Saturday, April 25, 2015

Week of April 27-May 1, 2015

Kindergarten News 

For Reading we will begin the story The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.  It is a classic fantasy story, and we will be talking about how trains move.  We will be learning more about short /u/ sound and the comprehension skill, plot.  Watch for your new Family Times newsletter on Monday.

In Math, we will finish up with Topic 11 Decomposing Numbers 11-19 and begin working with Topic 12 Measurement.  In Topic 12 we will be comparing objects by length, height, capacity, and weight.  Review the new math words; longer, shorter, as tall as, taller, and lighter.

The last round of DIBELS testing will begin this week.  Students will be tested on many of the same skills as they were at the mid-year testing.  Review blending sounds to read nonsense words and break words apart into the individual sounds, or phonemes and practice letter naming --all for 1 minute times.  Kindergarten is scheduled for Wednesday, 4/29 and Thursday, 4/30.

At the beginning of May the Reading teachers will test each child for an End-of-the-year Kindergarten test.  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 of the alphabet, and be able to write as many words correctly in 10 minutes.  (HINT:  word families provide lots of words)  Please try at home to work on some of the areas to be tested to ensure that your child is fully prepared. 

            Pink order forms for our Kindergarten Graduation DVD were sent home in your child’s folder.  **Please return it to your child’s teacher no later than Thursday, April 30thEven if you are NOT ordering, please return the form so Mrs. Potts knows who does or does not have PERMISSION to be in the DVD.  PLEASE NOTE:  NO orders will be taken after May 1st in order to have the DVDs by the end of school.  **Each DVD will be $10 (CASH ONLY).

Students in the upper grades will be taking the PSSA tests again this week.  Kindergarten’s schedule will be switched around. There will be NON ROTATION /NO SPECIAL CLASSES on T-W 4/28-4/29.  Please talk to your child about being quiet while in the hallways during testing days!! 

Congratulations to all students who successfully completed their United States’ reports!  It was a fun and educational way to learn about some of the “Fifty Nifty United States”.  **Thank you to all the parents who helped “prepare” the boys and girls for their second oral report.

Wednesday, April 29th will be the NSE annual ART SHOW for grades K-6 in the cafeteria and the Science Fair for Grade 6 in the gymnasium.  Both events will take place from 4-6 PM.  All are invited and encouraged to attend!

            FYI:  “A Child’s View” insert for Kindergarten will be printed with the Thursday, April 30th edition of the Republican and Herald newspaper.  Our class’s entries and photo were included in this special edition!!!

            NSE PTO will be having a Scholastic Book Fair from Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 9th.  Students will shop during their scheduled Library day.  There will also be a Parent Shopping Night on Monday, May 4th from 4-7 pm. 

            If your child plays baseball for an organized team, then please do not have your child wear his/her team cap to school.  We do not want the caps to get lost or forgotten at school, resulting in your child missing his/her cap for a game.  Thank you!!!
Monday, April 27th will be Day 1 – Computers.  Don’t forget library books for exchange on Friday, May 1st.

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