• Friday, January 22nd

    Here is next week's newsletter: January 25-29 Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter.

    February 1st is the 100th Day of School! The students can dress up on the 100th Day of School as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc. Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. You can probably find most of these items around your house or in your dress-up box. I also thought I would share that they have 100th Day dress up items at Party City.  It will be a fun day! 

    Keep working on the Valentine's Exchange Home Project. As your family works on writing valentine's, please have your child do the writing, not mom or dad. When your child has finished writing the names on the cards, please let your child practice reading the names. Your child will need to be able to read the name in order to drop the valentine in the correct bag. We sent this home early so the children have plenty of time to work on this project. If your child wrote 2 per day for 9 nine days, they'll have it done without hand cramps. :) 

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  • Friday, January 15th 

    Here is next week's newsletter: January 18-22 Please be sure to read about the iReady assessment.

    I am so excited to have all of my students back in the classroom together next week. Looking forward to seeing everyone at school on Tuesday. 

    Please talk with your child about keeping their mask over their nose and mouth. The amount of reminders that have been given since we returned from Christmas break has increased quite a bit. Thank you for sending your child in a mask that fits his/her face. It would be helpful for you to review proper handwashing procedures at home. Also, please reiterate the need to cover coughs and sneezes with our elbows. 

    I received 10 notes/emails about last week's newsletter. If your family hasn't read it yet, please take time to do so. Thank you!!

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  • Friday, January 8th

    Here is next week's newsletter: January 11-15 Thank you for taking time to read it.

    Next week will follow the hybrid schedule again. Group A will come Monday and Tuesday. Everyone is virtual on Wednesday. Group B will come Thursday and Friday.

    The 3rd Nine Weeks is a very crucial time of the school year.  It is important to keep in mind that the days at home are also instructional days, so we can't let an instructional day go by without our students reading, writing, and doing math. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have a question about what your child should be doing on their virtual days. 

    The students will be taking their DIBELS benchmark test next week. Group A will take their DIBELS tests on Tuesday and Group B will take their DIBELS tests on Thursday. Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast. Thank you!

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  • Monday, January 4th

    Here is the newsletter for January 5-8. Please take a few minutes to read the information and take note of this month's challenge. 

    If your child completed the December challenge, please write a note and send it in your child's folder when they return this week.

    According to our School Wide Behavior Plan, Kindergarten students drop to 8 tickets during 2nd semester. Once we return to our normal schedule, it can be challenging for some to keep all 8 tickets. This is especially true because expectations increase during 2nd semester and warnings decrease. We ask that you encourage your child to listen and follow directions to meet classroom expectations. 

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  • Friday, December 11th 

    Thank you for helping your child access Schoology on their virtual days. With only being at school two days, it is so important that your child participates with the reading lesson on their virtual learning days. Thank you for supporting your child through their written work as well. Students in Group B received their packets for Monday-Wednesday. It is in their backpacks. I will see Group A at school on Monday. 

    Here is next week's newsletter: December 14-18

    Here is a flyer explaining the dress up days for next week: CES Holiday Spirit Week

    If you ordered school pictures, they were sent home today for students in Group B. I will send home pictures for Group A students on Monday. 

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  • Friday, December 4th 

    Here is the newsletter for December 7-11. Please take a minute to read the newsletter. 

    We will have two Holiday Parties - one for Group A on December 15th and one for Group B on December 17th. We are not allowed to have any outside visitors come to the party, but I will still need your help. Be on the lookout for a link to a sign up genius next week. If you're able to send any of the items to help with the parties, the children and I would appreciate it! Thank you!

    Friendly Reminders:

    Tennis shoes are required daily - no boots. 

    We go out for recess unless the windchill is 32 degrees or less. Please send a coat to school daily. 

    Please remove papers from your child's Daily Folder daily.

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  • Thursday, November 19th 

    Here is the newsletter for November 30-December 4th Please take a minute to read the newsletter. There is important information that you need to know about December assessments.

    The red Report of Learning Folders need to be returned with all documents still inside. Thank you for taking the time to read it and practice the skills with your child. 

