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February 2010

FALCON EXPRESS FLORANADA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 5251 NE 14th Way Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 (754) 322-6350 Principal, Keith Peters Assistant Principal, Dr. Suzanne Romanoff

High Expectations, Achievement, Excellence

Principal’s Message

Dates To Remember

Good wishes to all of our Floranada families! February promises to be a busy month here at Floranada. One of the best ways that you can help your child each day is to make sure that he/she is at school on time. We begin each day with our Reading Block and tardy students miss important time in reading.

February 4-

Report Cards Issued

February 4-

SAC Meeting, 5:15 pm PTA Meeting, 6:15 pm

February 8-

3rd Grade Honor Roll Assembly, 8:15 am

February 9- FCAT Writing, 4th grade February 11- 5th Grade Honor Roll Assembly, 8:15 am February 12- 4th Grade Honor Roll Assembly, 8:15 am February 15- NO SCHOOL February 19- Interim Reports Issued February 23- Super Citizen Ceremony, 8:30 am February 24- Spring Individual Picture Day

We begin our FCAT testing this month with our 4th Grade students taking the FCAT Writing Assessment on February 9. It is imperative that students who are taking the FCAT be in attendance and on time on testing days. This guarantees that they will be testing with their own teacher in their own classroom. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are actively engaged in the First in Math program. This is a web-based program that is designed to build automatically with math facts. The program is a fun way for kids to build on basic concepts and learn new challenging skills, as well. With children having their own user name and password, he/she can work on the program from school or from home. As positive motivation, students earn award “stickers” by accomplishing tasks and mastering skills. The program then continues to track personal and classroom scores. At the end of each week, the class in each grade level with the most stickers will be awarded a trophy. Recognition will also be given to the top scores for individuals with the most stickers earned.

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, marital status, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director of Equal Educational Opportunities at (754) 321-2150 or Teletype Machine TTY (754) 321-2158. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities at (754) 321-2150 or Teletype Machine TTY (754) 321-2158. The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Floranada Elementary or Broward County Public Schools


ESE Advisory General Meeting For the younger child, I would like to recommend www.pbskids.org. This is a website filled with activities related to the educational programs found on the PBS network. There are games used to teach numbers, letters, patterns, and much more. There are also coloring pages and music for children to enjoy. While I am hesitant to encourage television viewing, if your child is going to watch TV, two incredible shows I can recommend on PBS that will provide your child with skills for reading and science are Super Why and Sid the Science Kid. My three year old loves them and enjoys the activities on the website as well. As always, thank you for all that you do to help us help your children to be successful. We really appreciate it! Keith Peters, Principal

Parents are invited to attend the ESE Advisory General Meeting on February 22, 2010, at 7:00pm. Piper High School 8000 N.W. 44 Street Sunrise For more information or directions to the meetingPlease call (754) 321-2200

Character Education During the month of February students, faculty and staff will be practicing the character trait "Honesty”. Honesty means being truthful, trustworthy and sincere. One Super Citizen student will be selected from each classroom. These students best display the trait of “Honesty” and will be honored at a special ceremony on February 23.

Water Conservation Winners! Congratulations to Sophia Marquard and Siana Rau! These two students from Ms. Shon’s 2nd grade class recently submitted poems for a water conservation contest. Sophia was the grand prize winner and Siana won second place. Winners were honored January 12 in Commissioner’s Chambers in Fort Lauderdale. Here are their winning entries.

Water Works Widely

The Water Wise Poem

By Sophia Marquard

By Siana Rau

As water flows around the townWater is happy and not wearing a frown.

Water, water is everywhere-

Try to save water whatever you doMother Nature will be so proud of you!

Water, water is fun to playI like to swim in it…all day.

Don’t pollute water whatever you dono water will be running… the fish will die too! Save your water and you will be proudWater- yell “hooray” really loud!!!!!!

You brush your teeth and you wash your hair.

Water, water is good for meI like to drink it when I’m thirsty!


FCAT Parent Information Night A special thank you goes out to the faculty who presented at FCAT Parent information night! Thank you Mrs. Olstein, Mrs. Bub, Mrs. Chelton, Mrs. Rowe, Mrs. Barclay, Mrs. Merriman, and Mr. Burns. In case you missed the event, here are some things you can do at home with your student as we approach FCAT.

