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.

 

Friday, October 11, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER

Fall may be finally here in Georgia and we hope that the cooler weather will stay awhile.  We are enjoying watching the changes that are happening outside our window. We learned about apples this week. We looked at different apples. We tasted both apple juice and apple cider and talked about how they are different. We make apples sauce today to end the unit.

FIELD TRIP: Just a reminder that the field trip to the Cobb Energy Center to see Peter Rabbit will be on October 24th. Our class shirts have arrived and I will give them to the children to wear on the day of the field trip. Those who paid for a shirt will wear their shirt home that day. Students can wear their shirts every Friday and on field trips throughout the year.   

 50Th Day: Just a reminder that Thursday next week is the 50th day of school and if your child wishes to they may dress in the style of the 1950s. We will rotate to different classrooms to dance to 50’s music, practice counting to 50 and try to make a list of 50 words.

CONFERENCES: Conferences are being held during the week of Oct 14 – 18.  Students will be released at 12:30 every day.  I am looking forward to meeting with those who have confirmed that they will attend.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We continued to work on our phonics skills this week. We practiced the letters “t” and “g” this week. We will work on “n” and “p”.  We have been learning about informational writing in writers workshop. We learned about apples this week. We used our five senses to explore apples and write facts about them. We will be exploring owls the week after conference week. We will continue with this unit for the next few weeks.   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 being learning the numbers 11 to 20 this week. Teen numbers are hard for most children to understand. You can help your child by having them write the teen numbers and draw objects to match the number. Please continue to work with your student to help them practice counting to 100.

Integrated Studies: We learned about one of the early explorers who came to the Americas, Christopher Columbus. We discussed the difference between the past and the present. Next week we will be exploring how we can create a boat to carry Columbus’s crew across the ocean. This will be a 3-day STEAM activity.

 

Zoo-Phonics Parade

Thank you to all of our parents for creating such creative costumes for our Zoo-Phonics parade. This parade is our moment to shine and share our accomplishments with the school. It is great as a teacher to walk with my students and hear the older students cheer for them and remember when they were a part of the parade. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend our parade. The students enjoyed having you visit our school.

Friday, September 20, 2019

News from Room 105

FROM THE TEACHER: We have been very busy here in our classroom working to complete the required academics for this first nine weeks. We have 2 weeks after we come back until the end of this nine week period. Just a reminder that there will be no school next week as it is our Fall break.

FIELD TRIP: Just a reminder that the permission slip and money for our upcoming field trip to see Peter Rabbit is on Oct 24th is due after the break. Thank you to all of the families who have send in their forms.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

We have spent the week reviewing the letters “b” and “m”. We will be repeating the alphabet over the next few months out of alphabetical order. Next week we will practice the letters “r” & “s”.  Please continue to work with your child at home if they don’t know all of the letters or sounds yet.  Knowing the letters and sounds plays a very important role as we learn to read.

We are working to get all of our students on blue or above on our sight word rainbow.  As of today 7 students are on blue, 5 are on green and 1 is on yellow. Their goal is to move up the rainbow to the top and then reach for the stars by learning 75 sight words. Please keep practicing the sight words with your child.  We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. The word list is on the back of your child’s folder.

 MATH: We have been working on 3D shapes in our classroom this week. We sorted different 2D and 3D shaped snacks today to share for snack. When we return we will be reviewing our numbers to 10 until the end of this nine weeks. We will then start working on the numbers 11 – 20.  We are also counting from 1 – 50 in our class every day to help the students on reach their long term goal of counting to 100.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We are working on properties of matter here in our classroom. The key to this unit is to teach the children how to use their five senses in discovery. We have talked about the attributes of different objects and sorted them using our five senses.  We will use our five senses to discover some of the changes in our outdoors (fall) when we return from the break.

Have a great break!

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs.  Perry and Mrs. Palmer