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  • Friday, November 13th 

    Here is next week's newsletter: November 16-20

    On Tuesday, we will be eating our traditional Thanksgiving lunch at school. It's the best school lunch meal of the whole year. 

    Our small group instruction paper is in folders today. Please listen to your child read all of the words and sentences. Thank you!

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  • Monday, November 9th 

    Please send your child's Practice Folder tomorrow.

    Have your child wear red, white, and blue for Columbia's Veteran's Parade. The parade is from 9:00-10:00. Our class will be outside waving, cheering, and clapping from 9:40-10:00. If your child would like to make a sign to hold, you are welcome to do so.

    If you have a MCS Hotspot, please return it to school in your child's backpack. Please send a note telling me it is in your child's backpack.

    Be sure to read this week's newsletter if you haven't had time to do so yet. Thank you!

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  • Thursday, November 5th 

    Here is this month's Friday activity: November's Fantastic Fridays

    Here is next week's newsletter: November 9-13

    If you have a family member coming to the Veteran's Parade on Tuesday, I wanted to let you know that our class will be outside from 9:40-10:00.

    As you read on this week's newsletter, we learned how to do the 3-step sort during math this week. I hope you've had your child explain the sort to you as they've brought their papers home this week. We did the 3-step sort with Skittles today. I had several extra packets sent to school that I had enough to send one home in your child's folder. Please watch them do the 3-step sort with the Skittles before they eat them. Thank you! Thank you so much for sending the Skittles and M&Ms! We'll do the same thing tomorrow with the M&Ms.

    I started assessing for Progress Reports on October 29th and will continue through November 13th. There are many skills to be assessed during the 2nd Nine Weeks. The Progress Reports will come home on Monday, November 16th.

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  • Thursday, October 29th 

    Here is next week's newsletter: November 2-6 

    Tomorrow is a half day. School dismisses at 11:00. I suggest arriving a little early for car line.

    Also, your child is allowed to dress in a costume for Red Ribbon Week. Please remember to follow these guidelines: no costume masks, no one piece costumes (they'll just be all over the bathroom floor or in the toilet), must wear socks and tennis shoes.

    If you did not pre-order a sack lunch for tomorrow, make sure to send either a snack OR a lunch box. 

    In your child's folder today, you will see this paper from small group instruction: Click Here This lesson took two days to complete. Your child read the short i words in the boxes at the top. Then, I said short i words and we tapped out the sounds so they could write them on their paper. Next, we read the sentences. Finally, I said a sentence and they wrote it with teacher support. Please take the time to listen to your child read these words and sentences to you. Praise them for all of their hard work!

    I went ahead and sent the children's Halloween gift in their folder today. :) I hope they enjoy the Frosty! 

    If you have a veteran in your family that you would like to add to Columbia's Wall of Honor, please fill out this form, add a picture, and send it in your child's folder. Veteran's Wall of Honor

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  • Monday, October 26th 

    Our virtual Book Fair is happening through November 5th. Here is the link:

     https://www.scholastic.com/bf/columbiaelementaryschool20

    If your family forgot to send a ball in your child's backpack today, you can send it tomorrow. Please read the Important Information box on the Newsletter for details. 

    Friday's Half Day

    I know the newsletter said to email me by Wednesday if you need to order a sack lunch for the half day. However, our cafeteria manager emailed today saying she needs our classroom counts ASAP. So, please go ahead and email me by tomorrow morning, if your child needs a sack lunch for Friday's half day.

    On half days, the children can do one of three things. They can:

    1) eat a sack lunch from the cafeteria

    2) bring a lunch box from home

    3) bring a snack from home

    **If you are sending food from home on Friday, it needs to be either a lunch OR a snack. Please do not send both because it is confusing for your child. Thank you for your help!

    Heads up: The library cart will not come to Kindergarten on the half day.

