• Thursday, December 8th

    Here is next week’s newsletter: December 12-16. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed. 

    Thank you to everyone who donated to help sponsor our angel off of the angel tree. I know our angel is going to have an incredible holiday season. 

    Next Thursday, December 15th and Friday, December 16th are half-days of school. Elementary students are dismissed at 11:30. *Please note this is the new elementary dismissal time for half days. If you haven't filled out the Half Day Google Form yet, please do so today. Here is the link: Half Day Google Form

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  • Monday, December 5th

    2nd Nine Week Assessments have started. We will assess sight words on Tuesday, December 13th. 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. 

    Our class holiday party will be on Thursday, December 15th from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. There will be a craft, games, and food. A sign-up genius was sent in an email on Friday. There are still items available. Please sign up here if you are able to help provide food or supplies needed for the party. Thank you!

    I know we had indoor recess today and probably tomorrow due to rain, but 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. 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.

    3. If you send gloves, hats, or scarfs we keep those items in pockets or stuffed inside the sleeves of the jacket while the jackets are zipped to their chairs in the classroom. This makes our transition to recess easier than everyone going to the closet to dig for those extra items. 

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  • Friday, December 2nd

    What a fun and exciting day we had in Kindergarten! We spent the day on the engineering component of our AMSTI Balls and Ramps Unit. It is called Sidewalk Safety. First, we did a test to learn that the size of a push determines the distance an object travels. Then, we did truck races and learned that the size of a push determined the speed of the truck. Next, we learned about slopes and looked at pictures of runaway truck ramps. Then, we learned about barriers and looked at pictures of concrete barriers on highways. Finally, we put everything together and worked in groups to create a plan to stop the spring-loaded truck in the safety zone. I encourage you to talk with your child about their experience today. It would make great dinner time conversation! Unfortunately, I was so busy helping all of the groups, I didn't have time to take pictures. 

    Here is next week's newsletter: December 5- 9 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter.

    Way to go! So many families were at or above 20 books read! Thank you for making reading a part of your family's routine. If your child has 25 or more books recorded on the reading log when they are turned in on December 14th, your child will receive FIVE Good Time tickets. If the entire class meets the goal, then we get an extra recess! 

    Keep working on the Kindergarten sight word list that was on Monday's post and a copy was sent home in folders. 

    We have a busy week ahead! Please have your child get plenty of rest each night and arrive at school on time. Thank you for your support! 

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  • Monday, November 28th

    Angel Tree Donations - Please send $1.00 in an envelope labeled with "Angel Tree Donation" in your child's blue daily folder. We are collecting through Friday, December 2nd. (See email sent on November 18th.) Thank you!

    Semester Assessments - We started taking our iReady math assessment today. We'll finish it tomorrow. After that, we will take our iReady Reading assessment. On Thursday, 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. 

    Fry Sight Words - This note provides a list of the Fry sight words that are taught during 1st semester: Fry Sight Word Note Please review the words at home to help your child read them automatically. Thank you for your support.  

    Reading Logs - Students need to have 25 books recorded on their 2nd Nine Weeks Reading Logs by December 14th. Back on November 1st, I put a sticker on the reading log if 10 or more books were recorded on the reading log. On Friday, I will check-in on progress again. Please try to have 20 books read and recorded on the log. 

    Holiday Party - Our Holiday Party is Thursday, December 15th from 8:30-10:00. Parents are invited to join us for the party, but siblings may not attend. You will receive an email with a sign-up genius from one of our room moms later this week. Thank you in advance for your willingness to provide items for the party.

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  • Sunday, November 27th

    I hope your family enjoyed the Thanksgiving break! Here is this week's newsletter: November 28th -December 2nd. Please take the time to click the link and read the newsletter so you know about everything happening at school this week. If your child completed the November challenge, please send a note in their Daily Folder tomorrow. The December challenge is especially important this week with all of the assessments happening, so be sure to check it out. 

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  • Tuesday, November 15th 

    Yesterday we began our unit on sorting. 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 yesterday 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. Today the students worked in groups to sort various objects. 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. 

