What??? It can’t be!!!!

     How is it the last week of school!? I have so enjoyed this year with your AMAZING Kinders and I CANNOT believe it is coming to an end!

That being said, we have a very special morning planned tomorrow. We will begin singing (bring your tissues!) at 8:30 in the cafeteria. I would get there by 8:15 at the LATEST to get a good seat. We are in the middle of the stage on the steps, so either side of the cafeteria will work, but you way want to try to sit toward the middle.

After we sing, we will go back to the classroom so you can see your Kinder’s portfolio and eat some breakfast. I also have some special awards to give out to all of the Kinders.

Finally, around 9:30, we will go outside for our luau activities (hopefully the rain will hold off!). We will also have Kona Ice treats (unfortunately, we only have enough budgeted for the Kinders to have Kona Ice). That will all be over around 10:15 or so. If you would like, you may check out your child in the classroom after the luau is over.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!

April 23-27

This week we will be going back to our regular schedule (YAY!), so our lunch will be at 10:32 and specials at 1:15 once again. Although the Kinders adjusted amazingly to the testing schedule, we love having an early lunch (we get so hungry!) and a late specials.

This week in reading we are continuing to work on being avid readers! We will be reading and comparing nonfiction texts. We will also begin learning about identifying the main topic and supporting details.

In writing we will continue our unit on opinion writing. We have learned about how to write a letter persuading others to share in our opinions. This week our main focus will be adding a “fix-it” idea to help persuade readers even more!

In math we are finishing our unit on “friends of 10” (different ways to make 10). We will begin learning about how teen numbers make up one group of ten and ones left over (for example, 14 is one group of ten and four left over).

In social studies we will begin our study of the Star Spangled Banner!

Have a great week!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school Kinder families! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and a relaxing spring break!

This week, our amazing 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will begin taking the Georgia Milestones Standardized Test. Because of testing, the schedule will be adjusted to allow for testing to occur during the morning and allow those grades to have specials in the afternoon. Therefore, for the next two weeks our specials will occur at 8:00 AM and we will eat lunch at 11:22 (instead of 10:32).

Although our schedule will be different, we will still be busy learning! In phonics this week our main focus will be segmenting words into syllables. This skill helps us with reading and writing!

In Writer’s Workshop we will continue writing our opinion pieces. We will focus on using spelling strategies to write long words. We will also learn how to write letters to share our opinions with others.

In Reader’s Workshop we will learn about the importance of setting personal goals to take ownership in our reading success. We will also learn more about the value of reading with partners to help us become better readers.

In math we will be working on the different ways to make 10, through numbers and story problems.

Have a wonderful week!

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way!


Although it feels like winter outside, we are still going to embrace spring! One way we will do that is by having our Easter Egg hunt on Friday afternoon at 12:00! If you haven’t been able to send in 12 plastic eggs with a treat inside, please try to do so by Thursday. Please remember not to put chocolate treats inside (it will melt) or anything with nuts. Also, I need some parent volunteers to come early and hide the eggs. If you would be interested, please email me and let me know.

In Reader’s Workshop we are learning about what avid readers do. We have discussed how avid readers LOVE reading and they respond to to texts by trying to understand what the characters are feeling in their books to help them better understand the plot of the book.

We have begun our new writing unit, opinion writing. We began the week by talking about how we can make the world a better place through our writing. First, we pick a problem we are seeing, next, we think about how the problem could be solved, and finally we think of a way we can write to persuade other people to help solve that problem (by making a sign, a petition, a book, or a letter).

In math, we are learning all about the number ten. This week we will be adding and subtracting numbers within 10 through story problems, centers, and number sentences.

Finally, we are wrapping up our social studies unit on the Statue of Liberty. We have had so much fun learning about how the majestic symbol of freedom was designed, created, and built in France. The Kinders were amazed at the fact that the French, after putting it together, had to take it apart, pack it in crates, put the crates on a ship, and carried it over to New York City where it had to be put back together again.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I hope to see you all for the egg hunt on Friday!

The remaining sight words for the year are:

an, as, day, down, find, had, her, if, all, but, did, jump, made, many, may, more, of, out, so, that, get, into, their, then, about, could, each, from, his, long, number, other, part, some, them, use, were, which, word, your, oil, water, over, they

March 12-16

Wow! What a great field trip on Friday! Thank you to all of the chaperones who were able to come and help out. I think everyone had a “farm-tastic time!”

This week we will be finishing out the third nine weeks. I haven’t been sending home books to read because I am conducting assessments during my guided reading group time. I hope to be finished with these assessments by the end of the week so your Kinders will start bringing home books again next week.

In math we are completing our unit on composing (making) and decomposing (breaking apart) numbers to make 5. We will also be doing assessments on this standard to prepare for next nine weeks where we will begin making 10. 

