Week of December 11th – 15th         

Hello Parents and Guardians,

NEED TO KNOW:

 

  1. The PTA lockdown is Friday, December 7th, applications are by the office.
  2. We have a late start day on Wednesday, December 20th.
  3. Winter vacation will be start on Saturday, December 23rd and school will resume on Monday, January 8th.
  4. We are still collecting box tops, so feel free to send them in again.  There will be another contest at the pick up time determined by the PTA.  Last time Mrs. Kerby’s class won the pizza party and we came in 4th place.
  5. We need donations for our class store.  Donations can include anything from the $1 bins at Target or the treasures you can find at the Dollar Store.  The students enjoy toys and school supplies.

 

SPELLING: Our list this week will be words with the “ch,” “sh,” “th,” and “tch” sounds at the end of the word:  each, which, match, dish, wish, path, lunch, catch, wish, teeth.  The bonus words are: watch, splash, truth. The sentence is:  “The wish will match each dish you catch.”    

 

WRITING:   Our “Gingerbread kids” stories will be in the hall next week.  The students went to some neat places and did some interesting things in Dearborn!  I think you will enjoy reading their Gingerbread stories!  We will go back to doing informational writing.

 

READING:  We are having a lot of fun comparing Gingerbread stories. We will be making Venn Diagrams that comparing and contrasting two Gingerbread stories.

 

MATH:  We will be working on solving different types of story problems in different ways (open number lines and base 10 blocks).  We will also be working on geometric shapes.

 

SCIENCE: We will be starting our “properties of water” unit..

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We finish working on the second Social Studies unit entitled, “Where is my Community and What is it Like?”

 

Ms. Sims

 

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Week of DECEMBER (WOW!)  4th – 8th        

Hello Parents and Guardians,

NEED TO KNOW:

 

  1. We are still collecting box tops, so feel free to send them in again.  There will be another contest at the pick up time determined by the PTA.  Last time Mrs. Kerby’s class won the pizza party and we came in 4th place.
  2. We need donations for our class store.  Donations can include anything from the $1 bins at Target or the treasures you can find at the Dollar Store.  The students enjoy toys and school supplies.
  3. Winter vacation will be start on Saturday, December 23rd and school will resume on Monday, January 8th.

 

SPELLING: Our list this week will be words with the “ch,” “sh,” “th,” and “wh” sounds:  chill, chest, sheep, shape, think, thing, while, what, chase, white.  The bonus words are: whisper, chapter, those.  The sentence is:  “The white sheep chased what white thing?”  

 

WRITING:  We are going to combine writing and Social Studies by writing a “GingerME” story.  The students and I have brainstormed a list of places to go in Dearborn and they are going to be the runaway gingerbread boys and girls.  They will go to visit at least three fun places in Dearborn.

 

READING:  We are having a lot of fun comparing Gingerbread stories. We will be making Venn Diagrams that comparing and contrasting two Gingerbread stories.

 

MATH:  We will be working on solving different types of story problems in different ways (open number lines and base 10 blocks).  We will also be working on geometric shapes.

 

SCIENCE: We will be focusing on Social Studies.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will work on the second Social Studies unit entitled, “Where is my Community and What is it Like?”

 

Ms. Sims

 

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Spelling words for the week of 11/27-12/1

We will be working on the “ea” and “ee” patter.  These sounds make the long “e” sound:  seat, mean, least, dream, clean, keep, queen, speed, sweet, three.  The bonus words are: scream, freeze, speak.  The sentence will be:  The least mean queen had to keep the three castles clean.

 

We will still be working on the information in the last blog in the other subject areas.


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Week of November 20th – 24th         

 

Hello Parents and Guardians,

NEED TO KNOW:

 

  1. Our school is participating in the 4th annual Cans for a Cause event.  The winning class will get $5 gift certificates for their students to Yogurtopia and a visit from Miley, Yogurtopia’s mascot.  Students may bring in their cans starting on November 1st through November 20th. Boxes will be provided soon.  Thanks,
  2. We are still collecting box tops, so feel free to send them in again.  There will be another contest at the pick up time determined by the PTA.  Last time Mrs. Kerby’s class won the pizza party.
  3. We need donations for our class store.  Donations can include anything from the $1 bins at Target or the treasures you can find at the Dollar Store.  The students enjoy toys and school supplies.
  4. Thanksgiving vacation will be start on Wednesday, November 22 and school will resume on Monday, November 27th.

 

SPELLING: We will not have spelling this week due to only having 2 days of school (Monday and Tuesday).

