Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It's about time!! Aug./Sept. 2019 - 3 letters on this post

Well, I am a little behind, and may be doing a different way to communicate my weekly news messages. Pictures will be up soon. Here are the first few newsletters. My schedule in not updated yet. Library has moved to Tuesday and P.E. has stayed on M-T-Ws. Success Maker will be on M- W and F this year.

Back to School -Aug. 26 -NEWS

It was so great to meet everyone last week. Thanks for the great turn out at the Back to School Night and the Meet the Teacher event. I will still have to learn everyone’s parent match. If you were unable to sign up for a November conference at that time, be thinking of when you could be available to do so. There are plenty of spots open on November 7th or 8th. 
Last week was a week to work on and learn procedures. This time was also a chance to practice our daily schedules. We went to many places and met many teachers, though we will finish  going to special classes this week. Our official gym days will be on M-T-W, so if your child does not have gym shoes - at least wear gym shoes to school on those days! Be watching for library books to come home on Tuesdays - our official Library Day.
One of our special visitors was Mrs. Schwab. She helped make playdough with us! Wow, we made lots of batches and then we were able to play with it. THANK YOU, Mrs. Schwab. Mrs. Brockway (our principal) came in and read the story My Friend Rabbit on Thursday. It tells the story of a friendship between mouse and rabbit, but rabbit seems to get into a lot of trouble - often. Mr. Faller (our superintendent) came in and shared the story Muddy Paws with us on Friday. He also told us about his dogs.

WE WILL BE STARTING COLOR WEDNESDAYS THIS WEEK! TRY TO WEAR THE COLOR RED ON WEDNESDAY.  Have any Clifford books? Maybe you can send them in for us to read and share…..

An exciting event happened on the first day of school, when Miss Wiemer brought in a monarch chrysalis on the first day - that she knew was just ready to “POP!” Well, what do you know, it did in the morning! We were able to see the butterfly emerge and were able to release her (no spot) later in the day! Just as exciting, I was able to find a caterpillar on Sat. for us to watch in class, as it continues its metamorphosis. 

FYI NEWS EVENTS:
  • Happy August Birthday to Clayton!
  • We will take MAP tests (computer tests of skills in reading and math) this Friday and next Tuesday (Sept. 3)- the results of these tests will help us see where students are academically (-our strengths and weaknesses -) and help us plan a path for growth
  • September 2 Labor Day- we will not be in school
  • September 5 - FALL PICTURE DAY - WATCH FOR INFO TO COME HOME IN THURSDAY COMMUNICATORS!
(Thank you for emptying and returning your Communicator in a timely fashion last week.)

OTHER NEWS
  • Be sure your alternative pick-up people are up-to-date and on file with the office. We want to be safe when the students go home.
  • Call in to the office to explain any daily absences, or expect an a.m. robo call asking. They’re just checking to see if your child is SUPPOSED to be home. If you’re going on an extended vacation/trip, please be sure you have sent in a note. DO NOT MAKE THESE COMMUNICATIONS VIA E-MAILS.
  • Be sure your child has a spare set of clothes on hand to change into, in case of emergencies! We have already had to use a set after a milk mishap last week. Bathroom accidents also happen, and it’s best to be prepared.
  • We have snack and milk break in the afternoon, but no group snack. Please send something for your child to munch on at this time - no candy please. If you have not purchased snack milk, the cost is $36.00 per semester. You may also send in a juice box or water cup to use at this time. The kids do get hungry by day’s end.
  • THANK YOU FOR RETURNING THE DAILY TRANSPORTATION FOLDER!
  • Watch for the class monkeys to be coming home for weekend visits soon. 
  • Lunch for Kindergarten is at 10:45-11:15, with a recess preceding lunch.

I will try and keep you informed about what we are doing through -
 a class newsletter like this.



Next letter.......



