Friday, September 24, 2010

Weekly News: September 27

News: 

Our October Copy and Staple Party will be taking place this Friday, October 1st in our Dunlap office. The awesome, raging party will begin at 8:15. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We have been having so much fun with apples these past few weeks! This Friday, we will be making apple pie!! Please see the sign-up sheet on the classroom door if you are able to donate items for this day. Thank you!

Please continue to bring in Box Tops for our class! The deadline is October 12th!

There will be no kindergarten tutoring this Wednesday and no electives this Thursday due to extended day for the 1st and 2nd grade students. Please pick up your child at the regular time of 11:50. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Over the next few weeks, we will be sending home Book Bags with your child, but we will only be starting one group each week. Book Bags are to be brought back and forth, home-to-school, every day. Book Bags are also an essential part of your child's home reading - they should be reading these books EVERY DAY for homework.

The Fall Festival is coming up - Friday, October 8th at the Bryant St. campus! Classroom moms are working hard at our booths to help raise money for our school and classroom and also, to have a fun time! Please see the sign-up sheet on the door if you would like to donate your time at the Fall Festival!! 

Our field trip to Los Rios Ranch will be next Friday, October 8th (the day of the Fall Festival!) We will be leaving school by bus at 8:30 and returning at approximately 11:30. The cost of this field trip is approximately $10 per student - this will cover our bus ride, and apple tour and hayride at the apple orchard. We are asking for donations to help cover the cost of this trip - if you are able to give, please send this donation in an envelope marked "Field Trip" in your child's Go Folder - any amount will help! Thank you in advance for all of your help! If you are interested in chaperoning for our field trip on this day, please see the sign-up sheet on the classroom door. We will need 10 chaperones to ride the bus and take the tours with us. We apologize for any inconvenience, but siblings and little ones are not allowed on this field trip due to the safety of our kindergarten students you will be chaperoning. We are so excited for this field trip! Some of the classrooms moms are working hard on t-shirts and goody bags for the day - please see Michele Arambula if you would like to help! Also, be on the look-out for the field trip permission slip that will be coming home in your child's Go Folder sometime this week. These are due back to school ASAP in order for your child to go on the field trip. Yay!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: TAKE, AN, BECAUSE, UP.


Letter Team: OW/OU (like in COW, FLOWER/OUCH, HOUSE) and the long OW sound (like in YELLOW, SNOW).

Word Family: -AN. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -an (for example: CAN, MAN, PAN, FAN)

Leadership Theme of the Month: Initiative

Reading: This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Skip the word and read on to think about what makes sense". We are learning that sometimes we can just say the first sound of a word we do not know, then continue reading the rest of the sentence and maybe that missed word will come to us easier! This week, we will continue reading books about apples and Johnny Appleseed, start reading books about fall and autumn leaves, and read our special poem of the week, "Down, Down".

Writing: This week we will write a big book together about matter. We will learn that matter is anything that takes up space. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far. We will also learn that when we are writing a word that begins with a vowel with an "A" in front, we have to make that "A" - "AN" - for example, "an elephant" instead of "a elephant". We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout the rest of the sentence, and use a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart.

Math: We started playing a game called "Popcorn Counting" in class. This is when the teacher says one number and the students have to quickly "pop out" the next three numbers without having to go back and count from 1. For example, I will say "7" and the students will pop out "8, 9, 10" as quickly as they can. You can play this game at home - it really helps with number sense! We will continue counting money and telling time to the hour, learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and write numbers to 10, learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.

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