Thursday, April 23rd
Just a reminder, tomorrow is a virtual day. There is a packet in your child's daily folder. The work needs to be turned in on Tuesday, April 27th. If your child does not turn in the work, they will be marked absent for Friday.
Here is next week's newsletter: April 26-30
Next week is Abilities Awareness Week. Here is the flyer describing the dress-up days: Abilities Awareness Week
I need your help, please talk to your child about listening and following the classroom rules. One rule that we ask they follow is to not interupt instruction. The number of times I am having to stop instruction to correct this behavior has really increased in the past few weeks. Thank you for reminding your child of your expectations for his/her behavior while he/she is at school. Also, I ask that you talk to your child about wearing masks correctly over their nose at school.
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 15th
Please read next week's newsletter: April 19-23
Please continue to do the Fry Sight word flashcards, addition flashcards, and subtraction flashcards every day. These are 3 of our Power Standards that need to be mastered before 1st grade. Reinforcement at home is critical for success.
Thursday, April 8th
Tomorrow is a virtual day. The students have their packet in the back pocket of their Daily Folder. There is a To Do List paper clipped to the top.
This is next week's newsletter: April 12-16 Thank you for taking the time to read it each week!
Mark your calendars: Our class will take their Spring DIBELS benchmark assessment on Monday, April 19th or on Thursday, April 22nd. 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, March 26th
Here is next week's newsletter: March 29-April 2 Please read all of the information in the newsletter. Thank you for doing your part to stay informed.
Report of Learning Folders are in backpacks today. 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 the line on the top right of the first page and return in the Report of Learning Folder by March 29th. Thank you!
Thursday, March 11thHere is the newsletter for when we return from Spring Break: March 22-26The week we return is also Abilities Awareness Week. Here is a flyer for the dress up days: Abilities Awareness WeekThe students have enjoyed dressing up for Space Week. Tomorrow is Pajama Day. Please follow the same guidelines as last week...two piece pajamas and tennis shoes.I hope each of you are able to have a Spring Break that is full of rest and fun!
Here is next week's newsletter: March 8-12
Next week is Space Week:
Monday, March 8th: Star Wars Day (Wear Star Wars T-Shirt)
Tuesday, March 9th: Space Rocks (Dress like a scientist)
Wednesday, March 10th: Aliens & Astronauts (Dress like an alien or astronaut)
Thursday, March 11th: We are all Stars Day (Wear school spirit shirt or stars shirt)Friday, March 12th: Goodnight Moon (Wear Pajamas)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. The flashcards we sent home in January 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. Thank you for your support!
Friday, February 26thHere is next week's newsletter: March 1-5.Read Across America will be March 1-5. There are dress up days for each day of the week: Read Across America FlyerMonday- Wear Your Favorite Sports Team Jersey!Tuesday- Wear a Nametag Day!Wednesday- Warm Fuzzy Day- Wear Your Kind Words!Thursday- Wear Your Favorite Outfit!Friday- Wear Your Pajamas (Reminder no one piece pajamas, students need to be able to easily take off for restroom breaks.)If your family contributed to the Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday. I just want to express my gratitude and say "Thank you!" I really enjoyed the special lunch from Bravo!Friendly reminders:* Tennis shoes must be worn daily.* Please be sure your child has a change of clothes and an extra mask in their backpacks.
Thursday, February 11th
Here is next week's newsletter: February 15-19
We had an exciting Valentine's Day at school. They enjoyed the Valentine Exchange. Thank you for my Valentine's Day cards and treats!
Thank you to those who attended Parent Night. I hope you found the information helpful for your family. Here are the slides from tonight: Parent Night
Enjoy the long weekend. Please remember to send Practice Folders when we return on Tuesday.
Friday, February 5th
Here is this week's next newsletter: February 8-11
Here is the invitation for Parent Night: Parent Night Invitation
Keep working on the cards for the Valentine Exchange. These need to be sent to school on February 8th. If you haven't started today would be a great day to work on them!
Practice Folders: The goal for these folders is that your child is reading the Word List, consonant-vowel-consonant words, and passages at least 3 days each week. (Reading the passages or other beginner reader books would be ideal!) The time your child spends reading will only help him/her to become a better reader.
Reach out to me if you have a question. I'm here to help.
