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February 11, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 22 Highlights

Here’s a look at what we did during our day and a half of school last week! 😊

WEDNESDAY: GROUNDHOG DAY LEARNING

We read a few books about the legend of Groundhog Day, and we went through a special magazine that we got to take home! We also made a groundhog’s day burrow craft where the groundhog could “pop” out of his burrow to check for his shadow! Last, we had a special groundhog snack: a burrow with a groundhog peeking out. 🙂

   

FRIDAY: 100th DAY OF SCHOOL

Check out the earlier 100th Day blog post for pictures and details about Friday’s fun. 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Colton as our Top Frog. Miyah will be our top frog this week. 

Outstandings – Three of our kindergarten friends were given Outstandings this week from Mrs. Reagan for their hard work, kind manners, and great listening. We are so proud of Nathan, Micah, and Miyah for earning Outstandings! 


Notes for Parents:

  • I know we’ve had a LONG break from Take-Home books, but we are back in the swing of things starting today. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • Winter Gear: Please make sure your child is all bundled up and ready for the cold winter weather! We play out in the fields, and our playground does not get plowed, so please make sure to send your kindergartener in snow pants, boots, mittens, a hat, and a coat on cold winter days! Thanks for your help. 🙂 
  • Clorox Wipes: Our class is running very low on our supply of Clorox wipes! We use these daily in our room – germs travel FAST in kindergarten especially! If you have any interest in supporting our classroom by sending a box of wipes in, they would be greatly appreciated! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 11 – Music, Take-Home Books
  • Tuesday, February 12 – P.E., Library, Valentine Cards due! 
  • Wednesday, February 13 – Art, Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, February 14 – STEAM, Take-Home Books, Valentine’s Party @ 1:50-3:00
  • Friday, February 15 – Music

February 11, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Valentine’s Day Details

Our class can’t wait to celebrate Valentine’s day on Thursday! Here are the 2 main things you need to know about Valentine’s day plans in our classroom:

#1

Valentine’s Day Party

We STILL NEED both volunteer(s) and snack donations for our Valentine’s Day party on Thursday! We need one more parent to lead a party station (I will totally find a little craft for you to do….you just have to come in and help the kiddos). We also need at least one more snack donation (peanut free). If you are willing/able to help with either of these things, please email me as soon as possible! Thank you for helping!!


#2

Valentine Cards

Please send your child’s valentine cards in to school tomorrow. If you would like a set of Valentine cards for your child to fill out, please email me! I have TONS! Here is the note I sent home about valentine cards. Let me know if you have any questions. 

February 11, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Our 100th Day Fun!

We had a blast celebrating our 100th day of school on Friday! 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, and lots 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! 
  • 100 Day Crown: We decorated and wore special crowns to celebrate our day!


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 7, 2019
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Another Snow Day…WHAT?!

WOW, these snow / ice days seem to be never-ending! I am missing your kindergarteners so much, and cannot wait to get back into a consistent routine with them! 

We will be saving our 100th day celebration for tomorrow, Friday, February 8. Please send in 100 collections with your kindergarteners tomorrow for our 100th day show & tell. Thank you for your flexibility! 

Also, Mrs. Reagan has another “Snow Day Challenge” going today, meaning your child could win a gift card for learning on either Moby Max or RAZ-kids today! If you need help logging into either of these sites, please don’t hesitate to email me! Check out Mrs. Reagan’s blog post by following this link

Here’s to hoping that this is our LAST SNOW/ICE DAY! 🤞

February 6, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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100th Day Collections TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is our 100th day of school! Please send in a collection of 100 small items with your child to school as part of a little show and tell fun! Here is the note referenced in previous blogs and sent home before our crazy snow week. I’m looking forward to celebrating your child’s 100th day of kindergarten tomorrow. 😊

February 5, 2019
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Week 21 Highlights

I think we set a record for the most in-classroom learning EVER this week!!! JUST KIDDING! 😉But, thank you so much to those of you who encouraged your kindergarteners to read, learn, and complete some items from the “Winter Days Checklist” throughout this snowstorm/ polar vortex / mid-winter break. Here is a copy of our winter days checklist, in case your child hasn’t had a chance to review some of these skills yet before returning to school:

This teacher 👋is counting down the minutes until I get to see your sweet kindergarteners again on Wednesday! We have TONS of learning and celebrating to do this week and next week. Here’s a snapshot of some things we are looking forward to this week and next week:

Wednesday, February 6 – Learning about Groundhog’s Day (Feb. 2)

Thursday, February 7 – Celebrating the 100th Day of School : Don’t forget to send in your child’s 100 day collection on Thursday!

