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May 9, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Crazy Hair Day TOMORROW

Since we are “CRAZY ABOUT READING,” we will be celebrating tomorrow by having CRAZY HAIR DAY! I can’t wait to see the fun and crazy hairstyles our kindergarteners wear!

Also, tomorrow is an early release with a 12:15 pm dismissal. If your child needs a sack lunch tomorrow, please email me TONIGHT, since I will not be at school tomorrow. 

 

May 7, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Field Trip TOMORROW

Our field trip is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8!  

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 (RAIN especially). Also, don’t forget their labeled sack lunch and disposable drink! 

Younger siblings are welcome to join in the fun at the park, too! If it rains, we will still go to Hemlock Crossing, but we will NOT go to Hager Park…we’ll come back to our classroom instead, and you are welcome to join us at Georgetown for a rainy-day lunch. 

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

May 5, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 33 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “have,” “on,” and “of.” We also learned how to break big words apart by writing each syllable (or chunk) one at a time.

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 wrote a few more how-to stories this week! First, we wrote about how to make cookies. Then, Miss Hutchison brought in all of the ingredients to make pizzas and we wrote “How to Make Pizza.” Finally, the kindergarteners wrote ALL by themselves about how to wash your hands. 

   

Reading – We continued to be avid POETRY readers this week! Avid poetry readers read the words, think about the poem, and match the beat of the poem. We put lots of new poems in our poetry binder this week! We also loved reading all of our JOKES on Friday!!! The kids got such a good laugh. 🙂 

Living & Nonliving Things – On Monday, we got to plant our own seeds to see if they will sprout. We got to pick between 4 types of seeds: alyssums, nasturtiums, radishes, or lima beans. So far three of our plants cups have begun to sprout! We can’t wait to watch our plants grow. This week, our class also welcomed in another living thing: CATERPILLARS! We are going to watch these caterpillars turn into butterflies right inside our classroom! The kids are so excited for these two science projects! 

 

Rocks: This week, we learned all about rocks! Each day, we learned about a different type of rock AND we made replicas of that rock type. For sedimentary rocks, we used marshmallows to create sandstone. For igneous rock, we melted chocolate chips (like lava) then let them cool. For metamorphic rock, we used heat and pressure to combine two colors of play-doh.

   

Then, on Friday, we also explored our rock collections! We worked together to find igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary rocks in our own collections. Then we made a rock investigation journal for ONE special rock from our collections!  

   

Pizza Lunch: We had a yummy pizza lunch on Friday! Thank you to those of you who ordered on Jet’s Pizza night in April!! 


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, Henley brought jelly beans in the estimation jar, Harper brought 25 skittles packets, Liam brought lego pieces, Jordan brought 14 hot wheel cars, and Claire brought 71 Shopkins! I wonder what other kindergarteners will bring in next week???

Mystery Reader – Dominic’s grandma came up from Ohio to surprise our class on Friday – what a special treat! 


Notes for Parents:

  • Our field trip is THIS week on Wednesday, May 8. I will be sending home a preparation checklist to make sure that your kindergartener is ready for our big day! IF IT RAINS, WE WILL NOT BE GOING TO HAGER PARK FOR OUR LUNCH – we will eat our sack lunches in the classroom, and you are still welcome to join us for that! 
  • 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 6 – Music., Take-Home Books, Claire‘s birthday, Culver’s Night from 5-8 (Miss Hutchison will be serving from 6-8!!!)
  • Tuesday, May 7 – P.E., Library
  • Wednesday, May 8 – FIELD TRIP! Pack a sack lunch. 
  • Thursday, May 9 – STEAM, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, May 10 : Music

May 2, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Pizza Lunch & Joke Day TOMORROW

Two reminders for tomorrow:

We would love for your kindergartener to bring in a joke to share with the class. You can write your joke on any spare piece of paper and send it in their frog folder. Here are a few good websites with kid-friendly jokes: 114 Kids Jokes, 137 Hilarious Jokes, and Funny Kids Jokes.

ALSO, our class won the Jet’s Pizza lunch from April’s fundraiser! We will be having pizza, a snack, and juice boxes for lunch in our classroom tomorrow. You do not need to pack a lunch for your kindergartener tomorrow!

Looking forward to a fun Friday with your sweet kindergarteners!

April 30, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Important Information Packet!

A BIG packet with tons of IMPORTANT information is coming home with your kindergartener today! Please take some time to read through all of these papers – many are time-sensitive! Here is what you’ll find:

May Calendar

Fun Reading Fridays

Field Trip Details

Kindergarten Olympics

Scholastic Book Orders

Popcorn Words (March-May)

 

April 29, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 32 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “come” and “some.” We also learned the 4 different ways to spell the sound /k/.

