Friday April 30th
Here is the newsletter for May 3-7. Please click the link to read the newsletter, especially the box of upcoming events. There are lots of things happening in May!
Please remember to send a water bottle with your child each day.
If your child completed the April challenge, please send a note on Monday to let me know. Thank you!
Friendly Reminder: We go to the library on Tuesday and Thursday. Please send your child's book on these days so he/she gets to pick a new library book. The last day to check out a library book is Thursday, May 6th.
Thank you to everyone who signed and returned the Report of Learning folders.
The following Power Standards might need your continued support:
- 50 Fry sight words (flashcards)
- Writing CVC words
- Reading grade level text with purpose and understanding
- Counting to 100
- Counting on from any given number
- Addition Facts (flashcards)
- Subtraction Facts (flashcards)
A Special Challenge for 4 Good Time Tickets - Work with your child on memorizing one parent's phone number. It helps to teach the numbers in groups. Start with the area code, then the next three, then the next four. When your child has it memorized, email a video of your child saying one parent's phone number. They should say, "My mom's name is (first and last name). This is my mom's phone number ___-___-____." or "My dad's name is (first and last name). This is my dad's phone number ___-___-____."
Just a reminder, tomorrow is a virtual day. There is a packet in your child's daily folder. The work needs to be turned in on Tuesday, April 27th. If your child does not turn in the work, they will be marked absent for Friday.
Here is next week's newsletter: April 26-30
Next week is Abilities Awareness Week. Here is the flyer describing the dress-up days: Abilities Awareness Week
I need your help, please talk to your child about listening and following the classroom rules. One rule that we ask they follow is to not interupt instruction. The number of times I am having to stop instruction to correct this behavior has really increased in the past few weeks. Thank you for reminding your child of your expectations for his/her behavior while he/she is at school. Also, I ask that you talk to your child about wearing masks correctly over their nose at school.
I know that it is a busy time of year with sports and activities, but I ask that you still please check and empty your child's Daily Folder daily.
If your child is playing a spring sport I would love to come watch and cheer for him/her. Please send me a copy of the schedule and I'll do my best to come watch.
Please read next week's newsletter: April 19-23
Please continue to do the Fry Sight word flashcards, addition flashcards, and subtraction flashcards every day. These are 3 of our Power Standards that need to be mastered before 1st grade. Reinforcement at home is critical for success.
I realized this week that last week I put the wrong word list in most of the folders. I looked at our original calendar for word lists that was created prior to the week of snow. The word list had long vowel a and long vowel i words. Since we are learning long vowel i this week along with the sight word their, I opted to wait another week and they will be tested on those words then. I also realized there were a handful of folders that weren't given a new list. So I fixed that problem, too. Thank you for the support at home and for being so kind :)
Tomorrow is a virtual day. The packet was in the back pocket of their Daily Folder on Wednesday. There is a To Do List paper clipped to the top. There will NOT be a live lesson tomorrow.
I will be out of the classroom on Monday. The students will have a substitute. I will be in the building, but I have an all day webinar training to complete.
This is next week's newsletter: April 12-16 Thank you for taking the time to read it each week!
Mark your calendars: Our class will take their Spring DIBELS benchmark assessment on Thursday, April 22nd. You will want to make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast the morning of the test. Thank you!
Friday, April 2nd
Here is the newsletter for next week: April 5-9 Thank you for reading the newsletter each week.
Practice Folders: Please send your child's Practice Folder each Tuesday. It would be SO helpful to have all 19 Practice Folders at school on the same day. If remembering to send it on Tuesdays is difficult for your family, please set a weekly alarm on your phone for Monday evening labeled "Practice Folder." Thank you for your help.
Every other week, your child receives a new page of CVC words in the Practice Folder. As you listen to your child read the CVC words, please encourage your child to just read the word without orally pushing the sounds together (thinking the sounds, saying the word). If reading a CVC word without orally blending is a difficult task for your child, please have your child read the page of CVC words daily. Thank you for your support at home!
As you've read on the newsletter, April 9th is a virtual day. The packet of papers will be sent home in your child's Daily Folder on Thursday.
Here is next week's newsletter: March 8-12
I have a favor to ask of you. When you help your child log into Clever at home, please click the heart on the iReady icon so that it will appear at the top the next time your child logs into Clever. This will help us so much when we do iReady in the classroom.
Next week is Space Week:
Monday, March 8th: Star Wars Day (Wear Star Wars T-Shirt)
Tuesday, March 9th: Space Rocks (Dress like a scientist)
Wednesday, March 10th: Aliens & Astronauts (Dress like an alien or astronaut)
Thursday, March 11th: We are all Stars Day (Wear school spirit shirt or stars shirt)Friday, March 12th: Goodnight Moon (Wear Pajamas)While assessing for Report Cards this week, I have noticed that many students are really struggling with automatically and accurately producing the answers to the addition and subtraction facts. The flashcards we sent home in January are a great way to practice math facts. Fluency with addition and subtraction facts is a power standard in Kindergarten; so please begin working on these facts at home, if not already. Thank you for your support!
Please complete and return your child's Vision Screening form in the Daily Folder tomorrow.
Please send Practice Folders to school tomorrow.
The Read Across America dress up activity for Tuesday is to wear a nametag. Feel free to make a creative, fun, decorated name tag. This goes along with the book we're going to read tomorrow.Here is next week's newsletter: March 1-5.Read Across America will be March 1-5. There are dress up days for each day of the week: Read Across America FlyerMonday- Wear Your Favorite Sports Team Jersey!Tuesday- Wear a Nametag Day!Wednesday- Warm Fuzzy Day- Wear Your Kind Words!Thursday- Wear Your Favorite Outfit!Friday- Wear Your Pajamas (Reminder no one piece pajamas, students need to be able to easily take off for restroom breaks.)Friendly reminders:* Tennis shoes must be worn daily.* Please be sure your child has a change of clothes and an extra mask in their backpacks.
**I know that Mr. Hill mentioned in his email and at Parent Night that there will not be live lessons. The teachers are not required to do live lessons since we sent home work for the students to complete at home. I enjoy doing the live lessons on these kindergarten at home days. So, it is my choice to offer a live lesson. It's not required on my part and the students are not required to attend. It's just an extra things I am offering to do. :) **
Here is next week's newsletter: February 15-19
We had an exciting Valentine's Day at school. They enjoyed the Valentine Exchange. Thank you for my Valentine's Day cards and treats!
