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June 9, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Our Last Week of Kindergarten!!

Kindergarten Countdown:We popped the last balloon on Friday and said “farewell” to kindergarten! Here’s the fun we had during our kindergarten countdown:

K is for Kick off Your Shoes! No shoes for the day.

I is for Ink pens! Kindergarteners got to write with their own pen all day and even take it home with them.

N is for New Names! Each kindergartener got to pick a brand new name to be called for the entire day. What a hilarious time we had in the classroom trying to remember everyone’s new names! We had everything from Abby to Food Man, Mr. K, Flag, and many more. The kids decided I needed a new name, too, and I let them decide on what it should be….they picked Ms. Mom (because they accidentally call me that often)! What a sweet bunch of littles I’m lucky enough to teach.

D is for Drawing! We did quite a few drawing projects today as a wrap-up for our year…scrapbook pages for Miss Hutchison, a book for Mrs. Brouwer (she is retiring), some additional crafts, drawing with chalk, and more!

E is for Enjoying Treats! We learned how to blow bubbles with bubblegum, and we picked our favorite flavor of Oreo cookie. 

R is for Recess and Relays! We had extra recess today, and during our extra recess we had some relay race fun with crab walks, hopping on one foot, and more.

G is for Games! We played games all morning long during our kindergarten olympics. We also played a game of giant UNO in the afternoon. Thank you so much to our parent volunteers for helping make this event go off without a hitch!! 

A is for Autographs! Each kindergartener got a beach ball and we used Sharpies (which was a big deal!!) to write our autographs on each person’s beach ball. They also got to autograph Miss Hutchison’s yearbook and their friends’ memory books.

R is for Reading Favorites! Instead of a March Madness bracket, we had a “kindergarten favorites” bracket with 12 of our favorite books from kindergarten. We read each of the books and voted until we narrowed it down to our favorite one…”The Day the Crayons Came Home.” So fun to reminisce as we read stories we loved!

T is for Trade Seats! Each kindergartener got to pick their own new table spot for the day. You would’ve thought I gave them a million dollars. 🙂 They loved sitting in a new spot with other friends.

E is for Experiments! We did science experiments all day – including slime, oobleck, twirly whirly milk, mentos & diet coke volcanoes, and catapults. We also ended the day by cleaning our desks with shaving cream! 

     

N is for Next Year! We wrote letters to our first grade teachers about things we are excited to learn and do in first grade. I can’t believe the time has already come for them to be first graders!


More Fun From This Week:

Class of 2031: We may have worked on a little project for when we grow up and graduate high school one day (how can we even imagine that?!). It’s tucked away in a special folder until 2031. 🙂

Water Balloons: We had a BLAST with some water balloon fun with our fifth grade buddies on Thursday! We played a few rounds of water balloon toss before we each got a few balloons to pop however we wanted. The kids’ excitement and smiles were priceless!

 

Memory Books: We made a flip-book full of special kindergarten memories, and it came home in your child’s bucket today. What a treasure!

 

Our Last Recess: 

 

Class Movie: Here is the link to our class movie! We watched it Friday in class, and the kindergarteners were in awe of how much they’ve grown this year!! Such a special memory to look back at years from now.


THANK YOU FOR:

Volunteering: Whether you were a weekly volunteer, helped with a class party, brought in supplies for an activity, chaperoned a field trip, or a combination of the above, THANK YOU! It truly takes a village to give our children the best learning (and fun) experiences possible, and I absolutely could not have done it without you! 

Being a Team: I am so grateful for your support this year and willingness to be a team to make the most of your child’s kindergarten year. The outpouring of appreciation and encouragement from our class of parents has been incredible. Just Incredible. 

This Precious Gift: Thank you so much to Dominic’s mom for taking the time to work with each kindergartener to help them surprise me with such a special memory! When these little fingerprints grow bigger, I’ll be looking back at this tree and treasuring the time when they were this tiny. 🙂 


It has been the biggest, best honor to be your child’s teacher this year. This bunch will forever hold a special spot in my heart! Thank you for trusting me with your sweet little ones this year…I will cherish our year together more than you know! I can’t wait to see all of the amazing, inspiring things they’ll do in FIRST GRADE and beyond!!!

