Back in the swing of things (wk of Jan 7)

This week was super fun and super busy.  We got back into the swing of things around the classroom and had fun exploring numbers and magnets.

Everyone has been working so hard on their rainbow words, and I am thrilled to congratulate Zeven, Dremari, Alexa, Phoenix, Adam, and Zuhal for finishing their yellow words and moving on to green.  Hip-hip-horay to Charlotte for finishing all of her green words and moving on to blue.  Shawn and Addision have done an amazing job finishing their red one words (first grade red words) and moving up to yellow one.  Keep up the great job!

Every month students have the opportunity to purchase books from the scholastic school book order.  The Jan order form went home this week.  If you are interested in purchasing books for your student, you can send the order form and payment back to school by Jan 28th or you can order online.  Please make sure to specify Yael Fletcher as the teacher (if you accidentally chose the wrong Mrs. Fletcher your order will not show up on my site and it will not be processed).

This week:

Reading: We continued making predictions about the books we were reading.

Writing: We worked on a review of our letters and writing our first and last names.

Math: We started learning about parts of numbers and how we can put numbers together to make a whole.  For example, we know that 1 and 2 are both parts of 3.  We are not using any specific mathematical symbols just yet, but we can talk about the different parts of whole numbers.

Science: We continued our work with magnets.

.Next week:

Reading: We will continue making predictions about the books we are reading.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will continue writing our first and last names.  We will also be working to write different words and to leave spaces between words.

Math: We will continue learning about different parts of numbers.

Social Studies: We will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the important contributions he made to our country.

A note from Ms. Rhoden: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019. As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis. Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates. No referrals will be accepted after January 18. The subject line of the email should state GIFTED REFERRAL, and the email should include the student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math, Both). An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Dates:

January 21st: MLK Jr Holiday
January 28th: Student Holiday

Congratulations To:

Happy New Year (Wk of 1/3)

Welcome back and happy new year!  This week was short and fun, and it also helped us get back into the swing of things in our classroom.  Everyone had a wonderful break and we were so excited to see our friends again.

On Friday, we were thrilled to welcome Katie Dupree from Channel 8 News to share all about the weather and what a meteorologist does.

I am so happy to congratulate Addison and Shawn for finishing their cloud words.  They have officially finished all the kindergarten words and have started working on first grade sight words!  What a huge accomplishment.  Great job guys, and keep up the great work!

This week:

Reading: We started working to make predictions about what will happen in the story we are reading.

Writing: We continued reviewing all of our letters and are working to write our first and last names very neatly.

Math: We worked to count from 0-50.

Science: We started exploring magnets.  We learned that they do not affect everything and that they can be very useful tools.

Next week:

Reading: We will continue making predictions about the books we are reading.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will start writing our first and last names.

Math: We will continue learning how to count from 0-50.

Science: We will continue our work with magnets.

A note from Ms. Rhoden: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after January 18.  The subject line of the email should state GIFTED REFERRAL, and the email should include the student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math, Both).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Dates:

January 21st: MLK Jr Holiday

January 28th: Student Holiday

Congratulations To:

Fun with the weather:

Holiday Fun (Wk of 12/17)

This week was short but loaded with fun.  We learned about different December holiday traditions and had a blast during our winter party, where we were thrilled to welcome Santa and Mrs. Clause in person!  We also had so much fun at our Winter Games where we worked together to build a snowman using different tools.

A HUGE thank you to all the parents that contributed time, energy, supplies, and treats to make our winter party awesome.  We had a blast!

As we look toward winter break, please remember that it is essential to practice the rainbow words with your student every day.  Those words help your students gain the confidence and skill they need to read on their own.  Also, please encourage your student to read every single day.  This is the impact of just 20 minutes a day:

I am thrilled to congratulate Zeven for learning all his orange words!  Yay to Mira for finishing her green words!  Hip-hip-horay to Addison and Shawn for mastering the violet words and graduating to cloud.  Keep up the great work!

This week:

Reading: We continued retelling stories using beginning, middle, and end.  We explored different holidays that are celebrated in December by learning all about Channukah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.

Writing: We continued reviewing all of our letters and are working to write our first and last names very neatly.

Math: We worked to write our numbers 0-20.  We also learned how to play dreidel and counted our chocolate winnings using our ten frames.

Science: We learned that there are things that we need and things that we want. We also learned that you can’t have everything, so you have to make choices about what you will buy.

After Winter Break:

Reading: We will be learning how to use pictures to predict what will happen next in the books we read.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will continue learning to write our first and last names.

Math: We will be counting all the way to 50!  Winter break is an excellent time to practice counting with your students to prepare for next month.  Drive time in the car is a great time to allow your student to count as high as they can for you (while you get you cheer them on).

Science: We will be learning about magnetism.  I have checked out a really cool magnetic kit from our partner the MathScience Innovation Center, and am so excited to explore it together!

A note from Ms. Rhoden: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after January 18.  The subject line of the email should state GIFTED REFERRAL, and the email should include the student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math, Both).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

I will be traveling internationally over the break and will have limited internet connection.  Feel free to email/text via remind over the holiday, but my response time may be very slow.  I will try to respond whenever I find WiFi. 🙂

Have a wonderful Winter Break!  I will see you all next year.

Upcoming Dates:

12/20-1/2 Winter Break!  Enjoy the holidays with family.

1/3 First Day Back at School in 2019

Congratulations To:

Holiday Fun:

Snow Snow Snow (Wk of 12/10)

This week we enjoyed a winter wonderland…and a little preview of Winter Break.  I am so glad that everyone was safe at home during the snow, but I missed everyone so much.  Thursday was a wonderful fun day back, and we enjoyed Polar Express day on Friday.  We watched the movie during recess (it was rainy anyway) and enjoyed hot chocolate and popcorn.  We are looking forward to finishing the movie on Wednesday!

The snow froze some of our reading brains and we had a hard time with our rainbow words this week.  Please make sure to practice those words with your student every evening.  Each word that they recognize helps them gain the confidence and skills to whiz through their reading books.  The sight words are also a part of their reading grade, so this will help them soar in Language Arts as well.

To reward our students for their excellent practice with their rainbow words, we are starting a new competition.  A monthly competition sheet went home in our grey folders today.  Every time you practice the rainbow words with your students, initial the box for that day.  Students that get 5 boxes filled in a week will get a prize on Monday (when we do our rainbow words).  If a student fills up every single box on the calendar, they will get a super prize for their hard work.  Notes: There are only 5 boxes per week which means there are two days free.  You can practice on Saturday and/or Sunday as a makeup for any missed weekday.  This week students only need 2 signatures to get a prize.  Next week only 3 are needed.  Enjoy!

I am thrilled to congratulate Phoenix and Adam for learning all their orange words.  Hip-hip-horay to Addison and Shawn for mastering the indigo words and graduating to violet.  Keep up the great work!

This week:

Reading: We continued retelling stories using beginning, middle, and end.  We explored different holidays that are celebrated in December by learning all about Channukah.

Writing: We continued reviewing all of our letters and are working to write our first and last names very neatly.

Math: We worked to write our numbers 0-20.

Science: We learned that there are things that we need and things that we want. We also learned that you can’t have everything, so you have to make choices about what you will buy.

Next week:

Reading: We will continue increasing our comprehension of stories we read by retelling using beginning, middle, and end.  We will also continue learning about December holidays by learning about Kwanzaa and more about Christmas.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will start writing our first and last names.

Math: We will continue learning how to write the numbers from 0 all the way to 10 and recognize the numbers through 20.

Social Studies: We will be finishing our unit about the difference between a need and a want.

A note from Ms. Rhoden: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after January 18.  The subject line of the email should state GIFTED REFERRAL, and the email should include the student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math, Both).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

From the PTO: We still need peanut free treat bags for our Winter Party on Wednesday 12/19.  If you are able to bring those, please sign up at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B4BAEAC2EA20-yfletchers

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help out!  We are looking forward to a wonderful event.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Dates:

12/18 PTO Meeting and Holiday Bingo

Wed 12/19 is our winter party!  Students are welcomed to wear PJs again.

12/20-1/3 Winter Break!  Enjoy the holidays with family.

Congratulations To:

Polar Express Fun:

First Snow! (wk of Dec 3)

This week we had our very first snow of the year…and we were outside at recess for it!  It was so awesome.  We tried to catch the flurries in our mouths, but they kept disappearing when they touched our tongues.  Hmmmm….

Hip-hip-horay to Zuhal, Karmella, Dremari,and Alexa who mastered the orange words this week and graduated up to yellow.  Congratulations to Charlotte, Mira, and Riley for learning all your yellow words.  And last, but definitely not least, I am so proud of Addison who learned all her blue words and graduated up to indigo!  Keep up the great work!

The weatherman has been hinting at snow for early next week.  Be sure to check out the local news for any cancellations or delays if you wake up to a winter wonderland on Monday.  Snow days are an excellent time to work on those rainbow words and read a book together!

I am scheduled to attend a really amazing kindergarten conference on Monday and Tuesday and a reading conference on Wednesday of next week.  Have no worries, I have secured an awesome sub and have left detailed plans so the learning should continue to impress.  I can be reached via the usual methods should you need anything.

This week:

Reading: After learning our question words, we went back to our study of beginning, middle, and end using our question words to guide our retelling.  At the beginning we look for who is in the story and where is it happening (setting and characters).  In the middle, we look for what is happening (conflict).  At the end we look to see how they fixed it (resolution).

Writing: We continued reviewing all of our letters and are working to write our first and last names very neatly.

Math: We started learning how to write the numbers from 0 to 10.  We also worked to count to twenty.  Many of us could already count to 20, so we worked on counting all the way to 100!

Science: We learned all about non-standard measurement.  We practiced measuring things around our classroom using cubes, shoes, and even our hands!

Next week:

Reading: We will continue increasing our comprehension of stories we read by retelling using beginning, middle, and end.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will start writing our first and last names.

Math: We will continue learning how to write the numbers from 0 all the way to 10 and recognize the numbers through 20.

Social Studies: We will be learning about the difference between a need and a want.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Check out our Math YouTube Station at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Wd2xbqUhVom17rOOaOg

Congratulations to:

:

Math Station Fun:

We are zooming along! (Wk of 11/26)

We had a wonderful week back after our Thanksgiving break!  It was clear that everyone was super busy over the break working on their letters and sight words.  We were able to  make huge strides this week in reading as a result of your hard work!

I am also very excited to announce that everyone in our whole class has mastered all of the red words!  This is a huge accomplishment.  I know that our families have been working hard to help us and it really shows!  Amazing work!

A huge congratulations to Alexa, Dremari, Phoenix, Zeven, Zuhal, and Angel for learning all your red rainbow sight words and graduating up to orange! Hip-hip-horay to Adalina and Charlotte who mastered the orange words this week and graduated up to yellow.  Way to go Brett and Addison for learning all your green words and graduating to blue!  And last, but definitely not least, I am so proud of Shawn who learned all his blue words and graduated up to indigo!  Keep up the great work!

This week:

Reading: We continued learning how to ask and answer questions about books we read.  We worked on branching out from “why” questions and learning how to ask some challenging “who” and “when” questions.

Writing: We continued reviewing all of our letters and are working to write our names very neatly.

Math: We will learned how to read and create object, picture, and bar graphs.  We made a very interesting “favorite pets” graph.  It turns out we like dogs the most (with 7 votes).  Cats came in a close second place with four votes.

Science: We learned all about the weather.  We also graphed the weather in November and found out that it was sunny most days.  That was great news for our recess.

Next week:

Reading: We will continue increasing our comprehension of stories we read by retelling using beginning, middle, and end.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will start writing our first and last names.

Math: We will learn how to write the numbers from 0 all the way to 10 and recognize the numbers through 20.

Science: We will learn all about measurements.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Events/News:

Sat 12/1 PTO Skate Party

Wed 12/5 PTO Santa Waffle Dinner

Tues 12/4 Principal’s New Year’s Breakfast (Parents/Guardians event)

Check out our Math YouTube Station at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Wd2xbqUhVom17rOOaOg

Congratulations to:

Short but very sweet! (Wk of 11/19)

This week was only two days long, but we did so much! On Monday we had picture day and on Tuesday we had our award ceremony and Thanksgiving feast! I am also very proud to say that our class is zooming through our sight words!

Thank you so much to the families that supported our Thanksgiving feast by donating and helping with set up/clean up.  We are so Thankful for you!

A huge congratulations to Karmella and Adam for learning all your red rainbow sight words and graduating up to orange! Hip-hip-horay to Mira who mastered the orange words this week and graduated up to yellow.  We are so proud of Addison and Brett for learning all the yellow words and graduating up to green!  Way to go Shawn for learning all your green words and graduating to blue!  Keep up the great work!

I have attached a few links below with some videos that will help your students keep up with their learning over the break.  You can also continue to work on sight words with them.  I encouraged them to bring their words to the family meal to show off all their hard work.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

This week:

Reading: We continued learning how to ask and answer questions about books we read.  We got really good at asking very interesting questions and finding creative answers.

Writing: We continued reviewing all of our letters and are working to write our names very neatly.

Math: We continued comparing set of objects using the words more, less, and equal.  We also learned how to describe sets using the ideas of fewer and greater.  Finally, we explored different ways that we could make things equal.

Social Studies: We learned about the very first Thanksgiving.  Did you know that Thanksgiving used to be three days long?  Now that’s a lot of eating!

Next week:

Reading: We will continue increasing our comprehension of stories we read by asking and answering questions about books we read. We will also be working on short vowel sounds.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters.

Math: We will learn how to read and create object, picture, and bar graphs.

Science: We will learn all about the weather.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Some Useful Links:

Letters:

Numbers:

Congratulations to:

Our attendance award winners:

Our Conduct and work habits award winners:

Thanksgiving Feast Fun:

All about Thanksgiving!

