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October 21, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 8 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “yes,” “no,” “stop,” and “go.” Our color word was “orange.” We brought home orange pumpkins this week, sang a pumpkin song, learned about the parts of a pumpkin, and made an orange tiger craft to celebrate our color of the week! 

Math – We took our Unit 1 assessment this week, and our kindergarteners rocked it! They got to use special offices for privacy (which they thought was so fun), and they did their best to show all that they’ve learned so far in math. We also began Unit 2 later in the week by becoming “Five Finders.” When counting bigger numbers (6-10), we look for a group of 5 first then, we can count on to find the bigger number. 

Writing – We are now writing and tracing full sentences below our pictures! We are learning how letters, words, and punctuation all go together to make a sentence. This week, our writing pages had some words missing from the page, so we wrote them in all by ourselves!!! They are becoming such confident writers. 

Reading – Our readers are learning how to become expert storybook readers! Storybooks are books that we love SO much that we read them over and over until they’re practically memorized. 🙂 This week, we learned that storybook readers look at the pictures for clues about the words, they talk like the characters, and they make the words and pictures match when they tell stories. 

Handwriting: We continued learning how to write our lowercase letters this week with the Counterclockwise Family. We practiced writing the letters e, s on whiteboards, in the air, and in our handwriting books. 

Literacy Centers – We started something new in our classroom this week: Literacy Centers! These are Miss Hutchison’s favorite time of day! Students work independently in small groups on literacy-related tasks that are “just right” for their level. During this time, Mrs. Straub (our teacher aide) and I can work with small groups of students on specific skills. Our kindergarteners have done an AMAZING job at literacy centers so far!! 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Dallon as our Top Frog this week. Next week’s top frog is Dominic! Your child will have a chance to be our top frog soon, too. 

 

Mystery Readers – On Wednesday, Elise’s mom surprised our class and read these books to us: The Squeaky Door, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and This is a Ball. Thank you for sharing your love of reading with our classroom! 

Fifth Grade Buddies: Our fifth grade buddies stopped by our classroom this Thursday to do a super fun project with us: “Disguise a Pumpkin!” The kindergarteners had to work with their buddies to disguise a pumpkin to keep it from turning into pumpkin pie!! The kids had a blast with this activity – we had pumpkins disguised as cats, football players, superheroes, and more! Thanks to Mr. Cooley’s class for helping us with this fun activity. 🙂 

       


Notes for Parents:

  • Interested in helping with our Fall Party? Please sign-up on this sheet. Thanks in advance!
  • Pumpkin Characters are due by this Friday! Please send these in with your child this week. 🙂 

  • Please keep your child’s library book in the labeled plastic bag when returning it to school. Once we check out our books at the library, all of the books get placed into one basket, so the labeled bag is the only way we know whose book is whose. Thanks so much for your help! 🙂 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 22 – STEAM
  • Tuesday, October 23 – Music, Library, Turkey Trot 4-6 pm
  • Wednesday, October 24 – P.E.
  • Thursday, October 25 – Art
  • Friday, October 26 – STEAM, Wear Brown, Pumpkins due

October 18, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Tomorrow…

Two reminders for tomorrow:

  1. Wear ORANGE to celebrate our color word of the week!
  2. Scholastic Book Orders are due by the end of the day tomorrow. Please use this link if you’d like to order online. Our class code is R86B7. 

 

October 17, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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We Love Reading!

Here in the Frog Room, we absolutely love reading time! Genuinely, this class always asks for reader’s workshop and the chance to check out new books from our classroom and school libraries! Here are some updates and ways to include reading in your child’s home experiences, too.

  • Scholastic Book Orders: This ordering program offers very affordable (usually $1-$4) books that are brand new and perfect for your kindergartener! Plus, every order you place helps our class earn points to get more books, too. You can order online at this website, or you can order using the paper magazines I send home each month. Our class code is R86B7. October book orders are due this Friday, October 19. 

  • Class Book List: Interested in knowing what books we’re reading here at school? Miss Hutchison keeps a real-time, daily-updated list of all of the books we’ve read in our classroom throughout the year. So far, our class has read over 70 books already!! Here is a link to our book list. Maybe you’ll find some titles that you’d like to read at home, too. 🙂

  • Donors Choose Project: Donors Choose is an organization that helps public school classrooms get resources they need through the support of donors. I wrote a project proposal in the hopes of getting some leveled books for our class full of readers! If you feel inclined to donate to our project (or pass info along to others who may like to support us), please check out this link to our project site. 

  • RAZ-Kids: Our class has a set of five student iPads, and we are beginning to use these during our literacy centers each day. Our favorite app is RAZ Kids, which is purchased by our wonderful PTC. I highly encourage you to use this app with your child at home, too. This is a great way to give your child exposure to digital literacy skills at home while reading books that are on his/her specific level!Here are the steps to get started! This will take you less than 5 minutes. 🙂
    1. Download the app: Kids A-Z (also known as RAZ-Kids)

    Free Download!