    Impact Aid Forms

    IMPACT Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. Madison City Schools receives approximately $250,000 a year for our IMPACT Aid qualified students. To date, Madison City Schools have received over $3 million through IMPACT Aid! Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27th , your student will bring home an IMPACT Aid survey. Please complete and return WEDNESDAY, October 28th. Every year since Columbia has opened, we have gotten a 100% return rate and I see no reason we will not again this year! For each school-aged child in the household, a survey should be completed, signed, dated, and returned to Columbia. We appreciate your diligence in getting these surveys completed and returned ASAP. We are mandated by the state to have a survey for each child in Madison City Schools and we could not achieve this without you!
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  • Thursday, October 22nd

    Here is next week's newsletter: October 26-30 Be sure to read the upcoming events box. Thank you!

    We will have a virtual Book Fair beginning tomorrow through November 5th. Click here for more information: Book Fair

    Heads up: We'll start learning about the 3-step sort beginning November 2nd. If your child receives the fun size plain M&Ms and Skittles while Trick-or-Treating, please send a pack or two to school for this lesson. Thank you! 

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  • Monday, October 19th 

    Thank you to those who have completed the Parent Input survey that I emailed last week! I appreciate you taking the time to answer the six questions. I will resend it to the families I haven't heard back from yet. 

    The students experienced a live tour of Madison's Fire Station 3 on County Line Road. Firefighter Mike showed us around the firehouse, showed us the equipment in the firetruck, and taught us about the protective equipment that firefighters wear in a fire. 

    There is a shirt design contest happening now through October 28th. Please click here to read the flyer: Shirt Design Contest

    We will be having Red Ribbon Week from October 26-30. You will want to read the flyer to learn the special activites for each day: Red Ribbon Week

    Please put your child's Practice Folder in their backpacks tonight so it will make it to school tomorrow. The office is not accepting drop-offs, so the Practice Folder must be sent in your child's backpack every Tuesday. Thank you for making this a priority.

    Your child came home with a pumpkin today! Addie and her family grew these ornamental pumpkins on their farm. Thank you Riddle Family for sharing the pumpkins with us!

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  • Thursday, October 15th 

    Report Cards and DIBELS reports were sent home yesterday. The DIBELS report is for you to keep. Please sign the top page of the Report Card, place it in the Report of Learning Folder, and return the Folder with all of the report card documents tomorrow. I would like to explain Standards Based Report Cards. All of the standards on the Kindergarten report card are standards that need to be met by the end of the school year. As described in the blue note in the Report of Learning Folder, it is typical for students to receive mostly 2 or 3. The goal is to master the standards by the end of the school year. The district provides teachers with guidelines for the breakdown of 4/3/2/1 on Report Cards. Click here to read a few examples: Examples of Standard Breakdowns

    Please take time to read the newsletter - especially the important information box. This is the newsletter for next week: October 19-23

    Tomorrow is Fan Friday. Wear a team shirt or colors. 

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  • Tuesday, October 13th 

    As you know from reading our newsletter, PRACTICE FOLDERS come home today! Yay!! The kids are really excited! Since we did not have Parent Night at the beginning of the school year, I need you to watch both of these videos and read the letter before you start working with your child on the practice folder. 

    1) Practice Folder Video 

    2) Phoneme Segmentation Video 

    3) Practice Folder Letter (this letter is also in the front pocket of the folder on yellow paper)

    Practice Folders need to be sent to school in your child's backpack every Tuesday. 

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  • Friday, October 9th

    This is the Newsletter for next week: October 12-16  Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter.

    Our Spanish and Music teachers will begin coming to our classroom this week! The students are excited to meet Senora Ingram and Mrs. Loftin in person! Mr. Hill made adjustments to Columbia's master schedule and our Spanish class was moved from Fridays to Tuesdays. I have updated our Daily Schedule document on the Kindergarten Information Page to reflect this change. 

    Friendly Reminders:

    Your child needs to be able to zip, snap, or button the jacket he/she brings to school. One on one practice at home will ensure your child can do this independently. Please click here to see an example. Thank you for practicing this with your child at home!

    Columbia will be having Fantastic Fridays in October. Click here to see the special activities each Friday. 

