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
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!
Report Cards: 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.
I need a parent signature on your child's Report Card. There is not a signature line, so please sign on the front page in the box with your child's name.
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
Class shirt update: We received the class shirts this week. If you ordered a parent shirt, I am sending it home today 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.
Additional field trip information:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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. You will need to get your visitor badge between 7:45-8:00 from the front office. If you arrive before 7:45, you will need to wait outside. If there is a long line in the office, please wait for people to exit before entering. Remember, anyone entering the school building is required to wear a mask.
Practice Sheet: 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! :) Please remember to send Practice Sheet #4 in your child's folder on Monday.
Please see the flyer for Taco Mama Spirit Night Monday, October 18th: Taco Mama Spirit Night Columbia will receive 10% of your purchase subtotal!
Sunday, October 10th
I hope everyone had a wonderful Fall Break! I look forward to seeing your children on Monday morning!
Please click the link to read next week's newsletter: October 11-15 Thank you for reading all of the information thoroughly. There are several upcoming events that you'll want to add to your calendar. Also, you'll want to check out the new challenge for October.
October 12 is Totally Tuesday. Send $1.00 or more to the PTA and your child can participate in the Book Character Day. The class that raises the most money earns an extra recess!! Read the guidelines here: Book Character Day
Thursday, September 30th
Thank you for returning the field trip forms and payment. 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."
As you read in the note I sent home yesterday, please have your child bring a stuffed animal and wear pajamas tomorrow. We're looking forward to a fun day!
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 56.97 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 will becoming home tomorrow. If you forgot to send Practice #2, please send it in your child's folder tomorrow.
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. The cost will be $20.00, this covers student admissions to the farm, a pumpkin for each student, and transportation. 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.
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 coming home in folders today. 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.
Picture Proofs came home in Daily Folders today. 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.
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 7th
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!If you didn't have time to read last Thursday's post, please take time to do so now. Please review the list of items your child should have with him/her at school each day. Thank you!
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.
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 and has an extra inside his/her backpack
- has a water bottle filled with water and ice
- has the blue Daily Folder inside his/her backpack
- is wearing velcro or slip-on shoes
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!
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 tomorrow.
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. 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
Monday, August 23rd
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!
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:
1. Cozy up and enjoy reading your child’s poetry notebook
2. Wash your child’s rest mat
3. Have your child practice rolling up and securing their rest mat until they can do it independently 3 times in a row.
4. Have fun playing Rhyming Lotto with your child (sent home in folders today with directions)
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.
If you were unable to attend Parent Night in person, 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. I will be giving you a handwriting sheet to use when helping your child write letters with correct formation tomorrow.
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 you have not done so already, please take a moment to fill out the Student Information Form.
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!