Jan
2020

A Message from Mr. Loconsole

Parents –

The American Heart Association visited our school yesterday to kick-off Kids Heart Challenge!  Look for envelopes, and a cool sticker sheet that they can bring to life when they download the Kids Heart Challenge App! 

Your students got to meet Alexa – a true Heart Hero – and were asked to do a few things to make themselves, their family and community healthier. 

What to do next:

Get started today by downloading the free Kids Heart Challenge app or by visiting our page: http://www2.heart.org/goto/millerelementary

  • Register & Take a challenge – Move More!  Be Prepared! Help Others!  Which will you choose?

Conversation Prompt:  What did you learn in today’s assembly?  Which Challenge do you want to take?  Why is it important to make a difference?  How has heart disease and stroke effected our family? 

The IMPACT:  Every $15 dollar gift brings info and cultural health programming to 100 people at high-risk for heart disease and stroke.  And your student receives a wristband, two heart heroes and a jump rope!

Thank you for your support of our PE program, and the AHA!

Mr. Loconsole

Jan
2020

Kindergarten Weekly News

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 20th week of Kindergarten! 

The Kindergarten students will be taking the NWEA Math test this week. It is very important that your child get both a good night’s sleep as well as a healthy breakfast before coming to class. Please encourage your child to do their best on this test and to take their time. This is a very important test that tells us how your child is retaining the knowledge learned in kindergarten. 

Winter is certainly here and it is cold! Please remember if you send your child to school with winter boots, they need to bring gym shoes to school to change into.

Reminders:

Monday, January 20th NO School. Martin Luthur King Day

Tuesday, January 21st half day. 11:45 dismissal 

Wednesday, January 29th – Field Trip to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. 

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on FRIDAY! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is tan) 

1. jet

2. get

3. wet

4. like

5. my

6. no

Reading: This week will work on asking and answering questions in a non fiction text. We will also spend time learning how to blend the beginning sounds with the rime. We will also introduce the digraph “ch”. Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)

Review:  an so     me                      New words this week:   will dog

Math: We will continue to compare sets of objects with numerals to 10 using the math words “greater than, less than, and equal to”. 

Science: We will introduce Gravity as a force that pulls objects down to the earth. 

Social Studies: We will continue our unit in “Who am I?” We will learn about ways to learn about the past. Examples would be: books, diary, computer, pictures. Please send in a baby picture of your child to share with the class.

Writing: This week we will continue to work on informational writing. We will write questions and answers about penguins. 

Homework ideas this week: Please continue to read the books and review the sight words in your child’s reading bag. Continue counting to 100! Please remember, your child needs to know their sight words to become a fluent reader. You may also visit I ready. In addition, please encourage your child to write a sentence each day! We are working on stretching the words and writing the sounds we hear, beginning our sentences with an uppercase letter, and ending our sentences with a period or exclamation point. Many of the children also need to work on adding more detail to their drawings to help tell the ideas in their sentence. Please don’t forget about practicing for the spelling test on Friday. Thanks for all you do! 

Jan
2020

Kindergarten Weekly News

            

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 19th week of Kindergarten! 

The Kindergarten students will be taking the NWEA tests in Reading this week. It is very important that your child get both a good night’s sleep as well as a healthy breakfast before coming to class. Please encourage your child to do their best on this test and to take their time. This is a very important test that tells us how your child is retaining the knowledge learned in kindergarten.

Winter is certainly here and it is cold! Please remember if you send your child to school with winter boots, they need to bring gym shoes to school to change into.

Reminders:

Friday, January 17th is a half day. 11:45 dismissal 

Monday, January 20th NO School. Martin Luthur King Day

Tuesday, January 21st half day. 11:45 dismissal 

Wednesday, January 29th – Field Trip to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. Money is due on Wednesday, January 15th. 

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on FRIDAY! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is tan) This will be for extra credit on their test! 

1. fan

2. pan

3. ran

4. is

5. the

6. to

Reading: We are practicing many reading strategies. This week we will practice reading strategies using informational books. We will focus on identifying unknown words in the text. We will also spend time learning how to blend the beginning sounds with the rime.  In addition to these strategies that we practice often, we will also practice comprehension strategies such as making a personal connection to the story as well as asking and answering questions about the text. Please practice the following sight words:                           Review: am come New Words: me     so an 

Math: We are comparing sets of objects within 10 using the words “greater than, less than, and equal to”. 

Science: We will begin our Unit On Force and Motion. Students will learn about pushes and pulls.

Social Studies: We will begin our Unit on “Who am I?” We will work on distinguishing between today, tomorrow, and yesterday (past, present, and future).  

Writing: This week we will continue working on informational writing about penguins. We will write facts we have learned about penguins. 

