Miss Butz's Class Newsletter
February 22 - 26
The End of the 3rd Nine Weeks is Approaching...
Handwriting is the one that is the biggest challenge for me to work on with your child. Individual practice is the best way to improve handwriting. Unfortunately I don't have the time to sit one-on-one with your child to practice again. At this point in the year, I have taught the class how to correctly write each upper case and lower case letter of the alphabet. Your child will be asked to write his/her first and last name correctly and to write every single letter of the alphabet (upper case and lower case). We are doing review pages in our handwriting books at this point to practice. I look at proper spacing, whether or not the letters are formed correctly, and if the letters are touching the correct lines. There is NO letter in the entire alphabet that starts at the bottom. If you see your child starting at the bottom, then he/she is not forming it correctly. Please refer to the picture below for how to properly write each letter and number. Thank you in advance for helping your child work on handwriting at home.
Kindergarten Registration Information for Next Year...
Registration will be held at The Carver Community Education and Technology Center
6141 South Franklin Road
Indianapolis, IN 46259
Hours for this 3 day registration only
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 --> 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday March 16, 2016 --> 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 --> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.
NO OTHER REGISTRATION TIMES WILL BE OFFERED DURING MARCH 15, 16 AND 17.
Please bring the following documentsto registration:
- Your child’s original birth certificate In order to enroll in Kindergarten in Indiana, a child must be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2016
- A copy of your child’s immunization records
- Students who are 5 by August 1st are expected to have a completed shot record, not appointments to complete their shots. 2 Doses of Hepatitis A are required for all Kindergarten students
- Proof of Residency (Examples: Current Utility bill or cable bill with resident’s name and address AND current Lease Agreement or mortgage paperwork)
YOU MUST BE A FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP RESIDENT TO ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
Please be prepared to wait.
Registration is a first come, first assisted service. It’s helpful to bring all forms completed, with requested information and necessary paperwork.
A Note from the Nurse...
Outside Recess...on the blacktop because of the snow on our playground!
Sunday, February 21st - Spirit Day at The Gymnastics Company
Begins at 1:00pm. Check South Creek's FB page for more details soon!
Tuesday, March 1st - PTO Meeting
Begins at 7pm in the Library
Friday, March 4th - Gator Gear Day!
Wear your South Creek gear or green and blue to show your school spirit!
Thursday, March 10th - Spring Pictures
More information coming soon!
Wednesday, March 16th - Spirit Night @ Chicago's Pizza
Eat Chicago's Pizza tonight to earn money for our South Creek PTO
Friday, March 18th - South Creek's annual Spring Fling!
Information will be coming home soon about this HUGE PTO event!
Learning This Week!
Story: Bear Snores On
Letter Sounds: /v/ and final /x/
Phonemic Awareness Skills: rereading, comparing and contrasting, middle sounds, ending sounds, segmenting words (saying all sounds in words, ex. dog -- /d/ /o/ /g/), adding sounds to words (ex. "it" add /h/ to the beginning, what is the new word?)
Reading Skills: asking and answering questions, character, plot, setting, problem/solution
Sight Words: said, want
Introduction of the Dime, Coin Exchanges, Comparison Number Stories, Place Value, 3D Shapes
Conventions and Begin Class Book
Homes for Living Things
Social Studies Focus:
Why We Work - Wants and Needs
BOOK IT REMINDER
SPECIALS SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK!
Wednesday: Music (rotates each week)
Friday: Gym (wear your gym shoes!)
*Please note that your child can NOT check out a new book unless the book is returned on our library day on Monday. If you send it in late, then he/she has to wait until the next Monday to check out another book.
5 Ways to Improve Your Child's Handwriting
- Make Practicing Fun
Offer your child a special pencil or a rainbow of colored ones. Don't just give her words to copy. Try simple word puzzles, anagrams, a game of hangman, or ask her to brainstorm lists around a theme to give writing practice a purpose.
- Encourage Drawing and Puzzle Games
In order to develop the physical requirements of writing — holding a pencil correctly, posture, control, dexterity, coordination — the more time your child spends manipulating objects, the better. Even using silverware can help him develop his fine-motor skills.
- Pinpoint the Problem
Common handwriting problems lie in four main areas: letter formation, sizing, spaces between words, and line-alignment. Focus your child's practice on the letters or concepts that challenge her and make sure she's using two hands to control the paper.
- The Right Tools
If your child's struggling with a regular pencil, try a smaller or shorter, kid-sized one. Ensure he has a good eraser handy so he's not afraid of making mistakes.
- Writing Outside the Box
A foggy mirror, patch of mud, or bowl of leftover sauce make great surfaces. Whether your child's practicing with his fingers, a stick, or a pencil, inspiring his creativity will lend appeal to writing.
Online article from Scholastic - Parents