Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekly News: February 26-March 2


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 the first week of May - They will need to be turned in before May 11th 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:
February 26-March 2: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Friday, March 16: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
March 19-April 2: 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 26-March 2

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: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 


Reading: We have a special Dr. Seuss fluency coming home this week! Continue to also read the A-Z paper books Read the Reading A-Z books from your book bag. Read the library book in your book bag. Continue to read the little paper books from your at-home book box. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 


Writing: Continue to work on your writing goals as you write three to five sentences every day in your at-home journal. 


Math: Continue to practice place value with your child. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to practice your addition and subtraction facts and your number bonds. Count the money in your "bank" each day.


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. It would be a great idea to print the addition and subtraction pages as well as all the number bonds pages for your child to practice at home each day. Stick these in a page protector and use an expo marker so you can reuse them day after day and not have to print a billion copies :) 


Turn-In Project: None this week.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Weekly News: February 19-23


I hope you enjoy 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 26-March 2) 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, please sign up on ParentSquare! 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 the first week 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 19: NO SCHOOL
February 26-March 2: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Friday, March 16: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
March 19-April 2: 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 19-23

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. I WILL TEST FOR OUR SIGHT WORD CHALLENGE ON FRIDAY! STUDY ALL OF YOUR SIGHT WORDS! WE WANT TO BEAT MRS. STANLEY'S CLASS!  

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


Reading: Instead of a fluency passage this week, students will have an "Abraham Lincoln" book in their book bag. Please keep this in your book bag and practice reading it every night as you learn about our 16th president. Continue to also read the A-Z paper books Read the Reading A-Z books from your book bag. Read the library book in your book bag. Continue to read the little paper books from your at-home book box. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 


Writing: Continue to work on your February writing goals as you write three to five sentences every day in your at-home journal. 


Math: Continue to practice place value with your child. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to practice your addition and subtraction facts and your number bonds. Count the money in your "bank" each day.


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. It would be a great idea to print the addition and subtraction pages as well as all the number bonds pages for your child to practice at home each day. Stick these in a page protector and use an expo marker so you can reuse them day after day and not have to print a billion copies :) 


Turn-In Project: None this week.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Weekly News: February 12-16


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 19th. 

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 Wednesday. Don't forget to bring your valentines for the class! Students will be passing out valentines to their friends during our centers. 

We are so happy for our friends in Mrs. Stanley's class for winning the letter team challenge! Our sight word challenge has officially begun and IT IS ON! Please check your child's sight word challenge sheet in their book bag and work with them on sight words every night. Our challenge will last for the next two weeks. We want to BEAT Mrs. Stanley's class this time!!!

Upcoming Events:  
Monday, February 12: NO SCHOOL 
Wednesday, February 14: Valentine's Day Centers
Monday, February 19: NO SCHOOL
February 26-March 2: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Friday, March 16: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
March 19-April 2: 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, 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 12-16

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 we are also studying our two vowels go walking: AI, EA, OA, OE, UI. OUR SIGHT WORD CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN! STUDY ALL OF YOUR SIGHT WORDS!  

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


Reading: Instead of a fluency passage this week, students will have an "George Washington" book in their book bag. Please keep this in your book bag and practice reading it every night as you learn about our first president. Continue to also read the A-Z paper books Read the Reading A-Z books from your book bag. Read the library book in your book bag. Continue to read the little paper books from your at-home book box. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 


Writing: Continue to work on your February writing goals as you write three to five sentences every day in your at-home journal. If you have not done so already, writing practice can also be to write your friend's names on his or her valentines. Writing names is great writing practice! 


Math: Continue to practice place value with your child. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to practice your addition and subtraction facts and your number bonds. Count the money in your "bank" each day.


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. It would be a great idea to print the addition and subtraction pages as well as all the number bonds pages for your child to practice at home each day. Stick these in a page protector and use an expo marker so you can reuse them day after day and not have to print a billion copies :) 


Turn-In Project: None this week.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Weekly News: February 5-9


Mark your calendars for two three-day weekends coming up in a row, as there is no school next Monday, February 12th and no school on Monday, February 19th. 

We are so excited for our field trip on Tuesday! We will be leaving school RIGHT AWAY (please be on time!) and returning by dismissal. If we are running late due to traffic, we will send out a ParentSquare - please check your ParentSquares on this day so that you are aware of pick up time. On Tuesday, you will not need to bring your folders, but 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 (exact change please), 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 Wednesday. We are still in need of MANY Capri Sun boxes. We will be wrapping and decorating these and using them for our Valentine mailboxes. If your child would like to make valentines for the class, a list of boys and girls names will be sent home next 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.

Students have been so excited about our letter team challenge! Because I was out sick Friday, I will be assessing students on Monday to see which class won our challenge! We will be having a sight word challenge NEXT week, so keep practicing those sight words! We need to beat Mrs. Stanley's class! 


Upcoming Events:  
Tuesday, February 6: Field Trip to the Children's Museum 
Monday, February 12: NO SCHOOL 
Wednesday, February 14: Valentine's Day Centers
Monday, February 19: NO SCHOOL


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 will continue reading books all about our country. We will be learning all about our American symbols (flag, liberty bell, bald eagle, White House, Mount Rushmore, etc.) We will learn the meaning behind the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. There is a note coming home on Monday with the words and the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. Please go over this with your child and discuss the meaning, as we will be doing the same in class. 

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 5-9

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words 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: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 


Reading: Instead of a fluency passage this week, students will have an "American Symbols" book in their book bag. This will take the place of our fluency passage for the next two weeks. Please keep this in your book bag and practice reading it every night as you learn our nation's symbols. Continue to also read the A-Z paper books Read the Reading A-Z books from your book bag. Read the library book in your book bag. Continue to read the little paper books from your at-home book box. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 


Writing: Some January journals came home last week. If you did not get your January journal yet, these will continue to come home this week. I am sitting down with each student to review their journal and together, we are making a February writing goal. Please see the inside cover of your child's January journal to read the goal that we made together. Continue to work on these writing goals as you write three to five sentences every day in your at-home journal. With Valentine's Day coming up, part of your writing homework can also be to write your friend's names on his or her valentines. Writing names is great writing practice! A list of all the boys and girls in our class will come home this week. 


Math: Continue to 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. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to practice your addition and subtraction facts and your number bonds. Count the money in your "bank" each day.


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. It would be a great idea to print the addition and subtraction pages as well as all the number bonds pages for your child to practice at home each day. Stick these in a page protector and use an expo marker so you can reuse them day after day and not have to print a billion copies :) 


Turn-In Project: On Monday, we are sending home our homework project for the week. It is a little book called "Me on the Map". It is meant to teach your child where he or she lives from the big picture (North America) to the small (your street address). Please complete this book together and return it Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of this week.