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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Weekly News: September 3-6


I hope you had a relaxing three-day weekend with your families! There is a LOT of new information this week. Thank you so much for taking the time to read through. 

School picture day will be Thursday, September 5th! Be on the look-out for a flyer being sent home soon!

Your child's beginning of the year assessment results were sent home on Friday. Please take some time to review these results with your child. My goal for all students is to have 100% letter, sound, and number recognition by the end of our first trimester in November.

Our kindergarten "Parent Night" will take place in our classroom on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:00. Our goal is to go over reading and writing strategies we are learning in class, homework tips, and answer any questions that you may have to reinforce learning at home. Childcare will NOT be provided. In order to cover all of the material and make the best use of our time, please make accommodations for your little ones.

Our very first Scholastic Book Orders were sent home on Friday. This is such a great and inexpensive way to order books for your child and with every order, you are providing a free book towards our classroom library! Just follow the directions on the Order Form Page I send home or visit the "Book Orders" tab on our website. Book orders are due next Friday, September 13th. They will arrive in our classroom a few weeks after that date. 

Electives on our campus will begin the week of September 9th. You should have received an elective email (coming from the school) to sign up your child for an ILCS elective. If your child is participating in an elective, you may send a lunch to school with him/her on that elective day and lunch supervision will be provided for your children. Kindergarten electives are from 1:00-1:30 and the elective teachers will dismiss your children at 1:30 on the ramp.

Our first field trip is planned!!! We will be going to Los Rios Ranch in Oak Glenn on Tuesday, September 24th. We will be leaving school by bus sometime in the morning and returning around pick-up time. The students will get to meet Johnny Appleseed, tour the apple orchards, and even make apple cider! In order for our kindergarten classes to go on this field trip (and all future field trips), we are asking for donations to be made to our Dollar A Day program through the school. A suggested donation of $15 per student will help cover the cost of our bus, kindergarten t-shirts, and field trip admission. Unfortunately, if our kindergarten team does not receive donations, we will not be able to go on this wonderful field trip :(  We are also looking for volunteers to join us and chaperone our field trip. The cost for chaperones is also $5.  If you are interested in chaperoning for our field trip on this day, please EMAIL ME! On Friday, September 13th, we will need to give our final head count to Los Rios Ranch, so if you would like to chaperone please let me know and pay $5 before that Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience, but siblings and little ones are not allowed on this field trip due to the safety of our kindergarten students you will be chaperoning.  Also, be on the look-out for the field trip permission slip that will be coming home in your child's Take Home Folder soon. These are due back to school ASAP in order for your child to go on the field trip.We are so excited for this field trip! Yay!

Here is the link to Dollar A Day: Dollar a Day. Thank you in advance for your support. 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: I, LIKE, MY.

Letter Team: SH (like in "she" and "push") and ER (like in "her" and "mother") - ask your child to tell you about Mr. ER - he is one crazy driver!!!

Word Family: IP - like in dip, chip, rip, sip, tip, etc. 

Reading: We will continue to learn that vowels make 2 sounds - a short sound and a long sound. We will continue to read big books to help us with our reading strategies. This week, we will also read books about colors and our five senses. We will start reading our "Scholastic News" magazines as we explore what non-fiction means. 

Writing: We are writing a new book together about our five senses using our sight words of the week. We are continuing to use an uppercase at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces between our words, and a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart. You can help your child at home by using the same sound chart on the back of  your Homework Folder to help with sounding out words and writing at home.

Math: We are learning to count by ordinal numbers (first, second, third...) We will continue to read and extend patterns, discuss how to sort objects, and "popcorn count" -  identifying what number should come next without going back to 1 to count. We will continue to identify, order, write, and count numbers to 30.  

Leadership: T
his month, our theme is "diligence". This is a big word for kindergartners. We are teaching that diligence is putting all of our effort, energy, and concentration into getting a job done. We will discuss ways to be diligent at home and at school. 


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