Friday, December 15, 2017

Our Last Week Together in 2017!



We are so excited to perform our play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" on Tuesday. There will be a school day performance at 8:30 and an evening performance at 6:00. Remember to send your child to school on Tuesday wearing plain clothing (black pants/leggings with a plain black or white top) and please meet at the church at 5:45 for our evening performance. 

We will celebrate the holidays together with fun centers on Thursday. Thank you for signing up on ParentSquare to help with this day. On Thursday, your child will be coming home with their large brown "Busy Bag". This will be filled with all of our Christmas Art, December journals, a small gift for each student from me, and our Christmas presents we have made for mom and dad. 

There are no electives this week and no Success Academy. Electives and Success Academy will resume our SECOND week back to school in January - beginning on January 16th. 

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday and for the following two weeks due to Christmas vacation!!!! This is our last week together in 2017. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Years and I will see you back at school on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

This week we will have fun and review everything we have learned so far in kindergarten. We will be learning about the different holidays of the season, working on fun Christmas projects, playing fun math games, performing our play, and reading many books about our holiday season. It's going to be a fun week! We are reviewing all of our sight words and letter teams and there will be no fluency and no paper books going home this week, but we will still be taking home library books in our book bags so make sure you are still reading every night!!! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Weekly News: December 11-15



Monday is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able, to join us in the Cub's Den (church sanctuary) at 8:50. The TK and kindergarten classes will be performing a few special songs. There will also be a short presentation from our school director, Mr. Gordon, and our school principal, Dr. Urrea, as well as coffee and treats. We ask that all grandparents stay in the sanctuary for the entirety of the presentation, grab a treat, then you are invited to join us in our classroom. We will do a quick craft together and grandparents will have the opportunity to see our classroom. Grandparents day for kindergarten will be over at 9:40. We hope you can attend!


Gingerbread Man Information: 

Details: We will be performing our kindergarten play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" on the evening of Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00. TK will have a small performance at 5:00, then Mrs. Bess and Mrs. Stanley's classes will perform at 6:00, then Mrs. Bobrink and Mrs. Marion's classes will  perform at 6:45. Because of so much going on this evening and the limited amount of parking, wask you to arrive at the Cub's Den (church sanctuary) at 5:45 to get your costume on and get ready. If you come any earlier, another class will be performing/taking pictures/etc. and we need to be respectful of their time. Please arrive at 5:45. Our rehearsals have been going well and the students are having so much fun! We hope that all parents are able to make this wonderful event! 

Parent Help for the Play: We are in need of parent helpers on the morning of Monday, December 18th (8:00-9:00) to help us with our "dress rehearsal". We will also need parent helpers on the morning of Tuesday, December 19th (8:00-9:00) to help us with our school day performance, and will also need parents to help put on costumes for our Tuesday evening performance at 5:45. If anyone is able to come help, please let us know! The more, the better! Thank you!

Play Costumes: We are providing all of the costumes and props for your children. We ask that your child come to school on Tuesday (the 19th) morning and Tuesday (the 19th) night wearing a plain black or white shirt and black leggings or pants so that it is easier to put their costumes over their clothes :) The only costume that we do NOT provide is the narrator - we ask that the narrators please dress in "Sunday Best".



If you are at the store thinking of us, our classroom would love:
Christmas/Holiday stickers and trinkets 
Baby Wipes 


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WORK, ALL, AWAY, JUST, US.

Letter Team: 
 WOR (the OR sounds like Mr. ER, like in work and word) and TION (sounds like SHUN like in vacation, invention, connection). 


Reading: Students will continue to take home leveled Reading A to Z books and library books in our book bags, as well as fluency passages. Please practice reading these sheets and these books every day at home. Please remember that everything in your book bag MUST come back to school every day! 

Writing: We will continue to work on our writing goals as we strive to write three to five sentences every day. Some students will be writing topic sentences, three details, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: We have been working hard on place value - learning tens and ones. You can help at home by giving your child a two-digit number and asking how many tens and ones does it have. "Let's look at the number 16. It has one group of ten and six baby ones. It's number sentence is 10+6=16. We will continue working on fun story problems and playing fun addition games.  


Leadership: Don't forget to ROAR everyday to keep earning those ROAR tickets!

Homework: December 11-15

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (WORK, ALL, US, JUST, AWAY), and letter teams (WOR and TION). Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 


Reading: Read the Reading A-Z books from your book bag. Read the library book in your book bag. Read your fluency passage from your book bag. Continue to read the little paper books from your at-home book box. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 


Writing: Write in your at-home journal every day. Continue to work with your child on the writing goals they need to master. While we ARE all at different writing goals, the in-class expectation is now that each child will write three or more sentences every day. Please reinforce this at home with writing homework.


