LETTER FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Have you ever asked your child, “What did you learn while at school today?” Well, I am hopeful they replied with some of these same responses: “I am working with making groups of tens and ones. My teacher says it is called: place value. I like to preview our story and read with my SFA team. This discussion always helps me remember better for my tests.” “During science, I found out what light passes through. Science is my favorite.” “In math we are working on fractions, whole and units.” “I know how to decompose a number like 8. We played a game called Snap. We snapped a group of 8 unifix cubes and my partner had to find the correct two numbers that make a total of eight.” All of their responses were wonderful examples of students’ use of math and educational type vocabulary words.
I then asked students, what skills or concepts do Ware Bears need extra support and practice with while at home? Students mentioned needing practice with basic math facts. Practicing facts builds on memorization of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Students mentioned fractions as an area needing extra support. Identifying what are parts to whole objects, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, fractions on a number line are all skills that students need to master. As I was interviewing Ware students and staff, they recommended these educational websites for practicing skills or challenging student thinking:
www.abcya.com is a favorite for the younger learners. Leader in free educa
tional computer games and mobile apps.
www.code.org is a favorite for learning about computer science.
www.commonsensemedia.org Good for
digital citizenship, movie and book suggestions as well as reviews
https://www.prodigygame.com/ Math practice: Our top amongst fourth and fifth grade
We welcome extra practice with academics while at home. Eureka math homework help is available for all grades. You may set up an account by following the information listed on page 6.
The Internet is a wonderful place to learn and for entertainment purposes. Please continue to monitor your children when they are accessing information or using computers. We will continue to instill safe computer usage and good judgment with our students here at Ware.
To close, I asked one final question of a random sampling of students: “What is your teacher really good at and you love it when they do this”? Their responses: They give us Brain Breaks, which help me with my integrity. My teacher is really funny and easy to learn from she changes her voice while reading to us, it makes things more interesting. My teacher gives me the best 5 hours of my day. My teacher recognizes when I need something. She handles kids in the right way. My teacher is a good listener, a very talented person. My teacher is full of respect, always showing us how to accomplish things in a positive way.
As always, you are welcome to visit our school and see why Ware is a great place to learn and feel successful.
My how these kindergarteners are growing! This third quarter of the school year is very exciting as kindergarteners are catching on to new concepts and building on the skills we’ve learned thus far. One area in which you may have noticed the most significant growth is writing. Kindergarteners are beginning to use the letter sounds and have learned to form words and sentences. Imagine a loved one getting a handwritten valentine from their favorite kindergartner! What a treasure!
We are delving deeper into the world of reading with new shared stories. If you haven’t noticed yet, the stories are getting longer and including more difficult words. It is very important that your child read them every night and complete the activities on the Read and Respond sheet. The shared story is a story that has been practiced in class several times and should be relatively easy for your child to read to you. Continued reading of well-practiced story is a great way, not only to practice sight words, but build fluency as well. Make sure you let your kindergartner know what an amazing job he/she is doing with their reading and how proud you are! Reading in kindergarten…it’s so exciting!
In math we will continue reinforcing mathematical concepts and number sense. We are working on decomposing and composing numbers. That is, learning how to make bigger numbers out of smaller numbers and how smaller numbers can be combined to make greater numbers. We will also work on beginning addition and subtraction, which the kids are very excited about!
February also brings Valentine’s Day. Each classroom will have a party with a valentine exchange. You will receive more information about individual classroom activities.
First grade has started the New Year off great!! We have many exciting challenges and events coming up. February is Dental Health Month. We will be talking about Dental Hygiene and how to take proper care of our teeth. This month also gives us the opportunity to learn about Presidents’ Day. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and each classroom will have their own party so please be looking for details about your child’s classroom activity from their teacher.
Along with all of the celebrations and events in February we must remember to stay focused on all of the many skills that your child will be learning. In math we will be working on place value, greater than/less than, associative and commutative properties, understanding 10 more and 10 less than a target number, ordering numbers, and counting on from a target number. In reading, your child’s stories will continue to increase in difficulty. Please continue reading with your child and returning their Read and Respond forms each night. The continued support at home shows with the success that your child has in school. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be coming up in March so please be on the look-out for information regarding conferences. Again, thank you for all of your support and making sure that your child is at school on time each and every day!!
In math, we are beginning the foundations of multiplication and division by using equal groups, arrays, and discovering the meaning of even and odd numbers.
Reading classes for third quarter are in full swing. It is amazing to see all of the growth our students are making! Please keep encouraging your second grader to read 20 minutes per night and complete their read and response homework. This will continue to improve their fluency and comprehension of text.
In science, we will be starting a new unit focused on insects and plants. Your student will be learning about how plants grow and pollinate, animal habitats, and seed travel.
In writing, we are continuing our unit about poetry. They will be finishing their writing about feelings and start focusing on four season poetry writing next. We will finish the month by focusing on “Important Poems”. Students will be describing something by its important details and parts.
A few final reminders, Valentine’s Day parties and activities will be coordinated by your student’s homeroom teacher. Please look for more information regarding parties coming home soon. The second grade music program will be February 15th. We can’t wait to see their big performance! Class picture day will be on Thursday, March 1st .
We are looking forward to the exciting and busy month ahead of us!
The new year has started off well in 3rd Grade! We have been working hard on improving our reading skills. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home and then to take tests over their book when they get to school. You can help your child’s comprehension by asking them questions about what they have read.
We just finished exploring engineering in science. Students were able to engineer carts and test their speed and distances. We will soon start investigating structures of life. Students are excited to start working with plants and animals. We are loving the new FOSS science program! We will continue learning about maps in social studies.
We have just finished working on Area in Math. The area model was another way for us to work on our multiplication facts. Multiplication is a large part of our third grade curriculum so please help your child to study the multiplication facts at home. This month we will begin work on our other main topic, Fractions. Students will learn how to represent fractions pictorially, numerically and on a number line.
The third graders have been working hard to learn new skills on our Thinkpads as well. Please help your student to remember to charge their computer every night. Students use the computers everyday so it is very important they come charged in the morning.
The Ware Bear fourth grade is a fun place to learn and grow right now! In Math we continue to learn about fractions. We are learning to compare, add, and subtract fractions. Students are working to be able to reason about their answers and think critically when solving word problems. The more “how” and “why” questions you can ask them about their math, the better they will become at reasoning and explaining. Please continue to have students work on their math at home when possible. We have many websites that we use with the students that are standards based and will help them even if you only have 10-15 minutes to practice.
In Social Studies we are working on learning the states of the Midwestern part of the United States. The students will be researching the landmarks, landforms, natural resources, climate, and cultural aspects that are relevant to the Midwest region. In Science we are focusing on the force of magnetism. Students are encouraged to find out how magnets are used around the home and to use their imagination to invent something new that uses magnets. We hope to be doing many hands on lessons with the students to really get their minds thinking about science in a new way!
As we know, February brings with it Valentine’s Day. Please be on the lookout for information regarding celebrations. Please make sure that if your child brings cards, he/she bring enough for the whole class. We want this to be a fun and memorable time for all!
Our good wishes go out to those families who have a loved one deployed. Please let us know if there is ever anything we can help with to make it easier for you or your student.
Time seems to be flying by here in fifth grade, and February looks to be another busy month. In math we will be continuing our work on fractions with a focus on using multiple strategies to solve problems. In reading, we will continue to practice skills that increase reading comprehension and fluency in many kinds of text. The skills practiced at school also need to be practiced at home with nightly read and respond homework. Fifth graders also have access to many online resources to practice skills in all academic areas. These are linked to our Fifth Grade page on Ware’s website. Please encourage your student to share these links with you!
In Social Studies, students move into the colonization of the Americans while the study of mixtures and solutions continues in science. Finally, students are sharing their opinions as they write persuasive letters. Encourage them to share their research with you at home!
Fifth grade classrooms will be holding Valentine’s Day celebrations on Wednesday, February 14th. Please watch for future notes being sent home with your student about this and other events!
As always, daily student attendance is crucial, especially as we begin gearing up for state testing. Thank you for your continued support in this matter. We wish everyone an enjoyable February!
In the second semester, USD 475 schools conduct motor skills tests in physical education classes. These skills will be assessed through observation during class activities and will be reflected on third quarter grade cards. The skills are grade-level specific and they include gross motor skills such as jumping rope, dribbling, and kicking. They reflect national standards and grade-level outcomes in physical education.
