Friday, September 13, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER

The heat has returned, and we are back to having shortened time outside to ensure that our students don’t suffer from heat exhaustion.  I am really looking forward to some cooler weather in the coming weeks.

We are working to get all of our students on blue on our sight word rainbow.  Please keep practicing the sight words with your child.  We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. We try to go slowly so that the children will remember all of the words, so this process will take a couple of weeks. For those of you who have moved beyond blue and know more sight words, please continue to work on them until you know all 75. Learning the sight words will help your child learn to read fluently.

Congratulations to Alyssa who knows all of the Kindergarten sight words and is working on her first-grade words. Congratulations to Omar, Harper and Oksana who made it to the top of the rainbow.

BOX TOPS: Thank you to all of the parents who filled the box top paper and sent it in. Our school receives $2.50 for every filled page we send it. Please continue to save those box tops.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We completed our unit on Zoophonics this week and will start reviewing our letters and sounds next week.  We will have a Zoophonics parade here at Pitner on Friday, October 4th to celebrate the completion of the unit. Each class/student will be asked to dress up in a simple costume to represent an assigned Zoophonics letter animal.  The information is in your child’s folder so please look it over. Our class is the letters A, B, C, and D. To be fair we had the students draw paper with a letter on it.

 MATH: We have been working on our 2D and 3D shapes this week and will continue with this unit for another week. We are also counting from 1 – 50 in our class every day to help the students on reach their long term goal of counting to 100.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We continued to work on our unit about maps and globe this week. We also started a unit on properties of matter. This unit teaches students how to use their senses to look at and analyse the world around them. We will do a boat experiment after learning about sink and float. We will sort items by shape, size, texture and color.

Friday, September 6, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER

We have been in school for 36 days. During the school year we count the days and add a paper clip to create groups of tens till we get to 180 days. This helps the students learn how to count by 1’s and by 10”s.

We are working to get all of our students on blue on our sight word rainbow.  Please keep practicing the sight words with your child.  We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. We try to go slowly so that the children will remember all of the words, so this process will take a couple of weeks. For those of you who have moved beyond blue and know more sight words, please continue to work on them until you know all 75. Learning the sight words will help your child learn to read fluently.

BOX TOPS: Thank you to all of the parents who are scanning box tops to support our school. I know that there is now a phone app to help you collect. Please continue to save those box tops.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We will complete our unit on Zoophonics next week. We will have a Zoophonics parade here at Pitner on Friday, October 4th to celebrate the completion of the unit. Each class/student will be asked to dress up in a simple costume to represent an assigned Zoophonics letter animal.  The information on what letter your child has been assigned will be sent home at the end of next week.

 MATH: We have been working on a unit on shapes for the past week and we will continue with this unit for another 2 weeks. We are currently learning about 2D shapes and will start learning about 3D shapes at the end of next week. We are also counting from 1 – 50 in our class every day to help the students reach their long-term goal of counting to 100.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We have been learning about maps and globes this week. This unit is continuous throughout the year. We will learn about our continent, country, state and city during the next two quarters and we will learn our home address in the spring. I did let students who already knew their address tell it to me, but it is not on the report card until next spring. Next week we will start a unit on properties of matter.

This is the community that we build last week.

Friday, August 23, 2019

ROOM 105 NEWS

FROM THE TEACHER: It seems that the hot hot days of summer are here. It has been a bit cooler this week, so we have been able to go outside for recess in the mornings. I eagerly await the end of summer and the beginning of fall every year as it is my favorite season.

 CONTACT INFORMATION: I can be reached via e-mail at wendy.cassidy@cobbk12.org.

 FIELD TRIPS: As part of our study of community helpers will be going on a field trip to Publix on August 29th.  We will walk to Publix and take a tour of the store. If you have volunteered to chaperone, please arrive here at 7:45. You will need to check in at the office and you are welcome to come to our classroom.

 KINDERGARTEN T-SHIRT: You still have the opportunity to purchase a kindergarten t-shirt until August 30th.  We wear our shirts on spirit Fridays as well as on field trips and special events. The cost of the shirt is $6.00. If you need a new order form please put a note in your child’s folder.

 LANGUAGE ARTS: We are still working on our Zoophonics unit.  We have learned the sounds for the letters a – o in the past few weeks and will continue learning a letter a day until we reach z.  When we complete our Zoophonics unit we will begin at the beginning of the alphabet and spend more time on each letter.

MATH: We are currently working on our numbers 0 – 10.  The students will learn the number, the number word and how to count with one to one correspondence. We will continue to work on this unit next week by counting everything in sight and writing the numbers.  Students will need to be able to count to 50 by the end of the first nine weeks. You can help by having them practice this skill at home.

