Nov. 13-17, 2017

Thanksgiving Break:
Next week, Nov 20-24th , is Thanksgiving Break and there will be no school.

This Week’s Work:
Social Studies: Gearing up for Thanksgiving we will be discussing the Thanksgiving holiday and introduce the story of the first Thanksgiving.
Math: Student will continue to work on counting, comparing and ordering numbers this week.
Reading: In addition to reading on individual levels and practicing sight words, students will be introduced to the concept of bonus letters and glued sounds. Bonus letters include words ending in –ff, -ll, and –ss. Glued sounds will be limited to –all at this time. This is the second week of the two week introductory unit.
Writing: This week we will be discussing gratitude and writing narrative pieces explaining what we are thankful for. In addition we will continue to practice basic skills such as copying, letter formation, spacing, etc.
Social Emotional Education: Students will work on gaining attention appropriately from adults and peers.

Important Dates to Remember:
Nov 17 – Pajama Day
Nov 20-24 – Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Feast

Dear Parents, Grandparents, & Family,

It’s that time of year again! Pickett’s Mill will be hosting it’s 4th Annual Thanksgiving
Feast Luncheon. All parents, grandparents, & family are invited to join the celebration.
The Feast will take place during your child’s 30 minute lunch period on their assigned
day (schedule on back).

* Thanksgiving Lunch for Kindergarten, 2nd, & 3rd Grades will be Tuesday,
November 14, 2017.
* Thanksgiving Lunch for 1st, 4th, & 5th Grades will be Wednesday,
November 15, 2017.

We are very excited to continue this holiday tradition with our Pirate Friends & Family.
In order to expedite the process & keep things running smoothly, we are asking:

(1) Understand you will not be able to request siblings from other classes have
lunch with you. Each student has their allotted time frame. Of course, you
are welcome to have lunch with all of your children at their allotted times.
(2) Arrive 15 minutes early, as parking is always at a premium & we will be on
a very strict time schedule. You may park in the front lot or the back bus
parking lot as needed.
(3) In an effort to expedite time spent in the serving line & to make the most of
your visit, we are asking everyone Pre-Pay on their child’s lunch account
prior to & for all attending the Feast. This can be done by sending in cash,
check, or posting on www.mypaymentsplus.com .

Please note, even if your child is at Free or Reduced meal status, this
does NOT apply to Guest Meals–they will be full price–$3.75.
We look forward to seeing all of you this November 14th & 15th.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Nov 6-10, 2017

This Week’s Work:
Social Studies: We are gearing up to celebrate our Veterans and will be learning all about Veteran’s day and reviewing other patriotic symbols this week.
Math: This week we will continue to work on comparing numbers. This will also help us with our next skill for the week which is ordering numbers. We will also continue to practice the other basic counting skills daily.
Reading: In addition to reading on individual levels and practicing sight words, students will be introduced to the concept of bonus letters and glued sounds. Bonus letters include words ending in –ff, -ll, and –ss. Glued sounds will be limited to –all at this time. This will be a two week introductory unit.
Writing: This week we will display all we have learned about Veterans and Veterans day by writing notes of gratitude thanking Veterans for all they have done for us. In addition we will continue to practice basic skills such as copying, letter formation, spacing, etc.
Social Emotional Education: Students will work on how to play nicely with others and using ‘nice’ words.

Important Dates to Remember:
Nov 10 – Veteran’s Day Celebration
Nov 17 – Pajama Day
Nov 20-24 – Thanksgiving Break

PJ Day Information

Did you know that more than 45,000 kids experience homelessness each year in Georgia? November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. The Lighthouse Team wants to do something about helping out those children in need. They are partnering up with the CCYA and sponsoring an event called “The Pajama Pants Challenge”! On November 17th, if students donate a dollar, they may wear their pajamas to school. It’s a win-win! Kids get to wear their PJ’s and we help kids in need. All proceeds benefit The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA).

