Schneckenburger Elementary School and community partners will provide the learning environment necessary for all students to achieve academic excellence and utilize critical thinking skills to become lifelong learners.
A note from the principal:
Our teachers and students are working very hard! As our spring semester progresses, our teachers continue to design wonderfully engaging and challenging lessons and students are responding with strong desires for learning. Teachers in 3rd through 5th also continue to prepare students for testing April 25-28, and May 9-11. Please continue to check folders and monitor homework. As always, you are welcome here at Schneckenburger.
Thursday, March 3 is Raisin Cane’s Night! Mention Schneckenburger when ordering and the school gets cash back to use for materials of instruction. Coming soon: “Be the teacher for a day” raffle. Take as many chances as you wish to win this fun reward!
Grade level news:
Pre-K- We have lots of exciting events planned for the month of March. We will be going on our annual field trip to downtown New Orleans on Friday, March 4th. We are very excited for the kids to get a first-hand experience with all of the different things we have learned about the past couple of weeks. The Bug Mobile will visit our classes on March 23rd to complete our unit on bugs. We will have our annual Easter egg hunt on Friday, March 18th. Please make sure to check your child’s folder daily for more information about all of these activities.
The kindergarten students have been busy with their new readers. It is amazing to see these little 5 and 6 year old reading. Please continue to read with your child daily so they can become more fluent readers. We are still working on blends and diagraphs. We are finishing up our unit on decomposing and beginning a new unit on measurement. In Social Living we are learning about weather and soon will start a spring unit which will include St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.
First Grade– The month of March will be all about reading!!! On March 2nd we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday by participating in “Read Across America”. As part of our celebration we will Skype with children being read to or reading to them. We also begin our Fairy Tale unit where each student will choose a fairy tale story, write a book report and decorate a potato to look like their favorite character. On Thursday, March 17th, 1st grade will host their annual Potato Parade at 9:00am in the Kiva. Parents are welcome to attend. In math, we will begin measurement. On March 23rd will take a field trip to the Children’s Museum to explore our community and participate in science challenges.
Second Grade– Can you believe it is March already? We have so much to do and it feels like the end of the year is creeping in. In math, we are doing a unit on geometry. Students will learn all about many different shapes and solids. They will also start looking at fractions and partitioning rectangles. In reading we have begun a new unit on famous Americans. This unit will also cover our poetry standard. In English class, we will continue pronouns. On March 23rd, we will go on the second part of our service learning field trip. We will be visiting the aquarium and IMAX. We hope to see you there! Please continue to read aloud each night and practice math facts.
Third Grade – March already? Third grade can’t believe how fast the time is flying! We have a field trip scheduled for Tuesday, March 22nd. Permission slips have been sent home and are due by Friday, March 18th. The cost is $16.00. Third graders will be participating in standardized testing this year which is the last week of April. We will begin incorporating testing preparation with the students while continuing our regular lessons. This preparation is so that the students will know what to expect and hopefully relieve any stress that they may be feeling. In reading we will be working on constructing essay responses to the passages that they read. In math we have begun working with fractions. Fractions seem to be a very difficult skill to master so it is very important that students are paying attention so as not to miss anything! Please continue to monitor homework assignments for completion, correct responses, and neatness. Thank you for all of your help, it is truly appreciated.
Fourth grade is feeling lucky this month! In math we will continue our unit on measurement and data analysis. This will consist of units of measure, measurement conversions, reading and analyzing different graphs, and exploring geometric shapes and attributes. There is also a daily review of skills daily in preparation of the upcoming state assessment in April! In Science the students will begin exploring the Human Body Systems! Our studies of We the People and government will continue in Social Studies. The students are very excited to begin their novel study of Number the Stars in ELA and study WWII, such an important part of our history! Some additional skills we will be reviewing are nonfiction texts and plots, as well as a constant review of comprehension strategies. Please be reminded that tutoring is offered for ELA on Mondays and for Math on Thursdays, both from 3:30-4:30. We will begin doing test prep, as well as weekly skill review during that time.
Fifth Grade- It’s already March and we still have plenty to do before our spring testing. In the first week of March, the students will be taking Interactive Achievement Tests. So if you notice a bit less homework, it’s because this testing takes most of the day. But we will be back to an all normal schedule the week of March 7th. In math, the students continue in geometry; in science, studies concentrate on weathering and erosion. In social studies the United States is still forming and growing. In reading, students are enjoying both fiction and non-fiction about the famous Underground Railroad. The end of the 3rd nine week period is soon and report cards will go home on March 18th. On Wednesday, March 23rd, Mrs. Quarrella’s Homeroom will have their pizza party for winning the Dollars for Scholars competition. On Thursday, March 24th is Field Day. We hope you can join us for a fun-filled day!
For Your Information:
Many thanks to our parents for cooperating so fully with our arrival and dismissal procedures!
Just a reminder that children need to be in the kiva ready for their day by 8:40. They are tardy once our 8:40 bell rings. We are very careful to guard your children’s
instructional time! Thanks again for your help!