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May 25, 2018
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Last Book Orders!

If you would like to make a Scholastic Book Order (last one of the year), either online or with the catalog, please submit it by the end of the night TONIGHT, May 25! Here’s the link to order if you are interested. Our class code is R86B7. Thanks again for supporting our classroom full of readers! 

May 21, 2018
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Take-Home Books & Olympics Volunteers

We did it! With only 13 more days of school this year, we are all finished with our take-home book program for the year! If you still have a take-home book baggie at home, please send it in with your child tomorrow. Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who made this program happen every day, and thank YOU for taking the time to read with your kindergartener! 

Also, our class is still looking for a few (4) more volunteers for our kindergarten Olympics on Friday, June 1. If you are available and willing to help with this event next Friday morning, please send me a quick email. Thank you for your support! 

May 20, 2018
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Week 35 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “away,” “play,” and “today” this week. Keep practicing these popcorn words at home as often as possible! 

Math Stations: This week, our math stations focused on comparing length, height, and weight of different objects. We used words like “longer, shorter, taller, heavier, and lighter” to classify different things. We will be finishing up Unit 5 and taking our last assessment this upcoming week! 

Writing Workshop: We did lots more opinion writing this week! This week, kindergarteners wrote their opinions about the following topics: favorite pet, favorite sport, and why we like/don’t like Georgetown Elementary.  Kindergarteners independently come up with two reasons to support their opinions and then restate their opinion at the end. They are doing INCREDIBLY with this unit! We will write our On-Demand opinion piece next week as we wrap up this last writing unit. 

Reading Workshop: We’ve been spending the past few weeks reviewing the main reading strategies we’ve learned in kindergarten, especially our pointer power (pointing to words) and picture power (using pictures to help us figure out words). This week, we made it to 22 minutes of reading with stamina! We also had fun reading in the dark with our flashlights on Friday!

American Symbols: We are starting a new unit all about important American symbols. But first, we needed to learn what the word “symbol” even means! A symbol is anything that represents something else. We explored lots of popular symbols that we already knew about. Now we’re ready to dive into learning about our country’s most important symbols!

 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog: We had three final top frogs who filled up our estimation jar this week! Emerson brought in marbles, Georgie brought in toy dogs, and Anha brought in 19 seashells. Thank you so much for helping your child fill our estimation jar this year!! 

Butterflies: Annie gifted our classroom her butterfly garden last week so we could watch the butterflies hatch and grow! We released these beautiful butterflies on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Bubble Party: Our outstanding kindergarteners earned another party last week….a bubble party! But because of the rain last Friday, we were only able to have half of our party. On Monday, we were able to get outside and blow more bubbles!!!  

Mystery Reader:  Andrew’s grandma visited our classroom this week to surprise us with another book about Mr. Peanuts (our favorite squirrel character!). Thank you for sharing your love of reading with our classroom! 

First Grade Visit: On Thursday, we got to visit Mrs. Stadt’s first grade classroom! The first graders read us some pretty amazing realistic fiction stories that they wrote, and they answered some of our questions about what first grade is going to be like. Thank you for letting us come to your classroom!! 

 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Spring Sports: Does your child play a spring sport? I’ve heard lots of our friends share their excitement about soccer, softball, and more! I’d LOVE to come cheer your kindergartener on at a game!!! If you have a free moment, please send me their game schedules so I can show them some support outside of school, too!

Kindergarten Olympics: Mark your calendars! Kindergarten Olympics will be held on Friday, June 1st. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please send me an email on Monday or send the slip back to school! Thank you for all of your help with this event! 

May Book Orders: Our last book orders of the year are due by May 25!

Field Trip Pictures: Follow this link to check out a bunch of pictures from our field trip!


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, May 14 – Art
  • Tuesday, May 15 – STEAM, Library books due back
  • Wednesday, May 16 – P.E., Last homework due
  • Thursday, May 17 – Music
  • Friday, May 18 – Art, Wear red, white, and blue!
  • Monday, May 28 – No School, Memorial Day

 

May 17, 2018
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Flashlight Reading Tomorrow!

We are celebrating our fabulous year of reading growth throughout May by having “Fun Reading Fridays!” Our third reading Friday is tomorrow: READ WITH A FLASHLIGHT DAY. Your child is welcome and encouraged to bring a flashlight to school so we can read in our classroom with all of the lights off! Refer to the earlier note for details about the rest of our Fun Reading Friday events. 

