Everyone that was at school sent the Practice folder today. THANK YOU!! Let's continue to make this happen the rest of the semester. The completed Practice Sheet can be sent back to me in the green folder.
If you missed Parent Night last Thursday, please read the slides and let me know if you have any questions: 2nd Semester Parent Night Presentation
Thank you for sending Valentine stickers to decorate the bags! We still need more.
Keep working on the Valentine's Exchange Home Project. As your family works on writing valentine's, please have your child do the writing, not mom or dad. When your child has finished writing the names on the cards, please let your child practice reading the names. Your child will need to be able to read the name in order to drop the valentine in the correct bag.
Wednesday, February 1st is the beginning of Kids Heart Challenge in PE. It is important to dress students appropriately for the school day and these activities. Students will need to wear tennis shoes or closed toe shoes. Boots are not appropriate shoes for the school day. If a student has a dress/skirt to wear, please have shorts underneath.
Please send your child's hand for Multicultural Night by Wednesday. We're looking forward to a fun evening at school for Multicultural Night this Friday at 6:00.
I'm running low on things for the weekly Prize Box. I'd appreciate it so much if you wanted to send a bag of small trinkets from Dollar Tree, a bag of Smarties, fun sized M&Ms/Skittles, etc. Thank you for your support!
Two forms are coming home in blue Daily Folders tomorrow. One is for Vision Screening that will take place next week at Columbia. Every child needs a completed form returned to school. If you do not want your child to participate, you must fill out the form and mark NO. The other form is a recording sheet for the February Challenge that begins Wednesday.
Thank you for attending 2nd Semester Parent Night! If you missed the meeting, please take time to read through the slides: 2nd Semester Parent Night
Last night, I talked about the 42 math facts that students should be able to answer when adding and subtracting within 5. Please go ahead and make the math fluency flashcards on index cards like was in the presentation. Continue to practice the Fry sight word flash cards at home. I will begin assessing for the next Progress Report next week. Thank you for your support.
Please remember to return the green Practice Folders on Monday. The completed Practice Sheet can be sent back to me in the green folder.
Please click here to read next week's newsletter: January 30-February 3
After you and your child finish the Multiculturnal Night Home Project from Mrs. Bolden, please send it back to school in your child's folder so it can be displayed in the hallway. Multicultural Night is on February 3rd at 6:00. Come and enjoy the fun event!
I'm running low on things for the Prize Box. I'd appreciate it so much if you wanted to send a bag of small trinkets from Dollar Tree, a bag of Smarties, fun sized M&Ms/Skittles, etc. Thank you!
**Attention! Attention! Practice Folders Are Coming Home Today!** The children are bringing home their new Practice Folders today. These are the green folders you provided at the start of school. Everything you need to know about the Practice folder is written on a note inside the folder. Please be on the lookout for the Practice Folder.
Remember the 100th Day of School is tomorrow. A note went home in folders last week with ideas for dressing up as a 100 year old. We will have a fun day celebrating.
Keep working on the Valentine's Exchange Home Project. I sent an updated class list home on Friday. As your family works on writing valentine's, please have your child do the writing, not mom or dad. When your child has finished writing the names on the cards, please let your child practice reading the names. Your child will need to be able to read the name in order to drop the valentine in the correct bag. I sent this home early so the children have plenty of time to work on this project.
I'm looking forward to seeing you on Thursday for 2nd Semester Parent Night. Please send the parent who works with your child on the practice sheet. Here is the invitation: 2nd Semester Parent Night Invitation
Thursday, January 19th
Here is next week’s newsletter: January 23-27. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.
Tomorrow is our big field trip to Bob Jones to see our classmates sing and dance in Aladdin. Please wear your RED kindergarten class shirt. You may want to wear a long sleeve shirt underneath. The auditorium can be chilly. We will not bring jackets with us. The buses will start loading early in the morning. Please be on time to school. We will have lunch as soon as we return to campus. Since that exact time is unknown, visitors will not be allowed to join us. Thank you for your cooperation.
Don’t forget to read over the dress up days next week for the Great Kindness Challenge! See Tuesday's post for more details!
I look forward to seeing at least one parent per child at our second semester parent night next Thursday, January 26th at 5:30 in the Media Center.
Tuesday January 17th
Reminders for our field trip on Friday:
-All students should wear their class shirt on the field trip.
-Please wear a long sleeve shirt under the class shirt. The auditorium can be cold and we are not bringing jackets.
There is an important note in your child's folder about our 100th day of school next week.
Please keep Friday’s note about Valentine’s Day in a safe location to refer to as your child works on writing their name and the names of their classmates.
Mark your calendar for Second Semester Parent Night on Thursday, January 26th at 5:30 pm. Please plan for the parent who works with your child on the practice sheets to attend this event.
Next week is the Great Kindness Challenge. Please see the following notes from Mrs. Sturdivant for more information about this exciting week long event.
Here is next week’s newsletter: January 17-20. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. If you haven't read it before, these are five components to the newsletter: upcoming events, the monthly challenge, a preview of this week's ELA and Math instruction, and Important Kindergarten Information. Be sure to check it out!
Valentine's Day is almost a month away! Tomorrow there will be a pink note in your child's Daily Folder with directions for the Valentine Exchange Home Project. By starting early, your child can write one valentine card per day and never have hand cramps. :) I made this flyer with pictures to help answer questions that I receive each year: More Information about Valentine's Day
We have focused on subtraction since returning from winter break. If you review the math papers with your child in the evenings, you might have noticed more errors on the Practice page than on the Apply and Grow page. We do the Apply and Grow together as a class, and then they do the Practice on their own. When looking at a subtraction sentence, I suggest pointing to the minus and equal sign and asking your child to tell you what it is called and what it means. The plus sign, minus sign, and equal sign are frequently confused in Kindgeraten, especially when the students begin writing the addition and subtraction sentence on their own without just tracing the signs.
