Week of May 26

Dear Families,

What you need to know this week in Kindergarten.

Wednesday – gym today, be sure to wear your tennis shoes. Kensington Field Trip note coming home today.  Be sure to read the information pertaining to tomorrow’s field trip.

Thursday – Kensington Field Trip.  Please remind your child to listen and stay with his/her chaperon at all times.  We are in need of a few parents to help plant some flowers around the school with us after the field trip.  If any chaperons are available to stay, please let me know.

Friday – art class.  All library books are due back to the library.  Any outstanding fines for lost books need to be paid at this time.  All leveled readers are due today.  No more books will be coming home.  Please be sure to send all books back to school along with the book bags.  Book bags will be given to the 1st grade teachers for next year.  Spelling test today.

Spelling words:







Have a great week!



End of Year Party Planners Needed

Dear Families,

Mrs. Muston and I are looking for 2 parents each to help plan our end of the year picnic/party.  The parent planners would plan and coordinate the games/activities for the party.  They would also contact the parents who have signed up as helpers and inform them of what needs to be done.  I have 3 parent volunteers who signed up at the beginning of the school year.  If this sounds like something you would like to do, please let me know.  The picnic/party is Tuesday, June 9.

Set up is at 11:30 a.m.  The party will begin at noon until 3:00 p.m.

Thank you for your help.



Thanks a Billion

Dear Families,

Target is giving $25 for each thank you given to a teacher.  If you get a chance please visit the site www.thanksabillion.target.com and thank a Whitmore teacher if you can.

I have 7 chaperones for the farmers market field trip.  We need 3 more.  Please let me know if anyone else is available.  I have been hearing great things about this field trip and would hate to miss it, especially since it is free.

We will be making headbands for our Talking Zoo presentations for those children who may need one.  Several children told me they already have something made for their dress up.  Your child may dress in their animal ‘s colors and bring along a stuffed animal of the animal to put next to them during the presentation.   If your child does not need a headband, please let me know.    Please be sure to turn in animal posters as the children will be graded on them.





Week of May 18-21

Dear Families,

What you need to know for this week in Kindergarten.

Monday – gym and music-  Krispy Kreme Day – We are still in need of 2 dozen donuts for today.

Tuesday- music-  Lollipop day

Wednesday – gym – Math Day We will be doing fun projects and math all day.

Thursday – science – Necktie Day – Borrow dad’s or grandpa’s tie to wear to school.  Talking Zoo presentations @ 2:30 p.m. in the media center. Spelling test today.


1. We are still in need of parent chaperones for the Farmer’s Market field trip on June 5.  I have 5 parents.  I still need 5 more.  Please let me know if you are available.

2. Please remember to send in a show and tell on your child’s assigned day.

3. Now that we are entering the last few weeks of school, it is time for assessments again.  I will not be meeting with small reading groups in order for me to complete the assessments.  I will be sending books home this week.  Please be sure to send your child’s book bags on Monday, so I can send books home for next week (I did not meet with small groups this past week.  We were busy creating our Talking Zoo books).  Please read with your child this week.  I will not be sending any books home after next week.  Please be sure to return all books you may have at home.  All books and book bags will be due on or before May 29.

4.  Thursday will be our last library check out for this year.  All books are due on or before May 28.

5. Talking Zoo – If your child has not brought in their poster, please send in on Monday.  Presentations will be Thursday, May 21 @ 2:30 in the media center.

6.  The spelling test will be on Thursday this week due to the holiday break.

7. I have not received all permission slips and money for the Kensington field trip.  Please send on Monday.

8.  Our end of the year picnic celebration will be on Tuesday, June 9.  We are in need of a few parents to help with set up.  I believe I have 3 parents who signed up at the beginning of the year to assist with this party.  We still need 3 more helpers.  Set up will be at 11:30 and the celebration will begin at noon until the end of the day.  There will be a sign up genius for items needed coming out after the Memorial Day break.  All families are welcome to join us for this celebration.

9.  Now that the weather is finally warming up, please be sure your child wears closed toe shoes.  Per school policy no flip flops or open toe shoes for safety reasons.

10. No school on Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25.  Have a safe and relaxing long weekend!

Spelling words:







Have a great week end!







1.  We only have 3 parents so far who are able to help walk and chaperone the June 5 field trip to the Dearborn Farmer’s Market.  We must have 10 in order to go.  If no one else can attend I will have to cancel for our class.  Please let me know by Friday, May 15 if anyone else is able to help out.

2. Talking Zoo poster are due Friday. May 15.

3. Last book orders for the year are due Friday, May 15.

4. Our end of the year celebration will be June 9 at 11:30 a.m.

5. Field trip money and permission slips for Kensington are due Friday, May 15.  Please be sure your background check is up to date.  It takes 2 weeks for checks to be completed and returned too the office.

