Monday, October 15, 2018

                    

Week of October 15-19, 2018



Reading:  This week begins Unit 2: “Look at Us.”  The stories will discuss how plants and animals are unique. “Flowers” is the first story. This nonfiction book explains variations of flowers and labels their parts. We will use the compare and contrast skill to make connections between two subjects in a text. Nouns for more than one are presented in the story. The amazing words unveiled are: seeds, buds, bloom, fruits, stem, and petals. Sight words to focus on are: have and is.

PhonicsAa is our focus letter. Words with the initial and medial /a/ sound will be taught (example: alligator, mat). The long /a/ sound will also be presented (example: ate, same). Segmenting (breaking apart words into sounds), blending (combining sounds to read words), rhyming, and syllables are constantly being taught. Please practice these skills at home.



Math: We are continuing to work with 2-dimensional shapes. We are sorting, identifying, and describing attributes of these shapes. Positional words are also practiced this week.



Reminders:

- The school-wide book fair will take place on Monday evening in the library from 4:00-7:00pm. Our class buying day is Wednesday, October 17th. Please remember to label envelopes before sending money to school.

- There will be a brief Fall Festival  meeting on Monday, October 15th at 5:00.  Anyone who plans on attending should meet in front of the school store.

- Friday is a $1.00 Spartan dress down day.

-Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Please check your calendar for dress themes.

- Picture Re-Take Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd

-It is very important to practice sight words daily. This repetition will help your child learn the 96 required sight words, leading them to become a more fluent reader. Counting to 100 and writing numbers 0-10 are other important skills to practice!



Have an amazing week!  

~ Mrs. Green 


Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Week of October 9-12, 2018

This week’s Reading story is called “Dig, Dig, Digging.” It is a concept book that will explore how machines do many different jobs in order to get work done. To build comprehension, we will classify and categorize information in a story. As we read, we will learn that nouns can be places and things.  The amazing words for the week are: scooping, swooshing, squelching, gobbling, spinning, and rumbling. The sight words featured this week are: a and to.

Our Phonics focus letter of the week is Tt. We will focus on the initial and final /t/ sound in words. We are also continuing to practice syllables, rhyming, letter sounds, and blending.



The Math Topic this week teaches how to classify and sort objects. Our lessons this week introduce the following 2-dimensional shapes: triangle, circle, square, and rectangle.



Reminders:

-Unfortunately, due to rain in the forecast for Thursday, October 11th, our Kindergarten Field Trip to Rohrbach’s Farm has been cancelled. Information will be sent home when a new Field Trip is planned.

-This is homecoming week. The students are encouraged to participate in themed days throughout the week, ending with a Pep Rally on Friday. (Please check the October calendar for themes.) These events help build Spartan Spirit. This spirit creates a positive attitude that inspires students to try their best.

-There will be a brief Fall Festival planning meeting on Monday, October 15th at 5:00.  Anyone who plans on attending should meet in front of the school store.  



-Book Fair Week will begin on Monday, October 15th with a Parent Night from 4-7pm. Buying Day for our class is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th.


-As always, continue to practice letter names and their sounds along with sight words daily. Also practice counting to 100 and writing numbers 0-10.

 Thank you for your continued cooperation and have a terrific week!

~Mrs. Green


Monday, October 1, 2018



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Week of October 1-5, 2018

Reading:  The title of this week’s story is “Smash! Crash!”  The characters in this fantasy are vehicles that interact with each other. This selection will encourage students to discuss activities they do with their friends. Nouns will be introduced this week. The amazing words presented are: signals, dud, proper, pirates, perfect, and fabulous. The sight words spotlighted are: a and to.

 Phonics: We are beginning to focus on individual letters and sounds. The first sound we will learn is /m/, which is made by letter Mm. We will practice initial sounds, ending sounds, blending, and discriminating words that contain the same sound.

Math: Our first topic will be tested this week. The test will cover how to read write, and count numbers 0-10. The next math topic introduces shapes. Classifying and sorting a variety of shapes will be the focus. 

Reminders:

-September book logs are now due. Students who have read 15 or more books will receive a treat. October Book Logs will be placed in folders on the first of the month.

-There will be a PTO meeting on Monday, October 1st at 6:30pm.

-It is important to practice sight words daily. Many students are advancing quickly. These students are seeing the benefits of knowing the words. They feel more confident when participating in reading activities containing their sight words.

-The PTO will be hosting a Fall Festival for Kindergarten on Friday, October 26th. An individual $3.00 donation was requested in order to provide a fun-filled day for your child. Please send in your donation if you have not already done so. Thank you for the donations we have received!

- Friday, October 5th is an Act 80 day. Students will be dismissed at 12:00.

-Monday, October 8th is an In-Service Day. There will be no school for students.

-Next week is Homecoming Spirit Week. Please refer to the information that was sent home for daily dress themes.

Have a marvelous week!

~ Mrs. Green


Monday, September 24, 2018

            Week of September 24-28, 2018

Reading: “Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip” is our new story. This animal fantasy is used to discuss how people in a community cooperate. In order to build comprehension, we will learn how to classify and categorize. This will help us understand how things are alike in a story.  This week’s Amazing Words are: bakery, park, library, fire station, post office, and chaperone. We will be reading the sight words: I, am, at, the, little, yes, and no.
Phonics: We are focusing on beginning sounds in words this week. We will also keep practicing breaking words apart into syllables, as well as blending syllables to make words. Rhyming is being taught daily. The letters of the week are: Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, and Zz.

Math: Numbers 0-10 will continue this week. Students are practicing how to read, write, and count these numbers. We are counting forward and backward, using five frames, ten frames, and number lines.

