News from the Elephant Room

Ms. Wyman's Classroom Newsletter

Hello, Fall!

Each day, I am impressed with the Elephants and their growth. They are nailing down routines, helping our days to feel calm, engaging, and safe. At school, the children know my number one job is to keep them safe; their number one job is to help me keep them safe. With a practice fire drill this week, two rainy indoor recess days, and an exciting Hound Dog Run, the Elephants did a great job of following their number one job. We continue to take breaks when our bodies need them whether we exercise and move around or practice S.T.A.R., pretzel, and rainbow breathing.


In Phonics, we learned about beginning sounds in words and what letter makes each sound. Please see the attached letter in your child's Friday folder for information regarding what letters/sounds they learned this week.


In Reading Worksop, we began exploring with books and learned that WE ARE READERS! We can look, we can think, we can read, and we can learn. We went on a hunt around the class and began noticing words and wondering what they say. Check out THIS video for families to see what we are learning in our first reading unit. Did you know reading with your child for at least 20 minutes every day is a HUGE factor of reading success in children? Check out THIS great resource (created by our District's Literacy Coach, Cody Alexander) for reading support at home.


In Math, we worked with shapes and numbers. We have been working on naming the shapes as we work with them. We've been focussing on: triangle, square, hexagon, rhombus, and trapezoid. We also went on a number hunt around the classroom and realized that numbers are all around us! Please see the family letter in your child's Friday folder to see what we will be learning in unit 1.


In Handwriting, we are getting ready to write our letters by exploring with the handwriting pieces. We learned about a big line, little line, big curve, and little curve. We are practicing how to hold a pencil and sit when we are writing.

BAS SICK PROTOCOLS

Please remember to keep your child home if he/she is showing any symptoms of illness. It will be important to notify me when they are absent due to this reason so we can continue to monitor the rest of the class. For instances of COVID-19, Strep throat, head lice, and Influenza, the office will notify all families in our class of a case so it is important to let me know as soon as you are made aware.

Announcements + Reminders

Friday Folder: Please empty and return on Monday


Count Day: Wednesday, October 6th is our first "count day" related to per pupil funding. Attendance is key, as 90% of our funding comes from documented attendance on this day. Every pupil counts! Please keep your child at home if they are sick.


Volunteer background check: Any parent that comes into the building must have a background check on file. Please do this if you plan on volunteering in the future, as the processing time can take up to a few weeks. Here is the link: https://www.applitrack.com/brightonk12/onlineapp/EForm.aspx?r=YmEzZGRhYTctMjk5Zi00ZGRmLWIwMjgtNDVjOWVjNGQxNDNhLDE5&end=1


STEAM CENTER: Library books are due every THURSDAY. Please send them back in your child's backpack each week so they can check out some new ones.


October 11: No School for students.


Shoe Tying: If your child has shoes with laces, PLEASE work on this at home, as it can be very distracting to the learning that takes place throughout our day. Thank you!