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Thursday, February 22nd   Updated at 2/22/2018 10:04:00 AM

The Kindergarten Report Folder is came home yesterday with your child's third nine weeks progress report. 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. 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.

Reminder: Six Flags Reading Logs are due Tuesday, February 27th.  Thank you for doing this extra reading with your child! They will be excited to earn a ticket to Six Flags! 

Thursday, February 15th   

We had a great day yesterday on 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! 

Two papers came home earlier this week about our upcoming vision screening. Please fill out the form, if you haven't already, 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 this weekend, please let me know if you need me to send it again).

Scholastic Book Orders for February- I sent home February Scholastic catalogs earlier this week. If you would like to order books, you can either fill out and return the paper order form with payment (please send in an envelope or bag labeled "Scholastic Order") or you can place your order online (www.scholastic.com) using our class code: HNFV9. Please turn in or submit all orders by midnight on Tuesday, February 20th. Remember, our class earns points towards free books for our classroom library with each student order! :)

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.

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. 

Sunday, February 11th  

I hope you all are having a great weekend!

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

Looking forward to seeing you at Multicultural night tomorrow night, Monday, February 12th. The PTA Meeting will begin at 6:00 with Multicultural Night to follow. The Book Fair will be open during Multicultural night, if you would like to purchase books! 

We spent a lot of class time this past week practicing addition and subtraction word problems. Our practice work will be coming home on paper that is folded into fourths in your child's daily folder in the next few days. 

Please remember to send your child's decorated valentine bag and their valentine cards on Wednesday, February 14th. We will be having a special valentine snack on Valentine's Day so you will not need to send a snack in with your child on Wednesday! 

We will not have school next Monday, February 19th, in honor of President's Day! 


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

Monday, February 5th   

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 Tuesday, February 20th. Thank you! 

The January progress monitoring scores for DIBELS are in your child's folder. If your child is struggling in any areas be sure to utilize the resources in your child's homework folder as much as possible! Thank you for your diligence with practicing at home!  It makes a difference! 

Due to the number of absences, class pictures have been rescheduled to Friday, March 23rd. Order forms were sent home on Friday. If you sent your order form and payment this morning, I turned it into the office. They will hold onto it until March 23rd. Individual pictures are still scheduled for next Wednesday, February 14th. 

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.

We go to Book Fair this Wednesday afternoon (February 7th) from 12:45-1:15. If you would like send money, please label the envelope with "Book Fair" and your child's name.  You are welcome to come join us as well. If you plan to join us during this time, please be sure to meet us and say good-byes 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. We did receive a new student today, Connor, so please be sure to include him when making valentine 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.

Jump Rope for Heart forms were sent home on Thursday of last week. 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)

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 purple 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 flashcards. We are working on these math facts in class this week too.

It's that time of year where we have a large amount of headphones issues due to daily use (usually about half way through the school year). Many of our students have headphones that are broken and/or no longer working properly. I try to send headphones that are no longer working home with your child in their backpack when we notice an issue. Since we do use them daily, please send a new pair of headphones back as soon as possible. I have a few extra pairs in the classroom; however, we do not have enough extra pairs for every child who needs them. Thank you for your help and understanding! 

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 purple 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

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! :)

Remember to turn in your child's field trip form and field trip money. The cost is $1. We would like to have all forms back by Friday if possible! 

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. 

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 100th day of school is on Monday, January 29th. 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.

I am extending the January Scholastic order due date through this weekend! If you would like to order books from the catalogs sent home last week (you can also browse the catalogs online), please place your order online by this Sunday, January 21st. I will be submitting the orders first thing Monday morning. I wanted to send out a reminder about the orders due to the snow days and hectic week! Please see Friday's post for the link to the Scholastic website and our class ordering code, if needed. 

Our annual Food Drive to help Madison's Inside Out Ministries is next week.  See last Friday'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 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! 

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 on Twitter 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. 

- Hopefully, you have had some time to work on the Six Flags reading log and January Homework 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. 

Friday, January 12th   

I hope everyone is staying safe and warm during this possible snow day!

Madison City Schools will be closed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I will see everyone back on Tuesday! 