 INTEGRATED STUDIES:  This week we have been working on a unit about community helpers. We will learn more about goods and services as we continue with our community helpers unit next week. After Labor Day we will start a unit about maps and globes.  This will be the beginning of a yearlong unit on where we live. We teach a little every nine weeks to help students learn their continent, country, county, city, and street address.

Enjoy some pictures of our work this week.

Friday August 9, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER
We have had a very busy second week here at Pitner. We have been working hard to learn a new routine and to learn the rules of our classroom.
We have started on our Zoophonics lessons this week and have learned the sounds of the letters a, b, c, d, and e. Ask your child to show you the movement and make the letter sound. We will continue learning a letter a day until we reach z. When we complete our Zoophonics unit we will start at the beginning of the alphabet and spend more time on each letter. We have also been learning about classroom manners this week. We will continue working on this next week.

BLOG
The address to my blog is http://www.cobblearning.net/cassidymw/. You can also go to it by going to our Pitner website and going to the school links, faculty and staff and clicking on my blog link beside my name. I post my newsletter on the blog as well as pictures of students and their work.

PAPERWORK
Thank you to all of you who have turned in the paperwork from Cobb County and from our classroom. It is so important for us to have the information we ask for to best meet the needs of your child. For those of you who still need to turn in please do so as soon as possible. You do not need to make a donation for the performing arts but we do need you to sign it saying that your child can attend school performances.

BEHAVIOR
I believe that every child needs lots of praise for good behavior. Each morning your child will be given a happy face on the calendar that is in their folder. If your child is having a difficult day and is unable to follow directions, or disrupts our class they will be warned twice and then they will be given a straight face. We always give the students lots of opportunities to change their color back to green. If a student hits or strikes another student, they will be given an unhappy face and the opportunity to change their color back to green is taken away. When a child is able to end the day with a happy face they will be rewarded at the end of each day.

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES
Please let us know of any transportation changes in writing. You are welcome to write the information on the calendar in their folder. If you have a last minute change you can call or fax the change to the office at 678-594-8319. If your child will be a car rider on a regular basis you will need a car tag. If you would like one to keep for special occasion pickups or need more for other family members, please let us know. If you do not have a car tag you will need to come into the school and sign your child out prior to 1:45.

ORANGE FOLDERS
Your child will bring home an orange folder almost every night this year. Inside you will find valuable communications, newsletters, and your child’s class work. Please look in the folder each evening and take out the classwork that is in it, check for communications and return the folder to your child’s book bag so that it comes back to school each morning.

SNACK
We have lunch at 10:24 every day so it is a very long time until the end of our day. Please make sure that your child has a snack. We only have 10 minutes allotted for a snack so please only send a small snack. I do keep a small amount of snack in the classroom for children who occasionally forget to bring a snack but I do not have enough to provide a snack every day.

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer

Career Day

We had a wonderful time visiting with a plumber, a farmer, a policeman and his K9 partner, and the bomb squad policeman. We were able to explore a fire truck, a bomb squad truck and the robot, as well as watching the plumbers move this backhoe. The students had a great day.

Fri, Apr 19, 2019

 FROM THE TEACHER:

We are slowly settling in to our new schedule. It has been hard for the students to wait until the end of the day for recess. We are going to try to take a mini run around recess on the front yard after lunch every day to give them a chance to get some of the energy out.

 Our classroom is chilly most of the day because we are first on the duct line for air conditioning. I understand your child wants to wear shorts to be comfortable outside but please send a jacket or sweater for them to wear in the classroom. Also as per the Cobb County School District dress code students shirts must have a 3 inch span on the straps and shorts should come down to the bottom of your child’s fingertips to be long enough for school.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

We have been working on diagraph sounds this week. A diagraph is simply a letter combination that makes a new sound like sh, wh, th, ch. We will be working on the wh and th sounds next week.  Our class is still working hard on reaching the stars in sight words.  Students need to know 75 sight words to get a 3 on their report card by the end of the year. When you reach the stars it means that the student knows 100 sight words. To date Dean, Carly, Jude, Nolan, Blake, Molly, Maggie, Harper, and Cass have reached the stars.

 MATH:

We have been reviewing our math skills this week. This week we were assessing counting on and every student was able to count on from a given number from 1 to 100. I am very proud of the students as this is a hard concept for them to understand. We will review greater than and less than next week. We will also continue to work on addition and subtraction to help the students become more fluent adding and subtracting.

INTEGRATED STUDIES:  We have been working on a unit about plants this week. We are growing grass and doing an experiment with Lima Beans.  We will work on our address again next week and continue our alphabet countdown.