Thursday, May 18, 2017

Week of May 19-26, 2017

Kindergarten News
ALL LIBRARY BOOKS (and AR/Book Buddy books and recording sheets) NEED TO BE RETURNED ASAP.  The library is now closed.  **Any library books not returned must be paid for before the last day of school or report cards may be held.
                  For Reading we will continue with the remaining stories for Unit 6:  Building Our Homes.  We will review comprehension skills, short vowels, and consonant blends and digraphs. 
            For Math, we will be completing the Step Up to First Grade work mats.  Students will get a sampling of first grade Mathematics work.  Please take some time to review the daily practice pages!!
THERE WILL BE NO HOMEWORK for the rest of the school year, but please keep checking your child’s folder.
**Kindergarten will practice for graduation on Friday, May 19th in the afternoon, Monday, May 22nd and possibly if needed, Tuesday, May 23rd in the mornings at the High School.  **Please try to have your child at school for these practices so he/she will know what to do for the evening ceremony on Tuesday.  Students may be walking to the high school, so please dress your child in shoes for walking.
 Tuesday, May 23rd is the big day!  Kindergarten Graduation will be held in the High School Auditorium beginning at 1:00pm.   Doors will open at 12:45. The ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 PM, so be sure not to be late and allow time for parking!  **Tickets and more detailed information are also being sent home on Friday, May 19th in your child’s folder.
**Remember students will be wearing caps and gowns and will NEED to wear a WHITE-COLLARED shirt for the afternoon performance Shoes will be visible so plan accordingly.  Girls should not wear hair accessories that will get in the way of the cap. 
PLEASE NOTE:  Graduation caps, gowns, and TASSELS must be returned to the teacher after the graduation ceremony when signing out your child.  Tassels are NOT to be taken home (which is different than previous years).
            Thursday, May 25th we will have a Petting Zoo for Kindergarten.  **Students who have earned their monthly reward for behavior will visit the petting zoo from 12:30-1:00.
            Friday, May 26th will be the PTO Carnival/Fun Day. This is a day of fun and games put together by the PTO.  Please dress your child for the weather and apply sunscreen as needed.  Students should wear sneakers and clothing for outdoor activities.  (No dresses or skirts please—gym attire preferred!)
Monday, May 22nd will be Day 2-Library class.  Students will need sneakers and gym attire on Wednesday, May 24th and for CARNIVAL/FUN DAY on Friday, May 26th.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Week of May 15-19, 2017

Kindergarten News
**All library books need to be returned ASAP.  The library is now closed for borrowing new books.
         For Reading we will continue Unit 6 with the story Building Beavers.  We will discuss Main Idea and review the short vowels, focusing on short /e/. 
            For Math we will finish with Topic 13, Sorting, Classifying, Counting, and Categorizing Data.  Students will tell how things are different, how they are alike, and to sort things into different groups.  Take some time and review the daily pages.
            **THERE WILL BE NO HOMEWORK for the rest of the school year, but please keep checking your child’s folder daily.
            Our Accelerated Reader “Book Buddy” program will END soon.  May recording sheets will be collected Thursday 5/18.    Thank you to all the families who faithfully participated!!
            Kindergarten will practice for graduation on Friday 5/19 (afternoon), Monday 5/22 (morning), and possibly, Tuesday 5/23 (morning) at the HS auditorium.  **Please try to have your child at school for these practices so he/she will know what to do for the ceremony on Tuesday 5/23 @ 1:00.  Students may be walking to the HS so please dress your child in shoes for walking.
            Anyone who has not completed and returned the form for Kindergarten Graduation stating whether or not your child will be leaving or returning after the ceremony, please do so by Monday, May 15th.  Also, if leaving, please list pick-up person(s), so a sign-out form can be prepared.
  
