News From the Jungle

Cold weather is coming! Please practice putting on and taking off coats, boots, shoes, scarves, gloves, etc. Your child should be able to do all of these things independently!

Remember, if you have not already sent your child’s library book back, please do so on Monday in order for them to check out a new book!

Upcoming Events

10/10 Skeleton Centers

10/11 Half Day – dismissal at 11:40am

10/15 PTA Bingo for Books 6:30 – 7:30

10/16 Late Start – arrival at 9:35am. School starts 9:40am.

10/17 Scholastic Book Order Due

10/18 School Store at Lunch

10/25 Halloween Dance – 6pm

10/31 PBIS Party – Cider and Donuts

10/31 School Costume Parade/Class Halloween Party

11/1 Half Day – Dismissal at 11:40am

11/5 No School

11/7 Conferences – If you signed up for this date, reminders of the time you signed up for will come home a week prior!

11/11 Book Fair in Library (2:30 -3:00)

11/12 Conferences – If you signed up for this date, reminders of the time you signed up for will come home a week prior!

Agenda for the Week

Reading & Writing: We began learning sight words this week. The kids love singing songs about sight words. We focused on I, the, and like. Below are a few of the songs we sang in class:

I also created a video about sight words which gives great ideas you can use at home to help your child learn sight words. This video, along with many others I have made, is posted on the “how to videos” tab at the top of the blog. I have also posted it below for your convenience:

The sight words for the month are: I, like, the, and, we, see, a, to, come, with, me. These words will be assessed on 10/23. This is different than the original date I sent home of 10/25. Thank you for your understanding in my need to switch the days. All children are receiving one-on-one tutor time on the sight words using flash cards, magnetic letters, dry-erase white boards, and much more! If your child already knows the words on this list, we are working on having them write them! They have not truly mastered the word until they can read it and use it in their writing as well!

We also began learning about nouns. We learned that a noun is a person, place, thing, or animal. This will help us increase our skills in writing!

This is the video we use in class to support our learning:

The children are learning about parts of a book such as the front cover, back cover, spine, title, title page, author, and illustrator. We are learning how to retell using key details from the text. The children learned that to make a prediction is to make a good guess and we had fun doing an activity to go along with some Halloween books we have been reading in class!

This week we worked on the letters Dd and Ww, as well as the sounds these letters make. We learned how to write each letter and where each letter should be written on the line. The children learned that some letters stand on the line, some sit on the line, and some hang down below the line. We practice writing in a straight line without having any letters floating or crooked.

If your child has not mastered all of their uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as knowing the letter sounds, this video I made can help give you ideas to use at home to increase these skills:

I am still testing the children on their independent reading levels in order to prepare to work with children in small groups and to be able to send home books at each child’s individual reading level!

Please utilize RazKids, Readingeggs, and Mathseeds at home. These are all wonderful resources to progress your child’s skills. When your child first logs on to Readingeggs and Mathseeds, it will ask them to take an assessment. This assesses their skill set and places them at the lesson that is best suited for them. Some of your children may start on lesson one or some may start on lesson nine. I love these programs because they place the kids at their own learning level!

Math: This week we worked more on counting, counting on from any given number, one-to-one correspondence, using number bonds, and addition. We also used unifix cubes for the children to have hands-on experience with making two groups of numbers, pushing the two groups together, and then counting all the cubes to find out “how many in all.” The children are doing well with this beginning concept of addition!

Here are some number bond videos in case you are unfamiliar with this term. We also call number bonds, “part-part-whole.”

The children are also working on their subitizing skills. This means they can look at a group (or set) of objects and tell how many there are quickly. Here is a video we have been using in class to support our learning:

Science: This week we continued learning about apples and completed a taste testing to determine if different colored apples taste differently. The children concluded that red apples taste sweet and green apples taste sour. Here are some pictures from our experiment:

I love their cute sour faces!

