Monday, May 28, 2012

Weekly News: May 29 - June 1

I hope you enjoyed the long Memorial weekend with your families. 

Please note that this is the LAST week of electives and there is no more tutoring. 

There are only 12 MORE DAYS OF SCHOOL! On Thursday, we will start our "10 Day Countdown" and we will do something so much fun everyday for our last 10 days to really go out with a bang! 

Please remember to SAVE THESE DATES!

Friday, June 8th: Donuts with DadsDads, if you are able, please plan on joining us at 8:15 on this date for a quick donut with your child and a presentation of a special Father's Day gift for you! 

Monday, June 11th: We are having a fun and relaxing day in the classroom. Come in your PJs and bring your favorite book and your favorite board game. We will have fun reading and playing all day!We will also celebrate summer birthdays on this day. If you were unable to celebrate your child's birthday this year because it is in the summer, please let me know! 

Tuesday, June 12th: We are having a school FIELD DAY with all of kindergarten, first grade, and even our TK friends! Room-moms are hard at work planning fun games for all the students to rotate through all day long. Our class is in charge of the THREE-LEGGED RACE :) We are asking for as much parent involvement as we can to make this a special time for your kindergartners. If you are able to help out, please see our room-mom, Mrs. Atchley or sign up on our Classroom Clipboard. SIBLINGS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THIS DAY. Please take advantage of this early notice and make arrangements for your little ones if you are able to join us and help support our field day activities. You will also want to wear a lot of sunscreen and clothes that you can get wet!! Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, June 13th: We will have a very special last day of school KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM CELEBRATION on this day. We invite you to join us at 10:30 as we read our last book together as a class, look through our memory books, and watch our "Kindergarten Movie". We also have a special song prepared.


What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: ALSO, ALWAYS, ABOVE, BELOW, YOUR.

We will finish up our unit on plants this week. This will be our last week of sight words, spelling tests, and math timed tests. We have been working SO HARD in kindergarten that we would like to enjoy our last few weeks together doing fun projects, playing games, reading our favorite books, and writing about everything we have learned in kindergarten and how much we have grown!

There is NO SHARING HOMEWORK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!
Please continue to read at home (Book Bags will still come home!), write at home, review math concepts, and log onto RAZ KIDS. Thank you for a wonderful year of homework and all of your support at home!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Book Fair and Parent Requests

A few things I wanted to mention...

The Scholastic Book Fair is on OUR CAMPUS all week! It is located in the lower church building and will be open after school and electives if you'd like to visit and go shopping!

Our LAST SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER was also sent home today if you'd rather buy books online! Remember that with every order, our classroom receives a free book for our library :) These orders will be due on Friday!

I wanted to alleviate any confusion there might be on class placement for your children next year. While the kindergarten teachers will be helping to make first grade classes based on academic level, boys vs. girls and behavior concerns, we will NOT BE designating classes (or students) to a particular teacher. Our entire first grade team is wonderful and your child will be lucky to receive any of those amazing teachers for first grade!

Don't forget to see Mrs. Atchley if you would like to help out for our End of the Year Field Day!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Weekly News: May 21-25

NO SCHOOL next Monday, May 28th due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Enjoy the time off with your families.


The end of the year is coming quick and we have a few fun things planned! Make sure to SAVE THE DATES!

Friday, June 8th: Donuts with Dads. Dads, if you are able, please plan on joining us at 8:15 on this date for a quick donut with your child and a presentation of a special Father's Day gift for you! 

Monday, June 11th: We are having a fun and relaxing day in the classroom. Come in your PJs and bring your favorite book and your favorite board game. We will have fun reading and playing all day! We will also celebrate summer birthdays on this day. If you were unable to celebrate your child's birthday this year because it is in the summer, please let me know! 

