Weekly Update 4/20

It is hard to believe that we are officially in the last quarter of the year.  This time of year is always filled with mixed emotions.  Everyone has come so far and it’s hard to believe that in due time I will have to say goodbye to them.

We have wrapped up our study of blends and are excited to move on to compound words, ABC order and punctuation.   Two of our reading groups presented their plays to the class and did a fantastic job.  Our next set of groups have been introduced to their plays and will study their characters and lines and hopefully perform next week.

Our subtraction unit is going great and we will continue with this skill into next week.  We deviated just a tad today and worked on some number riddles which they really seemed to enjoy.

Our study of maps and globes has been an enjoyable one and will also carry over into the following week.  They began working on their own community maps today.  Each map will include a key, a title and a compass rose.

It’s official!  We have 5 chrysalises!!!!  The process has been really neat to watch and hopefully over the next 7-10 days we will be releasing butterflies!

Next week should be an exciting week.  We have our field trip on Wednesday and field day on Friday.  I wish I could take everyone that requested to be a chaperone but unfortunately they give us an allotment.  Thanks in advance to those parents that will be joining us.  I am so thankful that we don’t have to worry about the weather!

Coyote Courier April 23-27

Have a wonderful weekend!

Meredith B



Weekly Update 4/13

What a great week back from spring break.  Our snowy Monday seems forever ago!!!  Hope everyone survived the early alarms, packing lunches, picking out outfits and earlier bedtimes.

In language arts, we starting learning all about blends.  These are a little different from the digraphs, sh, th, ch and wh, that we learned about earlier because the blends actually retain their sounds. (sm…smell, sn…snake)  They did great with these and will hopefully extend this knowledge into their reading and writing.  Two of our reading groups have started a reader’s theater which has been a hoot to listen to.  They will hopefully present these plays to the class on Tuesday and then our next two groups will begin working on their plays.

In math we continued our focus on addition and even started working on math word problems of the day.  We focused on writing a number sentence, what the plus and equal sign look like, understanding that the word sum means answer,  putting the bigger number in our head and then counting on and imagining a number line and taking jumps as we add two numbers.  We will continue to explore the world of math problems next week as well.

Our science unit focused on the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle.  They have some really cute flip books in their orange folders so definitely check those out.  They were fascinated to learn that clothes and shoes can be made using recycled plastic.  Next week, we will learn more about maps and globes.  Our caterpillars came in yesterday so we are super excited to watch their transformation over the next couple of weeks.

We finally were able to get out and work in our outdoor courtyard today.  It felt so nice to do a little work while breathing in the outside air!

Don’t forget to send in permission slips and money for our upcoming field trip to the Children’s Museum.

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Coyote Courier April 16-20

I think that is all for now,  Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing the kids back on Monday for their first Career day.  It is also a half day so please make sure to let me know if there are any changes in transportation.

Take care,

Meredith B


Weekly Update 3/30

We made it to spring break!!!  Woohoo!!  I hope that everyone is at least able to enjoy some later mornings and a week filled with laughter and lots of love.  It is hard to believe that we are just about 3/4’s of the way through the year.  The kids are coming home with some cute bunnies that we drew today.  We even wrote a few sentences about these bunnies.

We had a great week learning about the digraphs th and wh and will start moving onto blends when we return.  I have encouraged everyone to read over the break so that we don’t lose any of the momentum we have built up this year.

Our math unit was extra fun because what better way to understand addition than playing games with a partner.  We will continue with this unit when we get back.

I can’t say enough things about their habitats.  They all seemed to have so much fun researching, learning, creating, teaching, sharing and building these past two weeks.  We will proudly display these dioramas in the library so they won’t be coming home just yet.  We were also able to experiment with items that either sink or float which is always fun in kindergarten.  Anything with water makes for a fun activity.

Our Arts Festival last night was a huge success!  I was so proud of the kids and thrilled to see them so excited to perform.  Thanks for coming out and supporting our school.

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Coyote Courier March 30

I think that is all for now.  Have a wonderful break and I will see everyone back on April 9th.

Meredith B.

Weekly Update 3/16

Happy almost St. Patrick’s Day!  You’ll have to ask the kids what we walked into this morning!!!  Unfortunately, we never caught a leprechaun so weren’t able to split a huge pot of gold between us.We did had a wonderful visit with Mrs. Cooling (Matthew’s mom) who shared lots of wonderful things about Ireland and their traditions.  We are still hopeful that Matthew will take us all with him when he goes back for a visit!

