We will have our Valentine’s Day party this Thursday from 1:30-2:30.  If you ‘d like to attend or are helping, please come to our room at 1:30.  All are welcome! The children are welcome to bring Valentines for all of their classmates (we have 18 students) if they would like to.  If your child is planning on bringing Valentines to pass out, they need to bring them to school when they arrive Thursday morning.  We will be passing them out shortly after lunch before we go to library.  There is not enough time to do this during the party.  The children do not need to write their classmates names on their Valentines.  Please just have your child put their name on the Valentines they are handing out so their classmates will know who it is from.  This helps cut down on the amount of time it takes to pass them out.  Thanks for your help!  Have a wonderful week!  Below is a preview of some of the things we’ll be doing this week:

Phonics:

This week we will work on reading & spelling digraph ay, combination ar, digraph ch and combination or.  The sight words that will be introduced with this week’s Phonics lessons are:  early, earth, heard, learn, word, work & world.  

Spelling:

This week’s spelling words are:  far, much, play, gave, upon, after, handy, dribble, spell, shapeless, says* & should* (* words are not to, be sounded out) with BONUS WORDS:  February, Valentine & spirit.  The children will also be given a sentence to write:  We stayed up until three.  The pre-test will be on Wednesday and the final test on Friday.  If the children spell all of the words (including writing the sentence & bonus words IF they accept the challenge) correct on Wednesday, they will NOT have to take the test on Friday.

Reading:

We are ready to begin our 5th reading book.  This week we will be reading “Olivia” (Main Selection).  The children will bring their books home on Monday evening for homework.   Please read pgs. 10 & 11 before reading the story & discuss the vocabulary words to make sure the children have a clear understanding of these words.  They will bring home a leveled reader on Wednesday  to read for homework.  PLEASE be sure the children return their books the NEXT day so they have them for reading here at school.  It’s a good idea to ask the “Think and Compare” questions at the end of each selection.  The children are really doing a good job reading their stories each week!  We couldn’t do it without your help and support!  THANK YOU!

Math:

We will continue working on Chapter 6:  Count & Model Numbers.  In this chapter we will be counting by 1’s to 120, counting forward by 1’s & 10’s from any number and understanding 10’s & 1’s (the children should be pretty good at this because we work on place value daily as part of our calendar activities).

Religion:

We will begin Chapter 13/Jesus Calls Apostles.  We will talk about Jesus’ apostles and what they were called to do.  We will talk about how all of us can be apostles and spread God’s Word.  **Many of the children have been asking when the 1st grade gets to lead the mass since the past 2 times we were supposed to have mass it was canceled. 🙁  The children who were supposed to participate are anxiously awaiting their parts.  The 1st grade will plan the mass on Thursday, March 21st.  I’ll send home the parts when the date gets closer for the children who did not get to participate due to the cancellations.**

Important Dates/Reminders:

*2/11  PRIDE meeting NUT day.

*2/14  Valentine’s Day party from 1:30-2:30.  The children may come out of uniform (even though it’s a mass day) as long as they are wearing pink, red or a Valentine’s Day shirt.  The following parents signed up at Back To School’s Night to help with the party:  Craft/Mrs. Hale, Game/Mrs. Setnor, Snack/Mrs. Adams, Drink Pouches/Mrs. Hudson & Napkins/Mrs. Calo.  Please let me know as soon as possible if there has been a change in your plans.

*2/16  Donkey Basketball in the PLC from 3-5 p.m.  All are welcome!

*2/18  President’s Day/St. Rose WILL have school.  THIS IS A SNOW MAKE-UP DAY!

*2/20  I will have a sub (to be determined) in the AFTERNOON so I can attend CPI training in Indianapolis.

*2/21  Kdg. & 1st grade field trip to see “Cat in the Hat” at Clowe’s Hall.  We will be leaving promptly at 10:50 and returning around 2:00.  The children will need to wear their school uniforms to school that day.  Mrs. Hudson and Ms. Murillo will be our 2 chaperones, please come to our classroom at 10:40.  I have the following children signed up to get a school “sack lunch” to eat before we leave:  Lee, Maddie, Sophie, Lukas, Emery, Milysa, Rylee & Lexi.  If there have been any changes since you handed in your child’s permission slip, please let me know ASAP.  Since we will be eating an early lunch we will provide the children with a snack when we return.  Snacks are not allowed during the show.

*Please help your children remember their library books every Thursday.  We have switched library days this semester & we’ve had a handful of students forgetting to return their books.  Thanks for your help!

Lunch/Recess & Special Schedule (Please note the changes in red for this semester.):

Daily Recess LC-1st grade:  10:30-11:00 & Lunch 11:00-11:30

Monday:  1:15-2:00  PE w/Mr. Setnor (Kindergarten & 1st grade combined)

Tuesday:  12:30-1:15  Music w/Mrs. Langferman

Wednesday:  1:15-2:00  PE (1st & 2nd grade combined); 2:00 Dismissal EVERY Wednesday

Thursday:  8:30  Weekly Mass & 12:30-1:15  Library w/Ms. Sargent (Library books due every Thursday)

Friday:  11:45-12:30  Art w/Ms. Sargent

*Be sure to read Mrs. Floyd’s Weekly Roar & classroom newsletters (blogs) every Monday to keep up on all that is going on at St. Rose.  Also, be sure to check out our website www.stroselions.net frequently so you don’t miss out on anything important.  The Google calendar is always full of important dates and upcoming events.  You don’t want to miss out!