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The Kindergarten Newsletter

1-6-17

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Happy New Year!  We hope all of you enjoyed your winter break and had a nice holiday with your families. We would like to start off by saying thank you to all of our Kindergarten families.  Your support has been tremendous and we appreciate everything that you have done for our classes.

Thank you to all the parents that donated items or their time to make our holiday celebrations a success.  K-1 and K-2 had a wonderful time on this day, and loved participating in the various holiday centers.

It is back to business as usual in Kindergarten.  We are getting used to being back in the classroom and re-establishing our daily routines.  This first week back week we studied letter “Vv”, worked very hard in our journals, and continued to sound out our words in our daily reading & writing jobs.  We are so pleased to see so much growth in our students now that they are back at school.  We also have talked about our favorite parts of 2016 and what we would like to learn to do in 2017.  We are setting some wonderful goals for the year ahead which will help prepare us for first grade.  Let’s keep up the good work!   Today a nightly Reading Log is coming home with your child. Please read through the directions. This reading program will take place until the end of the school year. Reading is such an excellent way to help your child learn how to read and write themselves.  Thank you for taking an interest in your child’s education and well-being.

 

 

Sincerely,

Kindergarten Team

*Things we need in K-1 and K-2

-glue sticks

-shoe boxes (please start saving and collecting them now!

Kindergarten Newsletter for the week ending October 21st

Kindergarten Newsletter
 
Dear Kindergarten Families,
This last week went by so fast!  We continued to learn all about spiders; many fun spider facts, played more spider games, used bug-catchers to catch and observe spiders, and finally each child made a super, silly spider of their own. In Language Arts, we worked on the letter “Mm”; how to write it letter correctly, practice its sound, and read and write many words that begin with that letter. We also introduced the “short a” sound and a few “short a” word families.  We continued to work hard on number order and introduced the concept of ordering things by size, length and weight. The Kindergarten students had a wonderful time on their field trip to Tanaka Farms. Although it was hot, they enjoyed picking their own vegetables, petting animals at the petting zoo, and picking out their most perfect pumpkin. Thank you to the parents that accompanied us on this eventful day.  
 
I hope everyone will be able to make it to the Halloween Festival on Sunday. We are still in need of some volunteers to sign up and help in our class booth; setting up and cleaning up the booth at the end of the day. It really shouldn’t take too long.  Also, please sign up for our class party if you are available on October 31st, as we will be celebrating Halloween in the classroom. We will have various centers/projects going on and we will need parent volunteers for this day. This celebration will start at approximately 10:20am. A sign-up sheet was sent out via email last week. Children are allowed to wear costumes on this day. No lunch is needed on this day also, as we are having a pizza party in the classroom.  If your child does not eat pizza, please send him/her to school with a lunch. Also, make sure to still send a snack on this day. Thank you for your continued support!
 
Sincerely,
Kindergarten Team
 

Kindergarten Newsletter October 14, 2016

The Kindergarten Newsletter

 

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Enclosed in your child’s folder is your child’s work from this past week.  Please take the time to look at the work with your child.  Please remember to clear out their folder over the weekend, and then send the folders back to the classroom on Monday. 

This week has been another busy week in Kindergarten. In Language Arts, we have been working on the letter‘s, how to write our letter correctly, and practiced it’s sound and many word that begin with the letter. We have also been practicing our sight words; I, my, see, and the. We have been working hard on number order and we continue to work on counting and correct formation of each number.  Please practice these skills at home.
Next Friday we will be going on our Class field trip to Tanaka farms in Irvine. The kindergarten and TK students will be traveling by bus. Please make sure to have your child arrive to school on time on this day.  The bus will be leaving promptly by 8:45am. Please make sure to have your child bring their lunch, with a snack and a disposable drink, on this day. All lunches must be in a disposable bag/sack with your child’s name on it. Please have your child wear a Mira Catalina shirt on this day, if they have one, or a white t-shirt. Also, please make sure that your child eats a good, hearty, breakfast that morning, as snack time may be a little later than usual. We will notify parents if they have won the chaperone drawing by Monday, October 17th. Thank you for all the willing volunteers. Unfortunately we are only allowed to bring 3 parents per classroom.   
We will be celebrating Halloween in the classroom on October 31st.  The class is allowed to wear their costumes to school on this day if they wish.  We will be having a celebration in our classrooms and more information will be emailed to you regarding sign-ups and volunteers early next week. Please be on the look-out for this.

REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

*SKECHERS WALK PEF fundraiser will be on October 23rd.  Please sign up to support our school!

Halloween Harvest Festival – October 30th at Mira Catalina Elementary school. Noon to 4pm.  

*We are collecting drum-like containers for our Thanksgiving Feast. Please save any containers that might make a good drum and send them into school with your child.  We will need at least 75 of them. (oatmeal container, coffee cans, formula containers, etc…)

 Thank you! 

Thank you so much for your continued support. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sincerely,

The Kindergarten Team

Kindergarten Newsletter

Kindergarten Newsletter

10/08/16

Dear Kinder Parents,

It has been another fun-filled week in Kindergarten. This week we have been busy writing our lowercase letters correctly, working in our journals, increasing our stamina in our Daily Five activities and working on one-to-one correspondence and developing a visual meaning of numbers in math.  We have also been very busy doing ‘fall’ related activities; learning and chanting new poems, sequencing events, and painting spooky picturesJ. The children have been doing a great job writing and reading their sight words, recognizing all of the letters and knowing their sounds. If your child continues to have difficulty identifying letters and their corresponding sound, please practice as much as possible at home. In Social Studies we have touched on Christopher Columbus and his discoveries, and plan to look at maps and globes next week and discuss how he stumbled upon the “New World” and proved that our world is actually round.

Announcements and Reminders

*Field Trip permission slips went home last week. We sent an extra copy home again today to those of you who have not signed and returned it to school yet.  Please be sure to do so before the 14th of October. If you are interested in being a chaperone on our field trip, please include your name on the bottom of the permission slip. We will put all the interested names into a hat next week and do a drawing. Each class is allowed to take three volunteersJ.

*Mon 10/17 Make up Picture day

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Team

Kindergarten Newsletter 9-30-16

Kindergarten Newsletter

9/26-9/30

2016

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

 

We have already been in school for 24 days, and we are busy learning many new things every day.  You may have noticed that there have not been many worksheets coming home in your child’s folder.  It is because a lot of our work is in workbooks that stay at school and also because we have been doing many hands-on activities in class.  This week we have accomplished so much!  In Handwriting Without Tears (HWT), we finished learning how to write every capital letter correctly and without reversals and started on lowercase letter formation. We teach correct handwriting developmentally, therefore, we teach capitals first and as a group, separate from lowercase.  It is less confusing and easier for the kids to be successful.  In Daily Five, we have continued to practice building our reading stamina and learned what “Word Work” is supposed to look like and sound like (we still need some more practice with that one!)  In Ready Reading (our interactive read-aloud program to help teach Common Core State Standards for Reading), we read Chrysanthemum last week and Jamaica’s Blue Marker this week.  In both stories, we learned how to identify and describe the main characters and major events in the story.  We also worked on ‘beginning’, ‘middle’ and ‘end’ and drew each part in sequence.  In our math program, Math in Focus, we finished our first chapter studying numbers to 5.  We also started Chapter 2, studying numbers to 10.  We have been having fun using our manipulatives and playing games to solve problems and explore different solutions and mathematical reasoning.  The kids seem to really be enjoying themselves! 

 

We have loved all of our “extra-curricular” activities too; P.E. on Mondays and Wednesdays, the garden, music, reading buddies, and going to the library/computer lab. 

A couple notes regarding P.E.:

  1. We have a scheduled P.E. time only on Monday mornings with our P.E. coach Mrs. Winbauer, but on Wednesday afternoons parent volunteers have offered to lead the class.  However, we REALLY want to encourage more volunteers for Wednesday P.E.  It is A LOT of kids out there and although the current volunteers are doing an amazing job, they would love some extra hands, eyes, and ears out there to help.  We might have to cut Wednesday P.E. altogether if we aren’t able to recruit more volunteers.  Please let our Room Mom’s know if you’re interested, thank you! 
  2. PLEASE remember to dress your child in tennis shoes and appropriate clothing for physical activity on those days.

A couple notes regarding library books and bringing in books from home:

  1. K1 will be bringing their books home, and K2 will keep their library books here at school to use with Daily Five. 
  2. In our classrooms your learner has their own personal book box to utilize during their independent reading times in the classroom.  We have been teaching important strategies on how to pick their own “Good Fit Books” for their book box. At this point in the year in Kindergarten, most of our kids are not independent in their reading. So, in order for our learners to be able to start utilizing their book boxes effectively, please think about sending up to 3 books from home that are your child’s favorites or some that he/she is familiar with. We will keep these books in their personal book box and only your child will have access to these specific books. Having these familiar books will help your child to feel more comfortable during ‘Read to Self’ (our independent reading time). 
  3. Remember to bring no more than 3 books at a time
  4. Please place your learner’s name on the book.

Thank you for your continued support to make this school year great!

 

Sincerely,

The Kindergarten Team

 

Reminders

*Library Books due Tuesday of each week in K1 only

*Wear sneakers and play clothes on Mondays and Wednesdays for P.E.

*K2 sent Reflex Math passwords and instructions home last week.  PLEASE just hold on to those and put in a safe place for later.  The math on that site is very advanced for most of our Kindergarteners at this time.  However, if there are some of you who want your child to be challenged at home now, feel free to log in to your Kindergartener’s page and have at it!

* Please take the time to look at the activities included in the work folder with your child.  Please remember to clear out your child’s work folder over the weekend, and then send the folders back to the classroom on Monday.

Kindergarten Newsletter

The Kindergarten Newsletter

 

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Please take the time to look at the activities included in the work folder with your child.  Please remember to clear out your child’s work folder over the weekend, and then send the folders back to the classroom on Monday.  

This week we have been continuing to focus on reviewing capital letter formation. We have also been working hard on writing our numbers and counting from 1 to 20. Please practice counting at home with your child. We are also working on the sight words: “I” and “see”  – please practice these words at home.

This week Kindergarten enjoyed music with their new music teacher, Ms. Toncie. They loved learning new songs, dancing, and clapping their hands to the beat of the songs. This week the students went to the school library/computer lab. Over the weekend try and read a book with your child. It is helpful to ask important questions about stories that you read together. (ex. What was this story about?, Who is this story about?, Where did this story take place?, etc..) These questions will help your child learn about the important elements of a text, and help them with reading comprehension. It is also a great way to spend some quality time with your child. We are still in need of parent volunteers for P.E. on Wednesdays at 12:30pm. If you can volunteer on this day, please contact us.    Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for your continued support.

 

 REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

*SIGN THE BEHAVIOR – Please do not forget to sign your child’s behavior chart and bring it back on Monday. Thank you!

 

*P.E. - On Mondays and Wednesdays, please be sure to dress your child appropriately for P.E.; tennis shoes, comfortable “work-out” clothes, etc…  

 

*PORTFOLIO PICTURES Please sign -up to help print our kindergarten pictures each month. We use the pictures for your child’s portfolio. I need one volunteer each month to print doubles on Shutterfly.

*NO PARKING – Please do not park your car in the parking lot when dropping your child off in the morning (the entire parking lot is staff parking!). There are barely enough spaces in the lot for teachers and staff and we HAVE to have them available to us at all times, especially in the morning. If you like to walk your child into class, or if you are volunteering, or if you need to come into school for any other reason, you will need to park on the street, outside the lot. Otherwise, please make it a habit to always use the “drop-off lane” in the morning. Thank you!

 

Thank you so much for your continued support. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sincerely,

The Kindergarten Team

K1 Shutterfly Account Sign up

Dear K1 Parents, our class Room Moms have put together a Class Shutterfly account, so parents can access and print school pictures and get last minute updates about things happening at school. Please follow this link and sign up for it. It is important that we have everyone signed up for this. If you take any school/class pictures throughout the year, you can easily download them to this site, and make them available for all the parents to see.  It also makes it easier to print out the pictures for our Class Memory Books. Thanks so much.
Click on the link to access the website: https://mrsterrellsk1class201617.shutterfly.com

Picture Day Tomorrow, Thursday, September 22nd

Picture Day is tomorrow! Please make sure to have your child return their picture money in by tomorrow. So far I have only received one envelope for pictures. If you would like to order your child's school pictures, money must be returned by tomorrow. Thanks!