• Monday, February 26th

      This week in 95% Phonics we are reviewing previously taught consonants and short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 19 of 95% Phonics

      Read Across America is this week! Our Spring Book Fair is also this week in our media center. Our class goes on Thursday at 12:15. If you would like to send money in for your child to purchase a book, please send the money in a labeled envelope or bag with your child’s name, my name and the amount. You may also shop at the book fair on Thursday night during our Lights, Camera, Read family night from 5-7. We hope you can attend Family Reading Night. There will be guest readers and special family activities.

      Here are the dress-up days for the rest of the week:

      Tuesday - Read My Shirt Day - Wear a shirt with a positive message.

      Wednesday - Red Carpet Readers - Wear red and take a picture of you reading at home.

      Thursday - Leap into Reading - Wear athletic clothing

      Friday - Bedtime Stories - Wear your pajamas to school

      We have our Vision Screening tomorrow morning. If you haven't already, please complete the form and return in your child's folder tomorrow. I sent home an extra copy of the form with those who haven't turned it in yet.

      Assessment Reminders: The third nine week assessments have started. Please use these flashcards to help your child practice at home. All the following are links to click:

      Sight Word Flashcards  Addition Flashcards  Subtraction Flashcards    Subtraction Video

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #17, the Reading Practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards.

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    • Friday, February 23

      Here is next week’s newsletter: February 26-March 1. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

      Next week, Columbia will be celebrating Read Across America with Lights, Camera, Read!

      Click here for information about the family night events, and the fun dress-up days we will have.

      Next Friday, March 1st, our PTA is holding the Out of this World Dance. Click here to purchase family tickets.

      We will begin assessments for the 3rd 9 Weeks Report Cards next week. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep each night, eats breakfast each morning, and arrives at school on time each day. This is important for your child’s success!

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    • Tuesday, February 20th

       

      I hope you enjoyed a restful long weekend!

      This week in 95% Phonics we are reviewing previously taught consonants at the beginning of words, and short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activitie

      The Book Fair will be open this coming Monday, February 26th. It will be open from 7:40-8:15 daily and will close on Friday, March 1st at 10:45 a.m.  In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Lights, Camera, READ!  event on Thursday night. The Book Fair will be open from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and the family activities will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Tuesday, the 27th from 12:15-12:45.  If you would like for your child to purchase books you can send money  in a marked envelope or Ziplock bag inside your child’s daily folder.

      Thank you for remembering to send the green Practice Folders today! I hope you are enjoying listening to your child read the sentences and passages each day. We become better readers by reading. The time you spend each evening with your child reading will make a meaningful difference!

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    • Friday, February 16th

      Please click this link to read next week’s newsletter: February 19-23 Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week!

      Please send the green practice folder on Tuesday. Thank you!

      Thank you for returning your child’s signed progress report.

      You may have noticed that your child’s second 95% Phonics workbook came home in their backpack this week. As we discussed at Parent Night, this is a great resource for extra practice at home! I encourage you to look through this book and have your child practice reading the sentences, passages, and stories. I would also encourage you to look at their letter practice for any errors, and have them practice writing those letters neatly with correct formation and orientation to the line.

      On Thursday, February 29th, Columbia will be celebrating Family Reading Night! The theme is “Lights, Camera, READ!” If you would like to order shirts for this event, click this link: Shirts If you would like to donate supplies for this event, sign up at this link: Family Reading Night Supplies

      We've had the best week! I really enjoyed our study of American Symbols. We learned about the U.S. Flag, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty. My students listened so well as we read several nonfiction texts throughout the week. They picked two facts they learned from our reading of each symbol to write in their book. You will want to make sure to put it in your box of Kindergarten treasures because they've worked so hard on it this week.

      Thank you for being such supportive parents. I love being with your children each day. Have a great long weekend!

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    • Monday, February 12th

      This week, in 95% Phonics we are reviewing short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities. As we decided at Parent Night, we are also learning what to do when they hear /k/ at the end of a word. When we hear /k/ immediately after a short vowel sound, we spell it -ck. Examples of these words include: duck, rock, kick, neck, sock, lick. This is a skill the students need to show that they understand while they are reading and even in their writing. Thanks for supporting this learning at home! 

      Thank you for returning your child’s Green Practice Folder today. Remember, this folder should be returned every Monday to be updated. If you forgot it today, please send it tomorrow!

