Week of 5-28-2019

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Dear Families,

Greetings! I hope you all had a restful and wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I can NOT believe that we are so close to the end of the year (pausing to wipe my TEARS!!!). This week we are making sure that we are all set for the last two field trips! Here is what you need to know/remember:

Friday May 31st, 2019 DuVall’s Annual Ice Cream Social! (THANK YOU to the families that donated $1-5 towards our classroom “Soccer” themed basket! Make sure to stop in and bid on our basket, it’s gonna be a showstopper!

Thank you to Mrs. Dunlap for being our point person for the park and pool field trip. I’ll be working with her to organize the location and details of the picnic. Check our our sign up genius for the Park and Pool field trip June 11th at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409094DA8AC22A0FE3-park

Driving iChats for the Park and Pool: Some parents need to stop in to make OR renew ichats to be a driver for the park and pool. Notes were sent home in your child’s homework folder today if this pertains to you 🙂 Please come in as soon as possible to make sure yours is processed in time! Thank you 🙂

Reading Packs: Reading packs were collected today 🙁 PLEASE remember to still read with your child at night and over the summer months. I will be keeping your little darlings in my Raz-Kids account over the summer and until the new school year begins! To avoid the summer slide and loss of important reading skills please have your child spend 10-15 minutes a day on razkids, reading books from personal libraries and visiting the public libraries in Dearborn also! I am SO proud of all they have learned this year.

Reading License Ceremony: Please have a representative (or as many as you want!) from your family join us on Monday June 10th, 2019 at 9:00am to celebrate your child’s hard work and skills gained this year in KDG!

Looking forward to all this FUN!!!


Mrs. Ross and Class 🙂

NWEA Testing has begun…

Dear Families,

Friday we began our NWEA language arts testing and will finish them this week. We will also begin our math NWEA assessment. We do them in small groups of 5-8 students so that I can keep an eye on the speed/time duration of each child. This test is hard for our kiddos because they need to take their time, listen carefully to each question and decide what the best answer is. If they are impulsive and click quickly, it can misrepresent their comprehension of skill areas. Results will be stapled to your child’s 4th report card. However, if you are curious as to how they did feel free to ask me sooner! I should have the results of all testing (reading and math) by Friday. Here is how you can prepare your child for this week:

*Make sure they get plenty of sleep

*Give them a hearty breakfast

*Make sure they are present this week

*Pack snacks and water for the hot weather days

*Give them a little pep talk of support and encourage them to take their time and weigh their options carefully before clicking! Remind them to take their time.

*Not putting a huge amount of pressure on them so that the test makes them nervous.


May 31st Ice Cream Social KDG Raffle Basket!

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Friday the 31st is our annual Ice Cream Social and we can’t wait. Each year the kdg donates a raffle basket for the DuVall community to bid on. This year, our basket will be a soccer themed sport basket! Ms. Shapas and I will be purchasing the items in the basket this week to make it easier and we are pumped! If your child/family would like to help us purchase basket items, no pressure, but donations of $1-5 are welcomed (NO PRESSURE). Just be careful to put your monetary donation in an envelope marked KDG raffle basket donation so that we do not confuse it with the end of the year field trip to the park and pool! Don’t forget to come on Friday and bid on our basket. It’s going to be amazing 🙂

I’ll also be donating a personal basket from just Mrs. Ross marked “Lunch with the Teacher” and I will be purchasing a hot lunch and desert for the winner!


Thank you again for all your help with our basket!

Week of 5-19-2019 and Year end Reminders/Dates of Events/Holidays!

Dearest KDG Families,

I am sitting here drinking my coffee from my special new mug and thinking of how lucky I am to be the first elementary classroom teacher of your precious darlings. I wanted to say an overdue THANK YOU again for all of the beautiful flowers, classroom supplies, gift cards, cards, perfume, presents and goodies your families SPOILED me with during teacher appreciation week. I am overcome with gratitude and love. Each day I am so thankful for my job and my role in your child’s educational and life journey. Even after 15 years, each day is a new and exciting learning experience for me and I am so grateful and lucky to spend it with all of you and your little ones. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support and hard work you have put in to make your child’s kindergarten year a success! I am so sad that the end of the year is approaching and the thought of sending them along is truly bittersweet for me. However, I am so very proud of all that we have worked on, grown from and academically accomplished this year! Together, we have made a great team and taken them oh so far.

