NEWS FROM ROOM 105
FROM THE TEACHER
September will arrive tomorrow and we have completed the first 5 weeks of school. Let’s hope that the weather knows it is September and that cooler days are in our future. I do make sure that the children drink lots of water and that we rest in the cool of our classroom for a few minutes after recess.
Progress Reports will be sent out next Wednesday. Progress Reports are sent out half way through each quarter. This gives you a brief look at how your child is doing in school. The standards that are listed will be on the report card that you will get in October so if your child needs to work on any of the elements we will do so in the classroom and ask that you do so at home.
Thank you to all of the parents who contributed to our Goods and Services Fair that was held today. The children had a wonderful time buying goods like popcorn, cookies and toys and receiving services like having their nails painted, visiting the jumpy, and having a foot massage.
LANGUAGE ARTS: We are currently working on our Zoophonics unit. We have learned the sounds for the letters a – v in the past month and will continue learning a letter a day until we reach z. We will have a Zoophonics parade here at Pitner in October to celebrate the completion of the unit. I will send home more information about the parade in a couple of weeks.
Your child will be responsible for learning 75 sight words this year. We have already begun to work on the first 10 words. The first 10 words are: I go so we be a be see it is. We will continue to work on the blue words for another week and then start on the green words.
MATH: We continued to work on our numbers from 0 – 10 this week. We will start a unit on shapes next week. Students will need to be able to count to 50 by the end of the first nine weeks and to 100 by the end of the year. We work on counting every day in our classroom. Please help your child count at home.
INTEGRATED STUDIES: We continued to work on our unit about Community Helpers this week. The students had a great time creating a list of people in our community who help us. We will start a new unit next week on maps and globes. Students will learn the difference between a map and a globe, what a compass rose is and what continent and country we live in. We will revisit this area of study numerous times throughout the year. The goal is for your child to understand that the world is a big place and that their home is a very small part of it. They will also need to learn their address by the end of the year.
NEWS FROM ROOM 105
FROM THE TEACHER: It seems that the hot hot days of summer are starting to wane a bit and the weather is just a bit cooler when we go out for recess. I eagerly await the end of summer and the beginning of fall every year as it is my favorite season.
To help me gage if posting my newsletter on the blog is working I am asking you to have your child write his or her name on the post-it note that is in the front of their folder. When they bring their post-it note back to school they will get to visit the treasure chest.
If you are available next Friday we sure could use a few parents to help us with our Goods and Services Fair. We would need help from 12:30 – 2:00. Please let us know if you are available.
FIELD TRIPS: As part of our study of community helpers will be going on a field trip to Publix on September 5th. We will walk to Publix and take a tour of the store. We will then be making a quick stop into the Chase bank to visit with another of our community members. If you are available we are in need of one or two more chaperones.
KINDERGARTEN T-SHIRT: You still have the opportunity to purchase a kindergarten t-shirt until August 30th. We wear our shirts on spirit Fridays as well as on field trips and special events. The cost of the shirt is $6.00. If you need a new order form please put a note in your child’s folder.
LANGUAGE ARTS: We are still working on our Zoophonics unit. We have learned the sounds for the letters a – q in the past four weeks and will continue learning a letter a day until we reach z. When we complete our Zoophonics unit we will begin at the beginning of the alphabet and spend more time on each letter.
MATH: We are currently working on our numbers 0 – 10. The students will learn the number, the number word and how to count with one to one correspondence. We will continue to work on this unit next week by counting everything in sight and writing the numbers. Students will need to be able to count to 50 by the end of the first nine weeks. You can help by having them practice this skill at home.
INTEGRATED STUDIES: This week we have been working on a unit about community helpers. We will learn more about goods and services as we continue with our community helpers unit next week. After Labor Day we will start a unit about maps and globes. This will be the beginning of a yearlong unit on where we live. We teach a little every nine weeks to help students learn their continent, country, county, city, and street address.
FROM THE TEACHER: We have been in school for 13 days now and we are settling in nicely. We have been lucky with the weather this week and have been able to go out to the playground every day. It looks like we may have some more rain next week and have to stay inside during recess.
You are now welcome to come and have lunch in the cafeteria with your child if you would like to. On Fridays we eat lunch in our classroom and watch a movie as a reward for a good week. You are welcome to eat with your child in the cafeteria or in our room if you choose to come on Fridays.
ICE CREAM: Just a reminder that Kindergarten students are allowed to purchase ice cream on Friday’s with parent permission. Ice Cream is $1.00. Your child must have money in their account or you must send in the correct amount on Fridays for them to be able to purchase the ice cream.
JACKETS AND SWEATERS: It is quite chilly in our classroom in the mornings. You may want to send your child with a jacket or sweater to wear here at school. Please remember to mark it with their name.
LANGUAGE ARTS: We are still working on our Zoophonics unit. We have learned the sounds for the letters a – l in the past few weeks and will continue learning a letter a day until we reach z. When we complete our Zoophonics unit we will begin at the beginning of the alphabet and spend more time on each letter.
MATH: We are currently working on our numbers 0 – 10. The students will learn the number, the number word and how to count with one to one correspondence. We will continue to work on this unit next week. We also participate in number talks each day to help the students better understand how numbers work. Students will need to be able to count to 50 by the end of the first nine weeks. You can help by having them practice this skill at home.
INTEGRATED STUDIES: This week we have been working on a unit about the American flag, the Georgia flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Next week we will start a unit about community helpers.
Have a great weekend
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer
FROM THE TEACHER
Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Open House this week. If you were unable to attend and would like some more information on the who’s what’s and where’s of our classroom please feel free to set up a meeting with me to go over the information.
