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.

Please take a second to read over our weekly Coyote Courier.

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.

Please remember to check out the Coyote Courier by clicking on the link below.

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!!!!

Don’t forget to check out the Coyote Courier!

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

Weekly Update 12/4

It’s snowing!!!!  The excitement level was through the roof today!  We have been watching the forecasts and the radar so they were fully anticipating it starting by the time they went outside for recess.  I have a feeling their excitement levels won’t be too different next week as it is spirit week and the last week before winter break.  Next week will be all things fun!  Our spirit week schedule is as follows:

Thank you to all who have signed up to send in items for our holiday party!  It should be a lot of fun.

Don’t forget to check out our Coyote Courier:

December 8, 2017

I think that is all for now.  Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the snow!  I am a little worried because I have 10 boys spending the night with Luke to celebrate his 11th birthday!!!

Take care,

Meredith Betke

Weekly Update 12/1

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!  Happy December 1st.  This time of year always makes me so grateful to work with children, especially kindergartners, because their excitement for the season is so visible and infectious.  We hung a few lights around the room and it just makes it feel so magical.  I told the kids today that if your family sends out holiday cards to please bring one into class.  We have an adorable card holder and it’s always fun to see everyone’s family.

Our language arts unit focused on the letter H this week and our rotations helped widen their understanding of this letter.  Next week we will explore the letters F and W.  Reading groups continue to go well and their book bags are filling up with books that they can read and a few that challenge their reading comfort levels.

Our unit on graphs was super fun.  Today we went up to Ms. Strauss’ 5th grade classroom and interviewed the big 5th graders to complete our graphs on favorite color, favorite animal or favorite sport.  They did so great gathering information and using that information to construct their graph.  Next week we will begin our unit on recognizing and describing part-whole relationships for numbers up to 5.  Some essential questions that we will explore throughout the week are:

  • How can we look at an image and recognize parts of a set up to five without counting? (dot images, rekenreks, tiles, toothpicks, dice)
  • How can we use manipulatives to describe parts in set up to five? (five frame, counters, unifix cubes, beads)
  • How can we use manipulatives to describe parts in a set for numbers up to ten? (ten frames, five frames, counters, unifix cubes, beads)

We had a blast with our unit on magnets!  On Monday, we had a visit from Mrs. Young, our Young Scientist instructor.  On Thursday, Mr. Martin, our Watchdog, was able to work with two magnet sets we had to further encourage their understanding of magnets. We also had a tech lesson with Mr. C that day that incorporated technology and magnets.  I will send an invitation home on Monday to join your child’s account on Seesaw so that you can see what we did.  It’s super cool!

Next week, we will begin our unit on Holidays around the world.  I look forward to sharing the holiday homework packets on December 8th.  We will also explore the concept of wants and needs.  This should go along perfectly with the holiday season!

Information regarding our class holiday party will be forthcoming!

Don’t forget to check out the Coyote Courier as it has pertinent information for the upcoming month.

Coyote Courier 12-1

I think that is all for now.  Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to a fast and furious next two weeks!!!! 🙂

Meredith Betke

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.

Coyote Courier


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