Sunday, August 20, 2017

Week of August 21st

The kids did great with their first FULL week of kindergarten.  I think we all got a little tired by the end of the week, but that should get easier as we adjust.  Thanks for all your support and as always, please do not hesitate to come talk to me about your kiddo and their needs.

This week:

Sight Words:  like
Theme:  Friendship
Language Arts:  Making connections/characters, problem and solution
Math: count, recognize, identify and write numbers 0-5
Social Studies: Rules
Writing:  Drawing pictures and adding labels
Phonics:  F-J

Important Dates:
August 24th:  Picture Day
August 28th - Sept. 1st:  Book Fair
August 31st: Ice Cream Social 
Sept 4: No School
Sept 6:  Minimum Day
Sept 8: Jog-a-thon

Red Take Home Folders:
Your child should be placing his/her Take Home Folder in the red basket every morning before they go to the playground.  Anything for me, sight word cards/signed forms/etc, can be put in the red folders and placed in the red basket before school.  If your child finishes their homework early, I will leave it in their red folder until Friday.  

Jog-a-thon:
 Jog-a-thon information will be in your child's take home folder on Monday.  All the money raised will go DIRECTLY TO OUR CLASSROOM.  This helps me buy supplies (construction paper, glue, books, crayons, etc) for the remainder of the year.  
Any donations are GREATLY appreciated!!
Cash and checks can be turned in on or before Sept. 8th.
I will need a few parent volunteers that day, some bottles of water (24), and some popsicles donated for the day.  Let me know if you can help me with any of those things by messaging me on remind.  
*We do not have incentive prizes in Kindergarten.  It's just a fun activity to earn money for our class!

PTSA:
In your child's Take Home Folder on Monday you will find information and an envelope for you and your family to join PTSA.  Lets will the pizza contest by having the most memberships!

Emergency Release Card:
I MUST HAVE THESE ASAP
This can be found by accessing Parent Portal.  Please print it out and send it in your child's Take Home Folder ASAP.  If you need help accessing Parent Portal, they can help you in the office anytime between 7 and 4.  

Sight Words:
Don't forget that practicing Sight Words is a part of your child's homework. Each child has a baggie with his/her name and green flashcards.  Please help your child learn these words at a pace that is appropriate for them.  I will be teach the words I and see next week but many students are ready for more than just 2 words a week.  When your child knows all the words, have them return them to me in their Take Home Folder for a quick test.  I'm looking to see that your child is NOT sounding out the word, but recognizing it quickly.  They will receive a Brag Tag and then move onto the next list.  Students who pass all 8 sight words lists will receive a prize!  

Solar Eclipse:
I will NOT be taking the students out to view the eclipse on Monday due to their young age.  Homework:
Please click on the 'Homework' tab to see the homework for this week



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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week of August 14th

We had a wonderful first few days of school!  We got to know each other a bit and learned lots of routines.  We will continue to learn routines next week.  I'm really looking forward to next week as we begin our curriculum and getting into our regular daily routine.  Again, thank you for sharing your children with me and please stop by and see me if you have any questions or concerns.

This week:

Sight Words:  I, see
Theme:  Friendship
Language Arts:  Making connections/characters
Math:  Become familiar with math manipulatives
Social Studies: Rules
Writing:  Drawing pictures and adding labels
Phonics:  A-E

Important Dates:
August 24th:  Picture Day
August 28th - Sept. 1st:  Book Fair
August 31st: Ice Cream Social 
Sept 4: No School
Sept 6:  Minimum Day
Sept 8: Jog-a-thon

Red Take Home Folders:
Your child should be placing his/her Take Home Folder in the red basket every morning before they go to the playground.  

Behavior:
So far, I'm so impressed with the class' behavior overall!  We have been earning Brag Tags so be sure to "pump" the kiddos up on that.  As of now, I see no need to incorporate the clip system into our day.   If I feel the need for this, later in the year, I will begin using it, but for now, I'm very happy with the class' behavior.    

PTSA:
In your child's Take Home Folder on Monday you will find information and an envelope for you and your family to join PTSA.  

Emergency Release Card:
This can be found by accessing Parent Portal.  Please print it out and send it in your child's Take Home Folder ASAP.  If you need help accessing Parent Portal, they can help you in the office anytime between 7 and 4.  

Sight Words:
You will find your child's first sight word list in their Take Home Folder on Monday.  Each child has a baggie with his/her name and green flashcards.  Please help your child learn these words at a pace that is appropriate for them.  I will be teach the words I and see next week but many students are ready for more than just 2 words a week.  When your child knows all the words, have them return them to me in their Take Home Folder for a quick test.  I'm looking to see that your child is NOT sounding out the word, but recognizing it quickly.  They will receive a Brag Tag and then move onto the next list.  Students who pass all 8 sight words lists will receive a prize!  

Homework:
Please click on the 'Homework' tab to see the homework for this week


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Welcome

Hello!  Thank you for coming to check out our website! I will update this blog weekly (usually over the weekend) with the latest happenings in our classroom.  Please take some time to explore the different links and familiarize yourself with our website.  There are many valuable sources here for you!
I'm so excited to begin this year!  I'm looking forward to getting to know your little one and want to encourage you to come to me with ANY questions you might have.
Remember:
Sign-up for our Remind App by texting 4k392d to 81010

You can find the first homework assignment (At Home Book Box) by clicking the homework tab.  If you are not seeing the homework tab, you may need to click "desktop version" at the bottom of this page by scrolling down on your cell phone.  If you need help navigating the website or signing up for the Remind App, please come see me, I'm happy to help!

This Week: 

We will be working on classroom routines and getting to know each other

Important Dates:

August 10:  Minimum Day 
August 24th:  Picture Day
August 28th - Sept. 1st:  Book Fair
August 31st: Ice Cream Social 
Sept 4: No School
Sept 6:  Minimum Day
Sept 8: Jog-a-thon
Box Tops:

Our school collects Box Tops to help earn money for the school!  You can trim them and place them in a baggie and send them in your child's take home folder anytime!

PTSA Membership:

We have a contest here at Cram and I LOVE to win!  (haha)  Help us win a pizza party by having the MOST PTSA memberships!  Anyone in the family can have a membership.  An envelope will be coming home to join!  Lets win the kiddos a pizza party!!

Homework:
Thank you for supporting your child in the homework process.  You are helping to instill good habits that will help them be successful in future grades.

Click the homework tab to learn about our first homework assignment.




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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Last Week

No written homework. Please remember to have your child read nightly but I will not be sending guided reading books home.

This Week: 

sight words:  

soon, up, that, who, your, into, where, but, from, which, many, of, so, said, good, play, make, they, go, for, will, be, this, find, is, how, now, you, are, what, with, me, come, my, we, go, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and

Theme: Community helpers
Math: Graphing


Important Dates:

June 2:  Minimum Day/Family Picnic
June 8: Last Day or school/minimum day/Kindergarten Celebration

Kindergarten Field Day:
This will begin right away on the last day of school.  We need about 5 board approved parent volunteers for this event.  We will have stations set up and all kinder students will rotate through the centers.  We will finish up field day with a kindergarten picnic on the playground.  I have sent home info home this week about what your child has chose to contribute to our field day/picnic.  Please send in your item by this Tuesday or Wednesday.  Thanks for your support!

Kindergarten Celebration:
This is by far my favorite event of the year as well as the most difficult one for me to get through .  I want to warn you, as well as the students, that I tend to be very emotional and will do my best.  I would love for every student to have at least one adult present for the kindergarten celebration.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE BOARD APPROVED TO ATTEND!  Everyone is welcome to come and it can be quite crowded.  It is a special event that you won't want to miss.  This will begin at 10 am in the classroom on June 8.  I will unlock the gate by our classroom door.

Report Cards:
Report cards will come home on the final day of kindergarten.

Summer:
I can not stress how important it is for your child to continue reading daily over the summer.  If they do not, they will regress and could possibly begin 1st grade reading below grade level.  Be sure they are reading their book boxes at home and check the library for leveled readers.



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Monday, May 29, 2017

Week of May 29th

There will be no homework for the rest of the year.  Please remember to have your child read nightly but I will not be sending guided reading books home.

This Week: 

sight words:  

soon, up, that, who, your, into, where, but, from, which, many, of, so, said, good, play, make, they, go, for, will, be, this, find, is, how, now, you, are, what, with, me, come, my, we, go, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and

Theme: Community helpers
Math: Graphing


Important Dates:

May 31st:  Walk to Fire Station
June 2:  Minimum Day/Family Picnic
June 8: Last Day or school/minimum day/Kindergarten Celebration



Family Picnic:
This year, Cram will be having an End of the Year family picnic on Friday June 2.  This is a minimum day.  You are welcome to come at 11 and bring a lunch and set up a picnic on the field on the large playground or anywhere on campus.  Pick up for picnicking families will be at 11:00 from the classroom door.  Playground time will be provided for any students who do not have families here for the picnic.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the picnic day.  We will still have our regular minimum day lunch time at 10:20 so students can have a snack at that time should you send one.  


Field Trip:
We will be leaving around 9:45 to walk to the station.  Please be sure you get your late bird to school on time that day.  We will return around 11:15 to have lunch.  We have plenty of parents coming so that is great!  Please note, if you have not yet notified me, you may not attend.  Parents who have notified me, please give yourself enough time to check in at the office and then head over before we depart.  

Kindergarten Field Day:
This will begin right away on the last day of school.  We need about 5 board approved parent volunteers for this event.  We will have stations set up and all kinder students will rotate through the centers.  We will finish up field day with a kindergarten picnic on the playground.  I will be sending info home this week about what your child has chose to contribute to our field day/picnic.  Please send in your item by next Tuesday or Wednesday.  Thanks for your support!

Kindergarten Celebration:
This is by far my favorite event of the year as well as the most difficult one for me to get through .  I want to warn you, as well as the students, that I tend to be very emotional and will do my best.  I would love for every student to have at least one adult present for the kindergarten celebration.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE BOARD APPROVED TO ATTEND!  Everyone is welcome to come and it can be quite crowded.  It is a special event that you won't want to miss.  This will begin at 10 am in the classroom on June 8.  I will unlock the gate by our classroom door.

