Oct 14

This Week we are learning:

Language Arts– We will continue to  focus on all  upper case and lower case alphabet recognition  and letter sounds. We will do many themed  activities emphasizing P and G along with pumpkins.  We will  continue to discuss the difference between a letter, a word and a sentence.  Please have your child practice writing their first name starting with an upper case letter and the rest of the letters  should be written in  lower case.

I am giving PALS ( Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) this week.

Sight words We will learn this week:  he, can, go, as, funny.    Please practice memorizing  and spelling these.   Last week’s words were:  like, little,     By the end of the year, all Kindergarten children should be able to identify at least 100 sight words.

Math– We will continue  learning about patterning ( AB, ABB, AAB, ABC, AABB ).

Science– We are going to focus on ‘Changes Over Time” as in the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin.

Important Dates:

Thursday, Oct. 18th Pajamas and Pancakes Day!!

Thursday, Oct. 19th – field trip money  and permission due

Thursday, Oct. 25th – Field Trip to Children’s Museum of Richmond

Friday, Oct. 26th – PTA Movie Night

Oct 7

Thank you to the parents who have sent in items from the Wish List!!!!

This Week:    We will continue to learn about the season fall. We will focus on APPLES!! We will be describing, sorting, predicting, graphing and tasting apples. Please send in two apples Tuesday.

Language Arts – we will review alphabet recognition  and letter sounds. We will do many themed  activities emphasizing short A  along with apples.  We will  continue to discuss the difference between a letter, a word and a sentence.  Please have your child practice writing their first name starting with an upper case letter and the rest of the letters  should be written in  lower case.

Sight words We will learn this week:  the, at, in, like, little     Please practice memorizing  and spelling these. 

Math– We will continue  learning about patterning ( AB, ABB, AAB, ABC, AABB ) . We will make patterns with manipulatives and on paper.

Social Studies – We will learn about Christopher Columbus.

Science – We will focus on the season Fall:  the weather, our clothing we wear, foods we might eat, etc.

Important Dates:

October 8th – Columbus Day (no school for students)

October 25th – Field Trip to Children’s Museum of Richmond

  

Sep 30

This Week:

Themes of October:  Fall season, Weather changes, Apples, Pumpkins, Leaves, Halloween, Community Helpers, Patterns all around

Language Arts– We will  focus on letters Bb and Rr. We will learn their sounds along with how to write  them.  Upper case and lower case alphabet recognition continues to be ongoing.  Also we will discuss the difference between a letter, a word and a sentence.  Please have your child practice writing their first name starting with a capital letter and the rest of the letters  should be written in  lower case. All letters are introduced briefly in the first 26 days. We will then go back and spend more time on each individually.

Sight words- We will learn this week:   to, up, after, see, me          Please practice memorizing , spelling and writing  these.

Math– We will focus on Patterns: AB, AAB, ABB, ABC ( identifying , making them with manipulatives and  coloring them)  for the next 3 weeks. We will also look around our environment and find them.   Students will identify “the core”, describe, extend, create repeating patterns.

Science- Changes over time – Fall Season and  Weather –   Students will learn that changes occur over time and at different rates (fast/ slow- weeks, months, years).

**** Please send in your child’s Blue communication folder everyday. Put all notes and lunch money in this folder only. ****

Reminder: Please send in a healthy snack daily for your child. Water bottles are permitted in the classroom. Please make sure the lids are on securely so they do not leak in your child’s backpack.  Also please make sure you label  their snack and  lunch  ( if you send it in)  so your child knows the difference .

Dates to Remember:

10/5- Class t-shirt form and money due

10/8- No school for students

10/25- Kindergarten Field Trip to the Children’s Museum in Richmond

Sep 23

Thank you so much for coming to Back to School Night!!! It was so nice seeing all of you!

I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN OUR PTA.  AS A TEACHER, OUR SCHOOL BENEFITS GREATLY FROM ALL THAT OUR PTA DOES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS, & TEACHERS.  PLEASE SIGN UP TO JOIN OR AT LEAST CREATE AN ACCOUNT AT NO COST.

IF OUR CLASS GETS 100% OF OUR PARENTS TO DO SO -= WE GET A PIZZA PARTY !!!!!!

Dates to Remember:

9/25- New Parent Coffee 8:30 AM in cafeteria

10/8- No school for students

10/25- Kindergarten Field Trip to the Children’s Museum in Richmond

Reminder: Please send in a healthy snack daily for your child. Water bottles are permitted in the classroom. Please make sure the lids are on securely so they do not leak in your child’s backpack.  Also please make sure you label  their snack and  lunch  ( if you send it in)  so your child know the difference.

Language Arts– We will  focus on letters Mm and Ss. We will learn their sounds along with how to write  them.  Upper case and lower case alphabet recognition continues to be ongoing.  Also we will discuss the difference between a letter, a word and a sentence.  Please have your child practice writing their first and last name starting with a capital letter and the rest of the letters  should be written in  lower case. All letters are introduced briefly in the first 26 days. We will then go back and spend more time on each individually.

Sight words- We will learn this week:   a, my, here, am  is                                                                                               Please practice memorizing, spelling and writing  these.

Math– We will focus on the four basic shapes: triangle, square, circle and rectangle by identifying and drawing them. We will also look around our environment and find them  ! Shapes are everywhere!!!

Science- We will learn various positional words: above/below, next to, under/over, left/right

Sep 16

PLEASE visit the Parent teacher Association (PTA) site, create a username, password and family profile. Colonial Trail PTA Website link is on the right until links.

It would be WONDERFUL if you also became a member while on the site.  It only cost $10 and the money goes directly to support our students! 

Monday – Wear red

Tuesday – Wear pink. Return all library books so we can get new ones today.

Wednesday – Wear purple. HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS – DISMISSAL IS AT 11:15. We will have lunch at school.

Thursday – Wear black and white.

Back to School Night (Thursday )is an event for parents only. Please arrive in the gym at 6:15. Mr. Eggleston and the PTA have a few things to share with you. Then you will come to my classroom (110) for a presentation that will inform you about our year in kindergarten. This is not the time for a conference with me about your child.

Friday – Wear rainbow colors and shoes appropriate for physical education class.

Reminder: Please send in a healthy snack daily for your child. Water bottles are permitted in the classroom. Please make sure the lids are on securely so they do not leak in your child’s backpack.  Also please make sure you label  their snack and  lunch  ( if you send it in)  so your child know the difference .

Themes of SEPTEMBER: All About Me, Rules/ Code of Conduct, Good Citizenship, Colors, Fall Season

Language Arts– We will continue to   focus on  upper case and lower case alphabet recognition.  Also we will discuss the difference between a letter, a word and a sentence.  Please have your child practice writing their first name starting with an upper case letter and the rest of the letters  should be written in  lower case. All letters are introduced briefly in the first 26 days. We will then go back and spend more time on each individually.

Sight words we will learn this week:   I, see, me, name           Please practice memorizing  and spelling these.

Please review these and the other words on the lists I will send home to you.

Math– We will continue to sort objects by color, shape, size , plus many other creative ways!

Social Studies- All About Me! , Family , Friends

 MYSTERY READERS! 
I would like to invite any parents, older siblings, grandparents, relatives, or other special people to surprise your child by being a “Mystery Reader” this year in our classroom. Students LOVE having their  family, friends, and relatives visit our classroom to share in our learning by reading a favorite story aloud to our class.
Readers are asked to bring a book to read or read a teacher-chosen book from our classroom library.
If you can find a date that works for you, please sign up to be a Mystery Reader on this sign up genius  for the 2018-2019 school year!
There will be  many open dates to choose from throughout the year.
Remember this is a mystery so please don’t tell your child you are coming!! The children love to be  surprised!  All Mystery Readers must fill out Volunteer form and return to the office before reading to the class.

Location: Ms. Lewis’ Room
A link to sign up will be COMING SOON!!!

Sep 8

First Week Of School – Wonderful!

We had a great first week of school!   We have made new friends and adjusted to being in school a whole day. We learned what it takes to keep us safe and ready to learn. We visited the library, went to art class and physical education class.  The first three days of school, I stayed in the cafeteria at lunch time to help students learn what is expected. On Friday, they were on their own. I was so pleased when I came to pick them up and learned that they had two blue cups! This means that they were fabulous for the cafeteria monitors.   We had our first fire drill.  The students did an fantastic job walking quietly outside during the drill.  We reviewed the letters of the alphabet. In math we explored math manipulatives.  We practiced counting and making sets 1-10. We  learned all about  the Calendar on the Promethean Board.

Reminders

Please send in your child’s BLUE communication folder every day. All notes and lunch money should be in this folder. All money must be put in an envelope or zip lock bag labeled with child’s name, teacher’s name and the purpose of the money.

