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November News


Today marks the halfway mark for Quarter 2.  Time is moving fast.  I gave you all a sheet at conferences letting you know what the standards are for this quarter to refer to as we moved forward.  We send home the contents in  their cubbies for you to take out, look at,  and keep.  Please return the folders marked Classwork Folders so we can continue using them this year.

Updates and Reminders:

  • Nov. 6- SMENCILS ARE BACK! they will be $1.oo. They will be smelling them after the bell rings in the morning
  • Nov.13-17 Book Fair (Information on sheet in folder)
  • Food Drive- Nov. 6-14
  • Nov. 14th-Friends and Family Luncheon (K-1)
    • We will be at tables 1 and 2 (the paper sent home says different
  • Nov. 20-24 Thanksgiving Break

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

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October News


It was great to see all of you during conference week!

I wanted to update you on a few things..

  • We just finished up Red Ribbon Week
    • Monday-Be Kind! We wrote kind notes to a friend
    • Tuesday-Be Respectful! Say please and thank you
    • Wednesday- Be Positive! Say something positive to a friend
    • Thursday-Be Healthy-Eat fruits and veggies
    • Friday-Be a Role Model-Model excellent behavior in our hallways
  • Pictures went home last Monday…they were all so great!

Upcoming dates

Oct. 30th-Dress up like a character of a book day

Nov. 1-Media Center for check-out

Nov. 7th- Student Holiday

Nov. 14th- Friends and Family Luncheon for K-1

Nov. 20-24- Thanksgiving Break

Temperatures are up and down these days.  I am encouraging students to put their coats, jackets, gloves in their book bag upon arrival.  Please if you can to encourage them to do the same..also it would help to put their names in their jackets.

Thank you for sending in extra snacks. The donations are appreciated.

Some needs for our classroom are

  • crayons
  • hand sanitizer – not soap (we have plenty)
  • wide rolls of masking tape (we really need)

Sight word challenge to come soon…

Please continue to practice..Student need to know at least 14 by Second Quarter’s end.  If you need a copy of the words, please let me know.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Ms. Estrada

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End of First Quarter

Happy Fall Parents,

It is hard to believe we have finished a quarter already.  I am looking forward to meeting with you all next week for conferences.  Report cards will be distributed at our conference time.

I just wanted to touch base with you on a few things and hopefully answer any questions you might have too.

  • Daily folders- Please note your child’s transportation home and if they have a club.  On Fridays, the new weekly log for the next week is underneath so if you could note Monday’s transportation for us that would be great.  Thank you
  • Homework- Is not required..The packet that is sent home at the beginning of the month is due at the end of the month along with the reading log.  We are hoping that the work is something that you can interact, listen, and or help your child with, but again not required.
  • Weather Changes- As the weather starts to get cooler, jackets and more clothing starts to appear.  Please put your child’s name somewhere on the coats.  We encourage students to put their sweatshirts and or jackets in their bags to keep track
  • Media Center- We try to get to check out once a week, but sometimes the schedule does not always have space.  I will put a note in the daily folder of when we will go next.
  • Snacks- Thank you for making donations for snacks.  We greatly appreciate it.  There are some that need some or just forget so it is nice to have some on hand.  We do have a student who is allergic to peanuts so if you could please be sensitive to this and not send in any peanut items. Thank you so much!
  • Conferences-  I will send home a reminder the day before your conference. We are on a tight schedule and I want to make sure everyone has their time so being on time would be appreciated.  I know sometimes parking can be an issue so I do understand.


October 13- Fall Festival (starting at 6 pm)

Oct. 16-20  Conferences (Students will be dismissed 2 hours early) We will not be doing snack due to early release and eating early.  ASP is still an option even though dismissed early.

Oct.30  Book Character Dress Up

Oct.31  Costumes are not allowed


Thanks for all you do and hope you have a good rest of the week




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September News

Hope you are all having a wonderful week

There are a few things I wanted to get you up to date on.

Our Morning Workout day has changed to Fridays.  This starts at 7:20-7:45.  The students that eat breakfast, will need to eat breakfast before attending workouts.  All students must come to class first before their workouts as well.

We had our first visit to the Media Center last week.  The students had an orientation with our Media Specialist and then were able to check out.  I do look at the book before they check out because sometimes they pick ones that are too difficult.  This past time, I let them get one of their choice even it was a little difficult and said they could have someone read it to them. We are going tomorrow for check out..sorry the late notice, but it was the only spot for quite awhile for us to go as  a class. Please have your child keep the book in their book bag so it does not get mixed with class books or lost.

Last week the Classwork folders started going home. Please remove students work and send the folder back.  Thank you to those who have already done so.