 

WRITING:  We will continue to work on informational (nonfiction) writing.  Students will learn how to  “introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.”  They will be working on this style of writing until about mid-winter break..  

 

READING:  We will continue to work on text features of nonfiction books (informational text) and we will be spending time on identifying the “main idea” in nonfiction books.

 

MATH:  We will have continued practice with open number lines.  We will also learn how to “skip jump.”  Ask your child about multiplication.  We have started to discuss it!

 

SCIENCE: We will be focusing on Social Studies.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will work on the second Social Studies unit entitled, “Where is my Community and What is it Like?”

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend!

 

Ms. Sims

 

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Week of November 13th – 17th

Hello Parents and Guardians,

NEED TO KNOW:

 

  1. Our school is participating in the 4th annual Cans for a Cause event.  The winning class will get $5 gift certificates for their students to Yogurtopia and a visit from Miley, Yogurtopia’s mascot.  Students may bring in their cans starting on November 1st through November 20th. Boxes will be provided soon.  Thanks,
  2. There will be a late start day on Wednesday, November 15th.
  3. Thanksgiving vacation will be start on Wednesday, November 22 and school will resume on Monday, November 27th.

 

SPELLING:  Our spelling list for this week will be words that have “ow,” “oe,” or “oa” that make the  long “o” sound.  The words are: grow, crow, mow, low, toe, doe, goes, foam, soap, toast.  Bonus words are: float, throw, roast.  We will start applying our knowledge of these words by writing a sentence to go along with the test words.  Our sentence will be:  “Does the doe grow or does the crow fly low?”

 

WRITING:  We will start working on informational (nonfiction) writing.  Students will learn how to  “introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.”  They will be working on this style of writing until about mid-winter break..  

 

READING:  We will continue to work on text features of nonfiction books (informational text) and we will be spending time on identifying the “main idea” in nonfiction books.

 

MATH:  We will have continued practice with open number lines.  We will also learn how to “skip jump.”  Ask your child about multiplication.  We have started to discuss it!

 

SCIENCE: We will be focusing on Social Studies.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will start on the second Social Studies unit entitled, “Where is my Community and What is it Like?”

 

Looking  forward to a great week!

 

Ms. Sims

 

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Week of OCTOBER 30th – NOVEMBER 3rd                 

Hello Parents and Guardians,

NEED TO KNOW:

 

  1. Our school will be participating in the 4th annual Cans for a Cause event.  The winning class will get $5 gift certificates for their students to Yogurtopia and a visit from Miley, Yogurtopia’s mascot.  Students may bring in their cans starting on November 1st through November 20th. Boxes will be provided soon.  Thanks,
  2. Parent-Teacher conferences will start in November.  I will be sending out reminder notices Monday, November 6th.
  3. There will be a late start day on Wednesday, November 15th.
  4. Thanksgiving vacation will be start on Wednesday, November 22 and school will resume on Monday, November 27th.

 

SPELLING:  Our spelling list for this week will be words that have “i,” “y,” or “ie” that make the  long “i” sound.  The words are: try, pie, fry, cry, tie, dry, wild, mild, die, tie.  Bonus words are: spy, child, tried/

 

WRITING:  We will continue to write our opinion paper for the hallway.  

 

READING:  We will continue to work on text features of nonfiction books (informational text).

 

MATH: We will continue to work with double digit addition using open number lines.

 

SCIENCE: We will finish up our matter unit.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We have finished our first Social Studies unit.

 

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Week of OCTOBER 30th – NOVEMBER 3rd                 

Hello Parents and Guardians,

NEED TO KNOW:

 

  1. Please check your email for a “Sign-Up Genius” about our Halloween party.
  2. A note from Mr. Attee regarding Halloween:

On Tuesday, October 31st, students will be allowed to bring costumes to school.  Students will not be able to wear their costumes during the morning, but may put them on in the afternoon prior to our Halloween Parade at 2:00 PM.  Weather permitting, we will walk around the school during the parade and then have time for class group pictures.  Parents are invited to walk with their children during the parade, but must check into the office first in order to obtain a visitor’s pass.  

Notes about costumes:

PLEASE DO NOT WEAR COSTUMES TO SCHOOL. Instead, bring your labeled costume in a bag, with your student’s name on it.  Students will be able to change into their costumes in the afternoon. Students may NOT dress up as clowns, IT (Pennywise), or the Joker as several younger students may be frightened by these costumes due to images they may have seen in the media. Weapons or toys that resemble weapons are NOT permitted.  Classroom activities will vary on time and type, so please check the blog of your child’s teacher for details!

