Turkey Project due Friday!

Dear Families,

Please help your child disguise the turkey sent home with your child last Thursday so it won’t be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. Think of all the various ways you can disguise your turkey. Please have your child bring their disguised turkey by Friday, November 14th so they can present it to the class and we can hang them in our room! Have fun decorating!

You can do the following to disguise the turkey:

color

use fabric

use construction paper

use crafts (pipe cleaners, stickers, etc…)

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Week 11 Newsletter: November 10th – 14th 2014

Important Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day: NO SCHOOL

Wednesday: November 12th: Report Card Pick-up: Please be on time!

Friday, November 14th: Sight Word Assessment

Friday, November 14th: Turkey Project Due!

Friday, November 21st: Science Leadership Meeting: Substitute

 

Instruction for the Week

This week is a short week so we will have a review week. Please keep in mind, that I will assess your child on all the sight words we have covered so far this year. You should be working with him/her on a weekly basis.

 

Literacy:

Comprehension Skill: Story Structure: Students will listen to a read aloud each day this week and we will discuss the character, setting, problem, and solution of the story.

Letter of the Week: Students will review letter sounds, recognizing capitals/lowercase letters, and handwriting for all letters already covered.

Sight Words: Students will sight word games this week to prepare for the assessment that is on Friday.

 

Centers:

Centers this week will consist of the following:

 

  • Read to Self: Students will read self-selected books. As they read, they will search for sight words.
  • Read with Someone: Students will read with a 4th grade buddy. The buddies will ask the students questions regarding beginning, middle, and end.
  • Word Work: Students will use stamps and write the word for the picture (initial sounds or whole word depending on the ability), play “Fly Swatter” with a volunteer, and work on an -at family activity
  • Writing: Students will create a class book and sticker story.
  • Listening: Students will listen to a story twice this week. The first time, they will write their favorite part and the second time, they will be given a writing prompt based on the story.

 

 

Science:

Students will be introduced to Science Journals this week. We will review our fabric unit and discuss texture. Students will cut a piece of fabric and write notes about their observations in their notebooks.

 

Mathematics:

Students will work in small group centers. Students will work together and have discussions about different math problems and why they come up with their answers in their Math Journals.  Here are the concepts we will cover this week:

 

  • probability
  • addition/subtraction games
  • graphing
  • problem solving

Report Card Pick-up

Report Card Pick-up is this Wednesday. It is required. If you are not able to make it, please email me and we can reschedule. We must meet to discuss your child’s academic progress. The conference will only be 10 minutes long. If you need to speak with me longer, we can schedule a meeting for a different time. Your child IS able to come to the conference.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Prasad-Heintz

 

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Absent Today

Dear 102 Families,

I apologize for not being in school today. I had a migraine headache and because I cannot take any medicine for it, I didn’t think it would be beneficial for me or the children if I came to school. I came to school in the morning and the minute I walked to prepare for the day, I could feel the symptoms coming on. Ms. Ralph and Ms. Maltz stepped up and took the students in the middle of the day. They told me that the students were wonderful.

 

Thank you for understanding.

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Picture Retake Day: TOMORROW!

Picture Retake Day is tomorrow!

Please email me if your child is retaking their picture OR was absent and needs their picture taken for the class composite.

 

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Report Card Pick-up Schedule UPDATED

Ms. Prasad-Heintz Report Card Pick-up Schedule

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 

 

12:00:  Marquis

 

12:10:  Caroline

 

12:20:  Aumiracle

 

12:30:  Jordan

 

12:40:  Omer

 

12:50:  Sloan

 

1:00: Soo Samuel

 

1:10:  MaKyiah

 

1:20:  Zolo

 

1:30:  Sheldon

 

1:40:  Moses

 

1:50:  ____________________________

 

2:00:  Kaya

 

2:10:  ____________________________

 

2:20:  Amari

 

2:30: ____________________________

 

2:40: Isaiah

 

2:50: Tyler

 

4:00:  Naomi

 

4:10: Jiovanni

 

4:20:  Anna

 

4:30: Aleksandra

 

4:40:  Vivica

 

4:50:  ____________________________

 

5:00:  Deanna’s Dad

 

5:10:  Asa

 

5:20:  Brandon

 

5:30:  ____________________________

 

5:40:  ____________________________

 

5:50: Deanna’s Mom

 

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Newsletter for Week 10: November 3rd

Important Dates to Remember:

Sunday, November 2nd: Daylight Saving Time

Friday, November 7th: End of the Quarter: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day: NO SCHOOL

Wednesday: November 12th: Report Card Pick-up: Scheduled time will be posted on the blog and sent home Monday.

 

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip:

Thank you to Mr. Rhodes, Ms. Friesen, Ms. Garcia, Ms. Green, and Ms. Dangerfield for chaperoning the pumpkin patch field trip! It was cold and snowy, but we survived! The students loved petting the animals and the hay ride!

 

Instruction for the Week

 

Morning Meeting:

Greeting: November Song!

Sharing: What is your favorite thing to do outside?

Activity: Students will practice reciting a leaf poem.

 

Literacy:

Comprehension Skill: Non-fiction Books: Text and Graphic Features: Students will learn different characteristics of non-fiction books and identify them and their purpose in the books we read.

 

Letter of the week: Ll

Sight Words: at/here/my

Daily 5:

 

Read to Self: As students are independently reading, they will look for at least 5 sight words.

Read to Someone: Students will look for text and graphic features in non-fiction books.

Word Work: Students will work on an -at word family activity, do a sight word search, read around the room, and rainbow write.

Writing: Students will practice using their rubric to create a “wow” picture, write a leaf story, and continue to finish any work in their writing folder.

Listening: Students will write one fact from the story they listened to and have a writing prompt to show comprehension of the book.

 

Writer’s Workshop:

Students are doing a great job using punctuation in their writing! This week,we will continue to write focusing on punctuation (. , !, and ?). Students will listen to different stories about leaves and non-fiction books and will write about the texts.

Math:

In Math this week students will work on Math centers. They will also focus on:

 

  • matching numbers to correct digit
  • ST Math
  • comparing and ordering numbers
  • probability

 

 

Science/Theme:

Students will continue to work in small groups learning about Fabric. Students will make a fabric collage and go on a fabric hunt.

We will also focus on the theme: leaves. Children will learn the parts of a leaf, sequence a leaf story, make a sight word tree out of leaves, and make leaf patterns.

Report Card Pick-up:

There are quite a few parents who have not turned in the sign-up sheet to meet me. Please turn it in by Monday. Times are filling up fast! Above this post, you will see your child’s scheduled time. I will also send home a hard copy on Monday.

Please email me any time you have a question or concern. I always want to keep lines of always communication open.

 

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Report Card Pick-up Sign-up Sheet

Hello Room 102 Families,

 

In your child’s homework folder, you will receive a sign-up sheet for Report Card Pick-up. Please return the form completed by Friday. I will choose times based on a first come/first serve basis. Times get filled up fast!

 

Thank you!

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Week 9 Newsletter: October 27, 2014

Important Dates to Remember:

 

Thursday, October 30th: School Store

Thursday, October 30th: October Birthday Celebrations!

Friday, October 31st: Field Trip: Pumpkin Patch!

Sunday, November 2nd: Daylight Saving Time

Friday, November 7th: End of the Quarter: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day: NO SCHOOL

Wednesday: November 12th: Report Card Pick-up: Letter will be sent home this week

 

Instruction for the Week

 

Morning Meeting:

 

Greeting: Students will play an index card game to help them remember student names.

Sharing: Students will share what they will be for Halloween OR what they are doing on Friday.

Activity: Students will sing the 5 Little Pumpkins poem and look for sight words, punctuation, and capital letters.

Literacy:

 

Comprehension Skill: Main Idea and Supporting Details: Students will listen to different books and discuss the main idea of the story. They will explain the main idea by giving at least 1-2 reasons to support it.

Letter of the week: Hh

Sight Words: a/is/look

Daily 5:

 

Read to Self: Students will continue building stamina for 15 minutes of reading independently.

 

Read to Someone: Students will discuss the main idea of the book with a partner.

 

Word Work: Students will practice writing sight words, read around the room looking for words, create sight words with play dough, and use crafts to practice sight words.   

 

Writing: Students will practice using their rubric to create a “wow” picture, write a Halloween story using stickers, and practice write the letters/sounds from what they hear to label or write a sentence (depending on ability).

 

Listening: Students will listen to a story and write about their favorite part and the main idea of the book.

 

Writer’s Workshop:

Students will be introduced to punctuation marks.  Each day this week, students will learn about periods, question marks, and exclamation points. Students will learn about inflection, events, and how to use these marks.

Math:

 

In Math this week students will work on Math centers. They will also focus on:

 

 

  • create patterned macaroni necklaces
  • play the “Monster Squeeze” game (number guessing)
  • create symmetrical drawings
  • measuring objects with balances
  • measuring objects by length
  • creating number stories (word problems)
  • ST Math
  • Domino Memory Game

 

 

Science:

 

This week in Science, we will work on a FOSS (Full Option Science System) unit: Fabric. Students will:

 

 

  • explore a set of ten fabrics, investigate their properties and play a matching game
  • learn the name of different fabrics (burlap, corduroy, denim, seersucker, fleece, knit, ripstop nylon, sparkle organza, satin, and terry cloth)
  • become familiar with the structure of different fabrics by cutting them and making them into collages
  • create/communicate through Science Journals

 

 

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip:

 

I will send another letter on Wednesday. Here are a few important notes for Friday.

 

  • The trip is on Friday and we will leave first thing in the morning. PLEASE BE ON TIME.
  • All students need a lunch. Please send your child with a lunch in a “throw away” bag. No reusable bags. We do not want to lose anything on the trip.
  • Please have your child wear a Ray School T-shirt or a Green shirt so we can spot them easily.
  • Students should dress appropriately: walking shoes, jackets (we will leave hats at school unless it is cold so students do not lose them)
  • Do not send your child with money. We will not purchase anything during the trip.

Please email me any time you have a question or concern. I always want to keep lines of always communication open.

 

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Homework is Due Monday This Week

Dear 102 Families,

 

Typically when I am not in school and there is a substitute, I allow students to keep their homework folders in their cubbies. Homework folders can be stressful time management wise for substitutes. Many families keep the homework in the folder so I will not collect homework until Monday in case some families need more time. I never want homework to be a stressful issue. Please always let me know if you need extra time to complete work.

Sincerely,

Ms. Prasad-Heintz

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Absence and Dismissal

Dear 102 Families,

 

Today I have a very last minute dr. appt for my daughter. Ms. Maltz and Ms. Ralph are dismissing my students.

 

I will not be here tomorrow. The students are aware. I will be here tomorrow morning to set up the classroom. Please email me if you have any questions.

 

Thank you!

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Important Dates to Remember:

Thursday, October 23rd: School Store

Thursday, October 30th: October Birthday Celebrations!

Friday, October 31st: Field Trip: Pumpkin Patch!

Progress Report: I have not received the progress report back signed from many students. I will give it back. I just want to make sure you saw it.

 

Instruction for the Week

 

Morning Meeting:

 

Greeting: Students will play an index card game to help them remember student names.

Sharing: Students will share their favorite animal.

Activity: Students will sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider and look for sight words, punctuation, and capital letters in the song.

Literacy:

 

Comprehension Skill: Understanding Characters: Students will be able to use one describing word to explain the main character.

Letter of the week: Bb

Sight Words: it/on/to

Daily 5:

 

Read to Self: Students will continue building stamina for 15 minutes of reading independently.

 

Read to Someone: Students will discuss the main character in their book with a partner.

 

Word Work: Students will practice writing sight words, read around the room looking for words, create sight words with play dough, and use crafts to practice sight words.   

 

Writing: Students will practice using their rubric to create a “wow” picture, write a bat and spider story using stickers, and practice write the letters/sounds from what they hear to label or write a sentence (depending on ability).

 

Listening: Students will listen to a story and write about their favorite part and what happened in the beginning.

 

Writer’s Workshop:

Students will continue to work on the following during writing time:

 

  • writing what you hear
  • spelling sight words correctly in sentences
  • spelling the best you can and moving on
  • using the alphabet chart
  • practice writing lowercase letters

 

 

This is the same as last week. Students were just introduced to this and will need more practice.

 

Math:

In Math this week students will work on Math centers. They will also focus on:

 

 

  • making patterned macaroni necklaces
  • measuring using nonstandard units
  • ST MATH
  • measuring using a pan balance
  • playing a memory game with dominos
  • introducing ST MATH

 

Theme:

This week’s theme is pumpkins! Students will learn about the following:

 

 

  • identifying the parts of a bat
  • sequencing a scarecrow story
  • identifying the parts of a spider
  • making spider pattern
  • comparing and contrasting bats and spiders using a Venn diagram

 

Please email me any time you have a question or concern. I always want to keep lines of always communication open.

 

Thanks for all you do!

Ms. Prasad-Heintz

 

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Gym Day Today!

Hello Room 102 Families!

 

Gym day today! Please make sure your child is wearing gym shoes!  Thanks!

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