      Progress Reports will be coming home this Wednesday, February 14th in the Report of Learning Folders.  Please read over it, sign it and return it to school by Friday, February 16th.

      We will have our annual Family Reading Night on Thursday, February 29th, from 6:30-7:30. If you would like your child to have a shirt for this event, here is the link to order: Shirts

      Reminders:

      • Please send your child’s completed Valentines to school tomorrow morning. We will do our exchange on Wednesday. We are looking forward to a fun day in the classroom!
      • Wednesday, February 14th, is a half-day. School will dismiss at 11:30. Extended Day will be closed. 

      • On Monday, February 19th, school will be closed in honor of President's Day. 

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #15,the reading sheet, sight word flashcards, addition flashcards, and subtraction flashcards. If you haven't taken time to watch the subtraction video yet, please do so soon. It will help you work with your child on the subtraction facts. Here is the link again: subtraction video.  A great way to help your child read smoothly, accurately, and with expression is to give them your undivided attention and listen to them read the passages in the Green Practice Folder. The more your child practices his/her reading skills, the better reader he/she will become. 

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  • Friday, February 9th

    Thank you for attending 2nd Semester Parent Night! If you missed the meeting, please take time to read through the slides: 2nd Semester Parent Night

    Mrs. Hester made this video to share tips for understanding the 21 subtraction facts. You can use this video two ways. You can watch the video and use the information while helping your child with subtraction facts, or you can have your child watch the video. Subtraction Video

    Here is next week’s newsletter: February 12-16. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

    Next Wednesday is a half day for students. Please click this link: Half Day February 14th to fill out your child's transportation and lunch preference. Please complete it by Monday, February 12th. Thank you!

    If you are a grandparent and want to become more involved at Columbia, please attend the interest meeting that will be held on February 23rd at 8:30 AM. Here is a flyer with more information.

    Please remember to return the green Practice Folders on Monday. The completed Practice Sheet can be sent back to me in the green folder. Thank you!

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    • Monday, February 5th

      This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are reviewing the letters Ee, Zz, Kk, Yy, V,v Uu, Qq, and Xx, Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities

      Thank you for sending the green Practice Folders today! If you did not send it back to school today, I need you to send it tomorrow, so you can get this week's practice pages. When returning the green Practice Folder each Monday, please put the practice sheet back in the front pocket of the folder.

      Please continue working on writing names for the valentines. You will send in the valentines in a Ziploc bag on Tuesday, February 13th. Each student will pass out their valentines. That means your child will also need to be able to read and match the name he/she wrote to that child’s name on their valentine bag.

      PTA is having a Valentine's jewelry fundraising sale at Kendra Scott from February 5-9. 20% of the sales support Columbia Elementary School PTA. A flyer is coming home in your child's daily folder with more information.

      Reminders:

      - Class Picture Day is Wednesday, February 7th

      -2nd Semester Parent Night is Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 p.m.

      - Progress Reports will go home on Wednesday, February 14th

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  • Thursday, February 1st

    • Please click this link to read next week's newsletter: February 5-9

      When reading the newsletter, please notice February's challenge. A recording sheet for this challenge will be coming home today in your child's blue Daily Folder.

      Special note about this week's practice sheet: On the back side of Practice Sheet 13, the students need to first count the total number of dinosaurs, then subtract the number of dinosaurs walking away in order to do the subtraction sentence correctly. 

      Kids Heart Challenge is back!! Kids Heart Challenge is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. We are dedicating the month of February to raising money and discussing the different heart conditions for the American Heart Association. The Kids Heart Challenge will start today and ends Feb 29!  Forms were sent home with your child in their blue Daily Folder today.

      Don’t forget that we will be taking our class pictures on Wednesday, February 7th. 

      Multicultural Night is tomorrow at 6:00 pm. I love this annual Columbia event. I'm disappointed that I will not be able to attend this year. I hope your family comes and has a great time! 

      2nd Semester Parent Night is one week from today. Please plan on sending the parent that works with your Kindergartner on their Practice Folder. We will begin in the library at 5:30. Click this link to read all the information: Parent Night Invitation

      Also, we will be decorating our Valentine's bag next week for our Valentine’s Day exchange.  If you can donate stickers for this project, please send them in your child’s blue Daily Folder. Thank you!

