Weekly Update 3-20-20

 

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.

  1. Continue to read each night with your child. 
  2. Continue to review the Rainbow Words https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OJ3dC1EhjM-5y_vn57mxSE7iCGNxfvkQcLUSbEodATY/edit. Practice reading the words, writing the words, and spelling the words. 
  3. Continue to review numbers. Practice counting up to 120, count backwards from 10-0, and count by 10s to 100. 

 

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

 

Mrs Smith missing you all. 

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

Weekly Update 3-13-20

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 bags, a few sheets of white paper.

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 🙂

Weekly Update 3-6-20

Happy Friday!

We have just finished up another fun week in room #14. The students enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday  and Read Across America this week.  We also had to chance to listen to Mrs. Broudy and Mrs. Rhoden read a Dr. Seuss book each morning on the announcements. The children had fun predicting where Thing 1 and Thing 2 would be each day as they read to the class from different locations every morning. The students had a surprise today when my daughter, Taylor was able to come from North Carolina to read to them.

Enjoy these pictures from our week:

This week we  enjoyed listening to Dr. Seuss stories . We worked really hard on explaining: Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem?  How did they solve it? We also reviewed digraphs ch, sh, th, and wh. We practiced finding sight words: over, away. In math this week, we worked on  identifying and reading a given numeral up to 20 and constructing a corresponding set of objects. In science this week, we identified and described objects that sink or float.

Click on the following videos for extra practice at home:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM8kjNAB9qk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2yQTfDbSaY&list=PLCeTcLGI29X0IlnDqHiSrv6m54uMvGCHD&index=22&app=desktop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQuW8G2QV_Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8mMXiSRLnU

Next week we will be learning the following:

Reading:

Sight words: she, with, her

Ending digraphs: sh, th, ch, wh

Comprehension Focus:

Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

Math:

We are going to count, read, and represent numbers up to 20.

Social Studies:

We are going to learn 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.

Please read to your child or have your child read to you every night!

Thank you for all of your help at home.  If you have any questions, please email me!

Upcoming Events:

March 9-13 Spring Book Fair!

March 13th Field Trip to CMOR

March 30- STEAM Day and Half Day

Thanks to all of the parents who have signed up to help us chaperone our field trip to CMOR. I will send an email on Monday to let you know which parents will be able to ride the bus with us to the museum. I will pick the names out of a hat to make it fair. The remaining parents will have to drive behind the bus. Thanks so much for your understanding. Each class is only allowed three chaperones on the bus.

I hope everyone has a terrific weekend. Remember to set your clocks up an hour since Daylight Savings Time begins on Saturday night at midnight.

Mrs. Smith 🙂

Weekly Update 2-28-20

Happy Friday!

What another fun week we have had in room #14! The students have been reading, writing, and counting. We even had a chance to learn about coding with Ms. Capano. Take a look at all of the fun and learning that is going on in our classroom.

This week we enjoyed listening to stories by Kevin Henkes. We worked really hard on explaining: Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it? We also worked on the digraph wh. We practiced finding sight words: got, and into. In math this week, we worked on counting backwards from 10 to 0. In science, we enjoyed learning and discussing the three stages of matter. We even had soda floats for Fun Friday as a way to review the three phases of matter. The students loved making and eating these soda floats. A big thank you to Mr. Bond who was able to come and help us with our soda floats. Also, thanks to all of the parents who were able to send in supplies for our soda floats.

Check out these videos for extra practice at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvLHBF-5K2E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO3UxDydumA

Next week we will be learning the following:

Reading:

Sight words: over, away

Review digraphs: sh, th, ch, wh

Comprehension Focus:

Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem?  How did they solve it?

Math:

We are going to count, read, and represent numbers up to 20.

Science:

We are going to learn about if an object will sink or float.

Please read to your child or have your child read to you every night!

Thank you for all of your help at home.  If you have any questions, please email me!

