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Kim McDonald, Fourth Grade Teacher
West End Elementary School
ISD #361
1515 11th Street
International Falls, MN, 56649
218.283.2219 ext. 162
Room 104 - The Mermaid



     Welcome to Mrs. McDonald's Fourth Grade Class Website!


Meet my family...       


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Michele, Sarge and I (Michele is studying to be a special education teacher k-12
and Elementary Teacher grades k-6)



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Family trip to Florida to see Grandpa Loran and Grandma Susan!






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My son, Jonathan, The Bass Fisherman and The Fire Fighter and The Forester and the 3rd grade Student Teacher  (Littlefork!)


Dear Parents and Guardians,
        Welcome to a new school year!  There have been many exciting changes at WEE!!  You should have received a letter from our principal, Mr. Everson, about some of the major changes.  The changes to our learning enviroment were created by the 6th grade team with support from Mr. Everson, our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Shermoen and our New Superintendent, Mr. Grover!  We have been busy planning together throughout the summer and sandbagging!

Click on the link to see our 6th Grade schedule!  Wednesdays are early our days...this schedule is still being created.  The schedule be  compressed, shortened, blocks of time.
6th Grade Master Schedule (Autosaved).xlsx

The 6th Grade Teachers are:

Kim McDonald            Literacy Instructor

Deana Lorenson          Math instructor

Lisa West                       Earth Science Instructor and Math Coach-1st Semester

Donny Rolondo           Life Science Teacher for Mrs. Lorenson's Class 1st Semester and Mrs. McDonald's Class 2nd Semester
                                        Mrs. West will be teaching her own class Life Science 2nd Semester

Alex Ringhofer          Math Coach - 2nd Semester


Our First Morning we will have a 6th through 12th grade Pepefest to start the year off!  We will be included in a variety of different pepfests:  some at FHS, some with 6-9th grade and some with FES, depending on the relevance!

I hope you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed spending quality time with your children.  I know many families dedicated their time to supporting the community with sandbagging efforts, brining food to sandbaggers, and volunteering in so many various ways!  This is one of the greatest places to live!  It seemed we had one week of summer and then fall arrived!   am hopeful we shall have a nice, mild, short winter...

This summer I have been deeply engrossed in discovering what research says most benefits students as they become readers, writers and lifelong learners.  I spent two weeks in Baltimore Maryland at a training Session sponsored by AFT,  our Local Union 331  Learning and honing my Reading Comprehension Knowledge with the latest REsearch!  The days were long and filled with tremendous discoverie and collaboration with teachers around the country!  As a result, the structure of my literacy block may look and sound a little different and I am EXCITED!  

I am extremely pleased  (thrilled) to announce that I will be your child's homeroom teacher and Literacy Teacher to all of the 6th graders!  I feel blessed to be able to finally call all the 6th greaders mine!!  

I will be starting out the year a little differently, based upon the training and reading I have done the past 3 years, initially we will begin with a book study of Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick.  As the year progresses we will be following many of the routines and rituals found in Daily 5.

Many families know that over the past 7 years have been using modified versions of The Daily Five. I am including the basics below for you:

        The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.
        When it is up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the Daily Five, which are comprised of:
•     Read to Self
•     Work on Writing
•     Read to Someone
•     Listen to Reading
•     Word Work  

Choosing good fit books can be tricky.  Watch for information coming home about choosing a good fit book!!
There are very specific behavior expectations that go with each Daily 5 component.  We will spend our first weeks working intensely on building our reading and writing stamina, learning the behaviors of the Daily 5 and fostering our classroom community.  I will also spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction. Therefore I will be inviting parents into the classroom after we have accomplished this important work.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.  
One thing you’ll notice that may be a change for you is a direct decrease in the number of worksheets your child brings home.  While worksheets keep students busy, they don’t really result in the high level of learning I want for your child.  Instead, your child will continue to be taught how to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read, understand and are interested in, which they will read during Daily 5.  They will be spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one way to improve reading.  I anticipate the motivation and enjoyment of reading will skyrocket when this gift of choosing their own books is accompanied by extended practice and specific reading instruction for each individual child.

I am excited about giving your middle schooler the opportunity to be involved in a structure that will have a positive effect on their education.  We will also be implementing a district wide positive behavior incentive plan called PBIS.  Watch for more information to come home and postings on my blog or the district homepage.  Chat with your child after the first day of school to see what they learned and think about this exciting change our district is embarking upon!

Please think of our classroom as you visit garage sales or clean your own child’s bookcase.  It is my goal to make our classroom library as appealing as your favorite bookstore for browsing.   

I hope to see you at Open House where we can talk more and I can answer any questions you may have.  

In sixth grade we will be involved in several very important fundraisers.  Your child's fundraising efforts pay for the 6th Grade class trip.  Materials will be coming home and I will try to post more information on my blog or website.  (I'm just beginning a blog... )

Sincerely,

Kim McDonald





We keep a copy the family student information form for each student in the district to be filed under your classroom teacher’s name in the office.  I will also keep a copy in my emergency kit.  Our secretary, Debbie, puts the information into the computer~ but a physical copy is imperative for back-up.  Please contact Debbie immediately if any contact information changes.  

**If your child is ill or we need to contact please provide current phone numbers! What if we couldn't contact you?

Love,

Mrs.  McDonald        







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