The snow hit us with a vengeance on Saturday, making for some messy and dangerous driving over the weekend, but it looks like a great time for recess, if you have sent your child in snow pants and boots and all the rest of the winter gear. I hope they have the playground plowed and it is warm enough to go out. I hope the kids got to get outside over the weekend at your house too!
STUFF TO RETURN: 1. Snack milk money, if you want to participate and haven’t already done so. 2. Yearbook money, if you want one and have not already done so. 3. Volunteer info for the Daddy/Daughter Dance, if you can. 4. Book It slips, if you are participating. 5. Box tops attached to the sheet, if you have them. 6. Empty report card envelopes, if you have not already done so. Please include in the transportation folder or returned Communicators.
PLEASE RETURN READING FOLDERS, TO GET THE NEW BOOKS. YOU SHOULD BE WORKING WITH YOUR CHILD ON SIGHT WORDS AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN.
MAP TESTING WENT OKAY. We had a little growth and some of us made some major jumps. We still have our work cut out for us as we work hard on this second semester!
PLAN AHEAD- We will be off school on January 21, to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The 100th day of school will be arriving about the end of the month or the beginning of February. Watch for a plastic bag to come home to commemorate the occasion and compare 100 items - coming soon. . .
HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAYS TO JOHN AND BRANDON!
We may try to send the monkeys out again, but you may only see one of them.
We had a BLAST OUT AT RECESS TODAY! Please come prepared for tomorrow! Those not dressed for the snow, stayed on the blacktop!
WITH THAT SNOW DAY IN NOVEMBER, OUR LAST DAY HAS EXTENDED THE YEAR ONE DAY! LET’S HOPE IT IS THE ONLY ONE!!
SKILLS TO BE WORKING ON:
Please try to get on the razkids.com website at home to practice reading- wiem1 is my code and be sure your child is choosing his/her name. Their code is kinder. It will make a huge difference in reading and writing. It also gives the kids practice in comprehension questions. We are trying to write more sentences and working hard to include spacing, ending marks, and capitals. Write about what you do at home or after you come back from somewhere - a sentence is a start. Be sure to illustrate your writings. Proper letter formation continues to be something we need to improve upon. KEEP PRACTICING SIGHT WORDS AND PHRASES. Keep reading the predictable text - razkids is also good for this.
In Math, we are comparing numbers - more/less/equal to. We will also begin working on simple addition facts with fluency. Writing numbers without reversals and mixing up the digits are skills to practice! -We want to write to 100 by the end of the year-it was only writing to 30 in December. My goal is to have EVERYONE be able to count to 100 by the 100 day of school, and we are ‘almost’ there. Amazingly, many of us can do it by 10s and 5s. A few can ‘skip count’ by 2s. WOW!!! We are working with quantities into the teens and working to use the 10 frames to illustrate story problems. We’ll explore base 10 illustrations with manipulates. We need to remember what we learned in measurement with comparisons with length, width, capacity, and weight. 2D and 3D shape recognition and more work with graphs will be in our future in math. MATH FACTS for addition have already been introduced, now we just need to work on our speed in solving them. We may look into fact families, as we have seen these in Success Maker problems.
Back to literacy - cvc words (consonant-vowel-consonant) words -spelling them and reading them will be our focus. We’ll start to look at long vowel words and digraphs - ch, sh, wh, th, ck. Rhyme will also be a continued focus as we read and create word families - same ending with different beginning sounds.
Behavior and personal responsibility in all situations/classrooms will need to be reviewed and encouraged. With the long break, we may be starting again at ‘ground zero,’ though I hope not. I hope we are able to get back into the routine fairly fast.
Be aware of the weather and please be sure you send your child prepared to meet the elements. As long as the temperatures are above 5 degrees, we should be outside - warm coats, hats, mittens/gloves, boots and snow pants will allow the kids on the snow piles. No boots and snow pants = running around on the blacktop. The playground is closed for the season.
Looking forward to getting back to business! Please leave toys at home.