• Thursday, April 18th

    Click this link to read next week's newsletter: April 22-26

    Please click to watch this quick video to help your child: Practice Folders  Listening to your child read will help them become a better reader and will help them do awesome on their upcoming DIBELS and iReady assessments.  Thank you!

    Tomorrow is Purple Up Day. Have your child wear purple in support of military children. Click to read the flyer: Purple Up Day

    Goal for this weekend: Locate your child's red class shirt. You will want to have it ready for your child to wear on our field trip on Thursday. 

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  • Monday, April 15th

    This week in 95 Phonics we are reviewing vowel-consonant-magic e words. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 25 of 95% Phonics.

    Please click to watch this quick video for clarification with our Practice Folders: Practice Folders

    Friday is Purple Up Day. Have your child wear purple in support of military children. Click to read the flyer: Purple Up Day

    I know that it is a busy time of year with sports and activities, but I ask that you to continue checkand empty your child's Daily Folder daily. Thank you to everyone who sent your child’s green folder to school today. 

    The weather is getting warmer which is creating a challenge to keep up with jackets that are necessary for early morning, but not needed later in the day when it is warmer. As a reminder, the students are responsible for keeping up with their belongings. You are welcome to come check the lost and found for missing items. It is located in the cafeteria.

    As the weather gets warmer, please remember that closed toe velcro tennis shoes are required daily. No sandals or crocs.

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    • Friday, April 12

      Here is next week’s newsletter: April 15-19. Thank you for taking the time to read it each week! There are lots of important dates you will want to add to your May calendar.

      Upcoming Dates to Know:

      -Friday, April 19: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the Media Center, 9:00-10:30

      -Friday, April 19: Purple Up Day, wear purple

      Have a great weekend! Don’t forget to send green folders on Monday!

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    • Monday, April 8th

      This week in 95 Phonics we are reading words with long u. Long u magic e can spell the /oo/ sound like in the words rule and tune. Long u magic e also spells the /U/ sound in the words mute and cube. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 24 of 95% Phonics.

      Field Trip Paperwork was sent home at the end of March. The forms and $20 payment are due on Friday, April 12th. Parents that plan on meeting us at the Early Works Museum will need to pre-purchase your admission ticket. The cost of the adult ticket is $10. We ask that you send your payment on the same day that you send the completed paperwork. Thank you!

      Self-Control - I've had to talk about self-control on a daily basis with the class. We talk about how they are in charge of what their body does and what their mouth says. It is making a choice to do the right thing, even when others are not making that choice. For example, as I go to each table to quickly check their work, the other students sit quietly at their table waiting for me to get to them. After putting their paper in the mailbox, students are expected to sit patiently (criss cross with a quiet mouth) until everyone gets to the rug.  Instead, I have kids spinning in circles, rolling on the rug, and talking in a yelling voice to each other. Another example is when I ask the class to get in line so we can go to lunch, recess, etc. The students are expected to stand in line quietly facing the door. Instead, I have kids dancing, playing, and talking. We've been late to a few places because I wait to leave our classroom until everyone gets under control. These are two examples. I could go on with more, but I think you get the picture. I am requesting your assistance. Please talk to your child about how to have self-control. Give them time to practice - at home, at a store, or in a restaurant. I know they are capable of exhibiting self-control. Thank you!

      Eclipse - I added a few pictures to Seesaw from our eclipse viewing today. The students carried their glasses home with them today, but if your child's glasses are still in good condition, and you would like to donate them, please send them back to school in your child's folder tomorrow. Mrs. Vandiver, our STEM teacher, will be mailing the glasses to Latin America for children to use to view the eclipse that will be happening there later in 2024.

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  • Thursday, April 4th

    Click here to read next week's newsletter: April 8-12. Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter each week.

    Please also remember that the field trip paperwork that was sent home last week is due no later than April 12th. We are looking forward to this fun trip to Early Works Museum!

    Please remember to send your child's Green Practice Folder to school on Monday. Even though they may not verbally tell you themselves, your children are so thankful that you take 10 minutes each day to listen to them read! Thank you parents for supporting our classroom learning!

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    • Monday, April 1st

      **School will be dismissed at 11:30 on Tuesday, April 2nd. Please send an email with any transportation changes.

      This week in 95 Phonics we are reading words with long e. Long e can be spelled with “magic e” at the end of the word such as in names like Steve or Pete, with one e in short one syllable words like me and be, or with two es in one syllable words like weed or beep. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 23 of 95% Phonics

      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. If you did not send a note for completing the March Challenge, you can send it tomorrow. Thank you!

      Don’t forget to return the solar eclipse permission slip no later than Friday, April 5th.

      Please also remember to return the field trip paperwork and payment by April 12th.

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #21, the reading practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards. Please note that the reading practice sheet now has a space for you to initial on the days that you listen to your child read. Please take advantage of the reading practice page in the Practice Folder, your child will become a better reader by reading!

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  • Thursday, March 28th

    Here is next week’s newsletter: April 1-5.  Thank you for taking the time to read it each week!

    Important Papers are in the Folder Today:

    Field Trip Paperwork came home today in your child’s daily folder. The forms and $20 payment are due on Friday, April 12th. Parents that plan on meeting us at the Early Works Museum will need to pre-purchase your admission ticket. The cost of the adult ticket is $10. We ask that you send your payment on the same day that you send the completed paperwork. Thank you!

    On Monday, April 8th, your child will have the opportunity to view the solar eclipse at school. The district is providing glasses for your child. A permission slip is coming home today in your child’s daily folder. In order for your child to be able to participate in this event, you will need to sign and return the permission slip by Friday, April 5th. Thank you!

    Reminders:

    Spring Pictures are tomorrow, Friday, March 29th.

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  • Monday, March 25th
    This week in 95% Phonics we are reading words with long o. We are learning about the silent e at the end of a word. We call this e "magic e" because it can jump over a consonant and make the vowel say its name (the long vowel sound).  Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 22 of 95% Phonics.

    Our field trip to EarlyWorks will be on April 25th. 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.

    Thank you for remembering to send the green Practice Folders today! I hope you are continuing to enjoy listening to your child develop as a reader each day using the included sentences and passages. Remember your child becomes a better reader by reading. The time you spend each evening with your child reading will make a meaningful difference!

    Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:
    Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #20, the reading practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards. Please take advantage of the reading practice page in the Practice Folder. Your child would benefit from reading the words, sentences, and passages more than once during the week. 

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  • Friday, March 22nd

    Here is next week’s newsletter: March 25-29 

    Spring Pictures will be on Friday, March 29th. A form came home in your child's blue folder yesterday.  If you do NOT want your child to have their picture taken, fill out this form and send it back.  If you do want the picture taken, you do not send the form back and in 2-3 weeks a proof will come home with the option to purchase the pictures online. 

    Reminders:

    • All transportation changes should be emailed to both the classroom teacher and cesattendance@madisoncity.k12.al.us  On days when I am not at school, I will not be able to check my email, so the office will notify the substitute of these changes.

    • Please pack a snack for your child daily.  

    • Blue Daily Folders should be checked and emptied every day. 

    • If you did not send in your child’s Progress of Learning Folder today with the report card signed, please send it back on Monday. 

    Columbia’s FCA club is collecting items for the Limestone County Animal Shelter. They are collecting dog/cat food, pet toys, and blankets.  If you would like to help with this effort, they will be collecting supplies until April 4th. 

    Thank you to all of you who have donated Kleenex and wipes to our classroom! We have plenty to get us through the rest of the school year now. Thank you! 

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  • Wednesday, March 20th

    Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 3rd Nine weeks Report Card. Here are 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 consonants 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, sick, tack, lock, peck, etc. The students are also expected to remember that q and u work together and make the beginning sound with the following words: quiz, quit, quack, quilt, quick, quest. To practice writing simple words at home, give your child a piece of paper and say any of the above words and ask your child to write them.

    • Read and reread grade appropriate decodable texts smoothly, accurately, and with expression to support comprehension - 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 your name in the address box on the first page of the Report Card and return it in the Report of Learning Folder by March 22nd. Thank you!

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  • Monday, March 18th

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! It was nice to see everyone at school today. 

    Click this link to read this week's newsletter: March 18-22. Thank you for reading the newsletter each week.

