March 2013

March 22, 2013 Newsletter

 

Room 106 News

 

We are beginning a unit on Easter.  We read several different books and learned some songs, fingerplays and poems.   We made patterns using different colored eggs.  We also used water colors to decorate an Easter picture.

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We colored and cut out the parts (head, ears, and feet) to make a bunny.  We glued them on to a paper bag.   They turned out really cute!

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We are reviewing the color words.   We colored an Easter paper where we had to use the crayon that matched the color word written on the page.   We are also continuing to go over the upper and lower case letters and sounds of the alphabet.   We count during calendar, snack, free choice and many other times throughout the day.  We love counting!

We colored bunnies and cut them out.  Then we put them on the bulletin board for everyone to see!

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We celebrated Taylier’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Taylier!

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We had gym and music too!

Hope everyone has a fun spring break!

Reminders

If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a note with your child upon their return.

Please check the folder and back pack every night and take out the completed work.  Please send the folder to school every day. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

March 25 – March 29 – Spring Break

Monday, April 1 – School resumes

 

 

 

March 15, 2013 Newsletter

 

Room 106 News

We are continuing to learn about the five senses.  We started with smell this week.   The students were blindfolded and then had to use their nose to try to identify what was in each cup.   The choices were:  an onion, an orange, an apple, a lemon, a banana.

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For the sense of sound, there were objects that were put into plastic eggs.  The students had to shake them to try to figure out what was inside.  The choices were:  marbles, pennies, rice and beans.

 We learned about the sense of taste.  We tried a variety of foods and tried to determine if they were salty, sweet or sour.  We decided that lemons are sour.

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Popcorn is salty.

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Cookies are sweet.

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 We used our senses as we went on a walk through the neighborhood.  Some things that we saw were houses, the school, cars, a bike, mailboxes.   We heard birds, cars, trucks, doors closing, people talking.   We smelled pizza and ice cream.   We touched trees, the sidewalk, the fence around the school.  We had a good time with this activity!

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We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green.   We did an art project where we colored and cut out a shamrock, a rainbow and pot of gold.

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Reminders

If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a note with your child upon their return.

Please check the folder and back pack every night and take out the completed work.  Please send the folder to school every day. 

Thank you for all of the snacks.  We have enough for a while.  Will let you know when we need more.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Thursday, March 21 – Ray Festival

March 25 – March 29 – Spring Break

 

March 8, 2013 Newsletter

 

Room 106 News

The Story Bus came to visit Ray School.   It is a moving museum.   It was set up for Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  The children had a chance to interact with different materials from the story.    The kids had a great time!

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 We are starting a unit on the Five Senses.  We learned that the five senses are:  sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch.   We began with sight.   We did an activity where we needed to put the squirrel in a hole in a tree.  But we did it with a blind fold on.   The students found it difficult with their eyes covered.

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There were six objects in a container.  One was taken away and the students needed to figure out which one was gone.  They loved this activity!

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We talked about touch and what it means.  We learned about different textures:  soft and hard, smooth and rough, and bumpy.   We also did an activity where we tried to pick up cotton balls while wearing a blindfold and gloves.  They found it to be challenging.  We then did the same activity without the blindfold but still wearing the gloves.   This they found to be much easier.

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The Parker Buddies came to visit.  We found out that this was their last time this year.  We are sad to hear this but we had a great time with our friends.

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We had music this week too!

Reminders

If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a note with your child upon their return.

Please check the folder and back pack every night and take out the completed work.  Please send the folder to school every day. 

We are getting low on our glue sticks.  Please send some glue sticks to school.

Thank you for all of the snacks.  We have enough for a while.  Will let you know when we need more.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Thursday, March 21 – Ray Festival

March 25 – March 29 – Spring Break

 

Ray Festival is on Thursday, March 21

Please sign up to volunteer at the Ray Festival on Thursday, March 21.   Many volunteers are needed to make the event a success!    The event runs from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.   The first volunteer shift is 5:00 – 6:45 p.m., and the second shift is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.   People are needed to collect admissions, provide security, sell tickets for activities, and sell food.  All confirmed volunteers should report to the main office at the beginning of their shifts.

You can choose your shift and the job you’d like to do at the following link:  http://vols.pt/PR8GKa

If you have trouble accessing the site, please contact Chris Andrews (christineandrews1223@comcast.net; (773) 855-8803) to be signed up manually.

March 1, 2013 Newsletter

Room 106 News

We are continuing our unit on Dental Health.   We made a tooth fairy book.  It talks about the tools we need for healthy teeth (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss).  It also mentions that we should be eating healthy foods.   It even has a brushing chart to remind the students to brush their teeth every day.   They can glue a star after they have completed it.

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We did a fun Dental Health Science Experiment.   We needed a white egg shell, two clear cups, water, and soda (Coca-Cola is what we used).   We put the egg shell in two different cups.   We added soda to one cup.   I told the children that this is like someone’s tooth.  They are drinking soda.  We added water to the other cup.   We let it sit over night and checked it the next day.  We predicted what we thought would happen.

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The results:   the egg shell that was put in water did not change colors but the one that was put in Coca-Cola did.   It became brown in color.  It showed the plaque that forms on your teeth when you drink soda.   This helps to remind us that we need to brush our teeth at least two times a day so that they stay healthy.

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We looked at different foods and tried to decide if it was a healthy food or not.  We made a chart that showed this activity.

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We watched a video called Dr. Rabbit and the Legend of the Tooth Kingdom.    It talked about what to use to brush your teeth (toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss).   We also learned to brush after breakfast and again before bed.   It showed us how to brush our teeth.  We want to be eating healthy snacks to keep the plaque away.   We made finger puppets with the characters from the video.  The kids loved it!

 

We listened to a storyteller tell the story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  We loved hearing it!

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Dr. Seuss’s birthday is on March 2.   He was a writer, poet and cartoonist.   We learned that he wrote many different books, where he came up with imaginative characters and used rhyme to tell his stories.   We celebrated his birthday by reading The Cat in the Hat and making a headband to go along with it.   Each of the kids are bringing home their own copy of The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.   You do not need to send it back to school.  It is theirs to keep.

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Esteban came back to visit.  The kids were so excited to see him and spend time with him.

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We had music too!

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Winter is upon us.  The snow is falling around the Chicago area.  Please send snowpants for your child to wear during Brain Boost.

If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a note with your child upon their return.

Please check the folder and back pack every night and take out the completed work.  Please send the folder to school every day. 

Thank you for sending in some snacks and lysol wipes.

We are getting low on our glue sticks.  Please send some glue sticks to school.

 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Monday, March 4 – Kohl Story Bus visits Ray School.

Monday, March 4 – Ray Spirit Day   Don’t forget to wear your green and white or your Ray shirts.

March 25 – March 29 – Spring Break