• Monday, March 16th

    The Report of Learning Folders are in the front office until 3:00 today. Please read, sign, and return when school resumes. Make sure you have noted skills to work on at home before returning the report card. Report cards need to be signed by at least one parent/guardian. Keep all papers inside the folder. 

    A few notes about the report cards:

    Reminder about the 3, 2, 1 break down for Fry sight words for the 3rd Nine Weeks Report Card. Knowing all 50 words is a 3, 41-49 words is a 2 and 40 fewer words is a 1. 

    Reminder about Addition and Subtraction Math Facts-students have to be able to answer the math fact within 5 seconds without the use of manipulatives or fingers. 

    Note about writing skills on the Report Card-at this time of the year the expectation for quality writing has increased.  The standard "I can print many uppercase and lowercase letters." Students are expected to write the letters with correct formation, direction, and orientation to the line.  Additionally, students are expected to write sentences following our writing targets: I can write the sounds I hear in words. I can use a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence. I can put spaces between my words. I can use punctuation at the end of the sentence. I can write at least two sentences on the same topic. Second semester Parent Night highlighted these expectations and discussed questions to use when your child is writing to help improve writing skills.  

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  • Thursday, March 12th 

    Click the link to read next week's newsletter: March 16-20 Thank you for taking the time to read it.

    Please practice proper handwashing at home. Also, our administration has asked for us to ensure the children are keeping their hands out of their mouth and off their face. In the classroom, I'm noticing the children chewing on items such as jackets, shirts, lunchboxes, headphone cords, fingernails, etc. Thank you for encouraging your child to keep their hands off their face and out of their mouths at home too so we can make this a healthy habit. 

    PTA would like the students to vote on which movie they would like shown at the next Family Movie Night. Help your child vote using this link: https://forms.gle/Tq2UzgaQ8Gh2HbMt9

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  • Monday, March 9th 

    You probably noticed that we had two dates on the newsletter for when Report Cards are going home. Just to clarify, Report Cards will go home in the Report of Learning Folders on March 16th.  Everything that was written in the Important Information box was correct except for the date. 

    A few friendly reminders:

    Look at your child’s behavior calendar each day and empty all papers from the folder daily.  Important papers can easily be overlooked when the folder is full.

    Continue to practice sight words, CVC words, and math facts daily.  This does not have to be for a long period of time.  Just a few minutes on each skill is all that is needed. The students should become automatic with each skill with consistent practice.

    Please remember to send practice folders tomorrow.

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  • Thursday, March 5th 

    Click the link to read next week's newsletter: March 9-13.  Thank you for taking the time to stay informed. 

    Tomorrow is the last day of Read Across America week. Your child is welcome to bring a Dr. Seuss book along with their flashlight while wearing their school shirt tomorrow. Please label your child's flashlight and book with their name. 

    The students are bringing home their plants today. They planted them back in January. Half of the class planted lima beans and the other half planted alfafa seeds. Some grew better than others. Feel free to keep watering at home. :) 


    We have snack each afternoon. Please send a water bottle and one snack item. 

    As rest mats come home on Fridays, they need to be returned the following Monday.

    Tennis shoes and socks are required daily, no boots or dress shoes. 

    Tomorrow is Fun Friday, please send any money in a labeled bag or envelope.  

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  • Monday, March 2nd 

    Here is the link again for Read Across America activities for the rest of the week: Camp Read S'more

    The Book Fair is open this week. We go as a class on Thursday at 12:15. If you want your child to purchase books, please send money in a labeled envelope.

    Please send Practice folders tomorrow. Please remember not to write on the reading passages, as we use these from year to year. 

    Spring Pictures will be this Thursday (3/5). These pictures are optional. If you would like your child to be photographed, please send in $1.00 in a labeled envelope or Ziploc bag, making sure to include your child's name, the title Spring Picture Fee, and my name. If your child does not bring in the $1, they will not be able to be photographed.

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  • Thursday, February 27th 

    Click the link to read next week's newsletter: March 2-6. Thank you for taking the time to stay updated.

    We've had a great time with our science lessons this week. Today, we had a Watch Dog Dad come to class to help the students make a habitat for milkweed bugs. We also made a habitat for three zebra fish. The students are enjoying watching them throughout the day. We will be making dioramas of habitats found in Alabama tomorrow. I will be adding photos to your child’s portfolio. The students always enjoy creating these!

    PTA is looking for volunteers for the Book Fair. Please see the sign-up genius if you are avaliable to help https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4BA9AE28AB9-spring1

    We are looking forward to Camp Read S'more next week. Please see last Thursday's post for the information regarding dress up days. 

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  • Monday, February 24th 

    Last week we learned about American symbols. We read informational texts and looked at pictures of the Bald Eagle, American Flag, and the Statue of Liberty. Each student made their own informational booklet of the American symbols we studied and wrote two facts in their booklet that they found interesting. The students worked hard to write their facts and color the symbols in their booklet and they are proud to bring them home and show you all. I know this is something that you will hold onto and treasure! :)

    I wrote about the phonics reader in many progress reports as an example of an emergent reader text. This week’s phonics reader is “A Bed for Fox” and it will come home on Friday. Each of the phonics readers should be read aloud by the student to the parent. The children should practice reading this text until they can read it fluently. Click this link to see what to look for in folders: Phonics Reader . Please save these as they come home, so your child will have a collection of books they can read this summer.


    Tomorrow is Career Day. Students are allowed to dress up. Please look back at the post from Thursday, February 6th for examples and guidelines. Please do not send students in one-piece costumes and students must wear tennis shoes.

    Please send Practice folders tomorrow.

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  • Thursday, February 20th 

    Please read next week's newsletter: February 24-28. There are several events coming up in the next few weeks. Please read the newsletter so you don't miss out on the fun events. 

    Read Across America is March 2 - 6. We will celebrate reading with a fun camping theme. Each day there will be special activities. Please read this flyer with information about the daily theme/dress up days: Camp Read S'More 

    Reminders about dress up days: Students need to wear tennis shoes and no one piece costumes. (More details about Tuesday's Career Day can be found on the February 6th post or on the paper that was sent home.) 

    I will be leaving at half day tomorrow. Luke's birthday is this weekend and we have family coming from out of town to help us celebrate. :)

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  • Tuesday, February 18th

    I hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend. It was a great day back at school! Thank you for sending the Practice Folders today. 

    Keep reading to help your child earn the free ticket to Six Flags. You still have plenty of time to get the 6 hours of reading! I went ahead and registered my children using their teacher's code on the website. Then, when we read each day, I login to the website and add their time spent reading. It looks like our class has 3 students registered so far. Go ahead and let me know if you have any questions on how to register your child. I'm here to help with any questions.

    Kindergarten learned about the country of Brazil for Multicultural Night. Our class taught the others about Brazil's famous landmark, Christ the Redeemer. We learned how it is 92 feet wide and 124 feet tall. We learned that it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The paper the students colored for our display is coming home in folders today. If you would like to see the video that Kindergarten made for last Monday night, please let me know and I will email it to you. (I am not able to publish the video on the website because there are students in the video who do not have parent permission to be published.)
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  • Friday, February 14th 

    Thank you for attending Parent Night! I appreciate you giving your time. If you were unable to attend your child’s information packet is coming home in their folder today. Here is a link to view the slides used during last night’s presentation. Parent Night Presentation This is a small glimpse of the many things discussed during Parent Night. 

    Also, if your child's Pregress Report was not signed it is in their book bag. Please sign and return Tuesday. 

    Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for the sweet valentines!

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  • Thursday, February 13th 

    Click the link to read next week's newsletter: February 17-21

    See you tonight at Parent Night! We will begin at 5:30. Please bring your child's Report of Learning Folder with the signed Progress Report inside. At Parent Night, you will receive a packet of helpful information and updated scores for your child. 

    Remember Friday is a half day and there is no school on Monday.

    Thank you for sending the Valentine cards today! We're all set for the exchange tomorrow!

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  • Monday, February 10th 

    Tonight is Multicultural Night at Columbia. The PTA meeting begins at 6:00 in the cafeteria. I look forward to seeing you tonight!

    We enjoyed a wonderful visit from the Tooth Fairy last Thursday! She brought water bottles for the children and they are coming home in backpacks today. I ask that these water bottles be kept at home and not sent back to school. Please have your child continue to use their current water bottle for snack. All 109 kindergarten students received the same water bottle and they would be easily mixed up. Thank you!

    The Red Report of Learning Folders will be coming home Wednesday with your child’s progress report. Please sign the report, then return the folder to school by Friday.  Please leave all reports and the Parent Guide to Kindergarten Report of Learning inside the folder. We will have Second Semester Parent Night Thursday. This meeting will answer many questions you may have about how to help your child at home and our expectations for the remainder of the year. The meeting will begin at 5:30.  Click here to read more about the meeting. 

    Valentine’s need to be sent to school Thursday.

    I will be the teacher representative on the RTI committee tomorrow. You can wait to send your child's Practice Folders until Wednesday. Thank you! 

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  • Thursday, February 6th 

    Click the link to read next week's newsletter: February 10-14 Thank you for reading the newsletter!

    Please wear a long sleeve shirt underneath your class shirt on Friday.

    A Google form will be sent home on Friday, and we will need you to complete the form by Tuesday, February 11th. 

    The students are able to purchase candy grams in the cafeteria through Wednesday. 

    Continue working on Valentine cards and send them to school on Thursday.

    CES Career day is February 25th. There is a flyer in folders today. Students will need to follow the dress code and their outfits need to be real-world careers (i.e., no super heroes, halloween costumes, or fantasy costumes). Students also cannot bring items such as masks, weapons (police officer, soldier, etc.) or other items that would be deemed a threat to the school and against school policy.

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  • Monday, February 3rd

    Multicultural Night is next Monday at 6:00. Please return the form that was sent home last week. We will do the drawing on Wednesday to see which students from Kindergarten will participate in the Parade of Continents.  Thank you! PTA is sending home order forms for dinner. The order forms are in folders today. 

    Send your child's Practice Folder to school tomorrow. The goal for these folders is that your child is reading the Word List, CVC words and passages at least 3 days each week. (Reading the passages or other beginning reader books every day would be ideal!) The time your child spends reading will only help him/her to become a better reader!

    Friendly Reminders ~

    Our Field Trip to see CES Drama Club's production of Lion King Jr. is Friday. As you read on the newsletter, the students need to wear their class shirts. We won't bring jackets with us to Bob Jones, so have your child wear a long sleeve shirt underneath the class shirt. I'm looking forward to seeing a wonderful show!

    Second Semester Parent Night is Thursday, February 13th at 5:30. Click here to read more about the meeting. We would love to have one parent from each family represented at the meeting. Thank you!

    Valentine cards need to be sent to school on February 13th. 

    Keep recording your time spent reading on your Six Flags Reading Log. You'll reach the 6 hours before you know it!

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  • Thursday, January 30th 

    Here is next week's newsletter: February 3-7. Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter.

    Here is a sheet to help you record your progress with the February Challenge: February Challenge Recording Sheet

    Just a heads up and a little reminder regarding sickness- I wanted you to know we've had 3 confirmed cases of the flu in our class this week. It is always a good idea to wipe backpacks and lunchboxes with clorox wipes daily. Another great suggestion is to wash your child's coat weekly. Attendance is very important, but please do not send your child to school if they are not feeling well. Students should be fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours and vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. As much as we love everyone being at school, we do not want to spread germs. I have been disinfecting the room, we want to do all we can to prevent illness. As a class I went over reminders for keeping hands out of our noses, eyes, and mouth, covering with our elbow when we cough or sneeze as well as, good handwashing. If you would like to reiterate this at home, that would be great! 

    Keep working on the cards for the Valentine Exchange. These need to be sent to school on February 13th. 

    Keep reading to help your child earn the free ticket to Six Flags. Feel free to let me know of any questions. 

    I didn't receive a request for index cards, so I hope everyone has made the Fry sight word flashcards and are utilizing them daily. Thank you for supporting classroom learning. 

    Here is information about a class being offered at Central Office: Loving Solutions Flyer and Overview

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  • Monday, January 27th

    Tomorrow is Class Picture Day. If you would like to order a copy of our class picture, please send the order form in your child's daily folder tomorrow. 

    If you have limited your child's technology this month and increased time spent reading books and/or playing board games, please send a note in the daily folder on Friday, January 31st. I would also like to encourage you to continue limiting technology in the months to come. 

    2nd Semester Parent Night is Thursday, February 13th at 5:30. Click here to read more about the meeting. 

    In our phonics instruction this week, we are learning about the letter Kk. When we hear a final /k/ after a short vowel, it is spelled ck. When looking at your child's phonics worksheet, you will notice that we wrote several words that had a final /k/ after a short vowel: kick, duck, sock, rock, lock, neck, lick. We'll talk about this more at Parent Night on February 13th. 

    Please send the Practice Folder to school tomorrow.

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  • Thursday, January 23rd

    Here is the newsletter for January 27-31. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read the newsletter. Please be sure to read the Important Information box. Also, mark your calendars for 2nd Semester Parent Night on February 13th at 5:30.

    Donuts with Dad is tomorrow morning from 7:10-7:35 for those who sent the RSVP. 

    I hope your reading for the Six Flags reading log is going well. If you're reading 20 minutes a night, you'll reach the goal in less than 3 weeks.

    Please review proper handwashing procedures at home. Many times the students get soap in one hand and then wash it off without ever rubbing their hands together to kill the germs. Thank you for helping your child practice proper handwashing. This is especially important during flu season. 

    The Parent Guide to Technology Resources is coming home in your child's Daily Folder today. This is for you to keep as a reference. MCS Network Portal is your child's login and password to access technology at school. It is important for them to know this login and password. Renplace Home Connect will allow parents to view your child's AR bookshelf and to sign-up to receive an email when your child takes an AR quiz. Successmaker is the online educational program that the district purchased for all students to use. The school district is expecting all students to complete 3 reading and 3 math sessions per week in Succesmaker. The students complete 2 reading sessions and 2 math sessions per week at school. Please allow your child to login to Successmaker to do one session of each at home. Let me know if you have questions. 

    The Enrichment Center is offering a Mental Health Summit at James Clemens High School Auditorium on Monday, January 27 from 5:00-8:00. It is a free event. A few of the breakout sessions will be focused on youth. All breakout sessions will be led by licensed mental health professionals. Click this link to read the flyer.

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  • Thursday, January 16th 

    Here is the newsletter for January 20-24. Please take a few minutes to read it. Thank you!

    Reminder that 100 Special Snack items are due tomorrow. Over the weekend, I will be purchasing any items that have not been sent in to ensure we have everything we need for our wonderful treat. Reminder that the children are encouraged to dress as 100 year olds on Wednesday, January 22nd. I am looking forward to teach a class full of 100 year olds! 

