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Wednesday February 14th  

Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you all for the special cards and treats! I was so proud of the children for being so kind passing out their Valentines. They did a wonderful job reading their classmates names and were super cute wishing each other a Happy Valentine’s Day! 

There are two papers coming home about the vision screening. Please fill out the form tonight and return it in your child’s folder by Friday. Thank you!

We are celebrating abilities awareness this month. Please take a moment to read the informational flyer: Abilities Awareness.

Reminder- Friday is half day of school. School will dismiss at 11:00. If you have not already done so, please fill out the Google Form on Friday's post.

Monday February 12th  

Tonight is Multicultural Night at Columbia. The PTA meeting begins at 6:00 in the cafeteria. The children will be given passports to fill out as they learn about each culture. Send your child's completed passport in the daily folder on Tuesday and your child will receive a sheet of stickers! I look forward to seeing you tonight!

Please remember to send Homework Folders tomorrow. Thank you! 

Valentine Reminder: The valentines and bag need to come to school on Wednesday. The Valentine cards need to be sent inside a separate bag (ziploc bag, Target bag, paper sack, etc.) than the decorated bag. If you have some extra valentines you might want to make one for Mr. Dennis and Mrs. Dawn (teacher aides that are in our room each week) and Miss Cathey our student teacher. 

Friday is a half day of school. Please complete the Google Form that was emailed on Friday.

Box Tops are due next week by February 21st.

Six Flags Reading Logs are due on February 27th. If you have already completed it, go ahead and send it in your child's daily folder. Thank you!

Individual Spring Pictures were supposed to be Wednesday, but they are being rescheduled. I will let you know the new date when it is announced. 

Friday February 9th  

Friday, February 16th, is a half day of school.  Extended Day is closed. Please complete the Google Form  by Wednesday.

Looking forward to seeing you at Multi-cultural night Monday. The PTA Meeting will begin at 6:00 with Multicultural Night to follow. 

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend! 

We have a lot of sickness in our room. We have wipes down tables and the janitors spent extra time in the room trying to get rid of the germs.

Our class has taken 47 AR tests this month. Check our Renaissance Home Connect to see how your child did on his/her AR test.

Wednesday February 7th  

Candy Grams will be on sale during lunch February 9th-13th and during Multicultural Night February 12th. The informational note is in your child's folder today. You can come and purchase a candy gram for your child. Or, if your child wants to purchase a candy gram for a friend or sibling, you can send a labeled envelope in your child's folder. The envelope should say your child's name and "Candy Grams."

Multi-Cultural Night is Monday, February 12th. Marcos Pizza order forms are in folders today. If you choose to purchase dinner, forms need to be returned by Friday, February 9th

We've spent a lot of class time practicing addition and subtraction word problems. Our practice came home today on the paper that is folded in fourths. 

Also, we have been working hard on increasing the amount of AR tests that we are taking in class. If you sign up to receive email notifications you will know when your child takes a test and the score they received. You can also log into Renaissance Home Connect to view how your child is doing. 

We are currently experiencing a regression in our classroom behavior. There's been lots of talking and lack of self-control. Fun Friday is not a guarantee. Please talk to your child if he/she has been losing more blocks recently. 

Monday February 5th  

Due to the number of absences, class pictures have been rescheduled to Friday, March 23rd. If you sent your order form and payment this morning, I turned it into the office. They will hold onto it until March 23rd. 

The lead nurse for Madison City Schools has sent a few emails to parents with the status of flu in our schools.  As the email stated, please keep your child at home until he/she is fever free without the use of fever reducing medicine for 24 hours. This will help stop the spread of the flu. Thank you for following the health guidelines. We are using clorox wipes and washing hands often.

Please send Homework Folders tomorrow.

Friday February 2nd  

We enjoyed our field trip to see Alice in Wonderland Jr. today! The CES Drama Club always does an amazing job! They have three more show this weekend if you'd like to see it with your family. The other shows are Friday at 7:00 and Saturday at 2:00 & 7:00. 

Please check your child's folder for our dental health log.  The children need to put a small sticker, star or smiley face in the appropriate box after they brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day. The log needs to be returned in your child's daily folder on Monday, February 12th.  Thank you! 

Class pictures will be Wednesday, February 7th. Forms are in folders today. 


Jump Rope for Heart forms are coming home in folders today. Please see the message below from Coach Fields.


Jump Rope for Heart is back!! Jump Rope for Heart is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. We are dedicating the month of February to raising money and discussing the different heart conditions for the American Heart Association. Jump Rope for Heart will start today (Feb 1) and ends Feb 28.                                                                                                                


Goal and Incentives for Jump Rope for Heart:


-          $10,000 overall Goal         


-          If students reach $10,000 goal, they get to “Roll the coach with toilet paper”


-          Weekly raffle for other Gifts for students raising money


-          Sprit Stick Champion as well!  (A Competition to see who can raise the most money between Mill Creek, Heritage and Columbia)

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday February 1st  

Reminder- Tomorrow is the school wide field trip to see Alice in Wonderland Jr. Please ensure your child arrives to school on time. The buses will leave around 8:00. Please have your child wear the red class shirt.

Tomorrow is Fun Friday! If you are sending a dollar, please send it in an envelope or bag labeled with your child's name and FDF. Thank you! 

Valentine Reminder- As your family works on writing valentines, please have your child do the writing, not mom or dad.  When your child has finished writing the names on the cards, please let your child practice reading the names.  Your child will need to be able to read the name in order to pass out the cards.  The valentines and bag need to come to school on Wednesday, February 14th. The Valentine cards need to be sent inside a separate bag (ziploc bag, Target bag, paper sack, etc.) than the decorated bag.  Please ask if you have a question.

Wednesday January 31st  

Tonight is Spirit Night at Panera Bread from 4:00-8:00. Our school will receive 20% of sales when you show our school flyer. It is in your child's folder today. 

Reminder ~ wear red class shirts on Friday for our field trip to see Alice in Wonderland.

Please take a minute to read this month's newsletter: February Newsletter

I would like to encourage you to practice the addition and subtraction fluency flahscards. We are working on these math facts in class this week too.

Earlier this week I sent home information in your child's folder about RenPlace and taking AR tests. I suggest signing up to recieve email notification each time your child takes an AR reading test at school. 

Monday January 29th  

We had a wonderful 100th Day of School!! The children were adorable dressed as 100 year olds! We had fun making our 100 Mix, doing 100 exercises, making a picture with 100 items, and reading books about the 100th day of school!

Please have your child wear our red class shirt on Friday for the field trip to Bob Jones. Thank you!

Reminders -

- Keep working on the Valentine's Exchange Home Project. Send the cards and bag to school on February 14th.

- Six Flags Reading Log is due February 27th. There is still plenty of time left to reach the 6 hours of reading.

Thursday January 25th  

Tomorrow is the last day of the food drive for Inside Out Ministries.  Please send a 4 pack of toliet paper.

Tomorrow is the last Fun Friday of the month. The snack is free for students who did not lose a Fun Friday this month.

Thank you for sending in your item for the 100 mix. We are looking forward to the 100th Day on Monday. 

Thank you for returning the field trip forms and dollar to attend the field trip to see Alice in Wonderland.  

Wednesday January 24th  

Thank you for attending Parent Night! I appreciate you giving your time. If you were unable to attend your child’s information packet is coming home in their folder today. Here is a link to view the slides used during last night’s presentation. Parent Night Presentation

If you have not already done so, please send in your child’s item for our 100 mix tomorrow. Reminder that the children are encouraged to dress as a 100 year old Monday, January 29th. I am looking forward to teaching a bunch of 100 year olds! :)

A friendly reminder to please leave all passages inside the plastic sleeve of your child's Homework Folder and do not write on them. Thank you!


