• The students have been working hard learning the words and motions for several songs and poems for our End of the Year Program. They are ready and excited for tomorrow morning! I think you'll love the show! Remember to be in your seat by 8:30 tomorrow morning. Dana will let you sign in and get your sticker starting at 7:20, but the doors won't open to go back to the cafeteria until 8:15. 

    After the program, we have a special day planned for our students! Back in September when we had our Boosterthon fundraiser, we earned several incentives. We've slowly been doing the incentives, but now we're running out of time. We still have incentive prizes remaining and we're going to do all of them tomorrow. We will do a movie and popcorn with a stuffed animal tomorrow morning. Then, we will have popsicles for snack tomorrow afternoon. It will be a GREAT day, but I need your help. Please send a small stuffed animal in your child's backpack tomorrow. 

    Attention!! I am starting to send items home. Today I am sending a binder and composition notebook that we did not use this school year. Please remove these items from your child's backpack. I will send home more items tomorrow. Anything that I send home from the classroom needs to be removed so I can send home more items the next day. Remember to keep sending the blue Daily Folder and backpack each and every day to school. Thank you!!

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  • *End of Year Activities*

    If you plan on attending any of the following events, you will need to sign in at the office.  It is important for each parent to read this information and follow directions about class shirts, water bottles, and towels. I know several of you are experiencing the end of the year activities for your first time.  The following are descriptions of each activity so that you can be prepared and know what to expect:

    Field Day  - This will be Tuesday, May 17th. Coach Fields has planned our Field Day events.  Kindergarten will be outside from 9:00-11:00.  The classes will rotate through several stations.  The majority of the stations are held outside, so please apply sunblock on your child before sending your child to school. Please have your child’s water bottle labeled with their name and have it filled with water and ice. Please send a towel. It would help your child if you sent the water bottle and towel inside of a plastic bag (Target, Publix, etc.) or a small drawstring backpack so they can easily keep up with their items. The only parents that are allowed to attend Field Day are the parents who signed up to volunteer on the sign up genius form.  If you are a volunteer, see Coach Fields for your assignment.   We will eat lunch much later today than normal, so please make sure  your child eats breakfast.  Please have your child wear our GREEN class shirts to Field Day.

    End of the Year Program – This will be on Friday, May 20th in our cafeteria. This is an opportunity for our students to perform for you.  They will sing songs and recite poems.  All parents, grandparents, younger siblings are welcome to come to our End of the Year program.  We will begin promptly at 8:30, so please arrive early to sign in and find a seat. Please be in your seat by 8:30. The performance should only last about 30 minutes.  This is a special performance so the children are encouraged to dress nicely.  You should have an opportunity after the show to say a quick hello and take a quick picture.  Please let me know if your child will not be here, so I do not save them a spot on the stage. I will take a picture of our class during tomorrow’s practice so you can see where we will be standing on the stage. Your child can bring a change of clothes and shoes to put on after the program.

    Class Party – This will be on Monday, May 23rd. Our party will be outside of the Kindergarten wing (parking lot side).  It will begin at 11:45 and last until 1:00.  Please apply sunblock on your child before sending him/her to school on Thursday.  The Kindergarten classes will rotate through several stations. The Kindergarten room moms are organizing our party. Parents are welcome to come to our party, but no siblings.  Please have your child wear our GREEN class shirts this day.  We will take a class picture today. The party snack is Rita’s Italian Ice. Orders and payments for this party snack were due today. 

    Last Day of School – The last day of school is Wednesday, May 25th.  Students will be dismissed at 11:00.  Send your child’s backpack and folder. Report Cards and End of the Year Data Reports will be sent home this day.  If your child will not be at school on May 25th, you will need to provide me with a self-addressed stamped envelope so the report card can be mailed to you.

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  • We are looking forward to the Fun Friday Bash tomorrow!

    Important things for tomorrow:

    • Please have your child wear their GREEN class shirt, sunscreen and slip-on/velcro shoes (this is important because we will take shoes on and off several times for the inflatables).
    • Send your child a waterbottle and towel labeled with their name. You might even want to send 2 water bottles.
    • If you selected to bring a lunch from home, it must be completely disposable. 

    Tomorrow will be a fun-filled day! Please ensure your child goes to bed early tonight to be well rested for a full day of outdoor activities. Thank you!

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  • Tonight is Multicultural Night! It will begin at 6:00 in the lunchroom.

     

    This week we are completing our end of the year I-ready assessments for reading and math along with other classroom assessments. Then, May 11-20, I will reassess all of our Kindergarten Standards for our last report card so I can submit grades on May 20. This means now is the time to review and practice any of the standards your child has yet to master. Thank you for your support at home.

     

    If your child has a planned absence between now and the end of the semester, please let me know so I can adjust my assessment plan. Thank you for supporting classroom learning at home! Your time makes a difference!

     

    Tomorrow is our last Totally Tuesday of the year. The theme is career day, so have your child dress up as the career they want to pursue in the future. Please remember if your child dresses up to donate a $1 to PTA. The class who raises the most money will win a class reward.

     

    This Friday is our end of the year Fun Day Friday Bash! We will be outside all day long. Please apply sunscreen before school and bring a refillable water bottle labeled with your child’s name. We will have a picnic lunch outside so please send your child with a towel for the picnic. Please wear your BLUE class shirt and velcro tennis shoes. There will be inflatables at the bash so velcro shoes are a MUST! We will not be tying shoes!

     

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  • Here is this week’s newsletter: May 9-13 Please be sure to read the Important Information box about the Fun Friday Bash. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter. 

    Thank you all for the special Teacher Appreciation treats this week! You have been very sweet to me and I appreciate your kindness! 

    Please send your child's green Practice Folder to school on Monday.

    **We are going to take our last iReady assessments this week. The students will take the iReady Reading test on Monday and the iReady Math test on Tuesday. Then, May 11-20, I will reassess all of our Kindergarten Standards for our last report card so I can submit grades on May 20. This means now is the time to review and practice any of the standards your child has yet to master. Thank you for your support at home.

    Multicultural night will be Monday, May 9th at 6pm right after the PTA Meeting. Come out and enjoy the fun! There will be a live performance, food, ice cream trucks, and giveaways. The class with the most participants will win a movie party! 

    Tuesday is our last Totally Tuesday of the year. The theme is career day, so have your child dress up as the career they want to pursue in the future. Please remember if your child dresses up to donate a $1 to PTA. The class who raises the most money will win a class reward.

    I hope you all had a great Mother's Day weekend! 

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  • We had a GREAT day at the Botanical Gardens! Thank you very much to all the parents who were able to join us today. I greatly appreciate all of your help! The children should sleep well tonight! :) 

    Green Practice Folders- I collected Green Practice Folders today. Due to our field trip, I did not have time to switch out the passages. I will send them home with new passages tomorrow. I did go ahead and place your child's Practice Sheet #28 in their Blue Daily Folder. There is a new box on the back to record when your child works on some of our skills that need daily practice. 

    Our class will take their Spring DIBELS benchmark assessment on Wednesday, May 4th. 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 for your continued support this year. The children have grown so much and I know they will all do their best this Wednesday! 

    Heads up: The students will have a substitute on Wednesday because I will be adminstering the DIBELS test to a few of the other Kindergarten classes. 

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  • Here is next week’s newsletter:  May 2-6  Thank you for still reading the newsletter - even in May! ;) 

    Reminders for the field trip to Botanical Gardens:

    • If your child is bringing a lunch from home, it must be completely disposable.
    • All parents who are on the list of chaperones that are meeting us at the Garden must come to Columbia on May 2nd between 7:45-8:00 to check-in and receive a visitor sticker. 
    • If you have signed up to attend the field trip, please meet us there at 8:45.
    • All students must have a lunch in our cooler before we can leave. 
    • Please wear your GREEN class shirt and sunscreen on Monday, May 2nd.

    Our class will take their Spring DIBELS benchmark assessment on Wednesday, May 4th. 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! 

    Please click this link to volunteer your time at Multicultural Night. They are looking for SEVERAL volunteers. Thank you! 

    Please click this link to volunteer at the Fun Day Friday Bash. A background check is not required to help at the Bash. To make this event a success, we need several volunteers. Thank you! 

    If your family completed the April Challenge, please send a note in your child's daily folder on Monday. Thank you! 

    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. Thank you! 

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  • On the back of this week’s Practice Sheet, you will see a list of CVC words. 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 list of CVC words daily. Thank you for your support at home!

    The Report of Learning Folders are in backpacks today. Please take time to read through the Progress Reports. Please sign in the 4th Nine Weeks signature box and return the Report of Learning folder by Friday, April 29th. 

