Tuesday, November 12th
The Winter School Spirit order forms came home last week. PTA has added sweatshirts to the order options! Sweatshirts are $20. Most t-shirt sizes are $15. Items are available by PRE-ORDER only! Pre-orders can be placed online (link below). Deadline to order is Friday, Nov. 15th.
Thank you for your continued help with learning how to zip jackets and for wearing tennis shoes to school daily.
Our cafeteria serves a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. We are having Thanksgiving dinner for lunch this Thursday, November 14th. You are welcome to come and enjoy this feast with your child. Please meet us in the cafeteria.
Thursday, November 7th
Here is the newsletter for next week: November 11 - 15 Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.
Our annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser begins next week and goes through November 22nd. This is our 14th year to raise funds for this wonderful hospital. Several of our teachers are participating in the 5K, 10K, and half marathon. I will be walking the 10K this year. There are seveal great incentives for students to receive by donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. An email with details will be sent from administration soon.
This week's phonics framework paper is coming home today. Please listen to your child read the words and sentences.
The Winter Spirit Wear order form is in folders today. If you want to order the long sleeve shirt, the form and payment are due November 15th.
Yesterday, I sent home vision screening paperwork. Please fill it out and return tomorrow. Our class goes to the vision screening on Tuesday morning.
Monday, November 4th
There were several announcements shared this morning. Please click on the links to read about each of them:
Please send Practice Folders tomorrow. Each child will read Word List 3 to me, and then I will send home Word List 4, Letter Naming 5, and Phoneme Segementation 5. The time you spend on these activities will not come back void. Investing your time in your child learning to read is something you will never regret.
Friday is a Half Day. We dismiss at 11:00. If you have not completed the Google Form, please do so this evening. Thank you!
You can still send the completed October Learning Calendar tomorrow so your child can receive the Good Time Tickets.
I'm looking forward to all students completing the November Challenge! As you read the challenge on the newsletter, it is encouraging daily outside play. I discussed with the students the importance of continuing to play outside even with the time change and the weather getting cooler. Typically Extended Day goes outside every day unless it is raining. If your child goes to Extended Day, they can get their after school outside play done during this time. If your child comes home to you after school, please schedule a time for them to go outside. Any outside play will do, such as riding bikes, going for a walk, kicking a ball, running around screaming, etc. Thanks for helping your child meet this challenge!
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Thursday, October 31st
Here is the newsletter for next week: November 4-8 THANK YOU for reading the newsletter each week. Staying informed with classroom and school activities helps your child have a successful year.
Tomorrow is Fun Friday. Please send $1.00 in a labeled envelope or bag. The funds received each week go towards the free snack the children receive at the end of each month and towards the end of the year Fun Friday Bash.
Wednesday, October 30th
If your child completed the October challenge, please send a note in the Daily Folder tomorrow. Each child that completed the challenge will receive a special Halloween pencil and notepad!
This was our first week to have ALL Practice Folders here on Tuesday! Thank you!
Tomorrow is an exciting day! In order for it to be awesome, we need you to follow the guidelines that were sent home about Book Character Day. A paper copy was sent home earlier this week and there is an electronic version on last Thursday's post. Bringing the book that your child's character comes from is essential because the Kindergarten students parade through the hallways holding their book.
Monday, October 28th
The students had fun exploring the variety of balls today. Thank you for sending a ball with your child.
We went to the book fair today. Children who did not purchase books at the Book Fair have a wish list in their backpacks. You are welcome to come to the Book Fair tonight during Trail of Treats. Or, you can send money in a labeled envelope and I will send your child another day this week.
See you tonight at Trail of Treats!
Thursday, October 24th
Here is the newsletter for our next school week: October 28-November 1. Thank you for taking the time to read this each week.
The Trail of Treats is Monday, October 28th from 5:30-7:00. If your family will be coming, please send in a bag of candy by Monday morning to be distributed that evening.
The Book Fair will be opened this coming Monday, October 28th. It will be opened from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, November 1st at 12:00pm. In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be opened during the Trail of Treats on Monday night from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair Monday from 12:45-1:15. If you would like for your child to purchase books you can meet us at the Book Fair during this time to help them shop or you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziploc bag inside your child's daily folder.
