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Entries for October 2011

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Fun Fridays Have Started!

Last week we started our Fun Friday rotations, in preparation for the Fall Festival on Friday November 18th!  The theme this year is Music and the children are learning different aspects of music as they rotate each week from room to room within their multi-age groups.  See the article at the end of this newsletter for more information about this year’s Fall Festival!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Parent Expectations     

If you are unable to attend your volunteer time, please find a replacement or contact me immediately.  The sooner I know, the sooner I can readjust my day!  Wednesday folders are a great time to sit down with your child and discuss their education.  Ask your child about something they may be learning about or about their personal relationships at school.  Also, you can be my ears away from school.  If you hear of any inappropriate behavior that is occurring on campus, please let me know.  Also, please help your child establish a homework routine.  Be sure that your child has a quiet space to complete their work and encourage them to turn it in the following day! 

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Posted in: 4-5
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Habitats

We are continuing to study our CRAYFISH  and learn about their habitats, the adaptations that they make, and all about their different body parts.  There is a NEW crayfish in Ms. Jennifer’s class which is WHITE, a color we haven’t seen before (the other ones have been black and red). 

Keeping in line with learning about habitats, we will read the story Two Days in May, by Harriet Peck Taylor, which is based on the true story of a girl in Chicago who discovers 5 deer grazing in the small garden behind her apartment.  That is not the deer’s “natural habitat” and the story tells how they are brought back safely into the wild.

In writing, we have been adding detail sentences to our paragraphs and expanding upon how to write using facts.  We have learned to write a “power topic sentence,” which means including a “number” in the sentence.  For example, instead of writing “There are a lot of things to know about crayfish,” we can write more specifically, “There are five things you need to know about crayfish.”  Then we can continue explaining in the paragraph those five things.

The teachers look forward to talking with you about your child at Parent Teacher Conferences, held all this week (early release 12:30pm, every day).

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Posted in: 2-3
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Along with the usual Fall things (pumpkins and turkeys), at OCLM we'll enjoy a Fun Fair and Fall Festival. This month we are in planning mode for these exciting events in November.

 

A first for Conejo, the upcoming Fun Fair means more fundraising with built-in fun (think Rio and those rubber ducks!). We're only six weeks into the year, and we've raised over $10,000 so far for our school. Beyond the food and fun, the best part is the "doing" that we share (to make it all happen) and the results that we see.

 

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Posted in: Leaderboard
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Student Expectations  

I am noticing that students are not taking responsibility for their learning.  Homework is a great way for students to gain a sense of responsibility.  They will be held accountable for their assigned work.  Now is a perfect time to establish homework routines at home while the homework load is light.  Once we dive into our Core Literature (to begin on October 17th), students will have more homework to ensure their connection to the text.  Please discuss with your child the importance of turning in work that shows their pride in learning.  This pride will only help them as they continue on their educational journey!

The weekly Wednesday report should be expected every Wednesday.  If you do not receive a report, please let me know immediately.  This report should be reviewed and signed.  Please return this report with the Wednesday envelope the following day.  The completed work should be reviewed and kept at home.  However, if it is a test, please sign and return with the Wednesday envelope the following day.

I strongly suggest that your child be a part of the conference process.  In the twenty minute time frame, I will be discussing your child’s strengths and weaknesses.  I will also offer your child the opportunity to give input and feedback.  We will also discuss a plan of action for the remaining year.  If you haven’t done so, please return the parent conference schedule letter, which was sent home on October 3rd

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Posted in: 4-5
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Annie and the Old One

We have read the story, Annie and the Old One, by Patricia Miles Martin, about a Navajo girl who doesn’t want her grandmother to die.  The grandmother says she will “soon be a part of the earth” and helps the little girl understand the inevitability of death and the ultimate connectedness with the whole universe.  Sadly and coincidentally, our bearded dragon CJ died this week and will be buried to “become one with the earth” in Hailey McCool’s grandmother’s garden.

On a happier note, we have been watching our new creatures, the crayfish, and making scientific observations.  For example, one crayfish in Ms. Wendy’s room is red and turning black in color because it is “molting,” which means its outer shell will be coming off soon.  We have been writing facts about these animals and other things as well.

We are also learning to write “personal narratives,” which involves writing about our own experiences, as opposed to copying down or writing about facts we have learned.  It’s interesting for us to learn the difference between these two types of writing. 

Very soon, there will be information about our planning for Fall Festival—look for this info to come!

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Posted in: 2-3
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Teacher News

Seasons, air, and weather are the science feature for the next several weeks. The students will be learning about what air is and what it does. Also, the four seasons that will include leaf activities for the fall.

Kindergarten math is still focused on Geometry; shapes and exploring the shapes in our world. First grade math is investigating money and learning how to add and subtract money.

Parent conferences are next week and forms are in your child’s homework bag with your scheduled time.

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Posted in: K-1
 
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