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Wednesday, February 21, 2018  

We had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Luncheon today! The food was delicious! Thank you to all who made food or contributed to the Teacher Appreciation Lunch. It was very enjoyable!

The Kindergarten Report Folder is coming home today with your child's third nine weeks progress report. Please sign the report, then return the folder to school within 2 days. Remember that those standards that are in bold print are our power standards for Kindergarten.  Knowing the 50 Kindergarten sight words and the math facts fluently are 2 of those power standards.   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 18 progress reports and flip to the last page to see if it was signed. Thank you! 

Read Across America Week begins on Monday!! There are dress up days for each day of the week! Please read: Read Across America for more information. 

Yesterday was the deadline to turn in the RSVP form for the Dr. Seuss breakfast.  If you have not sent that green form back in, please take the time to RSVP so that our lunchroom staff will know how many breakfast meals to prepare.  Even if your child is not buying a breakfast please check the no blank and send the form back. I would like to have all forms by tomorrow.  We are looking forward to a fun time!  

 Reminder: Six Flags Reading Logs are due Tuesday, February 27th. 



February 16, 2016  

Our  Dr. Seuss Breakfast Invitations are in folders today.  Please complete the RSVP section at the bottom of the invitation and return by Tuesday, February 20th.  This is a very fun event for our students.

Please remember to send Homework Folders on Tuesday.

I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!

February 14th, 2015  

We had a wonderful day today!  The children were so excited to pass out their valentines.  They will be bringing these home today.  Thank you so very much for all of the sweet valentines and treats! I loved everyone of them and will treasure the cards.  

Please keep working on learning math facts at home.  I have been assessing the addition and subtraction facts and have been proud of the student's efforts.  The subtraction facts are always harder for the students to learn so please keep practicing these daily if possible. I also want to encourage you to continue to set aside time daily to listen to your child read the CVC words that are in your child's homework folder and to do the Fry Sight Word flashcards.  The 5-10 minutes that you can invest each day will yield a great return for your child.  Thank you for your continued support at home. 

There are two papers coming home today 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 (sent via email).

February 12, 2018  

Monday, February 12th   Updated at 2/12/2018 2:12:00 PM

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.

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

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. 

February 5th, 2019  

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.


February 2, 2018  

What a wonderful field trip we had today!  The muscial was fun to watch and we were all impressed with how well the students did with their performances.  The students were very well behaved.  I know I am already looking forward to next year's play! Please check your child's folder today.  In your child's folder you will find the January Progress Monitoring scores for DIBELS.  Please set aside time daily to listen to your child read CVC words and to do the Fry sight word flashcards with your child.  The 5-10 minutes invested each day will yield a great return for your child.  Than you for supporting the learning in the classroom! If you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask me. 

 You will also find an order form for the class group picture in your child's folder.  We will be taking the picture on Wednesday, February 7th.  

Next week is our Scholastic Book Fair.  Our class will visit the book fair on Monday the 5th from 12:15-12:45.  If you would like to come and go to the bookfair with your child, please meet us in the library. 

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.

Mark your calendars for Multicultural Night on Monday, February 12th. The PTA meeting will begin at 6:00 with Multicultural Night to follow.  It is a very educational and fun night for the students.  

Have a wonderful weekend!

January 31st, 2018  

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 green 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.

January 29th, 2018  

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 green 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.

January 24th, 2018  

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 by Friday. 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!

Also, we found glasses after Parent Night. Let me know if you lost yours. 

January 19th, 2018  

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. 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.  

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)

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 a deliver truck, 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! 

January 18th, 2018  

Good Morning! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the snow and the six day weekend! I have missed my students and the routine that school brings, however the unexpected snow was nice. 

- 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

- Mrs. Hester read this on Twitter and I thought I would share this great suggestion that she found: 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. 

- These days off have been 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. 


January 11th, 2018  

The Donuts with Dad RSVP forms are due on Friday.

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!

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! 

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)


January 10th, 2018  

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!

