Friday, December 8, 2017

Week of December 11-15, 2017

Weekly Newsletter for December 11-15, 2017

          We have started a new unit in Reading!  In this unit we will be focusing on communities!  For our first story, “A Big Fish for Max” we will be discussing different things that families can do together.  Our class will also be practicing sequencing events!  Key words for sequencing are: first, then, next, and finally. 

          Our phonics skills for this story are consonant digraphs sh and th and vowel sound “al.”  Our spelling words are: fish, then, shut, with, rush, shell, shop, trash, thin, and ship.  Our challenge words are: “want” and “good.”   

          In Math, we are continuing to discuss strategies that can be used to find addition facts!    Recently, we have been identifying doubles, doubles +1, doubles +2, or completing the ten frame with our addends!  Our test for Topic 5 will be Wednesday, December 13th

          On Friday, report cards were sent home!  Along with the report card you received a copy of your child’s results for the OLSAT that was given by our guidance counselor, Mrs. Hull.  Attached to our newsletter is a note from Mrs. Hull explaining the OLSAT.   

          Please continue to read with your child and log their reading on the December AR reading log!  December AR reading logs will be collected on Thursday, December 21st.  

          Our schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday (12/11)- Day 9- Keyboarding
Tuesday (12/12)- Day 10- Gym
Wednesday (12/13)- Day 1- Music   *2 Hour Data Delay
Thursday (12/14)- Day 2- Computers
Friday (12/15)- Day 3- Art  *Spartan Dress Down Day- $1 donation


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week of December 4- 8, 2017

Weekly Newsletter for December 4- December 8, 2017

We are finishing our story, “Animal Park” where we have been discussing what we can learn from observing animals in the wild!  As a class, we have also been identifying the cause and effect in a story!  Our test for this story will be Tuesday, December 5th!

Our phonics skills for this story are the short u sound and final consonant blends.  Our spelling words are: crust, bump, jump, must, just, dust, trust, dusk, hunt, and lump.  Our challenge words are: “many” and “into.” The test for our spelling words will be Tuesday, December 5th
 
In Math, we have been discussing strategies we can use to find addition facts!  Currently, students have been working on doubles, doubles +1, and doubles +2.  To find the doubles plus facts, we are circling the smaller number, finding that doubles fact and then adding.  For example: 5 + 6 = ?, we will complete 5+5+10, 10+1=11, so 5+6=11. 

Our schedule this upcoming week:

Monday (12/4)- Day 4- Library
Tuesday (12/5)- Day 5- Gym
Wednesday (12/6)- Day 6- Music 
*We will be Holiday Shopping this day!
Thursday (12/7)- Day 7- Computers
Friday (12/8)- Day 8- Art
*Report Cards will be sent home in the Friday Folder!
*Scholastic Book Orders are due! You may order online by using our class code: MJJ8J or you may send in the book order with a check (Scholastic INC.)



As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Week of November 27- December 1, 2017

Weekly Newsletter for November 27- December 1, 2017

          In our new story, “Animal Park,” our question is “what can we learn from wild animals by watching them?”  As a class we will also be discussing cause and effect.  Our test for this story will be on Tuesday, December 5th

Our phonics skills for this story are the short u sound and final consonant blends.  Our spelling words are: crust, bump, jump, must, just, dust, trust, dusk, hunt, and lump.  Our challenge words are: “many” and “into.” The test for our spelling words will be on Tuesday, December 5th!   

We started a new topic in Math!  Topic 5 will cover addition facts to 20.  Please continue to review the math fact flash cards with your child.  These flash cards should be kept in their OWL folder.  We will be adding new flash cards this week! J

November AR papers will be collected on Thursday, November 30th.  Students that completed the AR paper will receive a Pizza Hut book-it coupon for a personal sized pizza.  December AR papers will be sent home on Friday, December 1st

Our schedule this upcoming week:
Monday (11/27)- NO SCHOOL!
Tuesday (11/28)- Day 10- Gym *This was a change due to Wednesday being a non-rotation day!
Wednesday (11/29)-Day 1- Music
Thursday (11/30)- Day 2- Computers
Friday (12/1)- Day 3- Art

Upcoming Events:
December 4-8th- Holiday Gift Shop
December 8th- Standards Based Progress Reports will be sent home with students!
December 9th- North Schuylkill Elementary Chorus/ Band Program



As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Week of November 20-24, 2017

Weekly Newsletter for November 20-24, 2017

In our new story, “Animal Park,” our question is “what can we learn from wild animals by watching them?”  As a class we will also be discussing cause and effect. 

Our phonics skills for this story are the short u sound and final consonant blends.  Our spelling words are: crust, bump, jump, must, just, dust, trust, dusk, hunt, and lump.  Our challenge words are: “many” and “into.” 

We will be taking our Topic 4 test today!  Tomorrow we will begin Topic 5: Addition Facts to 20.  Please continue to practice the math fact flash cards that can be found in your child’s OWL folder!  We will continue to add cards to the envelope periodically so please be sure to return the envelope daily! 

With our month of November winding down, please continue to read with your child and document their reading on their AR paper!  Those that complete their November AR paper will receive a Pizza Hunt coupon for a free personal size pizza.  Remember if your child is reading a chapter book, you can break that chapter book into multiple spaces!  Another great resource for the AR reading log are the decodable readers!  These readers reinforce the phonics skills we are focusing on in class!  November AR reading logs will be collected Thursday, November 30th. 

