Friday, August 5, 2016

August 8 - 12, 2016

A Peek at Next Week (8/8-8/12)

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What a great first week! We've had fun getting to know each other and working hard to learn classroom routines/procedures. I can already tell we are going to have a great year together! 

As we look forward to next week, we will begin schoolwide MAP testing. Our class will take the MAP Reading assessment on Monday, August 8th next week at 9:30am. This computer based assessment allows us to see what your child’s academic level in reading is at the beginning of the year so we can decide on what goals we need to work on this year to improve. The MAP Reading assessment will be administered again in the winter and spring. We will also take the MAP Math assessment on Monday, August 15th at 9:30am. This assessment will also be administered in the winter and spring. You will want to make sure your child is well rested, has had a nutritious breakfast, and is here at school on time to be ready and prepared.

Here’s a peek at next week:

Phonics Based Spelling Pattern: at, hat, bad, an, ran, sat, had, am, can, that

We will not be taking spelling tests this year. Research has found that weekly spelling tests have not proven to help students be better spellers.  We will focus on phonetic patterns in words and individual student's misspelled sight word vocabulary.  The expectation is for students to be able to spell AND apply the spelling/phonics pattern for the week in their own writing. 
Need ideas for practicing spelling words at home? 
Check out Spelling City!

Phonics- short a 

Reading: Establishing Daily 5 Routines- Read to Self 

Writing Workshop: Personal Narratives

Math: Numeration (Numbers 0-120)

Social Studies-All About Me 
1. Words That Describe Me activity {see details in Daily Folder}
2.  Lightning Words
3. Please make sure you have returned all paperwork/ forms sent home in your child's Daily Folder. 
4. Update your child's PowerSchool account {a login information sheet was given out at Open House}  

Just a few reminders…

Remind 101
If you haven’t signed up yet, text @8f745 to 81010 for text reminders throughout the year.
Please remember that you may send in a small, nutritious snack and water daily for your child to eat during snack time.

Instructional Materials Donation
If you are able and have not already done so, please send in a $12.50 donation for your child's Instructional Materials purchased over the summer. Thank you! 

Volunteer Training
If you haven’t attended one of the Volunteer Training Sessions with Mrs. Wages, you will want to do that. I have had many of you turn in the volunteer form I sent home and I can’t thank you all enough for being so willing to be active in our classroom. I can only allow volunteers who have been through the training to help with things in the classroom due to a Georgia law about mandated reporters, so as soon as you all have had a chance to attend a training session, I will contact you about volunteering. Remember you must also be volunteer trained to help with any class parties, DASH, Field Day, etc.
Remaining Fall Volunteer Training Dates (choose one):
Friday, August 5
th 9:00am-10:00am
Monday, August 15
th 9:00am-10:00am
Tuesday, August 16
th 9:00am-10:00am
Thursday, September 1
st 9:00am-10:00am
We will need ALL volunteers to attend one of the training options in order for everyone to be able to continue to serve as a volunteer. Please know we appreciate you, your time, and commitment to RBES.

Upcoming Events
Newcomer's Welcome - August 11 (9-10 a.m.)
***K/1st Curriculum Night- Aug. 23- 6:30 pm** 
K/1st Picture Day- Aug.30
Have a great weekend!!

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