• Monday, February 26th

      This week in 95% Phonics we are reviewing previously taught consonants and short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: Week 19 of 95% Phonics

      Read Across America is this week! Our Spring Book Fair is also this week in our media center. Our class goes on Thursday at 12:15. If you would like to send money in for your child to purchase a book, please send the money in a labeled envelope or bag with your child’s name, my name and the amount. You may also shop at the book fair on Thursday night during our Lights, Camera, Read family night from 5-7. We hope you can attend Family Reading Night. There will be guest readers and special family activities.

      Here are the dress-up days for the rest of the week:

      Tuesday - Read My Shirt Day - Wear a shirt with a positive message.

      Wednesday - Red Carpet Readers - Wear red and take a picture of you reading at home.

      Thursday - Leap into Reading - Wear athletic clothing

      Friday - Bedtime Stories - Wear your pajamas to school

      We have our Vision Screening tomorrow morning. If you haven't already, please complete the form and return in your child's folder tomorrow. I sent home an extra copy of the form with those who haven't turned it in yet.

      Assessment Reminders: The third nine week assessments have started. Please use these flashcards to help your child practice at home. All the following are links to click:

      Sight Word Flashcards  Addition Flashcards  Subtraction Flashcards    Subtraction Video

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #17, the Reading Practice sheet, sight word flashcards, and math fact flashcards.

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    • Friday, February 23

      Here is next week’s newsletter: February 26-March 1. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

      Next week, Columbia will be celebrating Read Across America with Lights, Camera, Read!

      Click here for information about the family night events, and the fun dress-up days we will have.

      Next Friday, March 1st, our PTA is holding the Out of this World Dance. Click here to purchase family tickets.

      We will begin assessments for the 3rd 9 Weeks Report Cards next week. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep each night, eats breakfast each morning, and arrives at school on time each day. This is important for your child’s success!

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    • Tuesday, February 20th

       

      I hope you enjoyed a restful long weekend!

      This week in 95% Phonics we are reviewing previously taught consonants at the beginning of words, and short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activitie

      The Book Fair will be open this coming Monday, February 26th. It will be open from 7:40-8:15 daily and will close on Friday, March 1st at 10:45 a.m.  In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Lights, Camera, READ!  event on Thursday night. The Book Fair will be open from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and the family activities will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Tuesday, the 27th from 12:15-12:45.  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.

      Thank you for remembering to send the green Practice Folders today! I hope you are enjoying listening to your child read the sentences and passages each day. We become better readers by reading. The time you spend each evening with your child reading will make a meaningful difference!

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    • Friday, February 16th

      Please click this link to read next week’s newsletter: February 19-23 Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week!

      Please send the green practice folder on Tuesday. Thank you!

      Thank you for returning your child’s signed progress report.

      You may have noticed that your child’s second 95% Phonics workbook came home in their backpack this week. As we discussed at Parent Night, this is a great resource for extra practice at home! I encourage you to look through this book and have your child practice reading the sentences, passages, and stories. I would also encourage you to look at their letter practice for any errors, and have them practice writing those letters neatly with correct formation and orientation to the line.

      On Thursday, February 29th, Columbia will be celebrating Family Reading Night! The theme is “Lights, Camera, READ!” If you would like to order shirts for this event, click this link: Shirts If you would like to donate supplies for this event, sign up at this link: Family Reading Night Supplies

      We've had the best week! I really enjoyed our study of American Symbols. We learned about the U.S. Flag, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty. My students listened so well as we read several nonfiction texts throughout the week. They picked two facts they learned from our reading of each symbol to write in their book. You will want to make sure to put it in your box of Kindergarten treasures because they've worked so hard on it this week.

      Thank you for being such supportive parents. I love being with your children each day. Have a great long weekend!

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    • Monday, February 12th

      This week, in 95% Phonics we are reviewing short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities. As we decided at Parent Night, we are also learning what to do when they hear /k/ at the end of a word. When we hear /k/ immediately after a short vowel sound, we spell it -ck. Examples of these words include: duck, rock, kick, neck, sock, lick. This is a skill the students need to show that they understand while they are reading and even in their writing. Thanks for supporting this learning at home! 

      Thank you for returning your child’s Green Practice Folder today. Remember, this folder should be returned every Monday to be updated. If you forgot it today, please send it tomorrow!

      Progress Reports will be coming home this Wednesday, February 14th in the Report of Learning Folders.  Please read over it, sign it and return it to school by Friday, February 16th.

      We will have our annual Family Reading Night on Thursday, February 29th, from 6:30-7:30. If you would like your child to have a shirt for this event, here is the link to order: Shirts

      Reminders:

      • Please send your child’s completed Valentines to school tomorrow morning. We will do our exchange on Wednesday. We are looking forward to a fun day in the classroom!
      • Wednesday, February 14th, is a half-day. School will dismiss at 11:30. Extended Day will be closed. 

      • On Monday, February 19th, school will be closed in honor of President's Day. 

      Expectations for Daily Practice at Home:

      Spend 10 minutes each day on the Practice Folder activities. These activities include Practice #15,the reading sheet, sight word flashcards, addition flashcards, and subtraction flashcards. If you haven't taken time to watch the subtraction video yet, please do so soon. It will help you work with your child on the subtraction facts. Here is the link again: subtraction video.  A great way to help your child read smoothly, accurately, and with expression is to give them your undivided attention and listen to them read the passages in the Green Practice Folder. The more your child practices his/her reading skills, the better reader he/she will become. 

