Newsletter for the Week of October 21-25_ 2013 by JenBatte


									                                                                           Ms. Batte’s
                                                                  For the Week of October 21 - 25,

   Important Dates                                 Classroom News
  Thursday, October 24th – Blood
    Drive, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.;
                                                  Our Fall Party will be on Friday, November 1st at 1:30
    Health Fair/5th Grade Music                    p.m. Ms. Turner traditionally allows the K-2 students
      Program, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.                    to dress up in their costumes on this day and we have
                                                   a parade throughout the school. I will send more
  Friday, October 25th – Crazy Cap                 info home as I receive it to verify that this is still her
         Day for “Cc Week”                         intention. I will be out of town on this day (my baby
                                                   brother is getting married in Madison, Mississippi!)
     Wednesday, October 30th –                     and am in need of parents to assist our sub on this
        Pancakes in Pajamas!                       day! Let me know if you are available to help out! 

      Thursday, October 31st –                    We still have several students who haven’t turned in
                                                   their class t-shirt money ($8). (OVER HALF OF OUR
      Halloween Kindergarten
                                                   CLASS!!) Please be sure to do so as soon as
             Rotations                             possible—making payments is perfectly acceptable!
                                                   Thank you!
  Friday, November 1st – Fall Party
                Day!                              Please visit and “follow” our Classroom Website—
                                         ! 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
          Birthdays                                alerted every time a new post is made. I post info
                                                   and/or pictures a couple times each week. You can
       Roger – October 13th                        also find fun learning websites for your child to “play”
                                                   on at home, as well as printable copies of the
                                                   newsletter and calendar, and more info on the stories
                                                   that we read each week. 

Literacy Tip: Try writing our weekly sight word (or one your child is struggling with!) on index cards
and taping them to doorways and mirrors at home. Have your child read the word each time they
enter or exit the room! 

Ms. Jen Batte                          E-mail:
Watt Hardison Elem.                    Webpage:
300 Gibson Street
Portland, TN 37148 (615) 325-3233
       Lunch Menu                                            What We’re Learning
Monday: Hot Dog on a Bun or Fish &
Shrimp Basket; coleslaw, baked beans,
                                               Reading: This week our stories will help us to answer the question: Why
                                               do different animals move in different ways? Our first story falls into the
oven fries, sliced peaches, and apple slices
                                               genre of Realistic Fiction and is entitled Jonathan and His Mommy--written by
Tuesday: Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce &
                                               Irene Smalls and illustrated by Michael Hays. In this story, a mother and son
Breadstick or Mac ‘n Cheese; green beans,
                                               explore their neighborhood, and, as they do, they try various ways of walking--
breaded squash, pear halves, and orange        from giant steps and reggae steps to criss-cross steps and backwards steps.
wedges                                              Our second story this week is Move! by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.
Wednesday: Turkey & Gravy or Beef               This story is an Informational Text. We will follow a variety of animals as
Dippers; baby red mashed potatoes, green       they swing, dance, float, leap, and slide from page to page, and then learn why
peas, fresh strawberries, and grapes           these animals move the way they do, from the jumping spider who dances to
Thursday: Chicken Sandwich or Grilled          impress and then floats away on a thread of silk, to the roadrunner who flies,
Cheese Sandwich; veggie tortilla soup,         but not too far, and would rather run to catch its prey.
tossed salad, sandwich toppings, bananas,         Our Focus Skills this week will be blending and segmenting onsets and
and blueberries                                rimes, reading with expression, identifying key details, comparing and
Friday: Hamburger/Cheeseburger or BBQ          contrasting, visualizing, classifying/categorizing action words, and color
on a Bun; Potato Smiles, Tuscan-blend          words as adjectives. We will also focus on learning the letter Cc and its
                                               corresponding phoneme--/k/.
vegetables, sandwich toppings, fresh fruit
cup, and pineapple tidbits
                                               Letter: Cc

                                               High-Frequency Word: a (Please continue to practice all of our High-
                                               Frequency Words!)

                                               Oral Vocabulary (Jonathan and His Mommy): backward, beat, leap, strange,
                                               wiggle, zigzag

                                               Selection Vocabulary (Move!): colony, rustling, slithers, startled

                                               Math: This week we will finish up our unit on
                                               numbers 0 – 5. We will review and work on
                                               problem-solving skills on Monday, and
       Related Arts                            take our Posttest on Tuesday. We will
                                               take our Pretest for our next Topic
           Schedule                            (Numbers 6 – 10) on Wednesday, and
                                               begin our work within this topic on
                                               Thursday and Friday! 
               Week C

Monday: Music                                                          Important Info
Tuesday: Library                                       The students have noticed the guinea pig that Mrs.
                                                     Hines adopted for her 1st graders and have approached
Wednesday: P.E.                                      me about getting a class pet. I made a deal with them
                                                      that we could adopt a pet, given that they meet my 2
                                                               conditions—which are as follows:
Thursday: Art
                                                      1 – Every student in our class knows all of their letters
Friday: Music                                                        and sounds by Christmas.

                                                    2 – Our class receives a Golden Award (from any Related
                                                     Arts teacher for best behaved class—awarded weekly).
**Please make sure that your
child wears tennis shoes on P.E.                     I’m hoping this will be a big motivation, and if so, we will
days!                                               have a new addition to our “family” after Winter Break! 

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