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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Off to a great start!

We have gotten off to a great start in room 101! My students are adjusting to life at Short Pump and have learned so much already in the first two days of school. I have such a sweet group of kids and they have received so many compliments from other teachers around the building!

Here are a few reminders/suggestions as we start out the year:

  • Shoes:Practice tying shoes with your child at home. It is important for your child to be able to tie his/her own shoes throughout the day.
  • Snack: please make sure that your child has a snack for the afternoon. We eat lunch at 10:45 and have snack around 1:00 each day. Make sure your child knows what they should save for snack time. I have several friends who are eating everything at lunch and do not have anything left to eat at snack time. Please do not send in juice/smoothies for snack. Students can only have water in the classroom. This is to ensure that when we have spills in the classroom, it is easy to clean. Also, please make sure your child is able to open any containers they bring food in and send in a spoon or fork if needed. I do not keep utensils in the classroom.
  • Daily Folders: Your child brought home their Daily Folder today for the first time. This will be our communication between home and school. You will notice one side is for papers to return to school and the other is for papers that should stay at home. This is a great way for you to see what we are working on in class which will give you some topics/ideas to talk about at home with your child. Any notes from home should go in this folder as well. I check each folder in the morning. Help your child pack this folder into their book bag each day after reviewing it with him/her.
  • Recess: We will go outside each day (weather permitting) to stretch our legs, get rid of some wiggles, and to get some fresh air. Please make sure your child is in appropriate shoes and clothing for running, jumping and playing. Ensure that your child is not wearing clothes that are too hot for the heat-I want everyone to enjoy being outside!

Please e-mail me with any questions or concerns you may have! My e-mail address is khmiller@henrico.k12.va.us

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