    This week in 95% Phonics we are reading words with long i. We are learning about the silent e at the end of a word. We call this e "magic e" because it can jump over a consonant and make the vowel say its name (the long vowel sound).  Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 21 of 95% Phonics.

    Thank you for sending Practice Folders today. You will see new passages and Practice Sheet #19. These folders are to be returned to school every Monday. If you forgot to send your child’s practice folder today, please send it tomorrow. Thank you! 

    Cold, flu, and allergy season is here and we have gone through almost all of our boxes of tissue and baby wipes. If you could donate any boxes of tissues or baby wipes, it would be greatly appreciated!

    I would like your help. Please talk with your child about classroom behavior. After Spring Break, we see a lot of interruptive behaviors. The class of late has been very talkative, loud, and interruptive during instructional times. In class, we've discussed being conscious of their speaking volume and having self-control, but it hasn't transferred to application yet. Thank you for helping me with this at home too. During recess, the kindergarten teachers are observing some aggressive behaviors while on the playground. We request your help with talking to your child about this. Please encourage your child to keep their hands, feet, and all other objects to themselves when playing with others.

    3/21 is World Down Syndrome Day: wear BLUE and YELLOW on Thursday!

    Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

    Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #19, the reading practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards. Please take advantage of the reading practice page in the Practice Folder. Your child would benefit from reading the words, sentences, and passages more than once during the week. 

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  • Monday, March 4th 

    This week in 95% Phonics we are reading words with long a. We are learning about the silent e at the end of a word. We call this e "magic e" because it can jump over a consonant and make the vowel say its name (the long vowel sound).  Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 20 of 95% Phonics.

    We started a new literacy station last week. 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. 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 capital letter, put a space between the words, and end the sentence with punctuation. The students are enjoying this new station.

    If you forgot to send the Practice Folder today, please send them tomorrow. I forgot to pass the Practice Folders back out to some of my students! There are a few Practice Folders still in my classroom that I will send home tomorrow. I'm sorry about that!  

    Please make sure to email me if you know your child is going to miss any days this week, so I can adjust my assessment plan accordingly. Thank you!

    Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

    Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #18, the reading sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards. 

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  • Thursday, February 29th 

    Click this link to read next week's newsletter: March 4-8 Thank you for reading the newsletter each week.

    If your child has completed February’s challenge, please send in the Dental Health Log tomorrow.  

    Family Reading Night is tonight from 6:00-7:30!

    Tomorrow night is the Out of this World School Dance at 6:00.

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  • Monday, February 26th

    This week in 95% Phonics we are reviewing previously taught consonants and short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 19 of 95% Phonics

    Read Across America is this week! Our Spring Book Fair is also this week in our media center. Our class goes on Thursday at 12:15. If you would like to send money in for your child to purchase a book, please send the money in a labeled envelope or bag with your child’s name, my name and the amount. You may also shop at the book fair on Thursday night during our Lights, Camera, Read family night from 5-7. We hope you can attend Family Reading Night. There will be guest readers and special family activities.

    Here are the dress-up days for the rest of the week:

    Tuesday - Read My Shirt Day - Wear a shirt with a positive message.

    Wednesday - Red Carpet Readers - Wear red and take a picture of you reading at home.

    Thursday - Leap into Reading - Wear athletic clothing

    Friday - Bedtime Stories - Wear your pajamas to school

    We have our Vision Screening tomorrow morning. If you haven't already, please complete the form and return in your child's folder tomorrow. I sent home an extra copy of the form with those who haven't turned it in yet.

    Assessment Reminders: The third nine week assessments have started. Please use these flashcards to help your child practice at home. All the following are links to click:

    Sight Word Flashcards  Addition Flashcards  Subtraction Flashcards    Subtraction Video

    Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

    Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #17, the Reading Practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards.

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  • Friday, February 23

    Here is next week’s newsletter: February 26-March 1. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

    Next week, Columbia will be celebrating Read Across America with Lights, Camera, Read!

    Click here for information the fun dress up days we will have.

    Next Friday, March 1st, our PTA is holding the Out of this World Dance. Click here to purchase family tickets.

