• Monday, November 28th

                                                    Angel Tree Donations - Please send $1.00 in an envelope labeled with "Angel Tree Donation" in your child's blue daily folder. We are collecting through Friday, December 2nd. (See email sent on November 18th.) Thank you!

                                                    Semester Assessments - We started taking our iReady math assessment today. We'll finish it tomorrow. After that, we will take our iReady Reading assessment. On Thursday, the students will take their DIBELS benchmark assessment. Please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night and eats a healthy breakfast each morning. Thank you for your support. 

                                                    Fry Sight Words - This note provides a list of the Fry sight words that are taught during 1st semester: Fry Sight Word Note Please review the words at home to help your child read them automatically. Thank you for your support.  

                                                    Reading Logs - Students need to have 25 books recorded on their 2nd Nine Weeks Reading Logs by December 14th. On Friday, I will check-in on progress. Please try to have 20 books read and recorded on the log. 

                                                    Holiday Party - Our Holiday Party is Thursday, December 15th from 8:30-10:00. Parents are invited to join us for the party, but siblings may not attend. You will receive an email with a sign-up genius soon. Thank you in advance for your willingness to provide items for the party.

                                                  Sunday, November 27th

                                                  I hope your family enjoyed the Thanksgiving break! Here is this week's newsletter: November 28th -December 2nd. Please take the time to click the link and read the newsletter so you know about everything happening at school this week. If your child completed the November challenge, please send a note in their Daily Folder tomorrow. The December challenge is especially important this week with all of the assessments happening, so be sure to check it out. 

                                                  Our Kindergarten grade level team has chosen to sponsor an angel off the angel tree. If you and your child are interested in helping provide Christmas for our angel, you may send in $1.00 in an envelope in the blue Daily Folder.  The Kindergarten teachers will be purchasing the items and will take care of everything. If you'd like to participate, please send the dollar by Friday, December 2nd. 

                                                Tuesday, November 15th 

                                                Yesterday 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 yesterday using M &M’s!  The children sorted them by color, then they counted how many of each color they had. Finally, they sorted the color groups by amount. Today the students worked in groups to sort various objects. 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. 

                                                Progress Reports will be coming home in the Report of Learning Folders on Friday, November 18th.  Please read over it, sign it in the box labeled 2nd Nine Weeks, and return it to school after Thanksgiving break. 

                                                Friday is Community Hero Day! Students may dress up like their favorite community hero and bring in $1. Please remember that dress up days must follow the dress code.

                                                As the cold winter weather arrives, please dress your child to go outside for recess. We will go outside as long as the “feels like” temperature is 32 or greater. Please put your child’s name in their coat. Winter boots are not allowed at school. Students need to wear socks and velcro or slip on tennis shoes. 

                                              Thursday, November 10th 

                                              Here is next week’s newsletter: November 14-18. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week to stay informed. 

                                              The PTA sponsored a Trail Mix bar for teachers in honor of Thank a Teacher Month. If you contributed to this, I want you to know that your thoughtfulness was appreciated!

                                              All of the students were happy to hear that we are going to use the M&Ms on Monday for our sorting lesson. Thank you for sending so many to school. If there are any extra packs after we finish the lesson, I plan to put them inside the prize box that we use for our weekly drawings.

                                              Our class really enjoyed learning about veterans and going to the Veterans parade yesterday. They also illustrated a Veterans song and poem for their Poetry Notebook. I don't always remember to send it home each week. I hope you enjoy reading them with your child when it comes home.

                                              Helpful weekend to do list:

                                              1. Wash your child’s rest mat and return on Monday morning.

                                              2. Have your child practice zipping their coat until they can do it independently 3 times in a row.

                                              3. Finish Practice Sheet #7 and return it to school on Monday morning inside your child’s Blue Daily Folder.  

                                              4. Enjoy the long weekend!

                                            Tuesday, November 8th

                                            Please watch this quick, less than 2 minute, video Mrs. Hester made about two new boxes on Practice #7. Click here to watch video. Thank you for your support!

                                            Our school’s Veterans Parade is scheduled for tomorrow morning from 9:00-9:30. 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 tomorrow morning. Send me an email if you or a family member is driving in the parade so we know to look for you. 

                                            The Game Night form is due tomorrow. 

                                            Tomorrow night we are having a school spirit lunch at Slim Chickens from 4pm-9pm. Make sure you tell them you are with Columbia! Show this flyer when at the register.