We will also be learning how to do the 3-step sort in Math next week. If your child receives the fun size plain M&Ms (or Skittles can be substituted for students with allergies) at Trail of Treats or while trick or treating on Halloween, please send one or two packs to school for a fun lesson on Friday, November 1st. Thank you!
Please read this note about Book Character Day on October 31st. Thank you!
Tuesday, October 22nd
The Madison Fire Department came to our school today for a fire safety lesson. I've added pictures to their SeeSaw digital portfolios. The kids were given homework to come up with a Fire Escape Plan. They should know at least two safe routes out of the house and have a family meeting place. One of the firemen suggested using a tree or a neighbor’s yard as a meeting place, as opposed to the mailbox to ensure children are out of the road when the fire truck arrives. They were also encouraged to sleep with the bedroom door shut in case of a house fire.
There is not a new word list this week. If your child missed any of the words on the first two word lists, please spend time practicing those words. Thank you!
If you sent your Red Folder back to school today, I will have it here at school for our conference. Please remember to bring your child's Practice Folder. If you typically keep it in your child's backpack, that is great! I will take it out on the day of our conference and have it here for us.
Monday, October 21st
Wow! What an awesome Field Trip! The weather held off and we had a great day! The children really enjoyed petting the animals, picking a pumpkin, playing in the corn crib, gathering eggs, riding the pony and milking the cow! I took pictures and added them to the children's SeeSaw portfolios. We really had a great day!!! Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the trip! It wouldn't have been successful without all of your help!
Red Folders are in backpacks today with your child's 1st Nine Weeks Report Card. Please sign the report card, keep all papers in the Red Folder and bring it with you to your child’s conference this week. Please set aside time to read through your child's report card and make notes of any standards that need to be practiced with your child at home or snap a picture with your phone. Report cards need to be signed by at least one parent/guardian above the attendance box. Reminders from Parent Night- 2 will be the most common score for academics at this point of the school year. The standards are yearlong goals and earning a 3 for mastery is expected by the end of the year. Also, students receive a grade for Technology based on the following: S- student can log into the computer independently without using their card, N- student can log into the computer independently with their card, U- student needs assistance from an adult to log into the computer. If you have any questions regarding your child’s report card, we will discuss it during your conference time. I look forward to seeing you all this week!
Thursday, October 17th
Here is the newsletter for our next school week: October 21-25. Thank you for taking the time to read this each week.
I am looking forward to beginning conferences next week. Please arrive on time for your scheduled conference. I know your time is valuable and our schedule is tight. When you come to school for our conference, please bring your child's Red Folder and Practice Folder. Thank you!
Practice Folders need to come to school every Tuesday. Please leave them in your child's backpack so they always have it on Tuesdays.
The Trail of Treats is Monday, October 28th at 6:00. It begins in the cafeteria before the children trick or treat throughout the school. A note will be coming home from PTA soon, but as a heads up, each family that is participating needs to send in a bag of candy to be distributed that evening.
Students need to wear tennis shoes daily. Boots are not to be worn to school. Thank you!
Wall of Honor: If you would like to honor a veteran in your family, the forms need to be turned in by the end of October. See the post from October 3rd for the link to the form.
Be a Champion and Read challenge is happening now through the end of October. All completed reading logs are due no later than October 30th.
Monday, October 14th
Please have your child practice zipping jackets daily. The children zip their jackets to
their chairs twice a day, when they arrive and when we come back inside from recess. They also zip their jacket on their body when we go outside to recess and when we leave to go home in the afternoons. Please teach your child how to zip a jacket and allow practice time until your child is comfortable doing it. It would also be helpful to show your child how to take off a jacket without pulling the sleeves through. One on one practice at home will ensure your child can do this independently. Thank you!
The chaperone form is in folders today. Please fill it out completely and return in folders tomorrow. Please read the post from last Thursday for everything you need to know about the Field Trip.
Send Practice Folders tomorrow.
Thursday, October 3rd
Here is the newsletter for our next school week: October 14-18. Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.
