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

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

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

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

    Reminders:

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

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

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

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

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

    Send Practice Folders tomorrow. 

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  • I will not be at school on Friday October 4th. I am participating in a state wide reading program called LETRS this year. I will be gone to training for that tomorrow. 

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

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

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

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

    I hope everyone enjoys a wonderful Fall Break! 

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

    Practice Folders are coming home tomorrow! Please read the detailed letter inside the folder. The students will be VERY excited about these tomorrow. Please share in their excitement and joy for learning! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Monday September 23rd

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

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

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

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  • Thursday September 19

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

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

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  • Monday September 16

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

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

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

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

    Please read the post below about our apple tasting event.

    Today I taught the kids how to take pictures on the ipad to upload to their seesaw account. So that's why you might see more items added to their digital portfolio. 

     

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  • We will be havnig an apple tasting event coming up soon. Please use the sign up genius to volunteer to donate items for the event. Thanks! 

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548AAA92CA13-apple3

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  • Thursday September 12th

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

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

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

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

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  • Monday September 9th

    It was a great day in Kindergarten!

    We began our first week of our Wonders Reading Series. We are focusing on the letter Mm this week. 

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

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

    Be sure to check the newsletter for important dates each week. Special events are happening Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week. I hope you are able to come to the PTA meeting tonight. One update from this week's newsletter: The Bob Jones Homecoming Parade has been moved to 6:00. 

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

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  • September 6th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful relaxing weekend! 

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

    September behavior calendars are in folders today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for your support.

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  • Monday August 26th

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

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

    Friday will be a half day of school for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:00. I sent a Google form yesterday. Please complete the form no later than Wednesday. Thank you!

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

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

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

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

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  • Thursday August 22

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

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

    Money

    All money should be in a labeled envelope or bag. Last week we were late to Fun Friday because everyone was digging through folders and back packs looking for money. I can only accept money that is in a labeled bag or envelope. 

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

    Weekend To Do List:

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

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

     

    Please fill out the google form regarding early dismissal on Friday August 30th. https://forms.gle/kUnmUoantArNr2Wc8

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  • Monday August 19th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Friendly Reminders~

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

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

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

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

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  • Friday August 9th

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

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

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

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  • August 8th

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

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

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

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

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

    I hope K101 covered many of the questions and concerns you may have about the first few weeks.  If you missed part of what we discussed, click here to see the presentation. As you look through your child's folder of important papers, if you have any questions please let me know. 

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

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

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

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  • Please fill out the Google Form before you leave Open House. Do not begin the Google Form until you know how your child will be going home in the afternoon. If your child will be a bus rider, please look up your address to know which bus (color and shape) your child will be riding. Thanks!

     

    https://forms.gle/WVraaMSqfxqFwkSv6

     

    Here is the link to sign up for remind text messages. https://www.remind.com/join/cesastros1

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  • Incoming Kindergarten Families

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

     School Supplies for Kindergarten 

    1 pack of 8 count classic crayons

    1 pack of 16 count classic crayons

    2 packs of 24 count classic crayons

    24 #2 pre-sharpened yellow pencils

    1 composition notebooks, wide ruled, 100 pages

    1 supply box (no larger than 6x9)

    2 plastic folders with pockets and prongs

    4 large glue sticks 1 watercolor set

    1 1 inch 3 ring binder with plastic sleeve on front

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

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

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

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