Thank you to those who attended Parent Night. I hope you found the information helpful for your family. Here are the slides from tonight: Parent Night
Enjoy the long weekend. Please remember to send Practice Folders when we return on Tuesday.
Here is this week's next newsletter: February 8-11
Here is the invitation for Parent Night: Parent Night Invitation
Keep working on the cards for the Valentine Exchange. These need to be sent to school on February 8th. If you haven't started today would be a great day to work on them!
Practice Folders: The goal for these folders is that your child is reading the Word List, consonant-vowel-consonant words, and passages at least 3 days each week. (Reading the passages or other beginner reader books would be ideal!) The time your child spends reading will only help him/her to become a better reader.
Reach out to me if you have a question. I'm here to help.
We will be having a virtual day on both February 5th and 12th. It was put in the back pocket of the Daily folder. We will have a live lesson at 9:00. The students will need to check Schoology and complete their work. Friday is our day to have Spanish so they will need to watch the Spanish lesson. The first Friday of the month is also when we are scheduled to have counseling. There is a counseling lesson in Schoology, too.
The virtual day on February 12th will move our Valentine Exchange to Thursday, February 11th. Remember all valentines must be at school by Monday, February 8th. Thank you to all the families that have already sent in valentines! (Friendly reminder ~ We have a new student, so please add Sophia to the list of names for valentines.)
This is next week's newsletter: February 1-5
This is a recording sheet for February's Challenge: Recording Sheet
I look forward to seeing each family on our Parent Night WebEx. Here is the invitation: Parent Night Invitation
Please remember to send a note on Monday if your child completed the Janaury Challenge.
A few notes..
1. We are currently experiencing a regression in listening and following directions, self-control, staying on task, etc. For example, we were late to recess, lunch, PE, and the library due to behavior. We have a ten minute time slot to get library books. Today we arrived so late that we were unable to check out new books. This also happened on Tuesday. Please speak with your child about listening and following directions the first time and making good choices.
2. Their hands are looking a little raw due to the frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer. I keep a big bottle of shea butter lotion by the sink to help with dry, itchy hands. I'm happy to share the lotion with the students.
3. We will now be having a virtual day on Friday February 5th and 12th. This will move our valentine exchange to Thursday February 11th. Remember all valentines must be at school by Monday February 8th. Thank you to all the families that have already sent in valentines!
In our phonics instruction this week, we are learning about the letter Kk. The reason this is such an important week of instruction is because of the phonics rule for when we hear /k/ at the end of a word. The students are learning that we spell final /k/ with -ck after a short vowel. When looking at your child's phonics worksheet, you will notice we wrote several words that had a final /k/ after a short vowel: kick, duck, sock, rock, neck, lick. This is a skill the students will need to show they understand even in their writing. It is listed on our progress report and report cards as "Spell simple words phonetically by writing a letter for consonant and short vowels."
Please continue to practice math fluency flash cards and Fry sight word flash cards at home. I will be assessing for the next Progress Report this week and next week. Thank you for your support.
Fantastic Friday on January 29th is Game On. (Click on flyer.)
Here is next week's newsletter: January 25-29 Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter.
February 1st is the 100th Day of School! The students can dress up on the 100th Day of School as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc. Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. You can probably find most of these items around your house or in your dress-up box. I also thought I would share that they have 100th Day dress up items at Party City. It will be a fun day!
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. We sent this home early so the children have plenty of time to work on this project. If your child wrote 2 per day for 9 nine days, they'll have it done without hand cramps. :)
**Note: we are getting a new student on Monday. Please add Sophia to the valentine list.**
Here is next week's newsletter: January 18-22 Please be sure to read about the iReady assessment.
I am so excited to have all of my students back in the classroom together next week. Looking forward to seeing everyone at school on Tuesday.
Please talk with your child about keeping their mask over their nose and mouth. The amount of reminders that have been given since we returned from Christmas break has increased quite a bit. Thank you for sending your child in a mask that fits his/her face. It would be helpful for you to review proper handwashing procedures at home. Also, please reiterate the need to cover coughs and sneezes with our elbows.
I received 5 notes/emails about last week's newsletter. If your family hasn't read it yet, please take time to do so. Thank you!!
Here is next week's newsletter: January 11-15 Thank you for taking time to read it.
Next week will follow the hybrid schedule again. Group A will come Monday and Tuesday. Everyone is virtual on Wednesday. Group B will come Thursday and Friday.
The 3rd Nine Weeks is a very crucial time of the school year. It is important to keep in mind that the days at home are also instructional days, so we can't let an instructional day go by without our students reading, writing, and doing math. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have a question about what your child should be doing on their virtual days.
The students will be taking their DIBELS benchmark test next week. Group A will take their DIBELS tests on Tuesday and Group B will take their DIBELS tests on Thursday. Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast. Thank you!
There are four parts to the dibels test.
1. Letter Naming Fluency (reading letters by saying their letter name)
2. Phoneme Segmentation Fluency (breaking a word into each sound or sounding out words)
3. Reading CVC words
4. Reading sight words
How can you help at home? There are letter naming sheets in your child's practice folder. Set a one minute timer and have your students read the letters. There are phoneme segmentation sheets in your child's folder. Set a one minute timer and have your child sound out the words you say aloud. Use the cvc word sheets from previous weeks and have your child sound out and read words for one minute. Read your sight words from flashcards at home.
Thank you for your help to make your child be prepared and successful with the test next week.
Here is the newsletter for January 5-8. Please take a few minutes to read the information and take note of this month's challenge.
If your child completed the December challenge, please write a note and send it in your child's folder when they return this week.
According to our School Wide Behavior Plan, Kindergarten students drop to 8 tickets during 2nd semester. Once we return to our normal schedule, it can be challenging for some to keep all 8 tickets. This is especially true because expectations increase during 2nd semester and warnings decrease. We ask that you encourage your child to listen and follow directions to meet classroom expectations.
Thank you for helping your child access Schoology on their virtual days. With only being at school two days, it is so important that your child participates with the reading lesson on their virtual learning days. Thank you for supporting your child through their written work as well.
Here is next week's newsletter: December 14-18
Here is a flyer explaining the dress up days for this week: CES Holiday Spirit Week
Here is the newsletter for December 7-11. Please take a minute to read the newsletter.
We will have two Holiday Parties - one for Group A on December 15th and one for Group B on December 17th. We are not allowed to have any outside visitors come to the party, but I will still need your help. Be on the lookout for a link to a sign up genius next week. If you're able to send any of the items to help with the parties, the children and I would appreciate it! Thank you!
