Monday, May 30, 2016

7 More Days!


Hello everyone! I hope you had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend with your families. Mrs. Bess is BACK!!! :) While I had a wonderful three months off with my babies, I missed you all so much and I'm so excited to spend the last seven days of school together! I know Mrs. Ter Keurst had a great time with your children and I am so proud of how much they have grown! The students have been working SO HARD 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 and Dreambox will be open during the summer, so you can continue to enjoy those programs at home!



End of the Year Events:  
Save these important dates for next week so that you do not miss out! 

Monday, June 6th:  Pajama Day!  Wear your favorite pjs to school. 
Summer Birthday Celebration!  On Monday, June 6th we will also celebrate the friends with summer birthdays.  If you would like to donate a wrapped birthday book to the class in honor of your child’s birthday your child will open it in class on this day.

Tuesday, June 7th: BSC Field Day. We are having a school FIELD DAY with all of kindergarten, first and second grades, and TK friends! We will rotate through fun centers outside in the morning. We would love parent helpers on this day! If you are able to help out, please see our awesome room-mom Kelly. Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, June 8th: 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 some special songs, read our last book together as a class, look through our memory books, and watch our "Kindergarten Movie". YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! 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!! 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Weekly News: May 23 - 27

May 23 - May 27


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 27.

Last week was our last week of sight words and turn-in 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 6th:  Pajama Day!  Wear your favorite pjs to school. 
Summer Birthday Celebration!  On Monday, June 6th we will also celebrate the friends with summer birthdays.  If you would like to donate a wrapped birthday book to the class in honor of your child’s birthday your child will open it in class on this day.

Tuesday, June 7th: BSC Field Day. We are having a school FIELD DAY with all of kindergarten, first and second grades, and TK friends! We will rotate through fun centers outside in the morning. We would love parent helpers on this day! If you are able to help out, please see our awesome room-mom Kelly. Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, June 8th: 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 some special songs, 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!! 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, May 30: No School
Tuesday, May 31:  Mrs. Bess Returns
Monday, June 6:  Pajama Day and Summer Birthday Celebration
Tuesday, June 7: End of the Year Field Day
Wednesday, June 8: End of Year School Assembly 8:10
Wednesday, June 8: Last Day of Kindergarten Celebration (in the classroom at 11:00)

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: Our leadership theme is Responsibility.

Homework: May 23 - 27

Homework
  May 23 - May 27


Flashcards:  There are NO new sight words or letter teams for the rest of the year - so study ALL flashcards! Practice Letter Team and Sight Word Fluency Pages, so you are well prepared for first grade!

Phonemic Awareness:  Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. Please see our Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips. Please check your child's report card from first trimester and see the Foundational Skills areas where they may still need support. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: sight words and letter team RAN Boards, fluency passage, any paper books, and library book.

You can also access Raz-kids Reading. This is a web sight reading program where your child can access digital books online. The books can be read and/or listened to and then your child can take a quiz to check for understanding. You will find the links to Smarty Ants and raz-kids below.


raz-kids   our class login is: mrsbess

You can also download the Smarty Ants and raz-kids apps to your tablet for free!

Writing:  Practice writing EVERY day.  You can practice writing a 5 to 8 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal.
We have been using the transitional words first, next, and last.  Some students are now adding explanation sentences to their details, making an eight sentence paragraph. For example:  My spring break was so much fun.  First, I went to Disneyland.  I took a picture with Mickey Mouse.  Next, I went horseback riding.  I was a little scared but still enjoyed it.  Last, I visited by grandma.  I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with her.  My spring break was a busy and fun time.


Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.
 
Work on your math goals for third trimester.  Practice addition and subtraction facts, numbers bonds to ten, ways to make 5 and 10, place vale, and math story problems.   
Our school code is X2we/inlandlcs
You can download the DreamBox app for your tablet

Turn-In Homework: No Turn-In homework for the rest of the year!


Note: If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable writing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for turn in writing homework each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Weekly News: May 16 - 20

May 16 - May 20

Can you believe that we only have three more full weeks left of kindergarten?! This year and my time with the students has flown by! I am amazed and so proud of how each and every student has grown and at how they have grown as a class. I am looking forward to having a fun-filled last few weeks together.

Kindergarten Success Academy is over!  There will be no more Kindergarten Success Academy after school. If your child participated in our Success Academy please be aware that your child will be dismissed at our regular dismissal time of 12:30 for the rest of the year.  Thank you!

NO SCHOOL next Monday, May 30th due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Enjoy the time off with your families. 

We let our butterflies go last week.  It was very exciting to see them fly around the playground.   