May 15, 2018
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Last Library & Homework

Can you believe it?? We’ve reached the first of our “lasts” here in kindergarten!

Today we checked out library books for the last time as kindergarteners!! Students will return these books next week so Mrs. VandenBerg can make sure our library is organized and ready for the next school year.

Also, the homework coming home tomorrow will be the last homework packet of kindergarten!!! Thank you so much for supporting your child’s learning by helping him or her with homework throughout this year. What incredible growth they have made!

May 14, 2018
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Week 34 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “my,” “by,” and “one” this week. Keep practicing these popcorn words at home as often as possible! 

Math Stations: This week, our math stations focused on comparing numbers. We used words like “greater” and “less” to compare groups of objects. We also added or subtracted objects to make equal groups. 

Writing Workshop: We did lots more opinion writing this week! This week, kindergarteners wrote their opinions about the following topics: favorite special, ice cream in a cup or cone, and summer or winter.  Kindergarteners independently come up with two reasons to support their opinions and then restate their opinion at the end. They are doing INCREDIBLY with this unit! 

Reading Workshop: In these next few weeks, we’ll be especially focusing on building up our reading stamina. This week, we made it to 20 minutes! We also had fun reading with our stuffed animals on Friday. 

Living & Non-Living Things: We’ve been watching our lima bean plants grow this week – some have even begun to sprout! On Monday, we sorted lots of different items into categories: Living or Non-Living. This helped us review the characteristics of living things: they move, breathe, grow, and eat. We saw lots of living things on our field trip, too! On Friday, we began making a special plant craft  – we are labeling each part of a flower as we create it. 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog: We had four top frogs who filled up our estimation jar this week! Brody brought in 62 paperclips; Finn brought in 36 jolly ranchers; Brianna brought in 87 hair bows; and Eilley brought in 19 hair ties.What objects will we estimate next week?? 

Butterflies: Annie gifted our classroom her butterfly garden this week so we could watch the butterflies hatch and grow! Two hatched on Friday – – – we will release them next week once the weather warms up. 

Bubble Party: Our outstanding kindergarteners earned another party this week….a bubble party! But because of the rain on Friday, we were only able to have half of our party. We learned how to blow bubbles with some bubble gum! Next week, we will have the other half of our bubble party by going outside to blow bubbles. 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Spring Sports: Does your child play a spring sport? I’ve heard lots of our friends share their excitement about soccer, softball, and more! I’d LOVE to come cheer your kindergartener on at a game!!! If you have a free moment, please send me their game schedules so I can show them some support outside of school, too!

Kindergarten Olympics: Mark your calendars! Kindergarten Olympics will be held on Friday, June 1st. Please turn in the volunteer slips by Friday, May 18 if you would like to volunteer.

May Book Orders: The last packet of book orders for this year came home with your kindergartener on Friday! Orders are due by May 25.  

Field Trip Pictures: Follow this link to check out a bunch of pictures from our field trip!


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, May 14 – Music
  • Tuesday, May 15 – Art, Library 
  • Wednesday, May 16 – STEAM, Homework due
  • Thursday, May 17 – P.E.
  • Friday, May 18 – Music, Bring a flashlight to read with!

 

May 10, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Stuffed Animal Day & Early Release

Bring a stuffed animal on early release Friday!!

We are celebrating our fabulous year of reading growth throughout May by having “Fun Reading Fridays!”

Our second reading Friday is tomorrow: Read with a STUFFED ANIMAL DAY. Your child is welcome and/or encouraged to bring a small stuffed animal to read with.  The stuffed animal will come back home tomorrow.. Check the pink note for details about the rest of our Fun Reading Friday events. 

The kindergarteners will love reading with their stuffed animals!!!

May 10, 2018
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Field Trip Pictures!

We had lots of fun on our field trip yesterday (before the rain cut it short!). I took TONS of pictures of our morning… you can see / save / print them all by following this link. The kindergarteners were so flexible with the weather and schedule changes, and we made the most of our day! Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who chaperoned our trip (and braved the rain with us!!) and those who came to enjoy lunch with us at school. 

This morning, we wrote about some of our favorite parts of the trip. Take a look! 

May 8, 2018
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Field Trip TOMORROW

Our field trip will be on Wednesday, May 9!  