The last couple of weeks, I have begun the end of the year assessments for Language Arts and Math. You will notice that reading packs have slowed down on new books and will stop soon, so it is very important that students KEEP READING from personal libraries, neighborhood library trips and raz-kids! I will not put my new class in until September, so your child will remain in my class account ALL summer yay!!! Last week was our last week to check out new books in the library, so this Tuesday we will simply turn in our books. Please make sure they are in your child’s backpack Monday night so they are ready to go Tuesday morning!

Here are some end of the year reminders and important dates to remember:

26 Day Count down is still on! Monday starts with letter L on your countdown calendar…

Friday, May 24th- No school (Happy Memorial Day weekend!)

Monday, May 27th- No school (Happy Memorial Day!)

Friday, May 31st- Ice Cream Social! 5:30pm-8:00pm (Please come and join in the fun and bid on a raffle prize to support our school!)

Monday, June 3rd- No school (Happy Eid!)

Tuesday, June 4th- No school (Happy Eid!)

Wednesday, June 5th- No School (Happy Eid!)

Thursday, June 6th- Field Day. PM or AM- Times are TBD…

Monday June 10th: Reading License Ceremony 9:00am Rm 106! All Family members welcome! More information to come on iblog 🙂

Tuesday, June 11th- Park and Pool. All day Event. Parent Drivers Needed. Make sure you get the proper ichats done ASAP!

Friday, June 14th- Last Day of school! Half Day with AM Dismissal at 11:45am  

*If you would like to be a chaperone to any of the end of the year events PLEASE stop by the office to make sure that you have a CURRENT ichat AND a driving chaperone ichat (they need to be renewed every year and we will need a lot of drivers to help us take students to and from Dunworth Pool at Levagood park on June 11th!) Thank you in advance!

Dear Families,

I hope this message finds you all well and enjoying this lovely weekend! Here is what’s cooking this week in kindergarten. If there are any additions or modifications to the post I will make them as soon as possible. We are looking forward to our Muffins for Moms celebration on Friday morning at 9:00 am! If you have not RSVP’d yet we will send you another invite this week to make sure your child has someone very special to celebrate with! Thank you in advance for helping us make this a special and memorable event for our lovely moms!

Important Dates this week:

*Don’t Forget to follow the ABC countdown sheet for this week!

Tuesday, May 7th- Science Challenge Night 5:00pm-6:00 pm (All families welcome to join in the fun if you are available!)

Wednesday, May 8th- LAST PTA MEETING AT 7 pm

May 10th: Muffins for Moms! (Moms, please join us for some muffins and surprises at 9:00am!)

Homework: As we near the end of module 4, we will send home packets until there are no more left in module 4. However, your child will receive a new math game every week to help with subtraction and addition fluency!

Popcorn:  Popcorn might be on this week so lets plan on it unless I send out an update 🙂 

Library check out: This week we will have check out so make sure books are back in the bags Monday night and ready to go Tuesday morning first thing!

Reading Packs: Make sure your child is spending about 10-15 minutes reading at night on Raz-Kids and the books, letters/words you find in the reading packs. This will help your child SO much reviewing their personal bags each night!


LA Book: Cont. Informational books about plants and animals

Writing: Cont. Writing about Mothers shh! It’s a secret and we really can’t say 🙂

Social Studies: Unit 1: Who am I? regions of the classroom and reflecting on something they like about their classroom. In addition, we have been brainstorming about “kindness” and ways to help us with tattling, kind words and stamina. As the days get hotter and the end of the year approaches this can be a hard time for students to remain focused. It is so important for our little ones to remember this. Here are some of the wonderful reminders your little ones thought of on Friday during our lesson and these are great talking points to review at home too 🙂

*Use kind words

*listen when a friend or the teacher is speaking

*Hands are for helping

*Clean up after myself

*work the whole time

*Include others if they want to be my partner or play with me outside

*Stay in one spot (working the whole time)

*Talk about work talk during work time

New Science Unit: Earth and Space Science: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants and their Environments (Cont. Animal Mysteries!)

*Guiding Essential Question/Content: 1. Where do animals live and why do they live there? 2. Plants and animals can change their environment 3. natural resources, human impacts on earth systems