Ms. Batte’s Kindergarten News For the Week of August 26 - 30, 2013 Important Dates Classroom News Please turn in your child’s class t-shirt order form Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day ASAP! You are more than welcome to make (NO SCHOOL) payments on the shirt as you are able, but we need to know the sizes so that the order can be placed. Tuesday, September 3rd – Student-led Parent/Teacher Conferences (NO Don’t forget to join Planet K-8! Just visit SCHOOL) www.planetk8.com to register! This cool site allows me to send out instant notifications and/or (Be on the lookout for a note in your reminders to you via e-mail or text message (your child’s folder concerning sign-ups for choice!) Conference Day times!) Please visit and “follow” our Classroom Website— http://msbatteskiddos.blogspot.com! You can “follow” by e-mail or through Google Plus and Twitter, if you have a Google or Twitter account. Look along the right-hand side of the site to find the “follow” links. If you “follow” our site, you will be alerted every time a new post is made. I post info and/or pictures a couple times each week. You can also find fun learning websites for your child to “play” on at home, as well as printable Birthdays copies of the newsletter and calendar, and more info on the stories that we read each week. Javien – 5th Thank you to Roger’s, Bailey’s, Kenslee’s, Cale’s, Drevan – 14th and Isabella’s parents for sending in a snack this Daniel – 27th week! Literacy Tip: Practice makes perfect!!! Please continue to have your child practice writing their name at home. Make sure they are holding their pencils correctly, starting from the top to form each letter, and that they are only capitalizing the first letter in their name. Also, help them to practice recognizing their names in print! Ms. Jen Batte E-mail: email@example.com Watt Hardison Elem. Webpage: http://msbatteskiddos.blogspot.com 300 Gibson Street Portland, TN 37148 (615) 325-3233 Lunch Menu What We’re Learning Monday: Pizza or Chicken Parmesan; parsley potatoes, green beans, Mandarin Reading: Our Read Aloud Book this week will be Building with Dad, written by Carol Nevius and illustrated by Bill Thomson. It falls into oranges, and fresh melon cup the category of Realistic Fiction. In this story, Dad is helping to build a Tuesday: Chicken Nuggets or Salisbury new school, and his son tags along to watch the progress. They see lots Steak; creamed potatoes, broccoli w/ of machines at work: a dump truck, a backhoe, an earthmover, a giant cheese sauce, diced peach cup, and fresh grader, a steamroller, a cement mixer, a crane, and more. The building is pear slices finished just in time for the first day of school! Wednesday: Ham & Cheese Sandwich or Our Informational Text this week will be What Makes a Family?, by BBQ Chicken; baked beans, oven fries, Pam Munoz Ryan. This book is about different families and the things Romaine salad, watermelon chunks, and they do together. grapes We will be working on the following skills this week: rhyming words, Thursday: Nachos or Chicken Fajitas; reading with expression, identifying the main idea of a story, summarizing refried beans, corn, taco trimmings, fresh a story, identifying people as nouns, and learning to classify and strawberries, and bananas categorize 'family' words. Friday: Chicken Sliders or Pork Chop w/ Gravy; seasoned carrots, pinto beans, High-Frequency Word: I pineapple tidbits, and blueberries & kiwi Oral Vocabulary Words (Building with Dad): cranes, crew, gleaming, mechanic, outlining, and solid Selection Vocabulary Words (What Makes a Family?): celebrate, family, memories, and include Math: Our first topic in Math will be Sorting. This week we will learn to sort by color, size, and shape. We will also learn to sort by more than one attribute. A pretest to assess prior knowledge will be administered on Monday. We will conclude our unit on Sorting on Friday, and will assess the students’ grasp of the concept next Monday, before Related Arts progressing to the next unit of study. We will spiral back to Sorting often, so please continue to encourage your child to practice at home! They Schedule could sort their toys, help sort and put away groceries, or even help sort the laundry, for example! Week D Monday: Library Important Info Tuesday: P.E. Your child should have brought home a packet of nightly homework today that is aligned to our new Common-Core State Standards (the exact standards will be indicated on Wednesday: Art the homework). Each night’s worth of homework should take no longer than 5-10 minutes. You can do it all in one Thursday: Music night or a little each night, as fits your family’s schedule. Please return the finished packets the following Monday. Friday: Guidance Make sure that the work is your child’s work, please, and not your own or that of an older sibling! Thank you for your support and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! E-mail works best (the address is on **Please make sure that your the front page of this newsletter, at the bottom!), especially child wears tennis shoes on P.E. after school hours—it comes straight to my phone and I do days! my best to answer promptly.