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    *Updated November 17, 2018
    *Remember to have your child use a pencil for any of the writing parts of homework. 
    And be sure to check their name....the 1st letter ONLY should be capitilized followed by lowercase letters.  I may send home a few extra name practice pages for those who need the extra practice writing their name this week.   
    Important Notes for this Week:
    Please be sure to fill in the reading calendar daily.  I will be spot checking them this week.  I like to do a quick chat with the kids about some of the books they are reading at home!  Remember that the November log is double-sided...please check that you are filling it out for the correct week. 
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for coming to conferences and to those who were abe to make it to our American Education Class Visit.  I appreciate your support and your time!  
    This is Gray Week (and our LAST color week!).  Please wear gray and bring in a gray picture on Wednesday, November 21st. 
    11/8-Our Book Fairy has sent home ANOTHER book this week!  Please be sure to reread the books with your child.  Let them hear what a good reader sounds like and talk about the books after each reading.  Does your child have a WOW page or a favorite part?  Can they retell you the story using the transistion words first, next, then & last?  Can they name the characters and talk about their feelings?  Can they name the setting of the story?  Did they come across a word that they did not know...all good readers will start to ask about unknown words in texts.  We have been practicing all those skills in class and I hope that they can do it at home with you too!  
    The Book Fairy is always looking through her books to see what else she has to send home for your children....look for more Book Fairy books to come home during the year!   
    Happy Reading!
    A message from the PTN...

    Please DONATE! Thank you

    Dear 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:https://squareup.com/store/switlik-parent-teacher-network

    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 coleen.sgammato@gmail.comor Samantha Marley at samanthamptn@outlook.com. Thank you so much for your support and generosity!