  1. A note from Mrs. Courtright:

Again this Halloween, we will continue our tradition of taking all extra candy to donate to the troops overseas.  Please send any extra or unwanted candy to DuVall with your child by Friday, November 3.  We will pack it up and send it off.  Thanks in advance and let’s see if we can beat our amount from last year! 🙂

  1. There will be a ½ day on Friday, November 3rd.  Dismissal will be at 11:45 at door 10.
  2. Parent-Teacher conferences will start in November.  I will be sending out reminder notices Monday, November 6th.
  3. There will be a late start day on Wednesday, November 15th.
  4. Thanksgiving vacation will be start on Wednesday, November 22 and school will resume on Monday, November 27th.

 

SPELLING:  Our spelling list for this week will be words that have “ay” or “ai” that make the long a sound.  The words are: main, sail, wait, tail, train, jay, stay, may, hay, pay,.  Bonus words: today, yesterday, brain.

 

WRITING:  We will write our opinion paper for the hallway.  

 

READING:  We will work on text features of nonfiction books (informational text).

 

MATH:  The students took a practice math test on Friday and will be bringing it home on Friday.  Please review the information on the practice test for the real test on Thursday or Friday next week.  We will spend a lot of time practicing open number lines this week!

 

SCIENCE: We are studying matter, which are solids, liquids and gasses.  Please have your child fill their colored papers to describe their matter, then have them put their object in their bag.  We all are ready to be “Matter Detectives!”

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We have finished our first Social Studies unit.

 

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Book Orders

Book orders are due today!  I will close the order tomorrow.

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Week of OCTOBER 23rd- 27th              

Hello Parents and Guardians,

NEED TO KNOW:

 

  1. Please check your email for a “Sign-Up Genius” about our Halloween party.
  2. There will be a ½ day on Friday, November 3rd.  Dismissal will be at 11:45 at door 10.
  3. Parent-Teacher conferences will start in November.  I will be sending out reminder notices Monday, November 6th.
  4. There will be a late start day on Wednesday, November 15th.
  5. Thanksgiving vacation will be start on Wednesday, November 22 and school will resume on Monday, November 27th.

 

SPELLING:  Our spelling list for this week will be words that have “sk,” “sl,” “st,” or “sp.”  The words are: skin, skip, step, spell, spin, slip, slug, stone, stand, slope.  Bonus words: skate, staple, student.

 

WRITING:  We will continue to learn how to write an opinion paper.  

 

READING:  We will describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.  Please help your child to bring their book bag to and from school every day.

 

MATH:  We are studying place value, number awareness, adding and subtracting (fact families) and measuring.  Please practice fact families up to 10, for example:  2+8=10, 8+2=10, 10-2=8 and 10-8=2.  Fact families are 3 numbers that are ALWAYS found together.  Facts to 10 need to be automatic and quickly known, even if there is a missing addend, for example: 8+___ = 10 or 10- ___ = 2.  Please watch your planners for the assigned homework.    

 

SCIENCE: We are studying matter, which are solids, liquids and gasses.  We will be sending home a fun activity for child to do on Wednesday.  I will give you a clue about it:  we will be sending home brown paper bags that the children will have to fill with an object and then they will have to fill out the cards that describe matter to use as clues for the class.  We will be “Matter Detectives!”

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We have finished our first Social Studies unit.

 

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A message from Mr. Attee about attendance

Consistent and timely attendance in school is extremely important and considerably enhances your child’s educational experience.  If possible, please avoid removing your child from the classroom during the school day.  If it is absolutely necessary to remove your child, please make sure to check into the main office and sign-out your child prior to exiting the building.  We will not call the student out of class until the person signing him/her out has arrived in the office.

The first bell rings at 8:35 a.m.; teachers will escort students to class and instruction begins promptly at 8:40 a.m.  Children entering school after 8:40 a.m. MUST be accompanied by a parent and sign-in at the main office. After 8:40, you and your child will need to be buzzed in using Door 1 on Beech Street as the other entrances will be locked at this time.

The procedure for reporting absences is to contact the school attendance line at (313) 827-2751 before 8:30 a.m.  You may leave a message any time after 4 pm the night before.  When calling, parents should give the following information: student’s name, teacher, grade, reason for and length of absence.

Upon returning to school, it is the responsibility of the students and/or parents to check with teachers for missed assignments.  If your child will be absent for more than two days, please contact his or her teacher in order to make arrangements to pick up the homework from the main office.  Homework will be ready for pick up by 3:35 p.m.


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