Thursday, November 7, 2019

Weekly News: November 12-15

There is no school on Monday, November 11th due to Veteran's Day and no school for students on Monday, November 18th due to parent conferences. I am looking forward to meeting with you all to discuss your child's progress this trimester.

Thank you very much for donating to our Thanksgiving Food Box! What a wonderful way to give during this holiday season :)

A big thanks to all the parents who came out to support our class at the APEX Fun Run! Make sure to check out our pictures on ParentSquare. 

Our kindergarten classes will be having a combined Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 22nd. We are looking forward to a great, big Thanksgiving celebration together!  We will be making many items for our feast in the classroom together! If you are able to donate items for our feast, we would really appreciate it - please sign up on ParentSquare.  If you would like to come help set up and make this a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast for our kids, you are welcome to join us next Friday at 11:45 for set up.  The feast will begin at 12:15. We need need LOTS of help for set up and tear down and we would also love for you to join us! Thank you in advance!

Mark your calendars now!  We will be having our very own special kindergarten play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" on the evening of Thursday, December 19th. MUCH MORE information to come, but I know December is a busy month and you do not want to miss this, so mark your calendars now! 

Two more weeks to get in your Scholastic Book Order! Don't forget to get your orders in - books make great gifts for the holidays! You can find the link on the side tab "Scholastic Book Orders" here on our website. 

What Are We Learning This Week:

Sight Words: AS, NO, KNOW, ABOUT, BY.

Letter Team:  KN (the K is silent, like in KNOW and KNIGHT), and EW (like in NEW and STEW).

Reading: We will continue our leveled reading groups this week. In these groups, students will be working on various reading strategies as we read A-Z leveled books. These books will be coming home in our book bags every day. We will also be reading a fun fluency page - this week, this is a short story titled Thanksgiving. We will practice reading this all week to work on fluency and find text evidence to answer text related questions in the story. In class, we will also read many books turkeys and pilgrims and Indians, as we prepare for Thanksgiving. 

Writing: We will continue to work on writing personal narrative stories. We are learning to extend our sentences and add details. 

Math: We will work on fun Thanksgiving math games this week. We will also have fun exploring 2D and 3D shapes. 

Leadership: For the month of November, our whole school will be focusing on the A of ROAR: Act Safely. We will talk about what that means and how we can act safely in the classroom, while walking, and at recess. 

Homework: November 12-15

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (AS, NO, KNOW, ABOUT, BY), and letter teams (KN and EW). Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness: Keep working with your child on skills such as blending, segmenting, rhyming, syllables, and sound switch.  

Reading: In your book bag this week, you will continue to find A-Z Leveled Books that we are reading in our reading groups. You may also find a fluency page - this week, it is a short story titled Thanksgiving. We will practice reading this all week to work on fluency and find text evidence to answer text related questions in the story.  You may also find a sight word fluency practice page. Please practice reading every item each evening for reading homework and please make sure everything comes back to school each day in your child’s book bag. 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. 

You can find the link for Smarty Ants on the right side tab of our website. Our class username is: JCBESS@INLANDLEADERS.COM and our password is: READ.

Writing: Continue to work with your child on the writing goals they need to master. While we ARE all at different writing goals, the in-class expectation is now that each child will write three or more sentences every day. Please reinforce this at home with writing homework.

Math: Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to count to 30 (or 50 or 100!) every day, practice number flashcards out of order, practice writing your numbers to 20 or higher, practice identifying shapes and drawing shapes. Remember to also go over our "Daily Math" practice pages that we do every morning in class - take a moment to go over these practice pages to see if there is anything specific your child needs to work on. 

Our school code for Dreambox is X2we/inlandlcs

QR Codes: Download and print those QR Codes each week from ParentSquare and have your child work on those at home!