Friday, August 12, 2016

Weekly News: August 15-19


We had a great first two days of school! It has been so nice to meet all of you and your awesome kiddos! I have a wonderful group of students and I am truly looking forward to a fantastic school year! 

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Thank you for ALL of your generous donations! Don't forget to attend our Back to School Night Celebration on Thursday, August 18th from 4:00-7:00 at CSC. There will be food trucks, a short presentation from our director, and our kindergarten team will have a booth set up to give more information about our classes. We will also have sign-ups for room parent and volunteering in the classroom. Hope to see you there!

I will start sending home our Take-Home Folders this week. Please check this folder every day, removing any papers to stay at home, and sending it back to school every day.

We are excited for our first full week of school - we will be learning sight words, reading books, learning math, writing in our journals, and even starting homework! Please see our Homework section for more information. More information about our kindergarten homework program will also be given at Back to School night. 


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WE, CAN, SEE, A.

Letter Team: EE (like in SEE and BEE).

Reading: We are reading many books about beginning school! We are reading books about our shapes and catching our sight words as we read. We are also learning a few reading strategies to become better readers: Make Your Finger Match the Word, Look at the Pictures, and Retell What You Just Read.

Writing: We are learning to neatly write the alphabet using correct letter formation.  We are writing a book together about shapes using our sight words of the week. This week we are learning that a sentence starts with an uppercase letters and ends with a period. We are working on putting finger spaces in between our words. We are learning that our ABC Sound Chart helps us to identify sounds/letters in words. (You will also find the ABC Sound Chart on your child's Take Home Folder!!)

Math: We are learning to identify, order, write, and count numbers to 30, identify and name shapes and sort them by different attributes.  We are also learning songs for the days of the week and months of the year.  Each day, your child will be working on a “Daily Math” practice page in class. On the back of that practice page, you will find our "Math Talk" of the day. "Math Talks" are math problems we work on and talk about together in class. These pages will be sent home each day for you to review with your child. Please take a moment to go over these pages with your child, reviewing any missed problems you may have. 

Leadership: At ILCS this year, we are ROARING. The acronym ROAR stands for Respect self, others, and property, Own your actions, Act safely, and Rise to servant leadership.  For the next several weeks, we will be discussing the first R in class - RESPECT. We will talk about what it means to respect, as well as what it looks like. Our goal is to have students take ownership of their own behavior as we all strive to be leaders in our classroom and school. 

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