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Friday, October 9, 2015

Weekly News: October 12-16

We are so excited about our field trip on Tuesday! We will be leaving school in the morning and returning just before dismissal. Remember to send your child to school in a normal t-shirt and without a snack. Also, you will NOT need to bring your folders on this day.

Each week, I will be honoring students who go "Beyond the Limits" on our online homework.  There will be awards for Most Time Played in Smarty Ants and in DreamBox.  The recipients of these awards will receive a certificate and an extra trip to the treasure box!  Last week we honored the following students:

DreamBox Math: Congratulations to Ashley!  She spent 4 hours and 58 minutes playing DreamBox Math.  Way to Go, Ashley!

Smarty Ants: Our top Ant of the week award went to Asha!  She spent 5 hours and 26 minutes reading on Smarty Ants. Way to go, Asha!!

We were also the Smarty Class of the Week this week! Out of all of the ILCS classes, our class spent the most time reading on Smarty Ants for a total of 46 hours and 39 minutes!! Our class was rewarded with extra recess time for all the hard work! Way to go!

Upcoming Events: 

Monday, Oct. 5: Blue Shirt Day: wear a blue shirt to stand up against bullying!
Thursday, Oct. 8: Make-up Picture Day
Tuesday, October 13:  Field Trip to Los Rios Apple Orchard
Friday, October 23: Pumpkin Investigation Day  
October 26-30: Spirit Week:
Monday, Oct. 26: Disney Day 
Tuesday, Oct. 27: Time Travel (wear your favorite decade!)
Wednesday, Oct. 28: Backwards Day
Thursday, Oct. 29: Neon Day
Friday, Oct. 31: PJ DAY! Please NO SLIPPERS!
Friday, October 31: Fun Fall Centers! 

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: WHEN, HAVE, BE, AM, WHAT.

Letter Team:  AW/AU (like in SAW/SAUCE).

Word Family:  -OT. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -OT (for example: COT, JOT, ROT, SPOT). 

Reading: This week, we will read many non-fiction books about bats and spiders. Students will continue to take home book bags for nightly reading practice. Since book bags are considered daily homework, it is crucial that they are brought back to school every day. Starting this week, if students do not have their book bags, they will have to lower their clip. Thank you for your support in teaching responsibility.

Writing: This  week we will write non-fiction stories about what we are learning about bats. We will continue to use an uppercase at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces after each word, and a period at the end.

Math: Every student now has two math goals: a number math goal (such as "I can count to 100") and a shape math goal (such as "I can describe the attributes of 3D shapes"). We will continue to work on these goals in our math groups, as well as begin to answer story problems. You can help at home by asking your child to solve story problems, such as "If 5 bats were in a cave and 3 bats flew away, how many bats are left?" We are learning to answer these problems using pictures, numbers (5-3=2), and words.  

Leadership: We will continue to practice GRIT because it will be our leadership trait for the rest of the trimester! There is still a chance to receive a GRIT bracelet and I am always on the look-out for students that are passionate about their goals and not giving up even when it is hard!


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