We are looking forward to our field trip to Gullion Farms. For field trip information, please click on this link: Gullion Farms Field Trip. Heads up- there will be a chaperone form coming home the Monday we return from Fall break. If you plan to attend the field trip with us, the form will need to be completed and returned the following school day. Thank you!
Class shirts are here at school. If you ordered an adult shirt they were sent home in backpacks today. As discussed at Parent Night and stated in the field trip note, I will not be sending the student shirts home before our field trip. Every student has a class shirt, they will be given out the morning of our trip to wear for the day and will wear it home that afternoon.
Here is a neat tidbit of information about our classroom family...during the first nine weeks, the students have redeemed 135 Good Time Tickets! Wow! I am impressed!! That does not count the Good Time Tickets they are saving in their collection bags.
If you selected yes on the Google Form to meet for a Fall Conference, the sign up genius was sent to you yesterday. Please select the day and time that works best for your family. If you did not select yes, I will send your conference form home in your child’s daily folder the week of October 21st.
If you have a veteran in your family that you would like to honor. Please complete the form: Certificate of Gratitude and send it to me in your child's folder. The picture attached to the certificate should be no larger than 5x7. All submitted forms will be hanging on Columbia's Wall of Honor.
I hope everyone enjoys a wonderful Fall Break!
Monday, September 30th
Be A Champion and Read challenge is coming home in folders today. All students will receive either an Alabama or Auburn bookmark when they submit a completed form. Then, they will be entered into a contest to win Iron Bowl tickets. The grand prize also includes sideline passes and pre-game activities. Happy Reading!
Practice Folders are coming home tomorrow! Please read the detailed letter inside the folder and watch the video that will be in your child's Seesaw account explaining everything that is inside the folder. The students will be VERY excited about these tomorrow. Please share in their excitement and joy for learning!
Field Trip forms and payment are due Thursday, October 3rd. We are not allowed to receipt any money on October 4th because our bookkeeper will not be here. Thank you for adhering to this deadline.
Thank you to those who did the September challenge and turned the note in on Friday. Congratulations to Lily for winning the class drawing! If you have not participated in the monthly challenges, I would like to encourage you to do so. These challenges are in place to help you develop good habits with your child. Please continue each challenge throughout the school year. Thank you!
Several students earned two Good Time tickets for turning in the completed September Learning Calendar with parent initials in each box. Thank you for doing these activities at home with your child. The October Learning Calendar is coming home today.
We started learning about how our parents are community helpers. The students loved learning about your occupations and how you help the community. They especially loved seeing your pictures at work! We will finish these in the coming days. Thank you!
Thursday, September 26th
Here is the newsletter for next week: September 30 - October 4
We enjoyed a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Lunch yesterday! Thank you to all who contributed towards the delicious lunch! All of the teachers felt very appreciated!
Community Helper Forms and emailed pictures were due today. Please make this a priority if you have not done it yet. The children LOVE showing the pictures of their parents at work.
Tomorrow is the last Friday of September which means the Fun Friday snack is free for all students who have attended all of the Fun Fridays in September.
Thank you in advance for all of you who are helping with the Apple Tasting! We're looking forward to trying the apples and apple cider!
Please remember to check and empty your child's Daily Folder each evening.
A funny story from yesterday: This week we learned about our senses during reading instruction. We were looking at pictures of children using their senses.
Mrs. Hester: I see a girl and a radio. What sense is she using?
Two Children: Her sense of dancing!!
The students will have a substitute for a half day tomorrow. I will be leaving at 11:00 to travel to St. Louis to visit family and to attend my niece's Baby Dedication Service.
Weekend To Do List:
1) Have your child practice typing their computer lab login.
2) Read your poetry notebooks and return on Monday.
3) Have your child practice rolling up rest mats correctly.
Monday, September 23rd
Red Folders are coming home with your child’s First Quarter Progress Report today. The left side contains the Kindergarten Parent Guide (to be kept in folder) and the right pocket contains the progress report. As we go throughout the school year, the collection on the right side will grow as I add each progress report and report card. Please sign the document on the top right corner of the first page, place it back in the folder, and return to school no later than Wednesday (keeping all contents in the folder.) Thank you!
