby. As the picture clearly shows, the seniors LOVE this novel of 1920’s excess and subsequent loss. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Our new management system, Canvas, is a great resource for parents to keep tabs on assignments. Please check it out and talk to your students about what they are reading. Canvas can be accessed on the left side menu of the district website: http://www.roland-story.k12.ia.us ! ! ! ! Norsemen !5

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 LANGUAGE ARTS 3 ! ~ Thomas Klett Language Arts 3 continues to develop after its introduction last year. The focus is on world literature, and it matches major themes students are studying in world history. At the start of the year, students explored creation stories from various cultures. This got students thinking about big questions, such as “Why are we here?” Following this, students read The Epic of Gilgamesh and Euripides’ Medea, exploring questions like “What is a hero?” and “What is a family?” At the start of second quarter, the class started to explore ancient Rome; they will read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. A lot of the work students are doing for these units will eventually be shaped into an electronic textbook they will produce during the spring semester. ! ! DMACC INTRO TO LITERATURE Students receive college credit from Des Moines Area Community College for Intro to Literature. The first half of the semester has focused on elements of fiction, such as point of view, character, symbolism, figurative language, and theme. The second half the semester will focus on drama and poetry. Throughout all of this, students are also exploring some basic concepts of literary theory and applying this to their readings. In addition, students have been writing papers using critical theory to analyze the stories they have been reading. ! ! TALENTED AND GIFTED Students, from freshmen to seniors, taking part in Talented and Gifted have the opportunity to develop their own project during the school year. They need to invest at least forty hours into the project throughout the year, and the majority of students will share their results during the high school’s annual TAG Night in May. Projects are as diverse as ever this year, with some students writing stories, some learning another language, and a few exploring computer programming. Throughout the year students have various checkpoints they need to reach and regular progress reports to complete. Norsemen !6

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 A World Full of Things to Read ! ! By: Katie Sandquist ksandquist@roland-story.k12.ia.us Here in the 7th grade reading classroom, we are exploring the world. As a class we are reading a variety of short stories from all over the world. We started with the more familiar American literature, reading Jack London and Washington Irving. As we read, we were focusing on being able to identify key details within the stories, and the students did a wonderful job. They enjoyed our daily discussions over the literature and sharing their opinions. After experiencing American literature, we moved to Egyptian mythology and fairy tales. As we read about the different Egyptian gods and goddesses, the students practiced their writing skills by summarizing the stories and paraphrasing information on mummification. We still have yet to visit China, Greece, and England. As a class we will be looking at Chinese folktales, Greek mythology, and stories of King Arthur. While the students are exploring different forms or reading, they will be learning about character traits, theme, genre, and figurative language, and we will also be working on our writing skills. I hope this world literature will open student’s eyes to different cultures and challenge them academically. ! ! ! 2014 Senior Citizen Dinner 11:30 am December 12th Roland-Story Middle School Norsemen !7

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 In my first year teaching here at Roland-Story, I feel that my time with the 7th and 8th grade students is flying by. We have had a very exciting and educating time in the Family Consumer Science exploratory. It has been great to spend time at the Middle School and give the students a glimpse into the world of FCS. We have spent time sewing in the 8th grade making t-shirt pillows, hacky sacks and learning various types of hand sewing techniques. Along with sewing, the 8th graders have the opportunity to use their cooking skills learned in 7th grade to make various baked goods and meals. The 7th graders love learning all bout food and nutrition and cooking tools and techniques. We spend much of our short time together in the kitchens practicing team work and cooking skills. Students also enjoy the project for interior design and learning about some basic design elements. We see many cool rooms and houses through the design unit. We spend the last week discussing child development and tips for babysitting. Students look forward to learning how to care for children and incorporate our nutrition unit by creating a healthy snack for kids. My hope is that students are bringing the skills learned in FCS home and making dinner for the family, or using sewing techniques to fix a piece of clothing or taking care of younger siblings or neighbors. I am excited to continue to meet new students and spread the knowledge of FCS to the students and the community! ! Family Consumer Science Middle School Exploratory ! ! ! ! ~ Lauren Ciganek From  Constitution  Day  to  Veteran’s  Day By:  Hannah  Joslin   This  year  at  Roland-­‐Story,  we  had  the  opportunity  to   get  creative  for  Constitution  Day.    Mr.  Sheahan,  the  other   8th  grade  history  teacher,  and  I  took  advantage  of  the  new  Teacher  Coach  position  to  facilitate  a   three-­‐station  workshop.    Shelly  Broich  helped  us  brainstorm  some  ideas  and  together,  we   decided  on  a  Reader’s  Theater  skit  to  teach  them  some  Constitution  basics,  a  Constitution  trivia   challenge  to  test  their  knowledge,  and  a  game  on  the  Bill  of  Rights  to  take  it  one  step  further.       The  Constitution  and  other  topics  that  helped  shape  our  nation,  are  being  studied  in   more  depth  in  the  Social  Studies  classes.    We  started  the  year  talking  about  the  discovery  of   America  and  moved  on  to  early  settlements  and  how  the  colonies  developed.    Now,  we  are   investigating  the  French  and  Indian  War  before  diving  into  the  American  Revolution.       Perhaps  one  of  the  most  well  known  8th  grade  activities  is  the  Veteran’s  Day  project.    This   is  a  cross-­‐curricular  assignment  that  begins  by  interviewing  a  U.S.  veteran.    Students  then  write   a  transcript  for  Language  Arts,  create  a  poster  for  Social  Studies,  and  deliver  a  speech  for   Communications.    All  will  be  done  in  time  to  celebrate  our  beloved  veterans  with  a  special   program  hosted  at  the  Middle  School  on  November  11th.         Norsemen !8

