March 20

March 20, 2020

 

Dear Families,

 

The world’s a little confusing for all of us right now—grown ups and little ones alike—but one thing’s for sure, when you’re safe at home with family, everything feels a whole lot better. Henrico County Public Schools has extended the closure and now school is CLOSED until Tuesday, April 14th.

 

As you have probably noticed this week in working with your child, the HCPS Distance Learning Packet that you received has enough engaging activities to last the entire closure period. For more information, please visit the HCPS Distance Learning site: https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/hcpsdistancelearning/kg-1

 

We also ask that you please continue some of the routines you had in place before the closure.

 

Please realize your child does not have to do online work during this closure. It is NOT required. It’s just a suggestion for those who would like to do more or can access online resources. If you do not have access, focus on the Distance Learning Packet activities (which do not require internet or electronics).

A message from Mrs. Bushey, our school counselor: In these uncertain times, it is so important that we take care of ourselves – both physically and mentally. Lots of thoughts and feelings will arise during this time. This link includes resources about how to talk to students about the Coronavirus, how to deal with fear and anxiety, mindfulness strategies, and coping skills, please visit http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/blbushey

We miss our little ones. Please let them know they are welcome to email us a message or picture anytime. We will be checking our email daily, please reach out if you have any questions/concerns. I sincerely hope each and every one of you and your loved ones stay healthy over the next few weeks.

 

The Kindergarten Team

March 13

Dear Families,

Starting Monday, March 16, Henrico County Public Schools will be closed for students for two full weeks of school (through Friday, March 27). Henrico County Public Schools will continue to assess the situation and decide later if we need to extend this period of closure. You will be notified as soon as possible of all changes.

Coming home in folders today we are including a Distance Learning Packet. Please complete this packet with your child over the next two-weeks. Any students that complete the assignments and return the packet when school reopens will earn TWO trips to the treasure chest!

Students also checked out additional library books today to use with their packet activities and have extra reading materials. Also, students will bring home some supplies and a few blank sheets of white copy paper.  Please return the scissors when we return to school.  MobyMax and RAZ Kids continue to be available online resources that can help create a familiar classroom routine of learning while at home.

Every Kindergarten teacher reviewed the packet and expectations of its completion with students today. The packet contains four (4) assignments:

  • What’s the Weather? : Students will have FUN observing, investigating, and tracking the weather. Students will observe and identify daily weather conditions (sunny, rainy, cloudy, snowy, windy, warm, hot, cool, and cold); predict daily weather based on basic observable conditions (watch/check the weather forecast if possible); and, chart daily weather conditions.
  • Choice Board: These engaging family activities will help students continue actively learning in Reading/Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies while giving them an opportunity to choose their own learning experience.
  • Reading, Language Arts, and Writing: Again, students are able to choose activities that help them stay in a routine of reviewing solid and rigorous literacy skills. The charts and worksheets needed to complete some of the activities are included in the packet.
  • Math: Along with a 120 Chart, Ten Frames, and Digit Cards (the digit cards will need to be cut apart for some of the activities), students can cover many areas of number sense development by selecting activities that will help them practice and strengthen skills we have been working on in class.

 

We hope your family will use these two weeks to really dive into learning with your child. Enjoy this time together and make it fun! Take care of yourselves during this unpredictable time. We wish you exceptional health, positive learning experiences, and great family memories.

The Kindergarten Team

 

 

 

 

March 2-6

We have had a busy week! We have enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss books and dressing for the theme each day! We had some wacky dressers on Wednesday! On Friday we had green eggs (in pictures) from Dr. Seuss! Thank you for the parents that came in to read to our class! We are continuing counting and writing numbers to 20. The class enjoyed learning about things that sink & float and predicting first what the object will do? Do you know that pumpkins float?

 

 

Language Arts:  Retelling (Fairy Tale books)

Use story elements of characters, setting, and events to retell stories sequentially using beginning, middle and ending.

 Identify text features specific to topic, such as titles, headings, and pictures.

Poem: Fairy Tales

Words: she, with, her

Phonics:  ENDING digraphs

Math:  Reading, Writing, Representing Numbers to 20

Social Studies:  Maps and Globes

Upcoming Dates:

March 9-13- Book Fair Open

March 12- PTO Spaghetti Dinner

March 13-Field trip to Children’s Museum

March 30- STEAM/Half Day for Students

April 2- Career Day

April 6-13- Spring Break 

April 16- K Registration for next year 

April 17 -Field Day

Mrs. Bushy is looking for volunteers for Career Day!  Please see this flyer for more information and to RSVP by March 11: Career Day – Call for Presenters & Touch-a-Truck

Please remember that our homework is the Dr. Seuss paper and bookmark that is due on Monday! New homework will go home this coming week. Keep reading for homework too! I am so proud of my students! Everyone is reading!

