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Newsletter Nov. 20-Dec. 1

Mrs. Leonard’s Class

November 20- December 1



Special Notes and Dates

 If you ever need to contact me, you can email me at jleonard@nedubois.k12.in.us or call 812-678-2777.  If I am unable to talk at the time, you can leave a message on my voicemail or with Judy, and I will call you back as soon as possible.  


  • We are having dress-up days next week.  They are just for fun, so the students do not need to bring any money.  Monday is Crazy Sock Day and Tuesday is Pajama Day.


  • No School on November 22-24 for Thanksgiving Break


  • We will be going to Dubois Public Library on November 27th


  • The students do not have a reading log, reading test, or spelling test next week.   They will be the following week.  


  • We will be collecting toys for the “Toys for Tots” program Nov. 17-Dec. 15.


  • My sub’s name is Mrs. Heather Breslin, and she will be starting the last week of November.  You will be able to contact her at hbreslin@nedubois.k12.in.us


  • Donation Jar-The students have been working very hard earning money for the classroom store.  I have started a donation jar that they can put any money they have earned in class to this jar.   I am going to trade out their fake penny for a real penny, and then I am going to use this money to purchase things for the Food Bank.   I am very proud of the students, because many of them have given every penny they have earned to this donation jar .


  • Reading Fluency- The students should be reading at least 85 words per minute at this time of year. I have several students below this, so please ask your child how many words they are reading in a minute.  Every child should know, but if they don’t, please let me know and I will get that information to you.  By the end of third grade, the students should be reading 120 words per minute.  If your child is struggling with this, the best thing you can have them do is read as much as possible.  You could have them read out loud, so that you know they are actually reading.





“A Symphony of Whales”

Test on Friday, December 1st

Skills being taught this week


story structure


past, present, and future

drawing conclusions


Reading Log

The reading log is due on December 1st.  The students will be given a reading log every Friday.  They will need to read 80 minutes a week and turn it in the following Friday.



We will take the Spelling/Writing test every Friday.  The students will have to spell all 15 words on the front. On the back, they will be given  five sentences to write correctly.   Each sentence is worth 3 points– 1 each for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  The total test is worth 30 points-15 for the words and 15 for the sentences.



We are working on our research papers.




Skills being taught this week



Multiplication Fluency

All students need to know 40 multiplication facts (in four minutes) by the end of November and 50 by the end of December.  I will be taking a grade on these quizzes.   By the end of third grade, they will need to know 95 mixed (1-12) multiplication facts in four minutes.



Earth Science


Social Studies

Indiana History