January 16th Newsletter

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 18th week of Kindergarten!

The Kindergarten students will be taking the NWEA Reading test this week and NWEA Math next week. Please see your child’s teacher for their testing date. It is very important that your child get both a good night sleep as well as a healthy breakfast before coming to class. Please encourage your child to do their best on this test and to take their time. This is a very important test that tells us how your child is retaining the knowledge learned in kindergarten. Winter is certainly here and it is cold! Please remember if you send your child to school with winter boots, they need to bring gym shoes to school to change into. Please help your child know how to put their shoes on independently. Please send gloves and hats with your child as well.

Reminders:

No school on Monday, January 15th. Martin Luther King Day

Late Start on Wednesday, January 17th.

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on FRIDAY! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is tan)

  1. fan
  2. pan
  3. ran
  4. is
  5. the
  6. to

Reading: This week we are identifying which picture (illustration) go with the text with informational books. We will continue to review the main topic and retell the key details in a story.  We will also spend time learning how to blend the beginning sounds with the rime.  Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)   Review:  has    come    from                                             New words this week:  with    that    did  

Math: We will continue to review 2D shapes and introduce 3D shapes. We will compare the shapes by looking at their features such as corners and sides. We are still practicing addition and focusing on subtraction to 5.

Science: We will continue to learn about Gravity as a force that pulls objects down to the earth. We will also see how objects can change directions.

Social Studies: We will continue our unit in “Who am I?” We will learn more about ourselves and our role in the community. We will review yesterday, today, and tomorrow (past, present, and future).

Writing: This week we will continue to work on informational writing. We will continue writing facts about penguins.

Homework ideas this week: Please continue to the read the books and review the sight words in your child’s reading bag. Continue counting to 100! Please remember, your child needs to know their sight words to become a fluent reader. You may also visit myon.com as well as mobymax. In addition, please encourage your child to write a sentence each day! We are working on stretching the words and writing the sounds we hear, beginning our sentences with an uppercase letter, and ending our sentences with a period or exclamation point. Many of the children also need to work on adding more detail to their drawings to help tell their idea in their sentence. Please don’t forget about practicing for the spelling test on Friday. Thanks for all you do!

January 8th Newsletter

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 17th week of Kindergarten!

The Kindergarten students will be taking the NWEA tests in both Reading and Math in the next two weeks. Please see your child’s teacher for their testing date. It is very important that your child get both a good night sleep as well as a healthy breakfast before coming to class. Please encourage your child to do their best on this test and to take their time. This is a very important test that tells us how your child is retaining the knowledge learned in kindergarten.

Winter is certainly here and it is cold! Please remember if you send your child to school with winter boots, they need to bring gym shoes to school to change into. Please help your child know how to put their shoes on independently. Please send gloves and hats with your child as well.

There will be no school in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 15th.

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on FRIDAY! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is tan) This will be for extra credit on their test!

  1. bat
  2. cat
  3. hat
  4. I
  5. see
  6. we

Reading: This week we will practice reading strategies using informational books. We will continue to identify the main topic and retell the key details in a story.  We will also spend time learning how to blend the beginning sounds with the rime.  Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)  

                              Review:  so   of   be                                             New words this week:  has   come   from

Math: We will review 2D shapes and introduce 3D shapes. We will compare the shapes by looking at their features such as corners and sides. We will also practice addition and introduce subtraction to 5.

Science: We will continue to learn about Gravity as a force that pulls objects down to the earth. We will also review concepts learned about pushes and pulls.

Social Studies: We will begin our unit in “Who am I?” We will learn more about ourselves and our role in the community.

Writing: This week we will continue to work on informational writing. We will be learning and writing facts about penguins.

Homework ideas this week:  (20 minutes each day!) Please continue to the read the books and review the sight words in your child’s reading bag. Continue counting to 100! Please remember, your child needs to know their sight words to become a fluent reader. You may also visit myon.com as well as mobymax. In addition, please encourage your child to write a sentence each day! We are working on the stretching the words and writing the sounds we hear, beginning our sentence with an uppercase letter, and ending our sentence with a period or exclamation point. Many of the children also need to work on adding more detail to their drawings to help tell their idea in their sentence. Please don’t forget about practicing for the spelling test on Friday. Thanks for all you do!

