Friday, March 15, 2019

week of March 18, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (week of March 18, 2019)
Writing- This week we were writing about our feelings and things that make us happy and sad.  We also brainstormed at least 10 different forms of transportation and each picked a form of transportation and where we would take that transportation.  This writing corresponded with our Reading Story, Max Takes The Train.  We are writing every day and tackling new topics to write about each time.  We are trying to write more words/phrases each time. 
Reading- We have a new story this week and it is: Mayday! Mayday!  it is a nonfiction story.  Our essential question is: What kinds of transportation helps us in an emergency?  Our amazing words are: rescue, pilot, yacht, sailor, mechanic, shimmering.  We will be working on cause and effect and we will be working on where we find capital letters.  We also get to explore the different parts of a rescue helicopter.  Keep on practicing those sight words and reading together each night for your book logs!
Math- We are well into Unit 5, Understanding Subtraction.  We have been working on counting objects, counting how many to take away and then counting how many are left and writing our answer.  We have been working on telling subtraction stories and identifying a minus sign.  We also have been counting by 10s and identifying 2 and 3 digit numbers.
Science/Social Studies- We counted down until St. Patrick’s Day and explored rainbows in our Weekly Readers.  We also talked about what makes us lucky and started a writing about that topic.  We are so excited for Spring and all of the nice weather that is coming.  We will also be looking at the changes Spring brings.
Important Dates:
Friday, March 22- Community Involvement Night, 7pm at the High School (Movie Night)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! All of the donations for our basket for the PTO basket auction are much appreciated!  We are so excited to put this basket together and can’t wait to show off the final product at the auction in April.  Many thanks!


Friday, March 8, 2019

week of March 11, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (week of March 11, 2019)
Writing- Once again, the writing for this week’s topic was great!  We wrote about an activity that we like to do with someone special.  We had people going to Hershey, the beach, the zoo, to a relative’s house, and a few other adventures.  We do have to remember to put a period to end our sentences and use the two-finger spacing between our words sometimes, but we all stayed on topic and made wonderful illustrations to match the stories!  We will continue to work in our Building Writers book several days a week and will be wrapping up the Narrative Writing portion shortly.

Reading- We will be starting a new unit, Unit 5 and our essential question for the unit is: How do people and things get from here to there? We have a new story this week and it is: Max Takes the Train it is an animal fantasy story.  Our essential question is: What are different ways of going places?  Our amazing words are: plane, jetway, subway, tunnel, ferryboat, sidecar.  We will be working on realism versus fantasy and we will be working on asking and answering questions.  Keep on practicing those sight words and reading together each night for your book logs!

Math- We are starting Unit 5, Understanding Subtraction.  Unit 4 was a success with addition and we mastered putting things together, ways to make 5, the vocabulary of sum, plus sign, and equal sign, and counting groups of objects.  We will be introducing the vocabulary of: difference, minus sign, and the concept of taking away and what it left.  In Spring Math, we are counting dots (0-20) and writing the correct number as quickly and accurately as we can. 

Science/Social Studies- We were finally able to have our lesson with the Bloomsburg University students that was postponed from March 1 due to the weather.  The story that we heard was Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and we were thrilled to be able to complete a fun activity to go along with the classic.  We will also be exploring Spring and don’t forget Daylight Savings time is this weekend!  Our weekly reader explored the different types of weather that come with March.

Important Dates:
Monday, March 11- Reading Log for Newspaper in Education Week is due
Friday, March 15- Spartan Dress Down Day ($1 donation)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! All of the donations for our basket for the PTO basket auction are much appreciated!  We are so excited to put this basket together and can’t wait to show off the final product at the auction in April.  Many thanks!

Friday, March 1, 2019

week of March 4, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (week of March 4, 2019)
Writing- We did a writing this week using information from our Antarctica story.  We had to complete a prompt about what we would do if we went to Antarctica and complete an illustration to match it.  We saw penguins, swam with whales, and gave food to the animals there.  We will be completing a prompt from the stories each week in addition to working on the writing activities in our Building Writers book.  Great story telling everyone!

Reading- We have a new story this week and it is: Abuela and it is a fantasy story.  Our essential question is: What kind of adventures can you have in a city?  Our amazing words are: abuela, adventure, flock, city, airport, harbor.  We will be working on the setting of the story and we will be looking at the features of a city compared to where we live.  Attached is an article on beginning readers.  Because we are working so hard on blending sounds together to read words and reading sentences, here are some tips to help out at home.  These tips can be used even if you child is past the beginning reader stage but is moving on to more difficult text and sounding out those words.  Keep reading everyone!

