Hello family and friends of 008! Welcome back!
I apologize in my delay! As mentioned before, I have been dealing with some health issues this year making my communication more scarce! But I promise I am always bursting to tell you what is going on in 008! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me or contact me to set up a time where we can meet. We have had a wonderful time diving into our fall topics!
What's Been Happening in 008:
In Science, we have been studying apples, farm animals and now this week PUMPKINS! We are preparing for our trip to the Pumpkin Patch/Farm on October 29th. Students had a blast identifying the parts of the apple and using a real apple to identify and label each part, I hope they showed you the apple diagrams we made in class! By the way, did you know that your kiddos are the ONLY students I have ever worked with that WANT to do work and TAKE home EVERYTHING!?! Every day I hear Ms. Johnson can we take this home? Are you going to keep it? :)
I love that they are so proud of their work and want to show them to you! I hope they do!
As far as other subjects go, we have been chugging away at reading comprehension using short stories related to our themes! We have read the Ants Go Home and The Lost Little Duckling the last several weeks. We are still working on The Lost Little Duckling so if you want to ask your kiddo about the duckling ask them whom they are trying to find (hint- it's the duckling's mother)! We are using these short stories to work on text tracking, sight word recognition, and comprehension questions such as main idea, main character, setting and three details. I usually keep their reading work in a portfolio but will show you their work in November at Parent Teacher Conferences!
For Math, we are very fortunate to have new materials purchased for us this year so we are officially diving into all things Touch Math! We are still reviewing and going over the basics but students are catching on real fast and loving the new manipulatives and worksheets! In Social Studies we are continuing to identify our school community members- our classmates, our teachers in 008 and our enrichment teachers! We are now making our way to identify other members around the school. Students are loving this review and are doing a great job learning their names and community roles!
Well, that pretty much covers it academically! Socially, we have had a lot going on as well! Our peer buddies and best buddies had their first meet and greet this month and MAN O MAN was it stinking cute! I have to say that one of my favorite things about Coonley is this program. Seeing the general education students so involved and wanting to be friends with our kiddos is BEAUTIFUL! We are so lucky to have this program and to have such caring, empathetic students in our school! Let me tell you it was not an easy task picking peer buddies out of the pile of students that applied! Along with the meet and greet, Peer Buddies and Best Buddies have been helping students transition to their specials and helped us participate/run in the Walkathon last Friday! Despite the cold temperatures, our kiddos loved being with their buddies running/walking around the school!
This week we have a lot to celebrate with Mr. David's Birthday tomorrow (Tuesday the 16th) and Mr. Max's birthday on Thursday! For those of you that are new to 008, we make quite the deal of birthdays in our room so we are very excited to celebrate these two wonderful guys!
Hope you have a wonderful Monday! I promise I will try to get my wonderful photos of your students uploaded on the website shortly! I'm still getting used to the new formatting.
Hello family and friends of 008!
Well this took me awhile! :) ( A month to be exact!) I am sorry for the delay but I wanted to have everything posted to the website now for easy access! I have SO MUCH to share from the first few weeks of school!
First off, WELCOME BACK! We have a little more than half of our class from last year returning and man are we so lucky! They have been a big help for those who are new and moved up in learning the rules and routines of 008. We are so impressed with our kiddos and how much they retained over the summer. We are also very appreciative of those parents that continued to work on academic skills throughout the summer! It was not in vain and we can totally tell the difference!
In addition to new classmates, we welcome in our new paraprofessionals, Mr. Diego Loza and Ms. Jordan Dombrowski. They have been a WONDERFUL addition to our already phenomenal staff! Can't forget our AMAZING returning staff Ms. Jasmine Scott and Mr. David Walls! We are so lucky to FULLY staffed by week 3 and to have such wonderful professionals working with our kiddos!
The kids came in eager to see their friends and teachers, ready for recess and some even came excited for work! The first couple weeks was us trying to get back into the swing of things, adapt to our new times and dive back into academics. But do not worry, we are FINALLY getting there! It seems like the new tasks are taking less time and we are flying though our days. As mentioned in notes sent home, we have a later lunch this year with the kids not eating until almost 1! (yikes!) Hence, breakfast and snack time are necessary to get us through the morning and our day! Thank you to all the parents and staff who have donated snacks to the classroom! We can always use snacks in the classroom so if you are feeling generous and would like to send in a bag of pretzels or box of goldfish you are always welcome! :)
Some new changes to our daily routine:
On the website you will see that we are working on a monthly unit each month. It will be posted the beginning of the month so you are aware of what we are studying in class! For general questions about our year-long curriculum & studies please check out that tab! :)
Thank you for your patience with emails and this website! I have been dying to tell you how AMAZING your children are and how absolutely LUCKY I am to be their teacher this year. I am so excited for a year of hard work, progress and FUN! If you ever have any questions feel free to contact me or set up a time to meet before/after school! Have a wonderful weekend!