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Friday, January 19, 2018

week of January 22, 2018

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of January 22, 2018
***In Math, we will continue Topic 5, Numbers to 20.  Our topic essential question is: “How can numbers to 20 be counted, read, and written?”  Our new math words are: seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty.  We will be finishing this Topic this week, but it had to be continued due to the snow days.  Please continue writing numbers to 20, counting to 100, counting by 10s, and identifying numbers in print.
***In Reading, our new story is: The Lion and The Mouse.  We will be talking about: the main idea of the story.  We will also be learning about how to ask and answer questions.  Our amazing words are: jungle, nibbling, trembling, beast, snarled, entangled. 
  ***Science and Social Studies-  We will be wrapping up our discussion on Money.  In Morning Meeting, we have been identifying coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter) and their value along with a dollar bill.  We also have been talking about what we can spend money on (a need vs. a want).
***Handwriting/Writing- We will spend some time reviewing lowercase letters and their correct formations, but we will be focusing more on copying words and sentences to increase our stamina.  We have also been trying hard to stay on topic in order to formulate a sentence to write together.
***Important Reminders- Please practice the sight words daily.  It will make reading so much easier for your child.  Please also read a book a night and log it for the January AR log.  Please continue to check your child’s folder each night and contact us with any questions or concerns.  Also, please continue to review: counting to 100, all letters and their sounds, rhyming words, first sounds of words, and writing numbers to 20.
***Important Dates:
Friday, January 26-The Boosterthon Fun Run has been moved to this day due to the snow days this past week.  Please have your child wear the blue PTO shirt that was handed out earlier in the year so that their laps can be marked on their shirt.  This is what the front and the back of the shirt looks like.  Any questions, please let us know.

Parents,
Thank you again for supporting our school through the North Schuylkill Spartan Fun Run! Our goal is to raise $10,000 for field trips, education programs, and fun day, and we need your help! 
This weekend are issuing a special challenge. Visit funrun.com to see the bonus prize your child can earn simply by getting a total of $2 per lap in new pledges (or $60 in flat donations) this weekend only.
And if you’re looking for an easy way to ask for a pledge, create your very own Student Star Video by uploading a photo of your student to funrun.com. It’s a fun movie trailer starring your child! You can share it on email or social media to ask for a pledge.

Thank you again for helping our class!
                               PS - If you haven’t registered your child on funrun.com, search "North Schuylkill.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Week of January 15

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of January 15, 2018
***In Math, we will continue Topic 5, Numbers to 20.  Our topic essential question is: “How can numbers to 20 be counted, read, and written?”  Our new math words are: seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty.  We will also review ten frames.  When there is one counter in each section of the ten frame and the ten frame is filled, we know that there is ten without counting.  When we have more than one filled ten frame, we can count by tens.
***In Reading, our new story is: Then and Now.  We will be discussing how things we use today are different from things used long ago.  We will also work on drawing conclusions.  Our amazing words are: gears, webcams, phonograms, headphones, handwritten, newspapers.  We will also work with meaningful word groups. 
***Handwriting/Writing- We will review some of the lowercase letter formations, rhyming words, writing a sentence, and labels for words.  We will continue to stress writing words with lowercase letters and only use capitals to start a sentence or important words.
***Important Reminders- Please practice the sight words daily.  It will make reading so much easier for your child.  Please also read a book a night and log it for the January AR log.  Please continue to check your child’s folder each night and contact us with any questions or concerns.  Also, please continue to review: counting to 100, all letters and their sounds, rhyming words, first sounds of words, and writing numbers to 20.
On Monday, we will review being respectful and teamwork. If students earn 4 stars they will be able to dress down on Friday January 26th. Please remember that from now until the end of the year, all dress down days are Jeans or sweatpants with a Spartan shirt.
Our Boosterthon Fundraiser will kick off Tuesday, January 16th.  Our goal is to raise money for field trips, programs, carnival etc. The character theme is Castle Quest. We will learn the six virtues of a true hero. Please consider donating to support our school. Look for pledge sheets and collection envelopes to come home next week.
***Important Dates:

Friday, January 12- Brain Show Mania (6pm)
Monday, January 15- Snow make-up day
Friday, January 19th Spartan Dress Down Day with $1 Donation (spartan shirt/sweatpants or jeans)
Thursday, January 25th Boosterthon Fun Run

