Monday, May 16th
*End of Year Activities*
If you plan on attending any of the following events, you will need to sign in at the office. It is important for each parent to read this information and follow directions about class shirts, water bottles, and towels. I know several of you are experiencing the end of the year activities for your first time. The following are descriptions of each activity so that you can be prepared and know what to expect:
Field Day - This will be Tuesday, May 17th. Coach Fields has planned our Field Day events. Kindergarten will be outside from 9:00-11:00. The classes will rotate through several stations. The majority of the stations are held outside, so please apply sunblock on your child before sending your child to school. Please have your child’s water bottle labeled with their name and have it filled with water and ice. Please send a towel. It would help your child if you sent the water bottle and towel inside of a plastic bag (Target, Publix, etc.) or a small drawstring backpack so they can easily keep up with their items. The only parents that are allowed to attend Field Day are the parents who signed up to volunteer on the sign up genius form. If you are a volunteer, see Coach Fields for your assignment. We will eat lunch much later today than normal, so please make sure your child eats breakfast. Please have your child wear our ORANGE class shirts to Field Day.
End of the Year Program – This will be on Friday, May 20th in our cafeteria. This is an opportunity for our students to perform for you. They will sing songs and recite poems. All parents, grandparents, younger siblings are welcome to come to our End of the Year program. We will begin promptly at 8:30, so please arrive early to sign in and find a seat. Please be in your seat by 8:30. The performance should only last about 30 minutes. This is a special performance so the children are encouraged to dress nicely. You should have an opportunity after the show to say a quick hello and take a quick picture. Please let me know if your child will not be here, so I do not save them a spot on the stage. I will take a picture of our class during tomorrow’s practice so you can see where we will be standing on the stage. (I will put this picture on Seesaw, so please check it tomorrow so you can sit in an appropriate spot.) Your child can bring a change of clothes and shoes to put on after the program.
Class Party – This will be on Tuesday, May 24th. Our party will be outside of the Kindergarten wing (parking lot side). It will begin at 11:45 and last until 1:00. Please apply sunblock on your child before sending him/her to school on Tuesday. The Kindergarten classes will rotate through several stations. The Kindergarten room moms are organizing our party. Parents are welcome to come to our party, but no siblings. Please have your child wear our ORANGE class shirts this day. We will take a class picture this day. The party snack is Rita’s Italian Ice. Orders and payments for this party snack were due today.
Last Day of School – The last day of school is Wednesday, May 25th. Students will be dismissed at 11:00. Send your child’s backpack and folder. Report Cards and End of the Year Data Reports will be sent home this day. If your child will not be at school on May 25th, you will need to provide me with a self-addressed stamped envelope so the report card can be mailed to you.
Monday May 9th
Tonight is Multicultural Night! It will begin at 6:00 in the lunchroom.
This week we are completing our end of the year I-ready assessments for reading and math along with other classroom assessments. Then, May 11-20, I will reassess all of our Kindergarten Standards for our last report card so I can submit grades on May 20. This means now is the time to review and practice any of the standards your child has yet to master. Thank you for your support at home.
If your child has a planned absence between now and the end of the semester, please let me know so I can adjust my assessment plan. Thank you for supporting classroom learning at home! Your time makes a difference!
Tomorrow is our last Totally Tuesday of the year. The theme is career day, so have your child dress up as the career they want to pursue in the future. Please remember if your child dresses up to donate a $1 to PTA. The class who raises the most money will win a class reward.
This Friday is our end of the year Fun Day Friday Bash! We will be outside all day long. Please apply sunscreen before school and bring a refillable water bottle labeled with your child’s name. We will have a picnic lunch outside so please send your child with a towel for the picnic. Please wear your class shirt and velcro tennis shoes. There will be inflatables at the bash so velcro shoes are a MUST! We will not be tying shoes!
Friday, May 6th
Here is next week’s newsletter: May 9-13 Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter.
Thank you all for the special Teacher Appreciation treats this week! You have been very sweet to me and I appreciate your kindness!
Multicultural night will be Monday, May 9th at 6pm right after the PTA Meeting at 5pm. Come out and enjoy the fun! There will be a live performance, food, ice cream trucks, and giveaways. The class with the most participants will win a movie party! If you have some time to help out, sign up here: Multicultural Night Sign Up .
Tuesday is our last Totally Tuesday of the year. The theme is career day, so your child may dress up as the career they want to pursue in the future. Please remember if your child dresses up to donate a $1 to PTA. The class who raises the most money will win a class reward.
I hope you all have a great Mother's Day weekend!
Monday, May 2nd
Happy Monday! We had so much fun on our field trip to the Botanical Gardens! Thank you chaperones for helping make the day go smoothly. I really appreciate it!
Please return Green Practice Folders tomorrow for new passages and a practice sheet if you didn't send it today. I will be absent tomorrow but I will assess students on Wednesday when I return.
Our class will take their Spring DIBELS benchmark assessment Wednesday, May 4th. You will want to make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast the morning of the test. Thank you!
Friday, April 29th
Here is next week’s newsletter: May 2-6 Thank you for still reading the newsletter - even in May! ;)
Reminders for the field trip to Botanical Gardens:
- If your child is bringing a lunch from home, it must be completely disposable.
- All parents who are on the list of chaperones that are meeting us at the Garden must come to Columbia on May 2nd between 7:45-8:00 to check-in and receive a visitor sticker.
- If you have signed up to attend the field trip, please meet us there at 8:45.
- All students must have a lunch in our cooler before we can leave.
- Please wear your Orange class shirt and sunscreen on Monday, May 2nd.
Our class will take their Spring DIBELS benchmark assessment on Wednesday, May 4th. You will want to make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast the morning of the test. Thank you!
Please click this link to volunteer your time at Multicultural Night. They are looking for SEVERAL volunteers. Thank you!
Please click this link to volunteer at the Fun Day Friday Bash. A background check is not required to help at the Bash. To make this event a success, we need several volunteers. Thank you!
If your family completed the April Challenge, please send a note in your child's daily folder on Monday. Thank you!
I know that it is a busy time of year with sports and activities, but I ask that you still please check and empty your child's Daily Folder daily. Thank you!
Wednesday, April 27th
On the back of this week’s Practice Sheet, you will see a list of CVC words. As you listen to your child read the CVC words, please encourage your child to just read the word without orally pushing the sounds together (thinking the sounds, saying the word). If reading a CVC word without orally blending is a difficult task for your child, please have your child read the list of CVC words daily. Thank you for your support at home!
The Report of Learning Folders are in backpacks today. Please take time to read through the Progress Reports. Please sign in the 4th Nine Weeks signature box and return the Report of Learning folder by Friday, April 29th.
The following Power Standards might need your continued support:
- 50 Fry sight words (flashcards)
- Writing CVC words
- Reading grade level text with purpose and understanding
- Counting to 100
- Counting on from any given number
- Addition Facts (flashcards)
- Subtraction Facts (flashcards)
When completing the progress report assessments, several of my students read all 50 of the Kindergarten sight words. If your child did this for his/her first time, I will put the list of 1st Grade sight words in their green Practice Folder.
Thursday, April 21st
Here is next week's newsletter: April 25-29
Just a reminder, tomorrow is a half day. Monday, April 25th is a weather day, so there will be no school on Monday.
We need your help to make Field Day the best it can be! If you are available to help on Tuesday, 5/17 (rain date Thursday, 5/19) please sign up here: 2022 Field Day Volunteers
Monday, April 18th
Our school is hosting a Columbia Math Night tonight. This event is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The PTA will start with a short meeting, followed by the Math Night. There will be giveaways and games for the whole family. This is sponsored by Mathnasium of Madison. The homeroom that has the most participation wins a doughnut party and the teacher will receive $200 to spend in her classroom. Please consider joining us for this fun event!
Our PTA has rescheduled Multicultural Night. It will be held on May 9th. If you are able to help at the event please email ProgramsColumbiaPTA@gmail.com.
Please remember that I have started Progress Report assessments this week. Please be practicing reading sight words, addition and subtraction facts, and reading CVC words. Any extra practice you can do with your child benefits him/her a great deal.
I also want to remind everyone that Friday is a half-day of school. If you have not already filled out the Google Form that is on my post for last Thursday, please do so today. I need to confirm how your child is going home and if he/she will need a sack lunch. Please remember that on half days, extended day will not be available.
I know that it is a busy time of year with sports and activities, but I ask that you still please check and empty your child's Daily Folder daily.
Thursday, April 14th
Here is next week’s newsletter: April 18-22. Thank you for taking the time to read it each week!
Next Friday, April 22nd, is a half day of school for students. We will dismiss at 11:00. Extended Day is closed. Please complete the Google Form- Half Day Google Form by Monday. Thank you!
Field trip paperwork and payment were due today. If you have not returned the field trip paperwork, please complete and return it tomorrow. Thank you!