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 ! Middle  School  Art   There  are  so  many  exciting  things  happening  in  the   Middle  School  Art  Room  this  year.    The  Sirst  being  the   anticipation  of  the  building  remodel,  which  will   eventually  place  us  in  a  much  larger  room,  create  storage   space,  and  give  us  direct  access  to  a  brand  new  kiln  room.     We  have  already  purchased  the  new  digital  kiln  for  usage   this  year  and  it  Sired  great  on  our  Sirst  projects.    Teachers   have  been  fortunate  to  meet  with  architects  to  give  our   input,  allowing  for  the  best  possible  Sit.    Students  are  very  lucky  that  Roland-­‐Story  places  such  a   high  value  on  the  Sine  arts  and  recognizes  all  the  arts  can  do  to  enhance  students’  educational   experience.       In  addition  to  looking  forward  to  the  new  art  room,  students  are  excited  about  the  opportunity   to  showcase  their  artwork  in  a  public  forum.    For  the  second  time  last  year  we  entered  artwork   at  the  Octagon  Center  for  the  Arts  in  Ames  for  their  Middle  School  Art  Show.    Approximately  40   students  were  represented  and  3  of  our  students  had  art  selected  as  award  winners.    Koby   Hassebrock  and  Mae  Hinderaker  tied  for  Sirst  place  in  the  paper  category  and  Liam  Scheurmann   took  3rd  place  for  his  ceramic  work.    We  have  already  begun  setting  artwork  back  for  this  year’s   show  and  hope  to  represent  Roland-­‐Story  well  against  other  local  schools.       As  the  High  School  Art  Teacher  I’m  able  to  talk  to  eighth  grade  students  throughout  the  school   year  about  art  classes  at  the  next  level.    At  the  end  of  each  exploratory  rotation  I  explain  all   classes  and  answer  questions  students  may  have  about  test  taking,  projects,  and  grading  before   they  sign  up  for  their  electives.    I  was  pleased  at  the  positive  response  I  got  about  signing  up  for   the  introductory  class  next  year  and  the  talent  that  will  be  in  my  room.    I’ve  been  lucky  that   students  try  so  hard  on  their  projects  and  I  look  forward  to  seeing  that  talent  and  effort  blossom   in  future  years.       We  have  a  lot  of  school  year  left  ahead  of  us  and  I  can’t  wait  to  see  what  other  exciting  things   happen  in  the  art  room  before  the  end  of  May.   ! ! ~ Amber Doyle Roland-Story Retired Staff Facebook Page All retired staff of Roland-Story School district are invited to share milestones, musings, news, & photos; keeping in touch as we travel our new paths. ! Norsemen !9

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 Celebrating the Harvest Roland-Story Middle School students celebrated the harvest this year by taking goodie bags to the Co-op locations in Story City and Roland to give to the farmers. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! They also delivered decorated pumpkins to Roland and Story City businesses. ! ! ! ! ! ! Roland-Story High School Band & Vocal Concert Monday, December 15th 7:00 pm High School Auditorium Admission: $5 for Adults $3 for Students Norsemen !10

