Dear Parents, It is that time of the year again. This month all students will be taking benchmarks tests. Please make sure your child comes to school well rested. Please talk to your child about what they have learned and make sure they read and practice their math facts each night. Benchmark tests will be given from November 13-20. Have your child set a goal for the test like, “I want to be proficient.”This test will include students from k-5 grade. Please practice counting, reading, letters and sounds.Also, all students will be taking the Writing Proficiency test #1 the week of November 4th.
AttendanceAt Franklin, we are working on improving our attendance. Our goal is to have 97.5% attendance. We will be providing prizes for those classes with the highest attendance.Please make sure to send your child to school everyday unless they have fever or are vomiting. We have wonderful teachers, but the only way they can teach your child is if your child is in school.We have noticed that many students are arriving to school late. Late is when your child is not in line when the 8:00 o’clock bell rings. This is the time instruction begins. We have many habitual late arrival students coming to school almost every day from 2-10 minutes late. Arriving to school late is setting your children up for failure. Students know they are late, and they are aware that this is not appropriate. Students also know that other students who come to school on time are going to look at them when they enter the classroom and they are ashamed. To add to this embarrassment, most of the students arriving late to school do not have time for breakfast, so they need to wait almost 4 more hours to eat lunch. This is one of the biggest contributors to students’ inattention and discipline problems. It’s very hard to concentrate on school work when you are hungry. It is for this reason we are pleading with all parents to make every effort to bring your children to school on time, allowing the students to eat breakfast and have a nice transition to school work. Habitually late students will receive letters from the District to attend an attendance meeting with me, to explain the reasons why your child is late. If the attendance does not improve, parents will be receiving a second letter to attend a meeting with the District Attorney. At this meeting other state agencies will be present. Some of the possible consequences are: pay a penalty of $500 and/or jail up to one year. School attendance in California is compulsory and children must come to school and they must do it on time.Flu SeasonWith the flu season coming, we’d like to remind you of simple things you can do to help prevent an outbreak in our school and keep your child healthy.
Learning Math FactsIn order for your child to have success in math, it is very important that they memorize their basic facts. Here are some ideas for how to help your child learn math facts:Kindergarten- Students learn the concepts of addition, subtraction to 10. Students use objects to add and subtract. (1+3=4) (5-1=4)First grade- Students begin to learn to add and subtract to 20. Students need to start memorizing some basic facts such as 1+1=2, 2+2=4, 3+3=6, etc. They also should know subtraction facts to 20.Second grade- Students should know addition and subtraction facts to 20. They also need to know multiplication facts for 2s, 5s, and 10s.Third grade- Students should know all multiplication facts 1 to 10.Fourth and Fifth grade- Students should know all multiplication facts for 1 to 12 and division of the same facts as well as division with remainders.To help your child learn their math facts they need to:
- Encourage your children to wash their hands and cover their mouths when coughing.
- See your doctor or clinic about flu vaccines.
- Keep sick children with fever at home.
- Stay healthy by preventing the flu. Get rest! Drink liquids! Wash your hands!
Understand the concept behind math facts. Practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using objects.
2+4=6 Place 2 beans on a plate. Add 4 more. Count the total number of beans
2x3= 6 You can group objects by 3’s. It would be 2 groups of 3 objects.
Count by 2, 5 and 10’s- counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s help students to learn multiplication facts for 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Make it fun! Chant them in the car or when you are walking from school or when you are jumping rope.
Understanding multiplication/division fact families.
Make or buy flashcards- Practice often and make it fun. Knowing how and how often to practice is important. Have a set at home and a set in the car. Practice them for ten minutes to fifteen minutes every day. Separate the facts the children know from the ones they don’t know. Take out the cards that are easy for them or focus just on a certain set, such as multiplication facts for number 3’s. Don’t practice too much- the children will get tired and not want to keep practicing so remember to make it fun!
Celebrate with your child every time they reach a new goal. Set small goals- If your child learns their 3 facts, take the time to celebrate. Remind them how proud you are of them and praise them for meeting small goals as well as big ones.
All children between the ages of 3 ½ and 5 years old are invited to participate. We have around 41 students attending these classes. It is very important to prepare your child for the challenges in kindergarten and provide a basic foundation to make sure your child will be successful when they start kinder. The classes are provided here at Franklin on Tuesdays from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
All teachers at Franklin School write the daily learning goals on the board, every day, and for every subject. This helps the students to take responsibility for their learning and also helps the students to know what to focus on. Parents, we are asking that you ask your child each day what they have learned in school. Ask your child to give you specifics. For example, if your child says, “I learned math,” ask your child, “What did you learn in math today?” Also ask for examples of what they learned. By reviewing with your children their learning goals and talking with your child every day, this will help them to remember what they have learned.
In order to meet our School Goal of 820 on the Academic Performance Index, we are asking our students to read at home every day. In the primary classes the students take home Decodables. These are booklets with the skills the teacher taught that week. Please make sure your child reads it to at least 5 people in your household or 5 times. The more the students read, the more fluent they become. In the upper grades the students are taking home either the Anthology with the stories they are reading in the classroom, or fluency passages. Again, ask your child to read it to themselves and then read it to 4 or 5 people in their family. It is very important that the students read every day because:
It helps to value and love reading
It helps to develop a bigger and richer vocabulary
It helps to read more fluently and with automaticity
We hope you have a wonderful month! This is the time of the year to be thankful for all the great things we enjoy including family, food, shelter, health and the opportunity to learn and grow.