Week of September 18

Dear Families,

A few reminders for this week:

I will not be in on Wednesday.  Mrs. Trish Ryan will be my sub.  Please be sure to identify yourself at pick-up so she can release your child to you.

There is no Kindergarten classes on Friday as Kindergarten teachers have a district in-service to attend.

Please return your child’s completed name poster this week. It was sent home last Friday.

I only received one book order.  I am extending the due date to this Thursday in case anyone may still want to order from the September order form.

I have a few children who have not returned the digital device contract.  It is a green form.  Please be aware if your child does not have a signed contract he/she will not be able to use the Chromebooks.  We do many activities with them during our literacy block and your child will be missing a lot of learning time.  So please return asap.

Please remember that our classroom is a peanut/tree nut free room.  Please do not send peanut or nut products for classroom snack time.

Thank you to all families for coming to our school’s “Open House”.  It was great to see and talk to all of you.

Have a great week!


Welcome to my Blog!

Dear Families,

Welcome to my blog!  Please be sure to check my blog regularly for updates.

The first month of school is always hectic and busy!  The children are learning our routine which takes time to teach since there are many parts to our school day.   Please remind your child the importance of listening in class especially when I am teaching.  I have to be very stearn with this expectation as we have so much curriculum to cover that I need full attention during instruction time.  This week we will begin using our behavior clip chart.  All children will start on green (leaders in Learning) everyday.  The goal is to stay on green or go over and beyond classroom expectations to move up to silver (Soaring Eagle).  When children are not listening or following rules and expectations I will give a verbal warning.  If behavior continues then the child will have move his/her clip down to yellow (fluttering) which is a second warning.  The next clip down is orange (far from the flock)third warning.  If a behavior still continues the clip will move to red (grounded)loss of recess or center time.  Excessive behavior issues will be moved to blue (parent contact) and a phone call will be made home with child.   Your child will have a green calendar located in back pocket of the blue plastic folder.  Please be sure to look over the calendar each night with your child and initial the boxes daily.  I will color in the box with a corresponding color if your child’s clip moved off of green.  If they stayed on green I will not color the calendar, hence why I copied the calendar on green paper.  The children are expected to stay on green at least 14 days for the month of September.  Those children who do will participate in a monthly reward activity.  All children will have the opportunity to pick prizes from our classroom “Prize Box” weekly (Fridays) as long as they were on green or higher all week.  They are allowed to have 1 yellow each week to still earn a prize.  Calendars will be in your child’s folder (back outside pocket)tomorrow.  Please keep it in the back pocket, but be sure to initial each day.

Coming home today will be a yellow paper in your child’s folder.  This is a copy of our daily specials schedule.  Please keep it in a location where you will see it daily to know when gym is and library check-out.  Children must wear gym shoes for gym in order to participate in gym class.  Also library books are due on or before Fridays.  If a book is not returned, your child will not be able to check out another book per school policy.

All school forms are due tomorrow (Monday).

Remember to send in a blanket or towel for rest time.  Please send 2 healthy snacks daily.  Be sure to keep the snacks separate from your child’s lunch and your child knows where to locate the snacks in his/her backpacks.  Some children are confusing their lunch for snack.

I had a few parents inquire about free and reduced lunch applications and when it will begin for their child.  That I do not know as the office collects all the completed forms and then they are sent to the main administration building to be processed.  You may want to contact the school office for further information.

We have gym tomorrow(Monday).  Be sure your child wears gym shoes.

Our school will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday.  The time is 6-7:30 p.m.

Have a great week!



Last Day!

Reminder that dismissal is at 11:45 a.m. today.  If your child does not have a report card it is because there are fines due in the office.  You will need to visit the office to pick up the report cards.

Thank you to all families for making this a great school year!  It was a pleasure having all of your children!

Have a safe and wonderful summer!


Last Week of School

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of school.  This is a bittersweet time!  I have enjoyed teaching each and everyone one of your children.  This was a great class and I will truly miss them.  I also want to thank all of you for your support this year.  I could not have had such a successful year without your help.  Parent support is so crucial in Kindergarten and I was blessed to have all of you wonderful families.  I hope you have a great summer filled with relaxation, fun, and laughter!

What You Need to Know:

Please be sure to return all book bags with the leveled readers that I sent home for reading practice.  These books were due last week.  I have a few students who have not returned them.

For Thursday, please send in a reusable bag or a large handled brown paper bag and a clean rag.  We will be using the bag to bring things home from school.  We need rags to clean and wipe our desks.