In your child's daily folder you will see a paper with CVC words on one side, and sentences on the back of the paper.  These are words and sentences that are dictated to your child to spell/write.  The words are using letters that we have focused on and the sentences use the sight words we are learning.  Please have your child read these to you.  When we write the sentences we talk about how the first letter of the word should have a capital letter, how we need to have a space between each word, and how a sentence ends with punctuation.  

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!

January 9th, 2018  

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 out 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! If you have any questions about the homework, please feel free to email me.  


January 5th, 2018  

Please read this month's newsletter: January Newsletter

The Donuts with Dad RSVP form is in your child's folder today. 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!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017  

And just as quickly as you snap your fingers we have completed the first semester of the school year!  It is hard to believe how swiftly the time has gone by and all that we have accomplished.  I want to thank each and everyone of you for the support you have given to me during this school year.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break.


Thank you!

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017  

Thank you for attending our Christmas party today! The students had a wonderful time! Thank you to Mrs. Elliott for organizing the party for us. Thank you to those who contributed items and helped at the party. I believe the students really enjoyed every activity that we did.   

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 using my cards.   (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.  

I really appreciate all you do for me.  I truly enjoy your children and hope that all of you have a wonderful winter break and a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 18th, 2017  

You do not need to send Homework Folders tomorrow. The test for Word List 7 will be on January 9th.

We are looking forward to celebrating at our party tomorrow at 11:45. I plan to send rest mats 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 the Google Form (sent this afternoon) by tomorrow.

Please let me know if your child will not be here on Wednesday. I want to make sure everyone takes home their Santa Countdown to Christmas!

Friday, December 15th, 2017  

I have your child's Winter DIBELS scores in the daily folder.  I'm very excited about how well the students did on their tests! Thank you for your support at home. 

Students do not need to bring their Homework Folders onTuesday. We will have Word List 7 test on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Again thank you for your support at home with the Homework Folders. Please continue to work on the word lists and fluency practice sheets that are provided.  

Have a great weekend!

Monday, December 11th, 2017  

I wanted to give a reminder regarding sickness- We had 3 students out sick today and a few out last week. Currently we have students sick with the stomach bug/ or winter colds. Please do not send your child to school if they are not feeling well. Students should be fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours and vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. As much as we love everyone being at school, we do not want to spread germs. I have been disinfecting the room daily, we want to do all we can to prevent illness. Daily I remind students to wash their hands when they are in the bathroom and prior to lunch.  I also have them wash hands when they are rubbing their face, or using tissues on noses.  Thank you for your support in this. 

Please send Homework Folders tomorrow. If your child reads 8 or more words correctly, he/she will receive the December Book-It for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut!


Friday, December 8th, 2017  

 We had an exciting 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  it was time to eat our cookies the Gingerbread Man had taken them. We went on a scavenger hunt throughout the school following his clues until we finally found them! The kids had a great time and the cookies were delicious!  A special thanks to Mrs. Schmidt for helping our class today!

I am VERY proud of all the kids this week for doing their best on their DIBELS and STAR tests! They have worked hard this semester and your support at home has been appreciated! I will send  the results to you as soon as possible.  


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!  

If you placed an order with Scholastic I should be receiving it the first of next week.  If you requested for me to hold onto the order I will contact you so that you can pick the order up at the front office during the day.  This is a great way for our class to get free books so I really appreciate any order that is placed.  

I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays warm! 

Monday, December 4th, 2017  

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.  I will be testing on the word list #5. 

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.  


November 28th, 2017  

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! 

November 27th, 2017  

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was nice being able to spend time with family while getting to eat turkey and dressing. Yum! :)

We have begun the engineering portion of our science unit for balls and ramps.  Today we talked about pushes and the energy/force that is needed to cause an object to move.  It was interesting to see how the students worked together to solve a problem.  

Today I noticed that several of the students still had a lot of papers in their folders.  Please check your child's folder daily and empty any papers that are inside.  I also wanted to remind you that homework folders are due tomorrow.  I will be assessing the students on word list 4.  Please remember to help your child with the different fluency sheets as well as with the word lists that are sent home.  I appreciate your support with this so much. 