**Big Announcement in Miss Courtney's Class**  

Hello! My name is Ms. Cathey and I am an Athens State University intern that has the privilege to work with your wonderful children! I am in my last semester of college and will graduate with my major (Elementary Education) as well as a minor (ELL-English Language Learner). Whenever I have free I am either spending time with close friends or I can be found with my nose in a book. I look forward to working with your children for the next few weeks!


Friday January 19th  

Folders are FULL today!

A note about the 100th Day of School is coming home today. We will be making a 100 Day Mix.  The children signed up for the item they wanted to bring. Please purchase that item and send it to school unopened by Thursday. Thank you!  The students can dress up on the 100th day of school as if they were 100 years old.  Ideas for the girls: hair in a bun, glasses, dress or sweater, pearl/bead necklace, wrinkles, etc.  Ideas for the boys: suspenders, tie, cardigan sweater, glasses, wrinkles, etc.  It will be a fun day! :)

There is a note about our class Valentine Exchange in your child’s folder. I want to encourage you to start early. The students are supposed to write their classmates names and their own name on the Valentines. If you start soon you can do a few each night and have them done in no time!   

You will also find a field trip permission slip. Columbia's Drama Club is putting on the play "Alice in Wonderland Jr.". The play will be at BJHS and the cost is $1. Permission slips need to be signed and returned no later than January 28th with the $1. No chaperones will be going on this trip because the whole school will be attending and seating is limited. If you would like to see they play they will be performing that weekend at BJHS.

Our annual Food Drive to help Madison's Inside Out Ministries is next week.  See last Thursday's post for the list of items.

PTA is hosting a Back to School Breakfast Monday, January 22nd 7:45 in the Cafeteria.

I want to encourage you to continue working on the Six Flags Reading Log with your child.  Once the reading log is complete, send it to me in your child's daily folder. They are due by February 27th

I look forward to seeing at least one parent from each family on Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:30 for our Second Semester Parent Night!

Due to being closed several days this week, our cafeteria did not receive their delivery truck of food, so there will be a few menu changes: 

Monday: Cod Nuggets, Potato Wedges, Hushpuppies, Fruit, Carrots w/dip, Milk
Tuesday: Deli Sandwich, Soup, Lettuce & Tomato, Fruit, Veggies, Milk
Wednesday: Managers Choice Entree', French Fries, Tossed Salad, Fruit, Veggies w/dip, Milk

I hope everyone enjoys the beautiful weekend! 

Wednesday January 17th  

Good Afternoon! I sure miss my students!!  Hope everyone enjoyed the snow and the six day weekend! 

- Please send Homework Folders tomorrow (January 18). The students will earn a Book-It if they read 8 or more words correctly. 

- On Thursday, the cafeteria is serving corn dogs, potato rounds and baked beans. Friday will be pizza as usual. 

- Parent Night will be Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:30.

- Donuts with Dad will be Wednesday, January 24th at 7:05

- I read this online and thought I would share this great suggestion: Since we are off another day, this would be a great time to wash jackets, hats, gloves, book bags, and lunch boxes to help fight the spread of influenza. Items that are not recommended for washing can be wiped with Clorox or Lysol wipes. 

-Ive been doing a lot of reading at my house. These days off are great for doing the Six Flags Reading Log and the January Practice Calendar.  The assignment for Friday says to make the addition flash cards. I was going to give you time to make those at Parent Night.  If you want to go ahead and make yours, please click on the Kindergarten Information page and read the document titled Math Facts for Fluency. 

Our annual Food Drive to help Madison's Inside Out Ministries will be January 22-26. I'm including the list of the requested food so you can go ahead and start shopping for the items: 

Monday, January 22: Jelly (plastic jars only- no glass please)

Tuesday, January 23: Pancake mix (packets are preferred)

Wednesday, January 24: Fruit cups

Thursday, January 25: Spaghetti pasta

Friday, January 26: Toilet paper (packaged in 4 packs)


Wednesday January 10th  

Report of Learning Folders are in your child's backpack today. Please sign the Report Card on the Parent Signature line and return by Friday. Thank you!

I hope you are off to a great start with the Six Flags Reading log. No worries if you haven't started yet, you still have plenty of time to read the 360 minutes.  If you read with your child for 15-20 minutes each day, you'll be able to finish it in 18-24 days. If you lost your copy and need a new one, please let me know.  Happy Reading!

Also, yesterday we got a new student in our class. Welcome to Columbia Kolby!

Tuesday January 9th  

We had a change in the lunch menu, chicken nuggets were served today. Tomorrow’s menu will be- Chicken Nachos, Lettuce/Tomato/Salsa, Pinto Beans, Fruit, Milk.

Thank you for remembering to send homework folders to school today. You will notice new sheets in your child’s folder. We will no longer have first sound fluency sheets, all students will be receiving a CVC blending sheet. Students who compacted of phoneme segmentation, will now have a passage. Students who compacted out of phoneme segmentation and letter naming will receive two passages. Important: Please leave the passages in the plastic sleeve and do not write on the passages. These will be collected and reused throughout the school year. Thank you for your support at home! 

Please read this month's newsletter: January Newsletter

The Donuts with Dad RSVP form is in your child's folder last week. This is a popular and fun school event.  If you plan on attending, please return the RSVP form by Friday, January 12th so they can purchase enough donuts. Thank you!

I look forward to seeing at least one parent from each family at our 2nd Semester Parent Night on Tuesday, January 16th at 5:30. If only one parent can attend, please send the parent that works with your child on homework. Thank you!

Thursday January 4th  

Happy New Year!! We had a super busy day today! Everyone was excited to share about their Christmas break. We picked up where we left off with reading and math. You will notice that the students are writing their first and last name on their phonics papers and math papers beginning in 2nd semester. I passed out new pencils, glue and their 24 box of crayons for their supply boxes. New school supplies are always exciting to the children! The students will meet Mrs. Murine, our art teacher on Monday. They will have art class each Monday during 2nd semester. 

I appreciate your help with removing the December behavior calendars from the prongs. Thank you! 

We will have a delay start again tomorrow. Car line will open at 9:10 and school begins at 9:40. Our classroom and the cafeteria were very chilly today. I suggest dressing your child in layers again tomorrow. We will have Fun Friday tomorrow afternoon. If you are sending a dollar, please make sure your child's name and FDF are on the envelope. Thank you! 

January Practice Calendars are in your child's Daily Folders today. You can still turn in the December Practice Calendar tomorrow. 

Tuesday December 19th  

Thank you for attending our Christmas party today! The students had a wonderful time! Thank you to Mrs. Park, Mrs. Barlowe, Mrs. Mendenhal, and Mrs. Strode for organizing the party for us. Thank you to those who contributed items and helped at the party. It was a success!  

Thank you for all of my Christmas gifts! I appreciate your generosity! Thank you to those who contributed to the class gift! I look forward to shopping over the break! (Personal thank you notes will be coming home in your child's folder soon.)

Your child is coming home with your Christmas present today!  I hope you enjoy it for years to come!  The students received a Christmas present from me today as well.  It is in their folders. 

Monday December 18th  

We are looking forward to celebrating at our party tomorrow at 11:45. Please send party items to school in the morning.

Rest mats will go home tomorrow. If you plan to check your child out after the party, please take your child's rest mat with you when you leave. 

Wednesday is a half day of school.  Extended Day is closed. Please complete this form by tomorrow to let me know your child's transportation and if they need to order a sack lunch. 

Send me an email ( if your child will not be here on Wednesday. I want to make sure everyone takes home their Santa Countdown to Christmas!  

Friday December 8th  

Wow! We had a great day today! Our theme this week has been Gingerbread. The kids have loved reading all the different Gingerbread stories, discussing the characters, refrain and ending to the stories. Today we were finishing up the week with a special Gingerbread Man snack. However, when we it was time to eat our cookies the Gingerbread Man had taken them. We went on a hunt throughout the school following his clues until we finally found them! The kids had a great time and the cookies were delicious!

