Friday, May 26, 2017

7 More Days!


I hope you had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend with your families. Can you believe we only have seven more days of kindergarten?? 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! 

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 grader. 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 5th:  Pajama Day!  Wear your favorite pajamas to school. We will have a fun assembly in the morning, then relax and read and play games together. 

Tuesday, June 6th: 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! Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, June 7th: 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!! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekly News: May 22-26


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!

This week we are learning all about the seasons and weather. 

We are done with Success Academy for the year and this is the last week of electives. 

There is no school Monday, May 29th due to Memorial Day. Have a nice three day weekend with your families. 

Last week was our last week of sight words and turn-in homework. Book bags will continue to come home. Please keep reading, writing, practicing those flashcards, and logging onto Smarty Ants and Dreambox 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 5th:  Pajama Day!  Wear your favorite pajamas to school.

Tuesday, June 6th: 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! More information will be coming soon. 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!!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: 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: We will continue to ROAR!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekly News: May 15-19


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.

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.

This week we are studying and learning all about plants. Students will be planting their own little "potted plant pal" to take home on Friday. 

Success Academy is done for the year.  

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 5th:  Pajama Day!  Wear your favorite pjs to school.

Tuesday, June 6th: 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! More information will be coming soon. 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!!


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 write about plants. 

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: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: May 15-19

Flashcards: This is the last week of sight words! New words for this week are: VERY, EVERY, ABOVE, BELOW, ALWAYS. Study all sight word and letter team flashcards. I will begin our end of the year assessments next 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 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: fluency passage, paper books, and library books. 

Writing: Practice writing EVERY day in your at-home journal. Our goal for all students now is writing five to eight sentences every day. 

Math: Play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), 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.

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Weekly News: May 8-12


We have had so much fun watching our caterpillars get bigger and bigger and fatter and fatter as we learn about their metamorphosis. We think they will be in their chrysalis very soon! 

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!!

Our field trip is THIS Tuesday, May 9th! We will leave the school by bus first thing in the morning and we will be returning by dismissal. We will be providing snacks for each child, so you will not need to bring a snack (or a folder!) on this day. We are looking forward to a fun last kindergarten field trip together! 

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 :)

Save the Date: We will have a last day of school KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM CELEBRATION on Wednesday, June 7th 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:
Tuesday, May 9: Field trip to the Lewis Family Playhouse Theater 
Friday, May 12: Mother's Day Celebration 

Monday, May 29: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, June 6: BSC Field Day - more info coming soon! 
Wednesday, June 7: 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! End of the year assessments will be taking place in a few weeks!

Reading: We will continue to read books about caterpillars and butterflies as we study their life cycle. We will also begin reading books about plants and read books about Mother's Day. 

Writing: We will continue our special writing project. We are also writing about the life cycle of a butterfly. 

Math: We are working hard on decomposing, composing, addition, and subtraction through many fun math games! Please continue to reinforce these skills at home. 

Leadership: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: May 8-12

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 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: fluency passage, paper books, and library books. 

Writing: Practice writing EVERY day in your at-home journal. Our goal for all students now is writing five to eight sentences every day. 

Math: Play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), 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.

Turn-In Homework: This week, please write and turn in five to eight sentences about what we have learned about caterpillars and butterflies.