The Donuts with Dad RSVP forms are due on Tuesday (due date was today, but due to weather, we need all forms back on Tuesday).

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!

Scholastic Book Orders for January- I sent home January Scholastic catalogs yesterday. If you would like to order books, you can either fill out and return the paper order form with payment (please send in an envelope or bag labeled "Scholastic Order") or you can place your order online (www.scholastic.com) using our class code: HNFV9. Please turn in or submit all orders by midnight on Thursday, January 18th. Remember, our class earns points towards free books for our classroom library with each student order! :)

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!

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. All students will have at least one reading passage homework sheet as all of the students in our class compacted out of phoneme segmentation and will not be taking the Kindergarten end of the year assessment in this area. Students who compacted out of both 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. We will discuss the new homework more at our parent night next Tuesday. Thank you for your support at home! 

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!

Friday, January 5th  

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!

Students will have a substitute on Monday and Tuesday this upcoming week (January 8th and 9th). Please remind your child to be on their best behavior for our substitute. Please send all communication through your child's daily folder as I will not be here to receive emails or other means of communication. 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 (we practiced a little bit before Christmas break as well). I passed out new pencils, glue and their 24 box of crayons for each student and table. New school supplies are always exciting to the children! 

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 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. 

Wednesday, December 20th   

I sent home Six Flags Reading Logs yesterday in your child's daily folder. This is an awesome opportunity for your child to earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags in Atlanta! If you are interested in your child earning a free ticket to Six Flags, please record the minutes read on your child’s reading log and return the reading log by February 27, 2018.  This can be time that you read to your child or time that your child reads to you. I encourage you to go ahead and fill out the reading log and turn it in through your child's daily folder even if you are not sure you'll be able to use the ticket. Happy Reading!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 19th   

Thank you for celebrating with us at our Christmas party today! The children had a great time and really enjoyed crafting and mingling with their classmates and our class parents! Thank you Mrs. Jenny for organizing the party, Mrs. Felicia and Mrs. Stephanie for helping Mrs. Jenny with setting up, and all of the parents for helping and visiting with us during the party! Thank you to everyone who donated items and supplies as well! It was a very fun and festive event! 

Thank you so much for all of the Christmas gifts! You all are so thoughtful and generous, and it means so much that you thought of me during this holiday season! Thank you so, so much! 

Your child is coming home with your Christmas present today in a decorated bag! I hope you enjoy these gifts for years to come! You may wish to open the gifts early to go ahead and put them to use! :) You may also want to check your child's entire backpack today and also tomorrow. Many small gift items and treat bags were sent home from classmates in addition to crafts made today and throughout the week.

 I plan to update SeeSaw over Christmas Break so be on the look-out for new pictures taken during the last few weeks!

The students received a Christmas present from me today as well.  It is in their folders. I hope they enjoy it! :) 

Tomorrow is a half day of school! We will dismiss at 11:00am. Extended day will be closed. I will use the Google form responses to determine how students are getting home tomorrow. If you need to change your child's transportation, please send in a note in your child's folder.

Thank you for a great first half of the school year! I hope everyone has a safe, joyful, and restful break! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing all students back on Thursday, January 4th, 2018


Monday, December 18th   

We had “snow” much fun today making snow! Everyone is bring home a Ziploc bag full of snow. The kids enjoyed mixing and playing with the snow mixture. Thank you Mrs. Thompson for a fun craft!  

We had a blast making ornaments today as well! Thank you to the parent volunteers for coming in and helping! Thank you to everyone who donated items for these fun activities as well! 

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 through email last week) 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!

Thursday, December 14th   

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! I have highlighted any scores for students who have compacted out or surpassed the Kindergarten End of the Year goals at this point. Students will not take the assessments that they have compacted out of again in Kindergarten due to already reaching the end of the year benchmark. I have circled any scores that were below the grade level benchmark at this point so you can work on these skills using the homework folder over the break! Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you for your support at home. 

