Monday, January 14, 2019


Week of January 14th-18th            

Our Reading story for the week is “Then and Now”. Our question of the week is: How are things we use today different from things used long ago? The Amazing Words for this story are: gears, headphones, webcams, handwritten, phonographs, newspapers. The high frequency words are: they, you, of. The text based comprehension skill is drawing conclusions. We will listen for /o/ spelled Oo. We will focus on the correct formation of Oo. Please practice reading the “Little Rob” decodable story. *Each decodable story can be recorded for the monthly Reading Logs. J

In Math, we are working on comparing numbers. We will continue to use the vocabulary words: compare, greater, less, fewer, more. Please be sure to continue working on identifying and writing the numbers 0-20.

In Science we will learn about the Earth and Sky and answer the question: What are the Earth and sky like?

This Thursday, January 17th, our class will be taking the middle of the year Reading Dibels assessment. Students will be timed one minute for each part of the assessment. They will be asked to name letters quickly, say the first sound of a given word, read or sound out nonsense words and segment words into their sounds. Today I sent home a packet for you to help your child prepare for this week’s test. Once I have the Reading scores I will send home both Reading and Math middle of the year scores.

Once again our school is participating in Boosterthon! This is a fun fundraising effort to benefit the PTO and our school! Please be sure to sign your child up if you have not done so yet. Simply go to boosterthon.com and follow the prompts. Prior to the actual fun run there will be daily “huddles” where students will learn about character traits and be given their prizes for getting donations. Please keep in mind this fundraiser gives back to our school and students!

Upcoming important dates:
·         1/17-Reading DIBELS for Kindergarten, 1/17-Start of 3rd MP
·         1/18-Spartan Dress Down $1.00
·         1/24-Boosterthon Fun Run
·         1/25-Report Cards Home

Monday is Day 4-Music, Tuesday is Day 5-Computers, Wednesday is Day 6-Art, Thursday is Day 7-Guidance, Friday is Day 8-Gym.

If you ever need to contact me, please call the school at 570-874-3661 ext. 3243 or email at scapone@northschuylkill.net.

Monday, January 7, 2019


Week of January 7th-11th            

Our Reading story for the week is “Farfallina and Marcel”. Our question of the week is: What happens when animals change? The Amazing Words for this story are: goose, caterpillar, reflection, gosling, butterfly, cocoon. The high frequency words are: see and look. The text based comprehension skill is plot. We will listen for /f/ spelled Ff. We will focus on the correct formation of Ff. Please practice reading the “For Me” decodable story. *Each decodable story can be recorded for the monthly Reading Logs. J

In Math, we are working on comparing numbers. We will use the vocabulary words: compare, greater, less, fewer, more. Please be sure to continue working on identifying and writing the numbers 0-20.

In Science we will learn about all things winter! We will chart winter as a season and learn about penguins. J

This Thursday, January 10th, our class will be taking the middle of the year Math Dibels screener assessment. Students will be timed one minute for each part of the assessment. They will be asked to name numbers, out of order, to 100. They will be asked what the next number is after a given number. Last, they will be shown two sets of dots in the form of a domino or dice and asked which quantity is larger and how many dots there are for that group. I have sent home practice pages for you. We have been working on these skills in school too!

Upcoming important dates:
·        1/10-Math Dibels for Kindergarten
·        1/18-Spartan Dress Down $1.00

Monday is Day 9-Music, Tuesday is Day 10-Computers, Wednesday is Day 1-Art, Thursday is Day 2-Guidance, Friday is Day 3-Gym.

If you ever need to contact me, please call the school at 570-874-3661 ext. 3243 or email at scapone@northschuylkill.net.


Monday, December 17, 2018


Week of December 17th-21st          

We will be doing a review in Reading this week! Please practice words lists in the folder!

In Math, we will finish our Unit, Numbers 11-20. We will take the test on Wednesday. Be sure to practice counting, reading and writing all numbers 0-20. Students should be able to tell me a number from 0-20 and use a twenty frame to build that number. Additionally, students should be able to write the given number.

In Social Studies, we will continue to discuss holidays around the world. We have learned about the traditions and celebrations for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. We will finish learning about Las Posadas and Christmas.  

This week your child will be bringing home gifts and projects. Please be on the lookout for them. I hope you enjoy everything. Today, we made reindeer food for Santa’s reindeer. Be sure to sprinkle it outside on Christmas Eve night. J

Upcoming important dates:

·        12/20 Ugly Sweater or Christmas Shirt Day-see the green flyer that went home on Friday!
·        12/21 Early Dismissal at NSE-12 Noon
·        12/22-1/1 School Closed
·        1/2/19 School Resumes

Monday is Day 2-Guidance, Tuesday is Day 3-Gym, Wednesday is Day 4-Music, Thursday is Day 5-Computers, Friday is not a rotation day.

If you ever need to contact me, please call the school at 570-874-3661 ext. 3243 or email at scapone@northschuylkill.net.

Monday, December 10, 2018


Week of December 10th-14th          

Our Reading story for the week is “Little Quack”. Our question of the week is: What new things can you do as you get older? The Amazing Words for this story are: duckling, paddle, proud, pond, plunged, brave. The high frequency words are: me, with, she. The text based comprehension skill is plot. We will listen for /r/ spelled Rr. We will focus on the correct formation of Rr. Please practice reading the “Rin the Rat” decodable story. *Each decodable story can be recorded for the monthly Reading Logs. J

In Math, we will continue Numbers 11-20. We will continue using a twenty frame to build numbers 0-20 and practice writing numbers to twenty correctly.

In Social Studies, we will continue to discuss holidays around the world. We have learned about the traditions and celebrations for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. We will soon learn about Las Posadas and Christmas.

Today we mailed our letters to Santa. We had special mail carriers come to the school today. Each child placed a special stamp on their letter to Santa and mailed it to the North Pole. J

Please be sure to carefully review the field trip reminder attached to this letter! Let me know if you have any questions about the field trip.

Upcoming important dates:

·        12/11 Dress Down with a canned good or monetary donation
·        12/14 District Wide Paid Dress Down Day $1.00
·        12/14 Field Trip Train Ride-Please see green reminder letter.

Monday is Day 7-Library, Tuesday is Day 8-Gym, Wednesday is Day 9-Music, Thursday is Day 10-Computers, Friday is Day 1-Art.

If you ever need to contact me, please call the school at 570-874-3661 ext. 3243 or email at scapone@northschuylkill.net.

Monday, December 3, 2018


Week of December 3rd-7th         

Our Reading story for the week is “Little Panda”. Our question of the week is: How does a panda change in its first year of life? The Amazing Words for this story are: weigh, healthy, curious, measure, bamboo, explore. The high frequency words are: me, with, she. The text based comprehension skill is compare and contrast. We will listen for /n/ spelled Nn and /b/ spelled Bb. We will focus on the correct formation of Nn and Bb. Please practice reading the “Nan and Nat” decodable story. *Each decodable story can be recorded for the monthly Reading Logs. J Here are a few things we have been working on in school that you can continue to practice at home:

·         Rapidly name as many letters as possible in 1 minute. (Goal is about 35-40.)
·         Say the first sound in a word. Ex: You say “what is the first sound in fish?”, child should say /f/.
·         Segment words into sounds. Ex: You say, “tell me the sounds in fish.”, child should say /f/ /i/ /sh/. We have been practice using our body to help us for beginning, middle and end. Students should know to use their head, shoulders, and waist to help say sounds in words.

In Math, we will continue Numbers 11-20. Here are a few things we have been working on in school that you can continue to practice at home:

·         Count to 100 every night. Be sure to count the “teen” numbers correctly.
·         Ask your child the next number. Ex: You say 23, your child should say 24. You say 66, your child should say 67. Do this multiple times for numbers to 100.
·         Show two dice or dominoes and have your child tell the greater number and what it is. Your child should be able to point and quickly tell you how many dots there are for the greater number.
·         Identify numbers 0-100.

In Social Studies, we will discuss our world around us and begin to learn about holidays around the world.

Our holiday gift shop day will Wednesday. Please refer to the red paper that was sent home last week.

Upcoming important dates:

·         12/5 Holiday Gift Shop Shopping will occur during Music Class
·         12/8 Holiday Concert at HS Auditorium-Please see back of green monthly schedule for times
·         12/14 Field Trip Train Ride

Monday is Day 2-Guidance, Tuesday is Day 3-Gym, Wednesday is Day 4-Music, Thursday is Day 5-Computers, Friday is Day 6-Art.

