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Monday, September 1, 2014

September 2-5

I hope you had a relaxing three-day weekend with your families! There is a LOT of new information this week. Thank you so much for taking the time to read through. 

School picture day will be Friday, September 5th! Be on the look-out for a flyer being sent home soon!

Electives on our campus will begin the week of September 15th. You should have received an elective email (coming from the school) to sign up your child for an ILCS elective. If your child is participating in an elective, you may send a lunch to school with him/her on that elective day and lunch supervision will be provided for your children. Kindergarten electives are from 1:00-1:30 and the elective teachers will dismiss your children at 1:30 on the ramp.

Thank you to our parent volunteers!! I appreciate all of your help! “Daily Morning Folders” Volunteers are:

 Daily Morning Folder Helpers are: 

Mondays:  Nicole Stevenson
Tuesdays:  Carrie Anderson
Wednesdays:  Kim Winkleman
Thursdays:  Kelly Sams
Fridays:  Kindra Crandell

We are ready to begin our Friday parent volunteers THIS WEEK!!  We are excited to have you join our class for Fun Friday Centers!  Our center time is from 11:00 - 12:30.  

                       I will post our volunteers on Tuesday
Clerical/Prep volunteer time is Fridays 8:10 - 10:00

If you have volunteered and you do not see your name listed above or would still like to volunteer please send me an email and I will add you to our schedule.  Thank you!!  We will begin Fun Friday Center volunteers and Clerical/Prep volunteers THIS FRIDAY!!  Thank you!!


I’m thrilled to share that your child has been introduced to a new individualized reading program! Smarty Ants Reading World is different than other reading games because it considers your child’s individual reading needs, and uses personalized instruction to inspire students to become life-long readers. You can access Smarty Ants at home from your computer (see link below) or iPad (download the free app:  Smarty Ants Reading World School and Home-School Connection).  Please look for login and password information in your child’s Take Home Folder on Tuesday.

Our class will also be using Raz-kids, an online reading program.  You can also access Raz-kids at home from your computer and iPad. See link below for use on your computer or for your iPad download the free app Raz-Kids.  
RAZ-Kids Reading Program   Our class Log In will be posted on Tuesday 
http://www.raz-kids.com/     Click on your child’s name to begin.  In the future, you can find this information under the “Fun Learning Links” tab 

I am pleased to tell you that we will also be using a website called IXL in our classroom this year. IXL is a comprehensive math review site with an unlimited number of practice questions in hundreds of skills—all of which are aligned to state standards. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child's progress!  You can access IXL Math from your computer, see link below, or from your iPad by downloading the free app IXL Math Practice.  Please look for login and password information in your child’s Take Home Folder on Tuesday.


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: I, LIKE, MY.

Letter Team: SH (like in "she" and "push") and ER (like in "her" and "mother") - ask your child to tell you about Mr. ER - he is one crazy driver!!!

Word Family: IP - like in dip, chip, rip, sip, tip, etc. 

Reading: We will continue to learn that vowels make 2 sounds - a short sound and a long sound. We will continue to read big books to help us with our reading strategies. This week, we will also read books about colors and our five senses. We will continue reading our "Let’s Find Out" magazines as we explore what non-fiction means. 

Writing: We are writing a new book together about our five senses using our sight words of the week. We are continuing to use an uppercase at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces between our words, and a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart. You can help your child at home by using the same sound chart on the back of  your Homework Folder to help with sounding out words and writing at home.

Math: We are learning to count by ordinal numbers (first, second, third...) We will continue to identify and name 2D flat and 3D solid shapes, discuss how to sort objects, and "popcorn count" -  identifying what number should come next without going back to 1 to count. We will continue to identify, order, write, and count numbers to 30. We are also learning and using positional words such as above, below, to the right of, to the left of, in front of, behind, between, etc.

Leadership: 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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