Daily Folders- On Fridays,  there will be a new sheet for the next week underneath. Please fill out your child’s Monday transportation.  Thank you to many of your for putting your child’s club down.

Progress Reports will be going home on September 7th.  There will be two copies. Please keep the top one for you and your records and returned the second one signed for my records. Please do not panic if you see something highlighted.  This is the half way mark for the quarter not the end of the quarter.  There is time for things to be worked on and its just better to be identified what things your child might need help with..

Please put your child’s name in their coats. The temperatures will start dropping before we know it and I know these jackets are things you have purchased and will be needed



Sept. 8th- Come celebrate the Diversity of our School Community!

Join us for Multi-Cultural Night this Friday from 6-8


Things Needed:

We could really use extra snacks. Thank you to those that have sent some in..I  just do not want any child without something to eat. It is typically only a few that do not bring one in so a lot is not needed.

Thank you for all you do and have a good rest of the week


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Quick Notes

Just a few quick reminders…all the after school clubs are starting and I want to make sure your child gets to where they need to be so please note in their daily folders when they have a club.

Thursday morning workouts start this week.  This is when the kids can go to the gym from 7:20-7:45 to exercise with other Kindergarten students.  They do enjoy the time.  The students must come to class first and go to breakfast and after that time permitting they may go join the morning exercise.

This Friday is our Football Friday.  We can all wear the football jersey of our choice and we have some special Dad’s coming in to read to our classes.  I sent home some information on this last week.

I will be sending your child’s work in a new folder this week.  It is a labeled classwork folder and please take out your child’s work and return the folder.

Upcoming dates:

Sept. 4- No School (Labor Day)

Sept. 8- Multi-Cultural Night

Enjoy your three day weekend,

Ms. Estrada

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Week of August 28


Hope you all had a good week and were able to enjoy the Solar Eclipse.  We did some fun activities.  We had Oatmeal Pies and Sun Chips.  We also did a Solar Eclipse craft too.  We were able to watch it on our SMART Board with access to the Weather Channel.

I sent home another sheet about the extras at lunch and I hope the wording was not confusing as it says do not sell the extras.  I will assume unless I received the sheet back stating no, that your child can get extras through the line.

Thank you for the extra snacks you all have sent in for our snack box.  The students mostly have snacks every day, but there are times some of them do not so it is nice to have extras.

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Ms. Estrada 🙂

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New News


It was great seeing so many of you at Open House.  I know we spoke about the extras at lunch and I will be sending home the parent consent letter again, as I know some of you have changed your minds.  The extras start on Monday (August 21) and it will be ice cream.

I will also be sending home the Performing Arts form again.  Thank you for inquiring…

As you know the Solar Eclipse is coming up and paperwork has been sent home..Our school will not be going outside for this and our day will be 45 minutes longer.   I sent home a sheet asking if you were going to check out your child early just so we know and are prepared to have him/her ready to go home. Please return as soon as possible.

Classwork will be sent home by the end of next week.  I ordered folders and I am waiting for them to come in and will label them and get your child’s work home.  Please take out the contents and return the folder to school.

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Welcome to Kindergarten

Hello Parents,

First and foremost, I am so happy to be your child’s teacher this year. It was great to meet all of you at our Meet and Greet.  Thank you all for coming and bringing school supplies.  We have had a wonderful start and these students are ready to learn.. I am so impressed with their efforts and being such big boys and girls,  starting school.  I know it may have been difficult to say good bye that first day and maybe a few days to follow, but they have really done a good job coming in and learning the routines of our morning.  Thank you for letting them walk to class on their own on “Independence Day”. They did a fantastic job.  I was able to meet most all of our parents and thank you for reading about our classroom. The daily red folder is very important and thank you for circling transportation and signing it daily.

I will be uploading all of your email addresses that you provided so I can send emails to you about important things from our class.

Next week: August 8th- Open House 6:00-7:45

PTA will start the night out from 6:00-6:30

Then my classroom from 6:45-7:45.

I look forward to seeing you all then.

Have a good rest of the week!


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May News


Hard to believe we are in our last month..I have quite a bit of things to catch you up on in our class. I will start off on what we are currently working on and then give you some important dates.

Guided Reading-

The students are working on their identified leveled readers with their groups. We are reading the books and working with comprehension skills through reading and writing. The kids are enjoying taking turns reading aloud and are gaining more confidence with their skills. The students are working with defining what an author does, illustrator, noting the characters in a story, the setting, problem in the story and how the problem is solved in the story. It is imperative in the placement of reading levels that the student is able to read the story and comprehend what it is they are reading about.. Comprehension is key.

Hopefully this Summer they will continue to enjoy their reading practices..

