Friday Flashback 1/11

Our first five day week of 2019 was very busy! In Reading, we made fun predictions while reading Jan Brett stories and admiring the beautiful illustrations and clues in the borders of the pages. We also blended and spelled one-syllable words; and continued studying our short vowels a/i/o/u. We mastered the sight words come/your by reading poems and stories. In Math, the students practiced counting forward orally by ones from 1 to 50 and kept an anchor chart of our progress over the week. We also continued our study of part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3 in a variety of configurations using our hands, counters, journal practice, singing songs, reading stories, and partner games. In Science, we had an awesome time exploring magnets! The student investigated through play and discovery centers that magnets have an effect on some materials, make some things move without touching them, and have useful applications – especially in our homes. We also enjoyed using MobyMax as a whole group and in centers to really explore (in detail) all the Reading and Math applications and games that can support our classroom learning. And last, but certainly not least, all of the students reached (or surpassed) their 20 mile running milestone this week and earned their second shoelace charm to come home next week! Also, all of the students’ hard work running pays off in an EXTRA fun PE class every month. AND, at the end of the year, each student with 50 miles will receive a MEDAL!!!

Note from Mrs. Rhoden for grades K-2: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis. Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates. No referrals will be accepted after January 18. Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

IMPORTANT January DATES:
Monday 1/14: Homework FOLDER DUE

— Monday, 1/21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED

— Monday, 1/28: Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day SCHOOL CLOSED

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions by note in folder, phone, email, or text message (Remind 101). Enjoy this weekend’s SNOW! Stay Safe.

Ring in the New Year!
Mrs. Grossman 🙂

NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Making Predictions (Snowy Books)
– Phonemic awareness: blending one-syllable words; short vowels a/i/o/u
– Sight Words: (student names) have, fun, do
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: What do you predict will happen next?  What clues helped you? Did it happen?

MATH:
— Recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3 in a variety of configurations. Investigate and describe part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3 using a variety of configurations. (example: 3 can be 0+3, 3+0, 2+1, or 1+2)

SOCIAL STUDIES:
— The student will recognize that history describes events and people of other times and places by identifying the people and events honored by the holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Essential Knowledge/Understandings
– Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: This is a day to remember an African American who worked so that all people would be treated fairly. It is observed in January.

Essential Questions
– Who are the people that we remember on these holidays?
– Why do most people celebrate these holidays?

Happy New Year – 2019!

WELCOME BACK and HAPPY 2019!

We squeezed a lot into our two-day week! We shared our Winter Break stories and enjoyed hearing about all the family, food, and fun everyone had during your two weeks off.  We also read stories and made predictions; learned our new sight words (come, your); practiced counting to 50 together and discussing part-part-whole relationships  with numbers in our math journals; and started talking about magnet fun with stories, videos, and experiments. The great news is we get to continue all of these topics again next week! We ended our week with an amazing guest speaker presentation. Meteorologist Katie Dupree from ABC 8 News – WRIC came by to talk to our Kindergartners about weather conditions and safety. The students were very excited to see a tornado in a bottle! Ask your child the difference between a “watch” and a “warning.”

Why is Reading at Home Important?
As a parent of two young children, I can honestly say reading each night with my girls has been the single most important key to their learning. I won’t lie. There have been nights where it’s so late and I’m so tired I read the shortest book I can find or I nod off mid sentence while reading or they are so tired that they fall asleep while I’m reading. But I promise you, you will never regret that you took the time to read with or to your child.

Just think!! Reading teaches EVERYTHING! Our children can learn about anything — counting, adding, apples, pumpkins, holidays, back flips, outer space, biospheres, tsunamis, Mauna Loa, narwhals, or anything — if they can read. Parents, YOU are the key. When you spend that one on one time reading with your child, time slows down and you get to leave the stresses of the world behind for a few minutes each night to snuggle, laugh, and enjoy that moment with your child. Children learn the sound of words, the rhythm of speech, and the expression of voice when they are read to. And YES, please read Ten Apples On Top again (or whatever book they keep asking you to read again and again) for the twentieth time because some amazing learning is taking place each time it is read. Point to the words as you read to your child and they will understand that text is read left to right, one line at a time, and one word at a time. Reading books exposes our children to different ideas, problems, places, and ways of thinking. This helps them apply what they have read to their lives and can help them develop solutions to their own problems or empathize with the problems of others. Reading is the key to knowledge, and knowledge is the key to understanding.

