Monthly Archives:September 2018

Come get an introduction to the 7 Habits of Happy Families at the next PTA meeting!

When:  Tuesday, October 6th

Where:  School Cafeteria

Time:  4:00

Topic:  Your family’s “Flight Plan” and mission statement

 

Please read the attached note from our homeroom moms.

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Our Annual Holiday Boutique is Saturday, November 10! It is one of Lindbergh’s biggest fundraisers for the school and PTA and we need your help!
Every year each classroom is responsible for creating a uniquely themed basket or prize to be raffled off. All of the money raised is distributed back to teachers and classrooms, so this is a win-win for the school and especially our students.
This years theme for Mrs. Stetz’s class is a money/gift card tree. We will try to collect as much cash or gift cards to hotels, restaurants and stores as possible and present them to the winner of the drawing.

In the past, parents have reached out to other family members, neighbors, etc. for donations as well so it is truly a group effort! There is no set amount but parents are encouraged to donate generously and often!

Your assistance is imperative to the success of this years basket, and ultimately the Holiday Boutique.

Please send in all donations in an envelope with your child;s name and “Boutique Basket” as soon as possible or by Monday, November 5th at the latest. If you have any suggestion, questions or resources please contact:

Mona Haidar
mhaidar22@comcast.net
313.492.4237

Or

Mariam Abbas
Mabbas9@gmail.com
313.903.0708

Thank you in advance for your help in making this year a success!

Picture Day Tomorrow!  Please return the picture forms and money tomorrow by 8:35.  If you are orderings them online, please send me an email so I know you have turned in an order.  I only have orders from Keegan, Stella, Layla, and Libby as of now.  If you sent it with your child, please check their backpacks.  There are no other orders in my basket.  Everyone will be photographed for the yearbook.  If you need an order form, please go to the office.  We are taking pictures first.

No school for Kindergarten this Friday!

RAZ Kids $4 due A.s.A.P

Field Trip Permission slip and money due by Oct 10th

 

News and Notes  Our class will be getting a subscription to RAZ Kids, a reading resource for both you at home and for us in class.  Please send in the $4 as soon as possible and we will get started.  Remember, you will have your username and password for a whole year to continue reading over next summer.

Picture Day is September 27th.  Please return the picture forms and money as soon as possible.  If you are orderings them online, please send me an email so I know you have turned in a packet.

Snack:  Snack in the afternoon is one nut, sesame, hummus free healthy item.  Please do not send in drinks other than a water bottle.  It would really help if  the snack was packed in a separate bag in their backpack and not in their lunch box.  They are in a large bin in the hall and it takes quite a long time to find them when they are in a lunch box.

Field Trip: Our first trip to the apple orchard is coming up in October.  Please fill out the permission slip and send it back with the money in an envelope marked with your child’s name and “Field Trip.”  We will be taking chaperones only if you have an approved background check completed in the office.  Chaperones will have to drive separately, as there will be no room on the bus.  Please see the permission slip for further details.

From the Office: 

You may have received a Household Information Surveys attached to a letter that came home today with your students. These surveys are critical in determining the amount of money the school receives. They are only going home to the oldest child in the family.  We are asking to get the surveys back by Monday, October 1st. So, if you could  send them in as soon as possible, we’d greatly appreciate it.

From the Lunchroom: Your child may only get a milk as part of the free lunch if they are getting the whole lunch.  If they are only getting milk their will be a charge.

Language Arts Last week we started our second choice for Daily 5, Word Work.  During this choice the children have several options of activities revolved around the letters, sounds, and sight words of the week, current and past.  They have been doing a great job!  We also have been working on direction in writing, just like reading, left to write and top to bottom.  Please make sure your child is practicing writing on their own as part of their literacy work.

Math/Science/Social Studies In Math we worked on counting objects in various patterns, lines, circle, or scattered, understanding the last number counted was how many were there.  We also counted dots in various patterns to 5 and began work understanding we can break numbers apart; 3 is 2 and 1 or 1 and 2.  Lastly we started number formation with zero.  In Science we added our last steps to the scientific process, measure, classify, and record our information.  We did a tools vs. toys sort in our journals as well with a variety of tools scientists use.

