We are going to be raising money for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta again this year by participating in Cape Day on Friday, October 19th. We are encouraging our students to bring a $1.00 donation to wear a cape that day and show their kindness super power! See the link below for more information.
FROM THE TEACHER
We had a very quiet week here at Pitner. We were all rested and ready to go after our break. It is hard to believe that we have been in school for 42 days already and that the first nine week grading period will come to an end next week. You will receive your child’s first report card at your conference. I will discuss how the report card works and what areas your child needs to work on.
Thank you for coming to our parade to watch our little animals march through the school. This is our Kinder students moment to shine and we love to show how much we have learned. Special thanks to all of our industrious parents who created the cutest costumes ever for our Zoophonics parade.
Conferences are held during the week of Oct 15 – 19. Please return your conference slip so that we hold a spot for you or can make a change. If the time that I scheduled for you will not work please give me some alternative times or days. School is released 2 hours earlier each day during conference week.
Our class goes to the Media Center for a lesson and to check out books most Wednesdays. Please make sure that your student returns their book prior to the next library day.
We continued to work on our phonics skills this week. Our focus letters this week were G & T. We practiced writing the letter and how they looks and sound at the beginning of words. During Readers Workshop we have been working on strategies to help us read words. Please continue to work on sight words at home. Students will need to know 50 sight words by the end of the second nine week period.
MATH: We have spent this week reviewing shapes. We enjoyed our special shape snack this afternoon. Thank you to all of our parents who donated goodies in the different shapes that we have studied. You will find a picture of the worksheet that we completed using our shape food. Next week we will be starting on our teen numbers.
DATES TO REMEMBER
SAT, OCT 6 – FALL FESTIVAL
WED, OCT 10 – FIELD TRIP
Come join us for the Pitner Fall Festival and 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, October 6th at 11 am – 3 pm. The festival will be located in the Pitner bus port parking lot. This year is going to be spectacular! Kids are welcome to wear their favorite costume! Admission is free for PTSA members or $7 per person at the door. Children under 5 are admitted free. You can prepay online by purchasing your PTSA membership at: http://www.PTSApitner.com.
If you are interested in entering your famous chili in the Cook-Off Contest or volunteering, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see everyone there!
Attractions will include: Touch-A-Truck ~ Bounce Houses ~ Vendors ~ Face Painting ~ Sand Art ~ DJ ~ Raffle ~ Concession Stand ~ Kona Ice ~ Crafts ~ Games ~ Prizes and more!
News From Room 105
FROM THE TEACHER: We have been very busy here in our classroom working to complete the required academics for this first nine weeks. We have 2 weeks after we come back until the end of this nine week period. Just a reminder that there will be no school next week as it is our September break.
FIELD TRIP: Just a reminder that the permission slip and money for our upcoming field trip to Petite Farms on Oct 10th is due after the break.
CLASS T-SHIRTS: Our class t-shirts have arrived. We tried them out during Learning is Fun Time today and will hang on to them to wear on our first field trip. We will then send them home. We ask that your child wear their shirt every Friday throughout the school year and on field trips. If you visit our school on a Friday you will notice that one class in each grade level has the same color shirt as ours. We all belong to same house and will complete with the other color houses to have the best behavior.
LANGUAGE ARTS: We have spent the week reviewing the letters “r” and “s”. We will be repeating the alphabet over the next few months out of alphabetical order. Next week we will practice the letters “t” & “g”. Please continue to work with your child at home if they don’t know all of the letters or sounds yet. Knowing the letters and sounds plays a very important role as we learn to read.
We are working to get all of our students on blue or above on our sight word rainbow. As of today 7 students are on blue, 5 are on green and 1 is on yellow. Their goal is to move up the rainbow to the top and then reach for the stars by learning 75 sight words. Please keep practicing the sight words with your child. We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. We have now added the green words to our classroom word list. The word list is on the back of your child’s folder.
MATH: We have been working on 3D shapes in our classroom this week. We will continue with 3D shapes for part of the week we return. We will then review our numbers to 10 until the end of this nine weeks. We will then start working on the numbers 11 – 20. 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 are working on properties of matter here in our classroom. The key to this unit is to teach the children how to use their five senses in discovery. We have talked about the attributes of different objects and sorted them using our five senses. We will use our five senses to discover some of the changes in our outdoors (fall) when we return from the break.
Have a great break!
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer
NEWS FROM ROOM 105
We have been in school for 32 days. During the school year we count the days and add a paper clips 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 filled the box tops 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 last week and have started working on our second rotation of our letters. We will have a Zoophonics parade here at Pitner on Friday, October 5th 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 on Monday.