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 8TH GRADERS PREVIEW TO FRESHMEN YEAR ON MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015 AT 7:00 PM - Terri Heisterkamp Roland-Story Senior High will again be hosting an orientation evening for current 8th grade students and their parents. We have scheduled Monday, January 12, at 7:00 PM for this year’s program. We schedule this orientation evening prior to our registration process. This gives the parents and the students a more complete view of the possible academic choices and extra-curricular activities available to them during the freshmen year. Students and parents are asked to meet in the high school auditorium at 7:00 PM on January 12th. There, after brief opening remarks, small groups will be established and escorted throughout the building. Each group will be given a brief explanation of the elective class choices and the extracurricular activities available to freshmen. You will be able to ask questions involving these selections. A question-answer period with the counselor will also be scheduled. We hope that all parents of incoming freshmen will take this opportunity to assist their student in course selection for next fall. The final registration sheets for the 2015-2016 school year will need to be returned to Mr. Oleson at the middle school by Wednesday, January 21. ! ! COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID MEETING The Roland-Story High School guidance office has invited a representative from the Iowa Student Loan College Access Network (ICAN) to provide a free college planning meeting for current juniors on Thursday, December 11, from 6:30-7:30 PM in the high school vocal room. Also that evening, the ICAN representative will give a financial aid presentation for current seniors from 7:30-8:30 PM, also in the vocal room. While the financial aid presentation is geared to high school seniors and their parents, current juniors and their parents are also welcome to attend that portion of the evening. Topics include:
 • Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid) • Electronic processing
 • Deadlines
 • Overview of the financial aid process
 • Types of financial assistance available
 • Scholarships and scams
 • Helpful tips
 • Where to go for help. We look forward to seeing you at the Roland-Story High School vocal music room at 6:30 PM on December 11, 2014! Norsemen !11

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 Agriculture Education Brad Taylor Our Agriculture Education students have been involved in a wide variety of learning experiences within the curriculum this past month. One item that we stress is that even though the technologies we are learning today will become out-dated, the ability to think, make decisions and solve problems never will. ! ! With the input of Rick Schreier and his Advisory Council for the Agriculture Education Department, we feel that we are on track to helping all students involved with Agriculture Education to develop transferable skills as well as life skills to better prepare them for their futures beyond high school. One of the charges that Rick and his committee have this year is to insure that our curriculum is staying on target to meet the educational goals for the students enrolled in the Agriculture program by developing a method of self-evaluation of the program. ! Students in the Agriculture Education I class have continued to progress in our curriculum called ‘AFNR’ (agriculture food and natural resources) which is one of the upscale STEM initiatives. Recently the students have been learning about parliamentary laws and procedures. Previous to that the students learned about effective leadership. Both units stressed the ability to effectively communicate while working towards solving problems and arriving at solutions. ! ! ! ! The students in Agricultural Mechanics class have finished units on small gas engines and will begin units on electrical wiring, fluid mechanics and concrete in the future. The Meteorology class continues to study in which they are learning about the science applications involved with weather. Sections have included areas of heat, temperatures, and moisture. Students will also be learning how to design and make experiments that are specific to weather. In our Animal Science class (which is new this year and is based upon the CASE curriculum) we have been learning about ‘animal handling and facilities’ and will be moving into a unit pertaining to ‘cells and tissues’. Our FFA chapter has been involved in several activities the past month and has two large activities upcoming. Past activities involved sponsoring our 11th annual “Agriculture Leadership camp”, coordinating with the Story County United way with their fund raising efforts and our 37th annual Farm Safety program with RS 3rd graders. Our upcoming activities involve Fruit Sales starting in mid October, participating in the Iowa Hunger Summit which is part of the World Food Prize and students attending the National FFA Convention in Louisville later October. ! For further information over the Roland-Story Agriculture Program you can refer to our web site at: www.rsffa.org Norsemen !12

