Thursday, October 18, 2018

Room 9 News~ October 19

DORRIS RANCH FUN
We really enjoyed our field trip to Dorris Ranch. The weather was perfect for tending the garden, scrubbing laundry on a washboard, pumping and carrying buckets of water across the field, shooting a bow and arrow, and grinding corn to make cornbread. We learned that pioneer children had many chores to do each day, and sometimes had time to play with toys like the stick game, that were made from the trees on the land.













IMPORTANT DATES
Friday, October 26- Early Release at 12:30                            
Friday, November 3- Popcorn Day

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Room 9 News~ October 5

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 DEAR FAMILIES,
I just wanted to share a quick note to thank you for helping make the start of this school year such a great one. Something that has really helped is how well the drop off and pick up in the driveway is going in the morning. If you drop off or pick up your child in the front driveway of the school, thank you for making sure to observe the pause parking guidelines. Another routine that has been extremely helpful this year is students going to my outside door each morning and waiting to be let in there instead of in front of the school. This allows for better supervision of my students and this way I get the opportunity to greet and welcome every student every morning. After the 8:35 school start bell, please feel free to check in at the office as usual. Finally, thank you for your patience and understanding with our new push button entry system recently installed by our district team. We enjoy having visitors at Ridgeview, and your support in our morning routines have really helped the school and the kids get off to a great start, so thanks again.


OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, October 11 is Open House from 5:30-6:30. It will start out in the gym with a music performance and introduction of staff by Mr Hugo. You are then invited to visit your child's classroom and the library. There will be  food carts outside if you would like to stay for dinner. I hope to see you at Open House!

WALK AND ROLL TO SCHOOL
Next week is the Walk and Roll to School challenge. Students are encouraged to walk, ride bikes or scooters to school all week. There will be prize drawings for those who participate, and most importantly, your heart will be a little healthier for the exercise. 

FIELD TRIP UPDATE
Pics Photos - School Bus Images Clip ArtRoom 9 will be going on a field trip to Dorris Ranch next Friday. Please remember to send a disposable field trip lunch with your child that day and to remind your child to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
We do not need any more chaperones for this trip. Dorris Ranch has asked that parents not accompany their child on this trip unless they are chaperoning. We will have another field trip in the spring if you did not get to chaperone this one. Thank you in advance for preparing your child for this special trip and thank you to our PTO who is paying the cost for this trip.

VOLUNTEERS, GET READY!
Classroom volunteers are scheduled to start next week. If you signed up to volunteer in our classroom, I will be contacting you to arrange a quick orientation before your start date. If you did not have a chance to sign up on Meet the Teacher Night, and you would like to be a regular classroom volunteer, please contact me to schedule a time.
PTO is always looking for volunteers to help with the activities and events. If you can lend a hand, please contact our PTO.


BREAKFAST
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for young developing minds to fuel up for rigorous day of learning.
Mornings can be very hectic trying to get everyone ready for school and work, and sometimes there just isn't enough time for a healthy breakfast at home. I am guilty of grabbing a pepsi, or a Pop-Tart, among other not-so-healthy foods on rushed mornings. Did you know that the Ridgeview cafeteria serves a nutritious breakfast every morning at 8:15? The cost of this most important meal of the day is only $1.25! Every student is welcome to have breakfast at school (the $1.25 cost is debited from their lunch account). All they have to do is be at the outside cafeteria doors by 8:15. They may find me sitting at a table enjoying a warm stack of french toast, milk and yogurt!

IMPORTANT DATES
Monday, October 8~ Walk and Roll to School Begins
Wednesday, October 10~ Book Orders Due
Thursday, October 11~ Open House
Friday, October 12~ Field Trip to Dorris Ranch
                                 Early Release at 12:30
                                 Papa's Coupon Fundraiser Ends
Friday, October 26~ Early Release at 12:30

Friday, September 21, 2018

Room 9 News~ September 21, 2018

SO LONG SUMMER!
Today is the last day of summer. It's hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of fall considering the beautiful sunny days we will be enjoying into next week. Students will be bringing home a mini-book about the changing season to read to you today. We have been talking about the beautiful color changes outside and experiencing the cooling temperatures, especially at morning recess. It's almost time to dig those jackets out and start wearing them to school again. Students usually shed their jackets later in the day on the playground, so please make sure their name is on the label so they don't end up in the lost and found. We are already building quite a collection of unclaimed jackets in the lost and found.

