REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Spelling words continue this week: bone, broke, close, hole, home, rode, spoke, those, how, under. The focus this week will be on the long a sound formed by the "bossy e". We will have a spelling test on these words Friday. **Please note: from this point forward, errors on misplaced capital letters within the spelling words will be marked wrong on the test.**
Our reading unit will continue this week. Our focus will be on stories about technology and we will be answering the question, "How can technology make a difference in our lives?"
No school Monday due to Martin Luther King holiday.
Library will be on Friday of this next week due to the holiday, then will resume on Monday the next week.
The students have begun a new typing program in class called Read Write and Type. This is an engaging program that teaches the students how to type appropriately. So far we have learned about the home keys, using "spider fingers", and have learned how to type F, A, T, C. This is a program only available at school and will continue through 2nd grade.
Pennies for Patients continues this week! We are collecting coins for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this month. The students will be bringing boxes home in their Wednesday envelope to collect their coins. Feel free to add in as many coins as you would like and can return them to class at any point to empty them. This will be going on all month and is optional for those who would like to participate.
No home folders will be stuffed this week.
Oldies But Goodies (previous announcements left for your reference)
Snacks - A couple of reminders: Please remember to place your child's snack in a separate area from their lunch. It makes it much easier getting it out at recess. Please note: Our classroom this year is nut free.
A note about home folders: These folders are to be kept inside your child's backpack. When you have a form to bring back to class, please place it in your child's folder and have him or her give it to me in the morning. I will then empty it and have your child place it in his or her backpack. I will usually collect them on Fridays when there are items to bring home on Mondays, which may not occur each Monday.
Birthdays - Thank you for your support with our birthday celebrations. In lieu of treat bags, you are welcome to buy a gift for the class in honor of your child's birthday. This can be a book or anything from our Amazon wish list (link on the column to the right). This of course is completely optional.
Social Activities in the classroom - I mentioned many ways to help your child outside of the classroom. I wanted to mention some of things we are doing in the classroom to help support their social growth. When students come in from recess, we do some calming exercises which helps take them from recess to classtime. We call them "dots and squeezies", feel free to ask your child about it. In addition, I have added in more math choice time. This is an opportunity for students to have essentially free play with the math manipulatives. They create, explore and use their imaginations. In a couple of weeks we will be using our "Brain Bins.". These are different bins that the students use each morning. They rotate these bins daily. The items inside range from Legos to building sticks and allow time for the students to create, share, problem solve and use their imagination. Feel free to come inside and take a look at them. Last year it was a favorite time of the day for many!
8:30 Warm up, attendance
8:45 Reading Workshop
11:20 Social Studies/Science
2:00 Finish Math
Extras: Mondays Library 10:55, Tuesdays Music 9:55, Every other Wednesday buddies 12:00, Fridays Computers 10:45