Math: Continue to work on number ID, number writing, counting to 100, counting forward and telling ONE MORE. Continue to work on shapes and shape drawing. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night.  Please check your child's report card from first trimester and see the Counting and Cardinality and Geometry areas where they may still need support, as discussed at parent conferences. 


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. 


Turn-In Project: None this week. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Weekly News: December 4-8



We are FULL of information this week so please take a moment to read carefully so you don't miss out on anything! Thank you!

Next Monday, December 11th is Grandparents Day at ILCS! We invite all grandparents who are able, to join us in the Cub's Den (church sanctuary) at 8:50. The TK and kindergarten classes will be performing a few special songs. There will also be a short presentation from our school director, Mr. Gordon, and our school principal, Dr. Urrea, as well as coffee and treats. We ask that all grandparents stay in the sanctuary for the entirety of the presentation, grab a treat, then you are invited to join us in our classroom. We will do a quick craft together and grandparents will have the opportunity to see our classroom. Grandparents day for kindergarten will be over at 9:40. We hope you can attend!


Gingerbread Man Information: 

Details: We will be performing our kindergarten play, "The Tale of the Gingerbread Man" on the evening of Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00. TK will have a small performance at 5:00, then Mrs. Bess and Mrs. Stanley's classes will perform at 6:00, then Mrs. Bobrink and Mrs. Marion's classes will  perform at 6:45. Because of so much going on this evening and the limited amount of parking, wask you to arrive at the Cub's Den (church sanctuary) at 5:45 to get your costume on and get ready. If you come any earlier, another class will be performing/taking pictures/etc. and we need to be respectful of their time. Please arrive at 5:45. Our rehearsals have been going well and the students are having so much fun! We hope that all parents are able to make this wonderful event! 

Parent Help for the Play: We are in need of parent helpers on the morning of Monday, December 18th (8:00-9:00) to help us with our "dress rehearsal". We will also need parent helpers on the morning of Tuesday, December 19th (8:00-9:00) to help us with our school day performance, and will also need parents to help put on costumes for our Tuesday evening performance at 5:45. If anyone is able to come help, please let us know! The more, the better! Thank you!

Play Costumes: We are providing all of the costumes and props for your children. We ask that your child come to school on Tuesday (the 19th) morning and Tuesday (the 19th) night wearing a plain black or white shirt and black leggings or pants so that it is easier to put their costumes over their clothes :) The only costume that we do NOT provide is the narrator - we ask that the narrators please dress in "Sunday Best".




If you are at the store thinking of us, our classroom would love:
Christmas/Holiday stickers and trinkets 

Baby Wipes 


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: OUR, WHO, THING, THINK, THAT.

Letter Team: INK (like in PINK, SINK) and ED (We are learning that tricky Mr. ED goes at the end of the word to tell us that something has already happened - making the word past tense. Mr. ED is tricky because sometimes he makes the "T" sound - like in LOOKED, sometimes he makes the "D" sound - like in PLAYED, and sometimes he says "ED" like in WANTED).

Reading: We are reading many books about the holidays. Students will continue to take home leveled Reading A to Z books and library books in our book bags, as well as fluency passages. Please practice reading these sheets and these books every day at home. Please remember that everything in your book bag MUST come back to school every day! 

Writing: We will continue to work on our writing goals as we strive to write three to five sentences every day. Some students will be writing topic sentences, three details, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: We will continue working on fun Christmas story problems and playing fun addition games.  

Leadership: Don't forget to ROAR everyday to keep earning those ROAR tickets! 

Homework: December 4-8

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (OUR, WHO, THINK, THING, THAT), and letter teams (INK and ED). Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

Reading: Read the Reading A-Z books from your book bag. Read the library book in your book bag. Read your fluency passage from your book bag. Continue to read the little paper books from your at-home book box. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 


Writing: As discussed at parent conferences, write in your at-home journal every day. Continue to work with your child on the writing goals they need to master. While we ARE all at different writing goals, the in-class expectation is now that each child will write three or more sentences every day. Please reinforce this at home with writing homework.


Math: Continue to work on number ID, number writing, counting to 100, counting forward and telling ONE MORE. Continue to work on shapes and shape drawing. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night.  Please check your child's report card from first trimester and see the Counting and Cardinality and Geometry areas where they may still need support, as discussed at parent conferences. 


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. 


Turn-In Project: None this week.