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  • Friday, February 9th

    Thank you for attending 2nd Semester Parent Night! If you missed the meeting, please take time to read through the slides: 2nd Semester Parent Night

    Mrs. Hester made this video to share tips for understanding the 21 subtraction facts. You can use this video two ways. You can watch the video and use the information while helping your child with subtraction facts, or you can have your child watch the video. Subtraction Video

    Here is next week’s newsletter: February 12-16. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

    Next Wednesday is a half day for students. Please click this link: Half Day February 14th to fill out your child's transportation and lunch preference. Please complete it by Monday, February 12th. Thank you!

    If you are a grandparent and want to become more involved at Columbia, please attend the interest meeting that will be held on February 23rd at 8:30 AM. Here is a flyer with more information.

    Please remember to return the green Practice Folders on Monday. The completed Practice Sheet can be sent back to me in the green folder. Thank you!

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    • Monday, February 5th

      This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are reviewing the letters Ee, Zz, Kk, Yy, V,v Uu, Qq, and Xx, Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities

      Thank you for sending the green Practice Folders today! If you did not send it back to school today, I need you to send it tomorrow, so you can get this week's practice pages. When returning the green Practice Folder each Monday, please put the practice sheet back in the front pocket of the folder.

      Please continue working on writing names for the valentines. You will send in the valentines in a Ziploc bag on Tuesday, February 13th. Each student will pass out their valentines. That means your child will also need to be able to read and match the name he/she wrote to that child’s name on their valentine bag.

      PTA is having a Valentine's jewelry fundraising sale at Kendra Scott from February 5-9. 20% of the sales support Columbia Elementary School PTA. A flyer is coming home in your child's daily folder with more information.

      Reminders:

      - Class Picture Day is Wednesday, February 7th

      -2nd Semester Parent Night is Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 p.m.

      - Progress Reports will go home on Wednesday, February 14th

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  • Thursday, February 1st

    • Please click this link to read next week's newsletter: February 5-9

      When reading the newsletter, please notice February's challenge. A recording sheet for this challenge will be coming home today in your child's blue Daily Folder.

      Special note about this week's practice sheet: On the back side of Practice Sheet 13, the students need to first count the total number of dinosaurs, then subtract the number of dinosaurs walking away in order to do the subtraction sentence correctly. 

      Kids Heart Challenge is back!! Kids Heart Challenge is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. We are dedicating the month of February to raising money and discussing the different heart conditions for the American Heart Association. The Kids Heart Challenge will start today and ends Feb 29!  Forms were sent home with your child in their blue Daily Folder today.

      Don’t forget that we will be taking our class pictures on Wednesday, February 7th. 

      Multicultural Night is tomorrow at 6:00 pm. I love this annual Columbia event. I'm disappointed that I will not be able to attend this year. I hope your family comes and has a great time! 

      2nd Semester Parent Night is one week from today. Please plan on sending the parent that works with your Kindergartner on their Practice Folder. We will begin in the library at 5:30. Click this link to read all the information: Parent Night Invitation

      Also, we will be decorating our Valentine's bag next week for our Valentine’s Day exchange.  If you can donate stickers for this project, please send them in your child’s blue Daily Folder. Thank you!

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  • Monday, January 29th

    **Attention! Attention! Practice Folders Are Coming Home Today!** The children are bringing home their new Practice Folders today. These are the green folders you provided at the start of school. Everything you need to know about the Practice folder is written on a note inside the folder. Please be on the lookout for the Practice Folder. 

    This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on the letters Uu, Qq, and Xx. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 15

    Remember the 100th Day of School is Wednesday, January 31st.  The students can dress up on the 100th Day of School as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc. Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. You can probably find most of these items around your house or in your dress-up box. I also thought I would share that they have 100th Day dress up items at Party City.  It will be a fun day! 

    Please keep working on the Valentine's Exchange Home Project. I sent an updated class list home last week. As your family works on writing valentine's, please have your child do the writing, not mom or dad. When your child has finished writing the names on the cards, please let your child practice reading the names. Your child will need to be able to read the name in order to drop the valentine in the correct bag. I sent this home early so the children have plenty of time to work on this project.

    Heads Up: Coming home in your child's blue Daily Folder is an order form to purchase a class group picture. Class group pictures will be taken on Wednesday, February 7th. Order forms will be due on or before this date.

    Reminder: Our Multicultural Night  is scheduled for Friday, February 2nd in the Gym and Cafeteria starting at 6PM. Multicultural Night is a very special event at CES. There will be live performances from around the world.  This is a fun opportunity for your child to learn more about the various cultures around us. 

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  • Thursday, January 25

    Here is next week’s newsletter: January 29 - February 2. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

    Tomorrow is our big field trip to James Clemens to see our classmates sing and dance in Finding Nemo. Please wear your GREEN kindergarten class shirt. You may want to wear a long sleeve shirt underneath. The auditorium can be chilly. We will not bring jackets with us. The buses will start loading early in the morning. Please be on time to school. We will have a much later lunch than normal. Please make sure your child eats a big breakfast. Since the exact time we will be returning is unknown, visitors will not be allowed to join us.  Thank you for your cooperation.

    Please keep Tuesday’s note about Valentine’s Day in a safe location to refer to as your child works on writing their name and the names of their classmates.

    If your family completes the January challenge on Wednesday, please send a note or an email on Thursday and your child will receive 2 Good Time tickets. I hope you have enjoyed spending extra family time together by playing board games and reading with your child! 

