Lead Teacher :: EJ Turner: eturner@mdpsc.org
Assistant Teacher :: Kaylee Campbell: kcampbell@mdpsc.org



November Web Post

November is here! Hopefully it is bringing some cooler weather with it. As the temperatures drops, please remind your children to wear their jackets/sweaters as we will continue to have morning and afternoon recess. Be sure to have your child’s name inside their jacket/sweater.

Every month we will be sending home Scholastic catalogs. If you would like to place an order online, please visit https://orders.scholastic.com/L8RQC. Our class code is L8RQC. You can also return the order form and payment to us.

Important Dates in November and December

  • Friday, November 10th, 2017 – NO SCHOOL (Veteran’s Day)
  • Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 – Early Release @ 11:30 *Extended Care
  • Friday, November 17th, 2017 – Great Skate @ 5pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday & Friday, November 23rd & 24th, 2017 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday) **NO Extended Care
  • Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 – Early Release @ 11:30 *Extended Care
  • Friday, December 22nd, 2017 – Winter Program & Bazaar @ 5-8pm
  • Monday, December 25th, 2017 – Friday, January 5th, 2018 – NO SCHOOL (Winter Break) *Jan. 2nd-5th Extended Care

Language

Besides the individual lessons the children receive throughout  the week, during the month of November we will be learning  about:

  • Capitalization (Dates/Names) – The children will learn about capitalization of names and dates. They will be learning that a person’s name, day of the week, and month are always capitalized.
  • Capitalization (Titles) – The children will learn that we capitalize the first and last word in a title and all the other important words.
  • Capitalization (Holidays/Product Names/Geographic Names) – The children will learn about capitalization of holidays. They will be learning that a holiday name is a proper noun and that we must capitalize the first letter in the name of a holiday. They will also learn that when a holiday has more than one word, we capitalize each important word.
  • Interrogative Sentences, exclamatory sentences, and statements
  • Writing- The 2nd and 3rd years will learn how to write a narrative paragraph with an opening sentence, closing sentence, and details.  The first years will learn about complete sentences starting with a capital letter and a punctuation mark.

Math

Besides the individual math lessons the children receive throughout the week, during the month of November we will be learning about:

  • The children will be practicing their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using the stamp game, multiplication board, and bead frame, according to their level.
  • 1st years CCP lessons – They will be introduced to counting to 120 from any number. They will also be introduced to reading and writing numbers. We will work on understanding place value: tens and ones. They will be introduced to comparing numbers using the symbols >, =, and <.
  • 2nd years CCP lessons – They will be introduced to subtracting two-digit numbers with regrouping. They will learn that when you subtract the units in a two-digit number and the top number is less than the number you are subtracting that you must regroup the tens and move them over to the tens place. They will also be introduced to adding more than two numbers. They will learn that when we add more than two numbers you need to be sure that the place values line up. We will work on adding and subtracting three-digit numbers within 1,000 with and without regrouping.
  • 3rd years CCP lessons – They will be introduced to multiplying one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10. We will work on adding and subtracting within 1,000 using strategies. They will be introduced to using place value to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100. They will be introduced to fractions as quantities involving numerators greater than 1 and to representing fractions on a number line.

Culture

  • The children will learn about the history of fundamental needs, like nutrition and shelter.
  • The children will learn about fossils.

Virtues of the Month

During the month we will be discussing a weekly virtue with the children. Your help in reminding them about these virtues and how to practice them would be greatly appreciated.

  • Helpfulness – Helpfulness is being of service to someone. When you are being helpful, you do useful things that make a difference. Helpfulness can be doing something that others cannot do for themselves, things they don’t have time to do, or just little things that make life easier. Your help in reminding them about this virtue and how to practice it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Compassion – Compassion is understanding and caring about someone who is in trouble or has made a mistake. It is being kind and forgiving because another person really matters to you. It is feeling sorry when someone is hurt (it might be you) and needs someone to understand. It is forgiving someone who hurt you because you understand why they hurt you and care about that person more than your own hurt.
  • Thankfulness – Thankfulness is being grateful for what you have. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving, and being. Thankfulness is being glad for the special things which come along. It is also being grateful for the little things which happen around you every day.
  • Courage – Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done even when it is really hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up and quitting. Sometimes courage means recognizing a danger and standing firm. It doesn’t mean taking unnecessary chances just to look brave.

Composers of the Month

During the month of November, each week,  we be discussing the following composers and compositions with the children.

  • Franz Joseph Hayden – La Tempesta
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Aaron Copeland – Saturday Night Waltz
  • Sergey Prokofiev – Troika