Monday, October 16, 2017


Week of October 16-20, 2017
The students really enjoyed dressing up to show their school spirit this week. Friday concluded with our red, white, and blue/ Spartan pride!


Reading:  We have completed the first Unit in our Reading Series. “Look at Us” is the Title of Unit 2. Each week we will discuss how plants and animals are unique. “Flowers” is the first story. This nonfiction book explains variations of flowers and labels their parts. We will use the compare and contrast skill to make connections between two subjects in a text. Nouns for more than one are presented in the story. The amazing words unveiled are: seeds, buds, bloom, fruits, stem, and petals. Sight words to focus on are: have and is.

PhonicsAa is the letter to concentrate on. Words with the initial and medial /a/ sound will be taught (example: alligator, mat). The long /a/ sound will also be presented (example: ate, same). Segmenting (breaking apart words into sounds), blending (combining sounds to read words), rhyming, and syllables are constantly being taught. Please practice these skills at home.

Math:  Topic 16 will begin this week. This topic teaches Analyzing, Comparing, and Composing Shapes. Lessons will include objects that are the same size and same shape, making shapes from other shapes, comparing solid figures, and building with solid figures.

Reminders:

-The school-wide book fair will take place on Monday evening in the library from 4:00-7:00pm. Our class buying day is Thursday, October 19th. Please remember to label envelopes before sending money to school.

-Our class trip to Rohrbach’s Farm will take place on Friday. This is also a $1.00 dress down day. Therefore, children are permitted to wear jeans or sweatpants for their donation. Hopefully the field trip shirts will arrive before our trip. Otherwise, students are encouraged to wear a Spartan shirt if possible.

-Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Please check your calendar for dress themes.

-The Halloween Parade will take place on Friday, October 27th at 2:00pm in the High School Stadium.

-We are collecting money for parties that will take place throughout the year. Please send in your $5.00 if you have not contributed yet.

-It is very important to practice sight words daily. This repetition will help your child learn the 96 required sight words, leading them to become a more fluent reader. Counting to 100 is another important skill to practice!

Have an amazing week!  

~ Mrs. Green 

Monday, October 9, 2017


Week of October 10-13, 2017

We had a wonderful time at the Fall Festival on Friday. It was a great opportunity for the students and I to share some social time together. I appreciate your contributions that helped make this day a big success. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made our day so enjoyable!




This week’s Reading story is called “Dig, Dig, Digging.” It is a concept book that will explore how vehicles. We will learn that vehicles are machines that can do many different jobs in order to get work done. To build comprehension, we will classify and categorize information in a story. As we read, we will learn that nouns can be places and things.  The amazing words for the week are: scooping, swooshing, squelching, gobbling, spinning, and rumbling. We are still working on the sight words: a and to.



Our Phonics letter of the week is Tt. We will focus on the initial and final /t/ sound, as in turtle. We are also continuing to practice syllables, rhyming, letter sounds, and blending.



Math: Topic 15 (The location and position of shapes) will conclude this week. Please review the 2D shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon; along with the 3D shapes: cylinder, cone, sphere, cube. Try to use positional words at home with your child such as: above/on/below, inside/outside, in front of/behind, and most importantly left/right.



Reminders:

-Wednesday, October 11th is a two-hour data delay. These are now rotation days. (The students will have special).

-Thursday, October 12th is picture re-take day.

-Scholastic book orders are due on Thursday, 10/12.

-This is homecoming week. The students are encouraged to participate in themed days throughout the week, ending with a Pep Rally on Friday. (Please refer to the letter that was sent home on Friday.) These events help build Spartan Spirit. This spirit creates a positive attitude that inspires students to try their best.

-As always, continue to practice letter names and their sounds along with sight words daily.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and have a terrific week!   

~Mrs. Green










Monday, October 2, 2017


Week of October 2-6, 2017
Reading: The title of this week’s story is “Smash! Crash!”  The characters in this fantasy are vehicles that interact with each other. This selection will encourage students to discuss activities they do with their friends. Nouns will be introduced this week. The amazing words presented are: signals, dud, proper, pirates, perfect, and fabulous. New sight words will be taught: a and to.

