Week of 1/7-1/11

We made it to FRIDAY!!!  We finished our first FULL week in January of learning and fun!  In Language Arts, we continued our Jan Brett Author Study.  We paused to use clues and make predictions.  We also continued blending with medial vowels and practiced the sight words “come” and “your”.  In Math, we learned about part-part-whole to 3.  We had a MAGNIFICENT week in Science learning all about magnets!

Note from Mrs. Rhoden for grades K-2: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates. No referrals will be accepted after January 18. Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING: Making Predictions
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Predictions with Snowy Stories
– Phonemic awareness: medial sounds /a/ /o/ /i/ /u/
– Sight Words:  have, fun, do
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* –What do you predict will happen next?  What clues helped you? Did it happen?

MATH: Part-Whole Fluency Within 3
– The student will recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3.

SOCIAL STUDIES: MLK Day
K.1 The student will identify the people and events honored by the holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

January 21st: MLK Jr Holiday

January 28th: Student Holiday

Week of 1/3-1/4

Happy New Year, Families! Our kindergarteners were so happy to be back in Room 20 this week!  We had lots of fun and even made resolutions for 2019!  We finished up our short week with a visit from WRIC Channel 8 Meteorologist Katie Dupree.  She told us all about the tools she uses to predict the weather!  She even did an experiment to show us how a tornado is formed!

Note from Mrs. Rhoden for grades K-2: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates. No referrals will be accepted after January 18. Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING: Making Predictions
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Predictions with Jan Brett Author Study
– Phonemic awareness: medial sounds /a/ /o/ /i/ /u/
– Sight Words:  come, your
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
What do you predict will happen next?  What clues helped you? Did it happen?

MATH: Part-Whole Fluency Within 3
– The student will recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3.

SCIENCE: Magnets
— The student will investigate and understand that magnets have an effect on some materials, make some things move without touching them, and have useful applications. Key concepts include magnetism and its effects; and useful applications of magnetism.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

January 21st: MLK Jr Holiday

January 28th: Student Holiday

Week of 12/17-12/19

Happy Friday, Families!  We had a short week full of learning and laughter in room 20!  We ended with a spirit-filled day of Winter fun!  Today, we had relay races in the gym and even a dance party!  Then, we decorated cookies in our classroom, so yummy!  We ate yummy treats at our Winter Party and even had a *special guest* stop by!  Check out pictures of all the fun!

A special thank-you to parent volunteers that were able to donate supplies for our party! And also to those that were even able to come lend a hand!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

I hope that your family has a wonderful Winter Break and I look forward to seeing all of my kinders in the NEW YEAR on January 3rd!!

Week of 12/13-12/14

What a short and SNOWY week!  My beagles, Jake and Elwood, had a fun time outside. 🙂 Our tigers were ready to come back to school to work hard and play hard with their friends!  During this short week, we read holiday stories and asked/answered questions: Who is the most important character? What did he or she do?  Why did he or she do that?  We are also continuing to work on medial sounds /a/ /i/ /o/. We practiced finding sight words: play, you. In Math this week week, we worked on counting objects to 20. In Social Studies this week, we began a unit about needs and wants.

On Friday, we wore our PJs to school!  We had a guest principal read us the story, “The Polar Express”.  We even got to watch part of the animated movie!  Then, our class elf brought us HOT CHOCOLATE!  It was a wonderful way to end the week!

Next week, we will have our Winter Party at 1pm.  We are so thankful for our room parents who have already volunteered to send in all of the supplies we need.  Thank you, room parents!

Note from Mrs. Rhoden for grades K-2: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates. No referrals will be accepted after January 18. Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING: Retelling with Story Elements
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling w/Story Elements (Holiday Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: medial sounds /a/ /o/ /i/
– Sight Words:  play, you
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: Who is the most important character? Whatdid he or she do?  Why did he or she do that?

