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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekly News: November 4-8

We had an exciting week learning about pumpkins and celebrating Halloween. Thank you to the many parents who helped make our week so special!

There is no school next Monday, November 11th due to Veteran's Day. However, I will be at school doing parent conferences on this day. Enjoy the three-day-weekend with your families!

You should have received a parent survey that came home last week. We would love for you to fill out this survey to help us better meet the needs of you and your child. If you would like to discuss these surveys at conferences, feel free to leave your name. You may also turn it in anonymously if you so desire. 

Parent Conferences are NEXT week. I am looking forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your child's growth in the classroom. Because we only have so much time per conference, I'd like to politely ask that you arrive on time so we can make the most of our time together. There are many families that have not signed up for a parent conference time. If you do not yet have a time, please stop by my classroom or email me so that we can set up a time for you. Families that have not signed up by Friday will be given an assigned time. Thank you!

Our canned food drive is still going on. Kindergarten's suggested canned goods are: Canned Veggies and Evaporated milk. There is a large box in our classroom to drop off your canned goods. Thank you for contributing to make a wonderful holiday for families in need.

This will be the last week of electives AND the last week of Success Academy until after Thanksgiving break. 

Our kindergarten classes will be having a combined Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 22nd. We will be making many items for our feast in the classroom together. We will be letting you know soon about sign-ups for donating your time or goodies for this wonderful feast!! Thank you! We are looking forward to a great, big Thanksgiving celebration together!

Upcoming Events: 
Monday, November 11: NO SCHOOL/Parent Conference Day 
Tuesday, November 12-Thursday, November 14: Parent Conferences
Friday, November 22: Thanksgiving Feast {more info later!}
Monday, November 25-Friday, November 29: Thanksgiving Break!

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Canon Ink #210/211 - This is for our
 BIG end of the year Kindergarten Memory Book project which requires MANY MANY pages of printing per student.  Any help is much appreciated!!  Thank you!!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: IN, ON, SO, GO, DO.

Letter Team: 
This week we are learning about Mr. ER's two crazy cousins....UR and IR (like in FUR, CURL and STIR, GIRL).

Word Family: This week we will be making words with the word families -EN (HEN, MEN, TEN).  Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word families.

 We will read many books turkeys and pilgrims and Indians, as we prepare for Thanksgiving. 
We will practice all of our reading strategies learned so far. Students will continue to read their self-selected good fit books and paper books from their book boxes. 

 We have been discussing ways to make our writing more interesting by adding detail sentences that are on the same topic. Instead of writing, "I like my friend." everyday, we now want to ADD to that writing. For example, "I like my friend. We sit at the green table together. We love to play tag at recess."   

We will review everything we have learned in math this week. Please continue to help your child at home with everything we have learned: addition, geometric shapes, counting by 5's,counting by tens, 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, counting ordinally, and identifying what number comes next.  

Leadership: Our new leadership trait for the months of November and December is BENEVOLENCE. Our kindergarten definition of Benevolence is: the act of being kind and generous. 


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