FYI:  Upcoming Events and Important Dates:
Tuesday, May 23rd  – Kindergarten Graduation @ 1:00 pm at the NS high school auditorium
Thursday, May 25th – Kindergarten Petting Zoo
Friday, May 26th – CARNIVAL/FUN DAY
Monday, May 29th – NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 31st – Last day of school

Monday, May 15th is Day 7 – Library class.  Students will need sneakers and gym attire on Wednesday, May 17th.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

HOMEWORK -- 5/8-5/11/17

Monday, May 8th - Complete 1/2 sheet (match pictures and words, spell a number word, and write a sentence)
Tuesday, May 9th - Read decodable reader and complete 1/2 sheet (put words in order to write a good sentence)
Wednesday, May 10th - Practice with letter tiles and complete 1/2 sheet (addition practice and skip counting by 2s to 20 and 5s to 100)
Thursday, May 11th - Complete 1/2 sheet (keyboard practice with sight words)

Practice high frequency sight words daily!!

THIS WILL BE THE LAST WEEK WITH HOMEWORK! 

Week of May 8-12, 2017

Kindergarten News
Please note that on Monday, May 8th school will be extended.  **NSE dismissal will be 3:45!
For Reading we will continue with Unit 6:  Building Our Homes.  The next story will be titled, “Old MacDonald had a Woodshop”.  We will be talking about what tools you need to build things.  We will review the short vowel sounds and review “characters”.   Watch for your Family Times news!  **This will also be our last week with HOMEWORK! J
To wrap up our work with the letter Q and combination “qu”, on Friday, 5/12 we will all take part in the Wedding of Q and U!   The wedding will join two letters that will be making a new sound together.  They will be joined in a union that cannot be broken.  The wedding will take place in the gymnasium, reception following.  The girls and boys can dress up.  The students will take part in many of the traditional roles of people at a wedding.  (**See the note enclosed Friday, 5/5 for details)
            For Math, we will finish with Topic 12, Measurement and begin Topic 13, Sorting, Classifying, Counting, and Categorizing Data.  Students will need to tell how things are different, how they are alike, and to sort things into different groups.  Take some time and review the daily work mats.
            NSE will be having a Scholastic Book Fair from Mon, May 8-Friday, May 12.  Students will be able to shop at school and there will also be a Parent Shopping Night on Monday, May 8th from 4-7 pm.  **Our class also will have time to shop in school during our scheduled Library class on Monday, May 8th from 2:00-2:45. Please note that due to a change in PA state laws we will now need to charge tax on all book fair sales, be sure to send in extra for tax!!
            On Wednesday, May 10th the Teens Against Tobacco group will be holding their annual Kick Butts Day event at NSE.  Students should wear sneakers!! (RAIN DATE will be Thursday, May 11th)
**Please note that Friday, May 5th was the last day for students to borrow books at the NSE library.  All library books will need to be returned on our next exchange day—Monday, May 8th. 
            Kindergarten Graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:00 pm in the NS High School Auditorium.  Specific details about parking, seating, etc. will be sent home closer to the date.  Due to limited seating, each Kindergarten student will be limited to 5 tickets.  **If a small child (non-school age) is going to sit on an adult’s lap, they will not need a ticket.  **Your Kindergarten child is not part of the count.  No one will be admitted to Graduation without a ticket.  Graduation tickets will be sent home on Friday, May 19th.  **If tickets are misplaced, we will not be able to replace them.
            The Reading teachers will begin the end-of-the-year testing with each Kindergarten child on Monday, May 8th.  Children will need to write a dictated sentence or two, recognize, write, and give the sound of every letter of the alphabet, to be able to provide a word that begins with every letter sound, and to be able to write as many words correctly in 10 min.  Please review at home!!

Monday, May 8th will be Day 2 –Library class. Boys and girls will be just returning books and can shop the BOOK FAIR.   Students will need sneakers and gym attire on Wednesday, May 10th.

