Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weekly News: May 27-30

News:

I hope you enjoyed the three day holiday weekend with your families. Only 12 more days of kindergarten!! 

Calling all parents!!! The end of the year means a lot of prep work to be done! If you are able, come on by any day, grab some mommy helper friends to chat with, make yourself a cup of coffee in our lounge, and we will put you to work :) We have truly appreciated your time and help all year long. Thank you! 

The last day for electives is THIS Friday, May 30.


End of the Year Events:  
The end of the year is coming quick and I wanted to let you know {IN ADVANCE!} what we have planned! Make sure to SAVE THE DATES!

Friday, June 6th: Donuts with Dads. Dads, if you are able, please plan on joining us at 8:10 on this date for a quick donut with your child and a presentation of a special Father's Day gift for you! This will be no longer than 30 minutes. If you are not able to attend, we would love to have grandpa, uncle, or another special "dad"!

Monday, June 9th: PJ and Game Day. We are having a fun and relaxing day in the classroom. Come in your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal. We will have fun reading our favorite library books and playing our favorite games 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 and we can plan a celebration together!

Tuesday, June 10th: BSC Field Day. We are having a school FIELD DAY with all of kindergarten, first grade, and TK friends! We will rotate through fun centers outside and we will also have a special assembly to attend. If you are able to help out, please see our room-mom, Teresa. 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 11th: Last Day of Kindergarten Celebration. We will have a very special last day of school KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM CELEBRATION on this day. We invite you to join us at 11:00 as we sing a special song, read our last book together as a class, look through our memory books, and watch our "Kindergarten Movie". We will also be having our big end of the school year assembly at 8:10 on this morning, so mark your calendars for a full day of events!! 


What Are We Learning This Week?:
Sight Words: FALL, WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, WEATHER - these are our LAST SIGHT WORDS OF THE YEAR!!! Friday will be our LAST spelling test and LAST math test :) 

Letter Team: There are NO new letter teams! Remember to practice ALL letter teams so that you are well-prepared for first grade. 

Reading:
 
This week we are reading about different kinds of weather and how weather changes through our four seasons.

Writing: This week we will write all about weather and seasons, as well as work on our special end of the year writing project. 

Math: We are having so much fun playing math games and reviewing all the concepts we've been learning all year long.  

Leadership: SERVICE. We will have our Leadership Awards Assembly this Friday, May 30th at 8:15 to hand out Service bracelets. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Weekly News: May 19-23

News:

Can you believe that we only have three more full weeks left of kindergarten?! This year has flown by! As I think back to our very first few weeks of school together, I am amazed and so proud of how each and every student has grown and at how we have grown as a class. I am looking forward to having a fun-filled last few weeks together.

NO SCHOOL next Monday, May 26th due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Enjoy the time off with your families. 

Your community service projects have been fantastic! I have enjoyed watching your presentations on how you have been serving your community these past few months. It makes me so happy to see a class full of leaders!

Our very last book order is due this week. If you would like to order books for summer, now is the perfect time. Thank you so much for all of your orders all year long. By ordering online, you have helped build up our classroom library!

We let our butterflies go free into the world on Friday. It was quite an exciting event! 

The last day for electives is Friday, May 30.


End of the Year Events:  
The end of the year is coming quick and I wanted to let you know {IN ADVANCE!} what we have planned! Make sure to SAVE THE DATES!

Friday, June 6th: Donuts with Dads. Dads, if you are able, please plan on joining us at 8:10 on this date for a quick donut with your child and a presentation of a special Father's Day gift for you! This will be no longer than 30 minutes. If you are not able to attend, we would love to have grandpa, uncle, or another special "dad"!

Monday, June 9th: PJ and Game Day. We are having a fun and relaxing day in the classroom. Come in your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal. We will have fun reading our favorite library books and playing our favorite games 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 and we can plan a celebration together!