Love, Miss Hutchison 

June 5, 2019
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Big Envelope Coming Home

A big manila envelope is coming home today for YOU, parents! This folder is full of very important papers and information, so please make sure to look through all of it. Here are some of the things in your envelope:


Writing Assessments – You’ll find your child’s Informational Writing On-Demand and Opinion Writing On-Demand scored and enclosed in the envelope. 


Pictures! – Quite a few special pictures are printed and stuffed inside a smaller manila envelope for you to save as memories! 


Summer Slide & Summer Calendar – I’ve included a simple summer reading challenge for your kiddos and a calendar full of some easy, fun ways to practice important skills before first grade begins. The calendar is also a great tool for minimizing the “summer slide,” which you can read more about on this orange note. I’m especially excited for June 24, which says “write a letter to Miss Hutchison!”


Kindergarten Playdate Roster – If you sent your contact information back to school, you’ll be receiving one of these tan papers in your packet. Hopefully our kindergarteners can keep in touch this summer! 


“Places You’ll Go” Books – If you sent in a “Places You’ll Go” book earlier this week, I am sending it back home today in this big folder. Please feel free to still send them in if you have one you’d like me to sign! 


A few other notes are also included for you. 🙂 Thank you again for sharing your special little one with me this year. I’m so appreciative of your support and involvement! 

June 4, 2019
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Week 37 Highlights

How are we already at the last week of school?? Time surely flies when we’re having fun! We’ve had lots of fun this past week celebrating our year full of learning and playing together!

Kindergarten Countdown: The end of the year is approaching so quickly…I can’t even imagine saying goodbye to this incredible class, but I wanted to make our last few days together as special as possible! We are counting down to the end of kindergarten by spelling it out. Each day, we pop a balloon to find out about a special activity, treat, or reward for the day. When we pop the last balloon in the word “kindergarten,” our class will be ready to go to first grade! Here’s the fun we’ve had so far:

K is for Kick off Your Shoes! No shoes for the day. 

I is for Ink pens! Kindergarteners got to write with their own pen all day and even take it home with them. 

N is for New Names! Each kindergartener got to pick a brand new name to be called for the entire day. What a hilarious time we had in the classroom trying to remember everyone’s new names! 

D is for Drawing! We did quite a few drawing projects today as a wrap-up for our year…scrapbook pages for Miss Hutchison, some additional crafts, drawing with chalk, and more!

       

E is for Enjoying Treats! To wrap up our opinion writing unit, and to celebrate our countdown day, we tried two fun treats: bubble gum and Oreos. Miss Hutchison tried to teach our kiddos how to blow bubbles, which was hilarious to watch! Then, we tested out different flavors of Oreos and voted for our personal favorites before we wrote an opinion page about our favorite kinds of Oreos. 

     

R is for Recess and Relays! We were planning to have extra recess for this day, BUT it rained all day long. So, our class decided to have extra play time instead! 

G is for Games! We played games all morning long during our kindergarten olympics. Thank you so much to our parent volunteers for helping make this event go off without a hitch!!  You can see lots of pictures from our Olympic Games here.

Mystery Reader: Claire’s dad and sister came to surprise our class as this week’s mystery readers! Thanks so much for visiting our classroom and reading with us!!

Butterflies: We released our butterflies last Monday, and it was BEAUTIFUL! The class loved watching each butterfly as it flew out into the world! 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Things Coming Home: With only 2 and a half days left in the school year, your child’s backpack will likely be full every day this week with gym shoes, books, pictures, class keepsakes, and more!! Keep a special eye out for a LARGE MANILA FOLDER…this will have all of the important papers for you! I’ll post more about this folder later this week. 


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Tuesday, June 4- STEAM
  • Wednesday, June 5 – Music
  • Thursday, June 6 – P.E.
  • Friday, June 7 – Early Release @ 12:15pm, Last Day of School! 

May 30, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Kindergarten Olympics Tomorrow!

Our Kindergarten Olympics are being held tomorrow, Friday, May 31. Hooray!!

