Mr. Brunt's Class

Latest update - 4 May 2017

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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.

  We are now members of the Brainpop and Brainpop Jr. family! This is an educational website we've been using in class for years, but our students can now use it at home, too.  Other sites we are using are Kidsa-z for reading, and Khan Academy, IXL, and connected.mcgraw-hill for math.

You are welcome to come in and read with your child during the day. Our normal reading time is daily from 12:00 to 12:30. We would love to have you and your child enjoy a good book together and look forward to seeing you!

Class Blog!

You can view and comment on your student's blog enteries by going to:

lamotte.easyblog.org/23bsblog

FIELD TRIPS!

The Ridge - May 10th 12:30- 2:00 - We will be going to the Ridge with the k/1 class. We will participating in swimming lessons and gym activities. We will be taking a bus so no chaperones will be needed. 

Lewis and Clark Caverns - June 6th 9:15 - 2:45 - We will be going to the Lewis and Clark Caverns with the 4/5 class. Students will need to bring a bag lunch. (We are working on a plan for those who have ordered hot lunch.) We are taking a bus, so we will not need parent drivers. Because of the size of our classes, we are already over the prefered group size for the caverns, so no addtional chaperones will be needed. 

This week we will work on...

Smarter Balanced Testing - Third graders will be taking Smarter Balanced assessments during the morning from May 1 - 10. Ms. Spartas will be with them while Mr. Brunt works with the second graders. 

Math -

2nd Grade - 

  • measurement to the nearest 1/4 inch, fractions

3rd Grade -

  • fractions, measurement, unit assessment

Reading -

  • main idea and detail, irregular verbs, -tion and -sion, elements of non-fiction, summarizing text, practice reading fluently

Writing -

  • writing compare and contrast essays

Science  Simple Machines

  • Levers
  • Wedges

 
Spelling Lists - 

We are using a new Spelling program this year called Words Their Way. Each student has their own set of words and patterns they work with for two weeks. We will not be sending how standard lists 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).

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.

Jerry Brunt