Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekly News: February 27-March 3


HAPPY DR. SEUSS WEEK!! This week, we are celebrating Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day!

Monday: 
Silly Sock Day {come to school in your silliest socks!}

Tuesday:

Stripes and/or Polka-dots Day

Wednesday: 

Wacky Hat Wednesday {I can't wait to see all of those wacky hats!}

Thursday: 

Rhyme Time Day {dress in rhyme - some examples are: a green queen, a fish with a dish, a cook with a book, etc. Have fun!}

Friday:

Relax and Read Day {come to school in your PJ's!}

As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week!  We will also be eating Green Eggs and Ham on Friday! Please check parent square if you are able to donate any items or time towards our fun week! 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due early May - They will need to be turned in before May 10th to qualify for the Leadership Banquet. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions. 

Upcoming Events:

Feb 27 - Mar. 3: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Friday, March 17: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
March 27-April 7: SPRING BREAK!!!

   

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST

Letter Team:  TCH (sounds like CH, like in BATCH, FETCH, ITCH).

Reading: This week, we will welcome guest readers and read lots of Dr. Seuss books.

Writing: This week, we will be learning how to write an opinion piece. We will discuss that writing an opinion is telling "What and Why". For example, "What is your favorite season and why? What is your favorite animal and why?" and so on. 

Math: This week, I will continue to assess students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. We will review everything we have learned in math so far this year and play lots of fun math games!

Leadership: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: February 27-March 3

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST  and new letter team: TCH.

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

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: fluency passage, paper books, and library books. 

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of a five sentence paragraph.

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.

Turn-In Homework:  Write three or more sentences about your favorite book.  Draw a picture to go with your writing.  Remember that turn-in homework is the ONLY homework we ask that you turn in and is due any day this week. Many friends have not been turning in homework. For the past few weeks, students that do not bring homework have been owing a penny. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Weekly News: February 20-24

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families.

We've been having a lot of fun learning all about our presidents! This week, we will read and write about Abraham Lincoln as we study his life. 

Next week (February 27-March 3) we are celebrating Read Across America Week and celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday! As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! If you or someone you know (grandma, grandpa, neighbor, friend, doctor, librarian, etc!) would like to come and read your favorite story to our kindergarten class, be on the look out for a sign up on ParentSquare - coming soon! We are welcoming one guest reader every day!

We will also be celebrating Dr. Seuss next week by dressing up! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day! Start planning your silly outfits now! 

Monday: 
Silly Sock Day {come to school in your silliest socks!}
Tuesday:
Stripes and/or Polka-dots Day 
Wednesday: 
Wacky Hat Wednesday {I can't wait to see all of those wacky hats!}
Thursday: 
Rhyme Time Day {dress in rhyme - some examples are: a green queen, a fish with a dish, a cook with a book, etc. Have fun!}
Friday:
Relax and Read Day {come to school in your PJ's!}

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:
Monday, February 20: NO SCHOOL 
Feb 27 - Mar. 3: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Friday, March 17: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
March 27-April 7: SPRING BREAK!!!




What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: THERE, WHERE, THEY, THEN, THEM.

Letter Team:  EY (makes two sounds - EE like in KEY, and AY like in THEY) 

Reading:
 
We will continue to read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing:  We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: 
This week, I will continue assessing students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. Thank you for practicing and reinforcing these skills at home! 

Leadership: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: February 20-24

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: THERE, WHERE, THEN, THEY, THEM and new letter team: EY.

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

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: fluency passage, paper books, and library books. 

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of a five sentence paragraph.

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.

Turn-in Homework: This week, write three-five sentences about what we are learning about Abraham Lincoln. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.Remember that turn-in homework is the ONLY homework we ask that you turn in and is due any day this week. Many friends have not been turning in homework. For the past few weeks, students that do not bring homework have been owing a penny. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekly News: February 13-17


I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. We have another three day weekend coming up next week, as there is no school on Monday, February 20th. 

We had so much fun at our field trip to the Children's Museum. Thank you to all the parents that chaperoned and thank you for all of your donations to Dollar A Day to make this field trip possible for us. Make sure to check out our pictures on ParentSquare. 

We will be celebrating Valentine's Day with fun centers on Tuesday. Don't forget to bring your valentines for the class! Students will be passing out valentines to their friends during our centers. 