Social Studies:  We are focusing on identifying our feelings and using our words to express how we feel rather than using actions. We are fortunate to have the social worker pushing in to our room on Monday mornings to help us further our understanding of our feelings, identify them, and use them to express how we feel and what we want. We learned sentence stems this week to use our words to work through problems such as “I don’t like it when…” “It made me feel…” “Next time, please…” “I am sorry for…” and “I am sorry I made you feel…” This has been a great time of learning for the children and a great way for them to express themselves. I am happy the children feel comfortable to share their feelings in class and glad we are taking the time to focus instruction on the social-emotional needs of our children!

Housekeeping Items:

Folders

Please make sure to empty the folder each night! It is very difficult and time consuming to locate homework or important notes when the folder is full of papers from the day before. Please be sure to send the folder to school each day. It is a big part of our arrival and dismissal routines and the folders help the children keep all of their papers organized

Picture Day Tomorrow!

You can pay online or send in exact cash or check for Life Touch Photography. Make sure to send in the order form so the photographer knows which package and drop back you selected.

We will take our pictures first thing in the morning, so please send your children ready for pictures!

Practice those smiles! 🙂

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News from the Jungle

Remember, if you have not already sent your child’s library book back, please do so on Monday in order for them to check out a new book!

Upcoming Events

10/4 Picture Day

10/10 Skeleton Centers – Sign-up to volunteer through Sign-Up Genius (link posted on blog on 9/26)

10/11 Half Day – dismissal at 11:40am

10/16 Late Start – arrival at 9:35am. School starts 9:40am.

10/17 Scholastic Book Order Due

10/24 Pumpkins patch from PTA (Thank you PTA!)

  • We will keep these pumpkins at school and will do a project with them the next day!

10/25 Pumpkin Planting!

10/31 PBIS Party – Yard Games/School Costume Parade/Class Halloween Party

Agenda for the Week

Reading & Writing: We continue practicing the routines and procedures of Daily 5. The children learned about our writer’s workshop and practiced using letter sounds to stretch out words! The children could write about anything and drew a picture to match their words.

This week we worked on the letters Cc and Xx, as well as the sounds these letters make. We learned how to write each letter and where each letter should be written on the line. The children learned that some letters stand on the line, some sit on the line, and some hang down below the line. We practice writing in a straight line without having any letters floating or crooked.

I have begun testing the children on their independent reading levels in order to prepare to work with children in small groups and to be able to send home books at each child’s individual reading level!

Please utilize RazKids, Readingeggs, and Mathseeds at home. These are all wonderful resources to progress your child’s skills. When your child first logs on to Readingeggs and Mathseeds, it will ask them to take an assessment. This assesses their skill set and places them at the lesson that is best suited for them. Some of your children may start on lesson one or some may start on lesson nine. I love these programs because they place the kids at their own learning level!

Math: This week we worked more on counting, counting on from any given number, one-to-one correspondence, and finding hidden partners. For example: this is like seeing a pair of 2 and another pair of 2 when looking at a tower of blocks that has four. The hidden partners is leading us into working with addition and number bonds. We began discussing number bonds and using a hand model to understand part-part-whole. We also used manipulatives for the children to have hands-on experience with making two groups of numbers, pushing the two groups together, and then counting all the cubes to find out “how many in all.” The children are doing well with this beginning concept of addition!

Science: This week we learned about apples. We learned about the parts of an apple, how apples grow, and why apples are good for us to eat. The children labeled the parts of an apple, practiced patterns in math with apple shapes, and made an apple craft!

Mrs. Beydoun will be bringing in different colored apples for the children to taste on Monday so we can do a taste testing and see if different colored apples taste different from each other! Thank you for the apples Mrs. Beydoun!

Social Studies: We continue to discuss school rules and how to be a good friend. We are focusing on identifying our feelings and using our words to express how we feel rather than using actions. We are fortunate to have the social worker pushing in to our room on Monday mornings to help us further our understanding of our feelings, identify them, and use them to express how we feel and what we want.

