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Friday, April 20, 2018

week of April 23, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of April 23, 2018

***In Math, we will move on to Topic 11, Decomposing Numbers 11-19.  We will learn to break the numbers 11-19 into parts made up of ten ones and some further ones.  We will also write number sentences to show how we broke the numbers into parts.  Our new Math words are: double ten frame, set.

***In Reading, our new story is This is the Way we go to School and it is an informational fiction story.  Our amazing words are: cable car, trolley, horse and buggy, skis, Metro line, vaporetto . Our essential question is “How do children around the world go to school?”.  We will also talk about drawing conclusions and plot. 

***Science and Social Studies-  We were able to discuss things that would help the Earth for Earth Day.  We also have been identifying plants and animals that live on land and plants and animals that live in water.

***Handwriting/Writing-  We will continue to review capital letter formations each day, one letter review at a time.  After that, we will review lower case letter formations one letter review at a time.  We will also continue responding to prompts while trying to stay in the lines with our lowercase letters and use our 2-finger spacing in between words.

***Important Reminders-  For Kindergarten Graduation Pictures, please wear a white collared shirt.  Girls should not wear their hair up high since they will be wearing caps.  If you are purchasing a package, please return your child’s order form and payment by Wednesday, April 25. 

***Important Dates:
Monday, April 23-Day 3
Thursday, April 26- Kindergarten Graduation Pictures

Friday, April 13, 2018

week of April 16, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of April 16, 2018

***In Math, we will move on to Topic 10, Composing Numbers 11-19.  We will make 11-19 and problem solve by looking for a pattern.  Our essential question is “How can numbers 11-19 be represented as the sum of 10 and some more?”  Please review: counting to 100, number writing to 20, shapes, and positional words.

  ***In Reading, our new story is On the Move and it is a nonfiction story.  Our amazing words are: travel, kayak, llama, dogsled, submarine, double-decker bus.  Our essential question is “How do people in different parts of the world travel?”.  We will also talk about the main idea of the story.  Please review: letter identification, blending words, sounds in words, and answering questions about a story.

   ***Science and Social Studies-  We have just started looking at living things.  We are comparing plants and animals and we will read a few books about the plant life cycle.  We will also read and learn about Earth Day and brainstorm ideas on how to: reduce, reuse, recycle.

***Handwriting/Writing-  We dove into completing a prompt about feelings (happy and sad) and drew a picture to make it match what we wrote about.  We will continue to encourage using our best lowercase letters and two finger spaces while writing.  We only use a capital letter to start a sentence or important word and always end with punctuation.

***Important Reminders-  Please don’t forget to either send the money for the pictures or send the pictures back to school if you do not want to purchase them.  Please also continue to check folders each day for important papers and reminders of upcoming events and to clean out the daily work.

***Important Dates:
Friday, April 13- Movie Night, 7pm High School Auditorium
Saturday and Sunday (April 14 and 15)- Come out to NSE to help support the PTO by coming to the Basket Auction
Monday, April 16- Day 8
Friday, April 20- Spartan Dress Down Day ($1 donation)




Monday, April 9, 2018

week of April 9, 2018

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of April 9, 2018

***In Math, we will finally finish Topic 9, Composing and Decomposing Numbers to 10.  We will learn different ways to make 4-10.  We will learn to write number sentences to show these different ways.  Our new math words include: whole, part, graph.  We will continue to review: counting to 100 (by ones and tens), writing numbers to 20, 10 frames, next number, number identification, and addition and subtraction stories, as well as more and fewer.

  ***In Reading, our new story is The Little Engine That Could and it is a classic fantasy story.  Our amazing words are: engine, tracks, passenger, roundhouse, mountain, valley.  Our essential question is “What kind of work do trains do?”.  We will also review characters in the story.  Things to review include: all letters and their sounds, making all the sounds in a word, blending sounds together to read a word, and all sight words.

   ***Science and Social Studies-  We have just started looking at living things and we will sequence a life cycle of a chicken.  We also will be looking at plants vs. animals and categorizing both.  We will discuss what living things need to stay alive and to grow.     