WEATHER/CLOTHING
As the weather becomes colder, please make sure your child brings the appropriate clothing to be comfortable outside at recess. Please label all hats, gloves, jackets, etc. with your child’s name. Flip-flops are not allowed to be worn to school.  During these chilly months, layers are a great idea!  Our classroom can also be chilly at times 🙂  Also, remember we run everyday during recess and have PE on Tuesdays…sneakers are best for maximum fun!

Note from Mrs. Rhoden for grades K-2: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis. Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates. No referrals will be accepted after January 18. Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

IMPORTANT January DATES:
Monday 1/7: Homework FOLDER DUE – Also I will be doing quick checks with each student on their recognition of Rainbow Sight Words. Yellow Sight Words Test next week 1/11.

— Monday, 1/21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED

— Monday, 1/28: Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day SCHOOL CLOSED

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions by note in folder, phone, email, or text message (Remind 101). Welcome back to school and welcome to 2019!

Ring in the New Year!
Mrs. Grossman 🙂

THIS WEEK & NEXT WEEK (1/3 – 1/11)
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Making Predictions (Jan Brett Author Study)
– Phonemic awareness: blending one-syllable words; short vowels a/i/o/u
– Sight Words: (student names) come, your
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: What do you predict will happen next?  What clues helped you? Did it happen?

MATH:
– The student will count forward orally by ones from 0 to 50
— Recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3 in a variety of configurations. Investigate and describe part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3 using a variety of configurations. (example: 3 can be 0+3, 3+0, 2+1, or 1+2)

SCIENCE:
—  The student will investigate and understand that magnets have an effect on some materials, make some things move without touching them, and have useful applications.

Essential Questions
– How do magnets react with different materials?
– What will a magnet attract/repel?
– How could a magnet be useful in life? Which items in your house have some parts that are made of magnets?
– Why do only some objects stick to magnets?
– How can you test an object (and items around your house and classroom) to see if it is magnetic?

Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year!

Have a WONDERFUL Winter Break! I wish you all a safe, relaxing, and loving holiday season with your family and friends. I look forward to our adventures next year in 2019. Please continue to read each night with your child and if you can sneak in MobyMax a couple of times that would be great. 🙂

Try this fun activity over break: HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM in a BAG

Ingredients for ONE serving:

Ice Cream
1 cup half and half
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 pint-size ziplock bags
Any of your favorite ice cream add ins

Ice Cream Maker
Ice Cubes
1/2 cup Kosher salt
2 gallon-size ziplock bag
1 energetic child volunteer 🙂

How To:
STEP 1 – Put the half and half, sugar, and vanilla extract in a pint-size bag. Remove air and seal the bag tightly. Then double bag it. Put this bag inside another pint-size bag – remove air and seal tightly again.

STEP 2 – Fill the gallon-size ziplock bag about 1/4 or halfway with ice cubes. Add salt over the ice cubes.

STEP 3 – Put the pint-size half and half mixture bag into the bag of ice and salt. Seal the gallon-size ziplock bag. Then double bag it. Put this bag inside another gallon-size bag and seal tightly again.

STEP 4 – Ask one energetic child volunteer wearing mittens or gloves to shake, rattle, and roll the bag for 10-15 minutes until the half and half mixture begins to freeze and become solid.

STEP 5 – Remove small bag, insert spoon, and enjoy!

