Friday updates!

First- reminder no school on Monday!

The scores for NWEA reading will be included in the report card envelopes. These will be sent home at the end of the month. The students did a great job taking the test for the first time. It takes some patience as sometimes the computers freeze or it runs slow. They were great at being patient and adapting when we needed to fix something. We will be taking the math nwea next week. This is not required but a great practice for them. We will take it on Wednesday, January 19th.

We are beginning to shift into the second half of kindergarten! These students excel at working in our Montessori environment and are great at working on the goals that I ask them to while I am reading and teaching in small groups. For the first half of the year we really put a lot of emphasis on reading and the skills needed to expand this. This has clearly paid off and shown through the testing this last week! I am so proud of all of them and how well they are reading! We will continue with this but also add in a lot of writing! Independent writing, writing about topics, and Informational writing within our animal units that start the last week of January! I am excited to see them flourish and grow in writing as well.

Bathroom usage is starting to become an issue! Some students are asking to go 3-4 times before and after lunch! Typically we allow students to go once in the morning, after lunch, then once in the afternoon. That seems like it should be more then enough. I have told some students that this might have to become a rule if they continue to use the bathroom as a play time and social time. Please have a conversation about this with your child. I would appreciate it.

Today was the first spelling test. Graded tests will come home in Friday folders today as well as the next weeks words.

If your child tests positive or is put into a quarantine they will be able to get work off of Schoology. By Tuesday I will have the calendar complete for January. It will list simple “goals” and work that can be completed at home with paper/pencil just so they have something to keep up with. So far our attendance in the classroom has been good and we have not had many absences. No matter what we have to continue with the lessons and units needed. The units are paced and we can not just stop teaching. I will try my best to help when needed.

***Need! We are running low on expo markers! These are used daily for address writing, spelling word practice, writing our numbers, etc. If you can donate some it would be much appreciated! I try hard to remind them to put the cap back on the markers but they are really struggling with that.

I hope you all have a great long weekend!

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