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Fun in February

100th Day was a success! We met with our book buddies and practiced doing lots of things 100 times, like making a funny face and holding it for 100 seconds or doing 100 jumping jacks. Our snack was yummy and our necklace was fun to make. Now we must move onward to our next events!

**Our Valentine’s Party is this Thursday from 2-3. Along with the games, snacks, and centers, they will also pass out their Valentine’s during this time. We are making large envelopes this week for the Valentine’s to go in. Please make sure every child has a Valentine and goodie. You can send them in starting tomorrow. Your child will not be able to participate in receiving Valentines if they do not bring Valentine’s in to share. Thank you for understanding.

Center 1: Decorate cookies
Center 2: Snacks and drinks
Center 3: Decorate a frame
Center 4: Game
Whole class: Pass out Valentine’s

SEND ITEMS IN TOMORROW AND TUESDAY PLEASE!!!

**Conferences are in two weeks. I sent home conference sheets in Friday folders. Please check the day and time, sign it, and send it back to me this week. If we need to schedule another day and time, I need to know ASAP so we can make other arrangements to meet after school.

**We started the Dr. Seuss project with picking the book and many started writing the draft to their report. The first week of March is Dr. Seuss week. Each day will be themed with certain things to wear or do for the day. It is already posted on the Shutterfly calendar, and I will also send an email reminder the week of conferences.

Please remember to read, sign, and send back the books Mrs. Peltier reads with your child. Many kids are not practicing which will slow their progress and they could miss an opportunity to move into harder books.

Math facts are slowly coming along. We have 7’s this week and 8’s next week. We will have 9’s the week AFTER conferences. If you need extra practice sheets, place a note in your child’s homework folder. 7’s and 8’s are the hardest facts to get down, and MANY kids need LOTS of extra practice!

As a reminder, our spelling words have increased to 15. We are not having any more practice test; our test schedule is Fridays only.

As always, please continue to send in snack and order lunch AHEAD of time.

Each week there have been kids not able to check out library books. Please send them back before Thursday, our scheduled library day.

Have a wonderful week and let’s hope everyone continues to stay healthy!!

Kim

January news and updates

Brrrrrrr…..it’s CHILLY out!!
This email is filled with lots and lots of important and useful information. January is the start of quarter 3 and is it is the busiest quarter of the school year.
Spelling tests: Beginning the week of January 14th and lasting until the end of the year, we will only have 1 spelling test a week, and it will be on Fridays. There will no longer be an opportunity to re-test. Additionally, the spelling list will also increase from 10 to 15 words a week, starting January 28th. This helps prep the students for second grade when they need to spell 15 with an increase to 20 words a week.
Math: Timed math tests will begin the week of January 21st with the 4’s. We did many practice tests before the break and will continue with facts 0-3 next week. Each student will make flash cards and keep them in their desks to review throughout the week. I highly encourage all students to have both addition and subtraction flashcards at home to practice nightly.
You will receive their first study sheet next Friday (18th) in preparation for the test the following Wednesday.
The test is timed for 2 minutes and they need to answer 25 addition facts. There will be all combination of 4’s up to 12. Ex. 4+12, 12+4, 11+4, 4+11 and so on down to 4+0.
Everyone takes the test on Wednesday.
Those who receive 100% do not need to re-take the test for the rest of the week.
Those that did not get 100% re-take on Thursday, and if need be on Friday, too. Be prepared for tears the first few weeks. This is a new concept and many expect perfection. It is hard to do 25 facts in 2 minutes (especially with 6, 7, 8, and 9 math facts.)
Friday’s grade is the final grade I take.
Footprints: We will continue with one Footprint sent home and one done in class a week. Nine need to be completed for the quarter. We will complete our first Footprint together next week. We are talking about using the word ‘and’ in our sentences to join two ideas together. The sentences should be a bit longer and filled with more details from the story.
Most students should be completing these with little assistance.
We are still having a difficult time understanding how to correctly use quotations and dialog in our sentences, so I am asking that there are NO QUOTES in their HOME Footprints.
I promise these have a purpose!! If done correctly, they will learn to become independent writers who will be able to summarize any story given to them, which is a key tool needed in 2nd grade.
I updated the calendar and created a few sign up lists to the Shutterfly account. We have many in-class projects and events these next few months, and I need your help. Please look at the lists and see if there is anything you are able to contribute to the class. Thank you very much!

