Friday, August 26, 2016

Week of August 29

This Week's Focus:
sight words:  see, a, I, the, like,  to 
color:  yellow
shape:  star
letter identification:  Dd-Hh
Phonemic Awareness:  Rhyming
Writing: Writing sentences using our sight words.
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word, look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
Comprehension Skills: inferring and making connections
Theme: Transporation
Math: Numbers to 5


Important Dates:
September 5: Labor Day (No school)
September 30:  Minimum Day

Helping your child write at home:  
Your child is given opportunities to write each day in the classroom.  I am focusing on the sight words we are learning.  I am encouraging them to use these when they write by writing sentences such as:
I see a....
I see the....
I like the...
I like to...
When writing unknown words, I am encouraging them to find words around the room or to "stretch out" the word.  For example, when your child is working on the sentence "I see a rainbow."  They may just write "ro" because they are only hearing the beginning and ending sounds.  Praise your child for any sounds they hear and write.  They are doing a great job!

This Week's Focus:
sight words:  see, a, I, the, like,  to 
color:  yellow
shape:  star
letter identification:  Dd-Hh
Letter Team:  sh (like in "sharp-toothed shark
Phonemic Awareness:  Rhyming
Writing: Writing sentences using our sight words.
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word, look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
Comprehension Skills: inferring and making connections
Theme: Apples
Math: Numbers to 5
Student of the Week:  Alexie

Important Dates:
September 7: Labor Day (No school)

Helping your child write at home:  
Your child is given many opportunities to write each day in the classroom.  I am focusing on the sight words we are learning.  I am encouraging them to use these when they write by writing sentences such as:
I see a....
I see the....
I like the...
I like to...
When writing unknown words, I am encouraging them to find words around the room or to "stretch out" the word.  For example, when your child is working on the sentence "I see a rainbow."  They may just write "ro" because they are only hearing the beginning and ending sounds.  Praise your child for any sounds they hear and write.  They are doing a great job!

This Week's Focus:
sight words:  see, a, I, the, like,  to 
color:  yellow
shape:  star
letter identification:  Dd-Hh
Letter Team:  sh (like in "sharp-toothed shark
Phonemic Awareness:  Rhyming
Writing: Writing sentences using our sight words.
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word, look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
Comprehension Skills: inferring and making connections
Theme: Apples
Math: Numbers to 5
Student of the Week:  Alexie

Important Dates:
September 7: Labor Day (No school)

Helping your child write at home:  
Your child is given many opportunities to write each day in the classroom.  I am focusing on the sight words we are learning.  I am encouraging them to use these when they write by writing sentences such as:
I see a....
I see the....
I like the...
I like to...
When writing unknown words, I am encouraging them to find words around the room or to "stretch out" the word.  For example, when your child is working on the sentence "I see a rainbow."  They may just write "ro" because they are only hearing the beginning and ending sounds.  Praise your child for any sounds they hear and write.  They are doing a great job!

Box Tops:
Our school earns money for each boxtop collected and turned in!  See the paper in the take home folder Monday to find out how you can collect!

Math:
This week we learned and worked with the numbers 1-5.  We are practicing writing these numbers too.  It would be helpful if you could practice this at home as well.  

Parent Helpers:

Thank you again for your willingness to help in the classroom.  All volunteer paperwork can be found on the Parent Portal site.  You must have this paperwork in if you plan to help in the class or go on any field trips.  I will be setting up parent volunteers in a few more weeks.  
  

Emergency Cards:

Please visit the Parent Portal site to print out your child's emergency card.  Send these in to me, filled out, as soon as possible.  Parents who fail to do so will be contacted by the office.  Thanks for your urgency.

Homework:

Everyone did a great job on our first week of homework!  Remember, to check the website to find out the share topic for the week.  This is due any day BUT Friday.  Please click the homework tab to find out about this week's homework as well as the share topic.




