Friday, Sept. 23

Dear Families,

We have had another wonderful week of work and getting used to each other. We have introduced more classroom routines and have had some special events.

We had our first all school assembly. The children sang the peace song, “Sing Peace around the World” and we observed a ceremony for lighting a candle for peace.

In the classroom we have been continuing to learn about the work of water. We learned (from Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus) about the water cycle. We learned that there is no new water on the earth. We introduced the nomenclature; evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. The children colored a picture, made a book, or put together a slat book to show their understanding of the concepts.

We are continuing Paddle to the Sea’s journey through the Great Lakes. The children are really enjoying that read aloud.

This week we made finger spelling name cards for the students. We are just beginning to learn our names, and we will learn some more signing as the year progresses. Signing is a good way to reduce noise pollution in the classroom! I copied an alphabet for your finger spelling pleasure! It is yours to keep.

We are working hard on both math and geometry. The children are using the materials every day. The geometry lesson introduced the constructive triangles. The LE level focuses on the vocabulary of the geometry work.

Today, I introduced the routine of spelling tests on Fridays. The test is given in a teacher directed fashion, and the children spell them in their notebooks. Look for list 2 in the Friday folder.

Also, in the folder is a note concerning the Writer’s Workshop notebooks. I have sent them home for the week for decoration and personalization. Please enjoy this activity with your child. The children will need their Writer’s Workshop notebooks by next Friday, September 30.

FIELD TRIP TO FIVE RIVERS ALERT: I have heard that it is quite MUDDY, so BOOTS would be the best choice of footwear. ALSO, the mosquitoes are quite aggressive so a spray of repellent before your child leaves home might be helpful.

School Photo. Not Individual or Class Photo is Monday morning September 26. Please arrive to school on time and wear a WHMS shirt if you have one.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Happy fall,

-Julie