Monday, May 30, 2011

Weekly News: May 31

I hope you all enjoyed the Memorial Day holiday and time off with your families!

The community service projects were outstanding! I am so proud of ALL of you and all of the hard work you did! What a great group of leaders I have :)

Our last week of school is NEXT WEEK!! Please read our "Last Week of School Activities" note to see all of the fun and exciting things we will be doing to finish off our year!

Last Week of School Note

Please plan to attend our ILCS Talent Show on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:00 here in the Dunlap cafeteria! We have some great kindergarten, first, and second grade talent!

We have been working SO HARD in kindergarten that we would like to enjoy our last few weeks together doing fun projects, playing games, reading our favorite books, and writing about everything we have learned in kindergarten and how much we have grown!

There is NO HOMEWORK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR! Please continue to read at home (Book Bags will still come home!), write at home, and log onto RAZ KIDS and First in Math. However, you do not need to turn in any homework on Friday! Thank you for a wonderful year of homework and all of your support at home!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekly News: May 23

THANK YOU SO MUCH for such a wonderful Teacher's Appreciation Week! You all brought me so much joy! I am the luckiest teacher in the whole world - with the BEST students and parents! Thank you very much!

It was great seeing all of you at the Luau on Friday night! I hope you all had fun! A big THANK YOU to Michele Arambula and ALL the parents that helped make the event a huge success!

We had so much fun on our field trip to AJ Barille's Pizza! Pictures to come!

IT'S TIME! Community Service Projects will be presented THIS WEEK! Please remember that your community service project is a huge part of our curriculum at Inland Leaders, so if you have not yet signed up for a time to present, please see the classroom door for available times!!!

NO SCHOOL next Monday, May 30th due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Enjoy the time off with your families.

Please plan to attend our ILCS Talent Show on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:00 here in the Dunlap cafeteria! We have some great kindergarten, first, and second grade talent!

We have been working SO HARD in kindergarten that we would like to enjoy our last few weeks together doing fun projects, playing games, reading our favorite books, and writing about everything we have learned in kindergarten and how much we have grown!

There is NO HOMEWORK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR! Please continue to read at home (Book Bags will still come home!), write at home, and log onto RAZ KIDS and First in Math. However, you do not need to turn in any homework on Friday! Thank you for a wonderful year of homework and all of your support at home!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekly News: May 16

Our Family Fun Night Luau is ON FRIDAY!!!! The event takes place at Bryant St. from 4-8:00. If you would like to help set up, parents will be there setting up at 3:00. Thank you to those parents who signed up to donate items to our Aquarium basket - if you have not brought these items in yet, please do so soon! Also, if you would like to work at our Hawaiian Duck Pond booth, there will be a sign-up on the door on Monday! We are also asking that each family bring in a bag of candy as a donation to our booth for "prizes". Food tickets for the Luau will be on sale before and after school all this week - and if you donate a 12 pack of soda, you'll get a discount!! We are so excited for this fun end-of-the-year event, so put on your Hawaiian outfits and we'll see you there!

Our AJ Barile's Pizza Field Trip is on Tuesday!!! We will be leaving school around 8:30 and returning by dismissal, so please pick up your child at the regular time. There will still be tutoring and electives on this day. There is no charge for the kiddos on this field trip, but please return your permission slips if you have not done so already. I have talked to all of our chaperones who are joining us - thank you for volunteering your time!

ILCS Talent Show Auditions on Monday. Participants will be announced on Friday!

Community Service projects are due at the end of this month! Students will be presenting (a short 3-5 minute oral presentation of their project) the week of May 23rd. Please sign up for a presentation date. Sign-up sheet is on my door! 

I hope that you have been enjoying the FIRST IN MATH program. Our TOP PLAYER OF THE WEEK IS TROY!!!!!! Congratulations, Troy!

What Are We Learning This Week??:


New Words: .ALSO, ALWAYS, ABOVE, BELOW, YOUR.

In reading we will continue to make connections, ask questions, and make inferences before, during, and after our stories. In math we will continue to work on Excel sheets at our ability level. We will also learn about regrouping numbers in addition.  In writing we will write about what plants need to survive. We will also work on our fictional stories.

Homework: May 16

READING:
  • STUDY FLASHCARDS EVERY DAY!!!! New Sight Words: ALSO, ALWAYS, ABOVE, BELOW, YOUR.
  • Read ENTIRE Book Bag - AR books AND fluency stories.
  • RAZ-KIDS reading online.
  • Initial the Reading Log.

WRITING:
  • Sharing - We have a very special sharing this week! Please bring in a small picture of you when you were a baby and a small picture of you now. Write three sentences about how you were different then and how you have changed. You will be getting these pictures back - do not worry! Sharing is due any day this week.
  • Step Up To Writing - Choose a topic sentence, three main ideas, details, and a conclusion sentence. Draw a picture to go with your writing. Due Friday.
  • Fictional Story - We have been working on writing fiction (make-believe) stories. Use your imagination to think of characters for your story. Make sure your story has a beginning, middle, and end. 
  • Spelling - Take a practice spelling test on Thursday to prepare for your Friday test!

MATH: 
  •  Check out our new online math program, First in Math. It may take some time to check out the site and see what games you would like to play. You will need your username and password to sign on and play math games. Please see me if you have any questions. 
  • Excel Math - Complete the homework portion of the worksheet to turn in the next day and take the time to review any problems/mistakes that are circled on the Guided Practice side. These circled problems will show you what concepts your child may need to work on at home. 

Homework due Friday. Please remember to write your name on the Reading Log and staple that to the front of homework. Thank you!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Weekly News: May 9

Congratulations to this week's Sight Words Winners - Mallory, Ashley, and our top Kindergarten Winner - DANIEL!!! Next Friday is our next competition! Keep studying your flashcards!