Report Cards:
Report cards will come home on the final day of kindergarten.

Summer:
I can not stress how important it is for your child to continue reading daily over the summer.  If they do not, they will regress and could possibly begin 1st grade reading below grade level.  Be sure they are reading their book boxes at home and check the library for leveled readers.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week of May 22nd

The year is quickly coming to a close!  Only a few weeks left!  This will be our last week of homework!  There will be no word family or 1 minute read this week, only our daily homework, share homework and daily reading.  

This Week: 

sight words:  

soon, up, that, who, your, into, where, but, from, which, many, of, so, said, good, play, make, they, go, for, will, be, this, find, is, how, now, you, are, what, with, me, come, my, we, go, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and

Theme: Ocean
Math: Graphing


Important Dates:

May 26th:  Memorial Day kinder sing
May 29th: No school 
May 31st:  Walk to Fire Station
June 2:  Minimum Daay/Family Picnic
June 8: Last Day or school/minimum day/Kindergarten Celebration

Family Picnic:
This year, Cram will be having an End of the Year family picnic on Friday June 2.  This is a minimum day.  You are welcome to come at 11 and bring a lunch and set up a picnic on the field on the large playground.  Pick up for picnicking families will be at 11:10 from the classroom door.  Playground time will be provided for any students who do not have families here for the picnic.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the picnic day.
Memorial Day Sing:
Our kinders will be paying tribute to all the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our country by singing patriotic songs this Friday, in the cafeteria.  We will be singing at 10:30 in the cafeteria.  Everyone is welcome to come and we will be encouraging the students to wear red, white and blue to school that day.  This is NOT a minimum day.

Field Trip:
We will be leaving around 9:45 to walk to the station.  Please be sure you get your late bird to school on time that day.  We will return around 11:15 to have lunch.

Kindergarten Field Day:
This will begin right away on the last day of school.  We need about 5 board approved parent volunteers for this event.  We will have stations set up and all kinder students will rotate through the centers.  We will finish up field day with a kindergarten picnic on the playground.  I will be sending info home about what your child has chose to contribute to our field day/picnic.  Please send in your item as soon as possible.  Thanks for your support!

Kindergarten Celebration:
This is by far my favorite event of the year as well as the most difficult one for me to get through .  I want to warn you, as well as the students, that I tend to be very emotional and will do my best.  I would love for every student to have at least one adult present for the kindergarten celebration.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE BOARD APPROVED TO ATTEND!  Everyone is welcome to come and it can be quite crowded.  It is a special event that you won't want to miss.  This will begin at 10 am in the classroom on June 8.  I will unlock the gate by our classroom door.

Report Cards:
Report cards will come home on the final day of kindergarten.

Summer:
I can not stress how important it is for your child to continue reading daily over the summer.  If they do not, they will regress and could possibly begin 1st grade reading below grade level.  Be sure they are reading their book boxes at home and check the library for leveled readers.


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Week of May 15th

A huge thank you for all the love during Teacher Appreciation week!  The pictures, notes and gifts were wonderful but the thing that truly blesses me the most is spending my days with your little ones!  They make me smile everyday!  I will be doing some in class assessments this week during guided reading so I will not be sending book bags regularly again this week.  Please have your child read books from home. 

This Week: 

sight words:  soon, up

that, who, your, into, where, but, from, which, many, of, so, said, good, play, make, they, go, for, will, be, this, find, is, how, now, you, are, what, with, me, come, my, we, go, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
Phonics:  digraphs

Reading:
Reading Strategies:  make your finger match the word,
                                 look at the Pictures (Eagle Eye)
                                check the first letter of the word (lips the fish)
                                 stretch out the sounds in the word (stretchy snake)
Word Family: -short u families
Theme: Ocean
Math: Subtraction


Important Dates:

May 26th:  Memorial Day kinder sing
May 29th: No school 
June 8: Last Day or school/minimum day/Kindergarten Celebration

Memorial Day Sing:
Our kinders will be paying tribute to all the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our country by singing patriotic songs for you on May 26th in the cafeteria.  More information to come, but we are expecting to sing at 10:30.

Last Day of Kindergarten:
Our last day of kindergarten is approaching fast.  I can hardly believe it!  We will have a field day on June 8 and will follow this with an end of the year celebration in our classroom for our students and families.  You won't want to miss our Kindergarten Celebration in our classroom.  I do this event in lieu of a graduation.  Our school does not do kindergarten graduation but I assure you, this is a special celebration and I hope you all can make it.  More  info to come!

 One Minute Read:
We will have a NEW one minute read.  


Homework:
Thank you for supporting your child in the homework process.  You are helping to instill good habits that will help them be successful in future grades.
1.  One Minute Read:  Be sure to practice daily.  Instructions are clear on it.  Return in folder on Friday.  I'm really noticing the students who are improving in this!!  It makes a HUGE difference in their reading!
3.  Share homework

Don't forget to have your child complete the Daily Homework, nightly reading, and sight word flash cards.

Don't forget that taking time to read TO your child is extremely important.  You model fluency and voice as well as spend valuable time with your little one!






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