 Phonics: We are beginning to focus on individual letters and sounds. The first sound we will learn is /m/, which is made by letter Mm. We will practice initial sounds, ending sounds, blending, and discriminating words that contain the same sound.
Math: Topic 15 will start this week. This unit teaches concepts related to the position and location of shapes. We will use words such as inside/outside, above; below, and on; in front of/behind; and left/right.

Reminders:
-Please remember to check folders daily. The “return” items should be sent back promptly. The “Keep” items should be removed from the folder immediately. (Extra papers that are left in folders cause confusion when trying to organize ourselves). Review the schoolwork with your child to reinforce the concepts.
-It is important to practice sight words daily. Many students are advancing quickly. These students are seeing the benefits of knowing the words. They feel more confident when participating in reading activities containing their sight words.
-Continue to review your child’s 5 digit number if they do not remember it yet.  This is an important tracking number for school information.
-The PTO will be hosting a Fall Festival for Kindergarten on Thursday, October 5th. An individual $3.00 donation was requested in order to provide a fun-filled day for your child. Please send in your donation if you have not already done so. Thank you for the donations we have received!
Have a marvelous week!
~ Mrs. Green


Sunday, September 24, 2017


Week of September 25, 2017


Reading: “Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip” is our new story. This story is used to discuss how people in a community cooperate. In order to build comprehension, we will learn how to classify and categorize. This will help us understand how things are alike in a story.  This week’s Amazing Words are: bakery, park, library, fire station, post office, and chaperone. We will be reading the sight words: I, am, at, the, little, yes, and no.
Phonics: We are focusing on beginning sounds in words this week. We will also keep practicing breaking words apart into syllables, as well as blending syllables to make words. Rhyming is being taught daily. The letters of the week are: Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, and Zz.
Math: Please review the 2D shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon; along with the 3D shapes: cylinder, cone, sphere, cube. Topic 14 will be tested this week. Students will need to identify these shapes. They will also need to determine what shape is found on the flat surface of a 3D shape.  The next topic in math will teach the location and position of shapes.
Science: We will discuss how we observe things to learn about the world around us. We will be observing apples for the start of fall.

Reminders:
- Please remember to check your child’s folder EVERY night
- Sight words should be practiced daily.  Also practice letter names and sounds.
- September reading logs (from the book buddy pocket of your child’s folder) are due Friday, September 29th. 15 books are the goal!
- October 5th will be the Fall Festival. Please send in your $3.00 donation ASAP if you have not done so. Thank you to those who already contributed!
- Monday is Day 9 on the rotation schedule. 
Have a wonderful week!

~ Mrs. Green
























Monday, September 18, 2017


Week of September 18-22, 2017


 “Plaidypus Lost” is our Reading story for the week.  This is a fictional story that discusses how families cooperate. Comprehension will be taught using the early literacy skill of sequencing. This skill helps us determine the order in which things happen in a story. Our “Amazing Words” for the week are: platypus, around, lost, found, market, and groceries. The new sight words taught will be the and little. Letter  recognition will include: Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, and Ss. Phonics will focus on initial sounds and sound discrimination.

Topic 14 will be continued in Math. We are identifying and describing shapes. Our focus will be on rectangles, squares, circles, triangles, and hexagons. Knowing these shapes will lead us to learn about solid figures (cone, cylinder, sphere, cube) and flat surfaces.



Reminders:

-Please remember to check folders daily. The “return” items should be sent back promptly. The “Keep” items should be removed from the folder immediately. (Extra papers that are left cause confusion when trying to organize ourselves). Review the schoolwork with your child to reinforce the concepts.

-Please practice sight words daily. Repetition leads to mastery!

-Continue to review your child’s 5 digit number. This is an important tracking number for school information.

