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January 29, 2018
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Going on Vacation?

Will your kindergartener be out of school for a vacation in the next few weeks? If so, please email me so I can send your child home with a “Vacation Request” form. This form gets submitted to our office for attendance purposes and helps our class in planning for assessments, missing work, et cetera. Thanks a bunch! 

January 28, 2018
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Week 20 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: This week the words ‘he’ and ‘she’ popped in to our classroom. We also started learning more about the “sh” sound and spelling during our word study block each afternoon. We used our whiteboards to sound out and spell many different words that have the ‘sh’ sound in them!

Math Stations: We continued working on our addition and subtraction fluency within 5 (equations like 0+3=3 or 2-1=1). We also made more teen number displays (drawing dots to represent teen numbers….15=10+5). Additionally, we discussed the equal sign = and what it means. The numbers on both sides of the equal sign have to be the SAME. 

Reading Workshop: This week, we practiced two new reading superpowers: POINTER POWER and SNAP WORD POWER. Pointer Power helps us point under each word as we read. Every word, whether it’s a long word or a short one, gets just one tap of our pointer finger. Snap Word Power encourages us to read the words we already know in a “snap!” Our snap word power reminds us to be on the lookout for popcorn words in our reading. The more your child practices popcorn words at home, the more comfortable he or she will become with reading books! 

Writing Workshop: We continued writing small moment stories this week, but this time, the students were given the opportunity to write on their own and at their own pace. After coming up with an idea and sketching on a planning page, students tell me their story verbally before beginning to write on their own. Students are using transition words such as First, Next, and Last on each page of their stories. They also practice re-reading their writing to make sure they didn’t miss any important words or sounds. We have a class full of creative and talented writers here in the Frog Room!!!


CELEBRATIONS:

Birthdays: This week, we celebrated Kyle’s half-birthday (since he will be turning 6 in July.) Thanks for the awesome goody bags, Kyle!! 

Top Frog: We loved having Drew as our Top Frog this week! Lauren will be our next top frog.

Mystery Readers: We had two more mystery readers visit our classroom this week! On Wednesday, Jace’s mom came and read us a silly book about monsters. Then, on Thursday, Katherine’s brother, Sean, came over from his first grade classroom next-door to read us two 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:

P.E. Apparel Orders: If you would like to purchase any Hudsonville Apparel, please turn in your forms and payment to me by this Tuesday, January 30. 

100 Day Collections: An orange note came home with your kindergartener on Friday regarding our 100th day celebration on February 9. If you missed the note about starting your ‘100 Collections,’ you can find it below. I can’t wait to see all of your collections!

Valentine’s Day Party: We are still in need of a number of people and donations for our Valentine Party on February 13. If you are interested or available, please sign up on this spreadsheet. 

Valentine Cards: A pink note came home with your kindergartener on Friday 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, January 22 – Art
  • Tuesday, January 23 – STEAM, Library Books due, Apparel Orders due
  • Wednesday, January 24 – P.E., Homework Due
  • Thursday, January 25 – Music
  • Friday, January 26 – Art, Early Release with 12:15 dismissal

January 25, 2018
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Valentine’s Day Party!

Can you believe it’s already time to begin planning our third and final holiday party?! Our Valentine’s party is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13 from 1:50-3:00 pm. (We are celebrating the day before to spread out the party times amongst grade levels.) If you are interested in volunteering to lead a game or craft at our party, or if you’d be willing to send in a snack or drinks, please sign-up on this spreadsheet. If you sign up, but aren’t sure about game or craft ideas, I’d be happy to pass some along to you! Thanks so much for your willingness to join in on our Valentine’s Day fun! 

January 24, 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 this Friday, January 26! Here’s the link to order if you are interested. Our class code is R86B7. Thanks again for supporting our classroom full of readers! 

January 22, 2018
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Take-Home Books

Today your kindergartener took home their very first TAKE-HOME book. They were all so excited when they found out they were taking books home to read today!! You will find inside their bag a blue or green note with more details about this exciting learning adventure.  Their bag is labeled with their name, a colored dot, and days to return their books. In your child’s bag are a step-by-step home directions sheet,  a parent comment sheet, a reading strategies bookmark and a book just right for them to read.  Remember that TAKE-HOME books are not meant to be challenging for your kindergartener to read.  They should feel successful and be able to read these books.  We will save the challenging books for school learning. 🙂 Our goal is to read at a B level by the end of February and a D level by the end of the school year.

