Our Classroom Newsletter

Week of September 19th-23rd

Notes from Ms. Simmons

Dear Parents and Families,

THANK YOU for the beautiful flowers and sweet cards! They made my birthday so special and I really appreciate your thoughtfulness!

A few quick reminders for this week:

  • Monday, September 19th Scholastic orders are due. You may order online by using this link and following the directions on the page: https://clubs.scholastic.com/home. Our class code is H8JXF.
  • Wednesday, September 21st is an early release day. We will dismiss the children at 12:30.

Thanks!

Ms. Simmons

alice_simmons@charleston.k12.sc.us

(843) 849-2200

Raz-Kids Accounts are set up and ready to go!

I have set up a Raz-Kids account for each child in the classroom. This will allow your child to read books at their text level on the computer at home if you wish. They can use this for their nightly reading logs. We will also be using this program during reading rotations at school. Below is the sign-on information. Please e-mail me if you have any questions/concerns.


http://www.kidsa-z.com

Teacher username: asimmons15

Password: 123456

Here's what we're learning:

Reading:
  • Reviewing character traits and setting
  • Monitoring our reading and fixing words that don't sound right/look right/make sense
  • Thinking while we read and marking our thinking with a post-it note

Math:

  • Strategies for subtraction
  • Shortcuts for harder subtraction problems
  • Fact families

Writing:

  • Learning to "show not tell" by adding dialogue, action and feeling to stories
  • Choosing the right transition words
  • Re-reading a story like a detective to be sure it makes sense and the conventions are correct

Word Study:

  • Recognizing the long A vowel pattern in -ai, -ay, and a (consonant) e words
  • Recognizing that long A can sometimes be spelled with an -ei (as in eight or weight)

Theme (science):

  • Studying weather tools including the wind vane
  • Understanding weather symbols and their meanings

Special Area Schedule for this week...

Monday: Music

Tuesday: Technology

Wednesday: Media

Thursday: PE

Friday: PE

Upcoming dates...

9/19: Scholastic orders due

9/21: Early Dismissal

9/27: Rob Fowler visit

10/3: Park West Campus Education Fund Campaign begins

Sharing Schedule

Monday: Brody, Eddie, Mikayla, Amari, Jaydon

Tuesday: Ryan, Zoe, Summer, Lilly, Peyton

Wednesday: Sophia, Marissa, Sydni, Kelsey, Jack

Thursday: William, Charlie, Dallas, Brinkley, River

Friday: Colin N., Jacob, Whitney, Colin R.

Homework

Good job getting the homework turned in! Please remind your child it is their responsibility to take the homework out of their green folder and turn it in to the homework bin.