University Schools Spirit Week 2011 kicks off tomorrow. Â
- Monday, October 3rd – Favorite Team Day
- Tuesday, October 4th – Blue and White Day (our school colors)
- Wednesday, October 5th – Formal Fun Day (Track Meet/not too formal)
- Thursday, October 6th – Clash Day (clothing that doesn’t match)
- Friday, October 7th – Retro Day (clothing from a favorite decade)
- Saturday, October 8th – Homecoming Football Game – 1:00 kick off
For the past few weeks 1st and 2nd grade students have been participating in Literacy Groups. Â Each group meets for 30 minutes and will rotate through many different skill activities throughout the school year. Â Students join one of nine participating teachers and learn with aÂ variety of new students. Â This also allows us to support smaller groups of students.
Literacy Groups take place before P.E.Â Monday through Thursday. Â After P.E. we are together in our classroom for Reading Groups. Â Students are assigned to different color groups. Â Each reading group reads either a nonfiction or fiction book. Â Every 2 weeks reading groups have a new book to read. Â Groups complete activities and assignments that promote new skills and abilities.
Although we didn’t have Spelling last week, we will resume our normal schedule this week. Â In fact, a second grade student in our class shared an online resource, Spelling City. Â Use this website in order to study your specific spelling words throughout the week.
Don’t forget that books come home on Fridays. Â Each Friday, we end our busy week at our school library. Â First, we sit in the Cove (pictured above) and listen to a book read by one of our librarians. Â Next, we get to explore books, read, and check out up to 3 books. Â Make sure you pick one book in particular to read carefully, a few times, while preparing to take an AR (Accelerated Reader) test. Â Then on Monday, when we visit the computer lab, bring the book and take the AR test. Â Some students are close to reaching their first trimester Reading Goals.