Oct 30- Nov 3, 2017

This Weeks Work:
Science: This week we will be discussing life cycles and plant parts. This will be a fun topic with activities involving flowers and pumpkins!
Math: This week we will continue to work on counting and writing numbers to 100 (K) or 120 (1). We will also be introducing how to compare numbers and using math vocabulary to compare numbers.
Reading: This week will be a review week to continue to work on reading and writing digraphs. We have made great progress with digraphs in our reading but we will continue to review them this week to make sure we have the skills down before moving on in our program. Students will also continue to practice reading on their level and reading sight words.
Writing: This week student will continue to practice basic sentence copying and letter formations. Students will also be writing a narrative about their Halloween costume and experience..
Social Emotional Education: This week students will continue to work on how to ask for help appropriately.

Book Character Day:
Remember, this Tuesday, October 31, is Book Character Day where the students are welcome to come dressed as their favorite book character.

Important Dates to Remember:
Oct 31 – Book Character Day
Nov 2 – Veteran’s Day Forms Due
Nov 10 – Veteran’s Day Celebration
Nov 17 – Pajama Day
Nov 20-24 – Thanksgiving Break

October 23-27, 2017

This Week’s Work:
Science: This week we will be introduced to energy and sound and understanding different forms of energy as well as different sounds and the way we hear them.
Math: This the final week of our three week 2-D and 3-D shapes unit. Students will have gained a greater understanding of the different shapes and where we can find them in our world. In addition, students will continue to work on skip counting and number sense to 120.
Reading: In addition to sight word practice and practicing reading on individual leveled books, students will be continuing to use and learn about the following digraphs: th, wh, ch, sh, ck. This is the final week of the three week introductory unit for digraphs. Students will be assessed at the end of the week using the unit test with words/strategies we have been practicing throughout the unit.
Writing: In addition to continuing to work on basic sentence copying and writing, students will also continue work on writing informative writing. This week the students will work on a longer piece (2-4 related sentences) on a fall topic of their choice.
Social Emotional Education: This week students will be working on understanding the important of staying on task. They will learn what on task behavior looks like and practice with several different activities and games.

Important Dates to Remember:
October 31st – Halloween
November 6th – Kindergarten Field Trip

Celebration of Veterans

Pickett’s Mill Elementary
Celebration of Veterans

We are thankful for the men and women who currently or previously served in the United States Armed Forces!
Please consider the following opportunities
to show your support!

By October 27:
• Write an essay, story or poem to address one of the following topics. Several students will be selected to read their entry for our November 10th program for our special veteran guests.
o Explain the history of Veteran’s Day
o What makes the United States of America a “beautiful” place to live?
o Why is the United States of America known around the world as “the land of the free,” and how has that title been earned by our nation’s veterans?
o Write a thank you letter to a veteran to acknowledge their sacrifices, including being away from their families, while they protected our freedom as Americans.

By November 2:
• Complete the veteran’s template to be displayed on our Veteran’s Wall.

By November 9:
• Make a card or draw a picture for one of our special veteran guests.

Friday, November 10:
• Wear red, white and blue or camouflage!
• Invite members of your family who are veterans to attend our Honoring our Heroes celebration (8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)

October 16-20, 2017 (Conference Week)

This is conference week so I look forward to meeting with all our great parents! Remember you student will be coming home on the Early Release schedule. If you have a transportation change please let me know in a note in your child’s folder beforehand.

This Week’s Work:
Science: This week we will be working on understanding the effects of gravity, the sun, moon and stars as well as day and night.
Math: We are continuing our unit on 2-D and 3-D shapes. In addition, students will continue to work on skip counting and number sense to 120.
English Language Arts: In addition to sight word practice and practicing reading on individual leveled books, students will be continuing to use and learn about the following digraphs: th, wh, ch, sh, ck.  Due to limited time the class will not be adding any new trick words but will review all current trick words. In addition to continuing to work on basic sentence copying and writing, students will also continue work on writing informative writing. This week’s topic will be focused on day and night as well as the sun, moon and stars.
Social Emotional Education: This week students will not only grow in their ability to “Take NO for an answer” but they will also be working on strategies to use then they disagree with someone. They will participate in various activities and role playing scenarios in order to work on these skills.

Important Dates/Events to Remember:
Surrender the Booty Continues!
October 16th-20th – Conference Week
October 17th – Picture Retakes
October 31st – Book Character Dress Up Day
November 6th – Kindergarten Field Trip