Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Parent Conferences

Parent Conference Sign-ups are now out!!! For this second round of parent conferences, I will be offering TWO options...

1.OVER SPRING BREAK - I will be on-campus our first Monday of Spring Break - Monday, March 11th - do to a majority of our conferences.

2. OUR FIRST WEEK BACK - I will have a few conferences before and after school our first week back from Spring break - beginning Monday, March 25th.

Please stop by the classroom or email me at {Jenn.christine@yahoo.com} so that we can choose a time for you! 

Thank you and I look forward to meeting with all of you once again!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


News: 

Next week we are celebrating Read Across America Week and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! If you or someone you know (grandma, grandpa, neighbor, friend, doctor, librarian, etc!) would like to come and read a story to our kindergarten classes, please see the Classroom Clipboard in the morning!

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. There is NO TUTORING THIS WEEK! Thank you for your support! Our second round of parent conferences will be shortly after Spring Break. I am looking forward to meeting with all of your again soon and discussing your child's amazing growth from the past few months! 

There will be no RAZ books or fluency  coming home this week, due to assessments. We will not be getting new RAZ books in reading groups, but students will continue to self-select library books that they would like to take home. 


Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see me if you have any questions. OUR TWO WEEK SPRING BREAK COMING UP IS THE PERFECT TIME TO WORK ON THESE PROJECTS!!


Upcoming Events:  
February 25-February 28: Assessment Week 
March 4-8: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
March 11-22: SPRING BREAK!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: THERE WHERE THEY THEN THEM.

Letter Team: 
EY (makes two sounds - EE like in KEY, and AY like in THEY).

Reading:
 
This week, we will read books about  Abraham Lincoln, and read our poem of the week - "President's Day". 

Writing: We have been brainstorming lists of things to write about and taking notes before we begin our Step Up to Writing story. 

Math: We will continue working on 100's club and place value, addition, and subtraction, elapsed time, and counting coins. 


Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of February is JUSTICE.

Homework: February 25-March 1

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: THERE, WHERE, THEN, THEY, THEM and the new letter team is: EY. ASSESSMENTS ARE THIS WEEK SO MAKE SURE YOU ARE STUDYING THOSE FLASHCARDS!
  
Reading: READ your books in your book bag, READ your fluency EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!!

Math: Correct/Fix circled problems on math homework. Practice addition and subtraction with your child. Practice sorting, counting, and naming the value of coins in your bank. Have your child demonstrate how he/she can trade coins for a larger value coin (example: five pennies for a nickel, etc.) 

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Try writing a Step Up Story with five sentences! 

Sharing: This week, we are sharing two facts/sentences about what we are learning about Abraham Lincoln. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekly News: February 19-22

News: 

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. Only three more weeks until Spring Break!

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day Celebration! Thank you for all of the donations and help! Pictures will be up on our share site soon! 

My email was hacked over the weekend so please do not open anything you receive from me unless it has a "subject line". My apologies! 

Report cards and conferences are coming up and I will be doing my after-school assessments NEXT WEEK after school. Again, each child will stay after school one day next week until 1:00 to complete his or her assessments with me. {There will be no tutoring this week!} Please send a lunch on this day and pick up your child from our classroom at 1:00. You will receive a note on your Homework Folder with your child's day. I will try my best to work around electives as much as I can. Please continue to work with your child on ALL skills. Our second round of parent conferences will be shortly after Spring Break. I am looking forward to meeting with all of your again soon and discussing your child's amazing growth from the past few months! 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see me if you have any questions. OUR TWO WEEK SPRING BREAK COMING UP IS THE PERFECT TIME TO WORK ON THESE PROJECTS!!


Upcoming Events:  
February 25-February 28: Assessment Week 
March 4-8: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration {more info coming soon!}
March 11-22: SPRING BREAK!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE.

Letter Team: 
Review ALL letter teams this week! We only have a few letter teams left to learn, so make sure you know all of them!

Reading:
 
This week, we will read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and read our poem of the week - "President's Day". 

Writing: We will practice writing letters, cards, lists, and step up to writing stories. 

Math: We will continue working on 100's club and place value, addition, and subtraction, elapsed time, and counting coins. 


Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of February is JUSTICE.

Homework: February 19-22

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE. There are no new letter teams, but please study ALL letter teams learned up to this point. ASSESSMENTS ARE COMING UP!!!! 
  
Reading: READ your books in your book bag, READ your fluency EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!!

Math: Correct/Fix circled problems on math homework. Practice addition and subtraction with your child. Practice sorting, counting, and naming the value of coins in your bank. Have your child demonstrate how he/she can trade coins for a larger value coin (example: five pennies for a nickel, etc.) 

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Try writing a Step Up Story with five sentences! 

Sharing: This week, we are sharing two facts/sentences about what we are learning about George Washington. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekly News: February 12-15

News: 

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. We have another three-day weekend coming up this week, as there is no school on Monday, February 18th. 

We will be celebrating Valentine's Day together on Thursday. If you would like to donate items {or volunteer!} for this special celebration, please see the Classroom Clipboard this week. Thank you so much for all of the Capri Sun boxes {and thank you to the parents who wrapped them!} These will be used as our Valentine's Mailboxes. If your child would like to make valentines for the class, a list of boys and girls names were sent home last week. This is great writing practice for your child. 

It is that time of the year and there have been so many friends out sick {including myself}. Due to the number of illnesses and crazy weather we are having, please remember to dress your child in a warm jacket or coat. Please also understand that if it is raining or snowing, I'd like to keep the students inside the warm classroom, to cut back on the amount of illnesses going around our school. Thank you.


Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see me if you have any questions. 


Upcoming Events:  
Monday, February 18: NO SCHOOL!
February 25-February 28: Assessment Week {more info coming soon!}
March 4-8: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration {more info coming soon!}
March 11-22: SPRING BREAK!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR.

Letter Team: PH (makes the "F" sound like in PHONE and GRAPH)
.

Reading:
 
This week we are reading books about Valentines Day and we will start learning and reading about Presidents Day.  

Writing: We will be learning the parts of a letter and how to write letters. We will practice writing cards and letters to our friends and valentines. You can support your child at home by encouraging making cards and letter writing to friends, family, etc. 

Math: We will continue working on 100's club and place value, addition, and subtraction, elapsed time, and counting coins. 


Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of February is JUSTICE.

Homework: February 12-15

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR and new letter team is PH.PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - ASSESSMENTS ARE COMING UP!!!! 
  
Reading: READ your books in your book bag, READ your fluency EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!!

Math: Correct/Fix circled problems on math homework. Practice addition and subtraction with your child. Practice sorting, counting, and naming the value of coins in your bank. Have your child demonstrate how he/she can trade coins for a larger value coin (example: five pennies for a nickel, etc.) 

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Try writing a Step Up Story with five sentences! 

Sharing: This week, we are sharing our leadership theme for the month of February - JUSTICE. Please write two sentences about what justice means to you. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Weekly News: February 4-8

News: 

We had so much fun celebrating our 100th Day of School! Thank you for all of the help, donations, and snacks!! I can't believe we are more than half way through our school year together! I am so proud of your children for working so hard and for everything they have learned so far.

This week we will be learning all about our country and state. Please see our Reading section for more information. This will also be your sharing homework this week. You and your child can use the following website for fun facts on our National Symbols. http://bensguide.gpo.gov

Community Service ProjectEvery 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, February 11: NO SCHOOL!
Monday, February 18: NO SCHOOL!
March 4-8: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration {more info coming soon!}
March 11-22: SPRING BREAK!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: QUESTION, WRITE, WITH, SAW, FROM.

Letter Team: 
QU (we are learning that QU are married because they are always together!) and WR (the W is silent!) 

Reading:
 
This week we are reading books all about our country and our state. We will be learning all about our American symbols (flag, liberty bell, bald eagle, White House, etc.) and our California symbols (state flag, state flower, state bird, etc.). We will learn the meaning behind the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. There is a note coming home on Monday with the words and the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. Please go over this with your child and discuss the meaning, as we will be doing the same in class. 

Writing: We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: Since we have passed our 100th Day of School, we will start working on place value to the hundreds. We'll be learning that Zero the Hero (I'm sure  you heard a lot about him on Friday!) is now our place holder in the tens place. Students will also begin 100'S CLUB!! In 100's Club, students will write their numbers beyond 100, remember where Zero the Hero comes into play. There will be prizes given out for students that can make it all the way to 1,000!!! The students have been doing well on their math timed tests. I have noticed that the time is decreasing as students are becoming more comfortable with the problems and relying less and less on manipulatives. Congratulations to Kassidy - she will begin her subtraction timed tests this week!! 
We will continue working on the difference between addition and subtraction, telling time, and counting coins.

Homework: February 4-8

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: QUESTION, WRITE, WITH, SAW, FROM and new letter teams are QU and WR. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - ASSESSMENTS ARE COMING UP!!!! 
  
Reading: READ your books in your book bag, READ your fluency EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!!

Math: Correct/Fix circled problems on math homework. Practice sorting, counting, and naming the value of coins in your bank. Have your child demonstrate how he/she can trade coins for a larger value coin (example: five pennies for a nickel, etc.) PRACTICE ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION WORD PROBLEMS WITH YOUR CHILD!!!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Try writing a Step Up Story with five sentences! 

Sharing: This week, we are learning all about our national symbols and state symbols. Please write one sentence about an American symbol and one sentence about a California symbol. A book and a worksheet will be coming home on Monday to help you with your ideas. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.