Thursday, November 16, 2017

2nd 9 weeks-week 4

Dear Family,
I will not be in school this Friday.  If your child will go home a different way, please send a note in his/her green daily folder for the sub.  If the way home changes unexpectedly during the day, please call the office at 512-704-0600 and they will inform the substitute teacher.  

I will post new RAZ Kids reading assignments on Thursday instead of Friday morning this week.

All Scholastic book orders by 3 PM on Friday, Nov. 17.  Order online at  https://clubs.scholastic.com/ My online teacher code is J6BVC

Next Week…(after break)
Math: This week we continue exploring concepts in Geometry.  Students will be identifying, classifying and describing 3D shapes.  Students are continually reviewing addition and subtraction concepts in a problem solving format.

Science:  This will be our final week on Rocks, Soil, and Bodies of Water. This week, students will focus on rocks and how they are useful to us. Students will explore the usefulness of rocks through the creation of bricks and other hands -on activities. The test over this unit will be on Friday.

Reading: Using a variety of nonfiction texts over customs and traditions, students are going to continue to explore the features of nonfiction texts.  They will be learning about glossary, bolded words, diagrams, and maps.  

Writing:  Students are going to continue developing their letter writing skills and learn about persuasive letters.  Throughout the week, students will be writing various persuasive letters, trying to convince certain people they want or need something.  Students will also be faced with a big problem and will need to write a letter trying to explain why a very important school tool should not quit on them.  (This activity will go along with the book The Day The Crayons Quit.)
Important Dates:
  • Nov. 17 Scholastic Book Orders due
  • Nov. 17 Mrs. Troccoli absent all day
  • Nov. 20-24 Thanksgiving Break/No School
  • Nov. 30 Holiday Luncheon for 1st grade (guests are invited to eat with students in cafeteria)
  • Dec. 22 No School for students
  • Dec. 25 - Jan 5 Winter Break/No School
  • Jan. 8  Teacher Workday/No School for students
  • Jan. 9 Students return to School from Winter Break
  • Jan. 15 No School/MLK, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 25 1st Grade Field Trip to The Thinkery (more info. to follow at a later date)
  • Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due

Library books are due every Tuesday and RAZ Kids reading assignments every Friday

Thursday, November 9, 2017

2nd 9 weeks-week 3

Dear Family,
This week I sent home Scholastic Book orders.  Please place all orders by 3 PM on Friday, Nov. 17.  Order online at  https://clubs.scholastic.com/ My online teacher code is J6BVC

The weather is getting cooler. Please send your child with a coat. We still go outside for recess and PE on cold days. Thanks!

Next Week…
Math: This week we will explore concepts in geometry.  Students will identify (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, rhombus, and hexagon), classify and describe 2D shapes (the number of sides, corners and if the sides are straight or curved).
Science: This week, we will continue our unit on Rocks, Soil, and Bodies of Water with a focus on Soil. Students were previously asked to bring in soil samples from home.  Students will explore the different soils in class throughout the week and discuss their properties (color, size texture, components). They will also compare and contrast the different types of soils.

Reading:  Using a variety of nonfiction books about different customs and traditions, students will learn that authors write stories to:
~Inform: Pass along information (facts) about a particular topic/subject. (nonfiction)
Students will also explore some features of nonfiction texts: captions, pictures, and labels.  

Writing:  We are bringing back letter writing!  Students will spend the next couple of weeks learning about parts of a letter, why letters are important and why people enjoy getting them.  Students will practice writing letters to various people of their choosing and discover how the content of letters changes depending on who they are writing to.
 
Campus Announcements…
Sommer Elementary would like to invite our active duty, retired, or reserve service members to join us in honoring our Nation’s Heroes at our Veteran’ Day Assembly on November 10th, 2017 at 7:35am. Coffee and Snacks will be available for our special guests following the assembly in the library. If possible, please fill out and submit this RSVP.

Important Dates:
  • Nov. 10 All School Assembly: Veterans Day
  • Nov. 14 2nd and 3rd grade Thanksgiving meal in cafeteria with invited guests (1st grade will be eating in classroom to make room for guests of other grade levels; please do not join your 1st grader for lunch this day)
  • Nov. 17 Scholastic Book Orders due
  • Nov. 17 Mrs. Troccoli absent all day
  • Nov. 20-24 Thanksgiving Break/No School
  • Dec. 22 No School for students
  • Dec. 25 - Jan 5 Winter Break/No School
  • Jan. 8  Teacher Workday/No School for students
  • Jan. 9 Students return to School from Winter Break
  • Jan. 15 No School/MLK, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 25 1st Grade Field Trip to The Thinkery (more info. to follow at a later date)
  • Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due

Library books are due every Tuesday and RAZ Kids reading assignments every Friday