Sunday, January 29, 2017

Week of January 30th

This Week's Focus:

sight words:  now, you, are
what, with, me, come, my, we, go, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
Phonics:  Ww and Vv

Phonemic Awareness:  phoneme segmentation, final sounds
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: -ag family
Comprehension Skills: inferring, making connections
Theme: penguins
Math: Numbers to 20
Student of the Week: Collin

Important Dates:
January 31:  Hundred Day
February 1-10:  Law Enforcement Appreciation bucket collection
February 14: Valentine Centers (parent help needed)
February 24:  Minimum Day

Homework:
*No share homework this week.  Be sure your child has a Hundred Day T-shirt to wear Tuesday.*
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.
2.  Word Family Practice:  Instructions are on it.

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!

Guided Reading:
If your child is reading at a level 2-3:  I can not stress the importance of learning their sight words in order to reach level 5 benchmark by the end of kindergarten.
Remember:
*Return book bag daily along with their Take Home Folder
There may be days when you see the same book come home.  Have your child reread the book and send it back the next day.

Behavior:
We are now in our 2nd half of kindergarten and just as more learning is expected this semester to ensure your child is ready for the vigorous first grade program, we also expect more in terms of behavior.  We are looking for more self-control and maturity to take place this second half.  I announced last week that any student who ends the day on yellow or orange will not be shopping at the store on Friday.  Their behavior can also effect whether or not they earn free choosing time on Friday.  I am teaching/reinforcing that their choices will have consequences.  I appreciate your support in this and hope you will ask to see your child's stamp daily.  There are days when I "miss" giving stamps and you are welcome to message me if you have a question.  

Law Enforcement Appreciation:
Our school will be giving back to our law enforcement.  Each class has a bucket and we are planning to fill it for out local law enforcement officers.  I will give your child a small strip of paper indication one desired item to put in the bucket.  If you choose to participate, please have your child bring that item back to school any time between February 1-10th.  Buckets will be delivered to law enforcement on February 10, after school.  Thanks for your support!

Top Secret:
The staff is VERY excited about an upcoming event at Cram.  We are keeping it a secret for now and will slowly reveal clues this week for the students!  It is a school wide activity and you are going to love it!  Keep your eyes and ears open!

3 Piggy Opera:
Your child may have mentioned a play we will be performing for you.  We will perform our 3 Piggy Opera play on March 10th.  That is a minimum day.  You won't want to miss it so mark your calendars.

Valentines Day:
We will celebrate Valentines Day on February 14th by having some Valentine centers and a valentine exchange.
Important:  In kindergarten, it is easiest if you and your child DO NOT put individual's names on valentines.  There are 24 students in the class and it's best to just send 24 of the same valentine's for them to pass out.
I would love parent help on this day from 9:30-11:10.  Let me know if you are board approved and available to help.  Thank you!

100th Day:
We will celebrate our 100th day of school on Tuesday! We are asking all kindergarten and TK students to create a 100th day t-shirt and information on this is in the take home folder this week.  




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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week of January 23rd

This Week's Focus:

sight words:  what
with, me, come, my, we, go, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
Phonics:  Ll and Uu

Phonemic Awareness:  phoneme segmentation, final sounds
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: -ap family
Comprehension Skills: inferring, making connections
Theme: penguins
Math: Numbers to 20
Student of the Week: Ashton

Important Dates:
January 27:  Minimum Day
January 31:  Hundred Day
February 14: Valentine Centers (parent help needed)

Homework:
*Given the new additions to homework, I made a note on the front of your child's homework if they were missing a piece.  Also, Share Homework continues to be a part of weekly homework.
We will have a few added components to our weekly homework.
1.  One Minute Read:  Be sure to practice daily.  Instructions are clear on it.  Return in folder on Friday.
2.  Word Family Practice:  Instructions are on it.

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

Guided Reading:
Remember:
*Return book bag daily along with their Take Home Folder
There may be days when you see the same book come home.  Have your child reread the book and send it back the next day.

Book Orders:
Scholastic book order forms will come home in Folders on Tuesday.  You can click the "Book Orders" tab to find a link to order on-line.  Please place orders before Monday.

3 Piggy Opera:
Your child may have mentioned a play we will be performing for you.  We will perform our 3 Piggy Opera play on March 10th.  That is a minimum day.  You won't want to miss it so mark your calendars.

