• Thursday, May 16th
         
        Today I am sending home chromebooks, headphones, charger, and the packet for Monday's E-Learning Day. The chromebook and charger are checked out to your child. It is your family's responsibility to keep the chromebook and charger in a safe place at home during the summer so your child can have it to use in 1st grade. 
         
        In your child's Daily Folder you will find the directions for Monday's E-learning day. Please do not return the work to school until Tuesday. Thank you! 
           
        Remember to have your child wear our GRAY class shirt tomorrow for our Astro Bash. Your child does not need to bring a full change of clothes, towel, or water shoes tomorrow because the Astro Bash has been moved indoors. They need to wear socks and velcro/slip on tennis shoes as usual.
         
        Please send your child's empty backpack with their empty Daily Folder tomorrow. Thank you!!
         

        Please click this link to view learning opportunities over the summer for your child: Summer Learning Opportunities

        A great way to save time and money is with ordering school supplies now for the 2024-2025 school year. The Columbia Elementary back-to-school supply  kits are now available for you to order! Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppack now and enter our School Code, which is COL217. The kit price for 1st grade is $55.

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    • Tuesday, May 14th

      Thank you for returning your child’s green practice folder today. If you forgot yesterday, please send it tomorrow, as I will be using these folders to create a summer practice folder for your child. The best way to avoid the summer slide is to keep practicing the skills they learned this school year throughout the summer. I hope you will use this resource I am providing you to do just that.

      Please note that as things are winding down this school year, I will be sending several things home in backpacks and folders this week. Please take the time to clean out your child’s backpack and blue folder each night.

      Kindergarten Program: Our Kindergarten end of year program will be this Wednesday, May 15th, at 8:30am. Please plan for enough time to check in at the office and get your seat before the program begins promptly at 8:30. Our office staff has asked us to share that the lobby will not be open until 8:00, so if you plan to arrive early, please wait in your car until 8:00 to check in at the office. Remember, I sent a picture of the stage with our class wearing their gray shirts in order to help you pick the best seat to see your child! Our class is bottom center when looking at the stage.

      Class Party: This will be on Tuesday, May 21st. Our party will be outside. It will begin at 8:30 and last until 10:00. Please apply sunblock on your child before sending him/her to school on party day. The Kindergarten classes will rotate through several stations. The Kindergarten room moms are organizing our party. Parents are welcome to come to our party, but no siblings. Please have your child wear our GRAY class shirt this day. The party snack is Kona Ice. You will have to pre-order and pre-pay for the party snack. An order form was sent home in your child’s folder on Wednesday. Please return this form and $4 exact cash no later than this Friday, May 17th. May 21st is also a half-day of school. Students will be dismissed at 11:30. 

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    • Thursday, May 9th

      Here is this week’s newsletter: May 13-17. Thank you for taking the time to read it each week!

      Due to weather conditions, the Astro Bash has been moved to the rain date of May 17th. The lunch menu has changed. Instead of the sack lunches, tomorrow the cafeteria will be serving hot turkey croissants, potato wedges, green beans, tossed salad, and fruit.  Whatever you marked on my Google Form for your child’s lunch for the Astro Bash, we will apply to the May 17th date.

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    • Tuesday, May 7th 

      All books are due on Wednesday, May 8th

      We will be taking the DIBELS test on Wednesday, May 8th. Please ensure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast. Thank you! On Monday, I sent home a page of words for your child to practice reaidng. Please listen to your child read the page of words today and tomorrow. Thank you for your support!

      When I posted the descriptions of the End of Year Activities last Monday, we didn't have all the details for our End of the Year party. Now we have them. Here is the information about our class party:

      Class Party: This will be on Tuesday, May 21st. Our party will be outside. It will begin at 8:30 and last until 10:00. Please apply sunblock on your child before sending him/her to school on party day. The Kindergarten classes will rotate through several stations. The Kindergarten room moms are organizing our party. Parents are welcome to come to our party, but no siblings. Please have your child wear our GRAY class shirt this day. The party snack is Kona Ice. You will have to pre-order and pre-pay for the party snack. An order form will be sent home in your child’s folder on Wednesday. May 21st is also a half-day of school. Students will be dismissed at 11:30.