    Check the progress report to see if your child needs support from you on the following Power Standards:

    - 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)

    When completing the progress report assessments, several of my students read all 50 of the Kindergarten sight words. If your child did this for his/her first time, I will put the list of 1st Grade sight words in the green Practice Folder next week.

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  • I hope everyone had a blessed Easter weekend!

    Here is this week’s newsletter: April 18-22.  Thank you for taking the time to read it each week!

    Next Friday, April 22nd, is a half day of school for students. We will dismiss at 11:00. I need this form to be completed for each child in my class. Please do not complete this form for siblings. Please complete this Google Form by Monday before noon. Google Form for April 22  Thank you!

    Thank you for sending the green folders. They will be returned on Tuesday with new passages. 

    Our school is hosting a Columbia Math Night tonight. This event is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The PTA will start with a short meeting, followed by the Math Night.  There will be giveaways and games for the whole family. This is sponsored by Mathnasium of Madison. The homeroom that has the most participation wins a doughnut party and the teacher will receive $200 to spend in her classroom. Please consider attending this fun event! 

    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. 

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  • Here is next week’s newsletter: April 11-15.  Thank you for taking the time to read it each week!

    The #1 question I’ve received in the past few weeks is: What time does your class go to lunch? Kindergarten goes to lunch from 10:20-10:50.  This is the link to sign up to eat lunch with your child. 

    Information about the Field Trip: Field Trip Paperwork is coming home on Monday. As you read last week in the newsletter, the forms and $14 payment are due on Thursday, April 14th. Parents that plan on meeting us at the Botanical Gardens will need to pre-purchase your admission ticket. The cost of the adult ticket is $12. If you have a Garden membership, they will honor that membership for your adult entry. However, you will need to communicate this information to me by April 14th. We ask that you send all payments on the same day that you send the completed paperwork. Thank you!

    Monday is Class Picture Day! 

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  • I hope you noticed the April Challenge on this week’s newsletter. If not, go check it out. We become better readers by spending time reading. Help your child develop the habit of reading daily. 

    Phonics Instruction - We are learning how to read words with long vowels. This week we are learning how to read words with a_e.  We are learning about magic e that makes the A say its long vowel sound. It is important to continue to listen to your child read CVC words too. Typically, once words with long vowel sounds are introduced, the children want to make CVC words have long vowels too. :)

    Continue to work with your child on learning the 50 Fry sight words, 21 addition facts, and 21 subtraction facts. Daily practice makes a world of difference! If you haven’t made flashcards, these resources will help you:  Addition Facts  Subtraction Facts  Fry Sight Words

    Here is a list of May events so you can go ahead and mark your calendars -

    May 2 - Field Trip (Paperwork will come home soon.)

    May 13 - Fun Friday Bash (Raindate is May 18)

    May 17 - Field Day (Raindate is May 19)

    May 20 - Kindergarten End of Year Program 8:30-9:00

    TBD - Kindergarten End of Year Celebration 

    We will provide detailed information about what to expect for all of these fun events at the beginning of May.

    Update for this week and next:

    I attended Orton Gillingham Training today and will attend more training on Thursday this week. On April 12th, I will be attending a half-day training on Number Talks. I just wanted to keep you in the loop. Please understand if it takes longer for me to reply to emails. Thank you for your support!

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  • Thursday March 31st 

    Here is next week’ s newsletter: April 4-8

    Please send a note if your family completed the March challenge. 

    Multicultural Night has been rescheduled for May 9th. The Mental Health Summit that was previously scheduled for Wednesday March 30 has been rescheduled for Monday April 4, from 5:30-7:30.

    Our school is hosting the Best Buddies Easter Egg Hunt for MCS students with disabilities and their siblings. Please see the flyer for more details. 

    Reminders:

    All transportation changes should be emailed to cesattendance@madisoncity.k12.al.us and the classroom teacher. There are many upcoming days when I will be out of the classroom for training. I will not be able to check my email and notify the substitute of these changes. Also, remember you do not need to send in the hard copy of doctor’s notes. Please snap a picture of the note and send that to cesattendance@madisoncity.k12.al.us. Thank you for your help with this. 

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  • Monday March 28th

    Thank you to everyone who signed and returned the report of learning folders today along with the green folders. After taking notes about which standards to practice at home, please sign in the address box on the front page and return in the Report of Learning Folder on March 28th. Thank you!

    If you are looking for a fun family activity this weekend you are invited to come see the production of Frozen, Jr. Please view the flyer for more details.  

    Due to the upcoming production of Frozen, Jr we will be eating in our classroom for the rest of the week. If you have already signed up to have lunch with your child you are still able to do so, but you will eat on the stage in the lunchroom while the class eats in the classroom. You are welcome to change your sign up until a later date if you prefer. Please use this link to sign up for a lunch visit. Here are some reminders:

    • Only ONE visitor per student per visit for the remainder of the 2022 school year.
    • Each visitor MUST BE listed in the student's PowerSchool contacts.
    • ID's will be checked upon sign in.

    Our field trip to the Botanical Gardens will be on May 2nd. Chaperones must have a background check completed. The names of chaperones will be submitted to Mrs. Herwig for verification. Here is the link to complete the Madison City Schools background check. 

    We were sad when our Multicultural Night and PTA were canceled last week. The PTA meeting was rescheduled for March 31, 2022. It will be a virtual meeting. There will be a WEbEx link sent out from PTA. The Multicultural Night will be rescheduled for a later date. 

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  • Here is next week's newsletter: March 28- April 1.  Please take time to read the newsletter. Thank you!

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

    • If your child has a 1 on "Read Kindergarten high frequency words accurately and automatically, fluently add within 5, and fluently subtract within 5," there is a great way to help your child master the skill...daily use of flashcards. :)
    • Spell simple words phonetically by writing a letter for consonant and short vowels - Students are expected to apply our Kindergarten phonics rules when writing words. This includes the correct use of short vowels in words like pin, pen, ham, yam. It also includes writing -ck when final /k/ is after a short vowel. For example, duck, stick, tack, lock, etc. They are also expected to remember that q and u together make the beginning sound with the following words: quiz, quit, quack, quilt, quick, quest. To practice at home give your child a piece of paper and say any of the above words and ask your child to write them.
    • Independently read grade level appropriate text with purpose and understanding - Please listen to your child read the passages in the Practice Folder. When finished, ask questions about what they have read.

    After taking notes about which standards to practice at home, please sign in the address box on the front page and return in the Report of Learning Folder on March 28th. Thank you!

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  • Here is the newsletter for when we return from Spring Break: March 21-25

    Mark your calendars: Our Spring Field Trip to the Botanical Gardens will be Monday, May 2nd. 

    I hope all of your families have a wonderful and safe Spring Break. I hope it is filled with rest and relaxation. Then, be ready to come back on March 21st ready for a busy 4th Nine Weeks of School!

     

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    • Thank you for sending Practice Folders. I've added new passages and Practice Sheet #21. These folders are to be returned to school every Monday. 

      Thank you! 

      This week, I will continue assessing your child to determine mastery of standards that have been taught. The 3rd Nine Weeks grading period ends this Friday, March 11th. If you know your child will be absent anytime the rest of this week, please let me know so I can be sure to adjust my assessment plan. 

      Like usual, Literacy Station work is coming home in folders today and tomorrow. You will notice a new station that we started last week during Literacy Stations. It is called Magnet Center. At this station, the students build words in a word family using magnets. Then, they write the words. Their last step is to use the words in a sentence on the back of the paper. Last week our word family was -at, this week our word family is -it. I am expecting the students to begin their sentence with a captial letter, put a space between the words, and end the sentence with punctuation. The students are enjoying this new station.

      Columbia’s Multicultural Night is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22nd. We still need a few volunteers to host booths (i.e., to represent different countries).  Here is the signup genius for the event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44aea72ea2ff2-multicultural.

      Reminders: 

      Please wear GREEN CLASS SHIRT on Wednesday, March 9th. Thank you!

      Space Day is March 11th. Your child may dress up as an alien or astronaut. The students need to be able to easily take off their outfit for restroom breaks. Your child will also participate in science activities and listen to a guest speaker. 

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  • Here is next week’ s newsletter: March 7-11 Thank you for taking time to read all of the information.

    Please have your child wear their class shirt on Wednesday, March 9th.  Not only is it the perfect shirt to wear for Warm Fuzzy Wednesdays, but it would be especially helpful for the six substitutes that will be in Kindergarten on March 9th. Columbia’s Kindergarten teachers will be at a district training session that day. The colored shirts will help the substitutes during bathroom breaks, in the lunchroom, and at recess.  Our class shirt is green. Set a reminder to help you remember to send your child to school in the blue class shirt on Wednesday, March 9th.  Thank you!

    Please listen to your child read today's Phonics Framework paper and the Wonders reader that are in your child's blue Daily Folder today. 

