Weekly News

February 18, 2016

Classroom News

It has been another great week in spite of the crazy start. The children have been working hard on all of our academic activities as well as their work habits and social skills.

During literacy, I have seen the children continue to use great reading strategies to figure out new words. We again discussed using "Stretchy Snake" to say each sound and blend them as well as "Chunky Monkey" to break long words into smaller parts. In addition to these strategies, we also talked about rereading sentences. The children and I worked with a book and practiced rereading sentences to figure out new words and to help them understand what they have read.

During Letterland, we "visited" "Bouncy Ben" and also discussed "Friends at the end". Please ask your child about them!

We continued to practice addition this week. The children learned 4 strategies they could use to solve addition equations. Please ask your child to see if he/she can remember them (count on fingers, use cubes/objects to count, draw a picture, or use a number line). Mrs. Adams and I have started mid-quarter assessments and have found something that has me a bit concerned. Several students struggled with rote counting. Some children were not even able to count as high as they did in December. The benchmark for third quarter is counting to 70. Please help your child practice counting. You could ask them to show how high they can count when you are driving or challenge them to count with you by taking turns saying numbers (i.e. Your child says 1. Then you say 2 and so on to at least 70.) Thank you in advance for your support!

We also continued our weather unit in science. The children learned what clouds are made of and about different types of clouds. They also began working on a cloud book to help them remember 3 basic cloud types (cumulus, stratus, and cirrus).

School News

Saturday is our make up day for the snow day on Monday, February 15th. We will start the day at our normal time and dismiss at 12:50. Breakfast and lunch will not be served. Please send your child in with a healthy snack so that he/she does not get too hungry before we dismiss. We will have Before School Care, but will not be offering After School Care.

Please be sure to complete the no bullying pledge with your child and return it to school no later than February 26th. If you return it, you will receive 2 tickets for a Durham Bulls game! Best of all, the class that gets the most pledges back wins a pizza party with Woolly Bull!

If your child would like to come to school to get some extra exercise, please look at the information regarding our Baby Bengal Run Club. It is a great way to get some exercise and have fun with friends. The information was on the orange paper we sent home in your child's folder this week!

Next Tuesday the 24th we will have a cultural arts performance. The kids will get to see a presentation of "The Princess and the Pea." These shows are always amazing!

Our next early release day will be March 4th. We will eat lunch at 12:30 and dismiss at 1:15.


It is almost time for us to meet to talk about your sweet children again! I will be sending out a sign up for third quarter conferences next week. Please watch for the email from SignUp Genius, so that you can get your spot! I am really excited to have the chance to share all of the amazing things your children are doing each day at school!

A New Friend

We have a wonderful new addition to our classroom. Ms. Boucher is joining us from Fuquay High School. She is an early childhood education student who is participating in an internship at Willow Springs. I feel very fortunate that our classroom was chosen as the place for her to work. She has jumped right into our routine and is working hard to get to know the children. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Word Whizzes!

Thank you so much to everyone who has worked so hard to help their kiddos become a Word Whiz. Our goal is to have 100% of our students become Word Whizzes! We are getting closer and closer to our goal! Just a reminder, even after your child passes a list it is still important for him/her to practice those words. If the children do not see a word for a while it can be difficult to read it quickly and accurately.

A Favor

We are beginning to work on some more collaborative projects and are in need of a supply. I feel bad asking this so late in the year, but we could really use pencil boxes for all of the children. If we put supplies in individual boxes, the children could take them around the room to more easily work in groups on the floor. Though each will have a box with his/her name on it, they will also be shared when the children work in centers. For this reason I am asking only for the plain boxes with a blue, pink, or white/clear lid. If you are able to send one for your child, I would really appreciate it. If not, please don't worry, I will purchase any that we are not able to collect. Thank you!


Thank you so much for all of the supplies you sent in for 100th Day celebration and for Valentine's Day. We all had so much fun! I am working on getting pictures of the amazing creations the children made at one of our 100th Day centers onto to the website as we speak. I am hoping to have them posted soon! We could not have done all of the fun centers without your help...thank you!

Wish List

  • Empty water bottles to make thermometers
  • Extra snacks to share with children who forget one
  • Pencil boxes (see note above)
  • Spring/Easter erasers

Contact Information

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!