Kindergarten News 2-11-19

Pitner is celebrating Black History Month with a door decorating/gallery walk activity. Each teacher is responsible for decorating his or her door to share knowledge about a famous African American. We are celebrating Rosa Parks.

Academic Areas:
Reading: learning word family “op”, practicing and learning new sight words, and discussing how authors use different “crafts” to help us learn to read.
Writing: Narrative pieces. Many students are having difficulty writing words and sentences. We are still reviewing some previously taught writing strategies. Please help your child write things at home.  They have learned so many sight words that he/she should be able to complete sentences using these words.
Math: We are learning about decomposing numbers 5 or less and finding the numbers to make five. We are also working with word problems to 5.
Social Studies: The lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We will also learn about the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

Wednesday is always our Media Center day. Please make sure that you send in your child’s book so he/she may check out another book. The children are so disappointed when they are not able to check out a new book for the week.

Please do not forget to send in your child’s decorated Valentines box and signed Valentines. Parents, remember that we cannot accept Valentine’s Day deliveries for students and balloons and vases are not allowed on school buses.

Our picture day has been changed to Friday, February 15th.

The flu is everywhere! For key facts about Influenza (flu) please go to There is also a link on the school website to Cobb County’s Flu page. For ways that you can help stop the spread of the Flu Virus, go to

Kindergarten News 1-21-19

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day! I hope that you are able to take part in the celebration of this remarkable man and leader. Whether you watch the coverage on TV or attend a social function, we can all be thankful for his accomplishments. We will begin learning about him this week. The students always enjoy learning about how things used to be and comparing them with the present.
Academic Areas:
Reading: learning word family “ap”, practicing and learning new sight words, and discussing how rereading words and sentences can help with becoming great readers.
Writing: Narrative pieces. Many students are having difficulty writing words and sentences. This week I am going to review some previously taught writing strategies. This will help to solidify the writing concept. Recognizing, recalling, and using sight words makes writing easier for students.
Math: We will begin learning about decomposing numbers 5 or less and finding the numbers to make five.
Social Studies: The life and events of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday is our Media Center day. Please make sure that you send in your child’s book so he/she may check out another book. The children are so disappointed when they are not able to check out a new book for the week.
The 100th day of school was so much fun! Each kindergarten classroom had an activity that pertained to the number 100. Ask your child to tell you which one was his/her favorite. Thank you for assisting your child in making his/her 100-day poster. They are hanging in the hallway. It is always so exciting to see the creativity.


Kindergarten News 1/14/19

A New Year always brings hope, happiness, a fresh start, and an urge to re-organize my life! I am looking forward to completing many projects that I started years ago. Check back with me later to see if I have followed through with this idea.

We are hitting the New Year hard with reading, writing, and math. We have about 4 months left to get these kindergarteners ready to move up to 1st grade. Report cards went home Friday, January 11th. Please take the time to review them so that you will be aware of your child’s progress. I have included additional comments on the back. I am asking that you work with your child to reinforce the basic skills of sight words, reading, sentence writing, and math. If we work together on these areas, we should see remarkable results.

Academic Areas:
Reading: learning word family “an”, practicing and learning new sight words, and discussing strategies that help us learn to read.
Writing: practicing writing small moment stories and narrative pieces.
Math: comparing objects to 10 and identifying which objects are greater than, less than, or equal to the other set.
Science: comparing and contrasting the various ways to prevent the spread of germs.

Wednesday is our Media Center day. Please make sure that you send in your child’s book so he/she may check out another book. The children are so disappointed when they are not able to check out a new book for the week.

Thursday will be the 100th day of school. We are looking forward to seeing your child’s 100-day poster. The students get so excited to celebrate this special day. All kindergarten classes will participate in a classroom rotation of 100-day activities. Each teacher has planned special fun, educational events to commemorate this day.

News for the Week of October 29th – November 2nd

October is ending and November will begin this week.  The change in temperatures really feel like we’ve moved into Fall.  Please remember to send in jackets or coats with your child.  When the weather is nice (but cool), the class will still go outside for recess.  The students need the time to run and play.  It will be very helpful if your child’s name is on any outerwear so that it can be located if lost.

