Oak Room Newsletter

Week of March 16, 2015

important reminder

Conferences start on Monday. Don't forget Thursday and Friday are half days; dismissal is at noon.
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This week (as told by the Oak Room Kindergartners)...

We had two recesses. We painted in Studio in a School. There was a gap on our schedule. We did not have Exploration.

In Writing Workshop we wrote about one thing we did in our life. We went outside for Sustainability and got to take our coats off. In Music we got to do a fly thing and we did the fly going to the bumblebee.

We did a new game with little blocks and cards. We made smoothies with Ellie's mom. We ate pancakes with Elizabeth's mom and dad. We read a comic book.

We went outside with Sara and Kirsten. We wrote about the 100th day of school in Writing Workshop together. We did more family cultural traditions. We talked about different feelings.

We went to Francis's mom's work and watched films. We had Sustainability in our room because Kirsten's room was messy. We went to the park a different way.

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This week in literacy (and things to do at home)

In Reading Workshop we are learning how to collect new vocabulary and facts as we read page after page, and how to synthesize what we are learning. We are working hard to read new books, learn information from the words and pictures, seek out new vocabulary, and talk about how all of these parts go together. This week we focused on some questions to ask ourselves or our reading partners when we get to a new word we've never seen before. We ask: What might this word mean? Are there any clues in the picture? Are there any clues in the other words on the page?

Try these three questions at home! The work we are doing now is geared more towards non-fiction books but can be applied to fiction as well.

In Writing Workshop we started our new unit called "Writing for Readers." In this unit we are working on writing true stories from our lives that readers really want to read. We start by thinking of something that happened or we did, tell it across our fingers; then touch, sketch, and write. We would love to have morning shares of any true stories your child works on with you at home!

In Word Study we introduced a new vowel--U--and three new word families: -ut, -un, and -ug

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This week in math (and things to do at home)

This week in math we started a new unit called, "What comes next?" The focus of this unit is on describing, extending, constructing, and recording repeating patterns; determining what comes next in a given pattern, and beginning to think about the structure of repeating patterns (a unit that is repeated over and over). To start the unit we went on an observation walk to prepare the Oaks for observing carefully. We also played "What's Missing?" In this game 6-10 objects are arranged in two rows and partners take turns hiding 1-2 things and asking each other, "What's missing?" In order to identify a pattern, we need to be able to look carefully and think about how things are arranged. We also need to be able to see different attributes, so we have been playing "Sorting Attribute Blocks" where partners take turns choosing a card and finding 3 blocks to match the description on the card.

Play What's Missing at home! Collect 6-10 objects around your home, nothing bigger than a baseball, and line them up in two rows. Decide what you are going to name each object with your child then take a few seconds to really look at the way they are arranged. Then, one person turns around while the other person hides 1-2 objects behind their back. Then the person hiding can say, "What's missing?" Then switch!

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This week in Project Time

What a week!!! So many families shared their cultural traditions! Elizabeth's mom and dad, Sara and Stephen, shared puffy pancakes and comics. Ellie's mom, Stephanie, made smoothies. Francis's mom, Johanna, shared their family tradition of camping. Twyla's mom, Adrienne, decorated a spring tree. And last but not least, Amaya's mom, Jenn, took us out for some exercise!

We still have a few more spots left if you haven't signed up yet please do!


We also visited Francis's mom's job at the Pratt Institute Library where she curates the film and video collection. We learned all about 16mm film and watched 3 short films. We also toured the library and learned about how the library was made!

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Compass Spirit Week

Dear Families,

We are excited to announce the first ever Compass Spirit Week will be taking place the week of March 30-April 2.

What is Compass Spirit Week?

Compass Spirit Week is a celebratory week to show our Compass Spirit and dress up in student-selected themes for each day.

Why Spirit Week?

The purpose of spirit week is to bring the Compass Community together in support of our school. The week serves to get students and staff involved, excited, and working cooperatively and united on a common goal.

How will it work?

We asked each class to select one of our themes for the week...and the winning themes were:

Monday 3/30: Pajama Day. Wear your coziest pajamas to school on Monday!

Tuesday 3/31: Costume Day. Choose a favorite costume to wear on Tuesday!

Wednesday 4/1: Favorite Color Day. Wear as much of your favorite color as possible on Wednesday!

Thursday 4/2: Dress Up Day. Dress up in your fanciest outfit to wear on Thursday!

​If your child would like to participate in Compass Spirit Week, they can dress up in the theme for each day (instead of wearing their Compass T-Shirts)​!

We can't wait to see all of the Compass Spirit in our community!


Thursday, April 2nd, 3pm

Community Room at Compass

We are nearing the end of our family study and as the culminating celebration we are having a family potluck with both kindergarten classes in the Community Room! Please sign up to bring something and we hope to see you then. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F4FADAF2BA02-family

Contact Information

Feel free to email us anytime. Pascale can be reached at pascale@brooklyncompass.org and Lorna can be reached at lorna@brooklyncompass.org.