Monday, November 6, 2017

Weeks 11-12

KINDERGARTEN NEWS

Thank you EVERYONE for attending Parent-Teacher Conferences. I enjoy having the chance to tell you how wonderful your child is doing. This months character trait focus is CITIZENSHIP. We will be doing a few activities and talking about Veterans. Here are some other things happening in the classroom:

"Let's CAN Hunger" Food Drive 
This food drive is being run by the kindergartners. The goal is for every class to fill a barrel. Our classroom barrel is about a quarter full. PLEASE BRING CANNED FOOD or BOXES to add to our barrel. Friday is the last day for this.

PACT 
This FRIDAY (Nov. 10) we will finally have another Parent And Child Time. Please join us from 2:00-2:20 in the classroom for a Thanksgiving art project! Friday, Nov. 17 we will have NO PACT as we will be celebrating citizen of the month and Nov. birthdays.

Veteran's Day Assembly
Please join us and invite Veterans to our school assembly on Monday Nov. 13 beginning at 9:00am in the gym.

Book Orders
Book order forms were sent home last week. This will be the order I put in for Christmas. Books are great for stockings or gifts. Please submit these orders online using our class code MGXMW or complete the order form (with check) and bring it to class before next Friday Nov. 17. Let me know if they are a gift so I can arrange for you to pick them up in secret. 

Reading/Writing
We are almost finished learning the alphabet and then we jump into reading and writing stories. Our new letters (and the last ones) are: b, l, r, u, w, j, y, x, k. If your child is continuing to struggle with these, please practice them nightly! Also don't forget to read your "Book in a Bag" nightly. The kids are trying to earn cookies or extra recess by having EVERY student bring their book back.

I am THANKFUL for each of you and your children. They bring so many blessings to my life and truly are an amazing group of kids. Two FULL weeks until Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 20-24) so lets make the most of it!!!!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Weeks 6/7

Reading and Writing
We are continuing to practice names, sounds, letter formation and writing/reading words with the following lowercase letters:
a, c, d, g, i, m, o, t
Any extra practice with these at home is SO helpful!!

Math
Your kids are super stars when it comes to the numbers 1-5. They can sort, see, manipulate, write and are beginning to add! We are also working on identifying and creating patterns. Most students have a good understanding with the ababab pattern but struggle with these patterns:
aabbaabb
abcabcabc
abcdabcd
aabaabaab
Find things at home that have patterns and ask if they can figure out what it is. Also ask them to make patterns with size, colors, shapes, animals, etc for you! We will begin numbers 6-20 after fall break!

Friday Folder
In your child's Friday folder you will find a few important documents.
  1. Linder Farms field trip permission slip. Please sign both sheets and return next week!
  2. Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) score sheet. These tells what overall score your child got and how many letter names and sounds they could say in one minute. It also tells what each score means. If you have any questions, please ask!
  3. Intervention Letter- Only students who are receiving extra interventions in math and reading will receive one of these. Contact me if you want more information about these.

Harvest Party
Please contact Mallory Brooks, our room mom, if you are interested in helping with the kindergarten Harvest Party on Oct. 20 from 12:00-1:15. Her email is melving985@gmail.com 

Title 1 Read-a-Thon and Book Exchange
Join us on Tuesday evening from 5-6p.m. for a family read-a-thon. Every minute you are reading with your child in one of our themed classrooms, earns them a point for their classroom. Class that wins earns and treat and a free dress day. ALSO, please bring old books to school on Monday and Tuesday morning that your child will be able to exchange for different books at the read-a-thon.

Fall Break
Don't forget students will not have school Oct. 5-Oct. 12. We will return on Monday Oct. 16!

Congratulations to our first Citizen of the Month for September, Alex Bertagnolli. He has shown responsibility in and outside of the classroom. Our next character trait focus is Fairness.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Field Trips

Our field trip to the Boise Watershed is coming up quickly. We will be leaving MONDAY, SEPT. 25 between 8:15-12:30. Students will learn about water treatment and how pollution impacts our water. We will also get to enjoy their indoor exhibit hall, river campus and take a hike through nature. Check out their website for more details.

ALSO...

Save the Date (October 26) for our next field trip adventure to LINDER FARMS. Here we will take a walk through the corn maze, enjoy a hay ride, learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin and pick a pumpkin to take home as well as many other farm activities. ALL parents are invited to join us for this field trip. Look for more info in your child's Sept. 29 Friday Folder!