Homework ideas: Please read the books and review the sight words in your child’s reading bag. Continue counting to 100! Please remember, your child needs to know their sight words to become a fluent reader. You may also visit i Ready. In addition, please encourage your child to write a sentence each day! We are working on stretching the words and writing the sounds we hear, beginning a sentence with an uppercase letter, and ending our sentences with a period or exclamation point. Many of the children also need to work on adding more detail to their drawings to help them when writing their sentences. Please don’t forget about practicing for the spelling test on Friday. Thanks for all you do! 

Jan
2020

Kindergarten Weekly News

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 18th week of Kindergarten and a very Happy 2020!!!

The Kindergarten students will be taking the NWEA tests in both Reading and Math in the next two weeks. Please see your child’s teacher for their testing date. It is very important that your child get both a good nights sleep as well as a healthy breakfast before coming to class. Please encourage your child to do their best on this test and to take their time. This is a very important test that tells us how your child is retaining the knowledge learned in kindergarten.

Our Michigan weather has been great, but if it should snow or get very cold and you would like your child to wear snow boots, please remember they need to bring gym shoes to school to change into. Please help your child know how to put their shoes on independently. 

Reminders:

Friday, January 17th is a half day. 11:45 dismissal 

Monday, January 20th NO School. Martin Luthur King Day

Tuesday, January 21st half day. 11:45 dismissal 

Wednesday, January 29th – Field Trip to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. We will be sending home a permission slip this week. Money will due on Wednesday, January 15th. 

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on FRIDAY! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is sat) This will be for extra credit on their test!

1. bat

2. hat

3. cat

4. I

5. see

6. we

Reading: We are practicing many reading strategies. This week we will be looking for unknown words in a text using informational books.  We will also spend time learning how to blend the beginning sounds with the rime. Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)  

Review:      do     this New Words: am      come

Math: We will introduce measurement and compare lengths using the vocabulary taller than and shorter than. Will will continue to count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s. Please practice counting at home too. 

Science: We will continue our unit on Pushes and Pulls. We will learn about force and how objects move. 

Social Studies:  We will review “how I get what I need and want.” Students will make goods, provide services, and trade with each other.

Writing: This week we will label informational diagrams and write facts we have learned. 

Dec
2019

Kindergarten Weekly News

Hello Kindergarten Families!  Happy 17th week of kindergarten!

Winter is certainly here and it is cold! Please remember if you send your child to school with winter boots, they need to bring gym shoes to school to change into. Please help your child know how to put their shoes on independently. We have a shoe tying wall of fame for all of the Kindergarten students who can tie their shoes!!! Please send gloves and hats with your child as well. 

Upcoming Events:

Late Start – Wednesday, December 18th. See you at 9:30am

NO SCHOOL December 23rd – January 5th. School resumes January 6th. Enjoy the winter break 🙂 

Please remember to put the items your child brings home in their reading back into the bags when you are done using them. The children are bringing home books and sight word cards to practice. Please help your child be responsible with these learning tools. These bags contain homework items for your child. Please work with these items for 20 minutes each day. ☺

Homework: Practice letters, books, and sight words in your child’s reading bags. Write first name and last name. Writing and drawing illustrations in a journal. Play games in math bag, count to 100, recognize and write numbers 1-20.

Letters:  We have introduced all the letters. Please review all uppercase and lowercase letters and their sounds. We will be testing students knowledge of these letters this week. 

In addition, please help your child practice writing his/her first and last name. Please be sure there are no backwards letters and that only the first letter is uppercase. The rest of the name should be lowercase. Recognizing and writing names are very important and will be practiced every day!      

Ex.          Mohamed Ali     not…. MOHAMED ALI  or mohamed ali.  

Reading: This week we will be identifying the main topic and retell the key details in a story. The children will also be focusing on the long o and the long i vowel sounds. 

Please encourage your child to read their sight words and books from their reading bags each day! Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)

Review:      it little        NEW words this week will be:       do this 

Math: We will assess comparing length and weight and introduce the comparison of volume. 

Science: We will continue our Unit on Materials.  We will be discussing Natural Resources and how we use them. Examples include water and trees.

Social Studies: We will continue our unit on  “How do I get what I want?” We will review needs and wants, goods and services, and trading. 

Writing: We will continue our MASIA writing unit. We have been working on pattern books. These are books that contain repeating sentences/words to communicate meaning.  This week we will focus on a ask and answer question pattern.

Dec
2019

Kindergarten Weekly News

        

Hello Kindergarten Families!  Happy 16h week of kindergarten! December has arrived and the  weather is much colder! Please be sure to send your child with a coat, hat, and gloves everyday and please label these items. 

REMINDERS:

Scholastic Book Fair is this week!

Late Start – Wednesday, December 18th. See you at 9:30am

December 23th – January 5th is Winter Break!

Please remember to put the items your child brings home in their reading and math bags back into the bags when you are done using them. The children are bringing home books and sight word cards to practice. Please help your child be responsible with these learning tools. These bags contain homework items for your child. Please work with these items for 20 minutes each day. ☺

Homework: Practice letters, books, and sight words in your child’s reading bags. Write first name and last name. Writing and drawing illustrations in a journal. Play games in math bag, count to 100, recognize and write numbers 1-20.

