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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Weekly News: September 30-October 4


We had so much fun on our field trip and a great time making applesauce in class! Thank you to ALL the donations and volunteers for making this possible! Make sure you check out our Photo Share Site for many more pictures!

This Friday is our Lion's Fest!! It will be located at CSC from 3:00-8:00. Our kindergarten classes will be working at the Cotton Candy booth! Yum! If you signed up to help {or if you did not sign up, but would still like to help}, please see our room mom, Teresa! This is sure to be a fun-filled event! Hope to see you there! 

We started our Home Reading Book Bags last week. 
Book Bags are to be brought back and forth, home to school, every day. The book or books in your child's book bag will be a "Good-Fit Book" self-selected by your child (a skill we are learning and working on in class).  Book bags are also an ESSENTIAL part of your child's home reading - they should be reading these books EVERY DAY for homework. We are also starting to send home more little paper books that we have been practicing reading in class every day. These paper books are meant to live in your special book box at home for you to practice reading and refer back to when you are stuck on a sight word.

Along with our "Good Fit" books in our book bags, we will begin our fluency passages this week. Keep an eye out for a note about Fluency in your child's book bag this week. Please practice this fluency every night and bring the fluency back to school every day in your child's book bag. 

Our volunteer schedule is up and running! We still have one spot available on Wednesdays from 9:15-10:00. If you are interested, please let me know!

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we would love: 

Halloween stickers and prizes 
Canon Ink #210/211

What Are We Learning This Week?: 

Sight Words: 

Letter Team: 
OW/OU (like in COW, FLOWER/OUCH, HOUSE) and the long OW sound (like in YELLOW, SNOW).

Word Family: 
 -AN. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -an (for example: CAN, MAN, PAN, FAN) 

This week, we will begin reading books about Autumn and leaves, and read our special poem of the week, "Down, Down". I will continue meeting in small reading groups this week, as well as conferencing one on one with individual students. Students are working hard at their independent activities and reading their self-selected "Good Fit Books". 

This week we will write a big book together about matter. We will learn that matter is anything that takes up space. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far.We will also learn that when we are writing a word that begins with a vowel with an "A" in front, we have to make that "A" - "AN" - for example, "an elephant" instead of "a elephant". Please reinforce this at home when you are writing words that begin with vowels in your journal. 

 This week we will be continuing our study on Ways to Make 5. We will practice all of the different ways to make 5 (5 and 0, 4 and 1, 3 and 2) and learn different ways to solve word problems including those numbers. The goal is that by the end of the year students will fluently add and subtract within 0-5. We will continue counting money and telling time to the hour, learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and write numbers to 10, learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next. 

Congratulations to our Leadership Award Winners for Diligence: Matthew J, Brooks, Halley, Irl, and Zoe!! 

Our new leadership theme for the month of October is SENSITIVITY. Our kindergarten definition for sensitivity is: understanding and being aware of other's feelings. This is also our sharing homework this week!


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