Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekly News: April 25 - 29

April 25 - April 29

We are very excited to introduce our new class pets for the next few weeks: caterpillars! We will have the opportunity to watch their metamorphosis as they change from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly!

The kids did a GREAT job on Thursday performing their Earth Day fluency readings. 

Save the Date:We will be having a Mother's Day celebration on Friday, May 6 from 11:00-12:30. More information to come. I wanted to let you know early in case you need to take the time off work or find childcare for little ones. The School Childcare fills up quickly on this day and is on a first come first serve basis.  If you have alternative childcare this is a good day to use it.  Please understand that our classroom will be VERY CROWDED on this day!  It is a special celebration for moms and their kindergarten student.  For this reason we are unable to accommodate siblings in the classroom on this day.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.  This is SUCH a special celebration and we hope all of you mommies are able to make it!

IT'S TIME! Community Service Projects are due and will be presented NEXT WEEK!  Please send projects in Monday through Thursday (May 2nd - May 5th).   

Please remember that your community service project is a required part of our curriculum at Inland Leaders.  I look forward to seeing all of the projects.

The Apex Fun Run is Wednesday.  Every child will participate in the run so please have your child wear appropriate clothing and shoes on this day.  Thank you!! 

ILCS family fun night is Thursday, 4/28 on the field at CSC.  Come and meet the Apex Team and participate in some fun activities with the kids, enjoy electives performances, and some awesome cooking demos.  The fun begins at 3:00.

Upcoming Events:

April 27 - Kinder Apex Fun Run 9:30
April 28 - Family Fun Night at CSC begins at 3:00
May 2 - Community Service projects are due this week.  Please turn projects in by THURSDAY May 5th.
May 6 -
Mother’s Day Celebration in the classroom 11:00 - 12:30

May 30 - Memorial Day NO SCHOOL

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER, BROTHER, FAMILY.

Letter Team: There are NO new letter teams! For the rest of the year, we will be reviewing all letter teams that we have learned this year. The expectation is that students recognize the letter team within our three second rule, then be able to apply that letter team when decoding an unknown word

Reading: We will read books about caterpillars and butterflies, as well as our poem of the week, "Pretty Butterfly".

Writing: We will have a very special writing project that we are working on this week in class.

Math: We are working on so many fun math games that are helping us with our addition, subtraction, and decomposing.

Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of April is Responsibility.

Homework: April 25 - 29

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: MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER, BROTHER, FAMILY. There are NO new letter teams for the rest of the year - so study ALL old letter team flashcards!

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 our class login is mrsbess
 
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 to 8 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal.We have been using the transitional words first, next, and last.  Some students are now adding explanation sentences to their details, making an eight sentence paragraph. For example:  My spring break was so much fun.  First, I went to Disneyland.  I took a picture with Mickey Mouse.  Next, I went horseback riding.  I was a little scared but still enjoyed it.  Last, I visited by grandma.  I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with her.  My spring break was a busy and fun time.

Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.
Work on your math goals for third trimester.  Practice addition and subtraction facts, numbers bonds to ten, ways to make 5 and 10, place vale, and math story problems.   

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


Turn-In Homework: There will be no turn-in homework this week!  Please use this time to work on your community service projects. These projects are due next week May 2-5. Please make sure projects are turned in NO LATER THAN THURSDAY MAY 5th.
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, April 17, 2016

Weekly News: April 18 - 22

April 18 - April 22
There is no school on Friday, April 22nd. Enjoy the three day weekend! 

The due date for the Community Service Projects has been set for our class: Presentations will be due the week of May 2 - 5. Presentations in the past have included: poster boards, journals, slideshows, books, and pictures documenting your 6-8 hours of community service. Please visit our Community Service tab if you have any questions.  You will also find the service project rubric on the tab. Students will be presenting their projects in class Monday through Thursday of this week. Please make sure projects are turned in by THURSDAY, May 5th.  Thank you!

Save The Date: We will be having a Mother's Day celebration on Friday, May 6 from 11:00-12:30. More information to come. I wanted to let you know early in case you need to take the time off work or find childcare for little ones. The School Childcare fills up quickly on this day and is on a first come first serve basis.  If you have alternative childcare this is a good day to use it.  Please understand that our classroom will be VERY CROWDED on this day!  It is a special celebration for moms and their kindergarten student.  For this reason we are unable to accommodate siblings in the classroom on this day.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.  This is SUCH a special celebration and we hope all of you mommies are able to make it!

Friday is Earth Day! To celebrate, we will be learning all about recycling and discussing ways to help the Earth. We will also have a special Earth Day Sharing this week. Check out the Homework tab for more information.

