Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Week of November 14-18, 2016

Week of November 14th-18th
Here’s a peek at next week!

Phonics Family Words: cube, glue, rule, tune, huge, also, small, because, ask, little
Phonics: long u (ule, ume, ue, ude, uke, ube)
Reading: Daily 5 implementation with emphasis on asking and answering questions about details in texts.(Compare/Contrast)We will be reading about The First Thanksgiving and applying reading comprehension strategies.(Looking at non fiction texts and identifying text features)
L.Arts: Fix it upSentence correction (capitalization, punctuation, does my sentence make sense, plural/possessive noun, personal pronouns) What are pronouns and how can I use them? What do I need to create a complete sentence? How do I identify an incomplete sentence?
Writing Workshop: Working on teaching booklets about things we are 'experts' at. We teach with our pictures by adding details, labels and words.
Math: Relating addition to subtraction – Turkey Feather STEM related project. How can I use my addition strategies to help me subtract?
Social Studies: What is Thanksgiving? Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?
Positive Discipline: How can I show kindness to others? How can I solve problems I have with others? What are some tools I can use to help me control my emotions?
1. Study phonics family words! (Try out Spelling City)
2. Reading passage
3. Practice math fact families
4. Do something kind for someone else!
5. READ! (guided reading book, library book, RAZ kids) 

It's Secret Santa Time!

If you would like to help with this year's Secret Santa, please contact Mrs. Porter at 706-769-3232 ext. 1307 or bporter@oconeeschools.org.

You can help by:
·                        Purchasing a specific gift or gifts from a child's wish list (anywhere from $10 - $200).
·                        Making a financial contribution to Secret Santa.
·                        Volunteering your time to organize the Secret Santa boxes and items.
·                        Volunteering your time to shop with donated money.
·                        Volunteering your time to write follow-up thank you notes.

The Growing Mound of Lost and Found
As we've had spurts of cooler weather, we have started seeing the Lost and Found Mound growing again. Please ask your child to look through Lost and Found for any lost items. If you are planning to join us for our Thanksgiving Feast, please take the time to look through Lost and Found while you are here. It will be organized to help you look so you don't have to search The Mound!

Also, please help by putting your child's name in all jackets, sweatshirts, or sweaters that he/she wears to school (lunchboxes and water bottles, too).  We really do look for names and will return them to your child IF the item has a name in it. Items in good condition left in the Lost and Found before Thanksgiving break are sold at a consignment store and the proceeds go to RBES Secret Santa or counseling needs that arise throughout the school year.

At Rocky Branch, our focus is on finding solutions to our problems. We have been learning some techniques: ignore it, talk it over respectfully with the person, try to agree on a win-win solution, or get help from the teacher. We are working to be problem solvers by using a wheel of choice that we are creating as a class and to share our thoughts with each other during class meetings. We have created bonds by sharing strategies that have worked in the past.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Your child was sent home with a Six Flags Read to Succeed Student Reading Log. Keep track of your child’s reading with this log to qualify for a free ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia. Students must read and log 6 hours. Reading logs are due to Mrs. Ashley by February 10th, but may be turned in sooner if at least 6 hours are completed. I will distribute tickets in the spring when they arrive at school. Happy Reading!


Thank you for your generous donations to help feed our community through our annual Can-a-Thon!

Snack Reminders
-Please send a healthy snack {low in sugar} to school with your child every day (no nuts, please).
-Due to having 5 minutes for snack time, please send in only one snack.
-Please only send a small water bottle for your child to have with his/her snack (no juice, soft drinks, or sports drinks).

Upcoming Events
Thanksgiving Break – November 21st-25th
MAP Reading (Winter) – November 29
Volunteer Training – December 2nd
1st Grade Field Trip – December 2nd
Watkinsville Christmas Parade – December 3rd
MAP Math (Winter) – December 6th
Fifth Grade Performance – December 8th
End of 2nd Nine Weeks – December 16th
Class Parties – December 16th at 1:30pm
Christmas Break – December 19th-January 3rd
Students Back to School – January 4th

Have a great weekend!

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