Saturday, December 29, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!


We had such a fun time celebrating Christmas together in the classroom this year. The children did a fantastic job with the Gingerbread play and we had a wonderful Christmas center celebration. Thank you SO MUCH for all of our wonderful and generous gifts!!! I have the best families ever and the best job in the world!!! I hope you are all enjoying your Christmas break spending time with your families and friends!!!! Don't forget to read books on RAZ KIDS online! We'll see you back at school in the new year on Monday, January 7, 2013!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Weekly News: December 17-20

News: 

Thank you to Tammy and all of our helpers for making our Holiday Craft Fair a big success! 

We are in need of a few parent helpers on Tuesday morning to help us with our "dress rehearsal". If anyone is able to stick around for an hour in morning, please let us know! Thank you!

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, then no school for two weeks due to Christmas vacation!!!! This is our last week together in 2012. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Years and I will see you back at school on Monday, January 7, 2013!!!

Our ILCS Holiday performance is this week!!! The Holiday Performance will be in our "Cubs' Den" (church sanctuary). Kindergarten will be performing at 5:30 SHARP. I would recommend getting to the church at 5:00 for a spot to sit! The students will be meeting in the McKay building (lower building near playground).  Please bring your child here before the performance and then pick your child up from here immediately following the performance.  Thank you!!


Wednesday, December 19th is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able, to join us in the Lion's Den at 8:15. Our classes will perform a few songs and our principal will give a short presentation. Grandparents are then invited to join us in class for a fun activity with the children and to watch our learning take place!

Please come see your fantastic children in "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man". We are performing on Thursday morning around 8:30-8:45. We hope you are able to come to this wonderful event!! 


Upcoming Events:  
Tuesday, December 18: School Holiday Performance 5:30 in our "Cubs' Den" (church sanctuary)
Wednesday, December 19: Grandparents Day 
Thursday, December 20: Gingerbread Man play AND Christmas Centers
Friday, December 21: NO SCHOOL!

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Canon Printer Ink #210 and #211
Staples Heavy Duty Sheet protectors 
Christmas Treasure Box prizes and stickers 



What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WHAT, WANT, WAS.

Letter Team: 
 ED (We are learning that tricky Mr. ED goes at the end of the word to tell us that something has already happened - making the word past tense. Mr. ED is tricky because sometimes he makes the "T" sound - like in LOOKED, sometimes he makes the "D" sound - like in PLAYED, and sometimes he says "ED" like in WANTED).

Reading:
 
This week, we will also read books about the holidays, Santa, and our poem of the week, "Santa Clause is Coming to Town". 

Writing:  We will continue to work on our "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.

Math: We will review everything we have learned so far this year! 


Leadership: Congratulations to our GRATEFULNESS award winners: Landon P, Landon H, McKenzee, Arlette, and Evan!!! 

Homework: December 17-19

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (WHAT, WAS, WANT) and letter teams (ED). Study ALL flashcards EVERY DAY! These are so important for your child's reading. 

Reading:  NO BOOK BAGS THIS WEEK! Read online at RAZ-Kids! 

Math: Please work on basic addition and doubles at home. This week, we will start reading math stories and making number sentences with the stories. For example, "Billy had three apples and Susie had five apples. How many apples did they have altogether? Answer: 3+5=8" Please try these math stories at home! We are also learning the directions RIGHT and LEFT - please reinforce this at home.  

Writing: Write a story in your "At-Home-Journal" every night, then read your story to an adult! 

Sharing: We have NO SHARING until after Christmas! INSTEAD... please practice your "Gingerbread Man" songs!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Weekly News: December 10-14

News: 


We had so much fun at Braswells. The students LOVED visiting Santa and we performed our Gingerbread songs for all of the people at Braswells. Thank you so much to the parents that walked with us. 

On Monday, I am opening up my classroom at 1:00 to Tammy and nay other fabulous parents that would like to help prepare our crafts for the Holiday craft fair on Friday. You are welcome to bring your little ones. Please stop by and help make this a wonderful event! 

On Friday, December 14th from 3-6 at CSC, we have our ILCS School Holiday Craft Fair! Come by and support our school by buying hand-made gifts for the holidays!!! 

Our ILCS Holiday performance has changed!! It will now be taking place on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH AT 5:30 in our church sanctuary (we are now calling this the "cubs' den" since it is on our K-1 campus :) The Kindergarten Classes will be performing at 5:30. I would recommend getting to the church at 5:00 for a spot to sit! Your children will be sitting with you then asked to join their class on stage when it is kindergarten's turn to sing! 

Wednesday, December 19th is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able, to join us in the Lion's Den at 8:15. Our classes will perform a few songs and our principal will give a short presentation. Grandparents are then invited to join us in class for a fun activity with the children and to watch our learning take place!


Our "Tale of the Gingerbread Man" rehearsals are going well! We are having so much fun learning all of the fun songs and hand motions. The kindergarten classes will be performing this play on Thursday, December 20th. Mrs. Stanley and Miss Reeve's classes will begin at 8:45. We hope you are able to come to this wonderful event. Your children have been working hard! 



Upcoming Events:  
Monday, December 10: Craft-Making in Miss Reeve's class at 1:00!
Friday, December 14: Holiday Craft Fair
Tuesday, December 18: School Holiday Performance 5:30 in our "Cubs' Den" (church sanctuary)
Wednesday, December 19: Grandparents Day 
Thursday, December 20: Gingerbread Man play AND Christmas Centers 


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Canon Printer Ink #210 and #211
Staples Heavy Duty Sheet protectors 
Christmas Treasure Box prizes and stickers 



What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: OUR, WHO, THINK, THING, THAT.