MATH: Numbers to 20
– Count orally to tell how many are in a given set containing 20 or fewer concrete objects, using one-to-one correspondence, and identify the corresponding numeral
— Read, write, and represent numbers from 0-20

SOCIAL STUDIES: Needs/Wants
— People have to make choices about what they want. People cannot have everything they want. When people cannot have everything they want, they must make a choice between what is most important to them, and what they can do without. People work to earn money and buy the things they want.

Essential Questions
– Why do people have to make choices about the things they want?
– How do people earn money to get the things they want?

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

December 18th: PTO Meeting and Holiday Bingo

December 19th: Winter Party @1

Dec 20th-Jan 2nd: Winter Break (No School)

Week of Dec 3-7

Happy Friday, Families!  We had a fantastically fun week in K!  In Reading, we listened to all sorts of different variations of GINGERBREAD STORIES!  From the Gingerbread Man, to the Gingerbread Girl, the Gingerbread Cowboy, the Ninjabread Man and even Gingerbread Friends.  We loved retelling them using beginning, middle and end.  We also learned the sight words “from” and “said” as well as medial vowels /a/ /o/ and /i/.  In Math, we practiced reading, writing and counting numbers to 20.  In Science, we practiced measuring common objects using non-standard units.  We were also very excited that it began to SNOW while we were outside for recess on Wednesday.

We also had a special delivery all the way from the North Pole!  We have our very own classroom elf!  We voted and decided to name him “Elfie”.

Elfie listened to all of the gingerbread stories this week and decided to reward us with gingerbread cookies!  We took one bite and graphed which gingerbread piece we ate first!  Spoiler Alert- “heads” had the most bites!  We definitely ate the whole cookie afterwards 🙂

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING: Retelling with Story Elements
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling w/Story Elements (Holiday Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: medial sounds /a/ /o/ /i/
– Sight Words:  play, you
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: Who is the most important character? Whatdid he or she do?  Why did he or she do that?

MATH: Numbers to 20
– Count orally to tell how many are in a given set containing 20 or fewer concrete objects, using one-to-one correspondence, and identify the corresponding numeral
— Read, write, and represent numbers from 0-20

SOCIAL STUDIES: Needs/Wants
— People have to make choices about what they want. People cannot have everything they want. When people cannot have everything they want, they must make a choice between what is most important to them, and what they can do without. People work to earn money and buy the things they want.

Essential Questions
– Why do people have to make choices about the things they want?
– How do people earn money to get the things they want?

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

December 18th: PTO Meeting and Holiday Bingo

December 19th: Winter Party @1

Dec 20th-Jan 2nd: Winter Break (No School)

Nov 19-20

Gobble gobble gobble!  We had an action-packed short week in K!  We recognized our students’ achievements for this quarter with our “Classroom Awards”.  We also celebrated the season with a “Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast”.  We ate popcorn, fish, animal crackers and drank fruit juice.  The students even sang a fun turkey song!  It was so much fun!  A special thank-you to all of the families that were able to donate supplies and/or help set-up/clean-up this fun event.  We appreciate you!

Don’t forget, that our Scholastic Book order is STILL OPEN!  These books make great holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.  The last day to place an order is Friday, November 30th.  You can send in payment with your order form OR go online here:  HERE using our class code RLL4C.  Remember, each order earns points for our Classroom Library!   Our shipment will arrive just in time for our Winter Break 🙂

Students brought home a special December Family Gingerbread Project.  Families are encouraged to decorate a special gingerbread person together.  The gingerbread template was sent home on Monday, along with a sentence strip to write about your gingerbread boy/girl. These wonderful gingerbread people and sentences will be displayed in the hallway!

We have so much to be thankful for! I hope that you have a wonderful time with friends and family this weekend.  I will see you all on Monday!

>>NEXT WEEK

READING/Writing

– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Mercer Mayer Author Study)
– Phonemic awareness: Short o/a medial sounds (c-a-t, s-a-t, t-a-p, d-o-g)
– Sight Words: look, not
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: At stopping points throughout the story, students will pause to stop to ask and answer questions about what is being read.  Who? What? When? Where? How? Which?