Tuesday, June 10th: BSC Field Day. We are having a school FIELD DAY with all of kindergarten, first grade, and TK friends! We will rotate through fun centers outside and we will also have a special assembly to attend. If you are able to help out, please see our room-mom, Teresa. 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 11th: Last Day of Kindergarten Celebration. We will have a very special last day of school KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM CELEBRATION on this day. We invite you to join us at 11:00 as we sing a special song, read our last book together as a class, look through our memory books, and watch our "Kindergarten Movie". We will also be having our big end of the school year assembly at 8:10 on this morning, so mark your calendars for a full day of events!! 


What Are We Learning This Week?:
Sight Words: VERY, EVERY, ABOVE, BELOW, ALWAYS

Letter Team: There are NO new letter teams! Remember to practice ALL letter teams so that you are well-prepared for first grade. 

Reading:
 We will continue reading and learning all about plants. We are learning the different parts of plants and also what plants need to survive.


Writing: The students have been having so much fun with our writing center lately. We have been writing lists, cards, stories, and even making books! We will also begin working on a special end of the year writing project. 

Math: We are finishing up our unit on addition and subtraction, continuing to work on ways to make 10 and fluency through five, and sharpening our mental math skills. 

Leadership: SERVICE.

Homework: May 19-23

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!

We have two more weeks of spelling tests and math tests so make sure you are practicing those spelling words and reviewing math facts!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Weekly News: May 12-16

News:

Thank you SO VERY MUCH for a wonderful week of notes, flowers, candies, appreciation, and especially for my HUGE SURPRISE baby shower on Friday! I am so overwhelmed and touched by your generosity and I was so happy to share such a fantastic morning with my favorite kiddos and families. I feel like the luckiest teacher in the world! Thank you again! :) 

We enjoyed honoring our 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 day and had a lovely Mother's Day weekend. 

Each of our caterpillars are now in a chrysalis. We are very excited to watch them come out as butterflies!

IT'S TIME! Community Service Projects will be presented THIS WEEK! Unfortunately, we have not had ALL of our students sign up for a presentation :(  Please remember that your community service project is a required part of our curriculum at Inland Leaders, so if you have not yet signed up for a time to present, please email me or stop by to see me!

The Service Project should include the following: 
  1. 1)A Service Log Listing 6 or more hours
  2. 2)A Visual Presentation that is Organized and Student Created
  3. 3)An Oral Presentation that is clear and well prepared
  4. 4)A Written/Typed Paragraph explaining what you did and what you learned.  
Each Category is worth 5 points for a total of 20 points for the Service Project.

Save the Date: We will be honoring all of our dads with DONUTS WITH DADS ON JUNE 6th AT 8:15.  Dads, please plan on joining us for 30 minutes on this date for a quick donut and special reading with your child.

Save the Date: We will have a last day of school KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM CELEBRATION on Wednesday, June 11th.  Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us at the end of the day.


Upcoming Events
Monday, May 12 - Friday, May 16: Community Service Projects Due
Monday, May 26th: NO SCHOOL 
Friday, June 6th: Donuts with Dads - Father's Day Celebration 
Tuesday, June 10th: End of the Year Field Day 
Wednesday, June 11th: Last Day of Kindergarten Celebration 


What Are We Learning This Week?:
Sight Words: HIS, HER, HAD, GET, THESE.

Letter Team: There are NO new letter teams! For the rest of the year, we will be reviewing all letter teams that we have learned this year. The expectation is that students recognize the letter team within our three second rule, then be able to apply that letter team when decoding an unknown word. 

Reading:
 
This week, we will read books all about plants. We will learn the parts of plants and what plants need to live. 

Writing: We will be writing about plants this week.

Math: We have been working so hard on our facts through five. Our class goal is that every student can pass their timed test in 2 minutes and we are ALMOST THERE!! Keep practicing those facts at home! We have also been practicing Mental Math in class. We have been practicing adding using various strategies such as doubles plus one, doubles minus one, seeing number combinations of fives and tens to add easier.  For example:  5+5=10 so 6+5 is one more.  Continue singing the doubles song (on the homework folder) as homework and then practice the doubles strategies to help with addition and sharpen Mental Math Skills.  