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  • Monday, January 29th

    **Attention! Attention! Practice Folders Are Coming Home Today!** The children are bringing home their new Practice Folders today. These are the green folders you provided at the start of school. Everything you need to know about the Practice folder is written on a note inside the folder. Please be on the lookout for the Practice Folder. 

    This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on the letters Uu, Qq, and Xx. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 15

    Remember the 100th Day of School is Wednesday, January 31st.  The students can dress up on the 100th Day of School as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc. Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. You can probably find most of these items around your house or in your dress-up box. I also thought I would share that they have 100th Day dress up items at Party City.  It will be a fun day! 

    Please keep working on the Valentine's Exchange Home Project. I sent an updated class list home last week. As your family works on writing valentine's, please have your child do the writing, not mom or dad. When your child has finished writing the names on the cards, please let your child practice reading the names. Your child will need to be able to read the name in order to drop the valentine in the correct bag. I sent this home early so the children have plenty of time to work on this project.

    Heads Up: Coming home in your child's blue Daily Folder is an order form to purchase a class group picture. Class group pictures will be taken on Wednesday, February 7th. Order forms will be due on or before this date.

    Reminder: Our Multicultural Night  is scheduled for Friday, February 2nd in the Gym and Cafeteria starting at 6PM. Multicultural Night is a very special event at CES. There will be live performances from around the world.  This is a fun opportunity for your child to learn more about the various cultures around us. 

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  • Thursday, January 25

    Here is next week’s newsletter: January 29 - February 2. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

    Tomorrow is our big field trip to James Clemens to see our classmates sing and dance in Finding Nemo. Please wear your GREEN kindergarten class shirt. You may want to wear a long sleeve shirt underneath. The auditorium can be chilly. We will not bring jackets with us. The buses will start loading early in the morning. Please be on time to school. We will have a much later lunch than normal. Please make sure your child eats a big breakfast. Since the exact time we will be returning is unknown, visitors will not be allowed to join us.  Thank you for your cooperation.

    Please keep Tuesday’s note about Valentine’s Day in a safe location to refer to as your child works on writing their name and the names of their classmates.

    If your family completes the January challenge on Wednesday, please send a note or an email on Thursday and your child will receive 2 Good Time tickets. I hope you have enjoyed spending extra family time together by playing board games and reading with your child! 

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    • Tuesday, January 23

      It was great being with your children at school today! It is nice to be in our routine again.

      This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on Yy and Vv. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 14

      Flag Project for Muliticultural Night - Talk to your family about your cultural background and decorate the flag to represent your heritage. These flags will be displayed in the main hallway for Multicultural Night. Please send these back to school by Monday, January 29th. This event will take place Friday, February 2nd in the Gym and Cafeteria starting at 6PM. Multicultural Night is a very special event at CES. We need your help to make it a great success. This is your opportunity to share your unique culture and heritage with all of us and help enrich our children's lives. 

      Valentines Exchange Home Project - Valentine's Day is three weeks away! The pink paper in your child's folder has all the information you need to know about our Valentine’s Day exchange. By starting early, your child can write one valentine card per day and never have hand cramps. :) I made this flyer with pictures to help answer questions that I receive each year: More Information about Valentine's Day

      100th Day of School - We missed 6 days of school due to weather, so the 100th day of school is now on Wednesday, January 31st! The students can dress up on the 100th Day of school as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc.  Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. You can probably find most of these items around your house or in your dress-up box.  It will be a fun day!  (If your child dressed up as a 100-year-old today for the Great Kindness Challenge, they can wear the same costume next Wednesday.) 

      The Finding Nemo field trip is on Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their green class shirt. Use this link if your family would like to purchase tickets for one of the evening shows.

      Please note that our second semester Parent Night is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th at 5:30. 

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  • Thursday, January 18th

    Here is next week’s newsletter: January 22-26. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week!

    We are so excited that Columbia will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge next week (January 22nd-26th)!! Please see the flyer HERE with more details and dress up days!

    Practice #11 is now due on Monday, January 22nd. Please take this time to put in some extra practice with your child.

    Our field trip to see Finding Nemo will be Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their class t-shirt for this field trip.

    Mark your calendar for Second Semester Parent Night on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 pm. Please plan for the parent who works with your child on the practice sheets to attend this event.

