December 2-6 Update

It was wonderful to be back at school this week with the kiddos. They all looked taller to me! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Important Dates and Information:

  • Monday, December 16th is our trip to Legoland! Lunch is included. Please have your child wear our yellow class t-shirt.

  • December 17 – 19: Holiday Traditions Project! Earlier this week I sent a paper home describing this project as well as your child’s assigned day to share. We look forward to learning from each other!

  • Dec. 18th at 10:30 is our class holiday party. Thank you to all who have signed up to coordinate our stations! Parents are welcome to attend (no siblings, please). Parents are encouraged to assist at the different stations we will have going on at the party. Check out our class Shutterfly to sign up. We will also have our Book Swap that day. Please send in a wrapped book by the 17th. 

  • Dec. 19-20th are early release days. Students will be dismissed at 12:10.

As you can see, there is a lot of excitement and activity going on over the next few weeks. I will also be assessing for our second quarter report cards. It is hard to believe we are nearly half-way through kindergarten!

November 15, 2019

Dates and Information:

1. We will be having our first STEM DAY on Friday, November 22nd!  We need empty water bottles and empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes for our project. Be sure to check out pictures next Friday on SeeSaw from our first STEM DAY!

2. We will be having our High Touch High Tech in-school field trip on Thursday, November 21st. We will explore forces and motion!

3. Please don’t forget to send in a snack with your child every day!  We are running low on our class snack supplies and we can always use any type of snack donations.

4. THANK YOU for bringing in your “Friendship Feast” food donations! All food donations are due on Thursday, November 21st.  

Here is what we learned this week:

Orton-Gillingham/Phonics: This week the students added new trick words to their flashcards!  We also learned about the ck rule: immediately after a short vowel, at the end of a short word, spell /k/ ck!

Reader’s Workshop: This week the students have been noticing punctuation (period, exclamation point, & question mark) and how punctuation can bring a story to life!  Also the students have learned how to activate smooth reading and how NOT to sound like a robot when reading.

Writer’s Workshop:  The students are working on informational writing about the bald eagle and Veterans Day!

Guided Math:  We have been practicing counting sets up to 20 and beyond that are scattered.  We have also been practicing counting to 100 by ones, fives, and tens.

 Social Studies/Science:  We learned about the changes in the sky during the day and night.

November 12-Update

We were so excited to recognize our veterans with our first annual Mt. Bethel Veterans’ Day celebration. This picture shows us lined up and ready to cheer for the parade of veterans!

Thursday, Nov. 14 is National Diabetes Day. Students are encouraged to wear blue that day.

Friday, Nov. 15 is the fifth grade’s Pajama Pant Challenge. They are raising money for the Center for Children and Young Adults. If your child would like to wear pajamas that day, please send in $1.00.

Thursday, Nov. 21 our class will be participating in our second High Touch High Tech program focusing on force and motion. 

Friday, Nov. 22 – Friendship Feast! Letters were sent home yesterday requesting a specific food donation. We will be making trail mix and fruit salad.

November 1, 2019

  • Thank you to EVERYONE who donated and volunteered at the Fall Festival. The kids had such a wonderful time. The Fall Festival could not have happened without the help of our wonderful parents and families!

  • Fun Run– November 2- I’ll see you all there. Bundle up. Looks like it will be chilly!

  • No school– November 5 – teacher work day

  • Veteran’s Day– November 11th- We will be celebrating some veterans here at Mt. Bethel with a Veteran’s Day parade.

  • STEM Day– November 22- Look for more information about supplies needed.

  • Thanksgiving break– November 25-29

  • LegoLand Field Trip – Monday, December 16. Permission slips will be sent home today.

What We Are Learning

Orton-Gillingham/Phonics: This week we learned about the digraphs (two letters that work together to make one sound) th, sh, and ch. Be sure to ask your child to show you the motion, keyword, and sound for each of these!

                 Trick Words of the week: her, they, do

Reader’s Workshop: This week we began learning about main idea and detail. We are continuing to work on our independent reading stamina! We are at 7 minutes of independent reading.

Writer’s Workshop: We’ve continued to learn about what it means to write a narrative. We’ve practiced becoming storytellers and sharing our narratives out loud to get us ready to write them. Our narrative writing unit will push us to write more and use details in our writing. We’ve focused on WH- questions like who? what? where? And when? to help with our details.

Guided Math: This week we continued to learn about comparing groups of objects and comparing numbers.

October 25, 2019

  • Donate to the Foundation Drive!  

  • Here we are working with number blocks. These were provided by our Foundation along with OG Math training for teachers.

  • Super Reader Day– October 31st- Your child may wear a super hero costume or t-shirt on this day to celebrate the end of our “Super Reader” unit.  In this reading unit, students learned super powers that help them become Super Readers! Please ask your kindergartner to show you how to activate Picture Power!, Sound Power!, Pointer Power!, Snap Word Power!, and Reread Power! No masks or weapons, please.

