Mr. Brunt's Class

Latest update - 3 October 2020

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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 and a very, very old cat. I’m originally from New England, but have lived in Montana since 1991 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. 

About this year...

I've often thought that while each day at school is different than the last, the years seem to roll together quite similarly. That will NOT be the case this year. You all know about the many efforts the school is making to keep our community as safe as possible during this pandemic. Not all of the changes will be easy or comfortable, and things will probably change over the year... possibly more than once. Some things will likely be confusing and maybe even frustrating for our students, staff, and parents. If things get hard, I believe we should focus on the goal we share... doing the best we can to safely support and educate our students, and hopefully doing that at LaMotte School. That goal is the sole reason these changes have been implemented. 

When the students and I discuss this on the first day of school, I'll probably say something like,

            "You know when you want to play with your friends, but your parents say you have to clean your room first? You may not be happy about cleaning your room, but you do it because that's what you have to do to get what you really want...to play with your friends. This is the same thing. We might not like wearing a mask or eating in the classroom, but we do it because that's what we have to do to get what we really want...school at LaMotte. "

I will also be doing my best to drive these words home... expect changes and Be Flexible! I ask that we all do the same. 

I know that this is a very stressful time for many families on many fronts. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please share them with me. I'll do my very best to address them. 

I have every expectation that this will be a very memorable and successful year for the incredible people who make up our LaMotte community. Thank you in advance for all you have done and all you will do in the future to make that expectation a reality. 

Jerry Brunt

An introduction to our tech tools - 

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Upcoming events - 

  • October 14 - end of first midterm
  • October 15,16 - PIR Days
  • October 19 - flu shots available
  • October 21 -  midterm reports sent home

Tech Tools - 

We seem to find more and more tech tools to help every year. Here's a list of tools we'll be using this year. The kids will have all their log in information so they can use them at home, too. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

  • kidsa-z  - reading
  • freckle - math
  • connected.mcgraw-hill - math
  • brainpopjr. - general knowledge
  • google classroom - email, class communication
  • kidztype - keyboarding
  • Spelling City - spelling/ vocabulary

This week in the 2nd/3rd grade classroom.

Language Arts-

  • review the 4 sentence types. 
  • review narrative elements
  • introduce literary forms
  • practice decoding long words
  • introduce dictionaries
  • adding -ed endings  

Math -

      2nd Grade - 

  • adding to 10 and 100
  • counting with quarters
  • review even and odd numbers
  • counting with calculators

     3rd Grade

  • elapsed time 
  • reading and creating bar graphs
  • introducing multiplication strategies

Writing - 

  • Writing Personal Narratives​

Science -

  • Continue our Mystery Science unit on Animal Survival and Heredity 

​​Technology - 

  • We will use Google Classroom, Kidztype, Kidsa-z, Brainpop, and Spelling City

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, but they will be visible on their Spelling City page.                                                                                                                   

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). Our report cards look at how well students are meeting state standards. You will see the following ratings:

  • AP - advanced proficient (regularly exceeds standards)
  • P - proficient (consistently meets standards)
  • NP - nearing proficiency (inconsistently meets standards or is close to meeting standards)
  • N - novice (not meeting standards) 

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'll have to see how this can be worked out this year. 

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, counting money, and telling time 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 contact me if you have questions, concerns, or ideas.