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.  .

Week of Oct 15-19

Happy Friday, Families!  It’s been a fun and busy week in K!  In Reading, we read fictional fall stories and retold them using beginning, middle, and end.  We also learned about the letters v/w/x as well as the word “like” and more color words.  In Math, we finished up a unit on reading, writing, and recognizing numbers to 10.  In Science, we learned about seasonal changes in Fall.

On Thursday, we participated in “The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill”.  Our kiddos were all smiles as we practiced together!

On Friday, we had a special visit from a real Community Helper.  Alice’s dad, Mr.Kain, is a firefighter and came to talk to us about his job. He put on all of his special equipment, it was so neat!

Next week, our school is hosting a “College & Career Awareness Week”.  Each day, students are invited to dress up and participate in different college/career spirit wear.  A pink flyer was sent home with this info.

A message from our ESL teacher, Mrs. Robertson: We are so thrilled to once again celebrate the many diverse cultures at Maude Trevvett Elementary School! On October 23rdat 6pm, we want all Tiger families to come out to share and learn more about each other’s culture. We are asking ALL families to bring various items like photos, maps, stamps, crafts, and even food dishes to create a display table for our multicultural fair. And don’t’ forget to wear your native attire! There will also be live entertainment including an Arabic, Spanish, and Nepali speaking interpreters. You don’t want to miss this exciting event! Return the RSVP form saying YES, you want to represent your culture!

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

Sunday, October 21st: PTA Spirit Night @Brusters/Chipotle

Tuesday, October 23rd: International Night

Friday, October 26th: Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Tuesday, Nov 6th: Student Holiday/No School

Thursday, Nov 8th: Afternoon/Evening Parent Conferences

 

>>NEXT WEEK

READING/WRITING: K.8e
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling (Pumpkin Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: /j/  /e/  /y/
– Sight Words: be, for
– 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.

Science K.9  Pumpkin Life Cycle
– The student will investigate and understand that there are simple repeating patterns in his/her daily life. Key concepts include:  the shapes and forms of many common natural objects including seeds, cones, and leaves; and plant growth.  .

Week of Oct 1-5

We had an APPLE-tastic week in kindergarten!  In Reading, we listened to fictional stories about apples and paused to make a prediction.  Our poem this week was “Way Up High in the Apple Tree”.  We learned about the letters /b/ /k/ and /o/, as well as the sight words “and” “the” and “in”.  In Math, we finished our unit on sorting objects by more than one attribute.  And in Science, we learned all about the life cycle of an apple tree!  We had so much apple fun; we sorted the apples that we brought from home, we tasted each different color and graphed our favorite, and we made a recipe and cooked our own applesauce!

We also had our very first Spanish Lesson with our associate principal, Mrs.Rhoden.  She will be visiting us every other week to help us learn more spanish words.  In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, she let us taste some special cookies!  Gracias!

We had a special treat on Friday afternoon.  We enjoyed a special performance of “The Frog Prince” by the Virginia Repertory Theater.  The children loved it!

Please remember that ALL money and permission slips for our Pumpkin Patch trip is due this coming Friday, October 12th.  The cost is $9 and we ask that you send in exact change.  Please also denote on the form if your child is packing his/her own lunch or they would like to order a bagged lunch from the cafe.  Our trip is on Friday, October 26th.

I enjoyed being selected as one of Trevvett’s “Teachers of the Week” this week!  My name and bio were read on the announcements, I got to park in a reserved space in the parking lot, and I had lunch provided by Zaxby’s on Friday.  The children were so excited to hear my name called on the announcements, they stood and cheered.  🙂

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

Monday, October 8th: Student Holiday/ No School

Tuesday, October 9th: Return Homework Folder w/little book to receive a new book

Tuesday, October 9th: PTO Bingo Night

Wednesday, October 17th: @11:25am Bring your Parents to PE day

Sunday, October 21st: PTA Spirit Night @Brusters

Tuesday, October 23rd: International Night

Friday, October 26th: Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Thursday, Nov 8th: Afternoon/Evening Parent Conferences

 

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING: K.9
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Making Predictions (Scarecrow Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: /i/  /l/  /h/
– Sight Words: (student names) he, can, go
– Writing first & last name and upper + lower case letters
* Questions to ask when reading with your child: How can you use the pictures to help your understanding? What is a prediction? How can I use the story to guess what will happen next?

MATH: K.1
– 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: K.6
– The student will match simple descriptions of work that people do with the names of those jobs.

Examples of Jobs

  • Doctors are people who take care of other people when they are sick.
  • Builders are people who build or construct houses and other buildings.
  • Teachers are people who help students learn.
  • Cooks are people who prepare meals.
  • Farmers are people who grow crops and raise animals.
  • Firefighters are people who put out fires in buildings.

