Week of March 4th-March 8th

We are having fun celebrating Dr. Seuss this week! What a fun week filled with spirit wear, mystery readers, trivia questions and a lot of Dr. Seuss books!

What we are learning:

In language arts we have been focusing on making connections and asking questions while we read. As you read with your child at night, have them make connections to the story you are reading: This story reminds me of_____________________; This story makes me think of __________, etc.  Have your child ask questions about the book before reading and then throughout the story. This helps to strengthen your child’s comprehension.

In writing we have been blending sounds to make and write one syllable words: c/a/t=cat. We have also been segmenting one syllable words into individual phonemes: ran= r/a/n. These are great skills to practice at home to reinforce what we are working on the classroom.

In math we will continue to work with the number 100: counting by 1’s to 100; skip counting by 5’s and 10’s to 100; what number comes before/after ____, etc. We will also begin to explore parts of a set in groups up to 5. This is the foundation and beginning steps of addition!

We will wrap up states of matter and sink/float this week in science. We will move into our map unit next week. Students will explore the differences between maps and globes. They will learn about land and water features being depicted on maps and globes. They will need to understand that maps and globes show features in a smaller size and the position of objects. Please help your child write their street address on an index card this weekend for a project we will work on in class next week. Send the card in on Monday. Thank you for your help!

A Gentle Reminder:

The tardy bell rings at 8:10. Which means all students should be in their classroom by 8:10. The Morning News Show starts at 8:10 and our morning is well underway by then as students start arriving at 7:50. If you are dropping your child off in the parent drop-off loop at 8:10, then your child is tardy to the classroom. Please keep in mind that my classroom is a very long walk for a kindergartner from the drop-off loop! This puts them behind in our classroom morning routine of unpacking, getting folders put away, and working on any morning work/morning activities, and missing out on morning announcements. As a mom myself, I understand it is challenging to get everyone out the door in the mornings and some days are more difficult than others. Thank you for making an effort in getting your child to the classroom by 8:10.

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February 25th-March 8th

We are half way through the 3rd marking period and room 101 has certainly been busy and buzzing!

Last week was filled with excitement of the 100th day of school! In math we will continue to work with the number 100: counting by 1’s to 100; skip counting by 5’s and 10’s to 100; what number comes before/after ____, etc.

In language arts we have been focusing on making connections and asking questions while we read. As you read with your child at night, have them make connections to the story you are reading: This story reminds me of_____________________; This story makes me think of __________, etc.  Have your child ask questions about the book before reading and then throughout the story. This helps to strengthen your child’s comprehension.

In writing we have been blending sounds to make and write one syllable words: c/a/t=cat. We have also been segmenting one syllable words into individual phonemes: ran= r/a/n. These are great skills to practice at home to reinforce what we are working on the classroom.

We wrapped up our Presidents Day unit last week in social studies. We had a lot of fun learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in honor of Presidents’ Day!

We will begin our water unit in science. Your learner should understand the following by the end of the unit:

  • water can be a solid, liquid, or gas.
  • water changes from a solid, liquid or gas when it is heated or cooled.
  • water flows from a higher level to a lower level.
  • some objects float in water and others sink.

We will celebrate Dr. Seuss next week! Our fabulous librarian, Mrs. Kingoff, has planned a different theme each day and a fun filled week to celebrate one of our most favorite authors! Please see my weekly newsletter with the spirit days listed with what your child can wear if he/she wants to participate. This is always such a fun week at school! We will wrap up Dr. Seuss week with some fun at Barnes & Noble (Short Pump location) on Saturday, 3/9. Many of the Short Pump ES teachers and staff will be there throughout the day to read in the kids section. Information about our annual book fair and a schedule of teachers reading will come home soon. I hope to see many of you there!

A Gentle Reminder:

The tardy bell rings at 8:10. Which means all students should be in their classroom by 8:10. The Morning News Show starts at 8:10 and our morning is well underway by then as students start arriving at 7:50. If you are dropping your child off in the parent drop-off loop at 8:10, then your child is tardy to the classroom. Please keep in mind that my classroom is a very long walk for a kindergartner from the drop-off loop! This puts them behind in our classroom morning routine of unpacking, getting folders put away, and working on any morning work/morning activities, and missing out on morning announcements. As a mom myself, I understand it is challenging to get everyone out the door in the mornings and some days are more difficult than others. Thank you for making an effort in getting your child to the classroom by 8:10.

 

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Week of January 14th-18th

We made it through out first full week of school since winter break! We are back in full swing in room 101 and my little stingers have settled right back into our daily routine. We are currently covering the following topics:

  • Making predictions using the pictures in the stories we read.
  • Weather observations/Winter
  • Graphing
  • Reading, writing, representing numbers to 10.
  • Patterns
  • Blending sounds to make and write one syllable words
  • Sight Words: your, come

We will continue many of these topics next week, weather permitting! I will also continue our Midyear PALs testing next week.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, 1/11: BINGO/Silent Auction Night
  • Thursday, 1/17: Crazy Hair/Wacky Tacky Day (sponsored by the SCA)
  • Thursday, 1/17: Week 2 of Kids Club. If your child is participating in this program, please send an extra snack in for your child. I will let them eat their snack before they go to the class.
  • Monday, 1/21: Student/Staff Holiday
  • Friday, 1/25: End of marking period 2
  • Monday, 1/28: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Newsletters/Links:

Mrs. Miller’s Newsletter: newsletter Jan 7-11 2019

Kingergarten January Kaper: KindergartenKaperJan

In case you’ve lost some flashcards,  this is the complete set of sight words we will have covered by the end of the marking period. Print and cut them apart to make flash cards. KGSiteWords

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Week of December 10

Happy snow day!!! I hope everyone is enjoying the snowy, long weekend. I’m not sure when we will go back to school, so I’m attaching the newsletter for this week along with a few pictures so you can see what we’ve been up to in our hive!

First Snow Day!

Last Wednesday, the first snow flakes of the year started coming down! We were all so very excited! We bundled up and went outside to celebrate-such fun!

Abby and Ethan got to be Citizens of the Day this month. They led our school in saying the pledge on the Morning Show!

Hour of Code

Our class was one of 2 kindergarten classes that participated in the Hour of Code on Thursday! I was so proud of my little stingers as they participated in a lesson about coding with 3 volunteers who taught them how to program a little, fuzzy ball to move around the screen. The youngest stingers in our school worked hard and got all the way up to the 2nd grade level! We were all so proud in room 101!

Newsletter for week of December 10: newsletter Dec 10-14 2018

 

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Week of October 22

Our hive has been very busy during the month of October! Here are a few snapshots of what we have been up to in room 101:

Citizens of the day!

Each day two students get to go on the morning announcements and lead our school in the Pledge of Allegiance. It was kindergartens’  turn to have two citizens! Noah and Anna C did a fantastic job!

We celebrate the “R” in ROCKstar during the first marking period. The R stands for responsibility. Two of my stingers were recognized for being responsible stingers in the hive! Way to go Steven and Bridget!

Scarecrow STEM challenge!

Our class worked in small groups with a parent volunteer to create a scarecrow that had to meet certain requirements! The scarecrow had to be able to sit in a chair and wear a hat without falling off. Each group was successful with good team work and the fantastic guidance of some of our parents. A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Zannino, Mr. Davies, Mrs. Cho and Mrs. Thompson! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Pattern Pumpkins

Each student created a pattern out of colored strips, drew and cut out their pumpkin. They created the face by answering questions from our class glyph. It was such a fun math lesson!

Pattern Pumpkin Patch

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Week of October 1

Happy October! I hope this means cooler weather is just around the corner! Your child is bringing home several important papers in his/her folder today. Look for the following:

  • Behavior Calendar: First official week! Your child will color the box for the day with green, yellow, or red. If your child has a yellow or a red, I marked it with a number using the code at the bottom. Always e-mail me if you have any questions. Use the calendar as a talking point at home. Your child should be able to tell you why they were on yellow or red (I discuss this with him/her at the end of the day to make sure he/she understands why.). Reinforce our class rules and your expectations of your child while they are at school. If your child comes home on yellow then that means they received multiple warnings. If your child comes home on red, it is because they continued to need more warnings/redirection for classroom rules/expectations.
  • Sensory Experiment Permission Slip: Please review the popcorn permission slip for Friday. Your child may not participate without a signed permission form. Return ASAP.
  • Weekly Newsletter: Read my weekly newsletter to be informed about upcoming dates, curriculum, topics, and other important information pertaining to room 101.
  • Trunk-or-Treat: This paper has all of the information you need to know about Trunk-or-Treat on Friday, 10/12!

Other Reminders:

  • Please return your child’s towel/blanket if you did not send it in today after being washed over the weekend.
  • Please review our site words each week. Your child will be asked to read them throughout the day. I want every student to feel comfortable with these words when we do sight word activities or games. Running through the flashcards each night before bed is a great/quick way to review them. Have your child look for the words in books you are reading together!

Site Words: up, to

Letter Focus: g, n, p

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Week of September 24th

Back to School Night was a success! Thank you to those of you who were able to come and show your support. For those that weren’t able to come, I hope you received all of the papers from BTSN in your child’s folder. Please send me an e-mail if you need clarification on any of the papers. Week nights are always busy, so I completely understand if you were not able to make it. I look forward to talking with you throughout the year!

