Saturday, February 22, 2014

Weekly News: February 24-28


News: 

We've been having a lot of fun learning all about our presidents! This week, we will learn about Abraham Lincoln. 

Parent conferences are coming up! I will be conferencing before and after school the first two weeks in March, right before our Spring break. Please stop by the classroom (or you can email me at Jenn.christine@yahoo.com) so we can choose a date and time for you. I will be assigning a date and time to anyone who is not signed up by Friday. Thank you and I look forward to meeting with each of you again to discuss your child's growth in the classroom!

Next week we are celebrating Read Across America Week and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! If you or someone you know (grandma, grandpa, neighbor, friend, doctor, librarian, etc!) would like to come and read your favorite story to our kindergarten class, here will be a sign-up clipboard in the classroom! 

We will also be celebrating Dr. Seuss next week by dressing up! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day! Start planning your silly outfits now! 

Monday: 
Silly Sock Day {come to school in your silliest socks!}
Tuesday:
Stripes and/or Polka-dots Day 
Wednesday: 
Wacky Hat Wednesday {I can't wait to see all of those wacky hats!}
Thursday: 
Rhyme Time Day {dress in rhyme - some examples are: a green queen, a fish with a dish, a cook with a book, etc. Have fun!}
Friday:
Relax and Read Day {come to school in your PJ's and bring your favorite stuffed animal friend and book to share!}


Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see me if you have any questions. OUR TWO WEEK SPRING BREAK COMING UP IS THE PERFECT TIME TO WORK ON THESE PROJECTS!!


Upcoming Events:  March 4th-8th: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
March 4th-13th: 2nd Trimester Parent Conferences 
Friday, March 14th: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
March 17th-28th: SPRING BREAK!!!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: THERE, WHERE, THEY, THEN, THEM.

Letter Team: 
EY (makes two sounds - EE like in KEY, and AY like in THEY) 


Reading: 
We will continue reading books about our presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing: 
We will practice writing letters, cards, lists, and step up to writing stories. 

Math: We will continue to work on our Daily Math Practice sheets every morning. I am noticing that we are getting better and better at these practice sheets, with more completed and more correct answers each time. Please continue to review these daily, reinforcing missed skills at home. You should have noticed a fluency through 5 timed test that came home last week. We have started taking these timed tests every Wednesday. Students are working hard on addition and subtraction facts through five. 


Leadership: 
Our leadership trait this month is FLEXIBILITY. Our kindergarten definition for FLEXIBILITY is: to go with the flow and be willing to change or compromise without complaining. 

Homework: February 24-28

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: THERE, WHERE, THEN, THEY, THEM and new letter team: EY. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - I WILL BE ASSESSING THIS WEEK! 

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: Please review our Daily Math Practice worksheets that are coming home daily. This should give you a good idea on what skills your child needs to practice. Continue reinforcing addition and subtraction fluency through 5 and continue counting the money in your bank each night.

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of five sentences. 

Sharing:  This week, write two sentences about what we are learning about Abraham Lincoln. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Please remember that sharing homework is due by Thursday. 

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.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weekly News: February 18-21

News: 

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. Only four more weeks until Spring Break!

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day Celebration! Thank you for all of the help, donations, and Valentine goodies! 

This is the last week of electives and the last week of after school Success Academy. We will begin again after Spring break. 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see me if you have any questions. OUR TWO WEEK SPRING BREAK COMING UP IS THE PERFECT TIME TO WORK ON THESE PROJECTS!!


Upcoming Events:  
February 17th-21st: Last week of electives and Success Academy 
March 4th-8th: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration {more info coming soon!}
March 4th-13th: 2nd Trimester Parent Conferences {sign-ups coming soon!}
Friday, March 14th: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
March 17th-28th: SPRING BREAK!!!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE.

Letter Team: 
We will revisit and focus on all of our "2 Vowels Go Walking" this week. The rule is "when two vowels go a-walking, the first one does the talking, by saying it's name!" You can help your child with this by making flashcards for AI, EA, OA, OE, and UI. We will work on decoding words with this rule - like RAIN, LEAF, GOAT, TOE, and FRUIT.

Reading: 
For the next two weeks, we will read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing: We will practice writing letters, cards, lists, and step up to writing stories. 

Math: 


We started a new Daily Math Practice worksheet last week. Students are given 15 minutes to independently work on this sheet. We will be working on these together as a class every Monday through Thursday, and using these as an assessment on Fridays. The problems circled or corrected in blue are the ones your child missed in class or was not able to complete in the 15 minute time frame. Please look for these worksheets coming home in your homework folder. Take some time every day to reinforce and practice these concepts at home as homework - especially the blue ones! Thank you for your support!

Leadership: Our leadership trait this month is FLEXIBILITY. Our kindergarten definition for FLEXIBILITY is: to go with the flow and be willing to change or compromise without complaining. 

Homework: February 18-21

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE and new letter teams are our two vowels go walking, AI, EA, OA, OE, UI. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - I WILL BE ASSESSING THIS WEEK! 

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: Please review our Daily Math Practice worksheets that are coming home daily. This should give you a good idea on what skills your child needs to practice. Continue reinforcing addition and subtraction fluency through 5 and continue counting the money in your bank each night.

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of five sentences. 

