Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Ms. McEvoy, one of our wonderful P.E. teachers, is looking for volunteers to help out with our first annual Winter Field Day on Tuesday, February 20 during our time slot from 1:15-3:15. There are lots of games and activities that need adults to supervise them. If you are able to join us for this fun event, please return the flyer as soon as possible. Please think snow as well so this event can take place. Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22. Please schedule conferences during this time. I have offered morning conferences last week and late ones two days in a row. Unless it is an extreme circumstance, it is difficult for my family schedule to do them any other time. Thanks. Instructions for parents to set up Parent/Teacher Conference The web site is at the link 1.    Select Denali from the drop-down menu. 2.    Choose MIX for your child grade, unless your child is in Kindergarten. 3.    Select the name of your child’s teacher. 4.    Select your desired conference day by choosing a date from the drown menu. Use this link to sign up. https://www.asdk12.org/Page/5584 I love conference time and talking about your children and all the wonderful things they are doing. This week the students have been studying math facts, homophones, spelling, penmanship, problem solving in math, vocabulary, writing, practicing math operations, reading, writing friendly letters, conjunctions, journaling, numbers and operations, reading comprehension and activities, research, and more. It has been a busy and wonderful week! Please remember that there is no school on Monday, February 19 due to the Presidents’ Day holiday. Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22 the students will be released at 12:30 for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Finally, Friday February 23 there is no school due to the Montessori Conference. There is no homework during this crazy week. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org of call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018 Our next field trip is Thursday, February 15. We will be taking private vehicles to Jewel Lake for the Ice Fishing Jamboree put on by Fish and Game. Students will need to be bundled up for this one, but all the fishing gear is provided. We will leave the school at 9:15 a.m. and return about 11:45 a.m. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. We have only enough drivers to take 18 students so far and we have 25. If you can drive, please let me know as soon as possible. Also, if you are a driver, please check with the office to make sure you have your insurance and registration information turned in. Thanks for taking the time to make our trips possible! Ms. McEvoy, one of our wonderful P.E. teachers, is looking for volunteers to help out with our first annual Winter Field Day on Tuesday, February 20 during our time slot from 1:15-3:15. There are lots of games and activities that need adults to supervise them. If you are able to join us for this fun event, please return the flyer as soon as possible. Please think snow as well so this event can take place. Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22. The conference scheduler will be available for you to schedule conferences beginning on Monday, February 5. Instructions for parents to set up Parent/Teacher Conference The web site is at the link 1.    Select Denali from the drop-down menu. 2.    Choose MIX for your child grade, unless your child is in Kindergarten. 3.    Select the name of your child’s teacher. 4.    Select your desired conference day by choosing a date from the drown menu. Use this link to sign up. https://www.asdk12.org/Page/5584   Please let me know if the times don’t work for you. We’ll find a time that does. I love conference time and talking about your children and all the wonderful things they are doing. On Tuesday, February 14 we will have a valentine exchange and cookie decorating activity in the afternoon. If your child wishes to participate in the exchange, he/she must bring a valentine for each student. I have provided a list of Room 177 names on the back of the newsletter. This week the students have been studying math facts, homophones, spelling, penmanship, problem solving in math, vocabulary, writing, practicing math operations, reading, writing friendly letters, conjunctions, journaling, numbers and operations, reading comprehension and activities, research, and more. It has been a busy and wonderful week! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org of call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Our next scheduled field trips are Thursday, February 8 and 15. On Thursday, February 8 we will be walking to the Alaska Performing Arts Center to see Alaska Junior Theater’s “Anatomy of a Piano” We will leave the school at about 11:00 a.m. and will return to school at about 1:15 p.m. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 10:45. On Thursday, February 15 we will be taking private vehicles to Jewel Lake for the Ice Fishing Jamboree put on by Fish and Game. Students will need to be bundled up for this one, but all the fishing gear is provided. We will leave the school at 9:15 a.m. and return about 11:45 a.m. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. These trips should be a lot of fun! I have sent permission slips for both trips in today’s folder for those that have not returned them. We have only enough drivers to take 6 students so far. If you can drive, please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks for making these trips possible! Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22. The conference scheduler will be available for you to schedule conferences beginning on Monday, February 5. Instructions for parents to set up Parent/Teacher Conference The web site is at the link 1.    Select Denali from the drop-down menu. 2.    Choose MIX for your child grade, unless your child is in Kindergarten. 3.    Select the name of your child’s teacher. 4.    Select your desired conference day by choosing a date from the drown menu. Use this link to sign up. https://www.asdk12.org/Page/5584   Please let me know if the times don’t work for you. We’ll find a time that does. I love conference time and talking about your children and all the wonderful things they are doing. On Tuesday, February 14 we will have a valentine exchange and cookie decorating activity in the afternoon. If your child wishes to participate in the exchange, he/she must bring a valentine for each student. I have provided a list of Room 177 names on the back of the newsletter. This week the students have been studying math facts, synonyms, spelling, penmanship, problem solving in math, vocabulary, writing, practicing math operations, reading, writing friendly letters, conjunctions, journaling, numbers and operations, reading comprehension and activities, research, and more. It has been a busy and wonderful week! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org of call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer Valentine Class List Room 177 Mackenzie Yunie Tressa Sean Colin Jet Dimerius Ginger Colton Annali Cora Zachary Jackson Julia Lucas Sage Victoria Nico Cole Holden Kira Kylan Margaux Soren Tristan Paxson Mrs. R. Mr. Moyer