Tuesday, February 12 – Send in your child’s valentine’s day cards! (If you need a set of valentine’s cards for your child to fill out, please email me! I have TONS of extra sets you can use!)

Thursday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Party : We are still in need of 1 person to lead a station for the party AND 1 person to send in a snack. If you are able to help, please either sign-up on this spreadsheet or email me! Thank you for your help!


February Calendars will be coming home with your kindergartener on Wednesday. Here is a digital copy for you, too. Please try to get into a routine of sending your child’s take-home book back to school every Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday! Thanks for your commitment to your child’s learning! 

 

January 28, 2019
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Week 20 Highlights

I hope you stayed warm while enjoying this long weekend of snow days! Please make sure to send your kindergartener in FULL winter gear this week, since it will be cold, snowy, and slippery!

Here’s a snapshot of our learning from last week:

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “he,”and “she.” We were introduced to the “H Brothers,” who all make special sounds when their letters get put together (sh, th, ch). Our literacy centers this week focused on these digraphs. 

Math – We continued our math rotations this week while learning about the following topics. We sorted pictures into categories and noticed which objects didn’t belong in given categories. We also continued adding and subtracting within 5, as well as writing our numbers from 1-20. 

Writing – We continued our new unit: SMALL MOMENT WRITING. For this unit, students write a story about one small moment from their lives. This week, we all wrote another small moment story together as a class. They drew pictures of the three parts of their story and sounded out words to write sentences for each section. They were so excited to bring these home and share them with you! This is CHALLENGING work for our kindergarteners, and your encouragement means the world to them. 

Reading – In reader’s workshop this week, we learned how to best use our READING SUPER POWERS! We practiced reading fluently (smoothly, not like a robot), looking at punctuation marks, and retelling the most important parts of stories. We’ll be ready to begin a new reading unit when we come back to school. 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – On Monday, we learned about one of our famous American heroes in celebration of Dr. MLK Jr. Day. We read a special magazine that taught us about the ways people were treated before MLK’s influence and after. We then learned about the ways that we can be kind to others and treat everyone fairly, no matter what! We talked about MLK’s “I have a dream” speech, and we shared some dreams that we have for the world. We even made MLK medallions to remind us to be kind and share peace. 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Colton as our Top Frog this week. We will pick a new Top Frog later this week. 

Lunch Fun – This week, I have been eating lunch in the lunchroom with our class and they are LOVING it! It’s so fun to just spend time talking with them and giving them some extra love and attention! 

Mystery Reader – Colton leapt into his dad’s arms when he came to read to our class on Monday, and Jordan was so excited to see his mom as our mystery reader on Thursday! Thank you both for surprising our class and reading to us! 

 


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books started last week. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • Valentine Party help: If you are able to help at our valentine’s day party on February 14 from 1:50-3:00, please sign up on this page. 
  • Winter Gear: Please make sure your child is all bundled up and ready for the cold winter weather! We play out in the fields, and our playground does not get plowed, so please make sure to send your kindergartener in snow pants, boots, mittens, a hat, and a coat on cold winter days! Thanks for your help. 🙂 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 28 – SNOW DAY 
  • Tuesday, January 29 – Art, Library
  • Wednesday, January 30 – STEAM, Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, January 31 – Music, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, February 1 – P.E., Early Release @ 12:15 pm
  • Monday & Tuesday, February 4-5 – No School for Mid-Winter Break

DON’T FORGET TO GO ON RAZ-KIDS TO EARN SNOW DAY CREDIT TOWARD MRS. REAGAN’S PIZZA PARTY CHALLENGE! 😊Stay warm & safe in this snowy weather. 

