Wednesday, December 19, 2012

More Countries to Visit

Monday We’ll be in Africa.  Let’s make a zebra puppet.  I think zebras are more common in Africa than reindeer.  Although I may be wrong! 

Tuesday  We’ll be in Italy. We’ll learn about La Befana.

Wednesday   No traveling today.  We’ll make sure all of our souvenirs are finished and relax a bit in our hotels since it’s early out.

Thursday  We’re going to Denmark.  We’ll decorate our paper tree with treats for wild birds and animals.

Friday  PAJAMA DAY  We’ll board the HOLIDAY AIRLINES and return back home to the USA.  We’ll make a dancing Santa and have a Christmas Party at 1:30. We’ll open presents and watch a holiday DVD while we enjoy a few treats.  You may bring a small blanket and pillow for the movie!

Anyone is welcome to bring a small treat to share during the party.  No specific treat assignments have been given.  (Optional of course.)

Trimming Our Tree

Special Ornament for our Tree!  Check with mom first! Please bring one ornament from your home to hang on our tree. Please let it hang on our tree until the last day before Christmas break.  Then carefully take your ornament back home. We will have a beautiful tree with all kinds of decorations.

Hop on the Christmas Train

ALL ABOARD!!!!  We're beginning our journey around the world on the Christmas Train!  We're going to have so much fun learning how boys and girls celebrate the Christmas holidays.  I've got your passports waiting!!!!   All ABOARD!!!!!!!
Monday we’ll be in France.  *Make stained glass windows.
Tuesday we’ll visit Germany.  *We’ll make paper gingerbread houses and a gingerbread boy.
Wednesday we’ll be in England.  This is where we got our Christmas stocking tradition.  *We’ll make a paper stocking and sew it with yarn.       
 *Bring your real stocking from home to show us.
Thursday we’ll visit Mexico.  *We’ll make a beautiful poinsettia and learn about it’s meaning as a Christmas flower.
 Friday we’ll be in Sweden.  Let’s make a candle crown like Saint Lucia wears.

December Days

Secret Santa Shop:
Our class goes Friday, December 6th.

Your student should have brought home an envelope and flyer about this.  The kids are invited to shop for Christmas presents.  They all receive supervision and help to do this.  You just send the envelope and designate whom the present is for and how much you want them to spend. If you do not wish to participate, that is fine. Those students will stay in the classroom with me and read a Christmas book.

All 2nd Graders: Monday Dec. 17th at 12:50 p.m.

We perform a song from Polar Express called “When Christmas Comes To Town.”  We are learning sign language and it is beautiful.  We would invite any parents or people that love us to come watch.  It will be held in the gym.  Make sure you are on time or you will miss it.  We perform this number very first.  After your student sings you are invited to stay and join us in some all-school Christmas caroling.
We will be finished about 1:30.

Christmas Party For 27 kids. 
Our class Christmas Party will be on Friday December 21stth from 2:30-3:30. Anyone is welcome to bring treats to share for the class.

Thank you boys and girls!  Enoch Tigers are great.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012



I’m seeing nice improvement in our reading.  I  enjoy listening to the kids read out loud daily.  I hope you are seeing the improvement too.

I have copied the Fry Phrases and Fry Word Lists onto CDs for some of the boys and girls.  It is a fun way to practice because the words flash on the screen and move along quickly. 

Send a blank CD if you are interested in getting a copy for yourself.  Some students have remarked that they don’t have a blank CD so I have purchased some for those students.  I am happy to provide a copy for anyone!

Thank you for keeping our Friday PRIZE BOX supplied with fun toys and treats.  We look forward to earning a visit each Friday afternoon.      

               Thanks for your support!

Monday, November 12, 2012

I'm Thankful for YOU

Pencil / Colored pencil / Crayon Can
   Please bring an empty can to use for your pencils and crayons.  A 16 oz. size can would be perfect to fit in our little white baskets. 

We have your fancy turkeys coming to school every day.  They make our room look very festive.  It’s fun to see all of the different designs, materials, and creativity!

                             Social Studies
We will be making our own Indian teepees.  We are learning about our Native American friends and our first pilgrims who came to this land.
Good Morning!  Thank you for arriving to school on time.  You may arrive any time after 8:30am.  The first bell rings at 8:50am.  We strive to be settled down and in our seats by then. We begin promptly at 8:55am.

