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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekly News: September 29-October 3


I'm BACK!!!!! While I had such an amazing 6 weeks bonding with my little boy, I am very excited to be back in the classroom and get to know this awesome-looking group of kiddos! It looks and sounds like you had a great beginning of the school year with Mrs. Coate. I feel so fortunate to have had an amazing substitute - she will be missed, but will definitely stop by to visit! My goal is to make this transition a smooth one for your child. I hope you have all received my "I'm Back" email. If you have not, please let me know so that I can confirm your correct email address. Thanks! 

It looks like you've had a fun start to fall with apple tasting, apple pies, and apple sauce. A huge shout-out to all of the parent helpers for making these activities happen! Thank you!! 

This Friday is our Lion's Fest! It will be located at CSC from 3:00-8:00. Our kindergarten classes will be working at the Apple Archery booth. Fun! There are still plenty of opportunities to help! Please see our room mom, Kindra! This is sure to be a fun-filled event! Hope to see you there! 
We are so excited about our field trip next Tuesday! Please send your child to school this day in a normal shirt (we will be throwing their brand new field trip t-shirt over their clothing) and without a snack (snack will be provided). Please keep an eye out for field trip permission slips being sent home and return them ASAP. Students will NOT BE ABLE TO GO ON THE FIELD TRIP WITHOUT A SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP :( Thank you!

We have such wonderful online resources for you to check out this year, including RAZ-Kids, Smarty Ants, IXL Math, Goorulearning, and We Give Books. Each week I will be awarding our top RAZ-Kids Reader, Smarty Ant, and IXL Math friend of the week. I will also be posting each week how many books our class has read on We Give Books. Last year, Mrs. Stanley's class beat our class :( Let's see if we can beat her this year - and have fun reading at the same time!!

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, our classroom would love: 
Halloween or Fall stickers and trinkets 
Treasure Box Prizes 

What Are We Learning This Week?: 

Sight Words: TAKE, AN, BECAUSE, UP. 

Letter Team:  OW/OU (like in COW, FLOWER/OUCH, HOUSE) and the long OW sound (like in YELLOW SNOW).  

Word Family:  -AN. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word family -an (can, man, pan, etc.) 

Reading: This week, we will begin reading books about Autumn and leaves. We will continue to work on vowels; learning that the letters a,e,i,o,u and sometimes y are vowels.  We are learning long and short vowel sounds.  You can find several vowel activities on gooru to support your child’s learning in this area. This week, I am excited to get to know your children as readers, discover what books they have been choosing for their "Good Fit" books, and learn where I can meet their individual needs before I begin my reading groups. 

Writing:  This week, we will write a big book together about matter. We will learn that matter is anything that takes up space. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far. We will also learn that when we are writing a word that begins with a vowel, we put "AN" in front of that word - for example, "an elephant" instead of "a elephant" - please reinforce this at home in writing and in speech. 

Math: We will continue our fun unit on shapes this week using geoboards and tangrams. We will continue working with 2D flat shapes and 3D solid shapes, exploring the number of faces and the vertices of each shape. As always, we will also continue counting money, identify, order, write, and count numbers to 30, learn the days of the week, months of the year, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next. 

Leadership: Congratulations to our Leadership Award Winners for GRIT: Gideon, Bennett, Alexa, Abbie, and Luke! I am so proud! The new leadership theme for the month of October is TEAMWORK.


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