Pleasant Valley School

September Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

Welcome Back! I’m so excited to have all the new students and our previous students back this year. Our current enrollment for the year includes: 2 Jr. Kindergartners, 3 Kindergartners, 1 Second grader, and 2 Fourth graders. We are off to a great start and settling into our class routines. I’m excited for all the new things that we will be learning this year!


Lunch: Parents, I need your help with lunches. Please try to limit meals that need to be microwaved and pack meals that your student can prepare on their own. Lunch is currently taking too long to prepare with the majority of our students wanting to heat their lunch. This has also limited the amount of recess time they are able to enjoy before it is time to resume classes. With only one adult to supervise both inside and outside I can not let the student go out to recess until everyone has finished their lunch.


Swim Lesson Update: I heard back from The Summit this week and they are not doing fall swim lessons. They are hoping to have some in the spring. They will be contacting me in December with more information.


Planners (2-4), Discovery Journals (K), and Reward System

Please check your students planner or discovery journal every night. I will be using them as a communication area for homework or other information that I need to let parents know about how the day went. Please feel free to leave me comments as well.


Students will also be recording their behavior color for the day. For each level between green and purple, students receive one penny to shop in our student store on Friday. Students may not bring their own money for the store, they must earn it in class. Our student store selection boxes range from 15 cents to $1.50. Our 4th grade students helped to select the prices for the items in the store.


Behavior Color Key:


  • Purple - Outstanding - 4 pennies
  • Teal - Excellent Choices - 3 pennies
  • Blue - Great Effort - 2 pennies
  • Green - Ready to Learn - 1 penny
  • Yellow - Think About It
  • Orange - Make Better Choices - 5 min. of recess with Miss Sheets to discuss better choices
  • Red - Parent Contact - Parents may choose a consequence at home


Our Jr. Kindergarten will be earning stickers to fill a sticker chart. When their chart is full they may pick anything from our student store.

School Events

No School - September 7th

Holiday - Labor Day

Open House - Parent Tech Night

Monday, Sep. 21st, 6pm

Pleasant Valley School

Parents are invited to come learn about all the exciting things their students will be doing this year. We will also cover our digital platforms and connect you to our school communication system should the need arise to make changes to our educational format. If you are unable to attend or would prefer to not meet in a group setting, please let me know and we can schedule an alternative information session.


Please bring a device to connect to our class Seesaw account. This could be a cell phone, tablet, or laptop.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Pumpkin Patch

Please fill out the form below to let me know your thoughts about going to the pumpkin patch this year.

What Are We Learning?

Jr. Kindergarten

Our Jr. Kindergarten will be working their way through the Starfall program for reading and math. At our open house, I will be providing you with information to be able to login and explore the program from home.



Reading:

Unit 1: Welcome

Week 1 – Making Friends

New Letter: Bb Star Words: see, me

Week 2 – Learning about Rules

New Letter: Aa Star Words: for, is


Unit 2: Things Change

Week 3 – Time

New Letters: Tt, Pp Star Words: an, at, the

Week 4 – Seasons and Weather

New Letters: Ss, Mm Star Words: I, am, you


At the end of Week 2 look for Pre-decodable books for your student to read to you.



Math:

Unit 1 – Let’s Get Started: Weeks 1-2

Learn Calendar and Weather Routines

Preview Number 1-5

Preview 2D Shapes


Unit 2 – Numbers Everywhere: Weeks 3-4

Focus Numbers 1-8

Counting

One less/One more

Greater than/Less than

Creating Patterns



Writing

Proper Grip and Colors

Kindergarten

Math

Unit 1 - Numbers 0-5

Counting, Writing, and Comparing


Reading

  • UNIT 1 THEME: Going Places

Talk with others about what makes a place special.


  • Essential Question

What makes a place special?


  • READING WORKSHOP

Read realistic fiction and understand its elements.


  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing.


  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Use elements of writing to write texts.


Science

Unit 1 - Pushes and Pulls

Essential Question: What happens if you push or pull and object?


Social Studies

Topic 1 - Who am I?

In a series of activities, students will explore what they look like, what they care about, how they feel, and things they can do.


Topic 2 - What is a Family?

In a series of activities, students will identify the members of their family, the things they do together, and the special “gifts” their family members offer one another.


Arts

This month we are focused on Art and learning about mixing colors.

2nd Grade

Math

Unit 1 - Numbers Within 20

Addition, Subtraction, and Data


Reading

  • UNIT 1 THEME: You are Here

Talk with others about how different places affect us.


  • Essential Question
How do different places affect us?


  • READING WORKSHOP

Read realistic fiction and understand its elements.


  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing.


  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Plan, draft, and publish writing.


Science

Topic 1 - Matter

Essential Question: How can different materials be used?


Social Studies

Topic 1 - What is a Community?

Students will learn about places found in a community.


Topic 2 - How are Communities Different?

Students will explore different kinds of communities.


Topic 3 - What is a Map?

Students will explore how maps and map tools help people find places.


Arts

This month we are focused on Art and learning about mixing colors.

4th Grade

Math

Unit 1 - Whole Numbers

Place Value, Comparison, Addition, and Subtraction


Reading

UNIT 1 THEME: Networks

Talk with others about how different places affect us.


Essential Question

How can a place affect how we live?


READING WORKSHOP

Read realistic fiction and understand its elements.


READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing.


WRITING WORKSHOP

Plan, draft, and publish writing.


Science

Topic 1 - Energy and Motion

Essential Question: What is energy, and how is it related to motion?


Social Studies

Topic 1 - Discovering the Social Sciences

Essential Question: What do social scientists do?


Topic 2 - Exploring Regions of the United States

Essential Question: How do geographers study the regions of the United States?


Topic 3 - The Peopling of the United States

Essential Question: How have different groups contributed to the United States?


Arts

This month we are focused on Art and learning about mixing colors.