    Reminder: Space Day is on March 11.  Space Day

    While assessing for Report Cards this week, I have noticed that some students are struggling with automatically and accurately producing the answers to the addition and subtraction facts.  Flashcards 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.  Another helpful trick is to write the more challenging facts on a sticky note. Then put that sticky note in a common place like on the bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator. Then, as your child passes that sticky note, you can have your child read the facts aloud. Thank you for your support!

    Helpful Links: 

    Sight Word Flashcards   

    Addition Flashcards   

    Subtraction Flashcards  

     Subtraction Video

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  • Here is next week's newsletter: February 28-March 4. Thank you for taking a minute to read the newsletter.

    Reminders: Please listen to your child read the words, sentences, and passages in the practice folder daily. It is fine if your child does not read every passage every day. However, your child needs to read at least one of the pages every day.

    The book fair will be at Columbia next week. Our class will go to the book fair on Tuesday at 9:45. If you want your child to shop for a book please send the money in a labeled envelope on Tuesday. I am unable to send students on other days to go to the book fair. Your shopping options are Monday before the PTA meeting or at our scheduled time. If you would like to shop with your child the book fair family night is Monday from 5-6 before the PTA meeting. There will also be the Get Loaded food truck if you want to stay for dinner and the PTA meeting. The library will be closed for checkouts next week due to the book fair. 

    Next week is also Read Across America Week. Columbia will celebrate the special week with Camp Read S'more.  Here is the flyer of dress up days: Camp Read S'more

    Assessment Reminders: The third nine weeks assessments have started. Sight words, addition facts, and subtraction facts begin next week. Please use these flashcards to help your child practice at home.  Sight Word Flashcards   Addition Flashcards   Subtraction Flashcards   Subtraction Video

    Vision screening will take place next week at Columbia. Thank you to all the parents that have already filled out the form. If you do not want your child to participate, you must fill out the form and mark no. If there is no form filled out and returned for your child, then I must fill out the form for the vision screening.

    If your child successfully completed the February Challenge, please send the completed dental health log on Tuesday, March 1st.

    Heads up: Space Day is on March 11.  Space Day

    The 3rd Nine Weeks sight word note is in Daily Folders of students who have not yet read all 50 words. 
     
    I announced to the students that our school district is Mask Optional. We talked about how it is a family decision and we will be kind and respectful to everyone regardless of their family's decision about masks. Please note: At this time, all bus riders must wear a mask on the bus in the morning and they'll need a mask to put on in the afternoon to get back on the bus. 
     
    Please see this note from CES PTA:
    Up A Creek - Madison is hosting a spirit night for CES on February 27th from 1-4pm. They are generously donating 100% of the proceeds to the CES PTA! Up a Creek Flyer
    The admission cost for this event is:
    • $7.50 for the first child
    • $5.00 for each additional child
    Up A Creek is an active after school program with pick up from all Madison City Schools and provides camp for Madison City school breaks.  Up A Creek operates from their new indoor play place at 181 Hughes Rd. and is not open to the general public.  Their facility is available for private parties. www.upacreekmadison.com
    We hope to see you there!
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  • Happy TWOsday! We had a fun day celebrating 2-22-22!

    Thank you for sending in your child's Green Practice Folder today. I hope you are enjoying listening to your child read the passages each day. We become better readers by reading. The time you spend each evening with your child reading will make a meaningful difference! 

    The students had a substitute this afternoon. When I returned several green folders had been left in mailboxes. Those will go home with your child tomorrow. I think there was a mix up with packing folders. I found two of the new practice sheets on the counter. If your child did not come home with a practice sheet please let me know. 

    I will begin assessing addition and subtraction facts during the week of February 28th. I will also listen to your child read the list of our 50 sight words that week. Your child needs to read 38 of the 50 sight words to earn a 3 on the Third Nine Weeks Report Card. This note contains the 39 sight words that have been taught during classroom instruction: Sight Words Note I will send home a copy of this note in your child's folder later this week. 

    Here is the subtraction video to support you as you work on the subtraction facts with your child at home: Subtraction Video. Also, here is the Subtraction Tip Sheet

    I am here to help. Please reach out if there is something I can do to help support your family. Do you need a helpful tip sheet for addition facts? Let me know.

    Here is this week's newsletter: February 21-25   Thank you for taking a minute to read the newsletter.

    If you email cesattendance@madisoncity.k12.al.us, please know that the classroom teacher does not receive the message, only the office staff. You can include my email address on the email too, so I can know.  

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day! We had a wonderful time exchanging valentines and having a special snack. 

    A great way to show your child LOVE on this Valentine's Day is to give them 10 minutes of your undivided attention and listen to them read the passages in the Green Practice Folder. Investing in your child's future is a lovely way to spend 10 minutes.

    Mrs. Hester made this video to share tips for understanding the 21 subtraction facts. You can use this video two ways. You can watch the video and use the information while helping your child with subtraction facts, or you can have your child watch the video. Subtraction Video Here is the information sheet: Tips to Understand the Subtraction Facts Thank you for spending time helping your child feel confident with the addition and subtraction facts.

    Please complete the Google Form by tomorrow morning. Thank you! The link was in Thursday's post.

    Madison City Schools is offering Mental Health Workshops. Click to read the information and learn how to RSVP to the event: Mental Health Matters

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  • Please click this link to read next week's newsletter: February 14-18. 
     
    Thank you for sending your child's Valentines to school yesterady and today. If you forgot to send them in, please send them to school Monday. We are looking forward to our Valentine exchange on Monday and I want to ensure we are all prepared for a wonderful day!
     
    Your child's 3rd Nine weeks Progress Report is coming home in the Red Report of Learning Folder. Please make notes of the items listed in the third nine weeks comment box. You will notice the third nine weeks ELA comments are on the back side of the first page. You will need to sign in the box by the third nine weeks on the last page.  
     
    The students will have a half day on Friday. Please fill out this Google Form to communicate your child's transportation plan and lunch plan for Friday.
     
    I would like your help. Please talk with your child about classroom behavior. The class has been very talkative and very loud. I've been talking to them about being conscious of their speaking volume, but it hasn't transferred to application yet. Thank you for helping me with this at home too. 
     
    I am fortunate to be a participant in Orton Gillingham Reading Training this semester. It requires that I attend 5 days of training. I have one training day in February, three training days in April, and one day in May. The students will have a substitute Tuesday because of this training. I don't like being out of the classroom, but what I will learn in the training will be worth the time away. 
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  • Thank you for sending the green Practice folders today. You will notice there is an extra passage to read at home. This passage is a bit longer and there are no pictures. This makes the students decode and read the words without the help of a picture to support them. Remember, please read at least one of these passages each day. Please follow up the reading with some comprehension questions. For example: Who was in the story? Where did the story take place? Was there a problem? What was the problem? How did the problem get solved?

    Please continue working on the valentines. You will send in the valentines in a ziploc bag on February 10th. We will pass out valentines next Monday. Each student will pass out their valentines. That means your child will also need to be able to read the name and match it to that child’s name on the valentine bags. 

    Progress reports will be sent home on Thursday. 

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  • Here is next week’s newsletter: February 7-11.  Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

    Chromebook update: We received an email today informing us that the district is no longer requiring Chromebooks to be sent home daily. :) The note sent earlier this week gave parents the option to continue to have their child's device sent home daily for as long as the district required it. Now that we do not have to send them home, ALL kindergarten Chromebooks will remain at school. If your child's charger and computer login card are still at home, please return to school on Monday.

    In the event that the district begins requiring devices to be sent home daily again, we will honor the request you submitted on the form. No need to fill out the form again. Thank you!

    Keep working on the cards for the Valentine Exchange. These need to be sent to school on Thursday, February 10th. Just in case you missed Tuesday's post, please add Logan's name to the list. 

    Columbia is sponsoring our first ever "Souper" Bowl Drive. Click here for details: CES Souper Bowl Drive.

    The Winter Olympics will begin next week. Click Here for the flyer of dress-up days.

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  • I would like to welcome Logan to our class! We look forward to getting to know Logan better in the weeks to come. *Please add his name to your list when your child writes their Valentine cards.* 

    The device agreement is in your child's Blue Daily Folder today. Please complete the form and return it tomorrow.

    Several chargers did not make it back to school today. Please return your child's chromebook, charger, and computer card each day. Thank you! 

    Our class picture day has been rescheduled from tomorrow to April 1st. 

    Thank you for sending Valentine stickers to decorate the bags!

    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. I sent this home on January 13th, so the children would have plenty of time to work on this project. Here is a reminder note of frequently asked questions: More Information about Valentine's Day 

    Tomorrow is the last day to preorder Columbia's Valentine Grams. Purchase online here: https://columbia.memberhub.com/store/items/644265

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  • Thank you for all you did to help your child with virtual learning. I appreciate your support! 

