Ms. Wertheim's Little Leaders

News and Resources from Room 203

Week of November 16, 2015

Hi Room 203 families! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here are highlights from last week as well as a peek what we're up to this week...

You're never too young to make a difference in the world...

Our bake sale was wonderful! Thank you so much to all who stopped by. We ended up raising $120 which will go toward Jharana's scholarship.
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our class and Miss Adams' class are working together to study the countries of Uganda and Nepal. We are learning about culture, government, history, art, and education within the countries, while learning how to take action as global citizens to make a difference. It is amazing to see students in kindergarten and 2nd grade learn about both local and global citizenship together.

Snapshots of Learning

What we're learning about this week:

  • Reading- We are working on making inferences and using pictures and diagrams to help understand the text. We are also continuing our written response comprehension practice. We use an acronym called RAPS (restate the question, answer the whole question, prove it with text evidence and page number, and sum it up.) They are amazing reader leaders! See our Twitter page for the RAPS song!
  • Writing- We are continuing guided research. Students will be introduced to the eWISE research model (evaluate, wonder, invesigate, synthesize, express).
  • Math- We are continuing addition and subtraction within 100. Students will learn a variety of strategies. We are continuing to focus on missing numbers. For example: ___ + 90=95 or 75- ___ = 70. We will also practice referring to numbers using the "Say Ten" way: 47 would be 4 tens 7; 68 would be 6 tens 8. This is to reinforce place value when embarking on addition and subtraction. We are learning mental math strategies by "making the nearest ten" and practicing doubles combinations (9+9). Feel free to email me if you have any questions about the homework this week.
  • FUNdations- We are continuing Unit 6 which focuses on multi-syllabic base words and suffixes as well as a new syllable type: V-E (vowel-consonant-e), such as the words hope, drove, make. Students will learn that the silent "e" at the end makes the vowel long. To mark these words, we scoop, put a "v-e" and slash out the "e" to show that it is silent. A detailed description of this syllable type and other syllable types is attached to their FUNdations homework packet. For a video tutorial on marking base words and suffixes, please visit the Fundations page on my blog: http://mswertheim.blogspot.com/p/reading.html .
  • Science- Students will explore different states of matter and conduct experiments to observe how matter changes through heating, cooling, and evaporation.
  • Social Studies- We are continuing civics and economics. Students will learn about governments as well as the roles and responsibilities of citizens. This week we will be focusing on characteristics of good citizens and will be comparing and contrasting the U.S. government to governments of other countries.

Wish List

  • Tab dividers for our Leadership Notebooks
  • Snack (healthy options please)

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Friday, November 20: Claxton family Holiday Meal. If you plan to attend, please sign in at the office and then meet our class in the cafeteria at 10:45 am.
  • Saturday, Nov. 21: Holiday Parade downtown Asheville
  • November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2: Last Day of Book Fair
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9: K-2 Winter Concert
  • Thursday, Dec. 10: Storytelling Festival
  • Friday, Dec. 11: Winter Holiday Meal
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15: Holiday Pick-up Party for Families
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15th - Thursday, Dec. 17th:Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16: Winter Dance 3:30-4:45
  • Thursday, Dec. 17: 3-5 Winter Concert


Class Dojo, Behavior Assessments, and Homework

Class Dojo reports can be accessed online. If you need your child's code, please email me. Please remember that Class Dojo tracks positive behavior. Once earned, students' Dojo points are never taken away from them. If a child needs support with his/her behavior, they will fill out a think sheet reflection which is sent home to be signed.


Behavior assessments are filled out each day by your child. I am so proud of their self-reflection skills! They've done an excellent job with their self-assessments so far. Please be sure to discuss their achievements with them and sign the assessment each evening.


Homework this week consists of:


  • Read each night for 20 minutes and fill out reading log/Bingo board
  • Fundations
  • Math packet (due Friday)

We will begin reading responses next week.

As always, thank you so much for all you do. It is an honor to teach your child.