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Lo-Ma Elementary staff have been learning strategies for almost a year to increase foundational literacy skills for our students. These skills promote strong decoding and fluent reading. The goal of our work is to provide direct instruction for students to develop these skills so they can become automatic in applying them. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade receive 20 minutes of direct instruction each day learning to identify sounds (called phonemes) and the letter combination(s) that make up those sounds. Students in 4th-6th grade that haven't developed these skills are receiving instruction in small groups. One of the best ways to help your child at home is to read to him/her or have your child read to you.


We have started researching instructional strategies to increase math achievement this year.  During October teachers will be receiving over 3 hours of training specific to math instruction. Some staff are choosing to participate in a book study to learn strategies to implement in the classroom to deepen student understanding of concepts. 


This past week we held our first character rally about trustworthiness. When we think of #pantherpride, the "i" stands for integrity. Both words mean that someone can be relied on or are honest. Please take time to talk to your child about what that looks like in a family setting or at your work. These connections help see how we use this trait in real life. 


Mark your calendars for conferences on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 from 4-8. If you haven't received any communication from your child's teacher by October 7th, please contact them. Notes will be sent home on Oct. 1st. 

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