Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

Hey Families!

I can't believe it is already the week before Thanksgiving.  It is truly hard to believe how fast this year is going.  I am extremely thankful for each and every one of your kiddos!  They are a blessing to my life each and every day!  Thank you for sharing them with me.

I hope you all have a fun and relaxing week off!

Next Week…(after break)
Math: This week we continue exploring concepts in Geometry.  Students will be identifying, classifying and describing 3D shapes.  Students are continually reviewing addition and subtraction concepts in a problem solving format.

Science:  This will be our final week on Rocks, Soil, and Bodies of Water. This week, students will focus on rocks and how they are useful to us. Students will explore the usefulness of rocks through the creation of bricks and other hands -on activities. The test over this unit will be on Friday.

Reading: Using a variety of nonfiction texts over customs and traditions, students are going to continue to explore the features of nonfiction texts.  They will be learning about glossary, bolded words, diagrams, and maps.  

Writing:  Students are going to continue developing their letter writing skills and learn about persuasive letters.  Throughout the week, students will be writing various persuasive letters, trying to convince certain people they want or need something.  Students will also be faced with a big problem and will need to write a letter trying to explain why a very important school tool should not quit on them.  (This activity will go along with the book The Day The Crayons Quit.)
Important Dates:
  • Nov. 20-24 Thanksgiving Break/No School
  • Nov. 30 Holiday Luncheon for 1st grade (guests are invited to eat with students in cafeteria)
  • Dec. 22 No School for students
  • Dec. 25 - Jan 5 Winter Break/No School
  • Jan. 8  Teacher Workday/No School for students
  • Jan. 9 Students return to School from Winter Break
  • Jan. 15 No School/MLK, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 25 1st Grade Field Trip to The Thinkery (more info. to follow at a later date)
  • Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due

Library books are due every Wednesday and RAZ Kids reading assignments every Monday

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017

Hey Families!!

I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving!  This first semester seems to be flying by!  We are of course having fun while it does!

TOMORROW is our all school Veteran's Day Assembly.  Please have your child wear RED, WHITE and/or BLUE tomorrow.  The assembly will be extremely packed, so please please please help your kiddo arrive at school between 7:10-7:25 so that they can drop of their backpacks at our classroom prior to coming down to the cafeteria. 

Just a friendly reminder, we currently have a DonorsChoose.org classroom project going at this time to help build our materials for our hands-on math rotations.  Please feel free to share with anyone you know! Striving for Student Led Math Centers

I know that as the holidays are getting closer, more and more trips start to get planned.  If you know your child will be leaving early for the holidays, please let me know as soon as possible via email.  Thank you!

Next week...
Math: This week we will be exploring concepts in Geometry.  Students will be identifying, classifying and describing 2D shapes.  Students are continually reviewing addition and subtraction concepts in a problem solving format.

Science: This week, we will be continuing our unit on Rocks, Soil, and Bodies of Water with a focus on Soil. Students will be bringing in soil samples from home on Monday (make sure you send a note to your parents). Students will explore the different soils in class throughout the week and will discuss their properties. They will also compare and contrast the different types of soils.

Reading:  Using a variety of nonfiction books about different customs and traditions students will learn that authors write stories to:
~Inform: Pass along information (facts) about a particular topic/subject. (nonfiction)
Students are also going to be exploring the features of nonfiction texts.  They will be learning about captions, pictures, and labels.  

Writing:  We are bringing back letter writing!  Students are going to be spending the next couple of week learning about parts of a letter, why they are important and why people enjoy getting them.  Students will be practicing writing letters to various people of their choosing, seeing how the content of letters change depending on who they are writing to.  So… Be on the lookout for a friendly letter from “yours truly”.

Important Dates... 
  • Nov. 10 All School Assembly: Veterans Day
  • Nov. 15 Mrs. Ashby out at Professional Development
  • Nov. 20-24 Thanksgiving Break/No School
  • Dec. 22 No School for students
  • Dec. 25 - Jan 5 Winter Break/No School
  • Jan. 8  Teacher Workday/No School for students
  • Jan. 9 Students return to School from Winter Break
  • Jan. 15 No School/MLK, Jr. Day

Library books are due every Wednesday.  RAZ-Kids reading assignments due every Monday.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Help me build a better classroom

Hi Friends, 

I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose.org classroom request. 

Striving for Student Led Math Centers 

In return, you'll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks. 

Thank you so much,
Jaclyn 

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my students, please pass this along! 

Announcements

Honor Wall Pictures Needed
Sommer Elementary would like to invite our active duty, retired, or reserve service members to join us in honoring our Nation’s Heroes at our Veteran’ Day Assembly on November 10th, 2017 at 7:35am. Coffee and Snacks will be available for our special guests following the assembly in the library. If possible, please fill out and submit this RSVP.