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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Week of August 22nd

What a great first full week of school! I am the luckiest teacher to have such a great group of students with me and I am excited about our year together. We are having so much fun getting to know one another and adjusting to this crazy little thing called kindergarten :) 

This Week's Focus:
sight words:  like, the
color:  orange
shape:  heart
letter identification:  A-C
Phonemic Awareness:  Rhyming
Writing:"I like the"sentences
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word, look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
Comprehension Skills: characters, problem and solution and making connections
Theme: Friendship
Math: Numbers to 5


Important Dates:
August 25: Picture Day
August 26:  Minimum Day All students come 7:45-11:35 (pick-up from classroom door)
September 5: Labor Day (No school)

PTSA:
We are hoping to have 100% parent participation in joining our ptsa.  An envelope was sent home the first week of school and membership is $7 per family member.  If you could, send back your membership fee this week, we would appreciate it!

Flashcards:
The kids are doing an excellent job of practicing and returning sight word flashcards! 

Volunteers:
If you plan to volunteer or attend any field trips this year, you must log in to the parent portal  and print out the parent volunteer forms.  These must be filled out and turned into myself or the office before October 7.  No parent volunteer paperwork will be accepted after that date.  If you volunteered to help in the classroom, I am waiting for you to be board approved and will let you know as soon as you are.  Thanks for your patience.

Emergency Cards:
Please log on to the parent portal to print your child's emergency card.  Fill this out and return it to me ASAP.  This is not optional and must be turned in.

Classroom Texting:
This is working out well for the most part!  It is proving to be a fast and easy way to communicate!  There have been a few instances when I have not received a parent text or vice versa.  If you do not get a response from me within 12 hours (I usually respond very quickly) you can assume I did not receive the text and either resend or call me during school hours (7:15-2:45).  I will never not respond.

Homework:
Homework packets will begin this week.  They will be in take home folders Monday and need to be returned on Friday.  Please click the homework tab to find more info on this week's homework.




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Friday, August 12, 2016

Week of August 15th


We had a great first three days of school! It has been so nice to meet all of you and your awesome kiddos! I have a wonderful group of students and I am truly looking forward to a fantastic school year! 

Thank you for your willingness to donate items to our classroom!  Just send those in when you can.  I appreciate your help so much!

This Week's Focus:
sight words:  I, see
color:  red
shape:  cresent
letter:  letter strokes
Grammar Skill:  Nouns
Writing:  "I see _____."
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word, look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
Comprehension Skills: characters/ making connections
Theme: Sharing
Math: Numbers to 5

Important Dates:
August 25: Picture Day
August 26:  Minimum Day All students come 7:45-11:35 (pick-up from classroom door)
September 5: Labor Day (No school)

Sign-up for text messaging
If you haven't already, it's super easy to receive text messages from me throughout the year.  It is a quick and easy way for me to let you know I have updated the website, or if something last minute has come up and I need to let you know right away.  Just text @26ke47to 81010 to add your number to the list.  Feel free to add as many numbers as you need (dad, grandma, etc).  I used this last year and it worked great!  You can text "stop" at anytime to the number to remove yourself from the list but I'm sure you will find it easy to keep up with the class through it!

Take Home Folders  Take Home Folders will begin coming home on Monday.  They will not have homework in them this week but I would like the students to get into the routine of turning them in daily.  Please remember that your child needs to bring his/her take home folders to and from school everyday.   Homework will officially begin Monday the 22nd.

Volunteers  I am so pleased with the number of parents who have expressed an interest in helping in the class and on field trips!!  Thank you!!  I am working on organizing volunteers and will keep you updated.  Please be sure to turn in all your paperwork asap so we can get you on the schedule.

Homework Please check the homework tab for this week's homework.

Sight Words Learning sight words is crucial to your child's early reading success.  Your child will bring home his/her sight word flashcards beginning Monday.  Please practice them nightly and when your child can read them fluently, return them in their take home folder for testing.  I will send a new list when they pass it.  Your child will continue on as they pass lists and receive a prize when they have learned all their kindergarten sight words.  Thanks for your support!




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