November 15th, 2017  

If your child has not met our goal of 52 for the December Letter Naming Fluency, please practice at home daily. If your child has consistently scored above 52, your child’s goal is to reach the end of the year benchmark of 62 when you practice at home. 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!

Homework folders have been sent home with new practice sheets in each area. Hopefully, you noticed that this week there was a second phoneme segmentation practice sheet. Here is the link to watch a video about how to help your child with the new phoneme segmentation homework: http://youtu.be/cfHamrUFyNI If your child is struggling to reach the December benchmarks (Letter Naming: 52, First Sound Fluency: 52, Phoneme Segmentation: 51) when completing their homework, I would recommend completing these homework sheets more than the required times each week (we require two signatures for 2 times) to help your child practice and improve upon these skills. I am working with students who need additional practice during small group time on these skills as well! Please let me know if you have any questions. 

November 13th, 2017  

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. :)

November 6th, 2017  

This Thursday is a half day of school. If you have not already done so, please complete the Google form sent via email this past Friday.

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.

The St. Jude Fundraiser is happening now through November 9th.  Our class goal is $120.  Kindergarten is still in the lead with $655.00 collected.  You can send in a check made out to St. Jude in a labeled envelope or donate online using one of the links from last Thursday’s post. All donations are tax deductible. Thanks for making a difference!

November 3rd, 2017  

  We had an exciting day in Kindergarten!  We did our 3 step sort with our M&M's/ Skittles today.  I sent the candies home in a ziplock bag for your child to show you how we did this. Inside the bag is an extra pack for them to enjoy. Thank you for sending those in for us to do this special math activity.  We also got to do a fun Thanksgiving/Fall craft today.  A special thanks to Mrs. Elliott for bringing supplies and organizing the craft.  Thank you to all the parents who were able to come and help!  The students loved this!  Be on the lookout for pictures on See Saw!

Thursday, November 9th is a ½ day of school.  We dismiss at 11:00.  Please complete the Google Form (sent this afternoon) no later than Tuesday.

Madison City's annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser is happening now through 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. Many administrators, teachers, and staff members from CES will be participating in the St. Jude's marathon on December 2nd. Please use one of the following links if you are interested in donating to St. Jude's as part of our school-wide fundraiser! Thank you for making a difference! http://heroes.stjude.org/jhill   http://heroes.stjude.org/CES_lgrice   http://heroes.stjude.org/Laura_Hester Please consider making a donation for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Kindergarten is in the lead with $305 donated! If you make an online donation, you are able to print a receipt for your tax records.  

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 rest mats back on Monday.

6) Enjoy the weekend! 

November 1st, 2017  

On Monday  a Habit Tracker sheet was sent home in your child's folder. 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 raising our hands to share and answer questions instead of shouting out or interrupting. 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. 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 or smiley face 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 any extra hole punch in their Positive Behavior punchcard. Thank you for supporting our school-wide leadership program at home! 

The children looked great yesterday dressed as their book characters! We had a super fun day! The parade was great! Today the children and I finished up our pumpkin investigation.  There is a paper in their folder with all of the things we discovered about our class pumpkin.  

October 30, 2017  

This 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.

October 27th, 2017  

Your child has an apple in their book bag today for Apple Annie Day.

If you haven’t already, please be sure to read the Halloween information from Thursday's post.

Our Fall Festival is tomorrow, it is a wonderful family fun time! We still need volunteers, please see the link from Thursday’s post. I hope to see many of you there! I will be in the teacher jail from 10:00-10:30.  


October 26th, 2017  

Please read about Halloween in Kindergarten:  Important Information

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

October 26th, 2017  

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. 

Please don't forgeth that  Homework Folders should be turned in each Tuesday. On Tuesdays during our small group time, I will be completing the word list test on your child, and I will send home new homework sheets. Please keep all sheets in your child's folder (even previous sheets) for reference and practice. 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! 