September 3
Hope you enjoyed your long weekend! Last week was another week of learning routines and procedures. We now have a monarch chrysalis and caterpillar, and we'll watch them closely and hope they make it to adulthood. We will have taken both our MAP tests on the computers, by the time you read this, though we have many make-ups to take care of first.  We will MAP test again in January. 
Illness hit our class hard on Friday, and we had four students out. Let’s try and stay healthy this week. I hope we have a full class. I am working to get my blog up to date, or a different way to share news and pictures with our families. It is still a work in progress, and I will let you know when I get it all figured out.
FYIs-
  • TRY TO WEAR ORANGE ON WEDNESDAY - SEPT. 4TH - IF YOU HAVE THAT COLOR IN YOUR WARDROBE-NO NEED TO BUY ANY CLOTHES 
  • FALL PICTURE DAY IS THURSDAY - ALL WILL HAVE THEIR PICTURES TAKEN, BUT YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO BUY A PACKAGE.
  • PLEASE TRY TO GET YOUR PERMISSION SLIP IN FOR THE APPLE ORCHARD FIELD TRIP - THIS WEEK.
  • “YELLOW DAY” WILL BE NEXT WEDNESDAY - SEPT. 11TH FOLLOWED BY “GREEN DAY” ON SEPT. 18TH.
  • THE UPDATED SNACK MILK LIST HAS BEEN SENT TO ME - SO IF YOU HAVE NOT PURCHASED SNACK MILK, YOU MAY SEND A WATER CUP OR JUICE TO BE USED DURING OUR AFTERNOON SNACK TIME. THERE IS NO GROUP SNACK PROVIDED.
  • SPARE CLOTHES FOR ‘ACCIDENTS’ ARE A NECESSITY AND NEED TO BE AVAILABLE IN THE EVENT OF SPILLS OR BATHROOM ACCIDENTS
  • LIBRARY BOOKS WENT HOME ON TUESDAY AND NEED TO BE RETURNED, IF YOUR CHILD WANTS TO CHECK OUT A NEW ONE.
  • P.E. DAYS ARE ON  M - T - W- SO IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT HAVE GYM SHOES, DON’T WEAR SANDALS OR FLIP-FLOPS ON THOSE DAYS. 
  • YOU CAN KEEP TRACK OF YOUR CHILD’S LUNCH ACCOUNT ONLINE AND ADD TO IT ELECTRONICALLY OR SEND AN ENVELOPE CLEARLY MARKED WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDS. LUNCH MILK FOR COLD LUNCH IS 40 CENTS, AND MUST BE DEBITED FROM THE ONLINE ACCOUNT - SO DO NOT SEND COINS.

The sock monkeys made their first weekend visits this weekend. Watch for one to come visit at your house. Share the story about their visits, and if possible send some pics from your phone to dianawiemer@pecschools.com so we can share in the fun.

We have started working on letter/sound id, writing and recognizing numbers, and writing and recognizing our names. Continue to work on these skills at home.


Current newsletter from Monday.



September 9
There has been  a chill in the air to bring about the start of football season. Our H.S. team is off to a great start after winning their first two games! We will be tracking the NFL teams of the Northern division on a graph of our own in the classroom. As of Sunday, we have two chrysalis in the classroom. One will surely “pop” this week. Ask your child about the ‘other critters’ we will be watching and their life cycle. 
We will be hitting the ground running this week by working with letter and sound id and number id. We will also be practicing writing these letters and numbers, along with our names. Write them starting at the top and going down. Capital letters do not belong in the middle or end of words. We will also engage in a lot of reading and working on computer programs in the Success Maker and g-labs, now that school testing is over. I will start to send home a HOMEWORK FOLDER this week. It will come home at the beginning of the week and need to be returned completed by Friday. Do the work as it fits your schedule. It is not much, and should not take long to complete. Last year it went home on Tuesday. I’ve included an “About Me” sheet too.
The monkeys seem to be having a great time on their visits. Send some pics to my email at dianawiemer@pecschools.com so we can share in the fun you had together. Don’t forget to write a little about your visit in their journals. Please be sure to return the monkeys by Monday.
FYIs
  • If you were unable to get your child’s picture taken on Thursday - watch for the retake day in October. Opportunities to make later purchases will also be available online. They usually send a proof when the purchased packages have been returned.
  • P.E. Days are on M.T.W. - please wear proper footwear on those days, if you don’t have an extra pair of gym shoes.
  • Library Days are on Tuesday - a new book to be checked out - needs to have the previous one returned.
  • SPARE CLOTHES NEED TO BE  AVAILABLE IN YOUR CHILD’S LOCKER OR BACKPACK.
  • We have milk break in the afternoon. I would recommend sending a snack of crackers/cereal or something similar, as we do not usually have a group snack.

