Ms. Ellison Notes

April Showers Bring May Flowers, Welcome to May 2020!!

Notes

Hey Students and Families!
I'm just hoping that everyone has a chance to keep up with your teachers' pages and are having fun while doing activities off their lesson plans! I also hope that everyone is taking at least a minimum of 30 minutes a day to keep up with your reading! Reading is not only directly from a book, or an e-book! You can also read recipes while helping a parent cook, ingredients on your cereal boxes and other food items, instruction manuals for games, ect. There are all kinds of types of reading! Try to get in at least 30 minutes a day to keep up your reading stamina! 
Have a great day and a great weekend!
Ms. Ellison

Today is Thursday, April 9, 2020: Nature Studies! Plant a plant cutting or a seed! Keep a journal with pictures (if possible) or simply have a great discussion with your family about the changes you see taking place! **If you have no plant cuttings or seeds, adopt a little wild plant outside and continue to observe the changes in the growth**

This is just an idea for your little ones at home. With my students, my plan was to plant a cutting of a Spider Plant, but we haven't been able to do that with closure of schools. I have an idea for my students and anyone's children! 
Assignment A:
1: Take a cutting of a plant you may have at home, put it in a bit of water, fresh water daily in the bowl or glass. 
2. If your children have a notebook or can journal on a tablet or something, keep a daily journal of the changes your plant goes through, from the day you have placed it in the water, and then, when the roots start showing. They can even keep an illustrated journal of their plant's progress. 
3. Once the plant starts to root, place it in a pot of soil and keep track of that progress!
4. Good luck growing and enjoy your new plant!
Assignment B:
1. Take a seed, whether it is a vegetable seed or flower seed.
2. Give it a little soak, depending on what the instructions state on the seed packet, or give it a few hours soak if it's fresh from a food. 
3. If you have a little soil, a flower pot, plant this seed.
4. Give it good light.
5. Water the soil lightly when the soil looks dry. 
6. Check it daily. 
7. Keep a journal either every day or every so many days when you've noticed a change or draw pictures of it, OR simply discuss with your parents or guardians, the changes that are taking place with your seed!
8. When you see the seed beginning to sprout, keep sprinkling it with water, love and sunshine!
Enjoy the process! 

Posted: April 2, 2020

Note for Parents and Students: 
Please ensure that your children are continuing to practice their learning at home. Our goal is reading for 30 minutes per day to build up reading stamina. 

Why Your Child Should Read for 20 Minutes Every Day

“Why can’t I skip my 20 minutes of reading tonight?”
Let’s figure it out —MATHEMATICALLY!

Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night…or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:
Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school….and in life?

 

WHY READ 30 MINUTES A DAY?

*If daily reading begins in infancy, by the time the child is five years old, he or she has been fed roughly 900 hours of brain food!

*Reduce that experience to just 30 minutes a week, and the child’s hungry mind lose 770 hours of nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and stories.

*A kindergarten student who has not been read aloud to could enter school with less than 60 hours of literacy nutrition. No teacher, no matter how talented, can make up for those lost hours of mental nourishment.

 

*Therefore…30 minutes daily = 900 hours
30 minutes weekly = 130 hours
Less than 30 minutes weekly = 60 hours
Guess you now understand why reading daily is so very important. Why not have family night reading? It is great to just shut off the television for 20-30 minutes and read… and share.

January Book Orders!! Middle School-Due: Monday, January 21, 2019
Hey Middle School! 
I have sent home the January book orders.
The orders will be due on Monday, January 21, 2019 with the order filled out and the money for your order. 
Please use the GREEN PRE-TAX SECTION PRICE of each book order!
Thank you and it is a pleasure to know that you are enjoying the treasures of reading!
Ms. Ellison

Monday, October 22, 2018!!
October Book Orders (Middle School) from Ms. Ellison!! 
Hey Everyone!! I'm sooo glad to see that there are many interested readers in our school, this is not only fantastic but super important to be reading during leisure (relax) time as well as the reading that we do daily in our work or homework!
I will be collecting October's book order on Monday, October 22, 2018 with your child's book order filled out, their name and please use the GREEN PRE-TAX section to calculate your child's order! Please include their total and I will have their orders sent out. 
I am so pleased to see so many interesting book orders and only continue to encourage your children to read, read, read and when you can purchase from their book orders, we appreciate that so much because you are helping fill our classroom libraries!! Super cool! 
So, with that, by 3:00 pm, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 orders and money I will be collecting!
Thank you in advance and have a great weekend!!
Ms. Ellison

Posted: October 19, 2018

Happy Mid-October, Students, Parents and Guardians!! 
As you know, I have started working with my awesome students and we've been practicing lots of reading and other important parts of learning to read in my class! 
As you may have noticed, I've been sending homework home to your child. This homework usually consists of 20 minutes of reading per night OR the assigned reading that I will have left in a little note in your child's book! 
I strongly advise parents and guardians to be consistent with your child's reading practice in the evening. Sometimes, I will send home a book that will be for you to read TOGETHER, which usually means, there are more difficult words that your child will require your help with. Other times, TOGETHER simply means that it's a book that parent or guardian will read to the child. 
Always, please, check the book and use your judgement as well on the TOGETHER books, as this book might be for your reading but for the enjoyment of both of you.
I STRESS always, if the book proves to be too difficult for the child, you will know, because they may be slightly or very frustrated. If this happens and they are not comfortable reading it themselves, PLEASE JUMP in and read to them.
We do not want to cause distress on the learning and practicing reader, we want them to enjoy what they are reading and if it is not completely within their comfort zone, then we as adults can jump right in and help them out! 
You may feel you need to make a note if the book was too difficult for them and that's ok! We try new books all the time, so when one might be very comfortable, another in that level or genre may not be as comfortable or easy to read!
This is my little note for now! 
I hope everyone has a great weekend and remember, on those rainy cold days when it's too cold or wet to play outside, we can grab a cozy blanket and a cozy book for enjoyment as well!! 
Ms. Ellison
Literacy Support.

