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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Weekly News: November 30-December 4


Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week off with your families! I am so excited to be back at school.  This is such a fun, yet busy time of the year in kindergarten with so much going on! Please take a moment to read through our news and upcoming events so that you don't miss out on anything! Thank you! 

We had such a fun Thanksgiving Feast before break. Thank you to all the parents that came to help. We are so thankful for you! 

Our kindergarten classes are doing a Christmas play this year! I'm sure you have heard all about it! We will be putting on "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man". 
We started rehearsals before Thanksgiving break and our kiddos are having so much fun learning all of the songs and hand motions. Every student should have received his or her special role in the play, along with a script and CD before break. We will be doing our performance in the evening (around 6:00) so that all moms and dads can attend, on Tuesday, December 15th. Please mark your calendars now. This is an event you will not want to miss!  

Upcoming Events: 
Thursday, December 10: Holiday Craft Fair - please check ParentSquare for how you can help!
Monday, December 14: Grandparent's Day 
Tuesday, December 15: "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" 6:00
Friday, December 18: Christmas Centers 

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

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: AS, NO, KNOW, ABOUT, BY.

Letter Team:  KN (the K is silent, like in KNOW and KNIGHT), and EW (like in NEW and STEW).

Reading: We are reading a variety of books about the Gingerbread Man this week. We are also learning about landforms (like mountains, valleys, deserts, and plains) and bodies of water (like rivers, oceans, lakes, and ponds). We will begin taking home leveled Reading A to Z books and library books in our book bags this week. Students still working on letters and sounds or students having difficulty with sight words will also be taking home fluency sheets in their book bags. Students that are working on reading stories and fluency will begin taking home fluency passages this week. Please practice reading these sheets and these books every day at home. 

Writing: This week we will make a "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 learn 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 new leadership theme for the second trimester is SELF-CONTROL. We will be discussing ways that we can use self-control at home and at school. This is also our Turn-In Homework topic of the week. 


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