Wednesday, September 18, 2019

September News

Monday: 11:20-12:00-Science
Tuesday: 11:20-12:00-Computer
Wednesday: 11:20-12:00-Science
Thursday: 10:00-10:30- Library
Friday: 11:20-11:50- World Studies

This last Friday, you should have seen your child's first book order form. Please go online and make your orders before next Friday (Sept. 20). I attached a sheet with directions how to do this. If online isn't your thing, please follow the instructions how to send your into me.

PACT (Parent and Child Time)
Friday Sept. 13- Math art project
Friday Sept. 20- Read Alouds
Friday Sept. 27- NO PACT
ELA (English Language Arts)
We have now mastered all of the lines that we use when writing letters. This fine motor skills can be quite challenging for kids, so it has been important that they learn the language I will use when teaching them how to write letters, as well as practice making those lines. On Monday, we will begin learning letters and will focus greatly on letter sounds. The idea of learning sound before names will help them transfer over to reading more quickly. Each unit focuses on 8 letters, where we learn how to write the letter, what the sound is and how to use them in words. Over the next few weeks, you will begin to hear a lot of sounding out. For students who are already reading, they will begin literature circles!

Your students are now able to write, use, manipulate, subitize (ask them what this is and if they don't remember I encourage you to look it up. This is such an important skill)...numbers 0-5. On Friday, we will begin Unit 2, sorting and classifying. Throughout the next few months, you will see activities that continue allowing them to practicing writing numbers. Reversals happen a lot, which is normal but it is helpful to correct them as you see them. 

ILLUSTRATORS!! Your child has been busy learning how to tell a story using pictures. Their goals include:
  • Showing stamina in writing (writing/illustrating the entire allotted time. We are up to 15 minutes)
  • Using different writing tools (crayons, markers, pencils)
  • Telling a story using pictures and labels
  • Using detail in their stories (more than 2 colors, adding a background, character, etc).
  • Retelling their story (sometimes to me, a friend or aloud)
They have learned what a rubric is and I am able to discuss and give feedback to individual strengths and opportunities. Most of our writing and rubrics are in our writing notebooks. You are always able to view them, we will look at them at parent-teacher conferences and they will go home with students at the end of the year, so you can see their progress.

There have not been any formal flyers sent home, yet, but please keep your calendars open to join us for our Title 1 Literacy Night on Monday, Sept. 30 at 5:30. More info to come.

Alright, I think that is enough for now. If you have any questions, please ask!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017




Parents, please read this to your kindergartner:

I want to welcome you all to KINDERGARTEN! This year is going to be full of firsts for you. We will jump right in, learning letter names and sounds. We will perfect writing each of those letters and begin making words on our own. In math, we will focus on numbers 0-10, using toys and cubes to count, games and practice recognizing/writing the numbers.

Most important, you will meet lots of new friends and teachers. You will get to have science, computers, P.E. and music. You will have lunch with the first graders and have something we call recess...this is when you get to play outside! I know, sounds fun right?!?!

Make sure to get a GREAT night sleep and come ready to learn!

From, Mrs. Korn

PARENTS, here are a few reminders for that first day:

  • Please get your child to bed by 8:00pm on school nights. This will help them be well rested for our busy weeks.
  • Remember to write your child's name on their backpack, lunchbox and any jackets or sweatshirts. Please DO NOT write their names on any other school supplies, as they become communal.
  • Pack your child a healthy lunch and a small afternoon snack.
  • Please subscribe to this blog by entering your email. I communicate by posting updates here and through email. I very rarely make home phone calls.
  • FINALLY, PLEASE HAVE EXTRA PATIENCE WITH YOUR CHILD. They may not be used to having such a busy day and might be a little tired/cranky when they get home. Feeding them healthy food and getting them to bed early will help lower the chance of these behaviors.

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Hello Parents of First Graders,

I hope you are all having a tremendous summer! I want to thank you so much for making the last 5 years at Rolling Hills AMAZING! I am looking forward to my sixth as we continue full day. I hope your children will help guide and set great examples for the new kindergarten class.

I appreciate you following this blog but understand that kindergarten has come and gone. If you have a kindergartner joining for the upcoming year, please keep your email address up-to-date. If you do not, you can unsubscribe to this blog by going to the bottom of any class website email and click the unsubscribe now button.

Please email me if you have any questions how to do this! Thank you again for everything!! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Michelle Korn