Friday, November 17, 2017

Week 14 News/Information

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone enjoys time well spent with family and I wish you all safe travels! 

Six Flags Reading to Succeed Reading Logs
Six Flags reading logs came home in folders yesterday. Help your child earn a free ticket to Six Flags by logging their reading. A minimum of six hours logged by February 9, 2018 earns a ticket!

Scholastic Book Orders

If you are interested in ordering books online from Scholastic for the month of November, it's not too late! Although I did not send home the paper flyers this month due to an unfortunate "misplacement" of the flyers..you can browse the flyers online and still order! I received an email from Scholastic that our class will receive 5 free books just for placing a $50 order this month! We are always looking to build our classroom library and this is a great resource to help us do so!
https://clubs.scholastic.com/home 

Class Needs for the week we come back:
-Stamps
-Clothespins
-2 packages of mini marshmallows for building 3D shapes in math
-2 boxes of toothpicks
-1 box graham crackers
-1 box nilla wafers

Thank you for supporting our class! We can't do it without you! :)
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Week 14 Learning Concepts
Math: 3D Shapes
Writing Workshop: Letter Writing
Reading Workshop: Author's Purpose
Science: Soil

Important Dates:
Nov. 20th-24th: Thanksgiving Break!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Week 13 News/Information

Thank you to all of our men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces! Happy Veteran's Day!

Donor's Choose Permission for Photographs
Please look in your child's folders for a permission slip from Donor's Choose regarding the use of photographs of our class for their website. Please sign and return if you give permission for your child's picture to be used. Please return by Tuesday, November 14th. Thanks!

Class Needs:
- A book of stamps to mail student postcards
- Clothespins-1 set of at least 22 "mini" and 1 set of 22 "regular-sized" 
- Expo Markers: 1 pack of various colors
- Do-A-Dot Art dabbers. The class is loving using these during Fun Friday and we have almost used the 3 packs I have provided.

Reading Folders:
Thank you for reading with your child each night and helping them complete the response journal each Thursday. I love reading and responding to their writing! The expectation is that the students will read their reading book each night. I understand that it may seem like they "got it" the first time. Repeated reading of a text builds comprehension- which above all- is most important. Students can be excellent "readers" but not necessarily excellent "comprehenders".  To facilitate the growth of comprehension, I ask that students read their book each night. You can always supplement the reading with various other activities and books.

Enjoy your weekend!
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Week 13 Learning Concepts:
Math: Geometry: 2D Shapes
Writing Workshop: Publish/Share How-To's
Reading Workshop: Author's Purpose
Science: Bodies of Water

Important Dates:

Nov. 13th & 14th: Mrs. Turner has a 1/2 day sub in the afternoon. Please notify the sub or the office of any needs you may have.
Nov. 20th-24th: Thanksgiving Break!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Week 12 News/Information

Stuff the Boot Update:
As a class, we finished the fourth period of the PTA fundraiser with a grand total of $985.00!! We surpassed our $628.57 goal by a mile and were the 4th highest fundraising class in first grade! Thank you for your generous donations and making Sommer Elementary a great place to learn for our students!

Veteran’s Day Assembly: 
Sommer Elementary would like to invite our active duty, retired, or reserve service members to join us in honoring our Nation’s Heroes at our Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 10th, 2017 at 7:35am. Coffee and snacks will be available for our special guests following the assembly in the library. If possible, please fill out and submit this RSVP form.

Honor Wall Pictures Needed:
We will also be putting up our Honor Wall again this year. Please attach a COPY of your Veterans picture to the appropriate ½ page on THIS form. We ask that you DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL copies of pictures as they will be on display and children will be looking and touching them. The Deadline to turn in Photos for the Veterans Wall is Tuesday, November 7th. If you still have your picture from previous years, please feel free to send it back in! 

Soil:
In science, we will soon begin our unit on rocks, soil, and bodies of water. Please send in a soil sample in the bag that will be sent home Monday. (Please do not send any mud.) All soil samples are due by 11-10-17.

