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Friday, December 13, 2019

Our Last Week Together in 2019

We are so excited to perform our play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" on Thursday. There will be a school day performance at 8:30 and an evening performance at 6:00. Please remember to send your child to school on Thursday wearing plain clothing (black pants/leggings with a plain black or white top) and please meet at the church at 5:45 (no earlier, please, we are trying to courteous of others parking!) for our evening performance. 

We will celebrate the holidays together with fun centers on Friday. Do not forget to bring your white elephant $1 gift to school sometime before this day - remember, this is a wrapped gift that could be for a boy or a girl. On Friday, your child will be coming home with their large brown "Busy Bag". This will be filled with all of our Christmas Art, December projects, stockings, a small gift for each student from me, and our Christmas presents we have made for mom and dad. 

There are no electives this week and no Success Academy. Electives and Success Academy will resume our SECOND week back to school in January.

There is no school for the following two weeks due to Christmas vacation! I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Years and I will see you back at school on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

This week we will have fun and review everything we have learned so far in kindergarten. We will be learning about the different holidays of the season, working on fun Christmas projects, playing fun math games, performing our play, and reading many books about our holiday season. It's going to be a fun week! We are reviewing all of our sight words and letter teams. We will still take home our book bags to practice reading, but there will be no new sight words, letter teams, fluencies, or leveled readers. Keep reading all of those little paper books at home over the break as well as playing Smarty Ants and Dreambox. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Weekly News: December 9-13

Monday is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able, to join us in the Cub's Den (church sanctuary) at 9:00. The TK and kindergarten classes will be performing a few special songs. There will also be a short presentation from our school director, Mr. Gordon, and our school principal, Dr. Urrea, as well as coffee and treats. We ask that all grandparents stay in the sanctuary for the entirety of the presentation, grab a treat, then you are invited to join us in our classroom. We will do a quick craft together and grandparents will have the opportunity to see our classroom. Grandparents day for kindergarten will be over at 10:00. We hope you can attend!

Gingerbread Man Information: 

Details: We will be performing our kindergarten play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" on the evening of Thursday, December 19th at 6:00. TK will have a small performance at 5:00, Mrs. Bess and Mrs. Stanley's classes will perform at 6:00, then Mrs. Bobrink and Mrs. Marion's classes will  perform at 7:00. Because of so much going on this evening and the limited amount of parking, we are asking you to arrive at the Cub's Den (church sanctuary) at 5:45 to get your costume on and get ready. If you come any earlier, another class may still be performing/taking pictures/etc. and we want to be respectful of their time. Please arrive at 5:45. Our rehearsals have been going well and the students are having so much fun! We hope that all parents are able to make this wonderful event! 

Parent Help for the Play: We are in need of parent helpers on the morning of Wednesday, December 18th (8:15-9:15) to help us with our "dress rehearsal". We will also need parent helpers on the morning of Thursday, December 19th (8:15-9:15) to help us with our school day performance, and will also need parents to help put on costumes for our Thursday evening performance at 5:45. If anyone is able to come help, please let us know! The more, the better! Thank you!

Play Costumes: We are providing all of the costumes and props for your children. We ask that your child come to school on Thursday (the 19th) morning and Thursday (the 19th) evening wearing a plain black or white shirt and black leggings or pants so that it is easier to put their costumes over their clothes :) If you are a farmer, please wear jeans instead of black pants, but we will provide the rest of your costume. The only costume that we do NOT provide is the narrator - we ask that the narrators please dress in "Sunday Best".

Upcoming Events: 

Monday, December 9: Grandparent's Day
Thursday, December 19: The Tale of the Gingerbread Man 
Friday, December 20: Christmas Celebration/Centers 

If you are at the store thinking of us, our classroom would love:
Christmas/Holiday stickers and trinkets 
Baby Wipes

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WORK, ALL, AWAY, JUST, US.

Letter Team: 
 WOR (the OR sounds like Mr. ER, like in work and word) and TION (sounds like SHUN like in vacation, invention, connection). 

Reading: We are reading many books about the holidays. Students will continue to take home leveled Reading A to Z books, fluency pages, and library books in our book bags. Please practice reading these sheets and these books every day at home. Please remember that everything in your book bag MUST come back to school every day! 

Writing: We will continue to work on our writing goals as we strive to write three to five sentences every day. Some students will be writing topic sentences, three details, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: We will continue working on fun Christmas story problems and playing fun addition games.  

Leadership: Don't forget to ROAR everyday to keep earning those ROAR tickets!

Homework: December 9-13

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (WORK, ALL, US, JUST, AWAY), and letter teams (WOR and TION). Study flashcards every day.

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

Reading: Read your book bag every night! This includes Leveled A-Z books, decodables, library books, sight words, and fluency pages.  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: Write in your at-home journal every day. 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 work on number ID, number writing, counting to 100, counting forward and shapes. Please check your daily math page coming home each day for skills that you need to work on. An expectation for a few problems on Daily Math is that students are able to give four number sentences on each of the tens and ones problems. For example, when the problem reads 10 and 9 is 19, we would like students to write: 10+9=19, 9+10=19, 19-10=9 and 19-9=10. 

QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together.