Miss Reynolds' Report

October 8, 2015

At Tatem we take care of ourselves, each other, and our school.

Kinder Korner

Please consider signing up for Remind text alerts for Room 200. If you follow the directions on my eboard under the "Stay in the Loop" folder, you will be able to receive alerts specific to Room 200.

Parent Visitation

Tuesday, October 13th from 9AM-11AM

Please follow this schedule:

8:50-9:20 Library

9:20-9:50 Fundations Room 200

9:50-10:00 Snack Room 200

10:00-10:10 All About Me Student Presentation Room 200

10:10-10:40 Writer's Workshop Room 200

10:40-11:05 Math Room 200

Happy 6th Birthday, Addison!

We celebrated Addison's "golden" birthday on Tuesday, October 6th. A "golden" birthday is when a person turns that age on their birth date. Since Addison turned 6 on her birthday, October 6th, it is her lucky birthday! Thank you for the great party favors for the class!

Mystery Reader!

Thank you to Eme's Mom, Mrs. Hall, for a great Mystery Reader performance last Wednesday and Augie's Mom, Mrs. Coley, for a great Mystery Reader performance today. The children loved listening to the The Giving Tree, Look What I Can Do, and The Secret Lives of Squirrels. It is something that they are still talking about and we cannot wait for all of you to participate in this great activity that promotes literacy!

All About Me!

Parents, please check the "All About Me" tab on my eboard. It lists the special events we do to celebrate your child. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Upcoming Students:

Hudson Week of 10/12-10/16

Bristol Week of 10/19-10/23

Chase Week of 11/9-11/13

Haddonfield Fire Dept. Visit

The children had a very successful second fire drill. After the drill, the dedicated fireman from the Haddonfield Fire Department discussed with the children the importance of fire safety. They talked about why we have fire drills at school, how to prevent a fire, and what to do if there ever is a real fire. The lieutenant also encouraged the children to practice a fire drill at home! Attached is a class picture of our class with these heroes.

Curriculum Corner

Social Studies

Room 200 finished the first unit Who am I?. In this unit, we shared how we are different from our peers, we discussed things that we care about, and things that we can do. This week, we began our second unit What is a Family?. We read What Grandmas do Best by Laura Nemeroff to kick off our family unit. Students shared who is part of a family and how we feel when we are with our family. In the coming week, we will discuss how families show that they care for one another and learn about different family activities/traditions that take place.


Math

Room 200 continues to learn and recognize numbers. We created a "number board" and the students saw how when we add one more sticker to show the number below it, that stairs or a triangle appears!


Also, we've introduced interactive math notebooks. The students glued down the four shapes we've learned so far: triangle, rectangle, circle, and square. They were able to identify the shape name for each and glue down those names under a flap. The students loved being able to use an interactive notebook like their older siblings!


Additionally, we've started practicing writing our numbers with number poems.


Number Poems:

1 - One is fun! Straight down and then you're done.

2 - Around and back on a railroad track. You made a two just like that!

3 - Around the tree, around the tree, that's the way you make a three!

4 - Down and over, then down some more, that's the way you make a four!

5 - Go across then take a dive, around the bend and that's a five!

6 - Roll a hoop and make a loop, just that quick you've made a six!

7 - Straight across and down from heaven, that's the way you make a seven!

8 - Make an "s" but don't you wait, go right back up to make an eight!

9 - Make a loop and then a line, that's the way to make a nine!

10 - Straight down, around to win, that's the way you make a ten!


Fundations

Room 200 is continuing to learn new letter sounds and review previously learned sounds. Thus far, the children have learned the following letter names and sounds: t, b, f, n, m, u, and i. We have also learned how to write each letter using our own writing tablets. The letters t, b, and f all are "sky-line" letters and we begin writing them on the "sky-line". Letters n, m, u, and i are "plane-line" letters and we begin writing them on the "plane-line". Next week, we will learn the letter name-keyword-sound for the letters c and o. Please reference the Fundations Sound-Alphabet chart in the blue folder from Back-to-School Night to help reinforce our learned sounds. Many students are doing great recognizing their sounds. Please continue to reinforce these sounds at home!


Journeys

Journeys newsletters are now online at my eboard! Please feel free to review these so you are up to date on what we're learning in reading.


Students have completed Lesson 2 and 3. We learned the sight words I, like, and the. We read the books, How does a Dinosaur go to School? and Please, Puppy, Please. With How does a Dinosaur go to School?, we discussed how we can describe a character by looking carefully at the pictures, words, and what they say. We also looked at story structure (characters, setting, problem, solution) with Please, Puppy, Please.


Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop is going wonderfully in Room 200. The writers of Room 200 composed their very first book. We learned how to visualize a topic we know a lot about. We discussed how writers don't just write, yet they plan out what will go on every page before they even pick up their pencil to write. We also talked about how writers stick to one topic for a book.


Some students wrote a book about tornadoes, legos, playing baseball, gymnastics, hide-and-seek, etc. Partners checked to see if their book stuck to one topic and all of the students' books did!

Important Events!

Saturday, 10/10/15 - Tatem 5K Run 8am-10am

Tuesday, 10/13/15 - Parent Visitation Day 9am-11am

Friday, 10/30/15 - Halloween Classroom Party 10:15AM-11:10PM (AM kindergarten students come in costume/all Kindergarten parents invited to attend party)

*Friday, 10/30/15 -Tatem School Halloween Parade 1:45-2:15

Monday, 11/2/15- Friday, 11/6/15 - Fall Break


*AM Kindergartners will still need to be picked up at normal dismissal time 11:10 AM. Your child may return with a parent if they wish to attend the parade. I will walk any Room 200 students around who wish to be part of the parade. However, parents are required to stay and watch.

Reminders!

  • Your child's library book is always due back Day 3 of the following cycle. Day 3 this cycle is Tuesday, October 13th, 2015. Thank you!
  • October Scholastic Book orders are due Thursday, October 15th. Two more October Flyers will be coming home tomorrow. Feel free to look at them for any books your child likes. We are $1 away from earning 2 free books for our classroom library! Click here to order. Code: PCYMV
  • Go through and empty your child’s folder daily. Reviewing papers with your child reinforces what goes on at school!
  • Please reserve a time for "Mystery Reader," if you haven't already done so!