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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

Monday, November 13, 2017

week of November 13, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of November 13, 2017

***In Math, we are continuing Topic 2, Comparing and Ordering 0 to 5.  Our essential question is: How can numbers from 0 to 5 be compared and ordered?  Our new math words include: more, fewer, same as, order, first, second, third, fourth, fifth.  Please continue to practice number writing and counting to 100.  We also review the concepts of: time, money, calendar concepts, and weather in Math Meeting.
***In Reading, our new story is: A Bed for The Winter and we will sequence within the story as well as describing things. Our new amazing word are: nest, stump, hive, meadow, tree trunk, and den.  We will compare and contrast this story to our last story because they both have to do with animals hibernating.  We will also continue to make first sounds in words, rhyme words, and segment the sounds in words.
***Science and Social Studies- We will work on the Weather and Seasons in Science.  We will be looking at what weather usually happens in each season and observe the weather that is happening right now.
 ***Handwriting/Writing- We are so excited to be able to dive right into our lowercase letters and have completed a few this week.  We will continue to reinforce holding your pencil the correct way and to start the letters at the top.  Also, we have been coloring each morning because that is a great way to increase hand strength for better handwriting.  That is something that can be practiced at home as well.
***A few reminders:
- We do go outside for recess.  Please dress appropriately with hats and gloves and a warm coat.  Please label all of the clothing because it is easy to get them mixed up if the children drop something.
- Please refer to the school calendar to keep you informed of upcoming events and information.

***Important Dates:
Monday, November 13- Day 3
Friday, November 17- Day 7- Dress Down Day, Community Involvement Movie Night

Friday, November 3, 2017

week of November 6, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of November 6, 2017

***In Math, we are starting Topic 2, Comparing and Ordering 0 to 5.  Our essential question is: How can numbers from 0 to 5 be compared and ordered?  Our new math words include: more, fewer, same as, order, first, second, third, fourth, fifth.  We sent home a clean copy of numbers 1-10 from the Handwriting series to practice the number formations. 

***In Reading, our new story is: Bear Snores On and we will look at realism vs. fantasy within the story as well as review setting. Our new amazing word are: sleep, cave, storm, winter, woods, bluster.  In our Morning Message, we look at the author and who the author is writing to (the audience) as well as continue to find: exclamation points, periods, and commas within the writing.  This week we will find the capital letters and where we would use them.

***Science and Social Studies- We will continue to explore the Land/Water and Earth/Sky topics and make connections between Science and Social Studies.  We also have been practicing our coloring skills on pictures of: mountains, oceans, and grasslands.  We were very lucky that our Reading story this week tied into this topic and we got to read about the animal babies and their mothers that live in the grasslands.

***Handwriting/Writing- We have completed all of the capital letters as of this week.  On Monday, we will practice correct formations for the lowercase letters.  If you need any extra clean copies of the capital letter formations or the number formations, just let us know and we can send some more.  We have also been trying hard to practice our first and last names when we write our name and will continue this practice.

***A few reminders:
- We do go outside for recess.  Please dress appropriately with hats and gloves and a warm coat.  Please label all of the clothing because it is easy to get them mixed up if the children drop something.
- Please continue with AR, we were so impressed with the number of students who completed the goal for the month of October…Keep up the good work!
- Please refer to the school calendar to keep you informed of upcoming events and information.

Friday, October 27, 2017

week of October 30, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of October 30, 2017)
***In Math, we are continuing on Topic 1, One to Five.  We will be counting 1-5 and counting objects in different arrangements.  We will also be reading and writing numbers 1-5.  We have been counting every day to 100 and have been writing numbers 0-10 in Handwriting.  We are very prepared to start this topic!  You can still practice one to one correspondence by counting objects like pennies, paper clips, or other objects by touching each object while counting them.
***In Reading, our new story is: Animal Babies in Grasslands and we will be discussing the Main Idea of the story.  Our new amazing words are: calf, cub, joey, grassland, pup, foal.  We are working on using adjectives for colors and shapes.  In the Morning Message, we have been practicing rhyming and first sounds. 
***Science/Social Studies- We will be connecting our Science of Earth/Sky and Social Studies of Land/Water and use our observation skills to better define what we see in our world.  The pumpkin investigation was a hit! We made observations, predications, measured, talked about sink/float, and described a pumpkin.  We also read many stories (fiction and nonfiction) that talked about the pumpkin life cycle and the uses for pumpkins.
***Handwriting- We will be finishing up all of our capital letters this week and we have made our numbers 0-10.  As soon as we practice the last capital letter, we will be moving on to lowercase formations.  We are so excited to see the improvement in letter formations, sizing, and pencil grip each and every day!
***Reminders: Please do not send candy from Halloween for snack, thank you!  There are new calendars/menus coming home for November.  Please reference them to see the exciting things going on in our school.  Also, please continue to practice sight words and read for the AR log nightly.
Tips and Trick for at home on Phonemic Awareness:
-Do activities to help your child build sound skills (make sure they are short and fun; avoid allowing your child to get frustrated):
o Help your child think of a number of words that start with the /m/ or /ch/ sound, or other beginning sounds.
o Make up silly sentences with words that begin with the same sound, such as "Nobody was nice to Nancy's neighbor".
o Play simple rhyming or blending games with your child, such as taking turns coming up with words that rhyme (go – no) or blending simple words (/d/, /o/, /g/ = dog).
Read books with rhymes. Teach your child rhymes, short poems, and songs.
Practice the alphabet by pointing out letters wherever you see them and by reading alphabet books.
Important Dates:
Monday, October 30- Day 3, Continuation of Red Ribbon Week, please see the October calendar for more information
Tuesday, October 31- Day 4, Last Day of Red Ribbon Week (Halloween)

Friday, October 20, 2017

week of October 23, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of October 23, 2017

***In Math, we are working on Topic 1, One to Five.  We will be counting 1-5 and counting objects in different arrangements.  We will also be reading and writing numbers 1-5.  We have been counting every day to 100 and have been writing numbers 0-10 in Handwriting.  We are very prepared to start this topic!  Please continue to review 2D and 3D shapes and positional words to keep them fresh in your mind.  Keep up the good work!

***In Reading, our new story is: Nature Spy and we will be discussing the Setting of the story.  Our new amazing words are: discover, spy, pod, nature, acorn, pattern.  We are working on the beginning sounds in words as well as the final sounds in words.  In the Morning Message, we have been identifying periods, exclamation marks, and question marks in print. 

***Science/Social Studies- We have been talking about laws and rules that apply to children.  We have been working hard on Whole Body Listening and working on the SPARTY way so that we can earn the monthly reward.  We have also been talking about observing and using our 5 senses to understand the world around us.  We will continue to talk about Fall and pumpkins into next week.

***Reminders:  Please continue to check folders each day and clean them out from that day’s papers and sign and return anything that is stamped.  Please also continue to review sight words and read each night.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. 

Important Dates:
Monday, October 23- Day 8, Beginning of Red Ribbon Week, please see the October calendar for more information
Friday, October 27- Day 2, Fall Celebration Day, please see the memo on costumes that was previously sent home in the folders


Friday, October 13, 2017

week of October 16, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of October 16, 2017

***In Math, we are working on Topic 16, Analyzing, Comparing, and Composing Shapes.  Our essential question is: How can shapes be named, described, compared, and composed?  Our new math words include: same size, same shape, roll, stack, slide.  Please continue to review: shapes, position words, colors, and numbers 0-10 and counting. 

***In Reading, our new story is: Flowers and we compare and contrast within the story.  Our new amazing word are: seeds, buds, bloom, fruits, stem, petals.  At home, you can continue to practice all letters and sounds, rhyming pairs, and stretching out words to make all of the sounds (dog stretched to /d/ /o/ /g/) as well as sight words.

***Science and Social Studies- We will continue to reinforce appropriate school behavior and school rules.  We are also talking about Fire Safety and Fall topics such as: spiders, bats, pumpkins, and fall characteristics.  We can’t wait to go to the pumpkin patch to explore more Fall Fun!

***Handwriting/Writing-We are seeing wonderful improvements in handwriting in writing our capital letters!  We will continue to work on writing capital letters, writing in the air, writing with a flashlight, singing the songs, and making them with the wood pieces.  We have been working on identifying the period and exclamation mark in our Morning Message.

***A few reminders:
- Please practice sight words and complete reading log nightly.
- Please sign and return the assessments and the red folder ASAP.
- Please continue to check and clean out the folder daily.
- Please wear sneakers on our Gym days.
- Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for all of your cooperation!
Important Dates:
Monday, October 16-  Book Fair Begins, Parent Night 4-7pm
Friday, October 20- Kindergarten Field Trip

Friday, October 6, 2017

week of October 9, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of October 9, 2017

***In Math, we are working on Topic 16, Analyzing, Comparing, and Composing Shapes.  Our essential question is: How can shapes be named, described, compared, and composed?  Our new math words include: same size, same shape, roll, stack, slide.  Please continue to review: shapes, position words, colors, and numbers 0-10 and counting. 
***In Reading, our new story is: Dig, Dig, Digging and we classify and categorize within the story.  Our new amazing word are: scooping, squelching, spinning, swooshing, gobbling, and rumbling.  At home, you can continue to practice all letters and sounds, rhyming pairs, and stretching out words to make all of the sounds (dog stretched to /d/ /o/ /g/) as well as sight words.
***Science and Social Studies- Our Fall Festival was a big hit!  We had a great time using our 5 senses to experience fall things.  Thank you to all of the family members that helped to make it a wonderful day!  We also starting exploring what Science means to us as well as will be working on following all school rules.
***A few reminders:
-          Please practice sight words and complete reading log nightly.
-          Please sign and return the assessments and the red folder ASAP.
-          Please continue to check and clean out the folder daily.
-          Please wear sneakers on our Gym days.
-          Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for all of your cooperation!

Important Dates:
Monday, October 9-  No School, Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 10- Day 9
Wednesday, October 11- 2 Hour Data Delay, Day 10
Thursday, October 12- Picture Retake Day