Friday, May 29, 2015

Weekly News: June 1-5

I cannot believe that it is our last full week of kindergarten together. We have been working SO HARD on our learning this year that we would like to enjoy our last 7 days together doing fun end-of-the-year projects, playing games, reading our favorite books together, and writing about everything we have learned in kindergarten and how much we have grown! 

Thank you so much to all of our parent helpers who have prepped for us all year long! We really appreciate all of the hard work :) 

There will be no more book bags coming home this week and this will be our LAST WEEK for folders. On Friday, your kiddos are coming home with a LARGE BROWN BAG filled with all of our kindergarten work, kindergarten folders, writing portfolios, special projects, and Father's Day gifts. 

Report cards will be coming home on the last day of school. I hope that you continue to read, study those flashcards, write, and practice math over the summer so that you are even more prepared to be a first grade. I also wanted to let you know that Smarty Ants will be open during the summer, so you can continue to enjoy that program at home!


Monday, June 8th: 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 in the morning from 8:30-10:00. We would love parent helpers on this day! If you are able to help out, please see our awesome room-mom. Thank you so much for your support!

Tuesday, June 9th: 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!! 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Weekly News: May 26-29

News:

I hope you enjoyed the three day holiday weekend with your families. Only 11 more days of kindergarten!! 

We had a great time this week letting our butterflies free and also making plant pals. Each child took his or her plant pal home on Friday. Make sure to give it plenty of water, sun, and air so it will grow!

The last day for electives is THIS Friday, May 29.


Last week was our last week of sight words and sharing homework. Book bags will continue to come home. Please keep reading, practicing those flashcards, and logging onto Smarty Ants so that you are well-prepared for first grade. What a great year of homework is has been!


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!

Monday, June 8th: 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 in the morning from 8:30-10:00. We would love parent helpers on this day! If you are able to help out, please see our awesome room-mom. Thank you so much for your support!

Tuesday, June 9th: 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 & Letter Teams: There are NO new sight words or letter teams! Remember to continue to practice ALL of these 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: LOYALTY. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekly News: May 18-22

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 25th due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Enjoy the time off with your families. 

Your community service projects came home on Friday. They were all 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 butterflies are still in their chrysalises. We are getting very anxious to see them come out! 


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!

Monday, June 8th: 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 in the morning from 8:30-10:00. We would love parent helpers on this day! If you are able to help out, please see our awesome room-mom. Thank you so much for your support!

Tuesday, June 9th: 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 -  these are our LAST SIGHT WORDS OF THE YEAR!!! Friday will be our LAST dictation 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:
 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 doing an excellent job with 8 sentences paragraphs, including explanations! I am so proud. This week, we will continue writing about plants. 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: Our leadership theme for the rest of the year will be LOYALTY.

Homework: May 18-22

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: VERY, EVERY, ABOVE, BELOW, ALWAYS. There are NO new letter teams for the rest of the year - so 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 bags, book boxes, books on RAZ Kids, visit Smarty Ants, and books on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Practice counting to 100 and counting on by ones from any number between 1 and 99. Practice numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song. Count the money in your bank.

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

Sharing:  This is our LAST week of sharing! This week, please write three or more sentences about what you have learned in kindergarten this year. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Please remember that sharing homework is due by Thursday.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Weekly News: May 11-15

News:

Thank you SO VERY MUCH for a wonderful week of notes, flowers, candies, and appreciation! I am so overwhelmed and touched by your generosity. 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 you 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!

If you have not turned in or presented your Community Service project yet, this is the last week to do so! I can't wait to see what you've been doing to serve our community!

Save the Date: We will have a last day of school KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM CELEBRATION on Tuesday, June 9th.  You will not want to miss this! Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us at the end of the day.


Upcoming Events
Monday, May 11 - Friday, May 15:  Community Service Projects Due
Monday, May 25: No School
Monday, June 8: End of the Year Field Day (more info to come!)
Tuesday, June 9: Last Day of Kindergarten Celebration 


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

Letter Team: Keep reviewing all of your letter teams learned in kindergarten!

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 are working on so many fun math games that are helping us with our addition, subtraction, and decomposing. 

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

Homework: May 11-15

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 - so 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 bags, book boxes, books on RAZ Kids, visit Smarty Ants, and books on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Practice counting to 100 and counting on by ones from any number between 1 and 99. Practice numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song. Count the money in your bank.

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

Sharing:  There is no writing sharing this week. Please use this time to work on your community service projects. These projects must be turned in and presented by Friday! 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Weekly News: May 4-8



News:

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! Please remember to arrange childcare for your little ones so that this can be a very special time between you and your kindergartner :) 

We had a great time on our field trip to the Children's Museum. Thank you for all the donations and a big thank you to our chaperones. Check out our pictures on the class Facebook page! 


Your community service presentations have been wonderful so far! I am so proud to have a classroom full of little leaders helping the community. If you have not turned in or presented your project yet, you may bring it in any time in the next two weeks. The last day to turn in your projects will be Friday, May 15th. I can't wait to see more!


Upcoming Events:
Friday, May 8th: Mother’s Day Celebration
Monday, May 11 - Friday, May 15:  Community Service Projects Due
Monday, May 25th - No School


We are running out of glue sticks!!  If you are at the store and are able to pick some up to donate to our class we thank you in advance!!


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 are working on so many fun math games that are helping us with our addition, subtraction, and decomposing. 

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

Homework: May 4-8

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 - so 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 bags, read your fluency passage, book boxes, books on RAZ Kids, visit Smarty Ants, and books on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Practice counting to 100 and counting on by ones from any number between 1 and 99. Practice numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song. Count the money in your bank.

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

Sharing:  Sharing for our third trimester will consist of writing THREE sentences and a picture.  This week, write three sentences about what we are learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Please remember that sharing homework is due by Thursday.