Tennis shoes are required daily - no boots.
We go out for recess unless the windchill is 32 degrees or less. Please send a coat to school daily.
Please remove papers from your child's Daily Folder daily.
Here is the newsletter for November 30-December 4th Please take a minute to read the newsletter. There is important information that you need to know about December assessments.
The red Report of Learning Folders need to be returned with all documents still inside. Thank you for taking the time to read it and practice the skills with your child.
Today I sent home two sheets of cvc words. The papers are front to back so that there's 4 pages of cvc words. Everyone needs to practice reading cvc word. I told the class to read these words to parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, and pets. You can get creative and use a phone call, facetime, or zoom to read to extended family members. I told the class to read a page to someone before coloring the picture on the page. If they return the pages after the break and they can tell me some of the people they read to they will earn some punches on their punch card.
Here is this month's Friday activity: November's Fantastic Fridays
Tomorrow is World Kindess Day. Please wear a shirt with a kind or encouraging message.
Here is next week's newsletter: November 16-20
Tuesday November 17th we will be eating our traditional Thanksgiving lunch at school. It's the best school lunch meal of the whole year.
Please send your child's Practice Folder tomorrow.
Have your child wear red, white, and blue for Columbia's Veteran's Parade. The parade is from 9:00-10:00. Our class will be outside waving, cheering, and clapping from 9:40-10:00. If your child would like to make a sign to hold, you are welcome to do so.
If you have a MCS Hotspot, please return it to school in your child's backpack. Please send a note telling me it is in your child's backpack.
Be sure to read this week's newsletter (posted on Friday) if you haven't had time to do so yet. Thank you!
Here is this month's Friday activity: November's Fantastic Fridays
Here is next week's newsletter: November 9-13
If you have a family member coming to the Veteran's Parade on Tuesday, I wanted to let you know that our class will be outside from 9:40-10:00.
I started assessing for Progress Reports on October 29th and will continue through November 13th. There are many skills to be assessed during the 2nd Nine Weeks. The Progress Reports will come home on Monday, November 16th.
Here is next week's newsletter: November 2-6
Tomorrow is a half day. School dismisses at 11:00. I suggest arriving a little early for car line.
Also, your child is allowed to dress in a costume for Red Ribbon Week. Please remember to follow these guidelines: no costume masks, no one piece costumes (they'll just be all over the bathroom floor or in the toilet), must wear socks and tennis shoes.
If you did not pre-order a sack lunch for tomorrow, make sure to send either a snack OR a lunch box.
Breakfast is served daily in the lunchroom. Our instructional day starts at 7:40 with the Pledge of Allegiance and morning announcements. Breakfast is done when the announcements are done. So, if your child is eating breakfast at school make sure they are arriving at school early enough to give them time to eat before 7:45.
If you have a veteran in your family that you would like to add to Columbia's Wall of Honor, please fill out this form, add a picture, and send it in your child's folder. Veteran's Wall of Honor
Our virtual Book Fair is happening through November 5th. Here is the link:
If your family forgot to send a ball in your child's backpack today, you can send it tomorrow. Please read the Important Information box on the Newsletter for details.
Friday's Half Day
I know the newsletter said to email me by Wednesday if you need to order a sack lunch for the half day. However, our cafeteria manager emailed today saying she needs our classroom counts ASAP. So, please go ahead and email me by tomorrow morning, if your child needs a sack lunch for Friday's half day.
On half days, the children can do one of three things. They can:
1) eat a sack lunch from the cafeteria
2) bring a lunch box from home
3) bring a snack from home
**If you are sending food from home on Friday, it needs to be either a lunch OR a snack. Please do not send both because it is confusing for your child. Thank you for your help!
Heads up: The library cart will not come to Kindergarten on the half day.
Impact Aid FormsIMPACT Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. Madison City Schools receives approximately $250,000 a year for our IMPACT Aid qualified students. To date, Madison City Schools have received over $3 million through IMPACT Aid! Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27th , your student will bring home an IMPACT Aid survey. Please complete and return WEDNESDAY, October 28th. Every year since Columbia has opened, we have gotten a 100% return rate and I see no reason we will not again this year! For each school-aged child in the household, a survey should be completed, signed, dated, and returned to Columbia. We appreciate your diligence in getting these surveys completed and returned ASAP. We are mandated by the state to have a survey for each child in Madison City Schools and we could not achieve this without you!
Here is next week's newsletter: October 26-30 Be sure to read the upcoming events box. Thank you!
We will have a virtual Book Fair beginning tomorrow through November 5th. Click here for more information: Book Fair
Heads up: We'll start learning about the 3-step sort beginning November 2nd. If your child receives the fun size plain M&Ms and Skittles while Trick-or-Treating, please send a pack or two to school for this lesson. Thank you!
Thank you to those who have completed the Parent Input survey that I emailed last week! I appreciate you taking the time to answer the six questions. I will resend it to the families I haven't heard back from yet.
The students experienced a live tour of Madison's Fire Station 3 on County Line Road. Firefighter Mike showed us around the firehouse, showed us the equipment in the firetruck, and taught us about the protective equipment that firefighters wear in a fire.
There is a shirt design contest happening now through October 28th. Please click here to read the flyer: Shirt Design Contest
We will be having Red Ribbon Week from October 26-30. You will want to read the flyer to learn the special activites for each day: Red Ribbon Week
Please put your child's Practice Folder in their backpacks tonight so it will make it to school tomorrow. The office is not accepting drop-offs, so the Practice Folder must be sent in your child's backpack every Tuesday. Thank you for making this a priority.
Report Cards and DIBELS reports were sent home yesterday. The DIBELS report is for you to keep. Please sign the top page of the Report Card, place it in the Report of Learning Folder, and return the Folder with all of the report card documents tomorrow. I would like to explain Standards Based Report Cards. All of the standards on the Kindergarten report card are standards that need to be met by the end of the school year. As described in the blue note in the Report of Learning Folder, it is typical for students to receive mostly 2 or 3. The goal is to master the standards by the end of the school year. The district provides teachers with guidelines for the breakdown of 4/3/2/1 on Report Cards. Click here to read a few examples: Examples of Standard Breakdowns
Please take time to read the newsletter - especially the important information box. This is the newsletter for next week: October 19-23
Tomorrow is Fan Friday. Wear a team shirt or colors.