Here are a few reminders:

  • *Parent volunteers are asked to be on the Kindergarten playground at 8:45 a.m. for instructions.  Games should be finished around 12:00. Please stop at the office prior to 8:45 am for a name tag!
  • *Don’t forget to  wear tennis shoes, shorts and t-shirts.  We will be running and playing lots of games.  NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS PLEASE!!
  • *Please send a home lunch and drink  for your child. THERE WILL BE NO HOT LUNCH!  We will be eating a picnic lunch as a class. at 11:45am-12:00pm.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join us for a picnic lunch on our playground.  
  • *Please send a water bottle with your child’s name clearly marked on the outside.  It is going to be WARM and we will want to stay hydrated during our games.
  • *Apply sun screen BEFORE coming to school.
  • *Please send ONE backpack snack for the afternoon.  The kinder teachers are supplying pretzels for the morning snack. 
  • *Volunteering parents please dress in comfy active clothes.  You will be walking around with the kinders helping them play the games.  If you want to take along a lunch so that you can join us…you are welcome to do so!

We can’t wait to enjoy a fun-filled morning with all our kindergarten classrooms!!  Let the games begin!!

May 30, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Kindergarten Olympics Tomorrow!

Our Kindergarten Olympics are being held tomorrow, Friday, May 31. Hooray!!

Here are a few reminders:

  • *Parent volunteers are asked to be on the Kindergarten playground at 8:45 a.m. for instructions.  Games should be finished around 12:00. Please stop at the office prior to 8:45 am for a name tag!
  • *Don’t forget to  wear tennis shoes, shorts and t-shirts.  We will be running and playing lots of games.  NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS PLEASE!!
  • *Please send a home lunch and drink  for your child. THERE WILL BE NO HOT LUNCH!  We will be eating a picnic lunch as a class. at 11:45am-12:00pm.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join us for a picnic lunch on our playground.  
  • *Please send a water bottle with your child’s name clearly marked on the outside.  It is going to be WARM and we will want to stay hydrated during our games.
  • *Apply sun screen BEFORE coming to school.
  • *Please send ONE backpack snack for the afternoon.  The kinder teachers are supplying pretzels for the morning snack. 
  • *Volunteering parents please dress in comfy active clothes.  You will be walking around with the kinders helping them play the games.  If you want to take along a lunch so that you can join us…you are welcome to do so!

We can’t wait to enjoy a fun-filled morning with all our kindergarten classrooms!!  Let the games begin!!

May 27, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 35 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Math – We wrapped up unit 5 this week by comparing numbers using >, <, = signs. We also reviewed addition and subtraction in preparation for our unit 5 test early next week.  

Writing – We continued our OPINION writing unit this week! This week, we wrote our opinions about the following topics: favorite sport, favorite special, and favorite pet. We will finish up our Opinion writing next week with our On-Demand assessment. 

Reading – This week, we learned that information books have all different kinds of endings! We read a few of our favorite nonfiction books (“What if you had animal eyes?” is one of them!) and tried to figure out which informational ending the author used in each book.   

Living & Nonliving Things – Our butterflies came out of their chrysalises on Friday! We now have three beautiful butterflies fluttering around. We can’t wait to release our butterflies this coming Tuesday. 

 

KINDERGARTEN Countdown: Our kinders walked into school on Wednesday morning and were surprised by the big kindergarten countdown balloons hanging along our classroom wall. Each day, we will pop one balloon and do the fun activity inside the balloon as we count down the days until kindergarten is done! When we pop the last balloon, it will be time for SUMMER! Here’s the countdown fun we’ve had so far:

K is for Kick off Your Shoes – No shoes day! 

I is for Ink Pens – Each kindergartener got to write with an ink pen all day!

N is for New Names – Every kindergartener chose their own brand new name to be called all day…and they picked a new name to call Miss Hutchison, too! Check out their name tags to see what names they came up with: 

   

American Symbols: We wrapped up our learning of American Symbols this week by learning about Memorial Day, the Liberty Bell, and the Pledge of Allegiance! We had lots of fun wearing red, white, and blue to celebrate America on Friday. 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – Every kinder will get the chance to be the Top Frog for one more day when they bring home our ESTIMATION JAR! This fun math practice will help us with our number sense skills, and will be a fun game for our class to play each morning with the top frog.

This week, Evan brought nerf pellets, Eline brought Hatchimals, and Dominic brought jellybeans! I wonder what other kindergarteners will bring in next week???


