ENGINEERING STARTS SMALL!

I was at the Doctor with my daughter today and saw the neatest thing.  I saw a creative mother with her young son of about three getting a ball out of the reward machine. Afterward she needed to talk to the receptionist and walked him over to the Lego table. She said, ” here let’s build a  ramp for your ball then I will go talk to the receptionist.”  In all of about 60 seconds the mother had encouraged engineering in the eyes of her young son! I think the biggest part is becoming aware of what engineering is!

December News!!

                                                                                 December 3, 2013

Dear Parents,

         Happy Holidays!  Are you ready for this season?  We are busy growing and learning in our classroom.  I am seeing success and progress with each of your fun Kindergarten students!  We finished learning about letters, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving during the month of November.  Not to mention we completed Chapter 3 of our math program!  Yay! Go Kindergarteners!

         Many of our Power Hour groups have also finished their letter sequence review and are now beginning Guided Reading.  We have been working on Phonemic Awareness- which are the sounds we hear in words.  Please reinforce this important skill at home. (e.g. “Johnny what sounds do you hear in cat?” Johnny replies /c/ /a/ /t/.) Simple quick questions like that go a long way! And once again a quick reminder

about POWER HOUR- this starts right at 9:00 every morning, so it is vital your children are on time for class! It’s really a half an hour, but it is the most important half hour of our day!

         We will continue to work on learning our second LEADER IN ME skill-which is Begin With The End In Mind. This means that we have a plan- we are aiming for a goal!  Everyday after we say the Pledge of allegiance we will recite our school motto which is: “We’re learning today for a better tomorrow.”  Our third skill is: Put First Things First.   I hope to begin this one about the third week of December!

When you do your homework PLEASE WRITE WITH A PENCIL!  Practice not only makes perfect, but it makes permanent! (Unless of course your homework calls for coloring J.)

         Please remember to turn in your orange Read Aloud chart for November as a new one for December is included in tonight’s homework!  

Star of the Week:

Jay C.     12/4/2013 (Wednesday) 10:30 AM

Jaslyn R.  12/10/2013 (Tuesday)  11:00 AM

Quinten K. 12/19/2013 (Thursday) 11:00 AM

On the Calendar:

  • Early-Out every Wednesday.

 AM: 8:55-10:55; Ex. Day: 8:55-1:25

*     Book Orders Due: Fri. Dec. 6th.

*     Winter Break 12/22 Through 1/3. School will resume on 1/5/2014

Coins for Christmas!!!!

As a Kindergarten team we will be collecting coins in a jar to give to someone in our community who is in need this Holiday Season.  If you have some spare change under a couch cushion please send it in!  Every penny counts!

November News

Dear Parents,

         Can you believe it’s November?  I cannot believe how fast this school year is going!  We are cruising along here in our Kindergarten classroom.  We are almost finished with our letter study- we only have 3 letters left- I am hoping to finish on Friday.  We have finished Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of our Math—and have taken both tests- I hope you received a copy of them at home!

         We started learning about pumpkins—my they are fun!  We will be continuing on with our pumpkin study and then we will study a little bit about Native Americans.  If you have anything you would like to share with us about Native American heritage, please let us know- it would be so fun to have someone new come in.  We will start learning about centers in our class- but this will take us a while to learn- so we may not actually start centers until December!

Just a reminder about POWER HOUR- this starts right at 9:00 every morning, so it is vital your children are on time for class! I love this part of our day!  It’s really a half an hour, but it is the most important half hour of our day! Right now our small groups in Power Hour are doing 10 minutes of alphabet recognition, 10 minutes of handwriting, and 10 minutes of phonemic awareness—which is hearing the sounds in words.  Some Power Hour Groups have started small group reading-which is very exciting!

         We have also been working hard at learning our first LEADER IN ME skill-which is Begin With The End In Mind. This means that we have a plan- we are aiming for a goal!

When you do your homework PLEASE WRITE WITH A PENCIL!  Practice not only makes perfect, but it makes permanent! (Unless of course your homework calls for coloring J.)

         Please remember to turn in your blue Read Aloud chart for October as a new one for November is included in tonight’s homework!

Star of the Week:

Chaslyn G.  11/21/2013 (Thursday) 11:00 AM

Jay C.       12/4/2013 (Wednesday) 10:30 AM

On the Calendar:

  • Early-Out every Wednesday.

       AM: 8:55-10:55; Ex. Day: 8:55-1:25

*     Book Orders Due: Wed. Nov. 13.

  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 27-Dec.1

    (No School)