Last week, Pitner celebrated Red Ribbon Week.  Thank you so much for all your support in participating in each day’s theme!  The class learned about making good choices and how to appropriately deal with any bullying they may encounter.  The week ended with a great pep rally/assembly featuring the Kell High School Band and a visit from one of our Partners in Ed, ETO Martial Arts and Fitness of Kennesaw.  They saw Dr. Hosey break a board and received some great information on respect.

In class, we continued work on informational writing.  Last week, we learned about spiders and this week it was bats and owls!  Ask your child what they learned!  We also started fall themed projects in math and literacy.

This week is very busy!  Remember, we have a rescheduled field trip on Thursday to Petit Creek Farms.  If you said you would provide a lunch from home, please remember to send it Thursday morning in a paper bag with your child’s name on it.  We will not take lunchboxes on the field trip because they are too bulky to keep track of.  Also watch the weather and make sure they are dressed for the temperatures.  It will be a great day!

Wednesday is Halloween.  Students should not wear costumes to school.  We will be emphasizing literacy on that day with Skype lessons of great books from around other educators around the county.  In addition, we’d love to have some mystery readers come to class to read to the students.  If you would like to surprise the class and read a book, please send in a note and we’ll make schedule your visit!  Wednesday is also our Media Center day, so please send in their books so they may check out!

The Fall Book Fair is open all week long.  You will receive a flyer on Monday in the student’s folders.  It will help you make choices about any purchases you may want to let the kids make.  If you are sending in money for the Book Fair, please put it in your child’s folder in a ZipLoc bag or envelope with Book Fair clearly marked.  Friday is the last day the Book Fair will be open at school, but there is an online option for a few days after the fair closes at school.  You can find out more information and access the interactive book flyer here: It’s going to be a great week!

Rescheduled conference notes went home last week.  If there is any question about when your conference is scheduled for, please let us know and we’ll make sure you have the information you need.  If you are looking for a way to support the classroom, Ms. Dobbs could use a ream or two of copy paper as a donation.  This time of year is always a difficult time with supplies!

There is also some other news to share.  I (Mrs. Parks), will be leaving Pitner this week.  I’ve been at Pitner in different positions since it opened in 2003.  This fall, an opportunity opened at another school and I will be starting at Kincaid Elementary on November 1st.  This was a very difficult decision for me to make.  Pitner has been my home and family for a long time, but I had to make the choice to do what’s best for my family.  I appreciate SO much your support and trust in letting me be a part of your children’s lives!  All of our students are awesome and I see a bright future ahead for each of them!  The class is still in fantastic hands with Ms. Dobbs and Ms. Elder, who will be taking my place.  I’ll miss interacting with you all.  Thank you so much for all the support you’ve given me this year!

Ms. Dobbs and Mrs. Parks

Red Ribbon Week is Here! October 22nd – October 26th


What a beautiful Fall weekend it’s been!  Soon, the leaves will be changing and we’ll be at the end of October!

Last week in class, we worked on knowing all about informational text.  Our unit of study was spiders and we learned how to recognize information that is true (non-fiction) vs. a story (fiction).  The kids did great!  Ask them some of the things they learned about spiders!  We also worked on counting to 50 by 1’s and 10’s.  The fiftieth day of school was so much fun on Wednesday!  This week, we’ll continue to work on informational text by studying bats!

This week is Red Ribbon Week school-wide.  Each day there are special things to do or wear to participate.  Kindergartners will also wear a red ribbon all week (provided by the school) and receive a red pencil to remind them to have good character, make good choices and be drug and bully free!  Here is what is happening each day:

  • Monday – Wear red clothing
  • Tuesday – Wear tie-dye shirts and bring cans to donate to our canned food drive
  • Wednesday – Wear your favorite team shirt
  • Thursday – Wear your favorite or crazy hat
  • Friday – Wear Pitner gear

We will also have a Red Ribbon Week assembly on Friday to close out our week of learning!

