Thursday, December 5, 2019

Weekly News: December 9-13


Monday is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able, to join us in the Cub's Den (church sanctuary) at 9:00. The TK and kindergarten classes will be performing a few special songs. There will also be a short presentation from our school director, Mr. Gordon, and our school principal, Dr. Urrea, as well as coffee and treats. We ask that all grandparents stay in the sanctuary for the entirety of the presentation, grab a treat, then you are invited to join us in our classroom. We will do a quick craft together and grandparents will have the opportunity to see our classroom. Grandparents day for kindergarten will be over at 10:00. We hope you can attend!


Gingerbread Man Information: 

Details: We will be performing our kindergarten play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" on the evening of Thursday, December 19th at 6:00. TK will have a small performance at 5:00, Mrs. Bess and Mrs. Stanley's classes will perform at 6:00, then Mrs. Bobrink and Mrs. Marion's classes will  perform at 7:00. Because of so much going on this evening and the limited amount of parking, we are asking you to arrive at the Cub's Den (church sanctuary) at 5:45 to get your costume on and get ready. If you come any earlier, another class may still be performing/taking pictures/etc. and we want to be respectful of their time. Please arrive at 5:45. Our rehearsals have been going well and the students are having so much fun! We hope that all parents are able to make this wonderful event! 

Parent Help for the Play: We are in need of parent helpers on the morning of Wednesday, December 18th (8:15-9:15) to help us with our "dress rehearsal". We will also need parent helpers on the morning of Thursday, December 19th (8:15-9:15) to help us with our school day performance, and will also need parents to help put on costumes for our Thursday evening performance at 5:45. If anyone is able to come help, please let us know! The more, the better! Thank you!

Play Costumes: We are providing all of the costumes and props for your children. We ask that your child come to school on Thursday (the 19th) morning and Thursday (the 19th) evening wearing a plain black or white shirt and black leggings or pants so that it is easier to put their costumes over their clothes :) If you are a farmer, please wear jeans instead of black pants, but we will provide the rest of your costume. The only costume that we do NOT provide is the narrator - we ask that the narrators please dress in "Sunday Best".




Upcoming Events: 

Monday, December 9: Grandparent's Day
Thursday, December 19: The Tale of the Gingerbread Man 
Friday, December 20: Christmas Celebration/Centers 


If you are at the store thinking of us, our classroom would love:
Christmas/Holiday stickers and trinkets 
Baby Wipes


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WORK, ALL, AWAY, JUST, US.

Letter Team: 
 WOR (the OR sounds like Mr. ER, like in work and word) and TION (sounds like SHUN like in vacation, invention, connection). 


Reading: We are reading many books about the holidays. Students will continue to take home leveled Reading A to Z books, fluency pages, and library books in our book bags. Please practice reading these sheets and these books every day at home. Please remember that everything in your book bag MUST come back to school every day! 

Writing: We will continue to work on our writing goals as we strive to write three to five sentences every day. Some students will be writing topic sentences, three details, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: We will continue working on fun Christmas story problems and playing fun addition games.  

Leadership: Don't forget to ROAR everyday to keep earning those ROAR tickets!

Homework: December 9-13

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (WORK, ALL, US, JUST, AWAY), and letter teams (WOR and TION). Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

Reading: Read your book bag every night! This includes Leveled A-Z books, decodables, library books, sight words, and fluency pages.  Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 

You can find the link for Smarty Ants on the right side tab of our website. Our class username is: JCBESS@INLANDLEADERS.COM and our password is: READ.


Writing: Write in your at-home journal every day. Continue to work with your child on the writing goals they need to master. While we ARE all at different writing goals, the in-class expectation is now that each child will write three or more sentences every day. Please reinforce this at home with writing homework.


Math: Continue to work on number ID, number writing, counting to 100, counting forward and shapes. Please check your daily math page coming home each day for skills that you need to work on. An expectation for a few problems on Daily Math is that students are able to give four number sentences on each of the tens and ones problems. For example, when the problem reads 10 and 9 is 19, we would like students to write: 10+9=19, 9+10=19, 19-10=9 and 19-9=10. 


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Weekly News: December 2-6


Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week off with your families. I am so excited to be back at school. This is such a fun, yet busy time of the year in kindergarten with so much going on. Please take a moment each week to read through our news and upcoming events so that you don't miss out on anything. Thank you!


Next Monday, December 9th is Grandparents Day at ILCS! Our TK through 2nd grade classes will be performing some holiday songs in the sanctuary, then we invite all grandparents back to our classroom to do a special craft together. TK and Kinder Grandparents Day will be from 9:00-10:00. Keep checking those ParentSquares from the school for more information. 


Gingerbread Man Information: 

Details: Our kindergarten classes are doing a Christmas play this year! I'm sure you have heard all about it! We will be putting on "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man". We started rehearsals before Thanksgiving break and our kiddos are having so much fun learning all of the songs and hand motions. Every student should have received his or her special role in the play, along with a script and CD before break. Our kindergarten classes will be doing two performances in the evening (so that hopefully all moms and dads can attend) on Thursday, December 19th.  Mrs. Bess and Mrs. Stanley's classes will perform at 6:00 and Mrs. Bobrink and Mrs. Marion's classes will perform at 7:00. Please mark your calendars now. This is an event you will not want to miss! 