Volunteer:
We have a few things that need to be cut, copied, laminated, etc. for class if you would like to help. Just let me know:)

**Don't forget to "Fall Back" on Sunday and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

**Week 12 Enrichment is uploaded.

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Week 12 Learning Concepts:
Math: Subtraction
Writing Workshop: How-To's
Reading Workshop: Questioning- Thick & Thin
Science: Forces of Motion- Magnets

Important Dates:
Nov. 3rd: Passport to Sommer (5:30 to 8:30)
Nov. 10th: Soil samples due for science
Nov. 10th: All School Assembly: Veterans Day (wear red, white, or blue)
Nov. 13th & 14th: Mrs. Turner has a 1/2 day sub in the afternoon.
Nov. 20th-24th: Thanksgiving Break!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Week 11 News/Information

Flu Shot Update:
FLU SHOTS ARE BACK ON AS OF 3:20PM, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27TH. Sorry for all of the back-and-forth!

We received word last night that the flu shot being offered on Monday has been cancelled. Notes will be sent home if there is a reschedule date. 

Immediate Class Needs:
-Cornstarch (3 sacks for Monday)
-Food Coloring (1 package for Monday)
-Colored Copy Paper (2 packages, assort.colors)
-(2) 2-inch binders

If you are able to help with class needs, we would greatly appreciate it!

Book Character Day:


Stuff the Boot:
Our classroom goal is $628.57. During the first two periods of the fundraiser, our class raised a total of $0. The third period, our class raised a total of $375. Great job, and thank you to those parents of the generous donations! We had 18% of our class donate. We are half-way to our goal and  period four ends TODAY! To donate online, please go to www.sommerpta.my-pta.org 

Library Books:
Library day is every Thursday. This week was a little different with book fair, but going forward please help your child remember to bring their books every Thursday. Being responsible earns students class money. 
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Week 11 Learning Concepts:

Math: Subtraction
Science: Forces of Motion- Magnets
Reader's Workshop: Questioning 
Writer's Workshop: How-To Books

Important Dates:
Nov. 2nd: Report Cards
                 TAG Parent Info Night 5:45-6:45

Nov. 3rd: Fall Picture Retakes
                Passport to Sommer

Nov.13th & 14th: Mrs. Turner has a 1/2 day sub in the afternoon. 

Nov. 20th - 24th: Thanksgiving Break!




Thursday, October 19, 2017

Week 10 News/Information


Reading Folders:
Reading folders are coming home on Monday! 

*The expectation is that your child will read their book for 15 minutes each night Monday-Thursday. (Chapter books can be read one chapter per night until completion.) 

*Comprehension and being able to retell/discuss what is being read is more important than 'word calling'. There are prompts/cues to help facilitate your child's comprehension in their folder. Our goal is to have students think deeper about the text and inferring what is not explicitly stated, infer character feelings and be able to explain why using details/clues from the book. Repeated reading of a text facilitates reading comprehension and fluency.

*One reading response is required each Thursday. Questions for both fiction and non-fiction books are posted inside the response journal. 

*Your child should write the date and title of the book for each reading response and then choose one question to answer. 

*Please initial the reading log each night. Reading folders, books, and response journals are due Friday morning of each week. New books will be sent home the following Monday. 

*To supplement the reading, students can read books they have at home, Raz-Kids, or any other effective resource. 

*Dollars will be earned for turning in reading folders and response journals on time. 


Book Character Day:



Red Ribbon Week:


Book Fair:
Going on now until Tuesday, Oct.24th. Please send money in a baggie marked with your child's name if they are going to shop.

Stuff the Boot:
PTA is hosting their annual Fall fundraiser for the school. The money is used for school and classroom needs that go directly to support student learning. Currently, our class has collected $0. If you would like to contribute, our school community would be grateful!


Flu Shot:
Our district has teamed up with Healthy Schools, to offer your child a free Flu Vaccine regardless of your health insurance coverage.
We’ve made it as convenient as possible to safeguard your child against the flu this season.  Be on the look-out for your child to bring home their “Teach Flu a Lesson” consent form Friday.
All you have to do is fill out the form, and have your child return it to his or her teacher. We will take care of the rest and remember there’s no cost involved to you.
The Healthy Schools team will be at our school vaccinating students on Monday October 30th from 8 a.m to 11:30 am.

Please tell your child if they will be receiving a flu shot in order to prevent possible tears and to help eliminate any fears they may have.
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Week 9 Learning Concepts:

Math: Doubles Addition Fact Strategies
Science: Forms of Energy- Sound
Reader's Workshop: Retelling/How Technology Shapes Our World
Writer's Workshop: Small Moment Stories/Pronouns/Transition words
Phonics: Introducing Words Their Way

Important Dates:

Oct. 16th-27th: Stuff the Boots! 
    -Fall fundraiser through PTA. See our school website for more information. Thanks in advance for your help in making great things happen at our school!  

Oct. 23rd-27th: Red Ribbon Week
      - See above for activities for each day

Oct. 19th-24th: Book Fair

Oct. 20th: End of the 1st Quarter

Oct. 20th: PTA Movie Night and Book Fair is open late

Oct. 30th: Flu shot clinic at school

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Week 9 News/Information

Flu Shot
Our district has teamed up with Healthy Schools, to offer your child a free Flu Vaccine regardless of your health insurance coverage.
We’ve made it as convenient as possible to safeguard your child against the flu this season.  Be on the look-out for your child to bring home their “Teach Flu a Lesson” consent form Friday.
All you have to do is fill out the form, and have your child return it to his or her teacher. We will take care of the rest and remember there’s no cost involved to you.
The Healthy Schools team will be at our school vaccinating students on Monday October 30th from 8 a.m to 11:30 am.

Please tell your child if they will be receiving a flu shot in order to prevent possible tears and to help eliminate any fears they may have.

Coins for Coats Fundraiser

Coins for Coats in a fundraiser put on by our library as a way to help raise money to buy coats for other kiddos who may not have a warm coat to wear when the colder months come.  This year’s dates are:  October 25, 26, and 27.  The class with the most collected funds at the K-2 level and 3-5 level will win an assortment of books pulled from the book fair for your classroom library!  Our goal this year is at least $10 from each classroom.  Please have your child bring in their coins so that we are able to help others stay warm this winter.  


Tonight Show “Fallonventions”
This morning we were made aware of an exciting opportunity available for student innovators and inventors that we're hoping you'll share with your local DI communities. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has a special segment coming up called "Fallonventions" where students in K-12 submit a clever, fun and visual invention and if selected, present their prototype on The Tonight Show for the opportunity to win $5k. 
This is a quick turnaround but they do plan to host this segment again in the near future so if the timing doesn't work out, there will actually be a next time. Don't hesitate to reach out to David Garcia (casting producer of The Tonight Show, contact info below) with any questions. Good luck!  
Here's how to submit an invention to the show:
Make a short video (around 60 seconds or shorter) that showcases the inventor and invention. Keep it simple. No need for music, voice-over, graphics, special effects, or text. Keep edits to a minimum. Do it in a quiet location with good lighting. You can use a smartphone - make sure the videographer holds it horizontally (landscape), and not vertically (portrait).

Make sure the inventor says/does the following things in the video:
--Name, Age, Hometown
--Invention Name
--Demonstrate the Invention. We want to see it working!

Upload the video to YouTube and email the link to David Garcia at "The Tonight Show" (davidtonightshow@gmail.com). You can mark your YouTube video as "Unlisted" to protect your privacy (so it can't be seen by anyone who doesn't have the link). Unfortunately, we cannot accept videos sent as email attachments.

Make sure the email you send includes the following info:
--Inventor's name, age, hometown, grade
--Invention name
--Parent name, phone number, email address (if it’s a team of inventors, please designate one parent to be point of contact and only send that contact info)
--Link to YouTube video
--Has the inventor been on TV before? Tell us more! 
--Has the inventor entered any contests/competitions or won any awards with this invention? Tell us about them! 
DEADLINE: MONDAY OCTOBER 20, 2017


-Week 8 enrichment/review is uploaded under the appropriate tab.

-The Student Council book drive is going on now through next Friday, Oct. 20th.
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Week 9 Learning Concepts:

Math: Time to the Hour/Review non-standard measurement/Unit assessment
Science: Forms of Energy- Heat/Review light
Reader's Workshop: Text-to-World Connections/Retelling/How Technology Shapes Our World
Writer's Workshop: Small Moment Stories/Pronouns/Transition words

Important Dates:

Oct. 16th: 
    -Mrs. Turner has a substitute. If necessary, please send notes in the zipper pouch of the take home folder to notify the sub of any changes in transportation and/or needs you may have.

Oct. 16th-27th: Stuff the Boots! 
    -Fall fundraiser through PTA. See our school website for more information. Thanks in advance for your help in making great things happen at our school!  

Oct. 19th-24th: Book Fair
    -Flyers come home Friday, 13th.