                      Absent From School
If you miss a day of school, please call the office to be excused.  Even though I may know you are ill or out of town, I cannot excuse you on the roll.  Only the office computer can do this function.  If you prefer to write a note instead of phoning, I will be happy to send the note to the office.   Thanks.
    Office # 586-2855 and 586-2856

         Horse Field Trip Rescheduled
Our walking field trip was interrupted with the stormy weather.  I will take the children on a warmer day.  Mr. Ekker said our original permission slip will still work so I won’t need to ask you to sign another one.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Day Fun

What a FUN Halloween Party!  Thanks to all of the boys and girls who brought snacks to share with everyone and cool, refreshing apple  juice to drink.  We had a lot of loot!

A special thanks to Kaden's mother who provided the party fun!  She brought cookies to decorate with orange icing and candies, orange and black necklaces to thread, colored mini-marshmallows to use on our fun BINGO cards that each child designed, and a candy corn relay race to play if we had time.  

We kept busy going from one fun activity to another!  We topped off the day wearing fuzzy black mustaches from Kaden that made everyone laugh.  

We have the best class and parents ever!
Thank you,
Mrs. Jenson

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fry Phrases

Fry Phrases
I am going to send home the Fry Phrase folder that will be stored in your binder.  These are good to study for 5 minutes as a warm up before you do your Book in a Bag nightly reading.

      How To Pass Off a List!
Please study and practice these lists at home and include the time spent as part of your reading minutes!   When you are ready to pass off a list you may read the list to a teacher and pass it off one list at a time. 

There are a total of 24 lists.  Children may go at their own speed and pass off more than one each week if desired.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Recess

We had fun with our learning and activities during Red Ribbon Week.  Thanks PTA

No Spelling because of the shortened week.

Enjoy your Fall Recess beginning on Thursday 18th.  I hope you have a chance to enjoy the fall leaves.  See you back on Tuesday 23rd!

We have a GREAT class.  Thank you boys and girls. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SEOP Week is Here


SEOP’s are here!  It will be great to talk to you about your child.  Each one is special!  I love their individual gifts, talents, personalities, enthusiasm, and joy to share! 
School dismisses at 2:30 pm. every day, including Wednesday.
Our story this week is The Enormous Turnip. Our online spelling games and practice are found under this story.

Prize Box Payoff!

Prize Box

Thank you for continuing to send small items for our prize box.  We get to choose from it every Friday.  The kids have been so good I have let them select 2 items if they have the majority of their incentive tickets.  They usually choose a trinket and a tiny piece of candy.  The kids are EXCITED and I think it’s a great payoff for a week of excellent work.  

Fall Recess

We had fun with our learning and activities during Red Ribbon Week.              Thanks PTA J
No Spelling because of the shortened week. 
Enjoy your Fall Recess beginning on Thursday 18th.  I hope you have a chance to enjoy the beauty of the fall leaves.
See you back on Tuesday 23rd
 Enoch Tigers are Great!

Red Ribbon Week is Here

There are lots of fun things planned for the whole week.  Check the flyer of events the kids are bringing home.

Fall Recess Coming Up! 
No school on Thursday Oct. 18, Friday Oct. 19, nor Monday Oct. 22. 

WE had 100% attend Parent Conferences!!!!!!!! My students and their parents are awesome J

Decodable Books

Great job reading our decodable books.
I am spot checking the students who are passing off books.  Please make sure you know all of the words without hesitation. 

How do you know if you are ready to pass it off?  Your reading tone and fluency should sound the same as if “telling a story”.  You should read these stories the same speed as if you are speaking to someone.  If you casually time the story, it should take around 2 – 2 1/2 minutes.

It's Great to Be Prepared for Emergencies

We practice fire drills once a month.  The students do very well responding to these practices.  We also role-played a Lockdown Drill this month.  We want to be prepared with an action plan if the need arises for these safety procedures. 

Our story this week is Wilson Sat Alone. Our online spelling games and practice are found under this story.

We are learning about being bully blockers at school.
                  CAST the bully  away!
                  C=Stay CALM & CONFIDENT!
                  A=Move AWAY from the bully.
                  S=Tell them to STOP!
                  T=If they don’t stop, TELL an adult.