    Progress Reports will be coming home in the Report of Learning Folders on Friday, November 18th.  Please read over it, sign it in the box labeled 2nd Nine Weeks, and return it to school after Thanksgiving break. 

    Friday is Community Hero Day! Students may dress up like their favorite community hero and bring in $1. Please remember that dress up days must follow the dress code.

    As the cold winter weather arrives, please dress your child to go outside for recess. We will go outside as long as the “feels like” temperature is 32 or greater. Please put your child’s name in their coat. Winter boots are not allowed at school. Students need to wear socks and velcro or slip on tennis shoes. 

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  • Thursday, November 10th 

    Here is next week’s newsletter: November 14-18. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week to stay informed. 

    The PTA sponsored a Trail Mix bar for teachers in honor of Thank a Teacher Month. If you contributed to this, I want you to know that your thoughtfulness was appreciated!

    The #1 question of the week, "Mrs. Hester, when are we going to do the lesson with the M&Ms?!?" They were happy to hear that we are going to use them 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.

    Our class really enjoyed learning about veterans and going to the Veterans parade yesterday. They also illustrated a Veterans song and poem for their Poetry Notebook. I don't always remember to send it home each week, but I did today. I hope you enjoy reading them 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. Enjoy the long weekend!

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  • Tuesday, November 8th

    Please watch this quick, less than 2 minute, video about two new boxes on Practice #7. Click here to watch video. Thank you for your support! (The last two videos that I've shared on my website were made on my phone and then uploaded to my YouTube account. I'm not sure why they have been blurry. The original video is not blurry at all. If you have any expertise in this area and want to tell me what I'm doing wrong, please send me an email.) 

    Reminder: Our school’s Veterans Parade is scheduled for tomorrow morning from 9:00-9:30. Please have your child wear red, white and blue. Also, if your child would like to make a sign to hold during the parade, please make it at home and send it to school with your child tomorrow morning. Send me an email if you or a family member is driving in the parade so we know to look for you. 

    The Game Night form is due tomorrow. I apologize for not sending it in folders. 

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  • Thursday, November 3rd

    Here is next week's newsletter:  November 7-11 

    Our 3rd  annual Drive Thru Veterans Day Parade is on Wednesday at 9:00-9:30. Have your child wear red, white, and blue. You are welcome to make a sign for your child to hold during the parade. Please send it on Wednesday morning. We'd love to see any veterans from your family drive thru our parade. Let me know if we should expect to see you. 

    If you have a loved one who is a Veteran that you'd like to honor, please fill out this certificate of gratitude and send it in your child's Daily Folder. The certificates will be laminated and hung on Columbia's Wall of Honor. Certificate of Gratitude

    Reminder - No School on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day.

    Please label your child's jacket with their first and last name. If the jacket is labeled, it will be easier to find it in the lost and found and return it to you. 

    Please send Practice #6 to school on Monday. Thank you!

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  • Monday, October 31st 

    Please remember to send the Practice Sheet to school each Monday. Practice Sheet #6 is in your child’s daily folder today. If you did not return Practice Sheet #5, please send it tomorrow. Thank you! 

    Columbia Elementary School will be hosting the following events on November 9th in order to honor Veterans Day!

    • The eS2S Astro Ambassadors will be handing out thank you cards to families with Veterans during the morning car line! Please put your flashers on to signal that they have a Veteran in your family.

    • There will be a drive thru parade at CES for our students to honor Veterans from 9:00a.m.-9:30a.m. in the back car line area. We'll be outside waving. Please let me know if your child has a family member driving in the parade so we can look for them.

    • Students are encouraged to invite a Veteran friend or family member to eat lunch with them on November 9th. Veterans can purchase a lunch at the school for $4.75 or bring their own lunch!

    Please see these fliers for more information.

    Flu and Illness Reminders

    1. If your child has a fever he/she must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) before returning to school. 

    2. Students must also be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. 

    3. Do not be tempted to send your child back to school too soon. Children with the flu or other illnesses need time for their body to recover.