Math – This week was all about TEEN NUMBERS! We’ve been counting stars, finding groups of ten hidden inside teen numbers, and written equations for teen numbers. 

 

Writing – This week we started a new type of writing: HOW-TO writing! We brainstormed a list of things we know how to do, then we began writing stories that give people step-by-step directions of how to do something. We wrote about how to make a PB&J sandwich and how to carve a pumpkin. 

 

Reading – We learned about how to be avid POETRY readers this week! Avid poetry readers read the words, think about the poem, and match the beat of the poem. We put lots of new poems in our poetry binder this week! 

Living & Nonliving Things – In preparation for our field trip to Hemlock Crossings in a few weeks, we began learning a new science unit: Living and Nonliving things. We also have been learning about what living things need to grow….we made a flipbook about the 4 things a plant needs to grow. We will plant our own seeds and try to grow them later this week! 

Earth Day: On Monday, we celebrated Earth Day by learning about ways to take care of the earth! We talk about reducing, reusing, and recycling. We also drew pictures of earth for a hallway display! We even went and checked out our school’s “Paper Gator” recycle bin! Ask your kindergartener about ways to conserve energy and help our earth!

 

Spring Fun: On Monday, we had some surprise chicks hatch in our classroom! Each kindergartener got to “adopt” a chick and tell us all about their special peep. We also painted some special bunnies that will be coming home tonight. 🙂 

 


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, Nathan brought 22 crayons in the estimation jar, and Dallon brought 44 lego pieces! I wonder what other kindergarteners will bring in next week???

 

Mystery Reader – Claire’s grandpa and sister surprised us as the mystery readers on Wednesday! Then on Thursday, Colton’s grandma came to our classroom to read to us! 


Notes for Parents:

  • Our field trip is next week on Wednesday, May 8. I will be sending home a preparation checklist to make sure that your kindergartener is ready for our big day! 
  • Our class won the Jet’s Pizza lunch from this past month’s “Jet’s Pizza Night.” We will be celebrating with our pizza lunch on Friday, May 3. If you would be willing to send in drinks or snacks to go with the pizza, please email me! 
  • 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, April 29 – STEAM., Take-Home Books, rock collections due, Dallon’s birthday!
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Music, Library
  • Wednesday, May 1 – P,E,., Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, May 2 – Art, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, May 3 : STEAM, Jet’s pizza lunch
  • Monday, May 6: Culver’s Night from 5-8 pm
  • Wednesday, May 8: Field Trip to Hemlock Crossings! (pack a sack lunch)

April 21, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Weeks 30 & 31 Highlights

Whew! These past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Your kindergarteners did an AMAZING job trying their best at school while Miss Hutchison was home sick. I cannot wait to get back to the classroom tomorrow to see their smiling faces! With that in mind, our schedule this past week was a bit off – we’ll be getting back into our learning routine again this week. Thank you so much for your flexibility and understanding!  

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “him,” “jump,” “they,” and “these.” Because we are becoming such experts at our popcorn words, we traded in our big Word Wall for a Sound Wall. We’ve been learning that the same sound can be spelled many different ways! Our sound wall chart will help us try out different spelling patterns when we write words.

Math – We finished up Unit 4 last week and took our math test on Monday. We also began Unit 5 by looking for groups of ten inside of teen numbers. We’ll keep exploring teen numbers as we move through our last math unit!  

Writing – Last week we learned about another animal for our writing unit: “ALL ABOUT” books. We spent the week researching FROGS, then we sorted our facts into things that horses “can / have / are.” After that, we wrote our own nonfiction books with facts and realistic illustrations about frogs. 

Then, this week, we started our writing assessment (the book where we write all by ourselves to show what we know!) We began learning about PIGS for our assessment, and we will finish up our pig books at the beginning of next week. 

Reading – We learned about how to be avid NONFICTION readers this week! Since we are writing nonfiction books about animals, we need to read lots of nonfiction books to help us learn more about what we are writing. We also learned that each person may have different topics that they want to be avid readers about…for example, one person may want to learn about DOGS while another person may want to learn about SOCCER. We’ve also been using our playdates to share interesting facts with our reading buddies. 

 

Living & Nonliving Things – In preparation for our field trip to Hemlock Crossings in a few weeks, we began learning a new science unit: Living and Nonliving things. We learned about the difference between the words “living” and “nonliving,” then we sorted different things into their proper categories. We will keep learning more about living and nonliving things throughout this month! 