Our language arts unit focused on the ch digraph.  We sorted words with ch at the beginning and then words with the digraph at the end,  wrote sentences with ch words and of course spent the week finding and reading as many ch words as we could!  Next week we will move onto the sh digraph.

Our math unit on money is going great!  Next week we will continue to identify and maybe even count some different combinations of money.  They quickly made the connection that money and skip counting go hand in hand.

Next week our science unit will focus on matter.  We will have our last visit with a Young Scientist instructor who will introduce solids, liquids and gases.  This is usually a fun week as they expand their understanding of all the solids, liquids and gases that are all around us!

Please take a moment to read through the Coyote Courier and as always let me know if you have any questions.

Coyote Courier March 16

Take care and hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Weekly Update 2/23

Oh my, what a week!!!!  From walking the runway to walking down the aisle, we had another fantastic week in kindergarten.

Our adorable Q and U –

The wedding party –

The Q’s side of the bridal party –

Maggie caught the Q’s bouquet –

The U’s side of the bridal party –

And the reception –

Next week, our language arts unit will be all things Dr. Seuss  The following is a copy of the school wide spirit week.

Measurement will be our unit of study in math.  We will look to compare two objects or events using one or more of the following attributes: length, height, weight, temperature, volume and time.

Our social studies unit will focus on American symbols and recognizing past events and contributions associated with Betsy Ross.

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Coyote Courier Feb. 26-Mar. 2

I think that is all for now. Have a great weekend and I will see everyone back on Monday.

P.S.  Don’t forget Thursday, March 1st is a 1/2 day.  Dismissal will begin at 11:00 am.

Take care,

Meredith B

Weekly Update 2/16

Happy 96th day of school!!!  It’s hard to believe we are so close to 100th day.  I am super excited to see all the different t-shirts for our fashion show on Thursday, February 22nd.  Please reference the past two blog updates for information on these t-shirts.  There was also a yellow half sheet that went home this week that will need to be filled out by each student.  I will make sure to take lots of pictures and post them to the blog.

We had a great week learning about the letter V and it tied in so nicely with Valentine’s Day.  I was so proud of how excited the kids were to give their classmates their valentines.  They were so intentional with their cards and were really proud to have thought of everyone.  Thanks for your help at home with these.  Next week we are moving on to the letter Q and where there is a Q there is a u!  We will, for sure, have some fun with these letters and we will even have a wedding ceremony to unite the two letters.

In math, we will do all things 100!  This will include counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, making different coin combinations that equal 100 and making various comparisons with 100 pennies.

Our social studies unit will focus on President’s Day and George Washington.  Please note that we do have school on Monday.

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Coyote Courier Feb. 19-23

I think that is all for now!  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Meredith B



Weekly Update 2/9

TGIF!!!!  It was another great week at KES, and per our usual, there was a lot going on!  We had a great time celebrating World Read Aloud Day and the costumes, school wide, were super cute!

Our language arts study of the letter e was a success and next week we will be moving on to the letter V.  This will be perfect since Valentine day falls on Wednesday.  We will be exchanging Valentines on that day so please make sure your child send theirs in by that morning.  Our class list can be found on the blog entry from last week.  Please let me know if you have any trouble locating that.

I wanted to clarify the poem situation that may be a little confusing with what the homework sheet is saying.  I seem to be a week ahead of what is coming home on the homework sheet.  We will not have a new poem this Monday but will instead take the week to review older poems so that we can get aligned with the schedule.  A Valentine’s day poem will come home next Monday.  Hope that makes sense!!

100th day is fast approaching!!  We are looking forward to our fashion show with 100 day homemade shirts!

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Please keep it simple and fun!  This would be a great time to review before and after, counting by 5’s and 10’s and patterning.   You may use an old t-shirt around the house as well as simple household items to iron or glue onto the t-shirt.  More detailed information will be coming home on Monday or Tuesday.  At this point, we will celebrate 100th day on Thursday, February 22nd.

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Coyote Courier 2-9

Have a wonderful weekend,

Meredith Betke


Weekly Update 2/2

6 more weeks of winter!  I am not sure how I feel about that forecast.  Despite the outcome, the kids were certainly excited to watch the replay of the shadow viewing from Punxsutawney, Pa.  People in that community take this event very seriously!!!  Dressed in tuxedos and starting their day well before the sun came up.

We had a great week learning more about the letter u.  We talked about the long and short u sound and most of our weekly rotations supported this understanding.  Next week we will move onto letter e.  Our sight word challenge is starting to pick up speed and I have more kids eager to get to the next level.  Thanks for practicing those words inside your child’s orange folder!  Our challenge has a total of 20 lists so keep up the encouragement and help so that they can reach the top!!

Our math unit on number sense allowed us the opportunity for several fun games this week.  Today’s scoot was especially fun as they worked with partners to solve mystery cards.  Next week, we will continue with this unit as well as developing our daily calendar skills.  100th day is fast approaching and we are hoping to try something a little different this year.  We have, in the past, dressed up as 100 year olds but this year we are thinking about having a fashion show with shirts decorated with 100 items. We will need your help with this, but are definitely wanting to keep it fun and simple.  You may use an old t-shirt around the house as well as simple household items to iron or glue onto the t-shirt.  Check out the picture below for some ideas.  More detailed information will follow as we get closer to the date.  Of course, with our 6 more weeks of winter forecast there may or may not be another snow day. 🙂

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We had so much fun learning about shadows and enjoyed our lesson with Mrs. Young the scientist.  We explored natural vs made man sources of light, translucent vs opaque and how shadows change their placement based on the position of the sun.  Next week, we will begin our unit on Abraham Lincoln.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  We will have an exchange during class but no “party.”  You may either purchase Valentines or have your child make homemade Valentines.  Small tokens, pencils or erasers may accompany these cards.  Edible treats or candy are not permitted per KES policy.  We will make an over sized heart/Valentine card holder in class so there is no need to make one at home for our class exchange.  We do have 16 students so please make sure to have enough for all of our sweet friends.  Some children may just wish to write who the card is from rather than include who it is to.  If your child wants to include the to here is our class list:

















I think that is all from my end.  Don’t forget to check out the Coyote Courier.

February 5-9

Have a wonderful weekend!

Meredith Betke

Weekly Update 1/26

Hard to believe that this was the first five day week for the kids since the week of December 11th!  I think everyone is glad to be back in the swing of things.  We spend some of the week getting caught up on things that we missed because of the snow but moving into next week we should be back on track.

In language arts, we finished with our short o word families.  This also included an opposite day that was certainly entertaining as they would try create opposite sentences and opposite word pairs.  We studied the letter X today and found that this letter, so far, has been the most challenging to create our “letter of the week/day stands for chart.”  Next week, we will be moving onto the letter U.

Our math unit focused on reading, writing and representing numbers to 20.  We are so close to finishing our packets so hopefully those will come home next week.  I was super impressed with their efforts with these.  Hardly any backwards numbers!!!!  Our daily calendar sessions are also going above and beyond our earlier calendar experiences.  Addition and subtraction sentences are being written, patterns are being noticed, skip counting with 2’s, 5’s and 10’s is happening at a faster pace and information is being gathered from our daily weather graph.  Each day I have a helper and each day my role is becoming smaller and smaller as they become more comfortable taking the lead.

We concluded our unit on winter animals, although there is still so much left to enjoy that I am sure this will be a continued topic over the next couple of weeks.  I hope they shared with you our experiment with blubber!!!!  Next week we will be learning more about shadows.  We will also have another lesson with Young Scientists.

Poetry notebooks will come home on Tuesday!

Homework notebooks are looking great so thank you for your continued support with those.

Don’t forget to encourage your child to check out new books often.  They have the ability to get to the library every day if they so choose.

I think that is all for now.  Please take a moment to check out the Coyote Courier as it has a lot of information.

January 29-February 2

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing the kids back on Tuesday.


Weekly Update 1/12

Happy New Year!!!!  I am still trying to adjust to what day and year it is!  We had a wonderful 3 day week at KES.  I was so glad to have everyone back and was even more thrilled to welcome our new student Claire.  All the students have welcomed her with open arms and have kindly helped her transition to Kaechele Elementary.

We jumped right back into the swing of things and learned more about the letters K and O.  Next week we will explore the short o word families.  I met with reading groups today and no one seemed to miss a beat!  We have added Snowman, Snowman what do you see? to our bag of books.

Our math unit on one more and one less went well.  Math is super fun to teach because many of the skills can be reinforced through games.  New week we will move onto rote counting to 50.  Thanks for all your help at home.  Truly, there is math everywhere and the more they experience it the more natural it comes to them.

We are looking forward to our unit on Martin Luther King, Jr.  We have been challenged to do something kind for someone on Monday our day off in honor of Dr. King.  Please feel free to share any ideas the children make come up with!   We will also explore the world of winter animals.  Penguins and polar bears are the animals we will spend some time comparing and contrasting.

Don’t forget to encourage your child to practice their sight words.  These sight words can be found stapled in their orange folders.  Some students do not have lists in their folders because they have already mastered all 20 lists!!!!

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January 15-19


I believe that is all for now.  As always please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Take care,

Meredith Betke