                                            Request: When looking through your child's Halloween candy, please send 1- 2 packages of the Fun Size plain M&Ms in your child's folder for us to use later in November for a math lesson. Thank you!! 

                                            Thursday, November 3rd

                                            Here is next week's newsletter:  November 7-11 

                                            Our 3rd  annual Drive Thru Veterans 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 Friday, 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 #6 to school on Monday. Thank you!

                                          Monday, October 31st 

                                          Please remember to send the Practice Sheet to school each Monday. Practice #6 is in your child’s daily folder today. If you did not return Practice Sheet #5, please send it tomorrow. Thank you! 

                                          Columbia Elementary School will be hosting the following events on November 9th in order to honor Veterans Day!

                                          • The eS2S Astro Ambassadors will be handing out thank you cards to families with Veterans during the morning car line! Cars will put their flashers on to signal that they have a Veteran in their family.

                                          • There will be a drive thru parade at CES for our students to honor Veterans from 9:00a.m.-9:30a.m. in the back car line area.

                                          • Students are encouraged to invite a Veteran friend or family member to eat lunch with them on the CES stage on November 9th. Veterans can purchase a lunch at the school for $4.75 or bring their own lunch!

                                          Please see these fliers for more information.

                                          Flu and Illness Reminders: 

                                          1. If your child has a fever he/she must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) before returning to school. 

                                          2. Students must also be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. 

                                          3. Do not be tempted to send your child back to school too soon, children with the flu or other illnesses need time for their body to recover.

                                          Request: When looking through your child's Halloween candy, please send 1- 2 packages of the Fun Size plain M&Ms in your child's folder for us to use later in November for a math lesson. Thank you!! 


                                        Friday, October 28th

                                        Here is next week’s newsletter: October 31-November 4 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 on Thursday night! The costumes of the students I saw looked great and I know everyone 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. Just so you know, the library was closed for checkouts all week because of the Book Fair. We'll go again starting on Monday.

                                        If you haven't filled out the Google Form for fall conferences, please do so as soon as possible. The link was on my post on October 14th. Here it is again:  Google Form I will soon begin conferences with those who've already requested one. If you select that you do not want a conference, you will still receive a conference form. If you have already filled out the Google form, you do not need to fill it out again. 

                                        Please note that we try to go outside for recess daily.  If temperatures are above 32 degrees, we will go outside.  Now that temperatures are getting colder, please send your child a coat or jacket daily.  I also know it is a temptation to send your child in boots when the weather is colder. Please remember to participate safely in P.E. and to play in the playground, students need to wear tennis shoes only.  

                                        Students dressing up on Monday, October 31st will be acceptable, as long as the costume follows our current dress code to include the following conditions:
                                        • No masks that cover the face.
                                        • No scary or gory costumes.
                                        • No props that look like weapons.
                                        • Appropriate shoes should be worn.
                                        • No inflatable-type costumes that could prevent the student from sitting appropriately in a desk.
                                        • No onesie costumes in Kindergarten.

                                        Have a great weekend!

                                      Monday, October 24th

                                      I have collected Practice Sheet #4 today and have sent home Practice Sheet #5.  If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet today, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder. For those that forgot their practice sheet, I will be listening to them read the words from the Word List tomorrow. 

                                      Red Ribbon Week is this week: Please refer to the October 20th post, on our class Remind App, or our schools’ social media platforms for the dress up days. 

                                      The Book Fair will be open all this week. It will be open from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 28th 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 Thursday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Wednesday from 9:45-10:15.  If you plan for your child to participate in the Trail of Treats please remember to send in a bag of unopened candy with your child. 

                                      Friendly reminders:

                                      1. Please empty your child’s Daily Folder every day.

                                      2. Please send your child to school with a snack and a bottle of water. 

                                      3. Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack that is appropriate for the season.

                                      I will be out of the classroom tomorrow and Wednesday for trainings. I can't wait to be back in the classroom on Thursday. 

                                    Thursday, October 20th

                                    Here is next week’s newsletter: October 24 - 28Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

                                    The Trail of Treats is Thursday, October 27th 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 24th. It will be open from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 28th 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 Thursday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Wednesday from 9:45-10:15.  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. 

                                    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.