Sharing:  This week, write two sentences about what we are learning about George Washington. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Please remember that sharing homework is due by Thursday. 

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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Weekly News: February 11-14

News: 

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. We have another three-day weekend coming up this week, as there is no school on Monday, February 17th. 

We will be celebrating Valentine's Day together on Friday. Thank you so much for all of the Capri Sun boxes {and thank you to the parents who wrapped them!} These will be used as our Valentine's Mailboxes. If your child would like to make valentines for the class, a list of boys and girls names were sent home last week. This is great writing practice for your child. 


Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see me if you have any questions. 


Upcoming Events:  
Friday, February 14th: Valentine's Day 
Monday, February 17th: NO SCHOOL!
February 17th-21st: Last week of electives and Success Academy 
March 4th-8th: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration {more info coming soon!}
March 4th-13th: 2nd Trimester Parent Conferences {sign-ups coming soon!}
Friday, March 14th: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
March 17th-28th: SPRING BREAK!!!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR.

Letter Team: PH (makes the "F" sound like in PHONE and GRAPH)
.

Reading: 
This week we are reading books about Valentines Day and we will start learning and reading about Presidents Day.  

Writing: We will be learning the parts of a letter and how to write letters. We will practice writing cards and letters to our friends and valentines. You can support your child at home by encouraging making cards and letter writing to friends, family, etc. 

Math: We will continue working on place value, addition, and subtraction, decomposing and composing, and counting coins. 


Leadership: Our leadership trait this month is FLEXIBILITY. Our kindergarten definition for FLEXIBILITY is: to go with the flow and be willing to change or compromise without complaining. 

Homework: February 11-14

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR and new letter team is PH. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - ASSESSMENTS ARE COMING UP!!!! 

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: Reinforce addition and subtraction math facts through 5. Count the money in your "bank" each day. Tell addition and subtraction word problems to your children and have them explain to you how they got the answer.

Writing: Write your friend's names on your valentines! A list came home last week of all the boys and girls in our class. Writing names on valentines is great writing practice!

Sharing:  This week, we are sharing our leadership theme for the month of February - FLEXIBILITY. Please write two sentences about how you can practice flexibility. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Please remember that sharing homework is due by Thursday. 

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.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Weekly News: February 4-7

News: 

We had so much fun celebrating our 100th Day of School! Thank you for all of the help, donations, and snacks!! I can't believe we are more than half way through our school year together! I am so proud of your children for working so hard and for everything they have learned so far.

This week we will be learning all about our country and state. Please see our Reading section for more information. This will also be your sharing homework this week. You and your child can use the following website for fun facts on our National Symbols. http://bensguide.gpo.gov Just click on the K-2 section on Ben's kite and have fun learning! 



Upcoming Events:   
Monday, February 10th: NO SCHOOL!
Friday, February 14th: Valentine's Day 
Monday, February 17th: NO SCHOOL!
February 17th-21st: Last week of electives and Success Academy 
March 4th-8th: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration {more info coming soon!}
March 4th-13th: 2nd Trimester Parent Conferences {sign-ups coming soon!}
Friday, March 14th: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
March 17th-28th: SPRING BREAK!!!


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
LOTS AND LOTS OF VALENTINES STICKERS!!!!
Canon Printer Ink #210 and #211
Gallon Ziploc Bags
Any sort of small {or big} prizes for our class store


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: QUESTION, WRITE, WITH, SAW, FROM.

Letter Team: 
QU (we are learning that QU are married because they are always together!) and WR (the W is silent!) 

Reading: 
This week we are reading books all about our country and our state. We will be learning all about our American symbols (flag, liberty bell, bald eagle, White House, Mount Rushmore, etc.) and our California symbols (state flag, state flower, state bird, etc.). We will learn the meaning behind the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. There is a note coming home on Monday with the words and the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. Please go over this with your child and discuss the meaning, as we will be doing the same in class. 

Writing: We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: Since we have passed our 100th Day of School, we will start working on place value to the hundreds. We'll be learning that Zero the Hero (I'm sure you heard a lot about him on Friday!) is now our place holder in the tens place. 
We will continue working on addition and subtraction,decomposing, and counting coins.

Leadership:  Our leadership trait this month is FLEXIBILITY. Our kindergarten definition for FLEXIBILITY is: to go with the flow and be ready to change or compromise without complaining. 

Homework: February 3-7

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (QUESTION, WRITE, WITH, SAW, FROM), and letter teams (QU and WR). 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: Practice the “Doubles Song” on the back of the homework folder.  We will be have a “Doubles Contest” in class in the upcoming weeks. Reinforce addition and subtraction math facts through 5. Count the money in your "bank" each day. Tell addition and subtraction word problems to your children and have them explain to you how they got the answer.

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

Sharing:  We are learning all about our country and our state this week. We will discuss where we live and our many national and state symbols. We will have TWO things to do for homework this week. Our first sharing project is a little book called "Me on the Map". It is meant to teach your child where he or she lives from the big picture (North America) to the small (your street address). "Me on the Map" iwll come home on Monday - please fill it out together and return it Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of this week for your child to share. The second piece of sharing this week is to write one sentence about a National Symbol we are learning about, and one sentence about a state symbol we are learning about. These two sentences are due by Thursday.

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.