Friday Flashback 12/14

These 2 Day Weeks can be BRUTAL! Hahaha! 🙂
In Reading, we enjoyed listening to holiday stories and writing about Christmas. We continued studying medial vowels -a, -i, and -o. We introduced the sight words play-you, and practiced writing our sight words in sentences with a Capital letter at the beginning, proper lowercase letters, and a period at the end.

In Math, we continued to count orally to tell how many are in a given set containing 20 or fewer concrete objects, using one-to-one correspondence, and identify the corresponding numeral. We also read, wrote, and represented numbers from 0-20. In Social Studies, we talked about the difference between “needs” and “wants.” We talked about making choices, not always getting what you want, and parents working to earn money. Today we enjoyed relaxing in our pajamas and sipping hot chocolate, while painting snowmen and watching the first half of The Polar Express. We will watch the final half during our Winter Party!

Note from Mrs. Rhoden for grades K-2: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates. No referrals will be accepted after January 18. Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

IMPORTANT December DATES:
Monday 12/17: Homework FOLDER DUE – Look for the plastic folder with detailed instructions on the December Grid, Rainbow Words, and a reading book to read every night. Please return on Monday 🙂 Also I will be doing quick checks with each student on their recognition of Rainbow Sight Words. NO Test next week.

— 12/18 PTO Meeting and Holiday BINGO at 6pm

— 12/19 Wear PAJAMAS!! Winter Classroom Party at 1pm – Parents are invited to join us! 🙂

WINTER BREAK: School is CLOSED – December 20th through January 2nd

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions by note in folder, phone, email, or text message (Remind 101). Thank you for all the treats, toys, and food coming in for our Winter Party!

Happy Holiday Celebrations!
Mrs. Grossman 🙂

NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling w/Story Elements (Holiday Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: medial sounds /a/ /o/ /i/
– Sight Words: (student names) play, you
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: Who is the most important character? What did he or she do?  Why did he or she do that?

MATH:
– Count orally to tell how many are in a given set containing 20 or fewer concrete objects, using one-to-one correspondence, and identify the corresponding numeral
— Read, write, and represent numbers from 0-20

SOCIAL STUDIES:
— People have to make choices about what they want. People cannot have everything they want. When people cannot have everything they want, they must make a choice between what is most important to them, and what they can do without. People work to earn money and buy the things they want.

Essential Questions
– Why do people have to make choices about the things they want?
– How do people earn money to get the things they want?

Flashback Friday 12/7

In Reading, we enjoyed listening to stories about Gingerbread Men, Babies, Girls, and Friends! Do you know what happens to the run-away Gingerbread at the end of most of the stories?? The Gingerbread gets EATEN! So we decided to have some Gingerbread cookies today to finish off our many Gingerbread adventures. Guess which part of the Gingerbread was bitten off first the most on our graph? Ask your child!

We added -i to our medial vowels study and reviewed -a and -o. We mastered the sight words from-said, and practiced writing our sight words in sentences with a Capital letter at the beginning, proper lowercase letters, and a period at the end. In Math, we counted orally to tell how many are in a given set containing 20 or fewer concrete objects, using one-to-one correspondence, and identify the corresponding numeral. We also read, wrote, and represented numbers from 0-20. In Science, the students measured common objects with nonstandard units like unifix cubes, bears, beans, and their hands. 

IMPORTANT December DATES:
Monday 12/10: Homework FOLDER DUE – Look for the plastic folder with detailed instructions on the December Grid, Rainbow Words, and a reading book to read every night. Please return on Monday 🙂

— 12/18 PTO Meeting and Holiday BINGO at 6pm

— 12/19 Winter Classroom Party at 1pm – Parents are invited to join us! 🙂

WINTER BREAK: School is CLOSED – December 20th through January 2nd

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions by note in folder, phone, email, or text message (Remind 101). Stay safe in our wintry weather weekend!

Happy Holiday Celebrations!
Mrs. Grossman 🙂

NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling w/Story Elements (Holiday Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: medial sounds /a/ /o/ /i/
– Sight Words: (student names) play, you
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: Who is the most important character? What did he or she do?  Why did he or she do that?