Friday, April 28, 2017

HOMEWORK--5/1-5/4/17

Monday, May 1st-- Complete 1/2 sheet (practice beginning sounds)
Tuesday, May 2nd-- Read decodable reader and complete 1/2 sheet (missing vowels)
Wednesday, May 3rd--Complete 1/2 sheet (counting by 1s, 5s, and 10s to 100 and addition practice)
Thursday, May 4th--Complete 1/2 sheet (practice counting by 1s starting at a given number and sight word practice)

Review high frequency sight words daily!!

Week of May 1-5, 2017

Kindergarten News
Please note that on Monday, May 1st and Monday, May 8th school will be extended.  **NSE dismissal will be 3:45 both days!
For Reading we will begin Unit 6:  Building Our Homes.  The first story will be titled, “Building with Dad”.  We will be talking about how a school is built.  We will review the short vowel sounds and will finish our work with the sounds /y/ and /kw/ for the letters Y and Q. On Thursday, 5/4, the girls will finally get to be Queens for a Day!
            For Math, we will continue with Topic 12, Measurement.  We will be comparing objects by length, height, capacity, and weight.  Take some time and review the daily work mats.
         Our class participated in the “A Child’s View” writing for the Republican-Herald newspaper.  The entries and a class photo were published in a supplement on Thursday, April 27th.  Students answered the question “What do you want to be when you grow up and why?”  Be sure to check this out!
         The monthly PTO meeting for May will be held on Monday night, 5/1 @ 6:30.  All are invited and encouraged to attend. 
         New AR/”Book Buddy” recording sheets for May were sent home on Friday, April 28th.  **Students who read 15+ books in April received some Knoebels tickets as a reward!!  Check your child’s folder if he/she met the goal for the month!!!
         NSE will be having a Scholastic Book Fair from Mon, May 8-Friday, May 12.  Students will be able to shop at school and there will also be a Parent Shopping Night on Monday, May 8th from 4-7 pm.  (**Due to the book fair and limited time before school closes for the summer, Mrs. Potts will NOT be sending home any more classroom book orders.  Thank you to ALL who have participated this year.  Happy Reading!)
         In May, the Reading teachers will begin the end-of-the-year testing with each Kindergarten child.  Children will need to write a dictated sentence or two, recognize, write, and give the sound of every letter of the alphabet, be able to provide a word that begins with every letter sound, and be able to write as many words correctly in 10 min.  Please review at home!!
**If any parent would like to be a guest reader in our classroom, then please contact Mrs. Potts with a date and time you would be available and she will work on scheduling a visit.  Clearances are not required to be a guest reader.  The month of May is rather open and there are morning and afternoon times available.  Keep in mind our only day off is Memorial Day Monday and the last day of school is a full day, Wednesday, May 31st.
Kindergarten Graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:00 pm in the NS High School Auditorium.  Specific details about parking, seating, etc. will be sent home closer to the date.  Due to limited seating, each Kindergarten student will be limited to 5 tickets.  **If a small child (non-school age) is going to sit on an adult’s lap, they will not need a ticket.  **Your Kindergarten child is not part of the count.  No one will be admitted to Graduation without a ticket.  Graduation tickets will be sent home closer to Graduation.  **If tickets are misplaced, we will not be able to replace them. 
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Monday, May 1st will be Day 7 –LIBRARY, so be sure to pack library books for exchange.    Students will need sneakers and gym attire on Wednesday, May 3rd.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

HOMEWORK -- 4/24-4/27/17

Monday, April 24th--Complete 1/2 sheet (beginning sound /y/ and count by 2s to 20)
Tuesday, April 25th--Read decodable reader and complete 1/2 sheet (beginning sound /kw/ and sight word practice)
Wednesday, April 26th--Practice with letter tiles and complete 1/2 sheet (identify coins; penny, nickel, dime, quarter and addition practice)
Thursday, April 27th--Complete 1/2 sheet (upper and lowercase practice for beginning sounds and practice counting from a given number)

Practice high frequency sight words daily!!