I am VERY proud of all the kids this week for doing their best on their DIBELS tests! They have worked hard this semester and your support at home has been appreciated! I can’t wait to receive the assessment results.  


1) We go outside for recess as long as the "feels like" temperature is above 32 degrees. Please pay attention to the weather and send an appropriate jacket.  

2) The children zip their jackets to their chairs twice a day, when they arrive and when we come back inside from recess. They also zip their jacket on their body when we go outside to recess and when we leave to go home in the afternoons. Please teach your child how to zip a jacket and allow practice time until your child is comfortable doing it. It would also be helpful to show your child how to take off a jacket without pulling the sleeves through. Thank you!  

Tuesday December 5th  

Tomorrow is a BIG day! The kids take their December DIBELS benchmark test tomorrow. My hope is that all children will benchmark on the three tests we have been working on all semester-First Sound Fluency, Letter Naming Fluency, and Phoneme Segmentation Fluency. Please allow your child to practice all three of these tests tonight. Please use the sheets in your child's Homework Folder. Thank you for your help and support at home. I believe in the kids and know they can do it! Please make sure your child gets a good night's rest tonight and eats a healthy breakfast tomorrow morning.  

Monday December 4th  

I had an amazing and unforgettable time at the St. Jude Marathon!  A part of the half marathon course had us walk through the campus of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We saw actual patients cheering for everyone from the sidelines. Brayden made the trip to Memphis to cheer on his mom, Miss Gaines, and me. I loved seeing Brayden with his sign cheering me on during the marathon! Mrs. Hester and I walked the half marathon in 3 hours 29 minutes and 8 seconds, which is a pace of 15 minutes and 58 seconds per mile. Thank you for the encouragement you sent before the race. Our class had 11 students give a donation to help meet our class goal.  If you'd like to make a donation, they are being accepted through January. Here is the link 

Thank you for your help with the behavior calendars! I appreciate it. 

Please read the December Newsletter

The November Practice Calendars were due today. If you forgot to send it in the folder, please send it tomorrow. The December Practice Calendars are in your child's folder today.

Send Homework Folders tomorrow.

The kids take their December DIBELS benchmark test on Wednesday, December 6th. Please make sure your child gets a good night's rest on Tuesday evening and eats a healthy breakfast on Wednesday morning.  

Wednesday November 29th  

The Kindergarten Report Folder is coming home today with your child's progress reports. Please sign the report, then return the folder to school tomorrow or on Monday. I will be in Memphis on Friday for the St. Jude race and it would make things easier on the substitute to not have to deal with progress reports.  Please leave all reports and the Parent Guide to Kindergarten Report of Learning inside the folder. I know the parent signature line is on the bottom of the last page, but if you could also sign on the top right corner of the first page I would appreciate it. This will save me time in the morning by not having to remove all 17 progress reports and flip to the last page to see if it was signed. Thank you! 

Tuesday November 28th  

This week in science we are doing the engineering component to our AMSTI Balls and Ramps Unit. It is called Sidewalk Safety. Yesterday, we conducted a fair test, a test in which only one variable changes to test the distance between small and big pushes. The size of the push was measured by blocks. The students had to measure the distance our model spring loaded truck would travel based on the force from the push. Today, we did Truck Races where we saw that the size of the push determined the speed of the truck. 

Thank you for sending Homework Folders! If you haven't done the phoneme segmentation pracice with your child yet, here is the link to the phoneme segmentation video

We take our December DIBELS tests on Wednesday, December 6th.  That is only one week away. If your child is hovering around the benchmark or still below it, please spend time working with your child on letter naming, first sounds and phoneme segmentation each day this week. Thank you for your support! 

Monday November 20th  

Folders are full today! Please check your child's daily folder. 

If your child has a change of clothes inside his/her backpack, please swap out the summer clothes with pants and long sleeves.  Thank you!

All items in the Lost and Found will be donated on Tuesday afternoon. If your child is missing anything, please have them tell me so I can send them to check the lost and found. 

November Progress Monitoring scores are coming home in your child’s Daily Folder on Monday. Please continue to practice with your child on Thanksgiving break. We will take the December DIBELS benchmark test on Wednesday, December 6th. That is only TWO weeks away! Thank you for your support at home.

Columbia is having Spirit Night at Taco Mama in Providence from 4:00-8:00 on Monday night. A portion of your purchase will go to our school. Be sure to mention Columbia Elementary when ordering.

Our school exceeded our fundraising goal for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so the students earned the pajama day incentive! Tuesday, November 21 st is Pajama Day! We need each family to follow the guidelines for pajama day. Students need to wear two-piece pajamas, no nightgowns or all in one pajamas. Students must wear tennis shoes, no slippers.


Rest mats will be coming home on Tuesday. Since it was a two day week we kept them at school over the weekend.

We will not begin a new week of our reading program during a two-day week. The students will not receive a new Word List or practice sheets this week. You do not need to send the Homework Folder on Tuesday. Keep practicing with all of the papers that are already in your child’s homework folder.

I will be finishing progress report assessments this week so I can write them on Thanksgiving break. Progress reports will go home in the Report of Learning folder on Wednesday, November 29th. I hope you and your family have a wonderful

Wednesday November 15th  

The Madison Fire Department came to our school yesterday for a fire safety lesson. The kids were given homework to come up with a Fire Escape Plan. They should know at least two safe routes out of the house and have a family meeting place. I added pictures from today to their Seesaw account. The students are encouraged to participate in our Fire Safety Week Coloring Contest. Information is in folders earlier this week. All entries are due by Friday, November 17th.  

In our Leader in Me lessons, we are learning that we are in charge of oursleves - our emotions and our actions. We learned that when we all take charge of ourselves, it makes a happier class. I would appreciate you talking to your child about making choices that result in great classroom behavior. I try to explain to the children that the main reason they come to school is to learn. You reinforcing that at home is appreciated. The children have so much to learn in Kindergarten and I want to be able to focus on their learning and not correcting their behavior. Thank you for your help. 

Tomorrow we are having Thanksgiving dinner for lunch. It's a great meal for the kids and parents are welcome to join us :)

Monday November 13th  

If your child has not met 52 for the December Letter Naming Fluency there is a note in your child’s folder today. If you do not have a note in your folder, your child’s last progress monitoring score was above 52. When you practice at home your child’s goal is to reach the end of the year benchmark of 62. Any child who reaches the end of the year benchmark on the December DIBELS test will compact out for the remainder of the year! I believe each child can do it! Thank you for your support at home!

Please send Homework Folders tomorrow. If your child reads 8 or more words correctly, he/she will receive the November Book-It for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut! Please keep in mind that these expire 30 days after the date I write on the back of the coupon. Also, just so you know, if you do not want your whole family to eat at Pizza Hut, but your child wants to use the coupon, you can do a carry-out order. Just be sure that your child goes with you to pick up the personal pan pizza. :)

Wednesday November 8th  

Reminder tomorrow is half day, school dismisses at 11:00. Please send lunch based on your selection from the Google form.  

We will have Fun Friday tomorrow. Please send money in a labeled Ziploc or envelope.

If your child is not consistently scoring 52 or more on the Letter Naming Practice in Homework Folders, please practice daily. Your support at home is greatly appreciated!

Last week and yesterday I sent home some extra math worksheets. These worksheets are provided with our math series. They are to be used at home to reinforce skills we are learning in class.

It's getting chilly outside! We will go outside at 11:00 if the "feels like" temperature is 32 or above. Please send your child with a good jacket, hats, and gloves. They are responsible for keeping up with those items. I suggest writing your child's name inside their jacket.