     
    2. Open the app and type in the following username:

    ahutchison16

     
    3. Find your child’s name from our class list.  
    4. Your child’s password is the apple icon.  
    5. Once logged in, go to the “Level-Up” section.  
    6. Now your child can choose any of the stories on the app to listen to, read independently, then answer comprehension questions.  

    I’m sure it won’t take long for your kindergartener to be self-sufficient with this app! Your child will be growing as an independent reader in no time. 🙂

October 14, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 7 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “me,” “be,” “we,” and “will.” Our color words were “black” and “white.” We made a black and white panda bear craft by painting with forks and practiced writing and finding our popcorn words throughout the week. 

 

Math – We wrapped up our Unit 1 learning this week by practicing our shapes (square, rectangle, circle, triangle) and numbers (both counting and writing them). Next week, we will take our Unit 1 assessment! 

  

Writing – We are now writing and tracing full sentences below our pictures! We are learning how letters, words, and punctuation all go together to make a sentence. This week, we wrote about each of our specials classes. We turned our writing into books for the specials teachers, which they LOVED!  

Reading – This week, we added a new tool to our book boxes: reading mats! We use the reading mats to help us make sure we read all of the books in our book boxes….another great way to foster independence for these little learners. We also learned about three ways to explore a book: (1) tell a story from the pictures, (2) tell a familiar story you already know, and (3) read the words.

 

Handwriting: We continued learning how to write our lowercase letters this week with the Counterclockwise Family. We practiced writing the letters c, f, a, d on whiteboards, in the air, and in our handwriting books. 

Flexible Seating – The kindergarteners came into school on Monday and had a big surprise in store….no more chairs!! Miss Hutchison lowered two of the tables and replaced all of the chairs in our classroom with flexible seating options. We now have wobble stools, padded frog stools, scoop rockers, and wobble discs. Students will rotate to a different type of seat each week. Our kinders love to move, so I’m excited to be able to encourage this movement throughout the day with our new flexible seats. 🙂 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Quinn as our Top Frog this week. Next week’s top frog is Dallon! Your child will have a chance to be our top frog soon, too. 

Mystery Readers – On Wednesday, Elise’s grandma surprised our class and read these books to us: Little Elliot, Big City and Not a Box. She also brought along some fun coloring pages and activities for us to do on the rainy afternoon! Thank you for sharing your love of reading with our classroom! 

Crazy Hair Day: Our next 10 Star Reward is Crazy Hair Day! We will be celebrating with crazy hair tomorrow, Monday, October 15th!


Notes for Parents:

  • Interested in helping with our Fall Party? Please sign-up on this sheet. Thanks in advance!
  • Keep an eye out for a pumpkin like this to be coming home with your child this week! More info on this will come soon. 🙂 

  • Please keep your child’s library book in the labeled plastic bag when returning it to school. Once we check out our books at the library, all of the books get placed into one basket, so the labeled bag is the only way we know whose book is whose. Thanks so much for your help! 🙂 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 15 – Art
  • Tuesday, October 16 – STEAM, Library
  • Wednesday, October 17 – Music
  • Thursday, October 18 – P.E.
  • Friday, October 19 – Art, Wear Orange

October 14, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Fall Party Change & Help

The timeframe for our Fall Party has changed! Our party will now be held on Wednesday, October 31 from 10:30-11:30 am, with a kindergarten parade before the party at 10:15 am. (Multiple other grade levels are having their parties in the afternoon, and we didn’t want to limit any parent volunteers or party-goers!)

We are looking for a few more volunteers to lead stations or donate snacks/supplies for our party. If you are willing or able to help in any way, please sign up on this Sign-Up Sheet. Even if you can’t attend the party, donating supplies for the stations would be incredibly helpful, too! 

Thank you for your support! 🙂

October 14, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Crazy Hair Day!

We did it again! Our amazing kindergarteners earned another 10 stars for positive choices, which means we get another party! Our class voted to have a CRAZY HAIR DAY on MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th (tomorrow)! I can’t wait to see all of their crazy hair. 🙂

October 11, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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TOMORROW

Don’t forget to have your kindergartener wear black and white tomorrow! Those are our colors from this week. 

Also, tomorrow is an EARLY RELEASE DAY. Dismissal is at 12:15 pm. Please let me know if you would like your child to order a sack lunch, either via email or a note in their frog folder.

Have a great weekend!

October 7, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Week 6 Highlights

OUR LEARNING:

Popcorn Words – Our popcorn words this week were “to,” “do,” “you,” and “purple.” We wore purple, made a “purple people eater” craft (just like the song!), and practiced writing and finding our popcorn words throughout the week. September’s popcorn word flashcards and mini-books came home with your child on Monday – these are great tools for practicing sight words at home!!