On Monday, April 18th, the PTA is hosting a Math Night. There will be many fun activities and games for your child to participate in while learning math! The event is from 6:00-8:00. The homeroom class with the most participation wins a doughnut day! Yum! Please consider supporting this fun night.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!
Tuesday, April 12th
Field trip forms came home yesterday in the Daily Folders. Both forms and payment are due by this Thursday, April 14th. If you have a membership to Botanical Gardens, it will be honored for adult admission. However, the student price of $14.00 must be paid for all students attending.
How is the April Challenge going? I hope you’re enjoying listening to your child read each day! I’m so impressed with the progress the students have made with their reading this school year! Especially now that we are learning how to read words with long vowels. The passages in the Practice Folders this week are a perfect way to practice reading CVC words, sight words and long a words. Happy Reading!
Continue to work with your child on learning our 50 Fry sight words, 21 addition facts and 21 subtraction facts. The daily practice makes a world of difference.
- Thursday, April 14th, wear purple for “Purple Up Day”
- Please pack a snack for your child daily. I have several students who have been forgetting snacks lately.
- Blue Daily Folders should be checked and emptied everyday.
Thursday, April 7th
Here is next week’s newsletter: April 11-15. Thank you for taking the time to read it each week!
The #1 question I’ve received in the past few weeks is: What time does your class go to lunch? Kindergarten goes to lunch from 10:20-10:50. This is the link to sign up to eat lunch with your child.
Information about the Field Trip: Field Trip Paperwork is coming home on Monday. As you read last week in the newsletter, the forms and $14 payment are due on Thursday, April 14th. Parents that plan on meeting us at the Botanical Gardens will need to pre-purchase your admission ticket. The cost of the adult ticket is $12. If you have a Garden membership, they will honor that membership for your adult entry. However, you will need to communicate this information to me by April 14th. We ask that you send all payments on the same day that you send the completed paperwork. Thank you!
Fun Friday - Tomorrow is Fun Friday. If you want your child to purchase a snack, please send $1 inside an envelope labeled with your child’s name and the words Fun Friday. Thank you!
Monday, April 4th
I hope you noticed the April Challenge on this week’s newsletter. If not, go check it out. We become better readers by spending time reading. Help your child develop the habit of reading daily.
Phonics Instruction - We are learning how to read words with long vowels. This week we are learning how to read words with a_e. We are learning about magic e that makes the A say its long vowel sound. It is important to continue to listen to your child read CVC words too. Typically, once words with long vowel sounds are introduced, the children want to make CVC words have long vowels too. :)
Continue to work with your child on learning the 50 Fry sight words, 21 addition facts, and 21 subtraction facts. Daily practice makes a world of difference! If you haven’t made flashcards, these resources will help you: Addition Facts Subtraction Facts Fry Sight Words
Here is a list of May events so you can go ahead and mark your calendars -
May 2 - Field Trip (Paperwork will come home soon.)
May 13 - Fun Friday Bash (Raindate is May 18)
May 17 - Field Day (Raindate is May 19)
May 20 - Kindergarten End of Year Program 8:30-9:00
TBD - Kindergarten End of Year Celebration
We will provide detailed information about what to expect for all of these fun events at the beginning of May.
Thursday March 31st
Here is next week’ s newsletter: April 4-8
Please send a note if your family completed the March challenge.
Multicultural Night has been rescheduled for May 9th. The Mental Health Summit that was previously scheduled for Wednesday March 30 has been rescheduled for Monday April 4, from 5:30-7:30.
Our school is hosting the Best Buddies Easter Egg Hunt for MCS students with disabilities and their siblings. Please see the flyer for more details.
All transportation changes should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and the classroom teacher. There are many upcoming days when I will be out of the classroom for training. I will not be able to check my email and notify the substitute of these changes. Also, remember you do not need to send in the hard copy of doctor’s notes. Please snap a picture of the note and send that to email@example.com. Thank you for your help with this.
Monday March 28th
Thank you to everyone who signed and returned the report of learning folders today along with the green folders. After taking notes about which standards to practice at home, please sign in the address box on the front page and return in the Report of Learning Folder on March 28th. Thank you!
If you are looking for a fun family activity this weekend you are invited to come see the production of Frozen, Jr. Please view the flyer for more details.
Due to the upcoming production of Frozen, Jr we will be eating in our classroom for the rest of the week. If you have already signed up to have lunch with your child you are still able to do so, but you will eat on the stage in the lunchroom while the class eats in the classroom. You are welcome to change your sign up until a later date if you prefer. Please use this link to sign up for a lunch visit. Here are some reminders:
- Only ONE visitor per student per visit for the remainder of the 2022 school year.
- Each visitor MUST BE listed in the student's PowerSchool contacts.
- ID's will be checked upon sign in.
Our field trip to the Botanical Gardens will be on May 2nd. Chaperones must have a background check completed. The names of chaperones will be submitted to Mrs. Herwig for verification. Here is the link to complete the Madison City Schools background check.
We were sad when our Multicultural Night and PTA were canceled last week. The PTA meeting was rescheduled for March 31, 2022. It will be a virtual meeting. There will be a WEbEx link sent out from PTA. The Multicultural Night will be rescheduled for a later date.
Friday, March 25th
Here is next week's newsletter: March 28- April 1. Please take time to read the newsletter. Thank you!
Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 3rd Nine weeks Report Card. Comments about a few of the report card power standards:
- If your child has a 1 on "Read Kindergarten high frequency words accurately and automatically, fluently add within 5, and fluently subtract within 5," there is a great way to help your child master the skill...daily use of flashcards. :)
- Spell simple words phonetically by writing a letter for consonant and short vowels - Students are expected to apply our Kindergarten phonics rules when writing words. This includes the correct use of short vowels in words like pin, pen, ham, yam. It also includes writing -ck when final /k/ is after a short vowel. For example, duck, stick, tack, lock, etc. They are also expected to remember that q and u together make the beginning sound with the following words: quiz, quit, quack, quilt, quick, quest. To practice at home give your child a piece of paper and say any of the above words and ask your child to write them.
- Independently read grade level appropriate text with purpose and understanding - Please listen to your child read the passages in the Practice Folder. When finished, ask questions about what they have read.
After taking notes about which standards to practice at home, please sign in the address box on the front page and return in the Report of Learning Folder by March 28th. Thank you!
Monday, March 21
I hope each of you were able to have a Spring Break that was full of rest and fun! I enjoyed hearing the students' stories about their spring break! This morning they all wrote 2 sentences telling me about their favorite part.
Thank you for sending Practice Folders today. You will see new passages and Practice Sheet #22. These folders are to be returned to school every Monday. If you forgot to send your child’s practice folder today, please send it tomorrow. Thank you!
Thursday, March 10th
Here is the newsletter for when we return from Spring Break: March 21-25
Tomorrow is Space Day! Your child may dress up as an alien or astronaut.
Mark your calendars: Our Spring Field Trip to the Botanical Gardens will be Monday, May 2nd.
I hope all of your families have a wonderful and safe Spring Break. I hope it is filled with rest and relaxation. Then, be ready to come back on March 21st ready for a busy 4th Nine Weeks of School!
Monday, March 7
Thank you for sending Practice Folders today. You will see new passages and Practice Sheet #21. These folders are to be returned to school every Monday. If you forgot to send your child’s practice folder today, please send it tomorrow. Thank you!
Literacy Station work comes home daily. You will notice a new station that we started last week during Literacy Stations. It is called Magnet Center. At this station, the students build words in a word family using magnets. Then, they write the words. Their last step is to use the words in a sentence on the back of the paper. Last week our word family was -at, this week our word family is -it. I am expecting the students to begin their sentence with a capital letter, put a space between the words, and end the sentence with punctuation. The students are enjoying this new station.
I will continue assessing your child to determine mastery of standards that have been taught. The 3rd Nine Weeks grading period ends this Friday, March 11th. If you know your child will be absent anytime this week, please let me know so I can be sure to adjust my assessment plan.
- Please wear ORANGE CLASS SHIRTS on Wednesday, March 9th. Thank you!
- Space Day is Friday, March 11th. Please refer to the March 3rd post for more information.
Friday, March 4
Columbia’s Multicultural Night is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22nd. We still need a few volunteers to host booths (i.e., to represent different countries). Here is the signup genius for the event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44aea72ea2ff2-multicultural.
The class with the most participants per grade level will get a movie party as a reward, so please come out and enjoy this event.
Have a nice weekend!
Thursday, March 3rd
Here is next week’ s newsletter: March 7-11
While assessing for Report Cards this week, I have noticed that many students are really struggling with automatically and accurately producing the answers to the addition and subtraction facts. Flashcards are a great way to practice math facts. Fluency with addition and subtraction facts is a power standard in Kindergarten; so please begin working on these facts at home, if not already. Another helpful trick is to write the more challenging facts on a sticky note. Then put that sticky note in a common place like on the bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator. Then as your child passes that sticky note you can have your child read the facts aloud. Thank you for your support!
