It seems that the beautiful fall weather has left us and winter is about to arrive. Hearing the word snow in the weather forecast is certainly a surprise in October! Weather permitting our students go outside for recess daily. Outdoor recess is certainly a highlight of the day. Please be certain students bring coats, hats, and gloves to keep warm on these cool days.
On Monday, October 31, we will have our annual Monster March. Although the weather should be cool, it will allow us to enjoy the outdoor celebration. Children should come to school in costume as we plan to begin at approximately 8:45. At that time classes will march out the side door to begin the walk around the circle where families will be waiting to see each child in their colorful costumes. Please remember that students should not bring to school small accessories for costumes that are easily lost or broken. Scary masks that depict violence should remain at home as well. We hope you are able to share this exciting event with us.
We also hope you are able to join us on Thursday, November 3, at 7:00 for our first parent discussion group to talk about the important topic of “Friends and Foes.” Questions often arise about the challenges that face students in developing and maintaining friendships. This evening provides us with the opportunity to explore this complex topic through discussion as well as the sharing of ideas and strategies. We look forward to seeing you then.
Donna Dankner and Pamela Bator
Mrs. Coppola’s First Grade Reading News:
I am in the process of introducing Literacy Centers to the class. During this time we will be reading and practicing skills through many new and exciting learning experiences. The children will be engaged in literacy centers which include Reading Corner, Listening Center, Computer Time, Making Words, Reading Games, and Guided Reading with me.
In the Reading Corner students will read books at their independent level from books that they choose on a weekly basis. I will teach them how to choose ‘just the right’ book. They will also practice reading their poems from their poetry folder. In the listening center the students will listen to stories that focus on our theme of the month. During computer time the students will practice reading skills through reading software and websites that I choose. The first website I will introduce is Starfall. The students practice making words, reading & listening to short stories and poems, and many other fun and interactive activities. Each student will have the opportunity to make words from their spelling list and ‘trick word’ list in a variety of ways. They will make words using magnetic letters, letter cards, dry erase boards & markers, and write words with rainbow colors to name a few. During this time of literacy centers I work with small groups of students in guided reading and on specific instructional reading goals. Students will also be introduced to a variety of reading games that will focus on word families, rhyming, short vowels, and complete sentences. Literacy centers are a great way for students to enhance their reading skills in a fun and positive atmosphere. It also creates opportunities for different learning styles, and for students to become more independent learners.
Dates to Remember:
October 28, 2011 Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal
October 31, 2011 Monster March 8:45 AM
November 3, 2011 Family Association Pre School Info Night 6:30-8:30 PM
November 3, 2011 Cookies and Conversation, Parent discussion Forum
November 4, 2011 Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal
November 7, 2011 Grade 3 Field Trip – Plimouth Plantation