Class News

Miss Sweeney's Kindergarten

Halloween Party

Thanks so much to all the parents who volunteered and/or contributed in some way to make the Halloween party such a huge success. The kindergarteners had SO much fun, and I'm sure it will be a very fond memory of their kindergarten year.

Veteran's Day

The Veteran's Day ceremony was so much fun. We are so fortunate to have such a great school and community that recognizes those who serve our country. As I'm sure you know (and heard at home), we practiced the "Thank You, Soldier" song very hard, and it was a great performance!

Developmental Spelling

I am SO impressed with how well our class is doing in "developmental spelling." It's called developmental because instead of learning a traditional list of words to spell (this starts in first grade), we must first engage in sounding out words. This is a developmental stage that will provide a solid foundation for conventional spelling as they progress in school. Our writers are really stretching those words out with not only beginning and ending sounds, but middle sounds, too!

Summarizing

In Reading Workshop, we have discussed the importance of summarizing and how to summarize a fiction text using "who, wanted, but, so, then." This is a spiraling skill that we will continue to work on the rest of the year. We also practiced identifying main idea and details with informational text. Practice these skills at home with your child!

Handwriting

We are nearly finished with our handwriting books! That being said, it's important to continue this practice of forming letters in the most neat and efficient way. We need to remember the importance of using uppercase letters only in those special circumstances (beginning of sentences, special names, etc.), and the rest lowercase letters. We are going to place more focus now in applying our handwriting skills to our writing pieces. Writing is a difficult task, but with all this practice we are ready to begin fine-tuning the smaller details of what makes a good author.

Book Fair

Friday, Nov. 20th, 8:30am

1700 O'Plaine Road

Libertyville, IL

Our class will be attending the Book Fair on Friday, November 20th at 8:30am. If you would like your child to purchase books, please send your child with an envelope labeled with their name and if there are any specifications on how the money should be spent (i.e. books only, no toys). Parents are welcome to come and shop for books with their child, or students can also complete a "wish list," which parents can use to purchase the books next week, as the book fair will be open during conferences.

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