Thursday, September 19th
Here is the newsletter for next week: September 23-27. Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter each week. If your family successfully completed the September Challenge each night of September, please send a note in your child's daily folder on September 27th that says, “_ completed the September challenge.” When I receive the note on 9/27, your child's name will be entered in a drawing to win a new book!
Impact Aid forms are in your child's folder TODAY. If your child returns the Impact Aid form TOMORROW, your child will receive two good time tickets! Thank you for your attention to this important paperwork.
September 12, 2019
Here is the newsletter for next week: September 16-20 Thank you for reading the newsletter and doing your part to stay informed.
We are looking forward to the Glow Run tomorrow! Kindergarten will run at 9:00. Families are welcome to come cheer on the children. From experience, we ask that you consider putting your daughter’s hair in a ponytail so we can easily mark their laps on their shirts. All students should come to school in shorts and tennis shoes. We encourage Velcro shoes. If not, please double knot their shoes before coming to school. Also, please make sure they drink water and eat breakfast. They are excited about this RACE!
Please refer to Monday’s post to access the Community Helpers form. I've already received two forms and pictures! Thank you!
I can tell the children are practicing their lunch numbers and their computer login/password. It makes a big difference when they know these. Keep it up!
September 9th, 2019
It was a great day in Kindergarten!
We began our first week of our Wonders Reading Series. We are focusing on the letter Mm this week. Our first phonics worksheet is coming home in folders today. Review the sheet with your child. Have your child identify the letter and tell you the sound that it says. Then, have your child practice writing a capital and lowercase Mm with correct formation.
The students were so excited about our first day of Literacy Stations.
We will be studying Community Helpers in a few weeks. Please complete this Community Helpers form and return the form in your child's folder. Also, you will need to email me a picture of you at work. Please have both of these completed by Thursday, September 26th. (Please have both parents complete a form and email a picture.) The students are always excited to share the pictures of their parents at work. Thank you!
Be sure to check the newsletter for important dates each week. Special events are happening Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week. I hope you are able to come to the PTA meeting tonight. I know you and your child will have a great time reading together. One update from this week's newsletter: The Bob Jones Homecoming Parade has been moved to 6:00.
IMPORTANT! The Boosterthon challenge tonight is that any student who logs a new pledge on funrun.com is allowed to wear pajamas tomorrow. There are guidelines for how pajama day works in Kindergarten: 1) Only two piece pajamas...no all in one with zippers because it will be on the floor in the restroom. 2) Students must wear tennis shoes...no slippers.
September 6, 2019
Here is the newsletter for this week: September 9-13 Thank you for taking the time to read it closely.
We had a short but super busy week! We had very important lessons each day this week to learn the procedures for Literacy Stations. We will begin the Wonders reading series and Literacy Stations next week. Monday will be a BIG day for us! I'm excited to see how they do as we begin!
We made it to all the way to the letter Z yesterday for our Letter Experts! We enjoyed celebrating all the Letter Experts with a dance party and fun alphabet songs! I am very proud of all the students and their hard work as Letter Expert! Thank you to each family for working with your child on this assignment!
Over the weekend, please continue to practice the following skills:
1) Watch your child type the computer login and password 5 times.
2) Practice lunch numbers 10 times. Your child has to be able to type their lunch number when checking out a library book.
3) Have your child practice rolling their rest mat. By this time of the year, each student should be able to do this independently.
Thanks for trusting me with your children! I am enjoying getting to know the children more and more each day!
September 3rd, 2019
I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful relaxing weekend!
We had a great day in Kindergarten! We enjoyed a visit from Buster the Bus to learn about bus safety and we started learning about our very important Literacy Station time.
September behavior calendars are in folders today.
Please look in your child's folder for two important papers: Kindergarten Beginning of the Year Assessments and the DIBELS Parent Report. The DIBELS Parent Report tells you how your child did on each subtest. It will either say Met Goal, Below Goal or Well Below Goal. The other report suggests activities to do with your child to help build these skills, as well as reports other data to you.
Additionally, there is a Madison City Schools Gifted Education flyer coming home with all Kindergarten students today.
Just a heads-up and little reminder regarding sickness- We have already had several students out sick this year. Reminder when your child is absent a written note with parent signature is required to be turned in within three days of your child returning to school. I appreciate receiving the email regarding your child’s absence, however, this does not count as an absent note. Students should be fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours and vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. As much as we love everyone being at school, we do not want to spread germs. I have been disinfecting the room daily, we want to do all we can to prevent illness. Thank you for helping to keep our classroom as healthy as possible! :)
Friday September 6th will be Wild West dress up day. Please ensure your child can use the restroom independently in anything worn to school.
Grandparents are invited to lunch on September 5th or 6th for Grandparents Day. Our lunch is from 10:20-10:50. They will meet us in the cafeteria. Please suggest that they arrive a few minutes early so they can sign in and be in the cafeteria by 10:20.
PTA is offering pizza buffet before th PTA meeting on September 9th. If you would like to purchase, please send payment(labeled in envelope or Ziploc) and form in your child's folder by Friday. Thank you!
