# This Week in Kindergarten

## Thanksgiving Feast

We are looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful families next Tuesday, November 17 at 10:00 am for our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast. In order for the feast to run as seamlessly as possible, we would like to make you aware of a few procedures prior to your arrival here at Beck next Tuesday.

-Please begin checking in around 9:45 am. At the time of check-in, you will be given a ticket for the amount of meals that you ordered on your RSVP form. Please proceed to the lunchroom after check-in. You will hand this ticket to the lunchroom when you get your meal. Serving lines will open at 10:00 am.

-There will be a separate serving line for students, and one for parents in the lunchroom. Please proceed straight to the parent serving line if you ordered a meal from the lunchroom. If you did not order a meal, you can head straight in and be seated.

-Each class will have designated tables for the feast for students and their guests. Please find a seat at a table with your child's teacher name if you make it through the serving line before your child. If your child makes it through the serving line before you, you will be able to find them at one of the 7 or 8 tables designated with their class name.

-During the feast, please remain in the lunchroom with your child. If you finish your meal and would like to take your child to visit the Book Fair, we would love for you to do so. Please check with your child's teacher before you head out. Safety is our first priority!

-After the feast, all classes will be returning to the classroom. If you are coming back from the Book Fair or the cafeteria, please bring your child directly back to his or her classroom.

We are looking forward to a wonderful feast!

## What are we learning in Kindergarten this week?

Math: In math we will compare capacity. We will use our math vocabulary to discuss our observations. We will also begin giving peer feedback to classmates in our problem solving notebooks.

What can we work on at home?

-Identifying numbers 1-10

-Counting 1-20, 1-50, 1-100

-Writing Numbers 1-10

Language Arts/ Social Studies: In writer's workshop, we will focus on writing our upper and lowercase letters correctly to make our writing easy to read. We will also be writing a Thanksgiving menu. In reading, we will continue our study of story elements. We will listen to stories read aloud, and will retell the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

What can we work on at home?

-Review letter names and sounds for all letters of the alphabet.

-Writing first name correctly on lined paper with only the first letter capitalized

-Correctly identifying and writing letters

-Stretching out sounds to write simple words.

Science: In science, we will experiment with magnets, identifying what is magnetic and what is not. We will also identify which magnets are strong and which are weak.

## Kindergarten Contact Information

Kristen Abernathy: kabernathy@nisdtx.org

Claire Baker: cbaker02@nisdtx.org

Katy Beazley: kbeazley@nisdtx.org

Diane Koestler: dkoestler@nisdtx.org

Nancy Shuster: nshuster@nisdtx.org

Alyssa Stas: astas@nisdtx.org

## Important Reminders:

-Please be sure to initial the calendar in the Communication Binder each night!

## Report Cards

As we are nearing the end of the 2nd 6 weeks of school, you will soon be able to access your child's very first report card through the Home Access Center. Below, you will find additional information about how to read the report card.

Report Cards:

-A grade of “SD” is what your child should have at this point in the year for most report card standards. An SD for “still developing” indicates that your child is still making progress at an appropriate rate. Many skills are introduced, and then expanded upon later in the year. For this reason, students are not fully developed in a skill until that skill has been COMPLETELY introduced and mastered to the end of the year standard. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

-The only area that is a cause for concern is an area where you see an “X” indicating that this skill needs improvement. Skills marked with an “X” require immediate attention and practice.

If you have any questions regarding your child's homework, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

### Beck Elementary

Your child's teacher will be contacting you if your child will be receiving an award.