Weekly Update 11/17

We had another fabulous week in kindergarten!  It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  The kids are getting excited and their knowledge of Thanksgiving grew by the day.

Because next week is a short one we will continue our learning targets into Monday and Tuesday.  We will finish our unit on the letters L and C, continue our unit on graphs and conclude our study of Thanksgiving and Pocahontas.

Our reading groups are going really well.  By the last week in November we should be in full groove with the procedures and flow.  They love getting new books to add to their book bags!  It is my hope to send these home over the break so they can practice reading but I will need your help in making sure that all the books come back!

There will be a poem that comes home this Monday.  Please feel free to keep the poetry notebook over the break so that you all can practice reading any of the poems if the moment presents itself.

A big thanks to our Mystery Readers who have helped to encourage and foster a love for reading.  A big thank you to Mr. Visconti, who has partnered with our class for the next 10 weeks through his work to support our love for literacy.  They have become so strong in identifying many of the different story elements.  The best is when they discover things I hadn’t noticed.  Hopefully, everyone has had a chance to get onto KidsA-Z at home.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

I think that is all for now.  Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing the kids on Monday.

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Weekly Update 11/10

Oh my goodness this rainy week!!!!  I am writing this a day early because I will be leaving early tomorrow for some training but am hopeful that the sun will be shining as we head into the weekend.  Thank you to those that were able to donate to our deployed veterans. I have no doubt that tomorrow’s Veteran’s Day ceremony will be an unforgettable one.

I can’t believe that we only have one full week left before our Thanksgiving break!  I need to start planning my meal!

We had so much fun learning all about the letter I.   We worked with the short and long vowel sound that it makes and we also came up with so many words that belonged to all the different letter i word families.  During the next week and a half we will focus our attention on the letters L and C.

Our unit on patterns was a success and oh the patterns they can create!  If I heard it once, I heard it a hundred times, “Look Mrs. Betke, I found a pattern!”  Made me smile!!!  For the next couple of weeks we will work on collecting data for graphs, interpreting and reading graphs and answering questions related to graphs.  This is such a fun unit and is provides many great opportunities for them to collaborate with their classmates.

Our social studies unit on past and present went well.  We created a timeline in class the chronicled my life as an example of what a timeline was.  They really made me feel old when they all reacted to how long ago I was born! 🙂  For the next couple of weeks we will explore Thanksgiving and the contributions of Pocahontas.

I so enjoyed meeting with you all at our recent conferences.  I am so fortunate to have such a supportive group of parents.

I think that is all for now.  Please don’t forget to check out the Coyote Courier by clicking on the link below.


Take care,

Meredith Betke


Weekly Update 11/3

And just like that it is November!  The excitement of Halloween definitely added a twist to our week but we still managed to persevere and get a lot done.  We had a great time celebrating the start of November with our Fall Rotations Day.  A big thank you to those parents that donated their time and resources to make that day a successful one.  Between apple tasting, an apple tower building challenge, an apple painting patterning activity and experimenting with pumpkins that floated we stayed completely busy and had fun while learning.

Our language arts unit focused on the letter D and throughout the week the kids had fun during our language arts rotations that focused on that letter.  My personal favorite were the dinosaurs!  Next week we will explore the letter Ii and the word families associated with that letter.

Our math unit on counting went great!  They are becoming such confident counters and have extended that skill into counting things in books, our cafeteria, our hallways and gym.  Next week we will revisit patterning.  This nine weeks, our hope is that the student will identify and describe repeating patterns, will extend repeating patterns, will create repeating patterns and will describe, compare, and transfer repeating patterns.

We had a blast learning about our five senses and concluded our unit with some posters that reflected the different things we could see, hear, smell, taste and feel.  I feel pretty confident that we are all able to successfully match the five senses to the corresponding sensory organ. We had a great visit with our Young Scientist instructor on Monday and were really challenged to use one or two senses at a time to identify various items.  The kids and I really enjoyed trying to guess what was in their mystery bags based on their senses clues!!!  Thanks for your help with that at home.

Our social studies unit next week will focus on Thanksgiving and past/present.

Just a quick reminder about our Mystery Reader nlist.  We can only have one mystery reader on each Thursday so even though there are 2 slots available, if one is already taken please do not sign up for the other one.  We decided to offer two times to try and meet the availability of all our parents.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

Our KES community will partner with Blue Star Families and the USO to collect items to be sent to our deployed troops. Please look for the information sent home in Tuesday’s orange folders. The items were are hoping to collect are travel size personal care items, snacks and reading materials.  The collection period ends on Friday, Nov. 10th.

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I think that is all for now.  Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing the kids back on Monday!  Don’t forget there is no school on Tuesday.

Take care,

Meredith Betke

Weekly Update 10/27

TGIF!  It was another fabulous week in the world of kindergarten.  It is so wonderful to see the kids thriving with our daily routine and being adaptable when we have to adjust our normalcy.  We were thrilled to have Mr. Cooling join us today as a Watch Dog.  If you have not had a chance to sign up for this program please reach out to Mrs. Shaia our school counselor.  We also enjoyed our first mystery reader!  Thanks to Mrs. Shivkumar for reading a wonderful book on weather.