Tuesday, October 13th
As you know from reading our newsletter, PRACTICE FOLDERS come home today! Yay!! The kids are really excited! Since we did not have Parent Night at the beginning of the school year, I need you to watch this video and read the letter before you start working with your child on the practice folder.
After watching the video send me an email saying that you watched it, and I'll give your child a punch on their behavior punch card. :)
Practice Folders need to be sent to school in your child's backpack every Tuesday. My suggestion is to leave the folder in their book bag unless you are working with them at that time. Always put it back in the book bag. The same is true for library books. Then you don't have to think to yourself, "Is this a day they get a new library book?"
Picture Day is tomorrow! They must still wear tennis shoes.
This is the Newsletter for next week: October 12-16 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter.
Our Spanish and Music teachers will begin coming to our classroom this week! The students are excited to meet Senora Ingram and Mrs. Loftin in person!
Your child needs to be able to zip, snap, or button the jacket he/she brings to school. One on one practice at home will ensure your child can do this independently. Please click here to see an example. Thank you for practicing this with your child at home!
Columbia will be having Fantastic Fridays in October. Click here to see the special activities each Friday.
Columbia will be having Fantastic Fridays in October. Click here to see the special activities each Friday. This Friday is Pajama Day. Rules for pajamas at school: 1) Must be two piece pajamas, no one piece pajamas. 2) Your child must be able to use the restroom independently. 3) Your child has to wear socks and tennis shoes with their pajamas.
Please have your child practice zipping or buttoning 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. Please click here to see an example. Thank you!
Thursday September 24th
This is the newsletter for next week: September 28-October 2 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. Thank you!
Library Books: The library book cart is coming to the Kindergarten hallway on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. When you are finished reading your child's library book, please send it in their backpack on Monday, Wednesday, and/or Friday, and they'll be able to select a new book.
Please reply to my Community Helper email by tomorrow afternoon. Thank you! If you deleted the email, this is what your child needs you to do: Email me a picture of you at work, and write a sentence describing how your job helps others. Your child will be so proud to share about you next week.
Please check and empty your child's Daily Folder each afternoon or evening. Thank you!
Message from our CES PTA:A creativity opportunity for all CES students to showcase their talents in the PTA Reflections Program. Please review this flyer about the various categories and entry rules for students to START their project.HELPFUL DETAILS TO GET STARTED:
- All submissions will be digital: instructions for uploading will be coming soon
- CES deadline submission: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
reflections (*at this time, disregard Jan. 10, 2021 due date, it is for the STATE level)
- Any questions, please contact us at ProgramsColumbiaPTA@gmail.com
Please read this flyer about joining Cub Scouts
I've had several ask about donating items to school. At this time we are good on cleaning supplies. Two things that I could use at school are duplo legos and play-doh. Today we had inside recess and each child got a bag of toys to play with at their table. My supply of duplo legos split four ways was not much. There are lots of activities we can do with play-doh, but I would need each child to have their own container of play-doh for the year.
Tuesday September 15th
Please take time to complete all 3 of the forms that Mr. Hill emailed on Sunday. Here are the links to the forms:
Phonics Papers: When looking at your child's phonics paper yesterday, you might notice that I wrote the lowercase letter next to your child's. If so, that means that I was showing them how to write it with correct formation and orientation to the line. It might be a good idea to let your child practice at home. The same is true for today's math paper writing 6 and 7.
Here is this week's newsletter: September 14-18. Thank you for taking time to read it. I also want to encourage you to continue letting your child practice opening their lunch/snack items at home. I'm having to help several open many of their food items. If they can open items independently, it will help us keep our 6 feet of distance that we are told to follow.
Typically, we have a two hour Curriculum Night in August when I meet with parents and share all sorts of Kindergarten information. Teachers were not able to host curriculum nights this year, so as things come up that I typically would have shared with you, I'll share them on our website.
Masks - Please send a mask that fits your child each day. I also ask that you have a bag in the backpack for the extra clean masks that you send each day and a bag to put the dirty masks. The key is to make sure your child knows where to put the dirty masks. Also, please encourage your child to leave their mask on unless we are having a mask break. Please also remind your child of the correct way to wear the mask- covering their mouth and their nose. Thank you!
Boosterthon Update - Thanks for making pledges for our school. Our class has currently raised $22.67 per lap! Way to go!
Here is the newsletter for this week: September 8-11. Please take a moment to read the newsletter.
Each morning, I will turn in a lunch count to the cafeteria. I will order a lunch for any student that does not bring a lunch box. When ordering lunches for my students, I will order the hot meal unless you write a note requesting soy butter for your child.
If you would like to refer back to the information shared during the K101 video without watching it again, you can click here to read the slides from the K101 presentation: K101 Slides
Children with last names beginning A-K will come on Tuesday and Thursday. Children with last names beginning L-Z will come on Wednesday and Friday. On the days that your child is at home, they will complete the work provided in the packet. You do not need to take a picture of this work to submit on Schoology.
I look forward to seeing all of my students next week!! Each Kindergarten student is allowed to be walked into school by one parent. You will enter the door to the Kindergarten hallway. (When looking at the school it is on the left.) Parents may only stay for 5 minutes. Thank you!
Welcome to Columbia!
I'm so excited to welcome your child to my classroom! I'll see you at Packet Pickup and School Supply Drop Off on Thursday. Come between 7:30-8:00 am or 3:30-4:00 pm. Please follow the directions on this note: Dropping Off School Supplies
Please complete this Google Form about your child's afternoon transportation: Afternoon Transportation Google Form
I need each family to watch this very important video to learn about coming to Kindergarten: Kindergarten 101 (The video is approximately 31 minutes.)
The Report of Learning Folders are available to be picked up at the front office until 3:00. Please read, sign, and return when school resumes. Make sure you have noted skills to work on at home before returning the report card. Report cards need to be signed by at least one parent/guardian. Keep all papers inside the folder.
A few notes about the report cards:
Reminder about the 3, 2, 1 break down for Fry sight words for the 3rd Nine Weeks Report Card. Knowing all 50 words is a 3, 41-49 words is a 2 and 40 fewer words is a 1.
Reminder about Addition and Subtraction Math Facts-students have to be able to answer the math fact within 5 seconds without the use of manipulatives or fingers.
Note about writing skills on the Report Card-at this time of the year the expectation for quality writing has increased. The standard "I can print many uppercase and lowercase letters." Students are expected to write the letters with correct formation, direction, and orientation to the line. Additionally, students are expected to write sentences following our writing targets: I can write the sounds I hear in words. I can use a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence. I can put spaces between my words. I can use punctuation at the end of the sentence. I can write at least two sentences on the same topic. Second semester Parent Night highlighted these expectations and discussed questions to use when your child is writing to help improve writing skills.
