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Jackson School Creed
I believe in doing my best.
I will be honest.
I will respect others.
              I am responsible for my learning.
                For I know learning is the key to my success.
Dates to Remember

Aug. 20--Aug. 31--Beginning of the year assessments

Aug. 22--Safety Drill Practice 9:05-9:40

Sept. 3--Labor Day:  NO SCHOOL


Oct. 12--End of 1st quarter

Oct. 18-19--Fall Break:  NO SCHOOL

Nov. 6--Election Day

Nov. 11--Veteran's Day

Nov. 21-23--Thanksgiving Break:  NO SCHOOL

Dec. 24-Jan. 7--Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas Break; NO SCHOOL

Jan. 8--First day back from Christmas Break

Feb. 14--Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb. 18--President's Day; Snow Make-Up Day #1

March 15--End of 3rd quarter

March 17--Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 18-March 22--Spring Break:  NO SCHOOL

April 19--Good Friday:  Snow Make-Up Day #3 or NO SCHOOL

April 21--Happy Easter

April 22--Snow Make-Up Day #2 or NO SCHOOL

May 12--Happy Mother's Day

May 23--Last Student Day

May 24--Snow Make-Up Day #4 or NO SCHOOL

Other Important Information


Lexia:  Your child is working on the year-end goal of reaching level 10 (completing Level 9) using the Language Arts program, Lexia.  Please help your child go to this website at home so that he/she may obtain this goal!  We will also be working to reach this goal here at school. Go to Lexiacore5.com.  You will need my email address, smithl@scsc.k12.in.us  for the first time that you sign in. Your child's username and password for this program are on a label on the first page of his/her agenda.  Below I have broken the levels down by month.  If your child completes each level listed by the end of each month, he/she should have no problem reaching Level 10 by the end of the year.  Many children continue to work towards higher levels to better prepare them for 2nd grade!

September--Level 2                       January--Level 6

October--Level 3                           February--Level 7

November--Level 4                        March--Level 8

December--Level 5                        April--Level 9

I-Ready:  This is a math program your child will be using that is similar to Lexia.  It teaches your child at his/her "just right" level.  Click on the link to the right.  Your child's login information is on the front page of his/her agenda.

Brain Pop ESL: This program is for students learning English.  Login information is in the front of your child's agenda.


 Happy August birthdays to:   Carolet--2nd; Lexi--16th!

 Students may bring treats to school for their birthdays.  Treats must be store-bought with ingredients listed on a label to prevent allergic reactions.  Please let me know a couple of days in advance if your child wants to bring a birthday treat so I can plan accordingly.  Thanks!  Just a suggestion:  Smaller is better!  Mini cupcakes, small cookies, or small treats work great with this age group.  Some students will only take one or two bites and throw the rest away.   Currently we have 23 students.

Story for the Week: Snap!

We will be reviewing Kindergarten reading skills and spelling words for the first six weeks. During this time, students will have 4-5 high frequency words. Beginning week 7, spelling words will increase to 15 words each week.  The lists will include 5-7 high frequency words, as well as phonetically spelled words.  Students will later be writing a sentence for the test as well.


  Genre: Realistic Fiction

  Phonics focus: c /k/, p /p/, n /n/

  Fluency Skill:

  Text-Based Comprehension: Setting; Predict and Set Purpose

  Phonemic Awareness: Initial, Medial, and Final Phonemes; Segment and Blend Phonemes; Rhyming Words


Spelling:  like, the, one, we


Sentence:  We like the green one.

Amazing Words:  adult, depend, gallery, scurry, childhood, portrait, entertain

**Reading and Spelling tests on Friday!**


Mon:  Read "Snap"; Spelling words 1-4  3 times each.

Tues: Read "Snap"; Spelling words 1-4  3 times each.

Wed:  Read Buddy Bag (bag with 4 little books at your child's level); Say each spelling word in a sentence.Thur: Read Word Sheet; Write the spelling sentence 1 time.
Fri:  None


A good way to help your child be successful on the weekly spelling tests is to do a practice test.  Do this by giving your child the spelling words and have him/her write them as if it were a real test.  For any words missed, have him/her practice writing them five times each.  Then redo the test again.  Continue practicing in this way until the words are mastered.


We will be working on writing through drawing.  We'll also be reviewing early writing concepts.


Skill this week:  Count on to Add

There will occassionally be math homework, but we will do our best to complete work in class.  Please check your child's agenda and red folder to see if there is any math homework for the day.

Test will be on Friday.


 Our special classes are 12:20-1:00 every day.

 Monday:  Library

Tuesday:  Computer Lab

Wednesday:  Art

Thursday:  Music

Friday:  PE

Thank You!

Thanks so much for reading the webpage/newsletter!  It is important to me that you are informed of what is going on in our classroom.  To show my appreciation, I will reward your child with a small treat if you write this phrase:  Safety Drills in your child's agenda above your initials on Monday, August 20th.

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Laura Smith
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(812) 522-5709 ext. 2305

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