Thursday, January 4, 2018

week of January 8, 2018

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of January 8, 2018
***In Math, we will begin Topic 5, Numbers to 20.  Our topic essential question is: “How can numbers to 20 be counted, read, and written?”  Our new math words are: seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty.  We will also review ten frames.  When there is one counter in each section of the ten frame and the ten frame is filled, we know that there is ten without counting.  When we have more than one filled ten frame, we can count by tens.
***In Reading, our new story is: Farfallina and Marcel.  We will be talking about: how friendships change.  We will also be learning about the plot of the story.  Our amazing words are: goose, butterfly, gosling, reflection, caterpillar, cocoon.  We will also continue to talk about verbs, which are action words. 
  ***Science and Social Studies-  We will explore the January holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as the topic of metamorphosis through our new Reading story. 
***Handwriting/Writing- We will review some of the lowercase letter formations, rhyming words, writing a sentence, and labels for words.  We will continue to stress writing words with lowercase letters and only use capitals to start a sentence or important words.

***Important Reminders- Please practice the sight words daily.  It will make reading so much easier for your child.  Please also read a book a night and log it for the January AR log.  Please continue to check your child’s folder each night and contact us with any questions or concerns.  Also, please continue to review: counting to 100, all letters and their sounds, rhyming words, first sounds of words, and writing numbers to 20.
***Important Dates:
Wednesday, January 10- 2 Hour Data Delay
Friday, January 12- Brain Show Mania (6pm)
Monday, January 15- Teacher Inservice Day (No School for Students)

Friday, December 15, 2017

week of December 18, 2017 and January 2, 2018

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Weeks of December 18, 2017 and January 2, 2018

*This is the last newsletter of 2017 as we will be continuing topics after the Christmas break. *

***In Math, we are continuing Topic 4, Comparing and Ordering Numbers 0-10.   We will learn how to compare and order numbers   0-10.  Our new math words include: greater, less.  You can practice identifying numbers 0-10 and putting them in order.  You could also practice picking a number between 0-10 and identifying what comes before and after the number.  Please practice counting to 100 and writing numbers with correct formation.
***In Reading, our new story is: George Washington Visits and we will discuss cause and effect in the story. Our new amazing words are: celebration, soldier, barn, arch, sprinted, blacksmith.  We will be working on identifying initial and final sounds in words.  We will also recite rhymes and work on producing rhyming words.
  ***Science and Social Studies-  We will look at characteristics of winter and what plants and animals do during winter.  We will also examine different habitats of animals and their climates.
***Handwriting/Writing- We are finishing up the last few lowercase letter formations and we will be reviewing capital and lowercase letter formations throughout the rest of the school year.  We have been formulating complete thoughts into a sentence around a topic.  We have been talking about capital letters at the beginning, lowercase letters throughout the writing, 2 finger spaces in between words, and punctuation at the end as well as sounding out words as we write.

***From our school family to yours- We hope that you have a lovely holiday break and enjoy the time with your family.  Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.  We are excited to see the continued progress for the remainder of the school year and appreciate the hard work and cooperation thus far.  Happy Holidays! ***


***Important Dates:
Wednesday, December 20- Polar Express Day for Kindergarten Students
Thursday, December 21- PBIS reward day
Friday, December 22-12pm Early Dismissal
***January 2, 2018- School Resumes

Thursday, December 7, 2017

week of December 11, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of December 11, 2017
***In Math, we are starting Topic 4, Comparing and Ordering Numbers 0-10.   We will learn how to compare and order numbers   0-10.  Our new math words include: greater, less.  You can practice identifying numbers 0-10 and putting them in order.  You could also practice picking a number between 0-10 and identifying what comes before and after the number.  Please practice counting to 100 and writing numbers with correct formation.
***In Reading, our new story is: Little Quack and we will discuss the plot of the story. Our new amazing words are: duckling, plunged, pond, proud, paddle, brave.  We will be able to compare and contrast between last week’s story (Little Panda) and this week’s story because one is nonfiction and one is fiction and one happens at a zoo and one happens in a pond.  Please continue to review sight words, all letters and their sounds, and rhyming.  All of these skills will help your child become a reader!
***Science and Social Studies-  We will finish up the living and nonliving section of science and work on what living things need to survive.  We will also look at various winter holidays and traditions people have around the world.  We will also discuss the characteristics of the winter season.
***Handwriting/Writing- We will continue with our lowercase letter formations and copying words, phrases, and simple sentences from one line to another.  We will continue to work on using our helper hand to hold the paper, correct formation of letters, and pencil grip and hand strength.
***Please Note:
-Please make sure that you are cleaning out your child’s folder every night and watch out for notes and reminders that may come home because there are a lot of activities happening this month.
-Please also practice sight words along with reading for the AR log each night.  Thanks!
-Please make sure that you are wearing a heavy coat to go out for recess.  We go out as much as possible.