Housekeeping Items:

Snack Time

Please be sure to put the snack in a separate place from their lunch. Please show your child where you will put their snack each day in order to foster independence for them. Sometimes, when the snack is packed inside the lunchbox, the children try to eat their whole lunch at snack time. Please only send one snack with your child. Thank you for your assistance in separating your child’s snack and lunch.

Snacks should be healthy to provide the children with energy for their day. Please send a simple snack such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, and crackers. Please do not send candy as a snack. Juice and milk are not allowed in our classroom. Please do not send any kind of juice box or milk with your child for snack time. The children may have the juice or milk for lunch in the cafeteria.

Folders

Please make sure to empty the folder each night! It is very difficult and time consuming to locate homework or important notes when the folder is full of papers from the day before. Please be sure to send the folder to school each day. It is a big part of our arrival and dismissal routines and the folders help the children keep all of their papers organized

Volunteer for Skeleton Centers

Please use the link below to sign up to volunteer in the classroom. If you choose to volunteer, I will email you with the time of the event. There are only eight (8) volunteers needed for this event.

There is also an opportunity to sign up to donate a “bag of bones” Cheetos. We will need three (3) bags to complete our activity. If you are not able to volunteer, donating a bag of Cheetos is a great way to still be involved. If you choose to donate a bag of Cheetos, please have them sent to school by October 7th. These specific Cheetos are sometimes hard to find. We have had success finding them at Target, Walmart, and Kroger in the past. Here is a picture of what they look like:

Sign up here to volunteer or donate:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B45ABAE29A6FD0-skeleton

Thank you for all of your support!

News From the Jungle

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you on Monday!

Remember, if you have not already sent your child’s library book back, please do so on Monday in order for them to check out a new book!

If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please email me at dimitrm@dearbornschools.org

Upcoming Events

9/25 Late Start – arrival at 9:35am. School starts 9:40am.

9/26 PBIS Party – Yard Games

9/27 No school for Kindergarten students ONLY!!!

Agenda for the Week

We continue learning the routines and procedures of Daily 5. The children had the opportunity to practice work on writing, read to self, and word work. The children are busy building stamina for each round to sit and work quietly longer each day. We learned that there are three ways to read a book. 1) read the words 2) read the pictures 3)retell the story using their own words.

I will be grouping the students next week based on how many uppercase and lowercase letters they know, as well as how many sounds. We will work in small group instruction during our Daily 5 time on letters and sounds. During the month of October I will be assessing reading levels and begin sending books home in November.

This week we worked on the letters Bb and Yy, as well as the sounds these letters make. We learned how to write each letter and where each letter should be written on the line. The children learned that some letters stand on the line, some sit on the line, and some hang down below the line. We practice writing in a straight line without having any letters floating or crooked.

Please utilize RazKids, Readingeggs, and Mathseeds at home. These are all wonderful resources to progress your child’s skills. When your child first logs on to Readingeggs and Mathseeds, it will ask them to take an assessment. This assesses their skill set and places them at the lesson that is best suited for them. Some of your children may start on lesson one or some may start on lesson nine. I love these programs because they place the kids at their own learning level!

We got together with our 2nd grade buddies several times this week to complete an owl project. The children learned facts about owls all week from books and videos. We completed a R.A.N. Strategy together, which stands for Reading and Analyzing Non-Fiction Texts. We wrote down things we thought we knew about owls. Then we watched videos and read books and we confirmed facts that we already knew and wrote down new facts we learned. Our owl project turned out great!

Here is a picture:

We will be adding some facts that we wrote down to our bulletin board next week!

Housekeeping Items:

Snack Time

Please be sure to put the snack in a separate place from their lunch. Please show your child where you will put their snack each day in order to foster independence for them. Sometimes, when the snack is packed inside the lunchbox, the children try to eat their whole lunch at snack time. Please only send one snack with your child. Thank you for your assistance in separating your child’s snack and lunch.

