Saturday, March 30, 2013

Weekly News: April 1-5


News:

We had so much fun sharing our leprechaun traps and celebrating both St. Patrick's Day and Easter this week. 

Our field trip to the Children's Museum of the Desert is THIS FRIDAY! We will be leaving school around 8:15 and returning around 1:15. Please mark your calendars and adjust your schedules for the late pick up on this day and please note that your child will be missing any electives they may have on this day. PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOLDERS ON THIS DAY! We will be eating our "sack" lunches and the museum following our tour, so do not forget to send your child with a "brown-bag" lunch! Permission slips were sent home last week. Please return these ASAP if you have not already done so. Thank you to the chaperones that volunteered to go with us: Mrs. Proctor, Mr. and Mrs. Dixon, Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Thorig, Mrs. Greco, Mrs. Scherneck, Mrs. Pearson, Mrs. Fenton, and Mr. Joe! :)  Chaperones will be riding the bus with our classes. We are looking forward to a wonderful field trip!!! 

Because of our field trip on Friday, we will be taking our spelling and math tests on Thursday this week. 

Electives and tutoring will begin again THIS WEEK.

Upcoming Events:  
Friday, April 5: Children's Museum Field Trip 
Sunday, April 7: ILCS 66er's Night!
Friday, April 19: NO SCHOOL

What Are We Learning This Week?:
Sight Words: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT.

Letter Team: 
DGE (sounding like "j" like in BADGE, LEDGE, and FRIDGE).

Reading:
 
We will read books about spring and our poems of the week, "Springtime" and "Spring Song".
Writing: We will have fun writing fictional spring stories and step up to writing stories about things that we are learning about spring.
Math: 
This week, we will focus on probability words (certain, likely, unlikely, impossible) and when they are appropriate.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 March and April is INGENUITY. 

Homework: April 1-5

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT and the new letter team is: DGE. 
  
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 writing three sentences about our leadership theme: INGENUITY. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Weekly News: March 25-29



News:

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Spring break and enjoyed the time off with your families!

Parent conferences will continue this week, before and after school. The schedule is: 

Monday, March 25 at 12:00: Jake 
Tuesday, March 26 at 12:00: Talise 
Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00: Morgan 
Wednesday, March 27 at 12:20: Sydney 

If you have not have a parent conference yet and need to schedule one this week, please either email me or stop by and see me so we can figure out a good time. 

A few reminders: Do not forget to turn in your 66er's bookmark for baseball tickets! These need to be turned in Monday! Please also remember to bring back your March journals. Students who wrote in journals over break will receive a prize. Also, our book orders will be due Friday! 

Since we missed St. Patrick's Day, we will be celebrating this week by lots of fun centers and games, sharing our leprechaun traps, and reading and writing about catching leprechauns! We will also have a WEAR GREEN day on Thursday! :) Please bring in your leprechaun traps any day this week by Thursday - we will be trying to catch him on this day! 

We will also be celebrating spring and Easter with many fun centers and games on Friday. 

Electives and tutoring will begin again NEXT WEEK.

We will be going on a field trip next Friday, April 5th to the Children’s Museum of the Desert. This is sure to be an exciting “hands on” field trip.  We will be leaving school at 8:15 and returning at approximately 1:15. Mark your calendars and adjust schedules for the late pick up on this day and please note that your child will be missing any electives they may have on this day.  We will be eating our “sack” lunches at the museum following the tour. Please pack your child a lunch in a paper bag.  No lunch boxes please. Permission slips will be sent home this week.  Please return ASAP. If you are interested in being a chaperone please let me know BY FRIDAY, as we need to give a head count!!!! Chaperones will be riding on the bus with our classes. Please remember that school policy states NO SIBLINGS. Thanks! We are looking forward to a wonderful field trip!

Upcoming Events:  
Thursday, March 28: WEAR GREEN DAY! 
Friday, April 5: Children's Museum Field Trip 
Sunday, April 7: ILCS 66er's Night!
Friday, April 19: NO SCHOOL

What Are We Learning This Week?:
Sight Words: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST.

Letter Team: TCH
 (sounds like CH, like in BATCH, FETCH, ITCH).

