Grade Level News:

What’s Going On Around the School

Preschool – Well, it’s that time of year. Bundle up your children and make sure they are wearing clothes for the weather. There will be cold days, but we can still go outside to work our muscles and pump that blood to our brains during recess. So, please send those coats and hats! February is such fun! Mrs. Coker’s class will join us as we learn about dental health and Valentine’s Day. We even get to use the mail to send Valentine cards. As the rest of preschool finishes learning about Pets, we will transition to a unit called Imagine It, Make It.
In the Snazzy Squirrel’s class, Mrs. Boone’s daughter is a dentist. She comes every year to talk to our classes about how to take care of our teeth. Many of the classes will get toothbrushes from Colgate’s Bright Smiles Bright Futures program. So ask your child about dental health and Dr. Rabbit. And don’t forget, Colgate has a great website for your child. Remember, we still have much to learn in Preschool. Check your folder, newsletters, & homework calendars so you won’t miss a thing!

Kindergarten – We are off to a great start to our new year! It is hard to believe that we are already in February. This month we will be discussing Ground Hog’s day, Famous Americans, adding to sums of five fluently, practicing phonemic awareness to help us become better writers and readers. We will also be reading numerous Valentine books and writing about our best friends. Please continue to read nightly with your child. Have them retell the story and answer questions about stories that you are reading to them. Our goal is for every child to reach 100 books before the end of this year. We want to encourage you all to visit the Sumter County Library and have your child pick out “Just Right Books” for him or her. It is free to get a library card, and you can keep the books for two weeks. Thanks so much for the support you have given us so far this year as we educate “our ” children together.

First Grade – The students have been very busy since the Winter Break! During guided reading, they are working hard to become fluent readers. They just finished writing informative pieces during Writer’s Workshop and are now beginning to write opinion pieces.
In math, the students are exploring strategies to help them add and subtract. These strategies include counting back, using a number line, relating addition and subtraction, and using doubles. The students are also applying addition and subtraction strategies to solve word problems. The students will continue to explore the relationship between addition and subtraction. The students have also been working on a place value unit during math. They have been using tens and ones to build numbers. We will begin adding two digits with and without regrouping; and are also subtracting tens. We will begin a unit on graphing towards the end of February; the students will answer questions about bar graphs, tally graphs and picture graphs. During social studies, the students will complete a unit on “American Democracy and Historical Figures.” In science we will begin a unit on Light and Shadows. Students will learn what types of materials light will pass through and how shadows are formed. Please read and review the weekly story each night. Please study the spelling pattern each night as well. Thanks for all you do. – The First Grade Team

Second Grade – The holidays are here and we are enjoying every moment of it! We have completed our unit on place value and are working on addition and subtraction in math. Please encourage your children to read daily to increase their fluency and comprehension. Don’t forget to have them talk to you about what they read. If your child does not already have a public library card, please take advantage of the extra family time over the holidays to get one and pick-out a few books they are interested in. It is okay to read just for fun.
As always, please check your child’s folder daily for important notes and memos and remind them to be responsible for passing your notes, money, etc. on as soon as they get to school. As the year continues, we will increase their responsibility for this and check their folder less frequently. Our weather is changing so often, we are not able to regulate the classroom temperature to match everyone’s comfort level. Please make sure your child has a jacket or sweater for class and are prepared for outside weather with coats, hats, gloves, etc. as needed. Third quarter will begin with a study of money, Black History, story structure and writing, writing, writing. Writing is being integrated into all subject areas with the emphasis on paragraph development. In math, students are to review their addition and subtraction facts daily and initial it. In science, we start a study of matter. Make sure that your child is prepared each day to succeed and do his/her very best!

Third Grade – Third quarter began with a study of 3-digit addition followed by three-digit subtraction. We are studying contractions, main idea, details and author’s purpose. Continue to encourage your child to read 20 minutes daily. In math, students are to review their addition and subtraction facts daily and initial the monthly calendar. Our next unit of study in math will be money so begin to help your child identify all coins and count a small collection of coins. In science, we’ve started a study of magnets which will include writing lab reports. Prior to February 14th, look for class lists of names to assist your child with trading Valentines. It’s hard to believe we are celebrating the 100th Day of school! Only 80 days left to listen and learn!

Fourth Grade – Fourth Grade is decking the halls and ringing in the new year at school. In math, we are con-tinuing to reinforce multiplication and division as we move into a short unit on patterns and sequence. In January, we will be beginning our long division unit. Parents, please continue to work with your students on their multiplication and division facts. In science we are working on our Light & Sound unit throughout December and January. In read-ing, we will be working on our Ever Living Tree unit, which focuses on sequencing and time lines. In writing, we will are writing informational opinion pieces where students are asked to state an opinion and de-fend it using evidence. Lastly, in social studies, we are wrapping up our learning about European settlers in North America and beginning to study the thirteen colonies. Parents, we appreciate your continued support of learning at home! Your help and hard work makes a huge difference!

Fifth Grade – Greetings parents, in fifth grade we are looking forward to Christmas. In math, we are solving problems involving decimals and learning order of operations. In social studies, we are in our Becoming a World Power unit where we will learn about the Industrial Revolution, the Spanish-American War, and World War I. In science, we will begin learning about land forms found in the ocean. In ELA, we are continuing to work on the writing process, stretching out our independent reading times, and working towards being a life-long reader. As always, if you need to contact us, feel free to do so via the office phone.

Related Arts – Music News of Note… What’s new in music? K-2nd grades are rehearsing for the PTA Meeting/Christmas Concert, which takes place Monday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Kingsbury Elementary Harp Ensemble will have their first public performance at that time, also. The choir and Kingsbury Court Players will have their first performances.
In future lessons, all classes will be focusing on beat, rhythm, and composition. Frohe Weihnachten und ein glücklich-es Neues Jahr!

Health Room – GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE! What can you do to prevent the flu, colds and other illnesses? Simple preventive measures such as washing your hands, covering your cough, staying home when sick and getting vaccinated against the flu go a long way in protecting people from illnesses. Be on the lookout for the “Wash Hands” video that will be shown in your class. You will learn the ABC Wash Your Hands song. Remember when washing your hands use soap and warm running water. Wash back and fronts of your hands, wrist, between fingers and under fingernails. Then rinse well. Dry your hands with a clean paper towel, a cloth towel or under a hot air blower. You can also use a towel to turn off the water instead of your hands. At Kingsbury we want to reduce the spread of illness and prevent the flu by washing away GERMS!!