Sunday, December 15, 2013

Weekly News: December 16-20

News: 

There is NO SCHOOL for two weeks due to Christmas vacation!!!! This is our last week together in 2013. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Years and I will see you back at school on Monday, January 6, 2014!!!

Our play is this week!!!! Please come see your fantastic children in "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man". We are performing on Thursday morning around 8:30-8:45 and Thursday evening around 6:00-6:15. We hope you are able to come to this wonderful event!! 

We are in need of a few parent helpers on Wednesday and Thursday morning to help us with our "dress rehearsal" and performance. If anyone is able to stick around for an hour both of those mornings, please let us know! Thank you!

Costumes: We are providing all of the costumes and props for your children. We ask that your child come to school on Thursday wearing a plain shirt and leggings (girls) or a plain shirt and jeans (boys) so that it is easier to put their costumes over their clothes :) The only costume that we do NOT provide is the narrator - we ask that the narrators please dress in "Sunday best". 

On Tuesday, December 17th, ILCS will be having a Holiday Craft Fair! Our amazing room moms are hard at work planning this wonderful event. Our class shift at the Holiday Craft Fair is from 4:30-6:30 and we are in need of 4 volunteers. If you are able to volunteer, please see our room mom, Teresa. 



We will be celebrating Christmas together by doing fun games and crafts at our Christmas Centers on Friday. 

Upcoming Events:   

Tuesday, December 17: Holiday Craft Fair 
Thursday, December 19: Gingerbread Man Play at 8:30 and 6:00 

Friday, December 20: Christmas Centers 

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we could use.... 
Canon Printer Ink #210 and #211
Gluesticks 

Gallon Ziploc Bags 
Headphones 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

This week we will have fun and review everything we have learned so far in kindergarten. We will be learning about the different holidays of the season, working on fun Christmas projects, practicing our play, and reading many books about our holiday season. It's going to be a fun week! 

Homework: December 16-20

Flashcards: Review all sight word and letter teams flashcards. 

Phonemic Awareness:  Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills: Rhyming, Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds, Syllables, Blending, Segmenting.

Reading: There will be no new fluency passage sent home this week. Please continue to read your good fit books in your book bag, as well as read on RAZ Kids and We Give Books. 

Math: Continue working on number identification, numbers out of order, coins, patterns, sorting, ways to make 5, addition and subtraction facts through 5, story problems, one more and one less,etc. 

Writing: Write EVERY SINGLE DAY in your At-Home Journal. Practice writing your sight words and write stories with three sentences on the same topic.

Sharing: THERE IS NO SHARING THIS WEEK.

Type To Learn: Please complete ONE LESSON a week. Of course you may do more, but the school suggests that each student complete one (or two!) lessons per week in order to complete 50 lessons by the end of the school year.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Weekly News: December 9-13

News: 

Tuesday, December 10th is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able, to join us in the Lion's Den at 8:15. Our classes will perform a few songs and our principal will give a short presentation. 

On Tuesday, December 17th, ILCS will be having a Holiday Craft Fair! Our amazing room moms are hard at work planning this wonderful event. Our class shift at the Holiday Craft Fair is from 4:30-6:30 and we are in need of 4 volunteers. If you are able to volunteer, please see our room mom, Teresa. 


While ILCS is having a Christmas program on the evening of Tuesday, December 10th, please note that kindergarten is NOT a part of this program. INSTEAD.. we are having our very own special program on Thursday, December 19th, when our kindergarten students will perform "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man". Our rehearsals have been going well and the students are having so much fun! We will be doing two performances of our play on Thursday, December 19th - Mrs. Bess's and Mrs. Stanley's classes will perform Thursday morning at 8:30 and Thursday evening at 6:00. Mark your calendars now - this is an event you will not want to miss!  


Upcoming Events:  
Tuesday, December 10: Grandparent's Day 

Tuesday, December 17: Holiday Craft Fair 
Thursday, December 19: Gingerbread Man Play at 8:30 and 6:00 

Friday, December 20: Christmas Centers 

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we could use.... 
Canon Printer Ink #210 and #211
Gluesticks 



What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: 
OUR, WHO, THINK, THING, THAT.

Letter Team: 
 
INK (like in PINK, SINK) and ED (We are learning that tricky Mr. ED goes at the end of the word to tell us that something has already happened - making the word past tense. Mr. ED is tricky because sometimes he makes the "T" sound - like in LOOKED, sometimes he makes the "D" sound - like in PLAYED, and sometimes he says "ED" like in WANTED).

Reading:
 We are reading many books about the holidays. 


Writing:  This week we will continue our "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.

Math: 
This week we will continue to learn addition "DOUBLES" in our fun DOUBLES SONG. You can help at home by asking your child doubles addition questions (2+2, 7+7, 10+10, etc.) We will continue to focus on decomposing this week as we discuss different ways to break apart numbers using addition and subtraction. For example, the number 3 can be decomposed into 2+1, 1+2, 3+0, 0+3, 5-2, 4-1, etc.