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    • Thursday, May 2nd

      Click the link to read next week's newsletter: May 6-10. Please note the important information box. As it states, our classes will be taking their DIBELS assessments on Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th. A great way to help them prepare for this is to have your child read the words and sentences on the reading practice page in your child’s green Practice Folder. Also, tomorrow I am sending home a sheet of closed syllable words for your child to read. The more they practice the better readers they become. Thank you for your continued support this year. The children have grown so much and I know they will all do their best on these assessments.

      Reminder: Thank you for sending your child in their class shirt today. The next time they need to wear it is on May 10th for the Astro Bash. The students will be outside the majority of the day, so please apply sunblock before sending them to school. We encourage them to wear crocs or athletic sandals. Please send a FULL change of clothes, including underwear. The students may need to change after they go to the water station.

      End of Year Assessments - Starting May 7, I will reassess all of our Kindergarten Standards for our last report card. I have to submit 4th Nine Weeks grades on May 17. This means now is the time to review and practice any of the standards your child has yet to master. Refer back to the pictures you took of your child’s Progress Report so you know what standards to practice with your child.  Thank you for your support at home. 

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    • Monday, April 29th - Please read all the Important Information in this long post

      Here is this week’s newsletter: April 29-May 3

      Our class will begin taking their Spring iReady reading diagnostic assessment starting tomorrow. We will also take our math diagnostic this week.  You will want to make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night and eats a healthy breakfast each morning. Thank you for your continued support this year. The children have grown so much and I know they will all do their best on these assessments. 

      May is filled with many fun activities! Many of which will require a sack lunch. For planning purposes, all sack lunches have to be pre-ordered. Please fill out this Google Form for me so I will know if your child is bringing lunch or will need one ordered. . Here is the link: May Google Form.  Then, record your selection on your calendar at home to ensure you know which days you chose a school sack lunch/home sack lunch. Please only complete this for your child that is in my class.  Please complete before 8:00 am on Wednesday, May 1st.

        *End of Year Activities*

      It is important for each parent to read this information and follow directions about class shirts, water bottles, and towels. I know several of you are experiencing the end of the year activities for the first time. The following are descriptions of each activity so that you can be prepared and know what to expect:

      Field Day - This will be Thursday, May 2nd. Coach Fields has planned our Field Day events. Kindergarten will be outside from 9:00-11:30. The classes will rotate through several stations.The majority of the stations are held outside, so please apply sunblock on your child before sending your child to school. Please have your child’s water bottle labeled with their name and have it filled with water and ice. Please send a towel. It would help your child if you sent the water bottle and towel inside a plastic grocery bag or a small drawstring backpack so they can easily keep up with their items. The only parents that are allowed to attend Field Day are the parents who sign up to volunteer. If you are a volunteer, see Coach Fields for your assignment. We will eat lunch much later on Field Day than normal, so please make sure your child eats breakfast. Please have your child wear our GRAY class shirts to Field Day.

      Astro Bash - This will be on Friday, May 10th. Please have your child wear our GRAY class shirts to Field Day. We will spend most of the day outside. Please apply sunscreen before school and bring a refillable water bottle labeled with your child’s name. We will have a picnic lunch outside so please send your child with a towel for the picnic. There will be inflatables at the bash and water activities, so crocs/athletic sandals/ slip on shoes are a MUST!  No flip-flops. Since children may get wet, please send a change of clothes in a gallon bag labeled with your child's name as well.

      End of the Year Program – This will be on Wednesday, May 15th in our cafeteria. This is an opportunity for our students to perform for you. They will sing songs and recite poems. All parents, grandparents, younger siblings are welcome to come to our End of the Year program. We will begin promptly at 8:30, so please arrive around 8:15 to have time to sign in and find a seat. Please be in your seat by 8:30. The performance should only last about 30 minutes. This is a special performance so the children are encouraged to dress nicely. You should have an opportunity after the show to say hello and take pictures. Please let me know if your child will not be here, so I do not save them a spot on the stage. I will take a picture of our class during one of the practices so you can see where we will be standing on the stage. (I will put this picture on Seesaw, so please check it so you can sit in an appropriate spot.) Your child can bring a change of clothes and shoes to put on after the program.

