Sunday, January 13, 2019

January 14th - Newsletter Updates


DATES TO REMEMBER:
-Mon. January 14th—DIBELS Testing
-Wed. January 16th—NWEA Testing—Math
-Wed. Jan. 16th—Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off
-Fri. January 18th—Homecoming Game
-Mon. January 21st—Delayed Start

READING:
Due to our snow days, we will still be reviewing for a couple of days this week and finishing up this set of stations; on Wednesday we will begin our new unit for reading:)
This week our class will be focusing on plants and what they need in order to grow, such as water, food, and air; we will read several stories about gardens. Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we will be practicing:
· Vocabulary—require & plant—Talk about things that living things need/require in order to live and grow.
· Sightwords—my & at—Encourage your child to say sentences using the words my and at. Record the sentences on paper and leave a blank where the words should be. Then have your child write the words in each space.
· Category Words—size words—Take turns describing things according to size and/or practice sorting household items according to size.
· Phonics—Letter Hh—Play a rhyming game; for example, what word starts with h and rhymes with pen? (hen). Provide clues as needed.
· Comprehension—Character, Setting, & Events—Have your child think of a favorite story. Then ask questions about the main characters, where the story takes place, and what events happen at the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
· Beanie Baby Strategies—This week we will introduce a new comprehension strategy— Repair Bear—who reminds us to stop while we are reading and check to see if we are understanding what we are reading. If not, we need to go back and reread.



SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES:
This week we will continue to study Motion, as we investigate steep and shallow ramps.  We read several stories about dressing for this cold Wintry weather, as well as several narrative stories related to snowmen.

MATH: 
This week we will play Top it with numbers 1-20.  We will explore numbers 1-100 using a Number Grid and the Counting Board App, as we look for number patterns. In addition, we will begin working on ADDITION :)

WRITING: 
This week we will work together to draw a Snowman using rhyming words and then the students will create their own Punctuation Snowman and write about it. We will also begin a new pattern book that reflects a see-saw structure.

Please be sure to return your
Library books on or before Friday,
if your child took theirs home:)



Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 7th - Newsletter Updates


DATES TO REMEMBER:
-Wed. January 9th—NWEA Testing—Reading
-Mon. January 14th—DIBELS Testing
-Wed. January 16th—NWEA Testing—Math
-Mon. January 21st—Delayed Start

JANUARY ASSESSMENTS: 

We will be going to the computer lab over the next couple of weeks to complete our NWEA computer-based assessment which monitors student growth in both Reading & Math.  Students will also be screened using DIBELS (letters, sounds, segmenting, & blending) to monitor their progress in Reading.  Please make sure your child is well rested and encourage to always do their best at school. Later this month we will begin assessing many skills in Reading, Writing, & Math for Report Cards, which will come home in February. 


SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES:

This week we will continue to study Motion, as we investigate steep and shallow ramps.  We will read several stories related to Winter, snow, and discover the unique features of snowflakes.


MATH: 
This week we will learn about capacity, practice counting by 10’s, and play Top it with numbers 1-20.  We will also explore numbers 1-100 using a Number Grid and the Counting Board App as we look for number patterns.

WRITING: 
This week we will wrap up our pattern book titled I Can which has a twist at the end.  We will also complete a  journal about playing outside in the snow using adjectives in our sentences. We will work together to draw a Snowman using rhyming words and then the students will create their own Punctuation Snowman and write about it.