Math – We have had lots of time to practice writing our numbers this week! This is a tricky skill for many kindergarteners, and one that I encourage you to practice at home (on dry erase boards, with crayons/markers, or with pencil and paper). We also began telling addition and subtraction stories with pictures. For example: “There were 5 cows; 2 cows walked away, so now only 3 cows are left.”

 

Writing – We are now writing and tracing full sentences below our pictures! These kindergarteners are amazing!!! We are learning how letters, words, and punctuation all go together to make a sentence. This week, we wrote about our fire safety visit, purple day, and 

Reading – We learned all about reader’s workshop this week. During reader’s workshop time, kindergarteners read independently (“back to back”) and with partners (“elbow to elbow & knee to knee”). Our class LOVES reading time, and students even got to go book-shopping to pick some “good fit” books to add to their book boxes. We also learned about the parts of a book, including the title page, front & back covers, and the author & illustrator. 

 

Handwriting: We began learning how to write our lowercase letters this week with the Straight Line Family. We practiced writing the letters l, t, & i on whiteboards, in the air, and in our handwriting books. 

Fire Safety Visit – On Wednesday, our class had a special visit from three Georgetown Twp firefighters! They taught us all about fire safety: calling 911, checking smoke detectors, stop-drop-and-roll, and how to yell for help if you’re stuck in a fire. We also got to check out all of the parts of their uniform, and we explored the different tools and compartments on the fire engine. Our class had a blast!!! Thank you to our firefighters for being so kind and generous in visiting with us. 

 

 


CELEBRATIONS:

Top Frog – We loved having Evan as our Top Frog this week. Next week’s top frog is Quinn! Your child will have a chance to be our top frog soon, too. 

Mystery Readers – On Wednesday, Miyah’s grandma surprised our class and read these books to us: The Itchy-Saurus and No, David! Thank you for sharing your love of reading with our classroom! 

Walk-a-thon: The rain didn’t stop us from having fun for our annual walk-a-thon on Friday! We did some 80s-themed Zumba dancing, walked the hallways of our school, and had a dance party in our classroom. As a reminder, all walk-a-thon donations are due by Monday, October 8. 

   


Notes for Parents:

  • Remember to send in two snacks with your kindergartener each day. We have hungry bellies, and these snacks give us energy to keep learning! 
  • Please keep your child’s library book in the labeled plastic bag when returning it to school. Once we check out our books at the library, all of the books get placed into one basket, so the labeled bag is the only way we know whose book is whose. Thanks so much for your help! 🙂 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 8 – Art, walk-a-thon donations due
  • Tuesday, October 9 – STEAM, Library
  • Wednesday, October 10 – Music
  • Thursday, October 11 – P.E.
  • Friday, October 12 – P.E., Early Release @ 12:15 pm, Wear Black & White

October 4, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Walk-a-thon TOMORROW!

Tomorrow, Friday, October 5 will be our Georgetown Elementary Walk-a-thon!!  It is our ONLY fundraiser for Georgetown Elementary.  Money raised helps us go on field trips, buy books, family events, playground equipment and popcorn days.  Each student that raises $30 will receive a Hudsonville Eagles water bottle.  Top Earners for the school will win a Bowling Party with Mrs. Reagan.  Top Earners for each grade will receive a pizza lunch with Mrs. Reagan.  Top Earning class will win a Limo Ride and lunch to Pizza Ranch!!  Everyone who donates is entered into a drawing for prizes.  It is a fun time for the students to participate in a walk outside together as well. 

Be sure to dress your child in comfy shoes!  We will be enjoying some time outside walking from 9:45-10:30 a.m.  You are welcome to come join us behind our school on the Georgetown “track”, located by our 2/3 playground.  Just walk around the building and join the fun.  No need to check into the office!

Our theme of our walk-a-thon this year is “Lovin’ the 80’s”.  Your kindergartener can dress in 80’s style clothes or wear our school colors, Blue & Gold!  🙂

Also, all donation money is due Monday, October 8.  Remember, this is our school’s ONLY fundraiser.  If you have ANY questions please feel free to email me (ahutchi@hpseagles.net).

October 3, 2018
by Miss Hutchison
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Purple & 80’s

We will be wearing purple tomorrow (Thursday) to celebrate our color this week.


ALSO…Our Walk-a-thon fundraiser is this Friday, October 5. Our theme this year is the 80’s, so find all of those neon shirts, scrunchies, and cool sneakers to dress up for our walk-a-thon on Friday! Don’t forget to turn in any walk-a-thon donations by Monday, October 8. This is our ONLY fundraiser of the year, so you’re support is incredibly beneficial! 

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