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    • Tuesday, January 23

      It was great being with your children at school today! It is nice to be in our routine again.

      This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on Yy and Vv. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 14

      Flag Project for Muliticultural Night - Talk to your family about your cultural background and decorate the flag to represent your heritage. These flags will be displayed in the main hallway for Multicultural Night. Please send these back to school by Monday, January 29th. This event will take place Friday, February 2nd in the Gym and Cafeteria starting at 6PM. Multicultural Night is a very special event at CES. We need your help to make it a great success. This is your opportunity to share your unique culture and heritage with all of us and help enrich our children's lives. 

      Valentines Exchange Home Project - Valentine's Day is three weeks away! The pink paper in your child's folder has all the information you need to know about our Valentine’s Day exchange. By starting early, your child can write one valentine card per day and never have hand cramps. :) I made this flyer with pictures to help answer questions that I receive each year: More Information about Valentine's Day

      100th Day of School - We missed 6 days of school due to weather, so the 100th day of school is now on Wednesday, January 31st! The students can dress up on the 100th Day of school as if they were 100 years old. Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearls/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc.  Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc. You can probably find most of these items around your house or in your dress-up box.  It will be a fun day!  (If your child dressed up as a 100-year-old today for the Great Kindness Challenge, they can wear the same costume next Wednesday.) 

      The Finding Nemo field trip is on Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their green class shirt. Use this link if your family would like to purchase tickets for one of the evening shows.

      Please note that our second semester Parent Night is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th at 5:30. 

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  • Thursday, January 18th

    Here is next week’s newsletter: January 22-26. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week!

    We are so excited that Columbia will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge next week (January 22nd-26th)!! Please see the flyer HERE with more details and dress up days!

    Practice #11 is now due on Monday, January 22nd. Please take this time to put in some extra practice with your child.

    Our field trip to see Finding Nemo will be Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their class t-shirt for this field trip.

    Mark your calendar for Second Semester Parent Night on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 pm. Please plan for the parent who works with your child on the practice sheets to attend this event.

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    • Thursday, January 11th

      Here is next week’s newsletter: January 16-19. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.

      Please take note of these reminders:

      -No school on Monday, January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

      -Practice #11 is due on Tuesday, January 16th. The extra day will be a great way to spend extra time to practice needed skills.

      -Our field trip to see Finding Nemo will be Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their class t-shirt for this field trip.

      -Mark your calendar for Second Semester Parent Night on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 pm. Please plan for the parent who works with your child on the practice sheets to attend this event.

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    • Monday January 8th

      Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 2nd Nine weeks Report Card, middle of the year DIBELS and iReady reports. Please read the yellow note that is in the folder before reading the reports. Thank you! 

      Please note that our second semester Parent Night is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th at 5:30. A flyer with more information is included in the Report of Learning Folder.

      This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on the short vowel e, k, and z. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 13

      Reminders:

      -No school on Monday, January 15th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

      -Finding Nemo field trip is on Friday, January 26th. Use this link if you want to purchase tickets for one of the evening shows. 

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    • Thursday, January 4th

      Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and relaxing break.

      The 3rd Nine Weeks of school is packed full of essential learning in Kindergarten. If your child is healthy, it is important for him/her to be at school on time each day, ready to learn. If your child is a car rider, we recommend going through the car line before 7:20. This will give your child plenty of time to walk to the classroom, unpack, zip their coat to their chair, and complete their morning work. If there is anything you need from me in order to make that happen, please reach out. I am here to help. 

      Here is next week's newsletter: January 8-12. Please take time to read the newsletter. Thank you!

      Help at home: We are now writing our first and last names on our papers. Your child is expected to be able to write their name with correct letter formation and orientation to the line. Please work on this with your child. Learning your last name, how to spell it, and writing it can be difficult and take longer to master.

      Your child is bringing home their 95% Phonics Unit 3 Assessment in folders today. They took this before winter break. 

      If your family completed the December challenge, please send a note or an email and your child will receive 2 Good Time tickets. The January challenge is in today's newsletter. Please consider doing it with your family! 

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    • Tuesday, December 19th 

      We had a wonderful Christmas party yesterday! The students had lots of fun! A big thank you to Mrs. Kaiser and Hoch for planning and organizing the party! Thank you to all who sent in items to make the party a success and to those who were able to come and help during the party. Thank you all!

      Wow, it is hard to believe we have finished the first semester of our school year! As it was said at Parent Night back in August, this year will fly by, it truly goes by so fast. Thank you for all your support this semester. Thank you for sharing your children with me each day! I have enjoyed watching the kids learn and grow this semester. I know we have big things ahead for next semester! 

      I hope you all have a very blessed holiday, enjoying time with family and friends! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

      After Winter Break, students will return to school on Thursday, January 4th. I look forward to seeing my students in 2024! If you find that you get to school at the close of carline each day, please consider making it a goal for your child to arrive at school before 7:20 am in 2024.

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    • Thursday, December 14th

      Please remember that next Monday and Tuesday, December 18-19, are half days of school. We will be dismissed at 11:30 on these days. Rest mats will not be needed for these days. If you have not filled out the half day Google form, please do so today. Here is the link: Half Day Google Form

      Our class party will be on Monday, December 18th, at 8:15 in our classroom. This will also be a pajama day for our grade level fundraiser reward. Parents are welcome to join us for the party, no siblings please. Please remember that you will need to sign in at the front office.

