News from Ms. Thole!

27 Nov 2017

Communication / Robocalls: Unfortunately, we have no access to make Robocalls until all parents have signed the letter shared at Report Card Pick-Up and Sonia has a chance to enter each one – one by one. Also (and most importantly), let parents know that we cannot use Robocalls as a form of communication until we receive letters.

Please let me know if you need a form. They were passed out at report card pick up.

Parents and students interested in picture make-ups will have the option on Tuesday, November 28.

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  • Please submit the $14.50 payment and field trip form for our trip to the CSO, scheduled on December 1st. Thanks so much to the families who have contributed extra $ for students in need.
  • Please send a healthy snack in for 25 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes. Please try to send gluten free and peanut free snacks to accommodate our students with allergies.
  • Would you like to come in and share your family’s holiday tradition? Please send me an email if you are interested in sharing artifacts or foods that are unique to your family during the winter season. I would like to schedule families to share at the end of the day (3pm?)

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read The Dot. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: which, if, their, each, about

Vocabulary Words: swirly, studied, glued, ruler, blank

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. Students will finish up their narrative stories with attention on adding feelings and close end endings. At the end of the week, students will publish and submit a piece of writing to turn in as an assessment.

MATH

This week, we will learn the frames and arrows routine. We will start our math message mini-books. These books will provide a warm-up and entry point into the daily lesson. Students will also practice adding using the number grid. Students will also practice skip counting and adding on using the calculators.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will discuss family traditions. We will read a Time for Kids: Animal Helpers. In science we will make a table fiddle and book fiddle and learn more about how vibrations create sound. We will make a drop chamber and practice identifying sounds of various objects.

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12:00-12:10 Nicolai

12:10-12:20 Kennedy

12:20-12:30 Ava

12:30-12:40 Michelle

12:40-12:50 Khloe

 

1:00-1:10 Kristell

1:10-1:20 Yubie

1:20-1:30 Zeynie

1:30-1:40 David

1:40-1:50 Gabi

 

2:00-2:10 Jonathan

2:10-2:20 Ahrayah

2:20-2:30 Serenity

2:30-2:40 Favour

2:40-2:50 _________________________________________

 

3:00-3:10 Ivy

3:10-3:20 Anwar

3:20-3:30 Jacobi

3:30-3:40 Michael

3:40-3:50 Aila

 

4:00-4:10 Nico

4:10-4:20 Leif

4:20-4:30 Ayden

4:30-4:40__________________________________________

4:40-4:50__________________________________________

 

5:00-5:10__________________________________________

5:10-5:20__________________________________________

5:20-5:30__________________________________________

5:30-5:40 Ian

5:40-5:50__________________________________________

 

 

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  • Please check your time slot for report card pickup using the following link http://signup.com/go/gdKHgBb. I will also post the schedule on the class blog. Please be timely and I will do my best to keep to the schedule. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me prior to Wednesday. Also, your child’s grades are always available to check on parent portal. If you need to sign up, please contact the office for your child’s ID number.
  • Please provide a healthy snack for 25 students if you have not done so…or it’s been a while. Thank you to all of the families that have contributed.
  • As a reminder, we celebrate birthdays with healthy snacks or treat bags students can take home. If you are interested in having your child celebrate their birthday at school, please contact me in advance.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Giraffes Can’t Dance. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will be assessed on their understanding of these concepts using a 3 prompt open response assessment at the end of the week. This quarter our books of the week will focus on the growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: how, out, them, then, many

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. Last week we planned our writing and this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end. Students will use this process to write at least three stories before the unit’s end.

MATH

This week, we will do more counting on the number line to add and subtract. We will revisit using the number grid to skip count and add and subtract. Your child should be comfortable with counting by 5s and 10s to 100. We will learn a new routine called frames and arrows. This routine asks children to find the “rule” or pattern in a set of numbers.

SCIENCE

We will begin our next unit on Sound and Light.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions. We will read a Time for Kids: Celebrating American Indian Life.

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  • Please sign up for a slot at report card pickup using the following link http://signup.com/go/gdKHgBb. You can also sign up by designating your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice on the sign-up sheet found in your child’s BEE folder. Report card pick up is scheduled Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 12pm-6pm. If you cannot make any of the times listed, please contact me and we can schedule an alternative time.
  • Please provide a healthy snack for 25 students if you have not done so…or it’s been a while. Thank you to all of the families that have contributed.
  • As a reminder, we celebrate birthdays with healthy snacks or treat bags students can take home. If you are interested in having your child celebrate their birthday at school, please contact me in advance.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will be assessed on their understanding of these concepts using a 3 prompt open response assessment at the end of the week. This quarter our books of the week will focus on the growth mind set and perserverence.

Sight Words: some, these, would, other, into

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. Last week we planned our writing and this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end. Students will use this process to write at least three stories before the unit’s end.

MATH

This week, we will continue to work on number stories. Students will use the number line to practice adding and subtracting and skip counting. We will play Roll and Total, Domino Top-It and High Roller.

SCIENCE

We will wrap up our unit on Patterns in the Sky. We will read How Many Stars in the Sky? We will begin our next unit on Sound and Light.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will read our first edition of Time Magazine and learn about Veterans Day. We will start to discuss family traditions.

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  • Please send in a reproduction of a photo of a family member or pet that has passed away for our Day of the Dead altar.
  • Our trip to the farm is scheduled for tomorrow. Don’t forget to pack a bagged lunch for your child and dress warmly for the weather. We will be outside most of the day. If you are coming along to volunteer, please arrive no later than 9 am.
  • Please do not send your child to school in costume on Tuesday.
  • Consider keeping a spare set of clothes for your child in his/her book bag or at school on the closet hook. Accidents can happen on the playground…think mud and sometimes children can have accidents if they don’t make it to the washroom.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read several books with a farm/pumpkin theme in preparation for our trip to the Children’s Farm. We will read All Pigs are Beautiful, Big Chickens, Picking Apples and Pumpkins, Pumpkin Soup, and The Pumpkin Book. We will identify if the books are fiction or non-fiction and sight evidence from the text.

Sight Words: what, all, ,were, we, when, had, by, word, but, not

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. Last week we planned our writing and this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end.

MATH

This week, we will continue to work on number stories. Students will play domino top-it to practice using the part-part-total diagram. We will make up come of our own stories using the school carnival posters in the math journal. We will have exploration day where we focus on matching pairs, length and exploring counting a collection of pennies.

SCIENCE

We will begin to wrap up our unit on Patterns in the Sky. We will learn The Earth’s Hokey Pokey and read How Many Stars in the Sky?

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. We will read our first edition of Scholastic News and learn about Veterans Day.

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  • Thank you to Leif’s family and Favour’s family for their classroom donations.
  • Thank you to the families of Nicolai, Michael and Kristell for donating to the Donor’s Choose grant. Our new books will arrive this week.
  • Please send in a reproduction of a photo of a family member or pet that has passed away for our Day of the Dead altar. We will begin displaying photos this week.
  • Our trip to the farm is scheduled next Tuesday. Don’t forget to pack a bagged lunch for your child and dress for the weather.
  • Please do not send your child to school in costume on Tuesday.
  • Consider keeping a spare set of clothes for your child in his/her book bag or at school on the closet hook. Accidents can happen on the playground…think mud and sometimes children can have accidents if they don’t make it to the washroom.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Pumpkin Town and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will make predictions while reading and encourage students to infer what might happen beyond the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will celebrate our writing on today at our first Writing Celebration. We will start our second unit of writing that continues in the theme of narrative texts, but asks students to dig deeper into the small moments of their stories by adding details and feelings.

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 2 assessments. Please help your child prepare by completing the review sheet together. We will start unit 3 and work on more number stories. I will introduce the parts and totals diagram.

SCIENCE

We will review the phases of the moon using oreo cookies! We will discuss the four seasons and read two non-fiction books about the seasons and the sun.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want. We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos We will complete our skeleton artwork.

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  • Thank you to all of the families that participated in the first PTO fundraiser!
  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Let me know if you would like to chaperone. Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • I have just posted a new Donor’s Choose project for more books to add to our classroom read aloud collection. The books feature more characters of color, female characters and diverse families. On October 18th and 19th all donations will be matched. I am hopeful we can get this project funded within the week! Thanks!

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read StellaLuna and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will compare and contrast bats to birds and add some bat art during Daily 5.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  We select a piece of writing for publication this week. Students will make sure the story has three parts, beginning, middle and end and at least one sentence and corresponding picture on each page. We will celebrate our writing on Friday at our first Writing Celebration.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will explore change to more and change to less diagrams and also work with mystery numbers (missing addends) in number stories.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means. We will read a non fiction book about stars and find out what students already know using a KWL chart.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want. We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

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Happy Indigenous People’s Day!! (What I would like to see us change Columbus Day title to)

  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Let me know if you would like to chaperone. Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.

WORD STUDY
all, does, here, me, my, who

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Scarecrow and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  We will begin a brief “author’s chair share” as time allows in which students will read their writing to the group voluntarily.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week we will discuss family needs and wants and how this varies from family to family with some things in common.

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  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Thanks to all of the volunteers that have signed up to help in our classroom. Please consider volunteering in the lunchroom, if you can’t make a weekly commitment.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $30 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.
  • I will be absent Monday 10/2. I will attend a PD on Guided Reading instruction. Thanks to Nicolai’s mom for helping to update the BEE folders.
  • I will use the DOJO app only for class stories and messaging. Please confirm the sign up process through the email link I sent. If you did not receive an email, please email me at hahall@cps.edu\

WORD STUDY

I will group the students according to our first Words their Way spelling assessment. Students will begin to work on a targeted spelling skill.

Sight Words: with, his, they, at, be

Children will be assessed monthly on word recognition only. Please have your child practice spelling these words if they can already read the words.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Harry the Dirty Dog and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: chute, furious, dash, scrub

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation. We will work on listening to a partner share and also using the ABC chart and word wall for spelling.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10. We will have an exploration day on Wednesday and will play subtraction BINGO, rock, paper, scissors and tally items in the classroom.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. I will also assess what students already know about the phases of the moon

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up. We will share what we like to do with our families and where our families live.

 

 

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I hope every family had a wonderful weekend. Ugh. I am super ready for some cool fall weather…

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • The first PTO meeting is this Tuesday, 9/26 at 6pm. Pizza and childcare provided. Please attend.
  • The volunteer schedule will be available at this week. If you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis, please sign up.  Please also consider volunteering in the lunchroom and during lunch recess. If you intend on volunteering, you need to fill out a volunteer packet prior to volunteering.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.
  • I will be absent Monday 10/2. I will attend a PD on Guided Reading instruction. Please understand if the BEE folders are not updated.
  • I will use the DOJO app only for class stories and messaging. Please confirm the sign up process through the email link I sent. If you did not receive an email, please email me at hahall@cps.edu

WORD STUDY

I will group the students according to our first Words their Way spelling assessment. Students will begin to work on a targeted spelling skill.

Sight Words: was, for, on, are, as

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Rainbow Fish and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: glide, admire, wise, shimmer, shocked

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation.

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 1 assessment. The assessment will deal with thermometers, weather, number stories and tally marks.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up. We will share the roles of the different members on the family

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Week 3 and we are off to a terrific start!

This week we will continue to reinforce routines and procedures with daily practice. A few notes for the week:

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • School begins promptly at 8:45 am and ends at 3:45 pm. If you anticipate being late, please call the school. Also, please note that I will begin escorting the children in at 8:40 am.
  • Please return all forms that have been sent home: emergency contact, student information and lunch form.
  • The volunteer schedule will be available by the end of this week on the classroom blog. If you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis, please contact me. Volunteers will begin the following Tuesday, 10/3.  Please also consider volunteering in the lunchroom and during lunch recess. If you intend on volunteering, you need to fill out a volunteer packet prior to volunteering.
  • Please send donations of healthy snacks for 25 students.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee

This week in reading we will read Enemy Pie and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. The students will review the sounds for short i, b and g. We will also review the sound of s at the end of words. We will continue to learn about the 5 literacy activities that are part of our “Daily 5”. So far we have explored Read to Self and Work on Writing. This week we will add on Read to Someone. The students will work on stretching words, drawing hard to make ideas and using both pictures and words in writing workshop. We will learn the poem Six Little Ducks. In math we will learn about thermometers, weather, number stories and use several math tools as part of an exploration day. In science we will look closely at the sun, the moon and Earth. In social studies we will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up.

I will begin to assess the students’ reading levels using leveled word lists and the citywide NWEA assessment.

Have a great week!

 

Monday, 9/18 Tuesday, 9/19 Wednesday,9/20 Thursday, 9/21 Friday, 9/22
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