Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday News for the Week of August 27-31

Happy Friday!

We finished the first full week of school! We did some more practice of routines and following the rules, but we also started some lessons and learned some valuable things this week.

Reading - We focused on “Check for Understanding.” This is the foundation of all the reading strategies and even adults do it without thinking. It’s stopping to make sure you understand what you are reading. We read some fun books to practice this strategy. We also practiced “Read to Self.” The students are building stamina so that they can read by them self for 20 minutes. They need to read quietly, stay in one stop, read the whole time, and start right away. This week we read 6 minutes, 4 minutes, then 5 minutes!

Spelling - we reviewed consonant sounds by doing some fun games!

Math - We started Unit 1 about addition. We learned how to tell an addition story and how to think about numbers with parts and a whole.

Bible - We learned about the days of creation when God made the world. We learned that on the 7th day he rested and that's why we rest on Sundays and Saturdays! 

Social Studies - We talked about Community and how we as a classroom are part of a community - we work and play together!

This week we also talked about the 4 things we want to be at OCSI - Kind, Respectful, Hard workers, and Self-controlled. We really want to learn these for 4 things so that we can grow up to impact the world!

This week we also visited the library and got to check out 1 book. Please have your child read it with you at home. The book is due back on TUESDAY! Please send it with your child then.

Today was our first FUN FRIDAY! The students got to choose origami, geoboards, playdough, or pattern blocks.

This week we also had a special guest start with us in our room - please meet Mrs. Halley Hewitt. She will be student teaching in our classroom until December. She has jumped right into the classroom learning everyone’s names and helping students with their work. She will slowly start teaching different subjects throughout the year. She has already worked with kids for many years. I’m excited to together this semester!

Next Week:

Bible Memory: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

Spelling Words: am, at, cat, man, ran, had, has, can, I, the (Spelling test will be on Friday!)

Upcoming Events: 
 9/17: Teacher Work Day - no school
9/19-9/20: School Pictures

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Friday News for the week of August 21st-24th

Hi everyone!

It was so great to see the parents who came out to Open House on Friday evening! I enjoyed chatting with each of you and am excited about teaching your child this year.

We had a great 1st week of school. I enjoyed getting to know the 20 wonderful students. We practiced a lot of routines, made new friends, went to Art, PE, Music, and to the Computer Lab, and SO much more!

We learned the first 4 classroom rules-
#1 Listen when your teacher is talking
#2 Raise your hand to speak or stand
#3 Follow directions quickly
#4 Make smart choices

Everyday the students filled up the pompom jar, that they got to have free play time for about 20 minutes.

Next Week:
Homework is starting! One page of phonics and math every day Monday-Thursday. Please also start reading with your child at home for at least 10 minutes!

Homework will be in the Homework Folder. Please have your child return it every day to school.

Please email me if you have any question, or write in the Home to School Notebook (will be sent home tomorrow)! Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 20, 2018


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I'm looking forward to meeting my students and kicking off a great school year.

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