Friday, April 27, 2012

Weekly News: April 30-May 4

We will be going on a field trip next Wednesday, May 9 to the Children’s Museum of the Desert. This is sure to be an exciting “hands on” field trip.  We will be leaving school at 8:15 and returning at approximately 1:15. Mark your calendars and adjust schedules for the late pick up on this day and please note that your child will be missing any electives they may have on this day.  We will be eating our “sack” lunches at the museum following the tour.  Please pack your child a lunch in a paper bag.  No lunch boxes please. Permission slips will be sent home on Monday.  Please return ASAP. If you are interested in being a chaperone please let me know BY FRIDAY!!!! Chaperones will be riding on the bus with our classes. Please remember that school policy states NO SIBLINGS. Thanks! We are looking forward to a wonderful field trip!

We will continue learning about caterpillars and butterflies and watching the metamorphosis of our caterpillars in class! We will also learn about silkworms and moths this week as we study the differences between moths and butterflies.

Your community service projects have been fantastic! I have enjoyed watching your presentations on how you have been serving your community these past few months. It makes me so happy to see a class full of leaders!

Save the Date!!!!: We will be having a special Mother's Day Centers in our classroom on Friday, May 11th. We invite all mommies to come to class from 10:30-11:30 to share in our Mother's Day Centers! There will be special activities, games, etc. Hope you are able to make it! (daycare is provided at our campus for campus for younger siblings!)

Remember to study for 100% CLUB. Those friends who know 100% of sight words, letter teams, sounds and numbers will receive a special prize!!!


What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: GRANDMA, GRANDPA, AUNT, UNCLE, COUSIN.

Letter Team: No letter teams this week. Please review ALL letter teams learned so far. 

Reading: We will continue reading books about caterpillars and butterflies, and our poem of the week, "Pretty Butterfly".

Writing: We will continue writing stories about butterflies.

Math: This week, we will focus on place value. We will also practice subtraction, addition, and measuring. Practice your math facts everyday for our Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Leadership: Our new leadership theme for the rest of the year will be forgiveness.

Homework: April 30-May 4

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: AUNT, UNCLE, GRANDMA, GRANDPA, COUSIN. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD 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 Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: Write three sentences about what we have been learning about caterpillars and butterflies. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. IF YOU HAVE NOT BROUGHT IN YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT YET, PLEASE NOTE THIS IS DUE ALONG WITH YOUR REGULAR WEEKLY SHARING.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekly News: April 23-27

I hope you had a restful three-day weekend and enjoyed the time off with your family. 

This week we are learning all about caterpillars and butterflies. We will begin to watch the metamorphosis of our caterpillars as they turn into beautiful butterflies! 

IT'S TIME! Community Service Projects will be presented THIS WEEK! Unfortunately, we only had 5 students sign-up for presentations!!!! :( 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, email me or stop by to see me!!!!!

Save the Date!!!!: We will be having a special Mother's Day presentation on Friday, May 11th in our classroom. More information to come. We hope all of you mommies are able to make it! 

100% CLUB is back!!!! Remember to study all of your sight words and letter teams. We will begin testing for 100% CLUB soon. Those friends who know 100% of sight words, letter teams, sounds and numbers will receive a special prize!!!


What Are We Learning This Week??: 

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

Letter Team: No letter teams this week. Please review ALL letter teams learned so far. 

Reading: We will read books about caterpillars and butterflies, and our poem of the week, "Pretty Butterfly".

Writing: We will learn how to brainstorm ideas to help our Step Up to Writing. We will be writing a SUTW this week about the life cycle of a caterpillar.
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Math: This week, 
 we are learning how to measure by the CENTIMETER! We will practice measuring objects around our classroom by inches and centimeters. Practice your math facts everyday for our  Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Leadership: SERVICE.

Homework: April 23-27

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER, BROTHER, FAMILY. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD 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 Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS!!!!! It's time to bring in those community service projects and share! Students will be presenting (a short 3-5 minute oral presentation of their project). Please practice this presentation with your child so that they are prepared to present in class. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekly News: April 16-19

There is no school on Friday, April 20th. Enjoy the three-day weekend with your families. Our spelling test and math test will be on Thursday this week. We will also have "Fun Thursday" for all the students that have finished their classwork. 

This week we are learning all about Earth Day and recycling as we read and write about ways we can help the Earth. Earth Day this year is Sunday, April 22nd. 

Community Service projects are due NEXT WEEK! Students will be presenting (a short 3-5 minute oral presentation of their project) the week of April 23rd. Please practice this presentation with your child so that they are prepared to present in class. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me.We will have sign-ups for presentations on the Classroom Clipboard this week.

We will continue to observe our tadpoles' metamorphosis and watch how they grow and change. Next week, we will add new class pets to observe - caterpillars! I can't wait to watch their metamorphosis into beautiful butterflies! 


What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: EARTH, WORLD, START, HELP, CHILDREN.

Letter Team: EAR (another ER sound like in EARTH and EARLY).

Reading: We will read books about Earth Day and our poem, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle".

Writing: We will write about recycling and other ways to help the Earth.

Math: This week, 
we are learning different types of measurement (weight, liquid, and temperature). We will also begin two digit by one digit addition (example: 23+4) and continuing fact families as well as ALL of our math concepts!  Practice your math facts everyday for our  Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Leadership: SERVICE.

Homework: April 16-19

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: EARTH, CHILDREN, START, WORLD, HELP and new letter team is EAR. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD 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 Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: Write three sentences about Earth Day and ways you can help the Earth. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Weekly News: April 9-13

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend with your families. We had a great time visiting the Easter bunny at Braswells and going on our Easter egg hunt. A big thank you to all the parents who were able to join us! 

We have had so much fun learning about our tadpoles. We will continue to observe their metamorphosis and watch how they grow and change.

Please remember that Sharing Homework is an important part of our classroom. It is the ONLY homework you are required to turn in. Starting this week, students that do not turn in their sharing homework will not get the chance to go to Fun Friday. 

Remember to work on those community service projects.  Presentations will be due the last week of April (23rd-27th).  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 6hours 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.

What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: GOES, DOES, YES, NOT, WILL.

Letter Team: No new letter teams this week. Please review and practice ALL letter teams.


Reading: We will read books about the life cycle of tadpoles and our poem of the week, "Five Little Tadpoles".

Writing: We will write all about the life cycle of a frog.

Math: This week, we will continue fact families and using a number line to help us with addition and subtraction problems. Some students will not be doing Excel this week, but focusing on Check-Off Challenge and 100's Club instead.
 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: SERVICE.

Homework: April 9-13

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: GOES, DOES, YES, NOT, WILL and new letter team is EIGH. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD 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 Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: Write three sentences about how you can show service. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.