Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekly News: February 27-March 2

It is our last week of school before Spring break!! It is also the last week of Winter Electives. 

It's Read Across America Week and we are celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! We will have guest readers in our class all week long. On Friday, we will be having a fun and relaxing reading day! You may come to school in your PJ's and bring a pillow and book to share! We will also be eating Green Eggs and Ham on Friday! See the Classroom Clipboard if you are able to contribute. Thank you!

No homework and no sharing this week. There will be no new fluency and book bags will NOT be sent home. INSTEAD, we are having a RAZ-KIDS competition!!! The top 3 online readers of the week will receive a special prize on Friday before we go on Spring break!

Parent Conference sign-ups are on the Classroom Clipboard. They will be one day over break (Monday, March 5th) and the week we get back from Spring break (March 19-22nd).  I look forward to meeting with you again and discussing your child's growth from the past few months! 
Spring break is March 5th through March 15th - these two weeks are a great time to work on your community service projects!  

What Are We Learning This Week??:

Sight Words: There will not be any new sight words introduced until after Spring Break.  Please take this time to review ALL of our words introduced so far.  Remember, sight words are words that your child should recognize instantly.  These are not words your child should be sounding out!  Please continue to work on these words. 

Letter Team: 
There will not be any new letter teams introduced until after Spring Break.  Please take this time to review ALL of our letter teams introduced so far. Many children know all of the letter teams, but have a hard time applying them into decoding words. A great idea would be to write words (or make flashcards) with letter teams in them and have your child decode the word for you, applying the letter team. 

Reading: This week, we will welcome guest readers, read lots of Dr. Seuss books and read our poem of the week, “Green Eggs and Ham”.

Writing: I am so thrilled with so many friends applying the new "Step Up to Writing" program into their daily classroom writing and weekly homework. We will continue to learn how to write topic sentences, conclusion sentences, learn transition words, and learn how to add details to our writing.  

Math: Students will continue working on worksheets at their level. Please continue to work on circled problems that students are missing and reinforcing these concepts at home. Practice your math facts everyday for our  Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Parent Conferences :)

Parent Conference Sign-ups are now out!!! For this second round of parent conferences, I will be offering TWO options...

1.OVER SPRING BREAK - I will be on-campus our first day of Spring Break - Monday, March 5th - if you would like to have your parent conference right away :)

2. OUR FIRST WEEK BACK - I will have conferences before and after school our first week back from Spring break - beginning Monday, March 19th.

Sign-ups will on the Classroom Clipboard in the morning. If you are not able to come down to the playground area before school to sign up, please email me {Jenn.christine@yahoo.com} and we can choose a time for you!

Thank you and I look forward to meeting with all of you once again!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentines Day!

We had a ton of fun celebrating Valentine's Day! Thank you so much for all the donations, the help, and all of my wonderful valentine treats!!!! You are the BEST!


Weekly News: February 21-24

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing three-day weekend with your families. 


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 Classroom Clipboard in the morning! 


I will continue my assessments this week for report cards. Please understand that there may be times children come home with a book in their book bags that we did not have time to go over together or a math paper that they did not have time to complete in class due to assessments. Therefore they may need a little extra support. More information on Parent Conferences coming soon! I am looking forward to meeting with all of you again soon and discussing your child's growth from the past few months! 


Spring break is March 5th through March 15th - these two weeks are a great time to work on your community service projects!  


What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: THERE WHERE THEY THEN THEM.

Letter Team: EY (makes two sounds - EE like in KEY, and AY like in THEY).

Reading: We will continue to read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and read our poem of the week - "President's Day".

Writing:  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 Abraham Lincoln. First, Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America. Second, he was known as Honest Abe. Third, he helped end slavery. As you can see, I know many things about Abraham Lincoln."

Math: Students will continue working on worksheets at their level. Please continue to work on circled problems that students are missing and reinforcing these concepts at home. Practice your math facts everyday for our  Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Homework: February 21-24

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: THERE, WHERE, THEY, THEN, THEM and new letter team is EY. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!


Reading: READ your books in your book bag, READ your fluency THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!! 

Math: Please correct the circled problems on the Excel Math from each day. Please also continue to reinforce ALL concepts at home that we have learned in class! Study your math facts for Tuesday and Friday's Math Timed Test! Also, count the money in your bank! Name and count each coin!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Write your sight words, write your sight words in a sentence, write your sight words in alphabetical order, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  Try writing a SUTW paragraphKindergarten SUTW is writing in a paragraph format with a topic sentence, three sentences about that topic, and a conclusion sentence.  For example: I had a really fun weekend.  First, I played with my friend.  Next, I went shopping with my mom.  Last I baked cupcakes with my grandmother.  I had the best weekend ever! 