    We will begin assessments for the 3rd 9 Weeks Report Cards next week. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep each night, eats breakfast each morning, and arrives at school on time each day. This is important for your child’s success!

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    • Wednesday, February 21st

      This week in 95% Phonics we are reviewing previously taught consonants at the beginning of words, and short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child.

      The Book Fair will be open this coming Monday, February 26th. It will be open from 7:40-8:15 daily and will close on Friday, March 1st at 10:45 a.m.  In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child, the Book Fair will be open during the Lights, Camera, READ!  event on Thursday night. The Book Fair will be open from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and the family activities will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Thursday from 12:15-12:45.  If you would like for your child to purchase books, you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziploc bag inside your child’s daily folder.

      Thank you for remembering to send the green Practice Folders on Tuesday! I hope you are enjoying listening to your child read the sentences and passages each day. We become better readers by reading. The time you spend each evening with your child reading will make a meaningful difference!

      A Vision Screening form is coming home in folders today. The vision screening will take place next week at Columbia. Every child needs a completed form returned to school. If you do not want your child to participate, you must fill out the form and mark NO.

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #16, the reading sheet, sight word flashcards, addition flashcards, and subtraction flashcards. If you haven't taken time to watch the subtraction video yet, please do so soon. It will help you work with your child on the subtraction facts. Here is the link again: subtraction video.  Our plastic sleeve of Reading Practice sheets was getting full, so I removed the old ones, stapled them together, and put them in the back pocket of the Practice Folder. I would keep all of them so you have plenty of resources to give your child to read throughout spring and summer. 

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    • Friday, February 16th

      Please click this link to read next week’s newsletter: February 19-23 Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week!

      Please send the green practice folder on Tuesday. Thank you!

      Thank you for returning your child’s signed progress report.

      You may have noticed that your child’s second 95% Phonics workbook came home in their backpack this week. As we discussed at Parent Night, this is a great resource for extra practice at home! I encourage you to look through this book and have your child practice reading the sentences, passages, and stories. I would also encourage you to look at their letter practice for any errors, and have them practice writing those letters neatly with correct formation and orientation to the line.

      On Thursday, February 29th, Columbia will be celebrating Family Reading Night! The theme is “Lights, Camera, READ!” If you would like to order shirts for this event, click this link: Shirts If you would like to donate supplies for this event, sign up at this link: Family Reading Night Supplies

      We've had the best week! I really enjoyed our study of American Symbols. We learned about the U.S. Flag, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty. My students listened so well as we read several nonfiction texts throughout the week. They picked two facts they learned from our reading of each symbol to write in their book. I am holding onto their books for a few weeks because I would like to take a video of your child reading them. I'll try my best to send the books home before Spring Break. You will want to make sure to put it in your box of Kindergarten treasures because they've worked so hard on it this week.

      Thank you for being such supportive parents. I love being with your children each day. Have a great long weekend!

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  • Monday, February 12th

    This week in 95% Phonics we are reviewing short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities As we decided at Parent Night, we are also learning what to do when they hear /k/ at the end of a word. When we hear /k/ immediately after a short vowel sound, we spell it -ck. Examples of these words include: duck, rock, kick, neck, sock, lick. This is a skill the students need to show that they understand while they are reading and even in their writing. Thanks for supporting this learning at home! 

    Thank you for returning your child’s Green Practice Folder today. Remember, this folder should be returned every Monday to be updated. If you forgot it today, please send it tomorrow!

    Progress Reports will be coming home this Wednesday, February 14th in the Report of Learning Folders.  Please read over it, sign it and return it to school by Friday, February 16th.

    We will have our annual Family Reading Night on Thursday, February 29th from 6:30-7:30. If you would like your child to have a shirt for this event, here is the link to order: Shirts

    Reminders:

    • Please send your child’s completed Valentines to school tomorrow morning. We will do our exchange on Wednesday. We are looking forward to a fun day in the classroom!
    • Wednesday, February 14th is a half-day. School will dismiss at 11:30. Extended Day will be closed. The link to the Half Day Google Form was in Friday's post. I need 10 more families to complete the form. Here is the link again: Half Day Google Form

    • On Monday, February 19th, school will be closed in honor of President's Day. 

    Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

    Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #15,the reading sheet, sight word flashcards, addition flashcards, and subtraction flashcards. If you haven't taken time to watch the subtraction video yet, please do so soon. It will help you work with your child on the subtraction facts. Here is the link again: subtraction video.  A great way to help your child read smoothly, accurately, and with expression is to give them your undivided attention and listen to them read the passages in the Green Practice Folder. The more your child practices his/her reading skills, the better reader he/she will become. 

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  • Friday, February 9th

    Thank you for attending 2nd Semester Parent Night! I appreciate you taking the time to come learn about our Kindergarten power standards. If you missed the meeting, please take time to read through the slides. Click this link: 2nd Semester Parent Night

    I 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 next week’s newsletter: February 12-16. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

    Next Wednesday is a half day for students. Please click this link: February 14th Google Form to fill out your child's transportation and lunch preference. Please complete it by Monday, February 12th. Thank you!

    If your child's grandparent wants to become more involved at Columbia, please attend the interest meeting that will be held on February 23rd at 8:30 AM. Here is a flyer with more information.

    Please remember to return the green Practice Folders on Monday. Please send the completed Practice Sheet to me in the green folder. Thank you!

    Please send your child's Valentines to school on Tuesday, February 13th. Thank you! 

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    • Monday, February 5th

      This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are reviewing the letters Ee, Zz, Kk, Yy, V,v Uu, Qq, and Xx, Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities

      Thank you for sending the green Practice Folders today! If you did not send it back to school today, I need you to send it tomorrow so you can get this week's practice pages. When returning the green Practice Folder each Monday, please put the practice sheet back in the front pocket of the folder.

      We started doing our Daily Word Problems today. I read a word problem and then your child drew a picture and wrote an appropriate addition or subtraction sentence. Today's word problem was subtraction. You can see your child's work on the yellow post-it note that is attached to their math paper.

      Please continue working on writing names for the valentines. You will send in the valentines in a Ziploc bag on Tuesday, February 13th. Each student will pass out their valentines. That means your child will also need to be able to read and match the name he/she wrote to that child’s name on their valentine bag.

      PTA is having a Valentine's jewelry fundraising sale at Kendra Scott from February 5-9. 20% of the sales support Columbia Elementary School PTA. A flyer is coming home in your child's daily folder with more information.

      Reminders:

      - Class Picture Day is Wednesday, February 7th

      -2nd Semester Parent Night is Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 p.m.

      - Progress Reports will go home on Wednesday, February 14th

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  • Thursday, February 1st

    Please click this link to read next week's newsletter: February 5-9

    When reading the newsletter, please notice February's challenge. A recording sheet for this challenge will be coming home today in your child's blue Daily Folder.

    Special note about this week's practice sheet: On the back side of Practice Sheet 13, the students need to first count the total number of dinosaurs, then subtract the number of dinosaurs walking away in order to do the subtraction sentence correctly. 

    Kids Heart Challenge is back!! Kids Heart Challenge is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. We are dedicating the month of February to raising money and discussing the different heart conditions for the American Heart Association. The Kids Heart Challenge will start today and ends Feb 29!  Forms were sent home with your child in their blue Daily Folder today.

    Don’t forget that we will be taking our class pictures on Wednesday, February 7th. 

    Multicultural Night is tomorrow at 6:00 pm. I love this annual Columbia event. My son's last game of his freshmen season is tomorrow night in Muscle Shoals, so I will not be able to attend this year. I hope your family comes and has a great time! 

    2nd Semester Parent Night is one week from today. Please plan on sending the parent that works with your Kindergartner on their Practice Folder. We will begin in the library at 5:30. Click this link to read all the information: Parent Night Invitation

    Also, we will be decorating our Valentine's bag next week for our Valentine’s Day exchange.  If you can donate stickers for this project, please send them in your child’s blue Daily Folder. Thank you!

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    • Monday, January 29th

      **Attention! Attention! Practice Folders Are Coming Home Today!** The children are bringing home their new Practice Folders today. These are the green folders you provided at the start of school. Everything you need to know about the Practice folder is written on a note inside the folder. Please be on the lookout for the Practice Folder. 

      This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on the letters Uu, Qq, and Xx. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 15

      Remember the 100th Day of School is Wednesday, January 31st.  The students can dress up on the 100th Day of School as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc. Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. You can probably find most of these items around your house or in your dress-up box. I also thought I would share that they have 100th Day dress up items at Party City.  It will be a fun day! 

      Please keep working on the Valentine's Exchange Home Project. I sent our class list home last week. As your family works on writing valentine's, please have your child do the writing, not mom or dad. When your child has finished writing the names on the cards, please let your child practice reading the names. Your child will need to be able to read the name in order to drop the valentine in the correct bag. I sent this home early so the children have plenty of time to work on this project.

      Heads Up: Coming home in your child's blue Daily Folder is an order form to purchase a class group picture. Class group pictures will be taken on Wednesday, February 7th. Order forms will be due on or before this date.

      Reminder: Our Multicultural Night is scheduled for Friday, February 2nd in the Gym and Cafeteria starting at 6PM. Multicultural Night is a very special event at CES. There will be live performances from around the world.  This is a fun opportunity for your child to learn more about the various cultures around us. 

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  • Thursday, January 25

    Here is next week’s newsletter: January 29 - February 2. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

    Tomorrow is our big field trip to James Clemens to see our classmates sing and dance in Finding Nemo. Please wear your RED kindergarten class shirt. You may want to wear a long sleeve shirt underneath. The auditorium can be chilly. We will not bring jackets with us. The buses will start loading early in the morning. Please be on time for school. We will have a much later lunch than normal. Please make sure your child eats a big breakfast. Since the exact time we will be returning is unknown, visitors will not be allowed to join us.  Thank you for your cooperation.

    Please keep Tuesday’s note about Valentine’s Day in a safe location to refer to as your child works on writing their name and the names of their classmates. 

    If you've given the January challenge a try, you have less than a week to go. If your family completes the January challenge, please send a note or an email next Thursday and your child will receive 2 Good Time tickets. I hope you have enjoyed spending extra family time together by playing board games and reading with your child! Hopefully, this challenge created a new habit for your family.

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  • Tuesday, January 23

    It was great being with your children at school today! It is nice to be in our routine again.

    This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on Yy and Vv. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 14

    Flag Project for Muliticultural Night - Talk to your family about your cultural background and decorate the flag to represent your heritage. These flags will be displayed in the main hallway for Multicultural Night. Please send these back to school by Monday, January 29th. This event will take place Friday, February 2nd in the Gym and Cafeteria starting at 6PM. Multicultural Night is a very special event at CES. We need your help to make it a great success. This is your opportunity to share your unique culture and heritage with all of us and help enrich our children's lives. 

    Valentines Exchange Home Project - Valentine's Day is three weeks away! The pink paper in your child's folder has all the information you need to know about our Valentine’s Day exchange. By starting early, your child can write one valentine card per day and never have hand cramps. :) I made this flyer with pictures to help answer questions that I receive each year: More Information about Valentine's Day

    100th Day of School - We missed 6 days of school due to weather, so the 100th day of school is now on Wednesday, January 31st! The students can dress up on the 100th Day of School as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc.  Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. You can probably find most of these items around your house or in your dress-up box.  It will be a fun day!  (If your child dressed up as a 100 year old today for the Great Kindness Challenge, they can wear the same costume next Wednesday.) 

    Finding Nemo field trip is on Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their red class shirt. Use this link if your family would like to purchase tickets for one of the evening shows.

    Please note that our second semester Parent Night is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th at 5:30. 

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  • Sunday, January 21st

    I hope you and your family are staying warm! I missed seeing my students all last week! I am ready to get back into our routine. **Update - MCS Schools are closed on Monday, January 22nd. I look forward to seeing your child on Tuesday.

    Here is this week’s newsletter: January 22-26. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week!

    We are so excited that Columbia will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge this week (January 22nd-26th)!! Please see the flyer HERE with more details and dress up days!

    Please send Practice #11 in your child's folder on Tuesday. I hope you had time last week to put in some extra practice with your child.

    Our field trip to see Finding Nemo will be Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their red class t-shirt for this field trip.

    Mark your calendar for Second Semester Parent Night on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 pm. Please plan for the parent who works with your child on the practice sheets to attend this event.

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