December 18th Newsletter

Hello Kindergarten Families!  Happy 16th week of kindergarten!

Winter is certainly here and it is cold! Please remember if you send your child to school with winter boots, they need to bring gym shoes to school to change into. Please help your child know how to put their shoes on independently. We have a shoe tying wall of fame for all of the Kindergarten students who can tie their shoes!!! Please send gloves and hats with your child as well.

Upcoming Events:

Polar Pals Gift Shop: 9:00 to 9:20 all week

If you haven’t paid for your Field Trip to the Michigan Science Center we are making our final payment on Wednesday.

Late Start: Wednesday, December 20th

NO SCHOOL December 25 – January 7. School resumes January 8th.

Please remember to put the items your child brings home in their reading and math bags back into the bags when you are done using them. The children are bringing home books and sight word cards to practice. Please help your child be responsible with these learning tools. These bags contain homework items for your child. Please work with these items for 20 minutes each day. ☺

Homework: Practice letters, books, and sight words in your child’s reading bags. Write first name and last name. Writing and drawing illustrations in a journal. Play games in math bag, count to 100, recognize and write numbers 1-20.

Letters:  We have introduced all the letters. Please review all uppercase and lowercase letters and their sounds. We will be testing students knowledge of these letters on Fridays.

In addition, please help your child practice writing his/her first and last name. Please be sure there are no backwards letters and that only the first letter is uppercase. The rest of the name should be lowercase. Recognizing and writing names are very important and will be practiced every day!                         Ex.          Mohamed Ali     not…. MOHAMED ALI  or mohamed ali.  

This will be part of the Friday tests.

Reading: This week we will be identifying the main topic and retell the key details in a story. In addition we will focus on the different types of texts (ex. storybooks, poems). The children will also be focusing on the long a and the long o vowel sounds.

Please encourage your child to read their sight words and books from their reading bags each day! Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)

Review:  at    by    if                 NEW words this week will be:    of      be     so

Math: We will continue to focus on addition. The students will be adding 2 numbers together to find a sum.  ___+___=___

Science: We will continue our Unit on Physical Science. We will investigate how things move. Students will sort pushes and a pulls.

Social Studies:  We will be discussing Natural Resources and how we use them. Examples include water and trees. We will also be testing students this week on “How I can get what I want and need”.

Writing: We will revisit informational writing. Students will identify and write facts about a topic. Please make sure students are writing in a journal at home as part of their homework. Encourage them to stretch out the sounds when writing words.

Holiday Shop!!!

Polar Pals gift shop will be all next week (December 18-22) from 9:00-9:20.  The students will be able to purchase gifts for the holiday season at very reasonable prices.  Most of the items are in the price range from $1.00-$5.00

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December 11th Newsletter

Hello Kindergarten Families!  Happy 15th week of kindergarten!

December has arrived and the  weather is much colder! Please be sure to send your child with a coat, hat, and gloves everyday. Please label these items.

Upcoming Events:

Friday December 15th – Field Trip Money Due

We will be going to the Michigan Science Center on Tuesday, January 23rd. We must pay in advance.

Please remember to put the items your child brings home in their reading and math bags back into the bags when you are done using them. The children are bringing home books and sight word cards to practice. Please help your child be responsible with these learning tools. These bags contain homework items for your child. Please work with these items for 20 minutes each day. ☺

Homework: Practice letters, books, and sight words in your child’s reading bags. Write first name and last name. Writing and drawing illustrations in a journal. Play games in math bag, count to 100, recognize and write numbers 1-20.

Letters:  We have introduced all the letters at this time. Please review all uppercase and lowercase letters and their sounds. We will be testing students knowledge of these letters on Fridays.

In addition, please help your child practice writing his/her first and last name. Please be sure there are no backwards letters and that only the first letter is uppercase. The rest of the name should be lowercase. Recognizing and writing names are very important and will be practiced every day!