We will be at Hemlock Crossing Nature Park for the morning.  The bus will leave around 9:15 a.m. and arrive at Hemlock Crossing by 10:00 a.m.  Chaperones, please plan to either meet us at Hemlock Crossing or come here and you are welcome to follow the bus out that way. 

The bus will be leaving around 11:30 a.m. from Hemlock Crossing to take us to Hager Park for our picnic lunch and play time.  We plan on arriving at Hager Park around 12:00pm.  We will be eating our picnic lunch at the picnic tables. The kinders will have some time to play on the playground after lunch before returning to Georgetown. 

Please be sure to dress your kinder for trail walking and the weather (layers are helpful).  Also, don’t forget their labeled lunch and drink! 

If you are planning to meet your kindergartener for lunch, please let me know (if you haven’t done so yet). Younger siblings are welcome to join in the fun at the park.  

If you have any questions, please contact me at ahutchi@hpseagles.net.

May 4, 2018
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Week 33 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: We practiced the words “have,” “on,” and “of” this week. Keep practicing these popcorn words at home as often as possible! 

Math Stations: This week, we spent a great deal of time practicing writing partner equations for the same number. For example, if my total is 6, my partners can be 5+1, 4+2, 3+3, 2+4, and 1+5. Our kindergarteners have also been working on their fact fluency for adding and subtracting numbers 1-10….solving each problem quickly and accurately! They are such great mathematicians!! 

Writing Workshop: We started a new writing unit this week: Opinion Writing! We began by discussing the difference between a fact and an opinion. Facts are things that we can prove to be true, while opinions are things that we think or believe. It is okay to have different opinions! We then wrote our first few opinion pieces about what we like better: swings or slide, beach or pool, and chips & salsa: yummy or yucky. On each paper, we shared our opinion, then we also gave reasons to support our thinking. 

   

Reading Workshop: In reading this week, we reviewed setting. We discussed that the setting is where the story takes place, and we also realized that there can be more than one setting throughout a story. Additionally, we’ve been working on building up our reading stamina. This week, we made it to 19 minutes! We also had fun reading each other’s shirts on Friday. 

Living & Non-Living Things: We began a new science unit this week by learning about living things! We started the week by planting our own lima bean seeds. We will be taking care of our plants and watching them grow over the next few weeks. We’ll be tracking their growth every step of the way with our plant journals! We also made a lift-the-flap booklet describing the four things every plant needs to survive: air, water, soil, and sunlight. 

Handwriting: We finished our ENTIRE “Handwriting without Tears” workbook this week! Hooray!! We started these books on the first week of school – what an amazing accomplishment. 🙂 The workbooks came home with your kindergarteners on Friday. 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog: We had five top frogs who filled up our estimation jar this week! Sophie brought in 99 beads; Kyle brought in 100 green & yellow candies; Nora brought in 80 mini-marshmallows; Grant brought in 52 legos; and Colten brought 15 toy cars. What objects will we estimate next week?? 

 

Outstanding Kindergarteners: When we make green choices and Mrs. Reagan notices them, she delivers special “Outstanding” awards to our classroom! This week, we had not one, but two amazing kindergarteners earn outstandings for being nice, working hard, and learning well. Way to go, Drew and Karsten! We are so lucky to have both of you as part of our classroom family!

 


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Spring Sports: Does your child play a spring sport? I’ve heard lots of our friends share their excitement about soccer, softball, and more! I’d LOVE to come cheer your kindergartener on at a game!!! If you have a free moment, please send me their game schedules so I can show them some support outside of school, too!

Kindergarten Olympics: Mark your calendars! Kindergarten Olympics will be held on Friday, June 1st. A note about volunteering for this SUPER FUN event came home on Thursday. 

May Book Orders: The last packet of book orders for this year came home with your kindergartener on Friday! Orders are due by May 25.  

Field Trip: Our field trip is coming up THS WEDNESDAY. Please remember to send your child with a sack lunch and drink on Wednesday. If you would still like to join us at Hager Park for lunch and play, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will add you to this FIELD TRIP PARENTS list.


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, May 7 – Music
  • Tuesday, May 8 – Art, Library 
  • Wednesday, May 9 – Homework due, FIELD TRIP — pack a sack lunch & drink!
  • Thursday, May 10 – P.E., Jet’s Pizza Night
  • Friday, May 11 – Music, Early Release @ 12:15 pm, Bring a stuffed animal to read with!

 

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