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1 Classroom Newsletters A Tool for Communication and Publication Diane S. Brown OSU Writing Project Teacher Consultant Teacher, Sand Springs Schools

2 Why a Weekly Newsletter? Parent Communication –Increases the chances of your messages getting home –Faster than making phone calls –Jokes and quotes prove you are human Student Publishing –Parents can read what students write and compare against age peers (so revealing!) –Proves you value students’ writing –Increases the chances that the newsletter gets home

3 Newsletters - Overview Banner - Date - Issue Number - Your Information Information Column Schedule Column Homework Column –Spelling / Vocabulary Words –Class Projects –“Status of the Class” Updates Editorial Column Just for Laughs Student Work - Back Page

4 Room 318 News Volume 2 Edition 2 Week of August 26 Teacher - Mrs.. Brown -- Home Phone Back to School Night? This Thursday, August 28th, is Back to School Night. This year we will start in the Central Junior High auditorium (right next door) at 6 PM. Ms. Chambers will introduce the superintendent and the teachers, then speak for a short time. After the big meeting is over, please make your way back to the classroom. I will be there with information about what will happen during this school year. There will also be sign up sheets for conferences in October, and for our fall and winter parties. You will get information about special events during the school year and be able to ask questions. I hope to see you there ! Schedules Daily 8:20 - 8:35 Homeroom 8:35 - 9:50 Reading/Spelling 9: :00 Break/Language 10: :15 Math 11: :55 English 11: :05 Prepare for Lunch 12: :45 Lunch / Recess 12:45 - 1:00 Drinks/Restroom 1:00 - 1:40 Resource 1:40 - 2:00 Break/Drinks 2:00 - 2:30 Science 2:30 - 3:00 Social Studies 3:00 - 3:10 Clean Up 3:10 - 3:30 DEAR Resource Just for Laughs You can’t have everything. Where would you put it? Henry’s Rules (con’t) 3. Make sure you’re singing the right song. 4. Take no bait. 5. Don’t back someone into a corner Sight Words New Words - own, below, country, plant, last Review Words - in, is, you, that, it Spelling Words - sat felt last send next best went hand stand past grand stamp belt lend checked else guest attention heard listen Questions & Answers Q) Why are children not switching for Reading? A) Because our new reading series has English grammar and writing instruction included, we are staying with our regular classrooms for reading. We will also be doing spelling and Phonics with our Reading groups. Q) Why not Show & Tell? A) Too many toys, not enough tell. Note -- Watch the back of this newsletter for children’s writing. Quote for the Week: Take the “t” out of “can’t” and make it “can”. When your child gets has trouble with homework: 1) Have the child explain to you what they are to do. 2) If the child can’t explain, write me a note or call A.S.A.P. 3) If emergencies prevent the child from finishing, write me a note rather than “helping” by doing the work for him/her. Thanks. Thank you for sending back the reading log sheets. They help me track reading outside of school. Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Music P.E. Computer Music P.E.

5 The Back Page Volume 2 Edition 2 Week of August 26 The Place for Student Work Last week, students in computer class sharpened their keyboarding skills by writing about what happened this summer. Here are some of their stories - more next week This Summer - by Amber Hudgins I went swimming. I watched movies. I played games. I went to the zoo. I sat around and watched T.V. I went to OKC. This Summer - by Katie Beard I went swimming at my best friend’s house. Her name is Susan. I went to see a play with my sister. It was called Alice in Wonderland. It was fun. And I went to see my Gramma in Arkansas, but it was NOT fun. This Summer - by Will Phillips I played video grams. Then, I played with my little cousin. This Summer - by Maymie Bird I went to fireworks. I went to Walt Disney World and I had fun. I played in the white sand. I played in the pool. I had a ball. I played with it in the pool. It was me and my mom. This Summer - by Bernard Nortey This summer I got on my Dad’s computer and went to Planet Hot Wheels.com. Then I went swimming. Then I went to my Dad’s friend’s house and played video games. This Summer - by Dakota Glenn I rode my bike and watched T.V. I played with toys and swam at my Grandma’s house. This Summer - by Virgil Noah I went to see my brother and his car. He got it from our sister. She gave it to him because it had motor problems. And I went fishing and swimming with him. Yesterday I went to see Spy Kids Two. It was really cool. They fought skeleton’s and sliced off their heads. And they have the highest technology in the world. And I went to my friends’ and my cousin’s house. This Summer - by Nakota Crowels I went swimming in my pool and stayed inside. I played with my dog. I stayed in my house. This Summer - by Kyle Ash This summer I went camping. I saw two big lizards. I caught one. Then I went to Texas. I went to a wrestling tournament and I got first place. This Summer - by Cody Marshall I went to Frontier City and White Water Bay. I started tackle football. This Summer - by Matt Mays I played on my Intendo 64 and went swimming. I went to the library and went to the movie theater. This Summer - by John Ivy I went to the pool a couple of times. I went to my aunt’s house to play two video games. I went to my Gramma’s house to spend the night with my little brother. That’s about it.

