Sunday, March 13, 2016

Weekly News: March 14 -18

March  14 - March 18
This is our last week before spring break.  We will learn about spring.  We will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green, sharing our Leprechaun Traps and have fun St. Patrick's Day centers on Thursday.  We will also have spring and bunny themed Fun Friday Centers.

We have NO SCHOOL for the next two weeks due to Spring Break. Spring break is a perfect time to work on your Community Service Projects! I hope you have a wonderful two weeks off with your families!

Our field trip to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage is coming up on Tuesday, April 12th and it is sure to be an exciting “hands on” experience.  We will be leaving school at 8:15 AM and returning at approximately 1:00 PM. Mark your calendars and adjust schedules for the late pick up on this day and please note that your child will be missing any electives they may have on this day.  Permission slips for our field trip will be coming home on Monday.  Please sign and return the permission slips by Friday.  Please remember to fill out BOTH sides of the permission slip.  Our goal is to have all of the slips back before we begin our spring break on Friday.  Thank you for your support! We will be eating our “sack” lunches at the museum following the tour. On this day, please pack your child a lunch in a paper bag.  No lunch boxes please. If you are interested in being a chaperone please let me know BY FRIDAY MARCH 18TH VIA EMAILvjterkeurst@verizon.net  as we need to give a final head count! Chaperones will be riding on the bus with our classes and need to pay a small fee at the Museum door (Approximately $5.00) Please remember that school policy states NO SIBLINGS. Thanks! We are looking forward to a wonderful field trip!

Please visit Dollar a Day to help cover the cost for your child to attend our field trip. 


Two weeks ago your child came home with a special homework assignment - Build a Leprechaun Trap.  This will be the Turn-In Homework portion of homework for this week. Please note: the traps will be due in class no later than Wednesday, March 16th so we can do a special in class project with them.

Upcoming Events:

March 14-18:  No Success Academy!

Friday, March 18th: End of the Trimester Awards Assembly 
Thursday, March 17: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY WEAR GREEN AND CENTERS CELEBRATION
Friday, March 18 -SPECIAL SPRING AND EASTER CENTERS
March 21- April 4: SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL!!!
Tuesday, April 5: SCHOOL RESUMES
Tuesday, April 12 - Field Trip to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words:  There will be no new sight words introduced until after Spring Break.  Please take this time to review ALL of our words introduced so far.  Remember, sight words are words that your child should recognize instantly.  These are not words your child should be sounding out!  Please continue to work on these words.

Letter Team: There will not be any new letter teams introduced until after Spring Break.  Please take this time to review ALL of our letter teams introduced so far. Many children know all of the letter teams, but have a hard time applying them into decoding words. A great idea would be to write words (or make flashcards) with letter teams in them and have your child decode the word for you, applying the letter team. 

Reading: This week, we will read books about spring.

WritingWe will write silly stories about how to catch a leprechaun and we will write a step up to writing about how our leprechaun traps work.  


Math: We will continue to work on our Daily Math Practice sheets, math stories, our fluency through 5, composing and decomposing, and ways to make 10.

Leadership: SELF-CONTROL.

Homework: Mar. 11-15

Homework
March  14 - March 18
 
New Homework Expectations:  We will have new homework expectations for the rest of the year. We will not only be recording students that have turned in their "Turn-In Homework", but we will be checking Smarty Ants and DreamBox to make sure students are spending 10-15 minutes a day on each program. We will also be keeping track of students that bring book bags to school every day. Thank you for your continued support at home!

Check out Parent Square where you can find additional homework activities to download. 

Flashcards: Review ALL sight words and letter teams introduced so far.

Phonemic Awareness Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. Please see our Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips. Please check your child's report card from first trimester and see the Foundational Skills areas where they may still need support. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes:  any paper books and library books.