Parent Help for the Play: We are in need of parent helpers on the morning of Wednesday, December 18th (8:15-9:15) to help us with our "dress rehearsal". We will also need parent helpers on the morning of Thursday, December 19th (8:15-9:15) to help us with our school day performance, and will also need parents to help put on costumes for our Thursday evening performance at 5:45. If anyone is able to come help, please let us know! The more, the merrier! Thank you!

Play Costumes: We are providing all of the costumes and props for your children. We ask that your child come to school on Thursday (the 19th) morning and evening wearing a plain black or white shirt and black leggings or pants so that it is easier to put their costumes over their clothes :) If you are a farmer, please wear jeans instead of black pants, but we will provide the rest of your costume. The only costume that we do NOT provide is the narrator - we ask that the narrators please dress in "Sunday Best".



Upcoming Events: 

Monday, December 9: Grandparent's Day - more info coming! 
Thursday, December 19: The Tale of the Gingerbread Man 
Friday, December 20: Holiday Celebration/Christmas Centers 


If you are at the store thinking of us, our classroom would love:
Christmas/Holiday stickers and trinkets 
Baby Wipes!!!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: OUR, WHO, THING, THINK, THAT.

Letter Team: INK (like in PINK, SINK) and ED (We are learning that tricky Mr. ED goes at the end of the word to tell us that something has already happened - making the word past tense. Mr. ED is tricky because sometimes he makes the "T" sound - like in LOOKED, sometimes he makes the "D" sound - like in PLAYED, and sometimes he says "ED" like in WANTED).

Reading: We are reading many books about the holidays. Students will continue to take home leveled Reading A to Z books, fluency pages, and library books in our book bags. Please practice reading these sheets and these books every day at home. Please remember that everything in your book bag MUST come back to school every day! 

Writing: We will continue to work on our writing goals as we strive to write three to five sentences every day. Some students will be writing topic sentences, three details, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: We will continue working on fun Christmas story problems and playing fun addition games.  

Leadership: Don't forget to ROAR everyday to keep earning those ROAR tickets! 

Homework: December 2-6

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (OUR, WHO, THINK, THING, THAT), and letter teams (INK and ED). Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

Reading: Read your book bag every night! This includes Leveled A-Z books, decodables, library books, sight words, and fluency pages.  Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 

You can find the link for Smarty Ants on the right side tab of our website. Our class username is: JCBESS@INLANDLEADERS.COM and our password is: READ.


Writing: As discussed at parent conferences, write in your at-home journal every day. Continue to work with your child on the writing goals they need to master. While we ARE all at different writing goals, the in-class expectation is now that each child will write three or more sentences every day. Please reinforce this at home with writing homework.


Math: Continue to work on number ID, number writing, counting to 100, counting forward and shapes. Please check your daily math page coming home each day for skills that you need to work on. An expectation for a few problems on Daily Math is that students are able to give four number sentences on each of the tens and ones problems. For example, when the problem reads 10 and 9 is 19, we would like students to write: 10+9=19, 9+10=19, 19-10=9 and 19-9=10. 


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Weekly News: November 19-22




There is no school on Monday, November 18th due to parent conferences. Enjoy the three day weekend with your families and I will see you at your parent conference on Monday!


We are so excited for our feast this Friday! We will be making special things in class all week long while we are getting ready for our Feast and learning all about the First Thanksgiving. Remember that if you'd like to join us, our feast will be down on the playground on Friday at 12:15 - please plan on meeting down there at 11:45 if you are able to help set up. 

Mark your calendars now!  We will be having our very own special kindergarten play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" on the evening of Thursday, December 19th. MUCH MORE information to come, but I know December is a busy month and you do not want to miss this, so mark your calendars now! We have already started learning all of the songs and we will have "auditions" this week. Each student will have a very special role in our play. On Thursday before we leave for break, we will be sending home lyrics and/or scripts and CDs so that you can start practicing over break. Have fun! 


I am placing our holiday Scholastic Book Order on Friday! Don't forget to get your orders in - books make great gifts for the holidays! 


THERE IS NO SCHOOL ALL OF NEXT WEEK! Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your families!


What Are We Learning This Week:

This week, we will have fun reading and writing about Thanksgiving and playing Thanksgiving games. We will review everything we have learned so far in kindergarten. There will be no new fluencies and no new leveled readers coming home, but we will still be taking book bags home to read. Inside your book bag this week, you will find two fun Thanksgiving books we are working on in class.We will continue to study pilgrims and indians and work on fun Thanksgiving projects! There will be no new sight words or letter teams until after break and no new QR codes posted. Please take this time to review ALL of our first trimester sight words and letter teams.  Don't forget that you can still log on to Smarty Ants and Dreambox over break!