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!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 5/21

This week we have a Wacky Wednesday. Students need to arrive at 10am and are dismissed at 1:20pm. We also have Open House Wednesday, 5/24 from 7-8:00pm. Come by to see all the wonderful work your child has done. You will need to take home any work displayed on their desk including their painted person, which will be sitting in their chair. Feel free to check out the first grade classrooms as well. 


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!

Wednesday Envelopes: The Wednesday envelope will continue to come home on Wednesdays and will need to be returned Thursdays. After this week we will no longer be sending the blue book bags home. 



What we will be doing this week: 


Language Arts 

Students will learn the sight word "want". 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 

Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.NBT.A.1
Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.
Parents can click on the following link for helpful tips on what students will be doing in math.  Parents Tips Module 5

Upcoming Events: 

May
Wednesday, 5/24- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
Wednesday, 5/24- Open House (7:00-8:00pm)
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!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 5/14

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!

Wednesday Envelopes: The Wednesday envelope will continue to come home on Wednesdays and will need to be returned Thursdays. After this week we will no longer be sending the blue book bags home. 

Homework:
*This is our last week of homework!! Let's make it our best!!
Homework is sent home on Wednesdays in the blue book bag. Please complete the written portion of the homework with pencil and color with crayons or colored pencils. Please do not use markers as they are very messy and bleed through the paper. Begin to help your child set-up a homework routine to develop good work habits. Homework is due Monday inside the blue book bag. 

Journal Component for Homework:
For the remainder of the year students will be doing a journal as a part of their homework.  I have included an explanation of this process in their blue book bags. Please read the explanation carefully. We ask that students use pencil only to write and no markers for coloring their picture, as they are messy. The picture they draw should be complete and needs to match their writing. I always share a couple of journals for each week that have followed all of the directions and are great examples to show the class. Students will be doing either an opinion or informational writing depending on the book they receive. I listed several ideas for sentence starters and topics in the form that I am sending home.  The goal is to encourage independent writing. You can begin with having them form complete sentences orally prior to writing something down. We ask that parents do not have students copy sentences from the book or ones they have written for them. You can assist them in sounding out words so they can spell them phonetically, sight words should be spelled correctly. Encouraging your child to be an independent writer will help build their self-confidence and better prepare them for first grade. There will also be two formal writing assessments given this year. A rubric/ sight word list has also been included in the blue book bag to assist in their journal writing.


What we will be doing this week: 


Language Arts 

Students will learn the sight word "this". 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 

Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.NBT.A.1
Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.
Parents can click on the following link for helpful tips on what students will be doing in math.  Parents Tips Module 5

Station helpers: (12:50-2:00pm)

Monday- Gina Negrini
Tuesday- Xiumin Wang
Thursday- Kevin Bendemire

Upcoming Events: 

May
Wednesday, 5/24- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
Wednesday, 5/24- Open House (7:00-8:00pm)
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!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 5/7

Friday, May 12th will be our Mother's Day performance at 1:45pm. All moms are invited to attend. If you are unable to make it, we ask that you try and find someone to come in your place. Please arrive a little early to allow time for parking. All moms will meet at the front door of our classroom, which will open at 1:40pm. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend. Students should wear something fancy for this event; however, make sure it is something that is school/playground appropriate.

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!


Sharing:
We will no longer have sharing from here on out.  We will be very busy practicing for our next two events.  

Homework:
Homework is sent home on Wednesdays in the blue book bag. Please complete the written portion of the homework with pencil and color with crayons or colored pencils. Please do not use markers as they are very messy and bleed through the paper. Begin to help your child set-up a homework routine to develop good work habits. Homework is due Monday inside the blue book bag. 

Journal Component for Homework:
For the remainder of the year students will be doing a journal as a part of their homework.  I have included an explanation of this process in their blue book bags. Please read the explanation carefully. We ask that students use pencil only to write and no markers for coloring their picture, as they are messy. The picture they draw should be complete and needs to match their writing. I always share a couple of journals for each week that have followed all of the directions and are great examples to show the class. Students will be doing either an opinion or informational writing depending on the book they receive. I listed several ideas for sentence starters and topics in the form that I am sending home.  The goal is to encourage independent writing. You can begin with having them form complete sentences orally prior to writing something down. We ask that parents do not have students copy sentences from the book or ones they have written for them. You can assist them in sounding out words so they can spell them phonetically, sight words should be spelled correctly. Encouraging your child to be an independent writer will help build their self-confidence and better prepare them for first grade. There will also be two formal writing assessments given this year. A rubric/ sight word list has also been included in the blue book bag to assist in their journal writing.


What we will be doing this week: 


Language Arts 


This week we are learning the letter Yy. Students will learn the sight word "little". 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 

Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.NBT.A.1
Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.
Parents can click on the following link for helpful tips on what students will be doing in math.  Parents Tips Module 5

Station helpers: (12:50-2:00pm)

Monday- Noriko Tuffy
Tuesday- Xiumin Wang
Thursday- Kate Marchak

Upcoming Events: 

May
Friday, 5/12- Mother's Day Play (Moms save the date! 1:45-2:50pm)
Friday, 5/12- Fantasy Fair (5:00-9:00pm)
Wednesday, 5/24- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
Wednesday, 5/24- Open House (7:00-8:00pm)
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!!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 4/30

On Friday, May 5th students will need to arrive at 11:10am in order to perform in our Cinco de Mayo dance at 11:15am with all four kindergarten classes. Parents are all invited to stay and watch.  We most likely will have the performance on the kindergarten blacktop if all goes as planned. 