6 Anatomy of a Newsletter Page Set Up Considerations Banner Number of Columns - Column Dividers Placement of Regular Features Placement of Special Features Font Sizes and Characteristics Back Page

7 Room 318 News Volume 2 Edition 2 Week of August 26 Teacher - Mrs.. Brown -- Home Phone This is the banner. Put your phone number here for parents to find. This helps you track which year and edition This helps you track which week so you can use the same information next year

8 Schedules Daily 8:20 - 8:35 Homeroom 8:35 - 9:50 Reading/Spelling 9: :00 Break/Language 10: :15 Math 11: :55 English 11: :05 Prepare for Lunch 12: :45 Lunch / Recess 12:45 - 1:00 Drinks/Restroom 1:00 - 1:40 Resource 1:40 - 2:00 Break/Drinks 2:00 - 2:30 Science 2:30 - 3:00 Social Studies 3:00 - 3:10 Clean Up 3:10 - 3:30 DEAR Resource Just for Laughs You can’t have everything. Where would you put it? Quote for the Week: Take the “t” out of “can’t” and make it “can”. Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Music P.E. Computer Music P.E. Save the center for the important, but routine things. This provides stability. The children did a great job turning in their homework this week. Thank you for the support. Put anything that changes weekly into a separate text box. That way the text won’t slide around every week when you adjust it.

9 Quote Web Sites (Some annoying pop up ads) html

10 Joke Web Sites zone.net/jokes/index.html

11 Advice Web Sites org

12 Sight Words New Words - own, below, country, plant, last Review Words - in, is, you, that, it Spelling Words - sat felt last send next best went hand stand past grand stamp belt lend checked else guest attention heard listen Questions & Answers Q) Why are children not switching for Reading? A) Because our new reading series has English grammar and writing instruction included, we are staying with our regular classrooms for reading. We will also be doing spelling and Phonics with our Reading groups. Q) Why not Show & Tell? A) Too many toys, not enough tell. Note -- Watch the back of this newsletter for children’s writing. Here’s a great spot for sight words, vocabulary for the week and spelling. Be sure to put each in a separate box to save you time and headaches In a Q. and A. Column you can deal with problems unique to a class or a certain time of year. Remember to pique curiosity

13 Note: The lines separating the columns stay consistent every week. The size of the columns may change. Back to School Night? This Thursday, August 28th, is Back to School Night. This year we will start in the Central Junior High auditorium (right next door) at 6 PM. Ms. Chambers will introduce the superintendent and the teachers, then speak for a short time. After the big meeting is over, please make your way back to the classroom. I will be there with information about what will happen during this school year. There will also be sign up sheets for conferences in October, and for our fall and winter parties. You will get information about special events during the school year and be able to ask questions. I hope to see you there ! Here’s your chance to editorialize. Parenting news groups on the web are a good source of topics and info.

14 The Back Page Volume 2 Edition 2 Week of August 26 The Place for Student Work Last week, students in computer class sharpened their keyboarding skills by writing about what happened this summer. Here are some of their stories - more next week Brief explanation of writing assignment. Fill page with student work, photos, etc.

15 Other Newsletter Formats

16 Name Dear Parents, Week of September 16-20, 2002 Mrs. Deb Lee “Joy” in our class ! Science / Social Studies Apple Unit - Johnny Appleseed / Mr. John Chapman Parents, Please remind your child to return their reader each day My Homework This Week Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Monday: Story: Re-Read in Class Phonics: Review Day Math: Review Day Spelling: Test Today ! Story: “Ants” (all week) Phonics: Letter “R r” Math: Dividing a Solid in Half Spelling: New List Story: Re-Read Phonics: Letter “C c” Math: Addition Number Sentences Spelling: Study Story: Re-Read Phonics: Assessment Math: Assessment Spelling: Study No Homework Tonight Story: Re-Read in class & home Phonics: Letter “K k” Math: Graphing Spelling: Study Progress Reports Come Home Today 1. at 2. lot 3. lap 4. nap 5. pat 6. tan 7. lip 8. tap 9. zip 10. pit

17 Graphics Web Sites gallery.com/in.php com Remember: TANSTAAFL (*) –Invest in time looking for free art on line –Invest in a good clip art program –(I like Sierra Print Artist 4.0) * There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch


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