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End of the 3rd Quarter

Wow! I can’t believe the end of the 3rd quarter is here! I really don’t know where this year has gone! It’s been a very busy year, but we still have a lot to do and learn! I cannot believe we are quickly approaching the end of the school year already, but at least I’ll get the privilege of teaching the children again next year in 1st grade! 🙂  I have been busy assessing the children over the past week. They have been working really hard. I have been very impressed with how well they have done during their assessments.  Of course there is always room for improvement, but overall they are doing great!  The children have made a lot of progress since the first assessments I did with them at the beginning of the school year.  They really have come a long way! Although we haven’t been through the entire list of popcorn words yet, it’s EVIDENT during class time (and other forms of assessment) that many of the children have been working on ALL of the words that were sent home.  HOW IMPRESSIVE!! Thanks to all of you for your help!  You will find an assessment form in your child’s Friday folder today that lists the words they were able/not able to read so far on our lists.  Please be sure to work on any words your child was not able to read for me.  These words are so important as they begin to learn to read.  If you’d like your child to have more sight words, please let me know.  I’d be happy to send home another list.   I can’t stress enough the importance of “reading” EVERY day. Hopefully your child is reading to you the mini sight word readers they bring home each week from our reading series as well as the words and sentences in their reading activity books that they bring home at the end of every unit. This will help them put their skills to use and will help build their fluency as well as their confidence too. I’m hearing and seeing A LOT of reading going on which is very exciting.  Keep up the good work! Report cards will be coming home on Wednesday, March 8th.  Please look over them and discuss them with your child. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you to PRAISE them for their good work & encourage them to do better in areas in which they may need a little extra help. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

We’ve had a fun-filled week celebrating Dr. Seuss and have enjoyed reading many of the WONDERFUL books that he wrote.  Dr. Seuss week is one of my FAVORITE weeks of the school year!  We’ve done a lot of activities this week to go along with some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. Some of the activities we did this week are coming home in today’s Friday folder.  Some are displayed on our classroom door and will soon be on the bulletin board outside of our room.  I’m sure the children would LOVE for you to come take a look next week if you get a chance.  Here are a few things we’ve done this week: Goldfish Graphing, “Glyphs,” addition,  rhyming words and illustrations of where the children would eat Green Eggs & Ham. The kids really enjoyed all of our guest readers (and I did too). THANK YOU to ALL of our guest readers! I’m sure your child will tell you all about dipping their feet into paint today for our class Foot Book. There is always a lot of giggling going on, but that’s okay as long as Mrs. Salazar and I don’t come across any feet that didn’t get washed last night. We’re a little worried we might have to title one page “Stinky Feet” since some of the children thought that would be funny.  I reminded them it’s NOT a “scratch & sniff” book.  🙂  On Monday morning some of the children weren’t so sure about eating “green eggs and ham,” but most of them tried it anyway. Many of the children were pleasantly surprised and said, “I do like green eggs and ham, Sam-I-Am!”  We are looking forward to getting together with our 8th grade buddies this afternoon to read There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. After reading the book together they will create their own version of a “wocket” to put in their buddy’s pocket.  Hopefully by next week we’ll have our class foot book bound together so the children can take turns bringing it home to share/read it with you.  The children are very excited to show off their “fancy foot work.” When it’s your child’s turn, please make sure they  return the book the next day so we can keep passing it around until everyone gets a turn to bring it home. It will take a while to get to all 16 children, especially if the book isn’t returned the very next day! It has been a very busy, fun-filled week that’s for sure! WE LOVE READING!

MARCH/APRIL GOALS

This will be the FINAL goal sheet of the year!  I will begin assessing these goals around the 3rd week of April.  If you would like for your child to do the challenges, please send me an e-mail or make a note in the comment section of the Friday folder.

1. I can recite the Hail Mary:
Hail Mary, full of grace!  The Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
2. I can recognize (upper/lower case D’Nealian), give the sound for & give a word for EVERY letter of the alphabet.
3. I can read the following number words:  zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven,eight, nine & ten
**Challenge: read number words eleven-twenty**
4. I can read the following words by “stretching out” every letter sound: (total phonetic approach; word families/consonant-vowelconsonant) map, tap, ham, Sam, fig, wig, lip, rip, bit, pit, cot, dot, hop, mop, box, fox, Ted, Ned, yet, jet, den, hen, run, fun, jug & tug
**Challenge (consonant blends): flap, cram, twig & slip**

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LINDEN

Linden was our STAR student this week!  He was born on February 28, 2011 at 8:50 a.m. at Johnson Memorial Hospital.  I’ve never seen a newborn picture where a baby looks so alert and ready to take on the world, but Linden sure did!  It looks as if he’s smiling too which didn’t surprise us because anyone that knows Linden,  knows he always has a BIG SMILE on his face!  Linden LOVES his family very much and it’s evident every day how much he ADORES his mom.  He’s always talking about her and using her in “sentences” when he’s writing.  Linden is the proud big brother of Grayson (2) and is looking forward to welcoming a new baby brother in 2 weeks.  He’s looking forward to his dad and Molly sharing the news with him soon.  Linden loves to go fishing with his “Big Pop,” going to Purdue games with his Papaw and enjoys spending time with his cousins.  He takes such good care of his cousin, Lexi, who is in Kindergarten Bound here at St. Rose.

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Linden also enjoys jumping in his “jump house” that can be filled with water, racing Lexi in go-karts, riding horses, riding his dad’s dog (Ellie) like a horse and jumping in mud puddles.  He got to visit Disney World in 2015 and had a GREAT time with his mom and brother.  Linden’s favorite places to go are Monkey Joe’s, Chuck E. Cheese’s and the beach.  He thinks it’s fun to be buried in the sand! 🙂  Linden loves to play with Legos and especially likes to play Lego Minecraft.  His favorite book is his “Stampy” book he got from the book fair and his favorite sport is baseball.  Linden’s favorite movies are Toy Story and Cars.  He even got to meet his favorite characters, Lightening McQueen and Mader.  Linden’s favorite food is pizza and his favorite color is red.  Thanks for sharing, Linden!

REMINDERS:

*3/3  End of the 3rd Quarter &  Knights of Columbus Fish Fry 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the PLC.

*3/4  Mass at 4:30 p.m.  All are welcome!

*3/5  Mass at 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.   All are welcome!

*3/7  PRIDE meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

*3/8  Report Cards will be sent home.  NUT day for students who had a parent attend PRIDE meeting on 3/7.

*3/10  Honor’s Day @ 2:00 p.m.

*3/12  Daylight Saving Time starts.

*3/20  Math-A-Thon donations are due for all who participated.

*3/23  No Extended Care (Spring Break begins at dismissal.)

*3/24-3/31  Spring Break

*Upcoming Stars:  3/6-3/10 Kiaya; 4/10-4/14 Malia; 4/24-4/28 Elliot

*We only have one student birthday in March.  Happy Birthday, Kiaya!  Kiaya is excited to have her mom as our guest reader tomorrow since her birthday is this weekend!

*Library books are due every Friday.  We’ve had a small handful missing each week.

*Please be sure the children are wearing tennis shoes on PE days every Monday and Tuesday.

*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 of our guest readers!  We truly enjoyed your visit! Thanks for sharing the gift of reading with us!

*Thanks to Mrs. Floyd for the fun Dr. Seuss bookmarks she gave to each of us!

*Thanks to Mrs. Dinkel and the 3rd grade class for taking time out of their busy schedule to read to us and do a graphing activity with us!

*Thanks to Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Salazar for filling in for me when I was helping with ISTEP!

*Thanks to Oliver and his family for the cool Dr. Seuss pencils and stickers!

*Thanks for your help with our daily snacks!

*Thanks for all you do!

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ASK ME ABOUT…

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

…the church season we are now in (Lent).

…how many days does Lent last (40 days).

…Ash Wednesday and what the ashes are a symbol of.

…what they burn to get the ashes (palm branches from last year’s Palm Sunday).

…some ways we can strengthen our relationship with God during Lent.

…why we “buried” the word “Alleluia” (Shhhhh, don’t say it. 🙂  Just ask them why we buried it.)

…this months Fruit of the Spirit (Self Control) and ways we are working on this in Kindergarten.

…today’s Spirit Day activity.

…some of the books our guest readers read to us.
…getting together with our 8th grade buddies to create “something for their pocket.”
…graphing  Goldfish with the 3rd grade.
…why all of our “cat in the hat” pictures (glyphs) don’t look the same.
…where “I” would eat green eggs and ham.
…our foot book.
…rhyming words.
…our green eggs and ham breakfast.

(I couldn’t resist! 🙂 )

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                                                                                   Have a wonderful weekend!