Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Please read all the way to the end. There are three parent messages for you to read at the end.

It was Tanner's day. He brought a Clifford book and a Clifford stuffed animal.

The snack he brought included organic grapes and a big box of Cheez-It crackers. Cheez it is one of those words that kids who know the Soundabet and who can blend the sounds have no trouble reading since they know the sounds of "CH" and "EE" and "Z"—all they have to do is say those sounds all scrunched together without stopping. As we get farther along in the Soundabet please take the opportunity to ask your child to read everyday things like EXIT signs and STOP signs, "FORD"  etc. They will start having success as beginning readers.

Students at my center will be making short books featuring one sound from the Soundabet. This time around we're looking at words that have the "OO" sound in them. If your child has not already come home with one of these little books, you can have a preview here. Be sure to read the final page with instructions to you, the parents. It is important to follow these guidelines to prevent discouragement and trouble down the road. In the long run, it's usually better to offer more help than needed than less. If your child has to tell you, "Let me do it myself," from time to time then you're on the right track.

Now, three messages:

Message One:
Regarding Snack Calendar:
The October snack calendar did not go out with last Friday's folders as I had planned. We put a copy in your child's cubby today. Another copy will go home with this Friday's folder.

Snack duty this week is as follows:

Wednesday:    Tyler

Thursday:       Vanessa

Friday:             Aidan

My apologies for confusing you.

Message Two:
Regarding Homework:
Homework is one page per week on Wednesdays from the Math Home Links book. Keep that Home Links book at home. Tomorrow's assignment will be Home Link 1•11 Sorting Groceries.

Some of you have gone way ahead. That's okay, but.... homework is connected to experiences here in class. It would be better to slow down and wait for the assignment to come. If you wish to do more homework, go through the little booklet I gave you earlier this year at Back to School Night.

Message Three:
Regarding illnesses:
Please recall that we ask you to send only healthy children to school. Recently we have had a lot of stomach flu going around the class. We had to send home two vomiting students just today. It's not fun for the sick student, it ain't no fun for us who have to clean it up, and it exposes everyone to germs— potentially spreading disease to others.

I know how hard it can be to miss work, etc. when your kid is sick. I know. I did it for my kids when they were little, and I hate not coming to work.

But in the end, if everyone does their share and keeps sick kids at home where they are more comfortable and can get well, less disease will pass from kid to kid at school and we'll all be better off.

Please, please, please: if you're child vomits, has diarrhea, or has a fever keep him or her out of school for at least 24 hours after the last of the symptoms have disappeared.

Thank you.

1 comment:

poncia said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I think the 24 hour "rule" just needs to be refreshed in the mind sometimes. The class hasn't seemed to catch a break in all these weeks. Hopefully with the reminder, we can have some "healthy" weeks ahead.