We will also be putting up our Honor Wall again this year. Please attach a COPY of your Veterans picture to the appropriate ½ page on THIS form. We ask that you DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL copies of pictures as they will be on display and children will be looking and touching them. The Deadline to turn in Photos for the Veterans Wall is Tuesday, November 7th. If you still have your picture from previous years, please feel free to send it back in!

2nd & 3rd Grade Thanksgiving Luncheon
The annual Thanksgiving meal will be held on Tuesday, November 14 for families of 2nd & 3rd graders.  Adult meals are $3.60.  Please complete the RSVP form by Thursday, November 9.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017

Hey Families!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween and stayed dry with the rain.  If you haven't done so yet, please share a picture with me of your child from last night.  I love to see all the costumes!


I just wanted to give you all a heads up that your child's data binder and report card will be coming home TOMORROW in your child's backpack.  Inside the binder you will find a couple of math assessments, a few science assessments and some of your child's writing.  I ask that you please do NOT remove any of these things from the binder, as it is for my reference here at school as well.  The entire binder will be sent home with your child at the end of the year for you to keep.  Please sign and return the report card envelope inside the data binder no later than Monday.  Please note that the majority of the grades will be a level 1 or 2.  This is completely common at this time of the year as we have not fully taught everything that is necessary to meet end of year expectations.  If there is a 1, that usually means that the area was recently introduced and the students have not been given enough time to master that area.  


Our next Scholastic Book Order of the year is due on Wednesday, November 8th.  I will be sending home a paper flyer next week.  A reminder that there are more options available online.  For every student order I earn points to get more books for our classroom.  Our online class code is J7MP6


REMINDER...
We are having a canned food drive benefiting the Hill Country Community Ministries.  This is run by one of our own 3rd graders here at Sommer.  She has a big goal this year to collect 1,000 lbs. of food this year.  

Friday is PICTURE RETAKES!!  If you would like for your child to have retakes, please send them to school with their purchased pictures to return to the photographer.

Next Week...

Math: We will be continuing our subtraction unit. Students will practice subtraction using strategies, movement, games and tools with numbers from 1-20. The students will also practice matching subtraction problems with a subtraction number sentences. We will end the week with a test over doubles addition and subtraction.

Science: This week, we will begin our unit on rocks, soil, and bodies of water. Students will learn and make observations about different bodies of water this week and will discuss how water is useful to us. We will also explore the different sources of water in the state of Texas.

Reading w/Integrated Social Studies: Using a variety of books, from different genres, and about different customs and traditions students will learn that authors write stories to:

~ Entertain: Just tell a good story whether it be sad, funny, scary, etc.
~ Persuade: Convince a reader to think a certain way about a particular topic/subject/idea.  

Writing: Students will continue working on their “How-To” they started last week.  This week’s focus is going to be on revising, editing, and adding needed illustrations to help get their instructions/directions through to their readers.


Important Dates:

  • Nov. 2  TAG Testing Information Night in Cafeteria (5:45-6:45 PM)
  • Nov. 3 Passport to Sommer (formerly CandyLand)
  • Nov. 3 Picture Retakes
  • Nov. 10 All School Assembly: Veterans Day
  • Nov. 15 Mrs. Ashby out at Professional Development
  • Nov. 20-24 Thanksgiving Break/No School
  • Dec. 22 No School for students
  • Dec. 25 - Jan 5 Winter Break/No School
  • Jan. 8  Teacher Workday/No School for students
  • Jan. 9 Students return to School from Winter Break
  • Jan. 15 No School/MLK, Jr. Day

Library books are due every Wednesday.  RAZ-Kids reading assignments due every Monday.

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017

Dear Family,

Don't forget that because of all your wonderful donations to our Stuff the Boot Fundraiser, our class has pajama day on Monday!!! 


Next Week…
Math: Students will be introduced to subtraction using strategies, movement, games and tools with numbers from 1-20. The students will practice subtraction problems and identifying subtraction words to describe what is happening in the math story. Students will also learn how to write subtraction number sentences.


Science: Students will continue to explore magnetism and patterns of movement. We will have a variety of hands on activities and experiments to reinforce learning including: magnetic bowling, testing magnet strength using paperclips, and Willy the Worm (using magnets to make a “worm” move through a maze in different movement patterns).


Reading with Integrated Social Studies:  Students will continue to explore different types of questions that we use during reading.  We will learn that there are two types of questions “thin” (simple; very short answer like ‘yes’ or ‘no’) and “thick” (require reader to think deeply about what they read).  Students will also explore calendars as a tool to measure time and how we are able to ask those “thin” questions about what is happening.  We will also explore how these questions can also be asked about not only stories, but about pictures as well.


