Saturday, October 29, 2016

Week of October 31st

I want to thank you guys for your patience through this horrendously difficult time my family and I are going through.  For any who do not know, my dad was put on hospice last Monday.  His cancer is extremely aggressive and he has now lost 50 lbs since being diagnosed on October 4th. Hospice has been absolutely wonderful and my family and I are making every moment count.  He needs constant care at this point so I am helping my mom and I would appreciate any extra help in the classroom this week as I work to be able to head home quickly after school to be thereIf you are willing to work on something at home, check with me.  I also need help taking down all October artAgain, I can't thank you enough for your support.  

This Week's Focus:

sight words:  my
we, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
shape:  circle
Phonics:  Pp and Nn
Phonemic Awareness:  segmenting sounds
Writing: Writing sentences using our sight words and stretching out unknown words
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word,
                                 look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
                                check the first letter of the word (lips the fish)
                           stretch out the sounds in the word (stretchy snake)
Comprehension Skills: inferring, problem/solution
Theme: Spiders
Math: Numbers to 10
Student of the Week: Santiago

Important Dates:

October 31:  Scarecrow Day
November 9-11:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
November 14-18:  Minimum Days (conference week)
November 21-25:  Thanksgiving Break (No school)

Parent Conferences:

At this point, I'm not sure what parent conference week will have in store for me.  I am going to "tentatively" schedule conferences.  I may or may not need to reschedule all conferences to a later date. Thank you for your support.

Pumpkin Donation

We will be having some fun activities on Scarecrow Day!  One activity will involve each student decorating a small pumpkin.  I am asking for a 2$ or more donation from each family to cover the price of the pumpkins.   Please send it in an envelope or a baggie.  Thanks for your support!


Scarecrow Day

Scarecrow day will be on Monday, October 31th.  On this day, all kindergarten classes participate by dressing up like scarecrows.  This can be done by wearing an old pair of jeans or overalls, a flannel and whatever else a scarecrow might wear.  This does fall on Halloween this year.  Other costumes are not permitted at school.  Your child may choose to participate in scarecrow day or dress in orange and black.  No other costumes are allowed at Cram.  We will be having a scarecrow parade at 9:40 that day and everyone is welcome to come see it!  You do not need to be board approved to watch the parade!  I would love any and all parent help that day.  You do need to be board approved to help on this day.  I will plan according to my parent helper availability.  Please message me if you'd like to be a part of this fun day.  I would love parent help from 9:30 to 11:15 that day. Please let me know by October 16th if you'd like to join us for our Scarecrow day!  





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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week of October 24th

This Week's Focus:

sight words:  my
we, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
shape:  circle
Phonics:  Pp and Nn
Phonemic Awareness:  segmenting sounds
Writing: Writing sentences using our sight words and stretching out unknown words
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word,
                                 look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
                                check the first letter of the word (lips the fish)
                           stretch out the sounds in the word (stretchy snake)
Comprehension Skills: inferring, problem/solution
Theme: Spiders
Math: Numbers to 10
Student of the Week: Santiago

Important Dates:


October 27th:  Barnes and Noble Reading Night
October 28:  minimum day
October 31:  Scarecrow Day
November 9-11:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
November 14-18:  Minimum Days (conference week)
November 21-25:  Thanksgiving Break (No school)


Family Reading Night

Thursday October 27th is our annual Family Reading Night at Barnes and Noble.  This is a chance for your child to wear his/her costume down to Barnes and Noble for lots of fun activities.  Teachers will be reading aloud, there will be costume parades, cupcake decorating and prizes to win!  Cram receives a portion of the money spent that night and everyone has a lot of fun!  

Pumpkin Donation

We will be having some fun activities on Scarecrow Day!  One activity will involve each student decorating a small pumpkin.  I am asking for a 2$ or more donation from each family to cover the price of the pumpkins.   Please send it in an envelope or a baggie.  Thanks for your support!


Scarecrow Day

Scarecrow day will be on Monday, October 31th.  On this day, all kindergarten classes participate by dressing up like scarecrows.  This can be done by wearing an old pair of jeans or overalls, a flannel and whatever else a scarecrow might wear.  This does fall on Halloween this year.  Other costumes are not permitted at school.  Your child may choose to participate in scarecrow day or dress in orange and black.  No other costumes are allowed at Cram.  We will be having a scarecrow parade at 9:40 that day and everyone is welcome to come see it!  You do not need to be board approved to watch the parade!  I would love any and all parent help that day.  You do need to be board approved to help on this day.  I will plan according to my parent helper availability.  Please message me if you'd like to be a part of this fun day.  I would love parent help from 9:30 to 11:15 that day. Please let me know by October 16th if you'd like to join us for our Scarecrow day!  




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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Week of October 17th

This Week's Focus:

sight words:  we, 
see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
shape:  triangle
Phonics:  Cc and Tt
Phonemic Awareness:  segmenting sounds
Writing: Writing sentences using our sight words and stretching out unknown words
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word,
                                 look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
                                check the first letter of the word (lips the fish)
                           stretch out the sounds in the word (stretchy snake)
Comprehension Skills: inferring, problem/solution
Theme: Pumpkins
Math: Numbers to 10
Student of the Week: 

Important Dates:

October 17: Field trip to pumpkin patch (minimum day)
October 21: Box Tops due
October 27th:  Barnes and Noble Reading Night
October 28:  minimum day
October 31:  Scarecrow Day

Family Reading Night

Thursday October 27th is our annual Family Reading Night at Barnes and Noble.  This is a chance for your child to wear his/her costume down to Barnes and Noble for lots of fun activities.  Teachers will be reading aloud, there will be costume parades, cupcake decorating and prizes to win!  Cram receives a portion of the money spent that night and everyone has a lot of fun!  

