Monday, October 22, 2018

Week of October 22-26, 2018

Kindergarten News  
**The Book Fair ended, Friday, 10/19.  Thank you in to ALL the parent volunteers who helped at the fair, and thank you to all who purchased books too.  Happy reading!


**The Kindergarten Field Trip has been rescheduled and will be Friday, December 14th.Students will be going on a train ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway in Jim Thorpe.  Students will be visiting with Santa aboard the train.  Students are encouraged to dress like the characters from the Polar Express and wear their pajamas on the field trip.  RED Permission slips were sent home on Monday, 10/15 and should be returned ASAP.  GREEN Chaperone slips were also sent home to eligible volunteers and need to be returned with payment no later than November 2nd.  (Earlier is better for planning purposes)
**In Reading we will begin to read the story Nature Spy.  We will be looking at what we can learn about nature when we look closely.   We will focus on learning the comprehension skill settingand practice the learned high frequency words. Watch for your new Family Timesnewsletter to be sent home!  We will be reviewing letter Aa and its two sounds, short /a/ as in cat and long /a/ as in acorn, and learning the consonant letter Ss as in sun, snake, and Saturday.  Please continue to review all the letters we have learned so far and practice high frequency sight words daily.    
**For Math we will continue with Unit 6- 2D and 3D Shapes and Solids, so review 2D and 3D solid shapes and sorting objects by attributes; size, color, and shape.  
**Red Ribbon Week  campaign is set for October 22-30, 2018.  The theme is “Life is Your Journey- Travel Drug Free!” – Check out the week’s scheduled dress days on your orange October calendars (Mon. 10/22—wear superhero shirt; Tues. 10/23—wear crazy socks; Wed. 10/24—wear school spirit shirt; Thurs. 10/25—wear favorite team shirt; Friday 10/26—wear jeans; Mon. 10/29—crazy hair day; Tues. 10/30—wear red.
**Friday, October 26thwill be the Kindergarten Fall Festival  Students may dress down in gym clothes or wear jeans.  
JUST A FEW REMINDERS:  
·      PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd.
·      2018 PRE-K Counts Kindergarten Outcomes Study forms NEED to be returned to Mrs. Potts no later than Tuesday, Oct. 23rd.  **Forms can also be completed online!!  (Please follow directions on the information sheet attached to your packet that was sent home on Monday, 10/15.)
·      We are currently collecting money for the classroom parties.  If you have NOT yet sent in the party money, then please send in $5.00 in an envelope with your child’s name and classroom and mark “Party Money” on the outside of the envelope.  Thank you!
·      Wednesday, Oct. 31stwill be our FALL CELEBRATION/HALLOWEEN PARADE & PARTY.  (more details will be sent home next week)
**With the cooler weather upon us, be sure your child is prepared with a jacket and/or hat for our 30-minute recess outside.  Also, have your child practice putting on, taking off (pulling sleeves back out), and zipping/buttoning his/her coat.
Monday, October 22ndwill be Day 9—Phys. Ed., and students will need sneakers and gym attire.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Week of October 15-19, 2018

