Friday, February 16, 2018

Week 24 News/Information

Sickness
This week has been a rough one in our room and many students have been out sick with the flu. If your child becomes ill, please keep them at home until they are fever free without medication and have not thrown-up for 24 hours. In addition, if students are absent on a school day, they may not attend after school programs or school parties. 
We sanitize our room frequently to prevent any illness and thus are in need of more disinfectant wipes. Please consider helping us stay healthy and donating a canister of wipes to our class. 

Student Treasures Publishing: Poetry Books
We are gearing up to create and publish a class poetry book! Check your child's folder for the order form that was sent home today!
Each family has a chance to order a personal copy softcover for $19.95 or hardcover for $24.95. Order forms are due back by Wednesday, February 28th.
Important Information:
1)  Please make checks payable to Studentreasures Publishing NOT the school.
2)  Ordering Online: Please be sure to include the authorization code on the order form and return it to school with your child.
3)  Even if you do not wish to purchase a copy, please send back the form with NO marked so that it is indicated that your child’s page can be included in our class book and so that our class will receive a free book for all to enjoy.

Apex Fun Run
Our Fun Run fundraiser is about to begin! Click here to learn more information about the event! It kicks off on Wednesday, 21st with the actual running event on Thursday, March 1st (The flyer has a different date but it was changed to March 1). 10% of all monies raised from our classroom comes directly back to our class!! If we raise enough, we plan to buy more alternative seating since our new couch and reading pillows are a HUGE hit!! 
Let's get running!

If you are interested in volunteering for the Apex Fun Run, please click here.

Field Day
Schedule of Events:
2nd& 3rd Grades –8:00-9:45 am
4th& 5th Grades –10:00-11:45 am
K & 1st Grades –12:30 –2:15 pm

We need Parent Volunteers!
If you can donate any amount of time to help us run a station at Field Day, please visit our sign up genius link HERE. We appreciate you helping us make this day a success!

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Week 24 Learning Concepts:
Math: Addition (Solving for missing addends, balancing equations, part-part-whole)
Writing Workshop: Poetry
Reading Workshop: Goods & Services
Science: Interdependence & Food Chains

Important Dates:
Feb. 19th-20th: No School/Student Holiday
Feb. 21st-March 1st: Apex Fun Run Fundraiser
Feb. 23rd: K-2 Assembly
Feb. 28th: Student Treasures Publishing Book Order Due
March 1st: Fun Run Day!
March 9th: Field Day
March 12th-16th: SPRING BREAK!
March 30th: No School

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Week 23 News/Information

Donor's Choose Project
Thank you, again, for helping us reach our goal in acquiring a kid-friendly couch and reading pillows for our classroom! The order has already been placed and now we just wait for our special delivery!

Valentine's Day
Our goodie bags are now ready to receive lots of goodies! Students may start sending in their valentines and deliver them to their classmates' bags! Please make sure there is a valentine for each student. You can view a list of names here. Our party is Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 1:30-2:30. Thank you to our room moms, Jessica Blanchard and Seunga Yu for organizing the party!

SeeSaw Digital Portfolio
You should have received an email regarding SeeSaw as well as printed handout in your child's folder with login directions and a permission slip. Please return the permission slip as soon as possible so your child can begin using the app. I am excited to use SeeSaw as a platform for you to see and comment on your child's work in real time! 