January 27, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Mrs. Reagan’s Snow Day CHALLENGE!

Wow! What a wintery four-day weekend we are having! In light of tomorrow’s snow day, here is the SNOW DAY CHALLENGE from Mrs. Reagan for tomorrow, January 26, 2019:

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Please encourage your child to do at least 30 minutes of learning (see below).  Thanks to our AMAZING PTC (made possible by your WALK•A•THON Donations), $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Cards (one per grade) will be given to randomly drawn students.

AND an EXTRA special INCENTIVE:

Mrs. Reagan will throw a pizza party for the classroom that has the MOST PARTICIPANTS in SNOW DAY LEARNING.   She will look at who has participated over all the snow days (last Friday, today …. and maybe other days this week) and the class with the most students who participate will get a PRINCIPAL PIZZA PARTY!

Options for learning:

  1. Read a book or two or three.  ONLINE Learning record for reading minutes.
  2. Learning on MOBYMAX or RAZ-KIDS through Clever.com:
  • Log into https://clever.com/in/hpseagles
  • Select log into other google account.
  • Type in district username followed by @hpsstudents.net
  • Type in password – if your child doesn’t remember the password, choose TIME TO READ instead — or email me, at ahutchi@hpseagles.net!
  • Select Elementary Apps
  • Find MOBYMAX OR RAZ KIDS….get started!

Students have until 5 pm on Monday, January 28 to participate.


Stay warm, drive safely if you need to travel, and have a wonderful snow day!

January 25, 2019
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Snow Day CHALLENGE!

Happy first snow day of 2019! I hope your kindergartener has a day full of fun, rest, and some learning, too!

Mrs. Reagan posted a blog about our school’s snow day learning challenge, and I want to pass it along to you! If your child reads on RAZ kids for at least 30 minutes today, they are in the running for a gift card from Mrs. Reagan. Log in through the CLEVER app (the link for this is on the right hand side of this blog) and select RAZ kids! If you don’t know your child’s log-in information for Clever, send me a quick email and I will happily pass it along to you. 🙂


Also, here is Miss Hutchison’s SNOW DAY CHALLENGE for today, January 25, 2019:

I challenge your kindergartener to read 3 books today! Email me a picture of your child “snuggled up with a good book,” and they will earn a little prize from me on Monday. (I’m planning to use these pictures for a future classroom picture wall!) My email is ahutchi@hpseagles.net. 


Stay warm, drive safely if you need to travel, and have a wonderful snow day!

January 24, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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February Details

As we approach February, we have some fun events coming up soon! Here are more details about 100th Day, Valentine’s Day, and more.


Scholastic Book Orders

January book orders are due by midnight tomorrow, Friday January 25! Your book order purchases directly help our classroom earn free books. If you would like to order online, follow this link to the Scholastic website. Our class code is R86B7.


Valentine’s Cards

We will be celebrating Valentine’s day in our classroom this year with a little Valentine card exchange! Here is a note with more information about what to send, etc. Your child’s valentines CAN have candy attached, as long as the candy is sealed and peanut free! Please contact me if you have more questions!


100th Day Collections

Our 100th day of school is quickly approaching! We will be celebrating the 100th day of kindergarten on Thursday, February 7. We ask that each child bring in a collection of 100 things for a fun sharing activity. Here is a note with the details about 100th day collections.


Valentine’s Party

Our Valentine’s Day party will be held on Thursday, February 14 from 1:50-3:00 pm. We are still in need of volunteers to lead games or crafts! We also still need snack donations. If you are able to help, here is the link to the sign up sheet


Popcorn Word Lists

As we approach the end of our second trimester, I have had many parents ask for another set of popcorn word cards to use with their kindergarteners. This is a GREAT idea! Below is the PDF of our popcorn words for the whole year that you can download. I also put them on the “Kindergarten Information” tab of this blog for you to download whenever you may need another set! 

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