Letter Team: 
 INK (like in PINK, SINK).

Reading:
 
This week, we will also read books about the holidays, Santa, and our poem of the week, "Santa Clause is Coming to Town". 

Writing:  We will continue to work on our "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.

Math: 
This week, we will complete our Saxon Math Curriculum. After the holidays, we will be working in math groups on a 1st Grade Math Curriculum, Excel! The students have been doing well with the MATH TIMED TESTS. Students are timed on addition skills and move up levels at their own pace. Some of our friends are already on +4!!!  We will continue to practice addition "DOUBLES" in our fun DOUBLES SONG. My goal for all students is to memorize all the doubles facts. Please work on basic addition (stories!) and doubles at home. Please also continue to reinforce LEFT and RIGHT with your child.  

Leadership: We will continue talking about ways that we can show gratefulness during the holiday season. 

Homework: December 10-14

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (OUR, WHO, THING, THINK, THAT) and letter teams (INK). Study ALL flashcards EVERY DAY! These are so important for your child's reading. 

Reading:  Read Book Bag books and Fluency Passage every day! You may also read on RAZ-KIDS at home!

Math: Please work on basic addition and doubles at home. This week, we will start reading math stories and making number sentences with the stories. For example, "Billy had three apples and Susie had five apples. How many apples did they have altogether? Answer: 3+5=8" Please try these math stories at home! We are also learning the directions RIGHT and LEFT - please reinforce this at home.  

Writing: Write a story in your "At-Home-Journal" every night, then read your story to an adult! 

Sharing: We have NO SHARING until after Christmas! INSTEAD... please practice your "Gingerbread Man" songs!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Weekly News: December 3-7

News: 

Such a busy time of the year with so much going on! Please take a moment to read through our news and upcoming events so that you don't miss out on anything! I will also send home our "December Calendar" on Monday. Thank you! 

Your child began our fluency program last week. This is such an important part of our reading program. Please practice fluency every night and bring the fluency passage back to school every day in your child's book bag. 

On Thursday of this week (December 6th), our kindergarten classes will be going on a walking field trip to Braswell's Home to sing, visit Santa, and deliver cards. Please look out for (and return) the field trip permission slip coming home later this week. WE NEED PARENTS TO WALK WITH US ON THIS DAY! If you are interested in walking with us to Braswells, please let me know! We will be leaving school around 10:15 and returning by dismissal. Thank you!

On Friday, December 14th from 3-6 at CSC, we have our ILCS School Holiday Craft Fair! Our amazing room mom will be making Christmas Pretzels and necklaces. If you would like to help, we are asking for donations of large pretzel rods, candy melts, Christmas sprinkles, and $2. If you are able, you may bring this to school at any time! Thank you!

Wednesday, December 19th is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able, to join us in the Lion's Den at 8:15. Our classes will perform a few songs and our principal will give a short presentation. Grandparents are then invited to join us in class for a fun activity with the children. 

That same evening, December 19th, the whole school will be having a Holiday Performance night! More information to come. 

Our "Tale of the Gingerbread Man" rehearsals are going well! We are having so much fun learning all of the fun songs and hand motions. The kindergarten classes will be performing this play on Thursday, December 20th. Mrs. Stanley and Miss Reeve's classes will begin at 8:45. We hope you are able to come to this wonderful event. Your children have been working hard! 



Upcoming Events:  
Friday, December 14: Holiday Craft Fair 
Wednesday, December 19: School Holiday Performance - more info to come
Thursday, December 20: Gingerbread Man play AND Christmas Centers 


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Canon Printer Ink #210 and #211
Staples Heavy Duty Sheet protectors 
Christmas Treasure Box prizes and stickers 



What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: AS, NO, KNOW, ABOUT, BY.

Letter Team: 
 KN (the K is silent, like in KNOW and KNIGHT), and EW (like in NEW and STEW).

Reading:
 We are learning about 
landforms (like mountains, valleys, deserts, and plains) and bodies of water (like rivers, oceans, lakes, and ponds) in our reading this week.

Writing:  This week we will make a "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.

Math: 
Last week, we began MATH TIMED TESTS. Students are timed on addition skills and move up levels at their own pace. The kids did a great job! A bunch of friends passed "+0" and "+1" and will now be moving on to "+2"! We also learned the addition "DOUBLES" in our fun DOUBLES SONG. Please work on basic addition and doubles at home. This week, we will start reading math stories and making number sentences with the stories. For example, "Billy had three apples and Susie had five apples. How many apples did they have altogether? Answer: 3+5=8" Please try these math stories at home! We are also learning the directions RIGHT and LEFT - please reinforce this at home.   

Leadership: We will continue talking about ways that we can show gratefulness during the holiday season. 

Homework: December 3-7

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (AS, KNOW, NO, BY, ABOUT) and letter teams (KN, EW). Study ALL flashcards EVERY DAY! These are so important for your child's reading. 

Reading:  Read Book Bag books and Fluency Passage every day! You may also read on RAZ-KIDS at home!

Math: Please work on basic addition and doubles at home. This week, we will start reading math stories and making number sentences with the stories. For example, "Billy had three apples and Susie had five apples. How many apples did they have altogether? Answer: 3+5=8" Please try these math stories at home! We are also learning the directions RIGHT and LEFT - please reinforce this at home.  

Writing: Write a story in your "At-Home-Journal" every night, then read your story to an adult! 

Sharing: We have NO SHARING until after Christmas! INSTEAD... please practice your "Gingerbread Man" songs!