Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekly News: September 17-21


News: 


We had so much fun tasting apples this week! After looking at our class graph, yellow was the most-liked apple. This Friday, we will be making apple pie in class!! There will be a clipboard on our table in the morning for you to sign up for donations for our pie. Thank you! 

We now have a Classroom Facebook Group! This will be a great way to communicate with other parents! If you would like to join the group, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/groups/missreeve and click on "Join Group" in the upper right hand side of the page under the banner. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy. 


Our parent volunteer program will begin this week! We are very excited for you to start joining us in the classroom. Our times for centers are Monday-Friday 10:15-11:30. Thank you in advance for donating your valuable time in our classroom. A reminder: if you cannot make one of your scheduled days, please either "cover your shift" {perhaps on Facebook!} or let me know so that I can adjust our plans accordingly. Thank you for all of your support!

Electives begin this week! If your child is participating in an elective, please send a lunch to school with him/her on that elective day and lunch supervision will be provided for your children on these days. Kindergarten electives are from 12:15-1:00 and the elective teachers will be dismissing at 1:00 on the ramp. If your child is staying with me for our intervention elective, please pick up from the classroom at 1:00. 

Our first field trip is planned!!! We will be going to Los Rios Ranch in Oak Glenn on Tuesday, October 9th. We will be leaving school by bus sometime in the morning and returning around pick-up time. The students will get to meet Johnny Appleseed, tour the apple orchards, and even make apple cider! We are very excited about this field trip and we are looking for wonderful volunteers that would like to take the tour with us. We are asking that chaperones drive separately and meet us there. The cost for chaperones is also $5.  If you are interested in chaperoning for our field trip on this day, please EMAIL MISS REEVE! On Friday, September 28th, we will need to give our final head count to Los Rios Ranch, so if you would like to chaperone please let me know and pay $5 before that Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience, but siblings and little ones are not allowed on this field trip due to the safety of our kindergarten students you will be chaperoning.  Also, be on the look-out for the field trip permission slip that will be coming home in your child's Homework Folder soon. These are due back to school ASAP in order for your child to go on the field trip.We are so excited for this field trip! Yay!


Our Welcome Back Picnic is Tuesday, September 18th at 6:00 at CSC if you would like to attend! 

What Are We Learning This Week?:


Sight Words: YOU, AND, IT, FRIEND.

Letter Team: WH (like in "what" and "whistle")


Word Family: -AT. We have been studying word families in class. Word families are words that have different beginning sounds with the same ending chunks. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -at (cat, bat, rat, fat, etc). 

Reading:  This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Go back and get a running start" (Please see Reading Strategies Tab). We will continue to read books about apples and Johnny Appleseed and continue to read books about colors as we learn our color words. 

Writing:  We are writing a big book together about the life cycle of an apple using sight words we have learned so far. We will be studying how an apple grows, from seed to tree to blossom to apple. We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout, and use a period at the end. We will continue to use our sight words in our sentences and use our sound chart to help us sound out the words we do not know how to write.

Math:  This week, we will learn how to tell time to the hour. We will learn that when the "big hand points up, it means o'clock"Please reinforce this at home by looking at clocks around the house and talking about the time. We will continue to learn all about money as we start counting pennies! We will also learn how to count by our 5's and 10's. 

Leadership: This month our theme is "orderliness". We will talk about keeping ourselves and our surroundings "orderly". We are learning that orderliness is keeping things neat and tidy.

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