Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016 Weekly Notes


Cantone Community Weekly News
October 31, 2016

This week’s assignments (Due Monday, November 7):
  • Cursive “g” and “o” - remember to trace a letter and then write a letter.
  • Read for 15 minutes or more every day, including Saturday and Sunday, and record what you read and for how long you read on your Reading Log.
  • Play outside, Eat dinner together and have a conversation, Read together

Weekly News:

  • In math, we are finishing up Topic D where the students are learning to identify whether the quotient represents the number of groups or how many objects in each group. Ask your child to tell you the definition of the word “quotient.” Included in this packet is the explanation for Lesson 13. The children will take a test on Topic D toward the end of the week.

  • In science, students are finishing a poster on the storm they researched. Ask your child to tell you some facts about the storm he/she chose.

  • In Listening and Learning, we are finishing the chapter of “The Return of Toad.” The children will take a test this week to assess how well they listened to the story. The test will include a true or false portion, a sequencing activity, and some short answer questions.

  • On Friday the whole school participated in a STEM day sponsored by Lockheed Martin. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It was an exciting day of learning! The children built circuits with batteries, a motor and a switch that made a propeller fly. They used problem solving skills to build the circuit and determine why it may not have worked. The children also built towers out of pipe cleaners. They worked in groups to build the tower at first talking to each other and using both hands. Then they were limited to using only one hand each without talking. Again, they had to problem solve and communicate without talking. It was interesting to watch them. Another activity was building paper airplanes. The children learned about gravity, thrust, lift, and drag. Our classroom activities included making a catapult out of tongue depressors, spoons, and rubber bands. Then the children launched a variety of objects to see which ones flew the farthest. Later in the afternoon we used iPads to control robots and make them move as we practiced multiplication. The big event was the ,, on the football field! Ask your child what his/her favorite activity was. We are so thankful to Lockheed Martin for this spectacular day.

  • We have an opportunity to get free books for our classroom by collecting UPC labels from SunnyD and Fruit2O products. If you use these products, please send in your labels. We need 20 labels before November 30 to get 20 books. See the attached flyer.


  • Thank you to the families of Emma V., Emma S., Matty, Tracy, Jaylyn, and Samantha for all the delicious treats for our Halloween Party.

STEM Day - October 28, 2016





Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Free Books for our Classroom

We are collecting SunnyD and Fruit 2O  UPC labels so our classroom can receive free books. We need 20 labels in order to receive 20 books. If you use these products, please send in the UPC labels.

October 11 Weekly News

Cantone Community Weekly News
October 11, 2016



This week’s assignments (Due Monday, October 17):
  • Cursive “p” and “j” - remember to trace a letter and then write a letter.
  • Read for 15 minutes or more every day, including Saturday and Sunday, and record what you read and for how long you read on your Reading Log.
  • Play outside
  • Eat dinner together and have a conversation
  • Read together


Weekly News:
  • Open House is Wednesday, October 12, 6:00-7:30 pm. I am looking forward to meeting you and the children are excited to show you their classroom and what they do at school.


  • In math, the children had a quiz on Topic B, “Division as an Unknown Factor.” Tomorrow we will begin Topic C, “Analyzing Arrays to Multiply Using Units of 2 and 3. This topic includes learning about the commutative property. The commutative property means that changing the order of the factors doesn’t change the total. For instance, 2 x 6 = 12 or 6 x 2 = 12. 6 and 2 are factors. When multiplied together the total is still 12 whether the 6 comes first or the 2 comes first. The first number in a multiplication problem is the number of rows or groups. The second number is how many in each row or group. Attached are explanations of the lessons we will cover this week.


  • In science we have been learning about clouds and how they help us predict the weather. Students are creating a poster illustrating four different types of clouds and the weather that comes with them.


  • In Listening and Learning, I am reading aloud The Wind in the Willows.This week we will read the chapters, “The Wild Wood” and “The Open Road.” We will continue to discuss perspective and the themes of friendship/loyalty, hospitality, responsibility, and irresponsibility. Ask your child to tell you which characters exhibit these themes and to describe what they do that fits with the theme.


  • Picture Day is October 17. Forms went home last week. If you need another form, send a note in with your child.


  • Five-Week Reports will go home on Friday. Because we have spent the first five weeks of school getting to know each other and practicing routines, your child’s grades are only a reflection of a couple of Math assessment scores and a beginning of the year Reading Inventory score.

  • We have an opportunity to get free books for our classroom by collecting UPC labels from SunnyD and Fruit2O products. If you use these products, please send in your labels. We need 20 labels before November 30 to get 20 books. See the attached flyer.

October 3 Weekly News

Cantone Community Weekly News
October 3, 2016



This week’s assignments (Due Tuesday, October 11):
  • Cursive “r” and “s” - remember to trace a letter and then write a letter.
  • Read for 15 minutes or more every day, including Saturday and Sunday, and record what you read and for how long you read on your Reading Log.
  • Play outside
  • Eat dinner together and have a conversation
  • Read together


Weekly News:


  • In math, we began Topic B which is “Division as an Unknown Factor.” The children divided counters into equal groups and wrote a division equation to show how many were in each group. Attached are explanations of the lessons we will cover this week. Next week the children will take a test on Topic B.


  • Open House is Wednesday, October 12, 6:00-7:30 pm. I am looking forward to meeting you and the children are excited to show you their classroom and what they do at school.


  • In science the children learned how water travels through the earth and atmosphere and played a water cycle game where they followed a drop of water through the water cycle. They made a bracelet with beads to show where the drop of water had been. Ask your child to use the bracelet and key that went home on Friday to show you where his/her drop of water went. We will begin a unit on weather this week.


  • Our butterfly hatched on Friday and we released it. Ask your child to describe the butterfly’s life cycle.


  • In Listening and Learning, I began reading The Wind in the Willows to the children. A note went home about this Unit last week. We will be looking at perspective and the themes of friendship/loyalty, hospitality, responsibility, and irresponsibility. Ask your child to tell you which characters exhibit these themes and to describe what they do that fits with the theme.
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  • You can stay in contact with me through the Remind App. I also have started a classroom Blog where I will post the Weekly News and pictures of some of the things we are doing in class. You can see the blog at http://mrscantone.blogspot.com/.