Sunday, December 14, 2014

Weekly News: December 15-19

News: 

There is NO SCHOOL for two weeks due to Christmas vacation!!!! This is our last week together in 2014. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Years and I will see you back at school on Tuesday, January 6, 2015!!!

Grandparents Day at ILCS is tomorrow. We welcome all grandparents who are able to join us in the Cub's Den at 8:15 Monday morning to hear a few of our Gingerbread Man songs. Grandparents Day will be over at 9:00.

This week, we will finally find out - what happened to our cookies, what have they been up to, and will they EVER return?! It is sure to be exciting! 

Our play is this week!!!! Please come see your fantastic children in "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man". We are performing on Tuesday evening and Thursday morning. On Tuesday night, please plan on arriving no later than 6:45 so that we can get your children into costumes for our 7:00 performance. Thursday morning, we are performing for the school at 9:30. You are welcome to come to any or both performances! We hope you are able to come to this wonderful event!! 

We are in need of a few parent helpers on Tuesday morning and evening, as well as Thursday morning to help us with our "dress rehearsal" and performances. If anyone is able to help us out for an hour both of those mornings, please let us know! The more, the merrier! Thank you!

Play Costumes: We are providing all of the costumes and props for your children. We ask that your child come to school on Tuesday night and Thursday morning wearing a plain white shirt and black leggings or pants so that it is easier to put their costumes over their clothes :) The only costume that we do NOT provide is the narrator - we ask that the narrators please dress in "Sunday best".

We will be celebrating Christmas together by doing fun games and crafts at our Christmas Centers on Friday. 


Upcoming Events: 
Monday, December 15: Grandparents Day 8:15 
Tuesday, December 16: Gingerbread Man Play Night Performance at 7:00
Thurs, December 18: Gingerbread Man Play Day Performance at 9:30
Friday, December 19: Christmas Centers
December 22-January 5: Christmas Break! 


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we could use.... 
Gluesticks 

Headphones 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

This week we will have fun and review everything we have learned so far in kindergarten. We will be learning about the different holidays of the season, working on fun Christmas projects, working on our Christmas Math Problems, practicing our play, and reading many books about our holiday season. It's going to be a fun week! 

Homework: December 15-19

Flashcards: Review all sight word and letter teams flashcards.

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 bags, book boxes, books on RAZ Kids, Smarty Ants, and books on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Count everything! Ask your child all the different ways that numbers can be represented. Start asking your child simple word problems like, "If there are four cats playing in the yard and two more cats come, how many cats are there altogether?" and have your child explain HOW he got the answer. Visit IXL Math for additional homework practice! 

Writing: Write EVERY SINGLE DAY in your At-Home Journal. Practice writing your sight words and write stories with three sentences on the same topic.

Sharing: We have NO SHARING until after Christmas! INSTEAD... we ask that you please practice your "Gingerbread Man" songs every night! CDs and scripts were sent home before break. 

VISIT GOORULEARNING.ORG FOR VIDEOS, BOOKS, GAMES, AND MORE HOMEWORK RESOURCES!! {Class code: QCAWKCFClass Name:  ILCS Kindergarten}

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Weekly News: December 8-12

News: 

We are FULL of information this week so please take a moment to read carefully so you don't miss out on anything! Thank you!


Monday, December 15th is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able, to join us in the Lion's Den at 8:15. Our classes will perform a few songs and our principal will give a short presentation. 

Kindergarten will NOT be performing at the ILCS Christmas Program on Monday night. 

We WILL be having our very own special program - "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man". Our rehearsals have been going well and the students are having so much fun! Our performance dates are set! We will be doing two performances of our play - one at night and one during the school day. Our night performance will be on Tuesday, December  16th- Mrs. Bess's and Mrs. Stanley's classes will perform at 7:00 and we ask you to be there by 6:45 to get your costume on and get ready. Our school day performance will be on Thursday morning at 9:30. We hope that all parents are able to make this wonderful event! 

Parent Help for the Play: We are in need of many parent helpers on Tuesday morning (16th)and Thursday morning (18th) to help us with our "dress rehearsal" and performance. If anyone is able to come help us on both of those mornings, please let us know! Thank you!

Play Costumes: We are providing all of the costumes and props for your children. We ask that your child come to school on Tuesday night and Thursday morning wearing a plain white shirt and black leggings or pants so that it is easier to put their costumes over their clothes :) The only costume that we do NOT provide is the narrator - we ask that the narrators please dress in "Sunday best". 




Upcoming Events: 
Tuesday, December 9: Holiday Craft Fair 
Monday, December 15: Grandparents Day 8:15 
Tuesday, December 16: Gingerbread Man Play Night Performance at 7:00
Thurs, December 18: Gingerbread Man Play Day Performance at 9:30
Friday, December 19: Christmas Centers
December 22-January 5: Christmas Break! 



If you are at the store and happen to think of us, our classroom would love: 
Christmas Stickers and Prizes/Trinkets
Treasure Box Prizes 
Gluesticks 



What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: 
OUR, WHO, THINK, THING, THAT.

Letter Team: 
 
INK (like in PINK, SINK) and ED (We are learning that tricky Mr. ED goes at the end of the word to tell us that something has already happened - making the word past tense. Mr. ED is tricky because sometimes he makes the "T" sound - like in LOOKED, sometimes he makes the "D" sound - like in PLAYED, and sometimes he says "ED" like in WANTED).

Reading:
 We are reading many books about the holidays. 


Writing:  This week we will continue our "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.


Math:  This week we will continue to learn our addition "DOUBLES" in our fun DOUBLES SONG. You can help at home by asking your child doubles addition questions (2+2, 7+7, 10+10, etc.) We will start working on fun Christmas story problems in our math journals. 

Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of November and December is Gratefulness.

Homework: December 8-12

Please remember the following are HOMEWORK TIPS. We would like you to meet your child where he or she is at. 

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (OUR, WHO, THINK, THING, THAT), and letter teams (INK and ED). Study flashcards every day.

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 bags, book boxes, books on RAZ Kids, Smarty Ants, and books on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Count everything! Ask your child all the different ways that numbers can be represented. Start asking your child simple word problems like, "If there are four cats playing in the yard and two more cats come, how many cats are there altogether?" and have your child explain HOW he got the answer. Visit IXL Math for additional homework practice! 

Writing: Write EVERY SINGLE DAY in your At-Home Journal, using sight words and your sound chart to help you! If your children can write one sentence, start having them add sentences with details.

Sharing: We have NO SHARING until after Christmas! INSTEAD... we ask that you please practice your "Gingerbread Man" songs every night! CDs and scripts were sent home before break. 

VISIT GOORULEARNING.ORG FOR VIDEOS, BOOKS, GAMES, AND MORE HOMEWORK RESOURCES!! {Class code: QCAWKCFClass Name:  ILCS Kindergarten}