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Congratulations to our Battle of the Books participants Cora, Julia, Lucas and Sage! They represented Room 177 with grace and courtesy Wednesday morning. The students all worked hard for several months reading the books on the list, memorizing the authors and book titles, and practicing sample questions. Thank you to Mrs. Harth, our wonderful librarian, who helped prepare them for the battle. We are proud of all our battlers! It is cold outside and we want your children to enjoy recess! We go out until the temperature reaches -10 degrees, so in order for your child to stay warm they need hats, gloves, snow pants, coat, and maybe a facemask. Thanks! Our next scheduled field trips are Thursday, February 8 and 15. On Thursday, February 8 we will be walking to the Alaska Performing Arts Center to see Alaska Junior Theater’s “Anatomy of a Piano” We will leave the school at about 11:00 a.m. and will return to school at about 1:15 p.m. On Thursday, February 15 we will be taking private vehicles to Jewel Lake for the Ice Fishing Jamboree put on by Fish and Game. Students will need to be bundled up for this one, but all the fishing gear is provided. We will leave the school at 9:15 a.m. and return about 11:45 a.m. These trips should be a lot of fun! I have sent permission slips for both trips in today’s folder. Please return them as soon as possible. This week the students have been studying geometry, commas, practicing math facts and operations, reading, writing friendly letters, learning about prepositions, journaling, vocabulary, reading comprehension and activities, and more. It has been a busy and wonderful week! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org of call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2017 Next week, January 22-26, is the Great Kindness Challenge! I have included a checklist in the homework packet that your family can work on together. This is the website where you can download the family challenge: https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/familychecklist/ We have a school checklist that we will be working on as well. A little kindness can go a long way and it is always a good thing to practice. Thanks! On Wednesday, February 7th we will have a visiting guest in our room! From 12:40-1:25 a flying squirrel will visit us from the Alaska Zoo. The students will learn all about the flying squirrel. It should be a fun learning experience! This week the students have been studying math facts, classification, spelling, penmanship, problem solving in math, practicing math operations, reading, writing friendly letters, pronouns, journaling, geometry, reading comprehension and activities, measurement, beginning out fundamental needs of humans work and more. It has been a busy and wonderful week! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org of call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018 Dear Parents, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a healthy and happy holiday season. The students seem eager to be back and are resuming their working routines. I’m looking forward to a great second semester! I have sent second quarter report cards home in today’s folder. I met with all the students before the break and had them evaluate their own behavior marks. I was impressed how self-aware and honest the students were with their assessments. Please take a few moments to talk with your child to celebrate his or her accomplishments and discuss some areas he or she needs to improve. Teaching your children how to set goals is an important tool and gift that you can give them. I sent homework for this Friday’s spelling test on Monday and we have been working on them in the classroom as well. I have attached a copy of these words to the back of this newsletter. This is a list of words that all students should be able to spell every time they write by the end of third grade. I have given them to everyone so they can see where they are at this time. These are also great words to practice reading quickly to improve their reading speed and accuracy. I have next week’s homework in today’s folder. This week the students have been studying pronouns, geometry, graphing, practicing math facts, reading, writing friendly letters, journaling, learning about the scientific method, reading comprehension and activities, measurement, penmanship, and more. It is great to be back working with your children! Remember that there is no school on Monday, January 15 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org of call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Dear Parents, It’s hard to believe that the first semester has come to a close already. I’m really having a great time working with your children. They are a very kind, hard-working, fun group to work with. Every year I am amazed at the growth that the students make. Your children, once again, amaze me. It is one of the true joys of my job. Our final field trip of 2017 is Thursday, December 21. We will be driving to Alaska Club East for some water fun. We will leave the school at 11:30 and return by 1:45. If your child requires or you prefer your child to use a booster seat and you are not driving, please send in your child’s booster seat on Thursday morning. Your child also needs to bring his or her own swimsuit, towel, goggles (optional), and plastic bag (for the wet swimsuit). Don’t worry if your child is not a swimmer. Students will all be given a life jacket, unless they choose to take the swimming test. We have use of the gauntlet and most of the students stay together in the shallow end any way and have a good time together. I want everyone to have a good time and not to worry if you can’t swim. It will still be a lot of fun. Chaperones, I need a copy of your current valid driver’s license, a copy of your current vehicle registration, and a copy of your proof of insurance with the minimum $100,000/$300,000 bodily injury and $25,000 property damage included. Parents will need to sign the district swimming form waiver or your child may not attend. I can’t make phone calls to get permission on this trip. I have put permission slips in today’s folder. Please return them as soon as possible. Thanks! Let’s have fun swimming! As a team this holiday season, the primary wing is going to do a community service project that focuses on giving back to the community. We are collecting food and other high need items for the Brother Francis House Food Pantry. Our class is responsible for bringing in canned fruit and baby wipes. We will take items until December 18. In January or February, we plan to take a field trip to visit the food bank to see where the food is stored and where it goes. Thank you for your support. Winter Field Day is cancelled for this Monday, December 18 due to the weather conditions. We hope to schedule it at a later date. Thanks. On Tuesday afternoon, December 19, we will be making and decorating gingerbread houses. I have included a list of items that the students chose to bring to help decorate the houses. This is always a fun activity for the students. We will begin at about 2:105. Parents are welcome to join us if they would like. I have decided that there will be no homework for the remainder of the year. We will resume homework in January when we return from the break. You can still take time to read every night, relax and enjoy some family time . I am amazed at the growth that your children have made this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this group and have learned a lot from them. During the Winter Break, I encourage you to keep your child reading at least 20 minutes a day and practicing some math facts. This will help your child to continue working on these skills so they won’t be rusty when we return. I wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season. Take care. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer