Monday, March 7, 2011

Week 29th March 7th-11th

Dear Parents,

Pet Day was a huge success!  All the children worked very hard on their presentations and their hard work really paid off!  Thank you for coming last Friday and supporting our class.
The first grade is planning an excursion to EL Zamorano and we need your help. We are asking you to help us with the transportation. If there are any parents that are willing to drive to El Zamorano please let either Ms. Colette or Ms. Magda know how many students you would be able to take by Wednesday, March 9th.
The Music department will be devoting their class time this week to constructing musical instruments for the BATUCADA SAMBA GRITÓN group presentation on Family Night. Please make sure that your child brings with him/her the following materials for your child’s choice of instrument by Monday morning:

For Drums: An Large Empty Milk Can with its lid (preferably “CETECO” brand, but any will do) OR a medium size plastic bucket, AND a broom stick (with out the broom).
For Maracas: Two small empty cans OR two small Agua Azul bottles.

Please send your child’s materials labeled with your child’s name. If you have extras of any of these materials, please donate them to share with the children who may not be able to bring them. If your child has any stickers or drawings that they would like to use for decorating their instrument, please encourage them to bring them or put them in the bag along with the materials.

We hope you can all join us for a wonderful fun filled evening.
This week your child will be learning about the following:

Language Arts
  • Phonics- This week's words are new, only, sound, take and know. Please review these words with your child nightly. Your child will be reviewing these words and older words daily with various chants and activities.
  • Reading-Your child will be reading books by Eric Carle for the next couple of weeks. The first book he/she will read is The Grouchy Lady Bug You. He/she will be working on identifying the problem of the story and  relating the story to personal experience and conflicts.  If you have any Eric Carle books that you would love to share with our class, please feel free to send them in.  You can help your child learn more about Eric Carle by checking out some of the Eric Carle links!
  • Writing-Your child will be freewriting this week about topics of his/her interests. He/she will be reviewing previously learned skills, as well as editing his/her work.  
Math-This week your child will be focusing on comparing numbers, estimating the position of numbers on the number line, ordering numbers from least to greatest and talking about the hundreds place value. The vocabulary for this week is less than (<), greater than (>), equal to (=), hundreds, least and greatest.
Please practice simple addition facts up to twenty with your child daily.  You can use flashcards and computer games to practice these skills. Some of these games are listed under the 'Links' heading.

Theme-Social Studies-My Community- Due to Pet Day preparation, Theme was postponed, therefore last week's content will be presented and discussed this week.Your child will be further developing his/her map skills by examing key elements found on maps. The students will be learning about cardinal directions and using the cardinal directions in a scavenger hunt  to find the hidden treasure. Also, we will be exploring the key elements that make up our community, eg. police station, hospitals, schools, churches, corner stores (pulperias), supermarkets, etc.

-Reading-Read 10 minutes
-Math- Less than, Greater than worksheet

-Reading-Read 10 minutes
-Language- Asking and saying sentences.

-Reading-Read 10 minutes
-Math- Ordering numbers from least to greatest worksheet

-Reading- Read10 minutes
-Phonics- spelling worksheet and study for spelling challenge.

  1. DPTO-check the DPTO website for up coming events and information. DPTO
  2. Please label ALL of your child's belongings with a permanent marker; lunch boxes, containers, sweaters, water bottles, bags, etc.
  3. Water Bottles- Your child must come to school with a water bottle every day.
  4. Library- Please make sure that your child brings his/her library book to school on his/her assigned library day.
  5. The Chronicles of Discovery, a literary and art magazine for Discovery School high school students will be coming soon.
    Submissions for both art and literature are being accepted now until March 11. Students of all ages are encouraged to submit their work.
    The official award ceremony will take place in April.
    For more information contact Mr. Fenn or Ms. Campbell.
Magic Word: grouchy

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