Please be sure your student eats a good breakfast before arriving at school. We’re still getting used to a class schedule and some students are telling me they are hungry well before snack time.
Thank you for helping your child know what is for snack and what is for lunch. The labels have been great. Snacks should be something that does not require a spoon and doesn’t contain liquid. We will eat snack while we are working. We do not want our snack to spill on our work, clothes, or table. I will not be providing students with spoons or forks.

Water bottles are permitted in the classroom. Please make sure the lids are on securely so they do not leak in your child’s backpack.

Our Behavior System/Calendar

In kindergarten we will be learning how to behave in a learning environment. Students will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will result in all classmates having the opportunity to learn in a safe and friendly place. Each day, I will put a mark on the student’s calendar. The color marked will let you know how the day went. It is expected that students end the day on the color green. Please check the calendar each day and initial sign.

Green: Ready to Learn! – I made amazing choices today and was a great role model for my classmates! I did not need reminders about how to behave. I tried my best in all that I was asked to do. I was kind to friends and adults.

Yellow: Think About It -I made a few poor choices today and/or needed reminders about how to perform at my best.

Orange: Teacher’s Choice – Even after reminders, I continued to make poor choices. My teacher had me do an activity to help me think about how to make better choices. (Sit and reflect, draw/write about the problem, conference with the teacher…)

Red: Parent will be contacted via phone or email to discuss behavior.

This Week:

Language Arts– We will be focusing on  upper case and lower case alphabet recognition.  Sight words we will learn this week: am, here, is.   Please practice memorizing  and spelling these.

WE will begin our Color Unit-

9/10- Brown day in Kindergarten

9/11- Blue day in Kindergarten

9/12- Yellow day in Kindergarten

9/13- Green day in Kindergarten

9/14- Orange day in Kindergarten

Social Studies- We are learning The Pledge of Allegiance and  how to identify the American flag.  The first two weeks of school all students will be taught the rules to follow in our classroom.

Math – We are learning about ways to sort.

Sep 3

Welcome to Kindergarten!! I am so excited to begin another school year!   I will be posting what we are learning  weekly on my blog. I hope you will check it out.

Cubs climb to new heights

May 21

Hi Parents!

It’s so hard to believe we are getting close to the end of the year!

Here is what we are learning in kindergarten:

Language arts – We are reviewing short vowels and digraphs.  WE are reading books by Eric Carle and Leo Lioni.

Math – we are learning addition and subtraction

Social Studies – maps and globes

Science – life cycle of animals: butterfly and the frog

Important Dates:

5/28- Memorial Day- No school for students and staff!!

6/1-Field Day- Please sign up to help

6/8- Yearbooks will be distributed to children who bought them

Boosterthon Fun Run for students   6:15- 6:45 PM

Cub Celebration immediately afterwards!!!!

6/12- Kindergarten Program ( more information  coming!)

6/15- Half day of school- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!

6/17- Father’s Day!!!

Apr 22

Happy Earth Day!!!

This week:

5/2- Field Trip to Swift Creek Theater to see  Pinocchio

5/28- Memorial Day- No school for students and staff!!

Language Arts – L blends, sight words, sentence writing with correct punctuation and capitalization.

Math – addition

Science – conservation; how we can take care of our earth.

Spring Picture and class picture tomorrow!!

Apr 17
4/18- Buffalo Wild Wings Spirit Night 5-7pm

4/19- New Kindergarten Registration

4/20- Career Day- AM only

4/23- Spring Class Pictures

5/2- Field Trip to Swift Creek Theater to see  Pinocchio

5/28- Memorial Day- No school for students and staff!!

 

This Week :

Language Arts – we are working on blends sn, sw, and sl.  We are continuing our work on sight word recognition.  Continue to encourage your child to  write  sentences beginning with an upper case letter, using spacing between words, spelling sight words correctly and using correct punctuation at the end of the sentence .  Please have your child practice writing their first and last names starting with an upper case letter and the rest of the letters  should be written in  lower case.

Math – addition  The student will model and solve single-step story and picture problems with  sums up to 10 .      Reminder : By the end of this last quarter your child should be able to count to 100, count by 10’s to 100 and count backwards from 10-0. They should be able to identify all numbers in random order to 20. It would be advantageous for your child to practice writing numbers to 30 or higher.  All students will need to identify a  penny, nickel, dime and quarter and tell their values. The students also need to identify how many pennies are equal to a nickel, dime and a  quarter. All students should know the days of the week and the months of the year by now due to the fact we do Calendar everyday.

Science-  Plant’s needs: nutrients, water, light and a place to grow to survive. Plants change as they grow and go through their  life cycles.

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