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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Classroom Volunteers

It's the moment you've all been waiting for!!! We've received your Megan's Law Clearances!!! We will begin our Volunteer Schedule on Monday!!!

Even though we will not begin reading groups and book bags yet, you may start volunteering in the classroom for our center time. If you have misplaced or not received your "Weekly Parent Volunteer Schedule", I have posted a copy in our Attachment Library.

Starting Monday, there will be two parent volunteers in our classroom each day - I would like one parent to sit at the Red Table to help out with a special activity or game. I would like the second parent to sit in our library and listen to children as they read to you, helping them read along the way if necessary. Our centers are 15 minute rotations that run from 10:30-11:30 so if you could be in our classroom a few minutes before 10:30 I would LOVE it :)

If you are not able to be there to volunteer, please email me the day before so that I can adjust accordingly. You may also chat with the other parents and switch a day if you like!

Again, thank you SO MUCH for your support in your child's education and I am looking forward to working with you in the classroom!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Homework: August 30

Homework Calendar Activities: Please initial the weekly homework log and turn in any written work completed by your child ON FRIDAY!

Flashcards: Study sight word flashcards DAILY (at least 10 minutes each day!) Please see the Sight Word tab for flashcard ideas. New words for this week are: I, LIKE, MY and new letter teams are SH and ER. Please make a flashcard for each letter team as well. Sight Word Quiz and Spelling Test on Friday!

Have Your Child Read To You: Your child brought home 3 paper books in the Take Home Folder on Friday.  Please have your child read these books each night making  sure they are pointing under each word as they read it.  This is known as one to one and we are focusing on this strategy in class.  “Make your finger match each word”  is the phrase they will hear me use in class.  This is VERY important as it may seem your child has just memorized the text but by pointing under each word as they read it they are reinforcing those word wall words.  As new books come home it is possible that your child may have difficulty with a word they have already “memorized” in a book they have been reading at home.  This is when your child, with your support,  can use the “memorized” text to figure out the same word in the new book.

Read To Your Child: Please read to your child each night for at least 10 minutes and initial the weekly homework log.

Sharing: Write one sentence about one of the five senses and how you use it. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Make sure you practice reading your sentence at home so you are prepared to read in front of the class. Sharing is due any day this week.

**Note: Weekly Homework Logs, Homework Calendar, and Sharing Paper can all be found and printed from the "Attachment Library" tab of our website. If you are not able to print, please let me know and I will provide a copy for you.

Weekly News: August 30


Picture Day is Tuesday! Dress to impress and please bring your picture day envelope back to school on this day - EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT ORDERING PICTURES! This information is needed for student ID cards.

Our first Copy and Staple Party will take place this Friday, September 3rd in our Dunlap Office. At 8:15 am (as soon as our day begins) we invite all parents who are able, to help copy and prepare materials for the next month of kindergarten. We really appreciate your help and support in your child's education!

Visit the songs tab to hear our sight words.  This is a great way to learn the sight words and reinforce letter identification too.  Have your child point to each letter as they sing the letter name.

Visit the Letter Teams tab to see the letter teams we are learning.  Remember to make flashcards for each one!  Have your child look for these letter teams as they read to you AND as you read to them.  You will notice how quickly they will learn to read as this knowledge builds.

No school next Monday, September 6th due to the Labor Day Holiday. Enjoy the time off with your families!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: I, LIKE, MY.

Letter Teams: SH (like in "she" and "push") and ER (like in "her" and "mother").

Leadership Theme of the Month: Initiative

Reading: We are reading big books to help reinforce the reading strategies we are learning in class. Reading strategies we have learned so far include, "Look at the picture", "Get your mouth ready for the first sound", and this week we will focus on "Make your finger match the word". For example, when your child is reading the small paper books at home, they should have a finger under the word they are reading. This helps to ensure that they are learning and retaining the sight words. This week, we are reading books about the five senses, books about colors, and our special poem of the week, "Monster Colors".

Writing: We are writing a big book together about the five senses using sight words we have learned so far. We are learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout the rest of the sentence, and use a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart. You can help your child at home by using the same sound chart on the back of  your GO Folder to help with sounding out words and writing at home.