Assessment Reminders: The third nine weeks assessments have started. Please use these flashcards and resources to help your child practice at home. Sight Word Flashcards Addition Flashcards Subtraction Flashcards Subtraction Video
Please have your child wear their class shirt on Wednesday, March 9th. Not only is it the perfect shirt to wear for Warm Fuzzy Wednesdays, but it would be especially helpful for the six substitutes that will be in Kindergarten on March 9th. Columbia’s Kindergarten teachers will be at a district training session that day. The colored shirts will help the substitutes during bathroom breaks, in the lunchroom, and at recess. Our class shirt is orange. Set a reminder to help you remember to send your child to school in the orange class shirt on Wednesday, March 9th. Thank you!
Reminder: Space Day is on March 11. Space Day
Monday, February 28th
Read Across America is this week! Our Spring Book Fair is this week in our media center. Our class was able to go today and see all the wonderful books that are on sale. . If you would like to send money in for your child to purchase a book please send the money in a labeled envelope or bag with your child’s name, my name and the amount. Remember that you may shop online at scholastic.com/fair as well. As a reminder, here are the special days for the rest of this week.
Tuesday- Buddy Up With Someone to Read
Wednesday- Wear Animal Print or Camo
Thursday- Bring Your Favorite Camp Snack
Friday- Wear Your Pajamas (Remember no one piece pajamas, students need to be able to easily take off for restroom breaks.)
Tomorrow is Spring Picture Day. Please remember that students need to wear tennis shoes to school each day. We will not have time to change shoes during the day. The pictures are taken from the waist up, so this should not be a problem.
Please remember to empty your child's folder daily. When too many papers get left in the folder, the folder begins to rip. This would be a huge help for me as I place new papers in your child's folder each day.
If your child completed February’s challenge, please send in the Dental Health Log tomorrow.
Friday, February 25th
Here is next week's newsletter: February 28-March 4. Thank you for taking a minute to read the newsletter.
Reminders: Please listen to your child read the words, sentences, and passages in the practice folder daily. It is fine if your child does not read every passage every day. However, your child needs to read at least one of the pages every day.
The book fair will be at Columbia next week. Our class will go to the book fair on Monday at 9:15.. If you want your child to shop for a book please send the money in a labeled envelope on Tuesday. If you would like to shop with your child the book fair family night is Monday from 5-6 before the PTA meeting. There will also be the Get Loaded food truck if you want to stay for dinner and the PTA meeting. The library will be closed for checkouts next week due to the book fair.
Next week is also Read Across America Week. Columbia will celebrate the special week with Camp Read S'more. Here is the flyer of dress up days: Camp Read S'more
Assessment Reminders: The third nine weeks assessments have started. Sight words, addition facts, and subtraction facts begin next week. Please use these flashcards to help your child practice at home. Sight Word Flashcards Addition Flashcards Subtraction Flashcards Subtraction Video
Vision screening will take place next week at Columbia. Thank you to all the parents that have already filled out the form. If you do not want your child to participate, you must fill out the form and mark no. If there is no form filled out and returned for your child, then I must fill out the form for the vision screening.
If your child successfully completed the February Challenge, please send the completed dental health log on Tuesday, March 1st.
Heads up: Space Day is on March 11. Space Day
Wednesday, February 23rd
As mentioned in Friday's post, I will begin assessing addition and subtraction facts during the week of February 28th. I will also listen to your child read the list of our 50 sight words that week. Your child needs to read 38 of the 50 sight words to earn a 3 on the Third Nine Weeks Report Card. This note contains the 39 sight words that have been taught during classroom instruction: Sight Word Note I am sending home a copy of this note in your child's folder this afternoon.Please see this note from CES PTA:Dear CES Families,Up A Creek - Madison is hosting a spirit night for CES on February 27th from 1-4pm. They are generously donating 100% of the proceeds to the CES PTA! Up a Creek FlyerThe admission cost for this event is:
Up A Creek is an active after school program with pick up from all Madison City Schools and provides camp for Madison City school breaks. Up A Creek operates from their new indoor play place at 181 Hughes Rd. and is not open to the general public. Their facility is available for private parties. www.upacreekmadison.
- $7.50 for the first child
- $5.00 for each additional child
comWe hope to see you there!Sincerely,CES PTA
Tuesday, February 22nd
Happy TWOsday! We had a fun day celebrating 2-22-22!
Thank you for sending in your child's Green Practice Folder today. I hope you are enjoying listening to your child read the passages each day. We become better readers by reading. The time you spend each evening with your child reading will make a meaningful difference!
Friday, February 18th
Here is next week's newsletter: February 21-25 Thank you for taking a minute to read the newsletter.
Please listen to your child read the Practice Folder each day. If your child struggled with the passages this week, feel free to remove the passages so you can have them at home to spend more time reading them. Please return the folder on Tuesday, February 22nd.
If you email firstname.lastname@example.org, please know that the classroom teacher does not receive the message, only the office staff. You can include my email address on the email too, so I can know.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Monday, February 14th
Happy Valentine’s Day! We had a wonderful time making a heart craft and having a special snack.
A great way to show your child LOVE on this Valentine's Day is to give them 10 minutes of your undivided attention and listen to them read the passages in the Green Practice Folder. Investing in your child's future is a lovely way to spend 10 minutes.
Mrs. Hester made this video to share tips for understanding the 21 subtraction facts. You can use this video two ways. You can watch the video and use the information while helping your child with subtraction facts, or you can have your child watch the video. Subtraction Video Here is the information sheet: Tips to Understand the Subtraction Facts Thank you for spending time helping your child feel confident with the addition and subtraction facts.
Please complete the Google Form by tomorrow morning. Thank you! The link was in an email.
Madison City Schools is offering Mental Health Workshops. Click to read the information and learn how to RSVP to the event: Mental Health Matters
Thursday, February 10thPlease click this link to read next week's newsletter: February 14-18.Please send your child's Valentine's to school tomorrow. We are looking forward to our Valentine Exchange on Monday and I want to ensure we are all prepared for a wonderful day!Your child's 3rd Nine weeks Progress Report is coming home in the Red Report of Learning Folder. Please sign and return the Red Report of Learning Folder, with Progress Report inside, by Monday, February 14th. Thank you!Please fill out the Google Form about the half day on February 18th. It was sent in an email.
Monday, February 7th
Thank you for sending the green Practice folders today. You will notice there is an extra passage to read at home. This passage is a bit longer and there are no pictures. This makes the students decode and read the words without the help of a picture to support them. Remember, please read at least one of these passages each day. Please follow up the reading with some comprehension questions. For example: Who was in the story? Where did the story take place? Was there a problem? What was the problem? How did the problem get solved?
Please continue working on the valentines. You will send in the valentines in a ziploc bag on February 10th. We will pass out valentines Firday, February 11th. Each student will pass out their valentines. That means your child will also need to be able to read the name and match it to that child’s name on the valentine bags.
Progress reports will be sent home on Thursday.
Friday, February 4th
Here is next week’s newsletter: February 7-11 . Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.
Keep working on the cards for the Valentine Exchange. These need to be sent to school Thursday, February 10th. We are also still taking donations of Valentine-themed stickers or any stickers you can get your hands on.
Progress Reports will also be coming home next week, February 10th. Please be on the lookout for those.
We no longer have to send Chromebooks home every day with students. The district is no longer requiring this. All devices will remain at school and sent home when necessary.
The Winter Olympics will begin next week. Click Here for the flyer of dress-up days.
Monday, January 31st
Thank you for all you did to help your child with virtual learning. I appreciate your support!
Use this list to help make sure your child has everything needed for school tomorrow: Chromebook (fully charged), charger, computer card, green Practice Folder, manila envelope with completed work, blue Daily Folder, rest mat, water bottle, snack, and mask.
Here is this week's newsletter: January 31- February 4 Please take time to read the newsletter.
As stated at Parent Night, a form is being sent home with your child tomorrow regarding leaving student chromebooks at school or sending chromebooks from home to school daily. Every household must return this form on Wednesday. The form will give you complete details of your options.
Tuesday, February 1st is the beginning of Jump Rope for Heart. It is important to dress students appropriately for the school day and these activities. Students will need to wear tennis shoes or closed toe shoes. Boots are not appropriate shoes for the school day. If a student has a dress/skirt to wear, please have shorts underneath.
Friday, January 28th
Thank you to those who attended Parent Night. I hope you found the information helpful for your family. Here are the slides from last night: 2nd Semester Parent Night
Last night, Mrs. Hester talked about how we have our students spell simple words phonetically. In our phonics instruction next week, we will be learning about the letter Kk. This is an important week of instruction because we will learn the phonics rule for when we hear /k/ at the end of a word. The students learn that we spell the final /k/ with -ck after a short vowel sound. You will see phonics papers come home where your child will be writing several words with final /k/ after a short vowel: duck, rock, kick, neck, sock, lick. This is a skill the students need to show they understand even in their writing. It is listed on our progress report and report cards as “Spell simple words phonetically by writing a letter for consonant and short vowels."