Math- We are well into Unit 4, Understanding Addition.  We are looking for number stories everywhere.  We are telling addition stories with counters, drawing them on the dry erase board, writing them on the back of our papers, and acting them out.  We will also continue to work on counting by 1s and 10s, what number comes next, what number is missing in a series of 3, more/fewer, and reading a 2 and 3 digit number.

Science/Social Studies- Well, we had a day for Dr. Seuss’ birthday! It was so much fun!  We tried Green Eggs and Ham and talked about how we should try new things and decided if we liked them or not.  We enjoyed our activities with the students from Bloomsburg University.  We read so many of Dr. Seuss’ classic books and had a few crafts that we worked on to match some of the characters in the stories like: Thing 1 and Thing 2, Horton, and Fox in Socks.  We also had a chance to have some guest readers come from the High School at the end of the day.  Big and small, fun was had by all J

Important Dates:
Next week- Newspaper in Education Week, the reading log for that was sent home, please complete it and return it in your child’s folder at the end of the week if you wish to participate
Monday, March 4- Day 7, NSE PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
Friday, March 8- Hero Day for Career Week

Monday, February 25, 2019

week of February 25, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (week of February 25, 2019)

Writing- So far in our “Building Writers” notebook, we have been working on telling a story in proper sequence using First, Next, Last.  We have been copying that story one sentence at a time and talking about what we have learned in each step.  We have also illustrated a picture to match the story. 

Reading- We have a new story this week and it is: If You Could Go to Antarctica and it is a nonfiction story.  Our essential question is: What would it be like to have an Antarctic adventure?  Our amazing words are: Antarctica, icebergs, continents, penguins, seals, whales.  We will be working on characters in the story along with classifying and categorizing.  We are also reviewing syllables (or parts of a word) like if we would say the word “pickle” the students would clap the syllables and clap 2 times.  We are working on rhyming families too and stressing that they need the same ending to rhyme (bat, cat, fat, rat, hat, sat, etc.)

Math- We have moved into Unit 4, Understanding Addition.  It is going great!  We have an understanding of counting two set of objects together to get a whole number as well as starting to write some number sentences and tell a story about the number sentence.  For example: Mrs. Borden gave out 2 stickers and Mrs. Jones gave out 3 more, how many stickers do we have in all?  2+3=5.  We are writing number sentences on dry erase boards and also using counting manipulatives to show the problem.

Science/Social Studies- We made it to the end of February and are ending it with a little dental health discussion.  We will then be so excited to start March with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, one of our favorite celebrations in school!  We will also be looking forward to winter ending and spring beginning so that we can see all the new life that it brings!

Important Dates:
Monday, February 25- Day 2
*Book Logs are due at the end of the month!*


Friday, February 15, 2019

week of February 18, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (week of February 18, 2019)

Writing- We have just started Narrative Writing and have been copying sentences from another source.  We are talking about how to be a good writer and some of the things that we look for when writing.  We are very good at keeping 2-finger spaces in between the words that we are writing.  We are also using lowercase letters when writing the words and only using capital letters to start our sentences.  We also have been working hard on writing down the letters when sounding out words like when we did writings for the 100th day.
Reading- We have a new story this week and it is: Goldilocks and the Three Bears and it is a classic fairy tale story.  Our essential question is: How can adventures cause trouble?  Our amazing words are: bears, porridge, cottage, big, middle sized, small.  We will be working on characters in the story along with reviewing authors and illustrators.  When we read aloud any story, we talk about important story elements (characters, setting, cause/effect, problem/solution, and/or plot of the story) and try and relate it to either other stories that we know or life experiences that we have had. 
Math- We wrapped up Unit 3 and have moved into the introduction to Unit 4, Understanding Addition.  We have started talking about counting all of the objects together when we see two groups of objects.  We will also be looking at different ways to make a number.  (5 could be 0 and 5 objects, 1 and 4 objects, 2 and 3 objects)  We will continue to countdown the days left of school and count how many days we have been in school and count orally to 100 by ones and tens.
Science/Social Studies- We explored some different animal habitats when reading our Reading Story, One Little Mouse.  We read about different animals that are still out and about in winter that do not hibernate.  We also reviewed germs and how to keep ourselves healthy along with how to wash our hands.  We have President’s Day coming up and Dental Health to explore as well.  We hope that you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and we loved exchanging Valentines at our party, thanks so much! J

Important Dates:
Monday, February 18- School IS in session
Tuesday, February 19- NED program


Thursday, February 7, 2019

week of February 11, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (week of February 11, 2019)

Writing- The handwriting books are finally home!  They have been used hard and have served us well over the past 100 days and gave us a great foundation to become fantastic writers.  We start “Building Writers” from the same program on Monday.  We will be starting with Narrative Writing and focusing on what makes a sentence and how to stay on topic when given something to write about.  We have also included one clean copy of the letter formations to reference at home as well as fine motor activities that can be done at home to help improve handwriting.  Keep up the great work!

Reading- We have a new story this week and it is: One Little Mouse and it is an animal fantasy story.  Our essential question is: What adventures can animals have?  Our amazing words are: woodland, nest, vale, hollow, comfortable, shadows.  We will be working on sequencing the story as well as other sequencing activities.  We will continue to review all letters (capital and lowercase) along with their sounds and words that begin with each letter.  We will also review blending the sounds of the words in our head before reading it out loud.  Sight word practice is also important so that we can read those words quickly when they come up in our sentences that we are reading in class.  Awesome progress on those skills!

Math- We will continue to work on identifying missing numbers in a set of 3, using numbers 0-20.  For example: 12 _ 14 and we would write 13 in the blank.  We will also work on counting objects and writing the numbers along with comparing the two sets to identify more and few.  We just wanted to let you know that the 100th day was a hit!  Along with the fabulous 100 day costumes, the class had a special snack, did several themed centers, put the last piece into our 100 day puzzle, read some 100 day books, and thoroughly had a great experience.

Science/Social Studies- We have a lot to look forward to in February!  Our Valentine Party is on Friday and we have the actual holiday on Thursday.  We also have Presidents’ Day coming up shortly after Valentine’s Day.  We also make sure to include some Dental Health this month and stress the importance of taking care of your teeth.

Important Dates:
Monday, February 11- Day 7
Friday, February 15- Spartan Dress Down Day, $1 Donation and Valentine’s Day Parties


Friday, January 25, 2019

week of January 28, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (week of January 28, 2019)
Handwriting/Writing- Due to the weather last week and all of the time missed, we pushed back the completion of the Handwriting Book. Therefore, completed books will be coming home this week!!! Take a moment to look through the book to see how far our letter formation has come! We will be starting our “Building Writers” portion of the Handwriting without Tears curriculum and will be exploring Narrative Writing first.  We are still reviewing some of our lowercase letters for morning work and throughout our small group lessons.
Reading- We have a new story this week and it is: My Lucky Day and it is an animal fantasy story.  Our essential question is: What is a lucky adventure?  Our amazing words are: piglet, fox, lucky, filthy, cook, scrubber.  We will be discussing cause and effect with the story.  It is one of our favorites!  We can’t wait to share it with the class.  We are also working very hard on blending words and reading sentences and reading stories on our own.  We like to discuss the stories and talk about how the illustrations help us while reading the words.
Math- Since we have been practicing every day, we are so ready for the 100th day of school!  There will be more information to follow, but we have been counting by 1s to 100 and 10s to 100 as well as counting how many days until the big day (practicing a little subtraction along the way).  We will be completing activities with time and measurement for the 100th day of school as well.  When the Handwriting books come home, there are the number formations in there as well that can always be reviewed.
Science/Social Studies- Our Weekly Reader this week was about Germs and how to stay healthy.  It is a good time to review handwashing as well as keeping our hands away from our faces to try and keep ourselves in tip top shape. 
***Thank you so much for all of the contributions to our Boosterthon Fun Run.  The class was beyond excited to be able to run their laps as well as take in the dance party atmosphere of the Gym.  We hit a few of our classroom goals and we celebrated with: a SPARTY ticket for everyone, extra recess, and a movie.  Thanks so much for your support!

Important Dates:
Monday, January 28- Day 1
Tuesday, January 29- Report Cards sent home (this is later than the date scheduled due to internet outages) Please review the information and sign and return the envelope as soon as possible.