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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Weekly News: September 9-13

Thank you to all the parents that attended our very first "Parent Night". I hope this night was helpful and informational. For those of you who could not attend, we FILMED IT! Hopefully I can upload this video soon so that you can watch! 

Don't forget to order your Scholastic Books! Visit the Book Orders tab if you would like to order books for your child. I will be placing the order THIS FRIDAY after school. 

Electives on our campus will begin THIS MONDAY. I understand the School Reach Email that went out from the school stated that electives are from 1:45-2:45 - please note this is NOT TRUE for kindergarten electives!  
Kindergarten electives are from 1:00-1:30 and the elective teachers will dismiss your children at 1:30 on the ramp. 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. 

We will begin our Friday Centers this week with our Friday parent volunteers. Thank you, Mrs. Juarez, Mrs. Timmerman, Mrs. Esmeralda Williams, Mrs. Cook, and Mrs. Palazuelos for signing up to be our Friday helpers. Our weekly parent volunteers for Monday-Thursday will begin the week of September 23rd. 

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! The $5 chaperone fee needs to be paid directly to me, not Dollar a Day. 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!

The link to Dollar A Day is now located on our side tab to the right under "School Links". We will be using Dollar A Day monies for ALL field trips. 

I would like to introduce you to our fantastic room parent.... 

Teresa Juarez

We are very excited to have Teresa as our room mom.  Teresa is Matthew J's  mommy.  Her contact information is as follows:

email: tcwell97@hotmail.com 
cell phone:  951-205-1554

Some new wonderful things to check out: 
Our Photo Share Site: I am so excited about this! I will update from time to time on this photo share site with fun pictures that I take of us learning in the classroom. If you become a member, you can also add pictures that you may take - of various events, field trips, and class parties. My hope is that this will be a place for all of us to share pictures that we take throughout our wonderful year of kindergarten! The link to our share site is under "Class Links" - or you can just click the "Class Pictures" tab at the top of our site so you can always get to it easily. I have already uploaded pictures from our first few weeks of school. Have fun browsing! 

RAZ-Kids: Raz-Kids is our awesome Online Reading program. This is a great website where your children can listen to and read books at their level. With each book, you can also take comprehension quizzes and earn points! With those points, you can play fun games online. All of the information (how much time spent online, books read, and quizzes taken) comes back to me so I can check on your reading at home. There might even be prizes for the best readers! The Reading A-Z website link is found on the side of our website under "Class Links" Our teacher username is mrsbess (no spaces) - then just click on your name and begin reading! 

We Give Books: We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online.  My Goal is for the students in our class to read 100 books each month.  We will be reading the “We Give Books” online in class and I encourage each student and family to read at least one additional book at home each week.  Of course more than one a week is even better.  Let’s work together to meet, or even surpass, the 100 book a month mark! You can access the We Give Website at the following link: We Give Books. Our class username is: ILCS_Kinder_Bess and the password is: leaders. Happy Reading!!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: LOOK, HERE THIS.

Letter Team: 
CH (like in "cheetos") and OO (like in "look" - we will learn that OO also makes another sound, like in "pool" a little later on!)

Word Family: AM - like in yam, ram, Sam, Pam, etc. 

This week, we will focus on the Reading Strategy, "Stretch Out the Sound" (see Reading Strategies Tab). This week, we will read books about apples and Johnny Appleseed, and continue to read books about colors as we learn our color words.

We are writing a big book together about science tools using sight words we have learned so far. We will be studying these science tools and how and when we use them. We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout, and use a period at the end. We will continue to use our sight words in our sentences and use our sound chart to help us sound out the words we do not know how to write.

This week we will learn the name and value of each coin and pretty soon, we will start counting money! You can help at home by having your child name and tell you the value of coins around the house.

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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