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Sunday, October 21, 2012


It is Kindergarten Assessment Week! You received a note on your child's Homework Folder last week with your child's day to stay. Please remember to send a lunch (we will be eating together in the classroom) and pick up from the classroom at 1:00 on this day. Thank you for your support! 

A note regarding our Book Bags: Many book bags are either not being returned from home and/or getting lost down on the playground. These books are shared by all of the students in our class. Therefore, when they are not returned, we do not have enough books for all students in our reading groups :( Please remember to send these bags to school every day. 

Our school Fall Festival is set for Thursday, November 8th at CSC from 3:00-7:00. Our kindergarten classes will be in charge of the "Duck Pond" and "Tattoo" booths. We are asking for donations of candy and small treasure box prizes for these booths. If you are able, please send these donations to school with your child. ALSO... Fall Festival "wristbands" will be going on sale starting Monday. By purchasing a "pre-sale wristband", students will have access to all booths and activities, one photo from our professional photo booth, and one cotton candy or popcorn. If you would like to purchase a "pre-sale wristband" for your child, please send $10 to school in your child's homework folder in an envelope marked "wristband". You will pick up that wristband at the will-call table at the Fall Festival :) Fun, Fun!

We will be celebrating Halloween with fun Halloween games and activities during our center time next Wednesday! For Halloween, our school will be having a fun pajama dress-up day! We are very excited to come to school in our PJs and celebrate Halloween! If you are interested in donating towards our Halloween activities, please see our wonderful room-mom, Tammy!

A look ahead: There is NO school on Monday, November 12 due to Veterans Day. However, I WILL be at school on that day to offer parent conferences for our first trimester report cards. There will also be parent conference times available Tuesday, November 13 - Thursday, November 15 before and after school. I know this is early notice, but I will be posting a parent conference schedule on the Classroom Clipboard down at the playground Monday morning so that you can begin thinking of a good time that suits your schedule. 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! I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your child's progress!
Many friends have been leaving jackets down at the playground and lunch tables :( While we ask the students which jackets belong to which friend, we are also teaching responsibility. If your little one has misplaced a jacket, you may check the "Lost and Found" down at the playground. Items not claimed at the end of each month are donated. 

Upcoming Events:  
Monday, October 22-Thursday, October 25: Kindergarten Assessment Week
Wednesday, October 24: Make-up Picture Day 
Wednesday, October 31: Halloween Party!
Friday, November 2: Pumpkin Day! {more info coming later!}
Thursday, November 8: FALL FESTIVAL!
Monday, November 12: No School - Veteran's Day
Monday, November 12 - Thursday, November 15: Parent Conference Week
Friday, November 16: Thanksgiving Feast! {more info coming later!} 

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Fun Halloween stickers and prizes 
Black expo markers
Staples Heavy-duty sheet protectors 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ARE, LITTLE, BIG, FOR

Letter Team: 
IGH (like in BRIGHT, LIGHT, RIGHT) and AR (like in CAR, FAR, JAR).

Word Family: -IG. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -IG. I am sending home a fun worksheet/activity that you can do at home this week!

This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Look for 2 vowels go a-walkin'" (Please see Reading Strategies Tab). This week, we will read books about pumpkins and Halloween and read our special poem of the week, "Five Little Pumpkins". 

We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout the rest of the sentence, and use a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart.

We will continue addition, geometric shapes, and start focusing on counting by 5's, writing our numbers by 5, and counting nickels. We will continue counting by tens, counting money and telling time to the hour, learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and write numbers to 10, learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.



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