Thursday, October 5, 2017

1st 9 weeks-week 7

Dear Family,
I will not be at school after 11:30 AM tomorrow.  (I’m headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma to volunteer at a high school marching band competition!)  If your child’s way home changes unexpectedly, please call the office so that my substitute will be informed.  Please send your kiddo wearing a Sommer shirt or school colors if you have one tomorrow. There will be a whole school picture outside with a droid as the photographer. Since we do not have school on Tuesday, we will have library on Wednesday. Thanks!

Next week...
Math: This week we will continue our unit on nonstandard measurement. Through various hands-on activities, the students will explore measuring different items using different tools. Students will gain the understanding that objects will have different measurements depending on the tool used. Longer tools will have a smaller number of units used and shorter tools will have a larger number of units used.

Science:  This week students will continue to learn about Forms of Energy with a focus on heat energy. Students will explore stations of various everyday items that produce heat energy. We will also enjoy observing the effect heat has on popcorn kernels.

Reading/SS: We spent the past two weeks practicing making text-to-self and text-to-text connections.  Students will now work on taking it one step farther and make text-to-world connections while learning about historical figures such as: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr..  They will continue to see that a book can be used to stretch meaning beyond the pages and that making connections to our real wide-world is possible.

Writing:  This week students will be guided through the process of writing Small Moment Narratives.  Lessons will be taught that teach students ways of choosing a small moment to write about vs. a much bigger topic.  We will use the illustration of a watermelon, slice, and seed with the seed being the small moment.  For example:
Watermelon Topic
Slice Topic
Seed Topic
Going to Sommer Elementary
Being in 1st Grade
PE class
Going to the fair
Playing games
Winning a goldfish
After completing a variety of group activities to ensure understanding, students will be given the time to begin creating their own Small Moments Narratives on a “seed topic” that is special to them.  We will continue to encourage students to use the writing skills that were covered last week as well: capitalization, punctuation, nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  Each day will also include time spent using our Handwriting Without Tears books to guide students through the proper formation of letters.  

Phonics:  Words Their Way Assessment and teaching of spelling menu activities will take place.

Campus Announcements…

Bright Bytes Technology Survey
Dear Parents and/or Guardians,
We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our questionnaire.
Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of  technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
The last day to complete this questionnaire is Monday, October 16, 2017.
Please go to here.
Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!

Innovation Station Needs Donations!
Please help us stock our Makerspace. This is a space for creativity, expression, and innovation!
Here is a list of items we currently need for our next rotation (2 weeks!):
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Egg cartons
  • Fabrics scraps
  • Unused crafting items (stickers, craft paper, hole punches, etc.)
  • Ribbon, string, rope, fishing line
  • Bottles, caps, etc
  • Old Cd’s, berry baskets, pretty much ANYTHING!
Don't throw it away-give it to us! A Large box will be left in the school entryway to collect the items. Please make sure the items are clean and ready to use!
** due to latex and nut allergies, please avoid donating items that use to contain these items (i.e. peanut cans, balloons, etc) Thank you for helping us keep Innovation Station safe for all our students**
Birthday books for library
Would you like to honor your child’s birthday by contributing to our Sommer Library Program?  You can do both by purchasing a Birthday Book for our library!  For a $15 donation, your child can choose from an assortment of brand-new books in the library (or any book of his/her choosing).  We will put a sticker in the book to commemorate the event, your child can be the first student to check out the book, and his/her picture will appear on our Birthday Book bulletin board and on morning broadcast.  Just visit the library website at
to fill in the form.  A check can be made out to “Sommer Elementary” and delivered by your child to the library.  You can even sign up months in advance; we will keep track and send for your child when his/her birthday month arrives!

PE Box Tops
PE classes are starting a contest to see which grade could bring in the most box tops.  KIds were shown where they could find these on products that you may buy already. Please bring them in a baggie with grade level written on it. Money earned from these is used to purchase PE equipment!

Important Dates:
  • Oct. 6 Mrs. Troccoli’s class will have a substitute teacher from 11:30 AM to dismissal
  • Oct. 9-10 No School for students
  • Oct. 11-20 Student Council Book Drive (please donate gently used books for schools affected by hurricane and/or schools with few books)
  • Oct. 19 -Oct. 24 Book Fair
  • Oct. 20 Friday Assembly K-2nd Grades
  • Oct. 20 PTA Movie Night-”Moana & Sing”
  • Oct. 23-Oct. 27 Red Ribbon Week
  • Nov. 3 Passport to Sommer

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

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