Writing Contest

The 2018 KLRU Kids Writing Contest is open for submissions until March 31st! If you have a K-5 writer in your family itching to share their work, head over to the KLRU contest website for more information.  A few entry packets are also available in the library.  http://www.klru.org/education/2018-klru-kids-writers-contest/ 

Reading Logs

Six Flags reading logs are due Friday, February 9th. Schlitterbahn are due Friday, February 16th. 
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Week 23 Learning Concepts:
Math: Revisit "Make 10" Addition Strategy, Greater/Less Than, Doubles, Doubles +1 & +2
Writing Workshop: Poetry
Reading Workshop: Research/Poetry
Science: Living/Non-Living

Important Dates:
Feb. 9th: Mrs. Turner has a full-day sub
                Book Fair begins
                Six Flags Reading Logs Due
Feb. 14th: Valentine's Day Party @1:30
Feb. 16th: Schlitterbahn Reading Logs Due
Feb. 19th-20th: No School/Student Holiday

Feb. 21st-March 2nd: Apex Fun Run Fundraiser

Friday, February 2, 2018

Week 22 News/Information

Donor's Choose Project is now LIVE! Please click here to read and share with friends and family!! 

Global School Play Day
Wednesday, February 7th, we will celebrate "Global School Play Day" by dedicating a portion of our school day to unstructured, uninterrupted appropriate social play. Students may bring things to play with on this day but please make sure your child's name is written on anything they bring. Please click here for more information about GSPD.

Valentine's Day
We will be making Valentine bags in school for the Valentine Party. In order to have plenty of materials for students to choose from to decorate their bags, we would appreciate any donations you can send. Items might include valentine themed decorations, stickers, ribbons, stamps, stencils, hearts, pink/red/sparkly anything! 

Book Fair
The book fair begins Thursday and runs until next Tuesday at noon. We will not have library time this week due to the book fair. However, if students did not bring their books last week and/or would like to check out new ones, they may bring their books back Monday or Tuesday and visit the library. 
Reminder, if you are sending money for the book fair, please put it in an envelope or baggie labeled with your child's name.

Writing Contest
The 2018 KLRU Kids Writing Contest is open for submissions until March 31st! If you have a K-5 writer in your family itching to share their work, head over to the KLRU contest website for more information.  A few entry packets are also available in the library.  http://www.klru.org/education/2018-klru-kids-writers-contest/ 

Reading Logs
Six Flags reading logs are due Friday, February 9th. Schlitterbahn are due Friday, February 16th. 
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Week 22 Learning Concepts:
Math: Greater Than/Less Than, Equality
Writing Workshop: Poetry
Reading Workshop: Research/Poetry
Science: Living/Non-Living

Important Dates:
Feb. 7th: Global School Play Day/100th Day of School
Feb. 9th: Mrs. Turner has a full-day sub
                Book Fair begins
                Six Flags Reading Logs Due
Feb. 14th: Valentine's Day
Feb. 16th: Schlitterbahn Reading Logs Due
Feb. 19th-20th: No School/Student Holiday

Feb. 21st-March 2nd: Apex Fun Run Fundraiser

Friday, January 26, 2018

Week 21 News/Information

World Read-Aloud Day
Thursday, February 1st is World Read-Aloud Day! We LOVE reading and listening to stories and would love to invite anyone who would like to come read a story to the class on this day to please come help us celebrate such a fun day! If you are interested, please send me an email and let me know what time works best for you. You can bring a favorite book or you can borrow one of mine. This would only require about 15 minutes of your time and would make our kids' day to have you surprise them! Anyone is welcome!
We are in the classroom from 7:40-9:30, 10-10:50, 11:30-12:30, & 1:30-2:30. 

Climate Survey
The annual Round Rock ISD survey is now open for parents to provide valuable feedback on how schools are working and what can be done to improve campus and District practices. The survey will be available through February 9, 2018
and can be accessed in English and Spanish. Parents are greatly encouraged to
participate as the survey serves as the District’s primary source of obtaining feedback about their experiences and how they can be improved. The Title I survey will also be included and all surveys are anonymous.

Online Reading Resource
Mrs. Satterwhite shared a new reading resource I didn't even know about that is very cool! Storyline Online is a collection of books read by actors. I like this resource better than Tumblebooks now because no login is required! Check it out! 