Thank you for all the support with our St. Jude fundraiser! It's not too late to donate :)

Tuesday November 7th  

Homework Folders need to come to school every Tuesday.   Today I added Word List #3, Letter Naming #4, First Sound Practice #4 and Phoneme Segmentation Practice 1. If you didn't do Letter Naming #3 or First Sound Practice #3 that were sent home last week, please be sure to do those this week too.  Here is the link to watch a video about how to help your child with phoneme segmentation: 

**Remember the goal for Letter Naming Fluency is 52 for December. If your child is not consistently at 52, you need to practice one of the sheets DAILY!

If you haven't completed the Google Form from yesterday, please do so by this evening. Thank you!

Thank you for supporting this wonderful hospital that is working diligently to find a cure for childhood cancers. Mrs. Grice has encouraged the kids during lunch to bring their own dollars and coins to donate to St. Jude. You can still donate online. See yestreday's post. 

Monday November 6th  

Thank you so much for the birthday cards and emails. I had a great birthday. I walked 11.5 miles in preparation for the St. Jude half marathon. If you have not donated yet, please consider donating here. No amount is too small. You can send in cash or a check made out to St. Jude in a labeled envelope. All donations are tax deductible. Thanks for making a difference!

Thank you for removing the behavior calendar!  It was so helpful! 

This Thursday is a half day of school. Please fill out the Google Form to let me know about your child's lunch and transportation. 

Please send Homework Folders tomorrow.

Chick Fil A Spirit Night forms are coming home in folders today. If you wish to purchase dinner for the PTA meeting on November 13th please fill out and return by Thursday.


Thursday November 2nd  

Today we had an extra counseling lesson with Mrs. Perry about inappropriate language. This year we have had a reoccuring problem with the kids using bad words. Usually, the "bad" words in kindergarten are words like stupid and shut up. That's not the case this year. The words they are using are words/phrases that are not used on TV or the radio. Please be mindful of the things your child is listening to or hearing. The main point I keep telling them is that if they hear a word they don't know that they shouldn't repeat it. 

A Habit Tracker sheet will be in your child's folder tomorrow. Last week, as a part of "The Leader in Me" school-wide leadership program, we learned about what a habit is and how long it takes a habit to form and develop. We talked about habits we do at school and at home already. We set a goal as a class to create a habit in our classroom. Our class habit that we are working on is getting in line correctly without reminders. Originally, our habit was going to be cleaning up after ourselves without reminders, but that was more challenging than I thought it would be. So that might our next habit to work on after we master lining up correctly. Each time/day that we are successful with practicing this habit, we will receive a star on our class habit tracker. We will work to earn a star each day for 30 days as research shows that it takes 30 days for a habit to be established. The Habit Tracker sheet sent home in your child's folder is for you and your child to make a goal to establish a habit at home or in your child's personal life. Talk and work with your child to determine which habit they wish to work on developing and record the habit they are working on in the space provided on their Habit Tracker sheet. (Examples, I will not laugh when I am being corrected. I will wash my hands when I come home from school. I will make my bed every morning. I will not put my fingers in my mouth.)  Place their Habit Tracker sheet in a visible area and track your child's progress daily on their progress towards developing this habit (marking  a star when they have successfully practiced the habit). After 30 days of practicing, developing, and tracking the habit, send in your child's completed Habit Tracker sheet, and they will receive a punch on their new punch card. Thank you for supporting our school-wide leadership program at home! 

We've had lots of fun with our balls and ramp science unit. We made ping pong balls move by blowing through straws. We used blocks and legos to create paths/mazes for our ping pong balls. They really enjoyed it and it's an easy thing for them to recreate at home. 

Friendly Reminder ~ Our St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraiser is happening now through November 9th.  Our class goal is $120.  Please consider making a donation.  No amount is too small - every donation helps. Here is the link to my fundraising page.  If you do not want to make your donation online, you can send a cash or check donation in an envelope in your child's daily folder.  Label the envelope with your child's name, my name and St. Jude Donation. Thank you for making a difference!

If you haven't read the November Newsletter, please see below. Thank you for working with your child at home. 

Wednesday November 1st  
Wow! How is it already November? The school year is going by so quickly. Please read the November Newsletter. (It is attached to this email.) 
Thank you for sending in the little packets of plain M&Ms for our sorting lesson! We still need some more. 
Madison City's annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser is happening now thought November 9th. Our school goal is $5,000.  Kindergarten's goal is $720. Our class goal is $120. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful hospital. All donations are tax deductible. I will be walking the half marathon on December 2nd. I have been training with Mrs. Hester and Mrs. Jump since August. Any donations made on my fundraising page will count towards the school goal. Thank you for making a difference!
Please read the November Newsletter

Tuesday October 31st  

Thank you for your time at conferences. I enjoyed meeting with each of you.

It is review week. So you will get Word List #3 next Tuesday. If your child missed any of the words on the first two word lists, please spend time practicing those words. Thank you!

The children looked great today dressed as their book characters! We had a super fun day! The parade was great!

We have two sixth grade helpers that brought the class candy this morning. Mrs. Dawn, one of the aides, also brought candy and treats to the class. Thank you for the candy!

Don't forget to donate to our St. Jude fundraiser. The money donated on my page also counts towards the school wide fundraiser and goal.

Happy Halloween!


Monday October 30th  

his week we are learning how to do the 3-step sort during math.  If your child receives the fun size plain M&Ms while trick or treating, please send one or two packs to school for a fun lesson on Friday.  Thank you!

Please send Homework Folders tomorrow.

If you have not already read about Halloween, please do so.  Important Information Please send a change of clothes in your child's backpack, in case of accidents or behaving inappopriately while in costume. Also, write your last name inside the book that your child will be carrying in the parade.


I'm running as a Hero in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Heroes are runners who fundraise while they train for their race, and I'm proud to be a part of this nationwide alliance against childhood cancer.

I want to help make sure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Your donation, no matter what the size, will help! Will you help me reach my fundraising goal?

Please visit my fundraising page to show your support. Thank you for helping the kids of St. Jude!

Alisha Courtney


Friday October 27th  

Your child has an apple in their book bag today for Apple Annie Day. Thank you to the Huntsville Junior League for bringing us apples today :)

Our Fall Festival is tomorrow, it is a wonderful family fun time! We still need volunteers, please see the link from Tuesday's post. I hope to see many of you there! I'll be at the inflatable from 10:00-12:00.

Wednesday October 25th  

Thank you for sending in balls on Monday!  The students loved our introductory activity!  

The Be A Champion and Read forms are due Tuesday, October 31st.

If you have a veteran in your family that you would like to honor. Please complete the form and send it to me in your child's folder.  All submitted forms will be hanging on Columbia's Wall of Honor. 

We're looking forward to our Fall Festival. I will be at the inflatable from 10:00-12:00.  There are still plenty of volunteer slots available if you haven't signed up yet. It should be a fun day!

Please read about Halloween in Kindergarten:  Important Information

Yesterday, I tested each student and wrote the score they received on the Word List #1 sheet. I placed the Word List #2 and new letter naming and first sound fluency sheets in your child's homework folder. Please keep all sheets in your child's folder (even previous sheets) for reference and practice. Every student received a Pizza Hut Book-It coupon for a free personal pan pizza for their efforts on the first week of homework! For the upcoming months, students will have to score at least an 8 out of 10 on their word list test to receive their free monthly Pizza Hut Book-It coupon! 

Tomorrow we're going to Sock it to Drugs --  Silly Sock Day! 

Friday October 20th  

We had a handwashing lesson today with Nurse Ashley from Central Office. She taught the students the correct way to wash their hands along with ways to help keep germs from entering their bodies. There is an informational sheet coming home in folders today. She gave the students "Homework" to teach you how to wash your hands the correct way! Happy hand washing!!!

Reminder-Trail of Treats is Monday evening. PTA meeting in the cafeteria at 6:00 and Trail of Treats will follow the PTA meeting. I look forward to seeing you all! 