Have a great day!



Week of May 11- 15

Dear Families,

Happy Mother’s Day!  I hope you have a wonderful day with your families.

What you need to know this week in Kindergarten:

Monday – gym and music.  Flag Day: wear red, white, blue

Tuesday – music class.  I will be attending my last math meeting for this year.  Mrs. Chavis will be subbing for me.  Game Day: bring a favorite board game from home to teach others.  NO electronic games, please!

Wednesday – gym.  Hat day: wear your favorite hat.

Thursday – science enrichment.  Ice Cream Day:  We will enjoy an ice cream treat

Friday – art class.  Kensington field trip permission slips and money are due today.  Our last book order is due today.  Library check out.  This is our last week for book check out. Jam Day: Bring your favorite CD so we can rock out to some music (CD subject to teacher approval).


If you are attending the Kensington field trip, please be sure your background check is up to date.  You may call the office to verify.  If this is your first time joining us for a field trip, please be sure you go to the office this week to fill out the background check forms.  It takes 2 weeks to process and for clearance.  You will not be able to join us with out this being complete.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Spelling words for this week:

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Have a great day!



Talking Zoo Update

Dear Families,

We will start to work on our Talking Zoo books in class tomorrow.  I have started to work with children individually to find some pictures from the computer to help with their books.

Dressing up as the animal for the project does not have to be a Halloween costume.  Keep it simple!  You do have the option to to keep it simple or do a costume with more detail.  You may just create a headband with pictures of your child’s animal glued around it and wear colors that match the animal.

The poster board is just a standard size poster board.  I am pretty sure The Dollar Tree sells them for 50 cents a piece.  Keep the facts simple on the poster board so that your child can easily write the facts and remember them (for example: A horse lives on a farm.  A horse eats hay.)  If you need construction paper or index cards for the project, please let me know.

Book orders went home today.  This is the last book order for this school year.  Orders are due on May 15.


Kim Stawara


Week of May 4-8

Dear Families,

Here is what you need to know in Kindergarten for this week.

Monday – gym and music.  Pizza lunch/I will be providing a pizza lunch for the students.  They reached their goal of beating their winter score on the NWEA Reading test.  Each child will receive 2 slices of pizza, a drink, and dessert.   Please be sure to send a morning snack.  Please return your RSVP for our Mother’s Day Tea.

Tuesday – music.

Wednesday – gym and book buddies.  We will be visiting the book fair today.  Be sure to bring your money if you are buying books.

Thursday – science enrichment.

Friday – art.  We will be taking our NWEA Math test today.  Be sure your child is well rested and eats a good breakfast.  Our Mother’s Day Tea Party starts at 2:30 p.m.  Please be on time.



Show and tell begins this week.  Be sure to check the schedule I sent home last week for your child’s day to present.  They need to prepare at home for their show and tell presentation as they will be graded.

We will be celebrating July and August birthdays this month.

May Book orders will be coming home this Friday.  Book orders are due Friday, May 15.  This will be our final book order for this school year.

Kensington field trip permission slips and money due Friday, May 15.

Late start Wed. May 13.  School begins at 9:35 a.m.

Talking Zoo poster project due Friday, May 15.

Talking Zoo presentations Thursday, May 21.  The start time will be 2:30 p.m. instead of 2:45 p.m.  Children are required to dress up as their animal for their presentations.

Kensington field trip is Thursday, May 28.

Please be sure to send back your child’s reading bag.  I need the books in order to meet with the children during Daily 5  instruction.  Sign reading log after reading with your child.

May Homework: practice math facts on xtramath.org, reading on myon website, read books in book bags, May writing journals, practice sight words, Talking Zoo project, show and tell presentations.

Spelling words this week:







What we are learning:

Daily 5 – retelling, letter I, blending words, counting words in a sentence, tapping sounds

Math – ones, tens, hundreds, odd and even numbers, subtracting

Science – living and non-living, plants and animals

Social Studies – review of American symbols, taking a stand on a classroom issue.

Have a great week!

Kim Stawara




Pizza Lunch

Dear Families,

The children worked very hard on their NWEA Reading Test on Thursday.  They all beat their winter scores.  I am treating them to a pizza lunch on Monday, May 4.  Each child will receive 2 slices of pizza, a drink, and dessert.  There is no need to send in a lunch for your child unless they do not want pizza.  Please be sure to send in a morning snack.  Way to go Kindergarten Friends!!

Enjoy your day!




Dear Families,

We will be taking the final NWEA reading test for this year tomorrow morning.  Please be sure your child is well rested and eats a good breakfast.  I promised the children a pizza lunch if they all score higher than their winter scores.  They are all excited about trying to reach this class goal.

We are in need of glue sticks.  I am asking each child to bring in 4 glue sticks.  Please send in next week.

Thanks for your help.