Monday, February 10, 2020

February 10th- 23rd

February 10- February 23rd
With school being canceled today... there will be no conferences tonight.  You can sign up for a time that is still open on Thursday or I will be available Tuesday, February 25th from 3:15-5pm.  

Conference Sign Up (I will fill in as I get emails)


Tuesday, February 25th               Thursday, February 20th

3:15pm:                                                       3:15pm:Karly

3:30pm:                                                       3:30pm:Dominic 

3:45pm:                                                       3:45pm:Bridget

4:00pm:                                                       4:00pm:Kinley
   
4:15pm:                                                       4:15pm:

4:30pm:                                                       4:30pm:

4:45pm:                                                       4:45pm:

5:00pm:   Sutton                                        5:00pm:

                                                                      5:15pm:

                                                                      5:30pm:Lydia

                                                                      5:45pm:Carter

Valentines Day is this Friday!  You can have your student bring in Valentines for the whole class or for the whole school.  We have 10 students in our class. 

Ashlynn
Carter
Lydia
Kinley
Karly- Gluten Free
Bridget
Axel
Dominic
Charlie
Sutton

If they would like to give to the whole school we have 79 students!




                                       Getting excited for  the 100th day of school!

REMINDERS: 

~ It is COLD outside and that nasty white stuff has fallen from the sky ALREADY......yuck.. (not a fan of winter weather...)
 Please send your child with a winter coat, hat and mittens.  If there is snow they will not be allowed to play on the blue chips or in the snow without snow pants, boots, coat, hat and mittens.  

~Cold and Flu season is here and I have been having a problem with students in my class bringing cough drops into the room without telling me or in their coat pockets or in their lockers.  This is very dangerous, especially if I am unaware that they have one in their mouth.  1st- Our school policy is to have ALL medication (there is medicine in cough drops) in the office.  2nd- Cough Drops are a chocking hazard and there are times throughout the day that would be very dangerous for a child to have a cough drop in their mouth (recess, gym, music, snack and lunch etc.)  To avoid this danger/hazard PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give your child's cough drops to Mrs. Schuh in the office and fill out the form for us to administer this medication!  I really appreciate this!

~ Please make sure your child has a paint shirt in their locker.  We do tend to paint a lot through out the year and art is on Friday this year.  I would hate for them to get paint on their good church clothes! 

~Extra pair of clothes!  Please make sure your child has an extra pair of church appropriate clothes in their locker!  This helps for milk spills, accidents, going down the slide when it is wet, playing in the sink in the bathroom, not knowing how to drink out of a bubbler, and coming to school on a church day in clothes that are not in the guidelines for church!  THANK YOU!  

~Gym Shoes... If your child has tie shoes as their gym shoes, they should be able to tie them all by themselves.  Most of the time they will wear their shoes they already have on.  I normally only have them change if their shoes are dirty or wet.  Their everyday shoes should also be shoes they can get on and off as well as tie all by themselves!  

~Friday is Mass- they need to dress up for church.  No shorts, tshirts, no jeans and no words on their clothing.  Boys need a collared shirt.  If you do not want/ or your child does not want to wear their dressy church clothes all day, please send a change of clothes. They will change right after mass.   


                
                                  
                              
What a good looking group of old fogeys!         


Reading: Since break, I have had a chance to test each students reading level, if you would like to know what reading level your child is at, please shoot me an email!  It is best if your reader reads within their level.  We meet in small reading groups each week and will send home a new book at their level each week that they should be reading to you.  We will be starting with learning some of the more frequent sight words that they will need to know! Some of these words include: the, a, is, in, it, was, as, of, I etc.  When you are reading with your child, pointing out these sight words will help!  Also a big help is asking questions after a story...
Who was this story about?
Where did this story take place?
What was the problem?
How did he/she solve this problem?
Ask them the meaning of new words they come across.
Is this book an opinion or facts?
This will really help with their reading comprehension.  Comprehension is one of the main reason kids don't move up in reading levels.  Once they get the hang of reading and master the techniques of sounding out unknown words, what will hold them back will be whether they understand or can remember details from what they read.  

 I am continuing to send home a black reading bag with your child every day!  This bag should contain a book, sight words and sometimes a worksheet that will need to be completed and returned by Thursday or Friday of that week.  

They should be studying their sight words everyday, I will be testing them on Thursday or Friday and will give them new words at that time.  If they get all 5 words right, I will give them 5 new words, if they get 4 words right they get 4 new words and so on.  They will keep all the words they get right and their new words and should practice them ALL, not just the new words, as this will help reinforce their knowledge and ability to recognize these words when reading!  

