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I hope you can join us on our desert walk tomorrow! The kids will each have a buddy that they will walk over to the park with (each pair will have a parent). Buddies are expected to stick together.
We have so many fun things to look forward to these next 2 quarters! Currently, we are studying the Arctic and learning about the conventions of non-fiction texts. Our next unit of study will be the desert, to coincide with Arizona's birthday! I would like to culminate that unit with a walk through our desert park (next door to the school). We will have a picnic lunch there too! All are invited, including the little ones! That date is set for February 16th. Our Valentine's Party, on the 14th, will be very simple. We will make pink/red ice cream floats and open are Valentines. I would appreciate donations of ice cream, strawberry soda and decorations for the boxes. I have always made our Valentine boxes in the classroom. I ask that everyone send in an empty cereal box with top lid cut off and we (parents) wrap them in butcher paper and then the kids decorate the box.
On March 7th we will be going on a FIELD TRIP! We will be going to Vertuccio Farms at 8:45 am returning 1:00 pm. Each class is allowed to bring 5 chaperones. Let me know if you can go! There will be another field trip in April, so if you can not make the 7th, keep the April one in mind! That is Legoland Discovery Center! That will be the 16th or 17th.
If I have an overwhelming response to chaperone, I will do a drawing. I can have 4 chaperones at the Discovery Center.
Pirate day will be coming in March and individual science projects are coming in April! More fun to come in May! Keep tuned!
Hopefully, you have all seen the conference form in your child's folder. I will be sending confirmation times home tomorrow, unless you opted out.
Book bags will be coming home tomorrow (Friday). I would like to remind everyone that the little paper books should stay home. A few keep returning the paper books in the book bag. I would like those to be saved at home to be read and reread.
The 'real' books need to come back ( every Thursday). If books don't come back, it messes up the rotation series. I only have a certain number of books at each level. They are rotated through the children.
Your participation in this is voluntary, but that one-on-one time is so crucial at this age. I strongly believe children learn to be readers by reading, and they become better readers by reading.
The poetry folders will come home on Monday. These folders provide more great reading opportunities. Please read these with your children. Keep the folders through next weekend and return on that Monday.
Next week the kids will be getting out of school at 1:15 Tuesday - Friday! So extra time for reading!! No school on Monday!
Thank you for your continued support!
First the nitty gritty:
Testing in math and reading will begin this week. Hopefully, you have been going over the NOVEMBER DIBELS practice packet that was sent home early in November. The packet included Letter Naming Fluency, Phoneme Segmentation Fluency and Nonsense Word Fluency. The test will also include First Sound Fluency. It is a timed test. The children have one minute for each test. The nonsense words do not need to be read at this time of the year. Just sounding each word out is the most efficient way. At he end of the year, in May, I hope to have more children reading the actual nonsense words.
On the festive side:
Dec. 14th - Holidays Around the World (the children will rotate to each K-classroom to learn about different holiday traditions)
Dec. 19th (or possibly the 18th) - Gingerbread Day! 8:30 - 10:00
We will listen to different Gingerbread stories and make and bake our own Gingerbread! This morning has a special surprise for the kids. If you can help out, and would like to be a part of this fun morning, please contact me!!
December 21st - Gingerbread STEM/Holiday Fun! 12:30 - 1:30ish
I am excited for this STEM activity! The children will work in groups to devise a way for the Gingerbread Boy to get safely across the water! I will need parents/grandparents on this day too! We will sing a few Christmas songs and enjoy some treats as well (with your help)!
Dec. 22 - School Sing Along, Book Gift Exchange, and EXTRA Early Release @ 11:45!
Lots of fun!! Hope you can make one or more of the dates! Gingerbread Day and the Gingerbread STEM day are the dates I really would like parents/grandparents to come, if possible. The STEM day we will sing songs, so it should be very entertaining!!