Our November PBIS reward will be on Wednesday, November 22nd!  Part of our reward that day is game day!  Students are allowed to bring in an electronic device this day with your permission!  Please be sure that devices are charged and that all games are school appropriate

Our schedule this upcoming week:
Monday (11/20)- Day 8- Art
Tuesday (11/21)- Day 9- Keyboarding
Wednesday (11/22)- Day 10- Gym- PBIS reward day for November!
**Wednesday is also an Early Dismissal!  Students will be dismissed at 12 noon! 
Thursday (11/23)- Monday (11/27) No School for Students! 
Happy Thanksgiving! J


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week of November 13-17, 2017

Weekly Newsletter for November 13-17, 2017
Our focus question for our story, Get the Egg, is “what wild animals live in our neighborhood?”  Students have really enjoyed talking about animals that they see in the wild!  We are also discussing the main idea of a passage and supporting details.  Our test for this story will be Friday, November 17th

Our focus phonics skills for this story are short e and consonant blends.  Our spelling words for this story are: men, red, step, ten, net, leg, jet, sled, wet, bed.  The challenge words are: “saw” and “your.”  Please continue to work on these words nightly with your child!  The test for these spelling words will be Friday, November 17th

In Math, we are continuing to discuss strategies that we can use to find addition and subtraction facts!  We have learned that addition and subtraction facts can be written two ways, “up and down OR side to side!”  In the coming weeks, I will be sending home an envelope with your child that will contain addition and subtraction flash cards.  Please practice these flash cards with your child!  It is important that these facts become automatic!  Our Topic 4 test will be Monday, November 20th!

I am going to begin to send home Scholastic Book Order forms each month!  If you are interested in ordering, please either send in a check (made payable to Scholastic Inc.) with the book order slip, or you may order online using our class code: MJJ8J.  Our orders for November are due by Friday, November 17th

I am also so proud to say that our class has won another “BINGO”’ on our 100’s chart for TEAMWORK! J  As a reward, we will be having a stuffed animal day!  Kiddos are invited to bring a stuffed animal with them to school this Friday, November 17th.  Please be sure that this stuffed animal can fit into their book bag! 

With cold and flu season among us, we are in need of tissues and hand sanitizer to keep those germs away!  If you are willing to donate these items to our classroom, we would really appreciate it! J 

Our schedule this week:
Monday (11/13)- Day 3- Art
Tuesday (11/14)- Day 4- Library
Wednesday (11/15)- Day 5- Gym
Thursday (11/16)- Day 6- Music
Friday (11/17)- Day 7- Computers  *Dress down day with a donation to our Veterans!

** Next week: Wednesday (11/22) is an Early Dismissal!  Students will be dismissed at 12:00. There is also No School Thursday (Happy Thanksgiving! J), Friday (11/24) or Monday (11/27)! 


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message! 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week of November 6-10, 2017

Weekly Newsletter for November 6-10, 2017

In Reading, we will continue with our story, “A Fox and a Kit.”  We are discussing the main idea and supporting details of the story.  We have also talked about how wild animals take care of their babies!  Our test for this story will be Tuesday, November 7th.  Our spelling test for inflected endings –s and –ing will also be Tuesday, November 7th

            In Math, we are continuing to work on our addition and subtraction facts to 12!  We also learned that addition and subtraction sentences can be written, “side to side OR up and down.”  We are still practicing our vocabulary words such as: sum, difference, plus sign, minus sign, equals, doubles fact, and near doubles. 

            Last week, our class read the story, Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano.  I sent home a note explaining our Turkey in disguise project and writing!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!  The kiddos seem very excited about this project!  J  All turkeys and clues are due by Friday, November 10th.  However, you can always send them in throughout the week! 

*A friendly reminder: As of November 3rd (Daylight Savings) shorts are no longer allowed to be worn!  As the weather continues to cool off, please be sure to dress accordingly.  We will be going outside for recess as much as possible!  J

Our schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday (11/6)- Day 8- Art  
Tuesday (11/7)- Day 9- Keyboarding
Wednesday (11/1)- Day 10- Gym
Thursday (11/2)- Day 1- Music
Friday (11/3)- Day 2- Computers


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message! 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week of October 30- November 3, 2017

Weekly Newsletter for October 30- November 3, 2017

            In Reading, we will begin our story, “A Fox and a Kit.”  As a class, we will be discussing the main idea and supporting details of our story.  We will also be answering the question, “How do wild animals take care of their babies?”

            Our spelling words for this week are: sit, sits, win, wins, fit, fits, hit, hits, nap, and naps.  Our challenge words for this week are: “her” and “too.”  The phonics skills for our story are inflected endings –s and –ing. 

            In Math, we are beginning addition and subtraction facts to 12. 

            As October comes to a close, I will be collecting our AR papers for October tomorrow (10/31).  I will be handing out November AR papers as well.  Please continue to read with your child nightly and document the reading on the AR paper!  Students who complete 15 spaces (or more) will receive a Pizza Hut book-it coupon for a free personal pan pizza!  Also, if your child is reading a chapter book, you can break that chapter book into multiple spaces within the AR paper.  For example: Goosebumps pgs. 1-30, Goosebumps pgs. 30-60, etc.  Another great resource for AR reading are the decodable readers your child brings home throughout the week in their OWL folder.  These readers reinforce the phonics skills we are focusing on and are a great book to practice their fluency!

Our schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday (10/30)- Day 3- Art- Pajama Day
Tuesday (10/31)- Day 4- Library- Wear Red Day- Happy Halloween! J
*PBIS reward day!  If your child selected the movie as the reward, they may bring a towel or blanket to sit on!
Wednesday (11/1)- Day 5- Gym
Thursday (11/2)- Day 6- Music
Friday (11/3)- Day 7- Computers

*A friendly reminder: After November 3rd  (Daylight Savings), shorts are no longer allowed to be worn!  As the weather continues to cool off, please be sure to dress accordingly.  We will be going outside for recess as much as possible!  J

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message!