Week of 3/16-3/20

Dear Families,

The world’s a little confusing for all of us right now—grown ups and little ones alike—but one thing’s for sure, when you’re safe at home with family, everything feels a whole lot better. Henrico County Public Schools has extended the closure and now school is CLOSED until Tuesday, April 14th.

As you have probably noticed this week in working with your child, the HCPS Distance Learning Packet that you received has enough engaging activities to last the entire closure period. For more information, please visit the HCPS Distance Learning site: https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/hcpsdistancelearning/kg-1

We also ask that you please continue some of the routines you had in place before the closure.

Please realize your child does not have to do online work during this closure. It is NOT required. It’s just a suggestion for those who would like to do more or can access online resources. If you do not have access, focus on the Distance Learning Packet activities (which do not require internet or electronics).

A message from Mrs. Bushey, our school counselor: In these uncertain times, it is so important that we take care of ourselves – both physically and mentally. Lots of thoughts and feelings will arise during this time. This link includes resources about how to talk to students about the Coronavirus, how to deal with fear and anxiety, mindfulness strategies, and coping skills, please visit http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/blbushey

We miss our little ones. Please let them know they are welcome to email us a message or picture anytime. We will be checking our email daily, please reach out if you have any questions/concerns. I sincerely hope each and every one of you and your loved ones stay healthy over the next few weeks.

The Kindergarten Team 

Week of 3/9-3/13

Dear Families,

Starting Monday, March 16, Henrico County Public Schools will be closed for students for two full weeks of school (through Friday, March 27). Henrico County Public Schools will continue to assess the situation and decide later if we need to extend this period of closure. You will be notified as soon as possible of all changes.

Coming home in folders today we are including a Distance Learning Packet. Please complete this packet with your child over the next two-weeks. Any students that complete the assignments and return the packet when school reopens will earn TWO trips to the treasure chest!

Students also checked out additional library books today to use with their packet activities and have extra reading materials. Also, students will bring home their supply boxes, a few blank sheets of white copy paper and construction paper and extra paper for journal writing. MobyMax and RAZ Kids continue to be available online resources that can help create a familiar classroom routine of learning while at home.

Every Kindergarten teacher reviewed the packet and expectations of its completion with students today. The packet contains four (4) assignments:

  • What’s the Weather? : Students will have FUN observing, investigating, and tracking the weather. Students will observe and identify daily weather conditions (sunny, rainy, cloudy, snowy, windy, warm, hot, cool, and cold); predict daily weather based on basic observable conditions (watch/check the weather forecast if possible); and, chart daily weather conditions.
  • Choice Board: These engaging family activities will help students continue actively learning in Reading/Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies while giving them an opportunity to choose their own learning experience.
  • Reading, Language Arts, and Writing: Again, students are able to choose activities that help them stay in a routine of reviewing solid and rigorous literacy skills. The charts and worksheets needed to complete some of the activities are included in the packet.
  • Math: Along with a 120 Chart, Ten Frames, and Digit Cards (the digit cards will need to be cut apart for some of the activities), students can cover many areas of number sense development by selecting activities that will help them practice and strengthen skills we have been working on in class.

We hope your family will use these two weeks to really dive into learning with your child. Enjoy this time together and make it fun! Take care of yourselves during this unpredictable time. We wish you exceptional health, positive learning experiences, and great family memories.

The Kindergarten Team

Week of 3/2-3/6

Happy Friday, Families!  And what a SEUSSICAL week it has been!  To celebrate “Read Across America Week”, we read stories by Dr. Seuss and then asked/answered questions about them. We also got to dress up for some fun Trevvett Spirit Days to celebrate our love for reading! We watched Mrs.Broudy and Mrs.Rhoden have lots of fun reading each morning after the announcements.  We also had a special visit from a guest reader from EAB. We also enjoyed a “One Fish, Two Fish” snack for “Funday Friday”.

In Math this week, we practiced counting, recognizing and representing numbers to 20.  And in Science, we learned all about objects that SINK or FLOAT!

