Weekly Letter September 30th

Happy Fall! Believe it or not October is here and we will be starting a thematic unit on Families this week. We have spent the last month establishing routines for Reading and Writing Workshop! This week we are going to put our skills to the test! I think we are ready to start our first thematic unit of the year.

Reading & Writing:

During Reading Workshop this week, we will continue to rotate through our four centers. I am almost done with reading assessments! It is great to see the improvements your children have made since leaving kindergarten J During reading workshop this week students will be book shopping. Students will get a chance to bring 5 books home in a baggie. The books in their baggie should consist of 3 books that are on their reading level and 2 books that are free choice. These baggies should come back to school each day and students will be able to switch out books once a week. Your child may come home with their book baggie on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday this week. It all depends on when their group book shops.

During writing workshop this week students will be focusing on their immediate families! We will discuss how many people are in our immediate family and what it means to be a family. Please send in ONE picture of your immediate family by Friday, October 4th.

Phonics/Spelling/Grammar:

This week our phonics skill is the short e sound. Please review these words with your child each night. Please remember to have your child write the date at the top of each spelling homework page. Thank you!

Math:

This week the students will be taking a chapter 1 test on Tuesday. Review sheets went home on Friday. Starting on Wednesday, we will begin chapter 2. In this chapter students will use the “count on” strategy to help them add 1, 2, or 3 to a number. For example, when solving, 7+2- I circle the greater addend and count on 2 more. We will also explore the idea of doubles facts such as 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, etc.

Religion:

This week we will be continuing with Chapter 2 about the Blessed Trinity. The students will learn that the Sign of the Cross is a prayer to the Blessed Trinity and that it shows us that we believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Please practice the Sign of the Cross with your child!

Announcements & Reminders

  • Friday, October 4th is a noon dismissal
  • Immediate family photos due by Friday
  • Tests only need to be signed and returned when you see a stamp or sticker from me. If you see no stamp or sticker that says, “please sign and return”, you may keep the test at home.

Behavior Chart – As you may be aware, our class has been using the “Color chart” as the behavior system for our classroom. I always use the month of September as a trial run for myself and students. Since it is October, students now understand the rules and expectations for the classroom. Beginning this week, the students will be coloring in a calendar each day indicating what color they ended the day on.  This calendar will be in their homework folder and should remain there all month.  You will be asked to sign the calendar each night.  Below is the order of the colors on the behavior chart and what they mean:

Pink – Outstanding

Purple – Great Job

Blue – Good Choices

Green – Ready to Learn

Yellow – Slow Down

Orange – Consequence

Red – Contact Family 

If your child ends the day on yellow, orange, or red, please ask them what happened and how they can make the better choice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!