Upcoming Events

March 2- Cat in the Hat- Crazy Hat Day

March 3- Student Holiday/Staff Clerical Day

March 4- Wacky Wednesday- Wear wacky clothes

March 5- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish- Wear a read or blue shirt

March 6- The Places You’ll Go!- Dress to Impress! Spring Picture Day!

March 9 Spring Book Fair!

Also, please remember that all field trip money and forms are due by this upcoming Friday, March 6th. The cost of the trip is $9.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Smith 🙂

Weekly Update 2-21-20

Happy Friday!

We have just finished up another fun week in room #14. The students had a great time on Monday with our STEAM DAY activities. Thanks to all of the parents who were able to come out and help us with our stations. Please enjoy these pictures of our day.

 

This week we also enjoyed listening to  non-fictional stories. We learned about Martin Luther King Jr, Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks.  We worked really hard on explaining: What do we know about this person?  What do we wonder about this person? What did we learn? We also worked on the digraph th. We practiced finding sight words: down and went. In math this week, we counted by 10s to 100. In social studies, we enjoyed learning about Maggie Walker ad Arthur Ashe.

If you would like to review  with your child what we learned this week, click the following links.

https://www.google.com/search?q=jack+hartmann+th+sound&rlz=1CATATK_enUS746US748&oq=jack+hartmann+th+sound&aqs=chrome..69i57.8101j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS-WtppvpsE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZyT5NBDHe8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elQQ8CQ8cNk

Next week we will be learning the following:

Reading:

Sight words: got, into

Digraph: wh

Comprehension Focus:

Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

Math:

We are going to count backwards from 10 to 0.

Science:

We are going to discuss the three phases of water and how water can change.

Please read to your child or have your child read to you every night!

Thank you for all of your help at home.  If you have any questions, please email me!

Upcoming Events:

The Trevvett SCA is going to create dog toys from recycled materials and donate them to the Richmond SPCA. We need your help! If you are able, please send in the following with your student anytime from now until Wednesday the 26th. Thank you!

Old t-shirts, Old denim, Old towels, dish towels ,Old socks (clean please!),Old tennis balls

February 26 PTO Spirit Night at McDonald’s

February 28 Q3 Interims and Progress Reports

March 2 Read Across America Day…more details coming soon!

March 3 Student Holiday/Staff Clerical Day

March 6 Spring Picture Day!

March 9 Spring Book Fair!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Mrs. Smith 🙂

Weekly Update 2-14-20

Happy Friday! What a fun and exciting week we have had this week. The students enjoyed celebrating the 100th day of school on Thursday. Thanks for sending in your child’s 100 collection. I enjoyed seeing the children in their costumes for our  celebration as well. The students had fun visiting the fourth grade’s African American Wax Museum on Thursday as well.

We also had a fun day on Friday with our Fun Friday snowmen that we made and our  Valentine’s Day party. Thanks so much for all of the parents, grandparents, and volunteers who showed up to help us out. Also, a big thank you for all of the cards, candy, and gifts that I received today for Valentine’s Day. I really felt loved by you all! Thanks again for your kindness!

This week we enjoyed listening to fictional stories about Valentine’s Day. We worked really hard on explaining: How can we make a connection with this story? How can I connect it with myself?  Does it remind me of something that has happened to me? We reviewed digraphs sh and ch. We practiced finding sight words: when, come. Math this week, we counted by 10’s to 100. Social Studies, we enjoyed learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Please enjoy these pictures from our week:

Next week we will be learning the following:

Reading:

Sight words: down, went, out

Digraph: th

Comprehension Focus:

What do we know about this person?  What do we wonder about this person? What did we learn?

Math:

We are going to continue to count by 10’s to 100.

Social Studies:

We are going to discuss which people, from a variety of diverse cultures and heritages, have helped to establish and lead the local community over time.

Please read to your child or have your child read to you every night!

Thank you for all of your help at home.  If you have any questions, please email me!

