Mr. Brunt's Class

Latest update - 14 December 2018

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Welcome!

A short introduction
For those of you who might not know me, my name is Jerry Brunt, and I’ve been lucky enough to teach at LaMotte since 2001. I’m married with 4 daughters, a granddaughter, and 3 dogs. I’m originally from New England, but have lived in Montana since 1991 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. 

Upcoming events - 

December 19th - Christmas Program (Rehearsal is in the morning. Please drop your children off at the Mt. Ellis gym in the morning instead of the school.)

December 20th - Santa's Workshop

December 24th - January 6th - Winter Break

Tech Tools - 

We've started using two online programs to supplement our work. They are kidsa-z.com for reading and freckle.com in mathThe kids can also use these programs at home. I can share how they log on at home if you're interested. I do ask that if using kidsa-z, the kids take the quizzes with each book read and that you don't start any new subject areas if using freckle. There is a preassessment for each new area, and I like the kids to do that as we prepare to teach the unit. 

We started using a keyboarding program called Kidztype.com. It's pretty self explanatory with games and lessons. No log-in or set-up is needed so you can easily use it at home.

Language Arts-

  • Grammar review
  • reading comprehension

Math -

2nd Grade - 

  • unit  and cumulative assessment

3rd Grade -

  • polygon review
  • special quadrilaterals
  • perimeter

Writing -

  • finish our final copies

​Science

  • Finish our Stormy Skies unit
    • ​How Can You Keep a House From Blowing Away in a Windstorm?
    • unit assessment

​​Technology

  • Hour of Code

Spelling Lists - 

We use the Words Their Way spelling program. Each student will have their own set of words and patterns they work with for two weeks. We will not be sending any standard lists home or having weekly assessments. 

                                                                                                                      

 Grading

You won't see A's or B's on any of our work. Most of the time you'll see either a Star (everything is great), a Smiley Face (looking good but might need a little more practice), or a Smiley Face without the circle around the outside (we probably need to reteach this skill).

Homework

Don't expect to see much homework sent home. Our students work very hard during the day, and I would prefer you get to enjoy each other during the evenings. I would ask that you have your child read for at least 15 minutes a night. This reading can take several forms...

  • students reading silently
  • students reading aloud to someone else (you, siblings, pets, stuffed animals, etc.)
  • you reading aloud to your student

To make this reading even more valuable and fun, have your child give a quick retelling of what was read each night.

I will be sending Reading Logs home in Friday Folders. Students who return their completed logs (at least 15 minutes a day for at least 4 days) on the following Thursday morning will earn BEARS that may earn them prizes at the Monday flag ceremonies! 

Volunteers -

We love having helpers in the classroom and will have opportunites for volunteers to read with students. I'll let you know when we're ready for helpers! We also take several field trips each year and will be asking for drivers/chaperones. Those positions are usually filled on a first-come basis once the trip has been announced. If you have a special skill or passion that you would like to share with our class, please let me know and we'll figure out a way to make it happen. 

How Can You Help?

There are a number of things you can do to help your child find success in school. Here are a few simple things you can start with.

  • practice basic math facts together (games are a great way to do this)
  • read together or alone for at least 15 minutes a night
  • have your child keep a journal or write letters/emails to friends and relatives

We share the goal of providing your child with the best education we can. You know your child much better than I ever will, and you are a huge part of his/her success. Please feel free to stop in or contact me if you have questions, concerns, or ideas.

                                                                                                                         - Bruins and Patriots Notes -

Go B's! - The B's are still managing despite the continued absence of Big Z and Bergy. They're currently riding a three game winning streak with a first line of Kreci, Marchand, and Pasta leading the way. Things looked bad when DeBrusk went down with what looks like a concussion, but youngsters Heinen, Donato, and JFK have started to gel and are starting to put up some points. Stellar play in net by both Rask and Halak has been a big plus, too. Like the Pat's on Sunday, the B's are taking on a Pittsburgh team in their next game. We'll have to see how the kids on D handle their potent offensive attack.

Go Pat's - After a big win against the Vikings, the Pat's really dropped the ball against division foe, Miami Dolphins. A shocking ending wrapped up an overall disappointing effort filled with mental lapses on the parts of both players and coaches. Luckily, the team is still comfortably atop the division and a win against the Steelers this Sunday, or a loss by the Dolphins, will be enough to garner a playoff spot. Let's hope the team can shake this late season fog to make a long playoff run.