Tuesday, June 12th: We are having a school FIELD DAY with all of kindergarten, first grade, and even our TK friends! Room-moms are hard at work planning fun games for all the students to rotate through all day long. Our class is in charge of the THREE-LEGGED RACE :) We are asking for as much parent involvement as we can to make this a special time for your kindergartners. If you are able to help out, please see our room-mom, Mrs. Atchley or sign up on our Classroom Clipboard. SIBLINGS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THIS DAY. Please take advantage of this early notice and make arrangements for your little ones if you are able to join us and help support our field day activities. You will also want to wear a lot of sunscreen and clothes that you can get wet!! Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, June 13th: We will have a very special last day of school KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM CELEBRATION on this day. We invite you to join us at 10:30 as we read our last book together as a class, look through our memory books, and watch our "Kindergarten Movie". We also have a special song prepared.

We will continue to send home book bags, but we are all done with fluency passages and Reading A-Z book reading. We are really looking forward to enjoying our last few weeks of reading together by self-selecting our favorite books from the classroom library.

What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: VERY, EVERY, GROW, DOWN.

Letter Teams: There are no more kindergarten letter teams! Please review ALL sounds and letter teams learned so you are prepared for first grade! 

Reading: We will read books about parts of plants.

Writing:  We are adding details to our stories. Some of us are even writing eight sentences now for Step Up to Writing, adding details after every "main idea" sentence.

Math: We will continue to work on our Excel worksheets, our number bonds, 100's Club, Check-Off Challenge, and all of our math concepts learned this year. 

Leadership: Forgiveness.

Homework: May 21-25

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: VERY, EVERY, GROW, DOWN. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD your fluency THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!! 

Math: Please correct the circled problems on the Excel Math from each day. Please also continue to reinforce ALL concepts at home that we have learned in class! Study your math facts for Tuesday and Friday's Math Timed Test! Also, count the money in your bank! Name and count each coin!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Write your sight words, write your sight words in a sentence, write your sight words in alphabetical order, write a Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: Write three sentences about the parts of plants. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Weekly News: May 14 - 18

Thank you so much for all the teacher appreciation gifts, letters, school supplies, and flowers.  I truly feel appreciated each and every day when you send your children to me.  I have enjoyed spending this past school year with your children.  Thank you for all of your support this year.  It has been very much appreciated!

We enjoyed honoring our very special mothers on Friday at our Mother’s Day Celebration.  Thank you for joining us for this very special day.  I hope all of your wonderful mothers enjoyed your very special day!  Our butterflies all came out of their chrysalises on Friday during our Mother’s Day Celebration.  We will be letting the butterflies go free on Monday so they can spread their wings and take on the world. 

Save the Date!!!  We will be honoring all of our dads with DONUTS WITH DADS ON JUNE 8 AT 8:15.  Dads please plan on joining us on this date for a quick donut with your child and a presentation of a special gift from your child.

Save the Date!!!! Our end of the year FIELD DAY will be Tuesday, June 12th. We are asking for as much parent involvement as we can to make this a special time for your kindergartners. Please take advantage of this early notice and make arrangements for your little ones if you are able to join us and help support our field day activities.  SIBLINGS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THIS DAY.  Thank you so much for your support!

SAVE THE DATE!!!  We will also have a last day of school KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM CELEBRATION on Wednesday, June 13th.  Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us at the end of the day.



What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: FALL, WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, WEATHER.

Letter Teams: EA (we are learning that EA can make THREE sounds - long E like in SEASON, short E like in WEATHER, and long A like in BREAK). This is our last kindergarten letter team we are learning! 

Reading: We will read books about weather and our four seasons. We will read our poems, "Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall" and "Weather".

Writing: 
 We are adding details to our stories. Some of us are even writing eight sentences now for Step Up to Writing, adding details after every "main idea" sentence.

Math:
We have been working hard on number bonds. We are now taking number bonds timed tests every Tuesday and Friday too. Our goal is to have students memorize number bonds and missing addends. If a child sees "3+_=5", we want an automatic response of "2". This week we will focus on number bonds of 7. Please practice this at home with your child.  Practice your math facts everyday for our Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Leadership: Our new leadership theme for the rest of the year will be forgiveness.