Tuesday, December 12th   

Today, I assessed students on Word List #6. If your child read 8 or more words correctly, he/she received the December Book-It coupon for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut! A new word list was sent home in addition to a new letter naming practice sheet. We did not send home a new First Sound Fluency sheet or Phoneme Segmentation sheet! Continue to practice using the sheets that have been sent home in the past! We will not check homework folders or complete the weekly test for Word List #7 until after Winter Break! Please practice when possible over the break and feel free to review and practice prior word lists and practice sheets as well! 

Friendly Reminder ~ I will be assessing for Report Cards this week. 

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!  

Scholastic Book Orders for Christmas- I have sent home the December Scholastic catalogs today. I am going to place one last order for books before the Christmas holiday and winter break! These books make great Christmas gifts, especially if you are interested in the BOB book sets (you can search for the sets through Scholastic's search options)! The turn around to order is going to be quick as I want families to be able to receive their purchases before getting out for winter break.  If you would like to order books, you can either fill out and return the paper order form with payment (please send in an envelope or bag labeled "Scholastic Order") or you can place your order online (www.scholastic.com) using our class code: HNFV9. Please turn in or submit all orders by 4:30pm this Monday, December 11th. This will ensure that the books arrive by next week! If you would like to arrange an order pick-up time (instead of the books being sent home with your child) in order to keep the purchases a surprise for Christmas, please let me know through email! :)

Monday, December 4th  

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.  

Our class will have a substitute tomorrow, December 5th, and Thursday, December 7th. I will be on campus, but I will be administering the December DIBELS assessments to 2nd grade students on both of these days. Please remind your child to be on their best behavior, and please send any transportation changes through your child's folder in the morning! Thank you! 

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 within 2 days.  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! 

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. This would be great dinner time conversation! I encourage you to talk with your child about their experience!

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 27th   

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

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

Be sure to send your child's homework folder in tomorrow! I will be assessing each student on Word List #4 and sending home new homework tomorrow! 

Friday, November 17th   

Rest mats did not go home today. Next week is a two day week, they will go home on Tuesday.

Tuesday (11/21) will be pajama day for the entire school. This is a reward for meeting our school-wide St. Jude's Fundraiser goal! Be sure to send your child to school in tennis shoes and a jacket as we will still be going outside and to P.E. on this day! 

With the short week coming up, homework folders will not be due this Tuesday. We will complete our Word List #4 test and receive new homework sheets on Tuesday, November 28th. Please be sure to work on Word List #4, words missed on previous word list tests, and all of the practice sheets in your child's homework over the weekend and during Thanksgiving break! Taking just a few minutes (5 at the most) each day to work on your child's homework folder makes a huge difference! We are working hard each and every day at school, and I can tell that you have been working hard at home as well. Our class has made a lot of progress, and I hope to keep this momentum up through the break! Thank you for your support and help from home! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, November 16th   

Tomorrow is the last Friday of the month. If your child has not lost a Fun Friday this month the snack will be free!

Scholastic book catalogs for November went home in folders yesterday. If you would like to order books, you can either fill out and return the paper order form with payment (please send in an envelope or bag labeled "Scholastic Order") or you can place your order online (www.scholastic.com) using our class code: HNFV9. Please turn in or submit all orders for November by midnight this Tuesday, November 21st. These books make terrific Christmas presents, and our classroom receives points towards free book with every order! :)

Wednesday, November 15th   

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. I completed your child's Word List #3 test yesterday. If your child read 8 or more words correctly, he/she received 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. :)

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. The students are encouraged to participate in our Fire Safety Week Coloring Contest. Information is in folders yesterday. All entries are due by Friday, November 17th.  Each child also received a firefighter hat that was sent home today. 

***Thank you so much for the amazing wedding gift! It means so much that you all thought of us on this special day! Everything was perfect, and it was an amazing day! I appreciate all of the support and words of kindness from all of you throughout this year as I have been planning the wedding and preparing for married life. I am so blessed to have such a supportive and caring group of parents and students! :)***

Tuesday, November 7th   

Homework Folders need to come to school every Tuesday. Thank you for sending them in today! 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 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.

If you haven't completed the Google Form that was emailed on Saturday, please do so by this evening. Thank you!

Monday, November 6th   

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

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 Saturday.

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.

We had extra M&Ms, so I am sending home a packet of M&Ms in your child's daily folder. Please watch and listen as your child does the 3-step sort. Step 1) Sort by one attribute. Step 2) Count. Step 3) Sort by amount. 

Also, you will find a pumpkin thumbprint canvas magnet and photos from our field trip in your child's backpack today. Mrs. Jenny, our room mom, took and printed all of the photos in her spare time. She also planned and organized our Halloween craft, bought the craft supplies, worked with the children on creating the craft, and put on the finishing touches to create the magnets sent home. Thank you so much Mrs. Jenny for your hard work creating and sharing these treasures! 

The St. Jude Fundraiser is happening now through November 9th.  Our class goal is $120. Please consider making a donation.  No amount is too small. You can send in cash or a check made out to St. Jude in a labeled envelope. Or, you can donate online using any of the links on last Wednesday's (November 1st) post. All donations are tax deductible. Thanks for making a difference!

Saturday, November 4th   

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

Please consider making a donation for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Kindergarten is in the lead with $655 donated! Awesome! All donations are tax deductible. If you make an online donation, you are able to print a receipt for your tax records. See the previous post for links to donate online (be sure to include your child's name and my name in the comment section to receive credit for this donation). 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!

Thank you so much for all of the Fun-sized M&M donations! We had plenty of packs to complete our 3-way sort Math activity yesterday! The children really enjoyed it! Be sure to ask your child to describe the process of the 3-way sort as they should be able to tell you all 3 steps! You can easily practice the 3-way sort with many items found in your home! Happy sorting! 

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! 

Wednesday, November 1st  

Wow! How is it already November? The school year is going by so quickly. Please read the November Newsletter

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 
We are still in need of several packs of fun size plain M&Ms for our sorting activity on Friday if you received any extra while trick or treating. If you are able to send some in, please place them in your child's backpack or folder tomorrow or Friday. Thank you for the packs we have already received! 

Tuesday, October 31st   

If you did not send in your child's homework folder today, please do so tomorrow! Homework folders are due every Tuesday! You may have noticed that there was not a new Word List sent home today. This is because this week is a review week. We have not introduced a new letter, and we are reviewing the letters Mm, Aa, Ss, Pp, and Tt this week. If your child missed any of the words on the first two word lists, please spend time practicing those words. A new letter naming sheet and a new first sound fluency sheet were sent home today in your child's folder to practice as well. There will not be a word list test next Tuesday, but Word List #3 will be sent home next week. Thank you!

Yesterday, 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. 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 today dressed as their book characters! We had a super fun day! The parade was great! Thank you to Mrs. Jenny, Mrs. Felicia, Mrs. Stephanie, and Mrs. Brittany for helping with our Halloween crafts last Friday! Thank you Mrs. Kylie Dunkerley for sending in the special snack on Friday as well! Many students brought snacks and treats to pass out yesterday and today as well. These items were sent home in your child's backpack! 

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 30th  

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.

Wednesday, October 25th   

Please read about Halloween in Kindergarten:  Important Information

Don't forget to sign up for a Fall Festival volunteer time slot! We are in need of many volunteers to make this event possible and successful! The link to the Sign-up website is available on the previous post! Thank you for representing and supporting our class by volunteering! 

Tuesday, October 24th   

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 had a lot of red in our classroom today! Be sure to wear neon tomorrow! 

If you did not send in your child's homework folder today, please do so tomorrow! 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. Today, I tested each student and wrote the score they received on their 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 today. 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! 

October Scholastic Book orders are due tomorrow, Wednesday, October 25th, by midnight. Please see the previous post with information on how to order! Thanks! 

We're looking forward to our Fall Festival this Saturday. I will be working the outside ticket booth at the track from 2:00-4:00. There are still plenty of volunteer slots available if you haven't signed up yet. It should be a fun day!


Saturday, October 21st   

We had a handwashing lesson yesterday with Nurse Ashley from Bob Jones High School. 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 that came home in folders. She gave the students "Homework" to practice washing their hands the correct way! Happy hand washing!!!

Thank you to Mr. Darrell Doucette for coming in and talking about his career as a surgeon with our class yesterday, too! The kids learned a lot and asked a lot of questions! Every child also got to bring home a surgeon's hat and mask! We all really enjoyed this visit! 

