It’s Almost Time….

Hello! I am so excited for the 2016- 2017 school year! On this blog you will find many helpful links and weekly updates about our kindergarten learning in room 106! Here is a quick run down of what you will find on each page:

If you have any questions before school starts feel free to email me: [email protected]

What’s on Deck (March 14-18)

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THIS WEEK:

  • Phonics: We will study ea, as in seal. We will focus on understanding and using capitalization correctly.
  • Shared Reading: We will learn the poem “Luck of the Irish”
  • Math: We will focus on understanding large numbers and counting on from high numbers (with 100).
  • Science: We will explore our 5 senses in many ways.
  • Writing: We will begin a unit on ‘writing for a reason’: We will make posters, book reviews and write persuasive letters.
  • Read Aloud: We will read the story Jaime O’ Rourke and the Big Potato and practice our comprehension skills such as predicting, retelling, problem and solution, and making inferences.

REMINDERS:

  • Thursday is 2 exciting things: Spring picture day and our St. Patrick’s Day centers from 1:20- 2:10!
  • We will return and check out books in the media center on Wednesday.
  • We will visit the computer lab on Thursday.
  • Wednesday the 16th is Dominoes night and Friday the 18th is Nutin’ But Fun night.
  • Tuesday marks the end of the 3rd nine weeks of kindergarten! Report cards will be sent home next Tuesday.
  • We had an exciting Davis Dash kick-off assembly this morning; you may register your student on www.thegetmovincrew.com website!  First 2 classes to get 100% registration will earn a coupon for Bruster’s.  Donations will be collected daily until Friday, March 25th. Duncan is currently listed under first grade instead of kindergarten- I will talk with someone from foundation tomorrow and hopefully get this corrected; if you register tonight you just need to select grade 1 instead of k.
  • 2016-17 Class Placement Letter Follow this link to download the placement letters for next year. Ms. Havrilla is accepting hard copies of letters relating to placement of your child in the first grade. The information you provide is used to make the best possible placement for your child. Due to multiple factors considered in class assignments, requests are not guaranteed. It is also available on the school website.  These letters will be due back to Mrs. Havrilla by April 1 and will only be accepted in HARD COPY; not email.

What’s on Deck (February 29- March 4)

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THIS WEEK:

  • Phonics: We will continue studying long a, specifically ‘ake’ as in snake. We will focus on understanding and using punctation correctly.
  • Shared Reading: We will learn the poem “Money Money Money”
  • Math: We will play ‘shake, shake, shake’ and practice making numbers in many ways.
  • Social Studies: We will learn about simple economics such as needs versus wants, how people work to earn money, and types of currency.
  • Writing: We will continue to explore writing ‘how to’ books.
  • Read Aloud: We will read the story Wodney Wat and practice our comprehension skills such as predicting, retelling, problem and solution, and making inferences.

REMINDERS:

  • It’s Read Across America at Davis! Here are the remaining special dress days:
    • Wednesday, March 2ndfavorite character day
    • Friday, March 4thpajama day
      • Also remember to continue to fill out the reading coupons and send them in!
  • We will return and check out books in the media center on Wednesday.
  • We will visit the computer lab on Thursday.
  • We will celebrate Top Cats on Thursday.
  • We will have a Dr. Seuss parade and Read Across America Assembly on Friday morning.
  • You can shop the book fair online! here is the link: Davis Elementary Book Fair
  • This Tuesday, March 1st is Night of the Arts!
  • 2016-17 Class Placement Letter Follow this link to download the placement letters for next year. Ms. Havrilla is accepting hard copies of letters relating to placement of your child in the first grade. The information you provide is used to make the best possible placement for your child. Due to multiple factors considered in class assignments, requests are not guaranteed. It is also available on the school website.  These letters will be due back to Mrs. Havrilla by April 1 and will only be accepted in HARD COPY; not email.

What’s on deck (February 22-26)

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THIS WEEK:

  • Phonics: We will continue studying long a, specifically ‘ai’ as in rain or chain. We will learn the reading strategy “tryin’ lion.”
  • Shared Reading: We will learn the poem “Loose Tooth”
  • Math: We will spend the first half of the week counting on from numbers other than 1, and then we will end the week learning how to use a new math tool called a Rekenrek.
  • Science: We will explore rocks! Please send your student to school with a rock (no smaller than an egg and no larger than their two hands can hold!) tomorrow!
  • Writing: We will continue to explore writing ‘how to’ books.
  • Read Aloud: We will read the story Just Going to the Dentist and practice our comprehension skills such as predicting, retelling, problem and solution, and making inferences.

REMINDERS:

  • It’s Read Across America at Davis! Here are the following special dress days:
    • Tuesday, February 23th- animal print day
    • Wednesday, February 24th- mismatched day
    • Friday, February 26thtwin day, pick a friend and dress alike
    • Monday, February 29thneon day
    • Wednesday, March 2ndfavorite character day
    • Friday, March 4thpajama day
      • Also remember to fill out the reading coupons and send them in!
  • We will return and check out books in the media center on Wednesday. We will also preview the book fair before lunch on Friday.
  • It’s tune out TV week! Turn off the screens and read some books!!
  • Tuesday is Zaxby’s night.
  • Wednesday evening is the coffee house.
  • Friday is spirit day and fresh fruit Friday.
  • You can shop the book fair online! here is the link: Davis Elementary Book Fair
  • March 1st is Night of the Arts!
  • The Six Flags Read to Succeed reading logs are due next Monday, February 29th. These logs not only earn your student a ticket to Six Flags, they also get a reading award at the end of the year awards ceremony 🙂 If you need a new log please let me know.

What’s on Deck! (February 8-12)

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THIS WEEK:

  • Phonics: We will continue studying long a, specifically ‘ay’ as in hay or day. We will learn the reading strategy “skippy frog.”
  • Shared Reading: We will learn the poem “Monster Love”
  • Math: We will continue to practice making teen numbers using a group of ten and some additional ones.
  • Social Studies: We will learn about some of our national symbols: The bald eagle, The Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell.
  • Writing: We will explore writing ‘how to’ books.
  • Read Aloud: We will read the story Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink! and practice our comprehension skills such as predicting, retelling, problem and solution, and making inferences.

REMINDERS:

  • We will celebrate Valentine’s Day with fun centers after lunch on Friday. Please send in your child’s decorated box (free standing with their name written large on the front) and their class set of Valentines by Friday.
  • It’s Kindness Week at Davis! Here are the following special dress days:
    • MONDAY – “Fill A Bucket Day.” Wear DAVIS School colors of blue & orange. Enjoy celebrating random acts of kindness with classmates.
    • TUESDAY – “Hats Off To Kindness.” Wear your favorite cool hat. Give out some compliments.
    • WEDNESDAY – “Team Up Davis with Respect” Wear Davis Spirit Wear Show great manners.
    • THURSDAY – “Be Cool, Be Kind” Wear sunglasses and cool shades. Talk to a classmate you don’t know well.
    • FRIDAY – “Color Your Heart Kind.” Wear red, purple or pink. Only use kind words today.
  • We will return and check out books in the media center on Wednesday.
  • Our Fairytale ball will take place Friday February 12th from 8:00- 8:30.  Please see the flyer at the bottom of this post for details.
  • We have computer lab on Thursday.
  • Updated sight word progress letters will be sent home on Friday, as well as progress alerts for any students with academic or behavioral concerns.

What’s On Deck: January 11- 15

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THIS WEEK:

  • Phonics: We will continue studying long o, specifically ‘ow’ as in snow. We will learn the reading strategy “lips the fish.”
  • Shared Reading: We will learn the poem “Arctic Animals”
  • Math: We will explore the concepts of volume and area.
  • Science: We will explore the physical attributes of objects such a texture, color, pattern, floating/sinking and magnetism.
  • Writing: We will dig deeper in our instructional writing unit by writing “all about” books, especially focusing on our spacing and spelling sight words correctly.
  • Read Aloud: We will read the story The Snowy Day and practice our comprehension skills such as predicting, retelling, visualizing, and making inferences.

REMINDERS:

  • Jar Wars begins on Monday!
  • Tuesday is Chik-fil-a spirit night.
  • We will return and check out books in the media center on Wednesday.
  • The 100th day project is due Tuesday, January 19th. We will celebrate the 100th day on Thursday, but share the projects through the week.
  • We have Arts Alive on Monday, as well as a lesson with Mrs. Bernier.
  • We have computer lab on Thursday.
  • Friday is bingo night!
  • If your student is starting any after school clubs in the coming weeks please send in a note to alert us and include which days they will attend, even if it is a club they attended in the fall. We have no way of knowing who has registered for clubs otherwise. Thanks!

What’s on Deck: January 5-8, 2016

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THIS WEEK:

  • Phonics: We will begin studying the long o sound and we will learn the reading strategy “eagle eye.”
  • Shared Reading: We will learn the poem “Winter’s Here”
  • Math: We will compare objects by weight and use to learn a balance.
  • Science: We will sort materials by their physical properties and learn that matter “matters” 🙂
  • Writing: We will begin our instructional writing unit by writing “all about” books.
  • Read Aloud: We will read the story Snowmen at Night.

REMINDERS:

  • Please leave your rest mat at home, we are no longer using them.
  • We will return and check out books in the media center on Wednesday.
  • The January family project will be sent home on Tuesday. Look for it in your child’s folder!
  • Pokemon cards are not allowed at school. Please help your child remember that they shouldn’t bring them. If they are brought to school, they will be donated to the treasure box.
  • Report cards will be sent home on Friday.
  • Our mystery reader for this week is still open. Please sign up if you’d like to come read to our class.
  • We hope you had a wonderful break, full of rest and fun! We have a lot of exciting learning planned for the coming months.

What’s on Deck (November 30- December 4)

I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving break. I spent the entire week entertaining family- I think I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THIS WEEK:

  • Phonics: We will study the blends ‘gl’ as in glue and ‘sl’ as in slide.
  • Shared Reading: We will learn the poem “Little Ole Elf”
  • Math: We will practice our +1 and -1 math facts within 10.
  • Science: We will learn about the day and night sky and the objects we can see in the day and at night.
  • Writing: We will delve deeper into our story writing. It has been challenging and exciting to tell stories across several pages instead of just one idea on a single page.
  • Read Aloud: We will read the story Peter’s Chair.
  • Guided Reading: We will meet some of our ‘reading friends’ (like chunky monkey and flippy the dolphin) that help us solve tricky words.

REMINDERS:

  • If you haven’t gotten a chance to wash and return your child’s rest mat please do so by the end of the week. We are no longer resting everyday, but we still use our mats from time to time.
  • Mrs. Bernier will visit us for a lesson on Tuesday.
  • We will return and check out books in the media center on Wednesday.
  • We will visit Mrs. Coger in the computer lab on Thursday.
  • Our family project- the holiday posters are due on Friday- if you forgot the directions or need another piece of large construction paper just let me know.
  • Our last Scholastic Book Club order for 2015 will be submitted on December 9th in order to receive the books before the break. The holiday catalogs will be sent home tomorrow. Books are a great present for everyone!
  • Friday is Sparkles Skate Center Spirit Night.
  • Next week brings the Holiday Shoppe- we will shop on Tuesday December 8th from 8:25 to 8:45. We will have 5th grade buddies to help us with our shopping.
  • December is a busy month! Here are the following events to make note of:
    • December 10th- Cookie Making (11:30-12:30).
    • December 11th- Cookie Bakery (Families are invited to ‘shop’ from 8:00- 8:30).
    • December 15th- Gingerbread Centers (holiday party)  9:30-11.
    • December 16th- Holiday Sing- Kindergarten students are asked to wear a brown or tan colored top.
    • December 18th- Polar Express Day- Kindergarten students come to school in their pajamas.

What’s on Deck (November 16-20)

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK:

  • We had a great time on our field trip today to the Roswell Cultural Arts center. Junie B. Jones the musical was great and the picnic lunch at the park with the great big slides was a big hit as well!
  • We painted watercolor nature scenes a la Georgia O’ Keekfe.
  • Mrs. Bernier taught us about being a ‘No Place for Hate’ school and we all singed a banner pledging to be kind and not bully.
  • We drew turkeys at computer lab using KidPix.
  • We recognized our Davis Veterans during the Veteran’s day parade.
  • We loved seeing our families at our Harvest Lunch.
  • We had a blast exploring gravity in many ways. Ask your child about gravity and let me know what they have to say!
  • We reached our pantry drive goal of bringing in more than 100 items to donate to those less fortunate!

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR NEXT WEEK:

  • Phonics: We will study the digraphs ‘th’ (as in thumb) and ‘wh’ (as in whistle).
  • Shared Reading: We will learn the poem “5 Fat Turkeys”
  • Math: We will explore 1 more and 1 less relationships between numbers 1-10.
  • Social Studies: We will learn the story of Thanksgiving.
  • Writing: We will delve deeper into our story writing. It has been challenging and exciting to tell stories across several pages instead of just one idea on a single page.
  • Read Aloud: We will read the story Turkey Trouble next week. We will also read a companion nonfiction text about turkeys and use both texts to predict, retell and use schema to write a turkey fact book.
  • Guided Reading: We will meet some of our ‘reading friends’ (like chunky monkey and flippy the dolphin) that help us solve tricky words.
  • Other fun stuff:
    • We will be having an ‘in school field trip’ on Friday after lunch. Mr. Geof will be coming to share some music and dancing with us before our Harvest centers begin at 1:20!
    • The canned food drive continues! We have collected the most items of any kindergarten class so far; if we keep bringing things in we may win a pizza party for our class. Clean out those cupboards and pantries and donate to the Lassiter Food Pantry (no expired items please).

REMINDERS:

  • Please return the permission slip for Mr. Geof (will come home on Monday) as soon as possible.
  • We will return and check out books in the media center on Wednesday.
  • Jackets and long pants/leggings are required at recess for the foreseeable future.
  • Rest mats will be sent home on Thursday/Friday. Please wash the mat during the Thanksgiving break and return it to school November 30th.

What’s on deck (November 9-13)

WHAT’S IN STORE THIS WEEK:

  • Phonics: We will begin our focus on digraphs; sh and ch this week.
  • Shared Reading: We will learn the poem “Out in the Garden”.
  • Math: We will continue to practice part/part/whole relationships using story problems.
  • Science: We will start thinking about gravity and why some things stay in the sky while others fall to the ground.
  • Writing: We have begun writing books! It is exciting and challenging to tell a narrative across multiple pages.
  • Read Aloud: We will read two stories- Goldilocks and the 3 Bears (to practice using a story map) and The Relatives Came (to visualize and retell).
  • Guided Reading: We will begin studying features of informational text while reading text on each student’s instructional reading level.
  • Other fun stuff:
    • Our Lassiter Food Pantry Drive has begun! Please send in as many items as you are able to. Our goal is to collect 100 items in our class.
    • Quarters for Turkeys is also this week! Any loose change can be brought in to contribute towards the purchase of Thanksgiving dinners.
    • Our Veteran’s Day Parade will be on Wednesday morning.
    • Our Harvest Lunch is on Wednesday as well. We can’t wait to see you and enjoy our feast!
    • We will return books and check out at the media center on Wednesday.
    • Mrs. Bernier visited us today. We signed the ‘No Place for Hate’ banner and pledged to be bully-free!
    • We will have Arts Alive on Tuesday after lunch.
    • We will visit the computer lab on Thursday after lunch.
    • Friday is our field trip to see Junie B. Jones! I have gotten many questions about parents coming-  We already have all of the adults we can bring with us on the bus, but if you would like to drive separately and purchase your ticket on your own ($10) you are more then welcome. You may want to contact the theater for more information: (770) 641-1260
    • Friday evening is Nutin’ But Fun spirit night.

REMINDERS:

  • If you have not completed your Turkey project please send it in as soon as possible. We will be sending the December project home tomorrow!
  • Please dress your child in red white and blue on Wednesday to help us honor our armed services.
  • Please dress your child in a Davis shirt (or Davis colors) for the field trip.
  • Jackets and long pants/leggings are required at recess for the foreseeable future.