BUZZ-IN ENTRY
Our buzz-in entry system started yesterday, as mentioned in the letter Mr. Hugo sent home. The buzz-in will operate from 9:00-2:15 each day. Please remember to have your child enter school through our outside classroom door in the morning. The main hallway doors will be locked in the morning for security.If your child is late to school (arrival after 8:35), they will need to enter through the office door and get a tardy slip.

HOMEWORK
Image result for reading homework clipartThis week was our first official week of homework. We had a 92% Home/School Folder return rate. Almost everyone earned 4 stamps on their reading log for reading and returning the phonics storybooks that were sent home each day. Way to go! We had our first Friday Surprise to celebrate students' homework efforts. 

If you see an "Oops!" on your child's reading log, it means there were no parent initials in the box, indicating that the homework stories were not read. If your child read their stories, and you forgot to initial the box, just write me a note in the comments section on the log, and I will make sure your child gets credit for reading.

Image result for field trip clipartFIELD TRIP
We will be taking a field trip to Dorris Ranch on October 12th to learn about fall harvesting and homesteading in pioneer days. This is a popular field trip with students and parent chaperones, and we are limited in the number of chaperones we can take. If you are interested in chaperoning this field trip, you may want to get your volunteer form for this year completed and turned in as soon as possible. The form is available in the office. The earlier you return the form, the more likely you will be chaperoning our field trip. Look for more information in your child's Home/School Folder next week.

IMPORTANT DATES
Thursday, September 27~ School Picture Day- Don't forget to wear your nicest smile.
Friday, September 28~ Popcorn Day
                                      Early release at 12:30
Friday, October 5~ Popcorn Day
Thursday, October 11~ Open House  
                                      Book Orders Due
Friday, October 12~ Early Release at 12:30
                                 Field Trip to Dorris Ranch 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Our First Week

Our first week of school is behind us with so much accomplished. Students are getting to know each other better with activities like the Name Game and Get to Know You Bingo. They also made some new friends while exploring math manipulatives at math centers. They made special hats for the first day of school, and wore them home on Friday. I have moved desks around several times already, to give students more opportunities to get to know one another.






THANK YOU!
Parents and families, thank you for bringing your child to our Meet the Teacher event with their school supplies. I enjoyed getting to meet all of my new first graders and their families. Having school supplies unloaded before the first day of school lessened first day jitters for students and allowed more time for getting to know one another and their new classroom.


CLASSDOJO
Thank you for signing up for ClassDojo to stay connected to our class. Our goal is for 100% of families to be connected. We are almost there with 84% of families signed up!

SNACKS
I will begin serving snacks as soon as all snack permission slips are turned in- hopefully on Monday. If you signed up to donate snacks in September, you may send them in at any time. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Image result for water bottle pop top clipartWATER BOTTLES
With these last few days of summer heat, I am encouraging students to drink often. We have a drinking fountain in the back of our classroom that students get drinks from whenever they need to. Students may also bring in a water bottle to keep on their desk to stay hydrated. I just ask that these water bottles have a pop top, instead of a twist off cap or flip lid. The reason for this is that we have already had some spills on desks with ruined papers and a few tears. The small opening on a pop top creates less of a spill when tipped over. Thank you for your understanding with this. 

HOMEWORK
We will unofficially begin homework on Monday, September 10th. There won't be any reading or math homework. Instead, this will be a practice week to get students in the habit of taking their "Home/School Folder" home and bringing it back to school every day. I will stamp students' homework logs each day they return their folder. Homework will officially begin next week. Look for the yellow "Home/School Folder in your child's backpack on Monday. 

IMPORTANT DATES
September 10- Homework begins (practice week)
                        Scholastic book orders are due.
September 14- Friday Surprise for all students with 4 stamps on their homework log. 
                         Popcorn Day!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Welcome!

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Welcome to Room 9's blog! We are so excited that you have chosen to visit! This blog is designed so that we can share what's happening in our classroom with our family and friends.  As you explore our site, you can find our daily schedule, read about special events and learning that is taking place, view cool projects, meet the teacher, and even watch mini-movies. We hope that by visiting our classroom blog, you will get a better idea of what we do each day. 
I will text you a link to this blog through Classdojo when it it updated (about every other week). Thank you for taking a look!
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                Warmly,
 
            Ms. Moore