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January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012

A note from Ms. Poteet…

Wow!  Our year has flown by so quickly.  Tuesday is our 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, 23 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! 
100th Day Project

Our class has been adding one number for each school day to our Growing Number Line.  The 100th day of school is coming up soon, and it will be a major celebration!

One of the things we will do to celebrate is to hold a “100th Day Fashion Show.”  Please help your child glue, safety pin, or sew 100 things on a plain t-shirt.  Children have been thinking about things they could glue to their shirt including buttons, beads, pennies, paper clips, cereal, etc.  Be as creative as possible!  We have been talking about ways to count the collections without losing track of the numbers.  Making groups of 10 is a good way to count and display the objects. 

Children may need a little help gathering materials, but they should be able to do most of the counting themselves. 

Please have your child wear their 100th day t-shirt to school on January 24th (may change if we have any snow days)!

Mark your calendars for the Kindergarten Writing Celebration on February 10th from 11:05-11:30 in our school library.  You are welcome to stay for lunch from 11:32-11:57.  Lunch order forms will come home soon.  Due to the long lunch line, I recommend you bring your own lunch.  The kids are so excited to share their books with you!  Please let me know if you will not be able to attend, I will try to ask a school friend to come read with your child. 

We will be going on a field trip to the Memorial Auditorium to see a performance of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” on March 15th.  Each class is able to bring two chaperones.  If you are interested, please indicate that on the form and return it.  If we have more than two interested parents, we will pull names out of a hat during morning meeting and let you know if you were one of the lucky winners. 

Important Dates this Month:
January 24th: 100th Day of School!
January 25th: Early Release Day
January 26th: MegaSkills Assembly

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We are continuing to learn about questioning.  We are learning the difference between “thick” and “thin” questions.  Good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading. 

Writing Workshop
This week we will continue working on our All About Me books.  They are very motivated to write a book all about themselves!  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 be learning about th and wh sounds. 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 a solving number stories and celebrating the 100th day of school.   

We are finishing a unit about the five senses.  This week we will learn about sight.  We will also learn about the anatomy of our eyes and how the pupil changes shape based on the amount of available light.  On Friday we will begin our Science Biographies Unit.  The first scientist we are learning about is George W. Carver.     

*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!
* Library book due every Friday!

Related Arts Schedule
Monday                      Music
Tuesday-Friday      PE

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