• Monday, September 26th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 9/26/2022 6:30:00 PM

    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 is coming home in folders today. 

    You will also see your child’s work from last week’s Literacy Stations coming home 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. I am still missing money and forms from several families. 

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  • Thursday, September 22nd

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 9/22/2022 4:00:00 PM

    Here is next week’s newsletter: September 26-30 

    Important field trip information and paperwork came home in your child’s daily folder on Tuesday. Please complete both forms. Both forms and payment are due no later than September 29th. 

    Next week is the last week of the first quarter. I am continuing to collect data and complete one on one assessments with the students for their first nine weeks report card throughout next week. If you know in advance that your child will be out of school for any day next week, please let me know so that I may adjust my assessment schedule to ensure your child’s first nine weeks assessments are completed. 

    Community Helper Project:

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

    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.   

    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 athespe@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!

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  • Monday, September 19th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 9/19/2022 4:15:00 PM

    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

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 9/15/2022 3:00:00 PM

    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 athespe@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

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 9/12/2022 4:35:00 PM

    Mrs. Hester, another Kindergarten teacher, has made 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 would like to note that our class' iReady and DIBELs reports will be in the red folder rather than your child's blue daily folder. This is because I will have a sub on Wednesday, and I want to guarantee that all items related to progress reports still make it home even in my absence. These reports will be stapled together and are the only thing in the red folder that should not come back to school.**

    Mrs. Hester also 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

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 9/8/2022 8:20:00 PM

    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

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 9/6/2022 8:15:00 PM

    I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! 

    Today our school district nurse came to our class 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 will be coming home in their folder that explains what was taught as well as when to stay home if you are sick. 

    We will continue learning our letters with our Letter Experts this week along with continuing sorting words/pictures based on the beginning sound.  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.  

    Please remember to send a snack daily with your child. I keep a few extra, however those are for students experiencing food insecurity.  We eat a very early lunch at 10:20 so by snack time students are usually hungry again.

    I have added a section to my website where you will find a running list of items that are needed for our classroom. I will also have two Amazon wishlists posted there. One is a running list for our prize box. We're not running low yet, but I wanted the list to be readily available. The second list will be a running list of items that would be useful to have in our classroom. None of these items are necessities, but if you would ever like to donate items to our classroom, I would greatly appreciate anything from this list!

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  • Thursday, September 1st

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 9/1/2022 4:45:00 PM

    Here is next week’s newsletter: September 6-9. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter each week. I appreciate you doing your part to keep yourself informed about classroom learning.

    Please remember that tomorrow is a 1/2 day. We will be dismissed at 11:00.  Extended Day is closed. If you are picking up in the carline make sure your car line tag is displayed on your rearview mirror. 

    Tomorrow we are having a school spirit lunch at Freddy’s from 11-1. 

    Next Friday, September 9th we will observe Patriot Day by wearing our red, white, and blue. I am looking forward to seeing everyone participate! 

    When your child comes to school each day, please make sure your child:

    1. has a water bottle filled with water and ice

    2. has the blue Daily Folder inside his/her backpack

    3. Has their library book

    4. is wearing velcro or slip-on shoes

    Thank you!!!

    Weekend To Do List:

    1. Practice your lunch number! This is used to check out new library books.

    2. Remove papers from the daily folder. 

    3. Let your child practice rolling up their rest mat.

    4. Send rest mats back on Tuesday.

    5. Enjoy the LONG weekend!

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  • Tuesday, August 30th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 8/30/2022 1:30:00 PM

    Friday is a half day for students. I sent out a Google Form for transportation and lunch selection last Thursday. Please have one parent fill out the form no later than tomorrow. Thank you, if you have already filled out the form!

    Please return your library book daily after recording it on your child’s reading log. This week we are visiting the library as a class to create this new routine of returning our library book and checking out a new book. ALL students must know their lunch number. This is the number used to check out library books. Also, all students should have at least ten books recorded on their reading log. If you are below that number, there’s still time to catch up and reach the goal of 20 books by September 30th. If you have filled up your reading log you can continue to record books on the back of the original reading log or on a separate sheet of paper. Remember, if your child has 20 books recorded on the reading log, they will receive FIVE Good Time Tickets on September 30th. If everyone in our class reaches the goal, we earn an extra recess. We can do this! 

    Class shirt orders are due next Thursday, September 8th. We will wear these shirts several times this year. Please consider purchasing a class shirt. If you would like to purchase a shirt to donate to a friend please let me know. 

    This week our writing focus is on writing our names. This includes making only the first letter uppercase. The rest of the letters should be lowercase. We are also working on writing our letters with correct formation and orientation to the line. That means tall letters are tall, small letters are small, and letters that fall should fall below the bottom line. All letters should touch the bottom line. Currently our focus is on writing our first name, but you are welcome to start practicing writing your last name at home. 

    We are also working on using scissors correctly. We talk about how our elbow is by our side, scissors are pointing away from your belly, the thumb is up and we use a straight wrist while cutting.  We tell students scissors go open and shut while the other hand is holding the paper firmly while turning the paper.  These fine motor skills are very important.  By developing their fine motor control, children are able to access so many more things, and become confident and able students.  It would be very beneficial to practice these scissor skills at home as well.

    Remember to send one snack and a water bottle daily. We prefer the water bottle that has a straw or mouthpiece. The water bottles with an open top create a lot of water spills in the classroom. Also, remember that it should only be filled with plain water. Thank you!

    Please check and empty the BLUE Daily Folder everyday. Some folders are returning to school not emptied and papers are falling all over the floor. Thank you for your support! :) 

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  • Thursday, August 25th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 8/25/2022 4:15:00 PM

    We will have our first half day on September 2nd. School will dismiss at 11:00.  There will be no after school activities: Extended Day is closed. Please take a few minutes to complete the Half Day Google Form

     

    Friendly Reminders: 

    Our front office staff asks that parents do not drop off forgotten items such as rest mats, snacks, etc.  These items are not always able to get to the classroom in a timely manner. 

     

    Remember to order our class shirt using this link: Class Shirts Our class is ordering the orange shirt.

     

    Please continue to practice rolling up rest mats at home, as well as opening lunch/snack items.  We are striving to do these things independently. 

    Weekend to do list: 

    1. Enjoy reading your child’s poetry notebook.

    2. Wash your child’s rest mat and watch your child practice rolling it up 5 times.

    3. Empty your child’s blue daily folder and send it back to school on Monday.

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