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We have just completed our first six weeks of school and have built a sense of community with a mantra of kindness.  Our October precept is, 

"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much." 

—Blaise Pascal


Interim Reports went home on 9/29. Please review, sign and return them to school tomorrow. If your child's grades are not what you expected it could be they are missing assignments or are simply not using their time effectively.  
  • Please check your child’s agenda nightly. Many of the students are not writing down their nightly assignments when they come inn the morning. CFES is an AVID school and students have binder checks on Friday and are given a grade.  Writing down assignments, putting handouts and graded work in folders is part of the AVID expectations. The Planner is your way of knowing what students are assigned to do for homework. STUDENTS are responsible for copying down homework correctly daily. I will continue to check student agendas this week so they can get into the habit of doing it on their own. Please sign to indicate that you have seen it and they have completed all necessary assignments.
  • Homework will not be graded for accuracy, only for completion and following directions. However, in order to receive credit students will need to write in complete sentences.
  • If there are any changes in your child's transportation, please bring a hand written note for I cannot guarantee that I will be able to check E-mail during the school day. 
  • Toys, including fidget spinners, are not permitted at school.According to the handbook, if toys are confiscated at school, parents must pick them up from the front office. Chapstick and other medications are not permitted at school without a note from a doctor.
Students will occasionally have homework if they do not complete their classwork during the day.  I do expect students to read at night as many of the students have chosen to participate in book clubs.  They are not permitted to go to their book talk if they are not prepared.


 Morning Work:  Many students did not complete their morning work today because they did not come in and get started on their responsibilities. I will accept this work in the morning manage their time wisely.  Return finished to me tomorrow 10/11/17.
It is your child's responsibility to write down their assignments upon entering the classroom.  This is a AVID requirement and receives a weekly grade.
Reading: We will be continue working on establishing our reading workshop procedures and expectations. In addition, students will be working on asking and answering questions using the text. In class, we will be learning how to answer reading comprehension questions using details from the text. We will be using "R.A.R.E" form; students will have a bookmark to take home each night as a tool for their homework responses. Students will not be tested for their reading level for another few weeks.
Reading Homework:
This week students are asked to read for 20 minutes each night.
 Please have your child study for the spelling test, vocabulary definition and word usage test on Friday!  


Students will learn the procedures and expectations of our writing workshop, how to format their paper and begin writing narrative stories.

Social Studies:
We are currently working on studying about Early American Explorers.  Students are given in time class to research their chosen explorer.  They may need to print pictures at home for this project.  Students will assemble their scrapbookks in class but may bring in pictures, typed text from their computer, stickers or any other extra they chose to purchase.  Please not that this is not a requirement as I have construction paper and other supplies if students do not have scrapbook supplies
 Thank you for your support.  My email address is:
 Important Upcoming School Events:
October 19th EARLY RELEASE




We have almmost commpleted reading the novel  Wonder by RJ Palacio

August Pullman has been homeschooled due to some complicated health issues related to a dramatic cranio-facial abnormality and the rigorous surgery schedule that comes with it. But by the time August turns ten, his parents are beginning to think about the big picture a.k.a. long-term. They have realized that Auggie not only needs to learn more than his mom can teach him, but he also needs to learn to navigate a world that isn't always kind to those who are different.