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  • Wednesday, September 30th

    Columbia will be having Fantastic Fridays in October. Click here to see the special activities each Friday. This Friday is Pajama Day. Rules for pajamas at school: 1) Must be two piece pajamas, no one piece pajamas. 2) Your child must be able to use the restroom independently. 3) Your child has to wear socks and tennis shoes with their pajamas. 

    Please have your child practice zipping or buttoning jackets daily. The children zip their jackets to their chairs twice a day, when they arrive and when we come back inside from recess. They also zip their jacket on their body when we go outside to recess and when we leave to go home in the afternoons. Please teach your child how to zip a jacket and allow practice time until your child is comfortable doing it. It would also be helpful to show your child how to take off a jacket without pulling the sleeves through. One on one practice at home will ensure your child can do this independently. Please click here to see an example. Thank you!

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  • Thursday, September 24th

    This is the newsletter for next week: September 28-October 2 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. Thank you!

    Daily Schedule: I added our Daily Schedule to our website. You can find it by viewing the Kindergarten Information page. 

    Library Books: The library book cart is coming to the Kindergarten hallway on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. When you are finished reading your child's library book, please send it in their backpack on Monday, Wednesday, and/or Friday, and they'll be able to select a new book.

    Friendly Reminders:

    Please reply to my Community Helper email by tomorrow afternoon. Thank you! If you deleted the email, this is what your child needs you to do: Email me a picture of you at work, and write a sentence describing how your job helps others. Your child will be so proud to share about you next week. 

    Please check and empty your child's Daily Folder each afternoon or evening. Thank you!

    Message from our CES PTA:

    A creativity opportunity for all CES students to showcase their talents in the PTA Reflections Program. Please review this flyer about the various categories and entry rules for students to START their project.
     
    HELPFUL DETAILS TO GET STARTED:
     
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  • Tuesday, Sepember 22nd

    You all are the BEST at finding Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, soap, kleenex, paper towels, and hand sanitizer! Thank you for sending these items for our class to use. I have a container full of cleaning supplies, but I'll definitely let you know when we are running low on items. If you've been wanting to send something, but didn't know what was needed, I would like to suggest baby wipes. These are helpful for the students to wipe their fingers and mouth after lunch and snack. Again, thank you for being so generous and helpful! I appreciate it so much! 

    There is an invitation to join Seesaw in your child's folder today. Seesaw allows each child to have a digital portfolio. This allows me to send you pictures that I take during the school day. When you see new items in your child's digital portfolio, you can click the heart or comment to let us know you saw it. I hope this is something you enjoy!

    Please read the newsletter each week. 

    Please send water in a bottle with a button open/close. If you've been sending a water bottle with a lid that twist on and off, please check out the picture in the K101 video or slides. These water bottles enable your child to be independent during water breaks and usually limit the number of spills in the classroom.

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  • Thursday, September 17th 

    Progress Reports - Our First Nine Week Progress Report is in backpacks today. All kindergarten students have a red Report of Learning Folder. The left side of the folder contains the Kindergarten Parent Guide (to be kept in folder) and the right side contains the progress report and a note. 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 last page, place it back in the Report of Learning folder, and send it back to school with your child on Friday or Monday.  I would like to encourage you to take pictures of your child's Progress Report to have for your records and utilize when working on skills at home. I made this quick video to help explain the Report of Learning Folder and the documents. Please take 3 minutes to watch it. Thank you! Progress Report Video

    Tomorrow is the Boosterthon Fun Run. Thank you to all of the families that participated by making pledges or by getting pledges from family and friends. 

    This is the Newsletter for next week: September 21-25 Thank you for reading the newsletter each week.

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  • Tuesday, September 15th 

    Typically, we have a two hour Curriculum Night in August when I meet with parents and share all sorts of Kindergarten information. Teachers were not able to host curriculum nights this year, so as things come up that I typically would have shared with you, I'll share them on our website. Today I'd like to share about Exit Slips.