Notes for Parents:

  • This year’s Kindergarten Olympics (field day) will be held on Friday, May 31. Please make sure your kindergartener has two things for this day: TENNIS SHOES and a HOME LUNCH! We will be having a picnic after the games are finished!  
  • Take-Home Books – Thank you SO much to the following parents/grandparents who were AMAZING take-home book volunteers this year: Beth Vruggink (Nathan), Stephanie Huizenga (Colton), Sue Hillson (Elise), Traci Ender (Evan), and Donna DeCarlo (Dominic). They are superstars who truly helped to improve our children’s reading this year! We are beyond grateful for your efforts each week. 🙂 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 28 – Art
  • Wednesday, May 29 – STEAM
  • Thursday, May 30 – Music
  • Friday, May 31 – P.E., Kindergarten Olympics, pack a lunch!
  • Friday, June 7 – Early Release @ 12:15 pm! LAST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN! 

Let’s make these final 8.5 days of kindergarten the BEST possible! Please encourage your kindergartener to continue to focus on following directions and trying their best during these last few weeks so we can all make the most of our last precious days together as a class!

May 23, 2019
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Red, White, & Blue

To wrap up our unit about American Symbols and to celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day, your kindergartener can dress in red, white, and blue clothes tomorrow (Friday, May 24)! 

Also, Miss Hutchison will not be in school tomorrow afternoon, so if you have any dismissal changes, please be sure to contact the office. Have a wonderful holiday weekend! 

May 19, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 35 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “today,” “play,” and “away.”

Math – We kept plugging along in Unit 5 this week by writing lots of partner equations! For example, if the total is 6, we can write 1+5, 2+4, 3+3, 4+2, or 5+1. We also practiced making equal groups by adding or subtracting numbers. 

Writing – We continued our OPINION writing unit this week! This week, we wrote our opinions about the following topics: beach or pool, summer or winter, and ice cream in a bowl or on a cone. (This ice cream example went along perfectly with our ice cream party!)

   

Reading – This week, we learned about an important part of most stories: DIALOGUE! We explored lots of books with dialogue and practiced changing our voices to match the different characters in the texts. Elephant and Piggie books are a perfect series to exemplify dialogue! Also, on Friday, we read “M is for Mitten” to celebrate our great state. 🙂   

Living & Nonliving Things – We sent our plants home on Wednesday! The kids were so excited to bring them home and watch them bloom/grow. (FYI – here are the seeds in your child’s cup. The letter on his/her cup is the first initial of the seed they picked.) Our caterpillars are growing, too! They are now in their chrysalises. 

  

Fifth Grade Camp: Our fifth grade buddies went to Camp Henry for 5th grade camp on Thursday and Friday. Our class decided to send them off with some acts of kindness. We decorated bags and wrote fun notes to each fifth grader; then, we filled the bags with camp-themed activity packets and some snacks & treats. We even surprised the fifth graders by delivering these bags to their classroom on Wednesday. Our kinders were so excited to do this act of kindness for their buddies! We even snuck into their classroom on Friday and read a story while they were gone at camp. 🙂 

  

American Symbols: This week, we started learning all about symbols of the United States! We started by learning about the American flag (and designing our own flags based on things that are important to us). Then, we learned about the bald eagle and the Statue of Liberty. I wonder which symbols we will learn about next week!


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – Every kinder will get the chance to be the Top Frog for one more day when they bring home our ESTIMATION JAR! This fun math practice will help us with our number sense skills, and will be a fun game for our class to play each morning with the top frog.

This week, Jayce brought whoppers candies, Elise brought chocolate eggs, Gabe brought Lego pieces, and Quinn brought things from her desk! I wonder what other kindergarteners will bring in next week???

Mystery Reader – Elise’s mom surprised us on Thursday and read two fun books to us – one was written by the same illustrator as “The Day the Crayons Quit.” What a fun connection for our kinders to make! 

Ice Cream Sundae Party: We celebrated our most recent 15 star reward by having an ice cream party! The kindergarteners voted on their favorite toppings for the sundaes, and they got to pick how they wanted their sundaes made. Such a fun afternoon! 

