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February 22, 2018
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Scholastic Book Orders!

If you would like to make a Scholastic Book Order, either online or with the catalog, please submit it to me by TOMORROW, Friday, February 23! Here’s the link to order if you are interested. Our class code is R86B7. Thanks again for supporting our classroom full of readers! 

February 19, 2018
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Week 23 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “how” and “now” this week. We also did a few activities to help us notice the difference between the /ow/ sound in “how” and the /ow/ sound in “snow.” These are spellings that look the same, but sound different! 

Math Stations: We did a bit of review and took our Unit 2 math test this week, and the kindergarteners did an AMAZING job! We will begin our third unit this upcoming week. 

Reading Workshop: This week, we practiced another new reading superpower: SOUND POWER. Sound power encourages us to say all of the sounds we see in a word to try to figure out what the word is. The more your child practices sounding out words at home, the more comfortable he or she will become with reading books! 

Writing Workshop: We  wrote a shared small moment story in our class this week, which was all about our Valentine’s Day Party. We told the story on our fingers, made a plan, drew our pictures, wrote our sentences, and checked our writing to make sure we didn’t miss anything! We will write one more shared story this week before our kindergarteners write one final small moment story completely on their own. 

Handwriting: We are more than halfway through our “Handwriting Without Tears” books! This week, we finished our uppercase letters and began lowercase. This means that your child has been taught, and has practiced, the correct way to write every uppercase letter! Please continue to practice neat handwriting at home, too! 

 


CELEBRATIONS:

Happy Birthday: On February 13, we celebrated Grant’s half birthday! Happy half birthday, buddy. Thank you for the awesome goodies!! 

Mystery Readers: We had two more mystery readers visit our classroom this past week. On Monday, Brianna’s mom and little brother came to read us one of Brianna’s favorite books, Silverlicious! Then, on Friday, Kyle’s mom surprised our class, and Kyle helped her read a few books. Thank you for visiting our classroom!!

 

Shaving Cream Fun: This past week was SO busy with holidays, assessments, and everything in between. So on Friday, we decided to have a little shaving cream fun in our classroom. The kids had a blast writing words and drawing pictures in the shaving cream on their tables. What a fun way to end the week! 

Special Visitors: On Monday, Mrs. Bast’s second grade class came to visit our classroom and read us their realistic fiction stories they’ve been writing. Our kindergarteners loved listening to their stories, asking them questions, and giving them compliments! 

Lunch Buddies: One of my favorite parts of the day is when I get to take the time to talk with my sweet kindergarteners! With this in mind, I started a special event in our classroom: Lunch Buddies. Each day, one kindergartener gets to have lunch with me and a friend (if they want to). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE spending this quality time swapping stories and laughing with these friends!! 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Mrs. Fabbro: Many of you have so kindly asked about Mrs. Fabbro, our amazing parapro. Recently, she was diagnosed with colon cancer, and she is still recovering and getting stronger so she can go home and start treatment.  I will be visiting her at the end of this week if you would like me to deliver any notes, snacks, or well wishes to her on your behalf! If you’d like to leave her a message of hope and love, visit her caring bridge page here. 

Book Orders: Please submit any February book orders to me by this Friday, February 23. Your book purchases help our class get more books, too! Thanks for supporting your young reader! 

 


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, February 19 – Art
  • Tuesday, February 20 – STEAM, Library
  • Wednesday, February 21 – P.E., Math homework due
  • Thursday, February 22 – Music
  • Friday, February 23 – Art, Book Orders due

February 15, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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THANK YOU!

We have had a busy, exciting, and action-packed week here in kindergarten! I want to take the opportunity to thank YOU for all of the ways you have supported our classroom lately.


THANK YOU FOR…

  • …taking the time to purchase, organize, and send in your child’s 100th day collection and Valentine’s Day cards. I know these things take effort and planning, and I am grateful for your willingness to invest time into making sure your child has an amazing school experience! We couldn’t do any of this without YOU! 
  • …all of the donations of cleaning supplies, Clorox wipes, and Lysol spray that you have sent in to our classroom. We have been working hard to keep the germs and viruses away from our classroom! 
  • …your outpouring of sweet Valentine’s Day notes, treats, sweets, and kindness! I LOVE getting to spend every day with your kindergartener, and I feel so lucky to celebrate these special holidays with our class. 
  • …another incredibly planned party! Our Valentine’s Day party went off without a hitch, and the students had so much fun at every station, craft, and game. More pictures and highlights from our party will be coming soon! 

February 12, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Our 100th Day Fun!

We had a blast celebrating our 100th day of school today! Here are some snapshots of the fun things we did to celebrate.


100 Collections

The kindergarteners were so excited to share their 100 collections with the class this morning. Each one got a turn to share while the class kept a log of all of the things people brought in. We had pennies, shells, legos, stickers, thumbprints, and lots more!! 


If I had 100 dollars…

Each student made a page in our next class book: “What would we do with 100 dollars?” Their responses were hilarious…you’ll have to check the book out at spring conferences next month!! We had kindergarteners spending $100 to buy mansions, mustangs, gum, balloons, necklaces, puppies, and more! 


Race to 100

Students practiced counting to 100 and “counting on” from a given number by playing the Race to 100 game with a buddy. They each took home a game board so you can play at home for math review, too! 


Hershey’s Kiss Scavenger Hunt

Miss Hutchison brought in a collection today, too….but my collection was hidden all around the classroom! The students had to work together to find 100 Hershey’s kisses spread throughout the room. They loved adding each one to our grid until we finally found all 100 of them. Way to go, kindergarteners!! 