    Use this list to help make sure your child has everything needed for school tomorrow: Chromebook (fully charged), charger, computer card, green Practice Folder, manila envelope with completed work, blue Daily Folder, rest mat, water bottle, snack, and mask.

    Here is this week's newsletter: January 31- February 4 Please take time to read the newsletter. 

    As stated at Parent Night, a form is being sent home with your child tomorrow regarding leaving student chromebooks at school or sending chromebooks from home to school daily. Every household must return this form on Wednesday. The form will give you complete details of your options.

    Tuesday, February 1st is the beginning of Jump Rope for Heart. It is important to dress students appropriately for the school day and these activities. Students will need to wear tennis shoes or closed toe shoes. Boots are not appropriate shoes for the school day. If a student has a dress/skirt to wear, please have shorts underneath.

    Wednesday, February 2nd is class picture day. If you would like for your child to change after, please have all items in their backpack that your child is easily able to change themselves into. 

     

    **Super Important Announcement: We will be getting a new student this week named Logan. Please add that name to your valentine list.**

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  • Thank you to those who attended Parent Night.  I hope you found the information helpful for your family. Here are the slides from last night: 2nd Semester Parent Night

    Last night, Mrs. Hester talked about how we have our students spell simple words phonetically.  In our phonics instruction next week, we will be learning about the letter Kk. This is an important week of instruction because we will learn the phonics rule for when we hear /k/ at the end of a word. The students learn that we spell the final /k/  with -ck after a short vowel sound.  You will see phonics papers come home where your child will be writing several words with final /k/ after a short vowel: duck, rock, kick, neck, sock, lick.  This is a skill the students 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."

    Also last night, Mrs. Hester talked about the 42 math facts the students need to know. Please go ahead and make the math fluency flashcards on index cards like was in the presentation.  Continue to practice the Fry sight word flash cards at home. I will be assessing for the next Progress Report next week.  Thank you for your support. 

    Please remember to return Practice Folders when we return in person on Tuesday.  Also, please send a note on Tuesday if your child completed the January challenge. A recording sheet for the February challenge will come home on Tuesday.

    Please remember that we try to go outside daily, weather permitting. Looking ahead to next week, I see that there will be many cold days. Please send a coat with your child daily. Help your child practice zipping and unzipping the coat so he/she can do so with independence. 

    The Winter Olympics will begin on February 4 and run through February 20th. We will have a dress up week beginning February 7th to celebrate the start of the Winter Olympics.  I will share more information on next week's newsletter.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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  • We had a great 100th Day of School! The children were adorable dressed as 100 year olds! We had fun doing 100 exercises, coloring a picture with 100 items, counting to 100 by 10’s and 1’s, and reading books about the 100th day of school. 

    Here is the invitation for Parent Night: Parent Night Invitation.  This is a reminder that we would like to invite all of you to Kindergarten Parent Night on January 27th at 5:30. Parent Night will be virtual. The WebEx link will be emailed to you the day of the meeting. We ask that you please sit in a room free from distractions and have your device on mute. Please have paper to take notes and your child’s Winter Assessment Score sheet near you. There was a hand out to go along with this meeting. I apologize for not getting a hard copy sent home prior to the virtual days. I will be sending you that handout via email. 

    We will now be having virtual days on January 27th, January 28th, and January 31st. Their work for those days was sent home in a manila envelope. The students will need to complete their work and send it back on Tuesday, February 1st to be checked. 

    Keep working on the cards for the Valentine Exchange. These need to be sent to school on February 10th. If you haven't started, today would be a great day to work on them!

    Reach out to me if you have a question. I'm here to help. 

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  • Here is next week's newsletter January 24-28 . Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

    2nd Semester Parent Night will be next Thursday, January 27th, at 5:30pm. See the invitation here: 2nd Semester Parent Night Flyer

    I hope you are enjoying listening to your child read everything in the Green Practice Folder. Please remember to return folders on Monday. 

    Please see the following messages from PTA: 
     
    #1 CES Families,
     
    The annual Valentines Gram sale has begun! This year we have chosen a zipper fidget bracelet that the kids are sure to love! You can purchase individual bracelets, or enough for the whole class. Sales are online only. We will not be in the cafeteria this year. Preorders end on February 2nd, and bracelets will be delivered to classes on February 14th.
     
     
    #2 CES Families,
     
    January 25th is Totally Tuesday! The theme this month is "Silly Socks". How does it work? Wear your silliest socks and send in at least $1 in an envelope with your teacher's name on it and the class that raises the most will win an extra recess!
    Sincerely,
    CES PTA
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  • Thank you for sending the Practice Folder yesterday. I sent home new passages and Practice Sheet #14 in the folder. Thank you for the time you spend listening to your child read. Send the Practice Folder to school each Monday.

    Your child's chromebook is in his/her backpack today. We were told to send them home, but we do not have any other information at this time. The chromebook is fully charged. Please do not allow your child work on the chromebook until we hear the plan because we need to save the battery just in case they need to participate in live lessons and watch recorded lesson videos. When students return to school, they need to bring their chromebook in their backpack.

    Remember the 100th Day of School is January 25th. A note went home in folders last week. 

    Valentine's Day is a month away! There was a pink note in your child's Daily Folder last week with directions for the Valentine Exchange Home Project. By starting early, your child can write one valentine card per day and never have hand cramps. :)  I made this flyer with pictures to help answer questions that we receive each year: More Information about Valentine's Day 

    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.

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  • Here is next week’s newsletter: January 17-21  Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

    Reminders

    1. No School on Monday, January 17th  in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 
    2. Report Cards came home on Tuesday. If you have not signed and returned your child’s report card, please do so tomorrow.
    3. Green Folders must be returned to school every Monday for the next week's practice sheet and passages. Since we do not have school this Monday, please send it on Tuesday. When your child is absent on a Monday, the Practice Folder should be returned the day that your child returns to school.
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  • Thank you for all you did to help your child with virtual learning. I appreciate your support! 

    Click this link to read this week's newsletter: January 10-14 Our plan is to finish last week's instruction on Monday, and then we'll be ready to begin everything described on the newsletter on Tuesday. I appreciate you taking the time to read the entire newsletter each week. If you haven't read it before, these are five components to the newsletter: upcoming events, the monthly challenge, a preview of this week's ELA and Math instruction, and Important Kindergarten Information. Be sure to check it out! 

    **Attention! Attention! Practice Folders Are Coming Home on every Monday!** The children will bring home their new Practice Folders on Monday. These are the green folders you provided at the start of school. Everything you need to know about the Practice folder is written on a note inside the folder. 

    The students enjoyed their first art class with Mrs. Murine on Monday. She is a wonderful art teacher. I know they will enjoy learning from her each week.

    I'm here if you need anything. Please reach out and I would be happy to help.

    Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 2nd Nine weeks Report Card, Winter Assessment Scores, and Middle of the year DIBELS and iReady reports. Please read the 2nd Nine Weeks Report Card note in the front of your child’s folder. 

    Important date: Second Semester Parent Night will be Thursday, January 27th at 5:30.

    Popcorn with the Principals: I hope you can make it to school tonight to meet Mrs. Bolden and Ms. Massey. The event begins at 6:00. 

    We are now writing our first and last names on our papers. Your child will be assessed on this and is expected to be able to write their name with correct letter formation and orientation to the line. Please work on this with your child. Learning your last name, how to spell it, and writing it can be difficult and can take longer to master.

    From the front office: Our attendance secretary is currently out of the office due to sickness. All attendance discrepancies will be corrected once she returns. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

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  • Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and relaxing break and enjoyed the snow! 

    Here is this week's newsletter: January 3rd-7th  Please take time to read the newsletter. Thank you!

    The 3rd Nine Weeks of school is packed full of essential learning in Kindergarten. If your child is healthy, it is important for him/her to be at school on time each day ready to learn. If there is anything you need from me in order to make that happen, please reach out. I am here to help. 

    Help your child select one picture from Christmas Break that he/she would like to share with the class. Help your child decide what they would like to say to the class about the picture. Email the picture to me before 7:30 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Thank you!

    I look forward to seeing your child tomorrow. Your child will need: a water bottle, one snack, a mask, their rest mat, and extra masks in a bag in their backpack. Thank you! 

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  • Wow! We had a great day today! Our theme last week was Gingerbread. The kids have loved reading all the different Gingerbread stories, discussing the characters, refrain and ending to the stories. Today we planned to have a special Gingerbread Man snack. However, when it was time to eat our cookies the Gingerbread Man had taken them. We went on a hunt throughout the school following his clues until we finally found them! The kids had a great time and the cookies were delicious!

