About Wendy Cassidy

I have been a teacher in Cobb County for 16 years and have taught both Kindergarten and First Grade. I have been married for 34 years to my best friend Mike. We have 2 grown up daughters, Sarah and Tory. Sarah, her husband Shawn, and my beautiful granddaughter Maddie live in Alabama. Tory has decided to settle closer to home and is a teacher. In my spare time I love to read, sew, and play on the computer.

Friday, January 17, 2020

HAPPY 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL!

FROM THE TEACHER:
I can’t believe that we have had so much warm weather this year. I know there has also been a lot of rain along with the warm but at least it hasn’t been snow. I think moss now covers more area than my grass in my backyard after all of the rain that we have had in the past 2 years. They say that the cold is coming back as of today to be followed by more rain.
Congratulations to Oksana, Alyssa, Omar and Harper for reaching the stars and learning over 200 sight words.
Congratulations to Kodah and Inayah for reaching the 75 required sight words for kindergarten.
Congratulations to Alex, Maddy, Liam, Sullivan, Elysse, Jose and Judah who have reached the top of our rainbow and know 60 sight words. They are all working had to reach 75 words.

Thank you to all of the parents who donated snacks for our 100th day snack.
Friday is spirit day here at Pitner. We would love it if you would have your child wear their jade K t-shirt every week.

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 “et”, and “en” word families this week and learned about the long and short “e” sounds. We will continue working with our word families for a few more weeks to help the students become proficient with rhyming. We continued to learn about narrative writing this week. This genre includes learning how to write about one moment in our lives. 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 beginning addition this week and will continue with this study for a couple of weeks.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES:
We completed a unit on Germs and healthy living this week. The students learned that washing their hands is the easiest way to protect themselves and others from catching those pesky germs.

STEAM DAY

We had our first STEAM day here at Pitner. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. We are hoping that our school will be approved as a STEAM school next year, so we are working hard to help our students learn how to solve problems as a team. Our kindergarten classes will be creating mazes to help students get a jingle bell from the North Pole to a child’s house. See our STEAM pictures and video below.

 

Friday, December 13, 2019

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 10th.  Please remember that school does not start again for students until January 6th, because January 2nd and 3rd are staff development days for teachers.

NEXT WEEK:

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

We will have our holiday party on Thursday, December 19. 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. We will share a treat and a drink and watch a movie to end our party.

Next Friday is pajama day here at Pitner.  Please make sure that your child wears regular shoes with their PJs.  We will participate in a school wide Holiday Sing-along in the morning. All of our classroom activities on that day will relate to the book/movie Polar Express. We will watch the movie and do activities based on the story.

 

 

 

December 16 – 20 Events

Pitner Holiday Events

Monday, December 16 – Holiday Character Day. Dress like your favorite holiday character.

Tuesday, December 17 – Holiday Hat Day

Wednesday, December 18 – Holiday Sock Day

Thursday, December 19 – Early Release Day, Holiday Sweater Day, Kindergarten Holiday Rotation

Friday, December 20 – Early Release Day, Polar Express Day, Pajama Day.  We will watch the movie and our day will be build around crafts and activities that relate to Polar Express.

Friday, December 6, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER:

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.

You received information this week about our holiday store. Our time to visit the store is Monday morning so if your child will be going shopping please send in the list and money on Monday.

We will have our holiday party on Thursday, December 19th. 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. 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 American celebrations and traditions next week. The students will rotate to a different kindergarten classroom on 4 days next week and 2 the next week.  They will learn about traditions and customs that relate to their holiday celebrations. This will include learning how candy canes are made and where the tradition of Christmas trees and poinsettia plants started. Students will learn about the custom or tradition and do a craft in each class.

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

Friday, November 22, 2019

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.

Progress Reports:

Your child’s 4 ½ week progress report was in their folder on Wednesday. Please note the number of sight words that your child knows. We work on them every day in class and would appreciate it if you would go over them every night. We work down 1 row at a time so that your child can learn them a little at a time. When the row on the back of their folder is colored they know those words.

Holiday Season:

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. The theme for our class basket will be “Snacking Good Fun”. We will be collecting donations of any and every kind of snack item that you could possibly need for a fun evening.  Possible items would be bags of chips, pretzels, Cheetos or Fritos. Peanuts, salsa, cheese dip, cookies, snack cakes, bags of candy, boxes or bags of popcorn or anything else that relates to snacking. If you prefer to send in a cash donation, please send it in an envelope labeled “Festival Basket”. We will collect donations until Tuesday, December 3rd.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving break

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer

Friday, November 8, 2019

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 eagles, writing about eagles and learning about Veterans Day.

PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD WEAR RED, WHITE AND BLUE CLOTHING ON MONDAY TO HELP US CELEBRATE THE VETERANS WHO WILL BE ENJOYING BREAKFAST AT OUR SCHOOL. IF YOU HAVE A VETERAN ATTENDING PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO YOUR CHILD CAN JOIN THEM FOR BREAKFAST.

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

The students had a wonderful time on the Day of Awesomeness here at Pitner. Each grade level had an hour and a half of fun in the bounce houses and obstacle courses that were set up out on our playground. Thank you so much to the parents who were able to come and help.

THANKSGIVING SNACK FEAST
We will have a snack feast with on Thursday, November 21st to celebrate our friendship in Kindergarten. Students will fill their plate with snacks and the entire grade will meet in the hall by our classes to share our friendship. There is a paper with more information in your child’s folder.

RAFFLE BASKETS:
Pitner’s annual Dinner with Santa is on December 6th and with it brings the tradition of the raffle basket. Each class collects goodies to create a themed basket that the PTSA raffles off at Dinner with Santa. The money earned is used by the PTSA to purchase items for the school. The theme for our class basket will be “Snacking Good Fun”. Please donate an item or two for our basket if you are able.

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 Eagles 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 hard to build our number skills by counting and writing the numbers to 20. We will be moving on to a unit about measurement next week.

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

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer

Friday, October 25, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER:

Time is flying by this year and it is hard to believe that October is almost over.  Thank you to all of the parents who dressed your children for red ribbon week.  In Kindergarten we stress healthy living as a way to take care of ourselves.

We had an awesome time at the Cobb Performing Arts Center. The children enjoyed the play about Peter Rabbit.

We know that many of you will be celebrating Halloween next week. We ask that you not send any candy to school with your child for snack after Halloween.

We had a visit from author Gail Langer Karwoski this week. The children enjoyed listening to her story about the animals who sleep near or on the river.

ICE CREAM: Just a reminder that students are allowed to purchase ice cream on Fridays. They must bring in or already have the money in their accounts to pay for it. The cost is $1.25.

WATER BOTTLES: Please do not put anything but water in your child’s water bottle. We have had numerous spills in the classroom this year and we are not equipped to clean up juice and milk.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

We continued to work on our phonics skills this week. We learned about the letter C & H. We practiced writing the letter and how it looks and sounds at the beginning of words.  We also worked on sorting letters and pictures.  We will move on to the letters F & D next week. During readers workshop we have been learning about nonfiction or informational books.  We have been reading about bats this week and comparing books filled with information about bats.

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 continued to work on our teen numbers this week. We will finish this unit in the next two weeks and review to strengthen their knowledge of the numbers.

INTEGRATED STUDIES:  We have been working on a unit about night and day this week. As part of the unit we have learned about nocturnal animals and how they are different from us. We will be continue working on our unit about night and day next week.