Reading:
 
This week, we will read books about  St. Patrick's Day and Ireland, as well as books about Spring and Easter. 

Writing: We will write silly stories about how to catch a leprechaun. 

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 March and April is INGENUITY. 

Homework: March 25-29

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST and the new letter team is: TCH. 
  
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 leprechaun traps. Please bring these to school any day this week, with Thursday being the last day to turn them in. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Happy Spring Break!

We had such a fun week being silly, reading books, and dressing up! What a wonderful send-off to our two-week Spring break! 

A few things I want to mention... 

1. I sent home our March Journals so that students could write to me over break and tell me all the fun things they are doing! Please bring these back to school on Monday, March 25th. 

2. You should have received a green flyer about a leprechaun trap. This will be homework the week we come back to school, but I wanted to send it home early in case you wanted to get started on it! Unfortunately, we will not be in school for St. Patrick's Day, but that's not going to stop us from having some St. Patrick's Day fun when we return! Have fun working on those traps! 

3. Please remember that your community service projects are due in May. Kindergarten's requirement is 8 hours of community service. Spring break is a great time to work on those hours. 

Have a wonderful Spring break and I will see you in two weeks!!! 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Conference Schedule

Thank you so much for signing up for conferences! I am looking forward to meeting with each of you! 

Here is our Monday schedule: 

8:00  Cooper 
8:20  Arlette 
8:40  Ashley P. 
9:00  Valine 
9:20  Chase 
9:40  Zayne 
10:00 Nathaniel 
10:20 Evan 
10:40 Landon T. 
11:00 Matthew 
11:20 Landon H. 
11:40 Ryland 
12:00 Ashley W. 
12:20 Kassidy 
12:40 Landon P. 
1:00 McKenzee 

And our schedule the week we get back from Spring break: 

Monday, March 25 at 12:00: Jake 
Tuesday, March 26 at 12:00: Talise 
Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00: Morgan 
Wednesday, March 27 at 12:20: Sydney 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Weekly News: March 4-8



News: 

This is the last week of school before Spring break! This is also the last week of tutoring. We will have two weeks off, with school resuming on Monday, March 25th. 

This week, we are celebrating Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day! 

Monday: 
Silly Sock Day {come to school in your silliest socks!}
Tuesday:
Stripes and/or Polka-dots Day 
Wednesday: 
Wacky Hat Wednesday {I can't wait to see all of those wacky hats!}
Thursday: 
Rhyme Time Day {dress in rhyme - some examples are: a green queen, a fish with a dish, a cook with a book, etc. Have fun!}
Friday:
Relax and Read Day {come to school in your PJ's and bring your favorite stuffed animal friend and book to share!}


As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! We will have guest readers in our class all week long. We will also be eating Green Eggs and Ham on Friday! See the Classroom Clipboard if you are able to contribute. Thank you!

No homework and no sharing this week. 

Please continue to sign up for parent conferences. They will be one day over break (Monday, March 11th) and the week we get back from Spring break (March 25-28nd).  I look forward to meeting with you again and discussing your child's 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:  
March 4-8: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
March 11-22: SPRING BREAK!
March 11: Parent Conference Day 
March 25-28: Parent Conferences Continue 


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: There will not be any new sight words introduced until after Spring Break.  Please take this time to review ALL of our words introduced so far.  Remember, sight words are words that your child should recognize instantly.  These are not words your child should be sounding out!  Please continue to work on these words. 

Letter Team: 
There will not be any new letter teams introduced until after Spring Break.  Please take this time to review ALL of our letter teams introduced so far. Many children know all of the letter teams, but have a hard time applying them into decoding words. A great idea would be to write words (or make flashcards) with letter teams in them and have your child decode the word for you, applying the letter team. 

Reading:
 
This week, we will welcome guest readers, read lots of Dr. Seuss books and read our poem of the week, “Green Eggs and Ham”.

Writing: I am so thrilled with so many friends applying the new "Step Up to Writing" program into their daily classroom writing and weekly homework. We will continue to learn how to write topic sentences, conclusion sentences, learn transition words, and learn how to add details to our writing.  

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