Friday, January 13, 2017

BOX TOP CONTEST!

With all our snow adventures in the not so distant past, it’s time to start cutting out those Box Tops.

Box Tops are a great way to earn money for the school without having to spend any additional money yourself. Each Box Top represents cash back to our school, thanks to the generosity of General Mills. Each Box Top Clip is worth 10 cents. Doesn’t sounds like a lot but those numbers add up to around $500 a year last year.

This year, we want to double those numbers! We are kicking it off with the Box Top Contest happening for all grades. The classroom with the most Box Tops wins a free Cookie PartyWe are extending the contest to 2/9/17 with the cookie party taking place on 2/14/17. So keep an eye out for those pink squares.

Thanks to Hannah Caldwell and Kate Robbins for making fun boxes for each of the classrooms.

Example of products with Box Tops (and yes your Costco purchases have them too. Look on the case versus the individual boxes)
  • Cheerios
  • Progresso Soups
  • Annie’s Mac n Cheese
  • Ziploc products
  • Natural Valley products
  • Lysol products
  • Scott paper products
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Cascadian Farms
  • Chex Mix
  • Mott’s juices and applesauce
  • And more

The kids love these contest so I hope you will be joining us!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow Days

Families,

Like most of you, I have been thinking "when are we going back to school" and honestly I don't know if any of us have that answer. I finally could get my car out and was at the school yesterday, helping with clean up from the flood, and it was pretty bad. Our classroom was not impacted but many classrooms were. We are all trying everything in our power to get these kids back to school but some things are out of our control. I am actually currently stuck in my subdivision once again. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding through these last 2 weeks. Please keep watching for Mrs. Friend's and Mr. Pratt's email updates. They have been very helpful in answering possible questions.

When we get back to school, I will be assessing the kids on their sight words. Please take this extra time at home to practice the list that your child is on. If you feel like they are fluent and know the list well, you can find all of the lists  under the tab SIGHT WORD LISTS for advanced practice.

I could tell last Tuesday, that many of them did not need much letter name and sounds review (which is AWESOME...thank you) so we will continue to jump into reading and writing stories whenever we can return. Any extra practice at home with this will be useful in the classroom. If you feel like your child could still use some extra help practicing letter names and sounds, please help them!

Once again we appreciate you being patient with this weather and flooding tragedy. I know some of you have had to pay for extra childcare or miss work and that is a pain. I know Mr. Pratt and the committee who decides to cancel school only does so to keep us all safe. If you have any questions, please let me know or contact the front office.

Hopefully, I will see all the kids smiling faces sometime this week but until then please stay warm, dry and safe!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January Update

Happy New Year!

I hope you all has an excellent break full of family time, laughter and a lot of snow!! Yes, I am one of those people that don't mind the snow...however, I do not like the cold.  Thank you everyone for the Christmas gifts. They were extremely thoughtful. I spent the break at home with Neeka, my 2-year-old. We played, danced, did crafts and watched The Grinch at least 50 times. Wow she loves that movie!

I also want to share some exciting news with you all...our little Korn family will be growing by one. We are expecting a new baby to join us in June! I told the kids today and they seemed pretty excited. I know we are! So I apologize now if I ever forget something or seem off. I will do my best to overcome this pregnancy brain (which hit hard over the break, lol).

As for school, this is my favorite time of the year. I normally see the most growth in math and reading skills in the next 2 months. In reading, all of our focus is on reading. The students will read short stories everyday as a class, in partners and individually. Continuing being quick in recognizing letters (sounds especially) will help each child be successful. Also, learning those sight words is HUGE!!

In math, we get to jump into addition and subtraction. Addition normally comes easy for most kids, subtraction can be a little tricky. We will spend a lot of time on both, in hopes that they can quickly remember all combinations to 10 (such as 3+5=8, 5+3=8, 8-3=5 and 8-5=3).

We will also begin our Nursery Rhyme/Folktale unit. This includes lots of singing, reading, acting and comparing. The kids typically like this unit and you might start hear them reciting well known poems at home. Join in with them, make it fun!!!

Glad to be back. Report cards will be coming home in a few weeks. Overall, I am EXTREMELY happy with the progress everyone is making. I appreciate your support!