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 6th:  Pajama Day!  Wear your favorite pjs to school.
Tuesday, June 7th: BSC Field Day. We are having a school FIELD DAY with all of kindergarten, first and second grades, and TK friends! We will rotate through fun centers outside in the morning. We would love parent helpers on this day! If you are able to help out, please see our awesome room-mom Kelly. Thank you so much for your support!
Wednesday, June 8th: 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 some special songs, 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!!

Upcoming Events:
Monday, May 30: No School!
Tuesday, May 31: MRS. BESS RETURNS!!
Monday, June 6:  Pajama Day 
Tuesday, June 7: End of the Year Field Day
Wednesday, June 8: End of Year School Assembly 8:10
Wednesday, June 8: Last Day of Kindergarten Celebration (in the classroom at 11:00)

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 is Responsibility.

Homework: May 16 - 20

New Homework Expectations:  We will have new homework expectations for the rest of the year. We will not only be recording students that have turned in their "Turn-In Homework", but we will be checking Smarty Ants and DreamBox to make sure students are spending 10-15 minutes a day on each program. We will also be keeping track of students that bring book bags to school every day. Thank you for your continued support at home!

Check out Parent Square where you can find additional homework activities to download. 

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! Practice Letter Team and Sight Word Fluency Pages, end of the year assessments are this week!

Phonemic Awareness:  Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. Please see our Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips. Please check your child's report card from the second trimester and see the Foundational Skills areas where they may still need support. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: sight words and letter team RAN Boards, fluency passage, any paper books, and library book.

You can also access Raz-kids Reading. This is a web sight reading program where your child can access digital books online. The books can be read and/or listened to and then your child can take a quiz to check for understanding. You will find the links to Smarty Ants and raz-kids below.

raz-kids   our class login is: mrsbess

You can also download the Smarty Ants and raz-kids apps to your tablet for free!

Writing:  Practice writing EVERY day.  You can practice writing a 5 to 8 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal.We have been using the transitional words first, next, and last.  Some students are now adding explanation sentences to their details, making an eight sentence paragraph. For example:  My spring break was so much fun.  First, I went to Disneyland.  I took a picture with Mickey Mouse.  Next, I went horseback riding.  I was a little scared but still enjoyed it.  Last, I visited by grandma.  I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with her.  My spring break was a busy and fun time.

Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.
Work on your math goals for third trimester.  Practice addition and subtraction facts, numbers bonds to ten, ways to make 5 and 10, place vale, and math story problems.   

DreamBox
Our school code is X2we/inlandlcs

You can download the DreamBox app for your tablet

Turn-In Homework: This is our LAST week of Turn-In homework! This week, please write at least five sentences about what you have learned in kindergarten this year. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Note: If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable writing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for turn in writing homework each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Weekly News: May 9 - 13

May 9 - 13
Thank you SO VERY MUCH for a wonderful week of notes, flowers, candies, snacks, gifts 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.

The kids did a fantastic job sharing their community service projects!  It is wonderful to see the caring and giving our young students are participating in.  Thank you parents for all of your support!!

We now have 3 butterflies!! Only 2 of our caterpillars are still in a chrysalis. We are very excited to watch them come out as butterflies!

Save the Date: We will have a last day of school KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM CELEBRATION on Wednesday, June 8th at 11:00.  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 30: No School
Tuesday, May 31:  MRS. BESS RETURNS!!  :-)
Tuesday, June 7: End of the Year Field Day (more info to come!)
Wednesday, June 8: Last Day of Kindergarten Celebration

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: HIS, HER, HAD, GET, THESE.
You will still find the Sight Word Fluency Pages for all three trimesters in your child’s book bag this week.  Please help your child work on all of the sight words learned this year.  End of the year assessments will be taking place in a few weeks!

Letter Team: Keep reviewing all of your letter teams learned in kindergarten! You will still find a Letter Team Review Fluency page in your child’s book bag this week.  Please work on this fluency page.  End of the year assessments will be taking place in a few weeks!

Reading: This week, we will read books all about plants. We will learn the parts of plants and what plants need to live.  You will find the Parts of Plants fluency practice in your child’s book bag this week. Please make sure your child brings this to school in their bag every day.

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 is Responsibility.

Homework: May 9 - 13

New Homework Expectations We will have new homework expectations for the rest of the year. We will not only be recording students that have turned in their "Turn-In Homework", but we will be checking Smarty Ants and DreamBox to make sure students are spending 10-15 minutes a day on each program. We will also be keeping track of students that bring book bags to school every day. Thank you for your continued support at home!
Check out Parent Square where you can find additional homework activities to download. 

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! Practice Letter Team and Sight Word Fluency Pages, end of the year assessments are coming soon!

Phonemic Awareness:  Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. Please see our Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips. Please check your child's report card from first trimester and see the Foundational Skills areas where they may still need support. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: sight words and letter team RAN Boards, fluency passage, any paper books, and library book.

