Playing Outside

Playing Outside

April 22, 2011

April 25, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

The final book fair of the year will be here on Monday, April 25th.  Come eat lunch at 11:29 on the 25th with your child and visit the book fair afterwards.  This event was very popular with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members last year . . . and it helped Harmony have its most successful book fair ever.  We’re hoping for a repeat performance with this year’s fair!  Invitations will come home on Monday. 

Harmony Elementary’s annual trip to The Louisville Zoo will be Friday, May 27th.  We plan to leave school around 9:15a.m.  Upon arriving at the zoo, we will split into chaperone-led groups.  Groups will have the opportunity to take a self-guided trip through the zoo and have a picnic lunch.  We will depart from the zoo around 1:15p.m. and return to school by 2p.m.  Field Trip permission slips and fees are due May 5th.
This is a community event and we encourage all parents to attend.  There is no limit to the number of chaperones we can have for this trip, so anyone who signs up will be able to attend.  To be an official chaperone you must have a current background check and have completed Harmony’s confidentiality training.  If you would like to bring younger siblings you are welcome too but cannot be an official chaperone (you will be considered a tag-a-long with your child’s group). 

Each student needs to:
  • Wear weather appropriate clothing (don’t forget to wear your class T-shirt)!  Also, please wear tennis shoes, and hats or sunglasses are acceptable.
  • Apply sunscreen before school.
  • Pack a snack, a disposable water bottle, and sack lunch. A disposable camera will be allowed.
  • NO MONEY.  To be fair to everyone, we (teachers, chaperones, and students) will not make any purchases on this trip.

Information for chaperones:
  • Meet inside the front gates in front of the train station entrance no later than 10:00am to get your child/group and as well as an itinerary.  
  • Please bring a backpack to carry children’s lunches and water bottles. 
  • You may not make any purchases for any students (including your own) or allow them to spend any money.  This includes food, rides, gifts, etc.
  • Meet us back at the same spot (near first aid, zoo membership area) near the front entrance promptly at 1:00. We have to be loaded on the buses by 1:15pm.
  • Please e-mail me your cell phone number.  This is a safety measure that will allow us to have access to every student since we will be touring the zoo in small groups. 

Important Dates this Month:
April 25: Eat Lunch with Someone You Love!
May 3: Aesop’s Fables Theatrical Production Field Trip and Picnic Lunch at Creasy Mahan
May 6: No School- Oak’s Day
May 9-27: State Assessments (No volunteers or guests for lunch at permitted during this time period)
May 17: Election Day- No School
May 27: Zoo Field Trip
May 20: Memorial Day- No School
June 1: Mega Skills Assembly
June 1: Our class will perform for the 5th grade graduation
June 2: Last Day of School & Early Release Day

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
In a couple of weeks we are going to watch the theatrical production of Aesop’s Fables.  The kids are so excited!  To help prepare for our trip, this week we are going to read several of the fables.  Students will practice creating mental images of the fables and write about the different lessons they learn from each fable.

Writing Workshop
We are finishing our Authors as Mentors unit by publishing our writing pieces this week.  We will edit, revise, and fancy up our stories.  On Thursday we will have a writing celebration.  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 word families: -ank, -ink, -unk.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: nice, your, friend.  Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we are learning about greater than/ less than, dollar bill, and how to use the function machine.
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
The concept of passing time is difficult for young children.  Hours, minutes, and seconds are confusing; children usually do not have a good sense of how long each time interval is or how long things take to do.  Help your child make connections between familiar activities and the time spent on those activities.  When you tell your child something is happening in 5 minutes (or some other interval), try to stick to that interval to help develop his or her sense of time.  Use opportunities such as cooking or watching television to use timing devices to measure and track intervals of time. 

Think of things you can do in about 1 hour.  Help your child determine how long things take to do.  Help your child track the time it takes to get to school, bake cookies, go grocery shopping, or watch a television show.  Set a time for 1 hour.  Have your child draw or write down everything they did before the timer rings.      

Social Studies
This week we will be learning about North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.   
*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                   PE
Friday                         PE

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