August 29th, 2019
Here is the newsletter for this week: September 2-6. Thank you for taking the time to stay updated!
A rhyming lotto game came home in folders today. The directions for the game are also in your child's folder today. Please take time to play the game throughout the month of September or until your child can identify rhyming words easily. Thank you!
We’ve spent a lot of class time on learning how to write our first name with correct formation and orientation to the line. Some students are still writing their name with uppercase letters. We should be writing our name with uppercase first letter the rest should be lowercase. Please let your child practice this at home too.
All of our beginning of the year assessments are now complete. I will compile all of the data onto one sheet and send it home in your child’s folder on Tuesday.
On the last Fun Friday of each month there is a free snack offered to students who are able to attend each Fun Friday that month. Tomorrow is the last Fun Friday of the month, so one snack will be free. At this time all students have earned this for the month of August. Please do not send Fun Friday money tomorrow. Thank you!
Rest mats are coming home today because tomorrow is a half day. You will keep them at home tomorrow and send back to school with your child Tuesday morning.
Reminder: students will dismiss tomorrow at 11:00. Your child will be sent home per your Google form request.
Thank you for your support.
I hope you all enjoy the three day weekend!
Monday, August 26th
Last week, we attended a Library orientation lesson with Mrs. Nguyen, our school librarian. Today we returned to the library as a class for a book care lesson and to check out books. Your child’s first library book is coming home inside his/her backpack today! Your child can keep the book at home for a day or two. We will return to the library on Wednesday as a class, then I will be teaching them how to let me know from then on when they are ready to get a new book. I am not allowed to search their backpacks, so when they are ready for a new book, they need to take it out of their backpack in the morning and put it in our classroom “Library Book” bucket. Happy Reading!
If your family successfully completed the August Challenge on 4 out of 5 school nights each week of August, please send a note on August 30th that says, “__ completed the August challenge.” When I receive the note on Friday, your child will receive two Good Time tickets. Just so you know, the reward for completing the challenge will vary each month.
Friday will be a half day of school for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:00. I sent a Google form last week. Please complete the form no later than tomorrow. The email was sent to all email contacts I have on our list, however, I only need one response per student. Thank you!
Scholastic Book Orders are due on August 29th. Thank you to those who already submitted an order.
School Picture Day is Thursday. These are the pictures that will be used in the yearbook.
A note about the Grandparents Day Lunch on September 5th and 6th will come home with your child today. Grandparents are welcome to attend on either day.
Here is a brief introduction from Mrs. Banks about what SPARC is and what she does as the SPARC counselor. https://www.smore.com/91b07
August 22, 2019
Here is the newsletter for this week: August 26 – 30 Thank you for taking the time to read it closely.
Lunch Money Clarification – On Thursdays, your children are allowed to purchase ice cream in the cafeteria. They pay for the ice cream with the money in their lunch account by typing in their lunch number. You do not need to send separate ice cream money each Thursday if your child has money in his/her lunch account. You can send lunch money by sending a check to school in a labeled envelope or you can create a Pay Pams account and pay online at paypams.com
Lunchroom Food – The lunch menu is available on Columbia’s website so you can talk to your child about what is being served each day. If you know the food options are something your child does not like, please consider sending a lunchbox.
Weekend To Do List:
- Sit with your child and read the poetry notebook.
- Let your child practice rolling up rest mat.
- Let your child practice typing their computer login and password.
- Complete the Google Form (sent via email today) with information for next Friday’s half day.
Have a great weekend! Please remember to send the rest mat and poetry notebook back on Monday.
August 19, 2019
Throughout the past few weeks we have focused on getting to know each other, learning our rules and procedures, and learning the habits that will help us be leaders. We go over our rules each day so it helps us to continue to learn procedures and we discuss our expectations as a class. We have made numerous posters that will serve as reminders for our expectations and goals. We made a peacemaker/peace breaker poster, a good listeners poster and a De-bug poster (steps for what to do if someone is bothering you). Having structure and organization in a classroom is essential for a positive learning environment. We also discussed the importance of doing our best with all our work. We had a lesson on creating a “Three Star” paper! The students and I discussed what it takes when coloring to earn a “Three Star” paper. Our guidelines for coloring include: coloring in the lines, leaving no white space, using colors that make sense and using three or more colors. Every time the students color they will be encouraged to create a “Three Star” paper! I will share pictures of these posters on your child's SeeSaw portfolio.
Tomorrow night is Spirit Night at Panera Bread from 4:00-8:00. The flyer will come home with your child tomorrow. It's a wonderful way to support our school!
Please, please check and empty your child’s Daily Folder each day. Thank you!
Please allow your child to practice opening items they are bringing for lunch and snack. Send snack daily (one food item and water only).
We will visit the computer lab every Tuesday and Thursday. Please allow your child to practice typing their username and password several times a day until they can do it independently. This is very challenging for the children, extra practice will allow your child to log on quickly without having to wait for assistance, therefore, having more computer time! :)
Class shirt orders are due next Wednesday, August 28th. Our class shirts will be dark blue. As we discussed at Parent Night, we will wear the shirts multiple times this school year, so you will definitely get your money's worth. Thank you!
