Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2 for 1 Griffin Gazette

This is how we are all feeling about WINTER...enough said!

This newsletter will cover the next two weeks as this one is a bit delinquent and next week I am out Monday and Tuesday for professional development and again on Thursday and Friday for Lasik on my eyes. 

Reading this week and next:
Interactive readaloud with MAX TAKES the TRAIN and MAYDAY! MAYDAY!
Letters to be covered: J, W, and X
Snap words: yellow, green, blue and have
Comprehension skills: Realism and Fantasy & Cause and Effect
See the FAMILY times for more.
Leveled books will be sent home Tuesday - Thursday (please read them with your child and send back to school)
K readers are focusing on inferring while reading and asking questions. Take time to model this with your child at home as you read (the paper, a sign, the menu etc)

Math skills to be covered:
Coin review (Penny, nickel and dime)
Coin Exchange game
MINI mall is on FRIDAY in 1st and 2nd grade. The kids should bring 2 dimes, a nickel and five pennies to shop with. 
Comparison number stories
Reviewing counting by 2's
Dividing groups in half
Reviewing Attributes and learning a group game called READ MY MIND
TOOLS for measuring TIME
SKIP counting with calculators
Symbolic Representations of patterns
LOOK FOR a FEW HOMELINKS with math (you don't have to send them back, but please complete them at home)

AHHHH, it's POETRY month. 
Kindergarten just finished a HUGE project with their ANIMAL "expert books" and shared them with residents at the Renaissance center. It was a success!
Our SPRING poems are hanging in our hallway and our animal poems are in the making...look for them to be READ in MAY during our GALLERY night for WILD in WYOMING 3-D.

Other news:
THURSDAY is YOUNG AUTHOR'S night at 7pm at the ALTA gym. This year we are breaking the TRADITION a little and showing a movie of our writers in action. Please dress up like you are going to a MOVIE premier. Your child will be HONORED as a writer! We are so excited to celebrate them as young authors.

Heather Dolman will be my sub April 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd. 

April 16th is OPEN HOUSE at the JUDO dojo if anyone is interested.

Happy Spring! I think it's here!

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