      The deadline for field trip forms and payment for the Finding Nemo Jr. trip is tomorrow, December 15th. Please send your child’s form and $3 exact cash in their folder tomorrow.

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    • Monday, December 11th

      Please check your child's folder for a Practice Packet. Be sure to read the directions before beginning the packet. I hope you enjoy listening to your child read these sentences to you. 

      This week, in 95% Phonics, we are focusing on the following uppercase letters O, L, R, C, F, J, and W. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 12

      The half-day Google Form needs to be completed this week. Go ahead and click this link to complete it now. Here is the link again: Google Form for Half Days.

      The Field Trip forms to see our CES Drama Club are due this week along with $3.00 cash. Go ahead and fill out the form tonight and send the $3 tomorrow. Thank you!

      Our party is next Monday at 8:15. It will be in the classroom. It is for my Kindergarten students and their parents. It is also our Kindergarten pajama day, so if your child has Christmas pajamas, that would be perfect to wear to the party. No worries if you don't, any two-piece pajamas will do. Here is the link to volunteer to bring items. There are a few remaining items needed: Party Sign Up. 

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    • Thursday, December 7th

      Click this link to read next week’s newsletter: December 11-15. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed. 

      High Frequency Words - This note provides a list of the high frequency words that are taught during 1st semester: High Frequency Word Note Please review the words at home to help your child read them automatically. Thank you for your support. We will start assessing the students on these words on Tuesday. 

      Class Party - Our class holiday party will be on Monday, December 18th from 8:15-9:15 a.m. There will be a craft, games, and snacks. Please sign up by clicking this link if you are able to help with the party and/or provide food or supplies. Thank you for all of your support!

      Half Days - Monday, December 18th and Tuesday, December 19th are half-days. Elementary students are dismissed at 11:30 on both of these days. I need each family to complete this form, so I know about lunch and your child's transportation. Please complete the form by Friday, December 15th. Thank you! Here is the link: Google Form for Half Days

      Tomorrow your child can dress up like an elf, reindeer, snowman, etc. Please remember the school dress code on dress-up days. This means no one-pieces or boots. Your child must wear tennis shoes. Thank you! 

      Tomorrow is the last day to send in money for our custodians, CNP staff, and our plant manager. If you would like to be part of this school-wide gift, please send any donations in the form of cash only in a sealed envelope labeled: CES Holiday Donations. Please send it in no later than Dec 8th.

      Thank you for all the donations to our prize box!!! Our prize box is full and has plenty of items available to refill it. I'll let you know when we get low again. 

       

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    • Monday, December 4th 

      This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are learning the letters Jj and Ww. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities

      Now that we've finished our DIBELS benchmark assessment and the iReady assessments, we've started our assessments for our 2nd Nine Week Report Cards. Please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night and eats a healthy breakfast each morning. If you plan for your child to be absent, please let me know, so I can plan accordingly to assure missed assessments are completed.

      Tomorrow is Tree Topper Tuesday. Your child may wear their favorite festive hat or headwear. 

      We are so excited to go on our school-wide field trip to James Clemens to see our drama club present Finding Nemo Jr. next month! Field trip forms have been sent home. The cost of the field trip is $3.  Please send in field trip forms and money back to school by Friday, December 15th. Thank you!

      I wanted to give a few reminders about jackets-

      1.   We go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is above 32 degrees. Please pay attention to the weather and send an appropriate jacket.

      2.   Keep working with your child on zipping his/her jacket until it is mastered. Thank you! Many of them have it down pat now, which is very helpful as we transition to and from recess.

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  • November 30, 2023

     

    Here is next week’s newsletter: December 4-8. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed. 

    I am proud of the students and their hard work today on the iReady assessments. We will take the DIBELS assessments tomorrow, December 1st. 

    We will begin assessments for the Second Nine Weeks Report Card next week.  These assessments are completed one on one and take quite a bit of time. If your child has a planned absence between now and the end of the semester, please let me know so I can adjust my assessment plan. Thank you for supporting classroom learning at home! Your time makes a difference!

    As you know Columbia Elementary is a special place. Our custodians, CNP staff, and our plant manager work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our school a wonderful learning environment. As a school, we want to bless our custodial staff, CNP, and plant manager with something extra for Christmas and the holidays. If you would like to be part of this school-wide gift,  please send any donations in the form of cash only in a sealed envelope labeled: CES Holiday Donations. Please send in no later than Dec 8th.

    Our class holiday party will be on Monday, December 18th from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Please mark your calendar for this fun event. If you are interested in volunteering to help, there will be a sign-up genius available soon. 

    Tomorrow will be our first dress-up day for December. Students are allowed to wear pajamas, but no one-piece pajamas are allowed. This makes restroom time for your child difficult. Also, please remember that students are only allowed to wear tennis shoes to school. This is for the safety of your child while playing in the gym and on the playground equipment.

     

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  • November 27, 2023

    This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are learning the letters Cc and Ff. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities.

    Semester Assessments - Tomorrow we will start taking our iReady Math assessments. After that, we will take our iReady Reading assessment. On Friday, 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. 

    Coming home today in your child’s Blue Daily Folder is a permission slip for our field trip to see our CES Drama Club’s performance of Finding Nemo, Jr. The field trip will be Friday, January 26th and cost $3 for the bus fee.  All forms and money are due by Friday, December 15th.   

    For the month of December we will have several dress-up days for the students and staff.  These dress-up days will be on Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning with this Friday, December 1st. Click the link to see how students can dress up and the dates: “CES Happy Holidaze”.

