Dear SCS Families:

Where does the time go? My hope is that as you read this, you will be under
a shady tree, at the water, or enjoying some well prepared BBQ. The
2018-2019 school year is quickly approaching, and I am eagerly looking
forward to full classrooms and a busy playground. Mrs. Adriance, and Mr.
Read have been busy preparing the school for the return of students. We are
so fortunate to have these two professionals caring for our school in the
summer months. If you see them, give them a high five!

Our school enrollment is on the rise and as of today, we are expecting
approximately seventy-five (75) students at Sandwich Central School. As I
detailed in my June letter, our school size makes us susceptible to
“bubbles” as larger groups move through the grades. Currently, that group
is Middle Multiage (2-3) and is comprised of twenty-six (26) students. At a
recent work session with the SCS Faculty, the decision to split this group
into two multiage “homerooms” was finalized. Mrs. Read and Ms. Busnach will
be responsible for the instruction of these two classes. I appreciate
everyone’s patience and I am glad we could make this decision before the
start of the school year.

petittiThe students were so excited to share their portfolio with such supportive, engaged, encouraging parents.  Thank you for celebrating the growth your child made and being a part of their goal setting.
Reading, Writing, and Science:  During Writing Workshop the students brainstormed all their favorite locations in Sandwich.  Each student selected their favorite place.  They have been working on an opinion writing web to organize their thoughts. Students will turn this web into an opinion writing piece. Each student has been learning how to use "Book Creator" on the I-Pads with the P.S.U. students that are a part of class on Friday mornings.


ELA: Ms. Busnach’s reading groups have been continuing to work on specific phonics skills.  Most recently, we studied the sounds of bossy r. Students have been reading stories with er, or, ar, ur, and ir words.  We have also read about Daylight Savings time and learned some new information about how time works. As April showers approach, we will be reading about the science behind rainbows!

Math: Ms. Busnach’s Rookies have been working hard in math!  They have been studying place value by using base ten blocks.  The Rookies have gotten very comfortable taking apart numbers to reveal the amount of hundreds, tens, and/or ones needed to make the number.  We are now moving onto measurement, starting with the foot. Students have experimented measuring the lengths of our actual feet. After listening to the story, How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller, we discussed why we need a universal foot to use when measuring objects.


ELA:  Upper Multiage students are currently enjoying reading some new novels. The students have been spending some time reading independently and some time discussing the book with a group of peers and their teacher. Students have been focusing on character traits, plot development and vocabulary during this process. We thank ASC for purchasing us these high interest books!

Math: Rookies - Your child’s Unit 5 assessment was sent home this week.  We have now entered Unit 6, which focuses on division strategies and angles.  Since division is the inverse operation of multiplication, we will be using lots of our multiplication strategies to help us solve division problems.  Students were introduced to the partial quotients strategy for division today, which focuses on place value. We will continue to practice this strategy throughout this unit.

DC 2018


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