Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week of December 11-15, 2017

Kindergarten News
The next story for Reading is Little Quack by Lauren Thompson.  It will be an animal fantasy story.  The comprehension skill we will target is plot, or the “what happens part of the story”.  We will be learning the consonant letter Rr and its sound /r/ as in rabbit and reindeer.  Watch for the new Family Times newsletter in your child’s folder!  Practice high frequency sight words daily!
In Math, we will finish Topic 3, review, and test numbers 6-10 and will begin working with Comparing numbers 0-10 for Topic 4.
Wednesday, December 13th will be our monthly 2- hour data delay.  It will be a Rotation day.  Check the monthly calendar for the schedule.
            Friday, December 15th is a Dress Down Day and students may wear jeans, sweatpants, gym attire, Spartan spirit shirts or regular dress code clothing.  A $1 donation will be collected for those participating!
            Just a reminderthe Bowl for Kids Sake pledge envelopes are due back by Wednesday, December 13th.  Students bowled during gym class.  THANK YOU for your participation and support!
            Please remind your child to keep up with his/her schoolwork and behavior and keep in mind that Santa is watching!  The December PBIS Reward Day will be Thursday, December 21st.  Students need to earn 4 stamps to earn their reward.

            Students will need to be prepared for colder weather @ recess.  Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats and/or scarves are needed.  Recess is a half an hour and unless the ground is snow-covered or it is too cold we will try to get outside for “fresh-air”.
Kindergarten will be having a “Polar Express” day on Wednesday, December 20th.  Students are asked to wear their pajamas to school to dress like the characters in the book.  **Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided for snack!
December AR “Book Buddy” recording sheets will be due January 2nd.  The goal for the month is 15 books.  Keep up the great work and Keep Reading!!
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Monday, December 11th is Day 9 – Gym  Boys and girls will need sneakers and gym attire on 12/11. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Week of December 4-8, 2017

Kindergarten News
*We will be reading the story Little Panda by Joanne Ryder.  This is an informational text, and we will be talking about “Animals Grow and Change”.  The comprehension skill we will target is compare and contrast and we will work with the letter sounds of /n/ and /b/.  Watch for the new Family Times newsletter in your child’s folder!  Many boys and girls may be interested in checking the live Panda Cam at the San Diego Zoo from home at the following website:  http://www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam/ Practice high frequency sight words daily!
*In Math we will begin Topic 3- Numbers 6-10.  Boys and girls will learn to read, write, and count numbers from 6-10 and show numbers different ways.  Review the daily practice pages with your child, practice counting to 100 by 1s and 10s, review 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and identifying and writing numbers 0-20!
*Students will need to be prepared for colder weather @ recess.  Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats and/or scarves are needed.  Recess is a half an hour and unless the ground is snow-covered or it is too cold we will try to get outside for “fresh-air”.
A big THANK YOU to Mrs. Tammy Buhay for being a guest reader on Wednesday, 11/29.  Mrs. Buhay read stories about Money and shared information about her job at the bank.  The boys and girls enjoyed her visit and especially liked the chocolate coins!!!  **Any parent or family member is welcome to be a guest reader throughout the school year—Just contact Mrs. Potts to arrange a date and time!! J
Just a few reminders and dates to mark on your calendars:
*December Scholastic book orders and money are due on Wednesday, December 6th.  Make note to Mrs. Potts if any orders are gifts for Christmas!
**NSE PTO is hosting a Holiday Gifts Workshop from 12/4-12/8.  Students in Mrs. Potts class may shop during Music class on Thursday, December 7th.  (Maximum $10 per student.  Items range from 50 cents to $5)
**First Trimester Report cards will be sent home on Friday, 12/8.  Parents are to SIGN and RETURN the envelope and KEEP the report card.  Any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Potts.
**The NSE music department holiday concert will be held on Saturday, December 9th (Snow date 12/16) at the NSHS auditorium.  Kindergarten will perform @ 10 am.  Students are encouraged to dress in holiday attire!
*Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Schuylkill Technology Center in Frackville on Saturday, December 9th from 8-11 am.  Cost is $5.00/per person and includes: Pancakes, milk, and a craft with Santa.  RSVP:  santa @stcenters.org  or (570) 544-4748 Ext. 3113
**The next 2-hour data delay will be held on Wed. December 13th.  It WILL be a rotation day!!
*” Bowl for Kids Sake” donation pledge envelopes are due back to school by Wednesday, December 13th.   Students are encouraged, but not obligated to participate in this fundraising activity.  Students will bowl during their gym classes.  Thanks for your help!
*NEW December AR “Book Buddy” recording sheets will be due January 2nd.  The goal for the month is 15 books.  Congratulations to all the boys and girls who met the goal for November!!  Keep up the great work and Keep Reading!! J
Monday, December 4th is Day 4 – Gym.  **Remember to wear sneakers and gym attire on Monday, December 4th and bring library books for exchange Day 8 on Friday, December 8th.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Weeks of November 20-December 1, 2017

