It is hard to believe that this Thursday, October 8th, will mark the end of the first nine weeks of the school year. Time sure is flying by! I am looking forward to be starting conferences with you this week. I know that unexpected situations pop up which result in having to cancel your conference. If this does happen, please call the school and leave me a message or email me. I will be happy to reschedule with you.
The first Monday in October is "Stomp out Bullying" awareness day. In recognition of this day, we are asking all the students to wear their blue unifrom shirt with proper uniform bottoms. I would love to see 100% of my class in blue! Tuesday will be the Buffalo P.R.I.D.E. meeting at the middle school. This is a very easy way for you to earn those important informational PI hours.
There have been many questions regarding rescheduling Founder's Day. Unfortunately, this will not be happening. Our wonderful Buffalo P.R.I.D.E. is working on a wonderful day of fun for you and your family though. They are looking at in the spring, so keep a lookout in the "hot topics" section on the main page of the school's website for more information about this fabulous event. Speaking of wonderful events, our next big fundraiser is just around the corner. The all popular Buffalo Basket Auction will be held on Saturday, November 14th at Lake Miona Recreation Center. We are teaming up with Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Trent's classroom. As soon as our basket theme has been approved, I will be sending home a list of suggested basket donations. If you are creative with putting the whole basket together, please contact me.
In reading this week, the following skills will be taught.
Comprehension Skill: Main Idea and Key Details
Comprehension Strategy: Making, confirming, and revising predictions
Grammar: Kinds of nouns
Vocabulary Strategy: Suffixes
Phonics: Soft c and g
Genre: Narrtive Nonfiction
Weekly story: "Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!"
We will be starting Chapter 4: 2-Digit Addition this week. Breaking apart ones to add, using compensation, breaking apart addends as tens and ones, modeling regrouping for addition, and modeling and recording 2-digit addition will comprise the math lessons for the week. Also starting this week will be subtraction fact practice. The homework fact practice will now focus on subtraction. Please continue to practice these facts at home. WWW.themathworksheet.com is an excellent resource. I shared a fun interactive website with the class for math practice. It is www.sheppardsoftware.com. We will continue to use it in the classroom as well. If you have the time, check it out. Don't forget that you can also access Thinkcentral for some great games to help reinforce the skills taught in the classroom. Plus, if they ever misplace their homework, they can print off a copy.
In science, we will finish up our unit on life cycles on Monday, then begin Unit 10: Basic Needs and Environmentss. The boys and girls will be learning about the needs of both plants and animals. They will need to be able to, not only state, but write the similarities and differences between the two. They will also be learning about the different environments that animals live in. The children will be working on an inclass project to go along with this portion of the unit. They will be selecting an environment, then an animal that lives in that particular environment. They will be putting together a power point about how that animal is able to survive in that environment.
I have placed the consent form and the information sheet for our upcoming field trip as a PDF at the bottom of my webpage. You will also find the volunteer application that must be filled out completely there as well. Please note that this form is two pages. If you want to be considered in the chaperone drawing on October 15th, then this form and a copy of your driver's license, must be turned in prior to the drawing date.
My October newsletter is now posted at the bottom of my webpage. Take a moment and see what will be happening this month. I wish everyone a happy work week. Please feel free to contact me anytime with your concerns. Don't forget to send in those box tops. We are also in need of items for our treasure box. If you are able to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated!