Playing Outside

Playing Outside

November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet

We are off to a great start with our Thanksgiving play!  The students are learning songs, how to use props and are having a terrific time preparing to perform for you.  All families are invited to attend the play on Tuesday, November 22nd at 11:20.  Families are also encouraged to stay afterwards to have lunch with their child.  A lunch order form will be coming home today in your child’s Take-Home Folder.  You may also bring your own lunch if you would prefer (I would recommend this option because the lunch line tends to get pretty long).  If you would be willing to lend a helping hand before the play to help get the kids dressed I would appreciate it greatly.  Please send me an e-mail if you can come at 11:00 to help.  We will be making Native American headdresses for our play.  Please send in a pack of long feathers for your child to use in their headdress by Tuesday, November 15th

We have had to change our daily schedule to access the gym for our practice.  Our class now eats lunch from 10:45-11:15.  This is early, so we are saving our snack until the afternoon.  The new lunch time will be in place until Thanksgiving break.  Please share this info with any grandparents, aunts, uncles who may come to join your child for lunch. 

Field trip permission slips and payments are due on Wednesday, November 9th

As a school policy, kindergarteners do not bring home their first progress report like the other kids do.  During our conference I will be able to thoroughly go over your child’s progress report and explain how they are performing and being assessed.  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. 

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We will read a variety of Native American stories and folk tales.  We will also do DRA reading assessments. 

Writing Workshop
This week we are viewing some of our writing strategies that many students have forgotten.  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. 

Word Study
This week, we will explore at, am, & an word families.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: am, then, we. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

We will begin a new unit on comparing numbers.  We will use the photographs of our macaroni necklaces to compare numbers, patterns, and write about our learning. 

Social Studies
Native American studies: we practice our Thanksgiving play. 

Important Dates
* Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day- No School
* November 10th & 15th: Parent-Teacher Conferences
* November 22nd: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Play at 11:20!  Families are encouraged to attend!
* November 23rd-25th: Thanksgiving Break- No School

*Send in a healthy snack and water bottle 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 - Friday Music

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