Red Ribbon Week is October 24-26.

These are the activities for each day:

Tuesday - Wear Red

Wednesday - My future is too bright for drugs - Wear neon (bright colors); Also Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Day (wear Teal)

Thursday - Sock it to drugs - Wear crazy/silly socks

Next week we will begin our science unit on Balls and Ramps. To kick off this exciting unit of study, each student is encouraged to bring their favorite ball to school Monday, October 30th. We will be playing outside with our balls after P.E. on Monday. We will share our favorite ball with our classmates and explore their similarities and differences! If you want your child to be able to share their ball with their classmates- Please label your child’s ball with their name and send it to school inside their backpack on Monday morning.

I am looking forward to beginning conferences on Monday. Please arrive on time for your scheduled conference. Conferences will begin and end at the time listed on the sign-up genius.  I will be setting a timer to keep us on schedule. I know your time is valuable. 

Note from PTA: If you were not able to send a bag of candy for Trail of Treats by today, please consider sending one in Monday morning.  We are expecting a really great turn out and almost all of our teachers will be there so we need A LOT of candy. Also, if you forgot to send your Marco’s Pizza order form, you can also turn that in Monday morning.  We will also take payment at the door on Monday night.   

I need your help. Please have your child practice zipping or buttoning jackets daily. The students are required to zip the jacket onto their chair each morning and when we come inside from recess. Also, as it gets cooler, they will have to zip their jacket on themselves each time we go outside. One on one practice at home will ensure your child can do this independently. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday October 18th  

Report Cards are coming home in your child's Report Card folder today. Report cards need to be signed by at least one parent/guardian. Please sign in the blank space under the attendance chart on the front page.  Keep all papers inside the folder. Reminder from Parent Night- 2 will be the most common score for academics at this point of the school year. The standards are yearlong goals and earning a 3 for mastery is expected by the end of the year. If you have any questions regarding your child’s report card, we will discuss it during your conference time. If you have not signed up for a conference time, please see the previous post with the link.

The students are VERY excited that Homework Folders will be coming home today! Inside the folders you will find Word List 1, Letter Naming Practice #1, First Sound Fluency #1, the list of Fry Sight Words, our Alphabet Chart, and a handwriting guide. Please read the letter inside the Homework Folder for details regarding the use of this folder. Also, this is a great place to keep your child’s monthly Learning Calendar. Your child will need to turn in the Homework Folder every Tuesday. y suggestion is to return the Homework Folder to their back pack as soon as you are done with it. Then it will always be there on Tuesday when we need it. Thank you!

Wow! What an awesome Field Trip! The children really enjoyed fishing, petting the animals, picking a pumpkin, the hay maze, corn crib, gathering eggs, pony ride and milking the cow! Thank you to our chaperones and thanks to all of the parents who joined us at the farm! It wouldn't have been successful without all of your help! If you got a picture of the group during the field trip please email it to me so I can share with the families that were unable to join us. Please check your child's Seesaw account for the pictures I took on the trip. 

Thank you for the Community Helper forms that have been turned in so far.  Remember, you can email me the picture of you at work so I can show it on the Smart Board. Then, send the form in your child's folder tomorrow. See the post from September 28th for the link to the form. Thank you!


Monday, October 16th  

It was very nice to be back with the children today!  It sounds like all of you had a wonderful Fall Break too!

Class shirts are here at school. If you ordered an adult shirt, they were sent home in backpacks today. As discussed at Parent Night and stated in the field trip note, I will not be sending the student shirts home before our field trip. Every student ordered a class shirt, they will be given out tomorrow morning to wear for the day and will wear it home tomorrow afternoon.

We expect the weather to be chilly tomorrow. We will not take jackets on the trip. I will have your child put their class shirt on top of the long sleeve shirt you send them to school wearing, unless you send me a note otherwise.

If you have not already done so, please follow the link on Thursday’s post for important field trip information.

We are studying community helpers this week. Please see the post from Thursday, September 28th for an important assignment.

Thank you!

Thursday October 5th  

Wow! It is hard to believe we are one day away from the end of our first nine weeks of Kindergarten! The time flies so quickly! The students have come a long way since day one and I am proud of their growth. As we return from fall break we will be heavy into our content standards and working diligently to make sure we all learn everything we need to be prepared first graders. Parents, I need your help. Behavior as a whole needs to improve. Now that they know our classroom rules and procedures, I will be tightening up on tickets as my expectations for the students increase. During the first nine weeks, students have been given multiple warnings before having to pull a ticket. However, when we return from Fall Break the warnings will decrease. I will still give a warning or two but after that it will be a ticket. This is preparing the students for second semester when warnings are no longer given for expected behaviors. The students and I discussed this today and we all feel best behavior is what is expected for our class. I know this will be a great benefit for our classroom learning environment. We have multiple standards and skills to learn this school year and I do not want behavior choices to impede your child’s learning or the learning of others. Thank you for your support at home, it really makes a big difference!

Click here to read everything you need to know about the field trip.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Fall Break!

Tuesday October 3rd  

If you have plans for Fall Break that involve missing school any of the remaining days this week, please send a quick email to let me know.  We have many Nine Week Assessments and report card assessments that we are completing.  I would appreciate the heads-up.  Thank you!


Field Trip forms and payment are due tomorrow October 4th.

If you have not yet had the chance, please see the post from last week with the Fall Parent Teacher conference sign-up link. I am looking forward to meeting with everyone!

We need one more parent to join us on Friday for our apple tasting event. See the sign up link from Friday. 

We also still need a parent to transport our pumpkins back to school after our field trip. The kids usually fall asleep on the bus ride after a long day, so a parent to bring back pumpkins is better than sleepy kids holding pumpkins on a school bus.

Monday, October 2nd  

Thank you for removing September's behavior calendar and leaving the prongs open. I appreciate your help!

I sent home the October Learning Calendar today. Thank you for your help at home with your child.

If you haven't signed up for a conference please see Friday's post. I must meet with a parent from each family. 

Friday September 29th  

Use this link to sign up for Fall Conferences. I look forward to meeting with you.

Please complete this Community Helpers form and return the form in your child's folder and email the picture to me by Wednesday, October 18th. The students are always excited to share the pictures of their parents at work. Thank you!

We will be doing an apple tasting next Friday at 8:00. If you would like to join us and bring apples you may sign up here:

Weekend To Do List:

1) Remove the behavior calendar from the prongs.

2) Write your child's name on the calendar.

3) Leave prongs open.

4) Put the behavior calendar in the pocket.

5) Send completed September Practice Calendar in your child's daily folder. 

6) Please plan to wear BLUE and YELLOW on Monday as we celebrate Down Syndrome Day. 

Note from Mr. Hill:

Buses will no longer wait at bus stops during morning routes. Students should be out at the bus stop waiting for the bus each morning. If they are not out at the bus stop, the bus will go to the next stop.  Please help us with this to get students to school and in class on time.
Also, the Boys and Girls Club will be closed next week due to other districts having Fall Break.  Madison City Schools' Fall Break will be October 9-13.
For car riders...PLEASE move as close to the vehicle in front of you in the mornings and afternoons to allow for traffic to get off of Balch Road.  Thanks to all car riders for using the car line.  Things are running much more smoothly with 2 crossing guards as well. 

September 26th  

Field trip information and permission forms are coming home in folders today. The students are very excited about our trip to the farm! Please return payment and no later than October 4th.

Thank you for returning the Impact Aid forms so quickly!  If you have not returned your child's Impact Aid form yet, please do so tomorrow. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who sent in apples :)

Thursday September 21st  

We’ve had a great week! Literacy Stations are off to a good start. Our whole group reading lessons went very well this week too! 

If you have not already done so, please return your child’s Kindergarten Report Folder and Impact Aid form tomorrow.  We need 100% returned. Thank you!

