Playing Outside

Playing Outside

November 13, 2010

November 15, 2010

A note from Ms. Poteet

Please continue to send in non-perishable goods for our Canned Food Drive.  All of the food will go to needy families in Oldham County.  We are collecting canned goods (soups, meats, vegetables, juice, fruit, pasta sauce, pie filling), cereal, rice, baby food, Jello, pudding, packaged food, beans, croutons, dried fruit (raisins, apricots), nuts, and any other non-perishable food. Thank you for your support in helping out children to learn about caring and sharing with others.  The food needs to be sent in by December 2, 2010. 

Our class has adopted a 13 year old boy for the holidays.  He enjoys playing basketball, football, and soccer.  He attends one of the Oldham County’s middle schools.  If your family would like to help this boy, please send in the pink Husky-Helping House flyer sent home last week in our Wednesday Folder, send me a note, or e-mail me.  I will let you what the child needs and what size clothes he wears.  Please don’t just send an item in, because we want to make sure all of his needs are taken care of.  Thanks for all of the families who have already sent in the pink flyer pledging to donate an item.  I will let you know by this Friday, what your family can donate so you may shop over the Thanksgiving Break.  

Now that all students know how to check out books from the library, your child may visit the library before school throughout the week to check out a book.  Before students may check out a new book, they must finish their morning responsibilities in class. After completing their responsibilities, I will send them down to the library.  They must return to class before 7:50 am.  This is a privilege that Ms. Clark and Ms. Wanda permit kids to do.  If they aren’t make good choices in the library (Ms. Theresa and I will not be in the library with them), they will lose the privilege to check out books independently.  We will continue to visit the library on Friday’s. 

Don't forget, due to our Thanksgiving Play practice our lunch time has changed to 12:09-12:34.  We will go back to our old lunch time after the Thanksgiving break.

Mark your calendar…  Our Thanksgiving Play will be on Tuesday, November 23rd at 11:20 am.  All families and friends are invited.  You are welcome to stay afterwards for lunch.  Look for more information to come home soon about your child’s costume on Monday.  The Kindergarten Team is looking for parents interested in revamping last year’s props for the play.  If you are interested please e-mail me!

Don’t forget to send in a bag of large colored flowers by Friday.  We will use them to make Native American headdresses.   All students will get to make a headdress even if they are not a Native American in the play.  If your family would be willing to donate a bag of large colored feathers, we would appreciate it!  I found them last year at Wal-Mart for two dollars. 

It is starting to get chilly outside.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately because we will go outside everyday unless it is raining.

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
Good readers ask questions about their book before, during, and after reading.  Throughout the week, we will learn about thick (Why do you think?, What if?, How would you feel if?, What might?) and thin (When?, Where?, Who?, How many?) questions and when readers ask questions.  We will be visiting the school library on Friday.

Writing Workshop
With the Holiday’s just around the corner, we are going to take advantage of the kid’s excitement of Santa coming.  On Monday, we are going to start our persuasive letters to Santa.  We will focus on writing a greeting, introduction and persuading Santa to bring us our desired gift.  I will continue to remind kids of the audience of their letter (Santa).  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. 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the word families -ad, -ap, & -ag.  Ask your child about the word family chants for all three.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: little, down, do. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

We are continuing to learn about probability, weight, and how to add and subtract. 
Math Home Link
Family Note:
In school, we have started to talk about different kinds of measurement, such as volume, length, and weight.  Children will find many ways to explore measurement at home and elsewhere.  Encourage the development of measurement skills by helping your child find and recognize the many uses of measurement in everyday life.  Model the correct usage of words and look to describe and compare sizes, amounts, and weights of different things.  (We have been learning about pan balances in school.)

Compare the weights of two objects by holding one in each hand.  Can you tell which one is heavier?  Lighter?  Draw a picture on a piece of paper that shows which object felt heavier and which object felt lighter.  How did your arms look?  What tools could you use to check which objects weighs more?

Social Studies
For the next couple of weeks, we will visit the gym the practice for our Thanksgiving Play. Throughout week we will discuss how the pilgrims lived on the Mayflower and in the new land.

*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                     PE
Wednesday               PE
Thursday                   PE
Friday                         PE

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