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 Labquest – Through a generous donation by the Roland-Story District Foundation last year, we were able to purchase Labquest interfaces. These are electronic devices that allow various scientific sensors to read and analyze information. Meteorology students have been utilizing them throughout the quarter in their studies.
 ! ! ! At the Leadership camp, students also learned about basics of landscape design by working on an introductory design. ! ! Leadership Camp – The RS FFA sponsored our 11th Agriculture Leadership Camp this year in early September at the Gilbert High School were speakers presented information on gaining leadership skills as well as how to apply those skills. The 300 students who attended then moved to the ISU Horticulture farm for tours. The RS students then wrote summary papers over their experiences and this year the winning essay was composed by Hannah Patton who won the $100 first place prize. Pictured are students who learned about golf course and turf grass management.
 ! Our 37th annual Farm Safety program was held in midSeptember for all 3rd graders where they learned about safety using ATV’s, lawn mowers, grain safety, pets, farm animals, tractors and first aide. Shown is Max Halstead and Veronika Johnson who visited about safety when using utility equipment.
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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 KINDERGARTEN SCREENING - Kate Hartzler, Elementary School Principal Curriculum across Iowa is changing and becoming more rigorous. Kindergarten is no exception. Kindergarten now has numerous new standards children need to accomplish during their school year in areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. As a direct result, kindergarten screening is also going to be more rigorous. Due to curriculum changes, children will come to school and begin to work on new skills right from the start of school. We have a great deal to accomplish in a short time to be prepared for the more rigorous first grade curriculum. Children coming to screening will be assessed as usual for general knowledge, social and interpersonal skills, and fine motor skills. In addition children will be checked for: - Printing first name with one capital letter. - Ability to recite, not sing, the alphabet. - Letter names: Children will be shown a random few letters of the alphabet, other than the letters in their names, and asked for the name of the letter. - Letter sounds: Children will be asked sounds of a few random letters of the alphabet. - Letter formation: Children will be asked to print some letters of the alphabet. - Numbers: Children will be asked to name a few random numbers 1 - 10. - Counting: Children will be asked to count groups of objects for some of the numbers one through ten. The objects will be presented in rows. - Number formation: Children will be asked to print a few random numbers 1 -10. In recent years we have had several children come into Kindergarten reading and are pleasantly surprised by this. We will screen children to see if we have any readers at any level. This is not an expectation, but only for teacher information. It is so important to read with your children, and provide time for them to look at books independently. Work on printing names, letters, numbers. Provide time for your child to ask questions and discuss interests. Time with crayons and scissors is important. Equally important is providing opportunities for your child to practice their independence by giving them simple chores, having them dress themselves, and take care of their own personal needs. Working to listen and follow through on two- step directions will help your child prepare for kindergarten. Spending time in structured and unstructured social activities with children their own age is also essential for readiness for kindergarten. Our goal is to provide the best learning environment possible for your child and to instill an eagerness to learn and grow while in our kindergarten program. Kindergarten is a year to make the transition from home to school and become a successful member of a new community of learners. We welcome the opportunity to include you and your child in our Roland-Story Early Childhood Program. Kindergarten Screening is scheduled to be held for Roland-Story on March 26 and 27, 2014. Please call the R-S Elementary School at 515-733-4386 with any questions. Norsemen !14

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ROLAND-STORY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOV/DEC 2014 HOW  TO  HELP  YOUR  FIRST  GRADER-­‐  Mrs.  Thein,  Mrs.  Nelson,  Mrs.  Sanderson,  Mrs.  Johnson   ! ! “What  can  I  do  at  home  to  help  my  child  be  successful  at   school?”  is  a  question  that  is  often  asked.  We  are  glad  to   provide  suggestion,  as  it  shows  a  concern  and  willingness  to   support  your  child’s  education  at  home  as  well  as  at  school.     *By  this  time  of  the  year,  Iirst  graders  have  received  instruction   on  many  of  the  fundamentals  of  both  reading  and  math.  They   need  lots  of  practice  using  the  skills  and  strategies  they  have   been  working  on.  THEY  CANNOT  PRACTICE  TOO  MUCH!   However,  keep  practice  sessions  short  and  to  the  point  or  your   student  will  quickly  lose  interest  and  enthusiasm.     *Listen  to  your  child  read  daily.  Rereading  familiar  stories  is   a  good  strategy  for  building  Iluency  and  comprehension.   Reading  new  material  encourages  your  child  to  apply  and   strengthen  recently  learned  skills.     *Be  a  role  model  for  your  children.  Let  them  see  you  using   reading,  writing,  and  math  in  real  life  situations  for  both   work  and  leisure.  Talk  to  them  about  what   you  are  doing.  Involve  them  in  conversations  and  invite  their  questions.     ! ! *Get  your  Iirst  grader  their  very  own  library  card  and  make  stopping  at   the  library  for  books  a  regular  part  of  your  routine.  It  needn’t  take  more   than  15  minutes,  but  it  could  make  a  lifetime  of  difference  of  your  child.     ! *Help  your  child  practice  and  master  basic   addition  and  subtraction  facts  through  20.   Answers  should  come  “automatically”.  Flashcards  can  be  used  in   lots  of  ways  to  help  with  this.     *Communicate  your  pride  in  your  Iirst  grader’s  efforts  and   accomplishments.  It  is  truly  amazing  what  they  already  learned   to  do!  Thank  you  for  being  an   encouraging  and  enthusiastic  supporter  of  your  child  and   their  education!       ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Norsemen !15

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