NOTEWORTHY NEWS BY MRS. FOSTER

WEEK OF MAY 4-8, 2015

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CAMP ACADEMICS

GREETINGS

The next few weeks will be extremely busy. Please make sure you check out the Upcoming Events section, so you won’t miss anything. This is such an exciting time of the year because you can see so much growth from August. The students have become independent readers, and that is so exciting.

READING/WRITING

I am going to be giving the DRA test in reading this week. This will be the last diagnostic test we will do in reading. We will not meet in reading groups, so no reading folders will go home. I brag on the student’s growth in reading all the time because I am so proud of them. However, if they do not read during summer months, they could lose up to 6 levels. Please make them read over the summer.

MATH

We are learning about bar graphs (vertical and horizontal) and picture graphs. We are continuing to work with place value. A good thing to do with you child would be to give them a number like 53. Ask them to tell you how many tens and ones are in the number.

SCIENCE

We should have some activity with the chicks by the end of the week or the beginning of next week. This week we will be discussing how to care for a pet. We will learn about a pet’s basic needs. We will also talk about different kinds of pets.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We are looking at the difference between a rural map and a city map. The students are doing a very good job at locating places on a map and using the compass rose.

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WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

The website of the week is: http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading-owl/reading

This site offers:

  • 250 free eBooks
  • Reading activities
  • Top Tips for Reading
  • How to find a book
  • Fun Ideas
  • Kids Barn
  • Phonics
  • How to help struggling readers
  • Complete Math Section

FUN FACTS

  • The Bible, the world’s best-selling book, is also the world’s most shoplifted book.
  • More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
  • Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!
  • Koalas never drink water. They get fluids from the eucalyptus leaves they eat.

KINDNESS

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UPCOMING EVENTS & DATES TO REMEMBER

MAY 4-8, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week

MAY 4-8, 2015

Incoming Kindergarten Document Review

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is annually observed on May 5. It celebrates the defeat of the French army during the Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) in Mexico on May 5, 1862. It is not to be confused with Mexico's Independence Day.

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

End of the Year BOGO Book Fair

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

Kindergarten Roundup Event

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

J. Lyndal Hughes Elementary

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015

National Nurses' Day

National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders. It is held on the first Thursday of May each year.

SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015

Mothers' Day

Mother's Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.

SPELLING WORD LIST

There are no spelling words this week.