Have an awesome weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

Feb. 24-28

We have had an awesome and fun week in Room 18! 

We have read lots of Kevin Henkes books and the students are practicing asking their own questions to the class about books that we have read! We continue to learn new sight words each week. We have learn 4 new sounds which are diagraphs! Ask your child about “The H Brothers” and what happens when you had an H to some letters.

We are counting backwards from 10 and continue to practice counting by 1’s to 100! I am so proud of how far everyone is counting!

In Science we have learned about Solids, Liquids, and Gases. We finished up this unit making Ice Cream Floats! The kids loved adding a solid (ice cream) to their liquid (7up) to make a gas!

 

Next week’s Agenda:

Language Arts:  Retelling (Fairy Tale books)

Use story elements of characters, setting, and events to retell stories sequentially using beginning, middle and ending.

 Identify text features specific to topic, such as titles, headings, and pictures.

Poem: Fairy Tales

Words: she, with, her

Phonics:  ENDING digraphs

 Math:  Reading, Writing, Representing Numbers to 20

Social Studies:  Maps and Globes

 

Upcoming Events:

February 28- Q3 Interims -please sign and return interims

March 2- Read Across America Day.-please sign up to read to our class!

March 3- Student Holiday/Staff Clerical Day

March 6- Spring Picture Day!

March 9- Spring Book Fair!

March 13– Children’s Museum Field Trip-please send in $9 and permission slip. We have our chaperones for the bus but you may meet us there or follow the bus!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

 

Feb. 17-21

This week we have finished our study of famous African Americans such as Arthur Ashe , Maggie Walker, and Martin Luther King. We have been counting by 10’s to 100 and enjoying counting our collections with a buddy that were sent in. We have learned all diagraphs in reading: sh, ch, th, wh. Ask your child to tell you the story of the “H Brothers” and the sounds these diagraphs make. We continue to work on spelling CVC words. 

We had so much fun on Monday, Steam Day. It was centered around 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. We built beds to hold 5 monkeys, dropped paper bananas in a cup, catapulted monkeys across the crocodiles, and did directed monkey drawings!

 

More pictures from 100 day and also we love Cosmic Yoga!

Next week’s Agenda:

Language Arts:  Questioning (Kevin Henkes books)

Ask and answer questions about what is read.

Identify text features specific to topic, such as titles, headings, and pictures.

Poem: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Words: got, into

Phonics:  Review digraphs-sh, ch, th, wh

Essential Questions:

Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

 Math:  Count backwards from 10 

The student will count backward orally by ones when given any number between 1 and 10.

Science: Phases of Water-solid, liquid, gas

The student will investigate and understand that water flows and has properties that can be observed and tested.

Essential Questions

What are the three phases of water?

 How can water change?

 What can we do to water to make it change to another phase?

 What changes did you observe when the ice cube was sitting on the desk? What caused the changes?

 What can you do to a glass of ice cubes to make the ice cubes melt faster? Slower?

 Where do you think water in an open cup will go if the cup is left out in the sun?

Upcoming Events:

February 26- PTO Spirit Night at McDonald’s

February 28- Q3 Interims 

March 2- Read Across America Day…more details coming soon!

March 3- Student Holiday/Staff Clerical Day

March 6- Spring Picture Day!

March 9- Spring Book Fair!

March 13– Field Trip

Have an awesome weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

Feb. 10-14

What a fun and exciting week! 100th day, Valentine’s Day, and Paw Achievement day! The kids had a blast! Thank you! Thank you! We couldn’t do it without you sending in 100th day snacks, valentines, items for making snow and ice cream sundaes!

The students enjoyed dressing as 100 year olds and sharing their collections.  We will keep the collections as we will use them to group into 10’s and count to 100 next week!

Next week’s agenda:

Language Arts: Non-fiction Texts: Questioning

Ask and answer questions about what is read.

 Identify text features specific to topic, such as titles, headings, and pictures.

Poem: Jack and Jill

Words: down, went

Phonics:  compare digraph /ch/ /sh/, intro /th/

 Math:  Count objects by 10’s to 100 

The student will  count forward by tens to determine the total number of objects to 100.   

Social Studies: African American/Community History 

 The student will recognize that history describes events and people from other times and places by

  1. a) identifying examples of historical events, stories, and legends that describe the development of the local community; and
  2. b) identifying the people who helped establish and lead the local community over time.

Big Idea

Recognize that history describes events and people from other times and places. 

Describe the contributions of African Americans who helped changed the lives of Americans.

Dates to remember:

February 3-February 21-Our Trevvett Family is participating in the “Pennies for Patients” project. Students can bring in change to drop in our classroom collection box. These funds will go to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Thanks for helping to serve our community!

Monday, February 17-Steam Day- Half Day Dismissal at 11am

Thank you for sending me so much Love on Valentine’s Day! I got so many cards, chocolates, stuffed animals, and even a balloon!

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

 

Feb. 3-7

Our class is so excited about next week! 100th day and Valentine’s Day! We can’t wait!

Next week’s Agenda:

Language Arts: Valentine Stories

Poem: Hibernation Song

Words: come, when

Phonics:  compare digraph /ch/ /sh/

Essential Questions: 

How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

 Math:  Count objects by 10’s to 100 

The student will count forward by tens to determine the total number of objects to 100.     

Vocabulary: count, forward, backward, before, after, amount, order

Social Studies: Lincoln/Washington/President’s Day 

The student will develop an understanding of how communities express patriotism through events and symbols by recognizing the holidays. 

Essential Questions
When and why is Presidents’ Day commemorated?

What are some of the ways that communities commemorate Presidents’ Day?

Dates to remember:

2/10 Report Cards go home/Classroom Awards-7:45-8:00

2/12 100th day collections due! Count your items by 10’s or 1’s, put in a baggie with your name! Parents send in snacks for this fun day!

2/13 Celebrate 100th Day, Hooray! Remember to dress up as if you are 100! Get creative with glasses, hair, outfits!

2/14 Valentines Day Party/Paw Achievement-remember your valentines!

2/17 Steam Day-Half Day Dismissal -11am

A note came home this week about the Valentine’s Day Party. We have 21 students. A list of student names also came home for the students to address their valentines. Thank you for signing up to send in items!

Please sign up to help with snacks for the 100th day of school!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094CACAF23A0FA7-100th3

Flowers for Friends

To continue spreading kindness next week, the SCA is hosting a flower sale and delivering all flowers on Valentine’s Day! Pre-orders will be taken in the lobby on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until 7:50am. Money is due at the time of order, and flowers are a dollar a piece. Flowers will be delivered Friday morning! Send a carnation to a friend or staff member. The sale is open to everyone! Email or call Ms. Bushey with any questions and see the below flyer for more information.

Flowers for Friends

Have a great weekend! Please contact me with any questions!

Mrs. Haskins

Jan 28-31

 

This week we have had fun reading books about Groundhogs. We are excited to find out if the Groundhog sees his shadow on Sunday! In science, we are learning about shadows, what makes a shadow and experimenting with flashlights. We are hoping for some sun next week so we can do some science experiments outside with shadows. 

In math we are comparing objects by length (longer, shorter) and height (taller, shorter). We will continue this study next week! We are also learning the months of the year and practicing saying our birthdays. Ask your child when his/her birthday is.

 We picked bats to research last week since they hibernate. Here is our bat video!

Next week’s agenda:

Language Arts:  Relate previous experiences (Polar Bear Stories)

Poem: It’s a Very Special Day

Words: day, we, happy

Phonics:  intro digraph /sh/

Essential Questions: 

How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

Math:  Measurement Comparisons

The student will compare two objects or events, using direct comparisons, according to one or more of the following attributes: length (longer, shorter), height (taller, shorter), weight (heavier, lighter), temperature (hotter, colder), volume (more, less), and time (longer, shorter).

Vocabulary: length, longer, shorter, height, taller, shorter, weight, heavier, lighter, temperature, hotter, colder, volume, more, less, time, compare

Essential questions:

  • What does it mean to measure something?
  • When do we need to measure length?  
  • When do we need to measure height?  

Science: Shadows

The student will investigate and understand that shadows occur when light is blocked by an object. Key concepts include a) shadows occur in nature when sunlight is blocked by an object; and b) shadows can be produced by blocking artificial light sources.
Essential Terms

blocked — when one object gets in the way of another object

 light — brightness produced by the sun, a flashlight, electric light, or fire 

shadow — a shaded area made by an object blocking light

 sun — our main source of light and heat on Earth

Dates to remember:

2/6 Parent Teacher Conferences-3:00-7:00

2/10 Report Cards go home/Classroom Awards-7:45-8:00

2/12 100th day collections due

2/13 Celebrate 100th Day, Hooray!