We will also complete our unit on how-to books in Writer’s Workshop this nine weeks. I have really enjoyed seeing all of the amazing writing the Kinders have been doing in this unit. Next nine weeks is a super fun unit because we will be doing opinion writing!


March 5 – 9

Field trip!

We are so excited about our field trip this Friday to the art barn! If you have not sent in your child’s permission form, please be sure to send it in as soon as possible.  If you are planning to chaperone, please remember that you will have to provide your own transportation. Also, your child will need to ride on the school bus, or be counted absent from school if you elect to bring him or her with you. In years past, parents have met at the school to carpool and follow the buses. Please feel free to continue this tradition.

Remember, we are going to a farm, so send your child in appropriate clothing (clothes toed shoes, comfortable clothes, overalls optional :).

Remember that lunches need to be disposable, so please do not send in lunchboxes or water bottles that cannot be thrown away.


We will be going to the STEM lab on Thursday to learn more about our science standard on rocks and soil.


We hope everyone had a great time at STEM night. Our STEM-TASTIC campaign is in full swing. Please continue to support our STEM program. All monies earned will go directly to our children.

Oh the Places You’ll Go (when you’re a Kinder at Frey!)

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful February break and enjoyed the beautiful weather! It felt more to me like spring break!

We have an exciting week upon us! On Thursday, we will have our storybook character parade! Don’t forget to send in the form indicating the character your child will portray, along with the filled out character foldout that was sent home. I can’t wait to see all of those precious Kinders dressed as different characters!

Since Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s birthday) is on Friday, we will do different activities that center around that amazing author and poet! It will be a lot of fun!

I will post the remaining sight words for the year this week. I will be a Remind message to let you know when I put it on the blog.

Have a great week!

February 12 – 16

Don’t forget that this Wednesday is our Valentine’s Day party! We will start the party right after lunch (around 11:00), so if you would like to come eat lunch with your child before the party you are welcome to join us! We will decorate a cookie, make a craft, and then have a small snack. After the party we will head outside (weather permitting) for recess. I hope to see you all there!

We have a lot of learning to do this week! In phonics we will begin learning about reading and writing words with consonant blends. A consonant blend is two or three consonants, at the beginning or ending of a word, that blends sounds together to make one sound. We will focus on these blends:

bl, cl, fl, pl, sl, gl, br, cr, dr, fr, tr, gr, sm, sp, st, sc, sn, sw, and sk

In Reader’s Workshop we apply our lessons about blends into reading them in books. We have focused a lot on getting our mouths ready when reading unknown words by looking at the beginning letter (or letters), so we will now begin thinking about looking at the ends of words too (I call this carrying your eyes to the end of the word).

In Writer’s Workshop we are getting close to the end of our How To Unit. We will continue applying everything we have learned about what good authors do and look at text features in How To books to see what we can add to our own writing!

In math we are still focusing on the beginning concepts of adding and subtracting. We have begun reading and analyzing story problems and showing how to solve them using words, pictures, and numbers.

I am looking forward to another fun week!

A message from Mr. Cathey

Hello parents,

Coach Callahan will soon be helping our students participate in Jump Rope for Heart.  This is a national campaign that is hosted by The American Heart Association.  It’s a great event to raise funds and awareness in the fight against heart disease and stroke.  These are the No.1 and No.4 killers in America.  It’s also great to promote heart healthy living in our students.


Here’s where you come in…Volunteers are needed throughout the week at different times.  Below is a sign up genius.  Please clicki on the link, check your schedules and see what spots could work for you.  Thank you for being a part of such an amazing community that supports our kids so well!  We hope to see you here.




“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”

-John Dewey


Jason Cathey


Frey Elementary School

You Matter To Me.

This week in Kindergarten (1/29-2/2)

We are embarking on another fun and busy week!

In Reader’s Workshop we are working on building on our reading “super powers!” We have been talking a lot about how many of the books we read in class have patterns, which make it easy to know what will come on the next page. However, we also have talked about how, many times, the pattern changes on the last page. We are NOT going to let those sneaky authors trick us though! We use our other reading “super powers” so we won’t get tricked. The Kinders are practicing using their sound power (look at the first work and get their mouth ready by making that sound) and their picture power (then check the picture). Finally, we use our snap word power to check our reading (we ask ourselves, does it sound right?). I am so proud of the amazing readers we are becoming!

In Writer’s Workshop we are continuing to work on becoming “how-to” authors. This week our focus will be on putting diagrams with labels in our books, writing as many books as we can, and tackling those long words with many letters and sounds.

In Phonics we are finishing learning how to write uppercase letters. We also practice our sounds (vowels in particular) every day. We will also begin thinking about how c and g make a hard and soft sound.

In math we are learning about making number combinations. We are looking at how we can take two groups of objects and combining them to make a large group (this is an introduction to the concept of addition). We are also working on being able to fluently make combinations that equal 5.