Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms!

Language Arts:

We have begun an author study of Eric Carle.  They have been studying his craft and have tried out some of his illustration techniques.  We read A House For Hermit Crab.  The students are working on making their own hermit crab.   

Science:

 
Have you heard the news.  We are going to be the proud parents of new baby chicks.  They are due to arrive around the 24th..  The students have been learning about the life cycle and caring for them by waking them each morning.  Ask your student how they do that?  You may also want to ask them what other interesting facts they can remember. 

Art:

The students worked on Mother's Day gifts. Shh!  I hope you love them.

Thank You:

Thank you for all the appreciation shown this week.  The luncheon was delightful as well as the breakfast.  It is so wonderful to have all your support.  Your kind and generous thoughts made my week!
 
 

Upcoming Events:

Handwriting Letters: review of all lowercase letters
Phonics Letters: review of all phonic letters
Word of the Week: review of all sight words
Early Release: 5/17 @12:50
Field Trip: 5/226
Field Day: 6/9
No School: 5/29 (Memorial Day)
Grandparent Luncheon: 6/5 more info to follow
Last Day for K: 6/14 We will have an end of the year celebration starting at 9:30 in our classroom.  Dismissal will be by 11:00am if this poses a problem for your family please let me know ASAP so I can plan accordingly.

Friday, May 5, 2017

 Panda News:

On Monday, June 5 during the Grand Luncheon the student's guest are welcome to come and visit the classroom.  They should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled lunch times.  We will share all of the hard work the Pandas have done.

Last call for graduation singers.  

Last Day for K: 6/14 We will have an end of the year celebration starting at 9:30 in our classroom.  Dismissal will be by 11:00am if this poses a problem for your family please let me know ASAP so I can plan accordingly.

If you are stopping by school for any reason make sure you bring your license  for security purposes.

Upcoming Events:

Handwriting Letters: review of all lowercase letters
Phonics Letters: review of all phonic letters
Word of the Week: review of all sight words
Wellness Walk: 5/10 @1:30
Bike to School: 5/12
Early Release: 5/17 @12:50
Makerfest: 5/18
Field Trip: 5/26
No School: 5/29 (Memorial Day)
STA & PTO Volunteer Appreciation Morning, SMS : 6/2 @8:45am
Grandparent Luncheon 6/5

Field Day: 6/9

 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Panda News:

 
On Friday, April 21st  we will be taking part in Jump Rope for Heart.  The students will be jumping rope during the afternoon in the gym.  The have been practicing during our P.E. times.

Today the students received their report cards along with conference notes.  There are no grades third quarter just reporting attendance.  Please sign the envelope and return.  The copies are yours to keep.

We had an author visit us to day and share her craft.  It is great for the kids to see an author at work.  

Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

 
 

Language Arts:

We have been working on a poetry unit.  We have been reading a variety of poems and writing our on poems.  The students worked on descriptive words about pigs and they created a pig poem. 

Math:

We have been working on writing number stories and writing the equations that go with them.  We also have been decomposing the numbers up to 10 using a variety of manipulatives.  The students have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes.  

Wish List:

tissues
flour
  

Upcoming Events: 

Handwriting Letters: review of all lowercase letters
Phonics Letters: review of all phonic letters

Word of the Week: review of all sight words
Jump Rope for Heart: 4/21
Spring vacation:  4/24-4/28
Bike to School: 5/12
Field Trip: 5/26 more info to follow
Early Release: 5/17 @12:50
Makerfest: 5/18
No School: 5/29 (Memorial Day)
Grandparent luncheon: 6/5
Tentative last day of K: 6/14 more info to follow

Friday, March 31, 2017

Panda News:

It has been a busy week in the Panda room.  We are ready for Spring.  We made umbrella suncatchers for April showers. 
 
 

Language Arts:

We will begin reading a variety of poems and writing our on poems.  We worked on the sight word my.  They found the word in a sight word book.    We focused on reading left to right when reading and spelling my.  We continued to work on our how to books.

Math:

We have been working on writing number stories and writing the equations that go with them.  We also have been decomposing the numbers up to 10 using a variety of manipulatives.  The students have been on skip counting by 2, 5, & 10.  

Wish List:

restaurant items (dramatic play- Pizza Parlor)

Book of the Week:  Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert 

Parent Resource:  Lynn Lyons:  Anxious Child, Anxious Parent

Upcoming Events:

Handwriting Letters: review of all lowercase letters
Phonics Letters: review of all phonic letters
Word of the Week: on
Parent Conferences: 4/5 & 4/12 early release 12:50
Jump Rope for Heart: 4/21
Spring vacation:  4/24-4/28
Bike to School: 5/12
Field Trip: 5/26 more info to follow
Early Release: 5/17 @12:50
No School: 5/29 (Memorial Day)

Friday, March 24, 2017

PANDA NEWS:

We had a fabulous time at The Music Hall seeing the Piggie and Elephant show.  The children were excited to recognize that we have read many of the books by Mo Willems.  

Also, we had an author and an illustrator visit the school to talk about their ideas and creative thought process behind the books.  It was very interesting to hear them talk about the craft of writing and drawing.

We will be adding to our homework.  We will begin practicing our math facts through 5.  A letter and the materials will be sent home on Monday.  Be on the look out!

 

Language Arts:  

 
We are working on  procedural writing "How To's".  They are  reading some "How To's" and writing them as well.   We have learned the different  characteristics of a "How To".  They usually contain photographs, they might have some words in bold, and they may have a glossary.  They are using the characteristics in their books.  We are also working on sight words and blending CVC words to make our reading more fluent.

Math:

 
The Pandas have been learning the difference between 2D and 3D shapes.  We have been focusing on the cube and cone.  We have also explored measuring.  We continue to practice the sums through 5.  Each week your student will bring home a set of math facts.  Please practice all the math facts with your student.  


Art:

The Pandas have been making kites. We used various art supplies to collage the kites.  We are using them for inspiration for a book.

Book of the Week:  Piggie and Elephant Books



Upcoming Events:

 
Handwriting Letters: r & n
Phonics Letters: review
Word of the Week: my
Parent Conferences in April 5th & 12th (early release @ 12:50)

Friday, March 10, 2017

PANDA NEWS:


I hope everyone enjoyed the vacation last week.  We are back in the swing of school.    Thank you to all who came out and showed your support for the school Friday night.  

 

Language Arts:  

 
The students found we in the sight word book.  We also practiced all our sight words this week.  The more sight words they recognize in their reading the less work they will have to do as a reader.  It is a lot like learning your math facts in math.  We have begun an introduction to procedural writing "How To's".  The have started to reads some "How To's" and brainstorm things they could write about.   We looked at the special characteristics of "How To's".  They found some have glossaries for important words.  
 

Math:

We played some addition games and have continued to work on tricky teens.  We also have be working on persevering when things are thought provoking.  We talked about how important it is to be able to communicate your math thinking and to be able to subitize.  When you kids are working with dice see if they can recognize the dot pattern rather than counting each time especially if they are adding 2 dice.
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Art:  

 
The students made pots of gold and clouds to go with rainbows they painted.   

 
   

Book of the Week:  How To Make Cupcakes

Movement of the week: Yoga Cosmic Kids


Upcoming Events:

 
Handwriting Letters: j & p
Phonics Letters: e
Word of the Week: go
No School Friday: 3/17
Early Release Thursday: 3/16
Field Trip 3/22 Music Hall 11:30
Parent Conferences in April

Friday, February 24, 2017

Read Across America:

We had a fun week celebrated Dr. Suess.  The Pandas did many fun art and writing projects.  We had a whole school assembly and found out who our favorite book characters are.  I will be posting pictures soon on the blog.  Enjoy your vacation!

 

Upcoming Events:

 
Handwriting Letters: k & y
Phonics Letters: king  ed (silent e)
Word of the Week: we
February Vacation: 2/27-3/3
School District Meeting: 3/10 @7:00pm babysitting will be provided by STA
Field Trip:  3/22 to Portsmouth Music Hall (more info to follow) 
Early Release: 3/16 dismissal at 12:50 
No School: 3/17 teacher in service