***Important Dates:
Friday, December 8- Report cards sent home (please sign and return envelope only)
Saturday, December 9-  Holiday Concert (10 am)
Monday, December 11- Day 9
Wednesday, December 13- 2-hour data delay
Friday, December 15-Dress Down ($1 donation)

Friday, December 1, 2017

week of December 4, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of December 4, 2017
***In Math, we are continuing Topic 3, Six to Ten.  We will learn how to read, write, and count numbers from 6-10.  We will learn how to show 6 and other numbers from 6-10.  Our new math words include: six, seven, eight, nine, ten. We count the days of school and review counting by tens, ones, and writing a two-digit number (for example, 64 is a 6 and a 4).  Please review concepts of more, less, and same as/equal and 2D and 3D shapes.
***In Reading, our new story is: Little Panda and we will discuss comparing and contrasting within the story as well as the plot of the story. Our new amazing words are: weigh, healthy, curious, measure, bamboo, explore.  We will continue to build our phonemic awareness by identifying all sounds in a 3 sound word (for example the word dog is broken up by the sounds /d/ /o/ /g/).  Tips and tricks- As the foundation for all written words, letters are important because they are the symbol for the small actions your mouth makes as you say words.  What’s equally important, however, is that your child learns the sound associated with each letter.  These individual sounds are called phonemes, and children who know about the connection between a letter and its phoneme have an easier time learning to read.
***Science and Social Studies-  We started Unit B, Life Science, and focus on: Chapter 3, Living and Non Living Things.  Our essential question is: What can you tell about living things?  We started distinguishing between plants and animals.  We looked at some characteristics of plants and animals.   We also named plants and animals.
***Handwriting/Writing- We are trying to increase our writing stamina by copying a simple sentence along with a simple illustration to correspond with the sentence.  We are still working on lowercase letter formations. 
***Please Note:
-Please make sure that you are cleaning out your child’s folder every night and watch out for notes and reminders that may come home because there are a lot of activities happening this month.
-Please also practice sight words along with reading for the AR log each night.  Thanks!
-Please make sure that you are wearing a heavy coat to go out for recess.  We go out as much as possible.

***Important Dates:
Week of December 4- PTO Holiday Gift Shop
Monday, December 4- Day 4
Friday, December 8- Report cards sent home (please sign and return envelope only)
Saturday, December 9-  Holiday Concert (10 am)

Friday, November 17, 2017

weeks of November 20 and 27, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Weeks of November 20 and 27, 2017
(this newsletter is for 2 weeks due to the shortened weeks for Thanksgiving break)
***In Math, we are starting Topic 3, Six to Ten.  We will learn how to read, write, and count numbers from 6-10.  We will learn how to show 6 and other numbers from 6-10.  Our new math words include: six, seven, eight, nine, ten. We count the days of school and review counting by tens, ones, and writing a two-digit number (for example, 64 is a 6 and a 4).  Please review concepts of more, less, and same as/equal.
***In Reading, our new story is: Jack and the Beanstalk and we will discuss realism vs. fantasy within the story as well as the plot of the story. Our new amazing word are: lend, magic, lad, beanstalk, ogre, naughty.  We will continue to build our phonemic awareness by identifying all sounds in a 3 sound word (for example the word dog is broken up by the sounds /d/ /o/ /g/).  Tips and tricks- As the foundation for all written words, letters are important because they are the symbol for the small actions your mouth makes as you say words.  What’s equally important, however, is that your child learns the sound associated with each letter.  These individual sounds are called phonemes, and children who know about the connection between a letter and its phoneme have an easier time learning to read.
***Science and Social Studies-  We will begin Unit B, Life Science, and focus on: Chapter 3, Living and Non Living Things.  Our essential question is: What can you tell about living things?  We will also start looking at winter activities and the various winter holidays.
 ***Handwriting/Writing- As we continue on with our lowercase letter formation, we will be adding words to write as well to increase our writing stamina.  We have been working very hard on using lowercase letters as much as possible and using only capitals to start a sentence or a name.
***Other News:
We have been implementing the Second Step program with the help of Mrs. Rollenhagen.  There is a letter about the program as well as an activity that can be completed at home to further explain the goals.  We are excited to see the progress in the skills for learning and we are making the most of our school experience!

***Important Dates:
Monday, November 20- Day 8
Wednesday, November 22- Early Dismissal, 12 pm
Tuesday, November 28- School resumes from Thanksgiving break