      Class Party – Our End of the Year Party will be Tuesday, May 21st at 8:30. Details for this will be communicated with you soon. Students will need to wear our GRAY class shirts.  

      Last Day of School – The last day of school is Wednesday, May 22nd. Students will be dismissed at 11:30. Send your child’s backpack and folder. Report Cards and End of the Year Data Reports will be sent home on the last day. If your child will not be at school on May 22nd, you will need to provide me with a self-addressed stamped envelope so the report card can be mailed to you.

      Thank you for your support at home. It is still very important for your child to be at school on time every day. 

      *If you read all of today’s long post, send me an email and I’ll give your child a Good Time Ticket. In your email, let me know if you have questions about these end of the year events that were not answered above.

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    • Wednesday, April 24th

      Progress Reports are coming home today in the Report of Learning Folders.  Please read over it, sign it and return it to school by Friday, April 26th.

      Important Field Trip Information for tomorrow:

      • If your child is bringing lunch from home, it must be completely disposable.
      • All students need to wear their GRAY class shirt on the field trip.

      Important Field Trip Information for adults going on the field trip tomorrow:

      • Parents who  pre-purchased admission to Early Works must come to Columbia Thursday morning between 8:15-8:30 to check-in and receive a visitor sticker.  
      • You will need to wear the visitor sticker while on the field trip. Parents should plan on meeting us at Early Works by 9:15. Please see Monday’s post for parking instructions. 
      • Please sign-in at the front desk when you arrive at Early Works. 
      • If an adult from your family is meeting our class at Early Works tomorrow, please email me if you plan to take your child with you at the end of the field trip. You'll need to check them out from me before you leave. 
      • Lunch will take place upstairs in the picnic room. Seating is very limited. Parents and family members should stand behind your child during this time. We will be eating lunch an hour later than normal. Please make sure your child eats a big breakfast with lots of protein. 
      • Please limit phone usage while on the trip and engage with your child while touring the museum. This is such an exciting time in your child's life! Enjoy it! 
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    • Monday, April 22nd

      This week we are reading words with the voiced and unvoiced /th/sound. The /th/ sound in the English language is used in two ways, creating two separate sounds. Both versions of /th/ are produced with the same mouth position. The voiced /th/ uses the vocal cords vibrating to amplify the sound, such as in this, then, mother. The unvoiced /th/ relies only on the air passing through the mouth and teeth, resulting in a softer /th/ like in the, think, and bath.

      Important Information about the Field Trip: Thursday is our field trip to Early Works Children’s Museum! If your child is bringing lunch from home, it must be completely disposable. All students need to wear their GRAY class shirt on the field trip. If your child doesn’t have a class shirt, please have him/her wear a solid gray shirt. Parents who pre-purchased admission to Early Works must come to Columbia on Thursday morning between 8:15-8:30 to check in and receive a visitor sticker.  You will need to wear the visitor sticker while on the field trip. Parents should plan on meeting us at Early Works by 9:15. There is parking available for 50 cents per hour.  Parking is available at the Fountain Circle Parking Garage located behind the museum. The address is 318 Fountain Circle SW, Huntsville, AL 35801. Parking does cost $0.50 per hour. Street parking is also available for the same price, but it can be hard to find due to construction. Sign-in at the front desk when you arrive at Early Works. If an adult from your family is meeting our class at Early Works on April 25th, please email me if you plan to take your child with you at the end of the field trip. You'll need to check them out from me before you leave. Please email me by 2:00 on Tuesday to let me know. Thank you!  

      Reminder: Please send a snack daily with your child.  We eat our lunch at 10:20 in the morning.  By our snack time, at 2:10, the children are hungry and ready for something to eat.  Lately, I've had several students without a snack, and they used the extras I have in the classroom.  l don't always have extras on hand, and it is hard for the students to see others with their snack, when they do not have one.  Thank you!