                                    October 24th-28th is also our Red Ribbon Week.  The following are dress up days for this week:  

                                    Monday- wear red to show “we are RED-y for Red Ribbon Week” 

                                    Tuesday- wear your favorite sports jersey or team gear to “team up against drugs” 

                                    Wednesday-  wear workout clothes to “work out your choices Wednesday”

                                    Thursday- wear mismatched clothing to “change poor choices to good choices” 

                                    Friday- wear pajamas to “follow your dreams.”

                                    Starting tomorrow, students will have the option to purchase ice cream only on Fridays. The cost of ice cream is $0.75. If you would like your child to purchase ice cream, please ensure there is money in their lunch account. You can send cash or check inside your child's folder in an envelope or bag labeled lunch money.

                                    Tomorrow is Rock Your School Day. Don’t forget to have your child dress up like a rockstar. We ask that your child’s outfit is school appropriate and they have on tennis shoes. 

                                    As you know the weather has become drastically cooler. Over the weekend please practice doing the following:

                                    Have your child practice taking on and off their winter coat

                                    Practice zipping and buttoning their coat

                                    Practice taking off coat without the sleeves being inside out

                                    Write your child’s name on the inside of their coat

                                    Tuesday, 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, fishing, 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 as soon as possible.

                                    Next Thursday night will be our Trail of Treats at 6:00.  If your family is attending, please send in an unopened bag of candy. 

                                    Starting on Friday, students will have the option to purchase ice cream only on Fridays. The cost of ice cream is $0.75. If you would like your child to purchase ice cream, please ensure there is money in their lunch account. You can send cash or check inside your child's folder in an envelope or bag labeled lunch money.

                                    We still need families to help blow up microphones for Rock Your School day on Friday. If you would like to help blow up microphones, please email me and I will send home a pack for you to return before Friday. 

                                    Friday, October 14th 

                                    Here is next week’s newsletter: October 24-28.  Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

                                    Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 1st Nine weeks Report Card. As discussed at Parent Night, our grading scale is 4, 3, 2, 1. Your child will not receive a 4 until the standard has been taught to the full depth of the Kindergarten expectations AND 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. After reading the Report Card, please do two things. First, sign the report card in the address box on the front page. Second, I would like one parent from each family to complete this Google Form

                                    If you are available to help decorate the hallway and prepare items for the Rock Your School event, please use this link to sign up. We need volunteers that can come without children at 4:00 on Thursday, October 20th. Thank you for your willingness to help!

                                    This important note is coming home in folders today: Field Trip Notes I’m posting the note on the website just in case you misplace it before Tuesday morning. 

                                    The AEA Be A Champion and Read contest will begin on Monday when the form comes home in your child's daily folder. Students will read six reading-level appropriate books to qualify. All reading logs should be submitted by Friday, October 28th. No late entries will be accepted. Every student who completes the special Be A Champion and Read reading log will receive an Alabama or Auburn bookmark. The grand prize - two students will be selected statewide - one Alabama fan and one Auburn fan - to receive free tickets to the Iron Bowl. Each prize includes game tickets, sideline passes, and pre-game activities for the winner and two accompanying guests. 

                                    We had a wonderful teacher appreciation lunch today provided by PTA.  Thank you so much to those that contributed to the luncheon or provided Duty Free Lunch. We all enjoyed this delicious meal in the quiet library!

                                    Enjoy the Fall Festival tomorrow!

                                  Monday, October 10th 

                                  If an adult from your family is meeting our class at Gullion Farms on October 18th, please email me with the number of adults and the names of the adults. (Siblings are not allowed to join us on field trips.) Please remember to email me after reading today’s post. Thank you!  

                                  Our class shirts were delivered to school today. I will keep your child’s shirt at school to put on the morning of the field trip. All other shirts ordered for other family members will be sent home in your child’s backpack once I get them sorted. Give me a few days to get this task done.

                                  Please read this informational note about Rock Your School on October 21st. Here is a list of items that I would like to request to help decorate our classroom for this special day: Amazon Wishlist

                                  Friendly reminder: Wednesday is a half day of school. We will dismiss at 11:30. 

                                  Coming home today in Daily Folders: 2nd Nine Weeks Reading Log and Practice #3

                                Sunday, October 9th 

                                I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Fall Break! I'm excited about beginning the 2nd Nine Weeks tomorrow. 