Leadership: Our leadership theme for the month of May is SERVICE. I am looking forward to seeing those community service projects this week!  

Homework: May 12-16

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: HIS, HER, HAD, GET, THESE. There are NO new letter teams for the rest of the year - but please don't forget to study ALL old letter team flashcards!

Phonemic Awareness:  Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills: Rhyming, Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds, Syllables, Blending, Segmenting.

Reading: Read books from your book bag, read your fluency, read from your Book Box at home, read on RAZ-Kids, read on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Please review our Daily Math Practice worksheets that are coming home daily. This should give you a good idea on what skills your child needs to practice. Continue reinforcing addition and subtraction fluency through 5 and continue counting the money in your bank each night.

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of five sentences. 

Sharing:  Sharing this week will be your community service presentations. I am looking forward to seeing all of them. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Weekly News: May 5-9

We have had so much fun watching our caterpillars get bigger and bigger and fatter and fatter as we read about their metamorphosis. We think all of them will be in a chrysalis very soon! 

We are excited for our very special Mother's Day centers on Friday. We will begin RIGHT AT 11:00 so please plan on arriving by then. The students have some special songs prepared and we have a special story we will be reading together as a class. There will be activities, games, and even a snack! You will be painting with your children, so don't wear anything too fancy! Hope you are able to make it!

Community Service projects are due NEXT WEEK! Students will be presenting a short 3-5 minute oral presentation of their project next week. Please practice this presentation with your child so that they are prepared to present in class. We will have sign-ups for presentations on the Classroom Clipboard this week. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me. 

The Service Project should include the following: 
  1. 1)A Service Log Listing 6 or more hours
  2. 2)A Visual Presentation that is Organized and Student Created
  3. 3)An Oral Presentation that is clear and well prepared
  4. 4)A Written/Typed Paragraph explaining what you did and what you learned.  

Each Category is worth 5 points for a total of 20 points for the Service Project.


Upcoming Events
Friday, May 9th: Mother's Day Celebration 
Monday, May 12 - Friday, May 16: Community Service Projects Due
Monday, May 26th: NO SCHOOL 
Friday, June 6th: Donuts with Dads - Father's Day Celebration 
Tuesday, June 10th: End of the Year Field Day 
Wednesday, June 11th: Last Day of Kindergarten Celebration 


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WE NEED A LOT MORE GLUESTICKS!!!!! 


What Are We Learning This Week?:
Sight Words: AUNT, UNCLE, GRANDMA, GRANDPA, COUSIN.

Letter Team: There are NO new letter teams! For the rest of the year, we will be reviewing all letter teams that we have learned this year. The expectation is that students recognize the letter team within our three second rule, then be able to apply that letter team when decoding an unknown word. 

Reading:
 
We will continue to read books about caterpillars, butterflies, Mother's Day, and spring.

Writing: Students may choose if they would like to write a step up to writing or fictional stories about butterflies.  

Math: We have been working so hard on our facts through five. Our class goal is that every student can pass their timed test in 2 minutes and we are ALMOST THERE!! Keep practicing those facts at home! 

Leadership: Our leadership theme for the rest of the year is SERVICE. I am excited to see how our kindergarten friends have shown service through their community service projects! 

Homework: May 5-9

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: AUNT, UNCLE, GRANDMA, GRANDPA, COUSIN. There are NO new letter teams for the rest of the year - but please don't forget to study ALL old letter team flashcards!

Phonemic Awareness:  Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills: Rhyming, Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds, Syllables, Blending, Segmenting.

Reading: Read books from your book bag, read your fluency, read from your Book Box at home, read on RAZ-Kids, read on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Please review our Daily Math Practice worksheets that are coming home daily. This should give you a good idea on what skills your child needs to practice. Continue reinforcing addition and subtraction fluency through 5 and continue counting the money in your bank each night.

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of five sentences. 

Sharing:  No sharing homework this week due to your community service presentations next week. I would recommend taking time this week to finish up those projects and practice those presentations.