Welcome back from Fall Break! I hope everyone had a wonderful time with families and were able to enjoy the crazy “fall” weather we’ve been having. Haha. I can’t wait to hear what the students did over break! We will jot these down for future small moment stories in writing!
What a fun week last week! We got to have some time with Mrs. Kindschy as we participated in our Genius Hour! Each week on Target day, we will go to the Learning Commons and work on a project to help our kindergarten classes! We are researching children’s authors so that we can teach the kindergartens about the authors they will be studying in the spring. Finally, we had a blast taping the Assistant Principals to the wall and then watching as Mr. Johnson received a PIE in the face! Thank you to everyone who donated to the PTA for the Read-a-thon!
On Monday, WellStar will come to talk to us about what types of foods are nutritious for us to eat!
A HUGE thank you to everyone that bought books for our class at the book fair. I can’t tell you how excited the students were with our new books!
A few reminders:
*Please don’t forget to have your child read for 20 minutes, practice those math facts, and review 3-5 trick words every night!
*Two permission slips were sent home two weeks ago for upcoming field trips. If you have not returned the Sparkles permission slip, it is DUE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1. Our field trip is WEDNESDAY! Please have your child wear his/her class shirt (blue) on Wednesday.
*Conference notices are scheduled to come home Monday when we return from Fall break. Please sign the conference slip and return it as soon as possible. If you cannot make your scheduled conference time, please let me know a day/time that works for you. I look forward to seeing you during Conference Week!
*October marks our annual kick-off for the Foundation’s Patron Drive. This drive is THE ONLY time the Foundation will ask for a donation all year. Your donations completely fund our STEM Labs as well as all of the supplies our instructors need to enhance your child(ren)’s learning in STEM! Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause – enhancing your child’s education! Patron packets will come home the week after we return from Fall Break!
Sept.30- Oct. 2 – Rosh Hashanah – Happy New Year to our families who celebrate the holiday!
October 2 – Sparkles Field Trip
October 9 – Yom Kippur – Happy Holiday to all our families who celebrate!
October 10 – EARLY RELEASE! The children will be released two hours earlier!!
October 14-18 – CONFERENCE WEEK! EARLY RELEASE! The children will be released 2 hours earlier each day!
October 14-18 – Bus Driver Appreciation Week
October 22 – STEM Fair 5:30pm
October 31 – Foundation Patron Drive ends
What are we learning?
Math – Money word problems and place value will be our focus the next two weeks! Thank you for sending in coins with your child so they can learn using real life coins. We we will name the coins (nickel, dime, and penny) and their amounts as well as practice our skip counting by adding the money together. You can help at home by having your child name the coins and then have them practice skip counting a few coins at a time. I teach them to always start with the largest coin. Count the coins you have in your wallet, change holder, couch, car, etc.! 🙂
For place value we are representing numbers in different ways.
Standard Form: 283
Word Form: two hundred eighty three
Expanded form: 200 + 80 + 3
Hundreds, tens, ones: 2 hundreds, 8 tens, 3 ones
We are also learning the vocabulary terms of “digit” and “value”.
*Reading – We will be discussing how the beginning introduces the story, the middle sets up the problem and how the end of the story brings the problem to a close. We’ll also be working on asking and answering questions before, during and after reading.
*Writing – Leads and endings will be reviewed and then children will choose their favorite piece to edit, revise and finally publish.
*ELA – Our focus this week will be irregular plural nouns (mice, geese, deer). Students will also review common, proper, and collective nouns.