    In our school cafeteria we have a holiday tree on display. Mrs. Bolden announced today that any student who would like to send in an inexpensive ornament that represents their family, we will add it to the tree. Please make sure that it is labeled somewhere with your child's name.

     

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  • Sunday, November 26th

    I hope everyone had a restful break and wonderful Thanksgiving!  

    Please click this link to read this week's newsletter: November 27th - December 1st. This is a big week for our Kindergarten students. They will take their mid-year benchmark tests for iReady and DIBELS.  A good night's rest and healthy breakfast will help your child perform their best. (Read the Important Information box at the bottom of the newsletter for the dates.) Thank you for your support.

    Please send Practice Sheet #8 tomorrow. Practice Sheet #9 will come home in your child's folder tomorrow. Thank you for spending time each day on the Practice Sheet. 

    If your child has completed the November challenge, please send an email or note in your child's folder to let me know. Your child will earn 2 Good Time Tickets for completing the monthly challenge.

    As winter is approaching, I wanted to give out a few reminders about jackets-

    1. We go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is above 32 degrees. Please pay attention to the weather and send an appropriate jacket.

    2. Please remember that I try my best to help your child build independence. I remind the students that it is their responsibility to keep up with their personal items. You can help your child by ensuring that their name is in every item they bring to school, including coats/jackets.  

    3. Please teach your child how to zip their jacket and allow practice time until your child is comfortable doing it. Thank you

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    • Monday, November 13th

      This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are learning the letters l, r, and short o. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities. Tomorrow you will find your child’s second paper pencil test on the skills taught in 95% phonics in your child’s folder. We will take unit tests throughout the school year to monitor phonological awareness skills and phonics skills. 

      Mrs. Hester made a quick video about your child’s 95 Phonics workbook that will be coming home tomorrow. Click here to watch the video. Thank you for your support!

      Today we began our sorting unit. 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 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. We will sort various objects the rest of this week. 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. 

      Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #7 today. Practice Sheet #8 is coming home in your child's folder today. Thank you for spending a little time each day on the Practice Sheet. 

      Progress Reports will be coming home in the Report of Learning Folders on Wednesday, November 15th.  Please read it, sign it and return it to school on Friday, November 17th. 

      Parents, please help me with the following items: 

      1) Students need to wear velcro or slip on tennis shoes to school each day. Please do not send your child in shoes that have laces, winter slip on boots, lace-up boots, or dress shoes. These are not allowed at school.

      2) Please also refrain from letting your child bring toys, jewelry, watches, purses, and Pokeman cards to school. These items are can be distracting during learning times and need to be kept at home.

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    • Thursday, November 9th 

       

      Here is next week’s newsletter: November 13-17. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week to stay informed. 

      Next week we will begin our math lessons on sorting. We will be using the snack size bags of M & M's you sent in on Monday. 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. If you are out shopping this weekend and see small trinkets for the prize box, we'd like for you to get them for the class.

      Our class really enjoyed learning about veterans and going to the Veterans parade today. They also illustrated a Veterans song and poem for their Poetry Notebook. You'll want to check those out with your child.

      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. If you haven't already done so, please watch the video that I shared on Monday. Click this link: Sentences on Practice Sheet

      Enjoy the long weekend!

       
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    • Monday, November 6th

      At this time, I met with all of the parents that requested a parent-teacher conference on the form that was shared in October. I sent home the conference forms today for the remaining families. If you have any questions about anything on your child's conference form, please let me know.

      Mrs. Hester made a quick video about this week's Practice Sheet. It is less than 2 minutes: Click here to watch the video. Thank you for your support!

      Reminder: Our school’s Veterans Parade is scheduled for Thursday 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 on Thursday morning. Send me an email if you or a family member is driving in the parade so we know how to look for you. 

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    • Thursday, November 2nd

      Click this link to view next week’s newsletter: November 6-9

      Columbia will be hosting our first STEM Day on November 8th. Please click this link for more information: STEM Day

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

      • 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 carline area. Please see the flyer for more information. 

      • 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 the flyer for more information.

      • Reminder - No School on Friday, November 10th in honor of Veteran's Day.

      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 need time for their body to recover.

      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. 

       
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    • Monday, October 30th

      This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are learning the letters Hh and Bb. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities. You will also notice your child’s first paper pencil test on the skills taught in 95% phonics in your child’s folder. We will take unit tests throughout the school year to monitor phonological awareness skills and phonics skills.

      Thank you for turning in Practice Sheet #5 today. Practice Sheet #6 is in your child's Daily folder.  Please review the video from last week if you need help with the phoneme segmentation section. If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet today, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder. 

      We will resume checking out books from the library tomorrow now that the book fair is over. 

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

      Thank you to everyone who has completed the Impact Aid survey. If you have not completed this very important form please do so immediately. The link to the form was on last week’s post. 

      The weather has gotten colder. We will go outside at 1:35 each day if the “feels like” temperature is 32 or above. That means you must send your child to school in weather appropriate clothing. As a reminder, please practice putting on and taking off jackets along with zipping the zippers. It takes time for me to zip 16 zippers or pull out the sleeves so that your child can put their coat/jacket on before playing outside. Please write your child’s name on the inside of their jacket. As a reminder, we wear velcro or slip on tennis shoes every day. No rain boots or fuzzy boots at school. 

      Friendly reminders:

      Please empty your child’s Daily Folder every day.