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, Kendrick brought 62 chocolate eggs in the estimation jar! I wonder what other kindergarteners will bring in next week???

Mystery Reader – Kayla’s mom surprised the class as our mystery reader on Friday! I’m bummed I wasn’t there to capture any pictures, but thank you so much for reading to our class!  


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books are in full swing. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • Summer Tutoring Option – If you are interested in signing up for a tutoring block this summer, please sign up on this spreadsheet. Two of my other days are already fully booked, so these Thursday slots will likely fill up quickly! 
  • 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, April 22 – Art., Take-Home Books, GES Art Show Reception @ 5:30
  • Tuesday, April 23 – STEAM, Library
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Music., Take-Home Books
  • Thursday, April 25 – P,E,, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, April 26 : Art
  • Monday, April 29: Rock Collections due

April 8, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 29 Highlights

I hope you had a relaxing and fun spring break! Before we dive into these last 9 weeks of kindergarten, here’s a look back at our learning from the week before break. 

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “as” and “has.” We are becoming super readers, and we know TONS of popcorn words now!

Math – This week, we continued to compare numbers (greater, less, or equal), write numbers 1-20, and learn about teen numbers. We are also practicing adding and subtracting more fluently (quickly!).  Plus, we learned about how to use math mountains to show addition or subtraction equations.  

 

Writing – This week we learned about another animal for our writing unit: “ALL ABOUT” books. We spent the week researching HORSES, then we sorted our facts into things that horses “can / have / are.” After that, we wrote our own nonfiction books with facts and realistic illustrations about goats.  We can’t wait to learn about a new animal after break! 

Reading – We continued Unit 4 this week by learning what it means to be an AVID reader!  Avid readers also have reading playdates with others to talk about the books they are reading! The class loved hanging out and reading in their playdate groups! We also set our own reading goals this week! Each kinder has their reading goal made into a bookmark to help them remember to practice it! 

4th Grade Reading Buddies – As part of our reading month fun, Mrs. Huizenga’s fourth grade class came to read with our kindergarteners. We have LOVED reading with every different grade level at Georgetown…it really motivates us to keep reading so we can become expert readers like the fourth graders! 

 

Pizza Party – We celebrated our most recent 15 star reward last Thursday with a PIZZA party and a PJ day! Our class munched on yummy pizza, veggie straws, and fruit snacks, and we also got to lounge around in different classrooms to read in our jammies. What a fun and relaxing way to kick off spring break! 

     


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Jayce as our Top Frog this week. We have made it through everyone in the class! Your child will have the chance to be the top frog for one more DAY this year…be on the lookout for details about this “Top Frog Day!”

Mystery Reader – Colton was surprised to see his sister, Hayden, as our mystery reader on Wednesday! She read us two books by one of our favorite authors, Mo Willems. Thanks for sneaking out of your fourth grade class to come join us, Hayden! 

March is Reading Month Snack – On Monday, Ms. Sherry (Miss Hutchison’s mom) came to visit, and she read us the book Thundercake by Patricia Polacco. We mixed the ingredients along with the story, then enjoyed a piece of thunder cake after she finished reading. Then, on Tuesday, Miss Fewell came and read us her favorite childhood book, Curious George Makes Pancakes. She gave us yummy pancake cookies! Thanks for celebrating March is Reading Month with us! 


Notes for Parents:

  • Take-Home Books are in full swing. Please be sure to read these books with your child and return them to school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!
  • Summer Tutoring Option – If you are interested in signing up for a tutoring block this summer, please sign up on this spreadsheet. Two of my other days are already fully booked, so these Thursday slots will likely fill up quickly! 
  • 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, April 8 – P.E., Take-Home Books, celebrate Eline’s birthday!
  • Tuesday, April 9 – Art, Library
  • Wednesday, April 10 – STEAM., Take-Home Books, Henley’s birthday!
  • Thursday, April 11 – Music, Take-Home Books
  • Friday, April 12 : Early Release @ 12:15 pmColton’s birthday!

March 27, 2019
by Miss Hutchison
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PJs & Pizza Party TOMORROW

Two reminders for tomorrow:

Your kindergartener can wear PJs to school tomorrow AND can bring in a small cuddle buddy! We will be relaxing and reading all morning to wrap up “March is Reading Month.”

ALSO, our class earned a 15 star reward! Miss Hutchison will be providing a pizza party lunch for our class tomorrow. You do not need to pack a lunch for your kindergartener tomorrow!

Looking forward to a fun last day of school before spring break!

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