Playing Outside

Playing Outside

February 18, 2011

February 21, 2011

February 21, 2011
A note from Ms. Poteet…

Happy President’s Day!

Monday is our first snow make-up day!  Seven more to go!

Oh no!  We’ve lost our lead in the WLKY School Crib contest!  As you've heard, our school is in WLKY's "Coolest School" contest.  The kinderpups know that our school is the best, but sure want to add that big shiny trophy to our trophy case.  Please vote often today and past the word on to friends and family.  You can vote 15 times per hour per computer – just make sure you close out the browser and reopen it or the additional votes do not count. Click this link to vote:

We had an amazing Valentine’s Party last week!  Thank you Ms. Roberts and Ms. Kastman for planning the party!  Thank you Ms. Blakely, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Edward, and Ms. Skelton for helping the kids make their crafts during the party!

We are running low on napkins and tissues.  If your family would like to donate a few packages or boxes, we would greatly appreciate it!

Wednesday is an Early Release Day!  School will dismiss at 12:25pm.  Remember all transportation changes need to be made in writing.

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 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
March 15th: Class and Individual Pictures

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We are continuing our Biography unit.  We will learn that biographies are types of books that tell a story of a real person’s life, they are about important people, and tell a story about someone’s life (instead of just facts about a person like informational books). 

Writing Workshop
We completed our first ABC book, titled S is for School.  This week each table will be able to come up with their own topic for their ABC book.  They will work as a team to come up with different subjects for each letter.  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 blends: sp, sk, sm, sc, sn, sw.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: an, over, from. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we are learning how to use counting as a way to measure and compare time, identify 2-D and 3-D shapes, and explore the dime.  On Tuesday, students will get to come up with their own survey question, collect data, and display their data on a bar graph. 
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Start collecting pennies in a family Penny Jar.  Once you have quite a few pennies, start adding nickels and dimes so you can do the activities described below. Your coin collection is an excellent tool for developing mathematical skills such as counting, sorting, coin recognition, and coin exchange.
Empty the coins from your jar and sort the coins. 

Count the pennies. Can you think of a good way to keep track of the total?

Make piles of 10 pennies and count the pennies by 10s. 

Can you trade one pile of 10 for another coin?  What is the name of this coin?  Trade some more pennies for dimes. 

Make piles of 5 pennies and count the pennies by 5s.  Can you trade one pile of 5 for another coin?  What is the name of this coin?  Trade some more pennies for nickels.  

Social Studies
We are starting our unit on Presidents and American Symbols.  We learn about Mount Rushmore, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson.

*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                     Music
Wednesday               Music
Thursday                   Music
Friday                         Music

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