We're looking forward to our Fall Festival this Saturday. I will be in the teacher jail from 10:00-10:30. Please stop by to see me if you can! There are still plenty of volunteer slots available if you haven't signed up yet. It should be a fun day!

October 22, 2017  

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 Friday, 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 hope everyone has a great weekend!

October 18th, 2017  

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. Thank you!

October 17th, 2017  

Wow! What a wonderful field trip we had today! The children really enjoyed fishing, petting the farm animals, picking a pumpkin, the hay maze, the corn crib, pony ride and milking the cow!  I believe the giant slide was the favorite!  I was very proud of the children.  They were well behaved and followed directions when given.  The students did get a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and we placed them inside their backpacks.  I took many pictures today during the field trip and will be putting them up on SeeSaw soon.  Be looking for them and please feel free to add comments!  I want to thank my chaperones, Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Johnson.  I also want to thank Mr. Elliott who brought our pumpkins back to the school.  I also want to thank the parents who were able to join us at the farm.  It would not have been such a successful field trip without all of your help!


Trail of Treats is Monday, October 23rd. If your family is attending, please send a bag of candy.

Fall Festival is Saturday, October 28th. 


October 16th, 2016  

It was very nice to be back with the children today! My family went to the beach and had a wondeful time. Based on the different things the children told me 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!

October 5th, 2017  

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!

October 3rd, 2017  

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!

September 29th, 2017  

We had a great time during our Apple Tasting! Thank you to the volunteers who came to help or sent in items. 

If you sent FDF money today, I left it in your child's folder because today was free. (See yesterday's post.)

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 28, 2017  

Tomorrow is the last Friday of September. The Fun Friday snack will be free for all students who have not lost a Fun Friday during September. 

Two important items:

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


2) 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!

September 26th, 2017  

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  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!

September 22nd, 2017  

We will be studying apples next week.  Please send one apple to school on Monday. We will be using these for a sorting activity.  We are also still in need of some items and volunteers for the apple tasting activity we will be completing on Thursday. Click here to view the needed items and the available volunteer spots and sign up if you are interested in donating or helping!  Thank you!


September 21st, 2017  

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! The students learned our five new vocabulary words (friend, problem, escape, grasped, rescue) and have been reading our new sight word "the". If you signed up for the See Saw app then you have been able to see pictures and videos of the students working at the different literacy stations.  

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 loose 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. 

September 20, 2017  

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 day.  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. 

Today our class was able to go to the book fair.  In your child's folder is a wish list of the books that he/she was interested in purchasing.  If you would like to purchase one of the books you may send money in an envelope with his/her name on it letting me know it is for the book fair.

I also want to tell you how much I appreciated the cards and special surprises I have gotten today from the students.  It meant so much to me.

Thanks so much! 

September 19th, 2017  

Our class is scheduled to go to the book fair tomorrow from 11:45-12:15.  You are welcome to come to school and go to the book fair with your child.  If you are unable to come and would like to send money, please place it in an envelope with your child's name on it and what the money is for.  


September 18th, 2017  

Today we started our literacy stations.  The children did great! I was pleased with how well they moved through their stations and how they stayed on task.     Updated at 9/18/2017 2:31:00 PM

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

Our class will visit the Book Fair tomorrow 11:45-12:15. Tonight is Family Night at the Book Fair from 5:00-7:00. 

September 17th, 2017  

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

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 18th 5:00-7:00. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair Tuesday 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 ziplock inside your child’s daily folder.

I hope you enjoy the weekend!

September 14th, 2017  

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.

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!  Also if your child brought in school supplies this week for those in need in Texas they get to wear a hat to school tomorrow.  Thank you for helping those who are in need.  


September 5th, 2017  

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.

September 1st, 2017  

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.

A rhyming lotto game is coming home in folders today. The directions are also in the folder. Please take time to play the game throughout the month of September or until your child can identify rhyming words easily. Thank you!

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. 


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!

August 28th, 2017  

We have had a wonderful start to our fourth week of Kindergarten!  Time is going by so quickly! 