Week of Sept 24-28

Happy Fall, Families!  We have kicked off this new season with lots of work and play!  In Reading this week, we listened to stories about feelings and made connections to text.  We also practiced our sight words “to” and “up”, as well as the letters /d/ /g/ and /f/.  In Math, we began a unit on sorting by different attributes.  And in Science, we finished our unit about the 5 senses.

A special thank-you to families that were able to attend “Back-to-School Night” this week.  We had a great turn out!

Starting Monday, our kindergarteners will be bringing home their own “Homework Folders”.  The folder will contain a  monthly choice board, and sight words, and a weekly leveled reader book. Learning high-frequency sight words is very important to your child’s ability to read fluently. Some words cannot be decoded easily, and your child should know them by sight – we call them sight words. This year we will refer to these words as our Rainbow Words.  We encourage you to complete the monthly activities with your child, to reinforce the learning that we do in class.   Please return the completed board back to school by October 31st.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Next week we will continue our study of Sorting in Math. In order to add a personal element of fun, we would like each student to bring a stuffed animal friend on Monday that we can use in our sorting lesson. Students will be finding similarities and differences between their furry friends and their classmates’ furry friends. This will inspire critical thinking and teamwork to discover creative sorting possibilities!

Also, we will be learning about the apple life cycle next week! We would like each student to bring an apple on Monday. We will be sorting/graphing apples, tasting red-yellow-green apples to choose a favorite, apple painting, and making applesauce. It’s going to be so much fun!

Our first field trip is coming!  We will be heading to the Pumpkin Patch at Hanover Vegetable Farm on October 26th.  The cost is $9 for students and chaperones.  We will be collecting signed permission slips and payment until October 12th.

Fundraiser Deadline
Note from Administration: We are just $5,000 away from our $20,000 goal and we want EVERY Tiger to attend the Big Blast Costume Party on October 30! Therefore, we are going to extend the deadline to Friday, October 5! Please click hereto watch a special promotional video we created with our teachers. Remember, you can register online and send emails to family, friends, coworkers, anyone! Students must have $50 in donations to attend the Big Blast Inflatable Party on October 30 from 12-2. Registration Link The registration code is 448872.

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING: k.8c Making Predictions 
– Phonemic awareness: /b/  /k/  /o/
– Sight Words: the, at, in
– Writing first name and Capital + lower case letters

MATH: K.12 Sorting
– Sort objects by one attribute

SOCIAL STUDIES: K.9 Apple Tree Life Cycle

– The student will study the life cycle of an apple.
– Recognize how an apple goes from seed, to seedling, to tree, to blossoms, to fruit (the apple).

IMPORTANT October DATES:
— Monday 10/1: Homework BEGINS – Look for the plastic folder with detailed instructions on the October Grid, Rainbow Words, and a reading book to read every night. Please return on Mondays 

Week of Sept 17-21

Our kindergarteners have been hard at work this week!  We have had another fun week in K! In Reading, we listened to stories about school and made connections to text.  We also practiced the letters /c/ /a/ /n/, as well as the sight words “a” and “my”.  In Math, we finished up our unit on shapes.  And in Science, we began a unit on our 5 senses.  On Wednesday, we had our first “STEAM” day full of 5 senses.  We had a taste test, mystery smells, touching textures, Mr.Potato Head art, and even a scavenger hunt in our Learning Garden!  We could not have done any of these fun activities without our AWESOME parent volunteers!  Thank you so much for coming in to help us!

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING: k.8b Making Connections (cont’d)
– Phonemic awareness: /d/  /g/  /f/
– Sight Words: to, up
– Writing first name and Capital + lower case letters

MATH: K.12 Sorting
– Sort objects by one attribute

SOCIAL STUDIES: K.2 5 Senses (cont’d)

  • sight
  • hear
  • touch
  • taste
  • smell

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

Monday, September 24th: Gelati Celesti Spirit Night from 5-9
Tuesday, September 25th: Kindergarten Back-to-School-Night @6pm
Tuesday, October 8th: Student Holiday

Week of Sept 10-14

REMINDER: School is CLOSED tomorrow 9/14 due to the impending weather. Stay Safe!

Another fun-filled week in Kindergarten has FLOWN by!  In Language Arts this week, we learned about environmental print using signs and logos.  We also learned about the letters /r/  /t/ and /p/, as well as the sight words “I” “see” and “me”.  In Math, we began a unit on shapes.  And in Social Studies, we continued to learn about rules and citizenship. We even got to participate in LEARNING STATIONS this week!  We stamped play-doh words, matched letter spoons, wrote with dry erase markers, spelled with magnetic letters, read books, formed tangrams with shapes and counted cubes!  WHEW!

We also had a COLORFUL week practicing some of our color words!  Students were invited to wear special colors each day and we ended the week with a skittles graph! Thank you to everyone that helped us participate in this fun activity 🙂

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING: k.8b Making Connections
– Phonemic awareness: /c/  /a/  /n/
– Sight Words: a, my
– Writing first name and Capital + lower case letters

MATH: K.10 Shapes (cont)
– Identify a circle, triangle, square, and rectangle

SOCIAL STUDIES: K.2 5 Senses

  • sight
  • hear
  • touch
  • taste
  • smell

Kindergarten Back to School Night-Tuesday, September 25th
 Our Kindergarten Back to School Night is next Tuesday, September 25. Families will get to hear a presentation given by their child’s teacher, as well as some important information from our school’s administration. We look forward to seeing you there!

STEAM Day: Wednesday, September 19th. On this day, our students will participate in STEAM activities to learn about their FIVE SENSES. Students will explore the curriculum through science, technology, engineering, art, and math enrichment. Check your child’s folder Monday for more information and details about that day.  We need VOLUNTEERS for these fun activities!  Please let us know if you are willing and able to help out!  And remember, September 19th is an EARLY RELEASE DAY. We will start dismissal at 10:55. If there is a difference in transportation, please send that in writing as soon as possible. Also, we will be eating lunch that day. Your child can bring or buy lunch as usual.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

Monday, September 17th: Gelati Celesti Spirit Night from 5-9
Wednesday, September 19th: STEAM DAY/Student Half-day Dismissal @11am
Tuesday, September 25th: Kindergarten Back to School Night

 

 

 

Week of Sept.4-7

Greetings Families!

We have had an awesome FIRST week in kindergarten!   Our school’s motto this year is “Work Hard, Play Hard” and our students have done just that!  In Reading this week, we have listened to lots of stories about school.  We also learned about the letters “M” and “S”, as well as the sight words “is”  “am”  and “here”.   Our kindergarteners are also learning each other’s names.  In Math, we practiced counting to 5.  In Social Studies, we have been learning all about citizenship and the rules/routines at school. This week, we got to attend different resource classes; music, art, and PE.  We also had a visit from our school counselor, Mrs.Bushey.  However, I think our students were most excited to experience the playground!

We also attended an assembly on Friday for our school fundraiser.  Your student brought home a packet in their “daily folder” that contains information about how you can help our school by participating in the “Big Blast”! These packets are due by Oct 5.

A special thank you to our grandparents and family members that were able to attend lunch on Friday.  We appreciate your visit!

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING: K.5a  Environmental Print
– Phonemic awareness: /r/  /t/  /p/
– Sight Words: (student names) I, see, me
– Writing first name and Capital + lower case letters

MATH: K.10 Shapes
– Identify a circle, triangle, square, and rectangle

SOCIAL STUDIES: K.9 Good Citizenship
taking turns and sharing
– responsibility & respect
– following rules
– practicing honesty, self-control, and kindness to others

Kindergarten Back to School Night-Tuesday, September 25, 2018
We are still interviewing candidates to fill the additional kindergarten teaching position. It is our belief that the new kindergarten teacher would love the opportunity to meet with his/her own families. Therefore, we would like to postpone kindergarten Back to School Night for all kindergarten students until Tuesday, September 25. This will allow time for the new teacher to get oriented to the building, set up a classroom, and meet the students. A formal letter will come home with students with further information once the position is filled. Thank you for your support!

Fall After-School Enrichment-October 3-November 7
We are partnering with vendors to provide an opportunity for students to enjoy an enrichment experience each Wednesday from 2:20-3:20. Five programs will be offered-Flag Football, Sports Spectacular, Cheer-IT Spir-IT and Jump Rope, Edible Education, and STARZ Hip Hop and Jazz. Please check your child’s daily folder and our school website for more information about our enrichment programs. Online enrollment is open now.

Color Fun

Our kindergartners are hard at work and we are beginning to learn some of our color words next week. To celebrate our colors, students are invited to wear a specific color each day. On Friday, we will sort skittles by color, and enjoy them. If you would like to donate skittles, please send them in to your child’s teacher by Tuesday. Thanks for your help!

Monday- Red
Tuesday-Yellow
Wednesday- Blue
Thursday- Green
Friday-  Wear your favorite color COMBO!

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

Monday, September 17th: Gelati Celesti Spirit Night from 5-9
Wednesday, September 19th: Student Half-day Dismissal @11am
Tuesday, September 25th: Kindergarten Back to School Night

First Day, Hooray!

Hi Families!

We had a GREAT first day in kindergarten!  We took a class picture in front of the “Card My Yard” sign in front of our school.  We also made a video for you to enjoy!  Thanks for all of your help today!  🙂

 

Check out a video from our first day of school by clicking HERE!