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    • Thursday, January 11th

      Here is next week’s newsletter: January 16-19. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

      Please take note of these reminders:

      -No school on Monday, January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

      -Practice #11 is due on Tuesday, January 16th. The extra day will be a great way to spend extra time to practice needed skills.

      -Our field trip to see Finding Nemo will be Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their class t-shirt for this field trip.

      -Mark your calendar for Second Semester Parent Night on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 pm. Please plan for the parent who works with your child on the practice sheets to attend this event.

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    • Monday January 8th

      Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 2nd Nine weeks Report Card, middle of the year DIBELS and iReady reports. Please read the yellow note that is in the folder before reading the reports. Thank you! 

      Please note that our second semester Parent Night is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th at 5:30. A flyer with more information is included in the Report of Learning Folder.

      This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on the short vowel e, k, and z. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 13

      Reminders:

      -No school on Monday, January 15th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

      -Finding Nemo field trip is on Friday, January 26th. Use this link if you want to purchase tickets for one of the evening shows. 

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    • Thursday, January 4th

      Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and relaxing break.

      The 3rd Nine Weeks of school is packed full of essential learning in Kindergarten. If your child is healthy, it is important for him/her to be at school on time each day, ready to learn. If your child is a car rider, we recommend going through the car line before 7:20. This will give your child plenty of time to walk to the classroom, unpack, zip their coat to their chair, and complete their morning work. If there is anything you need from me in order to make that happen, please reach out. I am here to help. 

      Here is next week's newsletter: January 8-12. Please take time to read the newsletter. Thank you!

      Help at home: We are now writing our first and last names on our papers. Your child is expected to be able to write their name with correct letter formation and orientation to the line. Please work on this with your child. Learning your last name, how to spell it, and writing it can be difficult and take longer to master.

      Your child is bringing home their 95% Phonics Unit 3 Assessment in folders today. They took this before winter break. 

      If your family completed the December challenge, please send a note or an email and your child will receive 2 Good Time tickets. The January challenge is in today's newsletter. Please consider doing it with your family! 

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    • Tuesday, December 19th 

      We had a wonderful Christmas party yesterday! The students had lots of fun! A big thank you to Mrs. Kaiser and Hoch for planning and organizing the party! Thank you to all who sent in items to make the party a success and to those who were able to come and help during the party. Thank you all!

      Wow, it is hard to believe we have finished the first semester of our school year! As it was said at Parent Night back in August, this year will fly by, it truly goes by so fast. Thank you for all your support this semester. Thank you for sharing your children with me each day! I have enjoyed watching the kids learn and grow this semester. I know we have big things ahead for next semester! 

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

      After Winter Break, students will return to school on Thursday, January 4th. I look forward to seeing my students in 2024! If you find that you get to school at the close of carline each day, please consider making it a goal for your child to arrive at school before 7:20 am in 2024.

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    • Thursday, December 14th

      Please remember that next Monday and Tuesday, December 18-19, are half days of school. We will be dismissed at 11:30 on these days. Rest mats will not be needed for these days. If you have not filled out the half day Google form, please do so today. Here is the link: Half Day Google Form

      Our class party will be on Monday, December 18th, at 8:15 in our classroom. This will also be a pajama day for our grade level fundraiser reward. Parents are welcome to join us for the party, no siblings please. Please remember that you will need to sign in at the front office.

      The deadline for field trip forms and payment for the Finding Nemo Jr. trip is tomorrow, December 15th. Please send your child’s form and $3 exact cash in their folder tomorrow.

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    • Monday, December 11th

      Please check your child's folder for a Practice Packet. Be sure to read the directions before beginning the packet. I hope you enjoy listening to your child read these sentences to you. 

      This week, in 95% Phonics, we are focusing on the following uppercase letters O, L, R, C, F, J, and W. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 12

      The half-day Google Form needs to be completed this week. Go ahead and click this link to complete it now. Here is the link again: Google Form for Half Days.

      The Field Trip forms to see our CES Drama Club are due this week along with $3.00 cash. Go ahead and fill out the form tonight and send the $3 tomorrow. Thank you!

      Our party is next Monday at 8:15. It will be in the classroom. It is for my Kindergarten students and their parents. It is also our Kindergarten pajama day, so if your child has Christmas pajamas, that would be perfect to wear to the party. No worries if you don't, any two-piece pajamas will do. Here is the link to volunteer to bring items. There are a few remaining items needed: Party Sign Up. 

