Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 9/24

Dear Parents, 


This week we have a Wacky Wednesday.


Blue book bags are to be returned on Monday with the book and any homework assignments inside. 


Wednesday envelopes will also be found inside the blue book bag but will need to be emptied and returned to class Thursday. Please take the time to look through all of the contents for comments on student work or important fliers. 



What we will be doing this week: 

Language Arts 

We will continue learning the alphabet and letter sounds. Please take time at home to review them as well.
This week students will learn the sight word, "my". It would be helpful for students to practice recognizing these words at home as well. You can make flashcards, memory games, Go Fish, and other fun ways to make learning the sight words easy!

We use the Handwriting Without Tears program to help students practice writing the letter of the week while strengthening their fine motor skills. Students will have a chalkboard with a small piece of sponge, paper towel, and chalk. Students will begin by tracing the letter with their wet sponge. Then they will trace it again with their paper towel to dry the area. Finally, students will use their small piece of chalk to write the letter on their own. We call this process, "Wet-Dry-Try". There is also an App available for Handwriting Without Tears that you can purchase to practice the process at home.


Math 
Students will be learning about numbers to 10. They will be able to identify the number names, the counting sequence, count to tell a number of objects and compare numbers. Students will also begin to compose and decompose numbers to 10 to show that a number can have two parts (i.e. 4=2+2, or 4=3+1) These are pre-addition/subtraction skills to help build number sense. Students will also learn to subitize, where they have the ability to 'see' a small set of objects and know how many without counting.  

Parent Tips Module 1

Science
Students will be studying apples for the next two weeks. We will dissect apples and study their parts, do a sink and float activity, weigh apples and much more! We will also be doing apple tasting and will enjoy some applesauce! 


Station Helpers:
Monday: Melissa Scheel
Tuesday: Zeynep Taymaz
Thursday: Michelle Skinner
Friday: Susie Li


Makerspace will be very other Wacky Wednesday except for field trips


PE will be on Wednesdays with Coach Sierra from Recess 101 at 2:00pm except for Wacky Wednesdays



Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, September 27th- Cornerstone lesson 
Wednesday, September 27th- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
Wednesday, October 4th- Art Vistas lesson
Saturday, October 21st- Alta Vista Walkathon
Wednesday, October 25th- Field trip to Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch (10am-1:20pm)
Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween Parade & Party





Thank you,
Miss Mangione

Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 9/17

Dear Parents, 

I will be out of the classroom on Tuesday, September 19th due to a training session I will be attending. 


Blue book bags are to be returned on Monday with the book and any homework assignments inside. 


Wednesday envelopes will also be found inside the blue book bag but will need to be emptied and returned to class Thursday. Please take the time to look through all of the contents for comments on student work or important fliers. 



What we will be doing this week: 

Language Arts 

We will continue learning the alphabet and letter sounds. Please take time at home to review them as well.
This week students will learn the sight word, "like". It would be helpful for students to practice recognizing these words at home as well. You can make flashcards, memory games, Go Fish, and other fun ways to make learning the sight words easy!

We use the Handwriting Without Tears program to help students practice writing the letter of the week while strengthening their fine motor skills. Students will have a chalkboard with a small piece of sponge, paper towel, and chalk. Students will begin by tracing the letter with their wet sponge. Then they will trace it again with their paper towel to dry the area. Finally, students will use their small piece of chalk to write the letter on their own. We call this process, "Wet-Dry-Try". There is also an App available for Handwriting Without Tears that you can purchase to practice the process at home.


Math 
Students will be learning about numbers to 10. They will be able to identify the number names, the counting sequence, count to tell a number of objects and compare numbers. Students will also begin to compose and decompose numbers to 10 to show that a number can have two parts (i.e. 4=2+2, or 4=3+1) These are pre-addition/subtraction skills to help build number sense. Students will also learn to subitize, where they have the ability to 'see' a small set of objects and know how many without counting.  

Parent Tips Module 1

Science
Students will be studying apples for the next two weeks. We will dissect apples and study their parts, do a sink and float activity, weigh apples and much more! We will also be doing apple tasting and will enjoy some applesauce! 


Station Helpers:
Monday: Melissa Scheel
Tuesday: Olga Nudelman
Thursday: Michelle Skinner
Friday: Damaris Gellman


Makerspace will be very other Wacky Wednesday except for field trips


PE will be on Wednesdays with Coach Sierra from Recess 101 at 2:00pm except for Wacky Wednesdays



Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, September 27th- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
Saturday, October 21st- Alta Vista Walkathon
Wednesday, October 25th- Field trip to Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch (10am-1:20pm)
Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween Parade & Party



Thank you,
Miss Mangione

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 9/10

Dear Parents,

Homework will begin this week! I am sending the blue book bags home this Wednesday. Sometimes there will be a homework worksheet or special assignment, but typically the homework will be to simply read and discuss the book. In January students will begin to write a journal based on the book they have received. 

Blue book bags are to be returned on Monday with the book and any homework assignments inside. 

Wednesday envelopes will also be found inside the blue book bag but will need to be emptied and returned to class Thursday. Please take the time to look through all of the contents for comments on student work or important fliers. 

Students are also very excited to have parents begin working in the room for stations!


This week is "Walk and Roll" week at Alta Vista, sponsored by a program called Safe Routes to School. The idea is to encourage families to try and walk, bike, scooter, or carpool to school, rather than everyone driving a single vehicle. All children received a red bracelet on Monday in class to show support. All kindergarteners will receive a popsicle party after the week is over.

What we will be doing this week: 

Language Arts 

We will continue learning the alphabet and letter sounds.
This week students will learn the sight word, "I". It would be helpful for students to practice recognizing these words at home as well. You can make flashcards, memory games, Go Fish, and other fun ways to make learning the sight words easy!

We use the Handwriting Without Tears program to help students practice writing the letter of the week while strengthening their fine motor skills. Students will have a chalkboard with a small piece of sponge, paper towel, and chalk. Students will begin by tracing the letter with their wet sponge. Then they will trace it again with their paper towel to dry the area. Finally, students will use their small piece of chalk to write the letter on their own. We call this process, "Wet-Dry-Try". There is also an App available for Handwriting Without Tears that you can purchase to practice the process at home.


Math 
Students will be learning about numbers to 10. They will be able to identify the number names, the counting sequence, count to tell a number of objects and compare numbers. Students will also begin to compose and decompose numbers to 10 to show that a number can have two parts (i.e. 4=2+2, or 4=3+1) These are pre-addition/subtraction skills to help build number sense. Students will also learn to subitize, where they have the ability to 'see' a small set of objects and know how many without counting.  



Science
Students will be studying apples for the next two weeks. We will dissect apples and study their parts, do a sink and float activity, weigh apples and much more! We will also be doing apple tasting and enjoy some applesauce! 


Station Helpers:
Monday: Mallory Ichien
Tuesday: Susie Li
Thursday: Michelle Skinner
Friday: Elaine Yoo


-Makerspace: Every other Wacky Wednesday except for field trips


-PE will be on Wednesdays with Coach Sierra from Recess 101 at 2:00pm except for Wacky Wednesdays



Upcoming Events:
Friday, September 15th- Alta Vista Family Movie Night at 7:30
Wednesday, September 27th- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
Saturday, October 21st- Alta Vista Walkathon
Wednesday, October 25th- Field trip to Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch (10am-1:20pm)
Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween Parade & Party



Thank you,
Miss Mangione

Friday, September 1, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 9/3

Welcome to Kindergarten!!

  • I am looking forward to a very fun and exciting year! Students will arrive at 11:30am at the back door on the playground side of the classroom and will be picked up at 2:50pm at the front door. Please arrive a little early to allow for parking. 
  • A backpack is advised for students attending daycare and optional for all others. No school supplies are needed at this time. 
  • All students will need to bring a healthy snack everyday. Snack time begins at 12:30pm and students will have 10 minutes to eat prior to playing at recess. Students coming from daycare will eat lunch prior to coming to class; however, will still need to bring a small snack here. It may be easier if their daycare lunch is in a lunch box and their school snack is in a paper bag. Students can also bring a water bottle.
  • To help students transition, we ask that parents say goodbye at the door so they can enter the room independently and begin to establish our routine.
Last Wednesday we visited the new Makerspace building. A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. We will be visiting the makerspace every other month on Wacky Wednesday with the exception of field trip days. 

PE will begin this Wednesday with Coach Sierra from Recess 101 




What we will be doing this week: 

*Practicing writing name
*Learning letter names and sounds
*Establishing our classroom routines
*Learning the classroom/playground rules
*Learning about respect and making good choices
*Making friends
*Counting 1-5


    Click here for slideshow:
    Back to School Night Presentation

    Thank you for all of the supply donations! We now should have plenty to last us a while.



    Upcoming Events:

    Friday, September 1st- No School
    Friday, September 4th- No School
    Friday, September 8th- Picture Day
    Friday, September 15th- Alta Vista Family Movie Night at 7:30
    Wednesday, September 27th- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
    Saturday, October 21st- Alta Vista Walkathon
    Wednesday, October 25th- Field trip to Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch (10am-1:20pm)
    Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween Parade & Party



    Thank you,
    Miss Mangione


    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Weekly Newsletter 8/16

    Welcome to Kindergarten!!

