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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Welcome Back! Weekly News: January 6-9


Happy New Year and welcome back to school! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and fun two weeks off with family and friends!


There is no school this Friday, January 10th due to a Teacher Inservice day. There is also no school on Monday, January 20th due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Great news!!!  The kindergarten students will be performing at the Inland Leaders Foundation Gala this year!!  The Gala is Friday, February 28 at 5:30 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino.  Tickets for this event may be purchased at the Bryant Street Campus school office or online at www.ilfoundation.org/gala
I have been informed that babysitting is available for this event to first 50 ticket holders so please purchase your tickets soon if you plan on attending.  Tickets are $100

Our fantastic room parents will be working hard on finding donations for the Gala auction baskets. If you, or someone you know, have auction items (large or small) and are able to donate please let us know right away.  Thank you in advance for your  help with this.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

We will have our spelling and math tests on Thursday this week due to no school on Friday. 

Be on the look out for our January Calendar coming home this week, as well as our January Book Orders - order now and receive great books before Valentine's Day! 

Beginning after the holiday break, we will now have each student write his/her first and LAST NAME on all papers, homework, etc.  If your child does not know how to write his/her last name, please practice this at home (it can become part of homework writing!). We will be practicing at school as well. Each student will now have last names written on their NEW Take Home Folders and name tags for support in the classroom. 

Yes, we have NEW Take Home Folders! These will be the LAST Take Home Folder for the year and we will be discussing responsibility and handle and care of these folders in the classroom. There might even be prizes awarded throughout the rest of the year on "Who has the nicest and cleanest Take Home Folder"! Please remember to bring these folders EVERY DAY!! 

Also beginning after the holiday break each child will have a “bank” attached to his/her new folder. The “bank” is a ziploc baggie taped to the folder. Each day your child will have the opportunity to earn money at the end of the day - the money will replace the stickers! Students will receive a penny for staying on yellow and green for the day. Students will also have the opportunity to receive nickels and dimes in the classroom as rewards for behavior throughout the day. Instead of Treasure Box on Fridays, now they will visit the CLASS STORE! Each student will count money, trade money (example: five pennies for one nickel) and have the opportunity to spend their money on the items that are now “on sale” at the class store. Of course, bigger treasures will cost more money, which I hope will reinforce self-control and teach students about saving. Each child will be responsible for keeping track of their own bank and for counting the money in it. (This too will be great homework practice). Please encourage your child to take care of and keep track of his/her bank, as lost money WILL NOT BE REPLACED!  Also, if students forget folders at home, they will not receive money for that day. The bank is designed to teach responsibility and accountability as well as reinforce math skills.This is a great life skill your child will benefit from in the future!! Thank you for your continued support.

Electives and after-school tutoring will continue this week! 

Upcoming Events:  
Friday, January 10: NO SCHOOL
Monday, January 20: NO SCHOOL
Friday, January 31: 100th DAY OF SCHOOL! {more info coming later!}

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Canon Printer Ink #210 and #211
Gallon Ziploc Bags 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WORK, ALL, AWAY, JUST, US.

Letter Team: 
 WOR (the OR sounds like Mr. ER, like in work and word) and TION (sounds like SHUN like in vacation, invention, connection). 

This week, we will read many books about winter and snowmen. We will continue to pick out "Good Fit Books" for our Read to Self time. 

Writing:  We will continue working on writing three sentences on the same topic and begin thinking of good topic sentences to begin our writing.

This week, we will make a list of all the addition strategies we can use to solve addition problems. We will practice solving addition problems and story problems using these various strategies. We will also continue to compose and decompose through ten. 

Leadership: This month, our leadership trait is BOLDNESS. Our kindergarten definition for BOLDNESS is: being brave enough to do what is right even when we are scared. 


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