Kindergarten!Our Eggs Arrived!Has your child been talking about our chickss? Last Monday the Farmer from Quiver Farms brought us eggs and our incubator. We have been watching the eggs for changes and taking care of them by turning them and keeping them warm. We had some exciting news on Monday. Our chicken began to hatch. Did you watch our video on Remind?Forces in MotionIn science we have been learning about Forces in Motion. We are so excited to explore the way things move and how forces interact with our environment. On Friday, we explored how an object in motion can change direction when it hits something. We used balls to roll into bins to see how they can change direction depending on the force and angle we throw it.Work of the Week
This week we will be working on writing our uppercase letters and reviewing our lowercase letters. We will be focusing on the letters Q,R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z. Our sight words for the week are will, did and sit. Make sure you are practicing our sight words at home. We will be starting to assess the children on their reading level and having a vast sight word knowledge greatly increases their success in reading. This week we will be learning the words she, look and yes. We will also continue working on writing our first name and begin focusing on writing our last name correctly (the 1st letter uppercase, followed by lowercase letters for the remaining letters). In math we will conitnue Topic 6. We will have our Topic 6 Assessment on Tuesday. Check below for instructions to access the Envision Website to try a practice assessment. Please be sure to use a pencil when completing homework at home.
Letters learned: z, q, x, y, v, w, l, k, h, p, j, e, r, d, s, a, g, c, o, i, u m, n, t, b and f.
Sight Words learned: not, come, this, look, she, yes, do, up, so, no, on, in, an, at, he, it, me, we, is, see, go, to, am, the, can, like, I, a and my.
Color Words learned: gray, brown, pink, black, orange, purple, green, blue, yellow and red
Orange Reading Bags
As part of our Readers Workshop the children will shop in our classroom library for books on their reading level. They need to keep all 4 books in their bag when they return to school along with the black poetry book. Sometimes we will use the books in their bags for my lessons to teach new skills, so it is important for them to have them each day. Please talk to your children about the skill we worked on in class that day when you read together at night.
The children will keep the books for one week and exchange them for new books every Monday. If your child does not return their books on Monday they will NOT be allowed to get new books.
You do not need to purchase supplies for the classroom for your child.
The only thing he/she will need is a backpack large enough for a folder and a lunchbox or lunch money. If you choose to send in money, please make sure it is in an envelope with your child's name on it and the amount enclosed.
Please label all of your child's items with his or her name on them. I will supply students with everything else they will need for school. It is strongly suggested that you have crayons, scissors and glue for your child to use at home for assigments.
Our class page is an important tool for both students and parents throughout the year. Please make sure you check it weekly to see what is being covered in class, as well as, any special classroom announcements or activities.
Parents please be advised, any changes to your child's schedule needs to be sent in writing the day of that change. Please do not send multiple days on one note, unless it is a monthly schedule.
If your child has a schedule that changes on a weekly basis, please send a note at the beginning of the month. Please list all bus dismissal changes in numerical order(Please do not just identify the day of the week.)
For example: (Child's Name)'s Schedule for the month of September
To go on the Bus Report to Childcare
9/6, 9/7 9/8
Remember, if your child has a change in dismissal, make sure that you write a note in the morning. Please do not send an email mid-day, as I may not see it before dismissal.
Please remember to send in lunch and or lunch money each day. We will be eating in the lunchroom everyday and your children will have the option to purchase a lunch or a milk if needed. Lunch is only 30 minutes, so please keep that in mind when packing your child's lunch. We do not have the means to heat up any items. All food items should be ready to eat. It would be beneficial for you to have your child start to practice opening and closing their own containers.
If your child will be buying lunch, they will receive a card to swipe. This will help speed up the process when paying for their lunch. It is still important to have your child memorize their student ID number. They will need to use it throughout their educational career while they are a student in our District. Their student ID number will be listed on the portal.
If you choose to send in lunch money, please make sure it is in an envelope in their homework folder, with your child's name on it and the amount enclosed.
We will be having a small class snack in the afternoon. Your child may bring in a water bottle (label with your child's name please) daily. Please limit this to water only...no juice, soda, iced tea, gatorade. If you would like to send in a snack donation, please send in something for us to share as a class. Any snack donation is appreciated... we have 23 students. Some suggestions - a box of animal crackers, fruit snacks, cookies, goldfish, large bag of pretzels.
We will have recess everyday (weather permitting) outside on the playground. As per school rules, all children must wear sneakers to climb on the equipment. Thank you for helping us keep the children safe outside!
We will continue to use the Envision Math series this year. Please remember to read the directions on the bottom of the homework assignments. This week we will continue Topic 6. Please try to have your child complete the online assessment in preparation for our next Unit assessment.
To acess the Envision math textbook please go to
To log in please see the attached instructions letter.
Here is a link to some fun math games.LiteracyWe will begin our year introducing the alphabet using the Fundations Phonics Program. During the 1st two short weeks, we will introduce ALL the letters. Starting the 3rd week, we will focus on 1-2 letters a week, review each letter, sound and discriminate between the uppercase and lowercase letter.
Bucket Filling InitiativeSwitlik Elementary School is commmitted to creating a caring and respectful environment. We are using the world acclaimed book by Carol McCloud, Have You Filled a Bucket Today- A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids in order to create a safer, kinder, more respectful school culture. Each month a student will be chosen from every class to be the Bucket filler of the month. They will get their picture taken and posted on the school web page.Switlik PTNIf you have not already done so, please consider joining the Switlik PTN.Every dollar raised by the PTN, goes right back to your students! We can already thank them for our new Switlik folders, the classroom care packages (tissues, wipes, cleaning wipes, & sidewalk chalk) and our gift card for our memory book photos.
In keeping with last year, we will be having our school store on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the cafeteria during lunch. Students will have the opportunity to shop once they have eaten. Items are priced between $0.25 - $2.00
The PTN is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Samantha Marley or PTN.email@example.com
A Note from our PTNDear Parents,We are writing on behalf of the Switlik PTN to request a donation for our Pocketbook Bingo scheduled for March 15, 2019. We are expecting 200 people at this event. The event proceeds will help the PTN continue to offer class trips, assemblies and additional learning materials to our students.We would greatly appreciate any donation you can make. We are currently asking for donations to purchase some beautiful pocketbooks and accessories to be won at this event. Any amount collected will help ensure the success of this fundraiser. We would also love the support of any business you think may be interested in supporting our school with a monetary donation. Donations are tax deductible and we can provide you with a letter for tax purposes upon request.Please send your donation in an envelope labeled “PTN - Pocketbook Bingo” to school with your child and include your child's name and teacher's name on the envelope. We would like to collect all donations by Wednesday, November 21, 2018. You can also donate through our Switlik Swag Shop and Reservation Store with a credit card:If you are interested in helping to plan this event, we are looking to form a committee, so please send an email and let us know.If you have any questions or need further information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Samantha Marley at email@example.com. Thank you so much for your support!Sincerely,Coleen Sgammato and Samantha Marley
Important Dates to Remember:
1/16 School Store during lunch
1/21 - School's Closed
I will be using the Remind App to send out reminders this year. To sign up for class reminders
text @mazzellak to the number 81010You’ll receive a welcome text from Remind.If you would like to order from Scholastic Book Clubs our class code is NW3ZT.
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