Also last night, Mrs. Hester talked about the 42 math facts the students need to know. Please go ahead and make the math fluency flashcards on index cards like was in the presentation. Continue to practice the Fry sight word flash cards at home. I will be assessing for the next Progress Report next week. Thank you for your support.
Please remember to return Practice Folders when we return in person on Tuesday. Also, please send a note on Tuesday if your child completed the January challenge. A recording sheet for the February challenge will come home on Tuesday.
Please remember that we try to go outside daily, weather permitting. Looking ahead to next week, I see that there will be many cold days. Please send a coat with your child daily. Help your child practice zipping and unzipping the coat so he/she can do so with independence.
The Winter Olympics will begin on February 4 and run through February 20th. We will have a dress up week beginning February 7th to celebrate the start of the Winter Olympics. I will share more information on next week's newsletter.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, January 25th
We had a great 100th Day of School! The children were adorable dressed as 100 year olds! We had fun doing 100 exercises, coloring a picture with 100 items, counting to 100 by 10’ s and 1’s, and reading books about the 100th day of school.
Here is the invitation for Parent Night: Parent Night Invitation. This is a reminder that we would like to invite all of you to Kindergarten Parent Night on January 27th at 5:30. Parent Night will be virtual. The WebEx link will be emailed to you the day of the meeting. We ask that you please sit in a room free from distractions and have your device on mute. Please have paper to take notes and your child’s Winter Assessment Score sheet near you.
We will now be having virtual learning days beginning on Thursday, January 27th until Monday, January 30th. I will send home the work for these days tomorrow. It will be in the back pocket of the Daily folder. We will not have a live lesson on either of these days. The students will need to complete their work and send it back on Tuesday, February 1st to be checked.
Keep working on the cards for the Valentine Exchange. These need to be sent to school on February 10th. If you haven't started, today would be a great day to work on them!
Reach out to me if you have a question. I'm here to help.
Friday, January 21st
Here is next week's newsletter January 24-28 .
Virtual 2nd Semester Parent Night will be next Thursday, January 27th, at 5:30pm. A WebEx link will be emailed to you the day of the meeting. We ask that you please sit in a room free from distractions and have your device on mute. Please have paper to take notes and your child’s Winter Assessment Score sheet near you. Here is the 2nd Semester Parent Night Flyer.CES Families, the annual Valentine Gram sale has begun! This year we have chosen a zipper fidget bracelet that the kids are sure to love! You can purchase individual bracelets, or enough for the whole class. Sales are online only. We will not be in the cafeteria this year. Preorders end on February 2nd, and bracelets will be delivered to classes on February 14th.Purchase online here: https://columbia.
Helpful weekend to do list:
- Wash your child’s rest mat and return Monday morning.
- Have your child practice zipping their coat until they can do it independently 3 times in a row.
- Finish Practice Sheet #14 and return it to school Monday morning inside your child’s Green Practice Folder.
- Keep working on the Valentine's Exchange Home Project
- Enjoy the weekend!
Tuesday, January 18th
I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! Thank you to everyone who sent the Practice Folder today. I was not at school today but I will check them when I return. Once I return the folders, you will see new passages and Practice Sheet #14 in the folder. Practice folders should be returned to school every Monday in order to prepare the folder for the upcoming week.
January 25th 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.
Thursday, January 13th
Here is next week’s newsletter: January 17-21 . Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.
Valentine's Day is a month away! There is a red note coming home in your child's Daily Folder tomorrow with directions for the Valentine Exchange Home Project. By starting early, your child can write one valentine card per day.
- No School on Monday, January 17th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
- Report Cards came home on Tuesday. If you have not signed and returned your child’s report card, please do so and return tomorrow.
- Green Folders must be returned to school every Monday for the next week's practice sheet and passages. If your child is absent it should be returned the day that your student returns to school.
Tuesday, January 11th
Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 2nd Nine weeks Report Card, Winter Assessment Scores, and Middle of the year DIBELS and iReady reports. Please read the 2nd Nine Weeks Report Card note in the front of your child’s folder.
Important date: Second Semester Parent Night will be Thursday, January 27th at 5:30.
Popcorn with the Principals: I hope you can make it to school tonight to meet Mrs. Bolden and Ms. Massey. The event begins at 6:00.
Help from home: As stated in Sunday’s post, we are now writing our first and last names on our papers. Your child will be assessed on this and is expected to be able to write their name with correct letter formation and orientation to the line. Please work on this with your child. Learning your last name, how to spell it, and writing it can be difficult and can take longer to master.
From the front office: Our attendance secretary is currently out of the office due to sickness. All attendance discrepancies will be corrected once she returns. Thank you for your understanding and patience!
Sunday, January 9th
Thank you for all you did to help your child with virtual learning. I appreciate your support! Please return the Chromebook and computer card back to school on Monday with your child. Thank you!
Click this link to read this week's newsletter: January 10-14 Our plan is to finish last week's instruction on Monday, and then we'll be ready to begin everything described on the newsletter on Tuesday. I appreciate you taking the time to read the entire newsletter each week. If you haven't read it before, these are five components to the newsletter: upcoming events, the monthly challenge, a preview of this week's ELA and Math instruction, and Important Kindergarten Information. Be sure to check it out!
**Attention! Attention! Practice Folders Are Coming Home on Tuesday!** The children will bring home their new Practice Folders on Tuesday. These are the green folders you provided at the start of school. Everything you need to know about the Practice folder is written on a note inside the folder. Please be on the lookout for the Practice Folder.
As you noticed on your child's papers last week, we are now writing our first and last name on our phonics and math papers.
I'm here if you need anything. Please reach out and I would be happy to help.
Monday, January 3rd
Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and relaxing break and enjoyed the snow!
Here is this week's newsletter: January 3rd-7th Please take time to read the newsletter. Thank you!
The 3rd Nine Weeks of school is packed full of essential learning in Kindergarten. If your child is healthy, it is important for him/her to be at school on time each day ready to learn. If there is anything you need from me in order to make that happen, please reach out. I am here to help.
Help your child select one picture from Christmas Break that he/she would like to share with the class. Help your child decide what they would like to say to the class about the picture. Email the picture to me before 7:30 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Thank you!
I look forward to seeing your child tomorrow. Your child will need: a water bottle, one snack, a mask, their rest mat, and extra masks in a bag in their backpack. Thank you!
Wednesday, December 15th
We had a wonderful Christmas party today! The students really had fun! Thank you to our room mom Mrs. Ashcroft for organizing the party and to all who sent in items to make the party a success!
Your child is bringing home your Christmas present today. I hope you enjoy it and treasure it for years to come! Also, in their folders you will find their Christmas present from me. The students were very excited as we enjoyed a fun game to pass out their gift!
Rest mats are coming home today. Please keep them at home until we return in January. Due to half day dismissal tomorrow and Friday we will not have rest time.
Reminder- tomorrow and Friday are half days for students. We will be dismissed at 11:00. I will use the information provided on the Google Form for your child’s transportation.
Monday, December 13th
Here is this week's newsletter: December 13 -17
Wow! We had a great day today! Our theme last week was Gingerbread. The kids have loved reading all the different Gingerbread stories, discussing the characters, refrain and ending to the stories. Today we planned to have a special Gingerbread Man snack. However, when it was time to eat our cookies the Gingerbread Man had taken them. We went on a hunt throughout the school following his clues until we finally found them! The kids had a great time and the cookies were delicious!
Practice sheet #11 was due today. If you did not send it in your child's folder today, please sent it tomorrow. Thank you!
Reminder Thursday and Friday are half days for students and we will dismiss at 11:00. Please fill out the Google Form sent via email with your child's transportation and lunch information.
Please see the information from CES PTA:Dear CES Families,Tomorrow is Totally Tuesday! The theme is Pajama Day. Totally Tuesday is a CES PTA Fundraiser. How does it work? On December 14th, dress up and send in at least $1 in an envelope with your teacher's name and "Totally Tuesday" on it, and the class that raises the most will win an extra recess! The count starts over in January with a new chance to win!**We are asking the school community to help us make December's Totally Tuesday the best one yet! This Totally Tuesday, the total cash donations will be evenly distributed to Columbia's custodians, cafeteria workers, and our plant manager. These are special people who work diligently to keep our buildings clean and functional, and our students and staff safe and healthy.**Don't forget to join us in the cafeteria tonight at 6pm. We will bid farewell to Mr. Hill and Mrs. Minor and will also conduct a general PTA meeting.Sincerely,CES PTAFollow the PTA on social media to stay up to date on current happenings.You can also join the PTA Email list to receive the weekly newsletter.