Family Fun Night Luau - Friday, May 20th :)

Our last Kindergarten field trip has been planned! We will be WALKING to AJ Barille's Pizza on Tuesday, May 17th. The kids will get a tour of the kitchen, learn how to make pizza, and even learn how to toss their own pizza dough!! We are asking for ten chaperones to join us on this field trip. If you are interested in chaperoning, please let me know by Friday. I will be giving first priority to those parents that have NOT joined us on a field trip this year. Please also look out for the field trip permission slip sent home this week in your child's GO Folder and return that ASAP! We are excited!

If you would like to audition for the ILCS End of the Year Talent show, auditions are in Miss Reeve's classroom on Monday, May 16th at 1:00. A packet with more information was sent home in your child's GO Folder on Friday!

Community Service projects are due at the end of this month! Students will be presenting (a short 3-5 minute oral presentation of their project) the week of May 23rd. Please sign up for a presentation date. Sign-up sheet is on my door! 

First in Math is a new online math program and our class gets a free trial!! Each student has his or her own specific username and password to log in. Students can sign into the site and play fun math games online. They can earn points and stickers for games they complete and compete against their friends online! In addition to competing against classmates, our class can compete against other classes at Inland Leaders, and our school can compete against other schools in the city, state, and country! This is an awesome program! On Monday, I will be sending home a letter along with each student's username and password. I recommend that you check out some of the games this week in the K-2 World section... there might even be a reward on Friday for the student with the most stickers!!! Check it out..... First In Math

What Are We Learning This Week??:

New Words: .DOWN, GROW, VERY, EVERY, OR.

In reading we will make inferences with tough vocabulary words. We will use our schema and clues from the text to infer the meaning of words we do not understand. In math we will continue to work on Excel sheets at our ability level. We will also learn about regrouping numbers in addition.  In writing we will write about the parts of plants, and continue to write fictional stories focusing on a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Homework: May 9

READING:
  • STUDY FLASHCARDS EVERY DAY!!!! New Sight Words: DOWN, GROW, VERY, EVERY, OR.
  • Read ENTIRE Book Bag - AR books AND fluency stories.
  • RAZ-KIDS reading online.
  • Initial the Reading Log.

WRITING:
  • Sharing - Write three or more sentences about the parts of a plant. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Sharing is due any day this week.
  • Step Up To Writing - Choose a topic sentence, three main ideas, details, and a conclusion sentence. Draw a picture to go with your writing. Due Friday.
  • Fictional Story - We have been working on writing fiction (make-believe) stories. Use your imagination to think of characters for your story. Make sure your story has a beginning, middle, and end. 
  • Spelling - Take a practice spelling test on Thursday to prepare for your Friday test!

MATH: 
  •  Check out our new online math program, First in Math. It may take some time to check out the site and see what games you would like to play. You will need your username and password to sign on and play math games. Please see me if you have any questions. 
  • Excel Math - Complete the homework portion of the worksheet to turn in the next day and take the time to review any problems/mistakes that are circled on the Guided Practice side. These circled problems will show you what concepts your child may need to work on at home. 

Homework due Friday. Please remember to write your name on the Reading Log and staple that to the front of homework. Thank you!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Weekly News: May 2

Family Fun Night Luau - Friday, May 20th :)

Keep working on those community service projects! Projects and presentations due the week of May 23rd.

Last week we had our first Sight Word Flash Card Competition.  Students competed against one another reading all of our sight words to date.  We had so many students that were able to read ALL of the words the competition progressed to spelling the sight words.  The three top winners in our class competed against the three top winners in Mrs. Stanley’s class.  Congratulations to our top three winners:  Troy, Mallory, and Bevan!!! Keep practicing reading and spelling all of our sight words.  We will have a new competition each Friday! How fun :)

What Are We Learning This Week??:


New Words: MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER, BROTHER, FAMILY.

New Leadership Theme: DISCRETION.

In math we will continue to practice addition, subtraction, measurement, and all of our math concepts. Students will only have ONE EXCEL MATH from now on. We are taking the extra time to work on various math centers. CONGRATULATIONS TO TROY FOR BEING THE FIRST KINDERGARTEN TO WRITE ALL THE WAY TO 1,000!!! In reading we will continue to talk about how good readers ask questions and make inferences before, during and after they read.  In writing we will write about discretion.  We will also practice writing stories.  We are learning that not all of our writing has to be “real”.  We will practice writing make believe stories (fiction).  Our focus is on good mechanics; complete sentences, proper punctuation and capitalization.  Thank you for reinforcing these concepts with your child in their writing homework.

Homework: May 2

READING:
  • STUDY FLASHCARDS EVERY DAY!!!! New Sight Words: MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER, BROTHER, FAMILY.
  • Read ENTIRE Book Bag - AR books AND fluency stories.
  • RAZ-KIDS reading online.
  • Initial the Reading Log.

WRITING:
  • Sharing - Write three or more sentences about ways to show discretion. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Sharing is due any day this week.
  • Step Up To Writing - Choose a topic sentence, three main ideas, details, and a conclusion sentence. Draw a picture to go with your writing. Due Friday.
  • Fictional Story - We have been working on writing fiction (make-believe) stories. Use your imagination to think of characters for your story. Make sure your story has a beginning, middle, and end. 
  • Spelling - Take a practice spelling test on Thursday to prepare for your Friday test!

MATH: 
  •  Excel Math - We are back to only ONE Excel worksheet a day. Complete the homework portion of the worksheet to turn in the next day. Please also take the time to review any problems/mistakes that are circled on the Guided Practice side. These circled problems will show you what concepts your child may need to work on at home. 

Homework due Friday. Please remember to write your name on the Reading Log and staple that to the front of homework. Thank you!