Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week 15 ~ Dec. 11 - Dec. 15, 2017


It's hard to believe but the end of 2017 is upon us.  Friday is our last day of school before Winter Break begins.  Polar Express Day is Friday.  Your child may wear his/her pajamas to school on that day if he/she would like to do so.  A permission slip will come home in the red folder tomorrow.  Please sign and send back your permission for the Polar Express edible train making activity.

Thanks for sharing your child with me in 2017.  I am excited to continue our learning journey in 2018!  I hope you and your family have a safe, warm and wonderful Winter Break.

***Don’t forget to keep up the Reading Steps and Power Word practice this week!

This week we will:
  • Make edible Polar Express trains
  • Watch the Polar Express movie
  • Review animal groups learned so far (mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians)
  • Practice reading Power Words at Flash Speed
  • Count syllables in 1, 2, or 3 syllable words
  • listen to Gingerbread stories all week and answer questions about the characters and story events
  • count by 1s, 5s and 10s
  • Learn how to gather data and use tally marks
  • Learn how to graph data that has been gathered

Homework for the week: 
  • cut apart your new Power Words and add them to your bag
  • practice your new Power Words all week
  • practice reading your “old” Power Words
  • read for 30 minutes and log in two steps every night

Winter Break challenge!

·       practice reading ALL Power Words ~ learn to read them at Flash Speed!
·       Read and log in to earn EXTRA Reading Steps during the Break!

Upcoming dates to remember:  
  • December 12 – PTA meeting @ 6:45 and 3rd Grade performance @ 7:00
  • December 12 – Interims issued (Please sign and return before winter break!)
  • December 15 - Polar Express Day-wear your pajamas and last day of school before Winter Break
  • January 2 - School reopens

Resource schedule for the week: 
·       Monday – Art
·       Tuesday – Library
·       Wednesday – Music
·       Thursday – P.E.
·       Friday – STEM
·       Tuesday, Jan. 2 – Coding

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Week 14 ~ Dec. 4 - Dec. 8, 2017


Happy Monday! 10 days of school to go in 2017!  Keep up with the reading steps and practicing Power Words these next two weeks and then we'll take a break and enjoy the holidays!

***We will be having a special snack on Polar Express Day (the 15th) in the classroom.  We will make Polar Express train cars using graham crackers, icing, food coloring, licorice, Chex Mix and mini Oreo cookies.  We will need 5 containers of whipped vanilla icing, 1 bag of red (cherry or strawberry) licorice, 2 bags of mini Oreos, 2 boxes of graham crackers, 1 box of Chex cereal, 1 pack of paper plates (at least 22) and a box of plastic spoons (at least 22).  Please send a note in your child’s agenda if you are able to donate 1 of these items for us.  I will confirm with you in your child’s agenda if the item is still needed.  And we will need the items by Wednesday, Dec. 13th.  Thanks so much!!!  

This week we will:
  • Review the sounds of /ch/ and /sh/ and /th/
  • Name and read words that begin with these sounds
  • Identify vowels and consonants
  • track print to read
  • use letters and sounds to write our ideas on paper
  • count syllables in 1, 2 or 3 syllable words
  • learn to read the Power Words big, where, yes
  • begin learning about amphibians
  • continue learning about shapes
  • count by 1s and 10s
  • count by 5s

Homework for the week:
·      read for 30 minutes every night
·      log in 2 books in your reading log every night
·      cut apart and practice reading your new Power Words every night
·      make sure you know the ‘old’ Power Words at Flash Speed

Important dates to remember:
  • December 12 - PTA meeting @ 6:45 / 3rd grade Chorus performance @ 7:00
  • December 15 - Polar Express Day (wear your pajamas!) / Last day of school before Winter Break
  • January 2 - School reopens 

Resource Schedule for the week:
·       Monday – Library
·       Tuesday – Music
·       Wednesday – P.E.
·       Thursday – STEM
·       Friday – Coding
·       Monday, Dec. 11 - Art

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week 13 ~ Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2017


This week brings the first of December.  I hope you all had some time to enjoy your family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Now it’s back to Kindergarten business!  That would mean - reading, logging in school and home steps, practicing Power Words, writing, and learning all about numbers – to name just a bit of kindergarten business! J

This week we will: 
  • Review short vowel sounds
  • Review the sounds of /ch/ /sh/ /th/
  • Review the sounds of –l and –r blends (bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, tr)
  • Learn new Power Words and review ‘old’ Power Words
  • Learn all about reptiles - baby reptiles and the life cycle of a reptile
  • write sentences using sounds that we know to spell unknown words
  • count by 1s, 5s and 10s
  • count on from a given number
  • identify shapes and attributes of shapes (number of sides and corners)
  • identify shapes in our environment

Homework for the week:
·      cut apart and practice your new Power Words
·      practice recognizing and reading ‘old’ Power Words at Flash Speed!!!
·      read for 30 minutes every night – log in at least 2 steps – Remember – it’s 15 minutes of reading per step

Important dates to remember:
  • Dec. 12 – PTA meeting @ 6;45 and 3rd Grade performance @ 7:00
  • Dec. 15 – Last day of school before Winter break

Resource schedule for the week:
·      Monday – Music
·      Tuesday – P.E.
·      Wednesday – STEM
·      Thursday – Coding
·      Friday – Art
·      Monday, Dec. 4 - Library

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week 12 ~ Nov. 20 - Nov. 22, 2017


Time is flying and Thanksgiving is quickly approaching!  Most have returned report card envelopes.  Please sign and return if you have not yet done so.  You may keep the report card. 

Important reminders:  make sure you are practicing Power Words every night for Homework.  The Power Words pile up quickly and it is hard to catch up on learning them once you get behind.  Also, please make sure you are reading and logging in 2 books each night for Homework.  That is also hard to catch up once you get behind.  I will be putting an extra reading log in your child’s folder on Tuesday just in case you have time for some extra reading with family and friends during the Thanksgiving break! :)

This week we will:
  • Continue learning about the sounds of br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr and tr
  • Continue learning about the sounds of bl, cl, fl, gl, pl and sl
  • Review all Power Words
  • Use letters and sounds to write a sentence to communicate our thoughts
  • Count by 1’s and 10’s
  • Identify 1 more than a given number
  • learn about the First Thanksgiving

Homework for the week:
  • read for 30 minutes every night and log in 2 steps every night
  • practice all Power Words’ – Do you know them at Flash Speed?

Important dates to remember:
  • Nov. 22 – 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday - School closed
  • Dec. 12 – PTA meeting and 3rd Grade Program @ 6:30
  • Dec. 15 – Last day before Winter Break

Resource Schedule for the week:
·      Monday – Art
·      Tuesday – Library

·      Monday, 11/27 – Music

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!  I am thankful for my GREAT kindergartners! :)