Playing Outside

Playing Outside

October 28, 2011

Ms. Slade was our Mystery Reader!


Healthy Huskies

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This week we learned about making healthy choices.  Our class song was voted the best kindergarten song!!  We preformed our song during today's Mega Skills Assembly!

October 31, 2011


A note from Ms. Poteet

Happy Halloween!  Please do your child (and me) a favor by restricting the amount of candy they eat this week, and try to keep bed time as close to the normal time as possible.  Otherwise, our little super heroes and princesses are not going to feel very “super” or “princess-y” by the end of the week!

Parent-Teacher Conferences begin November 10th.  If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please call the office at 228-2228 after 9:00am to schedule a meeting.  Conferences are very important, and we’d like to see every parent take the time to discuss your child’s progress with us.

Wednesday is an early release day. Be sure to let your child know what their plans are for that afternoon, especially if their afternoon transportation plans will change.

We are going to walk to the North Oldham Fire Department to learn about fire safety on Friday.  Again, we will have a police escort to walk across the road.  Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather, wears their class t-shit, and brings a sack lunch. 

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We will learn what Schema is, and how it helps us understand what we read.  Schema is our background knowledge and personal experiences that we use to make connections with new learning. We will visit the school library on Monday.

Writing Workshop
This week we will “Fancy Up” our writing.  We will pick one story to rewrite, using our best handwriting, spelling and punctuation.  On Friday, we are writing in our Family Journals.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Handwriting
Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters:  O, o, U, and u.

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Oo and Uu. Ask your child about the letter sound chants for both.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: be, go, have. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

Math
We will begin a new unit on comparing numbers.  We will make macaroni necklaces to compare numbers and patterns,
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Units of measurement originated from things familiar to people.  Using objects around the house to measure items is one way to help children understand the concept of nonstandard measurement and to practice measuring techniques.

Activity:
Measure the length of a shoe using pennies instead of inches.  Then, measure someone else’s shoe using pennies.  Did it take more pennies or fewer pennies?

Now measure another object, such as a pencil or a floor tile, using pennies.

Find something else to measure with- like raisins or a small toy.


Social Studies
Native American studies: we will learn about tribes in the Pacific Rim (food, clothing, and homes) and compare them to the lifestyle of tribes in the Eastern Woodland.
We will begin practicing our Thanksgiving play in the gym daily. 

Important Dates
* Wednesday, November 2nd: Early Release Day
* Friday, November 4th: North Oldham Fire Department Field Trip 
* Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day- No School
* November 10th & 15th: Parent-Teacher Conferences
* November 22nd: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Play (Parents invited)
* November 23rd-25th: Thanksgiving Break- No School

Reminders
*Send in a healthy peanut-free snack and water bottle (with a pull up spout) every day.
* Always dress appropriately for outdoor recess. 
* 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           Music 

October 24, 2011


A note from Ms. Poteet

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a terrific October Break!  I can hardly believe it but Wednesday is the 50th day of school!  Time sure fly’s by fast!

This week is Red Ribbon Week!  Each day of the week students are encouraged to support our “A Drug Free Life Rocks” campaign.
          Monday: A Healthy Life Rocks! - Wear Red Today
          Tuesday: Rockin’ Out with Better Things to Do - Wear Sunglasses Today
          Wednesday: Drugs Turn You Inside Out! – Wear Clothes Inside Out Today
          Thursday: Say Peace Out to Junk Food! - Wear Tie-Dye today
Friday: Our Future Goals Rock – Wear something that represents a goal for their future today (Ex: football jersey if you want to play football in the future, a favorite book to represent wanting to publish books as a career, etc.  This should be just one item, not a complete costume.


Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 10th and 15th from 3:00-6:00pm and 7:00am.  Please call the office at 228-2228 after 9:00am to schedule a meeting.  If you are not able to meet on the 10th or 15th please e-mail me and we can schedule an alternative conference time. I look forward to meeting with everyone and discussing your child’s progress. 

