Welcome to Kindergarten!  We are going to have an exciting year filled with lots of learning and fun.

Make sure you visit my blog at least once a week.  I will update the site weekly but if there is a lot of new information I will update it more often.

Remember to visit the websites that are listed in the left hand column.  There are some great sites and games to help support your child’s learning.

 

Questions:

If you have any questions or concerns you may write me a note and place it in your child’s homework folder.  You may also call the office and leave me a message. You may also call and leave a message on my voicemail.

I will call you back at my earliest convenience. (It may be on a prep time, before or after school)  If you call the office, they will not put your call through directly to me.  It is important to stay on a schedule and to have uninterrupted time to focus on learning.  Every time I take a call during the day that means the children are missing out on learning.

Weekly Newsletter Nov. 11-15

Kindergarten Weekly News

Hello Kindergarten Families!  Happy 12th week of kindergarten!

Parent Teacher Conferences continue this week.

Tuesday November 12th

Thursday Nov. 14th.

Scheduled appointments begin at 4:00 and will end promptly at 7:00 pm. 

Please be sure to see your child’s teacher if you did not get a reminder for your scheduled appointment time. PLEASE be on time for your parent-teacher conference. 

Upcoming: Thanksgiving Break –  No School November 27th, 28th, 29th 

FOOD DRIVE – please consider donating canned or boxed food. The class with the most donations will receive a pizza party.  

The weather is getting colder! Please be sure to send your child with a coat, hat, and gloves everyday. 

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, count to 100, recognize and write numbers 1-20.

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

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 focus on illustrations (pictures) and how they match the text. In addition, we will be learning about the long vowel sounds. 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:   play on                    

NEW words this week will be:    are for

Math: We will continue to practice recognizing and writing numbers 0-20 as well as representing the quantity the number represents. We will also continue to practice counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s. We will also continue our unit on shapes. We are learning how to describe flat (2D) shapes. 

Science: We will continue our science about Weather. We will observe and discuss the different seasons and track the daily local weather.

Social Studies:  We will continue our unit on  “How do I get what I want?” We will group and sort  needs and wants. (ex. clothing, food, water, shelter, and air are needs. Computers, toys, and candy are wants.)

Writing: We will continue to work on Narrative Writing. We will focus on a setting and characters with a beginning, middle and end. Students will write about the places they have been, who went with them, and what they did. 

Weekly Newsletter Nov. 4-8th

Hello Kindergarten Families!  Happy 11t0h week of kindergarten!

This week we will begin a new card marking! We have finished your child’s first kindergarten report card! You will receive your child’s report card at parent-teacher conferences. Please be sure to see your child’s teacher if you did not get a reminder for your scheduled appointment time. PLEASE be on time for your parent-teacher conference. 

Tuesday, November 5th, is election day. We will not have school on this day.

The first night of conferences is Thursday, November 7th. Scheduled appointments begin at 4:00 and will end promptly at 7:00 pm. 

The weather is getting colder! Please be sure to send your child with a coat, hat, and gloves everyday. 

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, count to 100, recognize and write numbers 1-20.

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

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.          Amy Baskin    not…. AMY BASKIN  or amy baskin.  

Reading: This week we are returning to narrative story elements which include setting, characters, and plot. We will practice re-telling with beginning, middle, and end. In addition, we will ask key details in a text. The children will also continue working on blending sounds to read a word. (ex. b-a-t blended reads bat) We are still practicing our independent Daily 5 time with Read to Self, Work on Writing, Word Work and Listen to Reading. 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:    yes said                      

NEW words this week will be:     on play    

Math: We will continue to practice recognizing and writing numbers 0-20 as well as representing the quantity the number represents. We will also continue to practice counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s. We will begin our Unit on 2D and 3D shapes. Students will be able to identify and name shapes. 

Science: We will begin a new unit in science about  Weather. We will observe and discuss the different types of weather.

Social Studies:  We will begin a new unit called “How do I get what I want?” We will introduce the concepts of needs and wants. (ex. clothing, food, water, shelter, and air are needs. Computers, toys, and candy are wants.)

Writing: We are returning to Narrative Writing. We will focus on a setting. Students will write about places they have been. In kindergarten, at this time of the year, we expect the children to use their drawing and oral dictation to tell about the topic we are writing about.

PTA Meeting

There is a PTA meeting tomorrow, Nov. 1 at 10:00. At the meeting you will learn about parent teacher conferences and what you should expect to hear and possible questions you may want to ask your child’s teacher. It is a very important informational meeting. I hope you will be able to attend. Remember that tomorrow is a half day too. Dismissal is at 11:45.

Boo Bash

Boo Bash was a great night of fun! It was wonderful to see so many families come out and enjoy themselves. If you stopped by my station I took your picture. Here are a few of my friends I caught having a good time.

Pumpkin Fun

Yesterday we completed an investigation about a pumpkin. We measured its height and weighed it. We also figured out the circumference of our pumpkin. Then we took turns digging out the pumpkin and using describing words for what we felt. Here are some of our words we came up with :

squishy, gooey, sticky, wet, cold, slippery, slimy, soft

Here are a few pictures of us digging out our pumpkin.

Then we picked 2D shapes and created a jack-o-lantern, I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Petting Farm and Pumpkin Patch

Today a petting farm came to Miller school. It was very exciting. We got to pet and brush a variety of animals. There was a cow, a horse, goats, sheep and an alpaca. There was also a duck and rabbits to pet as well! Here are a few pictures of us enjoying the animals.

We also got to experience a pumpkin patch. We got to go out in a patch of hay and pumpkins and pick our very own pumpkin to take home. Here are a few pictures of us looking for our pumpkins. It was an exciting day!