If you did not send in a baby picture of your child last week for Turn in Homework please send one in this week!  We are doing a special project with the pictures.  Thank you!!

Upcoming Events:
April 22 - No School
May 2 - Community Service projects are due this week.  Please turn projects in by THURSDAY May 5th.
May 6 - Mother’s Day Celebration in the classroom 11:00 - 12:30


What Are We Learning This Week?:
Sight Words: HELP, START, WORLD, EARTH, CHILDREN.

Letter Team: EAR (another ER sound like in EARTH and EARLY). This is our last letter team we will learn this year!!! 

Reading: We will read books about recycling and Earth Day.  You will also find a special Fluency Earth Day Reader’s Theater in your child’s book bag this week.  Please make sure this is brought to school every day as we will be practicing fluent reading in our reading groups with these scripts.  Please support your child at home by practicing each night.  Reader’s Theater is a style of theater in which students do not memorize their lines, they read from the script.  Students use only vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as costumes, sets, and props.  These scripts will help us practice our fluency.  Thank you for your support!

Writing: We will write a step up to writing about ways to take care of the Earth. We are adding details to our stories. Some of us are even writing eight sentences now for Step Up to Writing, adding explanations after every "detail" sentence. For example:  My spring break was so much fun.  First, I went to Disneyland.  I took a picture with Mickey Mouse.  Next, I went horseback riding.  I was a little scared but still enjoyed it.  Last, I visited by grandma.  I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with her.  My spring break was a busy and fun time.

Math: We will continue our new math unit focusing on addition and subtraction.

Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of April is Responsibility.

Homework: April 18 - 22

Homework
April 18 - 23
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: HELP, START, WORLD, EARTH, CHILDREN and the new letter team is: EAR -  (another ER sound like in EARTH and EARLY).

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 second 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 to 8 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal.
We have been using the transitional words first, next, and last.  Some students are now adding explanation sentences to their details, making an eight sentence paragraph. For example:  My spring break was so much fun.  First, I went to Disneyland.  I took a picture with Mickey Mouse.  Next, I went horseback riding.  I was a little scared but still enjoyed it.  Last, I visited by grandma.  I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with her.  My spring break was a busy and fun time.

Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.
Work on your math goals for third trimester.  Practice addition and subtraction facts, numbers bonds to ten, ways to make 5 and 10, place vale, and math story problems.   

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

Turn-In Homework: We have another special Sharing Homework this week. Since we are learning about Earth Day and recycling, please help your child create something with reused materials and write about it. Some examples can include: an old can reused as a pencil cup, a milk carton reused as a plant holder, a soda bottle reused as a bird feeder, cereal boxes reused as ... use your imagination! Here is a great link to check out: http://too-much-time.com/2013/04/36-recycling-upcycling-and-reuse-ideas-for-earth-day.html

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, April 10, 2016

Weekly News: April 11 - 15

 
April  11 - April 15
 
 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 and returning at approximately 1:00. 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.  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. 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. 
 
Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered to chaperone our field trip to the Children’s Discovery Museum.  The cost for the chaperones is $5.00.  Please have exact change payable at the door on the day of the field trip.  Thank you!!

Please note, there will be no success academy on Tuesday, April 12th due to our field trip.  Thank you!

Save The Date: We will be having a Mother's Day celebration on Friday, May 6 from 11:00-12:30. More information to come. I wanted to let you know early in case you need to take the time off work or find childcare for little ones. The School Childcare fills up quickly on this day and is on a first come first serve basis.  If you have alternative childcare this is a good day to use it.  Please understand that our classroom will be VERY CROWDED on this day!  It is a special celebration for moms and their Kindergarten student.  For this reason we are unable to accommodate siblings in the classroom on this day.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.  This is SUCH a special celebration and we hope all of you mommies are able to make it!

The due date for the Community Service Projects has been set for our class: Presentations will be due the week of May 2 - 5. Presentations in the past have included: poster boards, journals, slideshows, books, and pictures documenting your 6-8 hours of community service. Please visit our Community Service tab if you have any questions. Students will be presenting their projects in class Monday through Thursday of this week. Please make sure projects are turned in by THURSDAY, May 5th.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events:
April 12 - Field Trip to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
NO SUCCESS ACADEMY ON THIS DATE!
April 22 - No School
May 2 - Community Service projects are due this week.  Please turn projects in by THURSDAY, May 5th.
May 6 - Mother’s Day Celebration in the classroom 11:00 - 12:30

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: GOES, DOES, YES, NOT, WILL.
Letter Team: EA (we are learning that EA can make THREE sounds - long E like in SEASON, short E like in WEATHER, and long A like in BREAK). 
Reading: We will continue to read books about frogs as we learn the life cycle of a tadpole.
Writing: We are adding details to our stories. Some of us are even writing eight sentences now for Step Up to Writing, adding explanations after every "detail" sentence. For example:  My spring break was so much fun.  First, I went to Disneyland.  I took a picture with Mickey Mouse.  Next, I went horseback riding.  I was a little scared but still enjoyed it.  Last, I visited by grandma.  I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with her.  My spring break was a busy and fun time.
 
Math: We will continue our new math unit focusing on addition and subtraction.
Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of April is Responsibility.

Homework: April 11 - 15

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: GOES, DOES, YES, NOT, WILL and the new letter team is: EA -  (we are learning that EA can make THREE sounds - long E like in SEASON, short E like in WEATHER, and long A like in BREAK). 

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 the  second 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 (if included), any paper books and library book(s).

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 to 8 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal.
We have been using the transitional words first, next, and last.  Some students are now adding explanation sentences to their details, making an eight sentence paragraph. For example:  My spring break was so much fun.  First, I went to Disneyland.  I took a picture with Mickey Mouse.  Next, I went horseback riding.  I was a little scared but still enjoyed it.  Last, I visited by grandma.  I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with her.  My spring break was a busy and fun time.
 

Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.
Work on your math goals for third trimester.  Practice addition and subtraction facts, numbers bonds to ten, ways to make 5 and 10, place vale, and math story problems.

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

Turn-In Homework: Sharing for our third trimester will consist of writing at least FIVE sentences and a picture. We have a special Sharing Homework this week. Bring in a picture of when you were a baby and a picture of you now. Write at least 5 sentences about how you have changed and how you are different now. Note: YOU WILL GET THESE PICTURES BACK, I PROMISE! 

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.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Weekly News: April 4 -8


April  4 - April 8
 
Welcome back to school! I hope you had a wonderful spring break!
Remember there is no school on Monday, April 4th.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

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 and returning at approximately 1:00. 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.  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. 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. 
Dollar a Day

Permission slips for our field trip were sent home before break.  If you haven’t returned yours please sign and return the permission slips by Wednesday.  Please remember to fill out BOTH sides of the permission slip.  I will be sending a new one home with your child on Tuesday if we have not received yours yet.  Thank you for your support!

Success Academy will begin again on Tuesday.  I would like to extend the Success Academy end time from 1:00 to 1:15 for the last trimester.  Please pick your student up from the classroom at 1:15 Monday through Thursday.  Please note, there will be no success academy on Tuesday, April 12th due to our field trip.  Thank you!

Save The Date: We will be having a Mother's Day celebration on Friday, May 6 from 11:00-12:30. More information to come. I wanted to let you know early in case you need to take the time off work or find childcare for little ones. The School Childcare fills up quickly on this day and is on a first come first serve basis.  If you have alternative childcare this is a good day to use it.  Please understand that our classroom will be VERY CROWDED on this day!  It is a special celebration for moms and their Kindergarten student.  For this reason we are unable to accommodate siblings in the classroom on this day.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.  This is SUCH a special celebration and we hope all of you mommies are able to make it!

The due date for the Community Service Projects has been set for our class: Presentations will be due the week of May 2 - 5. Presentations in the past have included: poster boards, journals, slideshows, books, and pictures documenting your 6-8 hours of community service. Please visit our Community Service tab if you have any questions. Students will be presenting their projects in class Monday through Thursday of this week. Please make sure projects are turned in by THURSDAY, May 5th.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events:
April 12 - Field Trip to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
NO SUCCESS ACADEMY ON THIS DATE!

April 22 - No School
May 2 - Community Service projects are due this week.  Please turn projects in by THURSDAY, May 5th.
May 6 - Mother’s Day Celebration in the classroom 11:00 - 12:30

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN.
Letter Team: EIGH (sounding like "a" like in EIGHT and NEIGHBOR).
Reading: We will read books about frogs as we learn the life cycle of a tadpole.
Writing: We are writing stories about tadpoles and frogs this week. Students will also have time to write their own books, cards, and letters during our free "Work on Writing" time. Students will also be learning and writing about responsibility.
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 and addition and subtraction.
Leadership: RESPONSIBILITY.


Homework: April 4 - 8

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: SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN and the new letter team is: EIGH (sounding like "a" like in EIGHT and NEIGHBOR).

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 the  second 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 (if included), any paper books and library book(s).

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: Sharing for our third trimester will consist of writing FIVE sentences and a picture.  This week, write at least five sentences about how you can show responsibility at home and at school.

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.