Friday, March 28, 2014

Weekly News: March 31-April 4


Welcome back and happy spring! I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break and enjoyed the time off with your families!

A few reminders: Do not forget to turn in your 66er's bookmark for baseball tickets! These need to be turned in Monday! Please also remember to bring back your March journals. Students who wrote in journals over break will receive a prize :)

Third trimester electives and Success Academy will begin this week. 

Our field trip is coming up on Tuesday, April 8th and it is sure to be an exciting “hands on” experience.  We will be leaving school at 8:15 and returning at approximately 1:15. Mark your calendars and adjust schedules for the late pick up on this day and please note that your child will be missing any electives they may have on this day. Permission slips were sent home before break and due this week. If you need another one, please come see me. We will be eating our “sack” lunches at the museum following the tour. On this day, please pack your child a lunch in a paper bag.  No lunch boxes please. If you are interested in being a chaperone please let me know BY FRIDAY VIA EMAIL, as we need to give a final head count! Chaperones will be riding on the bus with our classes and need to pay a small fee at the Museum. Please remember that school policy states NO SIBLINGS. Thanks! We are looking forward to a wonderful field trip!



Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 8th: Field Trip to the Children's Museum
Friday, April 18th: NO SCHOOL
Monday, April 21-Friday, April 25: Book Fair at CSC


If you're at the store and think of us
Gallon Ziploc Baggies 
Pink Pearl Erasers 
Gluesticks 
Headphones 


What Are We Learning This Week?:
Sight Words: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT.

Letter Team: 
DGE (sounding like "j" like in BADGE, LEDGE, and FRIDGE).

Reading: 
We will read books many books about spring and spring animals.

Writing: We will have fun writing fictional spring stories and step up to writing stories about things that we are learning about spring.

Math: This week, we will begin a new math unit focusing on addition and subtraction. We will discuss various strategies for solving problems, think through addition and subtraction word problems, and play fun addition and subtraction games.

Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of April is WISDOM. Our kindergarten definition of wisdom is having a wise attitude, belief, or course of action. 

Homework: March 31-April 4

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT and the new letter team is: DGE.

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:  Sharing for our third trimester will consist of writing THREE sentences and drawing a picture. This week, write three sentences about our new leadership theme - WISDOM. 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.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Weekly News: March 10-14


We had so much fun dressing up and celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. Thank you for all of your help, time, donations, and to all of our guest readers! 

This week, we will celebrate St. Patrick's day with lots of fun centers and games, sharing our leprechaun traps, and reading and writing about catching leprechauns! We will also have a WEAR GREEN day on Friday! :) I can't wait to see all of those leprechaun traps you've been working on! Please bring your traps in to share any day Monday - Thursday. We will be trying to catch him on Friday! 

Parent conferences will continue this week before and after school. Our schedule is as follows: 

Monday 
1:00 Erik 
1:30 Logan J. 

Tuesday 
7:15 Parisa 
1:00 Nicky 
1:30 Ricky 

Wednesday 
7:15 Logan W. 
1:00 Emma 

Thursday 
1:00 Brooks 
1:30 Matt R. 

We have NO SCHOOL for the next two weeks due to Spring Break. Spring break is a perfect time to work on your Community Service Projects! Also, we will be sending home our March Journals on Friday of this week. I would love for students to keep up with their writing and write to me about all of the fun things they are doing over break. If you bring your journal back to school on Monday, March 31st, there may even be a special prize! 

Pretty shortly after we return from spring break, we will be going on a field trip to the Children’s Museum of the Desert. This field trip will take place Tuesday, April 8th and it is sure to be an exciting “hands on” experience.  We will be leaving school at 8:15 and returning at approximately 1:15. Mark your calendars and adjust schedules for the late pick up on this day and please note that your child will be missing any electives they may have on this day. Permission slips will be sent home this week. If you are interested in being a chaperone please let me know! Chaperones will be riding on the bus with our classes. Please remember that school policy states NO SIBLINGS. Thanks! We are looking forward to a wonderful field trip!

