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)