    Exit Slips - Typically, at the end of each math lesson, I give the students a post-it note for them to stick on their math paper. Then, I ask them to do something that should be fairly simple for them to do if they understood what was taught during the lesson. An exit slip is a quick assessment, that lets me know who needs additional instruction on the day's lesson and who understood what was taught. Sometimes, you will notice that your child has multiple post-it notes on their math paper. This means that I gave them the directions again and asked them to give it another try. I hope this gives you some helpful insight into what is on your child's math paper. 

    Forms - Please complete the forms that were shared in yesterday's post and in Mr. Hill's email from Sunday. Library book check-out will begin in the coming weeks, if you've completed the appropriate forms for your child. Thank you!

    Masks - Please send a mask that fits your child each day. I also ask that you have a bag in the backpack for the extra clean masks that you send each day and a bag to put the dirty masks. The key is to make sure your child knows where to put the dirty masks. Also, please encourage your child to leave their mask on unless we are having a mask break. Please also remind your child of the correct way to wear the mask- covering their mouth and their nose. Thank you!

    Boosterthon Update - Thanks for making pledges for our school. Our class has currently raised $22.00 per lap! Way to go!

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  • Monday, September 14th

    We had a great first day with everyone!

    Please take time to complete all 3 of the forms that Mr. Hill emailed on Sunday. Here are the links to the forms:

    1) Media Center Permission Form 

    2) Permission to Publish Form 

    3) Physical Education Form 

    Boosterthon Announcement: Any student who gets a pledge TONIGHT or has already received a pledge, may wear pajamas to school tomorrow. Rules for pajama at school: 1) Must be two piece pajamas, no one piece pajamas. 2) Your child must be able to use the restroom independently 3) Your child has to wear socks and tennis shoes with their pajamas. 

    Phonics Papers: When looking at your child's phonics paper today, you might notice that I wrote the lowercase letter next to your child's. If so, that means that I was showing them how to write it with correct formation and orientation to the line. It might be a good idea to let your child practice at home. 

    If you didn't have time to read yesterday's post or this week's newsletter, please take time to do so today. Thank you!

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  • Sunday, September 13th 

    Here is this week's newsletter: September 14-18. Thank you for taking time to read it. I also want to encourage you to continue letting your child practice opening their lunch/snack items at home. I'm having to help several open many of their food items. If they can open items independently, it will help us keep our 6 feet of distance that we are told to follow. 

    This is our last week for Boosterthon. Our class has currently raised $13.50 per lap. Woohoo!! Thank you for supporting our school! If your family hasn't made a donation yet, there is still time. 

    I'm looking forward to a great week at school!

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  • Friday, September 4th

    Here is the newsletter for this week: September 8-11. Please take a moment to read the newsletter. 

    Each morning, I will turn in a lunch count to the cafeteria. I will order a lunch for any student that does not bring a lunch box. When ordering lunches for my students, I will order the hot meal unless you write a note requesting soy butter for your child. 

    If you would like to refer back to the information shared during the K101 video without watching it again, you can click here to read the slides from the K101 presentation: K101 Slides

    Children with last names beginning A-K will come on Tuesday and Thursday. Children with last names beginning L-Z will come on Wednesday and Friday. On the days that your child is at home, they will complete the work provided in the packet. You do not need to take a picture of this work to submit on Schoology. 

    I look forward to seeing all of my students next week!! Each Kindergarten student is allowed to be walked into school by one parent. You will enter the door to the Kindergarten hallway. (When looking at the school it is on the left.) Parents may only stay for 5 minutes. Thank you!

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  • Welcome to Columbia!  

    I'm so excited to welcome your child to my classroom! I'll see you at Packet Pickup and School Supply Drop Off on Thursday, September 3rd. Come between 7:30-8:00 am or 3:30-4:00 pm. Please follow the directions on this note: Dropping Off School Supplies

    I need each family to watch this very important video to learn about coming to Kindergarten: Kindergarten 101 (The video is approximately 31 minutes.) 

    Please complete this Google Form about your child's afternoon transportation: Afternoon Transportation Google Form 

     

     

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