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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Weekly News: February 7

We will be celebrating Valentines Day with Valentines Centers on Friday. Please see the sign up sheet on the classroom door if you would like to donate any items (or volunteer!) for our special celebration! The students will be decorating treat boxes to pass out valentines and treats to their friends on Friday. If your child would like to bring valentines for the class, please help him/her to write names on valentines. This is great writing practice for your child! A list of boys and girls names were sent home in your GO Folder last week :)

Congrats to Lena for winning BINGO on Friday! I hope you all had fun! 

ILCS Del Taco Fundraiser Night is this Thursday from 4:00-7:00 at the Del Taco in Calimesa! Come have dinner with your family and a portion of the proceeds will go towards ILCS! I will be there at 4:00 on Thursday - hope to see you there!

We are excited about our upcoming field trip to the theatre on 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!

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 14th and 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??:


Letter Team: 
GH and PH (both sometimes say the F sound - like in laugh and phone)
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 are learning all about QUESTIONING this month. We will learn that good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading. Asking questions will help us understand the story and understand ourselves as readers. We will also learn various ways to find answers to the reading questions we have. This week, we will read books about Valentines Day and our poem of the week, “Heart”.

Writing: This week we will be learning the parts of a letter and how to write letters. We will be focusing on the five parts of a letter: heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature.We will be writing letters to our valentines and friends. We will also introduce our  new post office center this week! You can support your child at home by practicing writing letters to family, friends, etc.

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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