    • I am looking forward to a very fun and exciting year! Students will arrive at 11:30am at the back door on the playground side of the classroom and will be picked up at 2:50pm at the front door. Please arrive a little early to allow for parking. 
    • A backpack is advised for students attending daycare and optional for all others. No school supplies are needed at this time. 
    • All students will need to bring a healthy snack everyday. Snack time begins at 12:30pm and students will have 10 minutes to eat prior to playing at recess. Students coming from daycare will eat lunch prior to coming to class; however, will still need to bring a small snack here. It may be easier if their daycare lunch is in a lunch box and their school snack is in a paper bag. Students can also bring a water bottle.
    • To help students transition, we ask that parents say goodbye at the door so they can enter the room independently and begin to establish our routine.

    Our first Wacky Wednesday is August 30th.  Please arrive at 10am and pick-up at 1:20pm.



    What we will be doing this week: 

    *Practicing writing name
    *Learning letter names and sounds
    *Establishing our classroom routines
    *Learning the classroom/playground rules
    *Learning about respect and making good choices
    *Making friends
    *Counting 1-5


    Click here for slideshow:
    Back to School Night Presentation

    We are currently accepting donations of Clorox wipes, Kleenex, and hand sanitizer. 


    Thank you,
    Miss Mangione



    Saturday, June 3, 2017

    Weekly Newsletter 6/4

    Important information for the last week of school...

    Tuesday 6/6: Splash bash party- Students will wear their bathing suit under their clothes. Make sure they wear shoes that can get wet (flip flops are ok but send a regular pair of play shoes as well. Students will also need sunscreen and a towel. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Pizza will be served at 12:30pm and the party will begin at 1:00pm. 

    Wednesday 6/7: Wacky Wednesday/Olympic day- Students will need to arrive at 9:45am as our Olympic day is starting between 9:50-10:00am. Students should wear their class t-shirt and make sure to use the restroom before coming to class. Students should wear sunscreen or bring a hat if needed as we will be outside on the field from 10am-12pm. 

    Thursday 6/8: Promotion- Our promotion ceremony will begin at 1:30pm in our classroom. Have your child wear something fancy. Please come a little early to allow for parking so we can begin our show on time. Please wait outside the front door. There will be a reception to follow with snacks. If you wish to leave early with your child please let me know and then sign them out in the office. 

    Friday 6/9: Last Day of School!- Students will need to arrive at 8:05am and will be dismissed at 11:25.  All kindergarten classes will have the same schedule on this day.  



    Birthdays: We are celebrating summer birthdays! Don't forget to click on the birthday celebrations link at the right of this blog to check for your child's date!



    THIS YEAR HAS BEEN AMAZING THANKS TO ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT AND BECAUSE OF YOUR WONDERFUL CHILDREN.  I REALLY HAD A GREAT YEAR AND I'M SAD TO HAVE IT END.  I LOOK FORWARD TO A FUN-FILLED LAST WEEK AND HOPE EVERYONE HAS AN AWESOME SUMMER!! 

    Sunday, May 28, 2017

    Weekly Newsletter 5/28

    Birthdays: We are celebrating summer birthdays! Don't forget to click on the birthday celebrations link at the right of this blog to check for your child's date!



    What we will be doing this week: 

    Language Arts 

    Students will review the sight words. It would be helpful for students to practice recognizing these words at home as well. You can make flashcards, memory games, Go Fish, and other fun ways to make learning the sight words easy!

    Students are working on opinion writing and are getting ready for our last writing assessment. 

    Continue to work will your child in both reading and writing and review the sight words often. 



    Math 

    Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.G.B.4
    Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/"corners") and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.G.B.5
    Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.G.B.6
    Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, "Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?"
    Parents can click on the following link for helpful tips on what students will be doing in math.  Parent Tips Module 6

    Upcoming Events: 

    May
    Monday, 5/29- No School for Memorial Day
    Tuesday, 5/30- Youth Science Institute will visit our class to talk about Life in the Pond 

    June
    Tuesday, 6/6- Splash Bash/Class Party (Wear swim suite and beach attire, bring regular clothes to change into later.) No snack needed...pizza provided!
    Wednesday, 6/7- Wacky Wednesday/Olympic day (10am-1:20pm) Wear your class t-shirt!
    Thursday, 6/8- Kindergarten Promotion (1:30pm-2:50pm) Students will wear something fancy. All families are invited to watch! Snacks and refreshments to follow performance. Meet outside the front door of our classroom. Please arrive a little early to allow for parking. 
    Friday, 6/9- Last day of school!!! (All classes arrive at 8:05am and are dismissed at 11:25am) Happy Summer!!