Weekly Newsletter
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News and Notes From Room 114. . .
Friday, September 6th, 2013
 
Dear Families,
 
* We have completed another four days together!  The students are working on completing a work cycle - including choosing a work, making sure they have a work rug, working on the work until it is completed, putting the work back in its proper place on the shelf as well as putting away their work rug.  They are also working on using their quiet voices during our work time.
* If you have not returned your child’s emergency form, behavior form or bus safety rules that were sent home last week, please do so as soon as possible. The bus safety rules form must be signed and returned whether or not your child rides a bus to school because he/she will be riding a bus when we go on field trips. Thanks so much!
* Enclosed in your child’s Communication Notebook is also the first Scholastic book order of the school year.  If you would like to purchase books from any of the scholastic book orders, please write just one check for the entire amount payable to Scholastic Books.  The book orders are due by Monday, September 16th.
* I read Our Peaceful Classroom. We discussed what we needed to become a respectful learning community.  Together we created our classroom rules that everyone signed.  Our rules are in the process of being turned into a book that will be on display in our room throughout the year.
* I shared a book titled The Color of Us with the students. We discussed how we are alike and different.  The students are in the process of painting self-portraits using multicultural paints.  When complete, the portraits will be hanging in the hallway outside our classroom for your viewing pleasure.
* We added another new poem to our Poetry Folders – ‘Jack Be Nimble’ (Be sure to ask your child about the greeting we did using this poem.)
         * On the first day of school, I shared a story titled The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  I painted and printed your child’s hand using multicultural skin color paints.  Your child then added his/her name to a quote from the book.  I have enclosed your child’s handprint and quote which is a gift from your child to you.  Enjoy!
         * The students learned about Living and Nonliving this week.  I read Each Living Thing and introduced four living/nonliving works on our zoology shelf. The students also cut pictures and sorted them according to living and nonliving. Together, we made a class collage of living and nonliving.
* Since we already have children who don’t feel well, I thought it would be an appropriate time to talk about germs! We talked about what a germ is, how germs are passed, what germs can do to us, whether or not we can see germs and, most importantly, what we can do to get rid of germs – wash our hands! I shared a story, Germs Are Not For Sharing!
* I introduced the students to new art and sensorial works this week.
* Your child wrote in his/her journal again today!  Today’s journal entry revolved around drawing and writing about something that is small.
         * We will be saying the Pledge of Allegiance every Monday morning.  If you do not want your child to participate, please let me know.  Thank you.
         * Just a note - Friday evening the 20th of September is the Annual Family Picnic at Seward.  I am very sorry I will not be attending this year because I am hosting our family reunion the next day. So needless to say, I will be spending my Friday evening cleaning and getting ready for our reunion.  However, I hope many of you will be able to attend and meet one another.  I am looking forward to hearing all about it from the students.
* REMINDER . . . If you have not sent in $6.00 to cover the cost of your child’s Communication notebook, writing journal, math notebook, language notebook and poetry folder, please do so as soon as possible.  Thank You!
* I would like to thank all of you again for the donations from our Giving Tree.  It is greatly appreciated! If you would like to donate an item to our classroom, we are in need of extra snack, a refill bottle of liquid hand soap, two bottles of hand sanitizer and a package of sponges. Thank you!
* Just a note . . . throughout our classroom we have many fun,interesting little objects that accompany our works.  If any of these exciting objects mysteriously find their way to your home, please send them back to school with your child so our materials will be complete.  Thank you for your help! We are already missing a red cylinder from our cylinder box.
* Dates to Remember:
         - September 16th – Scholastic Book orders are due
         - September 20th – Seward’s Annual Potluck Picnic
         - October 1st – Picture Day
        
Thank you for all of your support and cooperation.  It is greatly appreciated!
 
Sincerely,
 
Elizabeth