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Weekly News: February 15

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day!! Thank you all SO MUCH for my Valentines goodies AND ALSO for my 1/2 Birthday surprise and presents!!!! I WAS SO SURPRISED! I am sooooo lucky to have the best class and parents EVER!!!!!!!!!! 

Copy/Staple Party in the office on Friday! Thank you in advance for helping us prepare our kindergarten activities!

Report cards and conferences are coming up next month and I will begin my testing this week. That means instead of bringing home RAZ books, we will once again have our online RAZ KIDS competition! The top three readers online will receive a special award before we leave for Spring Break.

We are excited about our upcoming field trip to the theatre NEXT WEEK, Wednesday, February 23rd. Please send your $10 donation in your child's GO Folder. This will cover the cost of the ticket and bus ride. Look for the permission slip coming home in your GO Folder and please return as soon as possible! Thank you! Also, look out for the field trip permission slip this week in your child's GO Folder and return to school ASAP!

Read for Magic Mountain Tickets! Six Flags Magic Mountain is offering free tickets to students who read 6 hours before February 28, 2011.  Please see the Inland Leaders Website to download the student reading log and parent letter.

A Look Ahead: NO SCHOOL Monday, February 21st due to President's Day and March 14 through March 25 due to Spring Break.

Community Service Project: Every student at Inland Leaders is required to participate in a Community Service Project of his or her choosing. The requirement for kindergarten students consists of 6 hours of service. Projects in the past have included: collecting food and clothing for homeless shelters, collecting and donating to various organizations and charities, volunteering at senior citizen homes, animal shelters, and the humane society. Each child is then required to present their project in class. Presentations in the past have included: posterboards, journals, slideshows, books, and pictures documenting the project from start to finish. This is a great way to serve the community as a family. Completed projects will be due and presentations will take place after Spring break. 

What Are We Learning This Week??:

Sight Words: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE.

Letter Team:
We have learned all of our letter teams! Please review ALL letter teams!
Leadership Theme of the Month: PATIENCE. We are learning that patience is waiting our turn without interrupting and not complaining if we don't get our way. We will be practicing being patient in and out of the classroom.

Reading: We will continue to ask questions, make predictions, and use our schema before, during, and after our reading. We will continue reading AR books and taking AR quizzes to assess our comprehension. This week, we will read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and our poem of the week, “Presidents Day”.

Writing: This week we will continue to write stories, letters, and books. We will also introduce a new writing program called "Step Up to Writing". Kindergarten SUTW is writing in a paragraph format with a topic sentence, three sentences about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. For example, "I know three things about George Washington. First, George Washington was our first president. Next, he is known as the father of our country. Last, George Washington was a great leader. As you can see, I know a lot about George Washington."

Math: Our new math curriculum is off to a great start. While I am meeting with differentiated math groups, students are learning to work independently on various worksheets at their desks. We are starting to learn how to subtract and how that is different than addition. Some of us are getting tricked by the signs, so please help your child to remember to look at the sign and tell you if they are supposed to add + or subtract -. We are also learning the words that will be a clue to our brains to add or subtract. For example, the words "flew away" in a story will mean I need to subtract, while the words "more came" tell me to add. 


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