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Thursday, August 10, 2017

First Weekly News!

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 on Tuesday, August 15th. There will be two sessions - one at 5:30 and one at 6:00. Please attend one of these sessions to hear more about our kindergarten program. Please note that because we go over so much information, this is a parent only event. We will also have sign-ups for room parent and volunteering in the classroom. Hope to see you there!

Following our Back to School Night, I will start sending home our Take-Home Folders this week (you will see this come home Wednesday). 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! There was a special note sent home on Friday about our first Kindergarten Homework Project: A Book Box. You may work on this together as a family to create a special place to keep all of your little books that you will bring home throughout the year. Students will bring this book box to school to share any day this week, then take it back home. In Kindergarten, we will have a few turn-in projects like this throughout the year. We will also have weekly homework for reading, writing, and math. We will go over our entire Kindergarten Homework Program in detail 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. This year, we are learning many reading strategies to become better readers. This week, we will focus on: 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. This week we are learning that a sentence starts with an uppercase letter 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. 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 they 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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