Sharing:
We will no longer have sharing from here on out.  We will be very busy practicing for our next two events.  

Homework:
Homework is sent home on Wednesdays in the blue book bag. Please complete the written portion of the homework with pencil and color with crayons or colored pencils. Please do not use markers as they are very messy and bleed through the paper. Begin to help your child set-up a homework routine to develop good work habits. Homework is due Monday inside the blue book bag. 

Journal Component for Homework:
For the remainder of the year students will be doing a journal as a part of their homework.  I have included an explanation of this process in their blue book bags. Please read the explanation carefully. We ask that students use pencil only to write and no markers for coloring their picture, as they are messy. The picture they draw should be complete and needs to match their writing. I always share a couple of journals for each week that have followed all of the directions and are great examples to show the class. Students will be doing either an opinion or informational writing depending on the book they receive. I listed several ideas for sentence starters and topics in the form that I am sending home.  The goal is to encourage independent writing. You can begin with having them form complete sentences orally prior to writing something down. We ask that parents do not have students copy sentences from the book or ones they have written for them. You can assist them in sounding out words so they can spell them phonetically, sight words should be spelled correctly. Encouraging your child to be an independent writer will help build their self-confidence and better prepare them for first grade. There will also be two formal writing assessments given this year. A rubric/ sight word list has also been included in the blue book bag to assist in their journal writing.


What we will be doing this week: 


Language Arts 


This week we are learning the letter Qq. Students will learn the sight words "thatand "be". 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 

Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.NBT.A.1
Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.
Parents can click on the following link for helpful tips on what students will be doing in math.  Parents Tips Module 5

Station helpers: (12:50-2:00pm)

Monday- Jennifer Brittain
Tuesday- Xiumin Wang
Thursday- Alisa Nishimoto

Upcoming Events: 
May
Friday, 5/5- Cinco de Mayo Performance (All 4 classes will perform at 11:15am)
Friday, 5/12- Mother's Day Play (Moms save the date! 1:45-2:50pm)
Friday, 5/12- Fantasy Fair (5:00-9:00pm)
Wednesday, 5/24- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
Wednesday, 5/24- Open House (7:00-8:00pm)
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!!



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Newsletter 4/23

We have a Wacky Wednesday this week.  Drop off at 10am and pick-up at 1:20pm.

Sharing:
We will have homemade sharing this week.  Students will bring something they made at home to share with the class. 

Homework:
Homework is sent home on Wednesdays in the blue book bag. Please complete the written portion of the homework with pencil and color with crayons or colored pencils. Please do not use markers as they are very messy and bleed through the paper. Begin to help your child set-up a homework routine to develop good work habits. Homework is due Monday inside the blue book bag. 

Journal Component for Homework:
For the remainder of the year students will be doing a journal as a part of their homework.  I have included an explanation of this process in their blue book bags. Please read the explanation carefully. We ask that students use pencil only to write and no markers for coloring their picture, as they are messy. The picture they draw should be complete and needs to match their writing. I always share a couple of journals for each week that have followed all of the directions and are great examples to show the class. Students will be doing either an opinion or informational writing depending on the book they receive. I listed several ideas for sentence starters and topics in the form that I am sending home.  The goal is to encourage independent writing. You can begin with having them form complete sentences orally prior to writing something down. We ask that parents do not have students copy sentences from the book or ones they have written for them. You can assist them in sounding out words so they can spell them phonetically, sight words should be spelled correctly. Encouraging your child to be an independent writer will help build their self-confidence and better prepare them for first grade. There will also be two formal writing assessments given this year. A rubric/ sight word list has also been included in the blue book bag to assist in their journal writing.


What we will be doing this week: 


Language Arts 


This week we are learning the letter Zz. Students will learn the sight words "asand "has". 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 

Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.1
Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings1, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.2
Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.3
Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.4
For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.5
Fluently add and subtract within 5.
Parents can click on the following link for helpful tips on what students will be doing in math.  Parent tips for Module 4

Station helpers: (12:50-2:00pm)

Monday- Annie Shim
Tuesday- Xiumin Wang
Thursday- Kate Marchak

Upcoming Events: 
Wednesday, 4/26- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
Thursday, 4/27- Art Vistas
Friday, 4/28- Painting body dolls in the cafeteria (1pm-2:00pm)
Friday, 5/5- Cinco de Mayo Performance (All 4 classes will perform at 11:15am)
Friday, 5/12- Mother's Day Play (Moms save the date! 1:45-2:50pm)
Friday, 5/12- Fantasy Fair
Wednesday, 5/24- Wacky Wednesday (10am-1:20pm)
Wednesday, 5/24- Open House 
Monday, 5/29- No School for Memorial Day