We will have our Fall rotations on Wednesday, November 1st.  There is a nlist for this event so please take a moment to see if there is anything else needed for this fun day.

Our language arts unit this week focused on the letters T and N.  Our literacy centers focused on these two letters and of course incorporated our sight words any chance I could get it in!  Next week, we will explore the letter D and a few Halloween activities.  Don’t forget to have your child wear orange and black on Halloween.  Unfortunately, we are not able to dress in costumes.

Our math unit on counting backwards from 10 and skip counting went well!  We will continue to practice with these skills as we move throughout the year.  Next week we will finish the last section of the math screener.  This part of the assessment works on numbers before and after a given number.

Our unit on pumpkins was a success!  We learned all about the life cycle of a pumpkin and that because a pumpkin has seeds in it that makes it a fruit.  We all agreed that the pulp was the best and grossest thing about a pumpkin!  Next week we will explore our 5 senses.  We will have our first Young Scientist lesson on Monday that will support our unit on the 5 senses.

Thank you again for all your support at home!  The kids have made such strides since our first week of school.  I am grateful to have you all as partners this year.

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Take care and have a great weekend!

Meredith B

Weekly Update 10/20

Here’s to another great week in room 133.  Everyone looked so great for our pictures this morning.  They were definitely excited to pose for the funny picture!

I was able to get through a lot of the PALS testing this week but will utilize next week to complete them.  I was so impressed with their energy and effort and enjoyed working with them one on one.  While I was testing they were busy rotating through some fun language arts rotations.  They are really enjoying our Kids A-Z app on the Ipad.  It allows them to listen and follow along with a story and then take a quiz to assess their understanding of the story.  It focuses on elements such as the setting, author’s purpose, characters, main idea and details.  Information will be coming home to you all in the future on how you can utilize this program at home.

We had such a great time with our numbers math unit.  Today we got to use play dough to help in our understanding of the relationship between numbers and quantities and connecting counting to cardinality. Next week we will explore counting backward orally by ones when given any number between 1 and 10 and counting forward by tens to determine the total number of objects to 100.

Their community helpers projects were so ADORABLE!!!!!  They were so proud to share them.  Before we shared them we spent some time talking about what it means to be a responsible citizen, how to speak in front of others and about appropriate listening skills while someone is presenting.  Next week we will begin our unit on pumpkins.

Poetry notebooks will come home Monday with their new pumpkin poem.  Thanks so much for taking the time to read through these poems!

Our 5th grade book buddies will be visiting on Thursday.  Make sure to ask your child who their book buddy is!

Our wonderful room moms are working on getting our class nlist up and running.  There will be signups for Mystery Reader, making playdough for our class, our Fall Rotation Day and our Winter Party.  If you have not yet signed up for nlist please take a minute to do so.  The directions are below.


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Have a wonderful weekend!!!


Weekly Update 10/13

Another week in the books!  Thanks to the pumpkin patch field trip, Book Fair and Fall Festival their was record excitement in the air.  Thanks again to our chaperones for helping keep kids safe and ensuring that everyone was loved and having a good time on their first kindergarten field trip.

We had a lot of fun working on the letters G and P.  I was blown away by their activity today.  They had to search for pictures of things that started with the letter P and I had hoped that they would be able to find maybe one or two but they were finding so many.  It was great.  For the next 2 weeks I will be administering PALS. (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening)  There is no need to prepare or even mention this to the children as I want this to be a stress free experience for them.

Our unit on positional words timed out perfectly with our field trip.  We were able to really enhance our understanding of words like under, below, above, inside, outside, between, beside and on top of using pumpkins and various objects around the room.  Next week, we will work on reading, writing and representing numbers through 20.

Each child should have an outline of a person in their orange folder.  Directions for this person can be found in their homework packet.  This homework will correlate with our unit on community helpers.

Picture Day is on Friday, October 20th.  We are scheduled to take ours a 9:05.  Information about ordering these pictures will be forthcoming.

There will be no new poem on Monday!  I will send notebooks home so they can practice reading the ones we have been working on.  Hopefully those sight words are becoming easier for them to read.

I think that is all for now.  Don’t forget to check out the Coyote Courier by clicking on the link below.

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Hope to see you all this evening.  I will be here from 4:30-5:30.

Take care,


Weekly Update 10/6

What a week of all things APPLES!!!  We had so much fun learning all about apples and the letter Aa.  Our apples diagrams, which are so adorable, are proudly hanging in our room to remind us of those important apple parts.  We also learned about Johnny Appleseed and his passion for apples.  We explored a few of the short a word families and even made homemade applesauce.  The room and hallways smelled so good!  Next week we will work on the letters P and G.

The kids were counting anywhere and everywhere they could this week!  We worked with tens frames and dice to help us become even more efficient counters.  Next week we will focus on directional words.  We will work on describing the location of one object relative to another (above, below, next to) and identifying representations of plane figures (circle, triangle, square, and rectangle) regardless of their positions and orientations in space.

Our Fall unit will continue into next week.  I am hoping that our weather gets the message that summer is over and that cooler temperatures need to start moving in!

We have a 1/2 day on Monday and our field trip on Wednesday!  Please dress accordingly for the field trip and pack your child’s lunch in a disposable bag.  Also, send in drinks that can be thrown away.  We have a nice group of chaperones joining us so the day should be a fun one.  We will be leaving here around 9:15 and plan on returning around 1.  Chaperones, I will send out an email Monday or Tuesday with other specific details.

I think that is all for now!  Don’t forget to check out the Coyote Courier by clicking on the link below.  Thanks for all your help at home and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.



Weekly Update 9/30

Goodbye September and hello Fall and October.  I am sure looking forward to more days with temperatures like today.

In language arts, we will be moving on from letters B and R to the wonderful world of all things Aa.  This will include Johnny Appleseed, homemade applesauce, -am, -at & -an word families and an adorable alligator craft.  Our handwriting books that we got this week are now filled with beautiful M’s, S’s, B’s and R’s. (upper and lowercase)

Our math unit on patterns proved to be very successful.  We built, identified, transferred and extended so many different patterns using colors, sounds, movement and objects.  I loved hearing them say that they could tell me what the core was!  (That’s the part that’s being repeated)  Next week we will work on counting a set of up to 10 objects.  Important vocabulary to listen out for is count, number, how many, identify, match, numeral, set and order.  One-on-one correspondence will also be something I will be working with them on.  Counting involves two separate skills: verbalizing the list (rote sequence counting) of standard number words in order (“one, two, three, …”) and connecting this sequence with the objects in the set being counted, using one-to-one correspondence.

Our unit on Fall seemed a bit off on the timing when it was still almost 90 degrees outside but we still enjoyed it nonetheless.  We didn’t get to finish our living and nonliving posters and our writing activity that goes with our painted fall trees so hopefully those will go home on Monday.  Next week we will explore more about Fall and discuss Johnny Appleseed.

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Weekly Update 9/22

Such a fun week in room 133!  We had a lot of fun learning about the letters M and S. We worked on proper formation of both the upper and lowercase letters, we identified their sound and created word charts that were filled with words that started with each of those letters.  Next week we are moving on to letters B and R.

In math we worked on sorting.  I even tried to trick them today by asking them to identify how I made me groups and they were spot on!  Next week we will begin patterning.  We will work to identify, describe, extend, create and transfer repeating patterns.  Some key vocabulary to listen out for is core, extend, create, transfer, repeating, pattern, next, compare. 

We concluded our unit on colors.  The hope is that they can identify, read and maybe even spell our color words.  We have our color poem displayed in the classroom so they can use when writing or reading.

Our science unit for the upcoming week will be on the season of Fall.  I am definitely ready for some cooler temperatures!  We will be using our 5 senses to help us better understand the beauty of this special time of year.

The kids are doing so well with our routines and expectations.  This week especially their fun personalities have started to shine.  Thanks for all your help with homework, library books and emptying their orange folders on a daily basis.  Poetry notebooks will be coming home on Monday.  Our sight words for that poem are I, am and is.

I think that is all for now.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  Don’t forget to check out the Coyote Courier by clicking on the link below.



Weekly Update 9/15

Week two is in the books!  It was a great week and I so enjoyed seeing you all yesterday evening.  Thanks for taking the time to come out.  I completely appreciate how much we all juggle so thanks for doing what you could to spend some time in our classroom.

We had so much fun learning about our colors.  So far, we have explored the colors brown, red, yellow, blue and green.  We learned a new song for every color so the hope is that they can at least recognize, and maybe even spell some of the colors mentioned. Next week we will move on to the colors pink and purple, black, white, orange and then rainbow!  That’s always a funny day because the kids try and wear as many colors as possible.  Remember to wear pink and/or purple on Monday.

This week in math we finished our unit on plane shapes.  We sorted and classified them and even had some one on one time so they could tell me all they knew about shapes. It was so adorable hearing some of them say vertices!!!!  Next week, we will broaden our focus to sorting and classifying objects based on their attributes.  Some key vocabulary words for this unit will be sort, classify, size, shape, color, attribute, larger, smaller, thicker and thinner.

During our language arts period this week we will begin our study of the letters M and S. We will immerse ourselves in things related to those two letters… literature, handwriting, sound identification, crafts, etc.  Please encourage them at home to practice writing and identifying these letters, making the letter sounds and naming objects that begin or end with those letters.

Our new poem about colors will be coming home in the poetry notebook on Monday. Homework notebooks came home today along with the new homework.  Remember these notebooks are not due back until Friday.  Poetry notebooks should come back by Wednesday or Thursday.

I think that is all for now.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Don’t forget to check out the Coyote Courier link,

Take care!



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