Friday, December 10th
Here is next week's newsletter: December 13 -17
Keep reviewing the Fry sight words that were on Tuesday's post and sent home in the folder on Wednesday. Flashcards are a great way to practice sight words. I will assess each child on their Fry sight words on Monday.
We're looking forward to a very busy and fun week next week! Have a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, December 7th
Our next PTA meeting is Monday, December 13th. I will send home a preorder form for the pizza meal deal in your child’s folder for this event. This meeting will also include a farewell to Mr. Hill and Mrs. Minor.
Our next Totally Tuesday is on December 14th. The theme is pajamas! The cash donations for this Totally Tuesday will be split evenly between the custodians, cafeteria staff, and our plant manager. They work so hard at school to prepare meals and keep the building clean. Please send this donation in an envelope with your child’s name, teacher’s name, and Totally Tuesday written on the outside. The class that raises the most money will win an extra recess!
2nd Nine Week Assessments have started. We will assess sight words on Monday, December 13th. I wanted to share the list of words that we have taught thus far in kindergarten and the breakdown of the 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the report card. Please see the attached file. We will also send home a hard copy of this later in the week. Kindergarten Sight Words December 2021
Winter came back this week! I wanted to give out a few reminders about jackets-
- We go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is above 32 degrees. Please pay attention to the weather and send an appropriate jacket.
- Keep working with your child on zipping his/her jacket until it is mastered. Thank you! Many of them have it down pat now which is very helpful as we transition to and from recess.
- If you send gloves, hats, or scarfs, we keep those items in pockets or sleeves while the jackets are zipped to their chairs in the classroom. This makes our transition to recess easier than everyone going to the closet to dig for those extra items.
Thursday, December 2nd
Here is next week’s newsletter: December 6-10. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed.
We will have Fun Friday tomorrow. If you are sending in a dollar, please send itin a labeled envelope or ziploc bag.
We’ve had a super busy week! In science, we completed the engineering component to our AMSTI Balls and Ramps Unit. It is called Sidewalk Safety. Tomorrow we will put everything we’ve learned together to create a plan to solve the problem. I encourage you to talk to your child about this experience! They are very excited little engineers!
I am proud of the students and their hard work today on the DIBELS assessments. We will take the iReady math and reading assessments beginning Monday. We also will begin assessments for the Second Nine Weeks Report Card. These assessments are completed one on one and take quite a bit of time. If your child has a planned absence between now and the end of the semester, please let me know so I can adjust my assessment plan. Thank you for supporting classroom learning at home! Your time makes a difference!
Monday, November 29th
I hope everyone had a restful break and wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #9 today. Practice Sheet #10 is coming home in your child's folder today. Thank you for spending time each day on the Practice Sheet.
As Winter is approaching, I wanted to give out a few reminders about jackets-
- 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 afternoon. Please teach your child how to zip a jacket and allow practice time until your child is comfortable doing it. Thank you!
Thursday, November 18th
Here is our next newsletter: November 29th-December 3rd. Please notice the December challenge! This challenge is important because we will have many assessments during the month of December. Please read the important information at the bottom of the newsletter.
Progress Reports came home on Tuesday. If you have not signed and returned your child’s progress report, please do so and return tomorrow.
Tomorrow is FREE snack Fun Day Friday. Every student that attends FDF tomorrow is able to choose one free snack from the PTA. Prepaid cards are not accepted on the free snack day, however, students may bring cash to purchase additional snacks.
I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving Holiday! I am truly thankful to know and work with every child and family this school year! Your child is a blessing to me. Thank you for sharing them with me each day!
Monday, November 15th
Today we began our unit on sorting. We are learning how to 1) sort by attributes, 2) count the amount in each group, 3) sort the groups by amount. We practiced these skills using M &M’s or Skittles! The children sorted them by color, then they counted how many of each color they had. Finally, they sorted the color groups by amount. The candy was sent home with your child so they can show you what they learned. We will sort various objects the rest of this week. By the end of this unit, the children should be able to do our 3 step sort for multiple attributes of the same group of objects.
Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #8 today. Practice Sheet #9 is coming home in your child's folder today. Thank you for spending a little time each day on the Practice Sheet.
Progress Reports will be coming home in the Report of Learning Folders tomorrow, November 16th. Please read over it, sign it and return it to school by Thursday, November 18th.
Tuesday, November 16th is a Totally Tuesday Dress Up day. This is a PTA Fundraiser. Students can dress up in their favorite sports team gear and send in $1 in an envelope with your teacher’s name on it. The class that raises the most will win an extra recess!
There is a PTA meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. You will be able to visit the Wall of Honor - a Veteran's Day photo exhibit. There is a CES Spirit Drive November 16th & 17th at Kendra Scott. This is a great opportunity to buy nice gifts for the Holiday Season. 20% of the proceeds will go to our school. Please see the flyer here for more information.
Friday, November 12th
Here is next week’s newsletter: November 15-19. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed.
Helpful weekend to do list:
- Wash your child’s rest mat and return Monday morning.
- Have your child practice zipping their coat until they can do it independently 3 times in a row.
- Finish Practice Sheet #8 and return it to school Monday morning inside your child’s Blue Daily Folder.
- Enjoy the weekend!
Monday, November 8th
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
Reminder: Veterans Parade is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:00. Please have your child wear red, white, and blue. Also, if your child would like to make a sign to hold during the parade, please make it at home and send it to school with your child Wednesday morning.
Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #7 today. Practice Sheet #8 is coming home in your child's folder tomorrow. Thank you for spending a little time each day on the Practice Sheet. I would like the students to read the sentences aloud to an adult at least 3 days during the week.
I am finishing up Progress Report assessments in class this week so that I can write the progress reports this weekend. Progress Reports will go home next Tuesday.
Friday, November 5th
Here is next week's newsletter: November 8-12
Our 2nd annual Drive Thru Veteran's Day Parade is on Wednesday at 9:00-9:30. Have your child wear red, white, and blue. You are welcome to make a sign for your child to hold during the parade. Please send it on Wednesday morning. We'd love to see any veterans from your family drive thru our parade. Let me know if we should expect to see you.
Reminder - No School on Thursday, November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day.
Please label your child's jacket with their first and last name. If the jacket is labeled, it will be easier to find it in the lost and found and return it to you.
Please send Practice #7 to school on Monday. If you haven't taken 2 minutes to watch this helpful video yet, please do so. Thank you! Click here to watch.
Monday, November 1st
Thank you for sending in a fun size M&M pack today. If you forgot to send one with your child, please send one pack tomorrow. We’ll be using them for a math lesson in a few weeks.
Please remember to send the Practice Sheet to school each Monday. Practice #7 is in your child’s folder today. Mrs. Hester made a quick video about two new boxes on the Practice Sheet. The video is meant to be helpful, but it can only help your child if you watch it: Please click here to watch the video
We will have our Veteran's Day Parade on Wednesday, November 10th at 9:00. If you are a veteran, we would love for you to drive through the parade. Please have your child wear red, white, and blue. They are welcome to make a sign to wave during the parade.
CES Yearbooks are on sale now through December 15th. They cost $35. You can order online or by using the order form.
Please complete the School of Excellence Survey Questionnaire and return it in your child's folder by Friday.
Please teach your child how to zip their jacket, and allow them to practice daily until they can do it independently.
Please keep a bag with 2 clean masks in your child's backpack.
Thursday, October 28th
Here is next week’s newsletter: November 1-5. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.
It was so much fun seeing some of our students at Trail of Treats, Monday night! Their costumes looked great and I know they had fun! I wanted to also thank you for supporting our school by attending or sending in money for your child to buy items from the book fair.
We will continue our Balls and Ramps Unit in the weeks to come.
Today we had a craft and special snack for Fall! The kids really enjoyed all the fun!
Reminder: Tomorrow the 29th is a half day, please remember that we will dismiss at 11:00. Tomorrow is also the last Friday of the month. If your child has not lost a Fun Friday this month, their snack will be free.
Monday, October 25th
I have collected Practice Sheet #5 today and have sent home Practice Sheet #6. If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder. I will be listening to your child read the words from the Word List tomorrow. This week we will review content taught thus far in reading. We will review the letters Mm, Aa, Ss, Pp, and Tt. We will also review reading skills that have been acquired. This week we will be exploring balls. If you did not send in a ball today, please send it tomorrow. We will be discovering the different ways our balls move. Today we listened to the book "Duck and Goose".
Red Ribbon Week is this week: Please refer to the October 21st post, on our class Remind App, or our schools’ social media platforms for the dress up days. Wednesday, October 27th, is also Down Syndrome Awareness. Your child can wear yellow and blue.
Reminders: Tonight is Trail of Treats from 6-7 following the PTA meeting at 5, thank you so much those that have sent in bags of candy for PTA!