Oct. 20th: End of the 1st Quarter

Oct. 20th: PTA Movie Night and Book Fair is open late

Oct. 30th: Flu shot clinic at school

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Week 8 News/Information

Conferences:
Conferences are Monday, Oct. 9th. You should receive a reminder email from Sign-Up Genius. During our conference, I will go over the beginning of the year assessment data, work samples from your child, and discuss strengths and goals. This is also a time for you to discuss how you feel your child is doing and voice any questions or concerns you may have. Conferences are 15-minutes each and to remain on schedule while being respectful of others' time, I will set a timer. There will be chairs outside of our door for you to wait until it is your time. Please sign in at the office and proceed to the classroom. I am looking forward to speaking with you about the great things your children are accomplishing!

STEM Celebration:
We had a great time celebrating our new STEM Tubs with the parents that came! Receiving funding from Donor's Choose means that we are obligated to upload six pictures of students using their new tools and to write letters detailing how they are impacting our class. If you attended the celebration and have some great photos of them opening the tools, I would love to have a copy. I will also have to get written permission from the parents of any students in the photos before uploading them to Donor's Choose. Permission slips will come home with your child if they are pictured in the photograph. 

Classroom Library:
Thank you to the many who made it possible to reorganize our classroom library! It is now leveled according to "BAS" reading levels, making it easier and quicker for students to shop for 'just right' books. We are slowly increasing the amount of books in our class library thanks to your Scholastic book orders! Every online parent order gets us bonus points which are used to purchase books for our classroom! Thank you! 
Our new and improved classroom library leveled by BAS reading levels!

Our class received 45 free books through bonus points and just for placing an October order! 

Week 7 Enrichment is uploaded under the enrichment/review tab.


Campus Announcements:


Bright Bytes Technology Survey

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our questionnaire. 
Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of  technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
The last day to complete this questionnaire is Monday, October 16, 2017.
Please go to here.
https://bbyt.es/start/7Z6MC 
Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!

Innovation Station Needs Donations!
Please help us stock our Makerspace. This is a space for creativity, expression, and innovation!
Here is a list of items we currently need for our next rotation (2 weeks!):

-Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
-Egg cartons
-Fabrics scraps
-Unused crafting items (stickers, craft paper, hole punches, etc.)
-Ribbon, string, rope, fishing line
-Bottles, caps, etc
-Old Cd’s, berry baskets, pretty much ANYTHING!

Don't throw it away-give it to us! A Large box will be left in the school entryway to collect the items. Please make sure the items are clean and ready to use! ** due to latex and nut allergies, please avoid donating items that use to contain these items (i.e. peanut cans, balloons, etc) Thank you for helping us keep Innovation Station safe for all our students**

Birthday books for library
Would you like to honor your child’s birthday by contributing to our Sommer Library Program?  You can do both by purchasing a Birthday Book for our library!  For a $15 donation, your child can choose from an assortment of brand-new books in the library (or any book of his/her choosing).  We will put a sticker in the book to commemorate the event, your child can be the first student to check out the book, and his/her picture will appear on our Birthday Book bulletin board and on morning broadcast.  Just visit the library website at 
https://sites.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/sommer-library/library-programs/birthday-book-club
to fill in the form.  A check can be made out to “Sommer Elementary” and delivered by your child to the library.  You can even sign up months in advance; we will keep track and send for your child when his/her birthday month arrives!

PE Box Tops
PE classes are starting a contest to see which grade could bring in the most box tops.  Kids were shown where they could find these on products that you may buy already. Please bring them in a baggie with grade level written on it. Money earned from these is used to purchase PE equipment!
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Week 8 Learning Concepts: 

Math: Non-Standard Measurement
Science: Forms of Energy
Reader's Workshop: Text-to-World Connections
Writer's Workshop: Small Moment "Seed" Stories
Phonics/Word Study: Short U, Long U

Important Dates:
Oct. 9th/10th: No School 
          -Parent Conferences on the 9th 

Oct. 16th: Mrs. Turner has a sub. Please send notes for the sub regarding any changes in transportation and/or needs you may have.

Oct. 19th-24th: Book Fair

Oct. 20th: K-2 Stallion Assembly

Oct. 20th: PTA Movie Night-”Moana & Sing”

Oct. 23rd-27th: Red Ribbon Week

Nov. 3rd: Passport to Sommer


Week 14 News/Information

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone enjoys time well spent with family and I wish you all safe travels!  Six Flags Reading to Succeed Read...