• Curriculum Update - November 2015

    Dear Parents,

    We have made so much progress in terms of our focus, striving for excellence with increased rigor, and being thoughtful in our responses.  To quote Brian Robeson from Hatchet, we are exercising"...patience- waiting and thinking and doing things right."

    In reading, we are concluding Unit 2 in Making Meaning, in which we explored expository text features.  During this unit, we read to informational…

    • 19 Nov 2015
  • Curriculum Update - September, 2015

    Dear Parents,

    Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year.  I am so excited to get to spend the year teaching your children.   Here is a glimpse into the curriculum we are covering right now!

    In reading, we are beginning the year with the Reader's Workshop Unit: Fantasy.  The children are so excited to be learning about this genre that captures their imagination.  The fantasy unit reflects an approach to reading that is based…

    • 14 Sep 2015
  • End of the Year Curriculum Update

    The 2014-2015 school year is slowly winding down, and it has given me the opportunity to reflect.  It has been a wonderful school year, and I am so glad that I got the opportunity to spend two years with (most of) your children.  It has been a very eventful school year, as we have just completed our SBAC testing for the year.  I was so proud of the effort, patience, and hard work that the students demonstrated.  I've enjoyed…

    • 18 May 2015
  • Curriculum Update - Mid Winter Edition

    Dear Parents,

    The second trimester is in full swing.  We have been focusing on maintaining a growth mindset in class in which we embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as the path to mastery, learn from criticism, and find inspiration in the success of others.  As a result, students continue to reach higher levels of achievement.  Please visit my classroom connect site for a variety of reasons,…

    • 5 Feb 2015
  • Curriculum Update - Winter is Coming!

    Dear Parents,

    November and December have been very exciting.  Please visit my classroom connect site for a variety of reasons, including checking on homework assignments or upcoming school events.  The website is:  http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/elementary/discovery/staff/mr_schenkmans_site/default.aspx

    In reading, our focus has been on making inferences and providing supporting evidence to support those inferences…

    • 3 Dec 2014
  • Curriculum Update - October 2014

    Dear Parents,

    We have a very excited October planned!  Please visit my classroom connect site for a variety of reasons, including checking on homework assignments or upcoming school events.  The website is:  http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/elementary/discovery/staff/mr_schenkmans_site/default.aspx 

    In reading, we've put together a wishlist of books the students would like to see added to our classroom library.  Thank…

    • 7 Oct 2014
  • Curriculum Update - September 2014

    Dear Parents,

    Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year.  I am so excited to get to spend a second year teaching your children (most of you).  I'm so pleased that the two new students have blended into our classroom environment seamlessly.  Here is a glimpse into the curriculum we are covering right now!

    In reading, we are beginning the year with the Reader's Workshop Unit: Fantasy.  The children are so excited to be…

    • 9 Sep 2014
  • Curriculum Update - May

    Dear Parents,

                    The school year is beginning to wind down, and I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and achievement of the children in class. They have learned the skills necessary to be successful in class, and as a result, in life. They are striving for excellence, as opposed to simply completion, on a more consistent basis!

                    In reading, we have turned our attention to non-fiction texts. We have studied the…

    • 16 May 2014
  • Curriculum Update - March 2014

    Dear Parents,

    I am so proud of the tremendous progress your children are making in class. They are working diligently to become the best students they can be.

    In math class, we are concluding Unit 7, which focuses on the relationship between multiplication and division. We will take our Unit Exam on Friday, March 21, as we have been reviewing for the past few days. During Unit 7, we've identified and described…

    • 19 Mar 2014
  • Curriculum Update - February 2014

    Dear Parents,

    We've developed and grown into such wonderful students.  I am so proud of the hard work and dedication to success I am seeing in each and every one of your children.  Students who had a difficult time reading a book from beginning to end are now reading higher level books with increased stamina and a thirst for more.  Students who struggled to come up with ideas for personal narratives are now writing in…

    • 5 Feb 2014
  • Curriculum Update - January, 2014

    Dear Parents,

    It was wonderful to welcome your children back to school after winter break.  They came returned to class eager to learn, which makes me eager to teach!  Here is a brief synopsis of what your children can look forward to in the coming weeks!

    In reading, our reading comprehension focus is on questioning and wondering to connect with the text.  It is an effective comprehension strategy because it helps readers…

    • 7 Jan 2014
  • Curriculum Update - Mid November 2013

    Dear Parents,

     We have been making tremendous progress in class academically, socially, and emotionally.  I am so pleased to see some of our shy students beginning to take more risks by sharing their work, adding a comment to a classroom discussion, and sharing their reasoning behind an answer.  I am so proud of their hard work and dedication to succeed.

    In reading, we have begun studying City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan…

    • 18 Nov 2013
  • Curriculum Update - Welcome to November

    Dear Parents,

    We have begun the month of November in spectacular fashion.  Each student in class has been working diligently to reach their full potential!

    In math, we've been exploring standard units of length.  We've measured objects in our classroom to the nearest 1/2 inch and plotted the results on a bar graph.  We are reviewing how to convert units of length within both the standard and metric systems of measurement…

    • 4 Nov 2013
  • Curriculum Update - Waning Days of October

    Dear Parents,

    We are concluding the final days of October, and I am so proud of the hard work and dedication to excellence that your children are displaying in class.  Here are the curricular activities of the week.

    In math, we've concluded our second math unit (addtion/subtraction of numbers up to three digits) and begun our new unit of study: Linear Measures and Area.  This week we will be exploring standard and…

    • 28 Oct 2013
  • Curriculum Update 10/18

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you so much for your continued support in helping me best serve your children.  Here are the curricular activities of the week.

    In reading, we've concluded our work on the reading comprehension strategy: visualization and are now working on making inferences to understand characters.  We applied this strategy while reading The Paper Bag Princess.  We also demonstrated our understanding of the concept…

    • 18 Oct 2013
  • Family Literacy Night

    SAVE THE DATE! - Family Literacy Night

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    Dinner - 5:30pm / Workshops 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Bring your child(ren), eat dinner together, and participate in a night of literacy classes presented by your very own Discovery Eagle Educators.


    • 9 Oct 2013
  • Blog Post - 10/1

    Welcome to Mr. Schenkman's Class Blog.

    In class, we are working everyday to become better students, better citizens, and better people.  We follow five basic rules in class:

    1) Be on task.

    2) Give your best effort.

    3) Be responsible.

    4) Be kind.

    5) Be helpful

    Over the course of the first month of school, I have seen our children begin to develop into wonderfully successful students. 

    In reading, we've read…

    • 20 Sep 2013