They should also be reading their book to you each night as well.  It is OK if they need the pictures to help them with the words, it is OK if they have to sound out words.  These are both important strategies needed for reading.  

Please please please help your child with their reading and sight words, this help from you is crucial in their learning and will help them immensely.  

                                

       

                                                

They had a blast at our Old Maid party!  Thank you all for coming, it really meant a lot to your student and to me that you all made time to be here!  


Fundations / Spelling: We have learned ALL Lower case and Upper case letters.  We will continue to reinforce letter sound association. At this time we are be learning about the difference between a sentence and a word, sentence structure and spaces between words.  This will usually tie in with our writing unit and I will be connecting these 2 subjects for awhile!

Writing: We are working on labeling/sentence structure/sounding out words.  As well as all that is listed above in Fundations!

Math: We are getting close to finishing Unit 4.  We are learning greater than/less than, writing numbers in order from 1-20, adding and subtracting 0-5 and will be introducing + and - 5-10. I would encourage you to work with your students on subtraction.  This seems to be a bit difficult for most students and the more practice they get the better!

Religion: We will continue our learning of mass and how we can participate during mass. We are now in the rotation for reading the Petitions and Thanksgiving Prayer.  We are learning about God and Jesus everyday.  We will continue to work on the rosary throughout the year!  We are now learning about St. Valentine and Jesus as a boy! 


Social Studies/Science:  We will be learning about the social aspect of Valentines Day and telling those we love that we love them and the importance of love in our lives.  We will also be doing some fun science experiments with candy hearts!  



We had an impromptu serenade Friday afternoon, with hand movements and everything!  So fun to watch all their creativity and imagination!



As always, my door is always open, if you have any questions please feel free to ask!


Calendar/Important Dates:


February

13th- Get Active 3:00-4:00pm
14th- 8:15am Mass
18th- Conferences
20th- Conferences/ Get Active 3:00-4:00pm
21st- NO SCHOOL
26th- Ash Wednesday 8:15am Mass

27th- Get Active 3:00-4:00pm
28th- 8:15am Mass

P.S.
Things Mrs. Lowe is looking for or would love for the classroom! If you find them at a rummage sale or find a good deal for these online, please let me know so I can get them or if you get them, I will pay you back!  Here are some things I am in search of!
~Burger King Stuffed Emoji toys.... they will come in handy when talking about emotions and feelings!

~Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and accessories
~Magic Tracks and cars that work with the tracks(batteries)
~Legos
~SkipBo Cards or the board game version!
~SpotIt Cards
~Cool Toys Monkey Balance
~Learning Resources Alphabet Island
~Smatch by Think Fun
~Books (ANY)
    ~Ancient Adventures Bible Stories  (book and workbook)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

January 23rd- February 7th

January 23rd- February 7th

Conference Sign Up (I will fill in as I get emails)


Tuesday, February 18th               Thursday, February 20th

3:15pm:                                                       3:15pm:Karly

3:30pm:                                                       3:30pm:Dominic 

3:45pm:                                                       3:45pm:

4:00pm                                                        4:00pm:Kinley
   
4:15pm:                                                       4:15pm:

4:30pm:                                                       4:30pm:

4:45pm:  Charlie                                        4:45pm:

5:00pm:   Sutton                                        5:00pm:

5:15pm:                                                       5:15pm:

5:30pm:                                                       5:30pm:Lydia

5:45pm:                                                       5:45pm:Carter

REMINDERS: 

~ It is COLD outside and that nasty white stuff has fallen from the sky ALREADY......yuck.. (not a fan of winter weather...)
 Please send your child with a winter coat, hat and mittens.  If there is snow they will not be allowed to play on the blue chips or in the snow without snow pants, boots, coat, hat and mittens.  

~Cold and Flu season is here and I have been having a problem with students in my class bringing cough drops into the room without telling me or in their coat pockets or in their lockers.  This is very dangerous, especially if I am unaware that they have one in their mouth.  1st- Our school policy is to have ALL medication (there is medicine in cough drops) in the office.  2nd- Cough Drops are a chocking hazard and there are times throughout the day that would be very dangerous for a child to have a cough drop in their mouth (recess, gym, music, snack and lunch etc.)  To avoid this danger/hazard PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give your child's cough drops to Mrs. Schuh in the office and fill out the form for us to administer this medication!  I really appreciate this!

~ Please make sure your child has a paint shirt in their locker.  We do tend to paint a lot through out the year and art is on Friday this year.  I would hate for them to get paint on their good church clothes! 

~Extra pair of clothes!  Please make sure your child has an extra pair of church appropriate clothes in their locker!  This helps for milk spills, accidents, going down the slide when it is wet, playing in the sink in the bathroom, not knowing how to drink out of a bubbler, and coming to school on a church day in clothes that are not in the guidelines for church!  THANK YOU!  

