Saturday, December 9, 2017

Weekly Update for 12/11/17

Grinchmas/Polar Express Day
On Friday, December 15 we will celebrate the upcoming winter holidays with the a theme of “Grinchmas.”  I have included in your child’s homework folder a permission slip that must be completed in order for your child to enjoy the fun snacks we have set up for our party on Friday afternoon.  The class is welcome to wear their pajamas to school on Friday.  We will be watching the “Polar Express” following resource class on Friday as well.  It will be a fun and exciting way to end school before the winter break.

Winter Break Reading Challenge
There will be more information coming home from Carrie Smith regarding the Winter Break Reading Challenge. Students are being challenged to read 20 steps over the winter break.  Those students that complete the challenge will receive a special surprise when they turn in their reading log in January.

Classroom Move
As of this weekend, we are scheduled to move back into Room 200 when students return to school on January 2.  This is dependent on the materials being used for the sprinkler system replacement begin installed and removed from our old room.  Mrs. Hinshaw and I have to come up during the winter break to organize our classrooms.  If any details change over the break, I will e-mail the class and post on the class blog.  Fingers crossed!

Donor’s Choose
I am so excited to announce that our project “Better With a Bookcase” was funded!  Thank you to the Canada family for making a donation to help with this.  Once we are moved back into our old classroom, we will have a new corner bookshelf as a “housewarming” present. 

What are we learning this week?  
We will be reviewing all SOL's covered so far this year in Reading and Math.

           Weekly Schedule
*Monday, December 11    204 steps Orange Resource 

*Tuesday, December 12   208 steps Yellow Resource 
3rd Grade PTA Chorus Program

*Wednesday, December 13 212 steps Green Resource

*Thursday, December 14   216 steps Blue Resource

*Friday, December 15       220 steps Purple Resource


                Looking Ahead


Dec. 18 - Jan. 1 Winter Break!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekly Update for 12/04/17

Cardinals Care Club
The 2nd grade Cardinals CARE Club is collecting new, unwrapped gifts as part of the annual Toys For Tots campaign December 4th - 11th. Please send in toys to help kids in our community have a happy holiday this season.
The 3rd grade Cardinals CARE Club is collecting hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves for students in need December 4th -14th. These will be used to decorate our "Giving Tree" in the lobby and they will keep Cardinals in need warm this winter. 
Donor’s Choose

I am only $100 away from being able to purchase a corner bookshelf for our classroom.  Please consider making a donation to our project using the following link: www.donorschoose.org/cgmorgan

What are we learning this week?  
Reading SOL 1.9
Read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts.
d) Make and confirm predictions.
f) Identify characters, setting, and important events.
g) Retell stories and events, using beginning, middle, and end.
h) Identify the main idea or theme.
i) Read and reread familiar stories, poems, and passages with fluency, accuracy, and meaningful expression.
Reading SOL 1.10 
Read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
e) Make and confirm predictions.
g) Identify the main idea.
h) Read and reread familiar passages with fluency, accuracy, and meaningful expression.

Writing: SOL 1.13 The student will write to communicate ideas for a variety of purposes.

Math: SOL 1.4 Fractions
The student will:
a) represent and solve practical problems involving equal sharing with two or four sharers 
b) represent and name fractions for halves and fourths, using models.


           Weekly Schedule
*Monday, December 4      180 steps Yellow Resource 

*Tuesday, December 5     184 steps Green Resource 

*Wednesday, December 6  188 steps Blue Resource

*Thursday, December 7   192 steps Purple Resource

*Friday,December 8          196 steps Red Resource


                Looking Ahead

Dec. 9 Annual Smithfield Holiday Parade (8:30 a.m.)
Dec. 12 PTA meeting and 3rd Grade holiday production
Dec. 14 School Board meeting (6:00)
Dec. 18 - Jan. 1 Winter Break!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Weekly Update for 11/27/17

   Reading Steps on Weekly Schedule
On the weekly schedule listed below, I will start to include the number of steps your child should have by the end of the day.  This number includes 2 steps (30 minutes) at school and 2 steps (30 minutes) at home.  Independent reading is the only homework that your child has each night.  It is critical that your child be reading 30 minutes each night.  When your child becomes even a few steps behind, it becomes increasingly difficult to catch them up.  

What are we learning this week?  
 
Reading SOL 1.9
Read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts.
d) Make and confirm predictions.
f) Identify characters, setting, and important events.
g) Retell stories and events, using beginning, middle, and end.
h) Identify the main idea or theme.
i) Read and reread familiar stories, poems, and passages with fluency, accuracy, and meaningful expression.
Reading SOL 1.10 
Read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
e) Make and confirm predictions.
g) Identify the main idea.
h) Read and reread familiar passages with fluency, accuracy, and meaningful expression.

Writing: SOL 1.13 The student will write to communicate ideas for a variety of purposes.

Math: SOL 1.4 Fractions
The student will:
a) represent and solve practical problems involving equal sharing with two or four sharers 
b) represent and name fractions for halves and fourths, using models.


