Week of Feb. 11-15

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Help!  We are in need of:

  • Tiny stickers
  • Paper towels


-Thursday is Valentine’s Day, so please make sure your child has a decorated box or bag to collect their cards and treats in. If your child chooses to bring Valentines to pass out make sure there is enough for each child. 🙂

-Friday is STEM Day! Please come join your child at 8:30 in our class so that together you can help make a parachute for our pipe cleaner people!  This event will lasts until 9:15. We will have lunch from 10:40-11:10 on Friday. We will get to see a Glass Harpist at 11:30!

-Remember that February 18-22nd is our February Break! We will see you back here on Monday, February 25th. 🙂

Here’s what we are learning about this week:

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Literacy/Reader’s Workshop: the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Valentine’s Day,

Writer’s Workshop: opinion writing

Phonics: the letter Q

Sight Words: are, here

Math: continuing subtraction to 5

Week of Feb. 4-8

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-I hope everyone is enjoying their Super Bowl Sunday!

-Thanks to Mrs. Hendrix for coming in for Mystery Reader on Friday! 🙂

February Birthdays:

  • Tyler- Feb. 10

-Thank you to some of our parents for doing some cutting for us at home!  That helps tremendously!!

Box Tops are collected all year long…but this week PTA will be counting at the end of the week.  Send in your Box Tops and label the baggie with ‘Kindergarten’!


Here’s what we are learning about this week:

Literacy/Reader’s Workshop:  George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Presidents’ Day, main topic/key details

Writer’s Workshop: writing about being a president, opinion writing

Phonics: the letter V

Sight Words: went, out

Math: intro to subtraction to 5

Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1

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-Thank you to Della’s mom and sister for coming in for Mystery Reader last week!

-Last week we had Science Lab. The kids were learning about how polar animals can survive in the icy weather. The kids got to test which hand could stay in the icy water longer, the polar bear hand with blubber, or their own hand!

-This week is Kindness Week!  K-2 kiddos will be watching “Horton Hears a Who” on Friday afternoon!

-All After School Clubs start up again this week. Please make sure you let us know if your child is attending a club!

-Do a little snow dance for some snow on Tuesday maybe??  🙂

-We will have a guidance lesson on Thursday.

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-On Friday I will send home information about Valentines Day, and our next family project! If your child wishes to give Valentines cards or treat out we just ask that they bring enough for every child in the class. 🙂

Here’s what we are learning about this week:


Literacy/Reader’s Workshop:  Polar animals, The Mitten by Jan Brett

Writer’s Workshop: Opinion writing, The Mitten writing

Phonics: the letter K

Sight Words: review

Math: addition to 5, continued

Week of Jan. 22-25

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-We had a GREAT 100th day (and week!) We sang fun 100 day songs, made a 100 day trail mix, read 100 day stories, made 100 day hats, and lots of other crafts! The kids enjoyed parading through the 1st grade and office to show off their 100 day shirts. You guys are very creative, by the way! Also, thanks to those who I asked to send in the 100 day goodies!   We appreciate it.

It was so nice seeing everyone at our 100th Day Celebration!!  I am so proud of our kiddos!! 🙂


**Here is some info from our guidance counselor, Mrs. Kotarba:

As part of our “No Place for Hate” program, we are looking forward to participating in the Kindness Challenge from January 28th-February 1st.

The students will work together as a class to complete activities to show kindness such as, asking a new friend to play, helping someone, writing a thank you note, or performing a kind act of their own design. Teachers will have daily discussions, read stories, and watch short video clips about showing kindness, inclusion, and respect.

Additionally, we will show kindness in our community by hosting a toiletries drive to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults AND SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. With the help of our Student Council, we will be collecting items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. These items will go to children in our community.  A flyer with more information will come home about this.

We will also have some fun by dressing up to the following themes each day.

Monday (1/28)-Hats off to kindness (wear hats)

Tuesday (1/29)-Being kind is groovy (wear 70s clothes)

Wednesday (1/30)-Kindness Rocks (wear rock star clothes)

Thursday (1/31)-Cougars are Kind (wear Cougar Pride or school colors)

Friday (2/1)-Cheer for Kindness (wear sports clothes)


Here’s what we are learning about this week:

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Literacy/Reader’s Workshop: Martin Luther King, Jr., winter

Writer’s Workshop: Martin Luther King, Jr. writing, opinion writing, winter writing

Phonics: the letter J

Sight Words: was

Math: intro to addition to 5

Week of Jan. 14-18

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*HELP! We are running low on Clorox wipes!  We would love any donations!  🙂

-We enjoyed our Mystery Reader, Mr. Apte!  Thanks for coming!

-We had a fun week talking about the New Year! We talked about how everyone celebrated, made 2019 New Year’s hats, and made some goals/resolutions!

Thursday, Jan. 17th, we will celebrate the 100th day of school! Please send your child to school in the 100th day t-shirt, if you created one. They can wear it over another shirt or have an extra shirt to change into if wish to take off their special shirt. We will parade around the office and the 1st grade classes. 🙂

             A few tips and suggestions for the 100th Day t-shirt:

  • If you choose to glue anything onto the t-shirt, make sure to put newspaper or a paper bag in between the shirt layers. Hot glue works best.
  • Stickers tend to fall off, so reinforcing them with glue is a good thing.
  • You can use buttons, stickers, safety pins, googly eyes, pompoms….
  • Remember they will wear these to school on Thursday!

*If you need ideas for the shirt just click this link:


-Our 100th day celebration is Friday, January 18th at 8:15 am.  I sent home a special invitation to those parents whose child has met the 100 Day skills. 🙂

-Report cards went home on Friday. Please send back the signed envelope.

