Thursday, February 7, 2019

Valentine's Day


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is almost time for our Valentine’s party. The party will be held on THURSDAY, FEB. 14. We will enjoy treats and pass out Valentine’s card/gifts. Here is some important info:
·     There are 24 students and 2 teachers in the class.
·       If your child is making valentine cards/gifts, PLEASE ONLY WRITE WHO THE VALENTINE IS FROM. It takes FOREVER if they try to read the name of who they are to.
·       Please make a valentine for EVERY student.
·       Please send valentine’s to school the day of the party.
·       Do NOT worry about making a box at home. We will make Valentine’s bags in the classroom. If you would like to send stickers or other decorations, we would greatly appreciate it.
·       If you would like to bring a treat, please contact me beforehand (this is not required).
If you have any questions, please email me at mkorn@rhpcs.org.
Love,
Mrs. Korn

Kindergarten News February

KINDERGARTEN NEWS
WARNING: This is a long but worth the read to stay caught up about what we are doing in K!

BEHAVIOR
I am so happy to say that as a whole, the classroom behavior has been SO MUCH BETTER! Thank you for your support with this. We will continue to talk about the importance of following the rules/directions and keeping our hands to ourselves often.

100th DAY CELEBRATION

One of my favorite days of the year is the day we get to celebrate 100 DAYS OF KINDERGARTEN. I would love some help with supplies for our 100 Day Trail Mix. Please send in the item that has your child’s name next to it by FRIDAY, FEB. 8th. THANK YOU IF YOU ALREADY BROUGHT YOUR ITEM!
  • 1 box of Fruit Loops (Lucy, Ska)
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips (Hunter)
  • 1 bag of popcorn (big bag pre-popped) (Kash)
  • Raisins (Dax, Dylan)
  • Teddy Grahams (Wyatt H., Cooper, Tatum)
  • 1 box cheerios (Xavier)
  • 1 bag of Goldfish crackers (Justus, Boston)
  • 1 bag of pretzel sticks (Thomas)
  • 1 family sized bag of M&M’s (Harbor, Rooney, Kensley)
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows (Wyatt W., Aydan)
VALENTINE'S DAY
It is almost time for our Valentine’s party. The party will be held on THURSDAY, FEB. 14. We will enjoy treats and pass out Valentine’s card/gifts. Here is some important info:
  • There are 24 students and 2 teachers in the class.
  • If your child is making valentine cards/gifts, PLEASE ONLY WRITE WHO THE VALENTINE IS FROM. It takes FOREVER if they try to read the name of who they are to.
  • Please make a valentine for EVERY student.
  • Please send valentine’s to school the day of the party.
  • Do NOT worry about making a box at home. We will make Valentine’s bags in the classroom. If you would like to send stickers or other decorations, we would greatly appreciate it.
  • If you would like to bring a treat, please contact me beforehand (this is not required).
BOOK ORDER
February book orders will be in this week's Friday folder. Please return or submit orders before Friday Feb. 22!!

HEALTHY SNACKS AND LUNCHES
As a reminder, please try to send your child with a balanced lunch and a somewhat healthy snack. We are beginning to see some food items that will not keep them full and focused throughout the last half of the day. Sending a balanced lunch that includes some healthy proteins, carbs, fruits and veggies will keep their mind and body strong for all of their afternoon activities! 

MATH
We are finally getting to the addition unit for math and I can't wait to start teaching your kids many different ways to add. We will also focus on addition fluency within 10 (5+5, 8+2, 3+4, etc). It is a great time to see all of the ways they can think about the numbers we have been learning so much about.

WRITING
We just finished up our narrative unit, where the students focused on four main parts: 
  1. Themselves as the main character (using I, me, I'm)
  2. Adding a setting to their story
  3. Problem and solution
  4. Including a beginning, middle and end
As a reminder, in Kindergarten, we still focus a lot on inventive spelling (they write the sounds they hear). The only exception is with some of the sight words that many of them are able to read (my, you, the, and). We also focus a lot on proper handwriting and how we form the letters. If you want to check out some of their awesome narratives, it is being displayed outside of the kindergarten classroom. 
For February, we are now learning about how to write about our opinions and have an understanding that everyone can have their own opinion. So far they have practiced writing their opinion about their favorite season and a free choice write.

READING
Our main focus for this month is reading the sight words in a reading passage. This is a lot different than reading from a flash card. We read a new story almost daily, practicing them over and over to build fluency. I will be sending some of these passages home with your child and I encourage you to have them show off their skills. They are so proud of their hard work (as they should be)! Also, please make sure you are continuing to practice sight words every night. Even if they have passed off on a list, reviewing will help them remember!

Please reach out if you have questions or need anything and THANK YOU again for all of your continued support. I truly could not do this job without you!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Weeks 1-3

KINDERGARTEN NEWS

About every other week I try to send an update of what is happening in the classroom. Here is what is going on now!

MATH
We are covering the basics, numbers 1-5 but your children are learning how to use and see those numbers in different ways. Having 1-1 correspondence (counting one object at a time while saying the number aloud) can be tricky for some kids. Also, most of them can recognize the numbers but have an extremely difficult time writing them. Any extra help with this at home is much appreciated. Also, ask your child to tell you what subitize means!!

WRITING
We have decorated and started illustrating in our writer's notebooks. Everyday we have practiced how to be illustrators that tell a story, add detail and use color. I honestly have NEVER seen such amazing kindergarten illustrations this early in the year. I am excited to see what stories they come up with when we actually begin writing.

ELA (English Language Arts)
We are working a lot of our fine motor skills and how to grip a pencil. You will see worksheets that practice many different lines such as vertical, horizontal, diagonal, cup, hump, zig zag... ask you child to show you these and I bet they can even use the "fancy" word that goes along with the line. Learning how to be confidant in making these lines will help them greatly when we begin writing letters and words on Sept. 17!

PACT
This is one of my favorite times of the week and both of our PACT activities were well attended and filled with smiles, laughter and bonding. Thank you if you made it! This is something we do almost every Friday from 2:00-2:15, so if you can't make one, come to the next week. Here is what we are doing for the rest of Sept.
  • Sept. 14: Bring your favorite book(s) from home to read aloud to your child or borrow from the classroom!
  • Sept. 21: SUNSHINE Scavenger Hunt (weather dependent)
  • Sept 28: NO PACT (Sept. birthday celebration and Citizen of the Month Assembly)

SPECIALS
Here is a schedule of our specials schedule. Please note that Library is on Tuesday and try to return books on Monday.
  • Mondays: Computers and PE
  • Tuesdays: Library, Science and Music
  • Wednesdays: Computers and PE
  • Thursdays: Science and Music
  • Fridays: 2nd Grade Reading Buddies, Wellness and 5th Grade STEAM Buddies

LOVE AND LOGIC
Please consider join my husband and I (as well as many other Rolling Hills families) for our Love and Logic training on Sept. 22. This is a great way to add to your tool belt when is comes to behaviors and children. Please contact Mrs. Friend if you are interested.

BOOK ORDERS
In your child's Friday Folder, you will find our first book order. Please look over this will your child and pick a few books to add to your at home library. I have included a letter with information on how to order. You can also complete the order form and return it and a check (made out to Scholastic) to me before the due date. Our due date is Sept. 21 by the end of the day.

Alright, that was long and I thank you for taking the time to read it. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!