Friday, March 15, 2019

Week of March 18-22, 2019

Hello Families,
Spring is almost here! We have been having a great time in room 4 with lots of reading, writing, and math. I am impressed every day with the work your children are doing. Please remember to keep reading with them and having them read to you every day.

Here is what's coming up:

March 18-22: shortened days. I will walk the class to lunch at 11:40. They can eat lunch until 12, or you can pick them up at 11:40.

Thursday 3/21: Phoebe's Got Talent, 5:30pm at Sutter Middle School.

Friday 3/29: Last Friday of the month free dress

Language Arts
Next week kids will take a comprehension test and we will begin unit 7, "Holidays and Celebrations". In this unit students read and compare slections about different holdays and celebrations around the world. The essential question we will refer to after each story is, "Why do we celebrate people and events?"

Math
Next week we will begin working on subtraction from numbers to 8. We will begin using drawings to find how many are left in stories and move to using subtraction equations.

THANK YOU!
Thanks to all of the parents who chaperoned our Folsom Zoo trip! The kids enjoyed themselves and loved talking about what they learned about the animals.

Report cards will go home at the end of this week! If, after looking through your child's report card you have any questions or concerns, please schedule a conference with me! I am happy to meet with everone.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Week of March 4-8, 2019

We've been busy reading, sharing, and writing, writing, writing!
Spring is almost here, and your kids have come so far. 

Here is what we have coming up:

Important Dates:
3/5-3/8 Dr. Seuss spirit week. 

Monday: Daisy Head Mayzie – Crazy Hair Day
Tuesday: Oh, Places You Will Go – Wear a shirt from your favorite place you’ve been or want to go to (vacation or college)
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday – Wear mismatched clothes, backwards or inside-out
Thursday: Fox in Socks – Wear your wacky socks
Friday: Cat in the Hat – Twin Day

As with all spirit days, these are totally optional, and if your child chooses not to participate s/he should wear a school uniform.

3/13: Folsom Zoo field trip. Please send your child with a bag lunch. We will eat at the park next to the zoo before returning to school

3/21: Phoebe's Got Talent school talent show at Sutter Middle School in the evening.


Language Arts
We are currently working on reading stories with a message or that teach a lesson. The kids are practicing identifying story elements such as characters, setting, key events, and the author's message.
We will finish up opinion paragraphs explaining why we would rather ice skate or go sledding.
We will focus on the /g/ sound in phonics lessons.

Math
This week we will continue working with compostions and decompositions of numbers to 10. Look for the number bonds to lead into word problems and equations in the homework.

Thank you for reading! 


Friday, February 22, 2019

Week of February 25-March 1, 2019

Hello families,
What a week of work we've had! The kids are becoming very independent, motivated little learners. It's wonderful to see!

Here's what we have coming up:

Important Dates

Wednesday, March 13: Folsom Zoo field trip, 9:00-12:30. The permission slip and chaperone volunteer form for this will go home on Monday. I am going to give priority to those parents who have not yet chaperoned a filet trip. Thanks for understanding.

March 18-22: Minimum days for parent/teacher conferences. Kindergarten dismissal is at 11:40 all week. Conferences are scheduled only as needed. I will send conference notices through email February 28th. If you do not get an email, this indicates your child is performing at or above grade level. However, if you are interested in a conference I am happy to meet! Just send me an email after the 28th.

Thursday, March 21: Phoebe's Got Talent school talent show at Sutter Middle School in the evening. Our very own Aryana will be performing!

Language Arts
This week we wrapped up our unit about technology at home and school. Monday we will begin unit 6, Stories Have a Message. We will explore the essential question, "How do we know what is right?" and we will read many stories to determine their message and compare the messages of different stories.
In writing we are working on sharing opinions. The kids will finish a paragraph explaining which they prefer: sledding or ice skating.
This week we will also celebrate everyting Dr. Seuss and rhyming. If you have Dr. Seuss books at home, your kids are welcome to bring them in to share with the class. Please be sure to clearly label all books with names.

Math
This week our focus is the decompostion of 6, 7, and 8 into number pairs. The kids are doing well with taking the homework each day. Thanks for helping them with organization!

