Kindergarten News ACES

Week Of January 9th

Highlights from last week....

Happy New Year!! Can you believe that it is January already? We hope you all had a wonderful vacation. Thank you to all the parents that made snacks and gave gifts at our holiday party. We had a great time. Thank you for thinking of us during the holiday season, it was kind and generous of you. Thank you! We are ready to get back to school and get back to our daily routines. We are planning on really pushing our friends from now until the end of the year to be the best learners they can be. We will be sending out emails to those of you that have offered to volunteer. We will need ALL the help we can get, especially during our math stations, which is from 9:15-10:15. If anyone would be willing to help out during this time, please let us know. Thank you in advance.

Before vacation, we were working on the following areas:

In Phonics, we reviewed the sight words that we learned so far and practiced "tapping" out words. The children are doing so well with this skill.

In Reader's Workshop, we learned a strategy of using the picture and matching the first letter.

In Writer's Workshop, we learned how we can make our world a better place by writing our opinions. The children LOVE this!!

In Math, we continued our unit on measurement. Our focus this week was on weight. We used our balance scales and compared weight by using the words "heavier" and "lighter". The children loved using the scales on their own to practice this skill.


We read several fun books about Christmas. During these read alouds we practiced some of our strategies that we are learning in our retelling unit. We really focused on the story elements of fictional text. We talked about the character, setting, problem and solution to the stories that were read. One of our favorite read alouds was The Polar Express. We boarded the train and listened to the story as I read it. We stopped throughout the story to discuss the story elements. It was a blast!

A peek at our learning this week....

Hopefully our friends are well rested and ready to LEARN, because we are going to be very busy learning in kindergarten!!

In Phonics, we will review the words we have learned up until this point, please practice the new set of words that will be sent home this week. This week we will practice tapping out words and working on the correct letter formation of all the upper case letters.

In Reader's Workshop, we will work on the strategy of using multiple clues when we come to a tricky word. A strategy that good readers use is to think about what we read. When we sound out the letters in the word and the word we say doesn't make sense or sound right, we will learn that we need to stop and do some reading work. We need to ask ourselves, "Does that make sense?", "Does that sound right?" and "Do the letters match?" Because this is a newly introduced skill, we will be working on this skill for a few weeks before we can move on. If your child masters this skill before we move on, we will work with them independently to challenge them at their level.

In Math, we be comparing numbers.


In Science, we continuing our unit on construction.


We will read several books from our construction unit both fiction and nonfiction and discuss the story elements, such as character, setting, problem and solution. We will also compare the difference between fiction and nonfiction.

More information

SUPPLIES NEEDED
Many parents are asking what the class needs for supplies. We could use some Clorox Wipes and paper towels. Thank you in advance.

FLASHCARDS

Please practice letters and sounds with your child nightly! Thank you!



Thank you!!

Notes from Mrs. Maillet

Our class ROCKS!!!! Thank you for all that you do at home. The children came back and didn't miss a beat with the skills that they learned before vacation. Thank you! I will be sending home books at your child's independent level this week as well as an updated sight word list. Please have them decorate a "treasure" box at home to keep these books (treasures) in at home. I will also be sending home a book order home this week. I will be placing the order on January 13th. Thank you for your continued support!

Notes from Mrs. Goldthwaite

Happy New Year!

I sent home book orders last week. They are due on the 13th. It is a great way to keep up on the reading logs. This months flyer has some leveled books. Take a look and add to you home library.


PTO Is having a dance. More news is coming. Please be looking for it.


We are working on learning about construction. This week's books are going to be focused on building homes. If you have any empty boxes or paper rolls or any other materials to have the students build a house in our room please send it in. Will share what they create.


We ar just finishing up our Unit 2 in Fundations. Please continue to use those papers that were sent home last week to help form letters correctly.


Thank you for all the support you give at home. Mrs. Goldthwaite

Notes from Mrs. Potter

I would like to thank Mrs. Walsh for the amazing job that she has done in the classroom! The kids were so lucky to have her to share such a successful start to the school year!

At this time, Mrs. Walsh will remain in the classroom with us to help create a smooth transition for the kids.

We welcomed our new student, Kristina, to the class. The kids were very excited to have a new friend join us!

I really enjoyed getting to know the students this week! I am so excited to work with your children and share in their learning! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jpotter@arrsd.org.

Notes from Mrs. Melanson

We had a great week back! We read the story The Three Little Pigs and picked out the main events of the story so that we could retell the story. We also learned about construction vehicles and machinery. During choice time, we used housekeeping to act out the story of The three Little Pigs. In the art area, students could make puppets of the characters in the story. In blocks and sand tables, students used construction vehicles to move sand and blocks. Next week we will look at another version of The Three Little Pigs being told from the perspective of the wolf. We will also look further into construction and discuss the process - envisioning, planning, implementing, and revising. We will use this process when building. We will also look at some buildings from our town (library, town hall, police station, etc) and discuss their features.


Thank you to all that donated snacks and gave gifts before the holiday break! It is so appreciated! Our book swap was a lot of fun and the children seemed happy with their new books. Thank you for participating!


January book orders will be send home on Monday and will be due on Friday.


Wish list: clorox wipes, paper towels


Thank you for all you do!!!

Notes From Mrs. Chadwick

I hope you all had a great vacation!


I wanted to say a BIG thank you to Mrs. Jennings who has been in our classroom for the past few weeks. It was great having her helping out and we will all miss her. She will still be around the school and will come to say hi when she can.


We want to welcome Ms. Lanna to our room. She is now in our class to help out. We are excited to have her and her great ideas to make our room even more amazing.


I sent home the book order I plan on placing the order Tuesday, January 10th.


The kids are very excited about the construction unit and I can't wait to see the things that get brought in for them to construct with.