Weekly Update 5/11

What a week!!!!!  I have felt the love from each and every one of you.  Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy lives to make me feel so appreciated.  I am truly so blessed.


We had a great week learning about Eric Carle, his illustration and his main characters,  We also learned about lines of symmetry, equal halves and the life cycle of frogs.  We, of course, made it a priority to get something special made for the moms!  Hoping those make it home safely.

For the next two weeks, our language arts focus will be on Fairy Tales.  It is such a fun few weeks for all.  We will also continue to focus on fractions over the next week in math.

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Week of May 14-18

Have a wonderful weekend and a sincere wish to all the moms that your day is filled with love, laughter, and precious memories.

~Meredith B

Weekly Update 5/4

Well I can’t complain about it being cold this week!  Phew, it was warm outside during our recess.  I am grateful for all the sun though.  I can’t remember a week when we didn’t have rain.

What a fun week we had learning about Mo Willems!  Our language arts block focused on all things Pigeon, Piggie, Gerald and Knuffle Bunny.  The best was their genuine excitement for reading all of the Mo Willems books that we checked out over the week. Next week, we will move onto Eric Carle.

Our math unit focused on subtraction, addition, fact families and word problems.  They have gotten so good at pulling out the important information when reading word problems and number sentences.  Next week our focus will be on fractions.

Our science unit was all things plants and learning to differentiate between living and non-living organisms, identifying their basic needs, understanding their life cycles distinguishing the various types of seeds.  Next science topic will be the frog life cycle!

The following is a message from Mrs. Hyman.  We are all looking forward to Lisa Johnson’s visit next week.

Hello Kindergarten Families!

We are excited to tell you that our Library Learning Commons will be hosting a local author, Lisa Johnson on May 9th for our kindergarten classes only.  Yay! Her new book, the Butterfly Hunt is a book about fun, being outside, observing, learning and sharing of ideas between a grandmother and her grandchildren.  The characters explore the life cycle of butterflies as they experience laughing and pretending.  It is a perfect companion to our students’ science curriculum and study of butterflies! In addition, we are excited to welcome the illustrator of the book to talk with our students about drawing and the joy of creating picture books! If you are interested in ordering her book ($15 per paperback copy), please check your child’s backpack for a flyer and form that went home Wednesday. If you need a new form, you can download and print one HERE. Questions?  Please contact our school librarian, Shannon Hyman schyman@henrico.k12.va.us . Thank you for joining us in supporting local authors and developing a love of reading in our students.

Make sure to mark your calendars for June 6th.  The kindergarten classes will be performing at 8:30 am.  More information will be forthcoming.

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Coyote Courier May 7-11

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Meredith B

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!

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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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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