Per the newsletter, there is a Google Form being emailed this afternoon. Once you have had time to review your child’s Progress Report, please decide as a family which parent will be responding to the form and only one response per family is needed. Thank you!
Thank for the apples that were sent today. We used them for sorting and counting activities! If you forgot to send an apple, no worries. Thank you!
Thursday, September 19th
Here is the newsletter for next week: September 23-27. Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter each week. If your family successfully completed the September Challenge each night of September, please send a note in your child's daily folder on September 27th that says, “_ completed the September challenge.” When I receive the note on 9/27, your child's name will be entered in a drawing to win a new book!
Impact Aid forms are in your child's folder TODAY. If your child returns the Impact Aid form TOMORROW, your child will receive two good time tickets! Thank you for your attention to this important paperwork.
Monday, September 16th
The field trip paperwork is in folders today. Keep the top portion of both notes so you can refer to the directions closer to the field trip. Cut and return the bottom portion of both notes with the $18.75 - - please send forms and payment together.
Please initial the behavior calendar any time that your child loses a ticket.
Check and empty the daily folder every day. I drop small notes into the plastic sleeve. Please remove those as well.
The Community Helpers forms are due September 26th. Please see the post from September 9th for the link to the form.
We are having an Apple Tasting on September 27th. Please click this link to see how you can volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044AA4AB2AA57-apple2
Thursday, September 12th
Here is the newsletter for next week: September 16-20 Thank you for reading the newsletter and doing your part to stay informed.
We are looking forward to the Glow Run tomorrow! Kindergarten will run at 9:00. Families are welcome to come cheer on the children. From experience, we ask that you consider putting your daughter’s hair in a ponytail so we can easily mark their laps on their shirts. All students should come to school in shorts and tennis shoes. We encourage Velcro shoes. If not, please double knot their shoes before coming to school. Also, please make sure they drink water and eat breakfast. They are excited about this RACE!
Please refer to Monday’s post to access the Community Helpers form. I've already received two forms and pictures! Thank you!
I can tell the children are practicing their lunch numbers and their computer login/password. It makes a big difference when they know these. Keep it up!
Monday, September 9th
It was a great day in Kindergarten!
We began our first week of our Wonders Reading Series. We are focusing on the letter Mm this week. Our first phonics worksheet is coming home in folders today. Review the sheet with your child. Have your child identify the letter and tell you the sound that it says. Then, have your child practice writing a capital and lowercase Mm with correct formation.
The students were so excited about our first day of Literacy Stations.
We will be studying Community Helpers in a few weeks. Please complete this Community Helpers form and return the form in your child's folder. Also, you will need to email me a picture of you at work. Please have both of these completed by Thursday, September 26th. (Please have both parents complete a form and email a picture.) The students are always excited to share the pictures of their parents at work. Thank you!
Be sure to check the newsletter for important dates each week. Special events are happening Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week. I hope you are able to come to the PTA meeting tonight. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend because of my daughter's extra curricular activities, but I know you'll have a great time at Family Reading Night. One update from this week's newsletter: The Bob Jones Homecoming Parade has been moved to 6:00.
IMPORTANT! The Boosterthon challenge tonight is that any student who logs a new pledge on funrun.com is allowed to wear pajamas tomorrow. There are guidelines for how pajama day works in Kindergarten: 1) Only two piece pajamas...no all in one with zippers because it will be on the floor in the restroom. 2) Students must wear tennis shoes...no slippers.
September 6, 2019
Here is the newsletter for this week: September 9-13 Thank you for taking the time to read it closely.
We had a short but super busy week! We had very important lessons each day this week to learn the procedures for Literacy Stations. We will begin the Wonders reading series and Literacy Stations next week. Monday will be a BIG day for us! I'm excited to see how they do as we begin!
We made it to all the way to the letter Z yesterday for our Letter Experts! We enjoyed celebrating all the Letter Experts with a dance party and fun alphabet songs! I am very proud of all the students and their hard work as Letter Expert! Thank you to each family for working with your child on this assignment!
Over the weekend, please continue to practice the following skills:
1) Watch your child type the computer login and password 5 times.