    Practice sheet #11 was due today. If you did not send it in your child's folder today, please sent it tomorrow. Thank you! 

    Reminder Thursday and Friday are half days for students and we will dismiss at 11:00. If you have not already, please fill out the Google Form with your child's transportation and lunch information. I need this information as soon as possible. 

    Please see the information from CES PTA:

    Dear CES Families,
     
    Monday December 13th
     
    Tomorrow is Totally Tuesday! The theme is Pajama Day. Totally Tuesday is a CES PTA Fundraiser. How does it work? On December 14th, dress up and send in at least $1 in an envelope with your teacher's name and "Totally Tuesday" on it, and the class that raises the most will win an extra recess! The count starts over in January with a new chance to win!
    **We are asking the school community to help us make December's Totally Tuesday the best one yet! This Totally Tuesday, the total cash donations will be evenly distributed to Columbia's custodians, cafeteria workers, and our plant manager. These are special people who work diligently to keep our buildings clean and functional, and our students and staff safe and healthy.**
     
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  • Friday December 10th

    Here is next week's newsletter: December 13 -17 

    Please complete this Google Form about the two half days by Monday morning. I need one form filled out for every student. Thank you!

    Keep reviewing the Fry sight words that were on Tuesday's post and sent home in the folder on Wednesday. Flashcards are a great way to practice sight words. I will assess each child on their Fry sight words on Monday. 

    We're looking forward to a very busy and fun week next week! Have a wonderful weekend! 

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  • Tuesday December 7th 

     

    Our next PTA meeting is Monday December 13th. There was a preorder your pizza meal deal form sent home in your child’s folder for this event. This meeting will also include a farewell to Mr. Hill and Mrs. Minor. 

     

    Our next Totally Tuesday is on December 14th. The theme is pajamas! This Totally Tuesday the cash donations will be split evenly between the custodians, cafeteria staff, and our plant manager. They work so hard at school to prepare meals and keep the building clean. Please send this donation in an envelope with your child’s name, teacher’s name, and Totally Tuesday written on the outside. The class that raises the most money will win an extra recess! 

    2nd Nine Week Assessments have started. We will assess sight words on Monday December 13th. I wanted to share the list of words that we have taught thus far in kindergarten and the breakdown of the 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the report card. Please see the attached file. We will also send home a hard copy of this later in the week. 

     

    Kindergarten Sight Words December 2021

    Winter came back this week!  I wanted to give out a few reminders about jackets-

    1. We go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is above 32 degrees. Please pay attention to the weather and send an appropriate jacket.
    2. Keep working with your child on zipping his/her jacket until it is mastered. Thank you! Many of them have it down pat now which is very helpful as we transition to and from recess.
    3. If you send gloves, hats, or scarfs we keep those items in pockets or sleeves while the jackets are zipped to their chairs in the classroom. This makes our transition to recess easier than everyone going to the closet to dig for those extra items. 
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  • Here is next week’s newsletter: December 6-10. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed. 

    We will have Fun Friday tomorrow. If you are sending in a dollar, please send itin a labeled envelope or ziploc bag. 

    I am proud of the students and their hard work today on the DIBELS assessments. We will take the iReady math and reading assessments beginning Monday. We also will begin assessments for the Second Nine Weeks Report Card. These assessments are completed one on one and take quite a bit of time. If your child has a planned absence between now and the end of the semester, please let me know so I can adjust my assessment plan. Thank you for supporting classroom learning at home! Your time makes a difference! 

     

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  • I hope everyone had a restful break and wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #9 today. Practice Sheet #10 is coming home in your child's folder today. Please remember to spend a little time each day on the Practice Sheet. The daily practice of reading the blending words makes a world of difference.

    As Winter is approaching,  I wanted to give out a few reminders about jackets-

    1. We go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is above 32 degrees. Please pay attention to the weather and send an appropriate jacket.
    2. Keep working with your child on zipping his/her jacket until it is mastered. Thank you! Many of them have it down pat now which is very helpful as we transition to and from recess.

    As you already read in the newsletter, the students will take the Winter Benchmark DIBELS Assessment on Thursday. They will take 4 subtests:

    1. Letter Naming Fluency - They work on this with you each week on the practice sheet (the top box).
    2. Phoneme Segmentation Fluency - This has been on practice sheet since October (the bottom right box).
    3. Nonsense Word Fluency (Correct Letter Sounds and Words Recoded Correctly) - Listen to your child read real CVC words to practice for this subtest. Here is a sheet to use as a practice. They should push the sounds together to read the word, or just read the word.
    4. Word Reading Fluency - This assesses their ability to read sight words. Thank you for continuing to practice the Fry sight words.

    I look forward to seeing how they do on these assessments. The students will have a substitute on Thursday because I will be administering the DIBELS test to two of the other Kindergarten classes. 

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  • Here is our next newsletter: November 29th-December 3rd.  Please notice the December challenge!  This challenge is important because we will have many assessments during the month of December. Please read the important information at the bottom of the newsletter. 

    Today we finished our unit on sorting. We are learned how to 1) sort by attributes, 2) count the amount in each group, 3) sort the groups by amount. We practiced these skills using M &M’s and Skittles! If you have more of the Fun Size M&Ms and Skittles at home, let your child show you how to do the 3-step sort. The children should be able to do our 3 step sort for multiple attributes of the same group of objects. 

    Yesterday, I sent home a packet of letter naming practice sheets and cvc word sheets. Reading cvc words and practicing letter naming will help your child on two of the subtests on the Winter Dibels test. The other two subtests involve reading sight words and sounding out words. You can say the words aloud from the cvc papers and have your child practice sounding out those words. 

    Thank you for all of the kind notes, treats, and gifts this week!! I can't express what these acts of kindness meant to me. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness! 

    I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving! I am thankful to know and work with every child and family this school year! Enjoy your time with your family.

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  • Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #8 today. Practice Sheet #9 is coming home in your child's folder today. Thank you for spending a little time each day on the Practice Sheet. 

    Progress Reports will be coming home in the Report of Learning Folders tomorrow, November 16th.  Please read over it, sign it and return it to school by Thursday, November 18th.

    Tuesday, November 16th is a Totally Tuesday Dress Up day. This is a PTA Fundraiser. Students can dress up in their favorite sports team gear and send in $1 in an envelope with your teacher’s name on it. The class that raises the most will win an extra recess! 

    There is a PTA meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m.  You will be able to visit the Wall of Honor - a Veteran's Day photo exhibit. There is a CES Spirit Drive November 16th & 17th at Kendra Scott. This is a great opportunity to buy nice gifts for the Holiday Season. 20% of the proceeds will go to our school.   Please see the flyer here for more information.

    Here is this week’s newsletter: November 15-19. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed. 

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  • Here is next week's newsletter: November 8-12 

    Our 2nd annual Drive Thru Veteran's Day Parade is on Wednesday at 9:00-9:30. Have your child wear red, white, and blue. You are welcome to make a sign for your child to hold during the parade. Please send it on Wednesday morning. We'd love to see any veterans from your family drive thru our parade. My class has Spanish class on Wednesday from 8:40-9:10, so we won't be able to get out to the parade until after Spanish. If you are coming, please wait until 9:15 to drive through the parade so your child will be able to see you. Let me know if we should expect to see you. 

    Reminder - No School on Thursday, November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day.

    Please label your child's jacket with their first and last name. If the jacket is labeled, it will be easier to find it in the lost and found and return it to you. 

    If you haven't taken 2 minutes to watch this helpful video yet, please do so. Thank you! Click here to watch. 

    Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #7 today. Practice Sheet #8 is coming home in your child's folder today. Thank you for spending a little time each day on the Practice Sheet. I would like the students to read the sentences aloud to an adult at least 3 days during the week.

    I am finishing up Progress Report assessments in class this week so that I can write the progress reports this weekend. Progress Reports will go home next Tuesday.

     
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  • Please remember to send the Practice Sheet to school each Monday. Practice #7 is in your child’s folder yesterday. Mrs. Hester made a quick video about two new boxes on the Practice Sheet. The video is meant to be helpful, but it can only help your child if you watch it: Please click here to watch the video

    We will have our Veteran's Day Parade on Wednesday, November 10th at 9:00. If you are a veteran, we would love for you to drive through the parade. Please have your child wear red, white, and blue. They are welcome to make a sign to wave during the parade.

    CES Yearbooks are on sale now through December 15th. They cost $35. You can order online or by using the order form.

    Please complete the School of Excellence Survey Questionnaire and return it in your child's folder by Friday. 

    Reminders:

    Please teach your child how to zip their jacket, and allow them to practice daily until they can do it independently. 

    Please keep a bag with 2 clean masks in your child's backpack. 

