Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weekly News: January 18

NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 17th due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday!

A special THANK YOU to parents who helped prepare our activities at the Copy/Staple party on Friday!


Our next field trip has been planned!! We will be seeing a Bernstein Bears play at the Riverside Performing Arts Theatre on Wednesday, February 23rd! We will be asking for a $10 donation from each student to cover the cost of the ticket and bus. We are also asking for 2 or 3 parent chaperones to join us at the show. If you are interested in chaperoning, please let me know by Friday. I will be giving priority to those parents that have NOT joined us on a field trip yet. More information about our field trip to come! We are excited!

Our January Scholastic Book Order came home last week! If you would like to purchase books, please place your order online by Friday! 

HELP OUR CLASS WIN! This month, we are having a tardy competition in which the class with the fewest percentage of tardies among our three school sites will receive $500 in classroom supplies of their choice!!! Each student will also be rewarded for each day he/she is "punctual" and on time to school!

Please help ILCS, in partnership with coatsforarms.com, to distribute coats to the children in need this winter. Each school site will be collecting new or gently used coats for the month of January to distribute to the local charities.

What Are We Learning This Week??:

Sight Words: COULD, WOULD, SHOULD, WALK, TALK.

Letter Team: ANG (like in HANG, SANG) and ANK (like in TANK, BANK).

Leadership Theme of the Month: PUNCTUALITY - We are learning that punctuality is being on time and making good use of our time. We are practicing making good use of our time in class.

Reading: This week we are studying and reading about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement. We will also continue to practice making connections as we read. We are practicing text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. We will also remember use our schema before, during, and after we read. This week, we will read books about equality for all people, and our poems “Freedom, Freedom, Let it Ring!” and "Would Have, Could Have, Should Have".

Writing: We will continue to use our "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.  We are working on writing three to four good sentences on one topic.

Math: We are beginning our new math curriculum this week! This new first grade curriculum will allow students to work at their own learning level. Please see the HOMEWORK section for more information about this new program.

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