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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Weekly News: February 22

We are excited about our field trip to the theatre THIS WEDNESDAY! We will be leaving school by bus at 8:45 and returning to school by dismissal. Please have your child eat a good breakfast - we will NOT be able to have snack at the show. Please still pack your child a snack and we will eat when we return to school. Please also send your child to school this day in a normal shirt - we will be throwing their field trip t-shirt over their clothing! :) We are still asking for field trip donations to cover the cost of the trip - any amount will help! Also, if you have NOT returned your permission slip, please do so BY WEDNESDAY!

Next week we are celebrating Read Across America Week and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! If you or someone you know (grandma, grandpa, neighbor, friend, doctor, librarian, etc!) would like to come and read a story to our kindergarten classes, please see the sign-up sheet on the door!

Report cards and conferences are coming up next month and I will continue 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. I will be posting a Parent Conference Sign-Up on the door on Monday. Please sign up for a parent conference time for the second week in March. I look forward to meeting with you again and discussing your child's growth from the past few months!

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 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??:


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 continue our 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: We will continue to work on all of our math concepts that we have learned so far. Students have been doing a great job on Excel Math. Please go over these pages everyday. I circle math problems that children have a difficult time with in class. Please go over these problems with your child during homework time. Thank you!


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