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BLESSING BASKETS

I can hardly believe it’s November!   I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but there are Christmas decorations going up in stores already.   I realize Christmas isn’t too far away, however, another important holiday is quickly approaching. More and more it seems like Thanksgiving is overlooked or hurried because of the rush to get ready for Christmas & holiday shopping. November is a special time of year because it gives us the opportunity to look around us and see the many BLESSINGS God has given us. Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to spend time with our families and friends. It’s a time to give THANKS to God and others. It’s also a time to give to those who are less fortunate than ourselves, whether it is through our prayers, gifts we may give, or time and talent we share with those in need. We are getting ready to prepare our annual Thanksgiving Blessing Baskets to help families in need from our community.  Thanks to all who read  the letter I sent via e-mail Wednesday explaining our Blessing basket and for signing up so quickly.  If you haven’t had a chance to read over it yet, please do so and consider helping if you can (no donation is too small).  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Following is the link for a Sign-Up Genius  if you are able to contribute to our basket  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094CA8AD2AA4FF2-kindergarten2.  We are helping a family of 5:  mom, dad, a 5 year old girl, a 1 year old boy and a 3 year old boy.  Thanks in advance for your help!

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**Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour before going to bed this Saturday night!**

 Apple Farmer Annie

This week’s story was a fiction story about Annie, the apple farmer.   The skill we worked on with this week’s story was sequencing.  The children did a GREAT job identifying the sequence of events in the story!  We also did some additional practice with sequencing using story cards. We worked on the letter sound for “N” this week.  The children continue to do a GREAT job coming up with a list of words for the letter sound we are working on when we do our predictable chart (N is for…) each week.  Although I do not usually “assign handwriting homework,” it is a good idea for the children to practice writing the “letter of the week” at home once I have introduced it at school.  They are very excited about working on “sound spelling” (spelling words the “Kindergarten way,” not the dictionary way) when we return from Christmas break.  This week’s popcorn word was “to.” I’m very pleased with how well the children are reading their popcorn words and beginning to blend sounds.  Sometimes I can’t even get through the directions on a paper without a handful of students interrupting to show me the “popcorn words.”   If you see that your child is struggling to read the “mini sight word” readers they bring home each week, PLEASE be sure you are practicing their popcorn words.  The more they practice, the more confident and fluent they will become.  Here are the popcorn words they should be able to read (with confidence) to date:  I, can, we, the, like, a, see, go, to, mom, dad, love & Jesus.  Although I have encouraged the children to practice all of the popcorn words on the list that I sent home in the beginning of the year (even if the words haven’t been introduced yet), I would like to ask that you only focus on the above words IF they are not confident when reading the ones that have been introduced.  I don’t want them focusing on the whole list if they are still struggling with the above words.  A new list will be coming home soon so I want to make sure the children have a good handle on the 1st list.  I’m pleased to see that several students are reading many of our upcoming popcorn words already!  Keep up the good work!

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ALEX

Alex was our STAR student this week!  He was born on November 9, 2010.  Alex was all smiles when telling us about the pictures on his door.  He loves his family very much!  Alex has twin sisters, Isabell and Paulina (2nd grade).  If I didn’t know any better I’d think they were triplets.  They are very close and it’s evident they love being together.  They are always smiling and being silly together.  Although, you have to watch out because they like to play tricks on you when you least expect it.  I think they get that from their mom. 🙂  Alex looks up to his sisters and the girls really watch out for him.  Alex said he enjoys coloring with his mom, going to work with his dad and having Nerf gun fights with his sisters.  Alex’s favorite place is Apple Works.  He has lots of “BFF’s,” his cousin Kyle, his buddy Elias, his Uncle Tio and his cousin Kane.  Alex likes to race cars with his dad, play basketball with his Aunt Kim, box with his cousin Kyle and ride on his Uncle Bacon’s motorcycle.  Alex told us about getting to eat his very own birthday cake when he turned 1 and how he found lots of candy during an Easter egg hunt when he was little.  He’s not so little any more though.  He showed us a picture of his mom trying to hold him, but he’s too big to hold now which of course makes mom sad.  🙁  Alex likes to play baseball and his favorite color is blue.  Thanks for sharing, Alex!

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER GOALS:

The next goal sheet will be for November AND December.  As we begin preparing for the holidays, times not only get busy outside of school, but AT school as well.  Below you will find the new goals (please note the challenges). Please remember that I do other “skill testing” and assessments over the material we are covering in class, but these are the goals that I would like for you to work with your child on at home to help reinforce what we are learning at school.   Please be sure to work on the below goals with your child at least 2-3 times a week as well as any other goals your child has not yet completed.  12 students have completed their October goals and a few more are very close! 🙂  If you

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would like for your child to do the challenges, please note this in the comment section of the Friday folder and please be sure you work on the challenges at home if you would like for your child to attempt them when I assess the November/December goals in December.

1.      I can recognize all upper AND lower case D’Nealian letters                 (letter recognition only, NOT sound at this time; see letters in               folder for practice).

2.      I can count to 60, by 1’s & 10’s  (challenge:   count by 2’s & 5’s              to 60).

3.      I can recognize #’s 1-20 in random order (challenge:                              recognize #’s to 30).

4.      I can read 8 color words: red, blue, green, yellow, orange,                   purple, brown & black  (challenge: white, gray & pink).

5.     I can say The Pledge of Allegiance.

         I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United

        States of America, and to the republic for

        which it stands, one nation, under God,

        indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

Happy Birthday to our Kindergarten students that have November birthdays:  Alex, Brady, Bristol & Elliot!  If  you would like to read your Kindergarten student’s favorite book in honor of their birthday, please send me an e-mail so we can set up a day and time.  If your child’s birthday falls on a weekend, we can pick a day close to the date.   We love having guests come share the gift of reading with our Kindergarten class!  🙂  If you can’t make it in to read, feel free to send in their favorite book and I’ll read it to the class.

Reminders:

*11/5  Mass @ 4:30.  All are welcome!

*11/6  Mass @ 8 and 11 (Includes Liturgy of the Word).  All are welcome!

*11/7  Scholastic Book orders are due.  You can order on-line or send in your order form and check (no cash please) in an envelope.  If you are ordering from more than one flyer, you only need to write one check.  Please make checks out to Scholastic Book Clubs.  If you would like your order to be a surprise for a birthday gift or Christmas gift, please let me know and I will contact you when your order arrives.

*11/10  We will NOT have mass on Thursday.

*11/11  Veteran’s Day All School Mass @ 8:30.  If you plan on inviting a veteran to mass, please RSVP to [email protected]

*Fall mornings can be pretty cool, especially when we go outside for recess at 10:30.  Please be sure your child wears a jacket or a sweatshirt to school now that fall has arrived.  It’s also a good idea to keep a St. Rose uniform sweatshirt or navy/white sweater in your child’s backpack in case they get cold throughout the day.  Be sure to write your child’s name on the inside tag.  Our lost and found has been growing so this helps us to locate the owner.  We will be going outside all winter long as long as the temperature does not fall below 25 degrees so it’s a good idea that the students are prepared for colder temperatures (coats, hats, gloves) as we move into the colder months.

*As winter approaches, there is always a possibility of school closings or delays.  Please note that St. Rose follows Franklin Community School for cancellations and delays. When delays or cancellations occur, they will be announced on local stations (CBS, ABC and NBC) under ‘Franklin Community Schools’. St. Rose will, also, send out an email through Jupiter. On the morning of, you may call the school office at 317-738-3451 to verify any delays or cancellations.

*Please be sure you are checking out the St. Rose website frequently to keep up to date on all that is going on at St. Rose School.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

*Thanks to all who have already signed up to help out with our annual Blessing Basket!

*Thanks to all who attended and helped out in any way at our Halloween party!  We all enjoyed it!

*Thanks for helping with the “holiday homework.”  I don’t think anyone will be eating turkey this year! 🙂 The disguises look great!

*THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!

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ASK ME ABOUT

…the sound for “N” and some words that begin with the “N” sound.

…ask me about the “sequence of events” in the story we read this week (Apple Farmer Annie).

…using story cards to practice sequencing.

…”I like to count it, count it.”  (Some of “my kiddos” really like to dance. 🙂  )

…the number writing book we are working on and some of the poems that help us when writing our numbers.

…All Saints Day.

…making cards for a special Baptism during our school mass.

…this month’s Fruit of the Spirit (Goodness).

…Spirit Day.

Have a good weekend!