    Request: When looking through your child's Halloween candy, please send 1- 2 packages of the Fun Size plain M&Ms in your child's folder for us to use later in November for a math lesson. Thank you!! 

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  • Friday, October 28th

    Here is next week’s newsletter: October 31-November 4 Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

    It was so much fun seeing some of our students at Trail of Treats on Thursday night! I was 15 minutes late because I had to pick my daughter up from her dance class, but the costumes of the students I saw looked great and I know everyone had fun! I wanted to also thank you for supporting our school by attending or sending in money for your child to buy items from the book fair. Just so you know, the library was closed for checkouts all week because of the Book Fair. We'll go again starting on Monday.

    If you haven't filled out the Google Form for fall conferences, please do so as soon as possible. The link was on my post on October 14th. Here it is again:  Google Form I have started conferences with those who've already requested one. If you select that you do not want a conference, you will still receive a conference form. If you have already filled out the Google form, you do not need to fill it out again. 

    Please note that we try to go outside for recess daily.  If temperatures are above 32 degrees, we will go outside.  Now that temperatures are getting colder, please send your child a coat or jacket daily.  I also know it is a temptation to send your child in boots when the weather is colder. Please remember to participate safely in P.E. and to play in the playground, students need to wear tennis shoes only.  

    Students dressing up on Monday, October 31st will be acceptable, as long as the costume follows our current dress code to include the following conditions:
    • No masks that cover the face.
    • No scary or gory costumes.
    • No props that look like weapons.
    • Appropriate shoes should be worn.
    • No inflatable-type costumes that could prevent the student from sitting appropriately in a desk.
    • No onesie costumes in Kindergarten.

    Have a great weekend!

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  • Monday, October 24th

    Thank you for turning in Practice Sheet #4 today! I loved hearing the kids doing an awesome job reading the word list!

    Thank you for sending the balls today. It was a great introduction to our Balls and Ramps unit. 

    Please complete the Impact Aid form. It is in PowerSchool under the Forms tab. You can do this on the website or in the app. Thank you for completing this promptly. 

    Red Ribbon Week is this week: Please refer to the October 20th post or our schools’ social media platforms for the dress up days. 

    The Book Fair will be open all this week. It will be open from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m.  In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Trail of Treats Thursday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  If you plan for your child to participate in the Trail of Treats please remember to send in a bag of unopened candy with your child. Our class will go to the book fair Tuesday from 9:45-10:15. You can send money in a marked envelope or Ziplock bag inside your child’s daily folder. 

    Friendly reminders:

    1. Please empty your child’s Daily Folder every day.

    2. Please send your child to school with a snack and a bottle of water. 

    3. Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack that is appropriate for the season.

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  • Thursday, October 20th

    Here is next week’s newsletter: October 24 - 28.  Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. Be sure to read the Important Information box. 

    Starting tomorrow, students will have the option to purchase ice cream only on Fridays. The cost of ice cream is $0.75. If you would like your child to purchase ice cream, please ensure there is money in their lunch account. You can send cash or check inside your child's folder in an envelope or bag labeled lunch money.

    Tomorrow is Rock Your School Day. Don’t forget to have your child dress up like a rockstar. We ask that your child’s outfit is school appropriate and they have on tennis shoes. 

    The Trail of Treats is Thursday, October 27th at 6:00. We are still in need of candy for this fun event!  Each family that is participating needs to send an unopened bag of candy to be distributed that evening.

    The Book Fair will be open this coming Monday, October 24th. It will be open from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m.  In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Trail of Treats on Thursday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Tuesday from 9:45-10:15.  If you would like for your child to purchase books, you can send money  in a marked envelope or Ziploc bag inside your child’s daily folder. 

    October 24th-28th is also our Red Ribbon Week.  The following are dress up days for this week:  

    Monday- Wear red to show “We are RED-y for Red Ribbon Week” 

    Tuesday- Wear your favorite sports jersey or team gear to “Team up against drugs” 

    Wednesday-  Wear workout clothes to “Work out your choices Wednesday”

    Thursday- Wear mismatched clothing to “Change poor choices to good choices” 

    Friday- Wear pajamas to “follow your dreams.”