    We have an upcoming math unit with sorting. We are in need of fun size M&M's or skittles. If you are able to purchase some for our class please let me know. 

     

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  • I have collected Practice Sheet #5 today and have sent home Practice Sheet #6.  If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder.  I will be listening to your child read the words from the Word List tomorrow. This week we will review content taught thus far in reading. We will review the letters Mm, Aa, Ss, Pp, and Tt. We will also review reading skills that have been acquired.

    This week we will be exploring balls.  If you did not send in a ball today, please send it tomorrow.  We will be discovering the different ways our balls move. 

    Red Ribbon Week is this week: Please refer to the October 21st post, on our class Remind App, or our schools’ social media platforms for the dress up days. Wednesday, October 27th, is also Down Syndrome Awareness. Your child can wear yellow and blue. 

    Reminders: Tonight is Trail of Treats from 6-7 following the PTA meeting at 5, thank you so much those that have sent in bags of candy for PTA!

    The Book Fair will be open all this week. It will be open from 7:45-8:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 29th at 11:00 a.m.  In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Trail of Treats tonight from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  Our class will visit the book fair on Tuesday.  If you would like for your child to purchase books you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziplock bag inside your child’s daily folder throughout the week. 

    The half day google form is due tomorrow. It is imperative that you fill out this information so that we can get your child home properly.

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    • I am very sorry, there was a mistake in the post yesterday with dress up days. I fixed it below and added the attachment from PTA. Please see the link for Red Ribbon Dress Up Days: Red Ribbon Week

      Also, as the weather is changing and children are wearing jackets to school, I have a request that will really help us in class. Please have your child practice zipping/buttoning their jacket until they can do this independently. The students zip or button their jacket four times a day (to their chair every morning when we arrive, to themselves when we go out for recess, back to their chair after recess and back on at the end of the day). You can see it is important for students to be able to complete this life skill independently. Thank you for your support at home!

       
       
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  • Here is next week’s newsletter: October 25-29.  Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. We will begin our Science unit on Balls and Ramps on Monday. Please read the important information on the newsletter linked above pertaining to this Science unit.  I also hope that you and your child are enjoying spending time together as you do the October Challenge that you will find at the upper right-hand corner of our newsletter.

    The next PTA meeting is Monday, October 25th at 5:30.  The Trail of Treats will be following the PTA meeting at 6:00. We are still in need of candy for this fun event!  Each family that is participating needs to send an unopened bag of candy to be distributed that evening.

    The Book Fair will be open this coming Monday, October 25th. It will be open from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 29th at 11:00 a.m.  In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Trail of Treats on Monday night from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Monday. If you would like for your child to purchase books you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziplock bag inside your child’s daily folder. 

    October 25th-29th is also our Red Ribbon Week.  The following are dress up days for this week: Monday - wear red to “Stand up to drugs” Tuesday- wear PJ’s to “follow your dreams not drugs”  Wednesday- wear yellow to show “we’re too bright for drugs” Thursday- wear cow print to “moove away from drugs” Friday- wear Astro Spirit wear to “team up against drugs”.

    Mr. Hill recently sent an email reminding parents that students need to wear a mask to school daily.  We also need you to keep extra masks in your child’s backpack so that they can change masks as needed during the school day. Please remind your child to keep up with their mask during the day.  We have a very limited supply of replacement masks at school. 

    We had a wonderful teacher appreciation lunch yesterday provided by PTA.  If you contributed to this luncheon, thank you so much!  We all enjoyed this delicious meal!

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  • Monday, October 18th

    Wow! What an awesome Field Trip we had to Gullion Farms! The children really enjoyed petting the animals, picking a pumpkin, the hay maze, corn crib, gathering eggs, the pony ride, the giant slide, and milking the cow!  I was very proud of the children as they were all so well behaved. We really had a great day. Thank you to our chaperones (Mrs. Smith and Mr. Shows) and to all of the parents who joined us at the farm!  Thank you to Mrs. Riddle for transporting our pumpkins and delivering them to our classroom. It wouldn’t have been successful without all of your help! 

    We have had an awesome first quarter in Kindergarten! It’s so hard to believe that nine full weeks have gone by and that we are now into our second nine weeks! I have enjoyed watching our students transition into school and our classroom and make so much progress academically.  If you haven’t already, please sign your child’s report card and send your child’s Report of Learning Folder back to school tomorrow. 

    I collected Practice Sheet #4 today.  I will be listening to your child read the words from the Word List tomorrow.  If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder.

    Tonight is our Spirit Night at Taco Mama at Clift Farms from 4-9. Don’t forget to tell them that you are with CES! 

    Next Monday night will be our Trail of Treats at 6:00.  If your family is attending, please send in an unopened bag of candy. 

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  • Here is next week’s newsletter: October 18-22. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter each week. Please be sure to check out the Important Information box on the bottom of the newsletter, it contains information about our field trip for Monday. We are looking forward to a wonderful trip to the farm!

    Report Cards: Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 1st Nine weeks Report Card and Beginning of the year DIBELS and iReady reports. As discussed at Parent Night our grading scale is 4, 3, 2, 1. Your child will not receive a 4 until 1) The standard has been taught to the full depth of the Kindergarten expectations and 2) Your child has shown consistent mastery of the standard. At this time of the year, 2s and 3s are extremely common.

    I need a parent signature on your child's Report Card. There is not a signature line, so please sign on the front page in the box with your child's name.

    Another thing we discussed at Parent Night was that kindergarten teachers system wide have a rubric to follow when assigning a 4, 3, 2 or 1 for a standard. The rubric for sight words changes each nine weeks based on how many sight words have been taught during class instruction up to that point. The expectation for a 3 for the first nine weeks was very attainable since our sight word instruction had just begun. The first nine weeks sight word breakdown is as follows: 

    1 = 0-2 words 

    2 = 3-5 words 

    3 = 6-49 words 

    4 = All 50 words accurately and automatically

    Class shirt update: We received the class shirts this week. If you ordered a parent shirt, I am sending it home today in your child’s backpack. Student shirts will remain at school until Monday morning and I will have your child put the class shirt over the long sleeve shirt they wear to school. 

    Unfortunately, the shirt company made a mistake with the kindergarten shirts. They printed the wrong year on the shirt. The company will be reprinting all shirts to correct the mistake. However, the reprinted shirts will not be ready until after the field trip. We will wear the shirts with the incorrect year on the trip but will have new ones coming soon.  As soon as I receive the corrected shirts, I will send them home. Thank you for your understanding. 

    Additional field trip information:

    1. Students will be required to wear their mask while on the bus to the farm and on the bus returning from the farm. I need you to send your child to school in a cloth mask and attached to a lanyard. The paper masks often break while we are outside during recess. 

    2. Students are not allowed to check in late at the field trip nor are they allowed to check out from the field trip. All students must ride to the farm with their class and return on the bus with their class. Please make sure to arrive at school on time Monday morning. Our buses will load and leave campus by 8:00. 

    3. If you signed up to attend the field trip, you are on the approved chaperone list. You will need to come to Columbia to sign in and receive a visitor badge to wear on the field trip. You will not be allowed to be on the field trip with us without the visitor badge. You will need to get your visitor badge between 7:45-8:00 from the front office. If you arrive before 7:45, you will need to wait outside. If there is a long line in the office, please wait for people to exit before entering. Remember, anyone entering the school building is required to wear a mask.  

    Practice Sheet: I hope you have enjoyed listening to your child read the words from the Word List portion of the Practice Sheet this week. The kids are really excited when we are reading these words in class! Taking a few minutes each night to allow your child to practice reading will greatly benefit your child. We become better readers by reading! :) Please remember to send Practice Sheet #4 in your child's folder on Monday.

    Please see the flyer for Taco Mama Spirit Night Monday, October 18th: Taco Mama Spirit Night Columbia will receive 10% of your purchase subtotal! 

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  • It was nice to be back at school today. It sounds like everyone had a fun Fall Break!

    Please watch this quick video about this week's Practice Sheet: Video about Word List

    Please click the link to read next week's newsletter: October 11-15 Thank you for reading all of the information thoroughly.  There are several upcoming events that you'll want to add to your calendar. Also, you'll want to check out the new challenge for October.

    October 12 is Totally Tuesday. Send $1.00 or more to the PTA and your child can participate in the Book Character Day. The class that raises the most money earns an extra recess!! Read the guidelines here: Book Character Day

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  • Field Trip forms were in folders on Monday.  The forms and payment are due on Thursday, September 30th. Please read all three forms in your child’s packet. Thank you!

    Community Helpers Sharing- We are learning about community helpers this week. We will share about our parents being community helpers this week. If you have not done so already, I need at least one parent from each family to email me with the following information:

    1. A picture of you at work or working from home.
    2. A sentence about how your job helps others.

    Practice Sheet #3 was sent home on Monday. If you forgot to send Practice #2, please send it in your child's folder tomorrow. Thanks!

