April 14, 2017
Our letter of the week this week was Z and over the course of this week, we practiced the proper way to make an uppercase and lowercase Z as well as the sound that the letter Z makes. We also reviewed our word wall words so far. Our first list of 10 sight words for our sight word test on Friday April 28th is listed at the bottom of this newsletter. Please practice these words over the following two weeks. Your child will need to not only read them but also be able to spell them.
This week we also finished our unit in mathematics dealing with data and graphing. After vacation, we will start a new unit in mathematics dealing with addition. By the end of this unit, your child should be able to add 1 to numbers 0 through 9, add 2 to numbers 0 through 8, add doubles, and become familiar with the addition facts through 10.
Our social studies topic for this week was money. We talked about the basic concepts of spending and saving money. We also discussed the different types of currency and the value of each.
Our science topic for this week was models. We discussed how models are like the real thing in some ways and different in others. We also discussed how models can help us learn about different things.
I would like to do something extra special this year for graduation. To do this, I am asking for your help. I will need two things from you that I promise will be returned in the same shape it is brought in. Those two items are pictures of your child. One of which I would like to be a baby picture and the other of your child as a toddler. I will scan these pictures and send them home with your child as soon as I can. I am hoping to have these pictures by no later than Monday May 8th so that I am able to complete the project by graduation. Thank you in advance.
Kindergarten Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday June 13th at 6:30. For the kindergarten graduation ceremony, parents are asked to purchase a child size cap, gown and tassel for their child to wear. The cost of this package deal is $17.60. I will be sending this order in on Monday May 1, 2017. Please make your check or money order payable to Pittsburg School as we will make one lump sum check payable to the company we are purchasing them from. If the cost is a problem for you, please contact me as soon as possible as I have a couple of gowns that may be borrowed, but will have to be returned to me immediately following the graduation ceremony. If you plan on borrowing a gown from someone else, please let me know that also, so that I will know that everyone’s gowns have been accounted for before I send out the order.
Box Tops for Education
Please send in Box Tops with your child anytime between now and Friday May 5th.
Please record your child’s reading minutes from Sunday April 2nd - Saturday April 22nd. If you child has read (or is read to) for at least 100 minutes a week for those three weeks, they will receive a prize.
Word Wall Words
I am the a to red
blue have is purple yellow green
we my like at as orange
he for white in it brown
by pink me with this an
can black and did gray see
look one zero all or on
three that do are four five
six seven not eight has had
go here from no will so
be his her what was said
nine ten where come
Word Wall List and Tests
Throughout this school year in our weekly Kindergarten newsletter, I sent home a list of sight words your child needs to be able to read and write by the end of kindergarten. Each Friday, starting today, I will send home a list of words from this list that your child needs to know by the following Friday. During the school day each day, we will be practicing these words, but they will also need to be reinforced each night. A good way to practice at home is by using flash cards as well as having them right them down. Some other ideas include using Scrabble game tiles or typing them on a computer. There are lots of great ways to practice these words, but please make sure to practice them at least 10 minutes each night so you will be sure that your child knows these words at the end of each week and the end of this school year. Thank you.
First Set of 10 Sight Words (Test on Friday April 28th)
-and -his -said -be -nine
-this -green -red -what -is
Monday April 17th- Friday April 21st- No School (Spring Break)
Tuesday April 25th- Bus Evacuation Drill (rain date Thursday April 27th)
Friday April 28th- Writer’s Poetry Workshop
Wednesday May 10th- Early Release Day 1:00 Dismissal
Friday May 19th- Kindergarten Step Up day (for incoming Kindergarteners)
Thursday May 25th- Spring Concert 6:00
Monday May 29th- No School (Memorial Day)
Tuesday June 13th- Kindergarten Graduation 6:30
Have a great April vacation!