Wise Owl Newsletter Sept. 29, 2014

Wise Owls Newsletter

September 29, 2014

 

Conferences

Please sign up on line!  Also, please send in the “goal setting conference” form that was attached to the curriculum night packet last Thursday!  Thank you!

Parent Volunteers

A list is attached to the email.  Please look over it and see if it will work out for you.  Again, I am just so excited to have you help in the classroom!  Thank you again!

Homework on Thursday

Homework is due this Thursday!  I hope it is going well! We are giving the kids time to do some IXL and spelling city in class too! Remember, please DO NOT take the text on spelling city at home as we will do that in class on Wednesday and/or Thursday!  Thank you!

Fieldtrips

Right now I have Jessica Young and Angela Bevel-Kohler going to the Rice Rock museum.  I can take two more chaperones.  Please let me know if you would like to go and send in $5.00.  Thank you!

Also, I have Shelley Ellet and one of the Stretcher parents going to the play on Nov. 5.  I can take 2 more parents.  Please let me know if you want to go and send in $9.00.  Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

Oct. 2: Homework Menu and spiral notebook due . New homework menu sent home.

Oct. 6, 7, and 8:  Conferences

Oct. 15:  Fieldtrip to Rice Rock Museum 8-12.

Nov. 5:  Fieldtrip to see the play Ivy and Bean at Newmark Theater in Portland 11-1:20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wise Owls Newsletter Sept. 22, 2014

Wise Owls Newsletter

September 22, 2014

Hi All!

What a great curriculum night!  I really enjoyed meeting all of you and going over what we will be doing in our classroom this year.  It is going to be a great year, especially as we work as a team!

Conferences

Please sign up on line!  Also, please send in the “goal setting conference” form that was attached to the curriculum night packet last Thursday!  Thank you!

Parent Helpers

Please send in the form on when you can help and what day!  I need to organize this!  Thank you!

Picture Day

Pictures will be taken this Wednesday, Sept. 24th so look nice!  An order form is coming home today in your child’s homework folder. Just send it in if you wish to order photos or order online!

Early Release

Our first early release is this Wednesday, Sept. 24th.  Please know that the students are released at 12:10 PM.  Lunch is served so bring it or buy it! 

IXL Math

Inside your curriculum packet was instructions on how to get on IXL math on my blog as well as your child’s individual log in information.  Please help them log in as they will need to practice logging in at school as well.  Please keep the log in information in a safe place.  Again, IXL informs me of how long your child was on line each week, what they did and whether they mastered the common core goal or not…so, do your homework!  This wonderful program goes along with our Common Core Goals and will be part of our homework.  Check it out before homework begins on Thursday!

Homework on Thursday

Homework will be sent home this Thursday.  It will be our very first day of homework besides our reading. Please look over the “homework menu” sheet.  Your child is to do ALL of the areas and you initial each.  It will make more sense when you see it on Thursday.  Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!   This week, I suggest getting a spiral notebook to do all of the homework in.  The notebook comes back each Thursday when the “homework menu” is due on Thursday, signed by you.  Your signature states that your child did all of the homework and that you checked it.  We can talk at conferences how the homework is going for you!

Fieldtrips

Please send in your fieldtrip permission slips (one yellow and one green) as soon as you can.  Please indicate if you would like to attend and I will let you know.  Each field trip needs a separate check made out to Stafford Primary School. Of course, cash is accepted too. Thank you to those who have already sent them in!

Ms. Barbour’s Snack basket

Our school counselor, Ms. Barbour, has a snack basket for those children that really need a snack and struggle to afford it.  We are asking for donations to this basket.  We are asking for healthy snacks, even fresh fruit if you have it!  Just send it in and we will add it to Ms. Barbour’s basket.  Of course, if your child truly forgets his/her snack (and just doesn’t want to eat because they don’t like what is packed), then we will let them get a snack from Ms. Barbour’s basket too.  Again, this is not a daily or weekly snack basket, but for those truly in need and those that truly forget their snack. Thank you for sending in snacks for others!  Your own child may need it sometime too!

Upcoming Dates:

Sept. 22, 2014:  Conference sign ups on line.

Sept. 24:  Picture Day (send in $ by Wednesday or pay online)

Sept. 24:  Early Release day at 12:10 PM. 

Sept. 25:  First Homework Menu.  Have a spiral notebook ready for this very first homework!

