Playing Outside

Playing Outside

May 13, 2011

May 16, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

State Testing for the third, fourth, and fifth graders continues this week.  In order to limit the noise and commotion in the hallways, parents are not permitted to volunteer in classrooms or eat lunch with their child from May 9th-27th.  Thanks for your understanding! 

Ms. Theresa will be helping administer the tests, so I will be the only one teaching guided reading groups.  I will continue to meet with one guided reading group per day, so you may notice guided reading books will not come home as frequently.  Our related arts schedule will also be very different so please check your child’s weekly planner carefully. 

On May 31st from 5:00-6:00pm we will have our End of the Year celebration in the library!  You will receive your child’s scrapbook and have a chance to watch a slide show of our favorite kindergarten memories.   The celebration will be “open house” style, so your family may come and go as you please.  Please park behind the school in the bus parking lot and enter through the library doors.  I hope to see everyone there! 

Important Dates this Month:
May 9-27: State Assessments (No volunteers or guests for lunch at permitted during this time period)
May 17: Election Day- No School
May 26: Kindergarten Field O’Fun
May 27: Zoo Field Trip
May 30: Memorial Day- No School
May 31: Orange Pack Extravaganza
May 31: End of the Year Celebration in the library from 5:00-6:00pm
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
Since we are writing our own poems I thought would be great if we studied a few famous poets.  We will read several poems, discuss how poems look different from other types of texts, and learn about rhyme and rhythm. 

Writing Workshop
In writing we are continuing to work on our poems.  We will learn how poets show and not tell their thoughts, use poetic language, and show their feelings through poetry.   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 short and long o (-oke, -ope).  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: brown, black, white.  Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we will practice collecting and displaying data.  Students will formulate their survey question, poll the class, and create their own graph on our computer program “Graph Club."

Social Studies
This week we are learning about animal characteristics and their needs.
*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                      No Related Arts
Tuesday                     No School
Wednesday               PE
Thursday                   Art
Friday                         Art

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