Friday, December 14, 2018

FROM THE TEACHER:

It is hard to believe that the second nine weeks will be over next Friday and we will be at the half way point of the school year. Report cards will now be sent home on January 7th.  Please remember that school does not start again for students until January 7th, because January 3rd and 4th are staff development days for teachers. You will not receive a newsletter next week so this will be my last newsletter in 2018.

Just a reminder that Thursday and Friday next week are early release days.

We will have our holiday party on Friday, December 20. We don’t have a traditional party in our class as this often proves too much for the students. The children will be going to different centers that all contain crafts or snacks that have to do with winter holidays. We will share a treat and a drink and watch a movie to end our party. Our special thanks to our room mom’s Mrs Jarvis and Mrs. Gunn who will be putting it all together.

Next Friday is pajama day here at Pitner. Please make sure that your child wears or has regular shoes in their book bag since we have PE on that day.

We will be working on a unit built around the book/movie Polar Express next week. We will watch the movie and do activities based on the story.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We spent a great deal of this week reviewing what we have learned and completing assessments for the upcoming report card. Please continue to work on sight words at home. Students will need to know 50 sight words by the end of the third nine week period.

MATH: We have continued to work on number review this week. We will review numbers to 20 next week. We will start the New Year comparing numbers.

INTEGRATED STUDIES:  We completed our holiday and our gingerbread unit this week. We will start on a unit about winter when we return. We will use our geometry skills to build a snowman and make snowflakes.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Ms. Palmer

 

 

Friday, December 7, 2018

NEWS FROM ROOM 105

We have 2 weeks left until the winter break and the children are really looking forward to their upcoming vacation. Thank you to all of the parents who have sent us notes letting us know when you child has had a late night. It is so much easier to work with your child when we know that they are tired.

Thank you to Blake’s mom and Carly and Dean’s mom for sending emergency snack for us to keep for those days children forget their snack.

We will have our holiday party on Thursday, December 20th. We don’t have a traditional party in our class as this often proves too much for the students. The children will be going to different centers that all contain crafts or snacks that have to do with winter holidays. We will end our rotation eating our decorated cookie, drinking a juice box and watching a movie.

We will start working on a unit about celebrations around the world next week. The students will rotate to a different kindergarten classroom on 4 days next week and 3 the next week. They will learn about celebrations in Australia, Russia, Mexico and Netherlands, England, Israel and USA next week.  Students have a passport that gets a sticker or stamp at each classroom. Have them show you their passport when it comes home next Friday.

The cold weather finally arrived and with it coats, hats, scarves and mittens are being worn. Please, please, please mark your child’s coat with his/her name or initials.  We have a very strict rule that when students wish to remove their coat on the playground they must bring their coat to one of us. This lets us help them make the decision to take off their coat depending on the weather outside and ensures that we don’t have to go back to the playground to collect a forgotten coat. If your child is missing a coat please let us know and we will go on a search for the coat with them.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

We have started Narrative writing this week. During this writing genre students get the opportunity to write about big and little events in their lives. During readers workshop we have been working on the different ways we can learn about the patterns that help us when we are reading a book.  This gives the students skills to increase their reading abilities.  Please continue to work on sight words at home.  Students need to know 50 sight words by the end of the third nine week period and 75 by the end of the school year.

MATH:

We have been working on the concept of greater than and less than this week. We will review the math that we have learned throughout the first two quarters from not until the break.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer

 

Monday, December 3, 2018

News From Room 105

FROM THE TEACHER: We have 3 weeks left until the winter break and we will be in high gear as we try to finish up the academic requirements needed before this nine week session ends. We will have our holiday party on Thursday, December 20th. The children will be going to different centers that all contain crafts or snacks that have to do with holidays, winter and gingerbread.

I AM IN NEED OF A BOX OF GOLDFISH TO USE AS EMERGANCY SNACK FOR CHILDREN WHO FORGET THEIR SNACK AT HOME.

 HOLIDAY BASKET: Please contribute for our holiday raffle basket. Our theme is holiday baking this year. If you are not able to make a monetary donation please consider buying a small treat for us to put in the basket. Items that would be great would be cake, muffin, brownie or cookie mix, frosting, sprinkles, chocolate chips, measuring cups, measuring spoons, pot holders, cake pans, cookie sheets and muffin tins or anything else that relates to baking.

COATS, HATS AND MITTENS: The cold weather finally arrived and with it coats, hats, scarves and mittens are being worn. Please, please, please mark your child’s coat with his/her name or initials.  If your child is missing a jacket please let us know. If we ever send home the wrong coat or jacket with your child please return it to us.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We have been working very hard on our writing during writer’s workshop. By chance I read a book about narwhals on Monday and the children were so eager to learn about them that we chose them as our topic for this week’s writing. We will change our writing from informational to narrative next week. This is when a child learns to write about their life and the people, places and things around them We completed our letters this week and will move on the rhyming words until the holiday break.  During readers workshop we have been working on patterns in reading. Please continue to work on sight words at home.  Students will need to know 25 sight words by the end of the second nine week period.

MATH: We have been working on greater than and less than this week. We are learning how to count two groups of objects and tell which groups has the most and which group has the least. We also look at equal group settings. We will continue to work on this concept next week.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We have been learning about motion this week. We have discussed what move and what can can’t as well as what things we can move and things that we cannot. We have also completed an experiment to see which direction certain objects will move.