… this week.
Room 103 has been hit hard by various winter bugs. Our supply of tissues is almost gone. In order to make it through the rest of the school year, I would like each of our families to donate a box of tissues to our classroom.
Thanks for making our environment a happy and a healthy one,
I hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend!
Visit our news + resources site to see what we are up to this week. Please note that Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday contain links to supplement the suggested at-home activities.
Welcome to January in Room 103:
Review the information above to stay up-to-date on what we are doing this short week and during the month of January. Please give special attention to letter sounds, word families, and sight words this month.
Let’s finish the semester strong,
I hope everyone had a wonderful October weekend!
As mentioned earlier this month, the children will be bringing home a plethora of (primarily) language arts/reading information as we gear up for increased independent and small group work. Some of this information is more general, while some is more specific. Today your learner is bringing home one piece of more particular information about how to approach and sound out unknown words in text, a practice we refer to as decoding. One of the approaches you already received information about is a broad, wide-ranging skill (“make your mouth ready”), while the new one coming home today is a tactical strategy (pointing strategy). Both documents are also available below. Consider placing these close to an area where your family enjoys reading together so that you and your child may reference them as needed.
As always, please do get in touch with any questions, concerns, or stories to share. I love to hear about how beginning reading is going at home and all around. Remember to relax and enjoy – practice, not perfect.
Make Your Mouth Ready
Reading Strategies 1 – Pointing
As October breezes in and out, we are in the process of developing new reading and writing routines in Room 103. Soon we will be starting literacy centers and small group reading lessons through which we will practice our language arts skills both independently and with instructional support.
Throughout the rest of this month, your learner will be bringing home important information about our language arts program. This information will help you all to know how to best support your child as she/he begins the process of becoming an independent, literate primary school student. Our weekly newsletters will also contain appropriate prompts and questions for guiding you and your child through the reading process.
Please read and review all of this information carefully. Most importantly, please relax and enjoy as you practice literacy skills together. Progress, not perfect 🙂
Today your child will be bringing home information about four special activities we will be having in our classroom throughout this school year.
Parents/family members will be able to rate their availability/interest on the form 1 – 4 (1 being highest preference). Please complete and return this form Wednesday so that our room parents may effectively plan for activities with enough volunteers. Participation will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Any volunteers interested in helping out will need to have a volunteer/mentor application on file with our school.
Thanks for checking the folders for the interest forms this evening. The volunteer application form may be accessed here: http://shortpumpes.henricoschools.us/wp-content/uploads/sites/68/2018/09/Fillable-PDF-Volunteer-Application-Revised-August-2018-Copy.pdf
I hope you are having as wonderful a Monday as we are! Your learners are back in action and are having a fantastic day. Thank you for that. Please read and review the attached information to stay up-to-date on what’s trending in Room 103,
Classroom Behavior Plan
Today the children are bringing home their very first Scholastic book order. Scholastic is a great source of affordable reading material for both home and the classroom. Any purchases that you make as a family also earn our class spending points for materials to be used at school.
This year we will be placing all orders online using our class activation code: MKTQ9. If you would like to place an order, please follow these steps:
1. Go to https://clubs.scholastic.com
2. Click on the orange “Parents” section – “Get Started”
3. Enter our class activation code (MKTQ9)
4. Begin shopping!
Thank you for considering purchasing books through Scholastic. Our due date is Friday, September 28th by 3:00 PM. Happy Shopping!
Here is the plan for the evening for Room 103.
See you soon,
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