1. Thursday, October 19th, is Progress Report day. They will be sent home in the brown envelopes. Please initial and return in the white envelopes.
2. Thursday, October 26th, is an 11:50 dismissal WITH aftercare. Parent-teacher conferences will be held from 1:00 – 2:45 and 5:00 – 7:30. Please note that conferences are on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a sign-up sheet on a table outside the gym. Please make note of your sign-in number.
3. Friday, October 27th, is an 11:50 dismissal with NO aftercare.
4. Friday, October 27th, is Halloween Fun Night, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
5. Tuesday, October 31st, is our Halloween celebration. Students come to school dressed in their costumes. There is an 8:00 a.m. parade around the building. We will celebrate in our classroom with breakfast: mini bagels and fruit.
- Students will be dismissed in the kindergarten parking lot at 2:50 on full days and at 11:50 on half days. Please be prompt in picking up your children. Please do not leave your children unattended in the parking lot. You are responsible for them once the hand off has been made.
- Students are required to complete their homework each night. Please review the green assignment pad to ensure that the work is completed. You cannot return to the classroom to pick up any missing items. If a student does not complete their homework, he or she will complete the missed work during snack. Once completed, he or she may have the remainder of the snack period.
- Celebrating your child’s birthday is a fun activity that is shared by the entire class. We celebrate birthdays during snack time in the morning. Please email me to ask for an appropriate date to bring treats in for your child. Treats must be individual in nature, such as cookies, cupcakes, donuts, or munchkins. You may NOT send in ice cream or cakes, including cupcake cakes. Ice cream is messy and it is time consuming to cut a cake into slices or break apart cupcake cakes. Please send in plates, napkins, and drinks as you deem necessary.
- Birthday party invitations must be for the entire class if your child brings them to school. They will be placed in that week’s brown envelopes. If invitations are limited, you must hand them out in the parking lot. They will be sent home if they are limited in number.
- Five pencils are to be sharpened at home each night. That is part of your child’s homework. We do not have the time to sharpen pencils in class. Additionally, colored pencils must be sharpened at home.
Please read with your child for 15 minutes each night. Please use the Orton-Gillingham method of arm tapping of red words practiced in class to master the spelling of red words. Please allow your children to read phonics homework aloud on their own. It does not help your children develop reading fluency if you complete the work.
SIX PILLARS OF CHARACTER
October / November: Respect
Treat everyone with respect: Follow the Golden Rule • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
Common Core State Standards Abbreviations
RL: Reading Literature OA: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
RI: Reading Informational Text NBT: Numbers and Base Ten
RF: Reading Foundational Skills MD: Measurement and Data
W: Writing G: Geometry
SL: Speaking and listening
LESSONS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 16th – 20th
(all lessons are subject to change)
JOURNAL WRITING: Students will write daily in their journals. Topics will be given and students will practice brainstorming of ideas prior to writing. Students will learn paragraph development and understand the concepts of main idea and details.
SPELLING: Students will practice strong r words (-art, -ark, -arm, -orn, -ort, -or). They will receive 20 spelling words, some of which are pattern words that follow the rule and can be sounded out, and red words, which do not follow rules. They will practice the Orton-Gillingham methods of clapping out sounds in pattern words and arm tapping of red words. They will use the Decodable Book on the SmartBoard to develop reading fluency. They will complete workbook pages 35 – 40. Students will mark pages either with a CW (classwork) or HW (homework). They will take a test on Friday, October 20th.
PHONICS: Students will continue their second unit, which is a review of short-vowel sounds. They have received their second packet, which is used as a combination of lessons/classwork and homework. The packet is designed to be completed as a unit and should NOT be completed in one night. They will continue to practice the Orton-Gillingham method of clapping out syllables in order to improve spelling. Pages will be marked with a CW (classwork) or HW (homework).
READING: Group setting: Students will practice pages 54 – 63 in their first readers, The Superkids Hit Second Grade. They will review the concept of table of contents and practice picture walks. They will listen to the pages on the SmartBoard to develop word awareness.
Book Club (in class/at home): Students will complete their first book, Frog and Toad. This is an in-class/at-home reading assignment where students and parents share a book together. Students will complete a response journal about the book.
Super Magazine (in class): Students will receive a themed, nonfiction magazine. The first theme is What’s New. They will learn the concepts of headlines, photo captions, news articles, features, and departments.
MATH: Students will continue their unit on subtraction from 20. They will practice number line skills to support subtraction strategies. Vocabulary includes subtract, minus sign, take away, whole, part, difference. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts at home. They will cover pages 33 – 40 in their workbooks. Please do not have children go ahead in their workbooks, as lessons are designed as classwork and homework. Pages will be marked with CW (classwork) or HW (homework). They will take a simple subtraction quiz this week.
SCIENCE: Students will continue the Lab Learner science program with their first unit on Health and Hygiene. Students will conduct investigations on the proper ways to care for their bodies. Studies will practice ways in which they will remove the most germs from their bodies and prevent germs from spreading. Girls must pull back their hair on Friday, which is Lab Day.
Monday: Music (Mrs. Minetti)
Tuesday: Computer (Mrs. Sanchez) and Art (Mrs. Beier)
Wednesday: Spanish (Mrs. Sanchez)
Thursday: Physical Education (Mr. Koslowski)
Friday: Science Lab (Mrs. Jakowenko)
Wednesday, November 22nd (11:50 dismissal)
Thursday, November 23rd – Friday, November 24th