We have had a great start to the year! We have spent the first few weeks getting to know each other, make some new friends and establish some daily routines. I’ve been busy getting to know my new students and reconnect with my first graders from last year! It has been so much fun to hear about how they spent their summers and see what they read. We have made much progress over the summer and it’s such a joy to hear them reading! I look forward to talking with everyone about your child’s progress at goal-setting conferences.
I have sent home the goal-setting conference sign up sheet and gotten many of them back. Yesterday I sent confirmations home for those signed up and a reminder notice to those not scheduled yet. If you haven’t seen the sign up sheet yet check the Wednedsay folder If you don’t find a time that works for your schedule e-mail or call me and I’ll try to find something that works for both of us. I have also attached a pre-conference sheet to your confirmation time that I’d like you to do with your child before you come to your conference. It will help us move through the conference efficiently. Please be sure to bring your child with you to your conference time.
The Scholastic Book Order is due this Monday, Oct. 10. Please send in your order to me with a check or cash or go online and order at www.Scholastic.com/bookclubs Please make checks out to Scholastic Book Clubs. The class activation code is GK364 Each online order this year again earns us another free class book! There is a class login this year, no personal or user login required. You may pay by credit card on this site. Scholastic has improved their ordering process this year and allows me to post several different flyers appropriate for your children to view. There are many more available online than I get flyers for. Please let me know if you would like my suggestions on books for your child’s reading level. The Sept. order came in one week from my order! Wow, great service.
Our first field trip is tomorrow to the Mill City Museum. We will be eating a bag lunch there during our visit so be sure to bring the lunch with you tomorrow. Students who normally eat a school lunch will be getting a bag lunch from school to take along. We will also be baking bread in the kitchen there as part of the curriculum with the flour mill.
We are very excited about an upcoming field trip to the Children’s Theatre to see The Wizard of Oz on Wed. Nov. 30th.. We will be leaving about 9:30 and returning about 1:00 pm.. We are very limited on chaperones due to budget issues. If you would like to attend and buy your own ticket with our group price please let me know immediately. I will be purchasing the tickets very soon. This will be our only Children’s Theatre trip this year. The field trip slip for this trip will be coming out early Nov.
We will also be going to the Ordway on Oct. 26th. Watch for the permission slip on this one next week. I will need chaperones for this trip also.
The Lexia reading program is being used for a very small group of students this year. If your child doesn’t have access to the lab during the school day I can show you how to access it from home if you have the internet. It’s a wonderful way to focus on some reading skills at home and provide some quiet, down time while parents read through your red folder for information!
Announcements & Reminders
Thanks for all of the volunteers coming into the classroom. It’s a very important part of our day! If you haven’t been able to volunteer yet just send me a note or e-mail and let me know what works for you! Parents work with small groups, one-on-one and with general jobs in the classroom. .
October 6, Kindergarten Family Dinner 5:30-7 pm
Monday, Oct. 17th, School Picture Day
Wed-Friday, Oct. 19th No School, Professional Days
Monday, Oct. 31st, Fall Costume Party
Friday, Nov 4th, No Classes-Conference Day
Wed. Nov 9 ,Fall Options Begin
Nov. 16th, Wild Rumpus Book Fair, 12-8 pm
Wed. Nove 23-25th No School, Thanksgiving Break
Friday, Dec. 23rd, Last Day before Winter Break
Dec. 24th-January 8, Winter Break
We’ll be having a Fall Party on Monday, Oct. 31st. . Go onto the www.volunteerspot.com website and sign up to help with this great party! If you have ideas for the party you’d like to share with Mary please send them to me. Last year’s party was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! It seems to get better every year so I’m afraid we’ve set the bar REALLY HIGH!!!!! Wish me luck! If you have craft or game ideas that your kids like, please feel free to e-mal me. If you want to plan on going into work late that day we’ll be done with the party by 9:45.
Several students have asked for login information for Tumblebooks. Try this at home, -On Safari or Firefox go to the Mpls website www.mpls.k12.mn.us then go to Students, -then students online resourcesl-then scroll down on the right side to Tumblebooks, then click storybooks, these are books that are read to the student aloud. They love them! They are in alphabetical order so you can find favorite titles on the alphabet at the top and bottom of the menu screen.
Homework - Each child should be reading or being read to each night for 15-20 minutes every night. I am sending home a calendar for you to record the amount of time you are reading each night. This could include being on Tumblebooks at home. Another site to try is www.starfall.com. There are also reading activities at this site. On the back of this newsletter is a list of words that your child should be reading by site. Start at the top and try 5 at a time. Learning 5 new words a week is a good goal. Thanks for your help with learning this sight word vocabulary. This will help your child become more fluent and increase their enjoyment with books! Like with all things, practice makes perfect! I have talked a lot with the students about picking books that are at their level. Please encourage your child to read at home in books that are not too easy or too difficult for them. Reading should be fun and enjoyable, not a chore, however they should expect to put some effort into it! Be sure to record your reading time on the monthly calendar sent home and bring it in on the first of the next month for a small recognition of their effort.
I am still accepting donations for school supplies this year. If you have not been able to drop off a $25.00 donation for markers, crayons, paper towels, sharpies, glue sticks, pencils, etc please do so at your convenience We are also accepting donations of paper towels, Kleenex, and post-it-notes and flags. I have started asking specific kids to send in snacks for our snack at the end of the day. Good suggestions are Ritz, graham crackers, animal crackers, and cheez-its. Please send in two boxes of something when you get an e-mail from me. If your child wants to eat something left from their lunch they are welcome to do that too. Just make sure that you pack things that won’t spoil! Thanks!
Picture Day is coming! You can order your picture package on line at www.lifetouch.com. I’ve experienced that this works very well. Please let me know that you have preordered on picture day. I would like to write down that you have a ordered a package. I’m always there to help comb hair, etc. If you’d like to you may come to school and help your child fix their own hair and tuck in clothing, etc. Just ask me what time we are scheduled for pictures. I won’t know that until the Friday before.