Letters Of The Week:  Aa, Dd

Letters in Review: Ss, Mm, Rr, Bb, Tt, Nn

Words of The Week: look, at

Words in Review: the, I, can, see, like, to

Homework: Nightly Literacy Homework (including ABC book.)  Have your child fill out the sports ball sheet every night they do work and return this sheet every Monday.  We will record it and put it right back in our folders.  Remember, I have a link to the homework possibilities and the ball sheet on here under the homework tab in case it gets lost.

**We only had 19/26 children turn in their ball sheet completed on time today.  Our goal and expectation is 26/26 every week. ***

Math: Module 1 Lessons 13-16

Leader In Me After trying out several leadership jobs, we have chosen our permanent jobs for this semester.  The children are working on begin responsible and proactive to do their jobs on their own each day.  We will record these in our leadership notebooks.

Have a wonderful week of learning!

News and Notes  Our class will be getting a subscription to RAZ Kids, a reading resource for both you at home and for us in class.  Please send in the $4 as soon as possible and we will get started.  Remember, you will have your username and password for a whole year to continue reading over next summer.

PTA will be sending home raffle tickets today for your family to sell for the Lindbergh Holiday Boutique.  More information will be attached to the tickets.  The is Lindbergh’s biggest fundraiser for the PTA.

Language Arts This week we continued our practice of the first Daily 5  option, read to self.  Our stamina is improving and I was able to begin to see groups.  Each child received their Guided Reading bag, which contained their assessment results and beginning goals for language.  Please take the assessment sheet out, it is your to keep.  Remember to practice these goals, whether it be letters, sounds, name writing, sight words, or one to one matching while reading daily and have the children color in their ball sheets. We also began work in writing workshop, a chance for the children to practice the lessons on writing we are working on daily.  We started with making picture plans for our writing and used sentence stems with sight words to get familiar with the process.

Math/Science/Social Studies In Math we continued work on grouping.  We also worked on counting, both forward and backwards and the idea of the last number said is the number of objects in a group.  Our lessons also practiced the idea that no matter the arrangement, unless you add or take something away, the amount stays the same.  Plus continue work in their math homework book to review these concepts at home.  The pages will be kept at home.  In Science we started work on the scientific precess; what scientists do.  We asked questions, made observations, made a hypothesis, and ran tests on various experiments including color mixing and what they are working on our playground.  I have included a great picture of observation and making a hypothesis the day the workers were tearing out the slide.  When the cement truck, back hoe, and jack hammer are right outside your window, you turn it into a lesson and go watch!

Letters Of The Week:  Tt, Nn

Letters in Review: Ss, Mm, Rr, Bb,

Words of The Week: like, to

Words in Review: the, I, can, see

Homework: Nightly Literacy Homework (including ABC book.)  Have your child fill out the sports ball sheet every night they do work and return this sheet every Monday.  We will record it and put it right back in our folders.  Remember, I have a link to the homework possibilities and the ball sheet on here under the homework tab in case it gets lost.

**We only had 18/24 children present turn in their ball sheet completed on time today.  Our goal and expectation is 26/26 every week. ***

Math: Module 1 Lessons 9-13

Leader In Me  We are continuing working on our class expectations and a focus on habit #1 Be proactive, your are in charge of you; stop, think, make a good choice.  We read the Be Proactive story in the 7 Habits of Happy Children book to apply being proactive.  I am also relating this to talking when others are speaking during the lesson.

Have a wonderful week of learning!

Tonight is Open House, 6-7:30!  We will see you at 6:10 for a quick parent meeting.

Tomorrow is a half day, 11:45 dismissal.  We will not have lunch, so please pack you child a healthy snack in their backpacks.  I will be out of town tomorrow for a family wedding, so please look for Mrs. Smith, our guest teacher for the morning.  She is great and has been in my room many times over the years.

News and Notes If you have not sent in your science spiral notebook, please do so as soon as possible.  We have begun to use it.  Don’t forget, Open House is this Thursday, 6-7:30.  I will be addressing the parents at 6:10 for about 15 minutes. Please plan on attending.  Also, Spirit and Pride shirt order forms went home today and are due on Friday.  This will be the only chance this year to order Lindbergh shirts.  We often wear them on field trips, school events and Leadership Day.  See the new redesigned shirts!

Language Arts this week we  introduced our first component of daily five, Read to Self. We were able to get our stamina up to six minutes of reading per round.  We also learned that we can all read!  We have three ways to read a book, read the pictures, read the words, and retell.  Encourage your children to read every night and log their work on the sports ball sheets, due on Mondays.  Remember, we are tracking completed sheets for glass goals each week on the wall.  I suggest keeping the sheet in the homework folder so it is there on Mondays to be checked.  We also practice weekly words and letters and sounds.  For Writer’s workshop we started our daily writing with pictures of ourselves and our families adding some short sentences together.

Math/Science/Social Studies In Math we begin our first section of Module 1 with identifying items that are the same, have some of the same attributes, and items that go together.  We started counting the Math way, with our left hand, pinky first, fist closed, and palms down.  This models left to right action.  It will be new to you, but having them start this way will help with future skills in this math program.  (I had to learn a new way too so I can do the opposite to face them 🙂  Hopefully you are keeping up with the homework for each lesson as a review of our daily work.  This way you will know exactly what we are doing in class.  Please leave it at home and do not return it.   In Science we begin our exploration of what does a scientist look like  and what do they do.  We drew pictures of scientists and made a circle map of what they do.  Then we read a book to confirm or cross out things scientists really don’t do, like my favorite answer every year, “make potions.”  In Social studies we began learning about ourselves and how to get with others, starting with class expectations.

Letters Of The Week:  Rr, Bb

Letters in Review: Ss, Mm

Each week we will study 2 letters, focusing on upper and lowercase, formation, sound, and use.  ABC books will come home each Monday and I ask that they are returned by Friday so I have a chance to go over them before the following Monday.  Please only do the assigned letters I put here on the blog.  Make sure the kids are doing the work at their level, whether they are just learning the letter, working on the sound, writing words that start with that letter, or using the words it in a sentence if that is where they are.  All students will write the letter and cut out or draw 3 pictures to go with that letter minimally.  Remember they do the work, please do not write for them!  They should write the sounds they hear.  It is not about spelling, but the sounds they hear.  So if they want to write played and write plad, that is great!  Those are the 4 sounds you hear when you stretch the word out.  This is what we teach in Kindergarten.  This helps with the independent writing in class they will do everyday and gives them confidence to write on their own, without expecting someone to spell it for them.

Words of The Week: can, see

Words in Review: the, I

Each week we will learn 2 new sight words for the week.  We will write them on index cards and put them in our reading bag.   We will do various activities with them throughout the week. Please practice these as part of your nightly Literacy work.  As your child begins to add more words, make sure you are reviewing all the previous words as well.  These will help with both reading and writing.

Homework: Nightly Literacy Homework (including ABC book.)  Have your child fill out the sports ball sheet every night they do work and return this sheet every Monday.  We will record it and put it right back in our folders.  Remember, I have a link to the homework possibilities and the ball sheet on here under the homework tab in case it gets lost.

**We only had 13/26 children turn in their ball sheet completed on time today.  Our goal and expectation is 26/26 every week. ***

Math: Module 1 Lessons 5-8

Leader In Me  We are continuing working on our class expectations and a focus on habit #1 Be proactive, your are in charge of you; stop, think, make a good choice.

Have a wonderful week of learning!

Hello!  I just wanted to remind anyone who has not sent in a spiral notebook to do so as soon as possible.  I am still missing several.  They were the only thing not included in the kit if you ordered lat year.  We have already started using them for science.

Also, I wanted to clarify the math homework book does not come back.  They are only paper and I feel they would be best kept in shape in you keep them at home.  I will put the intended lessons for the week on here in the Monday news. Do them that night or the next to reinforce the classroom learning at home.  If you have not seen it, it is still in your child’s backpack.  You can take it out.

