Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Week of May 15-19, 2017



Reading:  “Old MacDonald had a Workshop” is this week’s story. This animal fantasy answers the question, “What tools do you need to build things?” We will be reviewing characters and introducing prepositional phrases. The amazing words are: saw, hammer, file, drill, screwdriver, and chisel. We will concentrate on the following sight words: where, that, is, come, and go.

Phonics: Short and long vowel sounds are revisited, with the focus on Oo. The letter is reviewed in the beginning, middle, and even the end of words.



Math:  Measurement will be tested this week. Sorting, Classifying, Counting, and Categorizing Data in Topic 13 will begin.

Reminders:

~ Please continue to practice sight words daily. We are very proud of those students who met the 96 word goal! There is still time left  to catch up to them.

~Please return the Kindergarten Graduation form indicating if your child will be leaving after the graduation ceremony or staying in school for the day. (Also list the person who will be signing your child out.)

~Kindergarten Graduation is Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:00pm in the high school auditorium. Please park in the lower lot of the school and enter through the gymnasium doors, which will be open at 12:45pm. 5 tickets will be sent home on Friday, May 19th.

~ The Kindergarten Petting Zoo is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th. Please remember to return the permission slip.



~ Carnival Day is Friday, May 26th.



~ There will be no school on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

~ The last day of school is Monday, May 31st!

Specials:

Mon. Music         Tues. Computers         Wed. Library         Thurs. Art         Fri. Gym

Have a great week!






Monday, May 8, 2017


Week of May 8-12, 2017




Reading: Our first story in Unit 6 is “Building with Dad.” This informational fiction book  tells how a school is built. We will practice how to compare and contrast to identify how things are the same and different.  The amazing words presented are: groundbreaking, foundation, water proof, trenches, welding, and gleaming. Sight words to focus on are: here, do, little, with, and what.



Phonics:  Qq and Yy will still be practiced this week. The vowels Aa and Ii are also reviewed.

MathTopic 11 will be completed and tested this week. These lessons break the numbers 11 through 19 into parts made up of ten ones and some further ones. Topic 12 will also start this week. Measurement is the focus. We will compare objects by length, height, capacity, and weight.

Reminders:

~ Please continue to practice ALL sight words daily. Time is winding down to reach the 96 word goal!

~ Review all letters and sounds. Students also need to name one word that begins with each sound.

~ Practice word writing regularly. Remind your child to use sight words, word families, colors, numbers, familiar names, etc.  

~ Also practice writing dictated sentences. Remind children to use a Capital letter at the beginning, finger spaces between words, and punctuation at the end. For words they do not know how to spell: have them sound out the word and write the sounds they hear.

Important Dates:

~ Monday, 5/8 is an extended school day. (Dismissal 3:45)

~ Monday, 5/8 is family buying night for the book fair.

~ Wednesday, 5/10 will be the Teens Against Tobacco “Kick Butts Day.”  Students should wear sneakers to take part in the outdoor activities.

~ Friday, 5/12 is the wedding of Qq and Uu. Students are encouraged to dress up for the big event!

~ Kindergarten Graduation will take place on Wednesday, 5/24 at 1:00pm. Each child will receive 5 tickets. Parking is available in the lower level lot at the high school. Doors will open at 12:45. Please use the gymnasium/auditorium entrance. Students should wear a white collared shirt with their hair down.  Your child may be signed out of school after the ceremony.

Specials:  Mon. Music        Tues. Computers        Wed. Book Exchange        Thurs. Art        Fri. Gym


Monday, May 1, 2017


Week of May1-5, 2017



ReadingThe title of this week’s story is “This is the Way We Go to School.” It is an informational fiction story that explains the ways children around the world get to school. Drawing conclusions is the comprehension skill taught this week. We will also revisit how to identify verbs as action words in sentences. Our amazing words are: cable car, horse-and –buggy, Metro line, trolley, skis, and vaporetto. The sight words to focus on are: where and come.



Phonics: This week presents two letters. Yy makes the /y/ sound, as in yak. Qq’s sound is /kw/, as in quilt.

 Math: Topic 11 starts this week. This unit decomposes numbers 11 to 19. The students will be using ten frames to break apart the numbers into parts that show ten ones and some further ones.



Reminders:

~ Monday, May 1st is an extended school day. Dismissal will begin at 3:45.

~ Please continue to practice ALL sight words daily. The 96 word goal is definitely in reach!

~ The reading teachers will soon begin their end of the year testing. Remember, your child will be required to write dictated sentences. (They must use capital letters at the beginning, finger spaces between words, and punctuation at the end. For words they do not know how to spell: have them sound out the word and write the sounds they hear.)

     *They will also need to identify, write, and give the sound (along     

      with a word) for each letter of the alphabet. Another assessment

      will determine how many words can be written correctly in a 10

      minute time frame. Practice word writing regularly. Remind your

      child to use sight words, word families, colors, numbers, familiar

      names, etc.  

~ The Book Fair is this week. Parent buying night is scheduled for Monday, May 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Our class buying day is Wednesday, May 10th. If you are sending money to school, please place it in a labeled envelope.

~ Kindergarten Graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:00pm in the High School Auditorium.



Specials:

Mon. Music              Tues. Computers              Wed. Library              Thurs. Art              Fri. Gym








Monday, April 24, 2017


Week of April 24-28, 2016


Reading: Our story for the week is called "On the Move!”. This informational text discusses how people in different parts of the world travel. The comprehension skill we will practice is Main Idea. We will also learn more about nouns in sentences. The amazing words from the story are: travel, llama, submarine, kayak, dogsled, and double-decker bus. The targeted sight words are: when and come.
Phonics: Two letters will be targeted this week. We will work with the letters Vv (with the /v/ sound as in van) and Zz (with the /z/ sound as in zebra).