Please encourage and support your child when they read their book to you.  It is good to read the book more than one time and on different occasions! 

BLUE GROUP – PLEASE RETURN THIS BOOK TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JANUARY 23.

GREEN GROUP – YOU MAY KEEP YOUR BOOK AT HOME UNTIL THURSDAY, JANUARY 25. 

These will be the first days that your kindergartener will read their book with a parent volunteer at school. Your child’s “group” color is noted by the dot on their baggie’s label.   Happy Reading!!!! 🙂

January 21, 2018
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Week 19 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: This week the words ‘said’ and ‘make’ popped in to our classroom. We practice these words during literacy centers each week! The word “make” was a super special one for us because it has a “magic-e” that makes the vowel say it’s name. 

Math Stations: We had a second incredible week of math stations! This week, we learned how to make teen number displays (drawing dots to represent teen numbers….15=10+5). We also explored shapes and saw what can happen when we put multiple shapes together. For example, two triangles can make a diamond, a bigger triangle, a square, or a parallelogram. We also sorted shapes and objects by various attributes, including size, shape, and color. 

Reading Workshop: During this week of reading workshop, we explored some ways to “rev up” our brains to read the tough words we don’t know in a book. We practiced looking at the first letter of the word and using other clues (the pictures, other words, etc.) to think of words that might “fit” starting with the given letter. 

Writing Workshop: WOW! These writers are blowing me away with their small moment stories. We wrote one more book together as a class about a special event in our classroom before I gave the kindergarteners a chance to start writing their OWN small moment books! We learned about the steps a writer takes when making a book: picking a topic, drafting a plan, writing, and then editing. The Scholastic Magazine all about the author Mo Willems helped our little writers to tangibly understand the steps in the writing process. I can’t wait to read the stories they’re currently writing!!  


CELEBRATIONS:

Dr. MLK Jr. Day: : On Monday, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day. In our class, we read a Scholastic magazine about Dr. King’s life, which sparked some great class discussions about treating others equally. We especially looked at his quote….”Let us not judge them by the color of their skin, but by the content of their CHARACTER.” Our kindergarteners learned what it means to show character in practical ways: respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, caring, and more. We then made a craftivity about ways we can show good character at school or at home. These are posted on our hallway bulletin board for other Georgetown students to see! 

Birthdays: We’ve celebrated quite a few birthdays in the Frog Room these past few weeks! The week before last, we celebrated both Lyla‘s and Sophie‘s 6th birthdays…and on Friday of this past week, we celebrated with Eilley for her birthday! These kindergarteners are growing up so quickly!!!

Top Frog: We loved having Emerson as our Top Frog this week! Drew will be our next top frog.

Mystery Readers: We were lucky enough to have TWO mystery readers this week! Nora’s mom came to surprise us on Monday afternoon. She read us two books about snow and winter – what perfect timing! Then, on Friday, Finn’s dad came and read us one of Finn’s favorite stories: You Are Special. Thanks again to our two mystery readers from this past week! 

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:

Take-Home Books: Take-Home Books will. be coming home with your child TOMORROW, MONDAY JANUARY 22. Please take the time to read the “instruction” page in your child’s book baggie. This is a critical part of your child’s reading growth this year. If you have any questions, please contact me!! If your child still has one of the old book baggies, please return it to school as soon as possible, as our take home books will be replacing this system


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, January 22 – Music., Take-Home Books coming home
  • Tuesday, January 23 – Art, Library Books due
  • Wednesday, January 24 – STEAM, Homework Due
  • Thursday, January 25 – P.E.
  • Friday, January 26 – Music

January 14, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 18 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words: This week the words ‘was,’ ‘that,’ and ‘at’ popped in to our classroom. We practice these words during literacy centers each week! Literacy centers are also a time when students get to meet with either Mrs. Fabbro or me to work on specific pre-reading and reading skills. This is my favorite time of the day, and I love watching the students work independently while they grow as readers and writers!

Math Stations: This week, we began a new set-up for our math learning: math stations! Students spend some time with me at the small group table, do an independent practice page that reinforces their learning, and play games that cover our unit’s main concepts. This method allows me to see what students know and are able to do independently (with those practice pages), and it also provides the opportunity for me to better meet the individual math needs within our classroom. The kindergarteners have done an EXCELLENT job at starting these stations – they are working independently, collaborating with their peers, and are taking more ownership over their learning! This week in math, we focused on addition, teen numbers, and making partners to represent numbers. 

