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Friday, October 2, 2015

Weekly News: October 5-9

The Lion's Fest was a huge success! A huge shout-out to all of our classroom volunteers for your time and hard work. THANK YOU!

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! If you have not done so already, please do not forget to donate towards the field trip under Dollar A Day! Here is the link: Dollar A 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 Samantha!  She spent 3 hours and 10 minutes playing DreamBox Math.  Way to Go, Samantha!

Smarty Ants: Our top Ant of the week award went to Ella!  She spent 3 hours and 39 minutes reading on Smarty Ants. Way to go, Ella!!

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

What Are We Learning This Week?: 

Sight Words: HE, SHE, WENT, TO, PLAY.

Letter Team:  AY (like in PLAY, DAY) and ING (like in SING, RING).

Word Family:   -AY and -AM. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -ay (for example: BAY, DAY, SAY, MAY, HAY) and -am (SAM, HAM, RAM, SLAM).

Reading: We will continue reading books about Autumn and leaves. We will begin a new author study as we read books by Laura Numeroff. Last week, we began taking home book bags. These books come home every Monday through Thursday and are to be read every night at home. 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: We are practicing using the sound chart to sound out words that we do not know how to spell. In our journals, we are working on adding details to our writing and writing more than one sentence on the same topic. Your children brought home their September journals last week. Please go over these with your children, praising them for their efforts and discussing ways to make our writing even better.

Math: This week, we will be going over many of our math standards for a kindergartner to know by the end of the year and each student will be making their very own math goals to work towards. A few of these math goals include "I can count to 100" and "I can draw 2D shapes" or "I can describe and name the attributes of 3D shapes". We will work together in our math groups to decide what goal we want to work towards and discuss what do in order to meet that goal. We will continue to work on our counting and shapes.

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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