           Weekly Schedule
*Monday, November 27   160 steps Green Resource 

*Tuesday, November 28  164 steps Blue Resource 

*Wednesday, November 29  168 steps Purple Resource

*Thursday, November 30   172 steps Red Resource

*Friday,December 1          176 steps Orange Resource


                Looking Ahead

Dec. 9 Annual Smithfield Holiday Parade (8:30 a.m.)
Dec. 12 PTA meeting and 3rd Grade holiday production
Dec. 14 School Board meeting (6:00)
Dec. 18 - Jan. 1 Winter Break!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Weekly Update for 11/20/17

   "The ABC's of Thanksgiving"
On Tuesday, November 21st at 3:00 our class will be performing a short Thanksgiving program entitled "The ABC's of Thanksgiving."  We will sing some holiday songs and perform a short play about Thanksgiving.  Families are encouraged to join us for this special program.  


Reading Steps on Weekly Schedule
On the weekly schedule listed below, I will start to include the number of steps your child should have by the end of the day.  This number includes 2 steps (30 minutes) at school and 2 steps (30 minutes) at home.  Independent reading is the only homework that your child has each night.  It is critical that your child be reading 30 minutes each night.  When your child becomes even a few steps behind, it becomes increasingly difficult to catch them up.  

Reading Steps for Thanksgiving
Over the Thanksgiving break is a perfect time to catch up on reading steps.  Students are only required to read 4 steps or 1 hour over the Thanksgiving holiday.  However, this is a great time to read together and "bank" some steps for once we return to school.  


What are we learning this week?  

We will be learning all about the first Thanksgiving.

Math: SOL 1.4 Fractions
The student will:
a) represent and solve practical problems involving equal sharing with two or four sharers 
b) represent and name fractions for halves and fourths, using models.


           Weekly Schedule
*Monday, November 20   152 steps Orange Resource 

*Tuesday, November 21  156 steps  Yellow Resource 
"The ABC's of Thanksgiving" Performance at 3:00 in Ms. Morgan's classroom.

*Wednesday, November 22    No School

*Thursday, November 23      No School
Happy Thanksgiving!

*Friday,November 24           No School


                Looking Ahead
Nov. 29 Complimentary Child Find Screenings offered at CAES by the IWCS Special Education Department (12:00 – 3:00)
Dec. 9 Annual Smithfield Holiday Parade (8:30 a.m.)
Dec. 12 PTA meeting and 3rd Grade holiday production
Dec. 14 School Board meeting (6:00)
Dec. 18 - Jan. 1 Winter Break!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Weekly Update for 11/13/17


*Zoo Field Trip Postponed: Friday, November 17th 

Due to the rainy forecast on Thursday, the first grade classes will be taking our field trip to the Norfolk Zoo on Friday, November 17th. We will leave school at approximately 9:15 and arrive back at school by 2:00.  Please remember to dress your child in comfortable walking shoes as we will be doing a lot of walking as we explore the zoo.  Also, unless noted on your child's permission slip, please make sure to pack their lunch in a paper/plastic bag with their name clearly marked on the outside.  It is going to be a great trip to go along with our Animal Research Lab.   

"The ABC's of Thanksgiving"
On Tuesday, November 21st at 3:00 our class will be performing a short Thanksgiving program entitled "The ABC's of Thanksgiving."  We will sing some holiday songs and perform a short play about Thanksgiving.  Families are encouraged to join us for this special program.  


What are we learning this week?  
Reading SOL 1.9
Read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts.
d) Make and confirm predictions.
f) Identify characters, setting, and important events.
g) Retell stories and events, using beginning, middle, and end.
h) Identify the main idea or theme.
i) Read and reread familiar stories, poems, and passages with fluency, accuracy, and meaningful expression.
Reading SOL 1.10 
Read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
e) Make and confirm predictions.
g) Identify the main idea.
h) Read and reread familiar passages with fluency, accuracy, and meaningful expression.

Writing: SOL 1.13 The student will write to communicate ideas for a variety of purposes.

Math: SOL 1.4 Fractions
The student will:
a) represent and solve practical problems involving equal sharing with two or four sharers 
b) represent and name fractions for halves and fourths, using models.


           Weekly Schedule
*Monday, November 13        Yellow Resource Day

*Tuesday, November 14       Green Resource Day
PTA Meeting-2nd Grade Chorus Program @ 7:00

*Wednesday, November 15    Blue Resource Day

*Thursday, November 16      Purple Resource Day
Report Cards Issued

*Friday,November 17           Zoo Field Trip

         
                Looking Ahead
Nov. 21  "The ABC's of Thanksgiving" Performance at 3:00 in Ms. Morgan's Room
Nov. 22 - 24 Thanksgiving Break!
Nov. 29 Complimentary Child Find Screenings offered at CAES by the IWCS Special Education Department (12:00 – 3:00)
Dec. 9 Annual Smithfield Holiday Parade (8:30 a.m.)
Dec. 12 PTA meeting and 3rd Grade holiday production
Dec. 14 School Board meeting (6:00)
Dec. 18 - Jan. 1 Winter Break!