Leadership: We will continue discussing benevolence and talking about ways that we can show kindness and generosity during the holiday season. 

Homework: December 9-13

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (OUR, WHO, THINK, THING, THAT), and letter teams (INK and ED). Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness:  Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills: Rhyming, Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds, Syllables, Blending, Segmenting.

Reading: Read books from your book bag, read your fluency, read from your Book Box at home, read on RAZ-Kids, read on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Continue working on number identification, numbers out of order, coins, patterns, sorting, ways to make 5, addition and subtraction facts through 5, story problems, one more and one less,etc. 

Writing: Write EVERY SINGLE DAY in your At-Home Journal. Practice writing your sight words and write stories with three sentences on the same topic.

Sharing: We have NO SHARING until after Christmas! INSTEAD... we ask that you please practice your "Gingerbread Man" songs every night! CDs and scripts were sent home before break. 

Type To Learn: Please complete ONE LESSON a week. Of course you may do more, but the school suggests that each student complete one (or two!) lessons per week in order to complete 50 lessons by the end of the school year.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Weekly News: December 2-6

News: 

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week off with your families! I am so excited to be back at school.  This is such a fun, yet busy time of the year in kindergarten with so much going on! Please take a moment to read through our news and upcoming events so that you don't miss out on anything! I will also send home our "December Calendar" on Monday. Thank you! 

Our Scholastic Book Fair is taking place this week on the California Street campus!! It will be open Monday-Friday. Please visit this wonderful event! Perfect time for holiday shopping! 


After school electives for the second trimester will begin this week, but my after school Success Academy will not begin until next Monday. 

Tuesday, December 10th is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able to join us at school on this morning. Stay posted for times!

On Tuesday, December 17th, ILCS will be having a Holiday Craft Fair! Our amazing room moms are hard at work planning this wonderful event. Please stay posted for ways that you can help out!


While ILCS is having a Christmas program on the evening of Tuesday, December 10th, please note that kindergarten is NOT a part of this program. INSTEAD.. we are having our very own special program on Thursday, December 19th, when our kindergarten students will perform "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man". We started rehearsals before Thanksgiving break and our kiddos are having so much fun learning all of the songs and hand motions. Every student should have received his or her special role in the play, along with a script and CD before break. We will be doing two performances of our play on Thursday, December 19th - one performance in the morning during our school day, and one performance in the evening (around 6:00) so that all moms and dads can attend. Mark your calendars now - this is an event you will not want to miss!  


Upcoming Events:  
Tuesday, December 10: Grandparent's Day (more info coming later!)

Tuesday, December 17: Holiday Craft Fair (more info coming later!)
Thursday, December 19: Gingerbread Man Play at 6:00!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 20: Christmas Centers (more info coming later!)
If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we could use.... 
Canon Printer Ink #210 and #211
Elmer's Glue bottles and Gluesticks
Christmas Treasure Box prizes and stickers 



What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: AS, NO, KNOW, ABOUT, BY.

Letter Team: 
 KN (the K is silent, like in KNOW and KNIGHT), and EW (like in NEW and STEW).

Reading:
 We are reading a variety of books about the Gingerbread Man this week. We are also learning about 
landforms (like mountains, valleys, deserts, and plains) and bodies of water (like rivers, oceans, lakes, and ponds).

Writing:  This week we will make a "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.

Math:
This week we will learn addition "DOUBLES" in our fun DOUBLES SONG. You can help at home by asking your child doubles addition questions (2+2, 7+7, 10+10, etc.) We will focus on decomposing this week as we discuss different ways to break apart numbers using addition and subtraction. For example, the number 3 can be decomposed into 2+1, 1+2, 3+0, 0+3, 5-2, 4-1, etc.

Leadership: We will continue discussing benevolence and talking about ways that we can show kindness and generosity during the holiday season. 

Homework: December 2-6

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (AS, NO, KNOW, ABOUT, BY), and letter teams (KN and EW). Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness:  Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills: Rhyming, Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds, Syllables, Blending, Segmenting.

Reading: Read books from your book bag, read your fluency, read from your Book Box at home, read on RAZ-Kids, read on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Continue working on number identification, numbers out of order, coins, patterns, sorting, ways to make 5, addition and subtraction facts through 5, story problems, one more and one less,etc. 

Writing: Write EVERY SINGLE DAY in your At-Home Journal. Practice writing your sight words and write stories with three sentences on the same topic.

Sharing: We have NO SHARING until after Christmas! INSTEAD... we ask that you please practice your "Gingerbread Man" songs every night! CDs and scripts were sent home before break. 

Type To Learn: Please complete ONE LESSON a week. Of course you may do more, but the school suggests that each student complete one (or two!) lessons per week in order to complete 50 lessons by the end of the school year.