May 9

Happy Mother’s Day to you all!  We have been working hard on a surprise for you this week.  Thanks in advance to those of you who sent in supplies for our final workshop celebrations!  The children are looking forward to it tomorrow.  I hear there are going to be dirt cups and worms to eat!!!!

We are finishing up our life cycles unit and will be working on Maps and Globes in late May.  I am currently testing them in reading and so you have not seen any small practice books going home.  I am so impressed by how far they have come.  Reading is a journey.  We are working on building fluency and comprehension.  No reason to read if we don’t understand it or read to enjoy it!  I hate mentioning summer, but it will be here before we know it.  Keep on reading nightly and all throughout summer.  In my last blog I mentioned important dates.  Here they are again.

May 31 – Field Day

June 6 – Kindergarten program 11-12  Please arrive a bit before we go on promptly at 11.

June 7 – STEAM night/Cub celebration

June 11 – No school for students

June 14 – Last day of school (half day)

Thanks for a wonderful Teacher appreciation week!

Let’s finish Kindergarten strong!

Linda Livingston

May 2

Aesop’s Fables was a big hit with the children at the theater!    Thank your for your flexibility with the change in date.

Mark on your calendars:

May 31 – Field DAy

June 6 – 11:00-12:00 Kindergarten End-of-the-Year program

June 7 – Cubs celebration/STEAM night

June 11 No School

June 14 – Half-Day

Apr 18

Happy Spring!  We are finally ennjoying some warm days on the playground.   We continue to work hard on comprehension during our reading groups and using our word attack skills to decode new words.  Thanks for reading with them nightly.

Our field trip has been postponed to May 2, due to transportation issues.  Thank you for your understanding.  Morre details will come home later next week.

If you have not gotten your talent show tickets, please send in your money next week.  I hear it will be a great show.  You can also buy tickets at the door.

Please mark Thursday, June 6 for our Kindergarten program from 11am to 12pm.  We are already practicing our songs in music class. More details will be coming on that as well.

Linda Livingston

Mar 24

Here’s what we’ve been up too!

We’ve been making leprechaun traps, reading with cool green glasses and making aluminum foil boats that hold lots of bears!  The children had a lot of fun designing their boat with a partner.  The key was to make sure the sides were tall enough so that water didn’t get into the boat and sink it!  Engineering is fun!

We are looking forward to continuing our money unit by identifying and knowing the value of a penny, nickel, dime and quarter as well as counting small amounts of change.  In Science, we are exploring weather changes and learning the life cycle of plants, frogs and butterflies.  Thanks for your support at home!

Hold the date of Thursday, June 6 open for our Kindergarten end of the year program!   The children will perform several songs and then enjoy a pizza lunch.  Details will come home in the middle of May, but we wanted you to be aware so you can arrange to be at school around 11:00 – 12:00 am.

Happy Spring!  Linda Livingston

Mar 12

What fun we had dressing up to celebrate Read Across America week and honor Dr. Seuss!  Reading and making rhyming words is fun!

I hope you found the picture envelope and field trip form in your child’s folders. Pictures are this Friday, March 15 and our field trip is on April 25.

We finished our unit on magnets in science and we are discussing seasonal changes.

In math we will be identifying a penny, nickel, dime and quarter.  Students will be asked to tell the value of each coin as well.  As an extension activity, I will be having them count a collection of pennies and nickels.  They will not need to master this in Kindergarten, but I like to introduce it.  Counting money is fun, but tricky.

As always, please keep reading and discussing the books at home.  We have been talking about character traits.  We said The Cat in the Hat is very naughty, silly, funny and happy!

Have a great week!

Linda Livingston

Feb 25

 Thanks for taking the time to do the following:  

Parents,

Henrico County Schools would like to hear from you.  How are we doing?  Tell us about your perspectives and experiences, so that we may improve and make important decisions about the future.

On March 11, you will receive an email from HCPS that contains a survey we’d like for you to take.  It will be available from March 11 – 29.  It will take 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

Students in grade 5 – 12 are also asked to complete the survey.  Parents will have the needed link to preview the student survey.  They may then decide if they’d like for their child to participate or if they’d like to submit an opt-out form.  These forms will come home the week of February 25.

Feb 12

Happy Valentine Week!

We are looking forward to sharing our Valentine cards on Thursday!  Thanks for helping them write them for their friends. They love passing them out and reading them.

We are working on our Famous American unit this month.  Have your child share with you facts about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. and Betsy Ross.  These are the Famous Americans we study in the Kindergarten curriculum.  Next year there will be more in First Grade.  Please be on the lookout, Monday February 18 for a homework activity helping us to celebrate two great presidents.

We are looking forward to our multicultural night next week and sharing about the special foods we eat.  All are welcome on Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 to look at these projects.

Thank you for returning signed report cards!

Linda Livingston

 

Jan 30

https://photos.app.goo.gl/UjznVyV3c3W7rvxLA

The above link is to our class Snow Movie!  We hope you enjoy it!

Jan 24

We have had a busy January!  Along with daily reading, we have been learning about seasonal changes (winter) and how we and animals prepare for it.  In math, we finished our unit on numbers to 50 and are beginning measurement.  The kindergarten curriculum works with non-standard measurements.  We introduce the tools used to measure, such as thermometers, scales, rulers and calendars.  They will need to know which tool to use for length, height, weight, temperature and time.

As we approach the spring, we will begin learning about shadows, magnets, phases of water, maps and globes, recycling, famous Americans, money, time and many more curriculum standards.

This is the time where I begin teaching your child how to be a student.   Learning how to learn as I call it.  They will have to listen to information, look for it in appropriate kindergarten text and participate in class discussions on the topics.   If you do not focus and pay attention, this will be difficult.  By teaching thru hands on opportunities as well as auditory and visual activities, this will be fun and easy.  So ask your child when they get home what they learned today. Look in their folders.   This is my favorite time in Kindergarten, we have gotten down the rules and routines and now are ready to apply what we have learned.

I am so proud of each and everyone of my students.    Linda Livingston

Future dates:

January 25 :     Registration for Afterschool classes (see below)

Feb. 11:              Report cards go home (Please return the envelope and the report card signed)

Feb. 21:              Multicultural Night

Maybe 100th day of school (if no more snow)

 

2019 Winter After School Enrichment Classes

Classes will begin the week of February 11 and will run through the week of March 18. 

If you have a PTA Membership, you will have first “choice” on ASE Classes!! 

ASE registration for PTA Membership begins January 22nd – 24th. 

Regular ASE registration begins Friday, January 25. 

Registration deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019. 

Please see link below for more information on classes and to register online. 

Jan 8

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We are off to a great start!   I hope you enjoy the Snowman project that was sent home on Monday 1/7.  It is not due until Friday, January 18.  There is also a reading log that I would love for your child to complete.  Reading for meaning is our goal.  Please encourage your child to tell you what happened in the story.  Retelling the beginning, middle and end are essential to story comprehension.

Muffins with Mom is scheduled for Friday, January 18.  Please send the green form back if you plan on participating.

Multicultural Museum Night is February 21!  It will be a wonderful night to display our family traditions and help us to discover that while we are very different, we are also the same many ways!

I am looking forward to 2019 and watching them grow even more each day!

Linda Livingston

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