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. 

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