What's Your Superpower? October 14, 2016


14th SPIRIT DAY...FARMERS DAY...dress like a farmer

13 & 14 Farm Animal Centers


19th Taco Party

21st Joe Corbi Fundraisers are due

28th Halloween Parade 1:30

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Please sign up for Halloween and Taco Party

Please sign up for conferences if you haven't.

Please bring in CANNED GOODS for the FOOD BANK.

Please help the PTO... Pie challenge...sell 5 pies to help the school reach our goal of more than 600 pies.

Our first Kicking It Math Tests will be on Tuesday and Thursday...practice your flash cards.

Looking for Story and Snack Readers...sign up below.


This week...

It was a short week but action packed...

We continued to write small moment stories. Our students are really growing as readers and writers!

We saw a presentation called Milk Matters...How much sugar do you think is added to a

Hi-C juice box? a small can of soda? a pint of milk? a pint of chocolate milk?

We made moostaches and drank milkshakes!

In Farm and Fall we...made butter, did "egg"citing egg "egg"speriments, we sheared the shaving cream wool off our sheep, we learned about farm animals, milked a pretend cow, made Team Scarecrows, had pumpkin races, measured pumpkins, did leaf rubbings, did pumpkin math, learned about corn and took pictures with Farmer Jake!

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Next week...

We will read and compare different version of The Little Red Hen. We will make tacos like in the story the Little Red Hen Gets Help.

We will learn about words with short e...en, et, ell

We will finish our Farm Animal unit.

We will have pumpkin centers on Friday . Students will rotate to each of the first grades and learn and write pumpkin facts, weigh and measure pumpkins, count pumpkin seeds, see if pumpkins sink or float and learn about the pumpkin life cycle.

We will finish addition facts to 20. We will take our first 2 kicking it math tests.

Scholastic Book Orders...please order on line by October 28th

Scholastic has a Special Gift for you...if you spend $10.00 this month your child can pick an additional book free...up to $5.00... and if our class reaches $125.00 each student will get an additional free book. Plus our class can earn extra bonus points for free books and resources...last month our class got magnetic ten frames, magnetic money and write on number bonds plus 10 free books...with only 4 students ordering. If interested... please go online to submit your order. Please do not send in checks or cash. Thanks for helping our students grow as readers!

Shop Online:
One-Time Class Activation Code: HHXRQ

Look at Our Farm and Fall Fun!

Check out See Saw for more pics! But you need to signup for See Saw first...

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to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds.

Please look for the UPDATED Class Directory.

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Taco Party and Halloween Party Sign up to help!- we still need a few items!

On October 19th, we will be having a Taco Party. We will be reading all different versions of The Little Red Hen...In Little Red Gets Help...they make tacos. We need your help with ingredients so we can have A Taco Party.

On October 28th, we will have our Halloween Parade and Party. If you you wish to volunteer treats, please sign up here. We will limit sweet treats and do some fall favorites.

Halloween Parade Details...

On Friday, October 28th, Shoemaker Elementary will hold our

Halloween Celebration with a parade and classroom parties.

Parents are invited to join us at 1:30, for the parade.

Here are some costume and parade guidelines:

Please stand on the macadam street starting at the side of the building near the bus parking and circle around the front of the building to the playground. Please do not stand on the sidewalks so students can parade through these areas.

There is no theme for costumes this year; however, we are encouraging costume recycling or Team Theme or Superhero costumes. When selecting costumes please choose costumes that do not have weapons. Scary costumes are fine as long as they do not have weapons or extreme “blood and guts”.

Please allow yourself extra time getting to school because our parade will begin promptly at 1:30 and we don’t want you to miss your child! Kindergarten will lead the parade followed by first, second, third, fourth, and ending with fifth grade.

Parking will be scarce and part of the lot will be blocked off for the parade, so you may want to carpool with other families.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

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I still do not have everyone's conference times...please sign up for November Conferences.

Conferences are...

November 15th & 16th Kindergarten conferences begin

November 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd Kindergarten to 5th Grade Conferences 1:00 dismissal

November 22nd Evening Conferences

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The PTO needs our help...The Joe Corbi Dessert Fundraiser can help our PTO reach their fundraising goals so they can give back to our students and school...and we can get yummy pies in return. Please look for the Dessert Days Flyer...students earn prizes, dessert will be delivered just in time for the holidays (they are very good incase you haven't tried kids have done lots of fundraisers growing up)

Bonus all students who sell 15 or more pies receive a free cookie dough!

Special incentives if the school sells 600 or more pies...Look at flyer for all the details!

Orders are due back by October 21st.

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Still need a few more cell #'s to sign up for remind! I have started texting messages!

Please sign up for the REMIND APP....ASAP to get important and last minute reminders.

Text @fg992c to the number 81010

You’ll receive a welcome text from Remind.
If anyone has trouble with 81010, they can try texting @fg992c to (610) 365-1780.

Click Here for Thinglink for the Farm

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Click Here to find all our THINKLINKS


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KICKING IT MATH...PLEASE STUDY...First Test will be October 17th

Flash cards have been sent home for Kicking it Math...students should cut apart and practice flash cards 2 to 3 times per week( more if needed). Practice facts with +1 +2 and +3 to begin. During the week of October 17th we will begin Assessing students ...students will get a timed test... 30 problems in 2 minutes. If a students gets 28-30 problems correct they move to the next level...there are 4 levels for each belt color...example once they pass levels A, B, C, D they will earn their yellow belt. Each belt has 4 levels to pass with exception of the white belt(which they will earn after passing the first test). Keep practicing. I will also send a practice packet home with some sample problems,,,feel free to copy and use as practice sheets.
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Story and Snack Time on Sign-up Genius

Please sign up for Story and Snack Time on Sign-up Genius. Please check the volunteer requirements...

You may come in for 1 reading without your clearances...need to sign affidavit.

Here is the Sign- up Genuis link: story and snack

Please bring 2-3 books and a healthy snack...22 students.



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Please bring pictures on Monday and fill out All About Me Form

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LITTLE READER: The Little Reader is in the Blue Shoemaker Folder...please keep the packet and booklet in the blue folder.

Students will have 1 week to complete and practice. Each week practice reading the book each day to build fluency. Complete any skill. Then write 2 to 5 sentences in the packet, draw and color a picture. For added practice have students reread their own writing. Students can write in kidwriting and you write the correct spelling above or below it or students can dictate and you write on a scrap piece for them to copy, or they write on a scrap piece, you correct and they recopy onto the packet.

Lastly, please write the title of the book and due date on the packet. It is due on Wednesdays. Please write me a note or e-mail if you can be our Little Reader Volunteer on Wednesdays. It is best to take the Little Reader out of the folder each week after you get a new book and keep in a folder or box for extra practice.

Sight Word Vocabulary Book: It is the off white booklet. Students have 1 week to practice the words. Students will write words and write a sentence in the book, practice reading the words and return on Fridays. The new list will be highlighted for the next week. You can make flash cards, have students write words or write words in shaving cream for extra practice. They do not need to know how to spell these words...only read them.

Please write me a note or text me if you would like to Volunteer to be the Vocabulary Volunteer on Fridays.

Kicking It Math: Addition flashcards will be sent home soon. Please cut the cards and have students practice learning the facts by heart. A practice packet will be sent home to use...feel free to make copies and practice as they move up the levels. I did not include every level in the packet...just a sampling. We will give Kicking math tests 2 to 3 times per week, as time allows. If students do not pass the level they will retake it. Students can miss 3 of 30 problems. They have 2 minutes to complete 30 problems.

Fluency Passages: Students will bring home Fluency Practice Passages, stories, sentences and poems. Please have students read and reread the passages each week to help develop fluency and expression. Please initial and return each week.


Each month we will do ACTS of KINDNESS… please help in anyway you can…

In October, we are going to collect canned food. This will also be a canned food contest for the school. The classes will compete to see who can bring in the most canned goods. Let's try to bring at least 100 cans..if we each bring 4 or 5 cans we can reach our goal. The food will be taken to the Zionsville Food Pantry to help our own East Penn families. (Please remember to check the dates on the items sent in. Outdated food cannot be handed out at the food pantry.) Our collection will last until October 31st .



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Students will be entered into RAZ KIDS shown how to use this site in the next 2 weeks. I will select leveled books that are a starting point for each child so they can work through the books and develop comprehension and fluency skills. Students must Listen to the Book, Read the Book, and Answer Questions before doing the next book. They may read at home but please only do 1 book each day or reread older books so they do not move through the program too quickly or before they are ready for the next level. Please complete stories in order.
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We will begin using a program called XtraMath to increase speed and accuracy in arithmetic. Each student is invited to spend a few minutes each day practicing math on a computer, tablet, or phone. If you would like to do XtraMath on a tablet or smartphone, look for XtraMath in the app store. The app costs $5. On a laptop or desktop computer, he/she can do XtraMath for free at

Please look for the flyer in the next few weeks with directions for your child to practice addition facts at home as well as in school.

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Dear Parents,

This year we're going to use a new tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own learning journal, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class.

Click on

to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds.

Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Parent app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web.


P.S. If you have more than one child using Seesaw, or want to add a new class/school year for your child, follow the link in this email, then click 'Sign in' tab at the top. You do not need to create a new account.

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Reinforce and practice spelling words by weekly lists on Spell City. Click link above and start with the bottom list of words and work up. We will begin the first list next week.