January 2018

We are half way to first grade!

1/5/18- PJ day to support the Ford Foundation for $1

1/11/18- Math Night at Brookstone Publix 6:30-8pm

1/15- No School- Please discuss the meaning of MLK Day and who Martin Luther King, Jr. was.

1/17- 100th day of school celebration- please see the note from your child’s teacher regarding other activities

Dear Parent(s):

We are planning a celebration to mark the 100th day of school!  This special day will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 17.  We encourage you to become involved with your child in planning for this day.  We are asking each child to bring in a collection of 100 items by Tuesday, January 16.

Collections should be appropriate for Kindergarten (no glass objects please!)  The items should fit into the baggie attached. Please make sure that it is a collection of 100 of the same item (100 cotton balls or 100 pennies…not 100 different things). Please do not send in fragile items (ex. potato chips, pretzels etc.)

The following are a few suggestions you may consider:

Q-tips                                pennies                              baseball cards   game chips                    rubber bands                                buttons                 straws                               macaroni                                    nuts & bolts

crayons                             keys                                  paper clips      rubber bands                    bottle caps                                      toothpicks                        hair ties

Please allow your child to count the items into the bag with you observing. This will give him/her time to practice counting to 100 and ensure the correct amount.  If you’d like to lend a bit of help, you can remind your child to count the objects into sets of 10, then count by 10s to 100.

Key Standards for Third Quarter

  • Identify 52 letters
  • recognize and produce rhyming and non rhyming words
  • blends and segments single syllable words
  • produce the initial, medial, and final sound in words (cat – c-a-t)
  • produce all consonant sounds (two sounds for C and G)
  • produce all short vowel sounds
  • practice sight words
  • answer questions from a text
  • identify key details from a text
  • identify the author and illustrator
  • compare and contrast events and characters in a story
  • draw, dictate, and write a story
  • print all upper and lowercase letters independently and accurately
  • independently capitalize the first letter of a sentence
  • recognize punctuation marks (period, question mark, and exclamation point)
  • writes letter for most consonant and vowel sounds
  • consistently determines or clarifies the meaning of unknown words
  • counts to 100 by 1’s and 10’s
  • counts up to 20 objects in a line or array
  • compares sets of up 10
  • represent addition and subtraction within 5 using manipulatives
  • describe rocks, soil, and water
  • sort materials into categories based on composition (wood, clay, paper, metal)
  • identify MLK, Jr. Day and Presidents Day
  • identify the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and White House as American symbols
  • compare and contrast ways to prevent the spread of germs
  • create an electronic document with text and images using digital tools


12/1- LAST classroom sight word check for the semester due to end of quarter assessments, holiday activities, and semester culminating activities.

12/2- Jingle Jog!  Registration begins at 7:15 in the Ford Cafeteria

12/4-12/6- Holiday Shop opens for students – This is a great way for students to shop for parents and siblings for the holidays.

12/8- Daytime sleepover- students wear pj’s to school and please see additional information from your child’s teacher.

12/11- Kindergarten Author visit

12/18- December Homework (Book) and Reading Log due

12/18- Class Holiday Celebrations 11:30-12:30 in your child’s classroom.  See additional info from teachers and class parents.

12/19- 11am – Kindergarten Talent Show- Participation forms must be signed and returned prior to the deadline.

12/19-12/20- Early Dismissal for students 12:30 – Please let your teacher know of any transportation changes.

12/21-1/3- Winter Holiday

1/4- Students return to school!!




11/3- BINGO from 6:30-8

11/9- STEM night from 6-7:30 at Ford Elementary School

11/16- Thanksgiving Play at 8:15 in the gym – Families welcome! Please come and join us in a retelling of the Thanksgiving Story.  Plan to arrive early and find a seat in the gym.

11/16- Thanksgiving Feast- Classes start at 10:30, but please check the specific time for your child’s class.  Families are welcome to come and join the feast. Please be mindful that RSVP’s were due earlier in the month.  The feast will cost $3.75 for all guests who do not attend Ford.  Tickets will be available for purchase in the front lobby prior to feast time. Please plan to arrive early.

11/20-11/24- Thanksgiving Break- No School

* Please bring in cans for the canned food drive.  This is an awesome way to support families in need in our community.

*We have the Giving Tree again this year. Feel free to take a tag and donate a toy to a needy family in our area. We cannot believe the generosity of our Ford community. Thank you!

*Square 1 Art- This is a fundraiser to support our art program at school.  Feel free to order awesome product with your child’s artwork for gifts and keepsakes.  Order online before the deadline and it will be delivered before the winter break.


Field Trip Reminders

October 27th- Field Trip to The Pumpkin Patch Farm

Students need to wear pants, tennis shoes, and weather appropriate clothing.  It would be helpful for teachers if they wore a long sleeve shirt under their class t-shirt.

We will leave between 9 and 9:15 on Friday and return before 2pm.

Students need to bring a sack lunch if they did not commit to purchasing a sack lunch from the cafeteria.

Parents may meet us at the Pumpkin Patch Farm.  Please email your teacher if you plan to attend. Parents will need to purchase their own ticket when they arrive.

Parents may check their student out early from the farm if you wish.  Please sign your child out with their teacher prior to leaving.

October Dates

10/2- Pumpkin Patch field trip forms go home.  Please return them as soon as possible.

10/6- GKIDS Readiness forms go home today.  This was information taken the first couple weeks of school. First quarter report cards will be discussed at conferences.  This is the end of the first quarter.

10/12- Early Release- Please notify teachers of any transportation changes.

10/13- Fall Festival! Please look for info from PTSA.

10/16-10/20- Conference Week / Early release.  Please also visit our book fair.

10/23-10/27- Annual Big Head Campaign! Please consider making a donation to our Ford Foundation to support our amazing STEM program.

10/27- Pumpkin Patch Field Trip.  We will depart around 9 am and return around 1:30.

10/31- Wear your Halloween costume to support the Ford Foundation for a $2 donation.

Second Quarter Standards

Our kindergarten students are making incredible progress! We will be working on the following during the second quarter:

  • following words on a page while reading
  • recognizing and naming all upper and lowercase letters
  • recognize and produce rhyming words
  • produce all letter sounds (long and short vowel sounds as well)
  • read sight words
  • gives key details about a text after reading and being read to
  • identify the main idea of a text
  • asks and answers questions about unknown words in a text
  • identify the reasons the author gives to support points of a text
  • use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing
  • print upper and lowercase letters independently
  • recognizes and names end punctuation (period, question mark, and exclamation mark)
  • consistently writes letters after identifying sounds
  • count to 100 by 1’s
  • counts up to 20 objects in a line or array
  • compares to objects by its attributes
  • categorizes objects by similarities and differences
  • describes day and night (identify differences)
  • compare different types of motion
  • independently states address using street address, city, state, and country
  • identifies Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years
  • describes examples of positive character traits exhibited by good citizens


End of the First Quarter!

The end of the first 9 weeks is on Friday, October 6th.  All first quarter assessments will be completed by Friday, 10/6.

Conference week will be 10/16-10/20.  Students will be dismissed 2 hours early each day during conference week. Please make teachers aware of any transportation changes during the week.

Conference forms will go home on 10/2 and need to be signed and returned by Friday, 10/6. Report cards for the first quarter will be reviewed at conferences.


Early Release

We are excited to announce that Ford Elementary has been selected as a stop on the U.S. Education Department’s Green Strides Tour.  This is the first time the Green Strides Tour has visited Georgia, and we are thrilled to be one of eight stops on the tour. The tour will be held on September 19th, starting at 2:30 PM.

In order to minimize disruptions for our students and families, Ford ES will begin dismissal 15 minutes early Tuesday, September 19th.  Bus riders will dismiss at 2:00 and car riders will begin as soon as the buses leave campus, around 2:10.   Please expect your students home about 15 minutes earlier this day and ensure that someone is at the bus stop to meet them with the early arrival.

Please see the attached press release for more information about the tour.  I am also including a link to the CCSD blog with additional details.  http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/?p=21063

Thank you so much for your continued support of Ford Elementary.  We are excited to share our school and the successes of our students and community on the national stage.