News From the Jungle

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend!

We had a fun bowling trip last week. Olivia’s mom took a bunch of pictures and shared them with me so that we could all enjoy them!

Use the link below:

https://shadiaamenphotography.shootproof.com/gallery/Haigh2019

Once you click on the link it will ask you to put your email address in. Then the password is haigh (all lowercase)

Below please find upcoming events, including our upcoming spelling words for the rest of the school year:

Upcoming Events

4/19 No School!!!

4/22 PBIS – Earth Day Picnic – send in a small blanket or towel.

4/23 Learning Gizmo’s

4/24 Late Start – 9:35am

4/26 Spelling Words:  they, come, his, good, jam, yam, ram, clam, slam, swam

5/3 Spelling Words: jump, down, her, eat, tag, wag, bag, rag, flag, brag

5/10 Spelling Words: king, sing, wing, ring, ding, sting, thing, bring, swing, spring

5/15  Late Start – 9:35am

5/24 – 5/27 No School!!!

 

Agenda for the Week

Reading and Writing: We have been working on compound words this week. The children are really excited about compound words and look for them in everything we do.

Math: We are working on groups of 10 and some ones. The children are learning how to find a group of ten and then count the remaining to find the sum.

Science: We are learning about the earth and how to recycle!

Social Studies: We will begin discussing how to vote and have little mock voter’s cards and do some activities involving voting and collecting data.

 

Housekeeping Items:

Children still need a snack every day! They get very hungry. We will have snack every day until the very last day of school. Please continue to send your child with a healthy snack each day! Thank you!

News from the Jungle

I hope you all enjoy your spring break! Safe travels to all those traveling during the break! I will be enjoying my time at home with Stella and do not plan on doing much of anything except snuggling that baby! 

 

With the weather becoming warmer, the ground is soft and muddy. Many of the children fall during recess and end up with muddy, dirty pants. Please put an extra pair of pants in their backpacks for this time of year so that we can easily have them change at school and will not need to call home and have you bring a change of clothes for them! Thank you!

 

Below please find upcoming events, including our upcoming spelling words for the rest of the school year:

Upcoming Events

4/1 – 4/5 NO SCHOOL! Spring Break!

4/11 Spelling Words:little, have, us, dog, log, jog, hog, blog, frog, clog

4/12 Bowling Field Trip

4/17 Scholastic book order due

4/18 Spelling Words: from, went, him, cub, rub, sub, tub, club stub, shrub

4/19 No School!!!

4/24 Late Start – 9:35am

4/26 Spelling Words:  they, come, his, good, jam, yam, ram, clam, slam, swam

5/3 Spelling Words: jump, down, her, eat, tag, wag, bag, rag, flag, brag

5/10 Spelling Words: king, sing, wing, ring, ding, sting, thing, bring, swing, spring

5/15  Late Start – 9:35am

5/24 – 5/27 No School!!!

 

Agenda for the Week

Reading and Writing: We continue to work on our reading comprehension, decoding words, and our writing. I am stressing to the children that they need to be using lowercase letters in their writing. Many of the children use uppercase letters randomly throughout their writing. I am trying to teach them that they need only use uppercase at the beginning of  a sentence, for names of people or places, and when I stands alone. We continue to learn digraphs (sh, ch, wh, th, ph). We review er at the end of a word when we hear the errrrr sound and ar in a word when we hear arrrrrrr like a pirate.

Math: We continue learning subtraction. The children are sometimes confused between addition and subtraction. We are working on understanding that when we add we are putting numbers together and the overall number gets bigger. We are learning that when we subtract we are taking away and the overall number represents how many are left and is smaller.

Science: We did an engineering project where we had to build a habitat for a superhero. The children worked together in teams to build a house for their superhero. They had to use their building supplies and make sure that their superhero fit inside of their house. The children really had a lot of fun problem solving and working together to accomplish this task.

Social Studies: We will finish our giant city maps when we return from break! The children have been enjoying learning about maps, creating maps, and following directions on maps!

