Monday, May 17, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
We have been doing awesome with our spelling tests. Almost the whole class has earned a 100% each week since we started them. This week will be the last practice test and I feel that the kids are more than prepared for the first grade spelling lists. This week will also be the last week for little books and the final homework packet is due on Friday. Please keep up with reading and various writing and math activities throughout the summer to keep all of the learning fresh for first grade. In math we are cruising right through the addition chapter. The kids are getting it pretty easily, but again could use some practice over the summer. We will begin our subtraction chapter towards the end of the week and this will be a skill to fine tune over the summer since we are running out of time in class. The kids will expand on addition and subtraction in first grade, but should have a good understanding about each of these math concepts before entering first grade.
Well, as we approach the end of the year I want to thank each of you for being so involved with our class and your child's learning. The kids have come so far this year and I am confident that all of them will do well next year entering in to first grade. I have invited all of the kids to come back and visit my class next year and hope to see each of you around campus. We will be enjoying these last days we have together. Thanks again for all you do!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I also want to thank everyone for a wonderful teacher appreciation week. I received many gifts, cards, and drawings to show how much everyone appreciates me. I appreciate all of you just as much as you appreciate me I am sure!
The school year is sadly coming to a close. Only two more weeks of kindergarten for everyone, can you believe that? Here are some important reminders;
Remember to continue to read over the summer. Summer is a long period of time especially for five and six year olds. We unfortunately see a lot of regression between school years so just make sure you are doing your part at home to minimize this. The library is a great place to start. Everyone is reading now and should be reading between a .5 and 1.5 reading level. So ask the librarians at your local library to point you to that section. You may also want to look into getting some workbooks to keep your students minds sharp. Walmart and Costco are great places to find these workbooks. And don't forget about www.starfall.com. They have a "Im reading" section that everyone can learn from now.
I will be gone Thursday May 13th - Monday May 17th and will be returning on the 18th so if things seem a little different, this is why. Mrs. Woodard will be my sub for the entire time. The students have had her before and should be used to her. I will still be checking my email so if you have any concerns please email me.
On Thursday, May 20th, we will be having our end of the year celebration. Parents are welcome to come and help out. Please contact our room moms if you have questions or want to know how to help.
Friday, May 21st. Only AM students come from 8-11am. This is also the last awards assembly.
If you have any library books out, they are due now. We will be concluding our reading series for the year, please return your little books ASAP.
We will be trying to finish up our last couple of math chapters in the next couple weeks. We are learning about addition and I cannot believe how fast everyone is catching on! I am hoping to get to subtraction as well but only as an introduction.
We will be starting our plant unit this week, students will even get to plant their own plants and hopefully see them grow!
We will also be working on some memory pages to put into our poem books. I hope everyone will be able to cherish these poem books forever and be able to look back for years to come and remember kindergarten!
If you have any questions about any of the upcoming events, please contact me!
Monday, May 3, 2010
You should've received a flier regarding the kindergarten celebration. It will be held Thursday, May 6th and students should meet in their classroom at 5:30 so we can begin our performance at 6:00. Please have them wear a green shirt. Some of you have already sent in your shirt so I will have it here for them. I hope everyone can make it; they have been working hard on their songs. Thank you for all your support at home.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I am so proud of everyone, they have come so far since the beginning of the year and are ready to be first graders! Keep up the great work at home and continue to practice over the summer so everyone gets a great jump start on first grade.
This week we have been learning about bugs. So far we have learned about spiders, butterflies, ants, ladybugs, and worms. Ask your child to tell you something about these bugs and see what they can tell you! Everyday we have been writing a fact about each bug so hopefully they will be able to tell you some interesting facts!
We have started our addition unit in math. Everyone is flying through it and are really excited to get to the "hard" stuff. I am hoping to get through addition and an introduction to subtraction before the end of the year.
We have some very exciting events coming up in the next couple of weeks. Friday, April 30th, is our AIMS water celebration. Since we had 100% AIMS turn out, the PTO puts on a water day for all grades. Kindergarten will go first thing in the morning and first thing when the afternoon class gets here. Please make sure you are sending your child IN their outfit to get wet. We will change into our dry clothes once the celebration is over. This will be a lot easier on everyone since they will only have to change one time. Students need to wear shorts and a colored t-shirt to participate in the water celebration. They also need a towel to dry off with as well as an entire change of clothes for after the celebration.
On Thursday, May 6th, we have our kindergarten celebration. Hopefully everyone got a gold paper home yesterday explaining all the details. Remember both AM and PM need to come to school in the morning on the day of the show so that we can have one giant run through before the big night. All students must come from 7:55am - 10:50am. We will be wearing our blue or red tshirts that you have brought to me before, students will be changing into their shirts once they come into the classroom. If you haven't brought in the shirt yet, please do so ASAP.
If you have any questions about anything, please contact me. Otherwise, I hope everyone has a great week!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 24th will be the AIM Celebration for the entire school. Kindergarten will be participating at the very beginning of each session, so here are some instructions to help make the day run smoothly.
PLEASE make sure to send your child to school in their swimming suits or short and shirts that will be getting wet-we go out right away and only have 30 minutes outside, so there will be no time for changing before we go outside. Boys and girls must wear a colored t-shirt (Any color but WHITE) with their suits, so please make sure they are wear one that can get wet. Also keep in mind suits must be modest-no bikini's or bare bellies for the girls and boys must also have shirts on!
PLEASE put sunscreen on your child before school. DO NOT send any sunscreen to school. I can not apply it.
PLEASE send a towel and a COMPLETE set of dry clothes for your child to change into when we are done, including underwear, shoes and clothes.
Don't forget about our Kindergarten Celebration coming up next week. Thursday, May 6th at 6 pm.