2) Practice lunch numbers 10 times. Your child has to be able to type their lunch number when checking out a library book.
3) Have your child practice rolling their rest mat. By this time of the year, each student should be able to do this independently.
Thanks for trusting me with your children! I am enjoying getting to know the children more and more each day!
September 3, 2019
I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful relaxing weekend!
We had a great day in Kindergarten! We enjoyed a visit from Buster the Bus to learn about bus safety, we started learning about our very important Literacy Station time and went to the computer lab.
September behavior calendars are in folders today.
Please look in your child's folder for two important papers: Kindergarten Beginning of the Year Assessments and the DIBELS Parent Report. The DIBELS Parent Report tells you how your child did on each subtest. It will either say Met Goal, Below Goal or Well Below Goal. The other report suggests activities to do with your child to help build these skills, as well as reports other data to you.
Additionally, there is a Madison City Schools Gifted Education flyer coming home with all Kindergarten students today.
Just a heads-up and little reminder regarding sickness- We have already had a few students out sick this year. Reminder when your child is absent a written note with parent signature is required to be turned in within three days of your child returning to school. I appreciate receiving the email regarding your child’s absence, however, this does not count as an absent note. Students should be fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours and vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. As much as we love everyone being at school, we do not want to spread germs. I have been disinfecting the room daily, we want to do all we can to prevent illness. Thank you for helping to keep our classroom as healthy as possible! :)
Friday September 6th will be Wild West dress up day. Please ensure your child can use the restroom independently in anything worn to school.
Grandparents are invited to lunch on September 5th or 6th for Grandparents Day. Our lunch is from 10:20-10:50. They will meet us in the cafeteria. Please suggest that they arrive a few minutes early so they can sign in and be in the cafeteria by 10:20.
PTA is offering pizza buffet before th PTA meeting on September 9th. If you would like to purchase, please send payment(labeled in envelope or Ziploc) and form in your child's folder by Friday. Thank you!
Thursday, August 29th
Here is the newsletter for this week: September 2-6. Thank you for taking the time to stay updated!
A rhyming lotto game is coming home in folders today. The directions are also in the folder. Please take time to play the game throughout the month of September or until your child can identify rhyming words easily. Thank you!
We’ve spent a lot of class time on learning how to write our first name with correct formation and orientation to the line. Some students are still writing their name with uppercase letters. We should be writing our name with uppercase first letter the rest should be lowercase. Please let your child practice this at home too.
All of our beginning of the year assessments are now complete. I will compile all of the data onto one sheet and send it home in your child’s folder on Tuesday.
The last Fun Friday of each month there is a free snack offered to students who are able to attend each Fun Friday that month. Tomorrow is the last Fun Friday of the month, so one snack will be free. At this time all students have earned this for the month of August. Please do not send Fun Friday money tomorrow. Thank you!
Rest mats are coming home today because tomorrow is a half day. You will keep them at home tomorrow and send back to school with your child Tuesday morning.
Reminder: students will dismiss tomorrow at 11:00. Your child will be sent home per your Google form request.
With tomorrow being a half day, we will not have time to visit the library. Please keep the book and enjoy it over the weekend.
Thank you for your support.
I hope you all enjoy the three day weekend!
Monday, August 26th
Last week, we attended a Library orientation lesson with Mrs. Nguyen, our school librarian. Today we returned to the library as a class for a book care lesson and to check out books. Your child’s first library book is coming home inside his/her backpack today! Your child can keep the book at home for a day or two and then bring it back to school and check out a new book. Today, I taught the children the classroom procedures for letting me know they are ready for a new book. I am not allowed to search their backpacks, so when they are ready for a new book, they need to take it out of their backpack in the morning and put it in our classroom “Library Book” bucket. Happy Reading!
If your family successfully completed the August Challenge on 4 out of 5 school nights each week of August, please send a note on August 30th that says, “__ completed the August challenge.” When I receive the note on Friday, your child will receive two Good Time tickets. Just so you know, the reward for completing the challenge will vary each month.
Friday will be a half day of school for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:00. I sent a Google form last week. Please complete the form no later than tomorrow. The email was sent to all email contacts I have on our list, however, I only need one response per student. Thank you!
