Monthly Archives: September 2019

September 30th-October 4th

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!

UPCOMING DATES:
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.

 

 

 

Sparkles Field Trip Chaperone Needed

Hi All,

I am in need of a volunteer that would like to come help chaperone on our Sparkles Field trip Wednesday, October 2nd. We would leave roughly around 8:30 and get back around 1:00. Please email me if you are interested! Thanks!

September 16-20

We have one more week of working hard until Fall Break!

A few reminders:

*A couple weeks ago the students got a chance to try out MobyMax and RazKids–2 great websites that your child can use at home to practice math facts, math skills (tailored to the student), reading, and more! If you lost the login that was sent home a few weeks ago and would like your child to use these resources, let me know and I can copy your child’s login for home.

*Two permission slips were sent home Thursday for upcoming field trips (Native American Day and Sparkles Field Trip). Please return both the permission slips, as well as payment by Friday.

*The Book Fair will be open until Thursday! If you send money in with your child, please make sure it is in a Ziploc baggie for safekeeping.

*Picture orders came home last week. Retakes will be Monday!

UPCOMING DATES:

September 12-19 – Fall Book Fair

September 17 – Spirit Night at Chipotle

September 18 – TPV Training 8:00/Principal’s Chat 8:30

September 20 — Taping of assistant principals to the wall!

September 23-27 – Fall Break – NO SCHOOL

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING?

READING– We will learn to pay attention in our reading because authors have intentions, what does the author want to teach me? How did the author make this whole book click together?  We will be working on using context clues to figure out the meaning of new words in our reading groups this week.

ELA/OG– We will continue working on proper nouns and using them correctly in our writing and will also look at collective nouns this week (school of fish, gaggle of geese).

WRITING– Students are doing a great job working with their writing partner to help during writer’s blocks and when focusing on a specific revising goal. We will continue to look at author’s craft moves to use in our own writing this week!

MATH-This week students will continue using the CUBES method to understand and solve word problems. They will also begin exploring dimes, nickels, and pennies.  Students will become familiar with coin identification, as well as counting combinations of coins. Students will also solve word problems involving dimes, nickels, and pennies.

UNIT STUDY– We will continue working on matter this week.

Sparkles Field Trip!

We are planning a field trip to Sparkles Family Fun Center for a lesson and activities to reinforce our FORCES AND MOTION science unit on October 2nd (not to skate)! This will be a great learning experience and a lot of fun, but we need your help to make this happen by telling us your child’s lunch choice for that day. PLEASE RESPOND TO THE FORM BELOW BY WEDNESDAY 9/11! THANK YOU!

SheldonClassFieldTripLunchChoice

September 9-13

I hope you had a great weekend!

FACT programs begin tomorrow! If you have not completed the form below, please do that now! If you do not fill the form out I will assume your child is going home normal transportation. Remember if they are attending a 2nd session FACT club, they will either go home on the bus and you will drive them back to Mt. Bethel, or they will go to ASP and then attend the FACT program. Thanks!

FACT Club Form

LAST CALL for special requests for conferences! The conferences will start at 12:40 each day. The teachers meet tomorrow (Monday) to start scheduling the sibling conferences and then we will begin scheduling all those kiddos without a sibling.  Conference notes will go home September 30th.

Our Foundation sponsored STEM Fair is coming soon! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 5:30- 7:00pm to see all the amazing experiments. Registration began September 3rd and everyone is encouraged to register! Visit the Foundation’s blog for more details. I cannot wait to see all our little scientists shine!

The staff will be wearing Red, White, and Blue on Wednesday (Sept. 11) to commemorate the heroes from 9/11. Your child is welcome to wear Red, White, and Blue that day to support our country!