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:  
Monday, February 13: NO SCHOOL 
Tuesday, February 14: Valentine's Day Centers 
Monday, February 20: NO SCHOOL 

Feb 27 - Mar. 3: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Friday, March 17: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
March 27-April 7: SPRING BREAK!!!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE.

Letter Team:  We will revisit and focus on all of our "2 Vowels Go Walking" this week. The rule is "when two vowels go a-walking, the first one does the talking, by saying it's name!" You can help your child with this by making flashcards for AI, EA, OA, OE, and UI. We will work on decoding words with this rule - like RAIN, LEAF, GOAT, TOE, and FRUIT.

Reading:
 
For the next two weeks, we will read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing:  We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. All students have specific writing goals that they are working on each day. 

Math: 
This week, I will assess students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. Thank you for practicing and reinforcing these skills at home! 

Leadership: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: February 13-17

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE and new letter teams are our two vowels go walking: AI, EA, OA, OE, UI. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - I WILL BE ASSESSING THIS WEEK! 

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

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: fluency passage, paper books, and library books. 

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of a five sentence paragraph.

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.

Turn-in Homework: Write three to five sentences what we are learning about George Washington. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Remember that turn-in homework is the ONLY homework we ask that you turn in and is due any day this week. Many friends have not been turning in homework. For the past few weeks, students that do not bring homework have been owing a penny. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekly News: February 6-10


Mark your calendars for two three-day weekends coming up in a row, as there is no school next Monday, February 13th and no school on Monday, February 20th. 

We are so excited for our field trip on Tuesday! We will be leaving school around 8:15 and returning around 12:45. Mark your calendars and adjust schedules for the late pick up on this day and please note that your child may be missing any electives they may have on this day. On Tuesday, please pack your child a lunch in a paper bag with his or her name. No lunch boxes please. We will be eating our “sack” lunches at the museum following the tour.  Chaperones can ride the bus with us or follow. Don't forget that chaperones will need to pay a $5 cash fee at the door, but for student admission, please donate $15 into our Kindergarten Dollar a Day fund. This donation will help cover the cost of the tickets and bus. Here is the link: Dollar A Day. 

We will be celebrating Valentine's Day together after our three day weekend next Tuesday. Thank you so much for all of the Capri Sun boxes {and thank you to the parents who wrapped them!} These will be used as our Valentine's Mailboxes. If your child would like to make valentines for the class, a list of boys and girls names were sent home last week. This is great writing practice for your child. Please check the sign-up on ParentSquare if you would like to donate towards our fun Valentine's Day centers or volunteer on this day.

Remember that if you are absent for two or more consecutive days, we ask you to please sign up for independent study in the office. You may back-date this as well - meaning, there is still time to make up for days missed in the past! 


Upcoming Events:  
Monday, February 13: NO SCHOOL 
Tuesday, February 14: Valentine's Day Centers 
Monday, February 20: NO SCHOOL 

Feb 27 - Mar. 3: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Friday, March 17: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
March 27-April 7: SPRING BREAK!!!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR.

Letter Team:  PH (makes the "F" sound like in PHONE and GRAPH).

Reading:
 
This week we are reading books about Valentines Day and we will start learning and reading about Presidents Day.  

Writing:  We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: This week, we will continue to learn about place value (tens and ones) and I will begin my end of the trimester assessments. Make sure to keep practicing all math skills with your child, as they will be assessed on their counting, shapes, measurement, place value, addition and subtraction, composing and decomposing. 


Leadership: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: February 6-10

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR and new letter team is PH. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - ASSESSMENTS AND REPORT CARDS ARE COMING UP!!!! 

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

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: fluency passage, paper books, and library books. 

Writing: Write your friend's names on your valentines! A list came home last week of all the boys and girls in our class. Writing names on valentines is great writing practice! Also write your 3-5 sentences every day in your at-home journal. 

Math: Play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Discuss place value with your child. Ask them how many tens and ones belong in each number and have them give you the number sentence to go with that number. Example: The number 14 has one ten and four ones. 10+4=14. 

Turn-in Homework: Last week, we learned all about our national symbols, including our flag, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the president, the bald eagle, and so on. Write three to five sentence about a national symbol that we learned about.