Sharing: Write two sentences about what we are learning about Abraham Lincoln. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Monday, February 13, 2012

...it's about time!

It's about time I get all these class pictures on our website! Please accept my apology for taking oh-so-long!

First up, we have our pictures from Christmas time - photos of our Christmas party and our visit with Santa :)




And now, our 100th Day of School Celebration! Enjoy!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Weekly News: February 13-17

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing three-day weekend with your families. We have ANOTHER three-day weekend coming up this week, as there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 20th.


Our Valentines Day centers will be Tuesday from 10:30-11:30. Thank you to the parents that have signed up to donate items and volunteer. I am looking forward to celebrating Valentine's Day together. 


Report cards and conferences are coming up and I will begin my assessments this week. We will NOT be asking students to stay after school for assessment week this trimester. Please continue to work with your child on ALL skills. Our second round of parent conferences will be after spring break. I am looking forward to meeting with all of you again soon and discussing your child's growth from the past few months! 


Spring break is coming up! We will have two weeks off - March 5th through March 15th. 



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 at the end of our school year, but we wanted to tell you about it now so you have time to start thinking about what you would like to do. 

What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: ANY MANY BUT WERE.

Letter Team: Review ALL letter teams this week! We only have a few letter teams left to learn, so make sure you know all of them!

Reading: This week, we will read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and read our poem of the week - "President's Day".

Writing: We will dive into a new writing program this week 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: Students will continue working on worksheets at their level. Please continue to work on circled problems that students are missing and reinforcing these concepts at home. Practice your math facts everyday for our  Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Leadership: 
THOUGHTFULNESS.

Homework: February 13-17

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: ANY MANY BUT WERE and there are NO new letter teams! Please review ALL letter teams since assessments are coming up! Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!
  
Reading: READ your books in your book bag, READ your fluency THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!!

Math: Please correct the circled problems on the Excel Math from each day. Please also continue to reinforce ALL concepts at home that we have learned in class! Study your math facts for Tuesday and Friday's Math Timed Test! Also, count the money in your bank! Name and count each coin!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Write your sight words, write your sight words in a sentence, write your sight words in alphabetical order, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING. 

Sharing: Write two sentences about what we are learning about George Washington. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Weekly News: February 6-10

We will be celebrating Valentines Day by having fun Valentines Centers next Tuesday. If you would like to donate any items (or volunteer!) for this special celebration, please see our Classroom Clipboard this week :) The kids will also be decorating Valentines boxes. If your child would like to bring valentines for the class, a list of boys and girls names will be going home in your GO Folder. This is great writing practice for your child! 


A Look Ahead: NO SCHOOL Monday, February 13th and February 20th due to President's Day and NO SCHOOL March 5 through March 16 due to Spring Break. Our second round of Parent Conferences will be shortly after 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 at the end of our school year, but we wanted to tell you about it now so you have time to start thinking about what you would like to do. 


What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ENOUGH, PEOPLE.

Letter Team: PH (we are learning that PH makes the F sound, like in PHONE and GRAPH) and OUGH (there are sooo many sounds for this letter team, but this week we will focus on the -UFF sound, like in TOUGH and ENOUGH).


Reading: This week, we will read books about Valentine's Day, we will start reading and learning about President's Day, and we will read 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 practice by writing letters to our friends and valentines. We will also introduce our new post office center this week! You can support your child at home by encouraging letter writing to friends, family, etc.



Math: Students will continue working on worksheets at their level. Please continue to work on circled problems that students are missing and reinforcing these concepts at home. Starting this week, we will be doing TWO timed tests a week! We will keep our Friday test day and add TUESDAY TIMED TEST day! We feel this will give our kiddos that extra practice and allow them to reach their goals! We already have a friend almost moving on to subtraction!!! 

Leadership:
THOUGHTFULNESS.

Homework: February 6-10

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: EACH PHONE LAUGH ENOUGH PEOPLE and new letter teams are PH and OUGH. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!
  
Reading: READ your books in your book bag, READ your fluency THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!!

Math: Please correct the circled problems on the Excel Math from each day. Please also continue to reinforce ALL concepts at home that we have learned in class! Study your math facts for Tuesday and Friday's Math Timed Test! Also, count the money in your bank! Name and count each coin!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Write your sight words, write your sight words in a sentence, write your sight words in alphabetical order, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING. 

Sharing: This week we are going to be practicing reading, writing, and memorizing our phone numbers. For Sharing, please write the following sentence: My phone number is.... If you have multiple numbers that you need to know (mom's cell, dad's cell, etc.), consider it a challenge to memorize ALL of them!