YELLOW DAY WEDNESDAY - TRY TO WEAR YELLOW TO SCHOOL ON WED.
GREEN DAY WEDNESDAY - NEXT WEEK- Sept. 19th

If you have not sent in the field trip $/ permission slips - please do so ASAP. Thanks

Let us never forget the sad memories of 9/11 and wish for peace for our world. That day was also a Tuesday, 18 years ago. Were you a student then? (I was teaching third grade.)








Wednesday, June 5, 2019

parting pics of the last day!


In remembrance of D-day and gratitude for all the veterans that have served or are serving our country. Let us never forget!

Some special moments of the last day:
Congrats to Clara for winning her PAW t-shirt.
She and Camden also made a good showing from Track and Field day!!
John had perfect attendance for the year.
Liam and Izzy did a nice job being nice throughout the year.

I have no pics from Kollin's party, but I hear those that went had a great time.

Miss you already.

Miss W.

Our two writers read their books to the class.


 We read the first letter of the year! We started on a Tuesday and ended on a Tuesday! Can you imagine that? I still had the letter on chart paper. We ended at the same time and went to the same specials.
Off to the assembly - 
Here is the group of this year's PAW winners.




Some "Track and Field" winners.


Our one and only "PERFECT ATTENDANCE" kid! Great Job, John!! :)



2 "Blue Ribbon" Students.


Here we are sorting crayons to recycle.


Picnic on the carpeting was a common thing to do, when the housekeeping table was full up.


Last day lunch "cut-ups."


There's the girl to balance them out.


 - Cross the street Neighbors and Friends -


Two Bookends


Another pair of friends



...and the buses load up as the teachers wave goodbye on the last day of school.


HAPPY SUMMER VACATION!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 3 - last post of the school year -photos too


Former students of Miss W.

Second Graders came to read to us!






A little puppet theater time.







While Miss Sager helps us with end of the year books.





How about a little ice cream party for Miss Sager's last day! :)




















IT WAS YUMMY!!!!! :) 


JUNE 3

Wow, we had a “blast” at our first Track and Field Day. The rain took a break, and we had a hot sultry morning! Lots of thanks to all the parents that volunteered to help out. We were exhausted by the time we got back to school. I know I was!! I’ll bet everyone slept soundly Friday night. I did not take any pictures on that morning. I just kept score and enjoyed the events with the kids, without being bogged down with ‘picture taking.’ Go to my blog and check out the pictures from throughout the year - go to: OUR STAFF on the school website, then scroll down to my name and then the blog entry. The posts that have pictures are labeled as such-otherwise- you’ll find a copy of the weekly newsletter. There is also a ‘special surprise’ coming home. I hope you will enjoy it.
Here we are at almost the last day of school. PLEASE BE SURE YOU SEND YOUR CHILD WITH A BACKPACK ON TUESDAY TO TAKE HOME ALL THE LEFTOVER ‘STUFF’ THAT NEEDS TO COME HOME.

TUESDAY DISMISSAL IS AT 1:35! IT IS THE LAST DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. PIZZA IS ON THE MENU FOR THE LAST LUNCH OF THE YEAR.

WATCH FOR A LITTLE ‘MEMORY BOOK’ TO COME RELIVING MOST OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT WE PARTICIPATED IN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR:  RETURNING ALL OUR LIBRARY BOOKS. THANK YOU ALSO FOR:  GETTING YOUR MEDICAL FORMS IN! :) A NEW MEDICAL SHEET FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR WAS SENT HOME ON FRIDAY-THAT WILL NEED TO BE FILLED OUT AND RETURNED WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR NEXT YEAR.

HAPPY SUMMER BIRTHDAYS TO:  LYDIA, MAYA AND CAMDEN IN JUNE!
MASON IN JULY, AND ARYA AND KOLLIN IN AUGUST!

CONGRATS - PERFECT ATTENDANCE OR CLOSE FOR JOHN!!

