## Red Ribbon Week

The week of October 27th is Red Ribbon Week everyday we will show we are drug free by wearing different items of clothing. Please see the link below for more information.
RED RIBBON WEEK

## Spelling

Next week your child will start bringing home a spelling list that includes 10 words that focus on 2 word families and high frequency words. On Friday, they'll be tested on all 10 words and will also have the opportunity to spell 2 challenge words. Challenge words follow the spelling pattern for the week and all students can/should attempt these words. Also, students will correct two sentences focusing on capitalization, spacing and punctuation.

## Heat Energy- Popcorn

Next week in science we will be discussing different types of energy. We will get to observe how heat energy creates popcorn. If your child can not eat popcorn please let your teacher know.

Thank you

## CALLING ALL VETERANS!!!

We would like to honor our Nichols family Veterans at a celebration on Tuesday November 11th at 8:00AM. Please see below for more information.

Veterans Day

## Karate Belt Math

Last week we introduced the “Doubles and Near Doubles” strategy. I am attaching the Green Belt flash cards we are using in class. The best way to approach them is to have your child sort the cards into two piles: doubles and near doubles. Focus first on learning all the doubles then gradually mix in the near doubles. You can even encourage them to explain out loud to you “since I know 5+5=10 then I know 5+6 must be one more so it’s 11”

I hope you enjoy helping your student prepare for this at home. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

GREEN BELT CARDS

## Cluster 2 Problem Solving- Homework Option

See the link below for the types of problems we are solving in the classroom. Feel free to print them and work on them with your child.
Cluster 2 Problem Solving

## Problem Solving Ways to Justify Defend or Prove!!

Justify Defend Prove

## Fire Safety Town Field Trip

Field Trip information came home on Wednesday in your child's folder. Please remember to fill out the permission slip and return it as soon as possible. If you would like to chaperone please fill out the front portion of the form and remember to get your background check done HERE.
October 28th- Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Sheahan's Class
October 29th- Mrs. Harbert and Mrs. Caywood/Holt
October 30th- Mrs. Pitts

If you need another copy of the permission slip you can find it below.

FISD Field Trip Form

Calling all student musicians, artists, photographers, choreographers, videographers, and authors…
The deadline for the Reflections Art Contest is NEXT FRIDAY, October 31st. Check out the info below for more information:

THEME: “The World would be a better place if…”

CATEGORIES: Music Composition, Visual Art, Photography, Dance Choreography, Film, Literature.

DO I NEED AN ENTRY FORM? Yes! Pick up an entry form in the art room or music room at school OR visit mynicholspta.org search under the “Programs” tab at the top of the screen, and print out an entry form.

ARE THERE CERTAIN RULES? Yes! Every entry will be judged and there are very specific rules about each category. For example, visual art entries must be flat and NOT on raised canvas. There are also specific rules about the size of the photograph or artwork submissions. It is best to read over the rules on the PTA website before beginning your project! Go to mynicholspta.org. and search under the “Programs” tab.

CAN I ENTER MORE THAN ONCE? Yes! Students may enter multiple times, and/or multiple categories!

WHERE DO I TURN IT IN? Ms. Hand, the art teacher, will collect entries until Friday, October 31st. Please bring them to the art room and make sure to include your entry form!

## Background Check Information

Right now it is taking 7 to 10 days to process a volunteer background check form. If you are planning on attending Field Trips or volunteering in the school please click on the link below.

Volunteer Background Check Form

## Frye Words

Confidence and reading ability improve when children know Dolch sight words. Many of these sight words are in almost anything they read. Readers will have more experiences of success if they know these words. Dolch words are service words which are necessary for understanding sentences. Please use the list below to help with your child's learning.

Dolch Words

## You are invited to participate in the 2X2 reading program

What: Color the space on your boot each time you read or listen to a 2X2 book. Have your mom or dad sign the paper when you have read or listened to all 20 books. Turn in your boot in to the library and have your picture taken and displayed in the library.

When: Completed boots are due to the library by May 1, 2015.

Where: Anywhere! Books can be read at home, school, or in the library.

*Boots will be sent home with your child, but if you are in need of another please check out the Nichols Library website for more information.

Math Night Flyer

## Typing Club

We have a typing program that we have been using this year with 1st through 5th grade students that is accessible from home. The program is Typing Club. Students assess Typing Club by using their Google Drive account.

Attached are the guidelines for setting up the Google Drive account and Typing Club account.

Typing Club

## WatchDOGS Pizza Night

Would you like to join our WatchD.O.G.S. program here at Nichols? Our annual Pizza Night is fast approaching – Tuesday, October 28th at 6:30pm in Nichols Cafeteria

(following our regularly scheduled PTA meeting)

*Get your background check filled out/approved before Pizza Night: Background Check

*Order your official WatchD.O.G.S. t-shirt: TShirt Site

*RSVP to Pizza Night: WatchD.O.G.S. RSVP Link

We can’t wait to see you there!

WATCHDOG FLYER

Thanks so much!

## Important Dates

October 27th-31st- Red Ribbon Week

October 28th- 6:30- WatchDOG Kickoff/PTA meeting

October 28, 29, 30- Fire Safety Town Field Trip

November 4th- Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night

November 6th- Math Night

November 11th- Veterans Day Assembly 8:00

November 18th- PTA Meeting/ Multicultural Night

November 24th-28th- Thanksgiving Break/ No School

## Clothing and Recess Equipment

Please remember to write your child's name on any jackets or recess equipment that you send to school.

## Curriculum News

Math: adding 9 to a number and using the strategy bridge to 10
Writing: creating personal narratives