Field Trip

 Our field trip is Monday!  This day is a minimum day for kindergarten only!  To attend, you must have given me notification already.   We can not allow parents to show up at the pumpkin patch and plan to join our group due to state and district regulations.  Also, there are no siblings allowed on this trip.  If you are chaperoning, please make child care arrangements for your other little ones and meet us at Greenspot Farm at 9:15.  Students should pack a sack lunch that day and leave lunch boxes at home.  Let me know if you have any questions about our field trip.  


Scarecrow Day

Scarecrow day will be on Monday, October 31th.  On this day, all kindergarten classes participate by dressing up like scarecrows.  This can be done by wearing an old pair of jeans or overalls, a flannel and whatever else a scarecrow might wear.  This does fall on Halloween this year.  Other costumes are not permitted at school.  Your child may choose to participate in scarecrow day or dress in orange and black.  No other costumes are allowed at Cram.  We will be having a scarecrow parade at 9:40 that day and everyone is welcome to come see it!  You do not need to be board approved to watch the parade!  I would love any and all parent help that day.  You do need to be board approved to help on this day.  I will plan according to my parent helper availability.  Please message me if you'd like to be a part of this fun day.  I would love parent help from 9:30 to 11:15 that day. Please let me know by October 16th if you'd like to join us for our Scarecrow day!  




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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Week of October 10

Thank you for your understanding and patience last week as I had to be out. I want to let you know that unfortunately my dad became very sick, very quickly, 2 weeks ago. He was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday. This has been devastating. We never saw it coming.  The road ahead is very unclear at this time and I plan to remain as close to him as I can be as we travel down it.  I appreciate your thoughts, prayers and patience as my mom, brother and I help him fight.


This Week's Focus:

sight words:  we, 
see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
shape:  triangle
Phonics:  short a
Phonemic Awareness:  segmenting sounds
Writing: Writing sentences using our sight words and stretching out unknown words
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word,
                                 look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
                                check the first letter of the word (lips the fish)
                           stretch out the sounds in the word (stretchy snake)
Comprehension Skills: inferring, problem/solution
Theme: Bats
Math: Numbers to 10
Student of the Week: 

Important Dates:

October 17: Field trip to pumpkin patch
October 21: Box Tops due
October 27th:  Barnes and Noble Reading Night
October 28:  minimum day
October 31:  Scarecrow Day

Family Reading Night

Thursday October 27th is our annual Family Reading Night at Barnes and Noble.  This is a chance for your child to wear his/her costume down to Barnes and Noble for lots of fun activities.  Teachers will be reading aloud, there will be costume parades, cupcake decorating and prizes to win!  Cram receives a portion of the money spent that night and everyone has a lot of fun!  

Field Trip

 Our field trip is approaching.  Just a reminder, all parents attending must notify me.  We can not allow parents to show up at the pumpkin patch and plan to join our group due to state and district regulations.  Also, there are no siblings allowed on this trip.  If you are chaperoning, please make child care arrangements for your other little ones.  Students should pack a sack lunch that day and leave lunch boxes at home.  Let me know if you have any questions about our field trip.  

Scarecrow Day

Scarecrow day will be on Monday, October 31th.  On this day, all kindergarten classes participate by dressing up like scarecrows.  This can be done by wearing an old pair of jeans or overalls, a flannel and whatever else a scarecrow might wear.  This does fall on halloween this year.  Other costumes are not permitted at school.  Your child may choose to participate in scarecrow day or dress in orange and black.  No other costumes are allowed at Cram.  We will be having a scarecrow parade at 9:40 that day and everyone is welcome to come see it!  You do not need to be board approved to watch the parade!  I would love any and all parent help that day.  You do need to be board approved to help on this day.  I will plan according to my parent helper availability.  Please message me if you'd like to be a part of this fun day.  I would love parent help from 9:30 to 11:15 that day. Please let me know by October 16th if you'd like to join us for our Scarecrow day!  






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Monday, October 3, 2016

Week of October 3rd

This Week's Focus:

sight words:  
see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
color:  black
shape:  triangle
letter identification:  Mm and Ss
Phonemic Awareness:  segmenting sounds
Writing: Writing sentences using our sight words and stretching out unknown words
Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word,
                                 look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
                                check the first letter of the word (lips the fish)
                        
Comprehension Skills: retelling and story elements (characters, setting, problem and solution)
Theme: Owls
Math: Oder by size, length or weight
Student of the Week:  Marlee

Important Dates:

October 7: deadline for parent volunteer paperwork
October 17: Field trip to pumpkin patch
October 21: Box Tops due
October 28:  minimum day
October 31:  Scarecrow Day

Phonemic Awareness:

We will be working on segmenting words this week.  You can help at home by playing a "Secret Word" game with your child.  Tell them you have a secret word.  Take a simple word such as bat and segment the sounds for them.  /b/ /a/ /t/.  Have your child blend your secret word sounds together to form the word bat.  If your child is mastering simple words, go onto more difficult words that incorporate blends and digraphs (flag, spot, smash, cash, flash, etc).  This is a great game to play in the car.  The next step of difficulty is to have your child come up with a secret word and segment it for you.  Have fun helping your child learn!

Jog a Thon

Thank you so much for your support!  The kids had a great time and I am so grateful for your donations!  

Apple Pie Day

We made apple pies on Friday and they turned out great!  We had so much fun learning about apples this month and now we will learn about nocturnal animals in October.



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