Penny Flips

Today, the kindergarteners learned how to flip a coin, recognize heads or tails, and record the results of a coin toss. We got lots of practice with this skill because they flipped a coin 100 times!!! 


100 Snacks!

After music, Miss Hutchison had a surprise snack ready for the kindergarteners. They counted out 10 of each item (goldfish, pretzels, teddy grahams, etc.) and put them on their special 100th day “plates.” They had some full bellies after they enjoyed our snacks, and we were able to review skip-counting by 10s while we were at it!! 


100 Minutes of Play

Throughout the day today, our class was able to enjoy 100 minutes of play time (recess, break times, and play centers). Here are some of the play centers students got to choose from today:

  • Gumball Machine Craft: Students used do-a-dots to make 100 gum balls. 
  • 100 Blocks: Students built a town out of 100 wooden blocks. 
  • 100 Cubes: Students made a long row of 100 unified cubes, counting all along as they added more pieces! 


We had such a fun day together celebrating 100 days of learning, laughing, and spending time with one another here in kindergarten! Throughout the day, I set a goal to tell the class 100 things I loved about them…they are such special kindergarteners, and I’m so grateful to have spent the past 100 days as their teacher! 

February 11, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 21/22 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “with,” “big,” “had,” and “bad” throughout these past two weeks. We’ve also been learning about the “H” brothers (sh, th, ch)…we can find these sounds in lots of words, including some of our popcorn words. Ask your child to find those sounds in words they read at home! 

Math Stations: We have done quite a bit of review and practice over these past two weeks in preparation for our unit wrap-up and assessment this coming week. We’ve focused on….teen numbers, simple addition and subtraction, writing our numbers 1-20, and classifying shapes. 

Reading Workshop: This week, we practiced two new reading superpowers: PICTURE POWER and PARTNER POWER. Picture power encourages us to look at the pictures to predict the tricky words we might find when reading. Partner power reminds us to help one another when reading to make sure what we say matches the words on each page. The more your child practices popcorn words at home, the more comfortable he or she will become with reading books! 

Writing Workshop: We are continuing to write small moment stories in our classroom! The students are becoming more comfortable with picking their own topics, adding details and labels to pictures, sounding out their own words, and telling the beginning, middle, and end of their stories. This week, we introduced an editing tool: a writer’s checklist. People use checklists to make sure they have everything they need so they don’t forget anything. We are learning to go back and check our writing to make sure we don’t forget any important details, either. 


CELEBRATIONS:

Happy Birthday: On February 1, we celebrated Stuart’s 6th birthday! Happy birthday, buddy. Thank you for the awesome goody bags!! 

Top Frog: We loved having Lauren as our Top Frog this past week! 

Mystery Readers: We had two more mystery readers visit our classroom these past few weeks! The week before last, Eilley’s mom came to read to our class the story of the Nightingale. Then, this past Wednesday, Jace’s grandma came and read us two fun pattern books. Our kindergarteners get so excited to see their loved ones in our classroom!!

Lunch Buddies: One of my favorite parts of the day is when I get to take the time to talk with my sweet kindergarteners! With this in mind, I started a special event in our classroom: Lunch Buddies. Each day, one kindergartener gets to have lunch with me and a friend (if they want to). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE spending this quality time swapping stories and laughing with these friends!! 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

100 Day Collections: Don’t forget to send in your child’s 100 collection with him or her to school tomorrow, Monday, February 12!  If you missed the note about your ‘100 Collections,’ you can find it below. I can’t wait to see all of your collections!

Valentine’s Day Party: Our Valentine’s Party will be this Tuesday, February 13. Per Georgetown’s policy, the party is only open to parents who are signed up to volunteer. Thank you for your understanding, and thank you to everyone who is working hard to make sure our Valentine’s party is a great one!! 

Valentine Cards: A pink note came home with your kindergartener a while back describing our classroom Valentine Card exchange. If you missed the note, you can find it below. The kindergarteners are looking forward to passing out valentines to one another! 


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, February 12 – 100th Day! Send in collections, Music
  • Tuesday, February 13 – Valentine’s Party! Send in Valentine cards by today, Library, Art
  • Wednesday, February 14 – STEAM, February homework will be coming home
  • Thursday, February 15 – P.E.
  • Friday, February 16 – Music

February 11, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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100th Day Tomorrow

Because of Friday’s snow day, we will be celebrating our 100th day of school tomorrow (Monday, February 12). Please send your child’s 100 collection to school with him or her tomorrow! 

February 8, 2018
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100th Day Tomorrow!

Don’t forget to send in your child’s 100th day collection tomorrow. We will be having a day full of “hundreds” of fun activities and learning experiences! 

February 8, 2018
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Jet’s Pizza Night!

Calling all pizza lovers!!!

Tonight is our school’s Jet’s Pizza night: Thursday, February 8.  

If you order a Jet’s pizza tonight, be sure to give your kindergarten classroom teachers name.  If our classroom has the most orders placed, then we could win a classroom pizza party!!  

So, if you’re hungry for some pizza or would like a night off from cooking….order Jet’s Pizza and tell them you’re child is in Miss Hutchison’s classroom!!

February 7, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Staying Healthy!

We have a number of kindergarteners out sick today…some with confirmed influenza. Today at school we read a book and watched a video about staying healthy by doing things like washing hands, eating healthy foods, keeping hands away from our mouths and eyes, and more. Hopefully we can keep our classroom as healthy as possible until this icky flu season passes! In the meantime, any donations of Clorox wipes or Lysol spray would be greatly appreciated as we do our best to keep our classroom germ-free!! 

February 2, 2018
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Early Release TODAY

Today, Friday, February 2, is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm. Enjoy this long weekend, and we will see your child back at school on Wednesday, February 7!

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