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South Scotland Scotties                       
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Welcome back! This will be a year filled with many new experiences for your child.
South Scotland will be implementing a new structure this year called Daily 5 and CAFÉ Literacy! This will be a school wide implementation across all grade levels.  All of South Scotland's staff have been trained and worked hard this summer to get things up and running! 

Daily 5 is the structure we will use to plan literacy time. Children will be busy completing meaningful literacy tasks. The choices will be:
 Read to self
 Work on writing
 Word Work
 Listen to reading
 Read to Someone

Daily 5 is how we schedule our language block. CAFÉ is what we study during this time. CAFÉ is an acronym for the four major components of reading. They are:
 C for Comprehension
 A for Accuracy
 F for Fluency
 E for Expanding Vocabulary

The children will learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools for the students to use to help themselves become better readers and writers. Teachers will keep you informed when new strategies are introduced. Then, when you read with your child at home, you will be able to reinforce these concepts.

One thing that will look different in the classrooms at South is the accessibility to materials, the CAFE menu boards and Daily Five menu boards.  We have scheduled some grade level curriculum nights to help you become more familiar with Daily Five and reading strategies that will help your child!

We will also continue a school-wide focus with the Leader In Me program.  Our Lighthouse team has decided to focus on highlighting the 7 Habits on a daily basis, bringing in more community leaders to speak with students, and continue to improve our leadership notebooks. 

I look forward to a wonderful school year! 
Respectfully,
Angela Gallagher
 
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