Scholastic book catalogs for October went home in folders on Thursday. If you would like to order books, you can either fill out and return the paper order form with payment (please send in an envelope or bag labeled "Scholastic Order") or you can place your order online (www.scholastic.com) using our class code: HNFV9. Please turn in or submit all orders for October by midnight this Wednesday, October 25th. Our classroom receives points towards free book with every order! :)

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.

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 send 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!

Wednesday, October 18th  

Wow! What an awesome Field Trip yesterday! The children really enjoyed fishing, petting the animals, picking a pumpkin, the hay maze, corn crib, gathering eggs, pony ride and milking the cow! I was very proud of the children. They were so well behaved! We really had a great day!!! 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! 

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. Also, Kindergarten is all about developing and working on behaviors. Many behaviors, like demonstrating self-control, take time to develop and in order to receive an S, students should be independently (without reminders) and consistently demonstrating these behaviors. An N in behavior means that your child demonstrates the skill, but maybe not 100% of the time, and they still need some reminders in terms of that skill. It means that your child is still developing and improving upon this skill. 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!

Jackets- Now that the weather is getting cooler, please work with your child on independently zipping and buttoning their coats and jackets. In addition, if you could please work on teaching your child to tie their jacket around their waist that would be great, too. We have students tie their jackets around their waist and zip their jackets around their chairs to help ensure that jackets are not misplaced, lost, or damaged when your child is not wearing it. I know these things sound simple, but one-on-one practice would really benefit your child! Thank you so much for your help with this! 

Monday, October 16th   

It was very nice to be back with the children today! I spent time back home in Georgia with my family and working out last minute wedding details! 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 the Fall Break Reminders post (previous post) for important field trip information.

We are studying community helpers this week. Please see our previous post that reminds you about the important community helper assignment.

Fall Break Reminders  

Conferences will be held October 23rd-November 1st. If you have not done so yet, please sign up for an available time slot using the following link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4dafaa23a7f49-parent

We will be studying community helpers and various occupations next week. Please complete this Community Helpers form and return the form in your child's folder and send in or 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!

Our field trip is next Tuesday, October 17th. Click here to read everything you need to know about the field trip. If you plan on attending the field trip, please send me an email so I will know to look for you when we arrive. Also, be sure to follow the steps/procedures listed in the field trip document above. In addition, we are in need of some help with the pumpkins we will be picking on the field trip. Each child will be picking a pumpkin to keep at the farm. The pumpkins will need to be transported back in a parent vehicle and unloaded at the school (placed in the hallway outside our classroom) before the buses arrive back at the end of the day. If you are planning on meeting us at the farm and can help us out with transporting and unloading the pumpkins, please send me an email and let me know! We would greatly appreciate it!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Fall Break!

Wednesday, October 4th   

Today, and every Wednesday, our school participates in PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) where teachers have one hour meetings with administrators and our grade level team. This occurs during our class' lunch and recess times, similar to duty free lunch for those who are familiar with this set-up from previous years at CES. While teachers are meeting with Mr. Hill, Mrs. Minor, Mrs. Evans, and their grade level colleagues, other CES staff members and administrators supervise students at lunch and then at recess. This allows for critical planning and collaboration among teachers and also with administrators. During this time, while supervised by CES staff members and administrators, our students are having many difficulties with behavior in the lunchroom and at recess. Today, we had several students lose tickets for not keeping self-to-self, rough playing, and wrestling (including hitting and kicking) at recess. These tickets are taken by the CES staff supervising students who witness the behaviors and then inform me, as well as the other teachers, about the behaviors observed. Please be sure to speak with your child about their behavior calendars and comments/marks on their calendar tonight and every night. Also, please be sure to remind your child every day, but especially on Wednesdays when they will be supervised by other CES staff members during lunch and recess, about keeping self-to-self at school. We remind students in the classroom that we have rules, including keeping self-to-self and no rough playing, for two reasons: to keep everyone safe and to help everyone learn. Please continue to reiterate this at home. Also, please remind students that they should be on their best behavior with all staff members, including other teachers, aides, office and media center staff, substitutes, etc. We are working on self-control (doing what we are supposed to do and making appropriate choices even when those around us are not) and respecting all school staff in the classroom daily. Thank you so much for your help with this!