>>>NEXT WEEK

READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling (Fairy Tales)
– Phonemic awareness: ENDING digraphs /sh/ /ch/ /th/ /wh/
– Sight Words: she, with, her
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

MATH: Numbers to 20
– The student will read, write, and represent numbers from 0 through 20.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Maps and Globes
—The student will use simple maps and globes to develop an awareness that a map is a drawing of a place to show where things are located and that a globe is a round model of the Earth.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

March 9-13: Spring Book Fair

March 12th: PTO Spaghetti Dinner @6pm

March 13th: Field Trip to CMOR

March 30th: Student Half-Day Dismissal @11am/ STEAM

April 2nd: Career Day

April 6-10: Spring Break/NO SCHOOL

 

 

 

Week of 2/24-2/28

Happy Friday, Families!  We finished off the last week in February with learning and fun! In Language Arts this week, we read lots of books by author and illustrator, Kevin Henkes.  All of the characters in his stories are mice! We also asked and answered questions about the stories we read.

In Math, we practiced counting down from 10.  In Science, we learned about the 3 phases of water; solid, liquid, and gas.  We even finished off our unit with a “Funday Friday” treat using all 3; Soda Floats! Cheers!

Field Day T-Shirts are on sale!  Students brought home order forms this week.  You can send in money/check or pay online at https://pswear.com/Trevvett .  Orders are being accepted until March 13th.  Field Day is April 17th.

We are going to the Children’s Museum of Richmond on March 13th!  Students will bring home an informational letter and a permission slip in their folder this week. We will be leaving at 9:30am and returning at 1:00pm. We will be taking a class about coding and exploring the museum! We will be eating lunch on this trip, so be sure to pack your child a bag lunch and drink. If you would like for your child to receive a packed lunch from the cafeteria, please note on the form. **This trip costs $9 per student.  Please send cash (exact change) or pay online by Clicking HERE.  Unfortunately, our class has already received 3 paid chaperones to ride the bus (Madeleine, Massiah, Ryland), so please only send in money for your child.  However, we would LOVE to still have you join us on the trip by following behind the bus in your personal vehicle or meeting us at the museum.  You can pay your admission ticket on site and the price will still be $9.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Thanks!

Next week is “Read Across America Week”.   Our school is celebrating with a “Dr.Seuss Theme”.  We have lots of spirit-filled days planned and we encourage your student to dress up and participate!  A flyer was sent home this week with all of the spirit days listed. We also sent home a “Reading Bingo Challenge” with lots of fun ways to read.  We encourage your family to complete these together and turn in your completed board by March 9th.  This will be our kindergarten homework for next week.  I can’t wait to celebrate! Here is a link to the flyer if you missed it 🙂

>>>NEXT WEEK

READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Dr.Seuss Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: reviewing digraphs /sh/ /ch/ /th/ /wh/
– Sight Words: over, away
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

MATH: Numbers to 20
– The student will read, write, and represent numbers from 0 through 20.

SCIENCE: Float and Sink
—The student will investigate and understand that some materials float in water, while others sink.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

March 2nd: “Cat in the Hat”/Crazy Hat Day

March 3rd:  Student Holiday/Election Day

March 4th: “Wacky Wednesday”

March 5th: “One Fish, Two Fish”/ Wear red or blue

March 6th: Spring Picture Day/ Dress to Impress for “Oh the Places You’ll Go”

March 12th: PTO Spaghetti Dinner @6pm

March 13th: Field Trip to CMOR

March 30th: Student Half-Day Dismissal @11am/ STEAM

Week of 2/17-2/21

Happy Friday, Families!  We have had a fantastic week!  In Language Arts, we read non-fiction biographies about notable African-Americans.  Then, we asked and answered questions about them.  In Math, we practiced counting to 100 by 10’s.  And in Social Studies, we learned about African-Americans that contributed to our community; Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe.  We also had another fantastic STEAM day!  We talked LIVE to a primatologist all the way over in ENGLAND in a google chat.  We learned all about how chimps use tools to survive.  Then, we participated in lots of STEAM activities themed around some fictional primates from the story, “5 Little Monkeys”. We engineered a bed for our monkeys, catapulted them over some crocodiles, dropped some bananas in a basket and illustrated our own monkeys!  A special thank-you to our parent volunteers for helping out with this fun event!

Field Day T-Shirts are on sale!  Students brought home order forms this week.  You can send in money/check or pay online at https://pswear.com/Trevvett .  Orders are being accepted until March 13th.  Field Day is April 17th.

