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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekly News: August 18-22

We had a great first two days of school! It has been so nice to meet all of you and your awesome kiddos! I have a wonderful group of students and I am truly looking forward to a fantastic school year! 

Thank you for ALL of your generous donations!!!  Don't forget to attend Back to School Night on Monday, August 18th at 5:30 in the Cub's Den (the church sanctuary). We will be covering a lot of important information. For this reason, we encourage you to find child care for your children.

I will be sending home Take-Home Folders this Tuesday. This folder needs to go to school and home EVERYDAY! 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WE, CAN, SEE, A.

Letter Team: EE (like in SEE and BEE).

Reading: We are reading many books about beginning school! We are also beginning our first part of Daily Five: Read to Self. Each student is given their own classroom "book box." Eventually, the students will be able to fill their book box with "good fit books" from our class library to practice reading to themselves. We are also learning two reading strategies from our CAFE menu, Make Your Finger Match the Word and Retell What You Just Read. Please see the Reading Strategies tab for more information.

Writing: We are learning to neatly write the alphabet using correct letter formation.  We are writing a book together about shapes using our sight words of the week. This week we are learning that a sentence starts with an uppercase letter and ends with a period. We are working on putting finger spaces in between our words. We are also learning that our ABC Sound Chart helps us to identify sounds/letters in words. (You will also find the ABC Sound Chart on your child's Take Home Folder!!)

Math: We are learning to identify, order, write, and count numbers to 30, identify and name shapes and sort them by different attributes.  We are also learning songs for the days of the week and months of the year.  Your child will also be working on “Daily Math” practice pages in class.  These practice pages will be sent home each day for you to review with your child. Keep an eye out for this to come home soon!  Please take a moment to go over any missed problems you see on these practice pages.  We will be completing “Daily Math” practice pages in class Monday through Thursday and a “Daily Math” weekly assessment each Friday.

Leadership: Here at ILCS, we focus on a certain leadership theme each month. This month and through September, our theme is "grit". We are teaching that grit is perseverance and passion for long-term goals. We will discuss ways to demonstrate grit at home and at school. 


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