-Next Monday, Jan. 21st is Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and there is NO SCHOOL! We will see you on Tuesday, Jan. 28th.


Here’s what we are learning about this week:

Literacy/Reader’s Workshop: 100th Day

Writer’s Workshop: 100 Day writing, intro to Opinion writing

Phonics: the letter L

Sight Words: had

Math: the number 100, 100 Day activities

Week of Jan. 7-12

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-We will see everyone tomorrow! 🙂

–Mrs. Pakula and I want to say Thank you for all of the holiday gifts that you sent in, AND the class gift that we received!!  You all have made us feel so special this holiday season. We are so appreciative of all of you, and couldn’t have asked for better Kindergarten parents. Thank you for all that you do!

-We had a great time with Grinch Day and our holiday party before the break! Thank you to our Room Moms, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Cargill, for getting it all set up, and to everyone who sent in fun goodies!! Here are some pictures from both!

-Continue working on those 100 Day skills… the 100th day is approaching fast… The 100th day of school is on January 17th and our 100th day award ceremony will be on January 18th. (We will be sending home official invitations on Monday to those who have already made it!)  Students have until January 17th to show me they know all 100 skills. I have sent home notes letting all families know exactly what their child is missing. I hope you had some time over the break to help your child master these skills so that we can add their star to our Wall of Fame in the Kindergarten pod!  🙂

Coming soon will be information about your next family project (a 100 Day t-shirt!) and a donation for our 100th day snack. 🙂  We will be doing tons of 100 Day stuff next week!

-We will be reviewing and assessing this week.  Report cards will be coming home this Friday, Jan. 11th!  Please sign and return the white envelope after you have received it! Thanks!

Here’s what we are learning about this week:

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Literacy/Reader’s Workshop: New Year’s Eve, resolutions

Writer’s Workshop: wrapping up informational writing/review

Phonics: the letter W

Sight Words: for

Math: counting forward from any number (introduction)



Week of Dec. 17-21

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-Before I get into what is going on this week, my husband and I have some exciting news!!  I’m sure some of you have noticed, but if you haven’t, we are expecting Baby #2 in June!!  We will have two under the age of 2… any advice?!

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-We had a GREAT time making our gingerbread houses on Friday!! The kids rolled up their sleeves and dove right in! A special thanks for our parents that were daring enough to come and help (heehee!):  Mrs. Cargill and Della’s grandma, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Wier, Mrs. Haerr, Mrs. Barletta, Mrs. Murillo and Ian’s aunt.  THANK YOU for your help!!  I hope the houses made it home safely and still in tact!


-We also enjoyed our Mystery Reader last week, Mrs. Wier!


Here are some Goings-On during this busy last week:

  • Wednesday–   Holiday Party from 11:00-12:00. We would love to have you come in and join us! After our party, you are welcome to take your kiddo home with you, maybe to help you wrap gifts or do some last minute shopping! 🙂


  • Thursday–    Grinch Day – If you want, wear a Grinch shirt, or just a green shirt… you can even do crazy Grinch hair or antlers if you want!!  We are going to be reading the book, and watching a Grinch movie… we also will be making Grinch Dust and trying to think of ways to make the Grinch smile. 🙂 This is also an Early Release Day.
  • Friday–    Polar Express/Pajama Day-  We will be reading the story and watching “The Polar Express” in our cozy PJ’s!  Please make sure your child still wears normal shoes so they can still get around easily that day. This is also an Early Release Day.

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**As we end 2018, Mrs. Pakula and I would like to thank each of you for your support in making the first half of the school year a success! We hope you and your family have a wonderful and restful holiday and winter break. We will see you on Monday, Jan. 7th, 2019!!

Week of Dec. 3-7

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-Continue working on your child’s 100 Day skills… It is approaching quickly!  Check the back of your child’s folder to see what hasn’t been highlighted yet, and practice, practice, practice!  We already have 10 kiddos that have their star on the 100th Day Wall!   🙂

-Don’t forget to finish up decorating your holiday light so we can display it on our wall!

-Don’t forget to send in your tub of white icing for our Gingerbread Houses! This will be our “glue”. We will be doing these next Friday, Dec. 14th from 12:30-1:30. Your child will bring home their gingerbread house in a large brown paper bag that day.  It’s going to be fun and messy!  If you would like to come in, help, and see the fun (along with our awesome volunteers), come on in!

-Our Holiday Party is Wednesday, Dec. 19th , from 11:00-12:00 pm.

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December birthdays:

  • Keegan- Dec. 6
  • Caden- Dec. 6
  • Della- Dec. 7
  • Anna- Dec. 11


Here’s what we are learning about this week:


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Literacy/Reader’s Workshop: Reindeer, holidays

Writer’s Workshop: Reindeer writing, informational writing

Phonics: the letter E

Sight Words: did, get

Math: beginning measurement (length, height)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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*Kincaid Elementary has put the annual “Giving Tree” in the front lobby of our school. If you or your child would like to donate a toy or clothing item for a child in need, please select a paper ornament from the Giving Tree. Please purchase the item listed on the ornament and place the unwrapped item under the tree by December 14th. All items will be delivered to MUST Ministries for their Toy Shop benefiting needy families in our community. Please contact our school counselors if you have any questions about the Giving Tree. Our counselors can be reached by email lori.kotarba@cobbk12.org or Meredith.weitnauer@cobbk12.org or by calling the school. Thank you in advance for your generosity! 🙂

-It was so great to see all of you on Thursday!  I hope everyone is having a GREAT Thanksgiving break, and we will see you on Monday, Nov. 26th! 🙂