Monday, February 1st
We will now be having a virtual day on both February 5th and 12th. We will send home the work for Friday the day before. It will be in the back pocket of the Daily folder. We will not have a Live lesson on either of these Fridays. The students will need to check Schoology and complete their work.
The virtual day on February 12th will move our Valentine Exchange to Thursday, February 11th. Remember all valentines must be at school by Monday, February 8th. Thank you to all the families that have already sent in valentines!
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 tens and ones, and reading books about the 100th Day of School!
Friday, January 29th
This is next week's newsletter: February 1-5
This is a recording sheet for February's Challenge: Recording Sheet
I look forward to seeing each family on our Parent Night WebEx. Here is the invitation: Parent Night Invitation
Please remember to send a note on Monday if your child completed the Janaury Challenge.
Monday, January 25th
In our phonics instruction this week, we are learning about the letter Kk. The reason this is such an important week of instruction is because of the phonics rule for when we hear /k/ at the end of a word. The students are learning that we spell final /k/ with -ck after a short vowel. When looking at your child's phonics worksheet, you will notice we wrote several words that had a final /k/ after a short vowel: kick, duck, sock, rock, neck, lick. This is a skill the students will 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."
Please continue to practice math fluency flash cards and Fry sight word flash cards at home. I will be assessing for the next Progress Report this week and next week. Thank you for your support.
It is Kindness Week at Columbia! Mr. Hill sent this flyer by email last week. Check out each day's challenge: Kindness Week Challenges
Fantastic Friday on January 29th is Game On. (Click on flyer.)
Friday, January 22nd
Here is next week's newsletter: January 25-29 Thank you for taking time to read the newsletter.
February 1st is the 100th Day of School! The students can dress up on the 100th Day of School as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc. Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. You can probably find most of these items around your house or in your dress-up box. I also thought I would share that they have 100th Day dress up items at Party City. It will be a fun day!
Keep working on the Valentine's Exchange Home Project. As your family works on writing valentine's, please have your child do the writing, not mom or dad. When your child has finished writing the names on the cards, please let your child practice reading the names. Your child will need to be able to read the name in order to drop the valentine in the correct bag. We sent this home early so the children have plenty of time to work on this project. If your child wrote 2 per day for 9 nine days, they'll have it done without hand cramps. :)
Friday, January 15th
Here is next week's newsletter: January 18-22 Please be sure to read about the iReady assessment.
I am so excited to have all of my students back in the classroom together next week. Looking forward to seeing everyone at school on Tuesday.
Please talk with your child about keeping their mask over their nose and mouth. The amount of reminders that have been given since we returned from Christmas break has increased quite a bit. Thank you for sending your child in a mask that fits his/her face. It would be helpful for you to review proper handwashing procedures at home. Also, please reiterate the need to cover coughs and sneezes with our elbows.
Friday, January 8th
Here is next week's newsletter: January 11-15 Thank you for taking time to read it.
Next week will follow the hybrid schedule again. Group A will come Monday and Tuesday. Everyone is virtual on Wednesday. Group B will come Thursday and Friday.
The 3rd Nine Weeks is a very crucial time of the school year. It is important to keep in mind that the days at home are also instructional days, so we can't let an instructional day go by without our students reading, writing, and doing math. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have a question about what your child should be doing on their virtual days.
The students will be taking their DIBELS benchmark test next week. Group A will take their DIBELS tests on Tuesday and Group B will take their DIBELS tests on Thursday. Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast. Thank you!
Monday, January 4th
Here is the newsletter for January 5-8. Please take a few minutes to read the information and take note of this month's challenge.
If your child completed the December challenge, please write a note and send it in your child's folder when they return this week.
According to our School Wide Behavior Plan, Kindergarten students drop to 8 tickets during 2nd semester. Once we return to our normal schedule, it can be challenging for some to keep all 8 tickets. This is especially true because expectations increase during 2nd semester and warnings decrease. We ask that you encourage your child to listen and follow directions to meet classroom expectations.
Friday, December 11th
Thank you for helping your child access Schoology on their virtual days. With only being at school two days, it is so important that your child participates with the reading lesson on their virtual learning days. Thank you for supporting your child through their written work as well. Students in Group B received their packets for Monday-Wednesday. It is in their backpacks. I will see Group A at school on Monday.
Here is next week's newsletter: December 14-18
Here is a flyer explaining the dress up days for next week: CES Holiday Spirit Week
If you ordered school pictures, they were sent home today for students in Group B. I will send home pictures for Group A students on Monday.
