Weekly News From Mrs. Ross

Dear McCollough Families,

Greetings room 111 amazing families! Fall is really in he air this weekend. Wow! I hope you were able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Here is what you need to know this week:

Letter study: B b

*Please continue to work on ALL letters of the alphabet your child does not know along with their sounds!

Number study: 5

*Please continue counting orally to 100 at home by ones and to 100 by 10s nightly

*Please continue working on identifying and writing ALL numbers 0-5 for the first report card every night (as well as counting objects to represent them. We are counting out object to 10 and some children can count objects to represent numbers to 20 already! Woohoo Mrs. Ross’s mathematicians!)

Parent Volunteers:

We are ready to invite parents into our math workshop! If you would love to volunteer to “run a station” we’d love to have your help! If you are interested in volunteering this week on Monday or Tuesday from about 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm please respond below! (*Remember in order to volunteer in the classroom you need to have an approved background check. If you are interested in this please visit the school’s elementary office and they can take care of it right there!).


Week of October 5th 2015

Here is what you can expect this week in kindergarten:

*This week in Language Arts we will be focusing on the letter      Tt . Make sure to practice ALL letters of the alphabet with your child. We need to learn all the letters before we can send home books in book packs. We are also very proud that we have built up about 9 minutes of stamina in Daily 5 so far!

*In Writer’s Workshop we have been focusing on drawing very detailed pictures to write stories and sustaining our writing for 15 minutes. Please practice drawing people at home using basic geometric shapes for body parts. In addition, use many different colors to add detail.

*In math we will continue our unit on number sense this week by focusing on the number 4 (and reviewing 0-3). Last week I tested the students on writing their numbers from 0-10. This was VERY hard for the class, so please work with writing numbers and reading them. This week I will continue with the number ID test. In addition, we have been counting to 100 every day in class! To sing the song that we do you can simply go to google and type in counting to 100 songs and pick the one where the man is exercising.

*Congratulations to Ameer, Hadi H. and Yara for counting to 100 all the way AND reading ALL their numbers from 0-20 WOHOO!!! They have gotten to pick from the prize box and your child will too as soon as they accomplish these amazing milestones!

*Last week we enjoyed an experiment about salt and sugar! Ask your student how they knew which one was salt and sugar. We used our 5 senses to observe and describe and this week we will continue our unit on the 5 senses.

*This week we will be sending home your child’s first homework packet. These are due one week from the day you receive them unless there is a vacation or otherwise indicated on the packets. We would suggest doing one page a night so your child does not feel overwhelmed. Remember, these packets are going to be a review of skills and are not meant to be new and difficult packets. Have fun and good luck!

Tonight your child is bringing home their first Scholastic Book Club order. Please look through it with your child and decide if you would like to purchase anything. There are many adorable books in there that would really help build up a personal library! One of the books the “Pout-Pout Fish Learns to Read” is from a series that is great! Please have the correct money and checks placed in an envelope with your child’s name on it and return it by Friday afternoon. I have changed my mind to give you more time to decide if you’d like any books. I’ll be placing the order by Friday afternoon so please be prompt! If you’d like to go online and place your order you can put your child in my room with a one time activation code: MKLNV happy reading.


October 7th, 2015 LATE START:  school begins at 9:00am. I will meet you outside the classroom door as usual one hour later. School still lets out at 3:00pm.