Raz-Kids: Just a reminder that students can log on from home and work through their Raz-Kids account and move through reading levels at their pace. This is an excellent way to supplement the reading folder each week.
Teacher name: aturner69
All student passwords: a123

Congratulations to these three students for being the all-time top earners on Raz! 

APEX Fun Run!
Click here to learn more about the fun run coming in February! This is a two-week fundraiser that is separate from PTA's Stuff the Boot. The focus is leadership, good character, and fitness! 10% of the money raised from our class comes directly back to our classroom!! The date of the actual run is Friday, March 2nd. More details to come!

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Week 21 Learning Concepts:
Math: The "Make 10" Addition Strategy 
(End goal is to visualize making 10 in number sentences up to 20 to make it easier to add. Example: 8+7=? Move two from 7 to turn 8 into 10. This is how students are expected to "make 10" mentally. New addition sentence is 10+5=15.)
Writing Workshop: Research
Reading Workshop: Maps
Science: Living/Non-Living

Important Dates:
Jan. 29th: Author Visit
Jan. 31st: Mrs. Turner has a full-day sub
Feb. 1: Word Read-Aloud Day
Feb. 9th: Mrs. Turner has a full-day sub
                Book Fair begins
Feb. 16th: Six Flags & Schlitterbahn Reading Logs Due

Feb. 19th-20th: No School/Student Holiday
Feb. 21st-March 2nd: Apex Fun Run Fundraiser

Friday, January 19, 2018

Week 20 News/Information

Field Trip
Our field trip to the Thinkery is Thursday, January 25th. Students should wear their class t-shirt (light blue; says first grade). We will eat an early lunch in our classroom before leaving for the Thinkery. If you indicated on the permission slip form that your child will get a sack lunch from the cafeteria, the order has been placed.

Apex Fun Run
Click here to learn about the Apex Fun Run coming to Sommer Elementary.

Scholastic Book Orders
Since book order forms are just now coming home today, I will push the book order due date to Friday, Jan. 26th. If you are interested in purchasing books and helping our class earn free books, click here.

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Weel 20 Learning Concepts:
Math: Place Value Assessment, The "Make 10" addition fact strategy
Writing Workshop: Personal Narratives
Reading Workshop: Maps & Research
Science: Objects in the Sky

Important Dates:
Jan. 25th: Thinkery Field Trip
Jan. 26th: K-2 Stallion Assembly
Jan. 29th: Author Visit
Jan. 31st: Mrs. Turner has a full-day sub
Feb. 9th: Mrs. Turner has a full-day sub
Feb. 16th: Six Flags & Schlitterbahn Reading Logs Due
Feb. 19th-20th: No School/Student Holiday

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Week 19 News/Information

Scholastic Book Orders
Both January and February book orders will come home this week. If you would like to place an order and help our class earn free books, please click here. All orders are due by Monday, January 22nd. 

Baby Pictures
Please send in one baby picture of your child to be used for a class display. 

Reading Folders
Due to unexpectedly missing a day of school this week and making it only a 3-day week, reading folders will not come home this week. Look for them next week. 

Donor's Choose Project #2
The majority of the class voted on alternative seating for reader's workshop. The new Donor's Choose site will be set up shortly for you to share with others to help get our second project funded.

Weekly Enrichment
I encourage all students to complete the weekly enrichment activities located under the appropriate tab to ensure continued progress and review throughout the year. 
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Week 19 Learning Concepts:
Math: Place Value
Writing Workshop: Small Moment (personal narrative) Stories that include a defined beginning, middle, and end.
Reading Workshop: Review book shopping expectations, independent and partner reading expectations, Aimsweb Testing
Science: Objects in the Sky

Important Dates:
Jan. 17th: Baby pictures due! 
Jan. 25th: Thinkery Field Trip
Jan. 26th: K-2 Stallion Assembly
Jan. 29th: Author Visit
Jan. 31st: Mrs. Turner has a full-day sub
Feb. 16th: Six Flags & Schlitterbahn Reading Logs Due

Feb. 19th-20th: No School/Student Holiday

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Week 18 News/Information

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Welcome Back to School and Happy 2018! I hope everyone had a lovely and relaxing break and that the students are ready to gear up for the second semester! I have missed them! 