     


Notes for Parents:

  • This year’s Kindergarten Olympics (field day) will be held on Friday, May 31. If you are able to volunteer, please return the gold form! 
  • Take-Home Books – This week will be the last week for take-home books! Next week (May 29) we will be collecting all take-home book baggies. Let’s make the most of these last few weeks of reading growth in kindergarten!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 20 – P.E., Take-Home Books
  • Tuesday, May 21 – Art, Library (return only)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – STEAM, Take-Home Books 
  • Thursday, May 23 – Music, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, May 24 – P.E., Wear red, white, and blue

Let’s make these last 13.5 days of kindergarten the BEST possible! I can’t believe this week is already our last full week of school! 

May 16, 2019
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Our State is Great!

Because we think OUR STATE IS GREAT…

Wear clothing from places in Michigan (other states are fine too) tomorrow, Friday, May 17. 

I can’t wait to see all of the towns, cities, schools, and places to visit in our state.

May 13, 2019
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Week 34 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “by,” “my,” and “one.”

Math – We kept plugging along in Unit 5 this week by writing lots of partner equations! For example, if the total is 6, we can write 1+5, 2+4, 3+3, 4+2, or 5+1. We also practiced writing alllllllll the way to 100 again! Boy, our hands were tired after all of that number-writing.  

Writing – We started our OPINION writing unit this week! We first learned the difference between a fact and an opinion, and we learned that everyone can have their OWN opinion…opinions don’t have to be the same for every person. We played some kids “Would You Rather?” to get our opinion brains thinking. On Thursday, we tried our hand at our first opinion writing paper: slide or swings! 

Reading – We explored lots of fiction and nonfiction texts during reader’s workshop this week. We are also working on our STAMINA: our ability to focus and do something for a long time even when it might challenge us! So far we are able to read for 14 minutes! Also, I loved your kiddos’ crazy hair on Friday since we’re crazy about reading!  

 

Living & Nonliving Things – Our plants are sprouting! Almost every type of seed has begun to sprout! We will be sending these home this week for you to plant or keep watching at home. The kids made a diagram of a plant to bring home on Friday as a culmination of our living & nonliving things unit. Our caterpillars are growing, too! They haven’t made it into a cocoon yet, but I think they will this week. 🙂 

 

Field Trip: We had an awesome field trip to Hemlock Crossing and Hager Park on Wednesday! If you didn’t catch my email, here is a folder full of pictures from the trip! 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – Every kinder will get the chance to be the Top Frog for one more day when they bring home our ESTIMATION JAR! This fun math practice will help us with our number sense skills, and will be a fun game for our class to play each morning with the top frog.

This week, Kayla brought 7 little people in the estimation jar, Christian brought 26 animal crackers, and Colton brought 81 small candy pieces! I wonder what other kindergarteners will bring in next week???

Mystery Reader – My mom, Ms. Sherry, came in as a mystery reader on Thursday and gave every kinder a book to bring home! Then, later that day, Gabe’s mom surprised our class and read one of our absolute favorite books: Green Eggs and Ham

Outstanding Kinders: This week, 4 of our kindergarteners were recognized by Mrs. Reagan and Miss Hutchison for outstanding choices in the classroom, at specials, or on the playground! 

Teacher Appreciation Week – This week, our class wanted to spread lots of love to those in our school who are integral to our success! We passed out cards and treats to our bus drivers, Eagle’s Nest workers, Mrs. Straub, Mrs. DeGroot, and Mr. Rob (our amazing custodian). Also, THANK YOU so much to those of you who shared kind words and tokens of appreciation with me last week – I truly love my job and am so grateful to teach your little ones this year!


Notes for Parents:

  • This year’s Kindergarten Olympics (field day) will be held on Friday, May 31. If you are able to volunteer, please return the gold form! 
  • Spring Sports – If your kindergartener is participating in any spring sports (baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, dance recitals, etc.) PLEASE send me some dates when I could come cheer them on! I love getting to watch our little ones do what they love, since they watch me do what I love every day (teaching them!) 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 13 – Music., Take-Home Books, Dominic‘s birthday
  • Tuesday, May 14 – P.E., Library
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Art, Take-Home Books 
  • Thursday, May 16 – STEAM, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, May 17 – Music, Kindergarten Olympic Volunteer forms due
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