We had a wonderful but rainy start to the second quarter.  We graphed the weather this week and found that it rained 4 days.  We were very thankful that it was sunny on Friday for outdoor recess.

A huge congratulations to Adalina and Mira for learning all your red rainbow sight words and graduating up to orange! Hip-hip-horay to Riley, Brett, and Addison who mastered the orange words this week and graduated up to yellow.  We are also so proud of Shawn for learning all his yellow words and graduating up to green!  Keep up the great work!

Important News:

Next week we are off on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Thanksgiving.

Monday is picture day.

Tuesday at 12:30 is our school awards ceremony.  Parents are welcomed and encourage to join us.  Following the awards ceremony on Tuesday, we will have our Kindergarten Thanksgiving feast at 1PM.  Please sign up to volunteer or donate food items at: www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094aafab28alfcl-student

This week:

Reading: We continued learning how to ask and answer questions about books we read.  We got really good at asking very interesting questions and finding creative answers.

Writing: We continued reviewing all of our letters and are working to write our names very neatly.

Math: We continued comparing set of objects using the words more, less, and equal.  We also learned how to describe sets using the ideas of fewer and greater.  Finally, we explored different ways that we could make things equal.

Social Studies: We learned about the very first Thanksgiving.  Did you know they ate lobster and seals instead of turkey?  How crazy!  We know so much about Thanksgiving, and are ready to impress our families during our own holiday feast!

Next week:

Reading: We will continue increasing our comprehension of stories we read by asking and answering questions about books we read. We will also be working on word ending sounds.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters.

Math: We will continue working to compare sets of numbers using the greater, less than, or equal.

Social Studies: We will finish learning all about the holiday of Thanksgiving and how we celebrate it.

Upcoming Dates:

Nov 19- Picture Day

Nov 20- Classroom Awards/Feast

Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving break

Have a wonderful weekend!

Congratulations to:

Indoor recess fun:

Past and present (wk of Nov 4)

This week we ended the first quarter and looked forward to the start of November.  It was a relatively quiet week in our classroom.  We had a great day off on Tuesday and enjoyed learning with our friends.

A huge congratulations to Riley for learning all your red rainbow sight words and graduating up to orange!  We are also so proud of Shawn for learning all his orange words and graduating up to yellow!  Keep up the great work!

Thank you to all of the parents for coming out to parent teacher conferences.  We had a wonderful time touching base about our first quarter progress.

This week:

Reading: We started working to develop questions about the books we read.  We also worked to answer questions about what we just read.  We learned that questions start with special “question words”.

Writing: We continued reviewing all of our letters and are working to write our names very neatly.

Math: We started learning how to compare sets of things using the words more, less, and the same.  As a bonus, we learned how the symbols for more and less look like an alligator mouth and that the alligator always wants to eat more.  We can also make alligator mouths with our arms.

Social Studies: We learned all about the past and how different things were back then.  We were very surprised to learn that people didn’t have computers or iPhones in the past.

Next week:

Reading: We will continue increasing our comprehension of stories we read by asking and answering questions about books we read.  We will also be working on word ending sounds.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters.

Math: We will continue working to compare sets of numbers using the greater, less than, or equal.

Social Studies: We will learn all about the holiday of Thanksgiving and how we celebrate it.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov 19- Picture Day
  • Nov 20- Classroom Awards/Feast

Have a wonderful weekend!

Congratulations to:

Field Trip and Fun! (Wk of Oct 29)

This week was awesome!  This week we painted turkeys and picked our own pumpkins.  We also learned all about the American flag.  What a blast!

A huge congratulations to Brett, Jamison, Charlotte, Shawn, and Addison for learning all your red rainbow sight words and graduating up to orange!  Keep up the great work!

Thank you to Mr. Nicar for joining our field trip as a class chaperone.  He did an awesome job and helped us carry all our pumpkins home.  Thank you so much!

Thank you to all the parents that joined us on our field trip.

Important News:

Parent-Teacher conferences are next week. If you have not already signed up use the link below:

https://tinyurl.com/FletcherConference

This week:

Reading: We learned how to retell stories by remembering what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of our story.

Writing: We continued reviewing all of our letters and are working to write our names very neatly.

Math: We finished up our unit on patterns.

Social Studies: We learned all about the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Next week:

Reading: We will continue be increasing our comprehension of stories we read by asking and answering questions about books we read.  We will also be working on word ending sounds.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters.

Math: We will be working to compare sets of numbers using the greater, less than, or equal.

Social Studies: We will work to distinguish things that happened in the past from things happening in the present.

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday Nov 6th Student Holiday

Tuesday, Nov 6th and Thursday, Nov 8th: Afternoon/Evening Parent Conferences

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Painting and Turkey Fun:

Pumpkin Patch:

Congratulations For Graduating to Orange Rainbow Words!