    As you know, the weather has become drastically cooler. Over the weekend, please practice doing the following:

    1) Have your child practice taking on and off their winter coat.

    2) Practice zipping and buttoning their coat.

    3) Practice taking off coat without the sleeves being inside out.

    4) Write your child’s name on the inside of their coat.

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  • Tuesday, October 18th
    Wow! What an awesome Field Trip we had to Gullion Farms! The children really enjoyed petting the animals, picking a pumpkin, corn crib, gathering eggs, the pony ride, the giant slide, fishing, and milking the cow!  I was very proud of the children as they were all so well behaved. We really had a great day! Thank you to our chaperones, our pumpkin parent, and to all of the parents who joined us at the farm!  It wouldn’t have been successful without all of your help! 

    If you haven’t already, please sign your child’s report card and send your child’s Report of Learning Folder back to school as soon as possible.

    Next Thursday night will be our Trail of Treats at 6:00.  If your family is attending, please send in an unopened bag of candy. 

    Starting on Friday, students will have the option to purchase ice cream only on Fridays. The cost of ice cream is $0.75. If you would like your child to purchase ice cream, please ensure there is money in their lunch account. You can send cash or check inside your child's folder in an envelope or bag labeled lunch money.

    If you haven't watched the video about Practice #4, please watch this before working with your child on this week's Word List. Here is the link: Video about Word List

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  • Friday, October 14th 

    Here is next week’s newsletter: October 24-28Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

    Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 1st Nine weeks Report Card. As discussed at Parent Night, our grading scale is 4, 3, 2, 1. Your child will not receive a 4 until the standard has been taught to the full depth of the Kindergarten expectations AND your child has shown consistent mastery of the standard. At this time of the year 2s and 3s are extremely common. Another thing we discussed at Parent Night was that Kindergarten teachers system wide have a rubric to follow when assigning a 4, 3, 2 or 1 for a standard. After reading the Report Card, please do two things. First, sign the report card in the address box on the front page. Second, I would like one parent from each family to complete this Google Form

    If you are available to help decorate the hallway and prepare items for the Rock Your School event, please use this link to sign up. We need volunteers that can come without children at 4:00 on Thursday, October 20th. Thank you for your willingness to help!

    This important note is coming home in folders today: Field Trip Notes I’m posting the note on the website just in case you misplace it before Tuesday morning. 

    The AEA Be A Champion and Read contest will begin on Monday when the form comes home in your child's daily folder. Students will read six reading-level appropriate books to qualify. All reading logs should be submitted by Friday, October 28th. No late entries will be accepted. Every student who completes the special Be A Champion and Read reading log will receive an Alabama or Auburn bookmark. The grand prize - two students will be selected statewide - one Alabama fan and one Auburn fan - to receive free tickets to the Iron Bowl. Each prize includes game tickets, sideline passes, and pre-game activities for the winner and two accompanying guests. 

    We had a wonderful teacher appreciation lunch today provided by PTA.  Thank you so much to those that contributed to the luncheon or provided Duty Free Lunch. We all enjoyed this delicious meal in the quiet library!

    Enjoy the Fall Festival tomorrow! 

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  • Monday, October 10th 

    If an adult from your family is meeting our class at Gullion Farms on October 18th, please email me with the number of adults and the names of the adults. (Siblings are not allowed to join us on field trips.) Please remember to email me after reading today’s post. Thank you!  

    Our class shirts were delivered to school today. I will keep your child’s shirt at school to put on the morning of the field trip. All other shirts ordered for other family members will be sent home in your child’s backpack once I get them sorted. Give me a few days to get this task done.

    Please read this informational note about Rock Your School on October 21st. Here is a list of items that I would like to request to help decorate our classroom for this special day: Amazon Wishlist

    Friendly reminder: Wednesday is a half day of school. We will dismiss at 11:30. 

    Coming home today in Daily Folders: 2nd Nine Weeks Reading Log and Practice #3

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  • Sunday, October 9th 

    I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Fall Break! I'm excited about beginning the 2nd Nine Weeks tomorrow. 