The Book Fair will be open all this week. It will be open from 7:45-8:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 29th at 11:00 a.m. In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Trail of Treats tonight from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Our class will visit the book fair on Thursday. If you would like for your child to purchase books you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziplock bag inside your child’s daily folder throughout the week.
The half day google form is due tomorrow. It is imperative that you fill out this information so that we can get your child home properly.
Friday, October 22nd
I am very sorry, there was a mistake in the post yesterday with dress up days. I fixed it below and added the attachment from PTA. Please see the link for Red Ribbon Dress Up Days: Red Ribbon Week
Also, as the weather is changing and children are wearing jackets to school, I have a request that will really help us in class. Please have your child practice zipping/buttoning their jacket until they can do this independently. The students zip or button their jacket four times a day (to their chair every morning when we arrive, to themselves when we go out for recess, back to their chair after recess and back on at the end of the day). You can see it is important for students to be able to complete this life skill independently. Thank you for your support at home!
Thursday, October 21st
Here is next week’s newsletter: October 25-29. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. We will begin our Science unit on Balls and Ramps on Monday. Please read the important information on the newsletter linked above pertaining to this Science unit. I also hope that you and your child are enjoying spending time together as you do the October Challenge that you will find at the upper right-hand corner of our newsletter.
The next PTA meeting is Monday, October 25th at 5:30. The Trail of Treats will be following the PTA meeting at 6:00. We are still in need of candy for this fun event! Each family that is participating needs to send an unopened bag of candy to be distributed that evening.
The Book Fair will be open this coming Monday, October 25th. It will be open from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 29th at 11:00 a.m. In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Trail of Treats on Monday night from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Thursday. If you would like for your child to purchase books you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziplock bag inside your child’s daily folder.
October 25th-29th is also our Red Ribbon Week. The following are dress up days for this week: Monday - wear red to “Stand up to drugs” Tuesday- wear PJ's to "follow your dreams not drugs", Wednesday- wear yellow to show “we’re too bright for drugs” Thursday- wear cow print to “moove away from drugs” Friday- wear Astro Spirit wear to “team up against drugs”.
Mr. Hill recently sent an email reminding parents that students need to wear a mask to school daily. We also need you to keep extra masks in your child’s backpack so that they can change masks as needed during the school day. Please remind your child to keep up with their mask during the day. We have a very limited supply of replacement masks at school.
We had a wonderful teacher appreciation lunch yesterday provided by PTA. If you contributed to this luncheon, thank you so much! We all enjoyed this delicious meal!
Monday, October 18th
Wow! What an awesome Field Trip we had to Gullion Farms! The children really enjoyed petting the animals, picking a pumpkin, the hay maze, corn crib, gathering eggs, the pony ride, the giant slide, and milking the cow! I was very proud of the children as they were all so well behaved. We really had a great day! Thank you to our chaperones and to all of the parents who joined us at the farm! It wouldn’t have been successful without all of your help!
We have had an awesome first quarter in Kindergarten! It’s so hard to believe that nine full weeks have gone by and that we are now into our second nine weeks! I have enjoyed watching our students transition into school and our classroom and make so much progress academically. If you haven’t already, please sign your child’s report card and send your child’s Report of Learning Folder back to school tomorrow.
I collected Practice Sheet #4 today. I will be listening to your child read the words from the Word List tomorrow. If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder.
Tonight is our Spirit Night at Taco Mama at Clift Farms from 4-9. Don’t forget to tell them that you are with CES!
Next Monday night will be our Trail of Treats at 6:00. If your family is attending, please send in an unopened bag of candy.
Friday, October 15th
Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 1st Nine weeks Report Card and Beginning of the year DIBELS and iReady reports.
As discussed at Parent Night our grading scale is 4, 3, 2, 1. Your child will not receive a 4 until 1) The standard has been taught to the full depth of the Kindergarten expectations and 2) Your child has shown consistent mastery of the standard. At this time of the year 2s and 3s are extremely common. Another thing we discussed at Parent Night was that kindergarten teachers system wide have a rubric to follow when assigning a 4, 3, 2 or 1 for a standard. The rubric for sight words changes each nine weeks based on how many sight words have been taught during class instruction up to that point. The expectation for a 3 for the first nine weeks was very attainable since our sight word instruction had just begun. The first nine weeks sight word breakdown is as follows:
1 = 0-2 words
2 = 3-5 words
3 = 6-49 words
4 = All 50 words accurately and automatically
An additional note regarding the field trip and masks. Students will be required to wear their mask while on the bus to the farm and on the bus returning from the farm. I need you to send your child to school in a cloth mask and attached to a lanyard. The paper masks often break while we are outside during recess.
Also, students are not allowed to check in late at the field trip nor are they allowed to check out from the field trip. All students must ride to the farm with their class and return on the bus with their class. Please make sure to arrive at school on time Monday morning. Our buses will load and leave campus by 8:00.
If you signed up to attend the field trip, you are on the approved chaperone list. You will need to come to Columbia to sign in and receive a visitor badge to wear on the field trip. You will not be allowed to be on the field trip with us without the visitor badge.
Thursday, October 14th
Here is next week’s newsletter: October 18-22. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter each week. Please be sure to check out the Important Information box on the bottom of the newsletter, it contains information about our field trip for Monday. We are looking forward to a wonderful trip to the farm!
Class shirt update: We received the class shirts this week. If you ordered a parent shirt, I will send it home tomorrow in your child’s backpack. Student shirts will remain at school until Monday morning and I will have your child put the class shirt over the long sleeve shirt they wear to school.
Unfortunately, the shirt company made a mistake with the kindergarten shirts. They printed the wrong year on the shirt. The company will be reprinting all shirts to correct the mistake. However, the reprinted shirts will not be ready until after the field trip. We will wear the shirts with the incorrect year on the trip but will have new ones coming soon. As soon as I receive the corrected shirts, I will send them home. Thank you for your understanding.
I hope you have enjoyed listening to your child read the words from the Word List portion of the Practice Sheet this week. The kids are really excited when we are reading these words in class! Taking a few minutes each night to allow your child to practice reading will greatly benefit your child. We become better readers by reading! :)
Thursday, September 30th
Thank you for returning the field trip forms and payment so quickly. We're looking forward to the trip!! If you haven't turned them in yet, the forms and payment were due today. It is very important that we receive these forms for your child. If you have not sent the forms or money, please send it tomorrow (Friday, October 1st).
If your child successfully completed the September Challenge, please send a note in your child's folder tomorrow, and your child will receive TWO Good Time Tickets! The note just needs to say, "_____ completed the September challenge."
I will send home rest mats tomorrow. Please wash and return your child’s rest mat on Monday, October 11th.
I hope all of your families have a wonderful and safe Fall Break. I hope it is filled with rest and relaxation. Enjoy yourselves, the beautiful scenery, and weather! Then, be ready to come back on October 11th ready for a busy 2nd Nine Weeks of School!
Monday, September 27th
Field Trip forms are in folders today. The forms and payment are due on Thursday, September 30th. Please read all three forms in your child’s packet. Thank you!
Community Helpers Sharing- We enjoyed learning about community helpers today. We will continue to share about our parents being community helpers this week. If you have not done so already, I need at least one parent from each family to email me with the following information:
- A picture of you at work or working from home.
- A sentence about how your job helps others.
Tomorrow is our Boosterthon Fun Run! Thank you to all of you who donated money to our school! Our Pledge O Meter is at $52.92 per lap! Wow! That is wonderful! We appreciate your support and dedication to our school! We are looking forward to the run tomorrow! Remember to send your child in socks and tennis shoes. It will also be important for you to write your child's name on the water bottle so your child will easily be able to identify it as theirs when they stop by the water station during the Fun Run. Thank you for your help with this!
Practice Sheet #3 is in folders today. If you forgot to send Practice #2, please send it in your child's folder tomorrow. Thanks!
Thursday, September 23rd
Here is next week’s newsletter: September 27- October 1.
The last Friday of every month is FREE snack day! Students who have not lost a Fun Friday during the month of September will receive one free snack. Prepaid cards are not accepted on the free days, and the cost of prepaid cards accounts for the free day that is built into each month. Families can send in cash for their students to purchase additional snacks. Fun Friday Free Snack
Heads up: our field trip information and paperwork will be coming home in folders Monday. There will be a quick turn around to return everything before Fall Break. Both forms and payment will be due September 30th.
Next week is the last week of the first quarter. I am continuing to collect data and complete one on one assessments with the students for their first nine weeks report card throughout next week. If you know in advance that your child will be out of school for any day next week, please let me know so that I may adjust my assessment schedule to ensure your child’s first nine weeks assessments are completed.
We are rocking and rolling with our Boosterthon Fun Run! Thank you for your support securing pledges and/or flat donations. Currently our class has raised $37.08 per lap of $80.00 per lap goal. Keep up the good work, let’s reach our goal!