On Monday, the students will have a treat and meet children’s book illustrator, Michael White.  He has illustrated many books such as “The Library Dragon”, “The Secret of Old Zeb” and “Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day”.  This will be a very interesting day for the kids to see how someone illustrates some of their favorite books!

We will be contacting you regarding rescheduling conferences.  Thank you so much for your patience and understanding!

Remember, to always send library books back by Wednesday of each week so your child may check out another book!

Thank you,

Ms. Dobbs and Mrs. Parks


News for the Week of 10/15 – 10/19

We’ve made it to conference week!  Ms. Dobbs’ mother passed away this weekend, so all conferences planned for the upcoming week are cancelled and will have to be rescheduled for another date.  We will let you know of the new times.

This entire week is early release for all students.  You all do a fantastic job of letting us know when transportation home is different for your child, please make sure to let us know exactly how your child will go home each day this week if it is different from their usual mode of transportation.  We begin dismissal at 12:15, so plan to be at bus stops 2 hours earlier than normal.  If your child is under 8 and there is no one there to meet them, they will be returned to school.

Please remember to return library books by no later than Wednesday morning each week.  If they are not returned, the student cannot check out a new book.

This week we celebrate the 50th day of school with 50’s day in Kindergarten.  If you want, your child may dress in 50’s outfits to celebrate the day.  We will be doing special activities during that day.

This Friday, Pitner is holding a Cape Day to benefit CHOA.  For the donation of $1, students may wear capes all day to show that kindness is our superpower.  All proceeds will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  If you participate, please make sure the $1 donation is in an envelope and clearly marked for that purpose!

There are many things to remember going on at the school for the second half of October.  Here are some important dates:

  • PTSA October Newsletter – Download HERE
  • Fall Fundraiser – October 2nd – October 17th (all orders due by Wednesday)
  • Fall Picture Retakes – Tuesday, October 16th
  • Cape Day to Benefit CHOA – Friday, October 19th
  • Conference Week – Early Release all week –  October 15th – 19th
  • Red Ribbon Week – October 22nd – 26th (more information next week)
  • Fall Book Fair – Monday, October 29th – Friday, November 2nd
  • Pitner’s Annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive – Oct. 23rd – Nov. 9th

Remember, you can always check the Pitner Elementary School website at  You will find upcoming events and information in the center of the main page and on the side calendar, events that may be further out.

Thank you so much for all your support!

Ms. Dobbs and Mrs. Parks


Things to Remember for the Week of 10/8 – 10/12

I hope everyone had a great fall weekend!  Thank you to everyone that came to watch and helped with the Zoophonics costumes and parade!  The kids were so proud of their hard work and so excited to be recognized!  They had a great time!

This week is full of things to remember:

On Wednesday, we will go to Petit Creek Farms on our field trip.  When you sent in permission forms, you indicated whether your child would purchase a lunch from the cafeteria or bring one from home.  If you need a reminder, feel free to email or send a message and we’ll let you know what your choice was.  If you are sending a lunch, please put it in a paper bag with your child’s name and do not include thermos bottles for drinks.  It’s much easier to throw our trash away and we cannot keep up with lunchboxes.  We will take a cooler with us to keep things cold.

Thursday is an early release day.  Please make sure to let us know how your child will go home on this day.  We will start dismissal at 12:15, so buses will run 2 hours earlier than normal.  ASP will run normal hours until 6 pm.

You received your Cherrydale fundraiser packages from the PTSA last week.  The fundraiser goes on for 2 weeks.

The week of 10/15 – 10/19 is conference week.  The entire week will be early release days.  We look forward to talking to each of you about the start to your child’s year!

Our school collects Boxtops for Education.  You’ll find these seals on many items you purchase.  The class in each grade level that collects the most boxtops for the month receives a prize!  This month the prize for the winning class is a pajama day!  We’ve sent forms home and you can return them with the boxtops attached.  If you do not have the form anymore, it’s fine to send them in to school in a ziplock bag in the folder.