• 1st event: 100th day. Each student makes a necklace (with 100 beads each) and a trail mix with (100 food items). This will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd.
• 2nd event: Dr. Seuss in-class project. Please send in shoe boxes for the dioramas. Other materials and supplies are needed as well. We will start this project February 11th.
• 3rd event: Leprechaun Trap. We will use remaining shoe boxes as the trap but will need other items to lure those sneaky Leprechauns in. We will start this project March 4th.
Each subject has a common theme this quarter, and that is ‘to prep them for 2nd grade.’ Conferences are just around the corner, and I am looking forward to sitting down with each of you to share (and show) the growth your child has made this year. The sign-up sheets are on Shutterfly with available times.
Wood Acres Winter Open house is Sunday, January 27th. This is a great opportunity for you to meet and visit our 2nd-grade teacher, Mrs. Littleton. Not only will she share some of the curriculum for next year, but this also gives you an opportunity to explore her classroom and ask any questions you may have.
I appreciate all your support in what I do each day. Your children are all amazing! It will be a long 3rd quarter….but together, we will get through it!!
Kim

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome back!

I hope you all enjoyed your break with your loved ones and are off to a fantastic start to the new year. I look forward to getting back into the swing of things this week.
Being that it is a short week, we will work on our board writings. Our New Years Resolution writing should be up by the end of this week or at some point next week.
Also, we will share stories of what we did during our holiday break. If your child has something special to share, they may bring it in this week.
I will post a more detailed entry later this week (or weekend) about upcoming events, projects, changes in our curriculum, February conferences, and reminders about report cards.

A little F.Y.I….if you have adult size shoe boxes, DO NOT throw them out. I am asking for shoe boxes for our in-class Dr. Seuss and Leprechaun trap projects.

Have a great day!

December Book Report

As a group, we discussed books and examples of projects that may go along with a story of their choosing. Here are a few guidelines to remember.

1. The book must be “Winter” themed. It can be about snowmen, penguins, reindeer, gingerbread men, snow dogs, Santa, Hanukkah, and so many more!
2. The project can be about the setting, a favorite page, a few characters, or the main character. It is completely up to your child.
***The ‘project’ part must be something made to represent a scene from the story. Please, no drawing on a paper to present as a project. In years past, I have had students make gingerbread men to go along with their story, construct their display out of old boxes, used materials to represent their character out of cotton, Styrofoam, or clay. These are just a few endless examples of what to use or do when making the project.
3. The second page is to be written like a footprint with First, Next, Then, and Last as the transition words. They are to summarize the whole story, not just a part of the story.
4. Both the book report and project are due Monday, December 17th.

December Book Report

As a group, we discussed books and examples of projects that may go along with a story of their choosing. Here are a few guidelines to remember.

1. The book must be “Winter” themed. It can be about snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread men, snow dogs, Santa, Hanukkah, and so many more!
2. The project can be about the setting, a favorite page, a few characters, or the main character. It is completely up to your child.
***The ‘project’ part must be something made to represent a part from the story. Please, no drawing on a paper to present as a project. In years past, I have had students make ginger bread men to go along with their story, construct their display out of old boxes, used materials to represent their character out of cotton, Styrofoam, or clay. These are just a few endless examples of what to use or do when making the project.
3. The second page is to be written like a footprint with First, Next, Then, and Last as the transition words. They are to summarize the whole story, not just a part of the story.
4. Both the book report and project are due Monday, December 18th.

Finally cooler weather…..

Families,

First and foremost, I would like to thank you all for donating to the Clark family. We were able to present them with a $350 Publix gift card AND a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Monique Clark. WOW!!! That went above and beyond Mrs. Lindey’s and my hopes. Kenneth seemed shocked, caught off guard, and very grateful. Thank you!!!

We are finishing Superkids unit 5&6 this week. We will have our end of level test on Tuesday and will have the word list test on Friday. Continue practicing doubling up the consonants before adding /ing/ and /ed/. We have had LOTS of additional practice these past few weeks in class.

The Halloween book report and pumpkin are due this Thursday.
Please use the form to complete the report.
Your child needs to fill out the first page (about the character) and the second page is to be written like a Footprint; a summary of the story.
The report, pumpkin, and book all need to be handed in at the same time.
You can start bringing the pumpkins in (WITH book and written report) as early as tomorrow. We will begin presentations on Thursday.
Report cards go home this Tuesday. They need to be returned with your signature on Wednesday. I will have a copy to give you (your child) once I received the signed original.
**PLEASE remember….if your child receives a ‘S’, that does not correlate with the letter grade ‘C’…that means they are doing satisfactory work at the beginning of the school year as a first grader. As I told everyone at conferences, I do not give out many ‘E'(s) in the first quarter; that needs to be earned which shows growth throughout the school year.