MATH:
– Graphs: The student will collect, organize, and represent data; and read and interpret data in object graphs, picture graphs, and tables.

SCIENCE:
— The students will investigate and understand weather patterns, different types of weather, symbols/pictures that represent different weather conditions, and make weather observations.

Essential Questions
• What do you see in the sky? How does it feel outside? What kinds of activities can you do in this weather?
• Someone says, “It is going to rain today.” What do you think they might have seen to make them say this?
• Why should we use a chart to record our weather predictions?
• What patterns can we see on a weather chart?

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

November 26th: Gingerbread Family Project Due

Nov 27th: PTO Meeting

November 30th: Scholastic Book Orders Due

Dec 1st: PTO Night@Skateland

Week of Nov 12-16

Happy Friday, Families! We have officially been in kindergarten for 50 days!!  In Reading this week, we listened to fictional Family Thanksgiving stories and then asked/answered questions about them.  We also practiced the words “mom” “dad” and “we” and listened for the final consonant sounds in words.  In Math, we finished our unit on comparing sets with more/fewer/same.  In Social Studies, we learned about the traditions and events associated with the holiday of Thanksgiving.

We also went on our Q1 PAW Achievement trip!  We visited Hermitage High School and watched a performance of “Junie B Jones”.  It was awesome!  A special thank-you to our parent chaperones that were able to come help out!  I hope that we have ALL students join us for our Q2 PAW Achievement!

Our Canned Food Drive this week was a great success!  Thank you to everyone that was able to donate.  It feels good to help others in need!

Next Monday, November 19th is picture day!  Students have already been sent home an order form to fill out and return.  If you wish to purchase pictures, you must return the envelope with payment (check or exact cash) on Monday with your student.  Our class is scheduled to take pictures at 7:50am.  It is important that your child arrive to school on time.

Next Tuesday, November 20th, we will be holding a brief classroom awards ceremony at 12:30pm to recognize the hard work that our students have done this marking period.  This quick recognition will last between 5-10 minutes as students’ names are read aloud with their achievements this quarter.  Following the awards, at 1:00pm, all five kindergarten classes will head down to the café for a “Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast”.  Our kindergarteners have been learning about the holiday of Thanksgiving (Social Studies SOL K.11).  In celebration of this holiday, students will be tasting different foods to represent the First Thanksgiving (popcorn, animal crackers, goldfish, fruit-juice drink). We invite you to come to our classroom awards and then to the café to watch students enjoy this fun event.  We still need volunteers to help with this activity (set-up/clean-up).  We ask that you sign up online using the following link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094aafab28a1fc1-student

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 16th: PTO Spirit Night @Panera Bread

November 19th: Picture Day @7:50am

November 20th: Classroom Awards/Thanksgiving Feast

Nov 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

>>NEXT WEEK

READING/WRITING: K.8e
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Turkey Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: short a/o medial vowels
– Sight Words: look, not
– Writing first & last name and upper + lower case letters
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: Who? Where? When? How? Why?

MATH: Graphs and Data

K.11 The student will
a)   collect, organize, and represent data; and
b)  read and interpret data in object graphs, picture graphs, and tables.

Vocabulary:data, graph, object graph, picture graph, table, greatest, least, same, category

Social Studies: Thanksgiving

K.11  The student will develop an understanding of how communities express patriotism through events and symbols by
d)    recognizing the holidays and people associated with Thanksgiving Day.

Essential Questions

  • Why is Thanksgiving Day commemorated?
  • What are some ways that communities commemorate Thanksgiving Day?
  • Where was the first Thanksgiving held in Virginia?  Who was there and why did they give thanks?
  • Where was the first Thanksgiving held in Massachusetts?  Who was there and why did they give thanks?

 

Nov 5-9

Happy Friday, Families!  Our students had another fun and busy week in K!  In Langage Arts, we read both fiction and non-fiction books about frogs and practiced asking/answering questions from text.  We also practiced the sight words “it” and “and” as well as recognizing final consonants in words.  In Math, we began a unit on comparing more/less.  In Social Studies, we learned about things from the past and present.

