Lincoln's November Newsletter
Leading The Pack In Kingsport
To say that we are excited would be an understatement. All of the staff here at Lincoln are incredibly proud of this distinction, and we hope you as parents are too. This is a very important part of our journey to continue to make Lincoln the premier elementary school in Kingsport. We thank each of your for your help at home towards our journey to reach this goal. We have created an environment that is supportive of strong instruction and learning. We know that you support us in getting students to school on time and here every day that we have school--unless your child is sick. Our next hurtle is to get our academic scores to a level where we are competing with the other schools surrounding us in Kingsport. We are ready to reach that goal and are excited to have your continued support.
I just can't say it enough! We are so appreciative of the support you provide at home. Thank you for consistent bed times, routines, and getting students here ON TIME daily. We don't send home a great deal, if any homework, but we do want children to read at home for 20 minutes each night. The routine of reading every day and for a sustained period of time makes a huge difference in our student's lives. We do as much as we can here at school but there is no way that we can do the lift of getting all of our students on grade level by third grade without your help. If we can get all students on grade level--this includes 4th and 5th graders-our students will be in much better shape to master grade level learning standards, graduate from high school and have a future filled with opportunity. We encourage you to make reading a priority in your home. Read what you love! Sports, articles about music/musicians, science, even scary stories. Anything that captures your interest and imagination in a book, magazine, newspaper article, or even a blog. Reading is fun and that is what we together need to show our students and model at home and at school. Thank you for your support and working with us to improve our students ability to read on grade level.
Fun Events Last Month
Our second big fun event this month was last Thursday. Our Fall Festival was a total success even with it being inside! Thank you to our PTO and Mafair Volunteers who helped our teachers pull off this wonderful event. We had students from DBE, a story teller, and the Mega Party from the company we partnered with from our PTO fall fundraiser. Without a doubt a great event and the weather didn't get in the way of our fun. Thank you to all the parents who came out to enjoy the afternoon with us.
Grade Level Updates
We are beginning a new unit on living and nonliving. We will be learning how to distinguish living from nonliving things, as well as what living things need to survive. We are continuing to learn letters and their sounds. We are applying that knowledge in our writing and reading to sound out words. Please continue to practice the following sight words: I, a, me, mom, dad, the, see, can, like, it, is, in, said. Please continue reading 20 minutes a night and sign the reading log in your child's folder.
We are learning to identify, construct, and describe 2D shapes. We are also looking for these shapes in our environment. Students need to be able to count by 1s to 50 and by 10s to 100 by the end of the 9 weeks. Please continue to practice writing numbers 1-20. Practice identifying and telling the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.
We look forward to our visit to the fire station on November 13th. Please send in your permission slip and $1 as soon as possible. Thank you!
First Grade continues to be FABULOUS as we make progress towards our end-of-the-year goals. Students are working hard each day and teachers are proud of focused effort. Please remember your child has homework each day that reinforces what is being taught and learned in the classroom. Also, the daily homework folder has important information from the classroom and school. The folder contains your child’s work samples; please take time each day to review your child’s work to see the progress being made.
In literacy, we will continue our study of the sun, moon, and Earth. Students will explore and understand observable patterns in nature and the relationships between these bodies that are in motion. They will be expected to know and explain the relationships between Earth, sun, and moon and the importance for life.
For phonics skills, we are focusing on distinguishing long and short vowels. The language unit will be on adjectives and articles. Students will continue to improve their sentence writing skills using the following rubric: does the sentence begin with an upper case letter then have all lower case letters to follow; neat and consistent spacing; and an end mark.
In writing, we will continue to improve narrative stories with a beginning, middle, and end; use dialogue in the plan; use temporal words (one afternoon, next, after); write 4-7 sentences; and include description (adjectives) in sentences. Students will use the graphic organizer introduced earlier to write an informational piece on observable patterns such as day and night or seasons that affect Earth.
In math, we will continue to find totals of two and three quantities, determine if equations are equivalent, and work with larger numbers up to 120. Students will develop an understanding of place value. They will be able to extend the counting sequence
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Math/Science: We are completing our unit on multiplication and division Wednesday. We will then begin working on fractions. Students will learn about all the basic operations of math using fractions. In science, we are continuing our study of gravity with exciting experiments, including students building their own pendulums.
Literacy/Social Studies: In literacy, we are working on our unit about child labor. We are using various texts to study main idea and make inferences. In social studies, we are continuing our exploration of Tennessee history - we are moving through history from prehistoric times to modern day.
Photo Fundraiser to Support Lincoln
PTO and S. M. I. L. E. (a committee for teachers, lead by teachers) will be offering a Fall Photo Fundraiser Event. 15 minute sessions will be offered for $20. Payment due at time of session. ALL proceeds will be shared between
PTO and S. M. I. L. E
When? November 9th 9AM-11AM and 2PM-5PM. November 10th. 2PM-5PM. Rain date November 16th and 17th.
Where? Lincoln Elementary School Playground by the large oak tree.
How do I sign up? Sign ups will be announced digitally on our ALES Facebook page. The direct link is https://www.slottr.com/sheets/18247417
Reminders for Pick Up At The End Of The Day
Cold and Flu Season Is Here
Thank you in advance this cold and flu season for sending your child to school every day that they are not sick or contagious. It truly helps us all!