Room 407 News

Happy February!  Although this month is short we have many great things planned!  February 2nd was Groundhog Day and although we did not have school Puxatawney Phil saw his shadow, so there will be 6 more weeks of Winter!  We read the Groundhog Gets a Say and we learned about the amazing things that groundhogs can do other than determine when Spring is coming.  Did you know that groundhogs can move up to 700 lbs. of dirt a day, they can swim like their cousin the beaver, but do not like to and they can even climb trees?  We found these fun facts out when we read our book in class.
We celebrated our 100th Day of School on Friday, February 6th.  Thank you so much for assisting your children with the 100 day activity by helping them decide and count 100 items for their bag.  I had items here for children that were not able to find 100 of something at home, so please don't worry!  We partnered up in groups of 2 and 3 to count out our chosen items.  The children had fun checking to see if they really had 100 items.  Those that had extra marshmallows, skittles and jelly beans were excited they could eat the extras.  The children also had to listen to my directions on how to construct their 100 days of school crowns.  The buses were supposed to face the schoolhouse and start with 10 and go to 100.  I have been trying to give the students more ways to practice listening to directions and this was a good one!  We also began a great writing activity about If I had $100...  Your child is sounding out the words and writing the sounds they hear on the page.  This will be another great take home book when we are finished! 
Next week, the children will hand out their Valentine's cards. We will be finishing our Authors As Mentors Writer's Workshop unit for Mo Willems!  The children absolutely love Mo's stories with Pigeon, Piggie and Elephant and of course Knuffle Bunny.  We will continue to read more Mo Willems, but we will begin our How To unit very soon.
In Math, we will begin Topic 9.  We will continue to compose and decompose numbers up to 10.  We will continue to review addition and subtraction concepts.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Important Dates this Month:  Thursday, October 9th- Roller Kingdom PreK-2nd Grade (Older siblings welcome)
                                                       Friday, October 10th    - 1/2 Day all of TES dismissed at 12:00pm
                                                                                                 - Progress Reports sent home
                                                       Monday, October 13th - No School - Columbus Day
                                                       Monday, October 20th-Wizards Game at THS gymnasium
                                                       Wednesday, October 22nd- 1/2 Day all of TES dismissed at 12:00pm

Thank you parents for all of your supplies you have sent in to our classroom!  I will keep you posted when we begin to run low on any items.  Also, thank you for sending in your BoxTops for education! 

We have had a fabulous October getting to know each other better in Room 407.  The students have been learning our routines and learning how to work together and cooperate as a community does in the world.  The students have been completing activities that allow them to learn and apply the skills they have learned.  We have been writing, spelling and making our names with letters.  The students have been learning to form and write the letters using the headline, mid-line and baseline as a guide in our Zaner-Bloser Handwriting program.  In addition, the students have been given some baseline assessments in class by Mrs. Gertz, one of TES' Title One Reading Specialist teachers.  She has administered our Letter identification and letter sounds assessment and she has administered the Concepts About Print assessment to see what knowledge your child has already about letters, words, directionality of reading, punctuation, and book knowledge.  The children are performing well on these skills.  Those students whom are in need of extra practice and application of knowledge will be instructed in class through learning based centers such as games, puzzles, high interest activities, and some worksheets for cutting, coloring and gluing application.
This week we have been using our scientific skills to observe apples.  Your child is drawing and dictating or writing phonetically what they see through the magnifying glass.  I cut the apples in various ways so the students can see the differences.
The students will be bringing home their Apples book we started last week.  Please be sure to see if they can read this cute predictable print book with you.  This week we will be completing a Fall predictable print book for them to read to you at home as well.  It is crucial that you have your child present these books to you and show an interest in their reading.  I have told them that if mom or dad are busy, they should read to a pet, a stuffed animal or to a younger or older sibling.  Instilling a love of reading is a wonderful gift!
In Math, we have completed Topic 2 and we will begin Topic 3.  See the enVision Math tab above to review what we will be learning in each Topic throughout the year.
We had a short yet exciting week in kindergarten!  Tuesday we met with Mrs. Spanos TES' nurse intern who met with our class to view and discuss Food Allergies.  The children were attentive and have been doing a fabulous job showing me their snacks to keep all of their friends safe in and out of our classroom. 
Wednesday, the PTO sponsored our in-house field trip to the TES library for Paulette the Paleontologist who shared her knowledge of dinosaurs with her self-written 6 foot-tall book The World of Dinosaurs.  The students loved viewing the fossils she has collected since she was in 2nd grade.  The children loved touching the koprylite!!! Ask them what that is!!!

Thursday, we had our annual Fire Safety presentation by Firefighter Pelletier, Capt. Sands, and Capt. Newton.  The children were shown a video about the importance of making fire drill plans to exit your home.  Please discuss this information with your child and check your fire detectors.  They suggest replacing batteries twice a year... one when we turn the clocks back and then again when we turn the clocks ahead to ensure the batteries do not lose their charge.
Thanks for the amazing find in your watermelon our friend!!!
  Can you see the heart?