Welcome to Kindergarten in room 107!!!! We are excited for our year together and cannot wait for our learning to begin.
Language Arts Block
*Please be sure to let Mrs. Kidwell know about changes in transportation
*Please provide your child with a peanut free snack each day and water bottle
We enjoyed a very busy week of learning in kindergarten capped off with our community helper parade this afternoon. Listed below are our accomplishments and updates for this week and next.
Reading-We are learning sight words. This week we focused on I, a, we. We also read a reader's theatre.
Writing-We completed our illustration unit by creating our own illustration of the community helper we want to be when we grow up.
Math-We worked with higher numbers by counting higher and matching #s to sets.
SS-We met 4 community helpers and learned about their jobs, their tools, and their schooling.
Next week's areas of focus:
Reading-We will identify main idea in stories. We will continue to ID use sight words in reading.
Writing-We will use our illustrations and return to writing true stories that really happened to us.
Math-We will use one-to-one correspondence to count higher #s of objects.
SS-We will discover that people need money to buy the things we want and need. Each student will earn money.
*Encore next week-M-PE, Tu-no encore, W-Music, Th-PE, F-no school
*No school next Friday-teacher professional development day
*Today in your child's folder I placed the sight words that Prince William County wants kindergarten students to know by the end of the year.
*Thanks to Olivia's mom for volunteering this week and also volunteering her brother-in-law to come talk to the kids about his job as a fireman.
*Field Trip next Tuesday. If you are planning on meeting us at the farm please let me know.
*Yesterday we sent home spirit days for the year....dates were incorrect. Please see below for corrections.
PTO SPIRIT DAYS CALENDAR
Friday, October 28 – Crazy Hair Day
Friday, November 18 – Hat Day
Tuesday November 29 – Pirate Day (this coincides with our Book Fair and Literacy Night)
Friday, December 16 – Pajama Day
Friday, January 27 – Sports Shirts / Jersey Day
Friday February 24 – Superhero Day (no facemasks, props, or weapons)
Wednesday, March 1 – Wacky Wednesday (to celebrate Dr. Seuss week)
Friday, March 24 – Dress like a Book Character Day
Friday, April 28 – Silly Sock and Class Colors Day (these will be announced at a later time)
Friday, May 26 – Patriotic Day – wear your Red, White, and Blue
Friday, June 9 – Beach Day
All other Fridays – wear your Spiritwear or school colors!!
*Our school fundraiser Boosterthon will be beginning next week. You will be receiving many emails from me about this fundraiser and our class progress as we raise money. It is a fantastic fundraiser and I cannot wait to share more information with you next week.
*As we get ready to start a new month, remember there are many no school days to begin February. No school-Feb. 4, 7, 8, 11
*Thank you to all of the parents I have already met with for conferences. I have already had 15 conferences and look forward to the remaining 11.
*Please consider buying your child some sort of chapstick to keep in his/her backpack at this time of the year. We already have lots of kids complaining of chapped lips and we have nothing to give them. If you put a tube of chapstick in their backpacks they can use it anytime it is needed. We encourage them to do that instead of sucking on their lips which makes it much worse.
*Thanks to our 3 donors who have given to our Boogie Board project on Donor's Choose. If each family gave just a small amount of money we could easily reach our goal and put these boards to action in our classroom. Please consider donating or sending our Donor's Choose site on to other family members who could donate as well.
Sorry for the delay with this weeks email. Yesterday was busy with nursery rhyme rotations and finishing out our week. Listed below are our accomplishments for the week and a look at what is ahead for next week.
Reading-We completed PALS testing and I will have those results to share with you at conference time. We read lots of nursery rhymes and discovered our RAZ Kids accounts.
Writing-We discovered how to add emotion and motion to our stories. We also continued to practice how to write letters of the alphabet.
Math-We are working to match #'s to corresponding sets and recognize #'s out of order.
SS-We discovered needs of humans.
Next week our learning will focus on the following:
Reading: We will begin to discover main idea and supporting details to be able to explain..."What is this story all about".
Writing: We will complete our illustration unit by producing a true story that really happened to us and include real people and/or animals, backgrounds, emotions, and motion. OUR ILLUSTRATIONS HAVE CHANGED SOOO MUCH!
Math: We will continue our number sense unit with matching sets and IDing #'s and practice counting to higher numbers.
SS-We will begin to connect human needs to working and community helpers. We need to work to pay for the things we need.
*Next week ENCORE-M-PE, Tu-Library, W-Music, Th-PE, F-Art
*Next week ABC Bootcamp-Deniz-X, Taj-Y, Bryson-Z
*We will have an ABC Bootcamp parade on Thursday to celebrate completing our letter work. Yesterday at note went home with your child about creating a vest to wear with your child's letter and pictures of other things that begin with that letter. Please let me know if you have questions about the vest. You can send the vest in as early as Monday if you complete it and we can put it in a safe place until Thursday.
*Prince William county has asked that all teacher stop using BLOOMZ until they can work with them to put some security measures in place. They are also doing the same thing for Class DOJO if you are familiar with that site. Sooooo, I will not be using Bloomz until further notice. A lot of the volunteering spots are already filled and the conferences are as well. I am hoping this will be a quick fix as many teachers at Haymarket and other schools use both of these programs. If you have not signed up for a conference I will put a list of available times in your child's folder next week so you can check and get back to me. Sorry for the inconvenience.
*We have space for a few more community helper visitors if you or someone you know can help out. Our class has been able to find a fire fighter and police man. We have an RN, police officer, and police chaplin who are able to visit as well from other classes. Please let me know if you are able to help out.
*This week we had two days of mystery readers. Wade's grandparents and Eleana's mom were both able to come read to the class this week and the kids really loved it. Please let me know if you haven't signed up already and I will send you available dates to come read to the class.
*Thanks to Olivia's mom, Robbie's mom, and Eleana's mom for volunteering with our nursery rhyme rotations yesterday and Mahreen's mom for helping out earlier this week. We love all the parent support!!!
*This week RAZ kids account information went home. Your child learned how to use the program at school and can practice as much as possible at home. We had a student who shared how he used the program at home by first listening to the stories and then going back and challenging himself to read the words of the books. Great motivation!
*Have a great weekend and let me know if you have any questions.