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    • Thursday, December 7th

      Click this link to read next week’s newsletter: December 11-15. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed. 

      High Frequency Words - This note provides a list of the high frequency words that are taught during 1st semester: High Frequency Word Note Please review the words at home to help your child read them automatically. Thank you for your support. We will start assessing the students on these words on Tuesday. 

      Class Party - Our class holiday party will be on Monday, December 18th from 8:15-9:15 a.m. There will be a craft, games, and snacks. Please sign up by clicking this link if you are able to help with the party and/or provide food or supplies. Thank you for all of your support!

      Half Days - Monday, December 18th and Tuesday, December 19th are half-days. Elementary students are dismissed at 11:30 on both of these days. I need each family to complete this form, so I know about lunch and your child's transportation. Please complete the form by Friday, December 15th. Thank you! Here is the link: Google Form for Half Days

      Tomorrow your child can dress up like an elf, reindeer, snowman, etc. Please remember the school dress code on dress-up days. This means no one-pieces or boots. Your child must wear tennis shoes. Thank you! 

      Tomorrow is the last day to send in money for our custodians, CNP staff, and our plant manager. If you would like to be part of this school-wide gift, please send any donations in the form of cash only in a sealed envelope labeled: CES Holiday Donations. Please send it in no later than Dec 8th.

      Thank you for all the donations to our prize box!!! Our prize box is full and has plenty of items available to refill it. I'll let you know when we get low again. 

       

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    • Monday, December 4th 

      This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are learning the letters Jj and Ww. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities

      Now that we've finished our DIBELS benchmark assessment and the iReady assessments, we've started our assessments for our 2nd Nine Week Report Cards. Please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night and eats a healthy breakfast each morning. If you plan for your child to be absent, please let me know, so I can plan accordingly to assure missed assessments are completed.

      Tomorrow is Tree Topper Tuesday. Your child may wear their favorite festive hat or headwear. 

      We are so excited to go on our school-wide field trip to James Clemens to see our drama club present Finding Nemo Jr. next month! Field trip forms have been sent home. The cost of the field trip is $3.  Please send in field trip forms and money back to school by Friday, December 15th. Thank you!

      I wanted to give a few reminders about jackets-

      1.   We go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is above 32 degrees. Please pay attention to the weather and send an appropriate jacket.

      2.   Keep working with your child on zipping his/her jacket until it is mastered. Thank you! Many of them have it down pat now, which is very helpful as we transition to and from recess.

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  • November 30, 2023

     

    Here is next week’s newsletter: December 4-8. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed. 

    I am proud of the students and their hard work today on the iReady assessments. We will take the DIBELS assessments tomorrow, December 1st. 

    We will begin assessments for the Second Nine Weeks Report Card next week.  These assessments are completed one on one and take quite a bit of time. If your child has a planned absence between now and the end of the semester, please let me know so I can adjust my assessment plan. Thank you for supporting classroom learning at home! Your time makes a difference!

    As you know Columbia Elementary is a special place. Our custodians, CNP staff, and our plant manager work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our school a wonderful learning environment. As a school, we want to bless our custodial staff, CNP, and plant manager with something extra for Christmas and the holidays. If you would like to be part of this school-wide gift,  please send any donations in the form of cash only in a sealed envelope labeled: CES Holiday Donations. Please send in no later than Dec 8th.

    Our class holiday party will be on Monday, December 18th from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Please mark your calendar for this fun event. If you are interested in volunteering to help, there will be a sign-up genius available soon. 

    Tomorrow will be our first dress-up day for December. Students are allowed to wear pajamas, but no one-piece pajamas are allowed. This makes restroom time for your child difficult. Also, please remember that students are only allowed to wear tennis shoes to school. This is for the safety of your child while playing in the gym and on the playground equipment.

     

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  • November 27, 2023

    This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are learning the letters Cc and Ff. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities.

    Semester Assessments - Tomorrow we will start taking our iReady Math assessments. After that, we will take our iReady Reading assessment. On Friday, the students will take their DIBELS benchmark assessment. Please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night and eats a healthy breakfast each morning. Thank you for your support. 