                                Please read this week's newsletter: October 10-14

                                This Wednesday is a half-day of school. Elementary students are dismissed at 11:30. *Please note this is a different time from normal half days. If you haven't filled out the Half Day Google Form yet, please do so. Here is the link: Half Day Google Form 

                                Rock Your School Day!

                                Amazon Wishlist 

                              Friday, September 30th

                              Reading Logs were due today! I am so excited to give out 5 good time tickets to everyone who has completed their reading logs. A new reading log will go home on the Monday after Fall Break.  

                              Over Fall Break- Please wash and return your child’s rest mat on Monday, October 10th. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and weather! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Fall Break! 

                            Monday, September 26th 

                            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. 

                            You will also see your child’s work from last week’s Literacy Stations coming home in folders tomorrow. 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. 

                            Reading Logs - I am super excited to see so many families have reached or exceeded the goal of reading 20 books during the 1st Nine Weeks.  These reading logs are due Friday. It makes my heart happy to see all of the reading that is happening! 

                            We reached one of our goals with the school No Hassle fundraiser. We will celebrate this by having pajama day on Friday. Pajamas must be school appropriate. Your child should be able to use the bathroom independently in the pajamas, so no onesie pajamas. We will wear tennis shoes with our pajamas. No slippers! 

                            We started our unit on Community Helpers today. It is not too late to submit your picture and sentence to share with the class. Please see last week’s post for more details. 

                            Thank you to everyone who has turned in the permission slips and money for our farm field trip in October. The forms and money are due September 29th. I am still missing money and forms from several families. 

                          Thursday, September 22nd 

                          Here is next week’s newsletter: September 26-30 

                          Important field trip information and paperwork came home in your child’s daily folder on Tuesday. Please complete both forms. Both forms and payment are due no later than September 29th. 

                          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. 

                          Just a reminder about our Community Helper Project I posted about on September 15th. 

                          Community Helper Project:

                          We will be studying Community Helpers the last week of September. I need every parent to email me with two things: 

                          A picture of you at work. Whatever your job, whether you are an engineer, accountant, fireman, sales clerk, stay at home mom, or a doctor, I’d like you to send me a picture.   

                          A sentence about how your job helps others. Please explain it in a way that 5 and 6-year-olds can understand. 

                          Please email me these two things by September 23rd, if you have not already. My email address is rcduvall@madisoncity.k12.al.us I will share your picture and read your sentence to the class during Community Helper Week. Your child will be so proud to have your picture shared with the class. Thank you for participating!

                          • Monday, September 19th

                          • 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: Practice Sheet Picture 

                          • 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 crayon 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!

                          Please remember to email me a picture of you at work as well as a sentence about how your job helps others for our Community Helper Project. 

                          Don't forget to send in an apple by Thursday.

                          Picture day is tomorrow! 


                          Thursday, September 15th

                          Here is next week’s newsletter: September 19-23 

                          Community Helper Project - We will be studying Community Helpers the last week of September. I need every parent to email me with two things: 

                          1. A picture of you at work. Whatever your job, whether you are an engineer, accountant, fireman, sales clerk, stay at home mom, or a doctor, I’d like you to send me a picture.   

                          2. A sentence about how your job helps others. Please explain it in a way that 5 and 6-year-olds can understand. 

                          Please email me these two things by September 23rd. My email address is rcduvall@madisoncity.k12.al.us I will share your picture and read your sentence to the class during Community Helper Week. Your child will be so proud to have your picture shared with the class. Thank you for participating!

                          Reading Logs - I am super excited to see so many families have reached the goal of reading 20 books during the 1st Nine Weeks.  It makes my heart happy to see all of the reading that is happening! If you’re a little behind, do not fret. We still have plenty of time for your family to complete the reading log. They are due September 30th.

                          No Hassle Fundraiser -  The No Hassle Fundraiser is happening now through September 23rd. An information page was sent home last Friday. Please consider giving a donation to our school. Send it in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and No Hassle Fundraiser. Or, you can give online by clicking this link: Member Hub.

                          Checking Out from School: If you know you'll be checking your child out from school, please email me that morning so we can be prepared. Please avoid checking out during lunch, recess, specials, and P.E.  (Refer to the schedule that you received at Parent Night.)

                          It is not too late to watch the videos that were posted on Monday. Watch to the end of both videos and you'll know what to do. Thank you for keeping yourself informed. 

                          Enjoy your weekend! 

                        Monday, September 12th 

                        Mrs. Hester, another kindergarten teacher, created 2 quick videos that I would like you to watch today:

                        The First Nine Weeks Progress Report will be in your child’s backpack on Wednesday. Please watch this video to know what to expect and what I need you to do. It should answer any questions you have about the Report of Learning Folder: Progress Report Video

                        She also made this video about the activities we’ve been doing in class to help with letter identification. Please watch this video to the end. It is less than 5 minutes. Letter Identification Video Thank you!! 

                        Tomorrow is the Astro Dad's Pizza Night at 6:00 pm. I hope the kids have a fun evening with their Dads! 

                        I will not be at school on Wednesday due to a training off of campus. 

                        Thursday, September 8th

                        Here is next week’s newsletter:  September 12-16. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter each week. I appreciate you doing your part to keep yourself informed about classroom learning.

                        As you know the last several weeks we have been going over the letters of the alphabet with our letter experts. During this time we talk about what the letter looks like, the sound it makes, how to write it on the lines with correct letter formation, and how to recognize its sound at the beginning of words. If your child still does not know all of their letters automatically, a great way you can help them is by using flashcards with the letters not in alphabetical order.  Another great tool to use with your child is the website Starfall.  Here is the link to the website with the letter blocks that helps your child with the sound the letters make. 

                        As you will read in our newsletter, another way that you can help your child is by learning to open items that are sent in the lunchbox independently.  We have a very short time in the lunchroom, our schedule for lunch is from 10:20-10:50. While this may seem to be enough time by the time we go through the lunch line, get settled at the table, then open containers, about 10 minutes has passed. Then we lose another 5 minutes for cleaning up. If your child still struggles with opening the container then consider changing what you send the lunch item in or open the container enough that your child can finish the process successfully. I appreciate your help with this! 

                      Tuesday, September 6th

                      I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! 

                      Today our school district nurse came to our class and did a handwashing lesson. The students learned the importance of washing their hands and about how germs make us sick.  The nurse also showed students the best way to cover a cough or sneeze using their elbows. A letter will be coming home in their folder that explains what was taught as well as when to stay home if you are sick. 

                      We will continue learning our letters with our Letter Experts this week along with continuing sorting words/pictures based on the beginning sound.  You have probably also noticed our math worksheets where students are learning to write the numerals correctly on the lines.  If you see where I have written the number correctly next to  your child’s please help them with this one on one at home.  

                      A local church provides snacks for students whose families need assistance. Please reach out to me if your family needs help providing snacks for your child and I will make sure they receive one at snack time. If this does not describe your family's situation, please remember to send a snack daily in your child's backpack. We eat a very early lunch at 10:20 so by snack time, students are usually hungry again.  

                      Click here for our classroom Amazon Wishlist!  Thank you to everyone who has ordered books and classroom materials for us to use! Sometimes packages don't come with a label as to who has purchased items. I greatly appreciate your support!!

                    Thursday, September 1st

                    Here is next week’s newsletter: September 6-9. 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 will be dismissed at 11:00.  Extended Day is closed. If you are picking up in the carline make sure your car line tag is displayed on your rearview mirror. 

                    Tomorrow we are having a school spirit lunch at Freddy’s from 11-1. Show this flyer when at the register.

                    Next Friday, September 9th we will observe Patriot Day by wearing our red, white, and blue. I am looking forward to seeing everyone participate! 

                    When your child comes to school each day, please make sure your child:

                    1. has a water bottle filled with water and ice

                    2. has the blue Daily Folder inside his/her backpack

                    3. has their library book

                    4. is wearing velcro or slip-on shoes

                    Thank you!!!

                    Weekend To Do List:

                    1. Practice your lunch number! This is used to check out new library books.

                    2. Remove papers from the daily folder. 

                    3. Let your child practice rolling up their rest mat.

                    4. Send rest mats back on Tuesday.

                    5. Enjoy the LONG weekend!

                  Monday, August 29th

                  Friday is a half day for students. I sent out a Google Form for transportation and lunch selection last week. Please have one parent fill out the form by tonight. Thank you, if you have already filled out the form!