MATH:
– Count orally to tell how many are in a given set containing 20 or fewer concrete objects, using one-to-one correspondence, and identify the corresponding numeral
— Read, write, and represent numbers from 0-20

SOCIAL STUDIES:
— People have to make choices about what they want. People cannot have everything they want. When people cannot have everything they want, they must make a choice between what is most important to them, and what they can do without. People work to earn money and buy the things they want.

Essential Questions
– Why do people have to make choices about the things they want?
– How do people earn money to get the things they want?

Friday Flashback 11/30

GOODBYE NOVEMBER!
In our Author Study of Mercer Mayer stories, we enjoyed being a little frightened by alligators under our beds and monsters in our attics. We also continued to answer the questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? Which? We really got the hang of our medial vowels -a and -o by reviewing some word families with fun games. We mastered the sight words look-not-love, and practiced writing our sight words in sentences with a Capital letter at the beginning, proper lowercase letters, and a period at the end. In Math, we finished up our unit on graphing and continued to incorporate counting objects (like Skittles – YUMMY), describing sets of 10 or fewer objects, using the terms more/fewer, and sorting. In Science, we enjoyed many stories, videos, and songs about the weather while discussing the temperature, storms, and seasons. 🙂

Also, Did you know that Trevvett has a Math YouTube Channel? Please visit this website to view step by step video tutorials of math instruction for grades K-5. These videos are created by teachers so that you have the support at home! Here is the link to the channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Wd2xbNbqUhVom17rOOaOg

As we exit November and greet December, here is some information from HCPS on inclement weather closings. School Closings/Late Openings – Can you believe it?!? It’s that time of year to begin planning and anticipating school closings.  If emergency conditions change the school schedule in any way, all parents/guardians will be contacted via School Messenger phone & email notification system as soon as a decision is made by the superintendent.

HCPS Sources:
The following outlets are totally controlled by HCPS and will have the most complete and accurate information available.

IMPORTANT December DATES:
Monday 12/03: Homework FOLDER DUE – Look for the plastic folder with detailed instructions on the November Grid, Rainbow Words, and a reading book to read every night. Please return on Monday 🙂 Also I will be doing quick checks with each student on their recognition of Rainbow Sight Words and a TEST on their ORANGE WORDS next week!

— PTO Skate Party is this Saturday, December 1st  from 5:30-7:30. The location is Ashland Skateland 516 N. Washington Highway. The cost is $5 per child, $2 for parents and teachers, $2 skate rental.

PTO Santa Waffle Dinner is Wednesday, December 5th. This event is at Trevvett Elementary School at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door!.

— 12/7 Interim Grade Reports go home

— 12/18 PTO Meeting and Holiday BINGO at 6pm

— 12/19 Winter Classroom Party at 1pm – Parents are invited to join us! 🙂

WINTER BREAK: School is CLOSED – December 20th through January 2nd

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions by note in folder, phone, email, or text message (Remind 101). Let the countdown to Winter Fun and SNOW begin!

Happy Holiday Celebrations!
Mrs. Grossman 🙂

NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling with Beginning, Middle, and End (Gingerbread Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: medial sounds /a/ /o/ /i/
– Sight Words: (student names) from, said
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: What is happened at the beginning of the story? What happened in the middle of the story? What happened at the end of the story?

MATH:
– Count orally to tell how many are in a given set containing 20 or fewer concrete objects, using one-to-one correspondence, and identify the corresponding numeral
— Read, write, and represent numbers from 0-20

SCIENCE:
— The students will measure common objects with nonstandard units. Examples of nonstandard units include hands, pennies, and paper clips for determining length; holding and comparing two different objects for determining mass; and liquids put in drinking cups for determining volume.