As I begin to analyze data and finish up assessments, I will be putting groups together soon.  Reading bags and the assessment data should come home early next week.  Not every child will take them home on the same day so don’t worry.  If you have not seen the bag in more than 3 days once it starts coming home, please ask.

We are working really hard on habit 1, Be Proactive (you are in charge of you,) especially during whole group time.  With 26 kids, some new to school, reinforcing expectations at home like not talking while I am reading or teaching a lesson is helpful.  We have discussed what to do if someone is talking near you and this can also be practiced at home, (show the quiet sign, move over, ignore the poor choices of others.)  Giving your child one and two directions at a time to practice listening and following is also a great pathway to independence.

Try to stay cool!

Haunted School Room Volunteers Needed!!
 
We are in strong need of parent volunteers for the Haunted School “Mild” side rooms.  This would include overseeing student volunteers, and making sure the kids have fun in the class of your choosing.  Some examples of the “Mild” side classrooms from the past have been: Halloween themed cookie room, pumpkin painting, bootique (nails, tattoos, etc), box maze, Alice and Wonderland, etc.  These are simply ideas, we are open to any and all suggestions. 
 
Please reach out to Kelly Panackia at kellypanackia@gmail.com or Gwynn Bondy at gwynn.bondy@gmail.com by September 13th if at all interested in helping in one of the Mild Rooms.  This event would not exist without all of you!  Thank you!

We have made it through week 1!!! You Kindergartener probably came home tired.  They are doing a great job learning our routines and working on the first steps to becoming a leader at Lindbergh.  We are ready to start our first full days of school this week.  We will be learning even more routines and visiting our special area teachers for the first time.  I have listed some routines I would like you to be familiar with. Your child will bring home their red homework folder each day.  Please go through it each night and have them put it back in their backpacks right away so it is there in the morning.  Fostering independence with a watchful eye is a key component in Kindergarten.  Remember the more they start to do on their own the more independent and confident they will become.  Let’s also keep in mind there are 26 of them and one of me.  Teaching your child to tie their shoes, zip their coat, put on boots and snow pants, and put their things in their backpack on their own helps us all.  Each day we will also color in our plane sheet to let you know know what type of day they had.  The beginning of the year is bout learning elections and procedures.  I always give a warning before they have to move their clip.  If they have to move to yellow and their choices have not improved, I will write what they had a difficult time with so you can help reinforce it at home.  Please leave this in the back pocket of their folder so it is always where we expect it to be.  We will eat lunch each day at 11:06.  They will go out for recess from 11:22 until 11:44.  Our afternoon will begin after.  Please pack a snack for the afternoon.  You may want to label it so they do not eat it at lunch, and if possible pack it somewhere else in their backpack so they do not have to dig through the bin of lunch boxes after lunch to find it. ( they get retuned in a big bin after all the lunch periods are over.   Please send a separate drink for lunch other than the water bottle they are using in class.  We do not take these for lunch because we go right out from the cafeteria and our lunch boxes are returned around 1:30, so the water bottles will not be available right away.  Remember no type of nut product, sesame seeds, or hummus for snack in the classroom.  If your child is buying lunch, it is easier to send in money to the office in an envelope with their name and load it on their lunch card.  Please discuss what your child is doing for lunch with them in the morning so they know if and what they are buying, first or second choice.  We have to send a lunch count down right away and they are not able to change their mind once they make a choice.  Shrimp poppers are never a choice due to allergies, there will be a substitute choice.

News and Notes:

This news will be published by 5 p.m. each Monday.  If I ask for a response to an event or need, please respond here, but know it will be visible to all.  If you have a concern or question that only pertains to your child please email me so I can read and  respond privately.

If you have not subscribed to my blog please do so this week.  This is the last paper copy of the news going home.  Starting next week I will only be posting it here.  Please see the other tabs at the top of the blog page to get important school events and PTA news, other websites, pictures and more!

Mobile Dentist- The mobile dentist that comes out and does a basic cleaning will be coming soon.  I am told the last day to turn in the sheets will be Tuesday.  I was not planning on sending them home until then, so if you are interested please come in by the end of the day and you can fill out the form in the office.

