Newsletter

  • Dear Parents, 

    I hope that everyone is having an enjoyable and healthy Fall season.

    Because of the Coronavirus, Brown Elementary School will be having its Fall Scholastic Book Fair virtually.  Mrs. Clancey asked the teachers to post the web address for this event.  Since we aren't able to go to the libarary this year, this is a great way to get books that your child will enjoy and maybe Christmas presents.  The link is https://www.scholastic.com/bf/brownelementaryschool18.

    Distance Learning has identified several difficulties.  Although we are doing our learning virually this year, I have to take grades.  I am going to have certain items that will require parents to take a photo and send that photo back to me. Almost every Friday, we will be having a Word Work quiz and a quick math quiz.  I will need you to send me a copy of your child's quizzes.  These are the only items that I can think of at the moment.  I am sure there will be more.

    I am attaching a copy of the Back to School letter, the Supplies List, and the Daily Instructional Schedule to this website.

    I have received the codes for accessing the virtual copies of Scholastic News https://sn2.scholastic.com/home-page-logged-in.html  and

    Science Spin https://sciencespin2.scholastic.com/home-page-logged-in.html  magazines. 

    Both magazines will use the same password Zclass20. 

    Please do not read issues that we haven't read in class.  Students tend to get very bored and inattentive when they have already seen or read something.  There is great information and great videos available within these issues.

    Brown E.S. and the PTO have purchased a subscription to DreamBox Learning's Math Program, which should help all students achieve better math skills.  Your child can access DreamBox from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using Google Chrome.  The link to this site is https://play.dreambox.com/login/p7uy/p64d.  DreamBox is an online program and only requires Adobe Flash to run.  If you want to access DreamBox on an Apple Ipad, go to http://www.dreambox.com/ipad, or search for "DreamBox Math" in the App Store.  Download both DreamBox Math Green and DreamBox Math Blue so that your child has access to all of the math lessons.  The school code is: p7uy/p64d.  The student login is the same login that your child uses to access enVision Math, washoe\student ID for their username and then student ID for the password.  I have put an additional link to DreamBox on the Educational Links tab on this website.  I hope your child finds this program tremendously fun, engaging, and academic.

    The enVision Math series that the school district has adopted has some online resources.  These resources include access to the lessons that I am teaching, math games, and some extra practice.  All of my students can use Clever to login to this website and use washoe\student ID for their username and then student ID for the password.  I sent home a letter with your child’s username, password, and directions on how to access these resources.  I have added a link (http://www.washoeschools.net/Domain/684) to the sign-in page on the Educational Links tab on this website.

    I will be updating this website every week, usually on Friday or Saturday.  I will include the homework or classwork for the following week, teacher news, and any other relevant information.  I usually enter the grades into Infinite Campus on Sunday.  I have developed this website for the use of my students and their parents.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for improving it, please let me know.

    In order to maintain nightly reading in my classroom, I am utilizing a reading log, which requires each student to read, Monday through Thursday, for 20 minutes.  Each student will need to fill out the clocks and record the amount of time they read and write a short summary, 1 to 2 sentences summarizing what they read.  A copy of the reading log is available on this website under the Homework tab.

    I am looking forward to an exciting and fun year teaching each of your children and working with you.

    Thank you for your support,

    Mr. Ron Zoratti