Kindergarten News
·      For Reading we will begin Unit 2; Look at Us.  The first story is Flowers.  Watch for your new Family Times newsletter.  Please review recognizing capital and lowercase letters from Aa to Zz and the high frequency words; I, am, the, little, to, a, have and is.   We will be learning the vowel letter Aa as in apple and acorn.  We will focus on the short vowel sound. **Don’t forget to practice sight word flashcards, letter naming, and first sound fluency daily!!!
·      In Math, we will be working with Unit 6: 2D and 3D Shapes and Solids. Take some time to review shapes and practice sorting items by shape, size, and/or color.  Also, continue to practice numbers 0-10!!!
·      The School-wide Book Fair will take place in the Library starting Monday, October 15th.   **Parents will be able to shop with their child on Monday night 10/15 from 4-7 PM.   Mrs. Potts’ class will also be shopping in school on Monday, October 15th from 2:30-3:10.
·      Oct. 7-14 was Fire Prevention Week so please take some time at home to discuss fire safety with your child and family.  Be sure to have a practice fire drill and create an escape plan with a designated meeting place and watch for our class book, Be Cool About Fire Safety in the upcoming weeks!
·      Just a few reminders:
o   The School Store will be closed during this week (10/15-10/19) due to the BOOK FAIR in the library. 
o   There will be a brief FALL FESTIVAL planning meeting on Monday, October 15th at 5:00.  **Anyone who plans on attending should meet in front of the school store.
o   FRIDAY, 10/19 will be our MONTHLY PAID SPARTAN DRESS DOWN DAY—Students participating are to bring a $1 donation!!
o   Red Ribbon Week will begin on Monday, Oct. 22nd.  (**DRESS UP THEMES & DATES ARE LISTED ON YOUR ORANGE OCTOBER CALENDAR).
o   Picture Re-Take Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd.  Anyone wishing to have pictures retaken are asked to return the complete picture package on or before 10/23 and dress to the school dress code.
o   The School-wide FALL CELEBRATION/Halloween Parade & Party will be held on Wednesday, October 31st from 1:30-3:00.  (Details will be sent home soon)
Monday, October 15th will be Day 4-Physical Education. **Students will need gym attire and sneakers on Monday, 10/15.   Tuesday, 10/16 will be Day 5 ART.  Wednesday, 10/17 will be Day 6 COMPUTERS.  Thursday, 10/18 will be Day 7 MUSIC.  Friday, 10/19 will be LIBRARY, but due to the BOOK FAIR there will be NO BOOK EXCHANGE until the following week.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Week of October 8-12, 2018

Kindergarten News
     There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 8th, Columbus Day, due to a scheduled Teacher In-Service day.  School will reopen on Tuesday, October 9th. 
   We will begin the story Dig, Dig, Digging in Reading.  We will be talking about how machines help people.  We will be practicing the sound /t/ for the letter Tt and the skill classifying and categorizing.  Watch for the new Family Times newsletter and continue to review the high frequency words; I, am, the, little, to, and a when you read together. Practice “camera words”/sight words daily!
    For Math, we will begin Unit 6- SHAPES & SOLIDS.  Students will learn and work with 2D and 3D shapes. **Please review, sign, and return Unit 1 test.
      Oct. 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week so please take some time at home to discuss fire safety with your child and family.  **This years campaign is Look, Listen, Learn.  Look for places fire could start.  Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.  Learn two ways out of every room.  Be sure to have a practice fire drill and create an escape plan with a designated meeting place and watch for our class book, Be Cool About Fire Safety to come home later in the month.
     Homecoming Spirit Week is being held this week (10/8-10/12).  Monday is SLEEP IN DAY!  Tuesday is DECADES DAY!  Wednesday is CARTOON DAY!  (Thursday is FIELD TRIP DAY so Kindergarten cannot participate in CRUISE SHIP ALL ABOARD DAY) A Spartan Spirit/Homecoming Pep Rally will be held in the NSE gym on Friday morning 10/12 for all elementary students.  Boys and girls should wear Spartan clothing or Spartan colors to show their school spirit!! 
     The Kindergarten Field Trip will be Thursday, October 11th. Students will visit Rohrbach’s Farm in Catawissa and take an educational tour of the farm, go on a hayride, pick a pumpkin, and have time to play in play land!  Students may wear jeans or sweatpants with the field trip shirt (black & green)sent home Tues. 10/2.  Please be on time for school and dress for the weather.   Students do not need any money for the trip.
     The School-wide Book Fair will take place in the NSE Library starting Monday, October 15th.  **Parents will be able to shop with their child on Monday night (10/15) from 4-7 pm if interested.  Mrs. Potts’ class will also be shopping in school on Monday, Oct. 15th in the afternoon between 2:30-3:10.
     **Picture Re-Take Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd for anyone interested! Pictures were sent home on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.  (Please note all photos need to be returned for re-take)  
     The Kindergarten Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 26th. **Anyone who has not yet sent in his/her $3.00 please do so ASAP!  Thank You!
     The FALL CELEBRATION/ Parade & Party will be held on Wednesday, 10/31 from 1:30-3:00. (more details will be sent home soon)
Tuesday, October 9th will be Day 10— ART.  Wednesday, October 10th will be Day 1—COMPUTERS.  Thursday, October 11th will be Day 2-- MUSIC and Friday, October 12th will be Day 3—GUIDANCE.