Twas the Night Before Christmas Practice (Middle School Students with Ms. Ellison)
Please be sure to bring your script sheets home to practice reading your part in the evenings this week and next week! I also will arrange a practice time session (short-most likely your recess time) and designated practice space by tomorrow! 
Thank you! 
Ms. Ellison

Book Orders for Middle School: Grade 6 to 8 for December 2017!
Hey Everyone in Middle School, 
I've got a few book orders in print for December. If you wish to order, I'll be collecting the orders with money until Friday, December 8, 2017 at the end of the day (2:45 p.m.)  If you wish to place an order with me, please bring your order and money to my class anytime throughout the day before Friday. I will bring your orders to your class upon arrival. Also! For any parents or students with very young siblings, I have also a few Pre-K and K-2 book orders if you'd like to bring them home! Same date and time apply for these as well! Also, if I do not have enough book orders to go around this time, you can simply look through the book order, write the item number down and pass it to me!
I have to order early to ensure that the orders will be in before the holidays! 
Thank you!
Ms. Ellison

Posted: September 3, 2017

Hello and welcome back to all the students and parents! I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer break and that the new school year is full of excitement and anticipation of many new experiences! As you know, I am your Literacy Support teacher. Within the next few weeks, I will begin working with new students. I welcome any questions and your appreciated support from home to help guide your children through their Literacy learning path! I will continue to update my Teacher page as the time goes. I will be posting homework and other important notices. Please be reminded that when I send homework home, I require a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes of reading per night. I am always so excited to begin working with your children because it is amazing to see them grasp reading concepts and build confidence in reading and writing!
Thank you! 
Ms. Ellison

Missing Books! Please Return As Soon As Possible!
If your child has received a note in their homework from me, in regards to any missing classroom books, I would appreciate if you would take the time to look around your home and please send the books from my classroom back as soon as possible. 
Thank you!
Ms. Ellison 

Posted: March 3, 2016

Parents of Ms. Ellison's Students:
Please have a look around your homes for any books that may belong to my class. Your child will know which ones need to be returned. I would appreciate if they can be returned by tomorrow: Friday, March 4, 2016 OR at the latest by the first week after the March Break: March 14 to 18. These books are part of my classroom library and they also may be books that the students have not had a chance to finish reading. I appreciate your help in finding and returning any misplaced books!
Thank you!
Ms. Ellison

Hey Students and Parents! The book orders that my students are bringing home today, are due back with both the book order and money, by Friday, January 22, 2016! Thank you!! Ms. Ellison 
Parents, Guardians and Students in Literacy Support, The contents of my homework bags usually consist daily of a book to read, a vocabulary list (every so many days with a specific testing date marked on it), a homework sheet for parents to sign (lower elementary) and a reading log for upper grades to complete AFTER you have finished reading.My homework requirements daily for all students is to read for a minimum of 20 minutes (or more),, in the book I send home, have homework sheet or reading logs signed and updated AFTER you have completed homework. Students are to take care of the materials that are sent home every evening, including the plastic bag (provided to prevent rain or snow from damaging homework materials). Homework is to be completed every evening and parents' attention to the materials that your child brings home is required. I request from all parents/guardians that your child has an adult to sit and read to or with, depending on the difficulty of the book or as well, for the pure enjoyment purposes of reading together. A child that has someone to listen to while they are reading out loud, is a child that is strengthening their reading skills. I appreciate your attention to your child's homework. Thank you! Ms. Ellison Literacy Support
Hey Students, Parents & Guardians! I have sent a small package of Scholastic book orders home for September. I am requesting that you return them by Thursday, September 24, 2015 in the afternoon at the latest. If you cannot return them by this date, but would still like to order, please send me a note from you, the parent/guardian and let me know when you wish to order. I will be sending out book orders for every month after this and I will usually be requesting them within a few days after the 20th of each month! Your purchase from Scholastic helps to build a classroom library at school! I appreciate and thank you for your support for your child's reading journey!  Ms. Ellison "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"-Dr. Seuss 
Welcome Back to All Literacy Support and Read 180 Students and Parents!We've had a great start to the new school year 2015-16 so far with new changes and great things planned! As you may know, I'm the Literacy Support/Read 180 teacher! I am currently taking some students from various grades for Literacy Support and we have a half hour (30 min) support session to build and strengthen skills in reading and writing. I'm so excited to be working with your children! I have a request for parents every evening and that is to ensure that your child does all their homework that is assigned every evening, from both my class and their other subjects (homeroom class also).My homework USUALLY consists of a minimum of 20 minutes per night reading from the book that they take home from me (in the bag). I may also include on some days, extra items to be completed for the next day. I am asking all of you, parents and guardians, to guide your child through their homework, whether it is from me or from their classroom, by listening to them read their books and given attention to their other subject homework. As you may or may not know, a child that has an audience while reading aloud, gains better momentum, speed and reading fluency, rather than a child who has no attention while they are doing their assignments. This also provides lovely comforting parent/child time together, sitting and relaxing with a good book and great discussion about the book afterwards! I'm asking for you to give your children that much needed attention and time while they are reading out loud! They will appreciate it and the outcome will begin to strengthen towards becoming successful readers and writers. In their homework bag, they will have a book from my class and a homework sheet or reading log. I am asking parents to sign the homework sheets or initial the reading logs in the section where your child has finished reading! Thank you and I appreciate your support in your child's learning journey! Ms. EllisonLiteracy Support/Read 180Together we can build strong readers and writers! "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"-Dr. Seuss 

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