Phonics and Language-

We have been working with Short and Long Vowel sounds. They work on activities where they identify which vowel is heard and the rules for short and long vowels. The students are also working with blends/digraphs such as, ch, wh, th, sh, and ph.


The students are working on writing in their reading practices. We are writing about our stories that are read and or content we are working on at that time. The focus this quarter is Opinion Writing…Why do you like something? and What are your reasons?


The students are working on Addition and Subtraction numbers up to ten. The students need to be careful about what sign they are being asked to apply to the problem.  They are also working with 3 dimensional shapes. We compare the 2D and 3D shapes and the characteristics. Students should be able to count up to 100. Please continue to practice the concepts to keep things fresh over the Summer.

Social Studies-

Continue to practice address, phone number, state, country..


  • Please check folders daily and note their transportation and/or clubs
  • Thursday morning workout starts again May 4th (7:20-7:45)
  • May 8-9 BOGO (Buy One Get One) Book Fair
  • May 10- All books are due to the Media Center
  • May 11-Field Day for K-2 ( all activities start at 8:00 and conclude at 1:45)
  • If you would like to sign up to volunteer for field day, please use the sign up
  • You can check the Nickajack website as well for information on Field Day
    • The T-shirts you ordered have arrived ( I will send them home this week)
    • I will put a reminder for student to wear them the day before
  • May 22-23 Early Release ( 2 hours early)
  • May 22- All items sent home ( Last day for book bags)
  • May 23- Last Day of school (students are not supposed to bring book bags

Thank you to those that donated snack, glue, and crayons. We greatly appreciate it.

Have a great week!



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February News


Hi Parents, I hope all is well with you and you are enjoying the New Year. I wanted to update you on what is happening in our class, reminders, and important dates. We are keeping our days busy learning new and exciting things this quarter. We will start with our areas of study.

Reading/Guided Reading:

The students are continuing to show growth in their reading and their selection process of books. Our reading groups meet daily and I see two of the groups a day and the other groups go through a rotation of different learning centers. The next day the process continues with the other 2 groups. The groups are made based on the students reading levels. The groups typically change due to the growth of their reading skills. A contribution to this growth is the knowledge of sight words. The students are to know 45-50 words at this quarter’s end. If anyone needs a list of these sight words, please let me know. There are  many videos on Youtube that help with these words. The students seem to enjoy when we practice using a kid friendly videos instead of the same flash cards. In our reading groups, we focus on story components: Characters in the story, Setting of the story, Problem, Solution. Types of Stories: Fiction or Non Fiction We are integrating writings with our stories to exhibit their comprehension. The students to be on grade level at the end of this quarter is Level C. Please continue reading at home and logging in your minutes on your Six Flags reading logs. We do not get a media center time every week, but the students may bring their books back weekly and we will take them to get a new books. Please note in daily folder when your child is ready for a new book.

Language Arts:

The students are to know all 52 upper and lowercase letters. As far as letter correspondence, students should know and produce all letter sounds. In addition to consonant sounds, the students need to consistently and independently produce all 5 short vowel sounds. We are continuously practicing our beginning of the word sounds as we practice writing our words. The students are practicing rhyming and non rhyming words. They need to know 10 + words at the end of this quarter.


The focus this 9 weeks is using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose and opinion , informative/explanatory, or narrative writing piece. The more detail students can add to their writings is encouraged. The students are also to be consistently and independently begin to capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.  The use of proper end marks is important as we work on writing pieces.


The students need to consistently be counting to 100 by ones and tens. They are to also be able to independently count as many as 20 objects arranged in a line, rectangular array, and circle. They need to pair up each object with the matching number. We are working on Addition and Subtraction within 5 with objects, fingers, drawings, sounds, acting out situations, or verbal situations.


We will be learning about physical attributes of rocks and soils. The students will also be able to describe objects in terms of materials they are made of and their physical properties.

Social Studies:

Please continue to practice your geographic surrounding..street address, city, county, and state

The students will need to be able to identify and describe our national holidays, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day.

We will be learning about the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.


  •  Feb. 6-10        PTA Candygram Sales
  • Feb. 10             PTA Sweetheart Dance  from 7-9
  • Feb. 16             Progress Reports go home
  • Feb. 17th         Six Flags Reading Logs due (They are very strict about this so please submit early and state they are finished or by the 17th. Late logs are not                                accepted
  • Feb. 20-24     Winter Break (No School)

Please check your child’s folder daily for any needed information. Please note club days as well.

If your child has breakfast, remind them that they need to come to the classroom first before they go to the cafeteria.

Thank you very much for the snack donations. They are greatly appreciated.

Have a great week!

Ms. Estrada

Valentine’s Day information will go out this week.

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