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Week of February 12

Dear Families,

Tomorrow, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in our classroom.   The children are welcome to send in cards and treats if they choose to.  We have 24 students.  There are also 2 children that are mainstreamed in our classroom from Mrs. Walters’ class.  Your child is welcome to send in cards for these students too!  They will not be joining our party but it would be nice for the children to include them in the card exchange.  If you signed up to bring party items, please send them in tomorrow.  Parent volunteers please be sure to sign in at the office at 1:30 for set up.  Children may wear red, pink, purple, or Valentine attire.

I will be attending another in-service on Wednesday.  A sub will be in my room for the day.  Thursday morning I will be in the building but attending a morning meeting.  There will be a sub during the morning.  I will be back in the classroom for the afternoon.

What We are Working On:

Writing: informational writing/penguins

Reading: counting syllables, asking and answering questions about a text, comprehension skills.

Math: comparing sizes

Social Studies: All about me/neighborhoods

Science: weather

February book orders are due Friday.

Mid-Winter Break begins next Monday, Feb. 19- Feb. 23.  School resumes on Monday, Feb. 26

Have a great week!

Kim

 

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Week of February 5

Dear Families,

The PTA is sponsoring a Daddy/Daughter dance at Whitmore Bolles Gym on Friday, February 9 from

6:30-8:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

Homework calendars for February are coming home today.  I apologize that I forgot to send them yesterday.  Completed work is due on Feb. 28.  A few children will be needing a new journal.  I placed sticky notes on those that need a new green journal.  When using the journal please use both sides of each page so it will last longer.

Field Trip Dates:

Mark your calendars as we will be visiting the Michigan Science Center in Detroit on, April 17 and the Detroit Zoo on May 29.  We are limited to 6 chaperones per field trip.  If we get an overwhelming response for chaperones we will have to do a lottery.

Spelling test will be Friday.  The new words are from the -an family: pan, ban, fan and the rainbow words: it, in, look.

Our Valentine Party is Monday, February 12.  Students are encouraged to wear red, pink, purple, or Valentine attire.

Please be sure to send in 2 daily snacks.

Please be sure to send your child’s folder to school daily.  I will not send home notes without the folders as many notes get lost when not contained in folders.

In your child’s folder today is the test results from the NWEA test we took in January.  You will have the Fall and Winter scores.  It also has your child’s projected Spring score from the September testing scores.  Some children’s recent scores are higher than the projected score, reason being that your child’s most recent score has surpassed the projected score.  Some student’s scores have dropped instead of going up which we do not like to see, but there are always factors that occur such as rushing through the test, not listening to the directions carefully, not feeling well, tired, and sometimes quick clickers.  If your child’s score has dropped, I ask that you continue to work at home with them.  Working together with me at school and you at home will make a difference for the Spring test.

February book orders will be sent home Friday and are due next Friday, February 16.

We will be celebrating our 100th day of school on February 28.  More info to come soon.

Have a great week!

Kim

 

 

 

 

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Week of January 29

Dear Families,

This week begins the start of our Kindergarten Spelling.  I sent home a typed note in your child’s folder last week explaining the spelling and the list of words to study for this week.  We will have tests at the end of each week.  Our first test is this Thursday as we do not have kindergarten class on Friday.

Report cards will be coming home this week.  Please keep the report card, but sign and return the goldenrod envelope to school.

I am working on setting individual goals with each child this week for third card marking.  I am also moving students around in my reading groups and grouping them with others who have the same reading level and are working on the same strategies.  Book bags will be coming home next week as I will be working with my groups again at that time.  Please continue reading to your child books at home and practice rainbow words.

There is no school this Friday for Kindergarten and Young 5’s as the teachers have a meeting to attend.

We will be celebrating friendship/Valentine’s Day on Monday, Feb. 12.  Children are welcome to bring in cards and individually wrapped treats (no peanuts or nut products) to pass out.  Please write only your child’s name on the Valentine cards in the “From” section.  Do not fill out the “To” section.  This makes for easier distribution of the cards.  We have 24 students in our class.

Have a great week!

Kim

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Updates and Reminders

Dear Families,

Friday is a half day of school.  Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.  Lunch will not be served on Friday.  Please be sure to send a snack with your child.

Please send a grocery bag to school with your child on Friday, we will be moving our seats and need a bag to transfer items from one desk to another.

I will be keeping book bags at school the rest of this week so I can clean them out and prep them for new material.  Book bags will come home next week.  Continue reading to your child nightly with books at home.  Children love to be read to.  Keep working on rainbow words too!

We will be celebrating friendship with a Valentine’s Day party.  I have to attend an in-service on Valentine’s Day so we will be celebrating on Monday, February 12.  More info and a Sign-up-genius will be coming soon.

We will be going on a field trip to the Detroit Zoo on Tuesday, May 29.  I am also planning a field trip to the Michigan Science Center in April.  I am waiting to hear back from the Science Center for confirmation on a date.

January homework is due on or before February 1.

Have a great week and weekend!

Kim

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Reminders

Dear Families,

Just a few reminders to pass along.

I will not be in tomorrow and Friday as I am attending an in-service.  Mrs. Connie Flynn will be my sub for both days.  Please be sure to let her know who you are at pick up for an easier dismissal.

There will be a school wide popcorn sale on Friday.  One bag is 50 cents or 3 bags for $1.00.  If your child will be purchasing popcorn, please be sure to place the money in a Ziploc baggie or sealed envelope labeled popcorn with your child’s name and number of bags to be purchased.

Book orders were sent home yesterday with the sub, I have many book orders left so that tells me some children did not turn their folders in yesterday.  Please let me know if your child did not receive a book order form if you are interested in buying books this month.  I will send home the order forms on Monday.

Library check out is Friday.

I will be completing assessments next week with all students.  Continue working on the reading books I sent home last week and rainbow words.

Kim

 

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Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday break.

Thank you for participating in our classroom wants and needs project prior to our break.  The students and I are very grateful for your generosity in purchasing items for our classroom.

Our Trade 10 Project was a huge success too!  The students had great items to trade with each other.

Thank you to our parent volunteers for helping with our holiday party and for all parents for providing the items needed for it too!

Now that it is January, the next few weeks are going to be very busy with mid year assessments.  I will not be able to meet with small reading groups as I have to test each child individually in reading, math, and common district assessments.  The children will be taking the NWEA computer test for reading and math before the end of the month too.  I will send home a few books in your child’s book bag for reading practice on Friday.  I will not be able to read these books with the children prior to coming home.  Please read the books with your child and continue working on rainbow words.

January Homework Calendars were sent home this week.  Homework is due February 1.

No school on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

I will be attending a district in-service for most of next week.  Patty Rodgers will be subbing for me on Tuesday.  Connie Flynn will be subbing for me on Thursday and Friday.

Kim

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Holiday Spirit Days

Dear Families,

The Student Lighthouse is sponsoring Holiday Spirit days for a small donation of 50 cents per day for Thursday and Friday.

Thursday: wear Holiday apparel including hats and headbands

Friday: wear Holiday Pajamas

 

Kim

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Holiday Shop

Reminder, tomorrow our class will be going to the Holiday Shop for gift buying.  Please remember to send in the completed envelope (the envelope was in your child’s folder on Friday) with money.   If you misplaced the envelope or your child was absent Friday, you may make a list of family members your child will be buying for.  Be sure to write down the amount to be spent for each gift and place the money in an envelope or Ziploc baggie with your child’s name on it.

Kim