    Please read this week's newsletter: October 10-14

    This Wednesday is a half-day of school. Elementary students are dismissed at 11:30. *Please note this is a different time from normal half days. If you haven't filled out the Half Day Google Form yet, please do so. Here is the link: Half Day Google Form

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  • Thursday, September 29th

    Reading Logs are due tomorrow! Please make sure it is in your child's Daily Folder. I am so excited to give out 5 good time tickets to everyone who has completed their reading logs. A new reading log will go home on the Monday after Fall Break. 

    If your family did the September Challenge, be sure to send that note in the Daily Folder tomorrow too. More info about the challenge can be found in the newsletter each week. 

    We reached one of our goals with the school No Hassle fundraiser. We will celebrate this by having pajama day tomorrow. Pajamas must be school appropriate. Your child should be able to use the bathroom independently in the pajamas so no onesie pajamas. We will wear tennis shoes with our pajamas. No slippers, please.  

    Over Fall Break- Please wash and return your child’s rest mat on Monday, October 10th. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and weather! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Fall Break! 

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  • Monday, September 26th 

    Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #1 today. If you forgot to return it today, please send it in your child’s Daily Folder tomorrow. Practice Sheet #2 was sent home in folders today. 

    You will also see your child’s work from last week’s Literacy Stations in folders today. The students did well last week with our first week of Literacy Stations. Literacy Stations is an important time in our day for students to complete group/partner work reinforcing our reading skills, while I teach differentiated small group lessons.  I look forward to seeing the students grow with independence, cooperatively working with others and producing quality work while working in stations. 

    Reading Logs - I am super excited to see so many families have reached or exceeded the goal of reading 20 books during the 1st Nine Weeks.  These reading logs are due Friday. It makes my heart happy to see all of the reading that is happening! 

    We reached one of our goals with the school No Hassle fundraiser. We will celebrate this by having pajama day on Friday. Pajamas must be school appropriate. Your child should be able to use the bathroom independently in the pajamas so no onesie pajamas. We will wear tennis shoes with our pajamas. No slippers! 

    We started our unit on Community Helpers today. It is not too late to submit your picture and sentence to share with the class. Please see last week’s post for more details. 

    Thank you to everyone who has turned in the permission slips and money for our farm field trip in October. The forms and money are due September 29th. If you haven't sent these things to school yet, please do so by Thursday. Thank you!

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  • Thursday, September 22nd 

    Here is next week’s newsletter: September 26-30  Thank you for taking a few minutes to read the newsletter. 

    Important field trip paperwork was sent home in your child’s daily folder on Tuesday. Please complete both forms. The two forms and $25 payment are due no later than September 29th. 

    September 30th is the end of the 1st Nine Weeks. I am continuing to collect data and complete one on one assessments with the students for their report card throughout next week. If you know in advance that your child will be out of school any day next week, please let me know so that I may adjust my assessment schedule to ensure your child’s assessments are completed. 

    Last Thursday, I shared information about our Community Helper Project. Thank you for sending me a picture of you at work and a sentence describing how your job helps others. If you haven't done this yet, please email me these two things by tomorrow afternoon.  I will share your picture and read your sentence to the class during Community Helper Week. Your child will be so proud to have your picture shared with the class. Thank you for participating!

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  • Monday, September 19th

    Tomorrow is Picture Day! The pictures taken tomorrow will be used in the yearbook. 

    Our first Practice Sheet is coming home in folders today. As you read in the newsletter, please don't do it all at once - a little each day will benefit your child. This is a picture of what to look for in the folder: Practice Sheet Picture 

    Today, 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. If you see a lowercase m written in pen next to your child's m in pencil, I did this to show your child the correct way to write a lowercase m. When you see this on the paper, it is always a good idea to give your child more time to practice. 

    The students were so excited about our first day of Literacy Stations. Considering it was the first day, it went pretty well.