Valentines Day:
We will celebrate Valentines Day on February 14th by having some Valentine centers and a valentine exchange.
Important:  In kindergarten, it is easiest if you and your child DO NOT put individual's names on valentines.  There are 24 students in the class and it's best to just send 24 of the same valentine's for them to pass out.
I would love parent help on this day from 9:30-11:10.  Let me know if you are board approved and available to help.  Thank you!

100th Day:
We will celebrate our 100th day of school on January 31st.  We are asking all kindergarten and TK students to create a 100th day t-shirt and information on this is in the take home folder this week.  




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Monday, January 16, 2017

Week of January 16th

This Week's Focus:

sight words:  with
me, come, my, we, go, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
Phonics:  Hh and Kk

Phonemic Awareness:  phoneme segmentation, final sounds
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: -an family
Comprehension Skills: inferring, making connections
Theme: snow
Math: Numbers to 20
Student of the Week: Rielyn

Important Dates:
January 16:  No school MLK Day
January 27:  Minimum Day
January 31:  Hundred Day
February 14: Valentine Centers (parent help needed)

Homework:
*Given the new additions to homework, I made a note on the front of your child's homework if they were missing a piece.  Also, Share Homework continues to be a part of weekly homework.
We will have a few added components to our weekly homework.
1.  One Minute Read:  Be sure to practice daily.  Instructions are clear on it.  Return in folder on Friday.
2.  Word Family Practice:  Instructions are on it.

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

Guided Reading:
I assessed all students reading levels last week and your child will begin bringing home a book bag with a book at his/her instructional level.  A level is printed on the back of the book.  Our goal is to reach a level 5 or above by June.  You can help your child be successful with this by consistently practicing the One Minute Read, practicing Sight Word cards, and allowing your child to reread his/her book from her book bag at least one time nightly.  I can't express enough the importance of sight words at this level.
Remember:
*Return book bag daily along with their Take Home Folder

Book Orders:
Scholastic book order forms will come home in Folders on Tuesday.  You can click the "Book Orders" tab to find a link to order on-line.  Please place orders before next Monday.

3 Piggy Opera:
Your child may have mentioned a play we will be performing for you.  We will perform our 3 Piggy Opera play on March 10th.  That is a minimum day.  You won't want to miss it so mark your calendars.

Valentines Day:
We will celebrate Valentines Day on February 14th by having some Valentine centers and a valentine exchange.
Important:  In kindergarten, it is easiest if you and your child DO NOT put individual's names on valentines.  There are 24 students in the class and it's best to just send 24 of the same valentine's for them to pass out.
I would love parent help on this day from 9:30-11:10.  Let me know if you are board approved and available to help.  Thank you!

100th Day:
We will celebrate our 100th day of school on January 31st.  We are asking all kindergarten and TK students to create a 100th day t-shirt and information on this is in the take home folder this week.  
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Week of January 8th

Hello everyone!  Hope everyone had a wonderful vacation and blessed holiday!
I'm looking forward to getting back into routine and I am missing your little ones!  We are beginning our second trimester of kindergarten and it's going to be a fun one!  Take note:  there are a few added components to homework beginning this week.  It is important to help develop good homework habits early.  When your child moves on to first grade, they will have consequences for not completing all their homework.

This Week's Focus:

sight words:  me
 come, my, we, go, see, a, I, the, like,  to, can, and
Phonics:  Jj and Ee

Phonemic Awareness:  phoneme segmentation, final sounds
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: -at family
Comprehension Skills: inferring, making connections
Theme: Martin Luther King Jr
Math: Numbers to 20
Student of the Week: I will choose on Monday

Important Dates:
January 16:  No school MLK Day
January 27:  Minimum Day

Changes in Homework:
We will have a few added components to our weekly homework.
1.  One Minute Read:  Be sure to practice daily.  Instructions are clear on it.  Return in folder on Friday.
2.  Word Family Practice:  Instructions are on it.

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

Guided Reading:
I will be working on assessing all students individual reading levels over the next few weeks.  I will be placing students into groups according to these levels.  Remember, our goal is to have all Kinders at or above a level 5 by the end of the year.  I will communicate your child's current level to you within a few weeks.
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