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

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

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    • Thursday, October 26th

      Click this link to read next week’s newsletter: October 30-November 3 .  Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

      Tomorrow is Pajama Day. 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, please. 

      I am looking forward to seeing my students at the Trail of Treats tomorrow! It begins at 6:00 pm. If you plan on coming, it is not too late to donate a bag of candy. 

      Here is the 2nd Nine Weeks STEM Newsletter from Mrs. Vandiver. Click this link to read: STEM Newsletter

      Wall of Honor - Do you have a Veteran in your family that you'd like to honor?  Fill out this certificate of gratitude and print a picture to attach to it. Send the certificate with a picture attached in your child's Daily Folder. We will laminate it and hang it on the Wall of Honor. Click here to print the  Certificate of Gratitude

      If you haven't completed the Impact Aid form in the Power School Parent Portal, please do so today. If you have questions contact the office. Here is the link with directions: How to Complete Impact Aid

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    • Monday, October 23rd

      Thank you for turning in Practice Sheet #4 today. I loved listening to my students do a wonderful job reading the words! Practice Sheet #5 is in folders today. Please click this link to see a quick guide on how to help your child with phoneme segmentation: Understand Phoneme Segmentation (Please watch all of this video. It is less than 2 minutes. Thank you!)

      This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are learning how to write the letters Ss and Ii with correct formation and we're learning to read words with these sounds. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities

      Thank you for sending the balls today! If you forgot to send a ball today with your child, please send a small one tomorrow that will fit in your child's backpack. Thank you.

      Red Ribbon Week is this week. Wear a team jersey or shirt tomorrow as we Team Up Against Drugs.

      We go to the Book Fair on Wednesday at 8:15. If you want your child to purchase books, you can send money in a labeled envelope or plan on joining us in the library. The library is closed for checkouts during Book Fair week. This means students will not be able to check out a library book again until October 31st. 

      Please make sure the change of clothes in your child's backpack is appropriate for the season. Double check for underwear, pants, shirt, socks, and a bag to use with the soiled clothes. Thank you!

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  • Friday, October 20th

    • Friday, October 20th

      Click this link to view next week’s newsletter: October 23-27 Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter each week. On Monday, we will begin our Science unit on Balls and Ramps. There is a special item that we'd like all students to bring on Monday. Please read the important information box in the newsletter for details. I also hope that you and your child are enjoying spending time together as you do the October Challenge. The monthly challenge can be found in the upper right-hand corner of our newsletter.

      The Book Fair will be open this coming Tuesday, October 24th. It will be open from 7:40-2:15 daily and will close on Monday, October 30th. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Wednesday, October 25th, from 8:15-8:45 am.  If you would like for your child to purchase books, you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziploc bag with your child's name and my name, inside your child’s daily folder. In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child, the Book Fair will be open during the Trail of Treats on Friday, October 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

      Next week, we will be collecting items for Veterans in local nursing homes. Please click this flyer to learn more about the items we are collecting. There will be a box at the front entrance of the school to place donated items.

      October 23-27th is also Red Ribbon Week. The following are dress-up days for next week:

      Monday- CES is RED-y for Red Ribbon Week (Wear Red and/ or CES Spiritwear)

      Tuesday- Team Up Against Drugs (Wear Your Favorite Sports Jersey or Team Gear)

      Wednesday- Work Out Your Choices Wednesday (Wear Workout Clothes)

      Thursday- Your Future is Magical (Dress as Your Favorite Disney Character)

      Friday- Follow Your Dreams (Wear Pajamas)

      On Monday, I forgot to share the weekly family note from our phonics program. Sorry this is late, but I hope you still find it helpful. Here is the link: 95% Phonics Activities for Families.

       

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    • Wednesday, October 18th

      Wow! What an awesome Field Trip we had to Gullion Farms! The children really enjoyed petting the animals, milking the cow, the pony ride, gathering eggs, the picnic lunch, picking a pumpkin, the giant slide, the zipline, the horse drawn carriage, and the corn crib! 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, our pumpkin parent, and to all of the parents who joined us at the farm! It wouldn’t have been successful without all of your help! I will add pictures to Seesaw soon!

      Next Friday night will be our Trail of Treats at 6:00. If your family is attending, please send in anunopened bag of candy for each child participating. Thank you! 

      We are running low on items for our Prize Box for our Good Time Ticket weekly drawing. The prizes can be any trinket items you find at the store. I would appreciate any donations for the prize box throughout the school year. Thank you!

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    • Monday, October 16th

      Today, the students learned about fire safety from Madison City Firefighters. The students learned all about firefighters, ways to stay safe during a fire, and they even got to walk inside the fire truck! I added pictures to your child's Seesaw Digital Portfolio. 

      I checked Practice Sheet #3 today and have sent home Practice Sheet #4.  If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet today, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder. Thank you. 

      If an adult from your family is meeting our class at Gullion Farms on October 18th, please email me if you plan to take your child with you at the end of the field trip. You'll need to check them out from me. Please email me by 2:00 on Tuesday to let me know. Thank you!  If you misplaced the important field trip notes that were in folders on Friday, you can read it by clicking this link: Important Field Trip Note

      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 are coming home in your child’s backpack today. 

      Please remember that winter boots are not acceptable school shoes. Students need to wear velcro or slip on tennis shoes with socks. Thank you! 

      Also, as the weather is changing and children are wearing jackets to school, I have a request that will really help us in class. Please have your child practice buttoning/zipping their jacket until they can do this independently. The students button/zip their jacket to their chair every morning when we arrive and then they zip it on themselves when we go out for recess, and again at the end of the day. You can see it is important for students to be able to complete this life skill independently. Thank you for your support at home.