SEP’s are coming up the first week of October. I am sending home SEOP appointment times on Tuesday 25th.  Please send back the bottom portion of the appointment paper so I will know if you are planning on attending.  Thank you.
Thank you boys and girls!  Enoch Tigers are great.

Counting Coins!

Our Class Goal for Counting Coins
Everyone should be comfortable counting mixed combinations of dimes, nickels, and pennies.  We should be able to count change up to $1.00.  Please practice at home with real coins. Do not use the quarter in your mix of coins yet.  Begin with the largest value first.  For example count the dimes first, add on nickels next, then pennies last.  This is how we do it at school. 

Reinforcement and additional practice with real coins will help. Thanks for your support.


If you would like a fun way to help your child study their spelling words check out This is a great site. When you go to the site you can look for Shirley Jenson at Enoch Elementary. My site has all of the spelling lists for the year.  Give it a try and see what you think. Also there is an app for i-phones and i-pads etc. that is free!!!

                         Have fun practicing

   1. cried
      2. hurried
 3. replied
 4. fried
 5. tried
 6. worried
 7. carried
 8. married
 9. copied
10. studied

Challenge Words

11. remarked
12. alone
13. finished
14. river
15. think

New Spelling Format

         You will notice the spelling list looks a little different.  I have grouped the last five words separately because they don’t follow the spelling pattern we are learning this week.  Rather than deleting these five words from the list, I am going to refer to them as “challenge words”.  Each parent and child has the option of learning these challenge words for the test.  These extra words may make it too stressful for some children, so I am letting you decide as a parent if your child is ready to add the challenge words to their list.  (You decide as you study with them during the week and see how it goes.)
         I am holding everyone accountable for the first 10 words.  Their spelling score will reflect the correct spelling of these 10 words only.  Those who choose to spell the challenge words will not be penalized if they make an error. I will simply make the correction on their test so they see the correct model. As all children develop and mature at different rates, I am making this adaptation to meet the needs and diversity of my class. I hope you will support me!  It’s the learning process we are celebrating.
Picture Day Thursday J  All students will be photographed for the yearbook.

Picture Day is Thursday September 13th. Every student will need to get their picture taken on this day however; you do not need to purchase any.
They take everyone's picture so a class picture can be made and also for the yearbook.

1. cry
2. hurry
3. reply
4. fry
5. try
6. worry
7. carry
8. copy
9. marry
10. study

Challenge Words

Welcome Back

Welcome back after a long weekend!
       We had our first Math assessment last week.  After our tests have been corrected and we answer any questions, I have the boys and girls bring their tests home to share with you. Every 5th lesson is an assessment so you may want to watch for that.  For example, lesson   #5, #10, #15, #20, #25 are assessments.

Book in a Bag
       The Guided Reading Library has started sending books home.  Thank you! The librarians tried to pick up from where the students left off in first grade.  Please try this level with your student for a week or so.  If after that time you feel it is either too hard or too easy let me know. 
         Emergent readers need to practice the same words many times to become fluent.  If you come to a passage with a few unknown words, teach your child the words then practice them until your child shows confidence and automaticity.  Jot down the words on paper then practice them every day.  These kinds of individualized wordlists are ideal.  Use them creatively as good warm-ups to reading, brain breaks, and spur of the moment review fun.  Post difficult words on the fridge, mirrors, bedroom doors, and review them often.  Repetition is the key!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

We've Set Sail

Can you believe it's been one week already?  We're already establishing steady routines that will last the whole year long.  Great job boys and girls.

Spelling is a free website where you can study our spelling words!  I will practice using this site with you in class so it becomes familiar.  It uses our spelling list words and turns them into games and activities to use during the week---including a practice test you may take for fun.

I have posted the spelling lists in the same order we will study them this year.  They follow the same  weekly stories we are reading in class.   Have fun!  The link is below.

                    Off we go for smooth sailing! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Welcome Back to School 2012-2013

We are in our first full week of school and it's been great!

We have 26 students this year.  There are 12 boys and 14 girls. That means we will have lots of new friends.  

Thank you for reading for 20 minutes each night.  The more we practice reading, the better we will become and the more we will enjoy it.  

In math we've been talking about the doubles.  We've got them down pretty good!

We're making telephones on Friday.  Sound travels in waves so it will be fun to hear our voices travel through a string from one paper cup to another.

                   Thanks for using your Homework Trackers!