Thanks for reading! Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Week of January 28-February 1, 2019

We had another super week in Room 4. Be sure to come in and check out everyone's resolutions for 2019. They are hanging on the windows in the classroom and they're fabulous!

Here is what we have coming up:

Important Dates

Monday, 2/11: NO SCHOOL; Lincoln's Birthday

Wednesday, 2/13: the 100th day of school. The kids are super excited to celebrate the number 100 and everything they have learned so far this year! During the days leading up to this the kids will have two extra homework assignments: First, they will need to bring in a collection of 100 items displayed in a creative way. They can get as creative as they want with this! I shared some ideas and showed them past projects, so they should be getting their own ideas and starting to work on their projects. These are due no later than Friday, february 8. On the 100th day they will share their collection.
Second, I sent home ziploc baggies with kids' names on them. They will need to count 100 of some household item, put them in the bag and bring it to school . We will be using these for a few lessons while we count down to day 100. These are also due on or before the 8th.

We additionally need a few food items for this day for our 100th day trail mix.  There is a sign-up for this in the back of the classroom. Thanks to those who have signed up!

Finally, we would love to have some extra parent help for our centers time on the 100th day (Wed, Feb 13th) from 8 until about 9. Sign up in the back of room 4!

Thursday, 2/14 Valentine's day. We will have a small celebration after lunch. Kids can bring in Valentine cards for the class, but I ask that they only write their names rather than writing who each card is for. This eliminates A LOT of unnecessary confusion

Monday 2/18: NO SCHOOL; Presidents' Day Holiday

Language Arts

We are into our  unit about technology at school and home. We've read some stories that have led to some good discussions about technology and why people use it. This week we will read about technology in the past and now.
Our letter focus this week is the short u sound as in umbrella. We will work on writing, reading and spelling words with this sound.

Math
This week we will wrap up module 3 on comparison of length, weight, capacity, and numbers to 10.

Thanks for reading! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Week of January 21-25, 2019

Hello families! January is flying by and I haven't updated our newsletter in quite some time. We've been learning and working happily these past couple of weeks. Please read on to see what we have coming up:

If anyone can help with centers this Wednesday 1/23 from 8am until 8:50 please let me know!

Important Dates

Monday 1/21: No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr day. Enjoy the holiday!


Monday, 2/11: NO SCHOOL; Lincoln's Birthday

Wednesday, 2/13: the 100th day of school. The kids are super excited to celebrate the number 100 and everything they have learned so far this year! During the days leading up to this the kids will have two extra homework assignments: First, they will need to bring in a collection of 100 items displayed in a creative way. They can get as creative as they want with this! On Tuesday I will share some ideas with the kids, so they can start thinking about their project. These are due no later than Friday, february 8. On the 100th day they will share their collection.
Second, this week I will send home ziploc baggies with kids' names on them. They will need to count 100 of some household item, put them in the bag and bring it to school . We will be using these for a few lessons while we count down to day 100.
We additionally need a few food items for this day for our 100th day trail mix.  I will have a sign up sheet for this in the back of the classroom beginning next week.

Thursday, 2/14 Valentine's day. We will have a small celebration after lunch. Kids can bring in Valentine cards for the class, but I ask that they only write their names rather than writing who each card is for. This eliminates A LOT of unnecessary confusion

Monday 2/18: NO SCHOOL; Presidents' Day Holiday

Phoebe's Got Talent--school talent show. Please see below from Mr. Henrickson, our talent show guy:

Attached is the tryout/information form for Phoebe’s Got Talent 2019 which includes three important dates; our show is open to all students K-6.  We have amazing and talented students, and the show is a lot of fun! Students will tryout during lunch in the library; after the forms have been collected, we will put out a tryout schedule.  As we make the difficult decision of who makes the show, we don’t expect a finished product for the initial tryout.  The tryouts usually last 1-2 minutes, and we are looking for organization and potential.  The key to making the show is the ability to demonstrate energy, enthusiasm, and fun! 

The show takes place on the stage at Sutter Middle School in front of a couple hundred people.  Will the act translate in that setting?  How can you make your act bigger? Louder? More energetic? That is what we are looking for! 