Scholastic Book Orders are due on August 27th.It is very simple to set-up online ordering. Our class code is GLN36. Thank you to those who already submitted an order.
The Class Shirt order form and fee are due on Wednesday. The shirt costs $6. We will wear it several times this school year. Please consider buying a class shirt.
School Picture Day is Thursday. These are the pictures that will be used in the yearbook.
A note about the Grandparents Day Lunch on September 5th and 6th will come home with your child tomorrow. Grandparents are welcome to attend on either day.
Here is a brief introduction from Mrs. Banks about what SPARC is and what she does as the SPARC counselor. https://www.smore.com/91b07
August 22, 2019
Here is the newsletter for this week: August 26 – 30 Thank you for taking the time to read it closely.
Lunch Money Clarification – On Thursdays, your children are allowed to purchase ice cream in the cafeteria. They pay for the ice cream with the money in their lunch account by typing in their lunch number. You do not need to send separate ice cream money each Thursday if your child has money in his/her lunch account. You can send lunch money by sending a check to school in a labeled envelope or you can create a Pay Pams account and pay online at paypams.com
Lunchroom Food – The lunch menu is available on Columbia’s website so you can talk to your child about what is being served each day. If you know the food options are something your child does not like, please consider sending a lunchbox.
Weekend To Do List:
- Sit with your child and read the poetry notebook.
- Let your child practice rolling up rest mat.
- Let your child practice typing their computer login and password several times.
- Complete the Google Form (sent via email today) with information for next Friday’s half day.
Have a great weekend! Please remember to send the rest mat and poetry notebook back on Monday.
August 19, 2019
Throughout the past few weeks we have focused on- getting to know each other, learning our classroom expectations and understanding what it will take to be the best kindergarten students we can be! I tell the students each morning during our morning meeting that we are a family, we will grow, learn and love together! We are continuing to learn procedures and discuss our expectations as a class. We have made numerous posters that will serve as reminders for our expectations and goals. We made a peacemaker/peace breaker poster, a good listeners poster and a De-bug poster (steps for what to do if someone is bothering you). Having structure and organization in a classroom is essential for a positive learning environment. We also discussed the importance of doing our best with all our work. We had a lesson on creating a “Three Star” paper! The students and I discussed what it takes when coloring to earn a “Three Star” paper. Our guidelines for coloring include: coloring in the lines, leaving no white space, using colors that make sense and using three or more colors. Every time the students color they will be encouraged to create a “Three Star” paper! Happy Coloring! I will share pictures of these posters on your child's SeeSaw portfolio.
Tomorrow night is Spirit Night at Panera Bread from 4:00-8:00. The flyer will come home with your child tomorrow. I just wanted to give you a heads up.
I will have a substitute tomorrow and Wednesday to administer the DIBELS test to other kindergarten classes. Remember to send any time sensitive information in the Daily Folder. The sub will not be able to access my email.
Please, please check and empty your child’s Daily Folder each day. Thank you!
Please allow your child to practice opening items they are bringing for lunch and snack. Send snack daily (one food item and water only).
We will visit the computer lab every Tuesday and Thursday. Please allow your child to practice typing their username and password several times a day until they can do it independently. This is very challenging for the children, extra practice will allow your child to log on quickly without having to wait for assistance, therefore, having more computer time! :)
Class shirt orders are due next Wednesday, August 28th. Our class shirts will be light blue. As we discussed at Parent Night, we will wear the shirts multiple times this school year, so you will definitely get your money's worth. Thank you!
August 15, 2019
Here is the newsletter for this week: August 19-23 Thank you for taking time to read it closely. I emailed it to those who requested an email and provided a paper copy in folders for those who requested one.
One more thing I forgot to mention at Parent Night...We have a friend in our class with a peanut and tree nut allergy. If your child has peanut butter or Nutella in his/her lunch or snack, I need you to write a note and put it in your child's folder. I will give your child a wipe to clean it off his/her hands and face and then hand sanitizer. I will also need to make sure your child sits several seats down from our friend with the peanut and tree nut allergy. Thank you for your cooperation.