***Handwriting/Writing-  We continue to sequence a story in three steps and are working on copying from another source.  We will review to write in all lowercase letters and work on spacing in between words.  We are also trying to go back and review the formations of the capital and lowercase letters before the school year is over.

***Important Reminders-  Please don’t forget to read nightly and fill out the AR log because you will be getting a new one for April.  Also, please continue to practice sight words to increase reading fluency.  If you need any more information about anything else, please feel free to contact us by note, email, or phone call.

***Important Dates:
Monday, April 9- Day 3
Saturday and Sunday (April 14 and 15)- Come out to NSE to help support the PTO by coming to the Basket Auction.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

week of April 2, 2018

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of April 2, 2018

***In Math, we will continue Topic 9, Composing and Decomposing Numbers to 10.  We will learn different ways to make 4-10.  We will learn to write number sentences to show these different ways.  Our new math words include: whole, part, graph.  We will continue to review: counting to 100, writing numbers to 20, 10 frames, next number, number identification, and addition and subtraction stories.

  ***In Reading, our new story is Trucks Roll! and it is a rhyming nonfiction story.  Our amazing words are: trailers, cabs, haul, steering wheel, truckers, headlights.  Our essential question is “What kind of transportation help people do their jobs?”.  We will also review rhyme and poems.

   ***Science and Social Studies-  We are exploring states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) and what are examples of each.  We also read about and reviewed a money book to go over the different coins and their values.  We also identified a one-dollar bill.   

***Handwriting/Writing-  The more that we are responding to a prompt, the better our understanding is about why we write.  We have most recently looked at sequencing events and have been going back to reread the sentence to make sure that it makes sense to us.

***Important Reminders-  Please don’t forget to read nightly and fill out the AR log because you will be getting a new one for April.  Also, please continue to practice sight words to increase reading fluency.  If you need any more information about anything else, please feel free to contact us by note, email, or phone call.

***PTO BASKET AUCTION- Thank you so much for the donations for the SPA BASKET…it is looking fabulous!  We can’t thank you enough for your participation and we hope that you will come to the basket auction on April 14 to see our basket and the countless others.  Thanks again for all of the support!

***Important Dates:
Monday, April 2- There is school today
Tuesday, April 3- Make up Spring Pictures




Friday, March 23, 2018

week of March 26, 2018

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of March 26, 2018

***In Math, we will continue Topic 9, Composing and Decomposing Numbers to 10.  We will learn different ways to make 4-10.  We will learn to write number sentences to show these different ways.  Our new math words include: whole, part, graph.  We will continue to review: counting to 100, writing numbers to 20, 10 frames, next number, number identification, and addition and subtraction stories.

  ***In Reading, our new story is Mayday! Mayday! and it is a nonfiction story.  Our amazing words are: rescue, pilot, yacht, sailor, mechanic, shimmering.  Our essential question is “What kind of transportation help us in an emergency?”.  We have also started using new listening activities in our morning meeting to improve listening comprehension.  Right now, we are working on yes/no questions such as “Is popcorn a snack?” or “Is a bus a family member?”, but the trick is to listen to the whole sentence before just shouting out an answer.  As we move into different activities, we will add them to the newsletter if you would like to practice at home.

   ***Science and Social Studies-  We are exploring states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) and what are examples of each.  We are also discussing Spring and what activities you can do in the Spring along with some characteristics of spring time. 

***Handwriting/Writing-  We are now exploring how to respond to a given prompt using choices from a category.  We continue to model writing in our Morning Message as well as finding capital letters that start sentences and punctuation that ends sentences in books that we read.

***Important Reminders-  Please don’t forget to read nightly and fill out the AR log because it is due next week.  Also, please continue to practice sight words to increase reading fluency. 
***PTO BASKET AUCTION- If you still would like to donate for our Spa Basket, please have it in by March 26 (Monday).  We pushed back the date a few days due to the snow.  There is a free dress down day on April 6 if you donate to the PTO basket auction.  A coupon for the dress down will be sent home upon receiving the donation.

