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Friday, August 9, 2019

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! 

There is always a LOT of information at the beginning of the year. Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our entire post. 

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Thank you for ALL of your generous donations! Don't forget to send personal headphones to school with your child.  These will be their headphones that they use in class all year long. We are beginning to use our ipads on Monday! A few parents have asked if they can donate any other supplies to the classroom. Feel free to check out our class Amazon Wishlist: Bess Kinders Amazon Wishlist

Our Take-Home Folders will be sent home on Monday. Please check this folder every day, removing any papers to stay at home, and sending it back to school every day. On Monday, there will be a TON of papers coming home, including ALL of your child's beginning of the year assessment results for letters and sounds, numbers and counting, and phonemic awareness.

We are excited for our first full week of school - we will be learning sight words, reading books, learning math, beginning to share our ideas through pictures and writing, and even starting homework! 

It was wonderful meeting so many of our parents at Back to School Night!  It is so nice to see we have an enthusiastic and very supportive group of parents!  This year will be amazing!! If you were unable to make Back to School Night, I uploaded our slideshow to ParentSquare so that you do not miss the important information that was discussed. I am also sending home a few Back to School Night papers in your child's Take Home Folder on Monday.  

Thank you to the parents that signed up to help us out in the morning with Daily Folders. If you are a Daily Folder helper, please grab our Folder Basket down at the tables on the playground and walk it up to class for us! Here are Daily Folder Parents: 

Mondays: Nancy Caldwell 
Tuesdays: Sherina Kelly  
Wednesdays: Aileen Kang 
Thursdays: Kristin Fuentes
Fridays: Nancy Caldwell 

Friday Prep Parties will also begin this week. Thank you to Lindsey Dalgity, Morgan Saucedo, and Nancy Caldwell for signing up to help with our prep work. I will have a basket marked "To Do" on our small circle table in the classroom on Friday morning. You are welcome to come grab it and take it to the office. Miss Ronica will show you where you can do this prep work. 

Our Friday Center helpers will not begin for a few weeks. I will let you know when our first day will be. Thank you to the parents who signed up to help each week! 

At Back to School Night, I sent home a Sight Word CD with most of our sight word songs. This is a fun way to learn our sight words and reinforce letter identification too. Have your child point to each letter on their flashcards as they sing the letter name and have fun singing! 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WE, CAN, SEE, A.

Letters: w, e, c, a, n, s

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, and Look at the Pictures.

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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