I am in my 38th year at Holy Childhood School. This has really been my home away from home, since I am a Holy Childhood graduate, as well as my father and daughter. I graduated from Blackburn College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and concentrations in Spanish and Psychology.
My husband, Brett, and I have a daughter, Elizabeth, and son-in-law, Trevor. I am the proud grandmother of Liam and Samuel.
I enjoy reading, cooking, and spoiling my grandsons!
19th- vision and hearing screening
21st-22nd- parent-teacher conferences
23rd- no school
26th-30th- Red Ribbon Week
Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free
26th- Be Drug Free- wear red. Door decorating
27th- Be Happy- Draw pictures of what keeps you happy and away from drugs (in-class activity)
28th- Be Brave- Dress as a role model, superhero, story character or saint. Prayers for those who are addicted.
29th- Treats!! Don’t be a Dum Dum, Be a Smartie and stay away from drugs. Extra recess for each class.
30th- Dress up as the theme you used to decorate your door. I’m thinking about “We’re Too Bright to do Drugs!” The kids could dress in neon colors and wear sunglasses. If anyone has another cute idea let me know as I’m open to other suggestions.
MATH – we are now working on subtraction facts with differences to 12, related subtraction facts, subtraction patterns, and subtraction strategies. I will send home the flashcards and would like you to pull out the ones with differences to 6, then 7, then to 8, etc. Try to have your child “think” the top number and jump down the smaller one. We try to get away from using both hands to do our facts. We will also start having timed subtraction facts drills. I give 1 minute for every 10 problems and see how they do. No grades are taken for these as it is just practice for subtracting quickly.
PHONICS/READING/WRITING – we finished reviewing our consonants’sounds and proper formation. We are working everyday on our letters and writing words and sentences using words with the short sounds of a, e, i, and o The sound of short “u” will be added this week.Sight words are also being included in our reading and writing lists of words to be able to use.
READING COUNTS – I hope everyone has been able to log into the program and has taken tests. You may use any books you have at home. For now your children will have a bag of books from Mrs. Uhl and may read them with parents or on their own every week.
KEEP watching for proper formation and neatness of all letters/numbers as your child writes. Make sure letters are not started at the bottom. Watch for reversals and correct them as they occur. Have your child “pinch” the pencil, not write with their thumb wrapped around their first finger.
RELIGION- the October saints covered this week were St. Luke, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. We also read about and prayed the Luminous Mysteries. Next we will pray the Sorrowful Mysteries.
SCIENCE- we are continuing with our chapter about animals and their needs, and are learning about bats, owls and spiders this month.
Test- Our next test is October 21st.
Test words– beg, Deb, fed, get, help, left, met, Jen, send, nest, web, yes
BONUS WORDS- Ava, pumpkin and Friday
Please practice words nightly. Be sure your child practices writing letters the correct size and no reversals. Every quarter 2 more words will be added to the list.
Go to spellingcity.com for some fun ways to practice spelling words.
IXL will be up all year. Have your children practice during the week and over the weekend. It is their assigned homework for every weekend. I will send home their passwords if they have been forgotten.
READING COUNTS (R.C.)- prizes will be awarded to those children who achieved 1 or more Bingo’s this week. Keep reading as prizes can be earned each quarter.
PLEASE sign off in the planners only AFTER homework is COMPLETED. If there is a reason work could not be done please, please send me a note. If you need help with work let me know and it will be taken care of here at school. Help your children remember to bring back ALL of their work. Do not remove papers from their red folders unless you ask them if they should be brought back.
Set up a routine for your children to pack up their work, folders, planners, and snacks every evening. Make it part of their nightly chores. Do not wait to do it in the morning. Thank you!
www.spellingcity.com – try this out to practice spelling words in creative ways
www.apples4theteacher.com – this has a nice section to practice counting money
www.storyit.com – students can practice making and reading short and long vowel sentences for you in the word magnets section.
www.akidsheart.com – another neat site to explore.