Science: We are beginning observations to learn about the world around us. We will start by observing apples for the start of fall.

Reminders:
- Please remember to check your child’s folder EVERY night. 
- Sight words should be practiced daily.  Also practice letter names and sounds.
- September reading logs (from the book buddy pocket of your child’s folder) are due October 1st. The goal is to read 15 books!

- The next Fall Festival Meeting will take place at Francesco’s Restaurant on September 24th at 7:00pm. The Fall Festival is scheduled for October 26th. Please send in your $3.00 donation ASAP if you have not done so. Thank you to those who already contributed!

- Our field trip to Rohrbach’s Farm is scheduled for October 11, 2018. Returned permission slips are required for your child to participate in our day of fun.

-There will be a dress down day on Monday, October 1, 2018 if your child wears a BLUE shirt for National Bullying Protection Month.


Have a wonderful week!

~ Mrs. Green

Monday, September 17, 2018


Week of September 17-21, 2018
Our Reading story for the week is called “Plaidypus Lost.”  This  fictional story that discusses how families cooperate. We will learn about sequencing to help build comprehension. This skill helps us determine the order in which things happen in a story. Our “Amazing Words” for the week are: platypus, around, lost, found, market, and groceries. The new sight words taught will be the and little. Letter  recognition will include: Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, and Ss. Phonics will focus on initial sounds and sound discrimination.


Numbers 0-10 will continue to be our focus in Math. The students are reading, writing, and counting the numbers using various manipulatives. We are becoming very familiar with dominoes, ten frames, number lines, linking cubes, and counters.


Reminders:


-Please remember to check folders daily. The “return” items should be sent back promptly. The “Keep” items should be removed from the folder immediately. (Extra papers that are left cause confusion when trying to organize ourselves). Review the schoolwork with your child to reinforce the concepts.

-Please practice sight words daily. Repetition leads to mastery!

-Continue to review your child’s 5 digit number. This is an important tracking number for school information.

-Friday, September 21st will be a Spartan dress sown day. Students may donate $1.00 to participate.

-There will be a meeting for those interested in helping out with the Fall Festival on Monday, September 24th. It will take place at Francesco’s restaurant beginning at 7:00pm.



-Specials for the week:

Monday- Music,  Tuesday- Library,  Wednesday-Gym,   Thursday-Art,  Friday- Computers



Thank you for your cooperation and have a great week!

~ Mrs. Green


Monday, September 10, 2018

September 10-14, 2018
Congratulations to you and your child! You have made it through the hardest part of kindergarten. The first two weeks can be tough when transitioning into the school setting. Everyone seems to be adjusting well. The children are becoming very familiar with the rules and procedures. I am delighted by their progress!
Reading:    Story: We Are So Proud     Genre: Realistic Fiction  
                   Comprehension Skill: Setting
                   Essential Question: How do children work and play together?
                   Amazing Words:  proud, cooperation, float, preparation, creation, guide
                   High Frequency Words: I, am, a, to, the     (List 1 will be tested this week!)
 Phonics: syllables (word parts). This skill is introduced by clapping out parts of a word.  
Letter Recognition: Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn.

Math
 Unit: Numbers 0-10  
Essential Question: How do we read, write, and count numbers up to 5?
We will be identifying, writing, and counting numbers up to 5 this week. We will also be using manipulatives to demonstrate one-to-one correspondence while counting items in a set.

Reminders:
~ Please remember to check your child’s folder EVERY day. Remove the “left at home” items. Review the concepts that were taught. Check the “right back to school” items. This side of the folder contains papers that should be returned promptly. When sending a note or paperwork to school, please place it in the “return” side of the folder.
~ Continue to practice your child’s 5-digit number. They use this daily in the cafeteria. It is also used to log in to computers and check out library books.  
~The PTO school store is now open. Kindergarten students may shop only on Mondays before classes start. Money for the school store should not be placed in folders because I may not get to it in time.
~ The Fall Festival Meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13th in the Elementary Cafeteria at 2:00pm.
~ School pictures will be taken on Friday, September 14th. All students will be photographed and required to follow the school dress code. If you choose to purchase a package, payments are due by Friday morning.
Specials:      Mon. Music     Tues. Guidance     Wed. Gym     Thurs. Art     Fri. Computers
Please remember to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.                                
 Have a wonderful week!






Monday, September 3, 2018



September 4-7, 2018








Our first week in Kindergarten was a great success!  The boys and girls have done a great job of adjusting to our daily routine.  We continue to review classroom rules and procedures as well as center rules and proper indoor voice level. 

Thank you for returning all of the beginning forms that were sent home so promptly. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Also, thank you to all who sent in donations of supplies. They will be put to good use.

We began our Reading series with “The Little School Bus.” This is an animal fantasy that introduces the students to characters in a story. The rhyming words and silly animals make the story very entertaining. There are six “amazing words” presented in the story: first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth. The high frequency words that we are focusing on are: I and am. We are recognizing letters of the alphabet with a target on Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, and Ee.

We are beginning our first topic in Math. This unit teaches numbers 0-10. We will be reading, writing, and counting numbers up to 5 this week. We will also be using manipulatives to count the number of items in a set.

Reminders:

~ Please remember to check your child’s folder every day. The items in the left pocket should be removed and the skills that were taught for the day can be reviewed at home. The right pocket often contains important papers that should be returned to school.

~It is very important for your child to practice his/her 5 digit number daily. Repetition will speed the learning process!

~Your child should continue to wear his/her bus tag to school daily. This helps to avoid confusion during the bus loading process.

~ There will be a school-wide pep rally on Friday, September 7th.

Please remember to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful week!  
~ Mrs. Green