There will be an end of the year parent meeting in our classroom on Tuesday, June 13 @ 10:00 a.m.  The meeting will last about an hour.  Our “End of the Year Family Picnic” will be at 12:00 p.m. We will need parent helpers to help with set up after the conclusion of our parent meeting.   Please remember that all Kindergarten families are invited and encouraged to attend with their child.  All food donations are due on Tuesday.  Non-edibles can be brought in on Monday or Tuesday.  Be sure you write your name on any items that need to be returned to you.  The weather forecast is calling for a hot day!  Please put sunscreen on your child in the morning prior to coming to school.  You may want to send sunscreen in your child’s backpack in case more needs to be applied during the afternoon.  There will be a lot of water games, so be sure your child wears a bathing suit under his/her clothing and has water/beach shoes.   Send in a towel too!  I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.  Please note Tuesday is a regular day for students. Parents are to return at 10:00 a.m. for the meeting.

Zoo field trip is Wednesday, June 14.  For those who are chaperoning, please bring a tote bag to carry lunches for your group of children.  All chaperones must report to the office at 8:40 a.m. to sign in.  After signing in please come to our classroom.  We will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. and returning by 3:00 p.m.  Please be sure to pack a disposable lunch for your child with his or her name on it.  No glass bottles or items that need to come home.  We will not be carrying anything back with us.  Dress for the weather as it is going to be a warm day.  Wear comfy clothes and shoes as we will be doing a lot of walking.  Please remember to put sunscreen on your child in the morning prior to coming to school.

Our last day of school is Friday at 11:45 a.m.  If your child will not be coming to school on Friday, please be sure to let me know.  I have an end of the year gift for them and I want to be sure they receive it.   Report cards will be coming home on Friday too!  Please be sure all leveled readers and book bags are returned, any unpaid lunch bills are paid, and all library books are returned prior to Friday. Otherwise, your child will not be able to receive his/her report card.

Have a great week and a wonderful summer!




Field Day

Tomorrow is our school wide Field Day!  Please be sure your child wears comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Please apply sunscreen on your child in the morning before coming to school.  We will be having a picnic lunch.  If your child is buying lunch they will go to the cafeteria to pick up their lunch and head outside with it.  It is recommended that your child brings a blanket or towel to sit on.   Letter U for our countdown.  Wear your favorite team uniform shirt.

Have a great evening!



Dear Families,

Please make note that we will be having a parent meeting for all Kindergarten parents on Tuesday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m.  Hopefully most parents will be attending since it is also our end of the year family picnic too!  If you cannot attend the meeting you are strongly encouraged to send someone in your place to receive the information that will be shared.  We will be sharing summer activities to work on at home with your child.  If our picnic celebration is postponed due to weather then our meeting will be postponed too!  The rain date for both the meeting and the family picnic will be Thursday, June 15.  An invitation to the meeting will be coming home in your child’s folder today.

May homework calendars and writing journals are due by Friday.

We will be going to the book fair tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.

The in-school field trip for the Barnyard Express is next Wednesday, June 7 from 12:00- 1:00 p.m.  We will not be leaving the building for this field trip.  The farm will be coming to our school.  If you have not paid the $5.00 fee, I must have the money tomorrow or your child will not be able to participate.

Our school wide Field Day is Thursday, June 8.   Parent volunteers are needed for this event.  There is a note in your child’s folder from Mrs. Waidman on how you can sign up to volunteer.

Kindergarten End of the Year Family Picnic Celebration is Tuesday, June 13 at noon.  Please be sure to sign up for needed items on the Sign-Up-Genius.  You can also sign up to be a parent volunteer too!  We still need many parent helpers for this event.

Detroit Zoo Field Trip is Wednesday, June 14 from 9-3:00 p.m.  If you are chaperoning please be sure your I-Chat is up to date.  It takes at least 2 weeks for clearance.

June 16 is the last day of school.  Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.

Spelling test is Friday.  The words are: want, did, into, hub, rub, cub.  Our last test will be next Friday, June 9th.

Countdown calendar: Tomorrow bring a blanket and a snack for our picnic snack.  We will be eating snack outside tomorrow. Friday is question day.  Bring a question to school on a 3×5 card for us to look up the answer.

All leveled books are due by next Wednesday, June 7.  These are the little books I send home for reading practice.  Lost books are $7.00 each.

All library books are due this Friday, June 2.

Have a great week!



Correction: The money and permission slips for the Barnyard Express are due tomorrow.  We have to send payment by Thursday.

Parent Lighthouse Committee meeting tomorrow at 8:40 in room 102.  We are looking for parents to be involved with our Leader in Me initiative.

May homework folders and writing journals are due on May 31.