We are still learning the rules here in our classroom and our new routine. Please remember that we are a class of 16 students and some adjustment time may be needed for your child to learn how to behave in the elementary school setting.
ICE CREAM: Please read the 1/2 sheet of paper in your child’s folder about ice cream. Students are allowed to purchase ice cream in the cafeteria on Fridays. In order to do this you must sign the paper and return it. Also your child must have enough money on their account to pay for all purchases. If you owe money on your lunch account and you send in a dollar for ice cream the money will have to go towards the money owed and your child will not be able to buy their ice cream.
BIRTHDAYS ; We know that some parents like to share their child’s birthday with their school friends. You are welcome to bring in pudding cups, cookies, ice cream or fruit snacks for our class to share during snack time. Please be aware that we are a no cupcake or cake school. Publix donates cupcakes once a month for the children who are celebrating their birthday during that month.
PICTURE DAY ; Picture day for Kindergarten is Tuesday, August 21. All children will have their picture taken to be used in the Year Book. If you wish to purchase pictures an order form will be sent home next week.
LANGUAGE ARTS: We are currently working on our Zoophonics unit. We have learned the sounds for the letters a – g in the past two weeks and will continue learning a letter a day until we reach z. When we complete our Zoophonics unit we will begin at the beginning of the alphabet and spend more time on each letter. Your child will be responsible for learning 75 of the list of 100 sight words that have been given to us by the county. We will begin working on the first 5 words next week. The first 5 words are: I, go, we, a, see. We will put a copy of the list in the back of your child’s orange folder as soon as we are able.
MATH: We are currently working on numbers to 10. The students will learn to recognize and write the number as well as learning how to count that number of objects and label them. We will continue to work on our numbers to 10 for the next 2 weeks.
INTEGRATED STUDIES: This week we have been working on school rules and colors. Next week we will start a unit on The Pledge of Allegiance, the American flag and Georgia flags.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer
Please come learn about your child’s class (Room 105) at Open House Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. We will begin with a PTSA meeting in the cafeteria from 6:00 to 6:15. There are 2 open house sessions. Session 1 is from 6:20-6:50 and session 2 is from 7:00-7:30. Open House is a time for the teacher to discuss various important topics about kindergarten. It is encouraged that only parents attend however, if you are unable to find child care, you are still very welcome. We are looking forward to seeing all of you!
FROM THE TEACHER: We have had a very busy first week here at Pitner. We have been working hard to learn a new routine and to learn the rules of our classroom. We have started on our Zoophonics lessons this week and have learned the sounds of the letters a, and b. Ask your child to show you the movement and make the letter sound. We will continue learning a letter a day until we reach z. When we complete our Zoophonics unit we will start at the beginning of the alphabet and spend more time on each letter. We have also been learning about classroom manners this week. We will continue working on this next week.
NEWSLETTERS: To save paper this year I will post my newsletter on my blog every Friday and not send home a paper copy. If you do not have access to technology please let me know and I will send it to on paper. The address to my blog is http://www.cobblearning.net/cassidymw/. You can also go to it by going to our Pitner website and going to the school links, faculty and staff and clicking on my blog beside me name.
OPEN HOUSE: Open House will be held on Thursday August 9, 2018 so please mark your calendar.
PAPERWORK: Thank you to all of you who have turned in the paperwork from Cobb County and from our classroom. It is so important for us to have the information we ask for to best meet the needs of your child.
BEHAVIOR: I believe that every child needs lots of praise for good behavior. Each morning your child will be given a happy face on the calendar that is in their folder. If your child is having a difficult day and is unable to follow directions, or disrupts our class they will be warned twice and then they will be given a straight face. We always give the students lots of opportunities to change their color back to green. If a student hits or strikes another student they will be given an unhappy face and the opportunity to change their color back to green is taken away. When a child is able to keep all of their happy faces they will be rewarded on Friday with a trip to the reward box.
TRANSPORTATION CHANGES: Please let us know of any transportation changes in writing. You are welcome to write the information on the calendar in their folder. If you have a last minute change you can call or fax the change to the office at 678-594-8319. If your child will be a car rider on a regular basis you will need a car tag. If you would like one to keep for special occasion pickups or need more for other family members please let us know. If you do not have a car tag you will need to come into the school and sign your child out prior to 1:45.
ORANGE FOLDERS: Your child will bring home an orange folder almost every night this year. Inside you will find valuable communications, newsletters, and your child’s class work. Please look in the folder each evening and take out the class work that is in it, check for communications and return the folder to your child’s book bag so that it comes back to school each morning.
SNACK: We have lunch at 10:24 every day so it is a very long time until the end of our day. Please make sure that your child has a snack. We only have 10 minutes allotted for snack so please only send a small snack. I do keep a small amount of snack in the classroom for children who occasionally forget to bring a snack but I do not have enough to provide snack every day.
ARRIVAL TIME & BREAKFAST: Children need to be in the classroom and ready to start working when the bell rings at 7:45. (I do know that on rare mornings it just isn’t meant to be!) Students can buy breakfast here each morning from 7:15 – 7:40. They stop serving breakfast right at 7:40 so please make sure that they arrive a few minutes early if they will be eating breakfast here as they must come by the classroom first to drop off their book bag and to get their breakfast card.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer
We had an amazing first day of school in room 105. There was not a tear in sight from the students all day and everyone enjoyed our time together. We put on our school shoes and followed Pete the Cat around our school. We decided that eating the teacher was not a good idea and talked about how to be a good friend. I am really looking forward to lots of learning and fun happening in our room this year.