Click the link to read next week's newsletter: March 16-20 Thank you for taking the time to read it.
Please practice proper handwashing at home. Also, our administration has asked for us to ensure the children are keeping their hands out of their mouth and off their face. In the classroom, I'm noticing the children chewing on items such as jackets, shirts, lunchboxes, headphone cords, fingernails, etc. Thank you for encouraging your child to keep their hands off their face and out of their mouths at home too so we can make this a healthy habit.
PTA would like the students to vote on which movie they would like shown at the next Family Movie Night. Help your child vote using this link: https://forms.gle/
Click the link to read next week's newsletter: March 9-13. Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.
You probably noticed that we had two dates on the newsletter for when Report Cards are going home. Just to clarify, Report Cards will go home in the Report of Learning Folders on March 16th. Everything that was written in the Important Information box was correct except for the date.
A few friendly reminders:
Look at your child’s behavior calendar each day and empty all papers from the folder daily. Important papers can easily be overlooked when the folder is full.
Continue to practice sight words, CVC words, and math facts daily. This does not have to be for a long period of time. Just a few minutes on each skill is all that is needed. The students should become automatic with each skill with consistent practice.
Please remember to send practice folders tomorrow.
We have snack each afternoon. Please send a water bottle and one snack item.
Tennis shoes and socks are required daily, no boots or dress shoes.
Click the link to read next week's newsletter: March 2-6. Thank you for taking the time to stay updated.
We've had a great time with our science lessons this week. Yesterday, we had a Watch Dog Dad come to class to help the students make a habitat for milkweed bugs. We also made a habitat for three zebra fish. The students are enjoying watching them throughout the day.
PTA is looking for volunteers for the Book Fair. Please see the sign-up genius if you are avaliable to help https://www.signupgenius.com/g
Last week we learned about American symbols. We read informational texts and looked at pictures of the Bald Eagle, American Flag, and the Statue of Liberty. Each student made their own informational booklet of the American symbols we studied and wrote two facts in their booklet that they found interesting. The students worked hard to write their facts and color the symbols in their booklet and they are proud to bring them home and show you all. I know this is something that you will hold onto and treasure! :)
I wrote about the phonics reader in many progress reports as an example of an emergent reader text. This week’s phonics reader is “A Bed for Fox” and it came home today. Each of the phonics readers should be read aloud by the student to the parent. The children should practice reading this text until they can read it fluently. Click this link to see what to look for in folders: Phonics Reader . Please save these as they come home, so your child will have a collection of books they can read this summer.
We are looking forward to Camp Read S'more next week. Please see last Thursday's post for the information regarding dress up days.
Please read next week's newsletter: February 24-28. There are several events coming up in the next few weeks. Please read the newsletter so you don't miss out on the fun events.
Read Across America is March 2 - 6. We will celebrate reading with a fun camping theme. Each day there will be special activities. Please read this flyer with information about the daily theme/dress up days: Camp Read S'More
Reminders about dress up days: Students need to wear tennis shoes and no one piece costumes. (More details about Tuesday's Career Day can be found on the February 6th post or on the paper that was sent home.)
I hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend. It was a great day back at school! Thank you for sending the Practice Folders today. I forgot to get the passages printed since today is Tuesday and not Monday. Then there was a massive jam in the copier. So hopefully all will be resolved tomorrow and I can send home new passages in the practice folders.Keep reading to help your child earn the free ticket to Six Flags. You still have plenty of time to get the 6 hours of reading! Go ahead and let me know if you have any questions on how to register your child. I'm here to help with any questions.
Kindergarten learned about the country of Brazil for Multicultural Night. Our class taught the others about Brazil's flag. If you would like to see the video that Kindergarten made for last Monday night, please let me know and I will email it to you. (I am not able to publish the video on the website because there are students in the video who do not have parent permission to be published.)
Thank you for attending Parent Night! I appreciate you giving your time. If you were unable to attend your child’s information packet is coming home in their folder today. Here is a link to view the slides used during last night’s presentation. Parent Night Presentation This is a small glimpse of the many things discussed during Parent Night.
Also, if your child's Pregress Report was not signed it is in their book bag. Please sign and return Tuesday.
Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for the sweet valentines!
Click the link to read next week's newsletter: February 17-21
Tonight is Multicultural Night at Columbia. The PTA meeting begins at 6:00 in the cafeteria. I look forward to seeing you tonight!
We enjoyed a wonderful visit from the Tooth Fairy last Thursday! She brought water bottles for the children and they are coming home in backpacks today. I ask that these water bottles be kept at home and not sent back to school. Please have your child continue to use their current water bottle for snack. All 109 kindergarten students received the same water bottle and they would be easily mixed up. Thank you!
The Red Report of Learning Folders will be coming home Wednesday with your child’s progress report. Please sign the report, then return the folder to school by Friday. Please leave all reports and the Parent Guide to Kindergarten Report of Learning inside the folder. We will have Second Semester Parent Night Thursday. This meeting will answer many questions you may have about how to help your child at home and our expectations for the remainder of the year. The meeting will begin at 5:30. Click here to read more about the meeting.
Valentine’s need to be sent to school Thursday.
Please see below to fill out the google form about our half day dismissal on Friday.
Click the link to read next week's newsletter: February 10-14 Thank you for reading the newsletter!
Please wear a long sleeve shirt underneath your class shirt on Friday.
A Google form will be sent home on Friday, and we will need you to complete the form by Tuesday, February 11th.
The students are able to purchase candy grams in the cafeteria through Wednesday.
Continue working on Valentine cards and send them to school on Thursday.
CES Career day is February 25th. There will be a flyer in folders soon. Students will need to follow the dress code and their outfits need to be real-world careers (i.e., no super heroes, halloween costumes, or fantasy costumes). Students also cannot bring items such as masks, weapons (police officer, soldier, etc.) or other items that would be deemed a threat to the school and against school policy.
Multicultural Night is next Monday at 6:00. Please return the form that was sent home last week. We will do the drawing on Wednesday to see which students from Kindergarten will participate in the Parade of Continents. Thank you! PTA is sending home order forms for dinner. The order forms were in folders yesterday.
Thank you for sending your child's Practice Folder to school today. The goal for these folders is that your child is reading the Word List, CVC words and passages at least 3 days each week. (Reading the passages or other beginning reader books every day would be ideal!) The time your child spends reading will only help him/her to become a better reader!
