Wondering what bring back to school on Monday? This document has what you need.
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Several National Honor Society students are volunteering their time to work as peer tutors. Please fill out this form if you would be interested in receiving extra help with homework.
4th graders will return to in person learning on Monday, October 19th. School will be in person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30-3:30 with a staggered arrival and departure to reduce number of students entering and exiting the building at the same time. Click here for a list of suggested supplies as we return to Bennie.
All Bennie 4th graders will take the NWEA test when we return to face to face learning. Tests will be on Tuesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 22. All make up and unfinished tests will be on Friday, October 23.
Schedule for October 12-16
In order to prepare for our in person learning, I am going to ask students to wear masks for our zooms next week. We will practice mask procedures and build stamina as we work toward wearing them all day in person. Should the masks make it too difficult to hear over zoom, I will be asking students to practice wearing their masks for extended periods of time each day. Minus lunch and recess, we will be wearing masks in school - which equals about 5 hours and 45 minutes each day. We all need to build our personal comfort with wearing a mask that long!
New student Chromebooks have arrived and will be distributed the week of October 19th. We are excited about the improvement in our district technology for both in school and at home learning.
As required by the state of Michigan, we will be NWEA MAP testing this month. Students will be testing between October 5-31, 2020. Here is a letter from Mrs. Metzer with further details.
Book Clubs continue this week. Book Club assignments also appear in their Google Classroom. Small groups will last about 25 minutes. Here are the times moving forward:
In terms of books/supplies your child will need next week, here is a brief schedule:
This week we will have Social Studies Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Science will be Tuesday and Thursday.
Monday and Friday students will need their "We the People" Social Studies books for Daily 5.
Now that the kids have Book Club books, we will start meeting in small groups. Small groups will last about 25 minutes. Here are the times moving forward:
Our assignments and activities are designed to be completed in 20-45 minutes. If your child is completing work in consistently less time than that, do let me know! We now have a topic in our Google Classroom entitled "I'm finished! Now what?" Just as in the classroom, some students will finish faster than others based on their mastery of or interest in the concept. They can choose from any of the options if they have extra learning time in the day. (Also, if your child is taking more than 45 minutes on any one assignment, do let me know! We may need to adjust their plan)
Each Friday we will have a short "Show What you Know" math quiz. Please do not help your child with this assignment. We will use this check in to determine the concepts the students have mastered and those that require more practice.
Specials classes next week (Sept 28-Oct 2) will be live. Kids should sign in to their Zoom specials class at 10:00. Our schedule and their Zoom links are the Google Classroom topic "Zoom Links, Specials Classes and How to Videos"
Managing your Google Classroom Assignments
There have been a lot of questions about how to navigate Google Classroom. I went through this presentation with the kids, but thought it might be helpful for you as well. It is also posted in thier "How To" topic in Google Classroom.
Thank you for a great week in our virtual Room 107! I have been so impressed with our class discussions and the efforts your children have been making. I know it isn't always easy but there is good learning happening.
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