Language Arts Last week I assessed almost all the children in the area of Language.  As I finish in the next day or two, I will send you the results for you to keep to work on for homework in their Guided Reading Bags.  Please work nightly and return the bag everyday it goes home.  I expect, once I get small groups together, the bags will come home 3-5 times per week.  We will have a variety of activities in there based on need such as leveled books from the book room and class, name practice sheets, letter cards, sight word cards, etc.  Please use the materials and return them in the bags each day, as we will use them in class and they are shared among our class and the other Kindergarten.  We practiced and illustrated our first poem this week and the children brought home their Poetry folder on Thursday.  If it did not come back today, please return it tomorrow.  The children will have access to these all week to practice in their in class book box. They will go home each Friday as we learn a new poem.  Please see the list of possible activities in the folder and these can be a part of your nightly Literacy homework.  Remember when working on writing at home, focus on writing lowercase letters except for the first letter in names and titles.

Math/Science/Social Studies We will begin all subject matter with our full days this week.  We are using a new Math program this year.  We will do a lesson a day and they come with a homework page for each lesson.  Due to the difficulty of Kindergarteners ripping out pages and returning them, we decided to send the whole homework book home.  We are asking you follow along with the lessons I will put on here for the week and do the page with your child to help reinforce what we are doing in school.  These do not need to be ripped out and returned.  I am relying on you to help your child with the practice at home.  They are short and will be a great home connection for you to see what we are doing in class.  Our Science unit will start with using our notebooks as a Science journal for learning.  We will start our study with how to be a scientist.  For Social Studies we will start with learning about each other and how to get along with others.  This ties in with the Leader In Me program we use at Lindbergh.

Letters Of The Week:  S, M 

Each week we will study 2 letters, focusing on upper and lowercases, formation, sound, and use.  The children will get an ABC book to use to practice these letters.  These books will come home each Monday and I ask that they are returned by Friday so I have a chance to go over them before the following Monday.  Please only do the assigned letters I put here on the blog.  Make sure the kids are doing the work at their level, whether they are just learning the letter, working on the sound, writing words that start with that letter, or using the words it in a sentence if that is where they are.  All students will write the letter and cut out or draw 3 pictures to go with that letter minimally.

Words of The Week: the, I

Each week we will learn 2 new sight words for the week.  We will write them on index cards and put them in our reading bag.   We will do various activities with them throughout the week. Please practice these as part of your nightly Literacy work.  As your child begins to add more words, make sure you are reviewing all the previous words as well.  These will help with both reading and writing.

Homework: Nightly Literacy Homework (including ABC book.)  Have your child fill out the sports ball sheet every night they do work and return this sheet every Monday.  We will record it and put it right back in our folders.  Remember, I have a link to the homework possibilities and the ball sheet on here under the homework tab in case it gets lost.

Math: Module 1 Lessons 1-4

Leader In Me  We began our week last week with lessons right from the Leader in Me.  We learned that at Lindbergh we have expectations for all parts of our school and procedures and rules to follow.  We used pictures to model class procedures and practiced daily.  We also began our study of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids, which is part of the Leader in Me program.  We discussed and read books about what a habit is, something we do everyday.  We started with habit #1, Be Proactive.  We learned that we are in charge of ourselves.  Being proactive means we stop, think, and make a good choice, like a traffic light.  We dove into habit # 2 Begin with the End in Mind.  This means to have a plan.  We set a school goal for ourself and I put them into their leadership binders that I put together this weekend.  In here we will keep track of our goals, our successes, and our celebrations.  We will track attendance, behavior, and homework.  These will stay in class.  We finished the week with habit #3 Put First Things First, work then play.  This was easy to explore as we do this every day.  Last week was just a first introduction to the habits.  We hope you will use this language at home as well.  As a school we will work on one habit a month to focus on with stories, activities and games.

Wow!  Kindergarten is a lot of work!  We also had time to play outside and explore choice time areas in our room like house, sand, blocks, puzzles and games, arts and crafts, and play dough, which is just as important to build social skills, communication, imagination, and exploration.  We are off to a great start!

Have a wonderful week of learning!

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