October News

Well September came and went with a rush of excitement and we have settled in nicely as a community of learners and friends. It has been fun getting to know one another! Here are a few highlights of what will be coming up this month:

We will continue to work on building stamina as independent readers by staying in one spot and reading the whole time. A big area of focus will be choosing “just right” books, as those are the books that will keep a reader engaged. I will be sending leveled readers home after conferences. These will be books that are just right for your child in terms of difficulty. Your child should be able to read these books with only minimal support. We will be working in leveled groups, and the strategies we develop in small groups should be transferred to your child’s reading at home.

We have begun writing stories from our lives, focusing on small moments rather than big ideas. Zooming in on small moments enables children to write with detail, showing a character’s actions, dialogue and internal thinking. The children are writing in booklets, sketching a story across the pages independently after choosing an idea and planning a clear beginning, middle and end. Our lives are full of small moment stories and I can’t wait to read them all!

Our work in our first unit, which will be carried on through the month, involves four main Math ideas.

Understanding and extending the counting sequence
Understanding, representing, and solving addition problems
Understanding, representing, and solving subtraction problems
Describing, identifying, and comparing attributes of 2-D shapes

The games in the unit help students solidify their understanding of counting on and counting back, comparing quantities, writing numbers, addition, and subtraction.

Fall presents all kinds of opportunities to wonder and explore! We will be studying the life cycles of apples and pumpkins. We will be traveling to French Prairie Gardens on the 19th. Watch for a permission slip in your child’s folder and please return ASAP. We are looking for volunteers, so please indicate on the permission slip if you can make it.

Important Dates-
Mon., Oct. 10: Evening conferences
Tues., Oct. 11: Evening conferences
Wed., Oct. 12: Conferences – no school
Thurs., Oct. 13: Conferences – no school
Fri., Oct. 14: Statewide Inservice – no school
Wed., Oct. 19: Field Trip to French Prairie Gardens, 8:15-12:45
Fri., Oct. 21: Fun Run
Wed., Oct. 26: Early Release – students dismissed at 12:10
Thurs., Oct. 27: Picture re-takes

If you haven’t signed up for conferences, please do so! I’m looking forward to partnering with you!

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