Mr. Brunt's Class

Latest update - 21September 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. 

Technology -

We are thrilled to offer our students one-to-one technology opportunities. Each student will be assigned their own Chromebook, which will be kept in the classroom and used here at school. Students will be assigned a lamotteschool.com email address which can only use to communicate within our LaMotte School community. Some of the sites we will be using on a fairly regular basis are BrainPopjr, Kidsa-z Reading, Front Row, and Everyday Math.  Our students will have all the log-in information they need for each site so they can also work at home or if they're absent. We will not be using our Chromebooks every day, but these sites do provide some great learning opportunites for our students and are excellent tools for individualizing learning. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about our use of technology. 

Upcoming events - 

September 25 - Open House (6 P.M.)

September 28 - PIR Day 

October 3 - Opening Night of the regular season for the BOSTON BRUINS! (7:30 P.M. on NBCSN) I'm not promising that a Bruins' win will result in an extra recess for the kids, but it could happen. 

October 4 - (Tentative) Fun Run

October 10 - Walk to School Day

October 11 - Individual Student Pictures

October 17 - Midterm

October 18,19 - PIR Days

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. 

(New!) 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-

  • nouns, verbs and adjectives
  • making nouns plural
  • -ed endings
  • syllables - compound words and VCV, VCCV patterns
  • author's purpose
  • main ideas and details
  • compare and contrast

Math -

2nd Grade - 

  • comparing numbers
  • exploring base 10
  • skip counting on calculators

3rd Grade -

  • multiplication and division strategies

Writing -

  • writing powerful endings
  • editing and revising
  • elaboration

Science  - 

  • How could you make the biggest fruit?
  • unit assessment

Technology

  • keyboarding

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 Bruins have had a great start to the pre-season with 4 wins, two against the Flames in China, and two against the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. Most of the scoring has come for up and comers with 2nd year startersJake DeBrusk and Ryan Donato and rookies Jakub Lauko (only 18 years old) and Zach Senyshyn leading the scoring. The kids look really fast and skilled with the puck, but we'll have to see if they can handle the defensive responsibilities and physical pounding needed to make the club. Patrice Bergeron was on the ice for the first time today. He had groin surgery over the summer then went out with back spasms on the first day of camp. The B's finish out the preseason this week with home and away games against both the Red Wings and Flyers. It will be interesting to see if any of the kids can make the team and how the lines and pairings work out for the beginning of the regular season. Let's just hope everybody stays or gets healthy. 

Go Pat's - Sunday was a tough day for the Patriots as they lost to Jacksonville in a game were their offense seemed pretty flat for the first half and the defense had a hard time getting off the field on 3rd downs. They started making a comeback late in the 3rd quarter but just couldn't make enough plays at key times. The big news of the week came in their signing of WR Josh Gordon in a trade with the Browns. Gordon has struggled off the field in the past, but his potential for greatness is certainly there. Hopefully, he'll work out much like Randy Moss and Corey Dillon who came to the team with questions and ended up being great additions. Our next came is Sunday night against the Lions. Matt Patricia, the new Detroit head coach, was a long time Patriots' coach and defensive coordinator. It will be interesting to see if his knowledge of the Pats will help his new team. (Let's hope not!)

Jerry Brunt