Playing Outside

Playing Outside

February 12, 2011

February 14, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thanks everyone for helping your child prepare their 100th Day of School T-Shirts!  They all looked adorable!  Also thanks to all of the families who were able to make it to our Writing Celebration.  It was a huge success!  The kids were so proud to show off their hard work and first books with you! 

Monday we will have our Valentine’s Party at 8:30 am.  Please have your child bring in 21 Valentine cards.  Please do not address each card, just have your child sign their own name.  For confidentiality reasons, I cannot send home a list of student’s names.  It also makes it easier for the kids to pass out the cards, if they don't have to hunt for each child's Valentine bag.  We are going to decorate Valentine bags during the party (so you don't need to send in a Valentine box).  Thanks for sending in supplies to complete this project.  Students may also bring a special peanut-free sweet treat and drink (no soda please) for the party.  If you would like to help at the party, please send me an e-mail.  I appreciate Ms. Robert’s and Ms. Kastman’s joint effort to plan the party.  The kids are looking forward to it!

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week, Ms. Hammons will be coming in to teach us about “Stranger Danger.”  Your child might need help coming up with their “Safe-Side Adult.”  Ms. Hammons will send home more information about Stanger Danger this week. 

Please call the office at 228-2228 to set up a parent-teacher conference on March 3rd or 8th.  If you need an alternative date please just call or e-mail me.

Important Dates this Month:
February 14th: Class Valentine’s Party
February 21st: We DO have school!  Snow day make-up day!
February 23rd: Early Release Day
February 25th: Mega Skills Assembly
March 2nd: Progress Reports Come Home

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
On Tuesday we will finish creating mental images of our Nursery Rhymes.  Wednesday we will start learning about biographies and their features. 

Writing Workshop
We are starting our unit on ABC books.  We are going to write our first class ABC book on school.  Family journals will be sent home on Friday.   Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the consonant digraphs th and wh.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: now, came, they. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we are learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes, number grids, and the penny and nickel.   
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Manipulating, exploring, and discussing 3-dimensional objects helps children learn the names of these objects and build spatial sense.  Many familiar objects are common 3-demensional geometric shapes: balls are spheres and dice are cubes, for example.  Children have been learning about 2-demensional and 3-demensional shapes and noticing shapes all around them.  At home, encourage your child to think about 2- and 3- dimensional shapes as he or she looks for objects to place in a Shape Museum. 
Look around your home for objects that have 3-dimensional geometric shapes. 

See if you can find examples like these:

Sphere: ball, globe
Cube: dice, square box
Cylinder: can of food
Cone: ice cream cone, party hat
Rectangular Prism: cereal box. Book

Make a Shape Museum at your house like we did at school.  Sort the different 3-D shapes into their own group.

Social Studies
Ms. Hammons is coming in this week to teach us about Stranger Danger.

*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                      Art
Tuesday                     Art
Wednesday               Art
Thursday                   Art
Friday                         Art

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