Letters:  We have introudced all the letters of the alphabet and will be reviewing all of them this week and next. When we return from break we will begin word family spelling tests. 

In addition, please help your child practice writing his/her first and last name. Please be sure there are no backwards letters and that only the first letter is uppercase. The rest of the name should be lowercase. Recognizing and writing names are very important and will be practiced every day!                   

Ex.          Mohamed Ali     not…. MOHAMED ALI  or mohamed ali.  

Reading: This week we will identify the Main Topic and Key Details in a nonfiction (informational) text. In addition we will continue to sequence events from story books. The children will also continue working on blending three sounds to read a word  (ex. b-a-t blended reads bat) and identifying the last sound in a word. 

Please encourage your child to read their sight words and books from their reading bags each day! Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)

Review:      you he        NEW words this week will be:     it little

Math: We will continue our unit on Measurement. This week will be comparing the weight of objects using the words heavier than and lighter than. 

Science: We will continue our Unit on Physical Science. We will continue learning about natural resources… this includes water and wood and how we use it. 

Social Studies:  We will continue our unit on  “How do I get what I want?” We will review needs and wants, goods and services, and trading.

Writing: We will continue our MASIA writing unit. We have been working on pattern books. These are books that contain repeating sentences/words to communicate meaning.  This week we will focus on a ask and answer question pattern.

Dec
2019

Important Dates to Remember!

Next week three important events taking place at Miller:
1) PTA Scholastic Book Fair will be in full swing next week, December 9th – 13th.


2) Come enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable evening at the PTA sponsored Roller Skating Event taking place next Thursday December 12th, 2019 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Skating Arena, free busing will be available to transport the first 60 Miller students / parents turning in their permission slip, bus departs from Miller Elementary at 5:30 p.m.  All students must be accompanied by a parent to attend. The cost of admission is $7 a person when tickets are purchased at school or $8 if tickets are purchased at the door (Roller skates included in price:>)


3) IMPORTANT PTA Meeting next Friday December 13th at 9 a.m. in the Miller Cafeteria – Meeting Focus: Reading Interventionist will provide parents simple and practical reading strategies to assist students at home.  

Dec
2019

Picture Retake is Tomorrow!

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Picture retakes are on Wednesday, December 4th!

Want to retake your pictures?

Simply return your original package on Picture Retake Day.

Go to mylifetouch.com with your Picture Day ID: LM749205Y1

Dec
2019

Kindergarten Newsletter

     

Hello Kindergarten Families!  Happy 15th week of kindergarten! December has arrived and the  weather is much colder! Please be sure to send your child with a coat, hat, and gloves everyday. Please label these items. 

This Week:

Robotics Candy Cane Sale:  (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)  December 4nd – 19th        

8:15am -8:30am & 3:30pm-3:45pm

Wednesday, December 4th – Picture Retakes 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Late Start – Wednesday, December 18th. See you at 9:30am

Please remember to put the items your child brings home in their reading and math bags back into the bags when you are done using them. The children are bringing home books and sight word cards to practice. Please help your child be responsible with these learning tools. These bags contain homework items for your child. Please work with these items for 20 minutes each day. ☺

Homework: Practice letters, books, and sight words in your child’s reading bags. Write first name and last name. Writing and drawing illustrations in a journal. Play games in math bag, count to 100, recognize and write numbers 1-20.

Letters: We have introudced all the letters of the alphabet and will be reviewing all of them this week and next. We will begin word family spelling tests in January. 

In addition, please help your child practice writing his/her first and last name. Please be sure there are no backwards letters and that only the first letter is uppercase. The rest of the name should be lowercase. Recognizing and writing names are very important and will be practiced every day!          Ex.  Mohamed Ali     not…. MOHAMED ALI  or mohamed ali.  

Reading: This week we will be answering and asking questions about key details from a text. We want the students to practice asking and answering questions in a complete sentence. In addition we will focus on the different types of texts (ex. storybooks, poems). The children will also continue working on blending three sounds to read a word  (ex. b-a-t blended reads bat) and identifying the last sound in a word. 

Please encourage your child to read their sight words and books from their reading bags each day! Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)

Review:      at have                NEW words this week will be:    you he

Math: We have begun our unit on Measurement. We will be comparing the lengths of objects using the words longer than and shorter than.

Science: We will begin our Unit on Physical Science. We will be learning about natural resources… this includes water and wood and how we use it. 

Social Studies:  We will continue our unit on  “How do I get what I want?” We will introduce goods and services and trading goods. 

Writing: We will continue our MASIA writing unit. We have been working on pattern books. These are books that contain repeating sentences/words to communicate meaning. Example : I like….  I do not like…. I like….   I do not like