Monday, October 24, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Jefferson County Park-

To culminate the end of our Reading Program, Washington Elementary Students will head to Jefferson County Park on Monday, October 24th.  We will leave around 10:05 and return back to school by 11:45.  We will play games at the park and eat s'mores.  We will eat lunch when we return.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Note from Mrs. LaVan, Computer Teacher

The kindergarten classes at Libertyville and Washington are doing great and I am enjoying time with them!  I wanted to pass along to you some of the terms and techniques we are using with the laptops.

 When using the trackpad we talk about using a real light touch.  We have practiced a touch on our arms, a touch with one finger, that is so light that it almost tickles.  We transfer that light touch to the trackpad. 

We use "bunny ears" to scroll, instead of using the scroll bar.  Bunny ears amounts to two fingers (separated like bunny ears) on the trackpad.  Bunny ears down to scroll down and bunny ears up to scroll up.  Also a very light touch. 

To quit a program we are practicing the keyboard shortcut. While  holding down the command key, they tap the "q" key one time.

To shutdown the computer, they press the power button once and then press the return key.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kindergarten Report Cards

The time is here for Kindergarten testing for report cards.  Kindergarten Report Cards will be handed out at Parent-Teacher Conferences.  We use  Standards-Based Report Cards and your child will receive a score from 1-5.  A score of "3" means that your child is on grade-level, exactly where they need to be for this time of the year.  A score of "5" indicates that your child is  extremely proficient and higher than grade level.  Parents often become upset if their child does not receive "5's", however very few fives are given out.  A score of "1" would indicate an area of concern for your child.  
The first conferences are very important to attend. You will gain a lot of information about your child's progress at that time.  Our goal is to help your child grow and develop in all areas of academic and social growth.  We do not expect any child to be perfect but encourage all children to do their best and with that we can work together on areas that might need a little extra attention.
I encourage all parents to attend conferences.  Please come with any questions or concerns you may have.  I will do my best to attend to your concerns. Because we only have 15 minutes to meet,  if needed we can always schedule more time outside of conferences to further discuss any concerns.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pumpkins, Owls, Bats and Spiders

We are now in my favorite time of year.  October is one of the greatest months to teach.  There is  barely have time to fit in all the activities about pumpkins, owls, bats, spiders and Halloween.  We will be studying nocturnal animals, migrating and hibernating animals and all the fun themes surrounding fall!  Of course, Fire Safety Prevention Week is coming and Christopher Columbus Day is around the corner.  Kindergarten testing, report cards, Parent-Teacher Conferences.... I think this month will fly by!!

Don't forget about Pastries For Parents on October 14th!  Cinnamon Roll, donut holes, coffee, juice and milk will be provided.

Reading Logs .....

Reading logs will need to be returned each Monday.  Students will  receive their prizes that week.  Each class will be compiling all the minutes read to get a grand total for the school.  We encourage kindergarten parents to read at least 10-20 minutes per day to their child.

Halloween Readers

Guest Readers on PhotoPeach

Jefferson County Park-

Jefferson County Park on PhotoPeach

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween on PhotoPeach
Thanksgiving Feast on PhotoPeach