Snacks should be healthy to provide the children with energy for their day. Please send a simple snack such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, and crackers. Please do not send candy as a snack. Juice and milk are not allowed in our classroom. Please do not send any kind of juice box or milk with your child for snack time. The children may have the juice or milk for lunch in the cafeteria.

Folders

Please make sure to empty the folder each night! It is very difficult and time consuming to locate homework or important notes when the folder is full of papers from the day before. Please be sure to send the folder to school each day. It is a big part of our arrival and dismissal routines and the folders help the children keep all of their papers organized

Conferences

If you did not sign up for a conference time at open house, please send me an email so we can get you signed up for a time!

My email is dimitrm@dearbornschools.org

Thank you!

News From The Jungle

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you on Monday!

Remember, if you have not already sent your child’s library book back, please do so on Monday in order for them to check out a new book!

Upcoming Events

9/19 Scholastic Book Order Due (ORDER ONLINE ONLY)

9/20 Half Day – 11:40am

9/25 Late Start – arrival at 9:35am. School starts 9:40am.

9/26 PBIS Party – Yard Games

9/27 No school for Kindergarten students ONLY!!!

Agenda for the Week

We learned the routines and procedures of Daily 5. The children had the opportunity to practice work on writing, read to self, and word work. We were able to learn three out of the five round of Daily 5. We will continue to practice next week and soon the children will learn how to make a choice of which round they would like to do first.

This week we worked on the letters Aa and Zz, as well as the sounds these letters make. We learned a letter sound song to help us with this as well. The children learned that letter sounds help them to become readers and writers.

I am just about finished with our initial round of assessments and this will allow me to begin grouping the children by skill set in order to provide instruction at each individual level.

Please utilize RazKids, Readingeggs, and Mathseeds at home. These are all wonderful resources to progress your child’s skills. When your child first logs on to Readingeggs and Mathseeds, it will ask them to take an assessment. This assesses their skill set and places them at the lesson that is best suited for them. Some of your children may start on lesson one or some may start on lesson nine. I love these programs because they place the kids at their own learning level!

Housekeeping Items:

Snack Time

Please be sure to put the snack in a separate place from their lunch. Please show your child where you will put their snack each day in order to foster independence for them. Sometimes, when the snack is packed inside the lunchbox, the children try to eat their whole lunch at snack time. Please only send one snack with your child. Thank you for your assistance in separating your child’s snack and lunch.

Snacks should be healthy to provide the children with energy for their day. Please send a simple snack such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, and crackers. Please do not send candy as a snack. Juice and milk are not allowed in our classroom. Please do not send any kind of juice box or milk with your child for snack time. The children may have the juice or milk for lunch in the cafeteria.

Folders

Please make sure to empty the folder each night! It is very difficult and time consuming to locate homework or important notes when the folder is full of papers from the day before. Please be sure to send the folder to school each day. It is a big part of our arrival and dismissal routines and the folders help the children keep all of their papers organized.

Class T-Shirts

Reminder:

If you would like a class t-shirt for your child, the order form and $9 cash is due by Friday, September 13th.

Thank you!

A few items to note

Money

When sending money to school with your child, it needs to be in an envelope or baggie with your child’s name on it. It would help if you wrote Dimitriou on it as well. Sometimes the envelope or baggie fall out in the hallway and if it has the teacher’s name on it, it is easier to locate the teacher than a student.

Homework

The homework this year is not a packet, it is one sheet of paper. The children will complete a half sheet for each day. On top of this homework, there is math homework each night. The math homework will be completed in their math workbooks which came home yesterday. The math workbooks stay at home and do not need to be returned to school. These are for extra practice at home.

