Monday, October 25, 2010

Early Release and Halloween Party

The kids get out early tomorrow for us to finish up conferences. WE ARE THE ONLY SCHOOL HAVING EARLY RELEASE!!! Your older kids will have to go to school all day.

The kids are allowed to wear costumes on Friday. No masks or accessories. . .like swords, etc. Please try to keep them not to scary or gory!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Field Trip Part 2

Field Trip

Week 11

This will be another busy week. I am looking forward to having a normal one. Guess that will happen next week.

This week's story is called "Where Do Frogs Come From?" It is a non fiction story about the life cycle of frogs. The kids really seem to enjoy non fictions stories. The new vocabulary words are:

Spelling will change this week. We will start individualized spelling. I expect each child to pass at least one test per week. Everyone will start on List 1. If the miss only 1 they can move on to the next list. Each child has a book of spelling lists in their desks to use for practice. Each parent who does not have internet access will receive a book of spelling words at conferences. Those who have internet access, the words are available on the blog. The link is on the side under spelling. Remember we are now linked on the website.

Questions of the Week
Monday - It is Canning Day. List some foods that come in cans.
Tuesday - List 5 words that rhyme with sing.
Wednesday - The first movie with sound was shown in 1927. What is your favorite movie?
Thursday - Teddy Roosevelt was a popular president. What toy was named after him?
Friday - Tell me the 3 stages in the life cycle of a frog.

Sight words and vocabulary words are a problem for some of the kids. Please try to review these at home. They are also available on the blog.

We are also spending time rereading for fluency. In December your child will take a DIBELS test. He/she will need to read 20 words per minute to make benchmark. This will not be an easy task for some. The test is all words, there are no pictures to give them visual clues.

In math this week we will be doing domino addition and thermometers. Domino addition is simply looking at the parts on each end of the domino and then adding to get the whole. Reading the temperature on the thermometer will require the use of our skill in counting by two's.

Thanks to those of you who came to conferences. I will be making up the ones that have had to reschedule on Tuesday afternoon. It is an early release day. Please remember that your child will leave school at 11:30.

Friday will be our Halloween Party. It will be from 12:10-1:00. We will use the rest of the afternoon to undecorate and clean desks, etc. Thanks to all the parents who are helping with this.

Have a great week!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Week 10

I hope everyone enjoyed the Fall Break. It was a great chance to relax a little bit.

Our story this week is "Space Pup". He is a super hero type guy. The sound we will be working on this week is short u, as in pup. There are several vocabulary words this week. They are:

Spelling words are:

Questions of the Week:
Monday - no school
Tuesday - It is National Pizza Month. What do you like on your pizza?
Wednesday - It is National Pasta Month. What is your favorite pasta?
Thursday - It is Grouch Day. Tell me three things that make you grouchy.
Friday - It is School Lunch Week. What is your favorite school lunch.

In math we will be learning about dimes and counting combinations of coins that include pennies, nickels, and dimes. If you can help at home, that would be great. Money is a difficult concept.

I have done some conferences, and will be continuing to do them for the next 2 weeks. We have very little time allotted for them so we will be doing most of them after school. Thank you for taking the time to come in to discuss your child's progress.

I am asking one more time for a parent to coordinate the Halloween Party. I have most of the items. I just need someone to arrange for the treats. Please contact me, if you can do this.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Week 9

This is going to be an unusual week. Since last week and this week have become 3 1/2 day weeks, I am making some changes. We will be finishing last weeks story "Boots for Beth, and reviewing the vocabulary and phonics sound /th/. We will also start our new story "Space Pup". The phonics sound is short u. We will also finish this story next week. There will be no spelling list this week. The vocabulary list is long:

Questions of the Week:
Monday - Ready, Set, Relax Day. . .no homework
Tuesday - Tell me 5 words that rhyme with pup.
Wednesday - Tell me 5 words that have the short u sound.
Thursday - Fall Break. . .no homework.

In math, we will be doing two very difficult concepts: time to the half hour, and frames and arrows. Frames and arrows is a concept of skip counting and figuring out the rule being counted by.

Please remember your conference time. If you have forgotten please call me. I will be contacting those of you who missed your appointments. We really do need to visit at this time of year.

Thanks for all of your help on the field trip. It would have been much better if the wind had not come with us!!!

Does anyone want to be the room mom? I have the plates, cups, etc. but would love it if someone would plan the party. Give me a call if you would like to do that.

Have a great week and fall break!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Week 8

Once again this post will have lots of information. Be sure to read all the way through.

The story for this week is "Boots for Beth." It is about a little pig who outgrows her boots. Her friends try to help her solve her problem. The sound this week is the voiced and unvoiced /th/. Vocabulary words are:

Spelling words are:

Questions of the week:
Monday - How is the weather changing?
Tuesday - It is Alaska Day. What might you see if you went there?
Wednesday - Tell me some things you saw on the field trip.
Thursday - It is Circus Day. Have you ever been to a circus?
Friday - It is Make a Difference Day. What can you do to make a difference?

In math we will continue counting pennies and nickels. The new concept this week will be time to the half hour. Any help you can give at home will be greatly appreciated. Your child should be able to count to 100 by 5's and 10's and to at least 20 by 2's. You might want to check this out at home.

Conferences are starting this week. I have received confirmations from most of you. If your time doesn't work, be sure to call me so we can reschedule. It is very important that we sit down for a visit at the end of this grading period.

The Fitness Coalition has provided exercise logs for your child. One child from our school will win the North Pole Experience that takes place in Greer. There will be tickets for 4. This is about a $300 prize. Be sure your child is logging their exercise time. There are also prizes for families, teams, etc.

Remember our field trip on Wednesday. Your child will need a lunch and good walking shoes. A jacket may also be necessary. I think the weather is supposed to cool off. If it is raining on Wednesday, we will reschedule for another time.

Friday is an early release for homecoming. We will release at 11:30. It is also black & gold day. Thursday is pajama day.

Most kids are doing better about getting homework done. Please initial in the yellow box when your child reads to you. If homework isn't done at home, we do it during afternoon recess.

Thanks for all you do. Have a great week.