Note from the Principal
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:30 AM

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend! We are in the home stretch with only thirteen school days left for the year. These next two weeks will fly by and continue to be filled with a variety of performances, field trips, and celebrations.

Thank you to all who came out to support our Field Day event last week! Once again, we could not do such an event without our amazing PE teachers and all of the help from our classroom teachers, support staff, and our families. Students had a wonderful time being outside and active!

In the 'Instructional Insights' section this week, I am highlighting mathematics instruction. At the end of April, five of our teachers had the opportunity to attend the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) conference in Duluth. This conference is a wonderful opportunity for teachers to network and learn about instructional practices in the area of mathematics. The teachers who attended the conference came back energized by their new learning and shared takeaways with their colleagues at our staff meeting last week. Sharing their insights was excellent professional learning for all of us and evidence that we are a true community of learners.

As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns that may arise.

Sincerely,
Ana Bartl
Principal

Instructional Insights
Number Talk: A number talk is a short, ongoing daily routine that provides students with meaningful ongoing practice with computation. It is a powerful tool for helping students develop computational fluency because the expectation is that they will use number relationships and the structures of numbers to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Number talks range from 5 to 15 minutes and can be embedded into the daily math lesson or done as a stand-alone during morning meeting or other times during the school day.

Computational Fluency: The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics states that "Computational Fluency refers to having efficient and accurate methods for computing. Students exhibit computational fluency when they demonstrate flexibility in the computational methods they choose, understand and can explain these methods, and produce accurate answers efficiently. The computational methods that a student uses should be based on mathematical ideas that the student understands well, including the structure of the base-ten number system, properties of multiplication and division, and number relationship." Principal and Standards for School Mathematics, NCTM, Reston, VA 2000, p.152