Monday, September 25th
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. Please remember that your child needs to complete this in pencil.
You will also see your child’s work from Literacy Stations coming home in folders. 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.
Today, we began our third week of our 95% phonics program. We are focusing on the letters Nn and Aa this week. Here is some more information about this phonics program.
We reached three goals with the school No Hassle fundraiser. YAY! We will celebrate this by having a pajama day, glow party, and a popsicle party! We will keep you informed of when the reward days will be! Thank you all so much for your support during this fundraiser!
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.
Please read this informational note about Rock Your School on Friday, September 29th. 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, September 28th. You will need to bring a ladder that can reach the ceiling tiles. Thank you for your willingness to help!
Friday, September 8th
Here is next week’s newsletter: September 11-15. 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.
We are doing our best to learn how to use our bodies with all of these new spaces and friends! This means that sometimes we need reminders about personal space and keeping our hands to ourselves. Kindergarten is all about learning how to communicate with our words and our bodies - with our families, teachers, and peers! Please encourage your child to use their words to express themselves, and remind them that if they need help, they should tell a grown-up right away!
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!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, September 5th
I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!
We will finish 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.
Please remember to send a snack daily with your child. I keep a few extra, however those are for students experiencing food insecurity. We eat a very early lunch at 10:20 so by snack time students are usually hungry again.
Please also remember to return your child’s library book to their backpack after reading it each night. Students must return their book to receive a new one, and everyone enjoys getting to go to the library for a new book!
Monday, August 21st
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 a library orientation lesson. We learned our way around the library. This week, we will return to the library and have a lesson on how to take care of library books. Your child’s first school library book will come home on Wednesday! Please read their book each night and return it the next day!
Important: I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you on Thursday at 5:30 in Columbia’s Media Center. Here you will hear from all of the kindergarten teachers for about an hour. Then, parents will be dismissed to go to their child’s classroom. 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.
Class Shirts: Remember to order our class shirt using this link: Class Shirts Our class is ordering the PURPLE 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.
Monday, August 14th
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.
One of the “specials" classes that your child receives each week is a STEM class. Each nine weeks our STEM teacher, Mrs. Vandiver provides us with a newsletter of the activities the students are working on. You can read this newsletter at the link: STEM Newsletter.
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 and “Scholastic News.” Please remember to finish your child’s All About Me Google slide if you have not already done so.
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.
Friday, August 4th
We've had a wonderful first day with the girls on Thursday 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 on Monday.
Our Kindergarten Parent Night is on Thursday, August 24th at 5:30. 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!
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.
Wednesday, August 2nd
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 I will even share a video. I sent you an email with the invitation to sign up. Go ahead and sign up for access to your child's digital portfolio. You'll be so glad you did!Here's a To Do list to help you prepare for your child's first day:- Please tell your child if they are buying lunch or if they have a lunchbox. You will want to do this each day because it is a question I will ask the students every morning when we do the lunch count.- Pack your child's snack separate from lunch. The snack can be in a zipper pocket of the backpack or in a "snack bag." They only need one food item. Examples of a small snack include: a small bag of pretzels, an individual bag of goldfish, an apple, granola bar, etc.- Send a water bottle. Double check the lid to make sure it is secure before putting it in your child's backpack. Write your child's name on the water bottle.- Send the red folder that you received at Open House.- Send any school supplies that you forgot to bring to Open House.- Have a gallon bag with a change of clothes (see the K101 slides for an example).
I look forward to seeing the girls tomorrow and the boys on Friday! If you are walking your child inside on their first day, please walk them to the gym. I'll meet you there at 7:25.