Students have a note with their computer login and password and a copy of a keyboard to practice in their Daily Folder today. You may notice the pattern for the username is your child’s first name, middle initial and last initial. The password is your child’s first initial, last initial, then the number 0 followed by their lunch number. I just wanted to let you know the 0 in the password is the number not letter O. We will visit the computer lab every Tuesday and Thursday. Please allow your child to practice typing their username and password several times a day until they can do it independently. Thank you for your support at home!
Lunch Numbers- Please continue to have your child practice his/her lunch number until they know it without looking at it. We are down to only a few students needing to take their lunch tags. I hope for next week to be the last week for any student to need to take lunch tag, this includes if your child wishes to purchase ice cream. Everyone needs to know their lunch number. It is used to check out library books and computer log-in. Starting the week of September 3, we plan to leave lunch tags behind. :)
Shoes- if your child is wearing shoes that tie, please double knot the shoelaces and discuss with your child the importance of not pulling and playing with them during the school day. As I mentioned at Parent Night, velcro is a wonderful option for those who are still learning to tie laces. You wouldn't believe how much time I spend tying shoelaces during the school day. ;)
Poetry Notebooks- Your child's Poetry Notebook will come home on Friday. Please have a fun time reading these with your child. I model how to draw the key details of each poem. Some students are picking up on this quickly and others are having a difficult time. Feel free to give your child tips on how to draw people and animals. I'm sure they will enjoy drawing time with you. ;)
Thank you so much for coming to Parent Night last night! I truly appreciate you taking the time out of your evening, I know schedules are very busy. I hope I shared what you found to be important information and answered your questions. Thank you for hanging in there with me last night, I know it was a lot of information to cover. I truly want this year to be a wonderful experience for your child that will foster a love for school and learning. I look forward to the school year ahead as we work together.
It seems, no matter how much preparation goes into Parent Night and how many times I go over the presentation, I always seem to leave some things out. This year we added gifted slides from Madison City Schools to our presentation. They were the final two slides and I forgot to show them. They are included in the presentation link. Please feel free to look over and review the information. Kindergarten Parent Night 2019 Presentation
Also, this is something else I forgot to talk about last night that I wanted everyone to understand: we are on the same team. I want what is best for your child, just like you do. I want your child to succeed in Kindergarten, just like you do. I want your child to feel safe, comfortable and loved in my classroom, just like you do. We are a team working together with the same focus -- your child.
If you missed Parent Night, click on the link to see the presentation. Please know this is only a very small glimpse of what was discussed last night. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is something you need from me. I you were unable to attend, I will send the handouts in your child's folder tomorrow. Please complete the classroom directory slip and return it. Please keep the handwriting sheet to use when helping your child write letters with correct formation.
One thing we discussed last night was a very ambitious but attainable goal. I hope for all students to be able to identify all 26 capital and lowercase letters when we finish our “Letter Expert” study on September 5th. I want to pass along a few ideas if you find your child is struggling with identifying letters- flash cards, Starfall.com, write the letters with chalk on the sidewalk and have your child jump on them and say the letter name. Another tool I have found to be very helpful is The Leap Frog- Letter Factory DVD. I have two copies for our class that will begin coming home on a rotating basis. When your child brings this DVD home, please allow them to watch it multiple times during the time frame they will have the DVD. The DVD will come home inside a Ziploc bag with a direction note for when to return, please return the note and DVD in the bag. Thank you!
On the math activity sheet today, the students practiced writing numbers 1, 2 and 3. A lot of the students needed help to write 2 and 3 with correct formation. We will work on writing 4 and 5 this Thursday during our whole group lesson. Handwriting is an easy skill to practice one on one with your child at home. Thank you for your support!
August 9, 2019
What an incredibly busy first three days we have had! We spent all of our time meeting new friends, learning rules and procedures, taking a tour of the school, and learning about our classroom. We read The Kissing Hand and then made a kissing hand for you! I hope you enjoy the sweet picture. The first couple of weeks are very important for learning our routines and getting a great start to make it a wonderful year!
