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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!

Reminders:

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. 

  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4dafaa23a7f49-parent

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. :)

Reminders:

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