You can also access Raz-kids Reading. This is a web sight reading program where your child can access digital books online. The books can be read and/or listened to and then your child can take a quiz to check for understanding. You will find the links to Smarty Ants and raz-kids below.
 
raz-kids   our class login is: mrsbess

You can also download the Smarty Ants and raz-kids apps to your tablet for free!

Writing:  Practice writing EVERY day.  You can practice writing a 5 to 8 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal. We have been using the transitional words first, next, and last.  Some students are now adding explanation sentences to their details, making an eight sentence paragraph. For example:  My spring break was so much fun.  First, I went to Disneyland.  I took a picture with Mickey Mouse.  Next, I went horseback riding.  I was a little scared but still enjoyed it.  Last, I visited by grandma.  I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with her.  My spring break was a busy and fun time.

Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.
Work on your math goals for third trimester.  Practice addition and subtraction facts, numbers bonds to ten, ways to make 5 and 10, place vale, and math story problems.   


Our school code is X2we/inlandlcs
You can download the DreamBox app for your tablet

Turn-In Homework: This week, write at least five sentences about the parts of plants.

Note: If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable writing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for turn in writing homework each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Weekly News: May 2 - 6

May 2 - May 6

We have had so much fun watching our caterpillars get bigger and bigger and fatter and fatter as we learn about their metamorphosis. They are all in a chrysalis now and will be butterflies 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 :)

IT'S TIME! Community Service Projects are due and will be presented THIS WEEK!  Please send projects in Monday through Thursday (May 2nd - May 5th).   We need all of the projects turned in BEFORE FRIDAY!!
Please remember that your community service project is a required part of our curriculum at Inland Leaders.  I look forward to seeing all of the projects.

Upcoming Events:
May 2 - Community Service projects are due this week.  Projects must be turned in by THURSDAY May 5th.
May 6 - Mother’s Day Celebration in the classroom 11:00 - 12:30
May 30 - Memorial Day NO SCHOOL

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: AUNT, UNCLE, GRANDMA, GRANDPA, COUSIN.  You will also find Sight Word Fluency Pages for all three trimesters in your child’s book bag this week.  Please help your child work on all of the sight words learned this year.  End of the year assessments will be taking place in a few weeks!

Letter Team:  You will find a Letter Team Review Fluency page in your child’s book bag this week.  Please work on this fluency page.  End of the year assessments will be taking place in a few weeks!  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 will be working on Step up to Writing pieces on caterpillars or butterflies 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 month of May is Responsibility.

Homework: May 2 - 6

Homework
May 2 - 6
 
New Homework Expectations:  We will have new homework expectations for the rest of the year. We will not only be recording students that have turned in their "Turn-In Homework", but we will be checking Smarty Ants and DreamBox to make sure students are spending 10-15 minutes a day on each program. We will also be keeping track of students that bring book bags to school every day. Thank you for your continued support at home!
Check out Parent Square where you can find additional homework activities to download.

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!  Practice Letter Team and Sight Word Fluency Pages, end of the year assessments are coming soon!

Phonemic Awareness:  Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. Please see our Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips. Please check your child's report card from first trimester and see the Foundational Skills areas where they may still need support. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: sight words and letter team RAN Boards, fluency passage, any paper books, and library book.

You can also access Raz-kids Reading. This is a web sight reading program where your child can access digital books online. The books can be read and/or listened to and then your child can take a quiz to check for understanding. You will find the links to Smarty Ants and raz-kids below.

raz-kids   our class login is: mrsbess
You can also download the Smarty Ants and raz-kids apps to your tablet for free!

Writing:  Practice writing EVERY day.  You can practice writing a 5 to 8 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal.We have been using the transitional words first, next, and last.  Some students are now adding explanation sentences to their details, making an eight sentence paragraph. For example:  My spring break was so much fun.  First, I went to Disneyland.  I took a picture with Mickey Mouse.  Next, I went horseback riding.  I was a little scared but still enjoyed it.  Last, I visited by grandma.  I baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with her.  My spring break was a busy and fun time.

Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.
Work on your math goals for third trimester.  Practice addition and subtraction facts, numbers bonds to ten, ways to make 5 and 10, place vale, and math story problems.   

DreamBox
Our school code is X2we/inlandlcs
You can download the DreamBox app for your tablet

Turn-In Homework: There will be no turn in homework this week.  Please use this time to work on your community service projects. These projects are due this week May 2-5! Please make sure projects are turned in NO LATER THAN THURSDAY MAY 5th.  Important info. to assist you in putting the project together:  http://mrsstanley.com/Mrs._Stanleys_Kindergarten/Community_Service_Projects.html

Note: If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable writing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for turn in writing homework each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab at the top of the page