K-2 Newsletter

December 4, 2015

Hi K-2 Team!

We hope each of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Break and that it didn't go by too quickly for you. Can you believe we have already completed one of the three weeks before Winter Break? This time of year can feel so very hectic for teachers. There is STEP testing, MAP testing, ANet testing, evaluations, holiday events, travel, and so many other things happening in your daily lives. Let us know if there are supports we can provide to you as you make your way to Winter Break with your students. We've started planning January CPD and can't wait to work alongside all of you on January 4th.

As always, reach out if you need us!

Avis, Tiffany, and Krysten

Third Quarter Curriculum

The curriculum needed for January and February will be posted to SharePoint by COB on Friday, December 11th. Let Krysten know if you have any questions about the resources or timeline!

Heggerty and Wilson Phonics Pacing

Here is the pacing for the next two weeks of school:

Week of December 7th: Week 16

Week of December 14th: Week 17

Guided Reading Tip of the Week

Teachers often consider sight words to be words that students need to know how to read and not necessarily know how to spell. Did you know that writing sight words helps students move sight words from their short-term memory into long-term memory? The Next Step in Guided Reading sight word procedure for students at the emergent and early levels gives students practice with reading AND writing sight words. This is why it is critical you include all four sight word routines in every single emergent and early guided reading lesson. If you need help implementing them, reach out to Avis, Tiffany, or Krysten.

Informational Articles Resource

Students who are excellent readers often have a great depth of knowledge about the world around them. They are able to read at higher levels because they have the vocabulary needed to read more difficult texts. Using informational articles with your students is one way to help develop background knowledge and vocabulary for all students. ReadWorks.org has recently released informational articles with accompanying text-based questions. Use these resources to supplement your current work, as a workstation, or as a guided reading text where appropriate. Enjoy!

Krysten Wendell

Director of Curriculum and Instruction