Friday, January 11, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER:

Welcome to winter! The cold weather finally arrived, left us and will be back again next week.  With this strange weather has come coats, hats, scarves and mittens one day and a jacket the next.  Please, please, please mark your child’s coat with his/her name or initials.  If we ever send home the wrong coat or jacket with your child please return it to us.

Please make sure that your child brings a coat to school every day. It has not usually hit the high temperature for the day when we go out for recess and our playground is like a wind tunnel so there is always a cold breeze blowing.

A copy of your inclement weather form is being sent home to you today. Please look it over and make changes if needed and return the form.  I will assume that no changes were needed if you do not return the form to me. Remember that we will do the best that we can to contact you but if we are unable we will release your child in the manner in which you have told us.

 100th Day of School:  We will celebrate the 100th day of school on January 17th. We will discuss, count, read and write about the 100th day of school.

REPORT CARDS: Please sign and return the envelope that your child’s report card came home in. I will need it to send the next report card home.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  We have been working on rhyming this week. To teach students about rhyming we use word families. We have learned words in the “an” and “at” word families this week. We will be creating words that belong to the “ad” and “ag” family. We will continue to work on our current writing unit next week. We are learning about narrative writing. This genre includes learning how to write about one moment in our lives. We will continue with this unit until the end of this nine week period.  Please continue to work on sight words at home. Knowing these sight words helps your child to become a better reader and writer. Students will need to know 50 sight words by the end of this third nine week period.

MATH: We have been working on the symbols for greater than and less than this week. We will decompose numbers to 10 next week and celebrate the 100th day of school.

INTEGRATED STUDIES:  We have been working on a unit about winter and being a good citizen this week. We will start on a unit about germs next week.

 

Friday, December 14, 2018

FROM THE TEACHER:

It is hard to believe that the second nine weeks will be over next Friday and we will be at the half way point of the school year. Report cards will now be sent home on January 7th.  Please remember that school does not start again for students until January 7th, because January 3rd and 4th are staff development days for teachers. You will not receive a newsletter next week so this will be my last newsletter in 2018.

Just a reminder that Thursday and Friday next week are early release days.

We will have our holiday party on Friday, December 20. We don’t have a traditional party in our class as this often proves too much for the students. The children will be going to different centers that all contain crafts or snacks that have to do with winter holidays. We will share a treat and a drink and watch a movie to end our party. Our special thanks to our room mom’s Mrs Jarvis and Mrs. Gunn who will be putting it all together.

Next Friday is pajama day here at Pitner. Please make sure that your child wears or has regular shoes in their book bag since we have PE on that day.

We will be working on a unit built around the book/movie Polar Express next week. We will watch the movie and do activities based on the story.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We spent a great deal of this week reviewing what we have learned and completing assessments for the upcoming report card. Please continue to work on sight words at home. Students will need to know 50 sight words by the end of the third nine week period.

MATH: We have continued to work on number review this week. We will review numbers to 20 next week. We will start the New Year comparing numbers.

INTEGRATED STUDIES:  We completed our holiday and our gingerbread unit this week. We will start on a unit about winter when we return. We will use our geometry skills to build a snowman and make snowflakes.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Ms. Palmer

 

 

Friday, December 7, 2018

NEWS FROM ROOM 105

We have 2 weeks left until the winter break and the children are really looking forward to their upcoming vacation. Thank you to all of the parents who have sent us notes letting us know when you child has had a late night. It is so much easier to work with your child when we know that they are tired.

Thank you to Blake’s mom and Carly and Dean’s mom for sending emergency snack for us to keep for those days children forget their snack.

We will have our holiday party on Thursday, December 20th. We don’t have a traditional party in our class as this often proves too much for the students. The children will be going to different centers that all contain crafts or snacks that have to do with winter holidays. We will end our rotation eating our decorated cookie, drinking a juice box and watching a movie.

We will start working on a unit about celebrations around the world next week. The students will rotate to a different kindergarten classroom on 4 days next week and 3 the next week. They will learn about celebrations in Australia, Russia, Mexico and Netherlands, England, Israel and USA next week.  Students have a passport that gets a sticker or stamp at each classroom. Have them show you their passport when it comes home next Friday.

The cold weather finally arrived and with it coats, hats, scarves and mittens are being worn. Please, please, please mark your child’s coat with his/her name or initials.  We have a very strict rule that when students wish to remove their coat on the playground they must bring their coat to one of us. This lets us help them make the decision to take off their coat depending on the weather outside and ensures that we don’t have to go back to the playground to collect a forgotten coat. If your child is missing a coat please let us know and we will go on a search for the coat with them.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

We have started Narrative writing this week. During this writing genre students get the opportunity to write about big and little events in their lives. During readers workshop we have been working on the different ways we can learn about the patterns that help us when we are reading a book.  This gives the students skills to increase their reading abilities.  Please continue to work on sight words at home.  Students need to know 50 sight words by the end of the third nine week period and 75 by the end of the school year.

MATH:

We have been working on the concept of greater than and less than this week. We will review the math that we have learned throughout the first two quarters from not until the break.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer

 

Monday, December 3, 2018

News From Room 105

FROM THE TEACHER: We have 3 weeks left until the winter break and we will be in high gear as we try to finish up the academic requirements needed before this nine week session ends. We will have our holiday party on Thursday, December 20th. The children will be going to different centers that all contain crafts or snacks that have to do with holidays, winter and gingerbread.

I AM IN NEED OF A BOX OF GOLDFISH TO USE AS EMERGANCY SNACK FOR CHILDREN WHO FORGET THEIR SNACK AT HOME.