If you ever need to contact me, please call the school at 570-874-3661 ext. 3243 or email at scapone@northschuylkill.net.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Week of November 27th-30th        

Our Reading story for the week is “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Our question of the week is: How are real and make believe plants alike and different? The Amazing Words for this story are: beanstalk, ogre, naughty, lad, magic, lend. The high frequency words are: he, for. The text based comprehension skill is realism and fantasy. We will listen for /i/ spelled Ii at the beginning and middle of a word. We will focus on the correct formation of Ii. We will listen for sounds in the middle position of a word. Please practice reading the “Sam, Sit!” decodable story. *Each decodable story can be recorded for the monthly Reading Logs. J 

Here are a few things we have been working on in school that you can continue to practice at home:
·         Rapidly name as many letters as possible in 1 minute. (Goal is about 35-40.)
·         Say the first sound in a word. Ex: You say “what is the first sound in fish?”, child should say /f/.
·         Segment words into sounds. Ex: You say, “tell me the sounds in fish.”, child should say /f/ /i/ /sh/. We have been practice using our body to help us for beginning, middle and end. Students should know to use their head, shoulders, and waist to help say sounds in words.

In Math, we will continue Numbers 11-20. Here are a few things we have been working on in school that you can continue to practice at home:
·         Count to 100 every night. Be sure to count the “teen” numbers correctly.
·         Ask your child the next number. Ex: You say 23, your child should say 24. You say 66, your child should say 67. Do this multiple times for numbers to 100.
·         Show two dice or dominoes and have your child tell the greater number and what it is. Your child should be able to point and quickly tell you how many dots there are for the greater number.
·         Identify numbers 0-100.

In Social Studies, we will discuss our world around us and begin to learn about holidays around the world.

Upcoming important dates:
·         11/30 Movie Night at the HS Auditorium 7pm
·         12/3-12/7 Holiday Gift Shop Week-Shopping will occur during Music Class
·         12/8 Holiday Concert at HS Auditorium
·         12/14 Field Trip Train Ride

Monday-OFF, Tuesday is Day 8-Gym, Wednesday is Day 9-Music, Thursday is Day 10-Computers, Friday is Day 1-Art.

If you ever need to contact me, please call the school at 570-874-3661 ext. 3243 or email at scapone@northschuylkill.net.


Monday, November 19, 2018


Week of November 19th-21st       

*We will continue with our story from last week!

Our Reading story for the week is “A Bed for Winter”. Our question of the week is: What kind of home does an animal need? The Amazing Words for this story are: nest, stump, hive, meadow, tree trunk, den. The high frequency words are: he, for. The text based comprehension skill is sequence. We will listen for /i/ spelled Ii at the beginning and middle of a word. We will focus on the correct formation of Ii. Please practice reading the “Tim the Pig” decodable story. *Each decodable story can be recorded for the monthly Reading Logs. J Please be sure to practice letter naming and sight words daily. Use the flashcards that were enclosed in the plastic sleeve at the beginning of the school year to practice learning these words.

In Math, we will continue our next unit, Numbers 11-20. Here are a few things we have been working on in school that you can continue to practice at home:

·         Count to 100 every night. Be sure to count the “teen” numbers correctly.
·         Ask your child the next number. Ex: You say 23, your child should say 24. You say 66, your child should say 67. Do this multiple times for numbers to 100.
·         Show two dice or dominoes and have your child tell the greater number and what it is. Your child should be able to point and quickly tell you how many dots there are for the greater number.

In Social Studies, we will finish our unit learning about the Pilgrims and Indians/Native Americans. I hope you like the vests and head bands that came today. I think they turned out fantastic. J Be on the lookout for items coming home tomorrow.

Reminder: When we have a school day cancelled or a 3-hour delay, those days do not count as a rotation day.

Upcoming important dates:

·         11/21 Early Dismissal, NSE 12pm
·         11/22-11/26 School Closed, Happy Thanksgiving!
·         11/27 School Resumes

Monday is Day 6-Art, Tuesday is Day 7-Library, Wednesday is Day 8-Gym.

If you ever need to contact me, please call the school at 570-874-3661 ext. 3243 or email at scapone@northschuylkill.net.

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