Rest mats are coming home today. The students only had rest time two times this week. Please do not feel like you need to wash the mat this week. I sent them home primarily for the students to practice rolling up their mat. Many children need my help- with practice we can make this an independent task. Before sending the rest mat back to school on Monday, please practice until your child can roll it up correctly and independently.
I look forward to seeing each family represented at Kindergarten Parent Night on Monday, August 12th at 5:00. The meeting will be in our classroom. Please plan for at least one parent to attend, preferably the parent who will be working with your child on homework and doing most of the communication with me throughout the school year. We request that no children attend this meeting. It typically lasts two hours.
This year we're going to use a tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own digital portfolio, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class. There is a sheet with directions to sign up in your child's Daily Folder. Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Family app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's portfolio on the web. Throughout the year, you can save the picture/videos and send to grandparents if you'd like.
August 8, 2019
We had a great day with the boys! Looking forward to everyone being together tomorrow!
Snack: The students can have one food item and water only to drink. Examples of food items: a bag of crackers, one apple, or one granola bar. Please ensure this is packed separately from your child's lunch. We keep our snacks inside our backpacks and lunch boxes go on the shelf in the hallway. Please tell your child what is snack and what is lunch. If your child is supposed to purchase a school lunch, please tell them so they know what to do. If your child is bringing a lunch from home, please pack a drink inside the lunchbox or let them know if they are supposed to buy milk. Thank you!
Please mark your calendars for Monday, August 12th for Parent Night. This meeting is for parents only. We will meet in our classroom at 5:00. Looking forward to seeing each family represented.
Please be sure you read yesterday's post including the link to the newsletter. There is important information regarding our first Fun Friday.
Tomorrow will be the last day parents are allowed to walk their child to the gym in the morning. Beginning Monday, all students will need to be dropped off in the car line, come with walkers or ride the bus. Thank you!
August 7, 2019
It was a pleasure to meet all of you at Open House! I know this is going to be a wonderful year!! I hope K101 covered many of the questions and concerns you may have about the first few weeks. If you missed part of what we discussed, click here to see the presentation. As you look through your child's folder of important papers, if you have any questions please let me know.
The girls had a wonderful 1st day of school! I enjoyed getting to know them.
One of the folders you provided at Open House has been labeled with your child's name and class number. This folder will be used as our daily folder for the remainder of the year. Please check/remove items from Daily Folder each afternoon and return to school the next day.
The Code of Conduct form needs to be signed on the front and back. When going through the paperwork, I noticed that a few were only signed on the front. I returned the form in your child's daily folder if you need to sign the other side.
Please go ahead and mark your calendar for our Parent Meeting, August 12th at 5:00. We will go into great detail about the upcoming year. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with our class webpage, there is a lot of information to be found in the ABC's of Kindergarten Handbook located under the Kindergarten Information tab. If you haven't sent me an email about the newsletter, please take time to read the Parent Handbook and then let me know. Thank you so much!
Here is our first newsletter: August 7-9 and 12-16
Incoming Kindergarten Families
Kindergarten Open House will be August 5th 11:00-12:00. Columbia's kindergarten teachers will be offering a Kindergarten 101 Presentation in the cafeteria at 11:00. During this time, we will share information about procedures for the first weeks of school, transportation, lunch, etc... Following the presentation, the families with girl students will come to the classroom to meet the teacher, complete a google form and put away school supplies while the families with boy students will stay in the cafeteria to find your child's bus number, set up your child's lunch account, join PTA and purchase a school shirt. After about twenty minutes, the boy families will be invitied to your child's classroom to meet the teacher, complete a google form and put away school supplies.
School Supplies for Kindergarten
1 pack of 8 count classic crayons
1 pack of 16 count classic crayons
2 packs of 24 count classic crayons
24 #2 pre-sharpened yellow pencils
1 composition notebooks, wide ruled, 100 pages
1 supply box (no larger than 6x9)
2 plastic folders with pockets and prongs
4 large glue sticks 1 watercolor set
1 1 inch 3 ring binder with plastic sleeve on front
1 set of headphones in a labeled plastic bag (no ear buds)
1 cloth rest mat (no sleeping bags, exercise mats or beach towels)
1 backpack large enough to hold the folders and binder (no rolling backpacks)