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Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekly News: October 1-5


We had so much fun making applesauce! Thank you Mrs. Irey for the donation of apples and for our Friday mommies for helping us!  Check out more of our apple pie pictures on our Photo Site.

Over the next four weeks, we will begin sending home Book Bags with your child. Book Bags are to be brought back and forth, home to school, every day. Book bags are also an ESSENTIAL part of your child's home reading - they should be reading these books EVERY DAY for homework. We will only be starting one group each week, so look for your child's book bag sometime in the next month!! If you have any questions about our book bags or home reading program, please do not hesitate to ask!

We are so excited about our field trip next Tuesday! We will be leaving school in the morning and returning by dismissal (hopefully!). Please send your child to school this day in a normal shirt (we will be throwing their field trip t-shirt over their clothing!) and without a snack (snack will be provided for them!) We gave our head count to Los Rios Ranch after school on Friday. Thank you to the parents who asked to chaperone! Please remember that you will be following the bus. Your child will be bringing home a permission slip for our field trip this week. PLEASE TURN IN YOUR FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIPS!!!! STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO ON THE FIELD TRIP WITHOUT A SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP! Thank you! 

I am sending home our October Scholastic Book Order on Monday. These orders will be due next Friday, October 12th. Please visit our Book Orders Tab if you would like to order books for the month of October! Also remember that if you ordered last month, you have your $5.00 coupon!! :) 

We are asking for donations of "lost/missing/misc. socks" to use as our whiteboard erasers. If you have random socks lying around the house, please send them in! 

What Are We Learning This Week?: 

Sight Words: TAKE, AN, BECAUSE, UP.

Letter Team: 
OW/OU (like in COW, FLOWER/OUCH, HOUSE) and the long OW sound (like in YELLOW, SNOW).

Word Family: 
-AN. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -an (for example: CAN, MAN, PAN, FAN) 

This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Look for the Magic E" (Please see Reading Strategies Tab). This week, we will read books about Autumn and leaves and read our special poem of the week, "Down, Down".

This week we will write a big book together about matter. We will learn that matter is anything that takes up space. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far.We will also learn that when we are writing a word that begins with a vowel with an "A" in front, we have to make that "A" - "AN" - for example, "an elephant" instead of "a elephant".

 This week we will really focus on counting by tens and time to the hour. Please help your child with this at home. We are excited to announce that many friends are in the "30's Club" - this means the students have written numbers 1-30 perfectly with no reversals. Those students will now move on "Check-Off Challenge", which is a great math program students can complete at their own pace. Please continue to help your children write numbers at home. 

Congratulations to our Leadership Award Winners for Orderliness: Cooper, Kassidy, Paige, Talise, and Ashley White!! 

Our new leadership theme for the month of October is TEAMWORK. We will do many team-building activities and discuss what it means to work together as a team. This is also our sharing homework this week!


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