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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Weekly News: January 2-6

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and fun two weeks off with family and friends!

This is a short week, but we will still have new sight words, letter teams, and Friday tests! 


There is no school this Tuesday, January 3rd due to a Teacher Inservice day. There is also no school on Monday, January 16th due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Beginning after the holiday break, we will now have each student write his/her first and LAST NAME on all papers, homework, etc.  If your child does not know how to write his/her last name, please practice this at home. We will be practicing at school as well. Each student will now have last names written on their NEW Take Home Folders and name tags for support in the classroom. 

Yes, we have NEW Take Home Folders! These will be the LAST Take Home Folder for the year, so we will be discussing responsibility and handle and care of these folders in the classroom. There might even be prizes awarded throughout the rest of the year on "Who has the nicest and cleanest Take Home Folder"! Please remember to bring these folders EVERY DAY!! Please also remember to empty the folder of papers every day, only returning book bags, turn-in homework, or any other important papers that need to be returned. 

Also beginning after the holiday break each child will have a “bank” attached to his/her new folder. The “bank” is a ziploc baggie taped to the folder. Each day your child will have the opportunity to earn money throughout our day. Students will have the opportunity to receive pennies, nickels, and dimes in the classroom as rewards for behavior and hard work throughout the day. Instead of Treasure Box on Fridays, now they will visit the CLASS STORE! Each student will count money, trade money (example: five pennies for one nickel) and have the opportunity to spend their money on the items that are now “on sale” at the class store. Of course, bigger treasures will cost more money, which I hope will reinforce self-control and teach students about saving. Each child will be responsible for keeping track of their own bank and for counting the money in it. (This will be great math homework practice). Please encourage your child to take care of and keep track of his/her bank, as lost money WILL NOT BE REPLACED!  Also, if students forget folders at home, they will not receive money for that day. The bank is designed to teach responsibility and accountability as well as reinforce math skills. This is a great life skill your child will benefit from in the future!! Thank you for your continued support. 

We are in need of LOTS of empty Capri Sun juice boxes!!!! If you have any please send them to school with your child! Thank you very much!!! Note: if you could please open the boxes at the side (not in the middle around the edges) that would really help us out! Thank you!

Success Academy begins January 4th and second trimester electives will begin the week of January 16th. 

Upcoming Events:  
Tuesday, January 3: NO SCHOOL
Monday, January 16: NO SCHOOL
Friday, January 27: 100th DAY OF SCHOOL CELEBRATION (more info coming soon)
Tuesday, February 7: Field Trip to the Children's Museum (more info coming soon)
Monday, February 13: NO SCHOOL 
Tuesday, February 14: Valentine's Day Centers (more info coming soon)
Monday, February 20: NO SCHOOL

If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Black Expo Markers 
Valentines Day stickers and trinketsAny sort of small {or big} prizes for our class store

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WORK, ALL, AWAY, JUST, US.

Letter Team: 
 WOR (the OR sounds like Mr. ER, like in work and word) and TION (sounds like SHUN like in vacation, invention, connection). 

This week, we will read many books about winter and snowmen. We will be taking home book bags this week, but will not have new fluency passages due to the short week. 

Writing:  We will continue working on writing three sentences on the same topic and begin thinking of good topic sentences to begin our writing and conclusion sentences to end our writing.

Math: We will begin discussing Number Bonds and next week, we will begin taking Number Bonds and Fluency Math tests. We will continue to learn our Doubles Song. We will also begin our 
math unit on measurement. We are learning different ways things can be measured, including length, height, width, weight, and capacity. You can help by discussing measurement at home.

Leadership: As always, we will continue to ROAR. Students displaying excellent leadership traits will be rewarded with money to spent at our class store. 


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