In addition to the above mentioned homework, today the login information for RazKids, Readingeggs, and Mathseeds will be coming home. Razkids is a great resource for books and comprehension activities. Readingseggs helps the children with letter identification, letter sounds, word families, spelling and much more. Mathseeds teaches about number sense, counting, addition, and subtraction. These are all interactive subscription based websites that Haigh pays for and provides for our families. We will also be using these websites in class.

Windows

We would love to have our shades open, but having parents looking in the windows at arrival and dismissal does not help the children gain independence or help them to start their day. Especially if your child is have separation anxiety, standing in the window is not helping. Please be respectful and do not stand in the windows in the morning or afternoon. We love to have our windows open and observe the weather and enjoy the sunshine.

Thank you for your help i

News From The Jungle

We had a great first week of full days. Next week will still be a bit of an adjustment for the children as it is a 5-day week of full days.

There are lots of items coming home on Monday. Please be sure to check your child’s folder as there will be important notes such as, a class t-shirt order, the communication log for the week (please keep in the folder all week), homework, and information about open house. The children will also be bringing home their math workbooks. These books are to be kept at home always. It is extra practice to be done at home. A second math homework book will be sent home later this year. The math workbook has a note attached to the front cover with a schedule of which modules to complete for each month.

Homework will be coming home on Monday. The children will have homework each week. It will be a half page to complete each day. I will collect homework on Fridays.

Upcoming Events

9/12 Open House 6:00 – 7:30 pm

(This is a chance for your child to give you a tour of the room)

9/13 Class T-shirt Money Due

9/19 Scholastic Book Order Due

(Note and catalog coming home next week! ORDER ONLINE ONLY)

9/20 Half Day – 11:40am

9/25 Late Start – arrival at 9:35am. School starts 9:40am.

9/27 No school for Kindergarten students ONLY!!!

Agenda for the Week

We continued focusing on learning the rules of the classroom and school. We also spent a lot of time learning different procedures such as how to walk in the hallway, how to transition from tables to carpet, and much more! The children are hard at work trying to be the best class in the school by following directions and setting good examples for others. Please remind your child about being a good listener and rule follower while at school.

We read many books this week and began learning the parts of the book. We also worked on activities related to the books we read. The children practiced their names and will continue to practice writing their names next week. Some of the children already know how to write their names, however they are writing their name in all uppercase letters. Please work with your children at home on writing the first letter as an uppercase letter and the rest of the letters lowercase.

Next week, we will be diving into our curriculum and practicing letters, letter sounds, Daily 5, and beginning our math curriculum. Please make sure the children are well rested and ready to be learners next week as our days will be very full.

I am working on assessing letters, letter sounds, and much more. We also took our first round of NWEA testing. We will continue completing this testing next week. Once we have completed testing, we will be working on creating small groups based on the skills each child needs help progressing in.

I am getting the materials ready to send home for our reading eggs and math seeds passwords as well as our RAZ-kids accounts. RAZ-kids will be the exact same username and password as reading eggs. Thank you for your patience as I get all the accounts set up and all of the login information sent home. All of these resources are wonderful to encourage academic success for every child in a fun and engaging way!

Housekeeping Items:

Snack Time

Please be sure to put the snack in a separate place from their lunch. Please show your child where you will put their snack each day in order to foster independence for them. Sometimes, when the snack is packed inside the lunchbox, the children try to eat their whole lunch at snack time. Please only send one snack with your child. Thank you for your assistance in separating your child’s snack and lunch.

Snacks should be healthy to provide the children with energy for their day. Please send a simple snack such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, and crackers. Please do not send candy as a snack. Juice and milk are not allowed in our classroom. Please do not send any kind of juice box or milk with your child for snack time. The children may have the juice or milk for lunch in the cafeteria.

Folders

Please make sure to empty the folder each night! It is very difficult and time consuming to locate homework or important notes when the folder is full of papers from the day before. Please be sure to send the folder to school each day. It is a big part of our arrival and dismissal routines and the folders help the children keep all of their papers organized.

Thank you for your patience as we get the class used to full days and new rules and routines.

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