Week of 2-1-2016

Happy February room 111 families! I can’t believe how fast this year is going. We are already into our third card marking. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend with your families. We had several family birthday parties last weekend and I am all partied out! We wanted to say a big thank you to all the families who donated water, or money to the school in Flint! Every bit counts. Here is what you need to know for kindergarten this week.:

Word Family:   -op word family (hop, cop, mop, pop, top, sop, bop)

hot words: top, bop, hop

LA: Informational texts. Reading groups will resume so make sure you child has their reading packs! I will be collecting all old books and we will begin rebuilding reading packs. All paper books are yours to keep and should be kept in the reading pack still (along with the pink booklet).

Writing: Informational writing (living things)

Math: Addition (various strategies to add)

Social Studies: Me on the Map

Science: Living Things (What are living things and what do they need to live?)

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Art and Music

Wednesday: Computers

Thursday: Music and Media check out (Please return books) Report cards for marking period 2 and NWEA results will be going home today!

Friday: Gym


Have a great week and please let me know if there is anything I can do for your family!

Mrs. Ross

Breaking News!


Dear Families,

We had a wonderful time on our field trip today! Thank you SO much to Hadi Najda’s aunt, Hadi Hajj’s mom, Bashir’s mom and Rokaia’s mom for helping make our trip a success!

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Here is the letter that went home today regarding the Flint water crisis. If you would like to donate water you can bring it to our classroom in the morning and we can bring it down to the office. We thank you in advance if you are able to donate and help out these people in their hour of need!


Send A Sip…To Our Friends In Flint!

The citizens of Flint face a very serious and long term water crisis. People all across the state and country are stepping up to help and now we can too!


Please drop off your donation of bottled water before January 29th to any school!

On Friday, January 29 a semi-truck, donated by an Oakman parent, will be in the parking lot of Oakman Elementary School from 9:00 am – 11:30 am. The same truck will be in the parking lot of the Administration Building from Noon- 3:00 pm.

Depending on the time or location that is more convenient, schools can bring their collected water to either one of the locations to be loaded on the truck.

At 3:00 pm the truck will deliver the water to the Friends of Flint Water Drive being held from 10am – 7pm at the Redford Jaycee Hall.

The District has committed our support to this event which is being supported by cities and schools in our area.

Week of 1-24-2016

Wow is January already over? I will be back tomorrow! My poor daughter (Antonia my 9mo old) is fighting a double ear infection and she seems to be doing better over the weekend thank goodness! Last week I asked the substitute to give the spelling test, but don’t worry we’ll do it again just to make sure your child does their best! Last week we took our math NWEA test and this week Mrs. Ross will finish up individual assessments for the end of the card marking and report card #2. As this week and card marking come to and end here is what you need to know this week!

Word Family:   -ig word family (big, wig, pig, fig, rig, dig, jig, gig)

hot words: wig, big, fig

LA: Informational texts

Writing: Informational writing

Math: Review week and continued individual testing

Social Studies: Review on Unit “Who Am I?”

Science: End of Push and Pull unit


Field Trip: We are going to the play on Tuesday. I recieved all the permission slips on Thursday and pulled four names out of the hat on Sunday night! Here are the four parent volunteers that I chose. Please bring in your $10.00 on Monday morning or Tuesday morning so I can turn it into the teacher that planned the trip. Thank you in advance for your help Tuesday, and please make sure you had a background check completed.

Mrs. Hajj, Mrs. Biaz, Mrs. Alkharashani, Mrs. Najda


Monday: Gym class (Wear or bring gym shoes!)

Tuesday: FIELD TRIP! Pack a healthy lunch. We will be eating at school after the play and will NOT be going through the cafeteria line because our regular lunch time will be over! We will have Music in the afternoon.

Wednesday: Computers

Thursday: Music class

Friday: 1/2 Day for students! Dismissal is at 11:10am.


Have a fantastic week and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you!