- No school on Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
- Send Practice #11 on Tuesday, January 17th.
- Our field trip to see Aladdin Jr. will be Friday, January 20th. Your child needs to wear our class shirt on January 20th.
- 2nd Semester Parent Night is Thursday, January 26th at 5:30.
Thursday January 5th
Here is next week's newsletter: January 9-13 . Please take time to read the newsletter. Thank you!
Help at home: We are now writing our first and last names on our papers. Your child is expected to be able to write their name with correct letter formation and orientation to the line. Please work on this with your child. Learning your last name, how to spell it, and writing it can be difficult and can take longer to master.
Report of Learning Folders will come home tomorrow with your child’s 2nd Nine weeks Report Card and the mid-year DIBELS and iReady reports. Please read the yellow note that is in the folder before reading the reports. Thank you!
Monday December 12th
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.
Our next CES PTA Spirit Day is Wednesday, December 14th. The theme is pajamas! Students are asked to send in $1 or more in order to wear pajamas to school this day. For this Spirit Day the cash donations will be split evenly between the custodians, cafeteria staff, and our plant manager. They work so hard at school to prepare meals and keep the building clean. Please send this donation in an envelope with your child’s name, teacher’s name, and CES Spirit Day written on the outside.
Parents, please listen to your child read anything that comes home with sentences. For example, every Word List, phonics framework page, and Wonders Readers have "just right" sentences for your child to read to you. If you click on the links, you will see an example of what I am referring to. We are not sending home a new Word List this week, but I hope you save the old ones and let your child read from those. The more your child practices reading, the better the reader they will be. Daily practice will make a HUGE difference. Thank you for your support at home.
We are so excited that our school-wide field trip to Bob Jones to see Aladdin Jr. will be next month! Field trip forms will be coming home in folders tomorrow. The cost of the field trip is $2. Please send in field trip forms and money back to school by Thursday, December 14th.
- Our sight word assessment will be done tomorrow. Please review the list again tonight!
- Reading Logs are due on Wednesday. Your child will receive FIVE Good Time tickets if they have 25 books recorded on the reading log for this nine weeks.
- Thursday, December 15th is the last day to pay for the yearbook.
- Please remember that students are only allowed to wear tennis shoes to school.
- Rest mats will come home on Wednesday this week due to Thursday and Friday being half days. School will dismiss at 11:30 on the half days.
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
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.
We began our unit on sorting on Tuesday. 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.
Tomorrow you will find a small packet of resources in your child's folder. There are pages with cvc words and letters. Please use this resource over the break to help best prepare your child for the Dibels test on December 1st.
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, "Miss Courtney, 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.
Helpful weekend to do list:
Wash your child’s rest mat and return on Monday morning.
Have your child practice zipping their coat until they can do it independently 3 times in a row.
Finish Practice Sheet #7 and return it to school on Monday morning inside your child’s Blue Daily Folder.
Enjoy the long weekend!
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! Let me know if you watched the video :)
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.
Tomorrow night we are having a school spirit lunch at Slim Chickens from 4pm-9pm. Make sure you tell them you are with Columbia! Show this flyer when at the register.
The Game Night form is due tomorrow.
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:
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.
Students must also be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
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!!
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 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.
- If students are super silly and acting in a wild or out of control way due to being in a costume that child will be sent to the restroom to change out of the costume and into their extra change of clothes.
Have a great weekend!
Monday October 24th
I have collected Practice Sheet #4 today and have sent home Practice Sheet #5. If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet today, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder. For those that forgot their practice sheet, I will be listening to them read the words from the Word List tomorrow. Also, if you did not send a ball in with your child today, please do so tomorrow. We will be using their balls for our science unit on balls and ramps.
The original plan called for the students to explore with their balls from home this afternoon during friendship centers. Unfortunately, that did not happen. The students had a difficult morning. There were too many interruptions for us to complete our required instruction and tasks. The students were also tired and cranky. Please make sure you are helping your child be successful by ensuring they get a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast. Hunger and exhaustion make for a difficult environment to learn new things.
Red Ribbon Week is this week: Please refer to the October 20th post, on our class Remind App, 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 visited the book fair this afternoon, however 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 throughout the week.
Please empty your child’s Daily Folder every day.
Please send your child to school with a snack and a bottle of water.
Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack that is appropriate for the season.
If you haven't filled out the Google Form for fall conferences please do so as soon as possible. I will start scheduling those conferences soon. If you select that you do not want a conference you will still receive a conference form.
Thursday October 20th
Here is next week’s newsletter: October 24 - 28. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.
The next PTA meeting is Monday, October 24th at 5:30. The Trail of Treats will be following the PTA meeting 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 7:45-8:15 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 Monday from 12:30-12:50. 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.
We will begin our Science unit on Balls and Ramps on Monday. Please read the important information on the newsletter linked above pertaining to this Science unit. I also hope that you and your child are enjoying spending time together as you do the October Challenge that you will find at the upper right hand corner of our newsletter.
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.”
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.
As you know the weather has become drastically cooler. Over the weekend please practice doing the following:
Have your child practice taking on and off their winter coat.
Practice zipping and buttoning their coat.
Practice taking off coat without the sleeves being inside out.
Write your child’s name on the inside of their coat.
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
Friday October 14th
Here is next week’s newsletter: October 24-28. Thank 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!