Friendly Reminders ~
Our Field Trip to see CES Drama Club's production of Lion King Jr. is Friday. As you read on the newsletter, the students need to wear their class shirts. We won't bring jackets with us to Bob Jones, so have your child wear a long sleeve shirt underneath the class shirt. I'm looking forward to seeing a wonderful show!
Second Semester Parent Night is Thursday, February 13th at 5:30. Click here to read more about the meeting. We would love to have one parent from each family represented at the meeting. Thank you!
Valentine cards need to be sent to school on February 13th.
Keep recording your time spent reading on your Six Flags Reading Log. You'll reach the 6 hours before you know it!
Here is next week's newsletter: February 3-7. Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter.
Here is a sheet to help you record your progress with the February Challenge: February Challenge Recording Sheet
Just a heads up and a little reminder regarding sickness- I wanted you to know we've had 3 confirmed cases of the flu in our class between last week and this week. It is always a good idea to wipe backpacks and lunchboxes with clorox wipes daily. Another great suggestion is to wash your child's coat weekly. Attendance is very important, but please do not send your child to school if they are not feeling well. 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, we want to do all we can to prevent illness. As a class I went over reminders for keeping hands out of our noses, eyes, and mouth, covering with our elbow when we cough or sneeze as well as, good handwashing. If you would like to reiterate this at home, that would be great!
Keep working on the cards for the Valentine Exchange. These need to be sent to school on February 13th.
Keep reading to help your child earn the free ticket to Six Flags. Feel free to let me know of any questions.
I didn't receive a request for index cards, so I hope everyone has made the Fry sight word flashcards and are utilizing them daily. Thank you for supporting classroom learning.
Tomorrow is Class Picture Day. If you would like to order a copy of our class picture, please send the order form in your child's daily folder tomorrow.
If you have limited your child's technology this month and increased time spent reading books and/or playing board games, please send a note in the daily folder on Friday, January 31st. I would also like to encourage you to continue limiting technology in the months to come.
2nd Semester Parent Night is Thursday, February 13th at 5:30. Click here to read more about the meeting.
In our phonics instruction this week, we are learning about the letter Kk. When we hear a final /k/ after a short vowel, it is spelled ck. When looking at your child's phonics worksheet, you will notice that we wrote several words that had a final /k/ after a short vowel: kick, duck, sock, rock, lock, neck, lick. We'll talk about this more at Parent Night on February 13th.
Please send the Practice Folder to school tomorrow.
Here is the newsletter for January 27-31. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read the newsletter. Please be sure to read the Important Information box. Also, mark your calendars for 2nd Semester Parent Night on February 13th at 5:30.
Donuts with Dad is tomorrow morning from 7:10-7:35 for those who sent the RSVP.
I hope your reading for the Six Flags reading log is going well. If you're reading 20 minutes a night, you'll reach the goal in less than 3 weeks.
Please review proper handwashing procedures at home. Many times the students get soap in one hand and then wash it off without ever rubbing their hands together to kill the germs. Thank you for helping your child practice proper handwashing. This is especially important during flu season.
The Parent Guide to Technology Resources is coming home in your child's Daily Folder today. This is for you to keep as a reference. MCS Network Portal is your child's login and password to access technology at school. It is important for them to know this login and password. Renplace Home Connect will allow parents to view your child's AR bookshelf and to sign-up to receive an email when your child takes an AR quiz. Successmaker is the online educational program that the district purchased for all students to use. The school district is expecting all students to complete 3 reading and 3 math sessions per week in Succesmaker. The students complete 2 reading sessions and 2 math sessions per week at school. Please allow your child to login to Successmaker to do one session of each at home. Let me know if you have questions.
The Enrichment Center is offering a Mental Health Summit at James Clemens High School Auditorium on Monday, January 27 from 5:00-8:00. It is a free event. A few of the breakout sessions will be focused on youth. All breakout sessions will be led by licensed mental health professionals. Click this link to read the flyer.
Here is the newsletter for January 20-24. Please take a few minutes to read it. Thank you!
Reminder that 100 Special Snack items are due tomorrow. Over the weekend, I will be purchasing any items that have not been sent in to ensure we have everything we need for our wonderful treat. Reminder that the children are encouraged to dress as 100 year olds on Wednesday, January 22nd. I am looking forward to teach a class full of 100 year olds!
Thank you for taking the time to read the posts and newsletter each week.
We are needing some Valentine's Day stickers to decorate their Valentine's bags. Thank you for helping out!
There is a pink note coming home in your child's folder today about our class Valentine exchange. I want to encourage you to start early. The students are supposed to write their classmates names and their own name on the Valentines. If you start soon, you can do a few each night and have them done in no time!
The 100th Day items have started coming in; reminder they are due this Friday.
Donuts with Dad is Friday, January 24th from 7:05-7:35 in the Media Center. If you are new to Columbia, this is a fun and popular event. You will want to arrive early and expect to wait in a line. Your child will enjoy this special time with you. The RSVP form is in their folder today and is due Friday, January 17th, so Columbia's head Watch Dog Dad can order enough donuts.
Please remember to send practice folders tomorrow. A new CVC word sheet comes home every other week. Your child will not have a new CVC sheet tomorrow, please continue to read the CVC sheet from last week.
Here is the newsletter for January 13-17. Please take the time to read the newsletter. Thank you!
Report of Learning Folders are in backpacks today with your child's 2nd Nine Weeks Report Card and DIBELS Parent Report. Please sign and return the report card in the Report of Learning Folder by Monday. Report Cards need to be signed by at least one parent/guardian. You can tear off the DIBELS parent report to keep, but all other documents need to remain in the folder. Reminder about the 3, 2, 1 break down for Fry Sight Words for the 2nd Nine Weeks Report Card, knowing all 50 words is a 3, 22-49 words is a 2, and 21 or fewer words is a 1.
In addition to the Report of Learning Folders coming home, your child's Winter Assessment Scores are in your child's Daily folder today.
The 100th Day of School is January 22nd. The note about the 100th Day special snack will be coming home tomorrow. The children will sign up for the item they wanted to bring. If your note has an ounce listed beside the item, you do not have to find the exact size listed on the note, it is just the minimum size package needed. These items are due January 17th. The children can dress up on the 100th Day of School as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc. Ideas for boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. It will be a fun day!
We will have Fun Friday tomorrow. Please remember anytime you send money to school, it needs to be in a Ziploc bag or envelope labeled with your child's name, what the money is for and the amount enclosed. Thank you!
