Thursday, October 12, 2017

Week of October 16-20, 2017

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 daily!!!
·       In Math, we will be working with Topic 16: Analyzing, Comparing, and Composing Shapes. Take some time to review daily worksheets!!!
·       For Science, we will begin Unit C—Earth and Sky.  We will focus on the question, “What are Earth and the sky like? “.
·       Diane Rowland, will visit with our class on Monday, October 16th.  She will be speaking with the children about Drugs and Alcohol in preparation for the annual Red Ribbon Week, which will be held the last week of October.  Take some time to ask your child what he/she learned and/or discussed at school that day!  This will be our Guidance lesson for Day 3.
·       The School-wide Book Fair will take place in the Library starting Monday, October 16th.   **Parents will be able to shop with their child on Monday night 10/16 from 4-7 PM.   Mrs. Potts’ class will also be shopping in school on                                              Monday, October 16th from 9:00-9:40.
·       The Kindergarten Field Trip will be Friday, October 20th. 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 (coming soon).  **Please note this is a monthly $1 Dress Down day!!  Please be on time for school and dress for the weather. 
·       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!
·        Oct. 8-15 is 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!
·       A BIG THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE/BUSINESSES FOR DONATING TO OUR FALL FESTIVAL ON THURS. OCT. 5TH: 
                        Hart Farms, Ringtown
                        Ray Reichwein, Ashland
                        Dunkin Donuts, Saint Clair
                        Chill Out Ice Cream Parlor, Shenandoah
                        Guers Dairy, Pottsville
                        Mid Penn Bank, Frackville
                        Pearl Theater, Frackville
·       Just a few reminders:
o   The School Store will be closed during this week (10/16-10/20) due to the BOOK FAIR in the library. 
o   Red Ribbon Week will begin on Monday, Oct. 23rd.  (Check out the orange monthly calendar for daily dress-up themes for the 23rd through the 31st!)
o   The School-wide Halloween Parade will be held on Friday, October 27th @ 2:00 pm (If planning on watching the parade, then be sure to be a bit early as Kindergarten is usually first in the parade!).  Weather permitting the students will be walking to the HS Stadium.  (Students will begin dressing for the parade at 1:30 in the classroom.)
o   The PBIS reward for October will be held on Tuesday, October 31st!  Students who receive 4 stamps for S-safe, AR-act respectful, P-participate, and T-team work will choose one of three rewards: Monster Mash, Movie, or Art Activity.
Monday, October 16th will be Day 3-Guidance. **Students will need gym attire and sneakers on Tuesday, October 17th, Day 4 of the rotation schedule.  Students will NOT need library books until Day 8 (Monday, October 23rd).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Donors Choose Update


Mrs. Potts just got the news that Help us Charge our Chromebooks and Comfortably Reduce Noise! reached its goal: 

THANK YOU TO ALL who supported this project either by sharing or making a donation.  Your generosity and contributions are greatly appreciated!!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Week of October 9-13, 2017

Kindergarten News

Congratulations to ALL the students who earned their fourth and final DRESS DOWN day for our PBIS behavior plan.  They have shown they can follow the rules and show TEAM WORK.  This month students will work towards a monthly reward for October by earning a stamp for the letters S-P-AR-T-Y!  Details will be sent home later!!

     Students borrowed their first school library books on Friday, Oct. 6th.  The books will be exchanged on the next Day 8 of the Special Classes’ rotation schedule, Oct. 23rd**Library books should NOT be kept in your child’s AR/Book Buddy bagHowever, any library books read may be recorded on the monthly Book Buddy recording sheet!  HAPPY READING!
    
     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 finish Topic 15: Position and Location of Shapes and begin Topic 16:  Analyzing, Comparing, and Composing Shapes. Be sure to review the daily practice pages that your child brings home in his/her folder and review 2 and 3 dimensional shapes circle, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, cube, cylinder, cone, and sphere.  **Topic 15 Test will come during the week.  Please review, sign, and return!

      Oct. 8-16 is 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

      There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 9th, Columbus Day, due to a scheduled Teacher In-Service day.  School will reopen on Tuesday, October 10thWednesday, October 11th will be our monthly 2 Hour Data Delay Day. **Please note that Data Delay days are now ROTATION days for special classes.

     Picture Re-Take Day is scheduled for Thursday, October 12th for anyone interested!

     A Spartan Spirit/Homecoming Pep Rally will be held in the NSE gym on Friday morning 10/13 for all elementary students.  Boys and girls should wear Spartan clothing or Spartan colors to show their school spirit!!  Check out the SPARTAN SPIRIT WEEK paper sent home on Fri. 10/6 and show your school spirit this week!!

