Saturday, January 12, 2013

Weekly News: January 14-18

News: 

No School next Monday, January 21st!!! Enjoy the three day weekend!!

A note regarding school security: our classrooms now have locks which are to remain locked at all times.  As always, all visitors must sign in at the office.  Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep our students safe. 

Students have been doing such a wonderful job on writing last names! If your child is still struggling with this, please practice at home!


Scholastic Book Orders were sent home this week! Students also received a little coupon for the new year! If you'd like to order books, please do so by Friday!!!

Our "banks" have been a big hit in the classroom! Students are excited to "earn money" for staying on yellow and green, for making good use of classroom time, and for good behavior throughout the day. On Friday, we had our first visit to the bank and classroom store. Students could trade out their money for larger coins (5 pennies for a nickel, etc) and choose to spend money on a treasure or save it for a larger prize later. Please continue to count money received everyday and reinforce the responsibility of taking care of banks. Also, if you are able, we'd love more prizes for our "class store"!!! Thank you for your continued support!  

Community Service Project: Every student at Inland Leaders is required to participate in a Community Service Project of his or her choosing. The requirement for kindergarten students consists of 8 hours of service. The 8 hours of service can be split among several community service projects. Projects in the past have included: collecting food and clothing for homeless shelters, collecting and donating to various organizations and charities, volunteering at senior citizen homes, animal shelters, and the humane society. Each child is then required to present their project in class. Presentations in the past have included: posterboards, journals, slideshows, books, and pictures documenting the project from start to finish. This is a great way to serve the community as a family. Completed projects will be due and presentations will take place at the end of our school year, but we wanted to tell you about it now so you have time to start thinking about what you would like to do.


Upcoming Events:  
Monday, January 21: NO SCHOOL
Friday, February 1: 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
BLACK expo markers!!!! 
Lysol Wipes 


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: OF, BACK, SAY, SAYS, PLEASE.

Letter Team: 
 CK (We are learning that CK makes the K sound and helps the vowel to say it's short sound, like in BACK, NECK, PICK, LOCK, DUCK - notice how all the vowels are the short sound!)

Reading:
 
This week we are studying and doing projects with "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. We will discuss and record story elements such as author, illustrator, setting, and characters. We will read books winter and our poems “The Mitten” and "Warm Mittens".

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

Math: 
We have been working on addition in the classroom. We are trying to use all of our addition strategies instead of just using our fingers. Some of our strategies include drawing a picture, using a number line, using a manipulative, counting our fingers, memorizing our math facts. Our favorite is putting the big number in our brain and popcorn counting up. In order to practice our math strategies and help the students have a deeper understanding of addition, we have increased the time of our "timed tests". We are encouraging the students to use number lines and manipulatives when working on their tests, explaining HOW they are solving the problem. 

Leadership: Our new leadership trait for the month of January is SELF-CONTROL. We will discuss many ways to demonstrate self control in the classroom and at home. 

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