Thursday, December 3rd
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Break! Here is the newsletter for December 7-11. Please take a minute to read the newsletter. If you child completed the November challenge, please send in a note.
Tennis shoes are required daily - no boots.
We go out for recess unless the windchill is 32 degrees or less. Please send a coat to school daily.
Thursday, November 19th
Here is the newsletter for November 30-December 4th Please take a minute to read the newsletter. There is important information that you need to know about December assessments.
The red Report of Learning Folders need to be returned with all documents still inside. Thank you for taking the time to read it and practice the skills with your child.
Monday, November 9th
Please send your child's Practice Folder tomorrow.
Have your child wear red, white, and blue for Columbia's Veteran's Parade. The parade is from 9:00-10:00. Our class will be outside waving, cheering, and clapping from 9:40-10:00.
If you have a MCS Hotspot, please return it to school in your child's backpack. Please send a note telling me it is in your child's backpack.
Be sure to read this week's newsletter if you haven't had time to do so yet. Thank you!
Thursday, November 5th
Here is this month's Friday activity: November's Fantastic Fridays
Here is next week's newsletter: November 9-13
If you have a family member coming to the Veteran's Parade on Tuesday, I wanted to let you know that our class will be outside from 9:40-10:00.
As you read on this week's newsletter, we learned how to do the 3-step sort during math this week. I hope you've had your child explain the sort to you as they've brought their papers home this week. We did the 3-step sort with Skittles today. I had several extra packets sent to school that I had enough to send one home in your child's folder. Please watch them do the 3-step sort with the Skittles before they eat them. Thank you! Thank you so much for sending the Skittles and M&Ms! We'll do the same thing tomorrow with the M&Ms.
I started assessing for Progress Reports on October 29th and will continue through November 13th. There are many skills to be assessed during the 2nd Nine Weeks. The Progress Reports will come home on Monday, November 16th.
Thursday, October 29th
Here is next week's newsletter: November 2-6
Tomorrow is a half day. School dismisses at 11:00. I suggest arriving a little early for car line.
Also, your child is allowed to dress in a costume for Red Ribbon Week. Please remember to follow these guidelines: no costume masks, no one piece costumes (they'll just be all over the bathroom floor or in the toilet), must wear socks and tennis shoes.
If you did not pre-order a sack lunch for tomorrow, make sure to send either a snack OR a lunch box.
In your child's folder today, you will see this paper from small group instruction: Click Here This lesson took two days to complete. Your child read the short i words in the boxes at the top. Then, I said short i words and we tapped out the sounds so they could write them on their paper. Next, we read the sentences. Finally, I said a sentence and they wrote it with teacher support. Please take the time to listen to your child read these words and sentences to you. Praise them for all of their hard work!
If you have a veteran in your family that you would like to add to Columbia's Wall of Honor, please fill out this form, add a picture, and send it in your child's folder. Veteran's Wall of Honor
Monday, October 26th
Our virtual Book Fair is happening through November 5th. Here is the link:
If your family forgot to send a ball in your child's backpack today, you can send it tomorrow. Please read the Important Information box on the Newsletter for details.
Friday's Half Day
I know the newsletter said to email me by Wednesday if you need to order a sack lunch for the half day. However, our cafeteria manager emailed today saying she needs our classroom counts ASAP. So, please go ahead and email me by tomorrow morning, if your child needs a sack lunch for Friday's half day.
On half days, the children can do one of three things. They can:
1) eat a sack lunch from the cafeteria
2) bring a lunch box from home
3) bring a snack from home
**If you are sending food from home on Friday, it needs to be either a lunch OR a snack. Please do not send both because it is confusing for your child. Thank you for your help!
Heads up: The library cart will not come to Kindergarten on the half day.
Impact Aid FormsIMPACT Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. Madison City Schools receives approximately $250,000 a year for our IMPACT Aid qualified students. To date, Madison City Schools have received over $3 million through IMPACT Aid! Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27th , your student will bring home an IMPACT Aid survey. Please complete and return WEDNESDAY, October 28th. Every year since Columbia has opened, we have gotten a 100% return rate and I see no reason we will not again this year! For each school-aged child in the household, a survey should be completed, signed, dated, and returned to Columbia. We appreciate your diligence in getting these surveys completed and returned ASAP. We are mandated by the state to have a survey for each child in Madison City Schools and we could not achieve this without you!