                  Please return your library book daily after recording it on your child’s reading log. This week we are visiting the library as a class to create this new routine of returning our library book and checking out a new book. ALL students must know their lunch number. This is the number used to check out library books. Also, all students should have at least ten books recorded on their reading log. If you are below that number, there’s still time to catch up and reach the goal of 20 books by September 30th. If you have filled up your reading log, you can continue to record books on the back of the original reading log or on a separate sheet of paper. Remember, if your child has 20 books recorded on the reading log, they will receive FIVE Good Time Tickets on September 30th. If everyone in our class reaches the goal, we earn an extra recess. We can do this! 

                  Class shirt orders are due next Thursday, September 8th. We will wear these shirts several times this year. Please consider purchasing a class shirt. Here is the link: Class Shirts  

                  This week our writing focus is on writing our names. This includes making only the first letter uppercase. The rest of the letters should be lowercase. We are also working on writing our letters with correct formation and orientation to the line. That means tall letters are tall, small letters are small, and letters that fall should fall below the bottom line. All letters should touch the bottom line. Currently, our focus is on writing our first name, but you are welcome to start practicing writing your last name at home. 

                  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 the paper firmly 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.

                  Remember to send one snack and a water bottle daily. We prefer the water bottle that has a straw or mouthpiece. The water bottled with an open top create a lot of water spills in the classroom. Also, remember that it should only be filled with plain water. Thank you!

                  Please check and empty the BLUE Daily Folder everyday. Some folders are returned to school not emptied and papers are falling all over the floor.

                  Thank you for reading this post and for your support! :) 

                Thursday, August 25th

                We will have our first half day on September 2nd. School will dismiss at 11:00. Extended Day is closed. Please take a few minutes to complete the Half Day Google Form

                This week and next, our social studies unit is Myself and Others. We're learning about how we are alike and different. This week we talked about birthdays. Only 6 students were able to tell us their birthday. Some knew the month, but not the date. Others didn't know either part of it. I'm sharing this because knowing your birthday is something that is no longer on the Kindergarten Report Card, but it is still important for a child this age to know, along with their full name, phone number, and address. 

                Please continue to practice rolling up rest mats at home this weekend. Also, please let your child practice opening the items that are sent for lunch (lunchables, applesauce, juice box, cheese sticks, chip bags).  We are working to have your child do these things independently. Thank you! 

                When making water bottles for school, please fill them with plain water only - no added flavors, powder mixes, or other clear liquids. When they spill their water bottle, these things create sticky messes. Thank you for your help with this. 

                If you haven't already done so, please order our class shirt using this link: Class Shirts Our class is ordering the mint green shirt.

                Weekend to do list

                1. Enjoy reading your child’s poetry notebook.

                2. Wash your child’s rest mat and watch your child practice rolling it up 5 times.

                3. Empty your child’s blue daily folder and send it back to school on Monday. 

                4. Play the rhyming lotto game that is coming home in your child's folder tomorrow. 

                Thank you for reading the website posts and partnering with me to make this a wonderful school year! I hope you have a relaxing weekend with your family.

              Monday, August 22nd 

              Throughout the past few weeks we have focused on getting to know each other and learning our rules and procedures.  We go over our rules each day to help us continue to learn procedures and expectations.  We have made numerous posters that will serve as reminders for our expectations and goals.  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 your child by encouraging him/her to follow our classroom rules and by giving simple directions to follow independently at home.

              Last week, our kindergarten students had our library orientation lesson.  We learned our way around the library.  Soon, we will return to the library and have a lesson on how to take care of library books. Hopefully your child’s first school library book will come home soon! 

              I want to give a big THANKS to Mrs. Webb! She took all of the information provided by families on the classroom directory slips and created our awesome classroom directory. Use the directory to send birthday invitations or to schedule play dates. Thanks again, Mrs. Webb! 

              Class Shirts: Remember to order our class shirt using this link: Class Shirts Our class is ordering the Mint Green shirt.

              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. There was a menu change this week due to supply issues. On Tuesday, we’ll have Breaded Steak Sandwich. On Thursday, we’ll have Taco Salad.

            Friday, 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! I look forward to continued participation next week. 

            Remember you can order your child a class shirt at this link: Class shirts. The cost is $7.00 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!

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

            A glance at next week:

            Reading - identifying beginning sounds, Letter Experts for K, L, M, N, and O. We are continuing to learn about rhyming words.

            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. If you have not already done so, please send in $8 for the Scholastic News Order.

          Monday, August 15th, 2022

          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. If you have not already sent in your money, please send $8.00 in an envelope labeled with your child’s name, my name and “Scholastic News.” Please remember to send in your child’s All About Me Google Slide if you have not already done so. 