As we get closer to the spring and “outdoor” weather, we encourage you to start planning recreational activities for your children. Better yet, volunteer to help assist with those recreational activities! It might be playing on a sports team such as baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, or basketball. If you prefer individual sports then consider tennis, swimming, wrestling, golf, or gymnastics lessons. Non-competitive pastimes such as dance, camping, fishing, or even music lessons can also be fun on their own or in addition to competitive-type sports. All of these activities can teach valuable social-emotional skills that carry over into other facets of children’s lives. The more opportunities and experiences that we can provide for your children, the more likely they are to reach their potential in life. Keep your eyes open on social media, news outlets, or search the Fort Riley MWR website:
Fort Riley Youth Sports and Fitness Programs
Mr. Derek Scott
Miss Mariah Wheaton
Please join us on Thursday, February 15, 2018 as the second graders present the musical program “Ware Winter Olympics.” Their performance will be at 6:00 pm on the of stage Gym II. They will take you on a musical journey through what it takes to be an Olympian.
All classes will be learning about different instruments, their families, and the types of groups that they are played in during the month of February. Students will have the opportunity to play a variety of classroom instruments, found instruments, as well as recorder, and ukulele for the older students.
There are several performances this second semester. On February 3, seven Ware fifth graders will represent our school as part of the North Central Kansas Music Educators Association Elementary Honor Choir at the Junction City Middle School. Second grade music program is on February 15; first grade will perform on April 19; and kindergarten program is on May 10. All grade-level performances are at 6:00 pm in Gym II of Ware Elementary
The fourth and fifth grade students in the 21st Century After-School Program will present the musical, “Knight At Dawn Kids” based on the Magic Treehouse Book Series on April 5. The cast has been selected and they are rehearsing after school to prepare this musical.
More information will be sent home with students as their performances get closer.
Your Music Teachers,
Susan Gillespie SusanGillespie@usd475.org
Zachary Seckman ZacharySeckman@usd475.org
KSU Intern, Ryan Moos
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
We will have our Scholastic Book Fair returning during parent teacher conferences in March. Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
The theme is Paws for Books Book Fair!
Book Fair dates and times:
Tuesday, March 13 3:30 – 7:30
Wednesday, March 14 3:30 – 7:30
Tuesday, March 15 8:00 – 12:00
Please continue encouraging your student(s) in grades 1-5 to read a “dot book” and take a Reading Counts test. A “dot book” illustrates the Lexile Level of the book. It also indicates that there is a Reading Counts test available for them to take on the computer at school. To learn more about reading counts, explore scholastic.com/readingcounts.
Veronica Wait – Library Media Specialist
Mrs. Kidwell & Mrs. Gimble – Library Clerks
February typically brings very cold temperatures. Please take extra precautions to keep your children and yourselves safe and healthy. Dress in layers, this will keep you warm and dry. If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, try using a cold air humidifier in your child’s room for the night. Saline nose drops/spray may help keep the tissue moist. Remember colds and flu are common in the winter. Remind your child to wash his/her hands frequently, and to sneeze and cough into the bend of his/her elbow to help reduce the spread of germs.
I mailed immunization and physical letters to those who are non-compliant. For those of you who responded THANK YOU, very much! For those of you who have not, please do so as soon as possible.
Just a reminder that if your child comes home in clothing borrowed from school, please wash them and return them to the Nurse Office. You can keep the underwear.
I am continuing to accept donations of clothing and new underwear. The sizes I need most are boys 5-7 pants, and size small and medium boys underwear, 4-6 girls’ pants and size 4 girls underwear. Ware parents are the “BEST!” Socks of all sizes would be appreciated as well.
Friday, February 23rd
Fort Riley’s Dental Unit will be at Ware Elementary, with the Tooth Fairy to inform students about Dental Health.
Karen Roles – School Nurse
We have been busy this month in Speech and Language! We have been discussing the winter season and recent holidays, including Kansas Day, Groundhog Day, and Valentine’s Day. Our sessions have included a variety of hands-on activities and joint storybook reading that go along with these holidays. If your student brings home an activity he or she completed during Speech, please discuss it with them to learn about the skills we have been targeting and so they can show off the progress they are making. This also gives them a chance to practice the skills we’re working on in Speech in an additional setting. As always, contact me with any questions about your student’s speech and language skills!
Laura Thompson – SLP
Brittany Chatmon – SLP-Assistant
Ware Student Council is collecting donations
benefiting the Junction City/Geary County
January 29th—Feb 8th
Bring your donation to your homeroom. The grade level with the most donations at the end of our penny drive will receive a prize!
Ware Mart will be open on Fridays before school. Student Council sells school supplies with prices ranging from $0.25 to $5.00. All profits will be used for school projects and community service by the Student Council. All Ware Bears may shop, but must eat breakfast first.