Field trip forms are coming home Monday.  Please sign and return them on Friday.  We are going to walk to the North Oldham Fire Department to learn about fire safety.  This is a FREE field trip!  Don’t worry we will have a police escort to walk across the road. 

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We will kick off our Comprehension Strategies Unit by learning about metacognition (thinking about our thinking).  During your nightly reading, encourage your child to tell you what they are thinking about the book using Metacognition Thinking stems (I’m thinking, I’m noticing, I’m wondering, I’m seeing, and I’m feeling). We will be visiting the school library on Friday.

Writing Workshop
This week we are beginning our Small Moments (Personal Narratives) Unit.  We will focus on stretching out our small moments and writing about everyday occurrences.  On Friday, we are writing in our Family Journals.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Handwriting
Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters:  A, a, E, e, I, i

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Aa, Ee, & Ii. Ask your child about the letter sound chants for both.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: some, as, out. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

Math
We are continuing to practice counting and writing our teen numbers, learn about estimation, and solve number stories with pictures.

Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Units of measurement originated from things familiar to people.  Using objects around the house to measure items is one way to help children understand the concept of nonstandard measurement and to practice measuring techniques.

Activity:
Measure the length of a shoe using pennies instead of inches.  Then, measure someone else’s shoe using pennies.  Did it take more pennies or fewer pennies?

Now measure another object, such as a pencil or a floor tile, using pennies.

Find something else to measure with- like raisins or a small toy.


Social Studies
Red Ribbon Week- We learn about make healthy choices by eating right and exercising.

Important Dates
* Wednesday, November 2nd: Early Release Day
* Friday, November 4th: North Oldham Fire Department Field Trip 
* Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day- No School
* November 10th & 15th: Parent-Teacher Conferences
* November 22nd: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Play (Parents invited)
* November 23rd-25th: Thanksgiving Break- No School

Reminders
*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       Art
Friday           Art

October 10, 2011


A note from Ms. Poteet

Wow, we had the perfect day for our field trip to Huber’s Orchard and Winery last week.  The kids had a terrific time playing on the picking apples, going on the wagon ride, picking a pumpkin, going to the petting zoo, and getting lost in the corn maze.  Thanks so much for the chaperones who volunteered to attend the field trip (Ms. Berry, Ms. Hall, Ms. Caswell, Ms. Slade, Ms. Mattingly, Ms. Turner, and Ms. Wendling).  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Check out our pictures below!  

Friday is our field trip to the Kentucky Center for the Arts and Waterfront Park.  Please have your child pack a sack lunch and drink and wear their orange class t-shirt.

I hope everyone enjoys some quality family time next week!  I cannot wait to come back and here everyone’s stories.  When we come back we will start working on our Thanksgiving Play!
  
What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
This week we will learn about two more strategies good readers use.  We will focus on “rereading” and “ask a friend”.  Due to our field trip to Stage One on Friday, we will try to get to the library on Wednesday or Thursday.   

Writing Workshop
In writing we are learning how to use booklets to tell a complete story from beginning to end.  Due to Fall Break, we will not send Family Journals home on Friday.  Those will continue when we return. 

Handwriting
Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters:  Vv, Xx, Yy & Zz.

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Vv, Xx, Yy & ZZ. Ask your child about the letter sound chants for these.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: is, there, look. Have your child sing you the songs for these words and practice reading and writing them each day.  This is very important. 

Math
We are learning to how to count and label (writing that number) groups of items up to 50.  This is a big task.  Please practice counting at home with items such as:  Cheerios, beans, pennies, etc.

Social Studies
We are learning more and more about Native American culture of the Eastern Woodlands group.  We will study what they ate and the clothes they wore.  We will also create our own Native American vests.

Reminders
*Send in a healthy snack and water bottle 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.

Related Arts Schedule
Monday         Music    
Tuesday        Music
Wednesday    PE
Thursday       PE
Friday           PE