    Another phonics framework paper is in folders today. Please listen to your child read the words and sentences. Please refer to the Phonics Framework note I sent home last semester for more information about Phonics Framework.

    Thank you for taking the time to read the posts and newsletter each week. 

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  • Monday, January 13th 

    There is a pink note coming home in your child's folder today about our class Valentine exchange. I want to encourage you to start early. The students are supposed to write their classmates names and their own name on the Valentines. If you start soon, you can do a few each night and have them done in no time!

    The 100th Day items have started coming in; reminder they are due this Friday. 

    Donuts with Dad is Friday, January 24th from 7:05-7:35 in the Media Center. If you are new to Columbia, this is a fun and popular event. You will want to arrive early and expect to wait in a line. Your child will enjoy this special time with you. The RSVP form is coming home tomorrow and is due Friday, January 17th, so Columbia's head Watch Dog Dad can order enough donuts. 

    Please remember to send practice folders tomorrow. A new CVC word sheet comes home every other week. Your child will not have a new CVC sheet tomorrow, please continue to read the CVC sheet from last week. 

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  • Thursday, January 9th

    Here is the newsletter for January 13-17. Please take the time to read the newsletter. Thank you!

    Report of Learning Folders are in backpacks today with your child's 2nd Nine Weeks Report Card and DIBELS Parent Report. Please sign and return the report card in the Report of Learning Folder by Monday. Report Cards need to be signed by at least one parent/guardian. You can tear off the DIBELS parent report to keep, but all other documents need to remain in the folder. Reminder about the 3, 2, 1 break down for Fry Sight Words for the 2nd Nine Weeks Report Card, knowing all 50 words is a 3, 22-49 words is a 2, and 21 or fewer words is a 1.

    In addition to the Report of Learning Folders coming home, your child's Winter Assessment Scores are in your child's Daily folder today.

    The 100th Day of School is January 22nd. The note about the 100th Day special snack is coming home today. The children signed up for the item they wanted to bring. If your note has an ounce listed beside the item, you do not have to find the exact size listed on the note, it is just the minimum size package needed. These items are due January 17th. The children can dress up on the 100th Day of School as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc. Ideas for boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. It will be a fun day! 

    We will have Fun Friday tomorrow. Please remember anytime you send money to school, it needs to be in a Ziploc bag or envelope labeled with your child's name, what the money is for and the amount enclosed. Thank you!

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  • Monday, January 6th 

    We had a great day back to school!  The students were eagerly greeted this morning. Then, they went on a hunt to find their new seat in the classroom and received new pencils, crayons, and a glue stick from the supplies you provided at Open House.

    This morning, we voted on our new Leadership Roles for second semester which is a part of being a Leader In Me School. The kids are excited to tryout a new leadership role later this week. 

    If your child returned their December Practice Calendar they will receive two Good Time Tickets. If you forgot to send it today, send it tomorrow. January Practice Calendars are coming home today. The practice calendar is due February 3rd, please ignore the typo. 

    The students will have a substitute tomorrow because I am the teacher representative on the RTI committee. You can go ahead and send Practice Folders tomorrow or wait to send Practice Folders on Wednesday. When the Practice Folders come back to use this week, you will notice new sheets in your child’s folder. We will no longer have phoneme segmentation sheets. All students will be receiving a CVC blending sheet and a passage. Students who exceeded our Letter Naming Fluency expectation for the end of the year will no longer recieve letter naming sheets and will receive two passages.  Important: Please leave the passages in the plastic sleeve and do not write on the passages. These will be collected and reused throughout the school year. Thank you for your support at home!

    Just a heads up for upcoming picture days. Class pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th. Individual Spring pictures are scheduled for March 5th.

    Also, your child has a Six Flags Reading Log in their folder. This is a wonderful way to get your child excited about reading while working toward earning a free Six Flags ticket! If you are interested in your child earning a free ticket to Six Flags, please follow the steps listed on the reading log. If you need another copy of the log at any time please click here for the link: Six Flags Reading Log My children love to earn this free ticket and have each year since Kindergarten. We've gone each summer and when we leave, they are always eager to earn the free ticket again the next school year! I will receive a free ticket again this year if at least 8 of my students participate. Let me know if you have any questions. 

    You will notice that your child's phonics paper has their first AND last name written on the top. We began writing our last names today. Feel free to start practicing this at home too. The goal is for your child to be able to spell it correctly without looking at it and to write it with correct letter formation and orientation to the line. 

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  • Friday, January 3rd

    Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing my students on Monday. I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays. If you'd like to email me one picture from Christmas break, I will display it on the Smart Board while your child shares about it with the class. If you would like to do this, please email it to me by Sunday evening so I have it ready for them to share on Monday morning.

    Here is the newsletter for January 6-10. Please take time to click this link and read the newsletter. 

    If your child completed the December challenge, please write a note and send it in your child's folder on January 6th.

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  • Thursday, December 19th

    Thank you for attending our Christmas party today! The students had a wonderful time! Thank you to Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Hargrove for organizing the party for us. Thank you to those who contributed items and helped at the party. It was one of the best kindergarten parties I've ever attended! The students were so well behaved and it was relaxed and calm fun!

    Thank you for the class gift. The cookie jar will look great on my kitchen counter and I will think of your sweet children every year when I get it out at Christmas. I love the Paper Mate pens. They're definitely a favorite of mine! And, thank you for the generous gift card to Loft! I look forward to shopping. Your thoughtfulness means so much to me!

    Wow, it is hard to believe tomorrow is the last day of first semester! Thank you for all your support this semester. Thank you for sharing your children with me each day and entrusting me with their first school year!  I have enjoyed watching the kids learn and grow this semester, I know we have big things ahead for next semester! 

    As a reminder when we enter second semester the number of Fun Friday tickets decreases. This was our last week of ten tickets. Beginning in January the students will have eight tickets each week.

    I hope you all have a very blessed Holiday, enjoying time with family and friends! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

    Students return to school on Monday, January 6th. I look forward to seeing the kids in 2020!

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  • Thursday, December 12th 

    Here is the newsletter for December 16-20. Please take time to click this link and read the newsletter. 

    I am very proud of all of the kids this week for doing their best on the DIBELS test. They have worked hard this semester and your work at home has been appreciated. I can't wait to receive the assessment results. 

    Report Card asssessments will continue throughout the remainder of the semester. If your child is going to be absent before December 20th, please email me so I can finish assessments and send home their Christmas countdown and gift. 


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  • Monday, December 9th 

    We know it is a busy time of year with many activities happening, but I ask that you please check and empty your child's folder daily. There are some keepsake papers inside your child's folder that were hanging in the room, but I needed to take them down for Christmas decorations.  

    If you haven't read the newsletter yet, please take time to do so.

    Tomorrow is a big day! The children take their December benchmark test tomorrow. My hope is that all children will benchmark on all four tests. We have been working on these skills all semester. I believe in the kids and know they can do it! Please make sure your child gets a good night's rest tonight and eats a healthy breakfast tomorrow morning. After you work on the Practice Folder tonight, please put it in your child's backpack to send to school tomorrow.

    The students will have a substitute tomorrow and Thursday because I will be administering the DIBELS test to the other Kindergarten classes. Please send all communication through your child's daily folder. 

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  • Thursday, December 5th 

    Here is the link to the newsletter: December 9-13 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. Thank you!

    A phonics framework paper is coming home in folders today. Please listen to your child read the words and sentences to you. 