 

Housekeeping Items:

Children still need a snack every day! They get very hungry. We will have snack every day until the very last day of school. Please continue to send your child with a healthy snack each day! Thank you!

New from the Jungle

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful! I hope you all enjoy the nice weather!

 

Below please find upcoming events, including our upcoming spelling words for the rest of the month:

 

Upcoming Events

3/18 – 3/22 Scholastic Book Fair

3/20 Scholastic Book fair family night

3/22 Spelling Words: will, what, mom, red, fed, wed, led, bed, sled, sped

3/29 Spelling Words:  where, out, now, sip, lip, dip, slip, ship, chip, grip

 

Agenda for the Week

Reading and Writing: We really worked on our writing this week and focused on using a noun, verb, adjective, and even tried to include the setting (where the story takes place). I modeled for the children taking two animals and combining them together. They really enjoyed this concept. For example, in class, I combined a monkey and a lion together and called it a lonkey. I drew a picture of what this animal might look like and wrote a sentence like this, “The silly lonkey is throwing bananas at people in the zoo.” Many of the children chose to combine two different superheroes together to create new super powers and with many of the students a kitty-corn was very popular, that is a unicorn combined with a kitten. It looked like a kitten with a unicorn horn! This was a fun way to get the children excited about writing!

We continue learning about digraphs. We have worked on Ch, Sh, Th, and touched a little bit on Wh. The children are trying to use these new skills in their writing to help them spell more words.

 

 

Math: We continue learning subtraction. The children are sometimes confused between addition and subtraction. We are working on understanding that when we add we are putting numbers together and the overall number gets bigger. We are learning that when we subtract we are taking away and the overall number represents how many are left and is smaller.

The children also enjoyed this video about subtraction:

Many of the children are mixing up their teen numbers and writing and reading them backwards. For example, they call 14 the number 41. Please have your child watch the video below to help them learn that numbers in the teens begin with a one:

 

 

Social Studies: We continue learning about maps. We are working with our fourth grade buddies to create our own city on giant paper. We also learned how to follow directions and created maps of our bedroom and classroom.

 

 

 

Housekeeping Items:

Money

Money needs to be in an envelope with your child’s name and state for what the money should be used.

 

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.

 

Change of clothes

Please send in a change of clothes (pants, shirt, underwear, socks) in a gallon bag with their name clearly written on the baggie. My most frequent call home is to ask for parents to bring a change of clothes to school. Even the most disciplined children have accidents at school sometimes. We have so much fun during the day that sometimes the children do not want to stop to use the bathroom when needed. Not only do bathroom accidents happen, but sometimes the playground equipment is wet or the ground is muddy. Having a change of clothes at school makes it easy for me and for you to help your child feel clean and comfortable in the quickest way possible. We will leave the baggie of clothes in their locker at school.

Haigh Book Fair

Parents,

 

There are 3 ways to enjoy the Haigh Book Fair this week:

 

1) Your student may purchase a book during our class visit. Please send money to school with you child, in an envelope, labeled with your child’s name.

 

2) You may shop with your student during our scheduled class visit.  Please sign in at the office and meet us in the media center.

 

3) Family Night will be on Wednesday, March 20th.  The book fair will be open from 3:35-7:00pm for after school shopping.

 

 

Our class will attend the book fair on Tuesday, March 19th at 2:00 pm.

News from the Jungle

On Fridays we will wear our class shirts and jeans for the rest of the year if your child would like to participate with us! This upcoming friday is wear green day, so we will not wear green this coming Friday.

 

Next week is SPIRIT WEEK!!!!

Monday is Pajama day! No slippers please!

Tuesday is Twin Day! We will wear our class shirts and jeans on Twin Day if your child wants to participate in that with us!

Wednesday is Wacky Day — Crazy Hair? Mix and Match socks, shoes? Dress wacky!!!

Thursday is Character Day! Dress up like your favorite character from your favorite book!

Friday is Wear Green Day! Wear a green shirt!