Math:  We are beginning Topic 10. These lessons will continue composing numbers from 11-19.

Reminders:
~ Please continue to practice all sight words daily. Congratulations to the students who are able to read all 96 words!
~Practice writing words and sentences. Sentences should start with a capital letter, contain a space between words, and have an ending mark.
~ DIBELS testing will begin soon. Continue to review letter naming, segmenting, and nonsense words for these 1 minute assessments.

~Friday, April 28th is a Spartan Dress Down Day.  Students may donate $1.00 to wear jeans or sweatpants with a Spartan shirt.

~Our monthly reward for good behavior will take place on Friday, April 28th. Students who have 2 or more yellow or red days in their calendar will not participate.

~ Take a look in the Republican Herald newspaper on Thursday, April 27th.  “A Child’s View” will be published.  You will find your child’s response to what they want to be when they grow up.

~Kindergarten Graduation will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 23rd in the NS High School Auditorium.  Each student will receive 5 tickets for the event.

Specials:

Mon. Music        Tues. Computers        Wed. Book Exchange        Thurs. Art        Fri. Gym








Monday, April 17, 2017


Week of April 17-20, 2017



Reading:  The story for the week is “The Little Engine That Could.” This classic fantasy is used to teach about the work done by trains. Students will identify plot in stories to build their comprehension skills. We will revisit the concept of nouns and learn about writing formal letters. The amazing words this week are: engine, passenger, mountain, tracks, roundhouse, and valley. The sight words featured include: what, said, and was.

Phonics:  We will continue working on Uu with the initial and medial /u/ sound, as in umbrella and tub. Vv will also be introduced this week.



MathTopic 9 (Composing and Decomposing Numbers to 10) will be tested this week. Please practice the plus and minus sign with your child. Also practice writing number sentences for addition and subtraction. After this test, we will continue composing the numbers 11-19 in Topic 10.



Reminders:

~ United States projects will be presented this week.

~ Remember to practice ALL sight words EVERY night. Time is winding down to learn the 17 lists of 96 words!

~ Please continue to practice writing words and sentences. Also review DIBELS skills. Repetition leads to success!

~The NSE Art Show will be held in the cafeteria on Wednesday, April 19th from 4:00-6:00pm.

~Kindergarten Graduation pictures will take place on Thursday, April 20th. All children will be photographed. There will be no make-up pictures. Students need to wear a white collared shirt. Please keep hairstyles simple enough to be worn with a cap. If purchasing a picture package, please send payment in the picture envelope by Wednesday.

~Students who earn this month’s positive behavior reward will participate in an Egg Hunt on April 28th. Please encourage good behavior!



Specials:

Mon. Music          Tues. Computers         Wed. Library          Thurs. Art         Fri. Gym



Have a very good week!


Monday, April 10, 2017


Week of April 10-14, 2017



Reading: This week’s story is called “Trucks Roll!” This rhyming, nonfiction book discusses what types of transportation help people do their jobs. We will practice how to compare and contrast to build comprehension skills. Prepositions will be introduced and poems will be practiced. The amazing words in the story are: trailers, cabs, haul, steering wheel, truckers, and headlight. The sight words to focus on are: what, said, and was.

Phonics: This week’s feature letter is Uu.  The short /u/ sound, as in umbrella, will be taught in the initial and medial position of words.



Math: Topic 10 (Composing Numbers 11 to 19) is a hard concept for the children. Therefore, we will continue with extra practice on these concepts for the week. Please help your child remember the equal, plus, and minus signs.



Reminders:

~There will be no school on Friday, April 14th.

~ Kindergarten Graduation Pictures will be taken on April 20th. If you wish to purchase a package, please send in the envelope along with your payment as soon as possible. Keep in mind that all students will be photographed for the class photo. Therefore, children must wear white collared shirts that day.

~ Thank you for your donations to our PTO Road Trip Basket. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

~Please continue to practice sight words and word writing daily. I am seeing great improvements!



Specials:

Mon. Computers          Tues. Book Exchange         Wed. Art          Thurs. Gym




Monday, April 3, 2017


Week of April 3-7, 2017



Reading: We will be reading an informational text that discusses what kinds of transportation help us in an emergency. The story is called “Mayday1 Mayday!” Cause and Effect is the comprehension skill we will continue to develop. The amazing words are: rescue, yacht, mechanic, pilot, sailor, and shimmering. The popular sight words are: yellow, blue, and green. Writing practice will focus on using question marks and uppercase letters appropriately. Sentences that rhyme are also used throughout the week.

Phonics:  The letter of the week is Xx. The final /ks/ sound will be stressed, as in the word box.



Math: Composing and decomposing numbers to 10 is continued this week. Making whole groups using different parts is the idea we are working on. We are writing number sentences to show these different parts. (ex. 4+4=8, 3+5=8, 2+6=8)  We will also learn how to use a graph to solve a problem.



Reminders:

~ The PTO Basket Auction donations are due by Tuesday, April 4th. Each child is encouraged to donate a “Road Trip” item or a monetary donation in order to purchase these items.  Thank you to all who have made their donations! Remember to visit the auction on April 8th or 9th to try your luck.

~ All Spring Pictures or money for the packages should be returned ASAP.

~ Please remember to practice sight words daily. The goal is to learn 17 lists containing 96 words! Many children are getting very close to this goal. Thank you for your help!

Specials:

Mon. Computers      Tues. Library      Wed. Art      Thurs. Gym      Fri. Music





Have an excellent week!

~ Mrs. Green