October 20 -24

We are investigating pumpkins this week! On Friday, we will be measuring and carving pumpkins and counting seeds. Part of our study will be to pull out the insides of the pumpkin to count the seeds. This is REALLY MESSY - it would be a good idea to send an old button-up shirt or apron for your child to wear over their clothes on this day! 

On October 21, We Give Books readers from across the country and around the world are coming together to read Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells to show their support for early childhood literacy. Our class will join Max and Ruby, the stars of this year’s Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, to set new reading records for the largest shared reading experience, and stand up for children everywhere!

Our ILCS Make a difference Day is Saturday, October 25th-

8:00 - 12:00  If you would like to help out, come on out to Yucaipa Community Park (34900 Oak Glen Road) at 8:00 for a brief meeting; from there all ILCS participants will go to Park View Middle School (34875 Tahoe Drive) to help with new improvements to the school.  If you and your kids plan on helping, be sure to wear work clothes, closed toe shoes, and work gloves.

We will be celebrating Halloween with fun Halloween games and activities next Friday from 10:30-12:30! For Halloween, our school will be having a fun pajama dress-up day! We are very excited to come to school in our PJs and celebrate Halloween! 

Last week, we started sending home Book Bags. The book or books in your child's book bag will be books we are working on together in reading groups and/or books self-selected by your child. Book Bags are to be brought back and forth, home to school, every day. Book bags are also an ESSENTIAL part of your child's home reading - they should be reading these books EVERY DAY for homework. This week you will also find a fluency passage in your child’s book bag.  Please listen to your child practice reading his/her fluency passage every day.

Join the ABC Club!!  Students who can write all of the ABCs uppercase and lower case correctly and neatly will join the ABC club.  Keep practicing!!!

RAZ-Kids: Congratulations to Gabrial, Bella J, and Landon!!  They were our top 3 readers last week!  Way to go!! They spent the most time on Raz-kids last week! 

Smarty Ants: Our top Ant of the week award goes to Calvin!   Max  was the Top Ant in Most Time Played, Most Words Built, and Most Stories Built.  Way to go Calvin!! 

IXL Math: Congratulations to Gabrial, Lance and Bella B!  They were our top 3 IXL math students.  They spent the most time practicing math skills on IXL math!  Way to go!!

We Give Books: Last week we read 9 We Give Books!!  Way to go class!! We have now read 62 books so far this year!  We Give Books is a digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online.  For every book we read, a book is donated to a child in need!  My Goal is for the students in our class to read 25 books each month.  We will be reading the “We Give Books” online in class and I encourage each student and family to read at least one additional book at home each week.  Of course more than one a week is even better.  Let’s work together to meet, or even surpass, the 25 book a month mark! You can access the We Give Website at the following link: We Give Books. Our class username is: ILCS_Kinder_Stanley and the password is: leaders. Happy Reading!!

Upcoming Events: 

Friday, October 24: Pumpkin Investigation Day 

Saturday, October 25 - Make a Difference Day

October 27-31: Spirit Week :) 

Monday, Oct. 27: Disney Day 

Tuesday, Oct. 28: Sports Day

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Blast to the Past Day (wear your favorite decade!)

Thursday, Oct. 30: Twin Day (I will be wearing my ILCS shirt and jeans if you want to be twins with ME!)

Friday, Oct. 31: PJ DAY!


Friday, October 31: Halloween Centers! 

What Are We Learning This Week?: 

Sight Words: ARE, BIG, LITTLE, FOR, WAS.

Letter Team:  IGH (like in HIGH, BRIGHT, LIGHT, RIGHT) and AR (like in CAR, FAR, JAR).

Word Family: -IG. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -IG (for example: BIG, PIG, WIG, DIG). I am sending home a fun worksheet/activity that you can do at home this week!

Reading: We will read many fiction and non-fiction books about pumpkins and their life cycle. I will continue pulling small reading groups this week, as well as conferencing one on one with individual students. Students are working hard at their independent activities and reading their self-selected "Good Fit Books". 

Writing: We will continue to write three sentences on the same topic, using an uppercase at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces after each word, and a period at the end.

Math: We will continue our unit on "Counting with Friends". Our goal is to give each student a deep number sense as we explore questions like, "How can numbers be represented?" and "How can we show numbers in different ways?" This week we will dive into fun Halloween math story problems, including addition, subtraction, and comparing (more or less) problems. 

Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of October is TEAMWORK. Our kindergarten definition of teamwork is: working together to get a job done.