Mrs. Ross 🙂

Week of 1/18/2016

Happy Tuesday to all! I hope you had a very restful weekend. Here is what you need to know for this week:

Spelling: et family (pet, jet, met, wet, net, vet,get)

hot words: pet, vet, jet

*This week Mrs. Ross will continue assessing in language arts and math for the report card.

Monday: No school. I hope you stayed warm!

Tuesday: Timelines Due! New homework packets will go home this week as usual. We have art and music.

Wednesday: Late Start. School starts at 9:00 am. We have computers.

Thursday: NWEA math test. We have music and library check out in the pm. Please return books on Thursday morning.

Friday: We have gym today.

That’s all for now! Thank you for your hard work on the timelines. If you have not turned it in yet, please do as soon as possible. This is a graded assignment for the report card and will HELP your child study for the upcoming social studies test!

Have a wonderful week, and stay warm.

Mrs. Ross and class!


Field Trip

Tonight your child is bringing home a permission slip for our field trip on January 26th. Please fill out the form and return as soon as possible. If you would like to be a parent chaperone, please make sure you have completed the “background check” through the office. If you are available and would like to come I will put the names in a hat and pull out four to make it fair. If your name is not pulled don’t worry we will still be needing many parents to help us go to the zoo at the end of the year.

thank you in advance for your help!

Mrs. Ross and class!

Week of 1-11-2016

Dear Families,

I hope you enjoyed your snowy Sunday and stayed warm! I ventured out for one hour and then stayed inside the rest of the day! It is very beautiful though, and I was waiting for the snow to fall! As the week is projected to be a cold one, make sure your little one is bundled up! If the temp is 20* or below they may wait in the gym each morning. Here is what you need to know for kindergarten this week.

Word Family: –an word family (tan, fan, can, ran, man, pan, van, an)

hot words: tan, can, van

Booklet 1: Pink booklet should be practiced every night for about 10-15 minutes. Keep up the great work!

Math: 3D shapes (cube, cone, sphere, cylinder)

Science: Push Pulls

Social Studies: Who Am I?

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Art and Music

Wednesday: Computers

Thursday: Music. NWEA testing for Reading

Friday: Gym

I will continue my assessments for math and reading this week for the next report card. You can help your child by counting orally aloud by 1 and 10 as usual, writing numbers from 0-10 every night, counting objects up to 2o in different arrangements, and identifying their 2D and 3D shapes. Please continue reading on Raz-Kids in order for your child to read new books. We may be testing instead of reading in their groups. They will all continue to get paper emergent readers though in various subjects.

We also have one our NWEA tests on Thursday for reading. You can prepare your child by reading nightly with them. Practicing letter/sound identification, playing rhyming games and pointing out words/pictures that rhyme with each other in books from home. Practicing word families (if you take away the “n” sound in can and put in the “p” sound what word do you have? But mostly just let them get a good night sleep this week and eat a great breakfast all week as usual!

In science this week we will continue our study of force and motion and kick it off on Monday with “The Car Race” experiment! It is going to be really fun and I hope to get some great pics of your child predicting, building ramps, and testing out their predictions of which cars will be the fastest!

Have a great week! If there is anything else I’ll be sure to let you know throughout the week.

Mrs. Ross 🙂



PBIS Town Hall and Reward Day reminder!

Greetings all! Are you as tired as we are today!?! It is so great to be back with the students, I missed them so much!

This note is a reminder that tomorrow is our PBIS Town Hall and reward day for December! Please take your child straight to the gym at 8:00 am because of the projected cold weather. I will NOT be opening the classroom doors because I will be waiting in the gym for them. At that time we will leave our bags in line and move to our town hall positions. We will say goodbye to parents and proceed through the meeting.

In the afternoon we have reward day. If your child has earned it it will be a game day in the hallway. Congrats! Your child may bring in a favorite game from home (put their name on it!) and a special snack. Please do not send in any electronics because our young kindergartners have lost them in the past.

Thanks in advance for all your help.