In addition to this discussion about behavior, I do want to remind everyone from our parent night discussion that after Fall Break, we will be giving fewer reminders about behavior before a ticket is pulled. Even now, in October, we are working on preparing your child for 1st grade and beyond and part of that preparation includes student behavior. At the beginning of Kindergarten, we spend a lot of time learning how to come to school, teaching rules and routines, practicing these rules and routines, learning how to solve conflicts independently and also with support when needed, learning how to navigate our classroom activities and learning stations, etc. Until this point, we have given several reminders or warnings about a behavior or action before pulling a ticket as we understand that Kindergarteners need to have time to learn and practice the expected behaviors. On Friday, our first nine weeks of school will end, and we will really be getting into the "meat and potatoes" of the academic expectations for Kindergarten. We have learned and thoroughly practiced how to complete all of the various activities, stations, learning settings, etc. in our classroom, and the instruction will become even more rigorous. Our instructional time is so valuable and crucial to your child's school journey and success. For that reason, among others, the number of reminders and warnings before tickets are pulled will be decreasing when we return from Fall Break. Please speak with your child about this as we are also speaking about this in the classroom each morning during our Morning Meetings. Please continue to have conversations about the comments in your child's daily folder and encourage and discuss appropriate behaviors, appropriate ways to solve conflicts and problems,  and reinforce the behaviors that will be listed on your child's report card (which will come home after Fall Break). Your help and support with classroom behavior will ensure that your child and their classmates have the optimum learning environment! We are all on the same team and are all working together to help our students be successful in Kindergarten! Thank you for your support and reinforcing our school and classroom academic and behavior goals! I look forward to speaking about individual academic and behavior goals at our Parent-Teacher Conference at the end of this month! 

Tuesday, October 3rd  

Yesterday, the September DIBELS Progress Monitoring scores went home in folders. These are the most recent scores for our weekly checks to see how your child is progressing towards our December DIBELS benchmark goals and the End of Kindergarten DIBELS goals. Please be sure to read the score sheet in its entirety as there is a lot of important information included within the typed comments. Many students have made huge gains just during the month of September! 

If your child returned their completed Learning Activities Calendar yesterday or today, they received a hole punch in their hole punch behavior card. Once your child reaches their hole punch goal, they will get to pick a reward, such as sitting by a Kindergarten friend at lunch (from any class). The Learning Activities Calendar is one of the many ways they can receive a hole punch. The October Learning Calendar was sent home in your child's folder yesterday. Please keep this calendar at home and initial each box when you complete the activity. I really encourage you to do the nightly activities as they correlate and reinforce what we are doing in the classroom. If you choose to complete the activities and initial each night, your child will receive a hole punch when they turn the completed October calendar in on November 1st!  

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!


PTA is collecting order forms and payments for CES T-shirts. All spirit wear orders and payments are due October 6th. You can use the form sent home in your child's folder or you can download a form from the PTA's website.

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!

Friday, September 29th   

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!

***If you sent FDF money today, I left it in your child's folder because today was free since it was the last Friday of the month! :)

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 (initialed for each activity). 

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. 

Tuesday, September 26th   

If you haven't sent in an apple with your child for our apple theme, please do so by Thursday as we will be sorting these apples in a variety of ways Thursday afternoon! 

Today, we completed our apple tasting exploration! Pictures are posted on SeeSaw of your child and their apple item ratings! We will send home their rating form tomorrow as they still have one kind of apple left to try! Please talk with your child about this special activity! Thank you to the families who donated items (we had fresh apple cider from Isom's- Thank you Jetton family)! Also, thank you to Mrs. Doucette, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Colo, Mrs. Tosie, and Mrs. Ivey for volunteering before and during the activity! The children enjoyed spending time and talking with you, and you really helped this activity run smoothly! 

Thank you for returning the Impact Aid forms.  We had 100% turned in as of yesterday! 

Field trip information and permission forms are coming home in folders today. Please return payment and the forms no later than October 4th.