I will begin to reassess for First Quarter Report Cards during the next two weeks. 

Tomorrow is Fun Day Friday.  If you are sending money, you need to send it inside an envelope and write 3 things on the envelope1) Your child’s first and last name 2) Fun Friday or FDF 3) The amount of money in the envelope.  (If you use a Ziploc bag, you can put a slip of paper inside with this information or write it with a dark color sharpie.) The last few Fridays, I’ve found lose money and envelopes without a name/purpose/amount. Thank you for your help. 

We will be studying apples next week.  Please send one apple to school on Monday. Thank you!

Heads up ~ Kindergarten is going on a Field Trip to Gullion Farms on Tuesday, October 17th. We will have two chaperones ride the bus with our class. Parents are welcome to meet us at the farm. More information will be coming home soon. We'll need the forms/fee returned promptly. 

Wednesday September 20th  

There is an extra folder coming home today in your child's backpack.  This is a Kindergarten Report Folder.  Your child's progress reports and report cards will come home in this folder.  Please sign the report, then return the folder to school within 2 days.  Please leave all reports and the Parent Guide to Kindergarten Report of Learning inside the folder. This is a nice way for us to keep all reports together when needed.  

Inside your child's daily folder you will find an Impact Aid form.  It is very important for you to fill out this form and send it back tomorrow. Impact Aid is essentially money the federal government pays in lieu of taxes to schools that educate the children of federal workers.  I would like to get all of these returned to me tomorrow. 

If you wanted to order your child's school pictures, the order form is due tomorrow. Thank you!

Monday September 18th  

If your child missed Picture Day, they will have their picture taken tomorrow. If you want your child's picture retaken, you'll need to return the proof that is being sent home today and write a note requesting the picture be retaken. 

If your family would like to register to receive gifts as part of the Angel Tree. Please read this from Mrs. Perry

The children went to the book fair tomorrow. If they didn't bring money, they made a wish list.  Tonight is Family Night at the Book Fair from 5:00-7:00. 


Friday September 15th  

It has been a short but VERY BUSY and productive week! :) 

We've spent a lot of time the past three days learning the procedures for Literacy Stations. We will begin the Wonders reading series and Literacy Stations next week. Monday will be a BIG day for us! I'm excited to see how they do as we begin!

We made it to all the way to the letter Z today for our Letter Experts! I am very proud of all the students and their hard work as Letter Expert! Thank you to each family for working with your child on this homework assignment! We had a fun time celebrating our Letter Experts...we had a dance party to some fun alphabet songs!

In folders today, you will find the Book Fair flier and an information sheet. The Book Fair will be opened this Monday through Thursday 7:45-2:15 and Friday 7:45-12:00. In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be opened for Family Night Monday, September 18th5:00-7:00. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair Monday 11:45-12:15. If you would like for your child to purchase books you can meet us at the Book Fair during this time to help them shop or you can send money in a marked envelope or ziploc inside your child’s daily folder.

I hope you enjoy the weekend!

Thursday September 14th  

Tomorrow is Fun Friday! Please send all money in a labeled envelope or labeled Ziploc bag. The label should include your child’s name, what the money is for and the amount enclosed.

If you plan to attend the PTA meeting Monday, September 18th and wish to purchase Chick-fil-A , please send form and payment to school tomorrow. The book fair will be open during this time. Also, our class will visit the book fair on Monday at 11:45. You are welcome to join us at the book fair or send money with your child in a labeled envelope. 

Tomorrow is the final day for our Character Building Fundraiser. If you have not done so already, please consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!


Friday September 8th  

Thank you for your support of our school wide Character Building Fundraiser. We reached our first school wide goal and the students were treated with popsicles today during Fun Friday! The next school wide reward will be music during lunch, when we reach $12,000. The students are really looking forward to reaching this goal.

Today we learned the last vowel, letter Uu. We celebrated by watching the vowel bat video. 

I'm extending the deadline for Scholastic Book orders until Monday. I think the problem with ordering has been corrected. 

Things to do this weekend:

1) Initial the behavior calendar.

2) Watch your child type the computer login and password 5 times.

3) Practice lunch numbers 10 times. Your child has to be able to type their lunch number when checking out a library book.

4) Have your child practice rolling his/her rest mat. By this time of the year, each student should be able to do this independently.

Thanks for trusting me with your children! I am enjoying getting to know the children more and more each day! I hope you enjoy the weekend!

Thursday September 7th  

Our school wide Character Building Fundraiser has been extended to September 15th. We are currently just under $6,000 raised from our $30,000 goal. This is our MAIN fundraiser for the year. The PTA set a goal of $40.00 per child, but any amount donated is appreciated. If your child is not one of the 100 students who have participated so far, please consider making a donation. Please allow your child to ask neighbors, close friends and family. These funds allow the school to purchase much needed instructional programs. Information regarding company matching is in folders today. Your support is GREATLY appreciated!

If your child has donated items for the “Texas Roundup” they can wear a hat tomorrow.

Fun Friday is tomorrow. Reminder- all money sent to school should be in labeled envelope or Ziploc bag, in your child’s Daily Folder.

Scholastic Book Orders are due tomorrow. 


**Handwriting workbooks**  

If you took handwriting books at Parent Night please send those papers in as soon as possilbe. Thanks!

Tuesday September 5th  

Please send your child's class shirt order form and payment ($6.00) to school tomorrow.

If you haven't read the September Newsletter yet, please click the link on Friday's post. Thank you!

Reminder from Mr. Hill’s email ~ Columbia is celebrating Grandparent’s Day on Wednesday, September 6th. If your child’s grandparents would like to eat with your child, they are welcome to come tomorrow. Lunch costs $4.55 for visitors. Our lunch time is 10:25-10:55. 

Thank you for removing August's behavior calendar and leaving the prongs open. I appreciate your help with that time consuming task. If you forgot, no worries. We do the same thing at the end of each behavior calendar.

The September Learning Calendar is in your child's folder today. Please keep this at home and initial each day that you and your child do the activity. You will send the completed calendar to school on October 2nd. Thank you for your support at home.

Friday September 1st  

Please read the September Newsletter.

Your child's Beginning of the Year Assessment Results are coming home in the Daily Folder today. You will find assessment results for DIBELS, Star Early Literacy, and Phonemic Awareness Inventory. Please keep this sheet at home for your records. Please do the activities listed on the letter to support your child's learning of these skills.

 Weekend To Do List:

1) Remove the behavior calendar from the prongs.

2) Write your child's name on the calendar.

3) Leave prongs open.

4) Put calendar in the pocket.

5) Practice lunch numbers and computer login/passwords.

6) Send rest mats back to school on Tuesday.

7) Enjoy the LONG weekend!

Thursday August 31st  

We've had a great day in Kindergarten! 

Scholastic book orders went home today. Orders are due by September 8th. Please order online if possible. 

If you took handwriting books at Parent Night please send those papers in as soon as possilbe. Thanks!

Yearbook order forms are in folders today. The cost is $30.  You can purchase online or with cash/check. 

Please send class shirt order forms and payment ($6.00) to school by Wednesday. 

If you ordered books from the Scholastic Book Order, they are coming home in your child's backpack today.

Tomorrow is Fun Friday. If you would like your child to purchase a snack, please send a dollar in a labeled envelope. Label the envelope with your child's name and FDF. Thank you!

Thanks for your support. 

Tuesday August 29th  


Class shirt order form and payment ($6.00) are due by next Wednesday, September 6th.

If not already returned, please send in your child’s scrapbook page. The students enjoy presenting their page  to the class. Once everyone has presented their page, we'll add the scrapbook to the reading center for the children to enjoy throughout the school year.

Our school wide Character Building Fundraiser is going on now! This is our main fundraiser for the school year. Please consider making a donation to support our school. Thank you!