    I will be leaving at half day tomorrow to travel to Memphis for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.  This is my third year to participate. I walk in memory of my brother-in-law who was a patient at St. Jude fourteen years ago. I appreciate all of the donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! Thank you for making a difference. 


    - Empty Daily Folders each day.

    - If your child lost a ticket, please initial the box to let me know you saw it and discussed the behavior with your child.

    - Fun Friday is tomorrow. Send a $1.00 in a labeled envelope. 


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  • Monday, December 2nd 

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was nice to be back with the children!

    Update regarding Successmaker- The following sheet was sent home in October, either during your conference time or in your child's daily folder- Successmaker Note. We need your help at home to meet our required weekly time. Please have your child complete at least one session per week at home, feel free to allow them to do more if you would like. When your child is working at home, you know a session is complete when a score pops up on the screen. If your child logs out before the score pops up it will not count as a completed session. When logging into the teacher dash board it shows student usage goals- on track, watch closely or falling behind. I would love all students to be in the on track category for usage time. Thank you for your help with meeting this requirement!  


    Please send Practice Folders tomorrow.

    Tennis shoes are required daily- no boots. 

    We go out for recess unless the windchill is 32 degrees or less. Please send a coat to school daily. 

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  • Monday, November 25th

    Here is the newsletter for December 2-6. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. Thank you!

    The students will have a substitute tomorrow because I will be the general education teacher representative in RTI meetings.


    - Please read the Thanksgiving Note from Thursday's post if you haven't already.

    - The students do not need to bring their practice folders tomorrow. Please take time a few days this week to listen to your child read the words on the Word List. 

    - If your child completed the November challenge, please write a note and send it in your child's folder on December 2nd.

    - Send your child's completed November Learning Calendar on December 2nd and your child will earn 2 Good Time Tickets. 

    I hope each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family!

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  • Thursday, November 21st

    Click this link to read about next week: Thanksgiving Note

    Here is another friendly reminder about our fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Parent Note  Any donation amount is beneficial. Donations can be cash, check, or online. Thank you for making a difference!

    The Red Report of Learning Folders need to be returned tomorrow with all documents inside. Thank you for taking the time to read it and practice the skills with your child. 

    Another phonics framework paper is coming home in folders today. Please listen to your child read the words and sentences. Thank you!

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  • Monday, November 18th 

    Our St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraiser is happening now through November 26th. Our class has raised $206. We're off to a great start! Please consider donating to this wonderful hospital. The link to my fundraising page is http://heroes.stjude.org/laurahester. If you prefer to send cash/check that is fine as well. The incentives are on the attachment: Parent Note

    We have 2 cases of the flu in our class. If your child has a fever, please keep this in mind. We're doing our best to wipe classroom surfaces...door knobs, tables, computers, light switches. Hopefully everyone else stays well. 

    Our PTA meeting tonight is at 6:00. We have special guests coming to the meeting tonight...The Rise Raptor Show! I'm sad I won't be able to attend, however if your family is able to attend, you'll love it!

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  • Thursday, November 14th

    Here is the newsletter for the next two weeks: November 18-26

    Please read about our school wide St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser: Parent Note

    I will finish progress report assessments tomorrow. I will write the reports this weekend and have them printed and put in the Report of Learning Folders to go home on November 20th. I thank you in advance for taking adequate time to carefully read through your child's progress report. 

    SuccessMaker update ~ As we discussed at conferences, I would like every child to be doing at least one session of SuccessMaker each week. Thank you for doing this. If you have forgotten, please begin. Thank you!

    Please review today's phonics paper with your child. Sequencing the pictures was challenging, and your time reviewing this skill would be helpful to your child.

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  • Tuesday, November 12th

    The Winter School Spirit order forms came home last week. PTA has added sweatshirts to the order options! Sweatshirts are $20.  Most t-shirt sizes are $15.  Items are available by PRE-ORDER only!  Pre-orders can be placed online (link below).  Deadline to order is Friday, Nov. 15th.


    Thank you for your continued help with learning how to zip jackets and for wearing tennis shoes to school daily. 

    Our cafeteria serves a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. We are having Thanksgiving dinner for lunch this Thursday, November 14th. You are welcome to come and enjoy this feast with your child. Please meet us in the cafeteria.

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  • Thursday, November 7th 

    Here is the newsletter for next week: November 11 - 15 Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.

    Our annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser begins next week and goes through November 22nd. This is our 14th year to raise funds for this wonderful hospital. Several of our teachers are participating in the 5K, 10K, and half marathon. I will be walking the 10K this year. There are seveal great incentives for students to receive by donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. An email with details will be sent from administration soon.

    This week's phonics framework paper is coming home today. Please listen to your child read the words and sentences. 

    The Winter Spirit Wear order form is in folders today. If you want to order the long sleeve shirt, the form and payment are due November 15th.

    Yesterday, I sent home vision screening paperwork. Please fill it out and return tomorrow. Our class goes to the vision screening on Tuesday morning. 

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  • Monday, November 4th 

    There were several announcements shared this morning. Please click on the links to read about each of them:

    Veterans Day Lunch on November 7th

    CES Goblin Car Spirit Night

    Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Bob Jones

    Please send Practice Folders tomorrow. Each child will read Word List 3 to me, and then I will send home Word List 4, Letter Naming 5, and Phoneme Segementation 5. The time you spend on these activities will not come back void. Investing your time in your child learning to read is something you will never regret. 

    Friday is a Half Day. We dismiss at 11:00. If you have not completed the Google Form, please do so this evening. Thank you!

    You can still send the completed October Learning Calendar tomorrow so your child can receive the Good Time Tickets. 

    I'm looking forward to all students completing the November Challenge! As you read the challenge on the newsletter, it is encouraging daily outside play. I discussed with the students the importance of continuing to play outside even with the time change and the weather getting cooler. Typically Extended Day goes outside every day unless it is raining. If your child goes to Extended Day, they can get their after school outside play done during this time. If your child comes home to you after school, please schedule a time for them to go outside. Any outside play will do, such as riding bikes, going for a walk, kicking a ball, running around screaming, etc.  Thanks for helping your child meet this challenge! 

    Text @columbiae to 810-10 to receive text messages from the CES PTA about upcoming events.  Follow Columbia Elementary PTA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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  • Thursday, October 31st

    Here is the newsletter for next week: November 4-8 THANK YOU for reading the newsletter each week. Staying informed with classroom and school activities helps your child have a successful year. 

    Tomorrow is Fun Friday. Please send $1.00 in a labeled envelope or bag. The funds received each week go towards the free snack the children receive at the end of each month and towards the end of the year Fun Friday Bash.

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  • Wednesday, October 30th 

    If your child completed the October challenge, please send a note in the Daily Folder tomorrow. Each child that completed the challenge will receive a special Halloween pencil and notepad! 

    This was our first week to have ALL  Practice Folders here on Tuesday! Thank you!

    Tomorrow is an exciting day! In order for it to be awesome, we need you to follow the guidelines that were sent home about Book Character Day. A paper copy was sent home earlier this week and there is an electronic version on last Thursday's post. Bringing the book that your child's character comes from is essential because the Kindergarten students parade through the hallways holding their book. 

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  • Monday, October 28th 

    The students had fun exploring the variety of balls today. Thank you for sending a ball with your child. 

    We went to the book fair today. Children who did not purchase books at the Book Fair have a wish list in their backpacks.  You are welcome to come to the Book Fair tonight during Trail of Treats. Or, you can send money in a labeled envelope and I will send your child another day this week. 

    See you tonight at Trail of Treats! 

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  • Thursday, October 24th

    Here is the newsletter for our next school week: October 28-November 1. Thank you for taking the time to read this each week.

    The Trail of Treats is Monday, October 28th from 5:30-7:00. If your family will be coming, please send in a bag of candy by Monday morning to be distributed that evening. 

    The Book Fair will be opened this coming Monday, October 28th. It will be opened from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, November 1st at 12:00pm. In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be opened during the Trail of Treats on Monday night from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair Monday from 12:45-1:15. If you would like for your child to purchase books you can meet us at the Book Fair during this time to help them shop or you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziploc bag inside your child's daily folder. 

    We will also be learning how to do the 3-step sort in Math next week. If your child receives the fun size plain M&Ms (or Skittles can be substituted for students with allergies) at Trail of Treats or while trick or treating on Halloween, please send one or two packs to school for a fun lesson on Friday, November 1st. Thank you! 

    Please read this note about Book Character Day on October 31st. Thank you!

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  • Tuesday, October 22nd 

    The Madison Fire Department came to our school today for a fire safety lesson. I've added pictures to their SeeSaw digital portfolios. The kids were given homework to come up with a Fire Escape Plan. They should know at least two safe routes out of the house and have a family meeting place. One of the firemen suggested using a tree or a neighbor’s yard as a meeting place, as opposed to the mailbox to ensure children are out of the road when the fire truck arrives. They were also encouraged to sleep with the bedroom door shut in case of a house fire.

    There is not a new word list this week.  If your child missed any of the words on the first two word lists, please spend time practicing those words. Thank you!

    If you sent your Red Folder back to school today, I will have it here at school for our conference. Please remember to bring your child's Practice Folder. If you typically keep it in your child's backpack, that is great! I will take it out on the day of our conference and have it here for us. 

    Thank you! 

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  • Monday, October 21st

    Wow! What an awesome Field Trip! The weather held off and we had a great day! The children really enjoyed petting the animals, picking a pumpkin, playing in the corn crib, gathering eggs, riding the pony and milking the cow! I took pictures and added them to the children's SeeSaw portfolios. We really had a great day!!! Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the trip! It wouldn't have been successful without all of your help! 

    Red Folders are in backpacks today with your child's 1st Nine Weeks Report Card. Please sign the report card, keep all papers in the Red Folder and bring it with you to your child’s conference this week. Please set aside time to read through your child's report card and make notes of any standards that need to be practiced with your child at home or snap a picture with your phone. Report cards need to be signed by at least one parent/guardian above the attendance box. Reminders from Parent Night- 2 will be the most common score for academics at this point of the school year. The standards are yearlong goals and earning a 3 for mastery is expected by the end of the year. Also, students receive a grade for Technology based on the following: S- student can log into the computer independently without using their card, N- student can log into the computer independently with their card, U- student needs assistance from an adult to log into the computer. If you have any questions regarding your child’s report card, we will discuss it during your conference time. I look forward to seeing you all this week!

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  • Thursday, October 17th

    Here is the newsletter for our next school week: October 21-25. Thank you for taking the time to read this each week.

    I am looking forward to beginning conferences next week. Please arrive on time for your scheduled conference. I know your time is valuable and our schedule is tight. When you come to school for our conference, please bring your child's Red Folder and Practice Folder. Thank you!

    Practice Folders need to come to school every Tuesday. Please leave them in your child's backpack so they always have it on Tuesdays. 

    The Trail of Treats is Monday, October 28th at 6:00. It begins in the cafeteria before the children trick or treat throughout the school. A note will be coming home from PTA soon, but as a heads up, each family that is participating needs to send in a bag of candy to be distributed that evening. 


    Students need to wear tennis shoes daily. Boots are not to be worn to school. Thank you!

    Wall of Honor: If you would like to honor a veteran in your family, the forms need to be turned in by the end of October. See the post from October 3rd for the link to the form.

    Be a Champion and Read challenge is happening now through the end of October. All completed reading logs are due no later than October 30th. 

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  • Monday, October 14th 

    Please have your child practice zipping jackets daily. The children zip their jackets to
    their chairs twice a day, when they arrive and when we come back inside from recess. They also zip their jacket on their body when we go outside to recess and when we leave to go home in the afternoons. Please teach your child how to zip a jacket and allow practice time until your child is comfortable doing it. It would also be helpful to show your child how to take off a jacket without pulling the sleeves through. One on one practice at home will ensure your child can do this independently. Thank you!

    The chaperone form is in folders today. Please fill it out completely and return in folders tomorrow. Please read the post from last Thursday for everything you need to know about the Field Trip.

    Send Practice Folders tomorrow. 

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  • Thursday, October 3rd

    Here is the newsletter for our next school week: October 14-18. Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.

    We are looking forward to our field trip to Gullion Farms. For field trip information, please click on this link: Gullion Farms Field Trip. Heads up- there will be a chaperone form coming home the Monday we return from Fall break. If you plan to attend the field trip with us, the form will need to be completed and returned the following school day. Thank you!

    Class shirts are here at school.  If you ordered an adult shirt they were sent home in backpacks today. As discussed at Parent Night and stated in the field trip note, I will not be sending the student shirts home before our field trip. Every student has a class shirt, they will be given out the morning of our trip to wear for the day and will wear it home that afternoon. 

    Here is a neat tidbit of information about our classroom family...during the first nine weeks, the students have redeemed 135 Good Time Tickets! Wow! I am impressed!! That does not count the Good Time Tickets they are saving in their collection bags. 

    If you selected yes on the Google Form to meet for a Fall Conference, the sign up genius was sent to you yesterday. Please select the day and time that works best for your family. If you did not select yes, I will send your conference form home in your child’s daily folder the week of October 21st.

    If you have a veteran in your family that you would like to honor. Please complete the form: Certificate of Gratitude and send it to me in your child's folder. The picture attached to the certificate should be no larger than 5x7. All submitted forms will be hanging on Columbia's Wall of Honor. 

    I hope everyone enjoys a wonderful Fall Break! 

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  • Monday, September 30th 

    Be A Champion and Read challenge is coming home in folders today. All students will receive either an Alabama or Auburn bookmark when they submit a completed form. Then, they will be entered into a contest to win Iron Bowl tickets. The grand prize also includes sideline passes and pre-game activities. Happy Reading! 

    Practice Folders are coming home tomorrow! Please read the detailed letter inside the folder and watch the video that will be in your child's Seesaw account explaining everything that is inside the folder. The students will be VERY excited about these tomorrow. Please share in their excitement and joy for learning! 

    Field Trip forms and payment are due Thursday, October 3rd. We are not allowed to receipt any money on October 4th because our bookkeeper will not be here. Thank you for adhering to this deadline.

    Thank you to those who did the September challenge and turned the note in on Friday. Congratulations to Lily for winning the class drawing! If you have not participated in the monthly challenges, I would like to encourage you to do so. These challenges are in place to help you develop good habits with your child. Please continue each challenge throughout the school year. Thank you!

    Several students earned two Good Time tickets for turning in the completed September Learning Calendar with parent initials in each box. Thank you for doing these activities at home with your child. The October Learning Calendar is coming home today. 

    We started learning about how our parents are community helpers. The students loved learning about your occupations and how you help the community. They especially loved seeing your pictures at work! We will finish these in the coming days. Thank you!


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  • Thursday, September 26th

    Here is the newsletter for next week: September 30 - October 4

    We enjoyed a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Lunch yesterday! Thank you to all who contributed towards the delicious lunch! All of the teachers felt very appreciated!

    Community Helper Forms and emailed pictures were due today. Please make this a priority if you have not done it yet. The children LOVE showing the pictures of their parents at work. 

    Tomorrow is the last Friday of September which means the Fun Friday snack is free for all students who have attended all of the Fun Fridays in September. 

    Thank you in advance for all of you who are helping with the Apple Tasting! We're looking forward to trying the apples and apple cider!

    Please remember to check and empty your child's Daily Folder each evening. 

    A funny story from yesterday: This week we learned about our senses during reading instruction. We were looking at pictures of children using their senses. 

    Mrs. Hester: I see a girl and a radio. What sense is she using?

    Two Children: Her sense of dancing!!

    The students will have a substitute for a half day tomorrow. I will be leaving at 11:00 to travel to St. Louis to visit family and to attend my niece's Baby Dedication Service. 

    Weekend To Do List:

    1) Have your child practice typing their computer lab login.

    2) Read your poetry notebooks and return on Monday.

    3) Have your child practice rolling up rest mats correctly.  

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  • Monday, September 23rd 

    Red Folders are coming home with your child’s First Quarter Progress Report today. The left side contains the Kindergarten Parent Guide (to be kept in folder) and the right pocket contains the progress report. As we go throughout the school year, the collection on the right side will grow as I add each progress report and report card. Please sign the document on the top right corner of the first page, place it back in the folder, and return to school no later than Wednesday (keeping all contents in the folder.) Thank you!

    Per the newsletter, there is a Google Form being emailed this afternoon. Once you have had time to review your child’s Progress Report, please decide as a family which parent will be responding to the form and only one response per family is needed. Thank you!

    Thank for the apples that were sent today. We used them for sorting and counting activities! If you forgot to send an apple, no worries.  Thank you!

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  • Thursday, September 19th 

    Here is the newsletter for next week: September 23-27. Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter each week. If your family successfully completed the September Challenge each night of September, please send a note in your child's daily folder on September 27th that says, “_ completed the September challenge.” When I receive the note on 9/27, your child's name will be entered in a drawing to win a new book!  

    Impact Aid forms are in your child's folder TODAY. If your child returns the Impact Aid form TOMORROW, your child will receive two good time tickets! Thank you for your attention to this important paperwork.

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  • Monday, September 16th 

    The field trip paperwork is in folders today. Keep the top portion of both notes so you can refer to the directions closer to the field trip. Cut and return the bottom portion of both notes with the $18.75 - - please send forms and payment together

    Please initial the behavior calendar any time that your child loses a ticket. 

    Check and empty the daily folder every day. I drop small notes into the plastic sleeve. Please remove those as well. 

    The Community Helpers forms are due September 26th. Please see the post from September 9th for the link to the form. 

    We are having an Apple Tasting on September 27th. Please click this link to see how you can volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044AA4AB2AA57-apple2

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  • Thursday, September 12th 

    Here is the newsletter for next week: September 16-20 Thank you for reading the newsletter and doing your part to stay informed. 

    We are looking forward to the Glow Run tomorrow! Kindergarten will run at 9:00. Families are welcome to come cheer on the children. From experience, we ask that you consider putting your daughter’s hair in a ponytail so we can easily mark their laps on their shirts. All students should come to school in shorts and tennis shoes. We encourage Velcro shoes. If not, please double knot their shoes before coming to school. Also, please make sure they drink water and eat breakfast. They are excited about this RACE!

    Please refer to Monday’s post to access the Community Helpers form. I've already received two forms and pictures! Thank you!

    I can tell the children are practicing their lunch numbers and their computer login/password. It makes a big difference when they know these. Keep it up! 

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  • Monday, September 9th

    It was a great day in Kindergarten!

    We began our first week of our Wonders Reading Series. We are focusing on the letter Mm this week. Our first phonics worksheet is coming home in folders today. Review the sheet with your child. Have your child identify the letter and tell you the sound that it says. Then, have your child practice writing a capital and lowercase Mm with correct formation. 

    The students were so excited about our first day of Literacy Stations.

    We will be studying Community Helpers in a few weeks. Please complete this Community Helpers form and return the form in your child's folder. Also, you will need to email me a picture of you at work.  Please have both of these completed by Thursday, September 26th. (Please have both parents complete a form and email a picture.) The students are always excited to share the pictures of their parents at work. Thank you!

    Be sure to check the newsletter for important dates each week. Special events are happening Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week. I hope you are able to come to the PTA meeting tonight. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend because of my daughter's extra curricular activities, but I know you'll have a great time at Family Reading Night. One update from this week's newsletter: The Bob Jones Homecoming Parade has been moved to 6:00. 

    IMPORTANT! The Boosterthon challenge tonight is that any student who logs a new pledge on funrun.com is allowed to wear pajamas tomorrow. There are guidelines for how pajama day works in Kindergarten:  1) Only two piece pajamas...no all in one with zippers because it will be on the floor in the restroom. 2) Students must wear tennis shoes...no slippers.

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  • September 6, 2019

    Here is the newsletter for this week: September 9-13 Thank you for taking the time to read it closely.

    We had a short but super busy week! We had very important lessons each day this week to learn the procedures for Literacy Stations. We will begin the Wonders reading series and Literacy Stations next week. Monday will be a BIG day for us! I'm excited to see how they do as we begin! 

    We made it to all the way to the letter Z yesterday for our Letter Experts! We enjoyed celebrating all the Letter Experts with a dance party and fun alphabet songs!  I am very proud of all the students and their hard work as Letter Expert! Thank you to each family for working with your child on this assignment!

    Over the weekend, please continue to practice the following skills:

    1) Watch your child type the computer login and password 5 times. 

    2) Practice lunch numbers 10 times. Your child has to be able to type their lunch number when checking out a library book. 

    3) Have your child practice rolling their rest mat. By this time of the year, each student should be able to do this independently. 

    Thanks for trusting me with your children! I am enjoying getting to know the children more and more each day!

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  • September 3, 2019

    I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful relaxing weekend! 

    We had a great day in Kindergarten! We enjoyed a visit from Buster the Bus to learn about bus safety, we started learning about our very important Literacy Station time and went to the computer lab.

    September behavior calendars are in folders today.

    Please look in your child's folder for two important papers: Kindergarten Beginning of the Year Assessments and the DIBELS Parent Report. The DIBELS Parent Report tells you how your child did on each subtest. It will either say Met Goal, Below Goal or Well Below Goal. The other report suggests activities to do with your child to help build these skills, as well as reports other data to you. 

    Additionally, there is a Madison City Schools Gifted Education flyer coming home with all Kindergarten students today. 

    Just a heads-up and little reminder regarding sickness- We have already had a few students out sick this year. Reminder when your child is absent a written note with parent signature is required to be turned in within three days of your child returning to school. I appreciate receiving the email regarding your child’s absence, however, this does not count as an absent note. Students should be fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours and vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. As much as we love everyone being at school, we do not want to spread germs. I have been disinfecting the room daily, we want to do all we can to prevent illness. Thank you for helping to keep our classroom as healthy as possible! :)

    Friday September 6th will be Wild West dress up day. Please ensure your child can use the restroom independently in anything worn to school. 

    Grandparents are invited to lunch on September 5th or 6th for Grandparents Day. Our lunch is from 10:20-10:50. They will meet us in the cafeteria. Please suggest that they arrive a few minutes early so they can sign in and be in the cafeteria by 10:20. 

    PTA is offering pizza buffet before th PTA meeting on September 9th. If you would like to purchase, please send payment(labeled in envelope or Ziploc) and form in your child's folder by Friday. Thank you! 

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  • Thursday, August 29th 

    Here is the newsletter for this week: September 2-6. Thank you for taking the time to stay updated!

    A rhyming lotto game is coming home in folders today. The directions are also in the folder. Please take time to play the game throughout the month of September or until your child can identify rhyming words easily. Thank you!

    We’ve spent a lot of class time on learning how to write our first name with correct formation and orientation to the line. Some students are still writing their name with uppercase letters. We should be writing our name with uppercase first letter the rest should be lowercase. Please let your child practice this at home too.

    All of our beginning of the year assessments are now complete. I will compile all of the data onto one sheet and send it home in your child’s folder on Tuesday.

    The last Fun Friday of each month there is a free snack offered to students who are able to attend each Fun Friday that month. Tomorrow is the last Fun Friday of the month, so one snack will be free. At this time all students have earned this for the month of August. Please do not send Fun Friday money tomorrow. Thank you!

    Rest mats are coming home today because tomorrow is a half day. You will keep them at home tomorrow and send back to school with your child Tuesday morning.

    Reminder: students will dismiss tomorrow at 11:00. Your child will be sent home per your Google form request.  

    With tomorrow being a half day, we will not have time to visit the library. Please keep the book and enjoy it over the weekend.

    Thank you for your support.

    I hope you all enjoy the three day weekend! 

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  • Monday, August 26th

    Last week, we attended a Library orientation lesson with Mrs. Nguyen, our school librarian. Today we returned to the library as a class for a book care lesson and to check out books. Your child’s first library book is coming home inside his/her backpack today! Your child can keep the book at home for a day or two and then bring it back to school and check out a new book. Today, I taught the children the classroom procedures for letting me know they are ready for a new book. I am not allowed to search their backpacks, so when they are ready for a new book, they need to take it out of their backpack in the morning and put it in our classroom “Library Book” bucket. Happy Reading!

    If your family successfully completed the August Challenge on 4 out of 5 school nights each week of August, please send a note on August 30th that says, “__ completed the August challenge.” When I receive the note on Friday, your child will receive two Good Time tickets.  Just so you know, the reward for completing the challenge will vary each month.

    Friday will be a half day of school for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:00. I sent a Google form last week. Please complete the form no later than tomorrow. The email was sent to all email contacts I have on our list, however, I only need one response per student. Thank you!

    Scholastic Book Orders are due on August 27th.It is very simple to set-up online ordering. Our class code is GLN36. Thank you to those who already submitted an order.

    The Class Shirt order form and fee are due on Wednesday. The shirt costs $6. We will wear it several times this school year. Please consider buying a class shirt.

    School Picture Day is Thursday. These are the pictures that will be used in the yearbook.

    A note about the Grandparents Day Lunch on September 5th and 6th will come home with your child tomorrow. Grandparents are welcome to attend on either day. 

    Here is a brief introduction from Mrs. Banks about what SPARC is and what she does as the SPARC counselor. https://www.smore.com/91b07

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  • August 22, 2019

    Here is the newsletter for this week: August 26 – 30 Thank you for taking the time to read it closely.

    Lunch Money Clarification – On Thursdays, your children are allowed to purchase ice cream in the cafeteria. They pay for the ice cream with the money in their lunch account by typing in their lunch number. You do not need to send separate ice cream money each Thursday if your child has money in his/her lunch account. You can send lunch money by sending a check to school in a labeled envelope or you can create a Pay Pams account and pay online at paypams.com

    Lunchroom Food – The lunch menu is available on Columbia’s website so you can talk to your child about what is being served each day. If you know the food options are something your child does not like, please consider sending a lunchbox.

    Weekend To Do List:

    • Sit with your child and read the poetry notebook.
    • Let your child practice rolling up rest mat.
    • Let your child practice typing their computer login and password several times.
    • Complete the Google Form (sent via email today) with information for next Friday’s half day.

    Have a great weekend! Please remember to send the rest mat and poetry notebook back on Monday.

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  • August 19, 2019

    Throughout the past few weeks we have focused on- getting to know each other, learning our classroom expectations and understanding what it will take to be the best kindergarten students we can be! I tell the students each morning during our morning meeting that we are a family, we will grow, learn and love together! We are continuing to learn procedures and discuss our expectations as a class. We have made numerous posters that will serve as reminders for our expectations and goals. We made a peacemaker/peace breaker poster, a good listeners poster and a De-bug poster (steps for what to do if someone is bothering you). Having structure and organization in a classroom is essential for a positive learning environment. We also discussed the importance of doing our best with all our work. We had a lesson on creating a “Three Star” paper! The students and I discussed what it takes when coloring to earn a “Three Star” paper. Our guidelines for coloring include: coloring in the lines, leaving no white space, using colors that make sense and using three or more colors. Every time the students color they will be encouraged to create a “Three Star” paper! Happy Coloring! I will share pictures of these posters on your child's SeeSaw portfolio.

    Tomorrow night is Spirit Night at Panera Bread from 4:00-8:00. The flyer will come home with your child tomorrow. I just wanted to give you a heads up. 

    I will have a substitute tomorrow and Wednesday to administer the DIBELS test to other kindergarten classes. Remember to send any time sensitive information in the Daily Folder. The sub will not be able to access my email.

    Friendly Reminders~

    Please, please check and empty your child’s Daily Folder each day. Thank you!

    Please allow your child to practice opening items they are bringing for lunch and snack. Send snack daily (one food item and water only).

    We will visit the computer lab every Tuesday and Thursday. Please allow your child to practice typing their username and password several times a day until they can do it independently. This is very challenging for the children, extra practice will allow your child to log on quickly without having to wait for assistance, therefore, having more computer time! :)

    Class shirt orders are due next Wednesday, August 28th. Our class shirts will be light blue. As we discussed at Parent Night, we will wear the shirts multiple times this school year, so you will definitely get your money's worth. Thank you!

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  • August 15, 2019

    Here is the newsletter for this week: August 19-23 Thank you for taking time to read it closely. I emailed it to those who requested an email and provided a paper copy in folders for those who requested one. 

    One more thing I forgot to mention at Parent Night...We have a friend in our class with a peanut and tree nut allergy. If your child has peanut butter or Nutella in his/her lunch or snack, I need you to write a note and put it in your child's folder. I will give your child a wipe to clean it off his/her hands and face and then hand sanitizer.  I will also need to make sure your child sits several seats down from our friend with the peanut and tree nut allergy. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Students have a note with their computer login and password and a copy of a keyboard to practice in their Daily Folder today. You may notice the pattern for the username is your child’s first name, middle initial and last initial. The password is your child’s first initial, last initial, then the number 0 followed by their lunch number. I just wanted to let you know the 0 in the password is the number not letter O. We will visit the computer lab every Tuesday and Thursday. Please allow your child to practice typing their username and password several times a day until they can do it independently. Thank you for your support at home!

    Lunch Numbers- Please continue to have your child practice his/her lunch number until they know it without looking at it. We are down to only a few students needing to take their lunch tags. I hope for next week to be the last week for any student to need to take lunch tag, this includes if your child wishes to purchase ice cream. Everyone needs to know their lunch number. It is used to check out library books and computer log-in. Starting the week of September 3, we plan to leave lunch tags behind. :)

    Shoes- if your child is wearing shoes that tie, please double knot the shoelaces and discuss with your child the importance of not pulling and playing with them during the school day. As I mentioned at Parent Night, velcro is a wonderful option for those who are still learning to tie laces. You wouldn't believe how much time I spend tying shoelaces during the school day. ;)

    Poetry Notebooks- Your child's Poetry Notebook will come home on Friday. Please have a fun time reading these with your child. I model how to draw the key details of each poem. Some students are picking up on this quickly and others are having a difficult time. Feel free to give your child tips on how to draw people and animals. I'm sure they will enjoy drawing time with you. ;)

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  • August 13th 

    Thank you so much for coming to Parent Night last night! I truly appreciate you taking the time out of your evening, I know schedules are very busy. I hope I shared what you found to be important information and answered your questions. Thank you for hanging in there with me last night, I know it was a lot of information to cover. I truly want this year to be a wonderful experience for your child that will foster a love for school and learning. I look forward to the school year ahead as we work together.

    It seems, no matter how much preparation goes into Parent Night and how many times I go over the presentation, I always seem to leave some things out. This year we added gifted slides from Madison City Schools to our presentation. They were the final two slides and I forgot to show them. They are included in the presentation link. Please feel free to look over and review the information.  Kindergarten Parent Night 2019 Presentation

    Also, this is something else I forgot to talk about last night that I wanted everyone to understand: we are on the same team. I want what is best for your child, just like you do. I want your child to succeed in Kindergarten, just like you do. I want your child to feel safe, comfortable and loved in my classroom, just like you do. We are a team working together with the same focus -- your child.

    If you missed Parent Night, click on the link to see the presentation. Please know this is only a very small glimpse of what was discussed last night. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is something you need from me. I you were unable to attend, I will send the handouts in your child's folder tomorrow. Please complete the classroom directory slip and return it. Please keep the handwriting sheet to use when helping your child write letters with correct formation.  

    One thing we discussed last night was a very ambitious but attainable goal. I hope for all students to be able to identify all 26 capital and lowercase letters when we finish our “Letter Expert” study on September 5th. I want to pass along a few ideas if you find your child is struggling with identifying letters- flash cards, Starfall.com, write the letters with chalk on the sidewalk and have your child jump on them and say the letter name. Another tool I have found to be very helpful is The Leap Frog- Letter Factory DVD. I have two copies for our class that will begin coming home on a rotating basis.  When your child brings this DVD home, please allow them to watch it multiple times during the time frame they will have the DVD. The DVD will come home inside a Ziploc bag with a direction note for when to return, please return the note and DVD in the bag. Thank you!

    On the math activity sheet today, the students practiced writing numbers 1, 2 and 3. A lot of the students needed help to write 2 and 3 with correct formation. We will work on writing 4 and 5 this Thursday during our whole group lesson. Handwriting is an easy skill to practice one on one with your child at home. Thank you for your support!

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  • August 9, 2019

    What an incredibly busy first three days we have had! We spent all of our time meeting new friends, learning rules and procedures, taking a tour of the school, and learning about our classroom. We read The Kissing Hand and then made a kissing hand for you! I hope you enjoy the sweet picture. The first couple of weeks are very important for learning our routines and getting a great start to make it a wonderful year!

    Rest mats are coming home today. The students only had rest time two times this week. Please do not feel like you need to wash the mat this week. I sent them home primarily for the students to practice rolling up their mat. Many children need my help- with practice we can make this an independent task. Before sending the rest mat back to school on Monday, please practice until your child can roll it up correctly and independently.

    I look forward to seeing each family represented at Kindergarten Parent Night on Monday, August 12th at 5:00. The meeting will be in our classroom. Please plan for at least one parent to attend, preferably the parent who will be working with your child on homework and doing most of the communication with me throughout the school year. We request that no children attend this meeting. It typically lasts two hours.

    This year we're going to use a tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own digital portfolio, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class. There is a sheet with directions to sign up in your child's Daily Folder. Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Family app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's portfolio on the web. Throughout the year, you can save the picture/videos and send to grandparents if you'd like. 

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  • August 8, 2019

    We had a great day with the boys! Looking forward to everyone being together tomorrow!

    Snack: The students can have one food item and water only to drink. Examples of food items: a bag of crackers, one apple, or one granola bar. Please ensure this is packed separately from your child's lunch. We keep our snacks inside our backpacks and lunch boxes go on the shelf in the hallway. Please tell your child what is snack and what is lunch. If your child is supposed to purchase a school lunch, please tell them so they know what to do. If your child is bringing a lunch from home, please pack a drink inside the lunchbox or let them know if they are supposed to buy milk. Thank you!

    Please mark your calendars for Monday, August 12th for Parent Night. This meeting is for parents only. We will meet in our classroom at 5:00. Looking forward to seeing each family represented. 

    Please be sure you read yesterday's post including the link to the newsletter. There is important information regarding our first Fun Friday. 

    Tomorrow will be the last day parents are allowed to walk their child to the gym in the morning. Beginning Monday, all students will need to be dropped off in the car line, come with walkers or ride the bus. Thank you!

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  • August 7, 2019

    It was a pleasure to meet all of you at Open House!  I know this is going to be a wonderful year!! I hope K101 covered many of the questions and concerns you may have about the first few weeks.  If you missed part of what we discussed, click here to see the presentation. As you look through your child's folder of important papers, if you have any questions please let me know. 

    The girls had a wonderful 1st day of school! I enjoyed getting to know them. 

    One of the folders you provided at Open House has been labeled with your child's name and class number. This folder will be used as our daily folder for the remainder of the year. Please check/remove items from Daily Folder each afternoon and return to school the next day.

    The Code of Conduct form needs to be signed on the front and back. When going through the paperwork, I noticed that a few were only signed on the front. I returned the form in your child's daily folder if you need to sign the other side.

    Please go ahead and mark your calendar for our Parent Meeting, August 12th at 5:00.  We will go into great detail about the upcoming year.  In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with our class webpage, there is a lot of information to be found in the ABC's of Kindergarten Handbook located under the Kindergarten Information tab. If you haven't sent me an email about the newsletter, please take time to read the Parent Handbook and then let me know. Thank you so much! 

    Here is our first newsletter: August 7-9 and 12-16

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  • August 3, 2019

    I'm looking forward to meeting all of you at Open House! If you would like to complete the Student Information Google Form before Open House, here is the link: Student Information Form 2019

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  • Incoming Kindergarten Families

    Kindergarten Open House will be August 5th 11:00-12:00. Columbia's kindergarten teachers will be offering a Kindergarten 101 Presentation in the cafeteria at 11:00. During this time, we will share information about procedures for the first weeks of school, transportation, lunch, etc... Following the presentation, the families with girl students will come to the classroom to meet the teacher, complete a google form and put away school supplies while the families with boy students will stay in the cafeteria to find your child's bus number, set up your child's lunch account, join PTA and purchase a school shirt. After about twenty minutes, the boy families will be invitied to your child's classroom to meet the teacher, complete a google form and put away school supplies.

     School Supplies for Kindergarten 

    1 pack of 8 count classic crayons

    1 pack of 16 count classic crayons

    2 packs of 24 count classic crayons

    24 #2 pre-sharpened yellow pencils

    1 composition notebooks, wide ruled, 100 pages

    1 supply box (no larger than 6x9)

    2 plastic folders with pockets and prongs

    4 large glue sticks 1 watercolor set

    1 1 inch 3 ring binder with plastic sleeve on front

    1 set of headphones in a labeled plastic bag (no ear buds)

    1 cloth rest mat (no sleeping bags, exercise mats or beach towels)

    1 backpack large enough to hold the folders and binder (no rolling backpacks)

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