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Welcome to First Grade!


Thank you so much for supporting this year’s Kennesaw Obstacle Challenge! The program was a huge success, and I know everyone had so much fun! There’s just one more thing left to do.

We need your help collecting all of our pledges. As a class, we raised $1340.10 — WOW!, and our goal is to collect 100% of all pledges by 08/23/2019.

All sponsors that included their email address when making a pledge will receive an email reminder and instructions to pay for their pledge. Please reach out to those sponsors who did NOT include their email address to let them know they can send cash or check to you, which will then be sent to school in your child’s collection envelope (coming home soon).

Finally, please encourage your child to thank all of their sponsors for helping our school!

Thank you again for your support!


Our class got pledges totaling $45 a lap, so we earned Free Class Time, which we’ll take on Monday. 


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Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party

We won the Boosterthon challenge for first grade last night since we got the most new pledges! We had so much fun at the Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party we earned for winning! The glow bracelets we got were pretty fun, too!

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News and Notes for the Week of August 12

I can’t believe how many of the children are following the school/class procedures when we’ve only been in school for 7 days! I realize what a big adjustment it is, moving up to first grade, with greater expectations and responsibilities. Thank you for your support as we help your child face these challenges together.

On Monday, we will go to the Media Center for our first lesson with our fabulous Media Specialist, Mrs. Finnegan. Your child will come home with a book. It can be checked out for up to two weeks, but it also can be returned in one day and a new book can be checked out after the previous one is returned.

A computerized Reading Inventory will be given to your children on Tuesday. Part 1 will be testing letter/sound knowledge and other foundational reading skills. If/when they score 49 or higher on this test, Part 2 is given, which tests reading comprehension.

On Wednesday, the computerized Scholastic Math Inventory will be given. It provides a measure of students’ readiness for mathematics instruction.

In phonics, a short vowel review test will be given by the end of the week. We have been reviewing basic CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant ) words last week and will again this week.

Individualized sight word lists were sent home with some students on Friday.  By the end of first grade, students are to know how to read 200+ words instantly. Hurrah for all of those students who have already learned them all! I encourage you to cut the words apart into flash cards and have your child practice them in a variety of ways. No need to return the list!

Did you see your child’s fabric Baggy Book bag with books come home on Friday? A reading log was filled out with the titles they chose on their level. Thank you for helping your child to read their Baggy Books to and/or with you or another adult. Please help to have the log signed and returned with the books on Friday. Students will read their books with a buddy each Friday. It boosts their confidence to share what they’ve practiced all week at home.

The first 5 Star Tiered Homework grid was sent home on Friday, too. It allows students additional opportunities for meaningful practice of first grade skills. Please know that this Homework is due each Thursday, even though Baggy Books, phonics tests, and sight word assessments are planned for Fridays. Every time your child completes an assignment on the grid, color the star(s) in. Treasure Box treats are given to students who return their homework on time with the “Have To” assignments and more than 5 stars worth of work completed. All written work needs to be attached to the cover page.

Our math lessons have begun with number sense and tally graphs. We’ve collected data and organized them into tally charts. We’ll continue to spend another week on graphing , and work on strengthening our sense of numbers with subitizing (instant recognition of number situations) and counting/writing to 120. 

Our first thematic (health) unit has focused on the character traits of respect, friendship, and caring. I am happy to report that we have begun to build a community with many Bucket Fillers. We will now be learning about our global address (continent, country, state, county, town, home address). This will lay the foundation for our social studies standards pertaining to the lives of the American historical figures we’ll be studying throughout the year. Students will need to locate all continents and oceans later this year as well.

Lastly, please make sure to sign or initial your child’s agenda every school day, even if nothing has been written in it for that day. It is just verification that you checked it. I will be checking it every morning to see if you have a note for me. (But, please remember Transportation Changes need to be sent in separately.) Helpful Hint: Have an established location for your child to place his/her agenda, Home Folder, Baggy Books, sight words, and Five Star Homework in. Then, when things get busy, everyone knows where to find the things needed for school.


Kennesaw Spirit Week

Monday, 8/12 – Superhero Day (sorry, no capes allowed)

Tuesday, 8/13 – Backwards Day

Wednesday, 8/14 – Western Day (get those cowboy hats and boots out)

Thursday, 8/15 – KES Spirit Wear Day (KES hats are ok)

Friday, 8/16 – Boosterthon Fun Run & Sneaker Day


Our Kennesaw Obstacle Challenge fundraiser is underway! To help prepare for the main event, students now have a WEEKEND CHALLENGE! If a student receives a total of $2 per obstacle in new pledges (or $60 in flat donations) over the weekend, they’ll receive a special #Boosterthon prize! Enter those pledges on FUNRUN.COM to qualify. Thank you for supporting our school!