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  • Thursday, September 15th

    Here is next week’s newsletter: September 19-23 

    Community Helper Project - We will be studying Community Helpers the last week of September. I need every parent to email me with two things: 

    1. A picture of you at work. Whatever your job, whether you are an engineer, accountant, fireman, sales clerk, stay at home mom, or a doctor, I’d like you to send me a picture.   

    2. A sentence about how your job helps others. Please explain it in a way that 5 and 6-year-olds can understand. 

    Please email me these two things by September 23rd. My email address is lhester@madisoncity.k12.al.us I will share your picture and read your sentence to the class during Community Helper Week. Your child will be so proud to have your picture shared with the class. Thank you for participating!

    Reading Logs - I am super excited to see so many families have reached the goal of reading 20 books during the 1st Nine Weeks.  It makes my heart happy to see all of the reading that is happening! If you’re a little behind, do not fret. We still have plenty of time for your family to complete the reading log. They are due September 30th.

    No Hassle Fundraiser -  The No Hassle Fundraiser is happening now through September 23rd. An information page was sent home last Friday. Please consider giving a donation to our school. Send it in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and No Hassle Fundraiser. Or, you can give online by clicking this link: Member Hub.

    Checking Out from School: If you know you'll be checking your child out from school, please email me that morning so we can be prepared. Please avoid checking out during lunch, recess, specials, and P.E.  (Refer to the schedule that you received at Parent Night.)

    It is not too late to watch the videos that were posted on Monday. Watch to the end of both videos and you'll know what to do. Thank you for keeping yourself informed. 

    Enjoy your weekend! 

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  • Monday, September 12th 

    I have 2 quick videos that I would like you to watch today:

    The First Nine Weeks Progress Report will be in your child’s backpack on Wednesday. Please watch this video to know what to expect and what I need you to do. It should answer any questions you have about the Report of Learning Folder: Progress Report Video

    I made this video about the activities we’ve been doing in class to help with letter identification. Please watch this video to the end. It is less than 5 minutes. Letter Identification Video Thank you!! 

    Tomorrow is the Astro Dad's Pizza Night at 6:00 pm. I hope the kids have a fun evening with their Dads! 

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  • Thursday, September 8th 

    Here is next week’s newsletter:  September 12-16. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter each week. I appreciate you doing your part to keep yourself informed about classroom learning.

    As you know the last several weeks, we have been going over the letters of the alphabet with our letter experts. During this time we talk about what the letter looks like, the sound it makes, how to write it on the lines with correct letter formation, and how to recognize its sound at the beginning of words. If your child still does not know all of their letters automatically, a great way you can help them is by using flashcards with the letters not in alphabetical order.  Another great tool to use with your child is the website starfall.  Here is the link to the website with the letter blocks that helps your child with the sound the letters make. 

    As you will read in our newsletter, another way that you can help your child is by learning to open items that are sent in the lunchbox independently.  We have a very short time in the lunchroom, our schedule for lunch is from 10:20-10:50. While this may seem to be enough time by the time we go through the lunch line, get settled at the table, then open containers, about 10 minutes has passed. Then we lose another 5 minutes for cleaning up. If your child still struggles with opening the container then consider changing what you send the lunch item in or open the container enough that your child can finish the process successfully. I appreciate your help with this! 

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  • Tuesday, September 6th

    I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! 

    Today our school district nurse came to Columbia and did a handwashing lesson. The students learned the importance of washing their hands and about how germs make us sick.  The nurse also showed students the best way to cover a cough or sneeze using their elbows. A letter was sent home in their folder that explains what was taught as well as when to stay home if your child is sick. 

    We will continue learning our letters with our Letter Experts this week along with continuing sorting words/pictures based on the beginning sound. We are also working on writing our names with correct formation and orientation to the line. You have probably also noticed our math worksheets where students are learning to write the numerals correctly on the lines.  If you see where I have written the number correctly next to your child’s, please help them with this one on one at home.  

    A local church provides snacks for students whose families need assistance. Please reach out to me if your family needs help providing snacks for your child and I will make sure they receive one at snack time. If this does not describe your family's situation, please remember to send a snack daily in your child's backpack. We eat a very early lunch at 10:20 so by snack time, students are usually hungry again.  

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