Playing Outside

Playing Outside

February 5, 2011

February 7, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

Happy 100th Day of School!

Monday is the 100th day of school!  I cannot believe we have had 100 days of schools already!  I know this sounds cliché, but it seems like just a few weeks ago, 22 little nervous bundles of energy walked into room 103.  Many students were still learning to write their names and were trying to decide whether or not they we going to like their new classmates, teacher and school.  Everyone has grown so much since those first few days of school.  Now we are all readers, writers, scientists, historians, and most importantly friends.  I would like to thank all of you for letting me educate and grow to love your babies! 

I hope you are all able to make it to our Writing Celebration on February 11th from 11:05-11:30 in the library.  You are welcome to stay afterwards for lunch.  Please send in the yellow Writing Celebration form to let me know if you will be able to attend and if you would like to order anything from the cafeteria (I suggest you bring your own lunch because I am sure the lunch line will be extremely long). 

Next Monday, February 14th is our Valentine’s Party.  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).  Please send in supplies for your child to decorate their bag (stickers, pom-poms, etc) by Wednesday the 9th.  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. 

The Board of Education decided to use February 21st as a make-up snow day.  So we WILL have school on the 21st. 

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.

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Important Dates this Month:
February 7th: 100th Day of School! 
February 11th: Kindergarten Writing Celebration from 11:05-11:30am.  Please make all efforts to attend!  If you will not be able to attend, please send me an e-mail so I can try to have a special friend from school (siblings, husky hideout employee, Ms. Horn, etc) read with your child. 
February 14th: Class Valentine’s Party
February 15th: Harmony Skating Party at Champs at 6:30!
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
We are continuing our Developmental Reading Assessments (DRA) this week (Each test takes about 10-15 minutes per student).  While I am assessing the kids, Ms. Theresa will introduce several Nursery Rhymes.  The students we create a mental image of each rhyme. 

Writing Workshop
This week we will finish our All About Me books.  The kids are so excited about writing a book all about themselves and their family!  Our Writing Celebration will be held on Friday, February 11th at 11:05 am in the school library.  They cannot wait for you to read them.  Family journals will NOT be sent home on Friday, due to the Writing Celebration. 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the consonant digraphs ch and sh.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: are, come, if. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we are learning to measure with standard measurement tools (rulers, yard sticks, tape measures), collect data and display data on a bar graph, and distinguish between different attributes.
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
This week we are learning how to decide which measuring tool is best to use for measuring different lengths.  It would be best to use a ruler to measure a short distance (width of a book, length of our shoe, etc).  It would be best to use a tape measure to measure longer distances (length of room or height of a bookshelf).
At home have your child determine tool (ruler, yard stick, tape measure) is best to use to measure various lengths.  After determining the best tool, practice using the tool to measure the object or distance.

Social Studies
This week we are going to travel back in time and interview four famous scientists.  We will meet George Washington Carver, Wilbur and Orville Wright, and Jane Goodall. 

*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                      PE
Tuesday                     PE
Wednesday               PE
Thursday                   PE
Friday                         PE

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