Essential Questions
•. Why do we measure things?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Students and Parents,

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your lives. Over the last couple of weeks, we have talked a lot in class about being thankful and appreciating all that we have in our lives, especially family and friends. I am thankful to have a job that allows me to help children learn and grow — with the added benefit of being able to sing, dance, play, and use glitter (haha).  To see the growth and progress of your children in just the first quarter of the year has been exciting. I look forward to spending time with my family and friends over this Thanksgiving Break, but I also look forward to the learning adventures that will begin again on Monday the 26th. I wish you laughter and joy, comfort and rest; and love and peace during your break. Enjoy the next five days!

Happy Feasting!   Mrs. Grossman 🙂

Friday Flashback 11/16

PAJAMA DAY!! What a great way to celebrate Friday and
all our PURPLE this week. 🙂
A Junie B, Jones field trip was a GREAT way to start off the week! The children had so much FUN and LOVED the road trip to Hermitage High. This past week the students also enjoyed stories about Thanksgiving! We talked about why Thanksgiving Day is celebrated, some ways that communities commemorate Thanksgiving Day, the first Thanksgiving, and Massachusetts. The children enjoyed sharing their favorite things about Thanksgiving: family, food, and food…haha! 🙂  In our stories, we answered the questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? Which? We continued studying ending/final sounds, learned the sight words mom-dad-we, and practiced writing our sight words in sentences with a Capital letter at the beginning and proper lowercase letters.

In Math, we finished up our unit on comparing and describing sets of 10 or fewer objects, using the terms more, fewer, and the same by playing card games to feed frogs, rabbits, dogs, unicorns, and alligators — these animals were always hungry for the greatest number!  In Social Studies, we enjoyed many stories and songs about Thanksgiving, coloring and making turkeys, and learning turkey dances. 🙂

THANKSGIVING FEAST – On Tuesday, November 20th, we will be holding a brief classroom awards ceremony at 12:30pm to recognize the hard work that our students have done this marking period. This quick recognition will last between 5-10 minutes as students’ names are read aloud with their achievements this quarter.  Following the awards, at 1:00pm, all five kindergarten classes will head down to the café for a “Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast”. Our kindergartners have been learning about the holiday of Thanksgiving (Social Studies SOL K.11). In celebration of this holiday, students will be tasting different foods to represent the First Thanksgiving (popcorn, animal crackers, goldfish, fruit-juice drink). We invite you to come to our classroom awards and then to the café to watch students enjoy this fun event. Also, we would greatly appreciate any food donations or volunteer help you can provide us for this activity (set-up/clean-up). We ask that you sign up online using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094aafab28a1fc1-student

IMPORTANT November DATES:
Monday 11/19: Homework FOLDER DUE – Look for the plastic folder with detailed instructions on the November Grid, Rainbow Words, and a reading book to read every night. Please return on next Monday 🙂

Picture Day!! 🙂 Monday, November 19th – Dress up time!

Tuesday, 11/20 at 12:30pm: Classroom Awards Assembly & 1:00pm: THANKSGIVING FEAST; and Report Cards go home! BUSY DAY 🙂

Thanksgiving Holiday (NO SCHOOL) Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd

— PTO Meeting 11/27

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions by note in folder, phone, email, or text message (Remind 101). Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving? Time is flying by as we have fun!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Mrs. Grossman 🙂

NEXT WEEK & The Week After Thanksgiving 🙂
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Turkey Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: Short o/a medial sounds (c-a-t, g-o-t, s-a-p, d-o-g)
– Sight Words: (student names) look, not
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: At stopping points throughout the story, students will pause to stop to ask and answer questions about what is being read.  Who? What? When? Where? How? Which?

MATH:
– Graphs: The student will collect, organize, and represent data; and read and interpret data in object graphs, picture graphs, and tables.

SOCIAL STUDIES:
– Students will learn about the first Thanksgiving and why we continue to celebrate this holiday from the past.

Essential Questions

  • Why is Thanksgiving Day commemorated?
  • What are some ways that communities commemorate Thanksgiving Day?
  • Where was the first Thanksgiving held in Virginia?  Who was there and why did they give thanks?
  • Where was the first Thanksgiving held in Massachusetts?  Who was there and why did they give thanks?

SCIENCE:
— The students will investigate and understand weather patterns, different types of weather, symbols/pictures that represent different weather conditions, and make weather observations.

Essential Questions
• What do you see in the sky? How does it feel outside? What kinds of activities can you do in this weather?
• Someone says, “It is going to rain today.” What do you think they might have seen to make them say this?
• Why should we use a chart to record our weather predictions?
• What patterns can we see on a weather chart?

Friday Flashback 11/9

It is definitely the season to be THANKFUL
and our classroom family has A LOT to be THANKFUL for! Keep reading…

CONFERENCES: Thank you so much to all of my parents for coming in for conferences, talking on the phone with me, and for texting/emailing about your child’s progress. It was wonderful to share the AMAZING progress your children made in only the first nine weeks. I look forward to the second nine weeks!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OCTOBER’s PURPLE POSITIVE PAW Outback Steakhouse WINNERS!! HALF OF OUR CLASS WON the Outback Steakhouse FREE Kids meals!! Haha! I LOVE it! Mrs. Broudy will draw 30 more names next month! 🙂

Congratulations! EVERY Child in our Classroom Family has earned the PAW Field Trip! Every nine weeks, students who maintain good behavior and work hard earn a PAW celebration, and this nine week’s celebration is a FREE Field Trip to see a live action play. We have an unlimited number of chaperone spaces so ALL PARENTS can come for FREE and are invited to attend!! If you have not, please return the field trip form by Monday. Hermitage High School THEATRE presents Junie B Jones is not a Crook. We will leave at 9:15am on Monday, November 12, 2018. Chaperones please arrive at 9:00am.

Running for HEALTHY HEARTS: Also, EVERY student in our classroom family has made their first running mile marker at (or surpassed) 10 miles and earned their first shoelace charm!  As students run laps they will have opportunities to earn shoelace charms when they reach the 10,20,30,and 40 milestones. They will also increase heart health, increase brain activity in class, and use that pent up energy. As students earn milestones Mr. Holscher (PE Teacher) will recognize them on the Morning Announcements and give them their charm in PE (next Tuesday). At the end of the year, each student with 50 miles will receive a MEDAL!!! Awesomesauce 🙂

THANKSGIVING FEAST – On Tuesday, November 20th, we will be holding a brief classroom awards ceremony at 12:30pm to recognize the hard work that our students have done this marking period.  This quick recognition will last between 5-10 minutes as students’ names are read aloud with their achievements this quarter.  Following the awards, at 1:00pm, all five kindergarten classes will head down to the café for a “Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast”.  Our kindergartners have been learning about the holiday of Thanksgiving (Social Studies SOL K.11).  In celebration of this holiday, students will be tasting different foods to represent the First Thanksgiving (popcorn, animal crackers, goldfish, fruit-juice drink). We invite you to come to our classroom awards and then to the café to watch students enjoy this fun event.  Also, we would greatly appreciate any food donations or volunteer help you can provide us for this activity (set-up/clean-up).  We ask that you sign up online using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094aafab28a1fc1-student

IMPORTANT November DATES:
Monday 11/12: Homework FOLDER DUE – Look for the plastic folder with detailed instructions on the November Grid, Rainbow Words, and a reading book to read every night. Please return on next Monday 🙂 Also I will be doing quick checks with each student on their recognition of Rainbow Sight Words on Monday!

— Trevvett is collecting non-perishable food items November 12-16 to support Henrico Christmas Mother. We need canned food, crackers, cereal, pasta, and peanut butter. Please send in what you can! Here is a flyer for this event: Christmas Mother Food Drive flyer.pdf

— 11/16 PTO Spirit Night at Panera Bread

Picture Day!! 🙂 Monday, November 19th – Dress up time!

Tuesday, 11/20 at 12:30pm: Classroom Awards Assembly & 1:00pm: THANKSGIVING FEAST; and Report Cards go home! BUSY DAY 🙂

Thanksgiving Holiday (NO SCHOOL) Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd

— PTO Meeting 11/27

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions by note in folder, phone, email, or text message (Remind 101). I am thankful for my sweet students eager to learn and my parents who support and encourage a positive learning environment. Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Mrs. Grossman 🙂

NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Thanksgiving Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: Ending sounds/final consonants (such as c a t – m a n – c u p)
– Sight Words: (student names) mom, dad, we
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: At stopping points throughout the story, students will pause to stop to ask and answer questions about what is being read.  Who? What? When? Where? How? Which?

MATH:
– Compare and describe no more than three sets of 10 or fewer objects, using the terms more, fewer, and the same. (a)
— Given a set of objects, construct a second set which has more, fewer, or the same number of objects.

SOCIAL STUDIES:
– Students will learn about the first Thanksgiving and why we continue to celebrate this holiday from the past.

Essential Questions

  • Why is Thanksgiving Day commemorated?
  • What are some ways that communities commemorate Thanksgiving Day?
  • Where was the first Thanksgiving held in Virginia?  Who was there and why did they give thanks?
  • Where was the first Thanksgiving held in Massachusetts?  Who was there and why did they give thanks?

Friday Flashback 11/2

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS WEEK’s PURPLE POSITIVE PAW WINNERS!! 
In addition to a positive note, Mrs. Broudy will call your home to tell you how AWESOME your child did at school, AND these students will be entered in a drawing to win one of 30 FREE kids meals to Outback Steakhouse! Mrs. Broudy will draw 30 names this month! 🙂

Our field trip to the PUMPKIN PATCH was an amazing hands on learning experience! We enjoyed a hay ride, explored a pumpkin patch to pick the perfect GIGANTIC pumpkin, enjoyed a picnic lunch (probably the activity the students loved the most), took a class to learn about different kinds of pumpkins, fed apples to the animals (ask about the adorable bunnies), and survived some corn maze fun.

THANK YOU to all the chaperones that came out to help keep us together and make this an amazing day for the children. I truly appreciate your time and truly could not have done it without you!

This field trip was an opportunity for children to experience and learn about Fall/Autumn, the pumpkin life cycle, and make connections between the stories we have been reading in class to the real world. Also, for many students it was also their first trip without you (their parents) which helped to build their independence and confidence. How exciting to see our children grow!

IMPORTANT October/November DATES:
Monday 11/5: Homework FOLDER DUE – Look for the plastic folder with detailed instructions on the October Grid, Rainbow Words, and a reading book to read every night. Please return on next Monday 🙂

Fall Book Fair begins NEXT WEEK in our Trevvett Library!! More information came home in yesterday’s folder.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS Time on Sunday, 11/4 (“Fall Back” – Turn clocks 1 hour back)

— Tuesday, 11/6: Student Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

Parent/Teacher Conferences: 11/6 Tuesday Morning or 11/8 Thursday Evening
Conference Sign Up Here

— 11/16 PTO Spirit Night at Panera Bread

— Tuesday, 11/20 at 1pm: Classroom Awards Assembly/Report Cards Go Home

Thanksgiving Holiday (NO SCHOOL) Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd

— PTO Meeting 11/27

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions by note in folder, phone, email, or text message (Remind 101). I am so excited it is November — a time of giving thanks and being with family and friends! Enjoy every moment.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Mrs. Grossman 🙂

NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Frog Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: We are DONE with letters! Now we are working on ending sounds/final consonants (such as c a t – m a n – c u p)
– Sight Words: (student names) and, it
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: At stopping points throughout the story, students will pause to stop to ask and answer questions about what is being read.  Who? What? When? Where? How? Which?

MATH:
– Compare and describe no more than three sets of 10 or fewer objects, using the terms more, fewer, and the same. (a)
— Given a set of objects, construct a second set which has more, fewer, or the same number of objects.

SOCIAL STUDIES:
The student will sequence events in the past and present and begin to recognize that things change over time.

Essential Questions: What changes have recently occurred in the classroom or school community? Which events can be shown on a timeline to show change over time? How can people learn about the past?