LEICESTER PRIMARY SCHOOL

OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

WELCOME BACK FROM OUR FAMILY AT PRIMARY TO YOURS AT HOME!

OUR AMAZING TEAMS

PRESCHOOL

Pre-K is off to a wonderful start! The students have been busy learning the rules and routines of the preschool and meeting and making new friends.


We will begin our fall units about leaves, pumpkins, and fire safety this month. Our classrooms will also turn into pumpkin patches and farms as we begin our harvest play theme. Any donations of pumpkins or gourds for our centers would be greatly appreciated!


Four-year-old students have begun making a daily “play plan” to plan what they will do at play. This is an important prewriting component of your child’s day. Please go over your child’s play plan with them each day they bring one home. This is a great tool to start a conversation with your child about their day.

KINDERGARTEN

Our Wonders ELA curriculum is underway! At the start of October, we will be completing Unit 1. Be on the lookout for ouR Wonders Kindergarten Refrigerator Copy that fully outlines each week’s topic, sight words, and letter. Unit 2: Let’s Explore, will begin the week of October 8th.


This year, we began our math series exploring 2D shapes. By now, your child should be able to identify circle, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon, and rhombus. You can help reinforce this skill by having your child point out shapes in his/her environment! SHAPES ARE ALL AROUND US!!! Our next math topics will focus on the numbers 0-10. Students will count and represent quantities to 10 and print the numbers 0-10.


Our science curriculum will begin with the study of Trees and Weather. We will be observing and comparing the trees in our school yard and monitoring them and the weather over the seasons.


In social studies, we will be completing our focus of Ryan the Respectful Mouse at our school-wide community meeting. Our next mouse will be Riley the Responsible Mouse. Classes will read stories and discuss how they can be responsible in school, at home, or in the community. In addition, we will be having our yearly visit with the Leicester Fire Department and learn about fire safety. You can help reinforce fire safety at home by planning a meeting area outside your home and checking your smoke detectors. Talk with your child about what to do in case of an emergency.

FIRST GRADE

Thank you to all of the families that sent in supplies for our classrooms! We cannot do this without your support!


This month, our students have the opportunity to learn about fire safety and investigate the town fire engine.The school will also send home a notice regarding Halloween costumes.


Homework


Pick 5! First Grade Homework will be sent home for the first time October 1st. Please review the directions at the top and enjoy learning time with your child.

Recently, First Grade Teachers were told to revert back to the Wonders Spelling words that have been used in previous years. The spelling lists you were notified about at Open House will no longer be used. The spelling list will be on the Wonders Reading guide. An attached notice explaining this will be sent home October 1st.



Reading


This month first grade is continuing to work on Unit 1:Getting to Know Us! What makes you special?

The unit is comprised of weekly essential questions, phonics, whole group and small group reading, think alouds, sight words, and shared writing. The focus is on school, caring for others and making friends.



Math


Topic 2: Understanding Subtraction, is well underway in first grade. Students will continue to learn about the missing part of an equation and strategies to find the difference between two numbers.

SECOND GRADE

The students in Grade 2 are working on the first unit in our Wonders Reading Series. The “Big idea” for this unit is about how families and friends learn, grow, and help one another. Students will be working in pairs or small groups to focus on the following themes: Friends Helping Friends, Families Around the World, Pets Are Our Friends, Animals Need Our Care, and Families Working Together.


In math, the students are working on understanding addition and subtraction through our enVision Math curriculum. They are learning about writing addition and subtraction number sentences, stories about joining and separating, stories about comparing, connecting addition and subtraction, and learning addition strategies.


Nine Nice Mice


Each month, the students are taught a lesson about the character trait of one of the mice. Each grade level takes a turn doing a presentation of a trait at our monthly “Community Meeting” that is also part of our PBIS program. All grade levels meet in the gymnasium, and we celebrate our successes with PBIS and share different lessons about the “Nine Nice Mice.” This month, we will be doing a presentation on “respect,” by modeling what respectful behavior looks like

RtI TEACHERS

The Intervention teachers have been busy completing beginning of the year assessments for all our Kindergarten, First and Second grade students. These tests are comprised of multiple reading and math subtests. Each grades’ assessments focus on different skills that helps us get to know the Primary students better academically. These tests are just one indication of your child’s progress that is used as a guideline to help determine differentiated instruction in the classroom and if additional support is needed.

Based on this data and feedback from classroom teachers, student groups are formed to help with differentiated instruction during designated reading and math Intervention times during the school day. These times are put aside to practice previous concepts taught to reinforce any gaps in learning- no new curriculum is taught during this time. Interventionists are able to pull out small groups in 1st and 2nd grade during this time to give more targeted instruction to help students fill in gaps or practice foundation concepts that they are not solid in yet. To give our Kindergarteners time to grow, we offer in class support to teachers and students. If your child is in 1st or 2nd grade and was chosen to work with us, you will have receive a letter early in October stating this.

We are very excited to start working with our groups and see students’ growth! Please check back monthly to our “RtI Corner” newsletter that will give more information about our program. We will go more in detail about our program, introduce ourselves, post tutorials, share great online resources, and explain what we are working on. We pride ourselves in being a resource for the Primary School Community, which includes all our families! Never hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.

WELLNESS COMMITTEE

Did you know that the Leicester Public Schools has a Wellness Committee? We are comprised of administrators, nurses, teachers, support staff, parents, students, and members of the community. We meet monthly to discuss our Wellness Policy (click on this link to read it) and how to implement it throughout our district.

Please familiarize yourself with the policy, so that you can help us with this implementation. Be on the lookout for more information in the school newsletters. We appreciate your support!

NURSE'S OFFICE



Say Boo to the Flu!


Help your child and others stay healthy during the Flu season

by encouraging your child to:


  • Cover a cough and sneeze in the elbow

  • Wash your hands often

  • Exercise every day

  • Eat healthy food

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Get 10+ hours of sleep at night

  • Stay at home if you are sick with the Flu

  • Get the Flu vaccine every year


You can help stop the spread of the Flu by disinfecting “hot spots” with household cleaners. The top “hot spots” are: phone receivers, door knobs, faucets, light switches, and TV remotes.


For more info on the flu click on the The Flu: A Guide for Parents



Halloween and Food Allergies:


This Halloween, please consider The Teal Pumpkin Project: Raising awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. Check out more information: Here (click on the link)

HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Please visit the Physical Education with Mrs. Woods website to find out our PE and Health programs, curriculum, resources, and upcoming events. The website link can be found on the Leicester Public Schools District Home Page by clicking: Schools>Leicester Primary School>Programs>PE/Health. The website can also be found by clicking this link: https://sites.google.com/a/lpsma.net/pe-with-mrs-woods/.


Upcoming PE & Health Events....


*October 9 - Family Fun Walk 5-6pm (Rain date October 15)


WHAT'S COMING UP AT PRIMARY...

  • October 1st: Primary PTO meeting in the cafeteria at 7:15 P.M.
  • October 4th: First PBIS all-school community meeting on RESPECT
  • October 4th: Cookies with the Principal
  • October 5th: No school; Professional development day for staff
  • October 8th: No school due to Columbus Day
  • October 9th/10th: Special visit from the Leicester Fire Department: The LFD will visit all Primary students and teach our students about fire safety.
  • October 10th/24th: Country Bank will come to Primary on these two dates and work with your child to participate in school banking. This helps them learn about saving and making their money grow.