      Thank you for remembering to send the green Practice Folders today! I hope you are continuing to enjoy listening to your child develop as a reader each day using the included sentences and passages. Remember your child becomes a better reader by reading. The time you spend each evening with your child reading will make a meaningful difference!

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #24, the reading practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards. These links might be helpful to you as you work with your child:

      Sight Word Flashcards  Addition Flashcards  Subtraction Flashcards    Subtraction Video

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    • Thursday, April 18th

      Click this link to read next week's newsletter: April 22-26

      Please click to watch this quick video to help your child: Practice Folders  Listening to your child read will help them become a better reader and will help them do awesome on their upcoming DIBELS and iReady assessments.  Thank you!

      Tomorrow is Purple Up Day. Have your child wear purple in support of military children. Click to read the flyer: Purple Up Day

      Goal for this weekend: Locate your child's gray class shirt. You will want to have it ready for your child to wear on our field trip on Thursday. 

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    • Monday, April 15th

      This week in 95 Phonics we are reviewing vowel-consonant-magic e words. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 25 of 95% Phonics.

      Please click to watch this quick video for clarification with our Practice Folders: Practice Folders

      Friday is Purple Up Day. Have your child wear purple in support of military children. Click to read the flyer: Purple Up Day

      I know that it is a busy time of year with sports and activities, but I ask that you to continue checkand empty your child's Daily Folder daily. Thank you to everyone who sent your child’s green folder to school today. 

      The weather is getting warmer which is creating a challenge to keep up with jackets that are necessary for early morning, but not needed later in the day when it is warmer. As a reminder, the students are responsible for keeping up with their belongings. You are welcome to come check the lost and found for missing items. It is located in the cafeteria.

      As the weather gets warmer, please remember that closed toe velcro tennis shoes are required daily. No sandals or crocs.

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  • Friday, April 12

    Here is next week’s newsletter: April 15-19. Thank you for taking the time to read it each week! There are lots of important dates you will want to add to your May calendar.

    Upcoming Dates to Know:

    -Friday, April 19: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the Media Center, 9:00-10:30

    -Friday, April 19: Purple Up Day, wear purple

    Have a great weekend! Don’t forget to send green folders on Monday!

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  • Monday, April 8th

    This week in 95 Phonics we are reading words with long u. Long u magic e can spell the /oo/ sound like in the words rule and tune. Long u magic e also spells the /U/ sound in the words mute and cube. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 24 of 95% Phonics.

    Field Trip Paperwork was sent home at the end of March. The forms and $20 payment are due on Friday, April 12th. Parents that plan on meeting us at the Early Works Museum will need to pre-purchase your admission ticket. The cost of the adult ticket is $10. We ask that you send your payment on the same day that you send the completed paperwork. Thank you! 

    Self-Control - Lately, I've had to talk about self-control on a daily basis with the class. We talk about how they are in charge of what their body does and what their mouth says. It is making a choice to do the right thing, even when others are not making that choice. For example, as I go to each table to quickly check their work, the other students sit quietly at their table waiting for me to get to them. Students are expected to sit patiently (criss cross with a quiet mouth) until everyone gets to the rug.  Instead, I have kids spinning in circles, rolling on the rug, and talking in a yelling voice to each other.  Another example is when I ask the class to get in line so we can go to lunch, music, PE, etc. The students are expected to stand in line quietly facing the door. Instead, I have kids dancing, playing, and talking. We've been late to a few places because I wait to leave our classroom until everyone gets under control. These are two examples. I could go on with more, but I think you get the picture. I am requesting your assistance. Please talk to your child about how to have self-control. Give them time to practice - at home, at a store, or in a restaurant. I know they are capable of exhibiting self-control.

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    • Sunday, April 7th

      Click here to read next week's newsletter: April 8-12. Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter each week.

      Please also remember that the field trip paperwork that was sent home last week is due no later than April 12th. We are looking forward to this fun trip to Early Works Museum!

      Please remember to send your child's Green Practice Folder to school on Monday. Even though they may not verbally tell you themselves, your children are so thankful that you take 10 minutes each day to listen to them read! Thank you parents for supporting our classroom learning!

       
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    • Monday, April 1st

      **School will be dismissed at 11:30 on Tuesday, April 2nd. Please send an email with any transportation changes.

      This week in 95 Phonics we are reading words with long e. Long e can be spelled with “magic e” at the end of the word such as in names like Steve or Pete, with one e in short one syllable words like me and be, or with two es in one syllable words like weed or beep. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 23 of 95% Phonics

      I hope you noticed the April Challenge on this week’s newsletter. If not, go check it out. We become better readers by spending time reading. Help your child develop the habit of reading daily. If you did not send a note for completing the March Challenge, you can send it tomorrow. Thank you!

      Don’t forget to return the solar eclipse permission slip no later than Friday, April 5th.

      Please also remember to return the field trip paperwork and payment by April 12th.

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #21, the reading practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards. Please note that the reading practice sheet now has a space for you to initial on the days that you listen to your child read. Please take advantage of the reading practice page in the Practice Folder, your child will become a better reader by reading!

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    • Thursday, March 28th

      Here is next week’s newsletter: April 1-5.  Thank you for taking the time to read it each week!

      Important Papers are in the Folder Today:

      Field Trip Paperwork came home today in your child’s daily folder. The forms and $20 payment are due on Friday, April 12th. Parents that plan on meeting us at the Early Works Museum will need to pre-purchase your admission ticket. The cost of the adult ticket is $10. We ask that you send your payment on the same day that you send the completed paperwork. Thank you!

      On Monday, April 8th, your child will have the opportunity to view the solar eclipse at school. The district is providing glasses for your child. A permission slip went home yesterday in your child’s daily folder. In order for your child to be able to participate in this event, you will need to sign and return the permission slip by Friday, April 5th. Thank you!

      Reminders:

      Spring Pictures are tomorrow, Friday, March 29th.

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    • Monday, March 25th
      This week in 95% Phonics we are reading words with long o. We are learning about the silent e at the end of a word. We call this e "magic e" because it can jump over a consonant and make the vowel say its name (the long vowel sound).  Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 22 of 95% Phonics.

      Our field trip to EarlyWorks will be on April 25th. Chaperones must have a background check completed. The names of chaperones will be submitted to Mrs. Herwig for verification. Here is the link to complete the Madison City Schools background check.

      Thank you for remembering to send the green Practice Folders today! I hope you are continuing to enjoy listening to your child develop as a reader each day using the included sentences and passages. Remember your child becomes a better reader by reading. The time you spend each evening with your child reading will make a meaningful difference!

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:
      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #20, the reading practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards. Please take advantage of the reading practice page in the Practice Folder. Your child would benefit from reading the words, sentences, and passages more than once during the week. 

      Here is next week’s newsletter: March 25-29 

      Spring Pictures will be on Friday, March 29th. A form came home in your child's blue folder last week.  If you do NOT want your child to have their picture taken, fill out this form and send it back.  If you do want the picture taken, you do not send the form back and in 2-3 weeks a proof will come home with the option to purchase the pictures online. 

      Reminders:

      • All transportation changes should be emailed to both the classroom teacher and cesattendance@madisoncity.k12.al.us  On days when I am not at school, I will not be able to check my email, so the office will notify the substitute of these changes.

      • Please pack a snack for your child daily.  

      • Blue Daily Folders should be checked and emptied every day. 

      Columbia’s FCA club is collecting items for the Limestone County Animal Shelter. They are collecting dog/cat food, pet toys, and blankets.  If you would like to help with this effort, they will be collecting supplies until April 4th. 

      Thank you to all of you who have donated Kleenex and wipes to our classroom! We have plenty to get us through the rest of the school year now. Thank you! 