***Important Dates:
Monday, March 26- Day 5
Friday, March 30- No School, School Resumes April 2

Friday, March 16, 2018

week of March 19, 2018

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of March 19, 2018

***In Math, we will begin Topic 9, Composing and Decomposing Numbers to 10.  We will learn different ways to make 4-10.  We will learn to write number sentences to show these different ways.  Our new math words include: whole, part, graph.  We will continue to review: counting to 100, writing numbers to 20, 10 frames, next number, number identification, and addition and subtraction stories.
  ***In Reading, our new story is Max Takes the Train and we will be talking about: realism and fantasy and asking and answering questions.  Our amazing words are: plane, jet way, subway, tunnel, ferryboat, sidecar.  Our essential question is “What are different ways of going places?”.  We have also started using new listening activities in our morning meeting to improve listening comprehension.  Right now, we are working on yes/no questions such as “Is popcorn a snack?” or “Is a bus a family member?”, but the trick is to listen to the whole sentence before just shouting out an answer.  As we move into different activities, we will add them to the newsletter if you would like to practice at home.
   ***Science and Social Studies-  We just started talking about mixtures and what are the different components in a mixture like a salad.  We also heard a nonfiction selection about the Statue of Liberty and discussed what the city is like. 
***Handwriting/Writing-  The narrative writing practice is going well so far.  We have been able to identify what we are writing about, using a capital letter at the beginning, using 2 finger spaces between words, and using a period at the end of a telling sentence.  We are trying so hard to stay in between the 2 lines when writing the lowercase letters and it is really improving our handwriting!
***Important Reminders-  If there are any report card envelopes or red testing folders still out, please sign and return them as soon as possible.  If you have any questions on any of it, please let us know.  Also, if anyone finished their red practice folder and have signed all of the spots on the front, please return it to school and your child will get a prize!
***PTO BASKET AUCTION- Just a reminder, please send in the papers for the basket auction as soon as possible.  We would just like the responses so that we can plan accordingly.  Thank you to those who sent in the papers along with some of the donations we have gotten already!  If you are donating an item, here are some possible ideas for the “Spa Basket”: bubble bath, face masks, nail polish, lotions, scrubs, etc.  We are asking that all donations be in by March 23, just so that we have time to assemble the items and finish the shopping before handing it over to PTO.  Many Thanks!
***Important Dates:
Monday, March 19- Day 2
Friday, March 23- Classroom donations for the Spa Basket are due, Many Thanks!

Friday, March 9, 2018

week of March 12, 2018

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of March 12, 2018

***In Math, we will continue Topic 8, Understanding Subtraction.  Our new Math Words include: left, separate, subtraction sentence, minus sign.  We will listen to stories about separating groups.  We will learn about subtraction sentences, the minus sign, and how to find differences.  We will continue to work on counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s as well as what number comes next in a series (17 then 18), writing numbers from 0-20, and identifying more and less objects.

***In Reading, our new story is: Abuela and it is a fantasy book.  We will be talking about: setting and listening to poems.   Our amazing words are: abuela, adventure, flock, city, airport, harbor.  Our essential question is “What kind of adventures can you have in a city?”.

   ***Science and Social Studies-  We will be reviewing our 5 senses and how we can use them to explore our world.  We will also be talking about upcoming Spring events, Daylight Savings Time, and we also have St. Patrick’s Day this month. 

***Handwriting/Writing-  We will continue to improve our handwriting through writing prompts to instill the importance of 2 finger spaces between words, writing in lowercase letters (except for beginning of sentences and important words), and staying on the line when we write.  We are so excited to see the improvement from the beginning of the year until now.  You may keep the handwriting books as a reference when practicing letters and numbers at home.

***Important Reminders-  When the report cards are sent home, please sign and return just the envelope.  You may keep the contents of the envelope and please contact us with any questions or concerns.  Thanks for your cooperation!

***PTO BASKET AUCTION- Just a reminder, please send in the papers for the basket auction as soon as possible.  We would just like the responses so that we can plan accordingly.  Thank you to those who sent in the papers along with some of the donations we have gotten already!  If you are donating an item, here are some possible ideas for the “Spa Basket”: bubble bath, face masks, nail polish, lotions, scrubs, etc.  We are asking that all donations be in by March 23, just so that we have time to assemble the items and finish the shopping before handing it over to PTO.  Many Thanks!

***Important Dates:
Monday, March 12- Day 7
All Week- Kindergarten Registration at NSE