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  • Here is next week’s newsletter: September 27- October 1.

    The last Friday of every month is FREE snack day! Students who have not lost a Fun Friday during the month of September will receive one free snack. Prepaid cards are not accepted on the free days, and the cost of prepaid cards accounts for the free day that is built into each month. Families can send in cash for their students to purchase additional snacks. Fun Friday Free Snack

    Heads up: our field trip information and paperwork will be coming home in folders Monday. There will be a quick turn around to return everything before Fall Break.  The cost will be $20.00, this covers student admissions to the farm, a pumpkin for each student, and transportation. Forms and payment will be due September 30th.

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

    We are rocking and rolling with our Boosterthon Fun Run! Thank you for your support securing pledges and/or flat donations. Currently our class has raised $36 per lap of $80.00 per lap goal. Keep up the good work, let’s reach our goal!

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  • Today kicks off our Boosterthon Fun Run! We are super excited to raise money for our school! We have a school wide goal of raising $30,000 with a specific goal for the funds to be used for much needed playground updates.  We appreciate your support and dedication to our school! 

    Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #1 today. If you forgot to return it today, please send it in your child’s Daily Folder tomorrow. Practice Sheet #2 is coming home in folders today. I wanted to share a close-up of the Sight Word Practice Box because it did not copy well: Sight Word Practice Box

    You will also see your child’s work from last week’s Literacy Stations coming home in folders today. The students did well last week with our first week of Literacy Stations. Literacy Stations is an important time in our day for students to complete group/partner work reinforcing our reading skills, while I teach differentiated small group lessons.  I look forward to seeing the students grow with independence, cooperatively working with others and producing quality work while working in stations. 

    Picture Proofs came home in Daily Folders today.  If you wish to place an order, the due date is September 29th.  Picture Make-up Day is scheduled for September 30th.  If you would like for your child to retake pictures on make-up day, you will need to send a note to school in their daily folder on September 30th. On picture make-up day, I will only send the students who were absent on picture day and those with a note from parents requesting to retake their picture.  

    Reminder to email Community Helper assignment by Wednesday, September 23rd . The post from September 10th includes the details for this assignment. We are looking forward to learning about our Parents and their roles as Community Helpers. 

    A few helpful reminders:

    If you want your child to wear a mask a school, please keep a few extras in your child's book bag. I only have a few extras left in the classroom to give out.

    Please send water in a refillable water bottle every day. I do not have extra water bottles in the classroom. There are some in the building, but it takes some time to locate the extras. Also, those are difficult to refill and they spill easily.

    Please send rest mats every Monday morning. The front office staff is not always able to deliver items during the school day. 

    Please send lunch boxes with your child in the morning. I have to send a lunch count every morning so when lunches are brought to school late the count gets off. 

    We are in need of some more band-aids in the classroom. If you can send some in with your child that would be a great help :)

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  • Please take a minute to read next week’s newsletter: September 20-24

    Please sign your child's progress report and return it in the red Report of Learning folder tomorrow.

    If you are trying to login to your child’s Beanstack account, it would be helpful if you had their email address! Here is the pattern for email addresses: first name, middle initial, last initial followed by @madisoncity.k12.al.us Thank you for logging into Beanstack and scanning the books you read at home. Click this link for more information: Beanstack.

    Tomorrow is Fun Friday. Send a dollar in a labeled envelope if you would like your child to purchase a snack at Fun Friday. 

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  • Our first Practice Sheet is coming home in folder's today. As you read on the newsletter, please don't do it all at once - a little each day will benefit your child. This is a picture of what to look for in the folder: Picture of Practice Sheet

    Today, we began our first week of our Wonders Reading Series. We are focusing on the letter Mm this week. Our first phonics worksheet will be in folders tomorrow. Review the sheets with your child. If you see a lowercase m written in crayon next to your child's m in pencil, I did this to show your child the correct way to write a lowercase m. When you see this on the paper, it is always a good idea to give your child more time to practice. 

    The students were so excited about our first day of Literacy Stations. It went well for the first day!

    If your child loses a ticket at school, please remember to initial the behavior calendar. Thank you!

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  • Here’s next week’s newsletter: September 13-17

    We will be studying Community Helpers later in September. I need each parent to email me by September 23, 2021 with two things: 

    1. A picture of you at work or working from home.
    2. A sentence about how your job helps others. 

    I will share your picture and read your sentence to the class during Community Helper Week. 

    Here is the flyer for Beanstack. We are super excited about Beanstack and being able to log our books and minutes spent reading. Please help your child record the books you read at home. You can add the app to your phone to make recording the books easy. Please read the flyer for more details. 

    You should have received an email from Columbia on Thursday regarding the Required Forms for Participation. If you have not already done so, please fill out each form for your students at Columbia. 

    Media Center Permission Form

    Permission to Publish Form

    Physical Education Participation

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  • Tuesday September 7, 2021

    We made it all the way to the letter Z last Friday 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 the Letter Expert! Thank you to each family for working with your child on this assignment!

    We will review the letters and sounds from Letter Experts this week along with continuing sorting words/pictures based on the beginning sound. We are also working hard in class to complete our beginning of the year i-ready assessments on the computer. Those scores will be sent home with the 1st Nine Weeks Progress Report on September 15th. 

    Thursday, September 9th will be Spirit Night at Panda Express. Please see the attached flyer for details on time and ordering. 

    Friday, September 10th we will observe Patriot Day. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in their red, white, and blue! 

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  • Here is next week’s newsletter: September 6-10. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter each week. I appreciate you doing your part to keep yourself informed about classroom learning.

    Please remember that tomorrow is a 1/2 day. We dismiss at 11:00. Rest mats were sent home today because we will not have rest time tomorrow.

    Next Friday, September 10th we will observe Patriot Day. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in their red, white, and blue! 

    Columbia Elementary School is looking for Chess Team Members. If you would like for your child to sign up, please click this link: Chess Team Sign Up

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

    1. is wearing a mask that fits and has an extra mask inside his/her backpack.
    2. has a water bottle filled with water and ice.
    3. has a snack packed separate from lunch.
    4. has the blue Daily Folder inside his/her backpack.
    5. is wearing velcro or slip-on shoes.

    Thank you! This will help your child feel prepared and ready to have a great day at school.

    Weekend To Do List:

    1. Remove papers from the daily folder. 
    2. Let your child practice rolling up their rest mat.
    3. Send rest mats back on Tuesday.
    4. Enjoy the LONG weekend!
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  • No School tomorrow (Tuesday, August 31) due to potential of severe weather. Please stay weather aware and be safe!

    Friday is the deadline for ordering books with Scholastic.

    Dear Family,

    You can choose to have your books shipped to your home or delivered to me with our class order.

    With a $25 order, you can pick a FREE $5 Book (use code: READS).

    Class Order Due Date: 09/03/21
    Shop Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/GM8CB
    Shop Digital Flyers for Our Grade with Your Child: https://clubs.scholastic.com/kindergarten

    Please share the Class Page link to extended family and friends. All orders also earn FREE Books for our class.

    Thank you for your support!

    Ms. COURTNEY

    Class Code: GM8CB

     

    Friday is a half day for students, Here is the Google Form to fill out for Friday. Please have one parent fill out the form no later than tomorrow. 

    Class shirt order forms and money are due Thursday. We will wear these shirts several times this year. Please consider purchasing a class shirt.

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

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  • Thursday August 26th

    This week, we have focused on writing our names with the correct letter formation and orientation to the lines. We talk about how the first letter should be an uppercase letter and the rest of the letters in our name are lowercase.  You can help your child by having him/her practice writing their name at home with the correct letter formation. We are also working on using scissors correctly. We talk about how our elbow is by our side, scissors are pointing away from your belly, the thumb is up and we use a straight wrist while cutting.  We tell students scissors go open and shut while the other hand is holding firmly the paper while turning the paper. These fine motor skills are very important. By developing their fine motor control, children are able to access so many more things, and become confident and able students.  It would be very beneficial to practice these scissor skills at home as well.

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

    PTA Survey: Our PTA Board would like you to complete this survey: PTA survey

    Fun Friday: If you would like your child to have a snack at Fun Friday tomorrow, please send $1.00 in a labeled envelope. Typically, the snack is free on last Friday of the month if the student has attended all of the Fun Fridays for that particular month, however in August all students had a free snack on the first Friday. So even though tomorrow August 27th is the last Friday, the students will need to have a $1.00 or a snack card in order to get a snack. All funds collected go towards our end of the year bash! 