READING: 
This week our class will be reading about how a community changes their environment—such as by building roads, playgrounds, and community gardens—to improve it. Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we will be practicing:
· Vocabulary—community & improve—take a walk or drive around your community. Point out ways that the community is working hard to improve.
· Sightwords—review—We have introduced 15 sightwords so far this year; please practice reading and writing these first 15.
· Category Words—position words—Play Simon Says using position words such as up, down, over, under, front, back, between, etc.
· Phonics—Review Letters Ii, Nn, Cc, Oo, & Dd—give your child some words to sound out and write that have these letters at the beginning, middle, or end of the word—pot, lid, not, dip, etc.
· Comprehension—Key details in sequence—Read a short story to your child. Then ask them to retell the story in order using the words first, then, next, & last.
· Beanie Baby Strategies—This week we will introduce a new comprehension strategy— Digger Dog—who reminds us t o dig for the ’big idea,’ the most important details, and the author’s purpose in the texts that we read.
· Reading Milestones—This week we will begin shopping for ‘good-fit’ books to add to our book boxes and soon the students will be begin bringing Reading Folders home with books to read as well.  It is so exciting to see the students take off in their reading!

Please be sure to return your December Book-it Calendar 
and your child’s blanket for rest time. :)



Sunday, December 30, 2018

Holiday Ho-Ho-Homework

Hey Everyone!  I hope you are having a great break and are enjoying some rest and time with family.  Just a quick reminder that I sent home a small packet of Holiday Homework in with your child's Christmas goodies from Mrs. McLain and I.  If you're looking for a few great activities to keep your child busy these last few days of break - check it out!  You don't have to do everything on the grid, just mark off the things your child does complete and send back the top sheet.  I'll have a little treat for students who complete and return their Holiday Homework on Thursday:)

Happy New Year & I'll see you soon!!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

December 17th - Newsletter Updates


DATES TO REMEMBER:
-Wed. Dec 19th—Wear Your Christmas Sweater
-Thurs., Dec 20th—1/2 Day & Christmas Party
-Fri., Dec 21st—1/2 Day, Sing-a-long, Pajama Day & Pizza Party from Pizza Hut!!
-Thurs., Jan. 3rd—School Resumes

STUDENT OF THE MONTH:

Our new Student of the Month is Joey Roberts. Joey is always helpful and a kind friend to others. His favorite color is blue and he likes to eat Cheez-its; he enjoys playing on his ipad and his favorite book to read is Little Cloud.  This year he wants to learn how to write, which he is doing each and every day and when he grows up, he wants to be a cook.  Congratulations to Joey on being our Student of the Month.

CHRISTMAS PARTY:
Our tree is up and decorated, so you are welcome to send in the your child’s gift for the gift exchange any time this week:)  Please send it to school wrapped and labeled with who it is FROM (To: a girl; From: Mrs. Brinks).  Our party is Thursday morning and will begin around 9:00 with games, then the gift exchange, and we will wrap it up with food, then recess.

FRIDAY: 
Friday, will be our annual Christmas sing-a-long, as well as Pajama Day. We will finish up our morning with our Pizza Party that we earned through Pizza Hut for the Coins for Kids fundraiser.  It will be a great way to wrap up our week before heading into break!

HOLIDAY HOMEWORK:  
At the end of the week, your child will be bringing home an envelope of ‘goodies.’ In this envelope you will find some special booklets that your child has made and can read, as well as a sheet explaining some fun Holiday Homework that they can do over break, if they choose.  Your child’s next report card will be sent home in February; however, I will send home a quick letter ID & sightword assessment so you can see what letters and sightwords your child knows and what to work on at home:)

READING: 
This week our class will be reading about different cultures that make up the communities around the world as we learn to appreciate different customs that people share. Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we will be practicing:
· Vocabulary—cultures & appreciate
· Sightwords—do & up—Ask your child to think of things they do and do not like and write simple sentences—I do like ____. I do not like ____.
· Category Words—kinds of foods—use sticky notes to make labels for different foods in your kitchen. Help your child sound out each word and write it. Then affix the label on the food.
· Phonics—Letter Dd—Search for objects that begin or end with the letter d.
· Comprehension—character, setting, & events—Read a story together and then discuss the characters, setting, and important events that happened.
· Beanie Baby Strategies—This week we will introduce Peekin’ Poodle who combines several of the accuracy strategies that we’ve learned so far. When we come to a word we don’t know we . . . “Check the picture, check the word, does it look right, does it sound right, does it make sense, keep trying!”

SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES: 
This week we will continue to study Motion, as well as read several stories related to Christmas, as we anticipate it’s arrival!!

MATH:  
This week we will work on building numbers using different combinations as we introduce addition (1+4=5, 3+2=5, etc.)

WRITING: 
This week we will complete a couple of fun journals related to Christmas, including drawing a map for Santa to find our houses, with the help of Google Earth.


 Thank you for sharing your children with me each day; 
                                                     What a true blessing they are!
I wish your family a very Merry Christmas
filled with love, joy, hope, and laughter!
~Sherry Brinks








Sunday, December 9, 2018

Thanksgiving Feast

Sorry for the delay . . .it's been a busy few weeks in Kindergarten.  Here is a group photo of our Thanksgiving Feast of Stone Soup.  Such cute little Pilgrim children!!


December 10th - Newsletter Updates


DATES TO REMEMBER:
-Mon. Dec. 17th—Delayed Start
-Wed. Dec 19th—Wear Your Christmas Sweater
-Thurs., Dec 20th—1/2 Day & Christmas Party
-Fri., Dec 21st—1/2 Day, Sing-a-long, Pajama Day & Pizza Party from Pizza Hut!!

CHRISTMAS GIFT EXCHANGE: 

For our class Christmas party we are planning to have a gift exchange. We are asking that girls bring a gift for a girl and boys bring a gift for a boy. Please select a gift that is between $3.00-$5.00 and send it to school wrapped and labeled with who it is FROM (To: a girl; From: Mrs. Brinks).

CHRISTMAS CONCERT:
Just a reminder that you can view and/or share the video on Facebook through the Rambler Review.  The kids love watching it, seeing themselves on stage, and singing along:)

WELCOME PEPPERMINT:
One of Santa’s elves, Peppermint, will be joining our classroom this week to help us count down to Christmas and to also keep an eye on our behavior as Christmas approaches. She adds a little extra excitement and fun, as well as an incentive to make good choices:) Several of the students have mentioned having elves at home, which means double the fun!

SIGHTWORD FLASHCARDS:
At conferences, I handed out the first set of sightword flashcards for you to work on at home. We’ve introduced all of those in class and are working on the next set, so I’ll be sending those home with your child on Monday.  Please cut them apart and add them to your other cards for a new challenge. We will learn 51 sightwords this year in Kindergarten!


READING: 

This week our class will be focusing on different jobs that people have in the community. Children will read stories and learn about the tools and equipment that workers use. Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we will be practicing:
· Vocabulary—equipment & uniform—Brainstorm some different kinds of workers in your community. Encourage your child to tell about the equipment each worker uses and the uniform they wear.
· Sightwords—you & on—Take turns spelling out sightwords with your finger on each others arm or back. The students do this while waiting in line at school and they love it!
· Category Words—jobs—Play a game called “Guess the worker.” Give your child clues about what a worker does and act it out and see if they can guess the job.
· Phonics—Letter Oo
· Beanie Baby Strategies—This week we will use Chunky Monkey to help us read and write words with the ot, op, & og chunks. We will introduce Dot the Giraffe who helps us with our Fluency and Voice as we read by looking at the punctuation clues. We will also introduce Flippy the Dolphin who reminds us that when we come to tricky word we can ‘flip’ the vowel sound (long or short sound) to figure out the word.


WRITING: 

This week we will continue to learn about pattern books and practice writing our own pattern books about the things we like. We will complete a class book about things we see using the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? as inspiration. We will complete a journal page about a Christmas tree, as we work on sounding out our words, writing the sounds we hear, and putting spaces between our words.

MATH: 
This week we will work on the ‘tricky teen’ numbers as we work on identifying the numbers, and building them using 20 frames. We will also experiment with building hexagons using combinations of smaller shapes (introduction to fractions).

SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES:
We will continue our unit on Motion as we conduct a bowling experiment using force. Our dramatic play area has been transformed into a Bakery Shop so students can get some hands-on practice with making holiday treats & goodies with playdough:)