Mr. Brunt's Class

Latest update - 9 November 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 - 

November 12 - 16 Spirit Week 

November 16 - End of Trimester 1

November  19,20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 21-23 - Thanksgiving 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-

  • figurative speech
  • subject pronouns
  • noun review (singular, plural, common, proper, collective)
  • main idea and details
  • abbreviations
  • contractions

Math -

2nd Grade - 

  • going up through ten subtraction
  • going back through ten subtraction
  • unit assessment

3rd Grade -

  • column addition
  • Partial Sums addition

Writing -

  • AIMSweb writing probe
  • creating final drafts

Social Studies - 

  • landforms and bodies of water
  • unit review

‚ÄčTechnology

  • 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! - It was an up and down week for the Bruins. On Tuesday, they were able to pull out a 2 - 1 OT win over the Stars. Brad Marchand, who has the most OT winners in Bruins' history, was able to add another one with a 5 -3 powerplay goal in the extra period. David Pastrnak scored his 12th of the year earlier and Halak got another tough win in net. Things went differently on Thursday night as the B's fell to Vancouver 8 -5. Halak was pulled late in the 2nd period, but Rask also stuggled. If there was a positive to come from the game, it was Jake DeBrusk scoring 2 and pulling in an assist for a three point night. Most of the scoring was done by the 2nd and 3rd lines for a change. That's something we haven't seen much of this year. I just learned that Tuukka Rask was just granted a leave of absence from the team to attend to a personal matter. This might be the reason behind his slow start and sometimes distracted play this year. Let's hope all is well for him. The team has a busy week coming up with 5 games in the next 8 days, including back to back games this weekend against Toronto and Vegas. 

Go Pat's - The Pat's had a huge win Sunday night over the always dangerous (and LaMotte School favorite) Green Bay Packers. The game went down to the wire with the Pats jumping to an early lead. A big 3rd quarter comeback had the Packers on the doorstep of scoring to take the lead, but a timely fumble turned the momentum and the Pats were able to convert a couple late scores to get the win. The Patriots go to Tennessee on Sunday to face ex-Patriot standout Mike Vrabel's Titans.