August 16th, 2019
Here is the newsletter for this week: August 19-23 Thank you for taking time to read it closely. I emailed it to those who requested an email and I will provide a paper copy in folders on Monday for those who requested one.
One more thing I forgot to mention at Parent Night...We have several friends in Kindergarten who have a peanut and tree nut allergy. If your child has peanut butter or Nutella in his/her lunch or snack, I need you to write a note and put it in your child's folder. I will give your child a wipe to clean it off his/her hands and face and then hand sanitizer. Thank you for your cooperation.
Lunch Numbers- Please continue to have your child practice his/her lunch number until they know it without looking at it. This includes if your child wishes to purchase ice cream. Everyone needs to know their lunch number. It is used to check out library books and computer log-in. Starting the week of September 3, we plan to leave lunch tags behind. :)
Shoes- if your child is wearing shoes that tie, please double knot the shoelaces and discuss with your child the importance of not pulling and playing with them during the school day. As I mentioned at Parent Night, velcro is a wonderful option for those who are still learning to tie laces. You wouldn't believe how much time I spend tying shoelaces during the school day. ;)
Students came home a note with their computer login in their Daily Folder on Wednesday. You may notice the pattern for the username is your child’s first name, middle initial and last initial. The password is your child’s first initial, last initial, then the number 0 followed by their lunch number. We will visit the computer lab every Tuesday and Thursday. Please allow your child to practice typing their username and password several times a day until they can do it independently. Also, practicing on how to use and manuever a mouse would be very beneficial to many of the children as well! Thank you for your support at home!
Poetry Notebooks- Your child's Poetry Notebook will come home on Friday. Please have a fun time reading these with your child. I model how to draw the key details of each poem. Some students are picking up on this quickly and others are having a difficult time. Feel free to give your child tips on how to draw people and animals. I'm sure they will enjoy drawing time with you. ;) Please return your child's poetry notebook in their backpack on Monday!
August 13th, 2019
Thank you so much for coming to Parent Night last night! I truly appreciate you taking the time out of your evening, I know schedules are very busy. I hope I shared what you found to be important information and answered your questions. Thank you for hanging in there with me last night, I know it was a lot of information to cover. I truly want this year to be a wonderful experience for your child that will foster a love for school and learning. I look forward to the school year ahead as we work together.
It seems, no matter how much preparation goes into Parent Night and how many times I go over the presentation, I always seem to leave some things out. Something I failed to mention last night is that we are on the same team. I want what is best for your child, just like you do. I want your child to succeed in Kindergarten, just like you do. I want your child to feel safe, comfortable and loved in my classroom, just like you do. We are a team working together with the same focus -- your child.
If you missed Parent Night, you can view the presentation we shared and discussed by clicking on the following link: Kindergarten Parent Night 2019 Presentation Please know this is only a very small glimpse of what was discussed last night. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is something you need from me. I you were unable to attend, I sent the handouts home in your child's folder today. Please complete the classroom directory slip and return it.
One thing we discussed last night was a very ambitious but attainable goal. I hope for all students to be able to identify all 26 capital and lowercase letters when we finish our “Letter Expert” study on September 5th. I want to pass along a few ideas if you find your child is struggling with identifying letters- flash cards, Starfall.com, write the letters with chalk on the sidewalk and have your child jump on them and say the letter name. Another tool I have found to be very helpful is The Leap Frog- Letter Factory DVD. I showed these to you last night. I have several copies of this DVD for our class that will begin coming home on a rotating basis. When your child brings this DVD home, please allow them to watch it multiple times during the time frame they will have the DVD. The DVD will come home inside a Ziploc bag with a direction note for when to return, please return the note and DVD in the bag. Thank you!
On the math activity sheet today, the students practiced writing numbers 1, 2 and 3. A lot of the students needed help to write 2 and 3 with correct formation. We will work on writing 4 and 5 this Thursday during our whole group lesson. Handwriting is an easy skill to practice one on one with your child at home. Thank you for your support!
August 9th, 2019
What an incredibly busy first three days we have had! We spent all of our time meeting new friends, learning rules and procedures, taking a tour of the school, and learning about our classroom. We read The Kissing Hand and then made a kissing hand for you! I hope you enjoy the sweet picture. The first couple of weeks are very important for learning our routines and getting a great start to make it a wonderful year!
Rest mats are coming home today. The students only had rest time two times this week. Please do not feel like you need to wash the mat this week. I sent them home primarily for the students to practice rolling up their mat. Many children need my help- with practice we can make this an independent task. Before sending the rest mat back to school on Monday, please practice until your child can roll it up correctly and independently.
I look forward to seeing each family represented at Kindergarten Parent Night on Monday, August 12th at 5:00. The meeting will be in our classroom. Please plan for at least one parent to attend, preferably the parent who will be working with your child on homework and doing most of the communication with me throughout the school year. We request that no children attend this meeting. It typically lasts two hours.
This year we're going to use a tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own digital portfolio, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class. There is a sheet with directions to sign up in your child's Daily Folder. Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Family app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's portfolio on the web. Throughout the year, you can save the picture/videos and send to grandparents if you'd like.