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  • Wednesday March 20th

    Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 3rd Nine weeks Report Card. Here are comments about a few of the report card power standards: 

    • If your child has a 1 on "Read Kindergarten high frequency words accurately and automatically, fluently add within 5, and fluently subtract within 5," there is a great way to help your child master the skill...daily use of flashcards. :)

    • Spell simple words phonetically by writing a letter for consonants and short vowels - Students are expected to apply our Kindergarten phonics rules when writing words. This includes the correct use of short vowels in words like pin, pen, ham, yam. It also includes writing -ck when final /k/ is after a short vowel. For example, duck, sick, tack, lock, peck, etc. The students are also expected to remember that q and u work together and make the beginning sound with the following words: quiz, quit, quack, quilt, quick, quest. To practice writing simple words at home, give your child a piece of paper and say any of the above words and ask your child to write them.

    • Read and reread grade appropriate decodable texts smoothly, accurately, and with expression to support comprehension - Please listen to your child read the passages in the Practice Folder. When finished, ask questions about what they have read.

    After taking notes about which standards to practice at home, please sign your name in the address box on the first page of the Report Card and return it in the Report of Learning Folder by March 22nd. Thank you!

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    • Monday, March 18th

      I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! It was nice to see everyone at school today. 

      Click this link to read this week's newsletter: March 18-22. Thank you for reading the newsletter each week.

      This week in 95% Phonics we are reading words with long i. We are learning about the silent e at the end of a word. We call this e "magic e" because it can jump over a consonant and make the vowel say its name (the long vowel sound).  Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 21 of 95% Phonics.

      Thank you for sending Practice Folders today. You will see new passages and Practice Sheet #19. These folders are to be returned to school every Monday. If you forgot to send your child’s practice folder today, please send it tomorrow. Thank you! 

      Cold, flu, and allergy season is here and we have gone through almost all of our boxes of tissue. If you could donate a box of tissues, it would be greatly appreciated!

      I would like your help. Please talk with your child about classroom behavior. After Spring Break, we see a lot of interruptive behaviors. The class of late has been very talkative, loud, and interruptive during instructional times. In class, we've discussed being conscious of their speaking volume and having self-control, but it hasn't transferred to application yet. Thank you for helping me with this at home too. During recess, the kindergarten teachers are observing some aggressive behaviors while on the playground. We request your help with talking to your child about this. Please encourage your child to keep their hands, feet, and all other objects to themselves when playing with others.

      3/21 is World Down Syndrome Day: wear BLUE and YELLOW on Thursday!

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #19, the reading practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards. Please take advantage of the reading practice page in the Practice Folder. Your child would benefit from reading the words, sentences, and passages more than once during the week. 

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  • This week in 95% Phonics we are reading words with long a. We are learning about the silent e at the end of a word. We call this e "magic e" because it can jump over a consonant and make the vowel say its name (the long vowel sound).  Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 20 of 95% Phonics.

    We started a new literacy station last week. It is called Magnet Center. At this station, the students build words in a word family using magnets. Then, they write the words. Their last step is to use the words in a sentence. Last week our word family was -at, this week our word family is -it. I am expecting the students to begin their sentence with a capital letter, put a space between the words, and end the sentence with punctuation. The students are enjoying this new station.

    Please make sure to email me if you know your child is going to miss any days this week, so I can adjust my assessment plan accordingly. Thank you!

    Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

    Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #18, the reading sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards. 

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    • Thursday, February 29th 

      Click this link to read next week's newsletter: March 4-8 Thank you for reading the newsletter each week.

      If your child has completed February’s challenge, please send in the Dental Health Log tomorrow.  

      Family Reading Night is tonight from 6:00-7:30!

      Tomorrow night is the Out of this World School Dance at 6:00.

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  • 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 Tuesday at 8:00. 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. If you haven't already, please complete the form and return in your child's folder tomorrow. 

    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 from 8:00-8:30.  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 a busy week! We started our study of American Symbols. We learned about the U.S. Flag. We will learn about the bald eagle and the Statue of Liberty next 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

      I missed the students today while I was gone. Luckily, I was not chosen to serve on a jury so I will be back in the classroom tomorrow!

      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! My helpers from James Clemens and Bob Jones should have taken care of that for me in my absence today. If you are missing something please let me know. 

      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. The link to the Half Day Google Form was in Friday's post. I need 3 more families to complete the form. Here is the link again: Half Day Google Form

      • 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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