Kindergarten News
**Wednesday, 11/22, is a school-wide dress down day.  **Participating students are required to bring a $1 donation!   Thank you for your support, donations,  and your participation in our month of caring dress down days. 
Monday, Nov. 20th will be Day 8—Library and book exchange, so be sure to pack your library book!  Tuesday, Nov. 21st will be gym class so wear sneakers and gym attire.  Wednesday, Nov. 22nd will be a NON-ROTATION day due to the monthly PBIS reward and Early Dismissal. **Please note the change from the monthly calendar. 
In Reading the next story will be Jack and the Beanstalk.  It is a modern fairy tale.  For Phonics, we will be reviewing letter Ii and its short and long sounds and learning the letter Bb and its sound as in boy and balloon.  We will be discussing more with realism and fantasy.  Keep practicing ALL high frequency words. 
**AR/Book Buddy recording sheets for November will be due back to school on Thursday, November 30th.  Any student who reaches the goal of 15 books will receive a Pizza Hut Book It slip and a treat from Mrs. Potts.
In Math, we will be finishing with Topic 2; Compare and Order Numbers 0-5.  Review the daily practice pages with your child, practice counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s and review 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.  We will begin Topic 3 after the holiday break.
The 1st Trimester will end on Tues. 11/21 and report cards for grades K-4 will be sent home on Friday, December 8th.  Keep in mind the report cards are standards-based.  Students were graded on the standards to met by the end of Kindergarten, so if your child scored Below Basic or Basic he/she will have until the end of Kindergarten to become Proficient, which is the desired “grade”.    (**At this point in time for Kindergarten, students are often being prompted and working on basic skills, and not yet ready for higher level thinking skills needed to be considered Advanced).   Proficient is our goal for mastery of concepts and skills.   If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Mrs. Potts @ apotts@northschuylkill.net or 570-874-3661, Ext. 3245.
On Tuesday, November 21st a letter to Santa will be coming home for you to complete with your child.  Please return this letter by Tuesday, November 28th.  The letters will be mailed at school and taken directly to Santa at the North Pole!  **Please be sure to address the envelope to SANTA and include a RETURN ADDRESS.
**We will continue preparing for “Thanksgiving”.  We will make a Thanksgiving bracelet and will also discuss being “thankful”.   Your little “Pilgrim” will be ready with a poem to feast on Turkey Day!! 
 There will be an early dismissal on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd @ 12:00.  (There will be NO Breakfast or snack or an encore class) School will be CLOSED Thurs., Nov. 23rd through Mon., Nov. 27th.  School will reopen on Tues., Nov. 28th and it will be Day 10Music class.  **Please note the change from the monthly calendar. 
The monthly PBIS reward will be Wednesday, November 22nd.  Students who earn 4 stamps for their reward ticket will rotate through 3 activities; help prepare cards and care packages for the veterans, complete obstacle courses in the gymnasium, and have “game” time in our room.  **For the game time, students who earned the reward are permitted to bring 1 game/toy/electronic device for use at REWARD game time.  (Please keep in mind that your child is responsible for the game/toy/electronic device and these items are not to be played with on the bus.)
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                          Best Wishes to everyone for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday!