Sunday, January 11, 2015

Weekly News: January 12-16

News: 

There is no school next Monday, January 19th due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Enjoy the three day weekend with your families!

Students have been doing such a wonderful job on writing last names! If your child is still struggling with this, please practice at home!

Students did a great job on the dictation test as well as our first math timed test. Continue to practice those spelling words and addition and subtraction facts each week. 

Our Scholastic Book Order is due Friday, January 23rd. Get those orders in if you would like to order winter books or books for Valentine's Day.

Our "banks" have been a big hit in the classroom! Students are excited to "earn money" for staying on yellow and green, for making good use of classroom time, and for good behavior throughout the day. On Friday, we had our first visit to the classroom store. Students have the opportunity to trade out their money for larger coins (5 pennies for a nickel, etc) and choose to spend money on a prize or save it for a larger prize later. Please continue to count money received everyday and reinforce the responsibility of taking care of banks. Also, if you are able, we'd love more prizes for our "class store"!!! Thank you for your continued support!   

We are in need of LOTS AND LOTS of empty Capri Sun boxes!!!! If you have any please send them to school with your child! Thank you very much!!! Note: if you could please open the boxes at the side (not in the middle around the edges) that would really help us out! Thank you!

Community Service Project: We want to remind you that every student at Inland Leaders is required to participate in a Community Service Project of his or her choosing. The requirement for kindergarten students consists of 6-8 hours of service. These individual Community Service Projects will be due at the end of May, but you might want to start thinking about what you'll be doing now. Please visit our "Community Service Project" tab for more information. 


Upcoming Events:  
Monday, January 19: NO SCHOOL
Friday, January 30: 100th DAY OF SCHOOL!!!
Monday, February 9: NO SCHOOL 
Friday, February 13: Valentine's Day Centers 
Monday, February 16: NO SCHOOL 


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Gluesticks 
Headphones 
Baby Wipes
Any sort of small {or big} prizes for our class store


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: OF, BACK, SAY, SAYS, PLEASE.

Letter Team: 
 CK (We are learning that CK makes the K sound and helps the vowel to say it's short sound, like in BACK, NECK, PICK, LOCK, DUCK)

Reading:
 
This week we are studying and doing projects with "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. We will discuss and record story elements such as author, illustrator, setting, and characters. We will read books about winter and other stories by the author, Jan Brett. 

Writing:  We will continue working on writing three sentences on the same topic and begin thinking of good topic sentences to begin our writing.

Math: 
Last week, we started our math unit on measurement. We are learning different ways things can be measured, including length, height, width, weight, and capacity. The students are having so much fun measuring everything around our classroom, from "how many pencils long is the carpet" to "how many bears will fit in this cup". You can help by discussing measurement at home.  We will also continue taking our math timed tests and continue singing our Doubles Song. 

Leadership: This month, our leadership trait is HONOR. Our kindergarten definition of honor is great respect and reputation received. 

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