          We have had a week and a half of practicing our school and classroom rules. We have begun our good time ticket system. The children love earning these tickets! Also, remember if your child has had a behavior that interferes with classroom learning or is not keeping self to self, there will be a behavior calendar in his/her folder that will be marked with what behavior needs to be addressed. Please initial the box and leave it in your child’s folder. 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. 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. 


          Friday, August 12th 

          Our first full week of Kindergarten was great!

          We will have Color week for the next two weeks in Kindergarten!!  We want to encourage your child to wear the specified color. Click on the link to read the note with all of the details: Kindergarten Color Weeks Thank you for participating!

          It is time to order our Kindergarten Class Shirt!! Our class will have mint green shirts. The cost is $7.00. We will wear the shirts on field trips, field day, end of the year party day, and other days throughout the school year. Please consider purchasing a class shirt. Here is the link:  Class Shirt Orders  Let me know if you have any questions.

          Rest mats are coming home today. After washing the rest mat, let your child practice rolling it up independently. Please return the rest mat on Monday.

          Poetry notebooks are in backpacks today. 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.

          If your child is to eat breakfast at school, please remind them it is their responsibility to go to the cafeteria when they arrive to eat breakfast. 

          Thank you for attending Parent Night!! I appreciate you giving your time to get on the same page with me for this school year. If you missed it, I sent the handouts home in your child’s folder today and here are the slides from the presentation. This in no way encompasses everything I shared in the hour meeting, but it provides you with the main topics: Kindergarten Parent Night Here are two things I forgot to share last night...

          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 1:00 the day before your child is scheduled to present. 

          Fine Motor Skills - Please give your child opportunities to write/draw with pencil, color with crayons, and cut with kid scissors. These activities, along with playing with playdough, lacing beads, picking up small objects will help build the muscles in their fingers which leads to improved handwriting. 

          You are invited to Coffee with the Counselor. Click here for the details.

          Finally, if you haven’t done any of the following, please go ahead and do so: 

          1. Send $8.00 for the Scholastic News

          2. Write a note to me about your child (directions were sent home at Open House).

          3. Finish All About... slide of your child
          4. Connect to your child’s Seesaw account - see post from last week

          5. Put a complete change of clothes in your child’s backpack.

          Click here for our classroom Amazon Wishlist!

        Monday, August 8th 

        On Friday, I emailed each family a Google Slide for you and your child to use when making the All About slide. The directions were provided in the email sent on Friday. I have access to the slide, so you just need to email me once you are finished adding the pictures, captions, and Fun Favorites. Remember to practice with your child so they know what to say to the class. Thank you!

        The Kindergarten Reading Log is coming home in Daily Folders today. Be sure to read the note that was sent home with it. Please keep the Reading Log in the right pocket of your child’s Daily Folder so I can check in with progress throughout the nine weeks. Thank you!

        As you read in the letter about our Behavior Management Plan, we will be utilizing Good Time tickets. Your child can save their tickets for incentives or they can enter tickets into the weekly drawing for a chance at the prize box. I would love some help purchasing the items for the prize box. Please no food/candy items. Thank you for your generosity!

        If you haven’t paid the $8.00 for Scholastic News, you can send it in your child’s Daily Folder or bring the money to Parent Night. 

        I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you on Thursday at 5:00 in our classroom for Kindergarten Parent Night. The meeting will last approximately 2 hours. 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.

        Click here for our classroom Amazon Wishlist!

      Thursday, August 4th 

      We've had a wonderful first day with the boys on Wednesday and the girls 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 Thursday, August 11th 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. Thank you!

      Tomorrow I will send an email with the information you need to help your child make an All About Me slide. This will be due on August 15th. 

      Friendly Reminders ~

      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 should have a reusable water bottle containing water and one snack for our afternoon snack time. If you want your child to have a choice, please let them make that choice at home before packing it in the backpack. 

      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 every day.

      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.

    Monday, August 1st

    Thank you for coming to Kindergarten 101 and Open House! Here are the slides from the presentation for you to review: Kindergarten 101

    This school year, we will use Seesaw to share pictures from our days at school. Sometimes we will even share a video. Go ahead and sign up for access to your child's digital portfolio. You'll be so glad you did! Click here to access my Seesaw!