I love the start of a new year and all of the hope, wonder, & anticipation of things to come! I feel renewed and refreshed ready to tackle life with a joyful attitude. I am very big on learning new things and stepping out of my comfort zone to accomplish goals. So, I have signed up for yoga, searching out Camp Gladiator locations to fit my schedule, expanded my home library with personal and professional self-growth books with a goal of reading a new book once a month, and am now a recipient of "Home Chef" meals to step up my cooking game! I am excited about these "simple" but achievable goals and am holding myself accountable by sharing them with you all. 

If you are interested, I would love to start a class dialogue about your goals/achievements/interests for 2018 in the comment thread below! Feel free to get connected and help build our classroom community by participating! :)

Baby Pictures
Please send in a baby picture of your child by Tuesday, Jan. 16th for a bulletin board display. This is my favorite display as it is super cute and so fun to 'guess' who all the babies are! Please make sure your child's name is on the back of their photo. You will receive the photo back once the display is taken down at the end of February. 

Take-Home Folders- Calendars
After reflecting on the calendars in student's take-home folders, I am questioning their effectiveness. I am not sold on them, so I am trying something new! (Which we will be doing a lot of this semester; slowly!) Rather than 'coloring their day', students will be writing daily reflections that include what they think they did best, what they can get better at, and a goal for the next day. My hope is that this will open up the doors for dialogue at home, developing a growth mindset, goal setting and accomplishment, and intrinsic motivation. It will take some getting used to, but I believe it has potential to be powerful learning for our students.

Donor's Choose Project
On Tuesday, the class will be voting on their choice for our upcoming Donor's Choose project! We are very fortunate to have a $100 credit on our "account" thanks to one of our student's family! :) 

The class will vote for one of three choices:
1. Expand our STEM Tub activities
2. Acquire materials for Writing Workshop such as various fun writing utensils, paper, clipboards, organization, etc.
3. Alternative seating such as a reading couch, bean bags, etc.

I will send out the survey results along with the new Donor's Choose project site once it is ready. It would be greatly appreciated and helpful if you would post the link to social media and/or invite friends and family to read about our project in hopes of getting it funded. Social media can be powerful for supporting our students!

Twitter
Speaking of social media, follow our learning and activities on Twitter: @ajnturner
I try to post one thing related to our learning each day to share with our school community and to help spark a conversation between students and their families centered around their school day!

Pledge Recording
Our class is scheduled to video record the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:30 am, Thursday, Jan. 11th. Please arrive at school by 7:30 am this day if your child would like to be in the video.

Library
We go to the library every Thursday. Please remember to return your books!!

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Week 18 Learning Concepts:
Math: Place Value- hundreds, tens, ones
Writing Workshop: Review expectations/ Building Community & Growth Mindset through writing activities
Reading Workshop: Review expectations/ Compound Words
Science: Patterns of Movement

Important Dates:
Jan. 8th: Teacher Workday/No Students
Jan. 9th: Welcome back to school! 
School begins at 7:40 am! Students are tardy at 7:41 am.
Jan. 11th: Class Pledge Recording 7:30am
Jan. 15th: MLK, Jr. Holiday/No School
Jan. 16th: Baby pictures due! 
Jan. 25th: Thinkery Field Trip
Jan. 26th: K-2 Stallion Assembly
Jan. 29th: Author Visit
Jan. 31st: Mrs. Turner has a full-day sub
Feb. 16th: Six Flags & Schlitterbahn Reading Logs Due
Feb. 19th-20th: No School/Student Holiday

Week 24 News/Information

Sickness This week has been a rough one in our room and many students have been out sick with the flu. If your child becomes ill, please ke...