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

Thanks.
Mr. Henrikson

Room 5

Homework Update
From now on kids will have fewer pages to complete each night with the expectation they put forth more effort on the pages they do have. They will continue to have daily math pages, which correspond to that day's teaching. Language arts pages will for the most part be writing pages. Kids will get two writing pages per week that they can break up any way they'd like. They should do their personal best on each of these writing pages. They should continue to sound out words. Phonetic spelling is what we are all about, so don't worry about spelling! As long as there are spaces between each word I can read kinder writing.

Language Arts 
This week kids will take a (listening) comprehension test as we finish our 4th language arts unit on authors and storytelling.
We will begin unit 5, in which we will be reading and learing about technology at home and school.

Math
This week we will work on making sets with one more and one less than a given set and continue to work on comparing numbers. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions and/or concerns!
Thanks for reading, everyone!


Friday, December 14, 2018

Week of December 17-21, 2019

Hi Families,
I can't believe it's the last school week of 2018! We will be busy this week finishing up our projects and work for the year.

Here is what we have coming up:

Important Dates
12/17-21: Spirit week! Please note the spirit days are totally optional. If your child does not participate he/she should wear a school uniform.

Monday: pajama day
Tuesday: festive socks (wear with school uniform)
Wednesday: ugly sweaters
Thursday: holiday hats, antlers, elf ears, headbands (wear with school uniform)
Friday: Holiday colors/free dress

Thursday, 12/20: Classroom holiday celebration, 11:35-12:40. If you'd like to come or send something in for this, please contact our room parent Kate Alves. All are welcome to come in and help!

Language Arts
This week we will finish our work with the short o sound and begin working on the /k/ sound for c.
New sight words: play, little
We will continue learning about storytelling and why people tell stories.

Math
This week we will wrap up weight and begin working on capacity.

Thank you for reading! Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Week of December 10-14, 2018

Hello Families!
So far in Room 4, December has been all about working and giving and helping others. Hopefully your child told you a little bit about the family we have adopted for our school's December charity drive. You will find more information about them and what to give below.

Here is what we have coming up:

Important Dates

Thursday, 12/20: Room 4 Winter Celebration, 11:35-12:40. An email from Kate our room parent went out about this earlier in the week. We would love lots of parent volunteers for this; all are welcome!

Week of 12/17-12/21: Holiday Spirit week. The spirit day themes are as follows--

Monday Dec 17 – Pajama Day
Tuesday Dec 18 – Festive Socks
Wednesday Dec 19 – Ugly sweaters
Thursday Dec 20 – Holiday hats, antlers, elf ears and headbands
Friday Dec 21 – Holiday colors/Free Dress


Please note these spirit days are TOTALLY OPTIONAL and kids should wear uniforms if they choose not to participate. On Tuesday and Thursday they should wear uniforms with their festive socks and head gear.

Friday, 1/11: Kinder filed trip to the Sacramento Theater Company production of Mary Poppins Jr. We will leave at 9:45 am and return at about 12:15pm. Please return the permission form no later than Wednesday 12/12. We can only take 5 chaperones on this trip. I will give first priority to those who did not attend the pumpkin patch trip. Thank you for understanding.


Camp Fire Victims Charity Drive
Our family is adopting the Custer family this season. I have included some information about them to help you when deciding what to give.
Subreena Custer (mom)
Caliegh (2)
Wyatt (10 months)
Subreena is pregnant with a baby boy and due on January 15th.
This family lost their home and vehicle in the Camp Fire. They would appreciate gift cards for food and money (Visa gift cards, etc) to help them find a new place to live and a new car.

The class and I brainstormed ideas about what to get this family. We thought gift cards for Wal-Mart, Target, grocery stores, and/or Amazon would be good ideas. We also thought they may appreciate some gifts like new books for young children. Of course, we appreciate anything you and your family can give.
Together the class and I will be writing letters to the Custers and we will decorate a box with all of your donations. If you're out and about this weekend please pick up a gift card for the Custers. Thank you for your generosity.

Language Arts
This week we begin a new comprehension unit on authors and the stories they write.
We will focus on the short o sound and practice the new sight words he and has.
We will write an informational paragraph about how to stay warm in the cold.

Math
This week we continue the measurement unit with weight. We will use balance scales during our lessons to compare weight and then to find equal weights.

Thanks for reading everyone! Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.