September 20th Newsletter

Hello Parents,

The Jog-a-thon was a blast today!  We were blessed with pleasant weather and many cheering fans.   Your kids ran and ran for Saint John!  We are so thankful for your support and appreciate all the donations you collected.  God bless you!

Flat Stanley has started his travels around the globe.  If you still have the envelope, now is the time to mail Flat Stanley so his adventure can begin.  Reminders: When Flat Stanley returns to you, contact me.  I will send home a  sharing page for your child to complete.  Then your child will chose a date to present the sharing page,  pictures or things that they got back.  Finally, they will make the place that Stanley traveled on our US or world map.

STAR Reading Test – check your child’s folder for the reading test results.  You keep this copy.  The report will show you what reading level your child is currently reading.  This can help you select good-fit books.  If you need help choosing books for your child, let me know.

Library cards – Students will get their library cards on our first field trip.  Our first trip to Greenwood is this Tuesday @ 12:50 – return permission slips now. . On Greenwood library days, students can bring their own card or get it from me.  I keep a box of cards in the classroom.  Decide if you would rather I keep a card in the classroom or your child keeps in at home or in their backpack.

Adopt an orca – Our class adopted a Southern Resident orca named Eclipse.  You can read about her here: https://whalemuseum.org/collections/meet-the-whales The donations your children gave go to orca conservation and education.  In a few weeks our certificates will arrive.

Safety Lesson about Gifts and Secrets:  We had our safety lesson this week.  They learned: It is wrong for an adult or another child to ask a child to keep a gift a secret from his or her parents.  It is okay to say “no” when they feel uncomfortable or confused by how an older person is acting—even if the older person is someone they love and trust. You can speak up and tell a trusted adult when someone’s behavior makes them feel uncomfortable or uneasy.

Zones of Regulation– The Zones of Regulation is a conceptual framework used to teach students self regulation and self control. This curriculum teaches students to use strategies or tools to help them move between zones. The Zones of Regulation categorizes states of alertness and emotions into four colored zones.

We started learning about each zone this week by name emotions/feelings, sorting emotions into the four zones and starting our Zone folder of feelings.

After we learn to recognize what zone we are in, we’ll practice “tools” to manage each of our zones.  You can help by asking “what zone are you in now?”

To learn more, read this parent information powerpoint: Zones of Regulation Parent Presentation

Math facts and strategies: We’re learning games to play by ourselves and with a partner.  We started doing some practice pages from our workbook.

Grammar skills – Most days we do a short grammar lesson that includes capitals, punctuation, parts of speech and sentence combining.

Reading groups- Next week we will begin reading groups.  I meet with each group 2-3 times a week to work on a reading strategy.  The children who are not reading with me do silent reading or a reading assignment independently.

Dates:

Tuesday, September 24th – Greenwood library field trip – bring library cards.

Wednesday, September 25th – All School Mass – DRESS UNIFORM means wear the blue logo sweatshirt and white shirt.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Oines