Week of November 20

Dear Families,

Happy Thanksgiving Week!


Tomorrow is our 50th Day of School Celebration.  The children are encouraged to dress in 50’s attire.  Please be sure to send in items from the Sign Up Genius tomorrow.  The day will be filled with activities around the #50.

Tomorrow is picture retake day too!  If your child is retaking pictures, you may send in 50’s attire for him/her to change into after pictures are taken.

There is no school Wednesday November 22-24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. School resumes on Monday, November 27.   Wishing everyone a safe break and enjoy the time with family and friends.

Upcoming Projects:

Your child will be bringing home a note about our Trade 10 Project today.  This project fits in nicely with our Social Studies Unit on needs and wants that we will be working on in December.  Each family is asked to help your child make 10 items of their choice for a trading activity.  All 10 items that are made should be similar not identical (for example, if your child chooses bracelets , then all 10 need to be bracelets).  Items do not have to be complicated, but should be fun and something your child thinks the other kids will want to have.  Items cannot be edible.  There are many ideas on Pinterest!  Please make this a fun family project with your child.  The note coming home today has some ideas and suggestions for the project.  Completed project items are due on or before, Monday, December 11.  Please put items in a labeled gallon size Ziploc bag.

FYI: The stomach bug has been going around our classroom.  Just a heads up if your child complains about a stomach ache.


Have a great week!



Leader in Me Night Invitation

You Are Invited!


What: Leader in Me Family Night

When: Wednesday, November 29 at 3:45pm

Why: To learn about Habit 2: Begin With the

End in Mind and to create a Family

Mission Statement

Where: Whitmore-Bolles Media Center


Please RSVP by clicking on the following link:


Please RSVP by Monday, November 27

Can Drive

WHEN:  November 13th

through the 17th

WHO:  Edsel Ford and all of our

feeder schools are competing

against Dearborn and Fordson

to see who can collect the

most cans for Gleaners!

WHY:  Gleaners gives food to

families in need every

opportunity they get and we will be

supporting them in their efforts!



Week of November 13

Dear Families,

What We are Learning:

Literacy: Short A vowel  and Long A vowel review, comprehension questions, Letter H, Introduce Listen to Reading, rainbow words:said, go, see, rhyming

Writing: completing our informational writing about pumpkins, introduce opinion writing

Math: teen numbers, 10 frames, counting, number stories

Social Studies: continue learning about families

Science: Motion

Items needed for this week:

Each child is asked to bring a family picture (3×5 or 4×6) for our family tree project.  Also I will be sending home a sheet with apple die-cuts, please write a family member’s name on each of the apples who is part of your immediate family.  Then help your child cut out the apples and place them in a ziploc baggie with his/her name on the baggie.  Please return to school on or before Thursday of this week.  We will be using the apples for our family trees.

Upcoming dates and events:

There will be Parent-Teacher Conferences this Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  If you were not able to come to your appointment last week, please be sure to sign up for another time this week.  I have a few openings available through Signupgenius.com.  First report cards cannot be sent home.  A parent must come for a conference.

No Kindergarten class this Friday, November 17.  Teachers will be attending an all day Kindergarten meeting.

Next Tuesday, November 21, we will be celebrating our 50th day of school.  This is an all day celebration in the classroom with activities based on the number 50.  There are items needed for this celebration.  I will be creating a Sign-Up-Genius for items needed.  Children are encouraged to dress in 50’s attire.  A note will be coming home with ideas for 50’s attire.

No school November 22-24 for Thanksgiving break.  School resumes on Monday, Nov.27.


Have a great week!







Dear Families,

Tonight is the start of our parent teacher conferences.  Your child is welcome and encouraged to join you for your scheduled conference time.  The children are very excited to share their Leadership Binders with you.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone for conferences.



Week of November 6

What We are Learning:

Literacy: Letter N, long A and short A, fiction and non-fiction book characteristics, main topic of an informational book, rhyming

Rainbow words: for, look, up (blue list)

Writing: informational writing/pumpkins –   We will be learning how to use a tree map to state facts about pumpkins.

Math: teen numbers, ten frames

Social Studies: Who Am I?  We will be discussing how each child is part of a family.  We will be working on family trees and time-lines.

