Playing Outside

Playing Outside

September 24, 2010

September 27, 2010

A note from Ms. Poteet

Wow, our class performed amazingly well on last week’s Word Wall Word Assessment!  Almost all students scored 100%!  Thanks for working with your child every night to learn how to read, spell, and write these words!  Keep it up!

On Tuesday our class will be going to the Scholastic Book Fair from 12:00-12:30.  I encourage you to join us!  You may even want to come early and eat lunch with your child in the cafeteria (We eat lunch from 11:29-11:54).  This would be a great opportunity for you and your child to purchase books for them to read at home.  All proceeds from the book fair benefit Harmony’s Library.  If you won’t be able to make, you are welcome to send in money for your child to purchase books. 

Wednesday is an Early Release Day.  School will dismiss at 12:25.  Please send in a note if your child’s transportation will change.

The Husky Hustle is this Friday from 1:30-2:15.  This is a family event and the kids love to have families walk with them.  We hope you will join us! Don’t forget to send in your Husky Hustle pledges!  100% of the pledges benefit Harmony students.  We use the money to purchase computers and other school supplies.

The Harmony Harvest is also this Friday from 6:00-8:30 pm.  Please be sure to take a look at the silent auction items when you come.  I am auctioning a “Pretend Slumber Party” in our classroom on Friday, November 5th from 7:00-10:00 pm.  The cost for the auction item will be $25 and all students are welcome.  It will be a night filled with good treats to eat, games to play, and a movie on the big screen!  The students get to wear their pajamas, bring pillows, stuffed animals, and a sleeping bag.  I hope lots of you sign up for the fun-filled night! 

Kindergarten students are expected to use the Harmony Book Bag throughout the year to transport their belongings back and forth to school.  The book bags help identify kindergarten students to bus drivers, substitutes, and other school employees.  It also makes it easier for me and Ms. Theresa to quickly glance in each student’s bag in the morning to check for lunch checks, folders, and notes that your child may have forgotten to turn in.  We do not have time in the morning to go through all of the compartments in alternative book bags.  If you need to purchase another book bag, the Harmony book stores sells them!  Thanks for your understanding!

Don’t forget to send in a healthy snack every day!  Many students have been forgetting the past two weeks!

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
This week we will continue learning about strategies good readers use.  This week we will focus on looking for chunks in words and rereading. We will be visiting the school library on Friday.

Writing Workshop
We are wrapping up our Kid Writing unit this week.  Students will focus on the many strategies they have learned throughout the unit.  On Friday, we are writing in our Family Journals.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters:  L, l, K, & k.

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Ll and Kk. Ask your child about the letter sound chants for both.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: they, had, at. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

This week in math we will solve addition and subtraction number stories, estimate number of objects, and explore symmetry. 

Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
A penny jar provides great mathematics opportunities!  Counting the pennies together reinforces the counting skills we are working on in school.  Estimation is not just guessing.  It is using what you know to make a “smart guess.”

Start a penny jar to collect your family’s pennies.  Once a week, estimate how many coins are in the jar. 

We are continuing to observe our corn growing.  The kids are really enjoying watching the changes.  We will study the differences between deciduous and evergreen plants.  We also have a Megaskills assembly focusing on NED (Never give up, Encourage others, Do your best).

*Send in a healthy peanut-free snack and water bottle (with a pull up spout) every day.
* Our classroom gets very chilly sometimes.  Please send in a light jacket or sweater for your child to keep in their back pack. 
* Sign your child’s weekly planner every night!
* Library book due every Friday!

Related Arts Schedule
Monday         Music
Tuesday        Music
Wednesday    Music
Thursday       Music
Friday           Music

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