MATH: We have been working on a unit on shapes for the past two weeks and we will continue with this unit for another 2 weeks. We have learned about 2D shapes already and will start learning about 3D shapes next 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 have been learning about where we live this past two weeks. We have learned that we live on Earth, on the continent of North America, in the United States of America, in the state of Georgia. We will continue with this unit in the spring and look at their city and home address. Next week we will start a unit on properties of matter.
First I apologize that there was no newsletter posted or sent home last week. I had a family emergency that took me out of the classroom for the week. Mrs. Palmer, Mrs. Perry and our substitute teachers took great care of our classroom while I was gone.
Thank you to all of the parents who helped during our Wants and Needs Fair. Also thanks to all of the parents who went with out class to Publix. The students had a great time.
Our next field trip will be to Petit Farms Pumpkin patch on Oct 10. Please return the form and payment to the school as soon as possible.
NEWS FROM ROOM 105
FROM THE TEACHER
September will arrive tomorrow and we have completed the first 5 weeks of school. Let’s hope that the weather knows it is September and that cooler days are in our future. I do make sure that the children drink lots of water and that we rest in the cool of our classroom for a few minutes after recess.
Progress Reports will be sent out next Wednesday. Progress Reports are sent out half way through each quarter. This gives you a brief look at how your child is doing in school. The standards that are listed will be on the report card that you will get in October so if your child needs to work on any of the elements we will do so in the classroom and ask that you do so at home.
Thank you to all of the parents who contributed to our Goods and Services Fair that was held today. The children had a wonderful time buying goods like popcorn, cookies and toys and receiving services like having their nails painted, visiting the jumpy, and having a foot massage.
LANGUAGE ARTS: We are currently working on our Zoophonics unit. We have learned the sounds for the letters a – v in the past month and will continue learning a letter a day until we reach z. We will have a Zoophonics parade here at Pitner in October to celebrate the completion of the unit. I will send home more information about the parade in a couple of weeks.
Your child will be responsible for learning 75 sight words this year. We have already begun to work on the first 10 words. The first 10 words are: I go so we be a be see it is. We will continue to work on the blue words for another week and then start on the green words.
MATH: We continued to work on our numbers from 0 – 10 this week. We will start a unit on shapes next week. Students will need to be able to count to 50 by the end of the first nine weeks and to 100 by the end of the year. We work on counting every day in our classroom. Please help your child count at home.
INTEGRATED STUDIES: We continued to work on our unit about Community Helpers this week. The students had a great time creating a list of people in our community who help us. We will start a new unit next week on maps and globes. Students will learn the difference between a map and a globe, what a compass rose is and what continent and country we live in. We will revisit this area of study numerous times throughout the year. The goal is for your child to understand that the world is a big place and that their home is a very small part of it. They will also need to learn their address by the end of the year.
NEWS FROM ROOM 105
FROM THE TEACHER: It seems that the hot hot days of summer are starting to wane a bit and the weather is just a bit cooler when we go out for recess. I eagerly await the end of summer and the beginning of fall every year as it is my favorite season.
To help me gage if posting my newsletter on the blog is working I am asking you to have your child write his or her name on the post-it note that is in the front of their folder. When they bring their post-it note back to school they will get to visit the treasure chest.
If you are available next Friday we sure could use a few parents to help us with our Goods and Services Fair. We would need help from 12:30 – 2:00. Please let us know if you are available.
FIELD TRIPS: As part of our study of community helpers will be going on a field trip to Publix on September 5th. We will walk to Publix and take a tour of the store. We will then be making a quick stop into the Chase bank to visit with another of our community members. If you are available we are in need of one or two more chaperones.
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 – q in the past four 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.
FROM THE TEACHER: We have been in school for 13 days now and we are settling in nicely. We have been lucky with the weather this week and have been able to go out to the playground every day. It looks like we may have some more rain next week and have to stay inside during recess.
You are now welcome to come and have lunch in the cafeteria with your child if you would like to. On Fridays we eat lunch in our classroom and watch a movie as a reward for a good week. You are welcome to eat with your child in the cafeteria or in our room if you choose to come on Fridays.
ICE CREAM: Just a reminder that Kindergarten students are allowed to purchase ice cream on Friday’s with parent permission. Ice Cream is $1.00. Your child must have money in their account or you must send in the correct amount on Fridays for them to be able to purchase the ice cream.
JACKETS AND SWEATERS: It is quite chilly in our classroom in the mornings. You may want to send your child with a jacket or sweater to wear here at school. Please remember to mark it with their name.
LANGUAGE ARTS: We are still working on our Zoophonics unit. We have learned the sounds for the letters a – l 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. We also participate in number talks each day to help the students better understand how numbers work. 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 the American flag, the Georgia flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Next week we will start a unit about community helpers.
Have a great weekend
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer