Newsletter for the Week of April 29th – Long, lots of information at the end

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: them, mother, father

Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big, a, to, we, can, be, and, look, at, my, you, are, for, am, in, on, no, it, this, said, run, do, want, play, yes, was, if, would, come, have, me, went, with, help, he, she, go, they, up, of, what, now, love, how, here, one, find, two, too, will, three, out, some, down, by, all, four, because, make, but, as, five, good, that, very, let, any

Letter of the Week: Nn

Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj, Hh, Ff, Tt, Ii, Gg, Mm, Cc, Ww, Aa, Ss, Bb, Vv, Oo, Dd, Rr, Qq, Uu, Xx, Ee, Ll

Theme: Our theme this week is ants and bees

  • Learn a song about the structure of an insect’s body

  • Make a diagram of an insect

  • Complete an insect tree map: insects – can, have, are, eat

  • Complete a book about ant jobs

  • Complete a puzzle about any colonies

  • Complete a book about bee jobs

  • Insect sorting – wings or no wings

  • Compare and contrast ants and bees in a venn diagram

  • Read numerous fiction and non-fiction books about bees and ants


  • Independent Journals

  • What Bugs You?

  • My Favorite Insect

  • This week our phonics lessons will focus on words that start with /n/ and we will revisit the word families of /an/, /en/, /in/, and /on/.


  • Coin Exchange

  • Divide Groups in Half

  • Missing Number 1-100

  • Comparison Number Stories

  • Insect Addition

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Rainbow write our sight words and My Flower Journal.

  • Art Center: Create your own insect

  • Math Center: Equivalent Dominoes.

  • Listening Center: Listen to If You Give a Dog a Donut then draw the characters.

  • ABC Center: Short vowel matching/rhyming.

  • Read Around the Room: Students will find words that have an /n/ in the beginning around the room and in books and write them down.

  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Chameleon, Chameleon. Our goals this week are Conclusion and Monitor/Clarify.

  • Long and short /e/ sort.

Social Studies:

  • Character Education – Calming Down and Strong Feelings.

  • How the Sky Got Its Name (Legend).


  • Remember to keep checking the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • Thank you to the wonderful chaperones we had for the aquarium field trip!

  • Wish List: disinfectant wipes and glue sticks
  • Scholastic Book Club Orders are due on Monday, May 13th.

  • Wednesday, May 8th is a half day.

  • Family Science Project (Insect Research) is due Wednesday, May 8th. All kindergarten classes will be presenting their projects to each other on that same day.

  • The Ray School Book Fair will be held in the teacher lunchroom from May 6th – May 10th. We will go twice that week, once so students can make their own wish list and again to purchase books (Friday, May 10th). The Book Fair is also open before and after school.

  • ONE FOR BOOKS DONATIONS: I have a container in the classroom where I will collect coins and $1 bill donations from Room 104 families which I will then get to spend on books for the classroom from the book fair that the students and I have picked out. The class that collects the most money by May 3rd will be rewarded with a pizza party sometime after the book fair is completed. If you would like to donate, please send $1 bills or coins with your child in an envelope or bag marked with “One for Books Donation”. Donations will be accepted through May 3rd.

  • Starting Monday, April 29th breakfast will no longer be served in the classroom. Breakfast will be served in the student lunchroom daily starting at 8:20 am, Morning Fitness still starts promptly at 8:45 am.

  • Snacks: Because of some little creatures with four legs that have decided they like Ray School, classrooms are no longer allowed to have food. Our refrigerator will be removed this week as well as our snack bin. However, the kindergarten team has decided we will still serve snack at afternoon Brain Boost. In order to do this, snack will have to be kept in the trunk of my car. Each day during lunch I will go to my car and bring in the snack the students will have during afternoon Brain Boost. Therefore, when donating a snack please make sure it is one that can handle being in the trunk of a car. I appreciate the fruit and vegetable snacks we have been getting, but they will not work in this current arrangement. I will still be sending snack letters home weekly and thank you for all the snack donations so far and in the future.

Ms. Maltz