Dear Families,
I wish you all a nice weekend.  Ron and I will be taking care of my niece for the weekend, we are both looking forward to a “kid” centered weekend.  I think we will go to the movies and see the new lego movie on Saturday night.  I also plan to take a long run hopefully on Sunday afternoon.
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Important dates and events:
Thursday, 3/6: Learner Exhibition, 6:30-8pm – The entire school will be open for learners to share their classrooms with you.  I believe that the K-1 is singing right at the beginning so plan to get here early to grab that parking spot!  Classwork and activities will be out and all are welcome to come and meander through the rooms.  There is an exciting living history museum put on by the 5th and 6th graders in the gym.  

Monday, 3/10: Professional Development Day (no school)

Friday, 3/14: Movie Night at Colleen’s house (no parents) 7:00-8:30pm –  Movie Night has become an annual event for the children each spring.  The children are invited to come over to my home at 7:00pm in their PJ’s and bring their sleeping bags.  We will watch a fun movie and enjoy popcorn

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Monday – Our social studies lesson on Community was about making a drawing/map of our neighborhood in San Carlos.  The lesson began by reading a book about a neighborhood and then each group made a design of the neighborhood in San Carlos.  While half the class had social studies with the parent volunteers in Educare the other half had Slingerland handwriting time.  This week we learned/reviewed all of the lowercase letters we have learned this year and I taught them the letters n and d.  After recess we had spanish, and free choice.
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Tuesday –  we began our fourth session of our fourth round of the K/1 Specials which is the same program that was formerly called seminars.  This year each child will rotate through all seven K-1 Specials.  The K/1 Specials will each last four weeks and we will have seven sessions from now until June.  The topics this year are: Mindfulness, Math in Art, Robotics, Handwork, Earth Science, Take a Part, and Archeology.  After specials we began our new unit of study on non-fiction and informational books.  We made a list of what we know about non-fiction books.  Here is a list of what they shared:
  • they help you learn
  • they are true
  • the books are filled with facts
  • they can help you learn how to read
  • they give you information
  • they share things about the world that is true
  • they can teach you something about a long time ago – history
We continued with our discussion about of non-fiction books all week.  I also read them many types of informational texts during the week.
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Wednesday –  we had math tiles and our letter of the week lesson on “M.”  The story was about the “mountain” that spoke to the children in the book.   After recess we had garden time. I sent a blog update about our garden lesson on Wednesday afternoon.  Then we ended our day with families.  This week for families we made thank you notes that will be put together as a book to thank Emma for her many years of service at CLC as our school librarian.
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Thursday – We began our day with writers workshop by writing in our Community Helpers booklets.  We wrote about how fire fighters and teachers help people in our community.  Then we had spanish and recess.  After recess was our cooking and slinglerland review lesson.  I sent out a blog update about our cooking project on Thursday. 
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First Grade Language Arts time
This week I began reassessing all of the learners in reading and phonics/spelling.  I should be done with these assessments by the end of next week and then I will be forming new guided reading groups.  During language arts time each day the learners moved through centers that worked on their sight words, phonics, independent reading/writing, and the listening center.  
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Math in Room 10
This week we continued to learn more about money. I plan to finish up our unit on money later next week.  This week our lessons involved adding and subtracting with coins.  The children also had to figure out different ways to make fifty cents using nickels, dimes, or quarters.  The activity became more challenging as they moved along – they went from using 4 coins to 9 coins to make fifty cents.  These activities also help them to work on their math strategies to be able to add / subtract more efficiently.  We discussed that if they counted by 5’s (nickels) and 10’s (dimes) they could add or subtract more efficiently.