Parent Conferences were this week! Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to meet with me to discuss your child’s progress. Our partnership is a key to the success of your child’s learning and growth. I’m also available any time to meet, not just on conference day! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks again!

Monday, Nov 12th is our PAW Achievement Field Trip.  PAW Achievement is awarded to students with good behavior this quarter, with no behavior contacts, bus referrals, or N’s on the report card in work habits/conduct. Students are traveling to Hermitage High School to see the play Junie B Jones.  This is a free trip with unlimited chaperones!  However, we must be notified in ADVANCE if you are coming.  Please let me know if you’d like to join!

Our school has begun collected canned foods for those in need!  If you are able to make a donation, please send in non-perishable foods with your student next week, Nov 12-16.  Donations will be placed in a box in the front lobby.  Thanks for helping our community!

On Tuesday, November 20th, we will be holding a brief classroom awards ceremony at 12:30pm to recognize the hard work that our students have done this marking period.  This quick recognition will last between 5-10 minutes as students’ names are read aloud with their achievements this quarter.  Following the awards, at 1:00pm, all five kindergarten classes will head down to the café for a “Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast”.  Our kindergarteners have been learning about the holiday of Thanksgiving (Social Studies SOL K.11).  In celebration of this holiday, students will be tasting different foods to represent the First Thanksgiving (popcorn, animal crackers, goldfish, fruit-juice drink). We invite you to come to our classroom awards and then to the café to watch students enjoy this fun event.  Also, we would greatly appreciate any food donations or volunteer help you can provide us for this activity (set-up/clean-up).  We ask that you sign up online using the following link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094aafab28a1fc1-student

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

November 12th: PAW Achievement Trip to Hermitage High School

November 20th: Classroom Awards/Thanksgiving Feast

Nov 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

 

>>NEXT WEEK

READING/WRITING: K.8e
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Family Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: ending sounds/final consonants
– Sight Words: mom, dad, we
– Writing first & last name and upper + lower case letters
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: Who? Where? When? How? Why?

MATH: Compare and Order Sets

K.2   The student, given no more than three sets, each set containing 10 or fewer concrete objects, will

a) compare and describe one set as having more, fewer, or the same number of objects as the other set(s); and

b) compare and order the sets from least to greatest and greatest to least.

Vocabulary:more, fewer, same, compare, order, greatest, least, set

Social Studies: Past/Present

K.11  The student will develop an understanding of how communities express patriotism through events and symbols by
d)    recognizing the holidays and people associated with Thanksgiving Day.

Essential Questions

  • Why is Thanksgiving Day commemorated?
  • What are some ways that communities commemorate Thanksgiving Day?
  • Where was the first Thanksgiving held in Virginia?  Who was there and why did they give thanks?
  • Where was the first Thanksgiving held in Massachusetts?  Who was there and why did they give thanks?

 

Week of Oct 29-Nov 2

Happy Friday, Families!  Wow, what a busy week it has been!  In Language Arts, we read fictional stories about bats and then retold them using beginning, middle, and end.  We finished up our alphabet unit with the letters Z, Q, and U, as well as the sight words “little” and “on”.  In Math, we finished a unit on patterns.  In Social Studies, we learned about patriotism.

On Wednesday, we finally got to visit the pumpkin patch!  It was a wonderful day with great weather.  A good time was had by all!  A special thank-you to our parent volunteers for all of their help with this trip!  We appreciate you!

Just a reminder that “Conference Day” is coming!  Please sign up for a time to meet with me on Thursday, November 8th.  You can click on this online sign-up HERE. I still have several slots available!  If you need to arrange an alternate time or a phone conference, please let me know.  I look forward to discussing your child’s progress and goals for this year.

Students turned in their completed October Homework choice boards this week.  They brought home a new November Homework choice board to be completed and turned in on November 30th.  I hope everyone is enjoying these fun and developmental activities!  Please keep practicing those rainbow words.  Some friends have completed their red words and moved on to orange!  Great job!