As we enjoy the cooler weather, especially in the mornings, please remember to send your child in with a sweater or jacket.

October is Outstanding!

Fall is my favorite time of year! As we get ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving, we are busy with many activities and crafts. I can’t wait for the cooler weather so we can do more learning outside, also.

We finished Superkid units 3 and 4 last week and had our test Friday. A new word list will come home tomorrow for unit 5 and 6. This is where it starts to get hard! Please go over these words at home. They should know how to say them (spelling is a bonus!) when asked.
We will work on our last Footprint for the quarter this week in class. We will start back up the week of October 29th for 2nd quarter.

The pumpkin book report is due October 25th, and we will present Thursday and Friday of that week. I gave all families the book report sheet at conferences. As a recommendation, I would get the story out of the way before working on the pumpkin. There are also picture examples on Shutterfly. If you need another book report form, let me know ASAP.

Our Halloween celebration will be Wednesday, 31st from 2:00 to 3:00. Please make sure your child brings their costume in a bag that morning. DO NOT have them come to school wearing their costume. We have many other things going on during the day and this would be a huge distraction for them. They will have time to change before we start our party. In order for them to participate in passing out candy, they need to bring in 16 pieces of candy to share with others. They may bring in their Halloween bag to collect the candy, or I will have extra Publix bags, too.

I participate in the Bert Show’s ‘Big Thank You’ which hopes to provide a letter to every service member stationed throughout the world. The goal is for each member to receive a letter at Thanksgiving. I have been doing this for the past 7 years and enjoying talking to the kids about making others feel happy, especially around the holidays. I encourage you to write a letter at home as well. If you do, I can mail it in!

The room moms will post information about the Thanksgiving luncheon soon. All, if not most parents will need to participate and volunteer to bring in food for the celebration. All parents and grandparents are invited to this event. Due to a large number of people attending this event, I would need a count from each family so we can all plan accordingly to have enough food for everyone. There will be a 20 minute presentation after our lunch. Our event will last from 11-12. A formal invitation will come home in the beginning of November.

Some fun in September

Hello families…

As we all eagerly anticipate Fall to come, we continue to move ahead with our first “Fall” like event, tasting apples. We tasted six apples last Friday and everyone picked a favorite. Our outside board will transition to a writing about which apple is their favorite and why. Expect to see this change over the course of the week.

We are finishing up Superkids unit 1&2 Friday of this week. We will have our end of level test next Monday and word list test Tuesday 18th. We are working hard on /th/ and /wh/ blends. Continued practice at home will also help with memorization and familiarity of the words.
I had an opportunity to look over everyone’s Footprints, and they did a great job! Keep it up! Another will come home Monday and will be due Friday.

We will start chapter 2 in math this week. Our chapter 1 test will be tomorrow (Monday).
We are continuing our senses unit in Science and will move onto ‘touch’ this week.

Important dates to remember:
Constitution Day: Mon. Sept., 17th
Fall Conferences: Mon. Sept., 24th and Tues. Sept., 25th
(Please sign and return the conference sheet to me this week.
Johnny Appleseed celebration: Room moms will reach out to our class for volunteers and donations.
Picture Day: October TBA

Back to School in August

Dear Families,

I am excited to send you this digital welcome to our Wood Acres website, parent portal, and our class’s very own page! Communication is key for a successful school year and this page will provide you with another easy way to be “in the know” about the happenings @ the Woods, especially in our class. Visit it often and let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

Autumn is an amazing season at Wood Acres as the changing colors never disappoint. Yes, it also brings shorter days and chillier weather, but we still pack lots of learning –inside and out- into each day.

I will send out a conference signup through Shutterfly shortly. If you have not logged on to Shutterfly yet, now is the time. I will also set up the Superkids home program so you and your child can read, play games, or print ‘home printables.’

During our conferences, we will discuss upcoming projects and questions you may have so far. As I mentioned at our Parent Orientation Meeting, we will casually walk through and discuss the report card as well.

We plan to meet with our book buddies for the first time this Friday. They will be creating a mystery apple with their buddy, for the class to guess which one is there’s.

Our first big gathering and event will be Constitution Day. More details will follow closer we get to the event…all students will receive a Wood Acres Constitution Day shirt to wear for the day!

Thank you for coming to our Parent Orientation Meeting last night. It was wonderful seeing everyone and having an opportunity to chat with a few who stayed. As always, if you have questions…do not hesitate to ask.

Have a great day.

KB

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