Writing Florida Writes is a 45-minute timed writing assessment. Students will be asked to write either a Narrative Story or an Expository Essay. This assessment is scored on a scale of 0 - 6. A zero is the lowest score and a six is the highest score. A passing score is a Level 4. As teachers, our goal is for all students to score a Level 4 or higher. As parents, we are certain that you too want your child to be as successful as possible. Below are a few things you can do at home to help your child prepare for the Florida Writes assessment. *Have your child practice writing Dialogue. Dialogue is used in both Narrative Stories and Expository Essays. Dialogue is when two or more characters are speaking to each other. Example: “I’m so hungry I could eat four jumbo hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, chili, and cheese,” Mike stated. “I would like to see you do that,” Judy said smiling. -When writing dialogue, your child will need to remember to put quotation marks around spoken words. -Put all punctuation marks inside the quotation marks. -Indent each time someone new is speaking. (Only when writing a Narrative Story) *Have your child practice Showing not Telling. This means to use descriptions of how things look, feel, taste, sound, and smell. Example: Telling Sentence: The small child was hungry. Showing Sentence: The infant’s face was a cherry red as he thrashed around in his highchair. He was waiting for the first delicious bite of baby food. The following are some telling sentences that you can have your child practice showing not telling. -The cookies tasted good.

The flower smelled good.

-The new bike looked nice.

School lunches are gross.

-I found a pretty shell.

The video game was fun.

-My teacher is great.

My brother/sister bugs me.

When students practice writing at home, they need to be remember to use appropriate conventions such as; periods, question marks, and exclamation marks.


Reading It happens all of the time, to the best of us! Even really accomplished readers suffer from this same problem at times. That is because our eyes can float over words, and our brains automatically decode the words, yet we are not truly reading because we are not making any meaning from the words. In order to say we have sincerely read something, we have to have derived meaning from, it. Otherwise, the glossy-eyed “reading” is simply referred to as decoding, and not reading. In other words, when we read, it has to make sense, otherwise we’re not really reading. Unlike passive activities such as playing video games or watching TV, reading is an active process in our brains. Strategic readers address their thinking in an inner conversation that helps them make sense of what they read. Help to foster these inner (and outer) conversations with your children by discussing their texts with them. Readers take the written word and construct meaning based on their own thoughts, knowledge, and experiences. Help your child to make explicit, personal connections to the text they are reading. Provide structure for your child to think when they read. Children must develop an awareness of their own thinking, so that they can monitor themselves while they read. Here are some questions to guide your conversation about narrative text: Remember •

Who are the main characters?

When did the story take place? (setting)

Where did the story take place? (setting)

Understand •

What is the main idea of the story? What are the major events in the story?

Sequence the events of the story.

Retell the story.

Describe the setting. Describe the main character.

What is the mood of the story?

Give examples of when ___________ (a character) felt ________________.

What is the problem in this story?

Apply •

Does the story remind you of anything?

What do you predict will happen next if the story continues?

How is the problem solved in this story?

Can you think of other possible solutions to the problem?

Analyze •

Why do you think ______________ (a character) did ________________ (an action)?


How did ___________ (a character) change/grow during the story?

What caused _______________ (a character) to change/grow?

Why do you think _______________ (a character) felt _______________? •

________ (a character, setting, problem) is like _______ (another character, setting, problem) because ______.

_____________ (a character, setting, problem) is different from ___________________ (another character, setting, problem) because __________________.

How did ______________ (a character) feel when _______________ (an event) happened?

Evaluate •

A place in the story I’d like to be is ___________ because ___________________.

A place in the story I would not like to be is ___________ because ___________________.

My favorite part of the story was _____________ because ___________________.

I like this story because __________________.

I do not like this story because _______________________.

Create •

What if you were _______________ (a character, a place), what would you do?

How could you change the story to make it more __________________?

Suppose ________________, then what would have happened?

Create a new setting/problem for the story.

Imagine you are ___________ (a character) and plan a day in her/his life.

Math •

Make sure your child knows their multiplication facts. If they don't, work with them each night for 5 minutes.

Children should understand elapsed time. Question children about how much time has elapsed since a certain activity or how much time before dinner, etc.

Children need to practice with money, specifically how much change is needed after buying items. Practice at the movies, grocery stores, etc.

When working on math problems, especially word problems, make sure your child draws a picture, chart, or table.

When assisting your child with homework, review with them what the question is asking them. (Important for reading and math)


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