     Diane Rowland, will visit with our class on Monday, October 16th.  She will be speaking with the children about Drugs and Alcohol in preparation for the annual Red Ribbon Week, which will be held the last week of October.  Take some time to ask your child what he/she learned and/or discussed at school that day!

     The School-wide Book Fair will take place in the NSE Library starting Monday, October 16th**Parents will be able to shop with their child on Monday night (10/16) from 4-7 pm if interestedMrs. Potts’ class will also be shopping in school on Monday, Oct. 16th in the morning between 9:00-9:40.

     We will begin collecting money on Tuesday, October 10th for the year’s classroom parties.  **A note was sent home on Friday, Oct. 6th in your child’s RETURN side of his/her folder. 

     The Kindergarten Field Trip will be Friday, October 20th. 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 (coming soon).  Please be on time for school and dress for the weather.   Students do not need any money for the trip. 

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THE KINDERGARTEN FALL FESTIVAL!  IT WAS A FUN TIME FOR ALL.  YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!! 

Tuesday, October 10th will be Day 9— Gym. Be sure to wear sneakers and gym attire!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Donors Choose Project

Hi All, 

I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose.org classroom request. 


Give to my classroom by October 6, 2017 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code LIFTOFF during checkout and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50). 

In return, you'll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks. 


Thank you so much,
Mrs. Potts :)

Week of October 2-6, 2017

Kindergarten News
·       Congratulations to ALL the students who have earned their third DRESS DOWN day for our PBIS behavior plan.  They have shown they can follow the rules and ACT RESPECTFUL  Next week we will be looking for students to show TEAMWORK!  If they earn 3 stamps by Thursday afternoon (10/5), then they will earn another DRESS DOWN day for next Friday!!!
·       We will be starting our 5th story for Reading, Smash! Crash!  Watch for your Family Times newsletter to come home on Monday.  Our focus will be on the story’s character.  We will be working with the consonant letter Mm and the beginning and final sound /m/ in words.  Continue to read at home and practice the high frequency words, practice rhyming and counting syllables in words and identifying the letters from Aa-Zz. Your child should be able to read the little readers that come home on day 2 of the new story!
·       For Math, we will work with Topic 15; Position and Location of Shapes.  Be sure to review daily practice pages and review the positional words/concepts inside, outside, in front of, behind, next to, above, below, on, left, and right.  Please review, sign, and return Topic 14 Tests as they come home in RETURN.
·       New October “AR” Book Buddy recording sheets are enclosed in your child’s bag.  Any student who reads15 or more books will receive a monthly treat!  Congratulations to all the students who met and/or exceeded their September goal!  (Don’t forget library books can also be recorded on the recording sheets.)

Upcoming events and reminders:
            ~Wear a BLUE Shirt on Monday, 10/2 for BLUE SHIRT DAY to signify the importance of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and DRESS DOWN for free.
            --The monthly PTO meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 2nd @ 6:30 in the NSE cafeteria.  All are invited and encouraged to attend!  ** PTO Memberships are still being accepted.  If interested in joining, please contact Heather Hendricks @ 570-449-2458 or Alexandra Trexler @ 570-875-7313.  Centiole’s Pizza Fundraiser orders are due by Friday, Oct 6.  PICK-UP date for gift cards is Monday, Oct. 23.
--October Scholastic Book Orders are due by Wednesday, October 4th.  (Orders can be placed online with the classroom code GJXGV or sent to the teacher in an envelope)
            ~The Kindergarten Fall Festival will be held on Thursday, October 5th.  Students may dress down in gym clothes or wear regular dress code clothing.  No Jeans are allowed!!  **Anyone who has not yet sent in his/her $3.00 please do so ASAP!  Thank You!
~Picture Re-Take Day is scheduled for Thursday, October 12. 
~Diane Rowland, Prevention Services Coordinator for the Schuylkill County Drug and Alcohol Program, will visit on October 16th to provide basic drug and alcohol awareness information.  **If you wish to EXCLUDE your child from participating, please send a note.
~The School-wide Book Fair will take place in the library starting Monday, October 16th.   Details will be sent home within the next two weeks. 
~ The Kindergarten Field Trip will be Friday, October 20th. 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 (coming soon).  Please be on time for school and dress for the weather.   Students do not need any money for the trip.  (**Just a reminder for chaperones---$10 is due by Fri. Oct 6.  Checks payable to NSE PTO.)

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Monday, October 2nd will be Day 4--Gym.  **Students will need gym attire and sneakers on Monday, 10/2.