Reading Workshop: We began a new reading unit this week called “Revving Up to Read!” As a class, we talked about specific things we can do to “rev up” our brains and get them ready to read the words in a book before we actually start on that first page. We can…look at the title and the cover picture, take a picture walk through the book, tell the story in our own words as we look through the pictures, and come up with some words that we think we might see on each page based off of the pictures. 

Writing Workshop: We are starting our “Small Moments” unit in writing. First, we learned about the difference between a watermelon story and a seed story. Watermelon stories are long stories with lots and lots of events in them. They go on forever!!! Seed stories are when we focus on just one special event that happened within that big watermelon story. In kindergarten, we are going to become experts at telling and writing seed stories. We started by telling a story on our fingers and using our special story words….First, Next, and Last. Then, we sketched the pictures for the beginning, middle, and end of our stories before we used inventive spelling to write one sentence on each page of our book. The kids were SO proud of their books, and they blew me away with all of the ways they sounded out words, used finger spaces, and added details to their stories. We can’t wait to write another book next week! 


CELEBRATIONS:

Class Pizza Party: Don’t forget about the pizza party on Monday, January 15! I will be providing pizza, snacks, and drinks for the kids as a thank-you for their green choices and hard work every day! 

Journals: Remember those notebooks you sent in at the beginning of the school year? We are breaking them out and using them in our classroom as daily journals! We will be using journal prompts to practice our writing skills during morning work time. 

Happy New Year: On Monday, we celebrated the start of 2018 by doing some goal-setting. The kindergarteners thought about some goals they might have for this upcoming year at school or at home…some ideas included listening to parents/teachers, reading more, taking care of their pets, etc. We then made New Year’s headbands with our goals written on the back. 

Another Outstanding Kindergartener: When we make green (good) choices and they are noticed, Mrs. Reagan hands out OUTSTANDING awards to classes in our school.  We have quite a big collection on the wall outside of our classroom door!  Way to go! This week she gave an OUTSTANDING award to one particular kindergartener, Annie, for making awesome green choices when she “is nice, works hard, and is ready to learn”.  Congratulations, Annie!  Mrs. Reagan will be passing out more individual OUTSTANDING awards throughout the school year.  Remember….our green choices matter!  🙂


NOTES FOR PARENTS:

Take-Home Books: Thank you so much to all of the parents who signed up to be take-home book volunteers! I am so excited to begin our program! We will begin this program on Monday, January 22.  On this day the kindergarteners will bring home their Take Home Book Bags with instructions inside the bag.  If your child has already been bringing home books, this new book system will replace that bag. I will be re-assessing all of the kindergarteners before this date to get their most accurate independent reading levels.  Each student will receive a Take Home Book bag and instructions on Monday, Jan. 22.


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, January 15 – P.E., Pizza Lunch
  • Tuesday, January 16 – Music, Library Books due, Miss Hutchison will not be here – All K/1 teacher training
  • Wednesday, January 17 – Art, Homework Due
  • Thursday, January 18 – STEAM
  • Friday, January 19 – P.E. 

January 12, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Early Release TODAY

Today, Friday, January 12, is an Early Release day. We will be dismissing at 12:15 pm. Sack lunches are available if you would like your child to order one! 

January 9, 2018
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Pizza Party!!

We earned another 10 star reward today!! These kindergarteners are jumping right back into the routines of our classroom, and I’m so proud of their green choices. 

To celebrate these 10 stars (and to kick off a new start back to school after break), we are going to have a pizza party! No need to send a lunch for your child on Monday, January 15. I will provide pizza, a side snack, and drinks. The kids love getting to eat lunch in the classroom, so this is an extra special treat for them!! 

Enjoy four days without having to pack a lunch for school (this Friday’s early release, the weekend, then Monday’s pizza party)! Thanks for always encouraging green choices and for raising such sweet kindergarteners! 

January 9, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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New Classmate

We have a new classmate who joined our frog room on Monday! Her name is Anha, and she comes to our class every afternoon. English is Anha’s second language, so our class read a book called “I’m New Here” to help us understand how Anha might be feeling coming into a new place with lots of new people who don’t speak the same language that she’s used to. Our kindergarteners are doing such a great job at making her feel welcome in our classroom family!!

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