My weekly news letter came home yesterday in your child’s folder. Please review it to be informed about what is going on in room 101!

Important Information/Dates:

  • Sight Words for the week: a, my (Continue to review ALL words that have come home so far.)
  • Letter focus: m, t, s (Have your child practice writing these letters with a proper pencil grip. Ensure they are writing top to bottom! Have your child look for these letters as you read in the evenings. If they can already recognize these letters, have your child look for words that start with each letter.
  • Scholastic Book Orders: I will submit my order this Friday, 9/28 after school. Our order code is RM4DF. Thank you to those who have already submitted your order!
  • Family Pizza Night at Short Pump: Friday, 9/28 beginning at 5:30. See the flyer that came home for more information.
  • Fall Picture Day: Wednesday, 10/10; More information to come!
  • Trunk or Treat: Friday, 10/12 starting at 6:00 pm; More information to come!

Reminders:

  • Snack: Please ensure that your child brings in a HEALTHY snack for the afternoon. We still have a lot of work to do/rules to follow in the afternoon and it’s hard for a child to focus and follow directions if they are all “sugared up” for the  remainder of the day. Make sure your child knows what he/she should be eating out of their lunchbox. Thank you for your help with this!
  • Water Bottles: Make sure that the water bottle your child is bringing to school closes tightly and doesn’t leak. We are having a lot of spills in the classroom as well as wet book bags.
  • Absences: If your child is sick and not coming to school, please call the office to let them know for attendance purposes. If you could also send me an e-mail that morning, that would be extremely helpful. This helps me know how to organize your child’s work for the day. Thank you for your help with this!
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Back to School Night Letter

Parents, I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night! Please read the attached letter to be informed about how the evening will go.

Back to School Night Letter: Back to school nightLetter

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Week of September 17th

What a crazy start to our week! Room 101 was buzzing about where we were hiding during the tornadoes yesterday. I’m glad to see all of my kiddos here, safe-and-sound, today!

My weekly newsletter came home yesterday on bright green paper. Please read it to be informed about what is going on in our classroom, school, and ways to engage your child at home.

A few reminders:

  • Please empty your child’s folder each night. Only return papers to school that need to be returned. The kids have a hard time staying organized when the papers are falling out everywhere.
  • Sight words: I’m thrilled to see so many students making their flashcards with our weekly sight words! Please keep the cards at home. They are falling out of the folders and getting left behind in the classroom.
  • Art Smocks: If you haven’t already, please send in a shirt (adult size) for your child to wear over his/her clothes during art. The children will paint at various times throughout the year.
  • Scholastic Book Order: Catalogs will come home on Wednesday (a change from my newsletter). Each book order helps to grow our classroom library throughout the year! Thank you for supporting this program.
  • Water bottles: Make sure your child’s water bottle closes tightly and that your child can use it properly throughout the day. We are starting to have a lot of leaky water bottles and spills in our classroom.
  • Early dismissal tomorrow: Students will be released at 11:35 tomorrow (9/19). Lunch WILL  NOT be served tomorrow. We will still have snack, so please remember to pack one for your child.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Back to School  Night on Thursday at 6:30! Please make childcare arrangements as this is for adults only. Thank you for your understanding! Please contact me with any questions you may have. Have a great week!

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Week of September 10

We are off to a great start this week in room 101! You received the newsletter for the week yesterday in your child’s Daily Folder. Please reference this for directions with the scrapbook page that came home yesterday as well. Here is the electronic version: newslettersept10-14 2019

Your child will bring home our sight words for the week in their Daily Folder. I recommend making flashcards with the words that come home each week. Have your child cut out the words and glue them to the index card. This is a great way to sneak in some fine-motor practice! We are also working on recognizing the letters M and B this week. Your child should be able to recognize the upper and lower case of each letter, be able to write the letters, and know the sound that each letter makes.

We are building our class rules poster. We used the story of Howard B. Wigglebottom to help us understand the importance of listening. Today we focused on BEING KIND and RESPECTFUL. We talked about ways to show kindness and how to be respectful while in school. Please review/discuss this at home.

I hope this storm takes a different turn! Everyone be safe this week and stay tuned to the information that the county is providing in regards to the storm.

Contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Have a great rest of the week!

  • Sight Words: is, am, here
  • Letters: Mm and Nn
  • Class Rules: Be kind and respectful; Follow ALL directions the FIRST time; Raise my hand before I talk; Keep my hands and feet to myself; Listen carefully and do everything my class does.
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