Miss Butz's Class Newsletter

May 2 - 6

Another Busy Week Ahead....

This was a BUSY week and we will have another BUSY week next week! We have our last field trip of the year on Monday. We are going to Southeastway Park! Please remember to pack a sack lunch for the day. We will be outside most of the day, so please dress your child for the weather. I suggest old shoes too...we will be near a pond and can get very muddy! We have also been warned that ticks are bad this season. I suggest sending your child with a hat to wear on the field trip.


I have my final two meetings of the year, so I will be in the building Tuesday, but I will be at a meeting all day. On Thursday I will be out of the building for a meeting at Central Office. I told the kids today. I wish I could just skip the meetings, but I can't.


Stay tuned for some more information about our play coming soon. We will have a painting day or two in the next couple weeks. We will be working on costumes. And we will, of course, be working on our scripts! Feel free to practice lines at home too! :)

The Fun Run aka The Gator Gallop -- THANK YOU FOR THE DONATIONS!!

Important Dates

Monday, May 2nd - Southeastway Field Trip

Please send a sack lunch with your child today!


Thursday, May 5th - ALL MONEY FOR THE FUN RUN IS DUE!

I sent envelopes on 4/29 to collect the money, if needed (some of you did it all online).


Friday, May 6th - Pajama Day and Bring a Stuffed Animal to School Day!

We earned lots of prizes for all the Fun Run donations! Kids can wear pajamas (and real shoes) and bring one stuffed animal to hang out with today!


Friday, May 6th - Gator Gear Day!

Wear your gator shirt or blue and green today.


Friday, May 6th - Last Book Order Due

I forgot to send flyers home on 4/29, but feel free to start ordering online now. You'll get the flyers on Monday!


Saturday, May 14th - The Fast Flash

A bright yellow paper was sent home with information about this FT event this week!


Tuesday, May 24th - Our Class Play!

We will perform our play in our classroom at 10 am.

ONLINE GATOR CHOMPUTATION PRACTICE!!

A South Creek parent created a website for kids to practice Chomputation. It has levels P5 and up. Check it out!


http://chomputation.ftcsc.k12.in.us/

Learning This Week!

Literacy Focus:

Story: What's the Big Idea, Molly?

Letter Sounds: long u sound

Phonemic Awareness Skills: middle sounds, ending sounds, segmenting words (saying all sounds in words, ex. dog -- /d/ /o/ /g/), changing sounds in words (ex. "hit" change /h/ to /s/, what is the new word?)

Reading Skills: plot/sequence, predictions

Sight Words: good, who

Math Focus: Intro to the Function Machine, Number Gymnastics Game, Intro to the $1 Bill, One-Dollar Game

Writing Focus:

Seasonal Writing

Science Focus:

Natural Resources

Social Studies Focus:

How Things are Made

SPECIALS SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK!

No specials - we will be on our field trip!

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Library - WE WILL CHECK OUT BOOKS TODAY!

Thursday: Art

Friday: Gym (wear your gym shoes!)


*Please note that your child can NOT check out a new book unless the book is returned on our library day. If you send it in late, then he/she has to wait until the next Monday to check out another book.

Word Game - Vocabulary

Goal: To help your child build vocabulary and sort words that are alike in some

way.


What you will need:

· Shoe bag with clear pockets or staple envelopes or plastic food bags to a large poster board.

· Small slips of paper or note cards


Let’s Go!

1. Print or glue labels on the top of each pocket or use Velcro dots if you want to be able to change it. Examples: Colors, Furniture, Feelings, Foods, Numbers

2. As you discover new words in book or on signs, help your child decide in which pocket the new word belongs.

3. Write the word on a piece of paper or a note card and put it in the right pocket.

4. Read these words together now and then. Ask, “Can you remember any of the words in this pocket without looking at them?”


Let’s Go On!

5. Use the same materials to make a chart for parts of speech. Example: Nouns, Adjectives (describing words), Verbs (action words), etc. You can even break down the nouns in to people, places, and things.

6. You could even use the same set up to sort words by word families. Be sure to keep it to one syllable words to sort into word families.


Quick Tip for Literacy

Spring break is a great time to write cards and letters to friends and loved ones. There’s vacation news to tell, and time to send their love. Plus, the practice will help your child write words easily and automatically and to become an effective communicator.


Source - Family Fundamentals for Learning School: Home Literacy Connections_

DISMISSAL TIMES

*Dismissal is at 3:50pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

*Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day. We dismiss at 3:20pm.