Week of 11-29-2015

Welcome back room 111!

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing week with family and friends! I was so happy to be home with my family and I am very thankful for the time. Here is what is happening in kindergarten this week:

Letter Study: L l and Ff

Word Studies: said, in

Numbers: Writing all numbers from 1-20


Monday: Homework packets are due! New homework packets will be handed out. Please return them next Monday. PBIS smilie faces are due tomorrow. Please make sure they are all signed and returned!

Tuesday: New PBIS smilie sheets go out tonight!

Things to work on at school and home:

Reading: Retelling stories in order from beginning, middle to end and also narrative elements (characters, settings, problems and solutions)

Math: Counting and Cardinality. This week we will practice counting to 100 by 1s and 10s, counting from any number other than 1, reading and writing numbers to 10 (20 if your child can do it!), counting objects with one to one matching and counting out a set of objects and telling the amount. These are great things to do at home…count, count, count!

Social Studies: This week we will discuss “Goods and Services” and how they can be bought to satisfy our needs and wants. In addition, what is a trade? Are all trades fair?

Science: Continue Pushes and Pulls!

Here is a picture of Bashir Baiz (sent in by mom) pulling a shopping cart at Target over the break. Thank you Bashir, great job! If anyone else has pictures of their child pulling or pushing please email us at rossm1@dearbornschools.org and we will share it on the blog!

Bashir pulling his cart!

Bashir pulling his cart!


Important Dates:

Parent Meeting December 2nd (information to follow from office)

Book Fair December 7th-11th, 2015

Late Start December 16th, 2015

Have a great week! If their is anything else I’ll let you know throughout the week. Thank you in advance for all your hard work at home with your child.


Mrs. Ross 🙂


Pajama Day!

This is a reminder that tomorrow, 11-24-2015, is pajama day! Your child is welcome to wear their pajamas to school tomorrow for $1.oo. This is a fundraiser for the K-1 students who are raising money for our field trip in January. Thank you for all your help. Please send children in their regular shoes though so they do not slip and fall.


Mrs. Ross and Class!

Week of 11-23-2015

Greetings room 111 families! I hope you stayed warm this weekend and enjoyed the beautiful blanket of snow. Here is what you need to know for this very short week upon us:

Letter Study: Review of letters G g and V v

Number Study: Ways to make 10

Word Study: Review of all words! Spelling test on Tuesday


Monday: Homework packets will be collected and new ones will be handed out. They will be collected after break. Gym Class Make sure to wear sensible shoes or pack some if your child will be wearing snow boots to school!

Tuesday: Art and Music class.

Wed-Friday: NO SCHOOL! Have a wonderful break

School will resume next Monday on November 30th, 2015. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving. I for one am very thankful for my wonderful classroom and parents. Stay warm over the break.

*Mrs. Ross has finally figured out a way to send myself some pictures yay! Here are a few students using some tools to practice letter ID. Here they are tracing the letters inside a pencil box that is filled with salt or rice. This will also work very well with sand! You can use this for words as well if your child has a goal of “sight words”.

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letter practice

*This student is showing how we use white boards and finger space men during Writer’s Workshop. First, we do our work on the practice board and then transfer our hard work onto the paper.

Writer's Workshop

*This student is showing how we also write on the tables with dry erase markers to practice our letter ID. I hope your children don’t come home and start writing all over the place eek! If you’d like to let them do this at home, I promise they will LOVE doing any work! Just put some clear plastic wrap over the table and the your child can write on that.


Science: Pushes and Pulls are still the focus! If you have any pictures of your child doing a push or a pull at home I’d love to share it on the blog. You can email them to me and I’ll post it for the class to share during science.

Social Studies: we are still studying needs and wants. Over the break this is a great opportunity to show your child where needs and wants come from because we will begin talking about goods and services.

That’s all for now. I’ll send home any reminders on Tuesday if I think of more information you need to know!

Conferences Week Of 11-16-2015

Dear families,

I am writing to let you know that I will be there for conferences this week. There is no need to reschedule, I have been on antibiotics since Monday and I have not had a fever since yesterday at about 6:00pm. So I think I have turned a corner! I may look a little exhausted and be a little slower, but my heart will be happy and I will be ready for you all 🙂 I also wanted to send a sincere thank you to all of my wonderful families. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as my son and I were sick. It is so difficult to be a sick mother with a sick child and a teacher who loves her classroom at the same time. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful classroom. I will see you all tomorrow morning at 9:00am after the late start.