Monday, September 20th
Today kicks off our Boosterthon Fun Run! We are super excited to raise money for our school! We have a school wide goal of raising $30,000 with a specific goal for the funds to be used for much needed playground updates. We appreciate your support and dedication to our school!
Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #1 today. If you forgot to return it today, please send it in your child’s Daily Folder tomorrow. Practice Sheet #2 is coming home in folders today. I wanted to share a close-up of the Sight Word Practice Box because it did not copy well: Sight Word Practice Box
You will also see your child’s work from last week’s Literacy Stations came home in folders Friday. The students did well last week with our first week of Literacy Stations. Literacy Stations is an important time in our day for students to complete group/partner work reinforcing our reading skills, while I teach differentiated small group lessons. I look forward to seeing the students grow with independence, cooperatively working with others and producing quality work while working in stations.
Last week, we enjoyed our first Scholastic News lesson! Thank you for providing the funds for us to have this wonderful resource. Not only does our subscription include the colorful newspaper your child brought home last week, it also comes with access to great digital resources. Our first lesson was all about responsibility and helping out! We learned about being responsible at school as well as being responsible at home. The kids loved reading through their newspaper, viewing the digital lesson and discussing the importance of responsibility.
Picture Proofs came home in Daily Folders Friday. If you wish to place an order, the due date is September 29th. Picture Make-up Day is scheduled for September 30th. If you would like for your child to retake pictures on make-up day, you will need to send a note to school in their daily folder on September 30th. On picture make-up day, I will only send the students who were absent on picture day and those with a note from parents requesting to retake their picture.
Reminder to email Community Helper assignment by Wednesday, September 23rd . The post from September 10th includes the details for this assignment. We are looking forward to learning about our Parents and their roles as Community Helpers.
Thursday, September 16th
Please take a minute to read next week’s newsletter: September 20-24
Please sign your child's progress report and return it in the red Report of Learning folder tomorrow.
If you are trying to login to your child’s Beanstack account, it would be helpful if you had their email address! Here is the pattern for email addresses: first name, middle initial, last initial followed by @madisoncity.k12.al.us Thank you for logging into Beanstack and scanning the books you read at home. Click this link for more information: Beanstack.
Tomorrow is Fun Friday. Send a dollar in a labeled envelope if you would like your child to purchase a snack at Fun Friday.
Monday, September 13th
Our first Practice Sheet is coming home in folder's today. As you read on the newsletter, please don't do it all at once - a little each day will benefit your child. This is a picture of what to look for in the folder: Picture of Practice Sheet
Today, we began our first week of our Wonders Reading Series. We are focusing on the letter Mm this week. Our first phonics worksheet is coming home in folders today. Review the sheet with your child. If you see a lowercase m written in pen next to your child's m in pencil, I did this to show your child the correct way to write a lowercase m. When you see this on the paper, it is always a good idea to give your child more time to practice.
The students were so excited about our first day of Literacy Stations. It went well for the first day!
If your child loses a ticket at school, please remember to initial the behavior calendar. Thank you!
Friday, September 10th
Here’s next week’s newsletter: September 13-17
We will be studying Community Helpers later in September. I need each parent to email me by September 23, 2021 with two things:
- A picture of you at work or working from home.
- A sentence about how your job helps others.
I will share your picture and read your sentence to the class during Community Helper Week.
Here is the flyer for Beanstack. We are super excited about Beanstack and being able to log our books and minutes spent reading. Please help your child record the books you read at home. You can add the app to your phone to make recording the books easy. Please read the flyer for more details.
You should have received an email from Columbia on Thursday regarding the Required Forms for Participation. If you have not already done so, please fill out each form for your students at Columbia.
Tuesday September 7, 2021
We made it all the way to the letter Z last Friday for our Letter Experts! We enjoyed celebrating all the Letter Experts with a dance party and fun alphabet songs! I am very proud of all the students and their hard work as the Letter Expert! Thank you to each family for working with your child on this assignment!
We will review the letters and sounds from Letter Experts this week along with continuing sorting words/pictures based on the beginning sound. We are also working hard in class to complete our beginning of the year i-ready assessments on the computer. Those scores will be sent home with the 1st Nine Weeks Progress Report on September 15th.
Thursday, September 9th will be Spirit Night at Panda Express. Please see the attached flyer for details on time and ordering.
Friday, September 10th we will observe Patriot Day. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in their red, white, and blue!
Thursday, September 2nd
Here is next week’s newsletter: September 6-10. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter each week. I appreciate you doing your part to keep yourself informed about classroom learning.
Please remember that tomorrow is a 1/2 day. We dismiss at 11:00. Rest mats were sent home today because we will not have rest time tomorrow.
Next Friday, September 10th we will observe Patriot Day. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in their red, white, and blue!
Columbia Elementary School is looking for Chess Team Members. If you would like for your child to sign up, please click this link: Chess Team Sign Up
When your child comes to school each day, please make sure your child:
- is wearing a mask that fits and has an extra mask inside his/her backpack.
- has a water bottle filled with water and ice.
- has a snack packed separate from lunch.
- has the blue Daily Folder inside his/her backpack.
- is wearing velcro or slip-on shoes.
Thank you! This will help your child feel prepared and ready to have a great day at school.
Weekend To Do List:
- Remove papers from the daily folder.
- Let your child practice rolling up their rest mat.
- Send rest mats back on Tuesday.
- Enjoy the LONG weekend!
Monday, August 30th
No school tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31st due to potential of severe weather. Please stay weather aware and be safe!
Tomorrow is the deadline for ordering books with Scholastic for the month of August. Please use our class code PMGVW when ordering online.
Friday is a half day for students, I sent out a Google Form for transportation and lunch selection this weekend via email. Please have one parent fill out the form no later than tomorrow. Thank you, if you have already filled out the form!
Class shirt order forms and money are due Thursday. We will wear these shirts several times this year. Please consider purchasing a class shirt.
If you forgot to return your child's restmat today, please send it to school with them Wednesday.
Reminder to send snack and a water bottle daily. Please check and empty the BLUE Daily Folder everyday. Some folders are returning to school not emptied and papers are falling all over the floor. Also when sending money, please place it in a bag/envelope with your child's name and what it is for. Place all money in your child's folder when sending it in to school. Thank you for your support! :)
Thursday, August 26th
For the past two weeks we have focused on writing our names with the correct letter formation and orientation to the lines. We talk about how the first letter should be an uppercase letter and the rest of the letters in our name are lowercase. You can help your child by having him/her practice writing their name at home with the correct letter formation. We are also working on using scissors correctly. We talk about how our elbow is by our side, scissors are pointing away from your belly, the thumb is up and we use a straight wrist while cutting. We tell students scissors go open and shut while the other hand is holding firmly the paper while turning the paper. These fine motor skills are very important. By developing their fine motor control, children are able to access so many more things, and become confident and able students. It would be very beneficial to practice these scissor skills at home as well.
Our front office staff asks that parents do not drop off forgotten items such as rest mats, snacks, etc. These items are not always able to get to the classroom in a timely manner.
Please continue to practice rolling up rest mats at home, as well as opening lunch/snack items. We are striving to do these things independently.
PTA Survey: Our PTA Board would like you to complete this survey: PTA survey
Fun Friday: The last Friday of the month includes a free snack at Fun Friday. (If you have attended all of the Fun Fridays for that particular month). Tomorrow, August 27th is the last Friday of this month, however students were given the free snack the first Friday of this month so they could get the full experience of what Fun Friday is like and to encourage students to strive toward positive behaviors so they can earn that reward each month. If you would like for your child to get a snack tomorrow, please send in a dollar if you have not ordered the snack ticket from PTA. All monies collected go towards our end of the year bash!
A glance at next week:
Reading - identifying beginning sounds, Letter Experts for T, U, V, W, X, Y, & Z and writing names. We will also begin learning about literacy stations and the rules/procedures that we follow during that time.
Math - count sets of objects and write numerals 6 & 7
9/2- Class T-shirt money is due
9/3- Half day for students/Collaborative Day for teachers. Students will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m. A Google Form will be sent out soon for information on transportation changes and lunch count.
9/6- Labor Day; no school
9/10- Patriot Day- Students are encouraged to wear Red, White, and Blue
Monday, August 23rd, 2021
Throughout the past few weeks we have focused on getting to know each other, learning our rules and procedures, and learning the habits that will help us to be leaders. We go over our rules each day so it helps us continue to learn procedures and we have discussed our expectations as a class. We have made numerous posters that will serve as reminders for our expectations and goals. We made a peacemaker/ peacebreaker 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, productive learning environment. We have also discussed the importance of doing our best with all our work. You can help by encouraging your child and giving simple directions to follow at home independently.
Last week, our kindergarten students had a book care lesson. We learned how to take care of the books we read. This week we will return to the library and have a library orientation lesson. We will learn the rules of the library and how to check out books. Hopefully your child’s first school library book will come home at the end of this week!
