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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Weekly News: February 4-8


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?:


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

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.


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