Thursday, October 22nd
Here is next week's newsletter: October 26-30 Be sure to read the upcoming events box. Thank you!
We will have a virtual Book Fair beginning tomorrow through November 5th. Click here for more information: Book Fair
Heads up: We'll start learning about the 3-step sort beginning November 2nd. If your child receives the fun size plain M&Ms and Skittles while Trick-or-Treating, please send a pack or two to school for this lesson. Thank you!
Thursday, October 15th
Report Cards and DIBELS reports were sent home yesterday. The DIBELS report is for you to keep. Please sign the top page of the Report Card, place it in the Report of Learning Folder, and return the Folder with all of the report card documents tomorrow. I would like to explain Standards Based Report Cards. All of the standards on the Kindergarten report card are standards that need to be met by the end of the school year. As described in the blue note in the Report of Learning Folder, it is typical for students to receive mostly 2 or 3. The goal is to master the standards by the end of the school year. The district provides teachers with guidelines for the breakdown of 4/3/2/1 on Report Cards. Click here to read a few examples: Examples of Standard Breakdowns
Please take time to read the newsletter - especially the important information box. This is the newsletter for next week: October 19-23
Tomorrow is Fan Friday. Wear a team shirt or colors.
Tuesday, October 13th
Practice Folders came home today! Please read the detailed letter inside the folder and watch the videos that I sent to you via email explaining everything that is inside the folder. The students will be very excited about these, especially if you share in their excitement and joy for learning!
Picture day is tomorrow! Our class will be taking pictures at 8:00 tomorrow morning. These are pictures that will be used in the school yearbook.
Please remember to send your child's daily folder each day. Also, please take the items out of the folder each day.
Friday, October 9th
This is the Newsletter for next week: October 12-16 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter.
Our Spanish and Music teachers will begin coming to our classroom this week! The students are excited to meet Senora Ingram and Mrs. Loftin in person! Mr. Hill made adjustments to Columbia's master schedule and our Spanish class was moved from Fridays to Tuesdays. I have updated our Daily Schedule document on the Kindergarten Information Page to reflect this change.
Your child needs to be able to zip, snap, or button the jacket he/she brings to school. One on one practice at home will ensure your child can do this independently. Please click here to see an example. Thank you for practicing this with your child at home!
Columbia will be having Fantastic Fridays in October. Click here to see the special activities each Friday.
Wednesday, September 30th
Columbia will be having Fantastic Fridays in October. Click here to see the special activities each Friday. This Friday is Pajama Day. Rules for pajamas at school: 1) Must be two piece pajamas, no one piece pajamas. 2) Your child must be able to use the restroom independently. 3) Your child has to wear socks and tennis shoes with their pajamas.
Please have your child practice zipping or buttoning jackets daily. The children zip their jackets to their chairs twice a day, when they arrive and when we come back inside from recess. They also zip their jacket on their body when we go outside to recess and when we leave to go home in the afternoons. Please teach your child how to zip a jacket and allow practice time until your child is comfortable doing it. It would also be helpful to show your child how to take off a jacket without pulling the sleeves through. One on one practice at home will ensure your child can do this independently. Please click here to see an example. Thank you!
Thursday, September 24th
This is the newsletter for next week: September 28-October 2 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. Thank you!
Daily Schedule: I added our Daily Schedule to our website. You can find it by viewing the Kindergarten Information page.
Library Books: The library book cart is coming to the Kindergarten hallway on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. When you are finished reading your child's library book, please send it in their backpack on Monday, Wednesday, and/or Friday, and they'll be able to select a new book.
Please reply to my Community Helper email by tomorrow afternoon. Thank you! If you deleted the email, this is what your child needs you to do: Email me a picture of you at work, and write a sentence describing how your job helps others. Your child will be so proud to share about you next week.
Please check and empty your child's Daily Folder each afternoon or evening. Thank you!