Mrs. Ross

Week of 1-4-2016

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Happy New Year! I hope this post finds you and your family well and rested. I have missed all the students so much over the break and am very excited to come back to school. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the students for the thoughtful gifts and chocolates that were given to me before the break. I appreciate and love every one of them. I am very grateful. In addition, I would like to thank all the parent volunteers who helped with our holiday celebration and those that donated supplies to make it all possible! We had a blast and could not have done it without your help. Get in a cozy chair because this is a LONG post lol!

Here is what you need to know for school this week!

Monday: collecting homework packets and sending a new one home along with the spelling words -at family and going to gym

Tues: art and music

Wednesday: computers

Thursday: library check out week so make sure to return your books by Thursday morning!

Friday: Gym

Spelling: -at word family (bat, fat, cat, rat, sat, mat, Pat, hat, at)

*hot words: bat, fat, mat    *cold words: I’ll pick two more words from the list!

Sight Word Booklets: Booklet 1 for all students (all students will get them by Friday)

This week marks the beginning of new and exciting curriculum for us! We will officially begin our spelling program with “word families”, and a new sight word program along side it (to continue building our high frequency words), that will be fun and challenging!Your children will ALL begin working with the –at family this week in spelling and all begin with “Booklet 1” of the “Sight Words & Fluency Phrases.  Some students will work on the first booklet all year (there are 100 words!) and others may progress to booklet 2, booklet 3 etc. Each level is color coded and a new grade level. To make it fun and exciting for the students, when any student(s) reach the end of booklet 1 (or any other booklet) they get to bring in their lunch and have lunch with the teacher! At that time, I bring them in the dessert for our special lunch. So have fun and work at your child’s speed! They will be retested once every week during reading groups and I will give them a colored circle on top of each number on the front of the book. This booklet should stay in the reading pack always and travel from school to home and back every night. I am going to send home a second explanation with the new programs so you have a copy to keep for reference in the reading packs. If you have any questions about new programs I am here to answer them just hit reply below tonight or come on in and see me anytime after school 🙂

Social Studies: This month we will begin a new unit about who we are. In this unit your child will be completing a timeline of their life so far in order for them to understand that they have a “past”. Please begin sending in a picture from each year of their life thus far (including an infant picture. Please put them in a white envelope and write their name on it. In the next few weeks we will work on compiling the timeline of me booklet and then we will need your child. We will be sending it home for you to work on with your child. We have tried it in the past but found the students were not able to remember! I appreciate all your help with this fun project, the kids love learning about themselves as babies and young kids.

Math: will begin working on 2Dimensional shapes this week identifying them and being able to discuss their attributes (like how many sides and angles/corners they have). each day we will identify and discuss a new 2 dimensional or “flat” shape. We would LOVE if your child could bring in a shape (small enough to hold) from your home environment to share with the class. Each year our class puts together a “Shape Museum” in the classroom. If you don’t mind, could we borrow it for a while during this unit? Just make sure to put your child’s name on it if you want the item back and not to send in anything breakable. For example, a small thin hanger could be an example of a triangle! This week we will study the: square, circle, triangle, rectangle and hexagon in that order. To make it easier, I will assign your child a shape to share so you don’t feel overwhelmed looking for all of them at home. However, if you’d like to bring in more on another day please feel free!

Shapes to share this week:

Square (Tuesday): Laya, Mohamed Albazzal, Khaled, Sarah, Ali A.

Circle (Tuesday): Rokaia, Zayd, Bashir, Adam B., Jad

Triangle (Wed): Olivia, Hadi H., Mohamed Ali, Ayman, Laren

Rectangle (Thurs): Hassan, Julia, Zayn, Hadi N., Yara, Adam S.

In addition, make sure you are pointing out real life examples at home with your child. For example, Benjamin got a magnatiles set from his grandmother for Christmas so as he was playing we were discussing how he was building cars using hexagons, triangles, squares and circles! It was so cool.


I hope everything is clear in this post! It is so long that this week I am sending some information home on paper. Please make sure to come and see me if you are NOT on the blog yet and getting all the regular posts! I hope you all had a wonderful break and a Happy New Year! I will see you all bright and early tomorrow morning.


Mrs. Ross