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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Weekly News: November 9-13

There is no school this Wednesday, November 11th due to Veteran's Day and no school the following Monday, November 16th due to parent conferences. 

Parent Conferences are next week (November 16-18). Thank you for signing up on Parent Square for a conference.  I am looking forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your child's growth in the classroom. Because we only have so much time per conference, I'd like to politely ask that you arrive on time so we can make the most of our time together. If possible, please make other arrangements for your children, as parent conferences are for parents and teachers only. Thank you!

Last week was the last week of electives and Success Academy until after Thanksgiving break.

Our class is putting together a Thanksgiving Food Box that will be donated to a local family in need.  Thank you to all of the parents for signing up and donating items. Remember items need to be turned in by Tuesday, November 10.  Thank you!!

Our kindergarten classes will be having a combined Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 20th. We will be making many items for our feast in the classroom together! We are looking forward to a great, big Thanksgiving celebration together!  If you would like to come help set up and make this a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast for our kids, you are welcome to join us next Friday at 11:30 for set up.  The feast will begin at 12:00. We need need LOTS of help for set up and tear down! Thank you in advance!

Please note that while other grade levels at ILCS are participating in an evening Christmas performance on Monday, December 14th, kindergarten is NOT participating in that performance. INSTEAD, we will be having our very own special kindergarten play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" on the evening of Tuesday, December 15th. More information to come, but you do not want to miss this, so mark your calendars now! 

Please don't forget to bring your book bags to school every day. Friends that do not bring book bags back to school cannot take a new book home that day :( The book or books in your child's book bag will be books we are working on together in reading groups and/or books self-selected by your child.

Last Week's Winners: 

DreamBox Math: Congratulations to Ashley AGAIN! She spent the most time last week playing DreamBox Math. WOW! Keep up the good work!

Smarty Ants: Our top Ant of the week award went to Layla!  She spent the most time last week reading on Smarty Ants. Great job!

Upcoming Events: 

Tuesday, November 10: Patriotic Day - Wear Red, White, and Blue
Wednesday, November 11: No School - Veteran's Day
Monday, November 16: No School - Parent Conferences
November 16-19: Parent Conferences - sign up on ParentSquare!
Friday, November 20: Thanksgiving Feast 
November 23-27: No School - Thanksgiving Break! 
Tuesday, December 15: EVENING performance of our kindergarten Christmas play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" - more info coming soon, but make sure you mark your calendars now!!

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, our classroom would love: 
Thanksgiving Stickers 
Treasure Box Prizes
Baby Wipes 

What Are We Learning This Week:

Sight Words: This week we are reviewing our tricky W words - WENT, WHEN, WHAT, WAS, WANT. Please continue to practice all sight words that we have learned in the first trimester, especially those your child has misread on their Friday Sight Word Test. 

Letter Team:  GE/GI (the soft sound of G which sounds like J, like in GENTLE and GIANT).

Reading: We will read many books turkeys and pilgrims and Indians, as we prepare for Thanksgiving. We will practice all of our reading strategies learned so far. Students will continue to read their self-selected good fit books and paper books from their book boxes.  

Writing: We will continue to write at least three sentences on the same topic, focusing on neatness, proper punctuation, capitalization, and spacing.

Math: We will continue to work on our Math Journals, fun Thanksgiving story problems and games, and DreamBox. Students have been learning about different types of story problems - adding, subtracting, adding groups, sharing, and comparing. We have been working on different WAYS to solve problems, such as using manipulatives, drawing a picture, counting up or counting backwards, and using resources around us. 

Leadership: GRIT. 


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