We had a great day back to school! The students were eagerly greeted this morning. Then, they went on a hunt to find their new seat in the classroom and received new pencils, crayons, and a glue stick from the supplies you provided at Open House.
If your child returned their December Practice Calendar they will receive two Good Time Tickets. If you forgot to send it today, send it tomorrow. January Practice Calendars are coming home today. The practice calendar is due February 3rd, please ignore the typo.
When the Practice Folders come back to use this week, you will notice new sheets in your child’s folder. We will no longer have phoneme segmentation sheets. All students will be receiving a CVC blending sheet and a passage. Students who exceeded our Letter Naming Fluency expectation for the end of the year will no longer recieve letter naming sheets and will receive two passages. Important: Please leave the passages in the plastic sleeve and do not write on the passages. These will be collected and reused throughout the school year. Thank you for your support at home!
Just a heads up for upcoming picture days. Class pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th. Individual Spring pictures are scheduled for March 5th.
You will notice that your child's phonics paper has their first AND last name written on the top. We began writing our last names today. Feel free to start practicing this at home too. The goal is for your child to be able to spell it correctly without looking at it and to write it with correct letter formation and orientation to the line.
Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing my students tomorrow. I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays. If you'd like to email me one picture from Christmas break, I will display it on the Smart Board while your child shares about it with the class.
Here is the newsletter for January 6-10. Please take time to click this link and read the newsletter.
If your child completed the December challenge, please write a note and send it in your child's folder on January 6th.
Here's the google form to fill out regarding Friday's early dismissal.
Just a heads-up and little reminder regarding sickness- We had a few students out sick today and others out last week. Currently we have students sick with stomach bug and/or flu like symptoms (we have not had a case of the flu confirmed in our class at this point but several in other kindergarten classes). Please do not send your child to school if they are not feeling well. 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, we want to do all we can to prevent illness. As a class I went over reminders for keeping our hands out of our noses, eyes and mouth, covering with our elbow when we cough or sneeze, as well as, good hand washing. If you would like to reiterate this at home that would be great! Thank you for helping to keep our classroom as healthy as possible! :)
We are looking forward to the class party this Thursday. Reminder- parents only, no siblings. Thank you!
We know it is a busy time of year with many activities happening, but I ask that you please check and empty your child's folder daily.
Here is the newsletter for December 16-20. Please take time to click this link and read the newsletter.
I am very proud of all of the kids this week for doing their best on the DIBELS test. They have worked hard this semester and your work at home has been appreciated. I can't wait to receive the assessment results.
Report Card asssessments will continue throughout the remainder of the semester. If your child is going to be absent before December 20th, please email me so I can finish assessments and send home their Christmas countdown and gift.
Here is the link to the newsletter: December 9-13 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. Thank you!
A phonics framework paper is coming home in folders today. Please listen to your child read the words and sentences to you.
I am leaving for Memphis this afteroon to get settled in before running the half marathon on Saturday. This will be my third year to participate in the half marathon. I appreciate all of the donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! Thank you for making a difference.
- Empty Daily Folders each day.
- If your child lost a ticket, please initial the box to let me know you saw it and discussed the behavior with your child.
- Fun Friday is tomorrow. Send a $1.00 in a labeled envelope.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was nice to be back with the children!
Update regarding Successmaker- The following sheet was sent home in October, either during your conference time or in your child's daily folder- Successmaker Note. We need your help at home to meet our required weekly time. Please have your child complete at least one session per week at home, feel free to allow them to do more if you would like. When your child is working at home, you know a session is complete when a score pops up on the screen. If your child logs out before the score pops up it will not count as a completed session. When logging into the teacher dash board it shows student usage goals- on track, watch closely or falling behind. I would love all students to be in the on track category for usage time. Thank you for your help with meeting this requirement!
Please send Practice Folders tomorrow.
Tennis shoes are required daily- no boots.
We go out for recess unless the windchill is 32 degrees or less. Please send a coat to school daily.
Here is the newsletter for December 2-6. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. Thank you!
- Please read the Thanksgiving Note from Thursday's post if you haven't already.
- The students do not need to bring their practice folders tomorrow. Please take time a few days this week to listen to your child read the words on the Word List.
- If your child completed the November challenge, please write a note and send it in your child's folder on December 2nd.
- Send your child's completed November Learning Calendar on December 2nd and your child will earn 2 Good Time Tickets.
I hope each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family!
Click this link to read about next week: Thanksgiving Note
Here is another friendly reminder about our fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Parent Note Any donation amount is beneficial. Donations can be cash, check, or online. Thank you for making a difference!
The Red Report of Learning Folders need to be returned tomorrow with all documents inside. Thank you for taking the time to read it and practice the skills with your child.
Our St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraiser is happening now through November 26th. Our class has raised $30. We're off to a great start! Please consider donating to this wonderful hospital. The link to my fundraising page is http://heroes.stjude.org/Alishacourtney. If you prefer to send cash/check that is fine as well. The incentives are on the attachment: Parent Note
Here is the newsletter for the next two weeks: November 18-26
Please read about our school wide St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser: Parent Note
I will finish progress report assessments tomorrow. I will write the reports this weekend and have them printed and put in the Report of Learning Folders to go home on November 20th. I thank you in advance for taking adequate time to carefully read through your child's progress report.
SuccessMaker update ~ As we discussed at conferences, I would like every child to be doing at least one session of SuccessMaker each week. Thank you for doing this. If you have forgotten, please begin. Thank you!
These are to be given out by you all as the money comes in each day. In order to receive the incentive, the student can donate the amount at once or collect it over the 2 week fundraiser period. Ex: If Johnny donates $1 he gets a coupon to wear a hat on the 25th, if Johnny brings $1 in for 5 days $5, he then earns the “eat lunch with a friend in another class incentive.
- $1.00: Wear a hat to school on November 25th
- $5.00: Eat lunch with a friend in another class on November 26th (friend must be in another kindergarten class)
- $10.00: Wear your pajamas on November 26th
- $20.00: extra PE class with Coach Fields @ 2:00-2:30 (the date will soon be provided)
If a student donates $20 at one time, they also earn the $1, $5, and $10 incentives as well.
Here's the link to donate to St. Jude
Thank you for your support!
The Winter School Spirit order forms came home last week. PTA has added sweatshirts to the order options! Sweatshirts are $20. Most t-shirt sizes are $15. Items are available by PRE-ORDER only! Pre-orders can be placed online (link below). Deadline to order is Friday, Nov. 15th.