Ex.          Mohamed Ali     not…. MOHAMED ALI  or mohamed ali.

This will be part of the Friday tests.

Reading: This week we will be asking and answering questions about unknown words in a story. In addition we will focus on the different types of texts (ex. storybooks, poems). The children will also continue working on blending three sounds to read a word  (ex. b-a-t blended reads bat) and identifying the last sound in a word.

Please encourage your child to read their sight words and books from their reading bags each day! Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)

Review:  this   am   dog                 NEW words this week will be:    at      by      if

Math: We will continue to focus on addition. The students will be adding 2 numbers together to find a sum.  ___+___=___

Science: We will continue our Unit on Physical Science. We will investigate how things move. Students will sort pushes and a pulls.

Social Studies:  We will continue our unit on  “How do I get what I want?” We will introduce trading goods.

Writing: We will continue Opinion Writing. Opinion Writing is how you feel or what you think about something. Students will write their opinion about specific topics.

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Science Center Field Trip

We are going to the Michigan Science Center on January 23rd.  We MUST prepay for our tickets.  The cost of the trip is $10 per person.  We are in need of parent help.  If you are willing to come and help you will also need to pay $10.  A permission slip is coming home TODAY!  Please fill it out and return it with the money by Friday, Dec. 15.

 

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Free Full Day 2018 Preschool

Attention: Families with Preschool age children who are 4 years of age by December 1, 2017.  There is an immediate possibility of free full day preschool beginning in January 2018 in the Dearborn Public Schools (next month). The family must be eligible based on risk factors and not currently enrolled in a GSRP program.  If interested, families may pick up an application at the Cotter Early Childhood Center, 13020 Osborn or call Nadia Berry at 313-827-6150.
Please respond immediately as slots are limited.
Families must live in the city of Dearborn.

December 4th Newsletter

Hello Kindergarten Families!  Happy 14th week of kindergarten!

December has arrived and the  weather is much colder! Please be sure to send your child with a coat, hat, and gloves everyday. Please label these items.

Upcoming Events:

All week during lunch Miller Book Fair

December 6th Picture Retakes

Please remember to put the items your child brings home in their reading and math bags back into the bags when you are done using them. The children are bringing home books and sight word cards to practice. Please help your child be responsible with these learning tools. These bags contain homework items for your child. Please work with these items for 20 minutes each day. ☺

Homework: Practice letters, books, and sight words in your child’s reading bags. Write first name and last name. Play games in math bag, count to 100, recognize and write numbers 1-20.

Letters:  Please help your child to recognize and write the following letters this week: Yy and Xx.  

In addition, please help your child practice writing his/her first and last name. Please be sure there are no backwards letters and that only the first letter is uppercase. The rest of the name should be lowercase. Recognizing and writing names are very important and will be practiced every day!

          Ex.          Mohamed Ali     not…. MOHAMED ALI  or mohamed ali.  

Reading: This week we will revisit asking and answering questions about key details in a story. In addition we will focus on the different types of texts (ex. storybooks, poems). The children will also continue working on blending sounds to read a word. (ex. b-a-t blended reads bat)

Please encourage your child to read their sight words and books from their reading bags each day! Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)

Review:   he    she    all                  NEW words this week will be:    this    am    dog

Math: We will begin to focus on addition. The students will be adding 2 numbers together to find a sum.

Science: We will start a new Unit on Physical Science. We will introduce what a push and a pull is.

Social Studies:  We will continue our unit on  “How do I get what I want?” We will introduce what a good and service are. ex:    An apple, a car, a table, and shoes are goods.      A teacher, a policeman, and a hair dresser provide a service.

Writing: We will continue Opinion Writing. Opinion Writing is how you feel or what you think about something. Students will write their opinion about specific topics.  

The Book Fair will take place ALL week during lunch time ONLY.  If you would like your child to purchase a book you will need to send in money for them to take at lunchtime (11:00-11:30).  Please make sure you place the money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on it and how much money is in the envelope.  If you would only like them to purchase 1 book and bring the rest of the money home please indicate this on the envelope too.

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