Math: We are learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and how to write numbers to 10. We are also learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Homework: August 23

Homework Calendar Activities:  Please initial the weekly homework log and turn in any written work completed by your child.

Flashcards:  Study word wall word flashcards (at least 10 minutes each day).   Please see the word wall words tab for flashcard ideas.  New words for this week are: IS, THE, ME. Word Wall Quiz and Spelling Test on Friday!

Read to your child:  Please read to your child each night for at least 10 minutes and initial the weekly homework log.

Sharing: Write one sentence about how you can take initiative at home or school. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Sharing is due any day this week.

Book Box:  Please help your child make a book box.  The boxes should be completed by next Friday, August 27th and brought to school for your child to share with the class.  If your child completes the box before next Friday please send it in earlier to prevent all 20 students sharing on the same day.  Thanks!


Weekly News: August 23

We had a great first week of school! Thank you parents for attending Back to School Night, for ALL of your generous donations, and for your birthday wishes!

Thank you to the parents who signed up to be my "Morning Daily Folders" helper. This will begin this week!

Congratulations to our room-parent of the year, Michelle Arambula! Michelle has already been talking with PTO and planning many things for us, so if you'd like to get involved, please see her! Looking forward to a fun-filled year!!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: IS, THE, ME

Letter Team: TH (we are learning that TH has two different sounds - a hard sound [like in mother and the] and a soft sound [like in thumb])

Leadership: Here at ILCS, we focus on a certain leadership theme each month. This month our theme is "initiative". For sharing this week, students will write one sentence about a way we can take initiative. Draw a picture to go with your sharing and this is due any day this week.

Reading: We are reading big books by the author, Joy Cowley. Students are learning how to finger point to each word they are reading starting from the left and reading to the right. We are also learning strategies to help us when we are stuck on a word. Last week, our strategy was "Look at the picture" to help us figure out a word. This week, our reading strategy is: "Get your mouth ready for the first sound". We are also reading books about beginning school, books about how to be friends in the classroom, and our special poems of the week, "I Like Jelly" and "I Like School".

Writing: We are writing a book together about shapes and colors using the sight words from last week and this week. This week we are learning that a period goes at the end of the sentence then an uppercase letter begins a new sentence.

Math: We are learning to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and how to write numbers to 10. We are learning the days of the week and months of the year.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book Box

You should have received a flier about making a Kindergarten Book Box in your child's GO FOLDER. Sorry that I didn't mention this last night (oops!) but this book box is not due until NEXT Friday, giving you over a week to work on it! This book box will be used to store his/her little books that we will be making throughout the year. You may use a cardboard shoebox or plastic container. Your child may choose to paint his/her box, cover it with colored paper, wallpaper, fabric, etc. Some ideas might be to use sequins, beads, stones, gems, stickers, foam letters, and so on. Please feel free to assist your child and use your imagination to decorate! These boxes will be shared in class next Friday then returned that day to live at home with you.

Thank you for your support and have fun making those boxes!!

Here is an example of one of our wonderful book boxes from last year...

Monday, August 16, 2010

First Day of School!

Welcome back to school! On Monday, your child will come home with a first day packet. Please review items in this packet and return the two emergency release cards and authorization to use computers form as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation! 

Please join us for our Back to School Night Tuesday, August 17 at 6:00 on our Dunlap campus. You will have the opportunity to learn about our homework and classroom procedures, volunteer program, class schedule, and so much more. I look forward to seeing you Tuesday night!

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Welcome to kindergarten!! I am Miss Reeve and I am thrilled to be your child's kindergarten teacher! Over the next year, you will become very familiar with our classroom website, checking it DAILY for homework, announcements, pictures of us having fun, and classroom news. Please note that the website is still under construction as I'm getting ready for the new school year, but feel free to look around and familarize yourself! Check out our Class Wish List for Back-to-School Supplies and remember - you do NOT need to bring back packs to school.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our classroom website for the first time of many!! Have a wonderful last week of summer and I will see you in a week!!!