-The PTO will be hosting a Fall Festival for Kindergarten on Thursday, October 5th. An individual $3.00 donation will be appreciated in order to provide a fun-filled day for your child. Please send in your donation if you have not already done so.

-There will be a meeting for those interested in helping out with the Fall Festival on Tuesday, September 19th. It will take place at the Chill Out restaurant beginning at 6:30pm.

Thanks for your cooperation. Have a great week!    
~ Mrs. Green

Monday, September 11, 2017


Week of September 11-15, 2017

Congratulations to you and your child! You have made it through the hardest part of kindergarten. The first two weeks can be tough when transitioning into the school setting. Everyone seems to be handling the adjustment well. The children are becoming more familiar with the rules and procedures. I am pleased with their progress!
     The title of this week’s Reading story is “We Are So Proud.” It is a fictional story that will discuss how children work and play together. The comprehension skill that will be introduced is setting (the time and place of a story). The amazing words in the story are: proud, cooperation, float, preparation, creation, and guide. The sight words we are working on are I, am, a, to, the.

  The Phonics skill to focus on will be syllables (word parts). This skill is introduced by clapping out parts of a word.  We will also visit the letters: Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll, Mm, and Nn.
     In Math we will continue to sort, classify, and categorize data. Our test will consist of identifying same/different, comparing and sorting objects according to their attributes (color, size, shape, kind), and graphing objects in order to answer questions. After Topic 13 is assessed, we will move on to Topic 14. These lessons will teach the students how to identify and describe shapes. We will start with rectangles, squares, and circles. 
Reminders:

~ School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 12th. All students will be photographed and required to follow the school dress code. If you choose to purchase a package, payments are due by Tuesday morning.

~ Wednesday, September 13th is a Data Delay. There will be no special class.

~ Students are permitted to donate $1.00 for a Spartan Dress Down Day on Friday, September 15th.

~ The Fall Festival Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 19th.

~ Please remember to check your child’s folder EVERY day. Remove the “left at home” items. Review the concepts that were taught. Check the “right back to school” items. This side of the folder contains papers that should be returned promptly. When sending a note or paperwork to school, please place it in the “return” side of the folder.

~ Please continue a daily review of list 1 sight words found in your child’s folder. There will be an assessment on these words during the week.

~ Continue to practice your child’s 5-digit number. They use this daily in the cafeteria. It is also used to log in to computers and check out library books.  

This week’s specials:  Monday- Music        Tuesday- Guidance       Thursday- Gym        Friday- Art

 I appreciate your support. Have a great week!   
 ~ Mrs. Green







Monday, September 4, 2017


Week of September 5-8, 2017

We had a terrific first week of kindergarten! These first few weeks are a huge transition for your child. It takes some time to learn the rules and procedures in our structured environment. The students are doing a wonderful job. We have an exciting year ahead!



We began Reading with the story, “The Little School Bus.” The children are enjoying the silly rhyming words in this animal fantasy. The animals in the story are used to introduce the concept of characters. There are six “amazing words” that accompany this story: first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth. The first sight words to focus on are: I and am. We will take a closer look at the alphabet letters Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, and Ee this week.



In Math we are sorting, classifying, and categorizing data in Topic 13. The children are enjoying working together in small groups to sort objects according to size, shape, and color.



Reminders:

° Please remember to check your child’s folder EVERY day. Remove the “left at home” items and review the concepts that were taught. Check for the “right back to school” items. This side of the folder often contains important papers. Please return them promptly.

° Hooray! Everyone returned the beginning forms that were sent home. Thank you for being so prompt!

° Your child should continue to wear his/her bus tag to school. This helps to avoid confusion and keeps everyone moving in the right direction during the first few weeks in this new environment.

° It is very important for your child to learn his/her 5-digit number. Keep practicing this daily. Great job to those students who already know their number!

° School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 12th. All students will be photographed and required to follow the school dress code. If you choose to purchase a package, please send payments by Monday, September 11th in the envelopes that were provided in your child’s folder.



Thank you for your cooperation and have a wonderful week!

~Mrs. Green