Remember, Wednesdays are always our Media Center day.  All library books are due by Wednesday morning so that the students may check out a new book.  We will fit in a trip to the Media Center this Wednesday before we leave on our field trip.

Watch for announcements this week as needed.  As always, thank you for all the support that each of you gives the class and your child!

Ms. Dobbs and Mrs. Parks

Welcome back from Fall Break!

Welcome back from Fall break!  I hope everyone enjoyed the time away and you were able to recharge during our week off!  Now that October is here, we have a very busy month ahead that is full of exciting things!

The Kindergarten Zoophonics parade is this Friday, October 5th.  We sent home information about what letter your child will represent in the parade…Ellie Elephant, Francie Fish or Gordo Gorilla.  We’d love to have their costumes, outfits or masks in by Wednesday if possible.  That will give us a little time to make sure we have everything accounted for before Friday morning.  As the letter said, we’d love to have families come to watch the parade if it’s possible.  The kids are always so proud as they parade through the halls in front of family and all the other Pitner students!  If you have any questions or need more information, please send us a message.

We are one of the classes in the school still waiting on our Fall pictures to arrive from Lifetouch.  There have been several classes affected with this issue throughout the school.  Please rest assured that our administration is working with Lifetouch to ensure that we receive the pictures soon.  As soon as we have them, we’ll send them home!

The week of October 15th – 19th is Fall conference week.  This week, you’ll receive notice of the time that has been set aside for your conference.  The notice will let you know how to inform us if you cannot make the time assigned.  That week is also early release all week long.  Please make plans to let us know how your child will get home that week with the adjusted schedule.

Here are some things to remember that we have coming up:

  • Petit Farm Field Trip permission forms and payment is due on October 1st (Monday)
  • Fall Fundraiser Kickoff, Tuesday, October 2nd – PTSA information upcoming 10/3 – 10/17
  • Reflections Entries due – Tuesday, October 2nd
  • Zoophonics outfits to school by Wednesday, if possible
  • Zoophonics parade Friday morning, October 5th
  • Pitner’s Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff – Saturday, October 6th 11am – 3 pm (info on Pitner’s website)
  • Petit Farms Field Trip, Wednesday, October 10th
  • Early Release Day – Thursday, October 11th
  • Conference Week/Early Release all week long – 10/15 – 10/19

Pitner’s PTSA still needs some volunteer help for the Fall Festival and other activities around the school.  If you’re willing to volunteer, it’s a great way to get acquainted with more parents and students at school!  (It’s also a lot of fun!!)  Visit their website at You can also keep up to date by joining their Facebook page, Pitner Elementary PTSA.

Look for updates and messages throughout this busy month to keep you in the loop!

Ms. Dobbs and Mrs. Parks


News for the Week of 9/17 – 9/21

Can you believe it?  We only have 5 more school days until Fall Break!  The first month and a half of school has flown by!  This week is a full week, then we do not return to school until October 1st!  October will be a busy, fun month.

This past week, we’ve been working hard on learning the last letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make.  We’ve continued to work on our reading stamina by choosing books to look at by ourselves and to share with our reading buddies.  Everyone is doing great!  They know how to re-tell a story, how to make predictions about what will come next AND we have also been making stories with pictures.  Several times during the day, we count to 50 or higher as a class.  We are learning to recognize numbers on a ten frame.  It’s so exciting to see their faces when they “get” it!  During calendar time, we work on the days of the week and counting the days we’ve been in school.  Last Friday, they were counting by 10’s to 30.

October will be a very busy month!  Our annual Kindergarten Zoophonics parade will take place on Friday morning, October 5th.  A letter will come home with your child on Monday explaining the parade and what letter of the alphabet your child will be in the parade.  This year, our class will represent the letters E, F and G.  Everyone drew letters out of a hat to determine which character they would be.  The students are very excited about showing off their skills to the whole school!

We also have our field trip to Petit Creek Farms on Wednesday, October 10th.  The permission forms went home last week and are due back no later than October 1st.  This is a great field trip that ties into our units on Mamas and Babies and many other things we are learning. It’s also a lot of fun!  If you’d like to go as a chaperone, we’d love to have you.  You would need to provide your own transportation and pay $10 for admissions.  We ask that only adults chaperone and no younger brothers/sisters attend.  Send us a message if you are interested.

Keep in mind that Thursday, October 11th will be another early release day.  These days are added by Cobb County for Staff professional development.

The week of October 15th – 19th is Conference Week and is also an early release week so that we may meet with you.  This is a great chance for you to ask any questions about your child’s progress and learn all the great things they’ve been doing so far this year.  We will be sending conference forms home with the times we’d like you to attend.

That’s a LOT going on!  There will be no blog next Sunday due to Fall Break, but they will resume on September 30th.  Please feel free to send us messages or emails with anything we need to know.  Continue to check your child’s communication folder for anything that is important for you to know and details about upcoming events.  Remember to put notes about absences or transportation changes in them.  They are checked each morning. Also, put any payments that you are sending in so that we can route them to the right places.

Ms. Dobbs and Mrs. Parks

Things to Remember:

  • Return Petit Creek Farms field trip permission form by October 1st
  • Wednesday is Library day, please return your books!
  • Wednesday, October 10th – Petit Farm Field Trip
  • Thursday, October 11th – Early Release Day
  • Week of October 15th – 19th – Fall Conference Week – Early release all week

Pictures from the Week


News for the Week of 9/10 – 9/14

I hope everyone has had a great  weekend!  Last week was a very quick week at school because it was a short week!  I want to give a huge shout out to all our parents!  Last week, we returned ALL of our progress reports signed the next day after they were sent out.  We were the ONLY kindergarten class to achieve this! You rock!  I know the amount of paperwork and announcements coming home in the folders can almost seem overwhelming, but we have a great group of supportive parents!  Thank you again!

Last week, we had a lot of excitement!  We went to Publix and Chase Bank on our first field trip.  The students were able to see the concept of goods and services in a real life setting.  We had a blast!  Also, many of our grandparents participated in our first ever Grandparent’s Day Ice Cream Social.  Everyone had a great time.

In between all of the fun, we also concentrated on Reader’s Workshop.  The class was divided into reading pals and learned to love books in a variety of ways.  They read back-to-back, knee-to-knee and elbow-to-elbow.  These techniques help the students learn to love reading and help them build stamina during reading time.  We are almost at the end of the alphabet with our Zoophonics sounds.  We’ve also been working on math and have played several fun games this week to learn our numbers.  Ask your child about Bump and Jump!

Remember, we go to the Media Center each Wednesday morning.  Please send your child’s library book back to school by then so they may check out another book!

You received Petit Creek Farms field trip permission forms in the communication folders on Friday.  The permission forms, payment and lunch choice forms are due back by no later than October 1st.  This is going to be a great field trip!  If you are interested in being a chaperone, you will need to pay $10 and provide your own transportation.  There will be no room on the buses for parents.  Chaperones can carpool with each other if that is easier!

We have 2 weeks until Fall Break and they will be packed with learning and fun.  We’ll keep you updated through Remind, but remember to check the blog or the school website at:  You can also sign up for Dr. Hosey’s weekly call-outs and texts by following the instructions on the main page of the Pitner website.  That way you don’t miss a thing going on in the classroom OR the school!

Upcoming events to keep in mind:

  • No visitors allowed for lunch – 9/13 – 9/18 due to testing for 3rd – 5th
  • Return Petit Creek Farms forms and payment by October 1st
  • PTSA Spirit Night at Huey Luey’s – Wednesday, Sept. 19th – 5 – 9 pm
  • Fall Break – September 24th – 28th
  • Fall Fest & 1st Annual Chili Cook-off – Saturday, October 6th -11am – 3pm

We’ll keep you updated on anything else that you need to know!

Ms. Dobbs and Mrs. Parks

Pictures from the week: