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.
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/
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.
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 tomorrow. 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.
Monday, March 2nd
Tonight is Camp Read S’more. Please see this link for the schedule of events. I look forward to seeing you there!
Please see last Thursday’s post for the information regarding this week’s Read Across America activities.
Kindergarten will be going to the Book Fair this week. Our class went today at 12:15-12:45. Students can still go and make purchases throughout the week. Please send any money in an envelope with the child's name and what the money is for on the envelope. There are other items in the book fair other than books. If you would like your child to purchase those items, a note needs to be sent with your consent; otherwise, books will be the only purchase your child is able to make.Practice folders are due 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 Zip-Loc 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. Also our class will have another class picture made that day. We had many absent for the first one due to flu or other sicknesses.
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 had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Luncheon yesterday. The food was delicious! Thank you to all who made food or contributed to the Teacher Appreciation Lunch. It was very enjoyable!
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. Yesterday, we 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/g
We are looking forward to Camp Read S'more next week. Please see last Thursday's post for the information regarding dress up days.
Monday, February 24, 2020
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 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 at the end of the week with stapled Literacy Station work. 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 some examples and guidelines to follow. Please do not send students in one-piece costumes and students must wear tennis shoes.
Please send Practice folders tomorrow.Thank you!
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.)
Tuesday, February 18th
I hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend! Thank you for sending the Practice Folders today. I had a substitute today, so I will assess the students on Wednesday and return their folders to you then.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! It looks like our class has 4 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 animals. 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.)
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 to those who sent the Valentine cards today! We are excited about our Valentine exchange!
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.
Please send Practice Folders tomorrow. Thank you
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 soon, 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.
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!
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
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.
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. Later in the week, when we do our dictation work you will see words like 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.
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.
Thursday, January 16th
Here is the newsletter for January 20-24. Please read the newsletter. 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!
Thank you for taking the time to read the posts and newsletter each week.
Monday, January 13th
There is a pink note coming home tomorrow in your child's folder 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.
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!
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.
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.
Please send Practice Folders tomorrow. 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. 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.
Friday, January 3rd
Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing my students on Monday. I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays.
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.
Thursday, December 19th, 2019
Thank you for those who were able to attend our Christmas party today and for those who contributed items/food for us to enjoy! The students had a wonderful time! Thank you to Mrs. Taff for organizing the party for us. The students enjoyed the crafts, games, book and food. I enjoyed watching the children have fun. It was a success!
Thank you very much for the generous class gift. I also appreciated the various gifts and sweets. I especially love that you have shared your most precious gift with me and that is your children. I have enjoyed getting to know them and their personalities.
It is hard to believe tomorrow is the last day of first semester! Thank you for all your support this semester. I have enjoyed watching the kids learn and grow this semester, and I am looking forward to seeing their continued growth in the semester ahead.
I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Students return to school on Monday, January 6th. I look forward to seeing the kids in 2020!
Monday, December 16th
Just a heads-up and little reminder regarding sickness- We had a few students out sick today and others out last week. Currently we have students sick with stomach bug and/or flu like symptoms (we have not had a case of the flu confirmed in our class at this point but several in other kindergarten classes). 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 our hands out of our noses, eyes and mouth, covering with our elbow when we cough or sneeze, as well as, good hand washing. If you would like to reiterate this at home that would be great! Thank you for helping to keep our classroom as healthy as possible! :)
We are looking forward to the class party this Thursday. Reminder- parents only, no siblings. Thank you!
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.
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.
If you haven't read the newsletter yet, please take time to do so.
Thursday is a big day! The children take their December benchmark test on Thursday. 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 Wednesday and eats a healthy breakfast Thursday morning. After you work on the Practice Folder tonight, please put it in your child's backpack to send to school tomorrow.
Thursday, December 5th
Here is the link to the newsletter: December 9-13 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. Thank you!
- 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.
Monday, December 2nd
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was very nice to be with my family.
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.
Monday, November 25th
Here is the newsletter for December 2-6. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. Thank you!
- 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!
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 with all documents inside. Thank you for taking the time to read it and practice the skills with your child.
Monday, November 18th
Our St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraiser is happening now through November 26th. Our class has raised $40. We're off to a great start! Please consider donating to this wonderful hospital. This attachment has links to all of the teachers and staff who are participating in the St. Jude Marathon Weekend. Two of our Kindergarten teachers are participating, Laura Hester and Alisha Courtney. If you prefer to send cash/check that is fine as well. The incentives are on the attachment. Parent Note
We have had a case of the flu in our class. If your child has a fever, please keep this in mind.
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!
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Monday, November 4th
There were several announcements shared this morning. Please click on the links to read about each of them:
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!
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.
If your child completed the October challenge, please send a note in the Daily Folder tomorrow. Each child that completed the challenge will receive special Halloween erasers!
Thursday, October 25th, 2019
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 Wednesday from 12:15-12:45. 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.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 Report to Learning Folder back to school yesterday or today, I will have it here at school for our conference. Please remember to bring your child's Practice Folder.
October 21st, 2019
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 will add them to the children's SeeSaw portfolios. If any of the parents took pictures and would like to share them with me for SeeSaw, I would love to have them. I was really pleased with how well the students listened today and paid close attention to what the Gullion's were saying about farming. 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!
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.
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.
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 will be sent home in backpacks tomorrow. 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.
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!
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. We will hold our book drawing tomorrow. 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 learned 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!
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.
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.
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. If you signed up on the Sign up Genius that I sent out for our apple tasting, please send your items Friday morning with your child. Thank you!
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.
September 12, 2019
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!
September 9th, 2019
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. I know you and your child will have a great time reading together. 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.
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!
September 3rd, 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 and we started learning about our very important Literacy Station time.
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 several 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!
August 29th, 2019
Here is the newsletter for this week: September 2-6. Thank you for taking the time to stay updated!
A rhyming lotto game came home in folders today. The directions for the game are also in your child's folder today. 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.
On 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.
Thank you for your support.
I hope you all enjoy the three day weekend!
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. We will return to the library on Wednesday as a class, then I will be teaching them how to let me know from then on when they are ready to get 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 29th. Thank you to those who already submitted an order.
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 today. 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
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.
- 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.
August 19, 2019
Throughout the past few weeks we have focused on getting to know each other, learning our rules and procedures, and learning the habits that will help us be leaders. We go over our rules each day so it helps us to continue to learn procedures and we 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! 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. It's a wonderful way to support our school!
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 dark 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!
August 16th, 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 I will provide a paper copy in folders on Monday for those who requested one.
One more thing I forgot to mention at Parent Night...We have several friends in Kindergarten who have 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. Thank you for your cooperation.
Lunch Numbers- Please continue to have your child practice his/her lunch number until they know it without looking at it. 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. ;)
Students came home a note with their computer login in their Daily Folder on Wednesday. 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. 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. Also, practicing on how to use and manuever a mouse would be very beneficial to many of the children as well! Thank you for your support at home!
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. ;) Please return your child's poetry notebook in their backpack on Monday!
August 13th, 2019
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. Something I failed to mention last night is that 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, you can view the presentation we shared and discussed by clicking on the following link: Kindergarten Parent Night 2019 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 sent the handouts home in your child's folder today. Please complete the classroom directory slip and return it.
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 showed these to you last night. I have several copies of this DVD 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!
August 9th, 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.