If you are participating in sports this summer, let me know where and when you play and maybe I can catch a game to come see you! Maybe we’ll see eachother at the Winnebago County Fair in August or maybe we’ll just run into each other around town. The Memorial Day parade was rescheduled for June 15 in the a.m.

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! KEEP READING AND WRITING!

*Sign up for Summer Reading at the Pec. Library, and enjoy their special programs.

Friday, May 24, 2019

May 28 - a few photos and news

THIS MAY BE THE LAST OF THE PICS FOR THIS YEAR.
I WILL NOT BE TAKING THE CAMERA TO TRACK AND FIELD DAY- TOO BUSY TO WORRY ABOUT PICTURES. I WOULD JUST RATHER HAVE FUN!




STAR LAB - 
THANKS MRS. MCLEVIGE!!!!
Hope to see you again next year.
You received a card from us ........







 - Thanks Popcorn Man - 
We hope to see you back again soon too!







PUZZLING - ISN'T IT?


- Borders with dominoes-

We put the USA together correctly!!! YAY!!!!  -This is how it looked in September -
 Look how far we've come!!
I didn't want to place credit or blame for this original mess!



May 28

I am typing this as more rain is coming down and everything is a wet mess. The sun just came out, but for how long - I do not know. I hope the weekend was not a washout and you were able to enjoy some of the town’s festivities! We are in the homestretch!! We sang at the church on Thursday and did a nice job with an abbreviated concert. We said goodbye to our Reading Buddies on Friday, as we met for one last time. We also met with our Unity groups for one last time. We’ll meet with new friends in new Unity groups next year, and our Buddies will head off to fifth grade and the Middle School.
We are supposed plant today (Tuesday) with seedlings that were started back in early spring. I hope the weather cooperates.

MAY 31ST
IMPORTANT-IMPORTANT-IMPORTANT-IMPORTANT-IMPORTANT
Friday is Track and Field Day. We really are counting on the rain stopping before then!!! It will be cancelled if it is raining or threatening to do so!
  • Dress for the weather - this may mean in layers! Wear tennis shoes - absolutely NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS- We will be doing some active games that include running.
  • Wear sunscreen and maybe a hat!
  • Eat breakfast - I do not want to hear, “I am hungry.”
  • The ‘powers that be’ are providing a hot dog lunch for ALL!
  • Bring a water bottle - but BE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON IT!!

HAPPY SUMMER BIRTHDAYS:  LYDIA, CAMDEN, MAYA- JUNE,
MASON-JULY AND ARYA-AUGUST! WE ALREADY CELEBRATED KOLLIN’S.

We should not have “checked-out” yet!!! We will continue to learn in these last days of school. Please keep working on word lists, writing, and math facts! The room is still up and still supporting us with “helps!”

THERE WILL BE NO HOMEWORK FOLDER THIS WEEK. IF YOU STILL HAVE SOME LOG OR SENTENCE SHEETS- PLEASE SEND THEM BACK.

CHECK OUT THE PECATONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THEIR SUMMER READING PROGRAM! THEY ARE SURE TO HAVE A SUMMER SIGN-UP PERIOD SOON. THEY ALWAYS HAVE FUN EVENTS PLANNED FOR THE SUMMER TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR CHILD READING!






Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Odd May photos

SUCCESS MAKER WINNERS FOR MAY
PAJAMA DAY WILL BE ON FRIDAY THE 17TH



ANOTHER VERSION


Shhhhhh- it was a surprise for Mother's Day!






While some of us planted, the rest of us created!!









Can't return from a field trip without a proper thank you!!




GRAPHING GUMBALL MACHINES!



Our seeds came up and needed to go into the ground - immediately. Thanks Mrs. V and helpers!




Mrs. Hamblock's class joined us.





Plop them in the hole and just add water and sun. Pat them down.
















Hanging out for a second recess! Can you tell who is missing? It's hard to get everyone smiling when we're looking into the sun!





It's 'Just Ducky'-hanging out with the ducklings in First Grade.









Ahhhh - they were so cute and so crazy active! Thanks Mrs. Smallwood for giving us ... 
 the chance to visit!