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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Weekly News: October 21-25


We are investigating pumpkins this week! On Friday, we will be measuring and carving pumpkins and counting seeds. Part of our study will be to pull out the insides of the pumpkin to count the seeds. This is REALLY MESSY - it would be a good idea to send an old button-up shirt or apron for your child to wear over their clothes on this day! Also, for our pumpkin day on Friday, we are in need of 4 pumpkins, any pumpkin pulp scooping spoons, and dixie cups for our seeds. If you are able to donate or would like to volunteer on this day, please sign up on Facebook! We appreciate your help!!

On Monday, we will be sending home your "Operation Christmas Child" boxes. You can participate in this exciting project by filling your very own shoebox! This is NOT a mandatory project, but if you choose to participate, you may use it as part of your 6 hours of required community service for the year. With your help, we can bring joy and hope to millions of children this coming Holiday Season. For more information on Operation Christmas Child, please see my "Community Service Projects" tab. 

We will be celebrating Halloween with fun Halloween games and activities next Thursday from 11:00-12:30! For Halloween, our school will be having a fun pajama dress-up day! We are very excited to come to school in our PJs and celebrate Halloween! If you are interested in donating towards our Halloween activities, our Qlubb page will be posted soon.

Our ILCS Make a difference Day is Saturday, October 26th- If you would like to help out, come on out to 7th Street Park from 8-12pm to clean up and help with new improvements to the park and teen center. If you and your kids plan on helping, be sure to wear pants, closed toe shoes, and work gloves.

Upcoming Events: 
Friday, October 25: Pumpkin Investigation Day

Saturday, October 26: Make a Difference Day 
October 28-November 1: Spirit Week :)
Monday, October 28: Twin Day
Tuesday, October 29: Reverse Day (students dress like teachers and teachers dress like students)
Wednesday, October 30: Crazy Hair Day
Thursday, October 31: Pajama Day
Friday, November 1: 80s Day
Thursday, October 31: Halloween Centers! {more info coming later!}

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Fun Halloween stickers and prizes 
Canon Ink #210/211

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ARE, BIG, LITTLE, FOR, WAS.

Letter Team: 
IGH (like in HIGH, BRIGHT, LIGHT, RIGHT) and AR (like in CAR, FAR, JAR).

Word Family: -IG. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -IG (for example: BIG, PIG, WIG, DIG). I am sending home a fun worksheet/activity that you can do at home this week!

 We will read many fiction and non-fiction books about pumpkins and their life cycle. 
We will also learn 2 new reading strategies: "Look for 2 vowel's go a-walking" and "Y at the end says E or I". Students will continue to read their self-selected good fit books and paper books from their book boxes. 

 We will continue to write three sentences on the same topic, using an uppercase at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces after each word, and a period at the end.

Math: This week we will learn all about 3D shapes (geometric shapes). We will discuss the difference between 2D and 3D shapes and learn about cubes, cones, prisms, cylinders, pyramids, and spheres. We will also focus on counting by 5's. 

Leadership: SENSITIVITY. 


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