DIBELS: Kindergarten students will have their Beginning of the Year DIBELS assessments on Thursday, August 26th.
Class Shirt: Class shirt orders are due on Thursday, September 2nd. Our class shirts will be orange. We will wear the shirts multiple times this school year, so you will definitely get your money’s worth.
Lunchroom Food: The lunch menu is available on Columbia’s website so you can talk to your child about what is being served daily. If you know the food options are something your child does not like, please consider sending a lunchbox.
School Picture Day: Picture day is Wednesday, August 25th. These are the pictures that will be used in the yearbook. We understand that you may not want to follow our Kindergarten Color Day on Picture Day. That is perfectly fine!
Totally Tuesdays: Our PTA is sponsoring fun dress up days once a month on the last Tuesday of each month. The first one is this Tuesday, August 24th. If your child sends in $1 they can dress up. This Tuesday’s dress is for Spirit Wear/CES colors. Our school colors are RED and BLACK.
Power School Parent Portal: In your child’s Daily Folder today, you will find directions on how to access the Parent Portal for Power School. The main reason for parents of students in Kindergarten -2nd grade to login to the parent portal is to view your child’s attendance records. This will be something you access frequently when your child is in 3rd -12th grade to view your child’s grades.
Required Forms: The office emailed these forms to all CES parents today. Please complete them at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time!
Thursday, August 19th
Thank you for continuing to participate in our Color Weeks daily colors! We are enjoying learning about colors. We have had fun painting primary and secondary colors this week. Ask your child about mixing colors to make purple, green and orange paint. The kids were excited watching the colors change as we mixed!
Our first Scholastic Book order was emailed to you this week. This is a great way for you to purchase books for your child at a discounted price. Orders need to be placed online, you will enter our class code: PMGVW. Orders will need to be submitted online by noon August 31st.
The order form for class shirts will be coming home in folders on Friday. You will want to be sure to order a shirt for your child because we will wear them often throughout the school year. Please reach out to me if purchasing this shirt is a hardship for your family. Thank you!
Upcoming C.E.S. events:
August 23rd- Breakfast with the Principal
August 24th- Totally Tuesday- Wear C.E.S. Colors/Spirit Wear
August 25th- Picture Day- these are the pictures that will be in the school yearbook
August 26th- Watch Dog Dad Kick off
A glance at next week:
Reading - identifying beginning sounds, Letter Experts for N, O, P, Q, R, S, writing names
Math - comparing groups of objects as equal, greater than, or less than, comparing groups of objects to five, and comparing numerals 0-5
Helpful weekend to do list:
- Cozy up and enjoy reading your child’s poetry notebook
- Wash your child’s rest mat
- Have your child practice rolling up and securing their rest mat until they can do it independently 3 times in a row.
Monday, August 16th
There was a sea of RED at recess today! The kids looked great! We are looking forward to continuing our colors for the next two weeks. Please see the flyer Kindergarten Color Weeks.
Scholastic News money is due tomorrow. Please send $7.00 in an envelope labeled with your child’s name, my name and “Scholastic News.” Please remember to send in your child’s Scrapbook page and Informational Letter, if not already done so.
We have had a week and a half of practicing our school and classroom rules. We began our ticket system today (our school wide behavior plan). If your child lost a ticket, you will see the code and how many tickets were taken. If a ticket was lost please initial in the box for that day. Small initials in the corner of the box is perfect, please do not make additional markings (smiles/frowns,etc.). As we discussed at Parent Night, your child should be able to explain the choices he/she made to have taken a ticket. Please encourage your child to follow directions and make good choices. Thank you for your support of good classroom behavior.
Thank you to all who practiced rolling rest mats this weekend. I can tell the students who practiced and they were proud to show me how they could do it! If your child did not practice, please have them practice when mats come home this Friday. Several students need assistance rolling and securing their rest mat.
This month Peasant T-Shirt Shoppe is offering a one of a kind CES Tie-Dye shirt. If you would would like to purchase, please use this link: https://peasant-tshirt-shoppe.printavo.com/merch/ces-tie-dyed-tee/
Thursday, August 12th
Kindergarten will have Color Weeks from August 16-27. We want to encourage your child to wear the specified color. Please read this flyer to know the specifics for each day. Thank you for participating! Kindergarten Color Weeks
Tomorrow is Fun Friday. All of our students will participate in Fun Friday tomorrow because this was a practice week for Kindergarten. (Tickets will begin in Kindergarten on Monday, August 16th.) If you would like your child to purchase a snack, you can send $1.00 in a labeled envelope. Please write your child’s name and FDF on the envelope. PTA distributed the Snack Cards to the teachers today. If you pre-purchased a snack card or send an envelope with $1.00, I will give it to your child on our way to Fun Friday.
Rest mats will come home tomorrow. Please wash the rest mat and return it to school with your child on Monday. While the mat is at home, please have your child practice rolling it up independently.
Poetry Notebooks will come home in the backpacks tomorrow. I hope you enjoy cozying up and reading these with your child. Leave the poems in the notebook and send the notebook back to school on Monday.
A glance at next week:
Reading - rhyming words, Letter Experts for H, I, J, K, L, M
Math - count sets of objects and write numerals 1-5, the concept of zero, ordering numbers 0-5
Tuesday, August 10th
Thank you for attending Parent Night last night! If you were unable to attend Parent Night either in person or via WebEx, click the link to see the presentation. Kindergarten Parent Night 2021 Please know this is only a small glimpse of what was discussed last night. I sent the handouts in your child’s daily folder today. Please complete the class directory slip and return tomorrow. There is a note regarding Scholastic News, we will use this to supplement instruction this year. Please keep the handwriting sheet to use when helping your child write letters with correct formation.
I hope you found the information to be valuable. As I said it would happen, I thought of a few things I forgot to mention during Parent Night:
Sleeping Habits - It is imperative that your child have enough sleep each night to be able to successfully make it through our school day. It is recommended that school age children get between 10-12 hours of sleep each night. That means if your child wakes up at 6:30, they need to be in bed no later than 7:30-8:00 with lights out and no TV/devices. A well rested child is better able to focus and has better self control.
Deadline for Letter Expert pictures: I wanted to clarify the deadline for emailing the Letter Expert assignment. When you receive the Letter Expert assignment paper, it says to email me the picture the day before your child presents to the class. I need to be more specific. I need the picture by noon the day before your child is scheduled to present.
Mask and Lanyards- I failed to mention lanyards and masks, so I just wanted to include this information. Your child’s mask needs to be attached to a lanyard each day. Students take masks off for lunch, snack, recess, P.E. and rest time. Students without lanyards for their masks are sitting them down on the table/floor, putting them on their wrist then dropping them, losing/leaving them. If your child’s mask is on a lanyard it makes it much simpler when taking masks off and putting them back on. Please show your child how to turn the lanyard around while they are eating so their food doesn’t fall into their masks.
I appreciate the time you spent with me on Parent Night!
- Thursday, August 5th
We've had a wonderful first day with the girls on Wednesday and the boys today! We had busy days learning our classroom rules, taking a tour of the school, and getting to know our classmates. We look forward to having all of the students here tomorrow.
Our Kindergarten Parent Night is in our classroom on Monday, August 9th at 5:00. It is important that each child have one parent present for the meeting, preferably the parent who works with the child on school work and will be communicating with me. The meeting is for adults only because it typically lasts 1.5-2 hours. Parents/guardians will need to wear masks to the meeting. Thank you!
Friendly Reminders ~
Snack needs to be packed separate from lunch.
Snack is a water bottle and one snack. If you want your child to have a choice, please let them make that choice at home before packing it in the backpack.
If your child is bringing a lunch box from home, the packed lunch needs to have a drink included. The snack water bottles are not brought to the lunchroom. If you want to send a water bottle for lunch and there is not room inside the lunchbox, your child needs to know that it is for lunch so he/she can put it on the lunchbox shelf. If it is not in the lunchbox, then it will need to be labeled with your child’s name and the word “Lunch.”
Your child needs to wear tennis shoes without laces. This means they need to have velcro or slip on.
Please check your child's blue Daily Folder each afternoon and send it to school everyday.
If your child is missing school supplies, send them to school as you get them. Be sure to tell your child to take it out of his/her backpack and give it to me.
- Thank you for coming to Open House!
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, you can view the presentation here: K101 Presentation. As you look through your child's folder of important papers, if you have any questions please let me know.
If your child is going to ride the bus this year, please email me with the bus information. I need to hear from you before 2:00 on Tuesday. Thank you!
Please go ahead and mark your calendar for our upcoming Parent Night, August 9th at 5:00, in our classrooom. We will go into great detail about the upcoming year. If you have questions between now and then please email me or send a note in your child's folder.
I look forward to seeing the girls- Wednesday, boys- Thursday and everyone all together Friday! I am excited to get to know each of you better throughtout this school year!