Our first Scholastic Book Order is open!  Students brought home a flyer with books available for purchase.  Payment can be sent in with cash or received online HERE using our class code RLL4C.  Each book purchased earns points that go towards our classroom library. These books make great holiday gifts and the shipment will be received before students leave for Winter Break.  The order is open until November 30th.  Happy Shopping!

Students also brought home a “Feather Project” in their Daily Folder.  We encourage you to decorate this feather with your family and return it to school.  We are placing the feathers on a “Kindergarten Turkey” in the hallway for display.  We have lots of things to be thankful for and celebrate!

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

Tuesday, November 6th: Student Holiday/No School

November 7-8:  School Book Fair @Library

Thursday, November 8th: Afternoon/Evening Conferences

Friday, November 16th: PTO @Panera

Tuesday, Nov 20th: Report Cards Go Home

>>NEXT WEEK

READING/WRITING: K.8e
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Frog Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: ending sounds/final consonants
– Sight Words: it, and
– Writing first & last name and upper + lower case letters
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: Who? Where? When? How? Why?

MATH: Compare and Order Sets

K.2   The student, given no more than three sets, each set containing 10 or fewer concrete objects, will

a) compare and describe one set as having more, fewer, or the same number of objects as the other set(s); and

b) compare and order the sets from least to greatest and greatest to least.

Vocabulary:more, fewer, same, compare, order, greatest, least, set

Social Studies: Past/Present
K.3  The student will sequence events in the past and present and begin to recognize that things change over time.

Essential Questions

  • What changes have recently occurred in the classroom or school community?

  • Which events can be shown on a timeline to show change over time?

  • How can people learn about the past?

Week of Oct 22-26

Happy Friday, Families!  Our kindergarteners have had a busy week!  In Reading, we read fictional pumpkin stories and practiced retelling using beginning, middle, and end.  We also learned about the letters J, E, and Y, as well as the sight words “be” and “for”.  In Math, we began a unit on patterns.  In Science, we learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin.  We also did a “Student Based Inquiry Lesson” all about pumpkins.  Our students researched the different uses of pumpkins and we learned that they can be used in different foods.  They voted on their favorite new “pumpkin food” to eat, and they chose pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!  They were a huge hit!

Due to the rainy weather, our pumpkin patch trip for this Friday was rescheduled to next Wednesday 10/31.  However, our kinders didn’t let a little rain get them down!  Instead, we collaborated with the other kindergarten classes to participate in different STEAM activities in each room.  We got to build a house for a ghost, make a pattern for a robot, draw a turkey, construct a witchy pumpkin house, and engineer a gate for 5 Little Pumpkins!  It was SO fun!

Remember that our trip is now NEXT Wednesday, 10/31, so be sure to pack a lunch and drink for your child.  If you are paid chaperone and are NO LONGER ABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.  We will be traveling to Hanover Vegetable Farm at 9:15am and returning at 1pm. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Parent Conference Day is coming!  Please sign up for a time to meet with me on Thursday, November 8th.  You can click on this online sign-up HERE. I still have several slots available!  If you need to arrange an alternate time or a phone conference, please let me know.  I look forward to discussing your child’s progress and goals for this year. 🙂

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

Tuesday, October 30th: Costumes/Big Blast for Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 31st: Pumpkin Patch Trip

Tuesday, November 6th: Student Holiday/No School

Thursday, Nov 8th: Afternoon/Evening Conferences

>>NEXT WEEK

READING/WRITING: K.8e
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling (Bat Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: /z/  /q/  /u/
– Sight Words: little, on
– Writing first & last name and upper + lower case letters
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: What happened in the beginning of the story?  What happened in the middle of the story?  What happened at the end?

MATH: K.13 Patterns
–   The student will identify, describe, extend, create, and transfer repeating patterns.

Social Studies K.11  Patriotism
–  The student will develop an understanding of how communities express patriotism through events and symbols by:
a)       recognizing the American flag;
b)       recognizing the Pledge of Allegiance; and
c)       knowing that the president is the leader of the United States.  .