Thank you for your continued help with learning how to zip jackets and for wearing tennis shoes to school daily.
Our cafeteria serves a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. We are having Thanksgiving dinner for lunch this Thursday, November 14th. You are welcome to come and enjoy this feast with your child. Please meet us in the cafeteria.
Our St. Jude fundrasier has begun! For $1 your child can wear a hat to school on November 25th. For $5 your child gets to eat lunch with a friend from another class. For $10 your child gets to wear pajamas on November 26th. For $20 your child gets an extra P.E. class. You can donate online at http://heroes.stjude.org/Alishacourtney
Here is the newsletter for next week: November 11 - 15 Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.
Our annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser begins next week and goes through November 22nd. This is our 14th year to raise funds for this wonderful hospital. Several of our teachers are participating in the 5K, 10K, and half marathon. I will be running the half marathon. There are seveal great incentives for students to receive by donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. An email with details will be sent from administration soon.
The Winter Spirit Wear order form is in folders today. If you want to order the long sleeve shirt, the form and payment are due November 15th.
Yesterday, I sent home vision screening paperwork. Please fill it out and return tomorrow. Our class goes to the vision screening on Tuesday morning.
Next, week our school will begin our annual St. Jude fundraiser. I will be running the half marathon at St. Jude in December. Here's a link to donate to my St. Jude fundraising page. https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=2130147&pg=personal&fr_id=105980
There were several announcements shared this morning. Please click on the links to read about each of them:
Please send Practice Folders tomorrow. Each child will read Word List 3 to me, and then I will send home Word List 4, Letter Naming 5, and Phoneme Segementation 5. The time you spend on these activities will not come back void. Investing your time in your child learning to read is something you will never regret.
Friday is a Half Day. We dismiss at 11:00. If you have not completed the Google Form, please do so this evening. Thank you!
You can still send the completed October Learning Calendar tomorrow so your child can receive the Good Time Tickets.
I'm looking forward to all students completing the November Challenge! As you read the challenge on the newsletter, it is encouraging daily outside play. I discussed with the students the importance of continuing to play outside even with the time change and the weather getting cooler. Typically Extended Day goes outside every day unless it is raining. If your child goes to Extended Day, they can get their after school outside play done during this time. If your child comes home to you after school, please schedule a time for them to go outside. Any outside play will do, such as riding bikes, going for a walk, kicking a ball, running around screaming, etc. Thanks for helping your child meet this challenge!
Text @columbiae to 810-10 to receive text messages from the CES PTA about upcoming events. Follow Columbia Elementary PTA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Here is the newsletter for next week: November 4-8 THANK YOU for reading the newsletter each week. Staying informed with classroom and school activities helps your child have a successful year.
Tomorrow is Fun Friday. Please send $1.00 in a labeled envelope or bag. The funds received each week go towards the free snack the children receive at the end of each month and towards the end of the year Fun Friday Bash.
Here's the link to fill out the google form regarding next week's early dismissal. https://forms.gle/vVn3qbypqVX64V6i6
If your child completed the October challenge, please send a note in the Daily Folder tomorrow.
Please return the practice folder to your child's book bag when you are not working in it. If you did not send the folder yesterday I put the updated lists in your child's daily folder.
Tomorrow is an exciting day! In order for it to be awesome, we need you to follow the guidelines that were sent home about Book Character Day. A paper copy was sent home earlier this week and there is an electronic version on last Thursday's post. Bringing the book that your child's character comes from is essential because the Kindergarten students parade through the hallways holding their book. Please also make sure you pack a regular set of clothes in your child's book bag. If behavior becomes an issue in costume they will be told to go change their clothes. Usually, knowing that mom and dad packed a change of clothes in case of behavior issues will keep everyone behaving appropriately. Thank you for your support!
Here is the newsletter for our next school week: October 28-November 1. Thank you for taking the time to read this each week.
The Trail of Treats is Monday, October 28th from 5:30-7:00. If your family will be coming, please send in a bag of candy by Monday morning to be distributed that evening.
The Book Fair will be opened this coming Monday, October 28th. It will be opened from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, November 1st at 12:00pm. In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be opened during the Trail of Treats on Monday night from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair Monday from 8:15-8:45. If you would like for your child to purchase books you can meet us at the Book Fair during this time to help them shop or you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziploc bag inside your child's daily folder.
We will also be learning how to do the 3-step sort in Math next week. If your child receives the fun size plain M&Ms (or Skittles can be substituted for students with allergies) at Trail of Treats or while trick or treating on Halloween, please send one or two packs to school for a fun lesson on Friday, November 1st. Thank you!
Please read this note about Book Character Day on October 31st.
The Madison Fire Department came to our school earlier this week for a fire safety lesson. I've added pictures to their SeeSaw digital portfolios. The kids were given homework to come up with a Fire Escape Plan. They should know at least two safe routes out of the house and have a family meeting place. One of the firemen suggested using a tree or a neighbor’s yard as a meeting place, as opposed to the mailbox to ensure children are out of the road when the fire truck arrives. They were also encouraged to sleep with the bedroom door shut in case of a house fire.
There is not a new word list this week. If your child missed any of the words on the first two word lists, please spend time practicing those words. Thank you!
Wow! What an awesome Field Trip! The weather held off and we had a great day! The children really enjoyed petting the animals, picking a pumpkin, playing in the corn crib, gathering eggs, riding the pony and milking the cow! I took pictures and will add them to the children's SeeSaw portfolios. We really had a great day!!! Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the trip! It wouldn't have been successful without all of your help!
Red Folders are in backpacks today with your child's 1st Nine Weeks Report Card. Please sign the report card, keep all papers in the Red Folder and bring it with you to your child’s conference this week. Please set aside time to read through your child's report card and make notes of any standards that need to be practiced with your child at home or snap a picture with your phone. Report cards need to be signed by at least one parent/guardian above the attendance box. Reminders from Parent Night- 2 will be the most common score for academics at this point of the school year. The standards are yearlong goals and earning a 3 for mastery is expected by the end of the year. Also, students receive a grade for Technology based on the following: S- student can log into the computer independently without using their card, N- student can log into the computer independently with their card, U- student needs assistance from an adult to log into the computer. If you have any questions regarding your child’s report card, we will discuss it during your conference time. I look forward to seeing you all this week!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
Here is the link to sign up for remind text messages. https://www.remind.com/join/cesastros1
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)