Homework: May 14 - 18

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: FALL, WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, WEATHER. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD your fluency THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!! 

Math: Please correct the circled problems on the Excel Math from each day. Please also continue to reinforce ALL concepts at home that we have learned in class! Study your math facts for Tuesday and Friday's Math Timed Test! Also, count the money in your bank! Name and count each coin!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Write your sight words, write your sight words in a sentence, write your sight words in alphabetical order, write a Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: Write three sentences about different types of weather in our four seasons. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weekly News: May 7 - May 11

We will be going on a field trip THIS Wednesday, May 9 to the Children’s Museum of the Desert. This is sure to be an exciting “hands on” field trip.  We will be leaving school at 8:15 and returning at approximately 1:30. Mark your calendars and adjust schedules for the late pick up on this day and please note that your child will be missing any electives they may have on this day.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOLDERS ON THIS DAY. We will be eating our “sack” lunches at the museum following the tour. Please pack your child a lunch in a paper bag.  No lunch boxes please. Permission slips were sent home last Monday.  Please return ASAP. Thank you to the chaperones that volunteered to go with us. Chaperones will be riding on the bus with our classes. Please remember that school policy states NO SIBLINGS. Thanks! We are looking forward to a wonderful field trip!

Our caterpillars are now in their chrysalis. We are excited to watch them come out as butterflies!


Friday, we will be having a special Mother's Day Centers in our classroom. We invite all mommies to come to class from 10:30-11:30 to share in our Mother's Day Centers! There will be special activities, games, etc. Mommies - we will be painting so don't dress too fancy! Hope you are able to make it! (daycare is provided at our campus for campus for younger siblings!)

Remember to study for 100% CLUB. Those friends who know 100% of sight words, letter teams, sounds and numbers will receive a special prize!!!


What Are We Learning This Week??: 

Sight Words: HIS, HER, HAD, GET, THESE.

Letter Team: No letter teams this week. Please review ALL letter teams learned so far. 

Reading: We will continue reading books about butterflies and spring, we will read books about mothers and we will read our special Mother's Day poems. 

Writing: 
 We are adding details to our stories. Some of us are even writing eight sentences now for Step Up to Writing, adding details after every "main idea" sentence.

Math: Last week, we started discussing number bonds, as we learned all the ways to make 5 (5 and 0, 4 and 1, 3 and 2). Students took an extra timed test on Friday to practice number bonds. Our goal is to have students memorize number bonds and missing addends. If a child sees "3+_=5", we want an automatic response of "2". This week we will focus on number bonds of 6. Please practice this at home with your child.  Practice your math facts everyday for our Tuesday and Friday Timed Tests!

Leadership: Our new leadership theme for the rest of the year will be forgiveness.

Homework: May 7 - May 11

Flashcards: Make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: HIS, HER, HAD, GET, THESE. Remember to study ALL your old flashcards too!!!!

Reading: READ your books in your book bagREAD your fluency THREE TIMES EVERY NIGHT, READ those old books in your book box, and READ online at RAZ KIDS!!!!! 

Math: Please correct the circled problems on the Excel Math from each day. Please also continue to reinforce ALL concepts at home that we have learned in class! Study your math facts for Tuesday and Friday's Math Timed Test! Also, count the money in your bank! Name and count each coin!

Writing: WRITE EVERYDAY! Write your sight words, write your sight words in a sentence, write your sight words in alphabetical order, write a Step Up to Writing story, write a story from your life. Just keep WRITING, WRITING, WRITING.  

Sharing: We have a special Sharing Homework this week. Bring in a picture of when you were a baby and a picture of you now. Write three sentences about how you have changed and how you are different now. Note: YOU WILL GET THESE PICTURES BACK, I PROMISE!