Friday, October 19, 2018

October 22-26
As we begin to finish our second month of school, you and your child should be practicing the following things daily:
--sight words 
--orally counting from 1-100
--writing numbers from 0-20

In Reading we will begin to read the story Nature Spy.  We will be looking at what we can learn about nature when we look closely.   We will focus on learning the comprehension skill setting.

In math, we will continue our unit on shapes.

Red Ribbon week is from October 23-31.  Please follow the orange October calendar for the week's activities.

Be sure your child has a jacket, mittens or gloves, and a hat for recess. We try to get outside whenever possible—if dressed properly, the fresh air does us good!!!  Also, have your child practice putting on, taking off (pulling sleeves back out), and zipping/buttoning his/her coat. 

AR/Book Buddy recording sheets for October are due on Thurssday, November 
1.  Any student who reaches or exceeds the goal of 15 or more books will 
receive a PIZZA HUT BOOK IT coupon! 

Please sign and return your child's RED field trip permission paper.

The Fall Festival is on Friday, October 26.  Students are allowed to wear jeans or sweat pants.

If you haven't turned in your child's $5 party money, please send it in as soon as possible.

Wednesday, October 31st will be the school-wide Halloween parade/party. The parade will begin at 2:00 pm with the Kindergarten students and end with 6th grade.  Students will parade in front of the HOME side bleachers at the HS stadium, weather permitting.  ALL are welcome to come to see the children parade. Your child should NOT wear his/her costume to school!  Please send the costume to school in a bag with your child’s name on the outside.  Students will get dressed in costumes in the classroom.  Keep in mind students will be dressing at school, so keep the costumes as simple as possible.  Parents are welcome to come and watch the parade at the HS Stadium!! Be sure to be there early as Kindergarten will be first!!

Monday-gym
Tuesday-art
Wednesday-computers
Thursday- music
Friday-library 

Friday, October 12, 2018

October 15-19
You and your child should be practicing the following things daily:
--sight words 
--orally counting from 1-100
--writing numbers from 0-10


 For Reading we will begin Unit 2; Look at Us.  The first story is Flowers.  Please review recognizing capital and lowercase letters from Aa to Zz and the high frequency words; I, am, the, little, to, a, have and is.   Don’t forget to practice sight word flashcards daily!!!

In math, we are discussing shapes--circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval.

The School-wide Book Fair will take place in the Library starting Monday, October 15th  Parents will be able to shop with their child on Monday night 10/15 from 4-7 PM.   Mrs. Kaminsky's class will also be shopping in school on Tuesday, October 16th .

 Red Ribbon Week will begin on Monday, Oct. 22nd.  (Check out the orange monthly calendar for daily dress-up themes for the 22nd  through the 30th!)

Friday, October 19 is a Spartan Dress Down Day for $1.

Monday- Gym
Tuesday- Art
Wednesday- Computers
Thursday- Music
Friday- Library

Thursday, October 4, 2018

October 9-12
There is no school for students on Monday, October 8

As we begin our second month of school, you and your child should be practicing the following things daily:
--sight words 
--orally counting from 1-100
--writing numbers from 0-10

We will begin the story Dig, Dig, Digging in Reading.  We will be talking about how machines help people.  We will be practicing the skill classifying and categorizing. Continue to review the high frequency words; I, am, the, little, to, and a when you read together. 

In math we will begin discussing shapes, including circles, triangles, rectangles and squares.

Oct. 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week so please take some time at home to discuss fire safety with your child and family.  Be sure to have a practice fire drill and create an escape plan with a designated meeting place.

If you didn't hand in your child's $3 for the Fall Festival, please do so ASAP.

Book orders are due Friday, October 12.

Our field trip is on Thursday, October 11.  More information will be sent home next week.

October 9-12 is Spirit Week. There will be a pep rally on Friday morning in the elementary gym.

With the cold weather arriving, please practice putting on coats, and zipping or buttoning them.

Tuesday- Day 10- Art
Wednesday-- Day 1--Computers
Thursday-- Day 2--FIELD TRIP
Friday-- Day 3-- Library

Friday, September 21, 2018

September 24-28
This week we will be starting our story for Reading, "Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip with Kindergarten".  We will be talking about people in communities and will be learning how to classify and categorize.  Continue to read at home and practice the high frequency words; I, am,the, and little; practice rhyming and counting syllables in words and identifying the letters from Aa-Zz.   

For Math we will continue counting and writing numbers 0-10


Our Science theme for the week will be APPLES Each day of the week we will use the apples for sorting, graphing, and/or tasting!  We will also enjoy the theme by celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s birthday! It should be a sweet week!!!

Sight Words are assessed once a week.  There are flash cards in your child’s folder that you should be using to review the words nightly.  Some of the class are still on List 1.   When your child moves on to a new list, continue to study the previous words along with the new list.  There will be “review” tests given throughout the year to make sure students know all the words and not just the list that they are working on that week. 

The Kindergarten Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 26th.  We are asking that each child please donate $3.00 for the Fall Festival. Please send it all donations by Wednesday, October 24th if you haven’t done so already!  Students will be permitted to wear gym clothes on Fall Festival Day no matter what their special is. 

AR (accelerated reader) lists are due on Monday, October 1.  Each child had to read 15 books to receive the Pizza Hut certificate.  A new October paper will be sent home on October 1.