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  • Friday, October 13th

     

    Here is the link to next week’s newsletter: October 16-20.  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 first page. Second, I would like one parent from each family to complete this Google Form.

    We have completed the 1st 9 weeks individual reading plan. I am proud to announce that our class met the necessary goal! 

    We had a wonderful teacher appreciation lunch today provided by PTA.  If you contributed to this luncheon, thank you so much!  We all enjoyed this delicious meal!

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  • Monday, October 9th

    This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are reviewing the letters Tt, Pp, Nn and Aa. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities. 

    Coming home today in Daily Folders:  Practice #3.  If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet #2 today, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder.  These practice sheets are a valuable resource to help support your child’s learning at home. Please take the time to do this with your child.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    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!  


    Friendly reminder: Wednesday is a half day of school. We will dismiss at 11:30.  If you haven’t already filled out the Google Form that I included in yesterday’s post, please do so now. Thank you!

    Trail of treats is coming up on Oct. 27 6-7:30.

    Candy donations will be accepted 10/9-10/20. Online donations can be made at this link:   https://columbia.memberhub.com/store/items/929169 .

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    • Sunday, October 8th 

      I hope you had a relaxing Fall Break with your family! 

      Here is this week's newsletter: October 9-13 Please take a moment to read the newsletter each week. I didn't receive a note from any family about completing the September Challenge. The September Challenge is my favorite because it is so important for children. If your family did the September Challenge and forgot to send a note on Friday, you can still send it tomorrow. If your family didn't give it a try, I encourage you to do so in October. 

      Wednesday is a half day of school. We dismiss at 11:30. I need each family to complete this form so I know about lunch and your child's transportation: Half Day Form. Please complete the form by Monday. Thank you!

      Please return your child's rest mat, poetry notebook, and Practice #2 in your child's blue folder tomorrow. Thank you!

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    • 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. 

      The students did well last week in 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.  You will see their work from Literacy Stations coming home soon!

      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 a few 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!

      The proof of your child's school picture is in folders today. It has information on how to order pictures. 

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    • Thursday, September 21st 

      Here is next week’s newsletter: September 25-29 

      Thank you to everyone who has turned in the field trip forms and payment. 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. 

      Community Helper Project:

      We will be studying Community Helpers next week. 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 as soon as possible. My email address is jmassengale@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!

      Tomorrow is the last day of the No Hassle Fundraiser! Please consider giving a donation to our school. Send it in the envelope that was provided. Or, you can give online by clicking this link: No Hassle Fundraiser.

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    • Monday, September 18th
      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. Also, refer back to the letter naming video I shared last week for guidance.

      Today, we began our second week of our 95% phonics program. We are focusing on the letters Tt and Pp this week.  Here is some more information about this phonics program. 

      The students were so excited about our first day of Literacy Stations. It went well for the first day!

      Please continue to practice the lunch numbers at home with your child. This makes checking out a new library book easy and speeds up the long line of children buying a school lunch.

      No Hassle Fundraiser - The No Hassle Fundraiser is happening now through September 22nd. Please consider giving a donation to our school. Send it in the envelope that was provided. Or, you can give online by clicking this link: No Hassle Fundraiser.

      Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their Community Helper picture and sentence. See last Thursday's post for more information. 

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    • Thursday, September 14th 

      Here is next week's newsletter: September 18-22

      Your child's progress report is in their backpack. 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. 

      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 21st. My email address is jmassengale@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!

      Kindergarten Field Trip - Our first field trip is October 18th. The informational note and permission slip were sent home today. Please send the completed forms and payment at the same time. The forms and payment are due on September 29th.

      No Hassle Fundraiser - The No Hassle Fundraiser is happening now through September 22nd. Please consider giving a donation to our school. Send it in the envelope that was provided. Or, you can give online by clicking this link: No Hassle Fundraiser.

      Enjoy your weekend! 

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    • Monday, September 11th 

      I have 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 Thursday. 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

      Mrs. Hester 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 only 5 minutes. Letter Identification Video

      Thank you for watching both videos!! 

      Columbia's No Hassle Fundraiser is happening now through September 22nd. Our PTA raises money to support students and teachers. The annual fundraiser is hassle-free! Funds are used to enhance the school, purchase classroom supplies, host school events, and spruce up spaces at the school. You can use the envelope that was sent home last week to make a donation or you can donate online. Here is the link: Donate to the Fundraiser

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    • 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, for 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 to keep 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!

      You have probably 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.  

      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!

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    • 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!

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    • Thursday, August 31st

      Here is next week’s newsletter: September 4-8. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter each week. I appreciate you doing your part to keep yourself informed about classroom learning.

      Yearbook order forms came home today, in your child's daily folder. The cost is $35. If you would like to order a yearbook, the form and payment are due by December 15th.

      No Hassle Fundraiser -  The No Hassle Fundraiser is happening from September 8th through September 22nd. An information page was sent home in your child's folder today. Please consider giving a donation to our school. Send money in the envelope that PTA provided. Or, you can give online by clicking this link: Member Hub.

      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!

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    • Monday, August 28th

      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.

      Tomorrow is Fall Picture Day. 

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

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  • Friday, August 25th 

    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 two hour meeting, but it provides you the main topics: Kindergarten Parent Night slides.

    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.

