Happy February! February 1, 2019
So the big question here is…will February be a snowy month? We will go outside under the following conditions: The temperature must be above 20° with the wind chill taken into consideration. Also, there cannot be icy surfaces that would be unsafe for the students or adults. If your child brings in boots & snow pants, I would suggest using a cloth, reusable grocery bag. The handles are long and young students can manage carrying this along with their backpacks. Those students that do not have boots and snow pants will play on the blacktop that has been plowed (fenced in parking lot). Please help your child become self-sufficient with dressing themselves and keeping track of all their mittens, hats etc.
February often feels like a short month- when you consider the Presidents’ weekend and the random snow days. Our class will celebrate the 100th day on Feb. 5th.
In reading workshop, students are reading at their independent reading levels. All students are working on solving unfamiliar words by looking at the picture, using the letters sounds and sounding out words and noticing patterns in the text. There are reading behaviors that we hope to notice at this time of year for example: students should match the spoken words to printed words (pointing to words as they read), students should use the illustrations as a source of information and carry the pattern from page to page. Other behaviors to look for are using the first letter and then progress to using the middle and final letter of a word, reading known words automatically, and beginning to think does this sound right, make sense and looks right. One strategy is to skip an unfamiliar word and read the rest of the sentence to help in determining the unfamiliar word. Students then go back and reread the sentence and figure what word would make sense and/or matches the letters and sounds in the unfamiliar word.
Practice the sight words each night to help your child recognize these words without hesitation-this will increase their confidence as a reader. As of February, a total of 48 words have been sent home for you to add onto the word ring. The benchmark goal for the second report card trimester is for students to be able to recognize with automaticity 34-42 sight words. By the way, report cards go home on March 23.
In writer’s workshop, we will begin writing “All About Books” and will transition to “How To Books” next month. In the past, the popular topics (For How to Books) were how to walk your dog, how to brush your teeth and how to get ready for school. These books should teach someone how to do something.
In mathematics, we are moving to a unit on 2-dimentional and 3-dimentional shapes. Students will work on identifying shapes, sorting and classifying shapes by their attributes (for ex. which shapes have three sides, which shapes can roll, etc.). Some of the vocabulary words we will be using are as follows: shapes, circle, square, triangle, hexagon, rectangle, corners, vertices, cones, cubes, cylinders, spheres, solid, sides, faces.
During the first week of March (March 4th & 5th ), we will meet again for our second parent/teacher conference. On a separate notice, you will get your time slot. We usually use the fall conference times. If this time does not work for your family, we can reschedule for a more convenient time.
Dates to remember:
Feb. 1st -First Friday Family Read- parents/family members welcome 9:00-9:30
Feb. 5th-100th day
Feb. 6th -Minimum Day-dismissal 1:05
Feb. 7th- Literacy Night 6:15-7:00-Parents invited to learn about reading levels.
Feb. 11th -PTO sponsored assembly-Science Tellers, Wild West
Feb. 11-15-Jump rope for Heart Jump-a-thon Week-Parents welcome to participate-during our gym class time @Wednesday at 12:50-1:35. Wear sneakers and clothes suitable to exercise. Come join in with your child.
Feb. 14th-Valentine Card exchange for students.
FEB. 15th –Wear KES clothing
Feb. 18-19 -No School-Closed for Presidents Weekend
Feb. 20th –Childhood Cancer Fundraiser-Wear Gold & Gray
Feb. 25th –Lego Fest 6:00-7:00pm
Feb. 26th-PTO meeting at 7:00 (Library)
March 4th and 5th -Minimum Days-Dismissal at 1:05 Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 13th -Minimum Day-Dismissal at 1:05
Thanks for your continued support and cooperation! We have enjoyed working with your children. Kathy Sullivan with Mrs. Maio