    Coming home today in your child’s Blue Daily Folder is a permission slip for our field trip to see our CES Drama Club’s performance of Finding Nemo, Jr. The field trip will be Friday, January 26th and cost $3 for the bus fee.  All forms and money are due by Friday, December 15th.   

    For the month of December we will have several dress-up days for the students and staff.  These dress-up days will be on Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning with this Friday, December 1st. Click the link to see how students can dress up and the dates: “CES Happy Holidaze”.

    In our school cafeteria we have a holiday tree on display. Mrs. Bolden announced today that any student who would like to send in an inexpensive ornament that represents their family, we will add it to the tree. Please make sure that it is labeled somewhere with your child's name.

     

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  • Sunday, November 26th

    I hope everyone had a restful break and wonderful Thanksgiving!  

    Please click this link to read this week's newsletter: November 27th - December 1st. This is a big week for our Kindergarten students. They will take their mid-year benchmark tests for iReady and DIBELS.  A good night's rest and healthy breakfast will help your child perform their best. (Read the Important Information box at the bottom of the newsletter for the dates.) Thank you for your support.

    Please send Practice Sheet #8 tomorrow. Practice Sheet #9 will come home in your child's folder tomorrow. Thank you for spending time each day on the Practice Sheet. 

    If your child has completed the November challenge, please send an email or note in your child's folder to let me know. Your child will earn 2 Good Time Tickets for completing the monthly challenge.

    As winter is approaching, I wanted to give out a few reminders about jackets-

    1. We go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is above 32 degrees. Please pay attention to the weather and send an appropriate jacket.

    2. Please remember that I try my best to help your child build independence. I remind the students that it is their responsibility to keep up with their personal items. You can help your child by ensuring that their name is in every item they bring to school, including coats/jackets.  

    3. Please teach your child how to zip their jacket and allow practice time until your child is comfortable doing it. Thank you

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    • Monday, November 13th

      This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are learning the letters l, r, and short o. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities. Tomorrow you will find your child’s second paper pencil test on the skills taught in 95% phonics in your child’s folder. We will take unit tests throughout the school year to monitor phonological awareness skills and phonics skills. 

      Mrs. Hester made a quick video about your child’s 95 Phonics workbook that will be coming home tomorrow. Click here to watch the video. Thank you for your support!

      Today we began our sorting unit. We are learning how to 1) sort by attributes, 2) count the amount in each group, 3) sort the groups by amount. We practiced these skills using M &M’s!  The children sorted them by color, then they counted how many of each color they had. Finally, they sorted the color groups by amount. We will sort various objects the rest of this week. By the end of this unit, the children should be able to do our 3 step sort for multiple attributes of the same group of objects. 

      Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #7 today. Practice Sheet #8 is coming home in your child's folder today. Thank you for spending a little time each day on the Practice Sheet. 

      Progress Reports will be coming home in the Report of Learning Folders on Wednesday, November 15th.  Please read it, sign it and return it to school on Friday, November 17th. 

      Parents, please help me with the following items: 

      1) Students need to wear velcro or slip on tennis shoes to school each day. Please do not send your child in shoes that have laces, winter slip on boots, lace-up boots, or dress shoes. These are not allowed at school.

      2) Please also refrain from letting your child bring toys, jewelry, watches, purses, and Pokeman cards to school. These items are can be distracting during learning times and need to be kept at home.

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    • Thursday, November 9th 

       

      Here is next week’s newsletter: November 13-17. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week to stay informed. 

      Next week we will begin our math lessons on sorting. We will be using the snack size bags of M & M's you sent in on Monday. Thank you for sending so many to school. If there are any extra packs after we finish the lesson, I plan to put them inside the prize box that we use for our weekly drawings. If you are out shopping this weekend and see small trinkets for the prize box, we'd like for you to get them for the class.

      Our class really enjoyed learning about veterans and going to the Veterans parade today. They also illustrated a Veterans song and poem for their Poetry Notebook. You'll want to check those out with your child.

      Helpful Weekend To Do List:

      1. Wash your child’s rest mat and return on Monday morning.

      2. Have your child practice zipping their coat until they can do it independently 3 times in a row.

      3. Finish Practice Sheet #7 and return it to school on Monday morning inside your child’s Blue Daily Folder. 

      4. If you haven't already done so, please watch the video that I shared on Monday. Click this link: Sentences on Practice Sheet

      Enjoy the long weekend!

       
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