Upcoming Events:

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

Monday, February 17th: Half Day Dismissal at 11am  STEAM DAY

I hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine’s Day weekend!

Mrs. Smith:)

Weekly Update 2-7-20

Happy Friday! I am sure by now you have all heard that Mrs. Smith was sick this past week. Yes, I’m afraid I have been at home with the flu. I am happy to report that I am beginning to feel a bit better and hoping to be back at school on Monday. Thanks so much for being understanding about parent/teacher conferences having to be canceled due to my sickness. I am planning to have conferences next Thursday, February 13th at our same scheduled time slots.

Here’s what’s happening next week:

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

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Mrs. Smith 🙂

Weekly Update 1-31-20

Dear Families,

Happy Friday! We had fun learning about animals that hibernate. Our class learned all about bears. Please enjoy watching our video called “All About Bear.”

 

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 finished up our week with Fun Friday! After reading the book called “Brownie the Groundhog and the February Fox,” the students enjoyed eating french toast sticks. These were a big hit with the kids.

Click below to watch this cute story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CkJkoDyhVA

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/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, February 6th. I still have some slots available. Please click the following link to sign up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548aaab2ea4f58-winter1

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

Have a super weekend!

Mrs. Smith 🙂

Weekly Update 1-24-20

Dear Families,

Happy Friday!

This week we learned how to research. On Tuesday, we learned about different animals that hibernate. The students were asked: What do we already know about our hibernating animal?  What else do we want to know? We decided that we wanted to learn more about groundhogs! We reviewed all of the sight words that we have learned this nine weeks. In math  this week, we continued working hard on describing part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3. Social Studies, we learned about Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we had a surprise visitor. Miss Virginia came to our classroom. The students enjoyed having their picture made with her.

Next week we will be learning the following:

Reading:

Sight words: will, they, out

Digraph: /ch/

Comprehension Focus:

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:

We are going to compare and describe the lengths and heights of two objects as being longer/shorter and taller/shorter.

Science:

We are going to learn about shadows.

Please read to your child or have your child read to you every night!

Thank you for all of your help at home.  If you have any questions, please email me!

Upcoming Events:

Monday, January 27th: Student Holiday

Tuesday, January 28th: Family Valentine Project Due

Thursday, February 6th: Parent Teacher Conference

Monday, February 10th: Report Cards Go Home; Classroom Awards at 7:45

Wednesday, February 12th: 100th Day Collections Due

Thursday, February 13th: 100th DAY OF SCHOOL

Friday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day Party at 1:15

I hope you all have a fantastic three day weekend!

Mrs. Smith 🙂

Weekly Update 1-17-20

Dear Families,

Happy Friday to you all! We are just finishing up another fun week in room 14. Check out these pictures of the students having fun with our morning tubs.

This week we enjoyed listening to stories about SNOW. We worked really hard on explaining: What do you predict will happen next?  What clues helped you? Did it happen? We are also working on blending one syllable words. We practiced finding sight words: have, fun, and do.  Math this week, we recognized and described with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3. Science, we continued to learn about about magnets.

Check out the videos to help review what we have learned at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53ySmRKu3PY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pizrNdwc8nk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COmqNGmeyZg

We also learned a cool new song called “Vowel Bat” to help review the long and short sounds of the 5 vowels. The children loved this song. Click below to listen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2hXa8dbK3o

Check out these cool math videos to help review number bonds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLuoYNmxkkU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfzLt3oFev0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh481gFiqQk

Next week we will be learning the following:

Reading:

Sight words: review

Word Study: short vowels a/i/o/u

Comprehension Focus: We are going to research about animals that hibernate.

Math:

We are going to continue recognizing and describing with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3.

Social Studies:

We are going to identify and describe Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to our way of life.

Please remember to  read to your child or have your child read to you every night!

Thank you for all of your help at home.  I hope you all have a wonderful three day weekend.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

January 27th: Student Holiday

Mrs. Smith 🙂