    A glance at next week:

    Reading - identifying beginning sounds, Letter Experts for T, U, V, W, X, Y, & Z and writing names. We will also begin learning about literacy stations and the rules/procedures that we follow during that time.

    Math - count sets of objects and write numerals 6 & 7

    Upcoming dates:

    8/31 - Scholastic Book Orders are due today 

    9/2- Class T-shirt money is due. Please send the order form and money so your child can have a shirt. 

    9/3- Half day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m. A Google Form will be sent out soon. I will need one parent from each family to complete the form in a timely manner. It will ask about transportation changes and lunch information.

    9/6- Labor Day - No school

    9/10- Patriot Day falls on Saturday this year, so we are encouraging students to wear Red, White, and Blue on September 10th

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  • Throughout the past few weeks we have focused on getting to know each other, learning our rules and procedures, and learning the habits that will help us to be leaders.  We go over our rules each day so it helps us continue to learn procedures and we have discussed our expectations as a class.  We have made numerous posters that will serve as reminders for our expectations and goals.  We made a good listeners poster and a De-Bug poster (steps for what to do if someone is bothering you). We have sorted between green choices (good) and red choices (bad). Having structure and organization in a classroom is essential for a positive, productive learning environment. We have also discussed the importance of doing our best with all our work.  You can help by encouraging your child and giving simple directions to follow at home independently.

    Last week, our kindergarten students had a book care lesson.  We learned how to take care of the books we read.  This week we will return to the library and have a library orientation lesson. We will learn the rules of the library and how to check out books. Hopefully your child’s first school library book will come home at the end of this week! 

    DIBELS:  Kindergarten students will have their Beginning of the Year DIBELS assessments on Thursday, August 26th.   

    Class Shirt: Class shirt orders are due on Thursday, September 2nd. Our class shirts will be green. We will wear the shirts multiple times this school year, so you will definitely get your money’s worth.

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

    School Picture Day: Picture day is Wednesday, August 25th.  These are the pictures that will be used in the yearbook. We understand that you may not want to follow our Kindergarten Color Day on Picture Day. That is perfectly fine!

    Totally Tuesdays:  Our PTA is sponsoring fun dress up days once a month on the last Tuesday of each month.  The first one is this Tuesday, August 24th.  If your child sends in $1 they can dress up.  This Tuesday’s dress is for Spirit Wear/CES colors. Our school colors are RED and BLACK.

    Power School Parent Portal: In your child’s Daily Folder today, you will find directions on how to access the Parent Portal for Power School. The main reason for parents of students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade to login to the Parent Portal is to view your child’s attendance records. The Parent Portal will be something you access frequently when your child is in 3rd -12th grade to view your child’s grades.

    Required Forms: The office emailed these forms to all CES parents today. Please complete them at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time!

    Media Center Permission Form

    Permission to Publish Form

    Physical Education Participation Form

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  • Thank you for continuing to participate in our Color Weeks daily colors! We are enjoying learning about colors. Ask your child about mixing colors to make purple, green and orange paint. The kids were excited watching the colors change as we mixed!

    Today Mrs. Nguyen stopped by to teach a lesson on how to care for books. We are hopeful that we will be able to start visiting the library and checking out books soon. 

    The order form for class shirts will be coming home in folders on Friday. You will want to be sure to order a shirt for your child because we will wear them often throughout the school year. Please reach out to me if purchasing this shirt is a hardship for your family. Orders are due on September 2nd. Thank you!

    Upcoming C.E.S. events:

    August 23rd- Breakfast with the Principal

    August 24th- Totally Tuesday- Wear C.E.S. Colors/Spirit Wear

    August 25th- Picture Day- these are the pictures that will be in the school yearbook

    August 26th- Watch Dog Dad Kick off 

    A glance at next week:

    Reading - identifying beginning sounds, Letter Experts for N, O, P, Q, R, S, writing names

    Math - comparing groups of objects as equal, greater than, or less than, comparing groups of objects to five, and comparing numerals 0-5

    Helpful weekend to do list:

    1. Cozy up and enjoy reading your child’s poetry notebook
    2. Wash your child’s rest mat
    3. Have your child practice rolling up and securing their rest mat until they can do it independently 3 times in a row.
    4. Have fun playing Rhyming Lotto with your child (sent home in folders today with directions)
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  • There was a sea of RED at recess today! We are looking forward to continuing our colors for the next two weeks. Please see the flyer Kindergarten Color Weeks

    Scholastic News money is due tomorrow. Please send $7.00 in an envelope labeled with your child’s name, my name, and “Scholastic News.”

    Please remember to send in your child’s Scrapbook page and Informational Letter, if not already done so. 

    We have had a week and a half of practicing our school and classroom rules. We began our ticket system today (our school wide behavior plan). If your child lost a ticket, you will see the code and how many tickets were taken. If a ticket was lost please initial in the box for that day. Small initials in the corner of the box is perfect, please do not make additional markings (smiles/frowns,etc.). As we discussed at Parent Night, your child should be able to explain the choices he/she made to have taken a ticket. Please encourage your child to follow directions and make good choices. Thank you for your support of good classroom behavior.

    Thank you to all who practiced rolling rest mats this weekend. I can tell the students who practiced and they were proud to show me how they could do it! If your child did not practice, please have them practice when mats come home this Friday. Several students need assistance rolling and securing their rest mat. 


    This month Peasant T-Shirt Shoppe is offering a one of a kind CES Tie-Dye shirt. If you would would like to purchase, please use this link: https://peasant-tshirt-shoppe.printavo.com/merch/ces-tie-dyed-tee/

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  • Kindergarten will have Color Weeks from August 16-27. We want to encourage your child to wear the specified color. Please read this flyer to know the specifics for each day. Thank you for participating! Kindergarten Color Weeks

    Tomorrow is Fun Friday. All of our students will participate in Fun Friday tomorrow because this was a practice week for Kindergarten. (Tickets will begin in Kindergarten on Monday, August 16th.) If you would like your child to purchase a snack, you can send $1.00 in a labeled envelope. Please write your child’s name and FDF on the envelope. PTA distributed the Snack Cards to the teachers today. If you pre-purchased a snack card or send an envelope with $1.00, I will give it to your child on our way to Fun Friday. 

    Rest mats will come home tomorrow. Please wash the rest mat and return it to school with your child on Monday. While the mat is at home, please have your child practice rolling it up independently.

    Poetry Notebooks will come home in the backpacks tomorrow. I hope you enjoy cozying up and reading these with your child. Leave the poems in the notebook and send the notebook back to school on Monday. 

    A glance at next week:

    Reading - rhyming words, Letter Experts for H, I, J, K, L, M

    Math - count sets of objects and write numerals 1-5, the concept of zero, ordering numbers 0-5

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    • Tuesday, August 10th

      Thank you for attending Parent Night last night! If you were unable to attend Parent Night either in person or via WebEx, click the link to see the presentation. Kindergarten Parent Night 2021 Please know this is only a small glimpse of what was discussed last night. I sent the handouts in your child’s daily folder today. Please complete the class directory slip and return tomorrow. There is a note regarding Scholastic News, we will use this to supplement instruction this year. Please keep the handwriting sheet to use when helping your child write letters with correct formation.

      I hope you found the information to be valuable. As I said it would happen, I thought of a few things I forgot to mention during Parent Night:

      Good Time Tickets - Children who exhibit behavior above and beyond the expected behavior can earn Good Time Tickets. They save these to trade in for special activities. For example, if they save 5 tickets, they get to have a flashlight and books during rest time. If they save 30 tickets, they get to eat lunch with me on the stage. (There are several other levels in between these.) The children love to receive Good Time Tickets and I love to pass them out to the children!

      Sleeping Habits - It is imperative that your child have enough sleep each night to be able to successfully make it through our school day. It is recommended that school age children get between 10-12 hours of sleep each night. That means if your child wakes up at 6:30, they need to be in bed no later than 7:30-8:00 with lights out and no TV/devices. The best way to address undesirable behavior is getting more sleep.

      Deadline for Letter Expert pictures: I wanted to clarify the deadline for emailing the Letter Expert assignment. When you receive the Letter Expert assignment paper, it says to email me the picture the day before your child presents to the class. I need to be more specific. I need the picture by 5:00 the day before your child is scheduled to present.

      Mask and Lanyards- Your child’s mask needs to be attached to a lanyard each day. Students take masks off for lunch, snack, recess, P.E. and rest time. Students without lanyards  for their masks are sitting them down on the table/floor, putting them on their wrist then dropping them, losing/leaving them. If your child’s mask is on a lanyard it makes it much simpler when taking masks off and putting them back on. Please show your child how to turn the lanyard around while they are eating so their food doesn’t fall into their masks.

      Thank you for sticking with me through a long Parent Night! I appreciate your time!

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