 HOLIDAY BASKET: Please contribute for our holiday raffle basket. Our theme is holiday baking this year. If you are not able to make a monetary donation please consider buying a small treat for us to put in the basket. Items that would be great would be cake, muffin, brownie or cookie mix, frosting, sprinkles, chocolate chips, measuring cups, measuring spoons, pot holders, cake pans, cookie sheets and muffin tins or anything else that relates to baking.

COATS, HATS AND MITTENS: The cold weather finally arrived and with it coats, hats, scarves and mittens are being worn. Please, please, please mark your child’s coat with his/her name or initials.  If your child is missing a jacket please let us know. If we ever send home the wrong coat or jacket with your child please return it to us.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We have been working very hard on our writing during writer’s workshop. By chance I read a book about narwhals on Monday and the children were so eager to learn about them that we chose them as our topic for this week’s writing. We will change our writing from informational to narrative next week. This is when a child learns to write about their life and the people, places and things around them We completed our letters this week and will move on the rhyming words until the holiday break.  During readers workshop we have been working on patterns in reading. Please continue to work on sight words at home.  Students will need to know 25 sight words by the end of the second nine week period.

MATH: We have been working on greater than and less than this week. We are learning how to count two groups of objects and tell which groups has the most and which group has the least. We also look at equal group settings. We will continue to work on this concept next week.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We have been learning about motion this week. We have discussed what move and what can can’t as well as what things we can move and things that we cannot. We have also completed an experiment to see which direction certain objects will move.


 

Friday, November 16, 2018

FROM THE TEACHER:

Thanks you to all of the parents who donated for our Thanksgiving snack feast. The students had a wonderful time sharing their snack with their friends from the other Kindergarten classes.

The holiday season will be here the week we return to school. For many children this is a very special time of the year and everyone has their own way to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Please remind your child to respect the beliefs of others.  If you have a certain holiday tradition and would be willing to share with us please let me know.

Holiday Basket:

Please contribute for our holiday raffle basket. Our theme is holiday baking this year. If you are not able to make a monetary donation please consider buying a small treat for us to put in the basket. Items that would be great would be cake, muffin, brownie or cookie mix, frosting, sprinkles, chocolate chips, measuring cups, measuring spoons, pot holders, cake pans, cookie sheets and muffin tins or anything else that relates to baking.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving break

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer

Friday, November 9, 2018

News From Room 105

FROM THE TEACHER: This week flew by and I am sure next week will do the same. We have a lot to complete during the 2nd nine weeks of school. We have been reading about Thanksgiving, writing about owls and learning about Veterans Day.

PROGRESS REPORTS: Progress reports will be sent home on the 16th. Please look over the report, sign the white copy and return to it me.

Friday is spirit day at Pitner. Please have your child wear their red class t-shirt on Fridays.

Congratulations to Molly for reaching the top of the sight word rainbow and to Blake for reaching for the stars and learning 100 sight words.

THANKSGIVING SNACK FEAST: A reminder that your donations for our snack feast is due on Wednesday next week. We ask for them a day early so that we make sure that we have enough supplies. The students in our class will represent the Native Americans and Pilgrims at our feast.  Please do not go out and purchase any special clothing for your child if they don’t have it.

 LANGUAGE ARTS: We continued to work on our phonics skills this week. We learned about the letter K and L. We practiced writing the letter and how it looks and sounds at the beginning of words. We also worked on sorting letters and pictures.  During readers workshop we have been learning about nonfiction or informational books.  We have been reading about Owls and Thanksgiving this week and learning to look for facts and details in nonfiction books. Please continue to work on sight words at home.  Students will need to know 25 sight words by the end of the second nine week period.

 MATH: We have been working on measurement this week. We will reviewing our numbers 1 – 20 next week and moving on to more and less after the break.

INTEGRATED STUDIES:  We have learned about Veteran’s Day this week.  We have also been working on a unit about Thanksgiving then and now. We will continue with this unit through the next week of school.

 

Friday, November 2, 2018

   News From Room 105

This week flew by and I am sure the next two weeks will do the same. We had a great time this past week learning about pumpkins and gourds. We read a story called Pumpkin Jack, a pumpkin who is left to decompose outside and grow new pumpkins next year. We placed a large gourd on the ground outside our window so that we can watch it decompose. The cool weather is supposed to be back next week and bring us more fall. Just a reminder to parents that unless it is raining we go outside every day. Please make sure that your child comes to school with proper outerwear so that they are able to get out and run around during recess.

Congratulations to all of the students who turned in their reading log. They got to go to the cafeteria to have an ice pop. A new log has been sent for November. You can read 15 books to your child or have them read 15 books over the month of November.

We are in need of magazines or grocery store ads that have food pictures. If you have any to donate we would greatly appreciate it.

REMINDER:

Tuesday November 6th is a teacher work day and there will be no school for the students due to voting.

PROGRESS REPORTS: Progress reports will be sent home on the 16th. This will give you a peek at where your child is mid-way through this nine week grading period.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We continued to work on our phonics skills this week. We learned about the letters F and D this week. We practiced writing the letters and how it looks and sounds at the beginning of words. We also worked on sorting letters and pictures.  During readers workshop we have been learning about nonfiction or informational books. Our focus in writing has also been nonfiction and we will be learning and writing about owls next week. Please continue to work on sight words at home.  Students will need to know 25 sight words by the end of the second nine week period.

MATH: We have been reviewing our numbers 11 – 20 this week. We will start a unit on measurement next week.

INTEGRATED STUDIES:  We have been working on a unit about night and day this week as well as where we live. We will learn about Veteran’s Day next week.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer