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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Weekly News: January 7-11


Happy New Year and welcome back to school! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year with family and friends! 


Beginning after the holiday break we will now have each student write his/her first and LAST NAME on all papers, homework, etc.  If your child does not know how to write his/her last name, please practice this at home (it can become part of homework writing!). We will be practicing at school as well. Each student will now have last names written on their NEW Take Home Folders and name tags for support in the classroom. 

Yes, we have NEW Take Home Folders! These will be the LAST Take Home Folder for the year and we will be discussing responsibility and handle and care of these folders in the classroom. There might even be prizes awarded throughout the rest of the year on "Who has the nicest and cleanest Take Home Folder"! 

Also beginning after the holiday break each child will have a “bank” attached to his/her new folder. The “bank” is a ziploc baggie taped to the folder. Each day your child will have the opportunity to earn money at the end of the day - the money will replace the stickers! Students will receive a penny for staying on yellow and green for the day. Students will also have the opportunity to receive nickels and dimes in the classroom as rewards throughout the day. Instead of Treasure Box on Fridays, now they will visit the CLASS STORE! Each student will count money, trade money (example: five pennies for one nickel) and have the opportunity to spend their money on the items that are now “on sale” at the class store. Of course, bigger treasures will cost more money, which I hope will reinforce self-control and teach students about saving. Each child will be responsible for keeping track of their own bank and for counting the money in it. (This too will be great homework practice). Please encourage your child to take care of and keep track of his/her bank, as lost banks and/or money WILL NOT BE REPLACED!  Also, if students forget folders at home, they will not receive money for that day. The bank is designed to teach responsibility and accountability as well as reinforce math skills. This is a great life skill your child will benefit from in the future!! Thank you for your continued support.

The Fresh & Easy Fundraiser has officially come to an end. Please send or bring in your Fresh & Easy receipts dated from September 12, 2012 - December 31, 2012. Please turn these in no later than Friday, January 11th! We are excited to see how much money we made working together for ILCS! Thank you for your participation and your support!

Winter electives and after-school tutoring begin this week! 

Upcoming Events:  
Monday, January 21: NO SCHOOL
Thursday, January 31: 100th DAY OF SCHOOL! {more info coming later!}

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Canon Printer Ink #210 and #211
Any sort of small {or big} prizes for our class store 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WORK, ALL, AWAY, JUST, US.

Letter Team: 
 WOR (the OR sounds like Mr. ER, like in work and word) and TION (sounds like SHUN like in vacation, invention, connection). 

This week, we will read books about winter and our poem “I’m a little Snowman”. 

Writing:  We will work on writing three sentences on the same topic and thinking of good topic sentences to begin our writing.

This week, we will make a list of all the addition strategies we can use to solve addition problems. We will practice solving addition problems using these various strategies. We will also discuss "positional words" like above/below, left/right, over/under. 


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