    Coleen Sgammato and Samantha Marley

    Upcoming Activities:
    Thanksgiving Feast
    Tuesday, November 20th
    I will post the Sign Up Genius link for the needed supplies and visitor list shortly.
    All visitors will need to sign up by Friday, Nov 16th so that I can send home the passes on Mon, Nov 19th.  Please, due to the size of our classes and classrooms, we need to keep it to ONLY 1 or 2 visitors per student.  THANK YOU!
    11/10-I am having trouble accessing Sign Up genius this weekend, so I will start what we need for the Thanksgiving Feast here.   If you can send in an item, just email me and I will add your name to the list.  
    As always, THANK YOU for your generosity! 
    Thanksgiving themed plates and napkins-Wisniewski Family
    Apple Juice Boxes-Hobbs Family
    mini cornbread muffins-May Family
    1 bag of popcorn-Strano Family
    1 healthy Thanksgiving Themed Treat (Fruit Tray)-Grignon Family
    1 healthy Thanksgiving Themed Treat (Cheese & Grapes Platter)-Humphrey Family
    1 Thanksgiving Themed Sweet Treat (Cupcakes)-McCauley Family
    1 Thanksgiving Themed Sweet Treat-Chocolate Covered Oreo Turleys
    1 Apple Pie-Powalie Family
    1 Pumpkin Pie-Powalie Family
    Other (your choice)-___
    1 Thanksgiving themed craft (your choice of activity)-Kirk Family
    In class, we will be making butter to put on the cornbread muffins.  
    We will also start the the party with the craft and follow up getting changed into our fun costumes we are making in class and then will sing a few, fun holiday themed songs!  
    Gobble, Gobble!
    Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns...but please be aware that it may take me a few days to respond. During the school year, a hand delivered note will be needed if your concern needs immediate attention (for ex. a change in bus/pick up dismissal for that day).  
    My email is cmtemple@jacksonsd.org
    We will begin our year introducing the alphabet using the Fundations Phonics Program.  For the next 11 weeks, we will focus on 2 letters a week.  We will introduce (review) each letter, sound and discriminate between the uppercase and lowercase letter.   
    We will contine to work on the letters: Ll, Hh & Kk
    Letters introduced:  Tt, Bb, Ff, Mm, Nn, Ii, Uu, Cc, Oo, Aa, Gg, Dd, Ss, Ee, Rr, Pp, Jj
    How Can You Help At Home:
    During review at home, see if your child can think of 3-5 words that begin with that letter.  
    Have him/her look for things around your house that begin with the letters you are practicing.
    Identify the beginning letter of family members or family friends names.
    Have your child help with shopping and helping to write the shopping list.
    Use the Parent Information page that we send home each week.  Included with the Parent Information page, will be the letter pages.  Please use these pages to review with your child at home.  They can trace the letter with their finger, starting at the top and going down. As they finish tracing the letter, they can practice saying the letter name, the keyword picture and then the sound.  For example, Tt, top, /t/.   They can then color the picture.
    sight words
    Each week, we will introduce 2-3 sight words. Sight words are words that your child will see in their leveled reading books. Each week, we will send home flash cards of the words for that week.   Please keep these in a safe place and review them daily. 
    This week, our new words are: at & an
    At home you should have:   I, a, my, can, like, am, the, go, to, is, see, me, we, he, it, you, and
    *please add our new words to the 1st bag I sent home.  Keep this bag at home...it does NOT NEED to come back to school.  
    Readers Workshop
    In class during our readers workshop time, we are learning how to be a Reader. 
    We are learning that there are 3 ways to read a book...
    1. Look at the pictures
    2. Look at the words
    3.  Retell the story
    We are also very busy looking at those letters in our books and using the pictures to help us "read" the words.  Many of our books have our sight words, so we are having fun while learning and being a detective to look for our sight words!
    We also are learning how to retell stories by listening to some "Old Storybook Favorites" like "The Carrot Seed",  "Caps For Sale" and "Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm".  We have read the stories numerous times and the children are now "reading" the books to their reading partners!  
    The story we have been focusing on the past few days is "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" by Paul Galdone.  Here is a YouTube link if you would like to listen to it with your child.
    *as always, please be sure to watch youtube with your children, as there are sometimes adult ads that pop up
    Here is another fun book we read in class that the children love!
    Reading at Home
    It is highly encouraged that you read at home with your child.  We will start the week of 9/17 with our new Switlik School Reading Program.  Please keep this form in their homework folder.  I will be checking it on Fridays.  I am just looking for the parent signature and the title of their favorite book that they read that day.  
    *If you do do extra reading over the weekend, feel free to add those dates and your initials under the current week section on the log.  I do love to reward my friends who do extra practice!!  :) 
    Check out this chart to see how reading for an extra 20 minutes a day with your child will benefit him/her in school!   
    Reading at home
    Please make daily reading an important part of your day!
    "Readers are made on the laps of their parents!"
    Again, reading is not meant to be a chore at home....we hope that you make reading part of your daily routine!
    Writers Workshop
    Writer's Workshop is a designated time each day where students become “authors”.
    After each mini-lesson students will have independent writing time where they will choose their own topic for their writing and have an opportunity to practice skills and strategies taught in the mini lesson. By giving the students choices in their topics, the writing becomes authentic, engaging, and meaningful. During this independent writing time the teacher will be meet with individuals or small groups to conference and encourage their growth as authors.
    Students will learn to write, revise, edit, and publish stories throughout the school year. They will also begin to assess their own writing and learn to implement the characteristics of quality writing into their own work.
    In the spring, we will showcase students’ writing during our “Switlik Author Night”. Students will have opportunities to share some of their published stories with their parents and celebrate their accomplishments.
    So encourage writing at home....drawing a picture and then labeling it.  And if they can....write a simple sentence to go with it!
    Or writing can be as simple as writing a list or making a card for someone!  
    And for those that need to copy words that they see at home....that is GREAT Practice too!!!
    11/8-Currently our focus is on our Show & Tell items.  Can your child draw a picture of one of their favorite items from home?  They do not need to add it to a scene or add any background.  But can they add in all the detail in the picture and then go back and label all the parts....does it have eyes, ears, legs, feet, fur, a nose, wings, doors, pockets, a dress or pants....there are endless possibliities in labeling.  Help your child sound out the words, BUT DO NOT tell them the exact letters.  They need to learn to write down what they hear.  The english language has so many "rules" that they are NOT expected to know right now.  We just want them to write down what they hear....and at times, it may be wrong, but I don't want them to be afraid to try!  You can then go back and sound it out again letter by letter and see if they can figure out where they made the mistake and then let them fix it.  
    I love seeing extra practice....use the back of some of our homework pages to try this 1-2 a week.  You will see how quickly they will get better with practice (an one-on-one help!)
    Math Envision 2.0
    This year we are using a program called Envision 2.0 
    You can access the website at home using the following link 
    • Once on the website, follow the following directions....
      • 1.  At the Pearson sign-in page, click the box that says Pearson EasyBridge Plus & Auto
      • 2.  At the box where it says to choose your district, type/select:
    • 3.  Student Log In Information:

      Login:  Student ID#

      Password: First Name + Grade level (for ex:  ChristineKF)

      *All Kindergarten students must put KF as the grade after their name, no spaces.