We are in need of help preparing homework folders that will go home after Fall Break! If you are interested in helping prepare homework folders (placing clear sheet protectors into folders and placing papers into the clear sheet protectors), please let me know through note or email! I will send home an example folder, empty folders, and materials in your child's book bag. I will not need the folders completed until next Friday; so, if you have time and are wanting to help, please let me know! 

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! The work that we are completing each week in Literacy Stations will be sent home at the beginning of the following week for your review. So, the work for this week's Literacy Stations will be sent home on Monday with a detailed letter explaining the expectations for each piece of Literacy Station work.

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 Tuesday. We are also still in need of some items and volunteers for the apple tasting activity we will be completing on Tuesday. 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!

Heads up ~ Kindergarten is going on a Field Trip to Gullion Farms on Tuesday, October 17th. We will have two chaperones, Mrs. Ivey and Mrs. Harvard, 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. 

Yesterday, our class was able to go to the book fair.  If your child did not purchase books during our visit yesterday, I sent home a wish list of the books that he/she was interested in purchasing in his/her folder.  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 either tomorrow or Friday. The book fair will be opened tomorrow all day and only until 11:45am on Friday.

Thank you! 

Monday, September 18th  

We had a short but VERY BUSY and productive week last week! :) 

We've spent a lot of time learning the procedures for Literacy Stations. We will begin the Wonders reading series and Literacy Stations tomorrow! It 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 sang fun alphabet songs!

In folders last week, there was a Book Fair flier and an information sheet. The Book Fair will be opened today through Thursday 7:45-2:15 and Friday 7:45-12:00. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair tomorrow, Tuesday, from 12:15-12:45. If you would like for your child to purchase books you can meet us at the Book Fair (meet us in the library, please) during this time to help them shop or you can send money in a marked envelope or ziploc inside your child’s daily folder.

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

Most of the September Schloastic Book orders arrived today and were sent home in your child's book bag if you purchased books! If you did not receive your order, I'm expecting another package this week and will send your order home when it arrives! We had so many book orders that every child in our class received a free book written by Mo Willems to keep! It was sent home in your child's book bag today along with a little souvenir from my trip this weekend to Disney World! :) 

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.

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 their 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 (with your child's name and "Fun Friday") envelope or Ziploc bag, in your child’s Daily Folder.

Tuesday, September 5th   

Please send your child's class shirt order form and payment ($6.00) to school tomorrow. All orders are due tomorrow in order to give Elite time to process the shirts! 

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! 

A rhyming lotto game board went home in your child's folder yesterday. See the bottom of this post for directions for this lotto game. 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. 

We will still have Fun Friday tomorrow even though it is an early release day! 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!

Rest mats will be coming home tomorrow! This upcoming long weekend is a great time to practice rolling mats up! :)

Ordering from the September Scholastic Book catalogs will remain open over this long weekend! See our last post for more information about ordering books! 

Thanks for your support!

Rhyming Lotto Game

 Please practice rhyming words at home with your child by playing the rhyming lotto game (game board went home yesterday in your child's folder). You will call out a word and they will cover up the picture of the word that rhymes with your word. You can use pennies to cover up the pictures. For example, if you said cake your child should cover up the picture of the snake. Below you will see a list of rhyming words to go along with each picture.  We have spent 2 weeks focusing on identifying and producing rhyming words. Most children still need additional practice on these skills. I encourage you to play the rhyming lotto game, read books with lots of rhyming words, and simply practice making rhyming words with your child.

king: ring, sling, ding, bling

boat: coat, tote, vote, mote

snake: cake, rake, take, bake

bell: yell, tell, smell, fell

duck: stuck, truck, yuck, luck 

star: car, far, tar, bar

spoon: moon, tune, goon, dune

socks: box, fox, locks, rocks

vest: nest, rest, pest, best


Tuesday, August 29th  

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, 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! Happy Coloring!!!

Scholastic Book Clubs- Every month, you will receive one or more catalogs to order books from Scholastic Book Clubs. This is a great opportunity for you to buy books that are age-appropriate at a great, affordable price. Your products should arrive and be sent home with your child 1-2 weeks after the due date specified on our website. Today, I have sent home the September Scholastic book catalogs in your child's folder. If you would like to order books, you can either fill out and return the paper order form with payment (please send in an envelope or bag labeled "Scholastic Order") or you can place your order online (www.scholastic.com) using our class code: HNFV9. Please turn in or submit all orders for September by midnight on Wednesday, September 6th. Our classroom receives free books with every order and your child will greatly benefit from nightly reading, so please consider ordering books at various times throughout the year! :) In addition, I have had a few parents ask for a class wish list of books in order to purchase and donate books to our classroom library. You can access our wish list from our class Scholastic webpage (using the code above) or I can send you a paper copy of the wish list, if you would like. Please let me know if you would like a paper copy of this list throughout the year or continue to check the scholastic page! 

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 log into the computer. Some of our students are still struggling to put in their numbers, especially in the library! 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 Wednesday.

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 have enjoyed 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!

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

Sunday, August 27th  

We had a pep rally on Friday 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 came home Friday in your child’s folder. Thank you for your help and supporting our school!

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 (sent via email this morning) with information for Friday’s half day.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, August 24th  

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 purple and have the names of all students in our class on the back. 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 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!

We will have a substitute briefly in the morning so please be sure to remind your child to be on their best behavior and send any transportation changes or important notes in your child's daily folder!

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. 

Monday, August 21st  

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, went to the library, worked in our math stations, and visited the computer lab.  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. 

The students will have their first substitute tomorrow.  I will be in the building; however, I will be administering the DIBELS test to a few of the 2nd grade classes.  Please remind your child to follow our classroom rules. If you have any time sensitive information (like transportation changes or early check outs), you'll need to send those through a note in your child's daily folder. 

If your child was absent today due to the Solar Eclipse, please send in a note in your child's folder tomorrow so that their absence can be excused.

If you haven't sent in your child's scrapbook page or student letter (both went home at open house), please complete them and send them in as soon as possible! 

Enjoy the Solar Eclipse this afternoon! 

Friday, August 18th   

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.

Wednesday, August 16th   

Please click here to complete a Google Form pertaining to the early release day (we will release at 11:00am) now scheduled for this upcoming Monday, August 21st. 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!

One more think 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. 

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, 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 two 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.

Friday, 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 wanted to suggest some ways to go about letting your child practice their computer log-in. You can let your child use a keyboard to become familiar 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. :)  I am also looking for parent volunteers who would be interested in coming in one or both computer lab days each week in order to help with logging students in and helping students during computer lab times. We go to the computer lab every Monday from 8:00-8:40 and every Thursday from 11:40-12:20. If you are available during either or both of these times and are interested in volunteering, please send me an email to let me know! 

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!

Thursday, 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. 

Friendly Reminder ~ Parent Night is Monday, August 14th at 5:00 in our classroom. Please send one parent from your family to the meeting. Thank you!


Wednesday, August 9th   

We had a 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 will go to computer lab for our first time tomorrow. Feel free to begin practicing your child's login and password at home after this initial visit. Logins are your child's legal first name, middle initial and last initial. My name is Heather Marie Tucker. So if I was a student my login would be heathermt.  Passwords are first initial, last initial and lunch number. Mine would be ht12345.  

Please take a few minutes to read our August Newsletter.

One of the folders you provided with your child’s school supplies has been coming home 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. If you are working on your student letter and/or your child's scrapbook page sent home at open house, you can complete those items and return them in his/her daily folder when you finish. 

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 (no children please) attend this very important meeting.

Tuesday, August 8th  

The girls had a wonderful first day of Kindergarten yesterday, and the boys enjoyed their first day of Kindergarten today!  

Please check your child's daily folder. There are several papers to read and a few to sign and return. (The code of conduct has to be signed on the front and the back.) Also, you can return any forms sent home at open house in this folder as well.

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 https://app.seesaw.me/s/041-992-592 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. Throughout the year, you can save the picture/videos and send to grandparents if you'd like. We will begin uploading items this week! 

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. Also, 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. 

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.

If you have not signed up to receive our class "remind" text messages yet, please see the previous post below or the information sheet in your child's folder of important information for steps to sign up! 

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.  

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