~Gym Shoes... If your child has tie shoes as their gym shoes, they should be able to tie them all by themselves.  Most of the time they will wear their shoes they already have on.  I normally only have them change if their shoes are dirty or wet.  Their everyday shoes should also be shoes they can get on and off as well as tie all by themselves!  

~Friday is Mass- they need to dress up for church.  No shorts, tshirts, no jeans and no words on their clothing.  Boys need a collared shirt.  If you do not want/ or your child does not want to wear their dressy church clothes all day, please send a change of clothes. They will change right after mass.  

                                  
                              
         We LOVE to read!


Reading: Since break, I have had a chance to test each students reading level, if you would like to know what reading level your child is at, please shoot me an email!  It is best if your reader reads within their level.  We meet in small reading groups each week and will send home a new book at their level each week that they should be reading to you.  We will be starting with learning some of the more frequent sight words that they will need to know! Some of these words include: the, a, is, in, it, was, as, of, I etc.  When you are reading with your child, pointing out these sight words will help!  Also a big help is asking questions after a story...
Who was this story about?
Where did this story take place?
What was the problem?
How did he/she solve this problem?
Ask them the meaning of new words they come across.
Is this book an opinion or facts?
This will really help with their reading comprehension.  Comprehension is one of the main reason kids don't move up in reading levels.  Once they get the hang of reading and master the techniques of sounding out unknown words, what will hold them back will be whether they understand or can remember details from what they read.  

 I am continuing to send home a black reading bag with your child every day!  This bag should contain a book, sight words and sometimes a worksheet that will need to be completed and returned by Thursday or Friday of that week.  

They should be studying their sight words everyday, I will be testing them on Thursday or Friday and will give them new words at that time.  If they get all 5 words right, I will give them 5 new words, if they get 4 words right they get 4 new words and so on.  They will keep all the words they get right and their new words and should practice them ALL, not just the new words, as this will help reinforce their knowledge and ability to recognize these words when reading!  

They should also be reading their book to you each night as well.  It is OK if they need the pictures to help them with the words, it is OK if they have to sound out words.  These are both important strategies needed for reading.  

Please please please help your child with their reading and sight words, this help from you is crucial in their learning and will help them immensely.  

                                

Having FUN in our phonics centers!


Fundations / Spelling: We have learned A-U in Upper case letters and will continue to add more daily.  At this time are be also talking about the difference between a sentence and a word, sentence structure and spaces between words.  This will most usually tie in with our writing unit and I will be connecting these 2 subjects for awhile!

Writing: We are working on labeling/sentence structure/sounding out words.  As well as all that is listed above in Fundations!

Math: We are halfway through Unit 4.  We are learning greater than/less than, writing numbers in order from 1-20, adding and subtracting 0-5 and will be introducing + and - 5-10. 

Religion: We will continue our learning of mass and how we can participate during mass. We are now in the rotation for reading the Petitions and Thanksgiving Prayer.  We are learning about God and Jesus everyday.  We will continue to work on the rosary throughout the year!  We are now learning about Daniel and the Lions Den as well as Jonah and the Whale! 


Social Studies/Science:  We learned all about Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy! We will be leaning about Ocean Animals and the 100th Day of school in the next couple weeks.  The 100th Day of School, as of now, will land on Thursday, February 6th!  I typically have the kids dress as if they are 100 years old on this day, I am holding my breath that we don't have a snow/cold day as that would push us to a Friday, and we would not be able to do that with mass on Fridays. I will keep you posted and send out emails as we get closer to this day!




As always, my door is always open, if you have any questions please feel free to ask!


Calendar/Important Dates:

January

24th: 8:15am Mass

26th: All School Mass 8:45
31st: 8:15am Mass/ Grandparents Day/ 11:00am Dismissal
NO AFTERCARE/ NO BUS


P.S.
Things Mrs. Lowe is looking for or would love for the classroom! If you find them at a rummage sale or find a good deal for these online, please let me know so I can get them or if you get them, I will pay you back!  Here are some things I am in search of!
~Burger King Stuffed Emoji toys.... they will come in handy when talking about emotions and feelings!

~Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and accessories
~Magic Tracks and cars that work with the tracks(batteries)
~Legos
~SkipBo Cards or the board game version!
~SpotIt Cards
~Cool Toys Monkey Balance
~Learning Resources Alphabet Island
~Smatch by Think Fun
~Books (ANY)
    ~Magic Tree House #22 (Revolutionary War on Wednesday)
    ~Ancient Adventures Bible Stories  (book and workbook)