 

 

Below please find upcoming events, including our upcoming spelling words for the rest of the month:

 

Upcoming Events

3/11 – 3/15 — SPIRIT WEEK!!! (Monday – Pajama Day; Tuesday – Twin Day (wear class shirt); Wednesday – Wacky Day; Thursday; Character Dress Up Day; Friday – Wear Green

3/13  Late Start

3/15 Spelling Words: that, did, but, had, bad, dad, mad, sad, pad, glad

3/18 – 3/22 Scholastic Book Fair

3/20 Scholastic Book fair family night

3/22 Spelling Words: will, what, mom, red, fed, wed, led, bed, sled, sped

3/29 Spelling Words:  where, out, now, sip, lip, dip, slip, ship, chip, grip

 

Agenda for the Week

Reading and Writing: We really worked on our writing this week and focused on stretching words to listen for the sounds each letter is making in the word. We worked on vowel sounds this week in order to help us identify the middle sound of words. We played games in small groups to help us learn the sounds of a, e, i, o, u.

We learned about digraphs. This week we focused on sh. Next week we will focus on more of the “h brothers.” We were introduced to ch, th, wh, and ph and practice the sounds they make.

 

 

Math: We began discussing subtraction. We learned about the subtraction symbol or minus sign and practiced “taking away” by solving story problems.  The children also enjoyed this video about subtraction:

Many of the children are mixing up their teen numbers and writing and reading them backwards. For example, they call 14 the number 41. Please have your child watch the video below to help them learn that numbers in the teens begin with a one:

 

 

Social Studies: We are learning about maps. We will be working with our fourth grade buddies from Mrs. Izbicki’s class to create pretend neighborhoods by using community buildings and our own drawings to create giant maps! We are learning about compasses, directions, and community buildings and workers. We are working on our maps which we will make with our buddies very soon!

 

 

 

Housekeeping Items:

Money

Money needs to be in an envelope with your child’s name and state for what the money should be used.

 

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.

 

Change of clothes

Please send in a change of clothes (pants, shirt, underwear, socks) in a gallon bag with their name clearly written on the baggie. My most frequent call home is to ask for parents to bring a change of clothes to school. Even the most disciplined children have accidents at school sometimes. We have so much fun during the day that sometimes the children do not want to stop to use the bathroom when needed. Not only do bathroom accidents happen, but sometimes the playground equipment is wet or the ground is muddy. Having a change of clothes at school makes it easy for me and for you to help your child feel clean and comfortable in the quickest way possible. We will leave the baggie of clothes in their locker at school.

Pile of Money

Please help!

 

Between the book fair money, popcorn money, the read-a-thon money, school store money, and children just plain bringing money to buy snacks at lunch….. I have no idea how all this money is supposed to be used, if it is not labeled. There is a pile of dollars and five dollars that the children threw on my desk and I do not know to whom they belong as they are not inside a baggie or envelope labeled with a name and for which activity it is to be used.

 

Please speak with your child about what the money is for because they always ask me what their money is to be used for and unless it is labeled, I do not know what to tell them.

 

Help me and your child by having their money inside a baggie or envelope, labeled with their name, and the purpose of the money. Also, talk with your child about what the money is to be used for so that they understand if they should turn it in, or if they should keep it and use it for lunchtime snacks or the school store.

 

Thank you for your help!

 

News from the Jungle

Happy Friday! This is my second week back and we are all happy to be back together again! The children have been so sweet to always ask about Stella and how she is doing!  We have had Playworks come into our room and teach us a few different games to help us have fun during our indoor recesses and give us activities to do during the school day when we need a little break! The children loved learning and playing these new games!