2/14 Valentines Day Party/Paw Achievement

2/17 Steam Day-Half Day Dismissal -11am

A note will come home next week about the Valentine’s Day Party. We have 21 students. I will be sending a list of student names home for the students to address their valentines.

Here is a link to the sign up for our Valentine’s Day/PAW Achievement Parties. Please sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094CACAF23A0FA7-snow

Also please sign up for Parent teacher Conferences on Feb. 6 from 3:00-6:30 PM.  To select your time,  please visit the URL below:

https://tinyurl.com/yx3fkhca

Thank you for your time and for signing up! As always let me know if you have questions!

Mrs. Haskins

Jan. 21-24

We have had lots of fun learning this week!

In reading this week, we researched Bats since they are hibernating animals. Every day we wrote new facts we learned about bats from reading books and researching on Pebblego.  We are currently making a video of each child recording something they learned about bats! Ask your child to tell you something they know. You’ll be surprised!

In math, we finished learning number bonds to 3.

The children enjoyed learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. this week. We know that his birthday was in January and he wanted all people to be treated equally.

 

 

Next week’s agenda: 

Language Arts:Relate previous experiences

Poem: Little Groundhog

Words: will, they, out

Phonics:  intro digraph /ch/

Essential Questions: 

How can I connect this story with myself?  How can I connect this story with another book? How can I connect this story with the world?

Math:  Measurement Comparisons

The student will compare two objects or events, using direct comparisons, according to one or more of the following attributes: length (longer, shorter), height (taller, shorter), weight (heavier, lighter), temperature (hotter, colder), volume (more, less), and time (longer, shorter).

Vocabulary: length, longer, shorter, height, taller, shorter, weight, heavier, lighter, temperature, hotter, colder, volume, more, less, time, compare

  • What does it mean to measure something?
  • When do we need to measure length?  
  • When do we need to measure height?  

Science: Shadows

The student will investigate and understand that shadows occur when light is blocked by an object. Key concepts include a) shadows occur in nature when sunlight is blocked by an object; and b) shadows can be produced by blocking artificial light sources.

  • How is a shadow produced (made)?
  • Who or what produces shadows?
  • How can shadows change?
  • Select an object, and create the shadow of that object.

 How are the object and its shadow alike? How are they different? What will happen to the shadow if the light is moved?

Upcoming dates:

1/27 Student Holiday

1/28 Family Valentine Project Due-this will go in the hall!

2/6 Parent Teacher Conferences-3:00-7:00

2/10 Report Cards go home/Classroom Awards

2/12 100th day collections due

2/13 Celebrate 100th Day, Hooray!

2/14 Valentines Day Party 

2/17 Half Day Dismissal -11am

Please turn Family Valentine Project in by Wednesday to go into the hall for February!

Keep reading with your child and practicing Rainbow Words!

Thanks for all you do and let me know if you ever have questions!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs. Haskins

Jan. 13-17

This week we have been busy learning about snow stories. We finally got colder weather today! We have been predicting what will happen next in our stories. We’ve read the poem “Snowflakes, snowflakes” and knew many of the words in this poem. Please keep practicing those rainbow words at home! We are beginning to write sentences on our own, using capital letter first, using word wall words, punctuation, and sounding out CVC (3 letter words). Wow! That’s a lot!

In math, we have learned games to reinforce Part/part/whole. For example, 2 and 1, 3 and 0, 0 and 3, 1 and 2 make 3! We will continue this next week.

In science, we finished up learning about magnets. The students enjoyed searching for objects in the room that are attracted to magnets and drawing these items in their journals. Ask you child what some of these things were!

   

Agenda for next week:

Language Arts:

The student will conduct research to answer questions or solve problems using available resources. We will research Bats!

Poem: Snowman

Words: Review

Phonics:  short a/o/i/u/e medial sounds, blending

-What hibernating animal do we want to learn more about? What do we already know about our hibernating animal?  What else do we want to know? Where can we find information about our animal? What did we learn? How can we share our information with others?

What do you predict will happen next?  What clues helped you? Did it happen?

Math:  Part-Part-Whole (cont’d)

The student will recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 3

Social Studies:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The student will recognize that history describes events and people of other times and places by identifying the people and events honored by the holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Upcoming Events:

Monday, Jan. 20-Holiday-Martin Luther King- NO School

Monday, Jan. 27- NO School-Student Holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 28- Family Valentine Heart project due. These will go in the hall sleeves. Let me know if you need another copy! Please decorate the heart and write sentences on the second heart. This is all stapled together. 

Have an awesome weekend!

Mrs. Haskins