Science: Motion/pushes and pulls


Dates to Remember:

No school tomorrow Tuesday, November 27 – Teacher professional development

October book orders are due Friday, November .

Parent – teacher Conferences November 9, 15, and 16.

No Kindergarten class on Friday, November 17

Thanksgiving Break November 22-24.  School resumes on Monday, November 27


Have a great week!






Week of October 30

Dear Families,

Our classroom Fall Celebration is Tuesday.   Thank you for all parent volunteers and those who signed up for party supplies.  If you signed up for non-edible items, you may send them in tomorrow or Tuesday.  All food items please send on Tuesday.  Your child is welcome to send in individual wrapped candy to pass out for our classroom trick or treating.  Please be sure the candy is peanut and nut free.  Children are encouraged to wear orange and black clothing.  No costumes per school policy.

Parent party volunteers please arrive at 11:30 a.m. for set up.  The party will begin at noon until 1:15 p.m.

This week I will be completing assessments for report cards.  I will not be sending home new rainbow words for this week.  Continue reviewing it, is, in.  I will be assessing the children on these words this week.

There is a half day this Friday, November 3.  Dismissal will be at 11:45 a.m.  No lunch will be served.  Please send a morning snack.

I sent out a Sign-Up-Genius for parent teacher conferences last week.  Please be sure to sign up for a conference.

Have a great week!




Week of October 23

Dear Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather over the weekend!  It is hard to believe that October is almost over.

Please copy and paste the link below into your browser for the sight word activities that I had mentioned at our parent meeting last week.  I hope you find the activities fun and useful with your children.


Today I introduced the 3 rainbow words to practice at home this week with your child.  The children wrote the words on 3×5 cards and added them to their word bags inside their book bags.  The words are from the blue list: in, is, it.

This week I am working with all my small groups putting together their Leadership Binders.  This binder is to help each child monitor their learning.  The children will be selecting a reading goal, math goal, and a personal goal when meeting with me.  This process takes time to do.  I will try my best to send a new book home this week but it all depends on how quickly I can get all the goals finished with each child.  Please continue to read the book they have and review the rainbow words.

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming soon.  Most parents signed up for a conference at Open House.  If you have not signed up for a conference, I will post a Sign-Up-Genius with available days and times.  You must come to a conference in order to receive your child’s report card.  Copy and paste the following link to your browser for the Sign-Up-Genius:


Next Tuesday is our Fall/Halloween Celebration.  Please no costumes per school policy.  Children are encouraged to wear orange and black or a Halloween themed shirt.  Your child is welcome to send individual wrapped snack size candy to pass out.  Please no peanut or nut products.  We have 24 students.

Whitmore Bolles will be hosting Parent University Workshops through our district’s GSRP Preschool Program.  Please copy and paste the link below into your browser for dates and topics.


I will not be in on Friday.  Mrs. Laurie Chavis will be subbing for me.

Have a great week!




Reminders and Updates

Dear Families,

Thank you for those who were able to attend today’s parent meeting.  We hope it was informative for you.  If you were not able to attend the meeting, I will be placing the handouts from the meeting in your child’s folder tomorrow.  Please take note in the Reading Strategies handout “trick words” are another name for “rainbow words” or sight words.  The following words are examples of “trick words” because they cannot be read correctly when blending sounds or cannot be spelled correctly when sounding out letter sounds: are, the, you, one, said, do, two, what, was.

Please be sure to work on your child’s rainbow words.  I had sent home a rainbow with all of the words to practice several weeks ago.  Your child will be bringing home a reading bag this week.  In the bag will be a leveled book to practice reading nightly with your child.  There will also be a word bag with rainbow words to study.  I will be testing the children on the words that are sent home each week the following Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  I will not be able to assess all children in one day that is why I have 3 days for assessing.  Please be sure your child brings his/her book bag to school everyday for reading instruction.  My goal is to send a new book home weekly as long as your child is able to accurately read the previous book.   I will assess each child using a running record to determine if your child is ready for a new book.  There will never be more than 3 books at one time in your child’s book bag.

Copy and paste the following link to your browser to view slides from today’s parent meeting presentation.



Late start is Wednesday.  Arrival time is 9:30 a.m.

We still need parents to sign up for our Halloween party supply list on the Sign Up Genius.