We are going to the Children’s Museum of Richmond on March 13th!  Students will bring home an informational letter and a permission slip in their folder this week.  Be on the look-out! 🙂

>>>NEXT WEEK

READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Kevin Henkes Author Study)
– Phonemic awareness: reviewing digraphs /sh/ /ch/ /th/, intro /wh/
– Sight Words: got, into
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

MATH: Counting Backwards from 10
– The student will count backward orally by ones when given any number between 1 and 10.

SCIENCE: Phases of Water
—The student will investigate and understand that water flows and has properties that can be observed and tested; water occurs in different phases.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

February 26th: PTO Spirit Night @McDonalds

March 2-6:  Read Across America Spirit Week (more info coming soon)

March 3rd: Student Holiday/Election Day

March 6th: Spring Picture Day

Week of 2/10-2/14

What a LOVELY week we have had in K!  In Language Arts, we read stories about Valentine’s Day and made connections with text.  We also review the digraphs /sh/ and /ch/ as well as the sight words “come” and “when”.  In Math, we practiced counting to 100 by 10’s.  And in Social Studies, we learned about President’s Day and George Washington/Abraham Lincoln.  We made our own ChatterKids video with facts all about them!

We also celebrated our 100th day of school!  We brought in our “100 collections”, dressed like we were 100 years old, built a tower with 100 cups, painted a picture with 100 dots, licked a lollipop with 100 licks, ate a snack with 100 pieces and did 100 exercises! Whew!

We also celebrated Valentine’s Day with our friends!  we exchanged cards and goodies with everyone in our class.  We also had a party to celebrate PAW Achievement! We made our own *snow* and then ate a frosty ice cream sundae!  A special thank-you to families that were able to donate items for our party.  Also a special thank-you to our volunteers that were able to come in and help set-up and clean-up our party.  As always, we couldn’t have done it without you!  I would also like to say thank you for the special treats and cards that I received.  You’ve made me feel so special!

READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (African-American Biographies)
– Phonemic awareness: reviewing digraphs /sh/ /ch/, intro /th/
– Sight Words: down, went, out
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* –-How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

MATH: Counting to 100
– The student will count forward by tens to determine the total number of objects to 100.

SCIENCE: Social Studies
The student will recognize that history describes events and people from other times and places by identifying examples of historical events, stories, and legends that describe the development of the local community; and identifying the people who helped establish and lead the local community over time; specifically Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

February 17th: STEAM Day/Half Day Dismissal @11am 

February 26nd: PTO Spirit Night @McDonalds

March 2-6Read Across America Spirit Week (more info coming soon)

March 3rd: Student Holiday/Election Day

Week 2/3-2/7

Happy February, Families!  We began our week by watching Phil the groundhog look for his shadow, but he didn’t see it.  Good news, he predicts an early spring!  In Language Arts, we read stories about polar bears.  Then, we made connections with ourselves, other stories, and the world.  We also had more practice with the /ch/ digraph.  In Math, we finished our unit on comparing measurement. In Science, we finished our unit on shadows.

This week was “National School Counselors Week”.  We are so thankful for our own, Mrs.Bushey!  She is such a wonderful resource for students, parents, and teachers alike!  In our lesson this week, she taught students about cooperation by making their own spider webs! Thanks for all you do, Mrs.Bushey!

We also had Nurse Combe come speak to our class all about staying healthy!  We learned about how to keep germs away from our bodies. We also practiced washing our hands the correct way.  It’s important that we stay home when we are sick so that we can get better and we can protect our friends from getting sick, too. We want everyone to be clean and healthy so we can come to school each day ready to learn!

I also got to meet with families on Thursday for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  It was so nice to sit down and discuss your child’s progress as well as to set goals for the second half of the school year.  Thanks for coming out to chat with me on this rainy evening!  If you would still like to meet with me, please let me know.  Thanks!

On Thursday, February 13, we will celebrate the “100th day of Kindergarten”. As part of our celebration, we are asking each student to make a collection of 100 things, such as 100 buttons, 100 pennies, 100 paper clips, 100 pompoms, etc. Be sure that the collection is of the same item. Use this opportunity to count the items with your child before sending them to school. You can also put them in groups of 10’s and count by 10’s to 100. Bring them in a zip lock back with your child’s name by February 12. *This will be part of our homework for the next 2 weeks!*

Students are also invited to dress like they are 100 years old on Thursday, February 13th.  We can’t wait to see your costumes!