       Envision On-line Game Center



        We are working on Topic 4-Comparing Numbers 6-10

      At the beginning of each topic, we will send home a parent information home page.  This will also include copies of our math vocabulary words.  You can keep these at home to use for review.  After each lesson, we will send home the corresponding homework age to complete at home.  These pages are meant to be done with help





      Social Studies & Science

    • We will finish up our 1st Science Unit on BUGS with a group STEM project this week.   

    • Later this week, we will start our next Social Studies Unit on Family, Culture & Heritage.


    • color words
    • Each week we will focus on a new color and color word.  During the week, we will do a few fun activities with that color.  One of our activities will be to make a color poster.  We will ask the students to bring in magazine (also printed or hand drawn) pictures of things with that color.  Any picture will do, but keep in mind, they will not be returned.  we will also designate a day to dress in that color.
    • Our 10th color will be Gray.
    • Please send in a gray picture and wear gray on Wednesday, November 21st.  
    • We will send home color word cards for you to review with your child.  Please review these at home.  Many of the children feel very successful when they can read the color words so quickly in the year. 


    • Bucket Filling
    • Bucket Filler  
    •  Switlik School is proud to be a Bucket Filling School!  Each month, 1 student will be chosen for the Class Bucket Filler!
    • September's Bucket Filler:  Sofia Elmes 
    • October's Bucket Filler: Collin Kirk
    • November's Bucket Filler: 
    • December's Bucket Filler:
    • January's Bucket Fillers:   
    • March's Bucket Filler: 
    • April's Bucket Filler:  
    • May's Bucket Filler: 
    • Supplies
    • Supplies

      As for supplies, your child will need a back pack that can hold a 9 x 12 folder.
    • Please label it and have your child practice opening and closing it on their own. THANK YOU!  
    • I would also like to ask for an old shirt to use as an Art Smock. Please label this and send it in ASAP.  They will be stored in the classroom for our "messy" art projects.  
    • As always, tissues and wipes are a "teacher's best friend", so I would gladly accept any donations of tissues or baby wipes. THANK YOU!  
    • During the course of the year, I may ask for specific items that we will share with the class.  Please look below for any needed items on my class page.  

      I would recommend having crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue or/glue sticks at home for homework projects. Please do not send any of those items to school. I have all the supplies that your child will need!
    • Wish List Items:
    • Target Dollar Spot Items-this area is a teachers dream and has LOTS of fun things for the kids for the classroom (mini erasers, stickers, dramatic play items)....anything that is kid friendly!
    • Creation Station Items
    • -anything the kids can use during indoor recess this winter in the Arts and Crafts area
    • -any kind of arts and crafts scraps...NOTHING THAT IS BOUGHT!
    • Some fun items:
    • tissue paper
    • toilet paper rolls
    • paper towel rolls
    • popsicle sticks/tongue depressors
    • sequins
    • stickers
    • pipe cleaners
    • If you have something at home you think the kids would like to use and you are not sure, just email me to ask!  :)
    • lunch
    • Lunch
    • We will eat lunch during the 1st lunch period, 10:55-11:25.  
    • You will need to send in a lunch (ready to eat, we cannot heat up anything), easy to open snacks and a drink.  
    • Your child does have the option to purchase lunch everyday.  Please visit the school website for the lunch menu.  Your child will be given a lunch code # to memorize to use to purchase their lunch.  Please practice this at home to help with the purchasing process in school.  
    • The lunch period is only 30 minutes and many of the K students have a tough time finishing up their lunch and snacks.  I suggest that you do not allow your child to buy any additional snacks during the 1st month of school, until they get used to the quick paced lunch time block.  Also, limit their snack choices in their lunches to 1 or 2 only.  Many children tend to open their snacks first and not eat their sandwich/lunch item.  
    • PLEASE alert us to any allergies that your child has with a note.
    • The Jackson Food Service Dept has provided each K & 1st grade student with a swipe card to use when purchasing lunch.  These cards will be kept at school.  We do recommend that you still work with your child to memorize their student ID number.
    • snack time  
    • We will also have snack time in the afternoon.  We will ask for the parents to send in bulk size snack choices.  
    • Good snack choices include:  Goldfish, pretzels, dry cereals, animal crackers, or mini marshmallows.  
    • At times, we will ask for a specific item to be sent in that we can use to go along with a current theme or activity.  
    • *Some of these items may change once I am alerted to allergies!!
    • Due to food allergies, I kindly ask that no peanut snack items be sent in.  We want to keep our friends healthy & safe and we truly appreciate your understanding!

    Please refer to the following web page for more information on food allergies and safe snacks.  

    Safe Snack Guide

    • At the current time, we have 23 students in our class.  
    • Your child may bring in a water bottle each day.  I recommend that it is labeled!!  The students will keep these in a community basket and will have access to them all day.  I will make sure they go home each day (to help keep away the germs).  
    • ***These can only have water in them.***
    •  Please save the juice for their lunch time only.  THANK YOU!
    • Recess
    • Recess
    • 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 to keep the children safe outside!
    • Specials
    • Specials
    • Each day, we will go to a different special. 
    •  Our schedule is as follows:
    • Monday-Computers with Mr. Struthers
    • Tuesday-Art with Ms. Martinez 
    • Wednesday-Library with Ms. Palme *please return the libary books weekly
    • Thursday-Gym with Mrs. Pfluger  *sneakers MUST be worn
    • Friday-Music with Mrs. Noble

    *In Library, the students started to take home books.  Please be sure that they return them on Wednesday, so that they can get a new book. 

    • librarian  
      A Note from the Librarian-Ms. Palme
      You can access the digital ebooks on the school library Destiny page.
      Here is the link with the directions (or see her class page for more info). 
    • Report Cards:    Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on ____.  Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID.  For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to portalsupport@jacksonsd.org and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

    • Remind App
    • I would like to help you all keep up with ALL the activities that we do in class.  Join my Remind group on your phone and/or email.  I will post reminders about upcoming activities and events!  It is easy to do and FREE to join!  Follow the ink below and sign up today!
    • Ms. Temple's Class 2018-19
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    • *Please continue to read the calendar section.  That section will keep you updated with our activities and events.
    • working together  
    • PTN News
    • Please consider joining our amazing PTN!  Send in your family membership envelopes!  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), our gift card for our memory book photos and our new document cameras!
    • *The PTN class page is up and running!  You can also follow them on facebook!

    You can also follow them on Remind.  Text @SwitlikPTN to 81010 to receive PTN Reminders

    • They also collect Box Tops.  Please send them in.  Each month the class that collects the most, gets a munchkin party!
    • Consider attending the monthly meetings and joining a committee!  It is a GREAT way to get involved in our school!
    • Their next meeting is:

    Their next meeting will be:


    • Upcoming Activities:

    Switlik students can shop for the special people on their holiday list during the week of December 3-7th. Sign Up Genius link including class shopping times and volunteer opportunities will be posted here and on facebook soon.


    Join us on Saturday, December 8th from 9-11 am. Paint an ornament from Color Me Mine and leave it for the PTN elves to get fired and returned to you before Winter Break. Choose one of 6 ornaments (while supplies last) and enjoy a bagel and hot chocolate/coffee. Visit with Santa and shop our Family Holiday Shop. For more details, see the reservation form attached or reserve online through the Switlik Swag Shop & Reservations link. Payment MUST BE RECEIVED by Wednesday, November 21. There will be no extra ornaments available at the event - PREORDER IS REQUIRED. Please include names of all attending in comments section of online orders when checking out.  Pricing: $12 per person - ornament, bagel and hot chocolate, $2 per person - bagel and hot chocolate only (no ornament), FREE - Visit with Santa and Shop. Printable reservation form. 


    Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse Howell location, on Thursday, December 13th, from 4:00-10:00pm. Show this flyer on your phone and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Switlik. Stop in at Five Below and pick up some stocking stuffers before or after you grab dinner - see flyer below!

    Five Below
    Do some Holiday Shopping at Five Below in Howell, Brick or Manalapan Monday, December 8 - Saturday, December 15th and bring this flyer and Switlik will receive 10% of your purchases. Shop on Thursday and stop in at Texas Roadhouse for dinner - see flyer above!


    Switlik PTN Pocketbook Bingo

    Save the Date! FRIDAY, MARCH 15th

    • Interested in helping to plan this event?
    • Have a connection that might help us with donations?
    • Interested in donating?
    • Join the bingo committee - contact Coleen Sgammato at PTN.switlik@gmail.com


    • Let's work together to make this a great year for your child!
  • hat

    Show your school spirit on Friday, November 16th for Crazy Hat Day!  *Please remind your children to NOT SHARE hats during the day!  Thank you!!

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  • On *Thursday, November 15th, we will have tables set up in the cafeteria during all of the lunch periods. Students will have the option to purchase school supplies after they have eaten. Going forward, we will plan to have the "store" available to students on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.  *it is Thursday this month due to the shortened day on Wednesday.

    *if you woud like your child to shop, please have their money in a ziploc/envelope with their name on it.  Please keep in mind that I will not be in there shopping with them, so you may want to limit the amount of money that you send in.  

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