Room 6 News/Issue 11 Feburary 2, 2016

Mrs. Hillenbrand 686-1799; extension 1361


Candace Fleming Book Order due Tuesday, February 7

We are a fortunate school to be hosting the highly regarded, respected and talented author, Candace Fleming. Candace is the recipient of many esteemed honors in the world of childrens' literature and is coming to Maple Dale on Tuesday, March 7. She will be teaching us how writers get ideas, how writers work with their editors and how the writing process involves imagination, research and wonderful challenging work. The visit will be an invaluable tool and a great inspiration to our faculty and especially to our children. Families can remember this special visit and inspire their budding writers by purchasing Candace Fleming's books. She will autograph the books on the day of her visit. Please be sure to complete the Candace Fleming book order form and return it to school on Tuesday, February 7. Some suggested titles for kindergartners are: Boxes for Katje, Bulldozer's Big Day, Oh, No! ( a gold Parent Choice award winner), Clever Jack Takes the Cake (Mrs. Hillenbrand's favorite), Muncha, Muncha, Muncha (a silly story of a farmer and some very clever hungry bunnies) and Giant Squid ( a recent winner of a Sibert Honor Award for non-fiction and an absolutely stunning picture book perfect for the curious, young scientist).

Valentine's Day

We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday, February 14 at 2:40. Every child is asked to bring Valentine cards for his/her classmates beginning February 6. Each Valentine needs to be addressed to fellow students. You may use the provided labels or have your child neatly print each name with the first letter capitalized and the remaining in lowercase. Please be sure your child signs his or her name on each card with the first letter capitalized and the remaining letters printed in lowercase. The Valentine cards should be delivered to school any time between February 6 and the 14. It is helpful to have the cards in alphabetical order to facilitate efficient delivery. Our mail bags will be positioned in alphabetical order in the hall beginning on Monday, February 6. We will open and enjoy the cards during our Valentine Party. We need many parent volunteers to help the children read the messages on their Valentines and to help students secure the envelopes in a special Valentine booklet.

URGENT !!!!!! Valentine Decorations Needed

Many thanks to the families who donated Valentine decorations for our Valentine mail bags. Unfortunately, we have not received enough to adequately decorate our bags this Friday. We are in great need of heart shaped craft foam stickers and small red and pink heart or circle shaped doilies. Please send in these items on Friday, February 3. We will be decorating our bags on Friday afternoon.

Chinese New Year

We learned about the Chinese or Lunar New Year that began on Saturday. We read a nonfiction book to learn all about this ancient custom. We now know why red is an important color and why there are fireworks. We learned about the special customs of new clothes, house cleaning and eating lots of special food. We compared our customs with the Chinese and feasted on mandarin oranges.

Scholastic Reading Club Orders - due Friday

Scholastic Reading Club book orders are due on Friday. The order will be submitted on Saturday and should be delivered to school within a week. Please let Mrs. Hillenbrand know if you would like the books kept as a secret for a special Valentine's Day gift.

Wanted: Box Tops


I Can Statements for this Week


I can name the characters, settings and events in a story.

I can retell a story.

I can identify and say the sound for the digraph /w/, /s/, /y/.

I can read and spell the pop-up word: do.

I can solve mystery words using sound power, rereading and thinking what would make sense.


I can separate words by spaces in my writing.

I can put a period at the end of each sentence.

I can correctly spell all pop-up words and stretch out sounds in other words.


I can correctly and neatly write numerals, 1-10.

I can count forward to 75 by ones.

I can represent and recognize quantities using drawings and counters arranged on a five frame.

Words to read and write independently





























Special Dates/Reminders

  • Friday, February 3, Scholastic Book orders due
  • Friday, February 3, Stickers, craft foam sticker hearts and doilies needed for Valentine mail bags
  • Tuesday, February 7, Candace Fleming book orders due
  • Monday, February 6-14 - Send in Valentine cards addressed to classmates
  • Tuesday, February 14, Valentine's Day Party, 2:40; volunteers needed

Literacy Learning

We are practicing what readers do to read longer and stronger. Readers study the front cover and talk about what might happen in the book. Readers take a picture walk and really think and notice about the clues in the illustrations to build vocabulary and understanding. Readers read their books and as they read they stop to wonder, ask questions and recall what they are reading. Readers talk about their books after reading. They talk about their favorite part. They remember and retell what happened in the book. We also learned that readers can look for endings in pop-up words (looks, looking, looked).

Writing Workshop

We continued to focus on using spaces and punctuation as we worked to complete our narrative about our trip to Green Acres Art Center. We now are now learning writers not only use writing to tell stories, but they also use writing to teach others. We are comparing narrative and procedural texts as we begin to notice the characteristics of how-to books and what we need to incorporate as we write our own.


  • We are enjoying singing the song, February, to practice pointing to each word and reading the words in, so
  • We also are practicing reading, do, as we sing the poem, What Can We Do on a Winter Day.
  • We are practicing identifying blends as we review the blend chart.
  • We are working on forming all letter case letters with a correct and consistent way. This week we worked on w, y and v.

Books We Enjoyed at Read Aloud Time

The Snow Day, Lakin

Groundhog Day, Gibbons

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate the Chinese New Year. Otto

Snowman's Story, Hillenbrand



We are still working on learning all the ways to make five so we can easily add and subtract with meaning and understanding. We are counting to 100 and still practicing writing numerals without reversals.

Congratulations to the Student of the Week - Lauren

Happy Groundhog Day!

Did you see your shadow ?

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