Please return your library books often. I understand that it might not be every day, but the students are having a hard time learning the library procedures due to the fact that some are going just once or twice a week. The more practice they get in the library the smoother that procedure should be. Thanks!

Monday August 28th  

We have had a wonderful start to our fourth week of Kindergarten!

Throughout the past few weeks we have focused on- getting to know each other, learning our classroom expectations and understanding what it will take to be the best kindergarten students we can be! I tell the students each morning during our morning meeting that we are a family, we will grow, learn and love together! We are continuing to learn procedures and discuss our expectations as a class. We have made numerous posters that will serve as reminders for our expectations and goals. We made a peacemaker/peace breaker poster and a De-bug poster (steps for what to do if someone is bothering you). Having structure and organization in a classroom is essential for a positive learning environment. We also discussed the importance of doing our best with all our work. We had a lesson on creating a “Three Star” paper! The students and I discussed what it takes when coloring to earn a “Three Star” paper. Our guidelines for coloring include: coloring in the lines, leaving no white space, using colors that make sense and using three or more colors. Every time the students color they will be encouraged to create a “Three Star” paper! Happy Coloring!!!

Lunch Numbers- Please continue to have your child practice his/her lunch number until they know it without looking at it. We are down to only a few students needing to take their lunch tags. I hope for next week to be the last week for any student to need to take lunch tag, this includes if your child wishes to purchase ice cream. Everyone needs to know their lunch number. It is used to check out library books and computer log-in.  Starting next week September 5th we plan to leave lunch tags behind. :)

The class is struggling with their behavior. They will do the exact thing I said to not do seconds after I say it. For example, I said do not kick or touch the wall and they will immediately kick and touch the wall. They are constantly talking over my voice when they should be listening to my words. Also, lunch time is a time to eat, not play. Several lost blocks today for playing in the lunchroom. Please remind your child to be on his/her best behavior while at school.

This Friday will be a half day of school for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:00. Please complete the Google form no later than Wednesday.

Thank you to all who helped tearing out and sorting our class workbook pages. I greatly appreciate your time!


Friday August 25th  

We had a pep rally today for our Character Building Fundraiser! The students had a great time! This will be our main fundraiser this year. Our school goal is $30,000. Every grade level has been assigned a character trait, Kindergarten is ACTION! We will compete throughout the year to “earn” points by demonstrating character. Information is coming home today in your child’s folder. Thank you for your help and supporting our school!

Today was the free snack at Fun Day Friday. That snack is eaten during our extra recess. We still have our normal snack and story after rest time and for that you still need to send a snack with your child. 

Weekend To Do List:

1) Remove papers from daily folder.

2) Sit with your child and read the Poetry Notebook.

3) Let your child practice rolling up rest mat.  

4) Let your child practice typing the computer login and password.

5) Complete the Google form with information for next Friday’s half day.

Hope you all enjoy the weekend!

August 24  

In folders today, you will see the order form for class shirts. Please complete the form and send with $6.00 by September 6th. Our class shirts will be yellow. As we discussed at Parent Night, we will wear the shirts about 7 times this school year, so you will definitely get your money's worth. Thank you!

Brighton Collectibles at Bridge Street will give 10% of sales to Columbia if you show this flyer when shopping August 25-27. Spread the word to your friends and family who shop at Brighton as well. Thank you!

Tonight is Spirit Night at Panda Express from 4:00-8:00. Please bring the flyer that is in your child's folder. Our school gets 20% of the sales. 

Tomorrow is the last Fun Friday in August, so the snack will be free for any student who has not lost a Fun Friday this month. You do not need to send money tomorrow.

Friendly reminder ~ Please initial your child's behavior calendar daily. 

If your child has shoes with shoestrings please practice tieing shoes daily until he/she can quickly tie shoes independently. 

August 22  

You will notice your child's behavior calendar inside the daily folder. Please initial daily whether tickets were taken or not. Small initials in the corner of the box is perfect. If your child lost a ticket, you will see the code and how many tickets were taken. Your child should be able to explain the choices he/she made to have taken a ticket. Thank you for your support of good classroom behavior. 

Today we had Spanish with Senora Jones and visited Mrs. Perry for a counseling lesson. 

Tomorrow is Picture Day! Remember to wear tennis shoes. The pictures are taken chest up. I will be out of the classroom for a meeting during the morning and gone out of the building after lunch. Please remind your child to be on his/her best behavior. Make sure all transportation notes are sent in the morning so I can pass that information along to the substitute. 

We had a busy half day!  We read and colored a book about the Solar Eclipse, went to the library, started a new unit in math. If you have connected to your child's seesaw account you will be able to see some of the work we are doing at school. Right now it is more items that are done as a class, but as the year goes on the work becomes more individualized for each child. Our next half day is on Friday, September 1st. I'll be sending a new Google Form home in the coming days so you can let me know of transportation changes and about purchasing a sack lunch. All half day sack lunches need to be preordered. 

August 18  

This week, we attended two lessons with Mrs. Nguyen, our school librarian. We went to an orientation lesson and a Book Care lesson. Now, your child is allowed to check-out library books. Your child‛s first library book is coming home inside his/her backpack today! Your child can keep the book at home for a day or two and then bring it back to school and check out a new book. I‛ve taught the children the classroom procedures for letting me know they are ready for a new book. I am not allowed to search their backpacks, so when they are ready for a new book, they need to take it out of their backpack in the morning and put it in our classroom “Library Book” bucket. 

Poetry Notebooks are coming home for their first time today. Reminder from Monday night - leave all of the poems inside the poetry notebook and return on Monday. 

If you haven't completed the Google Form questions about Monday's half day of school, please do so. Thank you!

School Picture Day is Wednesday, August 23rd. These are the pictures that will be used in the yearbook.


Weekend To Do List:
1) Remove papers from daily folder.
2) Sit with your child and read the Poetry Notebook.
3) Let your child practice rolling up rest mat.
4) Let your child practice typing the computer login and password.

August 16th  

Please remember to pack a change of clothes in your child's book bag. Nurse Laura has a limited amount of clothes that have been donated to use in the event of an accident. If your child has an accident and there are no clothes for them to change into you will be called to come and bring a change of clothes. 

Please read the post below about August 21st. When you have a moment, please fill it out. It is only 4 questions and should only take a few minutes to complete. It needs to be completed no later than this Friday. Thank you!

Google Form Link for August 21st Half Day Dismissal

Tuesday August 15th  

Thank you so much for coming to Parent Night last night! I truly appreciate you taking the time out of your evening, I know schedules are very busy. I hope I shared what you found to be important information and answered your questions. Thank you for hanging in there with me last night, I know it was a lot of information to cover. I truly want this year to be a wonderful experience for your child that will foster a love for school and learning. I look forward to the school year ahead as we work together.

Some have asked for the PowerPoint presentation from last night. Please click the link to view. Please know this is only a very small glimpse of what was discussed last night.

Please let me know if you have any other questions or if there is something you need from me.

If you weren't able to make it I am sending home some important documents in your child's folder today! Please fill out the class directory sheet and return to school tomorrow.

One thing we discussed last night was a very ambitious but attainable goal. I hope for all students to be able to identify all 26 capital and lowercase letters when we finish our “Letter Expert” study on September 15th. I want to pass along a few ideas if you find your child is struggling with identifying letters- flash cards,, write the letters with chalk on the sidewalk and have your child jump on them and say the letter name. Another tool I have found to be very helpful is The Leap Frog- Letter Factory DVD. I have three copies for our class that will begin coming home on a rotating basis. If you already have this DVD at home please send me an email and I will put your child on the end of our class rotation since they are able to view your copy at home in the meantime. When your child brings this DVD home, please allow them to watch it multiple times during the time frame they will have the DVD. The DVD will come home inside a Ziploc bag with a direction note for when to return, please return the note and DVD in the bag. Thank you!

