Mrs. Tax's Kindergarten Class

Week of November 15, 2015

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News and Events

11/19-12/2 Scholastic Book Fair

11/20 Thanksgiving Holiday Lunch

11/25-11/27 Thanksgiving Holidays - no school

11/30 Make-up Pictures

READ READ READ!

Please make sure you are reading every night with your child, filling out the reading log, and practicing sight words. The reading log is checked daily to make sure reading homework is being done.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Media Center from November 19 - December 2. Our class will be visiting the book fair on November 30 at 1:30 and your child will probably come home with a wish list. The following day, we have a time reserved to purchase books at 1:30. If you would like to send your child with money, we can help them purchase that day. The holiday lunch is also a good time to purchase books. If you are coming to the holiday lunch, you may take your child afterwards to look at books.

Holiday Lunch

I hope you will be able to come to the holiday lunch this Friday, November 20 at 12:30. Please fill out the form and send it in if you will be joining us. It is a very popular occasion and lots of fun! There is usually a bit of a line to get food, but the cafeteria does a great job of moving things along. You can help by bringing correct change if you are buying a lunch. The cost is $5 and lunches cannot be charged to your child's account.

Title I Compacts

Title I Compacts are agreements between school and home to work together to ensure the best education for your child. These were sent home with your child on Friday. Please read them with your child and have your child sign for themselves. Read and sign your agreement and send them back in. I will make a copy for the classroom and send one home for you to keep.

What We Are Learning

Language

I will continue with small reading groups, teaching students strategies for learning to read. The rest of the class works independently during Daily 5.

Math

By the end of this quarter, students should be able to count to 50. Some students have already met their end of year goal to get to 100 and are helping to support friends who still need practice. We will continue with number comparison this week and begin discussing teen numbers. On most Fridays we discuss shapes and explore shapes in center activities.

Science

Our class will continue to explore movement during science center. A new activity from Dancing Bear Toy Shop will be added called Gravity Maze. We studied and explored gravity last week so this will be a great follow-up activity.

FUNdations

Fundations is our phonics program for learning the name and sound of all the letters of the alphabet. We have 4 letters left to learn!

Writing

We have been working on opinion writing. The class has enjoyed writing on topics such as their favorite toy, animal and play center!