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Friday, September 30, 2016

Weekly News: October 3-7

This week we will continue to read and write about Autumn. We will learn about leaves and continue to discuss our favorite fall activities. 

We are so excited about our field trip on Tuesday! Remember to send your child to school this day in a normal shirt (we will be throwing their brand new field trip t-shirt over their clothing). Students do not need to bring a folder or a snack. Thank you to all parents that have spoken to me about chaperoning and paid the chaperone fee. Chaperones will be following the bus up to Los Rios. We are so excited for you to join us! 

We are more than half way through our first trimester! I have been assessing the students on foundational skills, writing, counting and cardinality, and geometry. On Friday, your child came home with their "Goal Sheets" for Foundational Skills and Writing. Counting and Cardinality and Geometry goal sheets will come home this upcoming week. Highlighted are your child's current goals that we are working on in class. Please reinforce these at home and work with your child on these skills. Of course, we have not learned everything there is to learn yet, but I wanted you to be aware of your child's progress so far. Students have been working so hard and I am so proud of how much we have grown so far since the beginning of the year! 

Spirit Week is coming up next week! This is such a fun week where we can show your school spirit by dressing up every day! Start planning what you'd like to wear now! 

Monday, Oct. 10: Mis-Match Day (dress in clothes all mixed up and not matching! How fun!)
Tuesday, Oct. 11: Twin Day (in kindergarten, we like to wear our ILCS school shirts so that we can ALL be twins and no one is left out!)
Wednesday, Oct. 12: Superhero Day (dress as your favorite superhero)
Thursday, Oct. 13: Sports Day (dress as your favorite sports team or sport)
Friday, Oct. 14: Dress as your favorite movie character! :) 

What Are We Learning This Week?: 

Sight Words: HE, SHE, WENT, TO, PLAY.

Letter Team:  AY (like in PLAY, DAY) and ING (like in SING, RING).

Word Family:   -AY and -AM. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -ay (for example: BAY, DAY, SAY, MAY, HAY) and -am (SAM, HAM, RAM, SLAM).

Reading: We will continue reading books about Autumn and leaves. We will begin a new author study as we read books by Laura Numeroff, the author of "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie". 

Writing: We are practicing using the sound chart to sound out words that we do not know how to spell. In our journals, we are working on adding details to our writing and writing more than one sentence on the same topic. Your children brought home their September journals last week. Attached to these journals were your child's current writing goals. Please go over these with your children, praising them for their efforts and discussing ways to make our writing even better.

Math: This week, I will be working with the students on their Counting and Cardinality goals and their Geometry goals. These goal sheets will be coming home on Friday so that you are aware of what skills your child needs to work on. We will also continue learning about shapes as we play games with tangrams and learn how to join shapes together to create new shapes. 

Leadership: This week, we will be discussing the last letter of our leadership, ROAR: R - RISE TO SERVANT LEADERSHIP. We will discuss ways to be a leader in and out of the classroom. Part of rising to servant leadership this year will be our community service projects. Every student will be responsible for 6-8 hours of community service this year and their projects will be due in May. We are recommending that you not wait until March or April to do these community service projects and hours, but start thinking about it now. In fact, a homework assignment coming up in November will be to write down and turn in your plan for your community service. I wanted to give you a heads up so that you can start thinking about this now as a family.


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