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MWW Character Posters


Our class had a BLAST at our Boosterthon pep rally today for the Kennesaw Elementary School (Obstacle Course) Fun Run coming up next week! We’ve begun learning how to choose to live with character through Booster’s brand new character theme, MindSpark: Wild West.

While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to compete in character duels, your children will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world. Make sure to ask your child what he/she has learned each day, and together you can watch the story unfold on!

Students who register TONIGHT will get EXTRA RECESS tomorrow! Check out the flier that went home today.

We need your help connecting to sponsors who can make a pledge to help our school! Please make sure all pledges for the Kennesaw Elementary School Fun Run are entered on The more pledges we get, the more incentives our class earns on our Pledge-O-Meter.

Incentives from the first grade team for classes who get these pledges (per lap):

$80   Movie & Popcorn

$70   Pajama Day

$60   Popsicle Party

$50   Team Sports Day

$40   Free Class Time

$30   Extra Recess

$20   Stuffed Animal Day

$10   Hat Day

$5     Silly Socks Day


Thank you for your generosity and support of our school. If you have any questions, please let me know.


Have a great evening!


P.S. Make sure to register your child on Search for our school or use our school registration code:

*The Boosterthon (Obstacle Course) Fun Run is next Friday (8/16) at 8:15.

*Parents are invited to attend, but please check in first to get a visitor’s badge. 

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Notebooks or Journals?

I’m sorry about any confusion with the notebooks we use in our class. Composition notebooks are typically used in 2nd grade, but they were mistakenly added to the general 1st grade supply list.


Mead K-2 Classroom Primary Journal - MEA09554

The notebooks we use in 1st grade are called Primary Journals, where there’s a space at the top of the page for a picture with lines beneath it for writing. Our school was unable to provide them for us this year. Thankfully, I found them on sale last year and bought some as a back up. So, if you aren’t able to find them, I can share with your children the ones I bought. 😊

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Ready for First Grade

It was so wonderful meeting my new students at Meet and Greet. I love all of the sweet, smiling faces! Thank you to all families who have already sent supplies in; we really appreciate it!

Beginning of the year paperwork needing to be turned in:

Clinic Card

Kennesaw Elementary Inclement Weather form

Receipt of the Family Information Guide (tear off the back page)

Performing Arts Permission Slip (signature needed, but donation is optional)

Getting to Know Your Child

Parent Volunteer Sheet (if you’re interested in helping out in our classroom this year)

Please send your child in with a healthy snack and a reusable water bottle (preferably with a pop-top lid) every day, or a whole week’s worth each Monday. I have a bowl in the classroom for whole fruits and vegetables for snack time and would love donations for it (i.e. bananas, apples, carrots, celery, grapes). We eat around 9:15. We will be emphasizing healthy habits all school year long and we will suggest chips, muffins, cookies, etc. be saved for lunch.

Please have your children send in their Brag Bags this week. We’re going to have fun learning about each other and building our class community with this activity.

Also, please check our class Specials on the calendar in the back of the Home Folder  (temporarily the Cobb County folder) to ensure your child wears sneakers on PE days. We have P.E. on Monday again. 

Lastly, students may begin entering the school building at 7:10 and the tardy bell rings at 7:50. If eating breakfast at school, students will stop at the Grab & Go cart, and proceed directly to class to eat. It would be helpful if you remind your children on the mornings they are to do this.

Have your child be on the lookout for some fun news being sent your way soon. 


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Welcome to Mrs. Kulkarni’s Blog



I am really looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year. I’m happy to have another avenue to bridge the gap between home and school for my students and their parents. I’ll share class news, links to helpful resources, class pictures, and much more. Please visit this website often, as it will be updated frequently. 

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I am so excited to meet you at Meet and Greet/Open House on Tuesday, July 30 between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. I will be asking you to provide me with how your child will be going home each day (bus number, daycare name, etc.) and to check/edit your contact information (phone numbers and email addresses). These both relate to the safety of your children – my number 1 priority!

Important Dates:

Thursday, August 1    First Day of School

Friday, August 16    Boosterthon Fun Run  8:15

Wednesday, August 28  Early Release at 12:30

Please send in a healthy snack each day. Our lunch is at 12:07. Look for a letter in the communication “Home” folder with a few more details. The blue folders we use for this are on order, so we are temporarily using the Cobb County folders until they arrive.

Note that transportation changes must be submitted in writing to the teacher on the morning of the change. For the safety of all students, phone, fax, and email changes will NOT be accepted. For Kennesaw Elementary’s policies and procedures, please click here.

We are going to have a terrific year, learning and having fun together.  Feel free to email me with any questions:

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