UPCOMING DATES:
September 9 – FACT programs begin!
September 12 – 18 – BOOK FAIR BEGINS!
September 12 – Concert on the Green
September 14 – East Cobber Parade
September 18 – Trained Parents Volunteer Training 8:00am
September 18 – Principal’s chat 8:30am
September 23-27 – FALL BREAK – NO SCHOOL
September 30 – October 1 – Rosh Hashanah – Happy New Year to our families who celebrate the holiday!

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING?

READING– We will be reminding ourselves to check our own reading and noticing author’s intentions in their stories! We will finally be able to begin meeting in our reading groups this week!

ELA/OG– This week we will work on proper vs. common nouns and apply them in our writing. We will also continue to work on when to use there vs. their vs. they’re.

WRITING The students are crafting some great stories about roller coaster rides, sleep walking adventures, scored goals in sports, and so much more! This week we will work on crafting powerful hooks (leads), using the narrative checklist to set goals for ourselves in our writing, and looking at mentor texts to see what author moves we can replicate in our own writing.

MATH-Working on word problems continues using the CUBES method (Circle key numbers, Underline math action words, Box the unit, Evaluate and equation, Solve). We will also begin exploring subtraction with our OG math manipulatives.

UNIT STUDY– This week students will begin learning all about the states of MATTER and their properties with some experiments!

Conference Week!

I can’t believe conference Week is just around the corner! The dates for conference week this year are October 14 – 18. The children are dismissed at 12:15pm and conferences can begin as early as 12:40pm with each conference being 20 minutes.  If you need a special day or a time later or earlier in the afternoon (after 12:40pm), please send me a note this week and tell me what you need! I will begin the scheduling process on Monday (9/9), so I need all notes BEFORE Monday.  I will do my very best to accommodate all requests. I can open up my lunch time for you (8:30 – 9:00am) as well as my planning time (sometime between 10am and 11am – time TBA soon!). I also offer early morning conferences at 6:30am and at 6:55am.  If you don’t need a special day or time, you do not need to write a note. 🙂  Thanks a bunch!

Conference WeeK!

I can’t believe conference Week is just around the corner! The dates for conference week this year are October 14 – 18. The children are dismissed at 12:15pm and conferences can begin as early as 12:40pm with each conference being 20 minutes.  If you need a special day or a time later or earlier in the afternoon (after 12:40pm), please send us a note this week and tell us what you need! We will begin the scheduling process on Monday (9/9), so we need all notes BEFORE Monday.  We will do our very best to accommodate all requests. I can open up my lunch time for you (8:30 – 9:00am) as well as my planning time (sometime between 10am and 11am – time TBA soon!). I also offer early morning conferences at 6:30am and at 6:55am.  If you don’t need a special day or time, you do not need to write a note. 🙂  Thanks a bunch!

Conference Week!

I can’t believe conference Week is just around the corner! The dates for conference week this year are October 14 – 18. The children are dismissed at 12:15pm and conferences can begin as early as 12:40pm with each conference being 20 minutes.  If you need a special day or a time later or earlier in the afternoon (after 12:40pm), please send us a note this week and tell us what you need! We will begin the scheduling process on Monday (9/9), so we need all notes BEFORE Monday.  We will do our very best to accommodate all requests. I can open up my lunch time for you (8:30 – 9:00am) as well as my planning time (sometime between 10am and 11am – time TBA soon!). I also offer early morning conferences at 6:30am and at 6:55am.  If you don’t need a special day or time, you do not need to write a note. 🙂  Thanks a bunch!

New FACT club link

Hi All! So my last form did not work. Use the link below to complete how your child will go home during FACT club weeks (even if they are not going to FACT clubs). Let me know if this link doesn’t work either!

FACT Club Form

 

 

Pajama and Stuffed Animal Day Tomorrow!

The students have worked very hard to beat the teacher 10 days in a row! To celebrate their good behavior we will be having pajama day/stuffed animal day tomorrow (Wednesday, August 4th)! Students may wear their pajamas if they would like but no slippers please. The only rule I have for the stuffed animal is that it has to be able to fit in their backpack. 🙂 Thanks!