 

Below please find upcoming events, including our upcoming spelling words for the rest of the month:

 

Upcoming Events

3/8 Spelling Words: yes, by, want, this, bug, hug, mug, tug, slug, shrug

3/8 Haigh School Store

3/11 – 3/15 — SPIRIT WEEK!!! (Monday – Pajama Day; Tuesday – Twin Day; Wednesday – Wacky Day; Thursday; Character Dress Up Day; Friday – Wear Green

3/13  Late Start

3/15 Spelling Words: that, did, but, had, bad, dad, mad, sad, pad, glad

3/18 – 3/22 Scholastic Book Fair

3/20 Scholastic Book fair family night

3/22 Spelling Words: will, what, mom, red, fed, wed, led, bed, sled, sped

3/29 Spelling Words:  where, out, now, sip, lip, dip, slip, ship, chip, grip

 

Agenda for the Week

Reading and Writing: We learned that sometimes two letters together make one sound. This week we practiced ar says R, like a pirate. See the video below and the pictures of the pirate hats we made in order to learn this letter/sound combination:

 

 

We worked on learning the -ot word family and focused on rhyming.

 

We reviewed nouns, verbs, and adjectives. We are trying to use these parts of speech to help us expand our sentences.

 

These are the videos we use in class to help the children understand nouns, adjectives, and verbs:

 

Here is a video which promotes letter recognition of uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as, letter sounds.

Please remember to watch the How-To videos which I have made to help your child at home with name practice, letter recognition, and letter sound acquisition.

If your child already has mastered these skills, feel free to watch the sight word video or reading comprehension video to help your child continue their academic growth.

 

Math: We reviewed how to find the area of an object by choosing different objects in the room to cover with unifix cubes. Here area  few pictures:

We continue to work on number bonds and focus on addition through story problems.

 

 

Many of the children are mixing up their teen numbers and writing and reading them backwards. For example, they call 14 the number 41. Please have your child watch the video below to help them learn that numbers in the teens begin with a one:

 

Below are 2D and 3D shape videos:

 

Social Studies: We are learning about maps. We will be working with our fourth grade buddies from Mrs. Izbicki’s class to create pretend neighborhoods by using community buildings and our own drawings to create giant maps!

 

 

 

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.

 

Change of clothes

Please send in a change of clothes (pants, shirt, underwear, socks) in a gallon bag with their name clearly written on the baggie. My most frequent call home is to ask for parents to bring a change of clothes to school. Even the most disciplined children have accidents at school sometimes. We have so much fun during the day that sometimes the children do not want to stop to use the bathroom when needed. Not only do bathroom accidents happen, but sometimes the playground equipment is wet or the ground is muddy. Having a change of clothes at school makes it easy for me and for you to help your child feel clean and comfortable in the quickest way possible. We will leave the baggie of clothes in their locker at school.

March is Reading Month

We are getting excited about March and getting ready to read read read! We are creating bookmarks in class to go along with the theme that “Books are dino-mite.” Our theme for this month is dinosaurs!

I would like the children to bring in 1 or 2 books from home to keep in their book boxes for the month. We will take 10 minutes each day at random times to enjoy our books from home and read! Please send in books by Monday so that we can kick off the month with reading our favorite books!

 

Image result for reading is dino mite

 

There will also be a large packet coming home with a reading log and a calendar of activities you can do at home throughout the month to foster a love for reading!

Spelling words

Oops! I forgot to put the spelling words! This week’s words are: no, he, of, den, men, hen, ten, pen, then and bonus words Ben and when. Again, the Jack Hartmann “-en” words video is a good tool.

Mrs. Smith

Monday Morning

Good Morning! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! We have another short week this week, with a half-day Thursday and no school Friday or Monday. Please take note that, due to Congressman Dingell’s funeral at Divine Child, the area around school will be quite congested. There is expected to be icy/snowy weather as well, so there is a slight possibility that school will be cancelled. I am sending home some extra worksheets just in case there is no school. I would like to give the Spelling Test on Thursday, so additional help at home with the words would be greatly appreciated!

A few students have brought in their “mailboxes” for Valentine’s Day cards, which we will celebrate on Wednesday. The boxes look great so far! If there is no school tomorrow, please remember to bring it on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, we will celebrate the 100th day in school! I am sending home a note today that will explain a few of the fun things we will do on Wednesday.

Have a great day!

Mrs. Smith

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