November News

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to meet with all of you during our October conferences. I also want to thank all of the parents who helped with our field trip to Glacier Ridge Metro Park and our Harvest Party. The students enjoyed both!

Social Studies

We have completed our science units for first semester and have begun social studies. We started with a unit about forms of government with a guiding question focused on who has the power in democracies, monarchies, and dictatorships. We have just begun our study of geography. Students will use maps to explore the question of how where we live affects how we live. First, we will focus on the U.S. and Canada, then we will learn about Central and South America.

Help at Home

Please help your child establish a nightly homework routine. Your child should be reading the book that comes to and from school for 30 minutes each school night. If your child is completing their written response at home rather than at school they should read for 20 minutes and write for 10 minutes. Students continue to receive a weekly math practice packet. The math packet and assigned written reading responses are due the last school day of the week. Each student has a basic fact fluency goal they are working to accomplish. Please see your child’s goal sheet in the back of the planner for more information. Help your child remember to practice each night for about 10 minutes to reach this goal. Your child should be able to tell you how they should practice.

Xtra Math

Students have a home letter with directions for using the program Xtra math to become fluent in the math facts. We are using this program in school but practice at home will help your child progress more quickly.

Would you like to “adopt” a rosemary plant?

As part of the service work we do to support Riverside’s Imagine Community Garden we are trying to save three rosemary plants so that they can be replanted in the garden in the spring. My hope is that each plant will be adopted by a family for awhile during the winter. If more than three families are interested we can rotate the plants to different homes. You would just need to have a sunny window, provide water when it is needed, and of course, use the rosemary as you would like in recipes. The plants are ready to adopt now. We will plant them back into the garden in the middle of May. If you would like to take care of a plant please complete the slip below, and we’ll work out how you can get the plant home.

Students have already shown great growth in the first busy months of school! As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with celebrations, questions, or information about how to support your child.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Mrs. Jos Shaughnessy

Curriculum Topics

Word Study: Greek/Latin bases -dent, odont

Social Studies: Geography of U.S. and Canada

Reading: Identifying important signposts in fiction, identifying main ideas/ supporting details in informational text

Math: Adding and subtracting numbers with unlike denominators; basic fact fluency

Writing: Personal narratives


Rosemary Plant

_____Yes, our family would like to adopt a plant.

Student Name__________________________________

Parent Signature________________________________



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