Mrs. Ross and Family

Week of 11-16-2015

Dear families,

Mrs. Ross is writing you from home today. My son and I are feeling very sick. I have come down with the flu and will be staying home this week 🙁 I am so upset about it but I am resting up to come back to school as soon as I can. Here is what you will need to know this week.

Letter Study: Vv and Gg

Word Study: Review week (Please review reading and writing all the words we have had so far this week) I, a, the, to, it, and

Wednesday:  is a late start and school will begin at 9:00am.

Thursday: This week is also a library check out week for us, so if your child forgot to return their book the last time please bring it to school before Thursday.


*Conferences are scheduled for this Wednesday and Thursday evening. I am very contagious right now and may have to reschedule them. I apologize for the inconvenience! I am getting in contact with the principal to see what she suggests and I will let you know as soon as possible. Again, I am so sorry for all the mess!


Mrs. Ross

Week of 11-9-2015

Let’s try this again! It’s a good thing I never claimed to be perfect 🙂 The newsletter did not publish yesterday so here is what you need to know this week in kindergarten:

Letter Study: A a  and Pp

Word Study: you, it

Number Study: Number 9 (and all ways to make 9)

*We are getting observed by the principal this Thursday in school for math at 1:00 pm. If there are any parents willing to help again, we would GREATLY appreciate it! Thank you in advance for your time.

Conferences: Thursday, November 12th specific families will have a conference. Reminders went home yesterday. Thank you for your prompt response! Please let me know asap if you can’t make it and I’d be happy to reschedule. Please be prompt because they are short conferences and run back-to-back. I look forward to discussing your wonderful child and their progress in school.

Social Studies: This week we have begun our new unit in Social Studies about “How Do I Get What I Need and Want?” These are great topics at home and will help you out lol! If your child (like mine) is begging for Halloween candy all day it’s a great discussion point haha!

Science: We will being a unit on “Force and Motion”. In kindergarten we focus specifically on push and pull (and a little bit of gravity). This is also a fun unit to play with at home when your child is playing with certain toys or moving in certain ways you can revisit what we discuss in school!

Kindergarten Survey: Please return in folders as soon as possible or bring it to the conferences this week.

As always please let me know if there is anything I can do for you!

Mrs. Ross 🙂

Dear Parents please help!

Kindergarten Parent Survey11.15

Dear parents,

Please take a moment of your time to fill out this kindergarten parent survey to help us better serve your child in preschool years. Just click on the link above that says “Kindergarten Parent Survey” and complete it online!

This will greatly help our preschool program and help your children get ready for kindergarten in the future! I will also send home a paper copy this week. Thank you in advance for your help.

Mrs. Ross

Reminder…November 6th

Dear Families this is a quick reminder that tomorrow November 6th, 2015 is a half day of school with an 11:10 am dismissal!

Due to the short week, our spelling test for the sight word “to” will be on Monday morning! Please practice it this weekend along with the other words although they are not on the test Monday (I, a, the).

If you have not signed up for conferences you can come to see me this afternoon or tomorrow at 11:10 am. I will schedule all other students and send home a reminder note on Monday.

Thank you for all you do. Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Ross

Week of 11-2-2015

Room 111 Families,

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween weekend and enjoyed your extra hour of sleep! Once again, I wanted to send a big thank you to the parents who came in to volunteer their time for our party and to those who came to see our parade. You made our day so much more special. Here is what is happening in our busy week of kindergarten.

Letter Study: C  c

Word Study: to

Number Study: 8 and ways to make eight

Tuesday November 3rd: NO SCHOOL!

Thursday: PBIS Reward day. If your child has earned enough greens they will enjoy reward day Our whole class will be going this time. Great job kindergartners from 111!

Thursday: Library day. Please return library books today.

Friday: 1/2 day (no lunch in school today) dismissal

Have a wonderful week! Conferences are quickly approaching. If you have not signed up come on in and sign up this week. I’ll send a reminder home next week for everyone. Please let me know if there is anything you need.


Mrs. Ross