On Friday, February 14th, we will have a Valentine’s Exchange.  If you would like your child to participate, please send in pre-addressed valentines to all of the students in our class with your child by Friday 2/14 at 8:00am.  Students are permitted to attach *peanut-free* candy to their valentines if they wish.  Students will receive a class list on Monday. We will also be celebrating our PAW Achievement Day with a special snowy activity and a sweet treat. There is a kindergarten grade level sign-up genius with items needed.  If you would like to donate items for this event, just sign up by CLICKING HERE and send in items by Wednesday February 12th.  We are excited to celebrate this special day with our friends! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Our Trevvett Family is participating in the “Pennies for Patients” project. Students can bring in change to drop in our classroom collection box from February 3rd-February 21st. These funds will go to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Thanks for helping to serve our community!

Next week, the SCA is hosting a “Flower Sale” and delivering all flowers on Valentine’s Day! Pre-orders will be taken in the lobby on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until 7:50am. Money is due at the time of order, and flowers are $1 a piece. Flowers will be delivered Friday morning, Valentine’s Day! Send a carnation to a friend or staff member. The sale is open to everyone! Email or call Ms. Bushey with any questions and see the below flyer for more information. Flowers for Friends

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Making Connections (Valentine Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: reviewing digraph /sh/ and /ch/
– Sight Words: come, when
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* –-How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

MATH: Counting to 100
– The student will count forward by tens to determine the total number of objects to 100.

SCIENCE: Social Studies
The student will develop an understanding of how communities express patriotism through events and symbols by recognizing the holidays and people associated with George Washington Day (Presidents’ Day).

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

February 10-12: SCA Flower Sale $1

February 10th: Reports go home/Classroom Awards @7:45am
February 12th: 100th day collections due
February 13th: Celebrate 100th Day, Hooray!
February 14th: Valentines Day Exchange/PAW Achievement 
February 17th: Half Day Dismissal @11am

Week of 1/28-1/31

Happy Friday, Families!  We breezed through another 4 day week in K!  In Language Arts, we read fictional stories about groundhogs and made connections with them.  Does this text remind me of myself?  Does this text remind me of another text?  Does this story remind me of something that happens around the world?  We also worked on the digraph /ch/. We practiced finding sight words: will, they, out. In Math this week, we worked on comparing and describing the lengths and heights of two objects as being longer/shorter and taller/shorter. In Science, we had a blast learning about shadows. The shadow puppet station was our favorite!  We even predicted whether the groundhog will his shadow on Sunday, February 2nd.  Stay tuned!

We ended our week with a yummy “FunDay Friday Treat”, french toast sticks!  In the story, “Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox”, the animals have a picnic and enjoy cinnamon toast.  We made a delicious connection with this text by enjoying our own!

On Thursday, February 13, we will celebrate the “100th day of Kindergarten”. As part of our celebration, we are asking each student to make a collection of 100 things, such as 100 buttons, 100 pennies, 100 paper clips, 100 pompoms, etc. Be sure that the collection is of the same item. Use this opportunity to count the items with your child before sending them to school. You can also put them in groups of 10’s and count by 10’s to 100. Bring them in a zip lock back with your child’s name by February 12. *This will be part of our homework for the next 2 weeks!*

On Friday, February 14th, we will have a Valentine’s Exchange.  If you would like your child to participate, please send in pre-addressed valentines to all of the students in our class with your child by Friday 2/14 at 8:00am.  Students are permitted to attach *peanut-free* candy to their valentines if they wish.  Students will receive a class list on Monday. We will also be celebrating our PAW Achievement Day with a special snowy activity and a sweet treat. There is a kindergarten grade level sign-up genius with items needed.  If you would like to donate items for this event, just sign up by CLICKING HERE and send in items by Wednesday February 12th.  We are excited to celebrate this special day with our friends! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Our Trevvett Family is participating in the “Pennies for Patients” project. Students can bring in change to drop in our classroom collection box from February 3rd-February 21st. These funds will go to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Thanks for helping to serve our community!

Parent Conferences are on Thursday, February 6th from 3-6:30. If you have not already, please sign-up for a 15 minute time slot with me to discuss your child’s progress and goals this year.   Click HERE to sign up!

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Making Connections (Polar Bear Stories)
– Phonemic awareness: digraph /sh/
– Sight Words:  day, we, happy
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* –-How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

MATH: Comparing Measurement
– The student will compare two objects or events, using direct comparisons, according to one or more of the following attributes: length (longer, shorter), height (taller, shorter), weight (heavier, lighter), temperature (hotter, colder), volume (more, less), and time (longer, shorter).

SCIENCE: Shadows
—The student will investigate and understand that shadows occur when light is blocked by an object.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

February 6th: Parent Teacher Conferences
February 10th: Reports go home/Classroom Awards @7:45am
February 12th: 100th day collections due
February 13th: Celebrate 100th Day, Hooray!
February 14th: Valentines Day Exchange/PAW Achievement 
February 17th: Half Day Dismissal @11am

Week of 1/21-1/24

Happy Friday, Families!  Kindergarten was action-packed this week!  In Language Arts, we learned all about RESEARCH!  Each kindergarten class picked a different hibernating animal, we decided to research BEARS!  It was so neat!  We used all of the new information that we learned to make our own VIDEO!  Check it out!

In Math, we learned about part-part-whole relationships with numbers to 3.  In Social Studies, we learned about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We made a video to share with you!

Family Valentine Projects are due NEXT WEEK! Students brought home a special “heart project” to work on together as a family.  We encourage you to decorate the heart with your child and help them write about it.  The heart template and writing paper went home today in folders along with instructions.  We can’t wait to display these family projects in the hallway! **An additional copy was sent home with children that have not yet completed this assignment, check the yellow folder.**

>>>NEXT WEEK
READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Making Connections (Groundhog Stories
– Phonemic awareness: digraph /ch/
– Sight Words:  will, they, out
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* –-How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

MATH: Comparing Measurement
– The student will compare two objects or events, using direct comparisons, according to one or more of the following attributes: length (longer, shorter), height (taller, shorter), weight (heavier, lighter), temperature (hotter, colder), volume (more, less), and time (longer, shorter).

SCIENCE: Shadows
—The student will investigate and understand that shadows occur when light is blocked by an object.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

January 27th: Student Holiday
January 28th: Family Valentine Project Due
February 6th: Parent Teacher Conferences
February 10th: Reports go home/Classroom Awards @7:45am
February 12th: 100th day collections due
February 13th: Celebrate 100th Day, Hooray!
February 14th: Valentines Day Party @1:15
February 17th: Half Day Dismissal @11am

 

Week of 1/6-1/10

Happy New Year!  Our students returned from Winter Break excited and ready to learn! This week we enjoyed listening to LOTS of stories by author and illustrator, Jan Brett. We worked really hard on making predictions and blending one syllable words. We practiced finding the sight words: come, your. In Math this week, we worked on counting by 1’s to 50. In Science, we begin a unit about about magnets.  We finished our week with a “Funday Friday” activity with shaving cream art!  It was fun and messy!

 

Students brought home a “Family Valentine Project” this week in their yellow folder. The project included step by step instructions listing how to complete this project as a family.  It also included a large heart to decorate any way you wish, as well as an additional heart with lines on it for your student to write a sentence about their family.  These projects will be displayed in our hallway.  Please return these projects by January 28th.

Families, I wanted to let you know that I will be out next week due to a surgical procedure.  Please call or email the office if you need assistance with your child to be sure that the substitute gets the information.  I will return on Wednesday, January 22nd.  Thanks!

A note from Mrs.Rhoden:

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted from January 6 to January 24, 2020.  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 24.  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.

A note from the school clinic: Parents- as a reminder, the following is the Henrico County Public Schools ill student policy. These measures are in place and must be followed to ensure a healthy learning environment for ALL students.

Students should not be in the school if they have the following:

  •         A fever of 100.4 degrees or greater before taking a fever-reducing medication.
  •         Vomiting or diarrhea because of illness
  •         An unknown rash or possible contagious condition (requires MD note before return)
  •         Are unable to focus due to: pain, chronic health condition and/ or acute illness
  •         Flu-like illness (with or without fever)- headache, fatigue, cough, aches, weakness, and sore throat.

A child should be free of symptoms of contagious disease (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, suspicious rash, etc.) for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has been vomiting or having diarrhea, they should also be able to eat a full meal without any GI symptoms.

Pro tip: if your young child does not want to eat a meal- there’s a good chance they are sick. Pay attention to clues such as not eating, sleeping more than usual, or changes in mood/ behavior as these are usually signs that your child is ill. Children are far more resilient than adults (