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Friday, August 24, 2018

Weekly News: August 27-31


We had a great second week of kindergarten! Thank you to our folder and prep parents for starting all of your hard work this week. 

This is our first week of electives. If your child is staying for electives, they will have lunch on the playground from 12:45-1:15. Electives are from 1:15-1:50 then they will be dismissed on the ramp from their elective teacher. If your child is not staying for an elective, but would still like to stay for lunch, they can join friends on the playground for lunch from 12:45-1:15 and will be dismissed on the ramp at 1:15 by a member of our yard duty staff. Please remember to email me or let me know if your child is staying for lunch. 

Save the Date for our Parent Workshop on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00-7:00. We will meet in our classroom and go over all of our kindergarten standards/goals for the year, exactly what they mean, and strategies for how you can help your child with these goals at home. 

There is no school on Monday, September 3rd due to the Labor Day holiday. Enjoy the time off with your families!

Picture Day here at BSC will be Thursday, September 6th. More information will be coming home soon on how to order pictures for your child. 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: I, like, my. 

Letters and sounds: l, k, y, x, and the long and short vowel sounds a, e, i, o, u, y (the vowel sounds e or i)

Letter Team: sh (like in "she" and "push") and er (like in "her" and "mother") - ask your child to tell you about Mr. er - he is one crazy driver!!!

Word Family: ip - like in dip, chip, rip, sip, tip, etc.

Reading: We will continue to learn that vowels make 2 sounds - a short sound and a long sound. Ask your child to sing you the vowel songs! We are reading a new class book this week titled, "My Five Senses". We will learn all about our five senses as we practice reading our sight words of the week. We will also introduce non-fiction text and begin reading Scholastic News magazines each week. 

Writing: This week, we are learning how to choose a writing topic. We will learn that good writers write about what they know and what they love. We are continuing to use an uppercase at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces between our words, and a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart.

Math: Last week, every student received a number counting and number writing goal. We are working hard on counting to 30, 50, and 100 and on writing numbers to 20. Have your child practice counting and writing numbers at home! We are also discussing shapes in class. We are learning 2D flat shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, etc.) and 3D solid shapes (sphere, cone, cube, cylinder, etc.) We will learn that kindergarten mathematicians can name shapes, draw shapes, build shapes, and identify the attributes of shapes. When I ask "What is the attribute of a triangle?" I want to hear, "A triangle is a flat 2D shape that has 3 sides and 3 vertices." You can help at home by asking your child shape names and attributes! 

Leadership: We have been having so much fun discussing Growth Mindset and reading our new Class Promise together: 

#1: We are smart! 
#2: We can get it!
#3: We belong here! 
#4: We won't forget it!

This week, we read a book, "Giraffe's Can't Dance" and then we made a giant poster of all the things that we can't do YET. I am so proud of all of my students for having a growth mindset and telling me, "I can't count to 100... YET! But I'm going to keep trying!" What an awesome class of leaders! 



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