Writing:  Students will select something they know how to do or make well and generate steps (instructions) to teach someone how to do what they have selected.  Students will learn what it takes to write a “How-To” book and how missing details (or adding something not needed) can lead to confusion for the reader.


Campus Announcements…
From PTA…
Our school's annual Stuff the Boots Fall Fundraiser started Monday 10/16 and runs for TWO weeks through 10/27.  Double your donation through your company, check out PTA Facebook page this week for a list of known companies that match. We encourage you all to donate online instead of sending in the paper donation form (unless matching) and help us reach our $35,000 goal. Let's Stuff the Boots, together!
From the Literacy Vertical Team…
Dress Up As Your Favorite Book Character Day is on Tuesday, October 31. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character and bring a book to go along with their character to share as well.

From the Library...
We will be collecting Coins for Coats through November 1 in each classroom.  The class with the most collected funds at the K-2 level and 3-5 level will win an assortment of books pulled from the book fair for your classroom library!
Important Dates:
  • Oct. 31 Dress up as your Favorite Book Character Day (bring the book as well)
  • Nov. 2  TAG Testing Information Night in Cafeteria (5:45-6:45 PM)
  • Nov. 3 Passport to Sommer (formerly CandyLand)
  • Nov. 3 Picture Retakes
  • Nov. 10 All School Assembly: Veterans Day
  • Nov. 15 Mrs. Ashby out at Professional Development
  • Nov. 20-24 Thanksgiving Break/No School
  • Dec. 22 No School for students
  • Dec. 25 - Jan 5 Winter Break/No School
  • Jan. 8  Teacher Workday/No School for students
  • Jan. 9 Students return to School from Winter Break
  • Jan. 15 No School/MLK, Jr. Day

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

Dear Family,

This week is Red Ribbon Week.  Each day has a theme.
Monday - "I'm a JEAN-ius! No drugs for me!" - Students are encouraged to wear jeans and red tops to show support for Red Ribbon Week
Tuesday - "SOCK it to drugs!" - Students are encouraged to wear crazy socks
Wednesday - "TEAM up against drugs!" - Students are encouraged to wear their favorite sports shirt or a Sommer t-shirt
Thursday - "Say PEACE OUT to Drugs!" - Students are encouraged to wear tie dye and peace signs
Friday - "Let's be CRAZY about being drug free!" - Students are encouraged to have crazy hair

Next Week…
Math:  We will introduce double facts and double plus one strategies. Students will practice addition facts using doubles up to 9. Spiral Review will be reviewing 2D shapes based on the Kindergarten TEKS.

Science:  This week, we will begin our unit on Magnets and Patterns of Movement. Students will learn about how magnets can push or pull certain objects through hands-on activities and exploration.

Reading/Social Studies:  Students will explore how forming questions as they read helps them create a stronger meaning of what they are reading.  They will be introduced to four different types of questions that can be made while reading both fiction and nonfiction.  The types of questions include:
  • Questions that are answered in text
  • Questions that are answered from your background knowledge
  • Questions whose answers can be inferred from the text
  • Questions that can be answered by having a discussion with others
Questioning will be explored through the use of a variety of text.

Writing:  This week’s writing focus will be on pronouns, transition words, and adverbs (as indicators of time).  Students will spend time looking at how pronouns can be used in their writing in place of a noun when it has already been introduced.  They will be using pronouns such as: he, she, them, we, I, her, his, they, etc.  Students will also gain an understanding of how using transition words (first, second, next, then, finally, etc.) in their writing helps show the passing of time and the order in which events take place.  

Campus Announcements…
From PTA…
Happy October, Stallion Parents! Our school's annual Stuff the Boots Fall Fundraiser started Monday 10/16 and runs for TWO weeks through 10/27.  Double your donation through your company, check out PTA Facebook page this week for a list of known companies that match. We encourage you all to donate online instead of sending in the paper donation form (unless matching) and help us reach our $35,000 goal. Let's Stuff the Boots, together!
From the Literacy Vertical Team…
Dress Up As Your Favorite Book Character Day is on Tuesday, October 31. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character and bring a book to go along with their character to share as well.
Important Dates:
  • Oct. 19 -Oct. 24 Book Fair
  • Oct. 23-Oct. 27 Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct. 30 Flu vaccines (with signed permission forms only)
  • Oct. 31 Dress up as your Favorite Book Character Day (bring the book as well)
  • Nov. 2  TAG Testing Information Night in Cafeteria (5:45-6:45)
  • Nov. 3 Passport to Sommer (formerly CandyLand)
  • Nov. 3 Picture Retakes

Library books are due every Wednesday and RAZ Kids reading assignments every Monday!