I knew I would leave off an important item or two last night - I will be requesting one conference with each family during first semester. Plans are to schedule these conferences during the month of October. There will be a Sign-up Genius sent out with available time spots. They will be on a first to sign up basis, there will be a post prior to the sign up coming out so you can plan ahead.

On today’s math activity sheet, we practiced writing numbers 1, 2 and 3. Many students need extra practice writing numbers with correct formation. Handwriting is an easy skill to practice one on one with your child at home. Thank you for your support.

All About Seesaw  

Dear Parents,

This year we're going to use a new tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own learning journal, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class.

Click on to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds.

Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Family app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web.


P.S. If you have more than one child using Seesaw, or want to add a new class/school year for your child, follow the link in this email, then click 'Sign in' tab at the top. You do not need to create a new account.

August 11th  

Wow! We have had an awesome first week of Kindergarten! I am very proud of the students and their hard work this week!  

Computer Log-in:  I had a question about how to go about letting your child practice. You can let your child use a keyboard to become familar with the location of the letters. Another option is to pull up a blank Word document so they can see the letters as they push the keys on the keyboard.  It is very important for your child to learn his/her computer log-in, we will visit the computer lab twice a week and students who are able to log-in independently have much more time to work on the computer and not have to wait for me. :)  

Rest mats are coming home today.  While they are at home to be washed, please allow your child several times to practice rolling it up correctly.  Many children need my help daily - with practice we can make this an independent task.

If you look at the Class Schedule page, you will see a schedule of a typical day in our Kindergarten class. I'll be able to explain more at Parent Night. I look forward to seeing each family represented at Kindergarten Parent Night on Monday, August 14th at 5:00.  The meeting will be in our classroom. Please plan for at least one parent to attend, preferably the parent who will be working with your child on homework and doing most of the communication with me throughout the school year. We request that no children attend this meeting.  It typically lasts two hours. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!



August 10th  

Tomorrow, we will have our first Fun Friday Celebration! We are still learning our rules and will not begin tickets until the week of August 21st. All students will be going out to Fun Friday the next two weeks! There is an option to purchase a treat at Fun Friday. Students will need to bring in $1.00 if they would like to purchase a treat. Reminder: any money sent to school needs to be sent in your child’s daily folder inside a labeled envelope/bag (label with: student name and what the money is for). We will go over more details about Fun Friday during Parent Night. If you purchased a FDF card for your child, PTA will give that to me tomorrow. 

We have been busy day in Kindergarten! We read The Kissing Hand and then made a kissing hand for you! I hope you enjoy the sweet picture. We are spending a lot of time learning our rules and procedures. We went to the computer lab for our first time today. Feel free to begin practicing at home. Logins are your child's legal first name, middle initial and last initial. My name is Alisha Katherine Courtney. So if I was a student my login would be alishakc.  Passwords are first initial, last initial and lunch number. Mine would be ac12345.  

Please take a few minutes to read our August Newsletter.

One of the folders you provided with your child’s school supplies came home yesterday with his/her name and class number on it. This folder is their Daily Folder. Please check/remove items from Daily Folder each afternoon and return to school the next day.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be working on becoming “Letter Experts”. To complete this activity each student will be a “Letter Expert” on a letter I have assigned them. To complete their job as “Letter Expert” they will have a home-school assignment. There will be a detailed letter coming home a few days before your child’s turn as the “Letter Expert” please be looking forward to receiving the letter. When you receive the assignment note, please complete the assignment and return the requested items on your child’s assigned day.

Mark your calendars for Parent Night on Monday, August 14th at 5:00 in our classroom. Please plan on having one parent attend this very important meeting.

August 8th  

We had a great day with the boys!  

Snack: The students can have one food item and water only to drink. Examples of food items: a bag of crackers, one apple, or one granola bar.  Please ensure this is packed separately from your child's lunch. We keep our snacks inside our backpacks and lunch boxes go on the shelf in the hallway. Please tell your child what is snack and what is lunch. If your child is supposed to purchase a school lunch, please tell them so they know what to do. We've had a lot of confusion the past two days. 

August 7th  

The girls had a wonderful first day of Kindergarten!  

Please check your child's daily folder. There are a few papers to read. On the note from me, please play close attention to the information about snack.  Your child should have a water bottle and one snack. Please pack the snack separate from your child's lunch. 

Thank you for coming to Open House!  

It was a pleasure to meet all of you at open house!  I know this is going to be a wonderful year!! I hope K101 covered many of the questions and concerns you may have about the first few weeks.  If you missed part of what we discussed, click here to see the presentation. As you look through your child's folder of important papers, if you have any questions please let me know.

Please go ahead and mark your calendar for our Parent Meeting, August 14th at 5:00.  We will go into great detail about the upcoming year.  In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with our class webpage, there is a lot of information to be found in the ABC's of Kindergarten Handbook located under the Kindergarten Information tab. If you have questions between now and then please email me or send a note in your child's folder.

I look forward to seeing the girls-Monday, boys-Tuesday and everyone all together Wednesday!  I am looking forward to getting to know each of you better throughout this exciting school year!

Welcome to Kindergarten!  

The class rolls have been posted on the front doors of Columbia Elementary.  If your child is in my class, go ahead and sign up to receive text messages from me this school year.  I will text reminders and announcements to help you stay organized during the busy school year.  There are more detailed instructions listed on the Kindergarten Information section of my page. You can click to download the PDF and follow those directions.

Also, if your child is in my class, feel free to complete our Google Form now instead of at Open House. Be aware that the form requires you to provide your child's afternoon transporation. If your child is a bus rider, you will need to tell me which bus your child will ride. If you do not know this information, please wait to fill out the form until you come to Open House on August 3rd. Thank you!

I look forward to seeing all of you on Thursday, August 3rd at 3:00 in the cafeteria!  Please bring all of your school supplies to Open House. (See previous post for more information about Open House and the 1st week of school.)


Incoming Kindergarten Students  

Kindergarten Open House will be August 3rd 3:00-4:00. Columbia's kindergarten teachers will be offering a Kindergarten 101 Presentation in the cafeteria at 3:00. During this time, we will share information about procedures for the first weeks of school, transportation, lunch, etc... Following the presentation, the families with girl students will come to the classroom to meet the teacher, complete a google form and put away school supplies while the families with boy students will stay in the cafeteria to find your child's bus number, set up your child's lunch account, join PTA and purchase a school shirt. After about twenty minutes, the boy families will be invitied to your child's classroom to meet the teacher, complete a google form and put away school supplies.

To help our students adjust to school, Madison City follows an A/B schedule for the first two days of school. Girls will be on the A schedule. They will come to school on Monday, August 7th. Boys will be on the B schedule. They will come to school on Tuesday, August 8th. Beginning Wednesday, August 9th, all students will assume the regular school schedule.

 School Supplies for Kindergarten - Please bring these items to Open House

**Please read this note before you begin shopping: School Supply Shopping 

1 pack 8 count classic color crayons (skinny)

1 pack 16 count classic color crayons (skinny)

2 packs 24 count classic color crayons (skinny)

4 large glue sticks

24 #2 pre-sharpened yellow pencils

1 composition notebook, wide ruled, 100 papers

1 supply box (no larger than 6x9)

2 solid colored plastic folders with pockets and prongs

1 one inch three ring binder with plastic sleeve on front

1 watercolor set

1 packet of sheet protectors

1 set of headphones in a labeled plastic bag – NO ear buds

2 single packs of Post-It Notes

1 cloth rest mat – NO sleeping bags, exercise mats or beach towels

1 backpack large enough to hold the folders and binder

Please Consider Donating:

Lysol Wipes

Boys – Gallon Freezer Ziplock Bags

Girls – Quart Size Freezer Bags