Monday- Day 10- art
Tuesday- Day 1- computers
Wednesday- Day 2- music
Thursday- Day 3-library
Friday- Day 4- physical education

Friday, September 14, 2018

September 17-21
Our next reading story will be Plaidypus Lost.  In this story, we will tag along with a lively young girl and her constant companion, Plaidypus, as they find adventures wherever they go!  We will be learning to recognize the letters Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, and Ss, and we will practice the comprehension skill: sequence.   Continue to read at home, talk about story characters and setting, and recognize the letters from Aa-Nn, as well as the high frequency words I, am, the and little. 

Sight Words are assessed once a week.  There are flash cards in your child’s folder that you should be using to review the words nightly.  Some of the class are still on List 1.   When your child moves on to a new list, continue to study the previous words along with the new list.  There will be “review” tests given throughout the year to make sure students know all the words and not just the list that they are working on that week. 

In math, we are working on numbers 0-5.

Anyone interested in helping at the Fall Festival, please attend the meeting on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 at the FRANCESCO'S in Shenandoah.

The Kindergarten Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 26th.  We are asking that each child please donate $3.00 for the Fall Festival. Please send it all donations by Friday, October 19

Friday, September 21th will be a Spartan Dress Down Day.  Students are asked to bring a $1 donation if participating.

Field trip permission papers were sent home in the Friday folders.  Please sign as return as soon as possible.

Friday, September 7, 2018

September 10-14
On Monday, we will begin our 2nd Reading story, We Are So Proud. We will work on recognizing the letters Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll, Mm. and Nn.  Continue to read at home, talk about story characters (who the story is about) and setting (where and when the story takes place), and read the high frequency words I and am.

Word list 1 (I, a, and, the to) will be checked during the upcoming week by Friday, 9/14 and if all words are read correctly, then Word List 2 will be tested next.  If more time is needed with list one, then List 1 words will be checked again the following week before List 2.  Continue to practice sight words daily!!

In math, we are reading, writing and counting numbers 1-5.

Boys and girls have been doing a Super Job with their AR “Book Buddy” books. Remember, any books your child and you read together at home can be recorded on the monthly reading log . 

 The PTO school store will open on Monday, September 12th.   Kindergarten students will be able to shop on a MONDAYS from 8:20-8:45.  Students are asked to shop ONLY on this day of the week and at this time.  Please do not put school store money in your child’s folder.  (Teachers will NOT see it until after the store closes.)  Students should keep it separate in backpacks where THEY can reach it easily for shopping BEFORE homeroom.

Parents and Guardians interested in joining the PTO should sign up and pay $5.00 as soon as possible.  There will be a PTO meeting on Monday, Sept. 11th in the cafeteria beginning at 6:30.  All are invited and encouraged to attend.  The required clearances must be on file in the office before you are allowed into the school to help as a PTO member.  

Picture Day is Friday, September 14th.  Money is due at the time of pictures and SCHOOL DRESS CODE is to be followed on picture day!  ALL students will be photographed whether or not pictures are being purchased.  Kindergarten will be photographed early in the morning so be on time to school!  Also, if you DO NOT plan to purchase pictures, please send a note stating you do not want to buy pictures, so we are not looking for an order/money envelope that morning.

 Thursday, September 13th will be the Fall Festival Parent meeting @ 2:00 in the NSE cafeteria.  Any parent or grandparent who would like to help with the planning is welcome and encouraged to attend.  (Keep in mind that all volunteers helping the day of the Fall Festival must have all required clearances on file in the office by Oct. 25th, as the Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 26th.) **If you would like to help, but cannot make the meeting on 9/13, then please send a note with your name and contact info. (email and phone#).

Thursday, August 30, 2018

September 4-7
There is no school on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.

·      Thursday, September 13th will be the Fall Festival Parent meeting @ 2:00 in the NSE cafeteria.  Any parent or grandparent who would like to help with the planning is welcome and encouraged to attend.  (Keep in mind that all volunteers helping the day of the Fall Festival must have all required clearances on file in the office by Oct.24th, as the Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 26th.) **If you would like to help, but cannot make the meeting on 9/13, then please send a note with your name and contact info. (email and phone#).

     For Reading we began with the story, The Little School Bus.  A Family Times newsletter was sent home with details about the story and skills we will be working on.  Please review the Amazing words, the ordinal numbers, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, letter recognition of letters Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, and Ee, the story element “character”, and the high frequency words I & am. 
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     Continue to check your child’s communication folder daily.  Items on the KEEP side need to be removed at home. Any money, notes, or items for the teacher to see NEED to be in your child’s folder.  Mrs.Kaminsky doesn’t look through book bags---only the folders!

       The September Scholastic Book orders are due by Wednesday, Sept. 12h.  Orders can be placed online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub or send in orders and money to the teacher—cash or check made payable to Scholastic.

·      Try to make sure your child has his/her bus tag every day.  The end of the day can be hectic and some children don’t know their bus numbers yet!

·      Keep practicing your child’s 5-digit number and begin practicing daily sight words!!  The first list won’t be tested for at least a week or two!!

A BIG Thank You to all the parents who have donated supplies and items from our “helping hands”.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.

I hope your child has enjoyed his/her first week and is looking forward to returning on Tuesday!!!