You can also access Raz-kids Reading. This is a web sight reading program where your child can access digital books online. The books can be read and/or listened to and then your child can take a quiz to check for understanding. You will find the links to Smarty Ants and raz-kids below.


raz-kids  

You can also download the Smarty Ants and raz-kids apps to your tablet for free!

Writing:  Practice writing EVERY day.  You can practice writing a 5 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal.

Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.

 Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song. Count the money in your bank. Example: The number 14 has one ten and four ones. 10+4=14. 

Our school code is X2we/inlandlcs
You can download the DreamBox app for your tablet

Turn-In Homework: Special Turn-In Assignment: Build a Leprechaun Trap.  This will be the Turn-In Homework portion of homework for this week. Please note: the traps will be due in class no later than Wednesday, March 16th so we can do a special in class project with them.


Note: If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable writing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for turn in writing homework each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Weekly News: March 7 - 11

March  7 - March 11
We had so much fun dressing up and celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. Thank you for all of your help, time, donations, and to all of our guest readers! 

This week, we will begin to celebrate St. Patrick's day with fun games,  and reading and writing about catching leprechauns!

We will be taking a break from fluency passages in the books bags until further notice.  Wanted to let you know in case you noticed it was not there. 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events:
 
March 7-18:  No Success Academy due to Parent Conferences
 
Thursday, March 17: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
 
 
Friday, March 18: End of the Trimester Awards Assembly & SPECIAL SPRING AND EASTER CENTERS

 
March 21- April 1: SPRING BREAK!!!

Last week your child came home with a special homework assignment - Build a Leprechaun Trap.  This will be the Turn-In Homework portion of homework for this week and next week (week of March 7 AND the week of March 14.) Please note: the traps will be due in class no later than Wednesday, March 16th so we can do a special in class project with them.   

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT.
Letter Team: DGE (sounding like "j" like in BADGE, LEDGE, and FRIDGE).
Reading: This week, we will read books about  St. Patrick's Day, leprechauns, and Ireland.
WritingWe will write silly stories about how to catch a leprechaun.  
Math: We will continue to work on our Daily Math Practice sheets, math stories, our fluency through 5, composing and decomposing, and ways to make 10.
Leadership: SELF-CONTROL.

Homework: March 7 - 11

Homework
March  7 - March 11

New Homework Expectations We will have new homework expectations for the rest of the year. We will not only be recording students that have turned in their "Turn-In Homework", but we will be checking Smarty Ants and DreamBox to make sure students are spending 10-15 minutes a day on each program. We will also be keeping track of students that bring book bags to school every day. Thank you for your continued support at home!
Check out Parent Square where you can find additional homework activities to download. 

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team.  New words for this week are: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT and the new letter team is: DGE - (sounding like "j" like in BADGE, LEDGE, and FRIDGE).

Phonemic Awareness:  Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. Please see our Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips. Please check your child's report card from first trimester and see the Foundational Skills areas where they may still need support. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: sight words and letter team RAN Boards, fluency passage, any paper books, and library book.

You can also access Raz-kids Reading. This is a web sight reading program where your child can access digital books online. The books can be read and/or listened to and then your child can take a quiz to check for understanding. You will find the links to Smarty Ants and raz-kids below.
Smarty Ants Reading World
raz-kids  

You can also download the Smarty Ants and raz-kids apps to your tablet for free!

Writing:  Practice writing EVERY day.  You can practice writing a 5 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal.

Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.

Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song. Count the money in your bank. Example: The number 14 has one ten and four ones. 10+4=14. 

DreamBox
Our school code is X2we/inlandlcs

You can download the DreamBox app for your tablet

Turn-In Homework: Special Turn-In Assignment: Build a Leprechaun Trap.  This will be the Turn-In Homework portion of homework for this week and next week (week of March 7 AND the week of March 14.) Please note: the traps will be due in class no later than Wednesday, March 16th so we can do a special in class project with them.

Note: If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable writing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for turn in writing homework each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab at the top of the page.