Thursday, February 21, 2013

Feb 18-21

Our letter of the week was Ff.  We talked about the sound Ff makes (like in Fifi, flamingo, feathers and flute).  We practiced our hand symbol, practiced the hand writing sheet, and made our hand print book page (flamingo), and we decorated the letter ff with feathers.  The students are doing really well with our alphabet letters.  I am so proud of their progress with the sign language symbol, the sound symbol, the letter and even our handwriting sheets are improving!  

**** Found the correct wording on how to write the letters. Please click HERE It should bring you to a google document.  When you get in the document, you can save it (download) as a PDF.  You can then view, rotate counter clockwise to get a better view.***

Our theme this week was Presidents/Patriotism.  We talked mostly of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but touched on Mount Rushmore, the white house, the oval office, and the money in which we find President Washington and Lincoln. 

We did a coin flip activity in which we flipped a penny, and noted if we saw Lincoln's face or the Lincoln Memorial (tales).  The graphed this data and then counted the times they saw each.  
Students then did a coin rubbing of the coins, brown for pennies, and gray for quarters.  
Students worked on following 2 step directions and patterning by doing the stripes on their flags (start with red on top and then pattern red, white, red, white).  
They then followed more directions: fill the box with glue and put the blue box in that one.
Finally, students counted and worked with 1:1 correspondance putting the stars on.  We worked on following directions of a row on top of 6, then 5, 6, 5, and so on.  My goal was to get all 50 on there.  The rows got further apart than intentionally thought, so there most likely isn't 50, but they did follow directions of 6 and 5 and get practice counting and following directions that far.

To add a little presidential and patriotic background, students played president's day Bingo. They followed multi-step directions, listened to speaker for instructions, and problem solved to find what the teacher was describing.  They gained some presidential knowledge along the way, too!
If your student is out sick/ on vacation, please let the school know AND the bus company (for each individual day).  The bus company appreciates this so they know if they can alter the route to shorten it.  With the slippery roads, the more than can shorten the better! The school needs records of the reason of absence to report to the district nurse to track what is going through schools.

(as always, photos available by email at your request.  Additional photos are available for viewing on the website:
Important Notes:
  • Book Orders are due March 22nd (MIDNIGHT).  There are some great new collections. Also, if you order online you get a coupon for free books.  It also earns points and free books for our classroom as well!  Find the link the scholastic section of the website:
  • Spring Break is the week of March 25th-29th.  
  • Orientation  4K registration for NEXT YEAR'S 4k students is March 5 (Greenville) and March 6 (Hortonville).  If you plan on attending Hortonville or Greenville next year, you will automatically be registered due to your 4k enrollment (if you registered through Hortonville, not if you are registered through St. Edward.)  If you are planning on attending St. Edward next year (and were previously Hortonville), please let me know and we can get you a registration packet.  If you were already registered through St. Edward, your packet came in the Blue Folders last week.  Please get them in asap as they help us figure out staffing for next year and that process begins this early already.
  • Milk Jugs.  We do NOT need any more milk jugs!  The igloo is done, the valentine's buckets are made, and we are still busting at the seams with milk jugs!  Thank you for all your donations and helping make the students a great learning experience and fun!
  • Dress for the Weather.  We go outside Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Students need coats, hats, and mittens.  If there is snow or even if it is in the 30s I would suggest snowpants and boots for warmth and dryness.  St. Edward Extended day families, these students go outside for "long recess" after lunch daily and need to be dressed for it daily.  Please come with everything they need to stay warm and have fun!

    • With weather below zero, students cannot go outside. This does include windchill. 
  • Lost and Found.  Our lost and found is growing.  If you are missing something please feel free to check out the box on top of the lockers by our door, or email me and I will take a look for you!  
  • As always, any questions or concerns please feel free to email me!  Have a great weekend!
Next week:
Theme: Dr. Seuss
Letter: Qq
AM Snack: Plamann Family
PM Snack: Howard Family

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