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!  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, a good listeners 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! 

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. :)

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 tomorrow.

August 24th,2017  

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 green. 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. 

August 21, 2017  

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. 

We had a busy half day!  We read and colored a book about the Solar Eclipse, drew a picture showing an eclipse, learned about the numeral 1 in math, learned about the letter Ii from our letter expert and enjoyed Spanish class. 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. 

Enjoy the Solar Eclipse this afternoon! 

August 18th, 2017  

This week, we attended one lesson with Mrs. Nguyen, our school librarian. We went to an orientation lesson yesterday. We will go to a Book Care lesson on Tuesday. Your child will be allowed to check-out library books after we have our second lesson. Once your child can check out a book, 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. Also, if you haven't sent in your child's scrapbook page, please work on this and send it in next week. 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, 2017  

Parents please click the link to complete this Google Form by Friday.

One more thing I forgot to talk about at Parent Night:

Please remember we are on the same team.  I want what is best for your child, just like you do.  I want your child to succeed in Kindergarten, just like you do. I want your child to feel safe, comfortable and loved in my classroom, just like you do. We are a team working together with the same focus -- your child. 

August 15th, 2017  

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, Starfall.com, 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 purchased 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. A lot of the students needed help to write 2 and 3 with correct formation. Handwriting is an easy skill to practice one on one with your child at home. Continue to have your child practice writing his/her name at home as well. Thank you for your support.

August 11th, 2017  

 We have had a busy and great first week of Kindergarten! I am very proud of the students and their hard work this week!  

Computer Log-in:  Allow your child to 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. :)  We have already had our first visit to the computer lab.  We will go on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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, 2017   

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 Jamie W Massengale. So if I was a student my login would be jamiewm.  Passwords are first initial, last initial and lunch number. Mine would be jm12345.  

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.

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.

Friendly Reminder ~ Parent Night is Monday, August 14th at 5:00 in our classroom. Please send one parent from your family to the meeting. Also please remember that all transportation changes, other than the ones you gave me on the Google Form, need to have a written note.  

August 8th, 2017  

We had a great day with the boys!  

Please see yesterday's post about signing up for your child's digital portfolio. 

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, 2017  

The girls had a wonderful first day of Kindergarten!  

Please check your child's daily folder. 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. 

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 digital portfolio, 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.  A sheet with directions to sign up will be coming home in your child's Daily Folder. Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Family app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web. Throughout the year, you can save the picture/videos and send to grandparents if you'd like. As you sign in I will begin putting pictures and videos into your child's portfolio.  I already have a picture of the girls ready to go and will have one for the boys tomorrow!  

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 imortant papers if you have any questions, please let me know.  If you haven't filled in the google form yet with your information, please do so now.  

Please go ahead and mark your calendar for our Parent Meeting on 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.  Also please take the time to sign up for the Remind Me texting service.  I will use this method often throughout the year to "remind" you of important events, changes in schedule, etc.  :) 

I look forward to seeing the girls on Monday, the boys on Tuesday and everyone all together on Wednesday! I am excited to get to know each of you better throughout this wonderful 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.  

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  
Incoming Kindergarten Student Information  

Incoming Kindergarten Students: If your child is currently registered,  you should have received a phone call to schedule your child's Pre-Kindergarten Assessment. The test will be given on July 24th and 25th at Columbia. Your child will complete an assessment of fine motor and pre-reading skills. The assessments will take approximately 30 minutes and a certified teacher will be administering the age appropriate early literacy tests. Please arrive on time and wait in the lobby. From there, a certified teacher will bring the child to the testing location to begin assessments. The parent/guardian will wait in the lobby until the testing is complete.


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.


 **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


The beginning of Kindergarten is an exciting time. To help our students adjust to school, Madison City Schools has developed an A/B schedule for the first two days of Kindergarten. Girls will be on the A schedule. They will come to school on Monday, August 7thBoys will be on the B schedule. They will come to school on Tuesday, August 8th. Beginning WednesdayAugust 9th, all studentswill assume the regular school schedule.