Upcoming Events: 
March 10th-13th: Parent Conferences Continue 
Friday, March 14th: End of the Trimester Awards Assembly
Friday, March 14th: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
March 17th-28th: SPRING BREAK!!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: There will be no new sight words introduced until after Spring Break.  Please take this time to review ALL of our words introduced so far.  Remember, sight words are words that your child should recognize instantly.  These are not words your child should be sounding out!  Please continue to work on these words. 

Letter Team: 
There will not be any new letter teams introduced until after Spring Break.  Please take this time to review ALL of our letter teams introduced so far. Many children know all of the letter teams, but have a hard time applying them into decoding words. A great idea would be to write words (or make flashcards) with letter teams in them and have your child decode the word for you, applying the letter team. 

Reading: This week, we will read books about  St. Patrick's Day, leprechauns, and Ireland.

Writing: We will write silly stories about how to catch a leprechaun. 

Math: We will continue to work on our Daily Math Practice sheets, math stories, our fluency through 5, and composing and decomposing. 

Homework: March 10-14

Flashcards: Study all sight word and letter team flashcards that we have learned so far! 

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:  I can't wait to see all of those leprechaun traps this week! Work together as a family to build a tricky trap that you think will catch a leprechaun. Then, we will try to catch one in class. Unfortunately, we will not be in school for St. Patrick's Day, but that's not going to stop us from having some St. Patrick's Day fun! Our traps will be due this week, any day Monday - Thursday. Please DO NOT turn in on Friday! Have fun working on those traps!

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, March 1, 2014

Weekly News: March 3-7



News: 

HAPPY DR. SEUSS WEEK!! This week, we are celebrating Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day! 

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!}


As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! We will have guest readers in our class all week long. There are still some spots open for guest readers so if you'd like to come sign up, please do! We will also be eating Green Eggs and Ham on Friday! Thank you for all of the donations to make our week so much fun! 

Parent conferences will begin this week and continue next week. You should have received a little yellow reminder note in your child's folder on Friday. If you did not sign up for a spot, I assigned you one. I am looking forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your child's growth in the classroom the past trimester. 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.

Here is our schedule for THIS week of conferences: 

Monday 
7:15 Matthew J. 
1:00 Summer 
1:30 Irl 

Tuesday 
7:15 Laurienne 
1:00 Justin 
1:30 Halley 

Wednesday 
8:45 Connor 
1:00 Kai 
1:30 Lucy 

Upcoming Events:  March 3rd-7th: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
March 3rd-13th: Parent Conferences 
Friday, March 14th: End of the Trimester Awards Assembly (8:15)Friday, March 14th: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
March 17th-28th: SPRING BREAK!!!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: 
FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST.

Letter Team: 
TCH (sounds like CH, like in BATCH, FETCH, ITCH).

Reading: 
This week, we will welcome guest readers and read lots of Dr. Seuss books.

Writing: This week, we will be writing all about our favorite books. We will write about our favorite parts of the story, the characters, and why we love to read. 

Math: We will continue to work on our Daily Math Practice sheets, our fluency through 5, and composing and decomposing. This week, I will introduce math stories. Students will have the opportunity to read and answer a math story. In each answer, I am expecting a picture, number sentence, and in some cases, an explanation on HOW you got your answer. You can help at home by telling math stories to your child every night and work on strategies for how to answer them. 

Homework: March 3-7

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST and new letter team: TCH. 


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:  Monday morning, you should receive a green flyer about building a leprechaun trap. This will be homework for the next two weeks. I wanted to send it home early so you have plenty of time to build it! You can work together as a family to build a tricky trap that you think will catch a leprechaun. Then, we will try to catch one in class. Unfortunately, we will not be in school for St. Patrick's Day, but that's not going to stop us from having some St. Patrick's Day fun! Our traps will be due any day NEXT week (March 10-13) just like regular sharing. Have fun working on those traps!

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.