- This week we will do the clapping names greeting from our Caring Schools curriculum
- Our activity will be a video on Go Noodle.
- Go Noodle is a wonderful website that has songs and activities for students. It gets and keeps them moving and also involves learning. We will typically do this during Morning Meeting, for needed Brain Breaks, and inside recess.
- We will continue building our Read to Self Stamina. During the first week of school we got to 8 minutes! The students did such a great job and they are very excited to reach our goal of 15 minutes. During read to self students may sit almost anywhere in the classroom, there are pillows they can sit on, and they can also use reading phones. The pillows and reading phones are items I got through a previous Donor’s Choose Grant.
- If we reach our goal of 15 minutes in Read to Self, we will start out next center called Read to Someone (buddy reading). We also need to reach 15 minutes in that in order to learn the next center.
- We will start working on letters and sounds.
- Sing the song Who Let the Letters Out? The song is posted on the Things to Be Working on at Home Page on the blog.
- Read Alouds.
- All About Me Project
- Students will continue independent journaling this week. We start with how to make a WOW picture and use a list of topics to write about that we have created together. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so.
- If time, students share their drawings/writing with a partner.
- Friday the 11th was the second day we did this and the students cheered when I told them we were going to work on our WOW pictures. This is something they really seem to enjoy.
- Since our math is split up in two times, for the start of the year we will use the first part for the math lesson and the second part for math centers
- Lessons: Partner Match, Introduction to Pattern Blocks, Gotcha: A Counting Game, Number Walk, Getting to Know Numbers
- For our math centers, students get to explore different manipulatives. So far they have already been introduced to and gotten to explore blocks, magnatiles, pattern blocks, pattern people, geoboards, links, dominoes, cubes, and legos. For now students have also been able to explore our dress up/act it out center during this time though that will eventually become part of literacy centers.
- Each day three students will be asked to share something they liked that day and three other students will be asked to share someone who was nice to them that day and why.
- Good bye song.
Things to Know:
- Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
- We have not started homework yet, but please get in the habit of or continue reading at least 20 minutes a day with your child.
- School starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. I will pick up the students on the north playground at the spot labeled 104. If a student is tardy they should go directly to the security guard and obtain a tardy slip. They will then hand that to me when they get to the classroom.
- Dismissal is 3:45 p.m. I will dismiss the students at the wall near the doors of the north playground. Students are handed off directly to the person picking them up. Students must say good-bye to me and shake my hand before they leave. Adults picking up the children should walk to me, I will not be sending them across the playground or out the gates to someone. If your child is going home with someone new, please send a note or email letting me know.
- Students may bring water bottles to keep in the classroom. They must have a secure lid that students can open and close to prevent spills. Only water may be kept in the water bottle in the classroom.
- Student folders are to come back and forth from school each day. Folders should be emptied out each night and anything that needs to be returned to school should be placed in the left side. Students have the responsibility of turning their folder in to me each day.
- Accidents happen. It is preferred that students keep an extra pair of clothes at school. Students may keep their clothes in their backpack or their locker in the classroom.
- Lunch is free for all students though students may also bring a lunch from home.
- Breakfast is served in the cafeteria and is available for free to all students. If a student would like breakfast they should be at the cafeteria around 8:20 a.m.
- You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school. My blog address is rmaltz.weebly.com. Check my website often for updates.
- Room 104 loves having volunteers, however I will not be asking for volunteers until October. You may need to fill out a volunteer packet and follow any directions given in that packet. Information about volunteering at Ray is on the Ray School website.
- Please look around my website and the Ray School website; questions you have may be answered on them.
- If you would like to go paperless with my weekly newsletter, send me an email to let me know.
- We will be having monthly birthday celebrations. You will receive a letter the month of your child’s birthday with all the information. July and August birthdays will be celebrated in June.
- Our PE teacher asked me to remind families that students should be in gym shoes Monday and Thursday for PE. It is a good idea for students to wear gym shoes everyday as we usually have two recesses.
- Please consider donating to the following Donor’s Choose project to help benefit the students of Room 104 now and in the future. You may also share the link on your social media pages to help us get more donations.
- Current project
- Cart with drawers for word work center during literacy centers http://www.donorschoose.org/project/make-an-impact-on-our-literacy-centers/1638991/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-08-account_projects_teacher-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118