  • Trick Word Cards – You will find a new little baggie of “trick words” in your child’s book pouch. We will continue to add “trick words” to this baggie as we learn them. The students know how to play several games with these words. Ask your child to teach you some of these games! The “trick word” baggie should go back and forth to school in the book pouch. We will use these every day!

  • Learning Commons on Fridays– We visit the Learning Commons each Friday for book checkout. Please help your kindergartner remember to return his library book each Friday.

  • Fall Festival – November 1 – This event is for the kindergartners only.  If you would like to attend, please look for volunteer positions through Shutterfly. Thank you for the donations that are already coming in!

  • Fun Run– November 2- I look forward to running beside all of you this year at the Fun Run.  I always run the 5k and the Kindergarten Dash.

  • No school– November 5

  • Veteran’s Day– November 11th- We will be celebrating some veterans here at Mt. Bethel with a Veteran’s Day parade.

  • Field trip-November 20th or 21st- One of these days will be our High Tough/High Tech in-school field trip.

  • STEM Day– November 22- Look for more information about supplies needed.

  • Thanksgiving break– November 25-29-

What we are learning…

  • OG Phonics: We are working up to reading and spelling our Bubble Gum Words with automaticity. We learned the c vs. k spelling rule. Ask your child to teach you the rule for when to use c or k at the beginning of a word!

  • Reading- We are finishing up our unit on Super Reader Powers. We have been building up our reading stamina.  We are working up to 10 minutes of reading either independently or with a buddy.

  • Math- We have been comparing numbers using greater than, less than, and equal to.  We are continuing to count objects up to 20 and rote count to 100.

  • Writing- We are writing personal narratives with more and more details.  We are working on punctuation, printing, spacing, and content.

  • Social Studies- We will be learning about a new american symbol for this quarter… the bald eagle.

  • Science- Day and night and what we see in the sky during these times.

MBES Foundation Patron Drive

MBESF has partnered with THE VOYAGE: Adventures in Character! The Voyage focuses on eight different character traits throughout the year. We call each character trait an Anchor. This year we will be focusing on:

1. COOPERATION: working well with others

2. PERSEVERANCE: never giving up – even when the task is hard

3. COURAGE: doing the right thing – even when it is hard

4. KINDNESS: caring about the well-being of those around you

5. RESPONSIBILITY: making good choices and owning your behavior

6. HONESTY: being truthful in all situations

7. HUMILITY: thinking of others first 

8. GENEROSITY: giving unselfishly

Each week we recognize those in our classroom who are demonstrating our focus Anchor. Thank you, MBESF, for providing our school with this The Voyage! 

To learn more about THE VOYAGE or all the other Foundation initiatives or to donate today, visit

October 21, 2019

I enjoyed meeting with each of you during conference week. I am so proud of your children and it was a privilege to share the progress they are making!

Here are a few things to know…

Foundation Patron Drive- Are you ALL IN? If you haven’t donated to the Foundation yet, please consider doing so. Check out this picture from our Morning Meeting today. The kiddos are practicing a Kagan Structure. Kagan Structures are instructional strategies designed to promote cooperation and communication in the classroom, boost students’ confidence and retain their interest in classroom interaction.

What we are learning (this week) …

Reading- We will be learning about more reading Super Powers (pointer power, reread power, partner power, picture power, snap word power, sound power, and persistence power,).

OG Phonics – We will continue to learn to read and spell new “trick” words. So far, we have learned all, of, for, his, is, look, the, and too. This week we will add the following “trick” words to our deck: said, like, was. We will also learn about the C vs. K rule. 

Writing- We will continue to write personal narrative stories.  We will be working on printing, punctuation, and spacing.

Math- We will be comparing numbers and using this vocabulary: more, less, greater than, less than, and equal to. We will continue to learn to read teen numbers and understand place value.

October 7-11, 2019

Important Dates and Information:

  • Foundation Patron Drive: Let’s go ALL IN!! Be on the look-out this month for pictures to be posted of just some of the ways the Mt. Bethel Foundation has made this school a wonderful place to teach and learn. If you have not already, please consider participating and help our class have 100% parental participation within the Foundation.

  • Conference Week/Early Release Days– October 14 – 18 (2 hour early release)-  I look forward to meeting with each of you next week and sharing your child’s progress.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Foundation Patron Drive!

Please check out the Foundation video below that shows how your Patron Drive donations impacts students and teachers!  We would love to have 100% class participation in the Patron Drive!


September 20, 2019

  • We had so much fun celebrating Mrs. Gibson’s birthday today. Thank you for helping to make it so special.

  • Conference letters will go home on Monday, September 30th. If the time that I scheduled you for does not work, please reach out and we will figure out a time that works better. Siblings’ teachers and I did our best to give you the preferred times that you requested. But I know that things change, so just let me know as soon as you can if you need to reschedule.

  • Thursday was our first High Touch High Tech program. It was all about the 5 senses. The kids enjoyed the hands-on science activities!

  • Next week is Fall Break and I hope that all of you have a safe and relaxing week. I’m also hoping that the Dawgs beat the Irish!! Go Dawgs!