Oct. 2: Homework Menu and spiral notebook due . New homework menu sent home.

Oct. 6, 7, and 8:  Conferences

Oct. 15:  Fieldtrip to Rice Rock Museum 8-12. 

Nov. 5:  Fieldtrip to see the play Ivy and Bean at Newmark Theater in Portland 11-1:20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitten Match Math Game

     Kitten Match Math Game

This week, the Owls will be practicing math facts with the help of the Kitten Match Math Game. This game is designed to help students with addition math facts and is another fun way to support a variety of number combinations that will equal the given number. Look for the Arcademic Skill Builders link under Math on the blogroll. Kitten Match will be on the opening page. Families can join in on the fun with this 4-player game.

Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks

This week the Owls will be working with links on our classroom blog for homework. Tumblebooks is an online collection of picture books that can be read to students or that students can read to themselves.  Go to our classroom blog and look under the READING header on the leftside.  Look for the Tumblebooks link and begin enjoying stories online. These books can be counted as your home reading experience.  Enjoy reading!

Wise Owls Newsletter Sept. 15, 2015

Wise Owls Newsletter

September 15, 2014

Poetry/Song Book and Reading

Every Wednesday, instead of a book coming home, the poetry/song book will come home.  The kids put the poems in the folder themselves, so you may need to take it out and show them how to correctly put it in, folding the tabs down.  That would be very helpful to me.  Thank you.  This is a type of reading, just in poetry or song format.  Treat it like a book.  It is a good time to practice reading smoothly and with expression. Re-reading books leads to fluency and greater comprehension.

Some books will have words that require children to use their decoding strategies. ‘Sounding it out’ may work, but not all words are spelled phonetically! Too much sounding out can take focus away from the meaning of the selection. Here are some helpful cues that parents can give as a child is reading:

  • Be sure the child is pointing at the words!
  • Look at the picture.
  • Look at the beginning sound.
  • Say the beginning sound for the child.
  • Try to sound out the word letter by letter.
  • Re-read the first part of the sentence to the child or have child re-read.
  • Point out the book’s pattern.

Give the word if child is stumped or looking at all frustrated.

  • Take turns reading lines or pages or just read the book to the child, if it turns out to be too hard. Reading is not supposed to be painful for anyone!

ART

We are learning about the primary colors of yellow, cyan (blue), and magenta (red).  This is the terminology that artists use, so we will too!  Ask your child what secondary colors they made with these primary colors.  You will see their creations when you come to curriculum night this Thursday 

Blog

Yes!  I have one!  I would love to go paperless and put the newsletter on my blog only.  Check it out on the school website under my name, which is under “classrooms”.  Check out the websites on the right side of my blog.  We have been looking at Brainpop, Tumblebooks and Starfall, which are all under reading. You may look at it with your child too!  The user name for brainpop is:  minorp.  The password is :  brainpop.

Math

Wow!  We have been learning lots of ways to add!  When asked to add 2 numbers together such as 24 and 47, how do they do this?  Some kids add the ones first, then the tens and put them together. Some kids draw a picture of 24 things, then 47 and some kids know the algorithm (how we learned in school).  It is important for children to add in a way that makes sense to them.  Some vocabulary the children have been learning is “mathematical representation”… basically, how will you show your answer?  How will you prove it?  Will you draw a picture, write an equation, use tally marks, and count by tens? 

The children are using their SCHEMA, their brain to struggle and persevere (gain stamina) in solving problems in math as well as reading.  We will talk more about this Thursday at curriculum night.

Upcoming Dates:

Sept. 18:  Curriculum night 6-7:30

Sept. 24:  Early Release day at 12:10 PM. 

Oct. 6, 7, and 8:  Conferences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Reader!

Mystery Readers

What is a mystery reader? Mystery Readers are special guests who come to our classroom to read a story to students.  A mystery reader can be a parent, grandparent, relative, friend, sibling or educator.

When do mystery readers come to read?  A Mystery Reader emails me and we set up a flexible time that works for both of our schedules.

Why should I be a Mystery Reader? This is a great way to model your love for reading and enjoyment for books.  Ranchers will be thrilled with your surprise visit and to have a special story read to them.  We will discuss the author’s message after the story is read.

How does the Mystery Reading Program work?  The first step is to email me and we will confirm a time and date for you to visit. Start thinking about the book you would like to read to us.  A few days before you come to our classroom, please email 5 clues about yourself so we can try to guess who you are. Clues should be somewhat general and at the end be a bit more specific.

I’ll be anxiously awaiting your emails!

Fondly,

Angie Wise

wisea@wlwv.k12.or.us

Classroom Volunteers and Curriculum Night

Please mark your calendars for Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 18th.  When the times are determined for this very important evening, I will keep you informed.  I do hope all of our new 2014-2015 Owl parents can attend. You won’t want to miss the second grade overview of curriculum, classroom events and the explanation of home teams. I do hope to see you there!

Parent Volunteers have begun  helping during the first few weeks before our official sign-up at Curriculum Night. Many hands help keep the Owls vibrant and exciting.  If you are able to volunteer in early September, please email me the times you are available. Your dedication and support of our students continue to amaze all of us at Stafford. You are greatly appreciated!

Wise Owls Newsletter September 8, 2014

The Wise Owls Newsletter

Wise Owl

September 8, 2014

Hi Everyone!

What a great first week we’ve had!  The students are writing, thinking logically in math and learning about telling time, checking books out of our classroom library as well as writing about their favorite books, doing lots of art and most importantly, learning about each other. Great job kids! 

Reading

There are several components to reading and the major one is getting books in kids’ hands.  I started a checkout system of my personal books the first day.  The students find a book that may be too easy, just right, or too hard and take it home.  This is THEIR choice of books.  This is not necessarily books that we have read, but are books they are interested in.  I want the kids to WANT to look at books, to read books.  This self-selection helps.  I do need your help in making sure they read the book or it is read to them.  Please sign the form that is on the inside of the envelope and send it back each day with the book.  We are building independence and self-confidence by having your child be in charge of their selection and checkout.  If the book is TOO EASY, then practice reading with FLUENCY!  Read with expression, enthusiasm, sadness, whatever the punctuation or pictures require.   Too easy books are the perfect book to practice fluency.  If the book is Too Hard, then “read” the pictures together and you read the words to your child.   Second graders should be reading the books by themselves, so if they are not, it is too hard.  Please send it back to me with a note!  Thank you!

The goal is to check out books that are “Just Right”.  The children are starting to learn this system, but it does take a lot of time.  I will also go over all of this at Curriculum night!

 

Lunch

Lunch has gone quite smoothly in the MPR room.  I do want to remind parents that this is a great time to discuss healthy lunch and snack choices as well as not wasting food.  I am teaching the students about reducing and reusing.  If they bring home their ziplock, teach them how to wash it out and reuse it another time!  We will be learning all about ecosystems and how we, as humans, have to help the animals in the world…so let’s do our part and reduce the amount of trash in our lunches and snacks.  Buy in bulk and help save the animals!  Thank you for your help on this so early in your child’s life.

Water bottles

Please make sure your child has a water bottle at school every day.  With the weather getting hotter and hotter and no air conditioning in our school, they really need to drink water in order to concentrate.  Thank you!

Curriculum Night

September 18 is curriculum night from 6-7:15.  This is for you, the parents to come to.  Please get a sitter for your child so that you can come learn about what your child will be learning this year at school!  Thank you.  We will meet in the gym first, so I will see you there!

Scholastic books

A great way to get your children reading is to have books for them to read!  Please check out the Scholastic book orders I sent home last week.  If you would like to buy some books, please mark the back of the form, send a check in made out to “Scholastic” and I will order them for you!  Thank you!  These are due Sept. 10th

Items Needed

As you might have heard or realized from my newsletters, I love art!  We will be doing a Van Gogh sunflower art project.  If you have any sunflowers in your garden and don’t mind picking one, please send one or two in.  It’s always better looking at the real thing!  Thank you!

Recess

Ms. Freeborn has asked that everyone have a conversation with the children about behavior on the playground.  What is expected and what is unexpected behavior?  The three questions I ask the children are:

  1. Is it safe?
  2. Is it kind?
  3. Is it respectful?

If it is not one of these, then please do not do or say it.  Please, please, have daily conversations with your child about how to “act” and “be” while on the playground.  This is the time of day when I am not outside with the children, but other adults are.  At lunch recess we have 175 first and second graders outside at the same time.  We do not want any unexpected behaviors to happen, but expected behaviors.  Thank you in advance for being proactive about recess and great behavior!

It’s going to be a great second week of school! 

Fondly,

Angie Wise

wisea@wlwv.k12.or.us