Message from our CES PTA:A creativity opportunity for all CES students to showcase their talents in the PTA Reflections Program. Please review this flyer about the various categories and entry rules for students to START their project.HELPFUL DETAILS TO GET STARTED:
- All submissions will be digital: instructions for uploading will be coming soon
- CES deadline submission: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
reflections (*at this time, disregard Jan. 10, 2021 due date, it is for the STATE level)
- Any questions, please contact us at ProgramsColumbiaPTA@gmail.com
Thursday, September 17th
Progress Reports - Our First Nine Week Progress Report is in backpacks today. All kindergarten students have a red Report of Learning Folder. The left side of the folder contains the Kindergarten Parent Guide (to be kept in folder) and the right side contains the progress report and a note. As we go throughout the school year, the collection on the right side will grow as I add each progress report and report card. Please sign the document on the last page, place it back in the Report of Learning folder, and send it back to school with your child on Friday or Monday. I would like to encourage you to take pictures of your child's Progress Report to have for your records and utilize when working on skills at home.
This is the Newsletter for next week: September 21-25 Thank you for reading the newsletter each week.
Tuesday, September 15th
Typically, we have a two hour Curriculum Night in August when I meet with parents and share all sorts of important Kindergarten information. Teachers were not able to host curriculum nights this year, so as things come up that I would have shared with you, I'll share them on our website instead. Today I'd like to share about Exit Slips.
Exit Slips - Typically, at the end of each math lesson, I give the students a post-it note for them to stick on their math paper. Then, I ask them to do something that should be fairly simple for them to do if they understood what was taught during the lesson. An exit slip is a quick assessment, that lets me know who needs additional instruction on the day's lesson and who understood what was taught. Sometimes, you will notice that your child has multiple post-it notes on their math paper. This means that I gave them the directions again and asked them to give it another try. I hope this gives you some helpful insight into what you will see on your child's math paper.
Please complete the forms that were shared in yesterday's post and in Mr. Hill's email from Sunday. Library book check-out will begin in the coming weeks, if you've completed the appropriate forms for your child. Thank you!
Masks- Please let your child practice putting their masks on, independently, at home. Students are struggling to put them on independently after water breaks, lunch, snack, and recess. Please also remind your child of the correct way to wear the mask- covering their mouth and their nose.
Boosterthon Update - Thanks for making pledges for our school. Our class has currently raised $23.11 per lap! Way to go!
Monday, September 14th
We had a great first day with everyone!
Please take time to complete all 3 of the forms that Mr. Hill emailed on Sunday. Here are the links to the forms:
Boosterthon Announcement: Any student who gets a pledge TONIGHT or has already received a pledge, may wear pajamas to school tomorrow. Rules for pajama at school:
1) Must be two piece pajamas, no one piece pajamas.
2) Your child must be able to use the restroom independently
3) Your child has to wear socks and tennis shoes with their pajamas.
If you didn't have time to read this week's newsletter, please take time to do so today. Thank you!
Sunday, September 13
Here is this week's newsletter: September 14-18. Thank you for taking time to read it. I also want to encourage you to continue letting your child practice opening their lunch/snack items at home. I'm having to help several open many of their food items. If they can open items independently, it will help us keep our 6 feet of distance that we are told to follow.
This is our last week for Boosterthon. Thank you for supporting our school! If your family hasn't made a donation yet, there is still time.
Friday, September 4th
Here is the newsletter for this week: September 8-11. Please take a moment to read the newsletter.
Each morning, I will turn in a lunch count to the cafeteria. I will order a lunch for any student that does not bring a lunch box. When ordering lunches for my students, I will order the hot meal unless you write a note requesting soy butter for your child.
If you would like to refer back to the information shared during the K101 video without watching it again, you can click here to read the slides from the K101 presentation: K101 Slides
Children with last names beginning A-K will come on Tuesday and Thursday. Children with last names beginning L-Z will come on Wednesday and Friday. On the days that your child is at home, they will complete the work provided in the packet. You do not need to take a picture of this work to submit on Schoology.
I look forward to seeing all of my students next week!! Each Kindergarten student is allowed to be walked into school by one parent. You will enter the door to the Kindergarten hallway. (When looking at the school it is on the left.) Parents may only stay for 5 minutes. Thank you!
Welcome to Columbia!
I'm so excited to welcome your child to my classroom! I'll see you at Packet Pickup and School Supply Drop Off on Thursday. Come between 7:30-8:00 am or 3:30-4:00 pm. Please follow the directions on this note: Dropping Off School Supplies
I need each family to watch this very important video to learn about coming to Kindergarten: Kindergarten 101 (The video is approximately 31 minutes.)
Please complete this Google Form about your child's afternoon transportation: Afternoon Transportation Google Form