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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Weekly News: January 13-17

Electives and Success Academy begin again this week. 

Students have been doing such a wonderful job on writing last names! If your child is still struggling with this, please practice at home! You can make it a part of your writing homework.

Our "banks" have been a big hit in the classroom! Students are excited to "earn money" for making good use of classroom time and for good behavior and hard work throughout the day. On Friday, we will have our first visit to the classroom store. Students have the opportunity to trade out their money for larger coins (5 pennies for a nickel, etc) and choose to spend money on a prize or save it for a larger prize later.  If you are able, we'd love more prizes/small trinkets for our "class store"!!! Thank you for your continued support!

A LOOK AHEAD: Our next kindergarten field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th. We will be going to the San Bernardino Children's Museum in Redlands. It is sure to be an exciting “hands on” experience.  We will be leaving school by bus at 8:30 SHARP and returning by dismissal. Permission slips for our field trip will be coming home as the field trip gets closer. If you are interested in being a chaperone please email me (jcbess@inlandleaders.com) and let me know BY FRIDAY JANUARY 17TH, as we need to give our final head count to the museum. Chaperones are welcome to follow us or ride the bus if there is room, and will need to pay a chaperone fee at the door ($5.00) Please remember that school policy states NO SIBLINGS. Thanks! We are looking forward to a wonderful field trip! 

Last week, we began taking Math Fact Fluency Tests on Addition and Subtraction. These tests will come home oncer a week as your child progresses through each level. Please take some time to review these tests, and reinforce and practice these skills at home. Thank you for your support!

We are in need of LOTS of empty Capri Sun juice boxes!!!! If you have any please send them to school with your child! Thank you very much!!! Note: if you could please open the boxes at the side (not in the middle around the edges) that would really help us out! Thank you!

Upcoming Events:  
Monday, January 20: NO SCHOOL
Friday, January 24: 100th DAY OF SCHOOL CELEBRATION (more info coming soon)
Wednesday, January 29: Field Trip to the Children's Museum (more info coming soon)

What Are We Learning This Week?:


Letter Team: 
 ANG (like in HANG, SANG) and ANK (like in TANK, BANK). 

his week we are studying and reading about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and equality for all people. 

Writing:  We are learning how to write an opinion piece of writing. Students will practice how to state their opinion based on a writing prompt and give two or three explanations to back their opinion. For example: Which fruit do you think is the best, apples or bananas?  In my opinion apples are the best fruit.  Apples make delicious pies. They are also a quick and healthy snack you can take anywhere without getting smushed.  Apples are also good for gooey caramel apples that are fun to make and eat!   We will also continue to practice our narrative writing. We will also continue to work on proper penmanship and writing conventions such as periods and correct capitalization.  

Math: We are beginning our unit on addition and subtraction. Each week, we will focus on a different math strategy - this week, we are learning how to use a number line to add and subtract numbers. Your child will be coming home with a checklist of everything we are learning in this unit, as well as a Pre-Test they took in class. Please go over this pre-test and reinforce these skills at home. We have also begun taking Math Fact Fluency Tests. The end of the year standard is that students will be able to fluently (quickly, without fingers) add and subtract within 5 by the END of the school year. The kids have two minutes to complete as much as they can on every math fluency page, with the goal being that if not passed, they get a little farther the next week. There are many levels of math fluency pages that the students will be progressing through. The levels are as following: adding numbers to 0, adding 1 more, taking 1 away, adding and subtracting fluently through 5, adding and subtracting fluently through 10, missing addends, doubles facts through 5, doubles through 10, doubles +1, then double digit addition. Students will have a chance to pass his/her level every Thursday, will be given daily opportunities to practice during math center time, and should be practicing their level at home. If passed, the following Thursday, he/she will move on to the next level. 

Leadership: As always, we will continue to ROAR.


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