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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Weekly News: April 7-11

We had a great week back at school!

Our field trip to the Children's Museum of the Desert is THIS TUESDAY! We will be leaving school around 8:15 and returning around 1:15. Please mark your calendars and adjust your 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. PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOLDERS ON THIS DAY! We will be eating our "sack" lunches and the museum following our tour, so do not forget to send your child with a "brown-bag" lunch! Thank you to the chaperones that volunteered to go with us: Mrs. Juarez, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Williams (Kai), Mrs. Williams (Logan), Mrs. Hankins, Mrs. Wilson, and Mrs. Bekendam! :)  Chaperones will be riding the bus with our classes and we will be collecting a small fee of $3.75 from all chaperones. If you could have exact change, that would be fantastic. 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 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Letter Team: EIGH
 (sounding like "a" like in EIGHT and NEIGHBOR).

We will read books about frogs as we learn the life cycle of a tadpole.

Writing: We are writing stories about tadpoles and frogs this week. Students have also been having a great time writing their own books, cards, and letters during our free "Work on Writing" time. 

Math: We will continue our new math unit focusing on addition and subtraction. 

Last week, we played a really fun card game in class, and you can play at home too! The kids loved it! 

Here's how to play: 

1. Take cards 10-K out of your deck so that you only have 1-9 (we used ace as 1). 

2. Deal 3 cards to each player. 

3. Each player must play 2 cards and you are trying to get as close to 10 as possible. (For example, if I have cards 6, 3, and 5, I would want to play 6 and 3 because 6+3=9 which is very close to 10)

4. Find the player who is closest to ten. (For example, if mom chose cards 9 and 6 for a sum of 15, dad chose cards 5 and 2 for a sum of 7 and child chose cards 6 and 3 for a sum of 9, child gets the point for that round because he is the closest!) 

5. Shuffle the cards and play another round! 

This is a great way to practice addition, critical thinking, subtraction, and ways to make 10  Have fun!

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. 


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