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    • 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. They learned their way around the library and how to find books. Today, we returned to the library and had a lesson on how to take care of library books. Your child’s first school library book came home today! Please read their book tonight and return it tomorrow! 

      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 on Kindergarten academics and how we report progress. Then, we will go to our classroom for about another 30 minutes to hear topics specific to our 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 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. 

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  • Friday, August 18th

    Thank you for continuing to participate in our Color Weeks daily colors! We are enjoying learning about colors. We have had fun painting primary colors this week. 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!

    Please carefully read the following regarding our new Student Absence Form available via your PowerSchool Parent Portal:

    * Please do NOT submit check in or check out excuses through your portal. This new system is ONLY for all day absences. Once you have checked your student in or out using the iPad in the front office, that is all that is needed.

    * Please be patient as we work with this new system. You may receive automated emails, voicemails, or texts saying your student has an unexcused absence. If you know that you have submitted a daily excuse via your parent portal or signed your student in/out at the front office using the iPad, please know that we are working to update attendance records. Updating may take up to 72 hours.

    * If you do not have a parent portal or if you need your password reset, please email: dkherwig@madisoncity.k12.al.us

    Remember you can order your child a class shirt at this link: Class Shirt Orders. 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!

    A glance at next week:

    Reading - identifying beginning sounds, Letter Experts for L, M, N, O and P. 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

    Please remember to send a snack and a refillable water bottle every day with your child. Also, for safety reasons, please do not send glass water bottles or containers to school.  I also ask that you empty your child’s blue Daily Folder every day and look over the papers that are in the folder.  It helps you to see what your child is learning at school, as well as see important papers that I send home providing information that you need. 

    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. Please have your child practice their lunch number on the paper I sent home at Open House.

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  • Monday, August 14th, 2023

    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, 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,  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.). We discuss with your child the choices they are making and discuss solutions for changing the behavior. If your child has a marked calendar then 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. 

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    • Thursday, August 10th 

      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 green shirts. The cost is $8.00. Here is the link:  Class Shirt Orders. If you are not able to pay online, you can send cash in an envelope labeled with your child's name and "class shirts." Let me know if you have any questions.

      Rest mats will be sent home on Friday. After washing the rest mat, let your child practice rolling it up independently. Please return the rest mat on Monday.

      Poetry notebooks will be in 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.

      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, and picking up small objects will help build the muscles in their fingers which leads to improved handwriting. 

      Any student in Kindergarten - 5th grade is welcome to sign-up to be apart of our Drama Club Chorus. Here is the link to sign-up: Finding Nemo Chorus The deadline for sign ups is August 18th.

      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. Sign up for text messages: Text @mass2324 to 81010

      5. Connect to your child’s Seesaw account. Here is the link: SeeSaw 

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

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    • Tuesday, August 8th

      On Saturday, 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 Saturday. 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 let your child practice presenting with you so they know what to say to the class. Thank you!

      If you haven’t paid the $8.00 for Scholastic News, you can send it in your child’s Daily Folder.

      Class Shirts are available for purchase. Please visit this link to order your child's class shirt. This is the shirt we will wear on field trips and to field day. Of course, your child can wear it on any regular school day too. When ordering please make sure you order the correct color. The green shirts are for Mrs. Massengale's class. 

      I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you on Thursday, August 24th at 5:30 in our classroom for Kindergarten Parent Night. 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 who will be communicating with me. The meeting is for adults only. Thank you for making your attendance a priority.

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  • We've had a wonderful first day with the girls on Thursday and the boys on Friday! We had busy days learning our classroom rules, taking a tour of the school, and getting to know our classmates. I look forward to having all of my 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 hours. Thank you!

    Earlier this afternoon, I sent an email with the information you need to help your child make an All About Me slide. This will be due on August 15th. 

    Thank you for taking the time to write a letter to help me get to know your child. I am enjoying reading each of them. You can feel free to send your letter by email or in your child's daily folder.

    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. 

    Friendly Reminders ~

    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 any of the school supplies, please 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.

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    • Wednesday, August 2nd 

      Thank you for coming to Kindergarten 101 and Open House! Here are the slides from thepresentation 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. Go ahead and sign up for access to your child's digital portfolio. You'll be so glad you did! Click here to sign up!

      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. 

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    • Open House Information

      Our Open House is Monday, July 31st at 4:00 pm. We will begin with Kindergarten 101 in the cafeteria. Please bring your school supplies with you to Open House. 

      School Supply List for Kindergarten:

      1 pack 8 count classic color crayons (skinny)

      1 pack 16 count classic color crayons (skinny)

      2 packs 24 count classic color crayons (skinny)

      6 large glue sticks

      24 #2 pre-sharpened pencils

      1 supply box (about 6x9x2)

      2 solid colored heavy duty plastic folders with pockets & prongs - blue & green

      1 one-inch three-ring binder with plastic sleeve on front

      1 Primary composition notebook (3-lined paper with blank space at top)

      1 8-pack watercolor set (please only 8, not 16)

      1 pair of scissors (blunt tip)

      1 pack of Post-it Notes

      1 pair of headphones in a labeled plastic bag – No ear buds

      1 cloth rest mat – No sleeping bags, exercise mats or beach towels

      1 backpack large enough to hold the folders and binder

      First Week of School -

      Madison City Schools implements an A/B schedule for Kindergarten students during the first week of school. On Thursday, August 3rd only the girl students will come to school. On Friday, August 4th, only the boy students will come to school. On Monday, August 7th, all Kindergarten students will attend together.

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