The Paw Print
January 2020 Edition
A Note from Mrs. Oliver
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you have had a fantastic break! We are looking forward to our students returning tomorrow as we begin the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year. I am very proud of our students and staff and all they accomplished the first half of the school year, and I look forward to many more great things happening in 2020.
Thank you for all of your help and support with our activities during the busy month of December. Our staff members and families definitely went above and beyond to create wonderful memories for our students.
Thank you for your continued support, and I hope 2020 is a wonderful year for everyone!
Upcoming on the Kaufman Calendar
January 13 - PTO Meeting at 10am
January 16 - Sk8town Spirit Night - 6:30
January 17 - Grade Level Awards
January 20 - School Holiday - Martin Luther King Day
January 24 - Cool Cougar
January 24 - PTO Winter Dance
January 29 - Kindergarten 100th Day of School
January 30 - Wellness Night
Attendance Counts at Kaufman
Congratulations to the following classes for having the best overall attendance in each grade level for the second grading period:
Kindergarten: Mrs. Ferrand
First Grade: Ms. Mildren
Second Grade: Ms. Wright
Third Grade: Mrs. Rhodes
Fourth Grade: Ms. Charvet
A special congratulations to Ms. Wright's second grade class for having the best overall attendance in the school with 98.7% for the grading period. Great job!
We would like to encourage all of our students to have good attendance and to be present each and every day. Remember, “Attendance Counts” at Kaufman!
Happy New Year to everyone! Your child will continue bringing home books daily. Please continue to read to and with your child. Keep encouraging them to use their ‘Super Reading Powers’! Continue to ask questions about the setting, characters, sequence of the story (beginning, middle, and end) and ask what was the main idea of the story. In math, we will continue reviewing numeration, comparing numbers, joining and separating and counting to 100. During science, we will cover weather, patterns in the seasons and objects in the sky. This month, we will review rules and procedures and learn about Martin Luther King Day. We will also be celebrating the 100th day of school. On February 3, we will ask the students to dress as if they were 100 years old. We will have a parade at 8:05 and do 100th day activities throughout the day. Thank you for all that you do. 2020 is going to be super!
First Grade News
Happy New Year from First Grade! We hope that you had a wonderful Winter Break. We had a “jingle jangle” good time at our Holiday Parties! Thank you to everyone who helped with the food, set up and clean up. Now, we are ready to rock and roll into 2020 with lots of fun learning!
Hot Topics for January:
*Reading: We will begin learning about the world around us using nonfiction expository texts.
*Writing: Students will become authors of informational and procedural texts.
*Math: We’ll be continuing our unit on measurement: time (hour/half hour) and length.
*Social Studies: Students will learn about New Year’s customs and concepts of time (long ago/present).
*Science: We will explore the characteristics of the different seasons as well as begin our inquiry of rocks/soil.
Please continue to read with your child every night and check backpacks for important information. We appreciate your support!
Second Grade News
We wish to extend our sincere THANKS to the many, many parents who helped make our December celebrations such a success. We had so much fun decorating and displaying our beautiful gingerbread houses. Hopefully, we created a memory that your second graders will never forget. Our holiday party was also a very special time. We couldn’t do these fun holiday activities without the support from our wonderful volunteers!
We are gearing up for the second half of second grade and will start the year off by learning about New Year’s customs from around the world. In reading, we will be working on our strategic reading skills to improve reading comprehension. We will be focusing on specific skills the students will need to become effective readers of higher level reading passages, such as those they will encounter in third grade.
In math this month, you will find us learning about measurement, including linear measurement, area and time. We will also spiral back to one of our previously taught topics, number patterns, but this grading period we will be learning about number patterns up to 1,200.
In science, we’re going to be exploring the earth’s resources, beginning with rocks and minerals. Our focus in social studies will be on communities and how they change over time.
As always, we thank our parents for their support in helping their children complete and turn in their homework and by reading at home regularly. Your involvement in your child’s learning makes the difference. Resolve to make 2020 the best year ever!
Third Grade News
Happy New Year! What a fast first semester! How time flies…
We would like to send out a BIG thank you to our parents who volunteered, sent items, and helped out with our classroom parties. We enjoyed every minute of it!
Coming up in math, we will extend on our knowledge of multiplication and division. We will use these operations in two step problems and go higher with two digit numbers multiplied by a one digit number. It is very important that your child studies and memorizes their facts up to 10x10. You can find flashcards at many local stores such as Lakeshore, Walmart, or Dollar Tree.
In science, we will explore the different ways that soil is composed and the different rapid changes it undergoes. At the end of this month, your child will receive their next at home project. They will be constructing a 3D model of a volcano. It will be due February 14th. This is always an exciting and enjoyable assignment.
In reading, we will explore the poetry units of study. Students will analyze the author’s use of print and graphic features to determine the specific purpose, describe how the authors uses imagery and figurative language in text, and explain rhyme scheme, sound device, and structural elements of poems. Please continue to read with your child for at least 20 minutes a night! Be sure to ask them comprehension questions over what they have read.
In social studies, we will learn how individuals, events, and ideas have changed communities past and present. We will learn how the Founding Fathers created the Constitution and about other individuals who have helped to shape communities.
Thank you for supporting us in so many ways. We appreciate all that you do!
Fourth Grade News
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2020 has arrived. We are at the half-way point in the school year, and the spring semester is always a busy one.
We would first like to thank all of the parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who helped make our holiday parties so much fun. Each class had wonderful snacks and treats, and all students seemed to enjoy themselves.
On Wednesday, February 13th, all fourth graders will be taking a Writing Benchmark. This test will be very similar to the STAAR Writing (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) that will be taken at the end of March, and it will be important for your child to be at school on time and well-rested. The STAAR is very different than the state assessments given in the past. Students now provide one writing sample and will complete one multiple choice portion. We work extremely hard on developing good writers every day, and this benchmark will give teachers a good indication of the progress students are making.
In math classes, students are continuing to work on multiplication and long division. It is always important to link what we learn in math to real-world situations. Look for ways you can show your student how multiplication and division are used at home and as you go about your daily routines.
As we begin 2020, we think of celebrating new and fresh beginnings. Please help us at home by continuing to emphasize the importance of students completing schoolwork and giving their very best effort in all they do. Thank you for all that you do!
Hello Creative Cats and welcome back to the second half of our year! Hard to believe the first half just blurred by! We’ve been very busy learning new skills this year, and we’re so very proud of all our amazing artists! Our 4th graders have finally finished up their Western Art pieces and we will be moving onto the Foil Texture Art project. This is a favorite and we know they will be excited for something new. Third graders are working on Glue Portraits and Gyotaku Fish Collages. Second grade is working on painted paper weavings, while 1st grade is doing a paper weaving bird house collage or learning about the abstract art of Wassily Kandinsky. Our kindergartners are wrapping up their unit on Lines and are moving into shape. We will be tackling our clay projects as we learn about shapes. We still have so many things to learn about that we need time to slow down just a bit! Our favorite phrase is “Art is lonnnng, but time is short!”
We would like to congratulate two outstanding artists, Kenley Martin and Cole Cousins. Their western art projects recently represented Kaufman at the CISD Preliminary Capitol Art Show. Unfortunately, Kaufman wasn’t selected this year, but that takes nothing away from the artwork they did! We couldn’t be prouder of the way they represented and know their artwork was excellent to even be selected to represent our school. Way to go Kenley and Cole! Mrs. Gregory is so proud of you both!
And finally, no newsletter would be complete without a shout-out to our December Artists of the Month! Congratulations to Adaleigh Deboer, Karter Martin, Mary Grace Lawhon, and Isaak Von Seggern. These students are always a ray of sunshine in our classes. They work hard to improve skills and give it their all. They follow rules and are so helpful to others. We are excited to give them this high honor! Way to go!
Until next month…. Happy Creating!
Mrs. Gregory and Mrs. Rowley
It's hard to believe that we are already half-way through the school year! We have a busy second semester ahead of us. Here are some things we are doing in January.
- Fourth graders will be learning more about the treble staff and standard notation as they prepare for their recorder unit. Students who bought an instrument in December should be getting it the first week of January (depending on shipping schedules).
- Third will be reviewing rhythmic and melodic concepts learned this year and creating short compositions for the xylophones and boomwackers.
- Second graders will start working on their music program "Bugz" which they will perform on February 13th at 6:30pm for family and community members and again on February 14th at 8:30am for the school.
- First graders will be reviewing rhythm patterns with quarter/eighth notes and will add quarter rest. We will begin playing short melody and rhythm patterns on xylophones and boomwackers.
- Kindergarten students will continue to work with the long/short, high/low, fast/slow and loud/soft concepts. We will be adding instruments and creating simple accompaniments to songs we have learned this year.
Cougar Choir News: I am so proud of all of our 3rd and 4th grade Cougar Choir members! They sang so well at their concerts! Their events have ended for the school year.
Festival Choir News - Congratulations to the 19 fourth graders selected to participate in the Oak Ridge Feeder Zone Festival Choir! They will begin practicing their music on January 14th from 3:15-4:15pm. They will perform with students from all five elementary schools in the Oak Ridge feeder zone and members of the ORHS Choir on February 20th.
Happy New Year!
Wow, did December fly by? The Jingle Bell Run was a blast! Along with getting fit, we collected sock donations to give to Love Out Loud, an organization that takes care of the homeless.
We are so excited for January. This month, we will get active by participating in a heart obstacle course along with some basketball fun. On January 30th, we will host our 2nd annual Family Wellness Night. Save the date! We hope you can join us.
Please encourage your children to wear safe tennis shoes on P.E. days. Boots, slippers, and crocs are not considered safe shoes.
Your Pumped Up PE teachers
Happy New Year! We are already midpoint way through the school year and are so busy learning such wonderful things in computers!
Kindergarten through first grade are learning word processing skills by typing their name in Word Docs and continuing there typing skills as well. They also will continue working on their Coding Unit.
Second through fourth grades will work on their Multimedia PowerPoint research projects. Students will start to research and take notes on their choice of subject.
2nd Grade - Weather
3rd Grade - Inventors
Alexander Graham Bell, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Drew, Cyrus McCormick, Eli Whitney, Garrett Morgan, George Washington Caver, Grace Hopper, Henry Ford, Isaac Newton, Jonas Salk, Lonnie Johnson, Louis Brallie, Louis Pasteur, Madam C.J. Walker, Margret Hamilton, Milton Hershey, Maria Telkes, Robert Fulton, Sequoyah, Steven Chen, Thomas Edison, and Wright Brothers.
4th Grade- Countries
China, France, Cuba, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Israel, India, Italy, Mexico, North Korea, Peru, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, Vietnam and many more.
Welcome back to the Kaufman Library in 2020!
As we enter 2020, I would like to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who donated a book to the KAUFMAN GIVING TREE. Watching the students bring in their donated books in hopes of making someone else's Christmas a little brighter, was truly a magical sight! We hope you and your students enjoyed hanging the “Kaufman Cougars Give” ornament on your tree and will be able to treasure it for many years to come. We collected over 350 books, which were donated to The Montgomery County Women and Children’s Shelter.
I would also like to express a special “THANK YOU” to all of our library volunteers: Kimberly Candelaria, Paul Thayer, Diane Medina, Miriam Amend, Katie Lawhon, Becky Gorring, Lauren White, Rebecca Watt, Kim Lower, Shayna Stubblefield, Angela Cone, Sarah Gessel, and Library Volunteer Liaison, Juliet Modesitt for helping to make the first half of the school year a success! I could not have done it without their help.
Third and fourth graders will vote for their favorite Texas Bluebonnet book January 27th – 31st. Please note that students must read 5 of the 20 books on the TEXAS BLUEBONNET MASTER READING LIST to be eligible to vote. Our final tallies will be submitted on January 31, 2020. We will announce the Kaufman winner in the next newsletter...and the winner for the state of Texas too!
Please remember that parents are ALWAYS welcome in our library. YOU may check out books too!
Keep 'em Reading!
Flu season is among us! With our PE partners, we recently have had some great conversations with all our students reviewing ways to stay healthy. Reminders were shared on handwashing, how to cover coughs and sneezes. Reinforcing steps as simple as keeping hands away from faces. Handwashing really is the best way to prevent the spread of infection and the flu. If your child is sick, make sure that they are fever free for 24 hours before coming back to school. This district policy will give their little bodies’ time to start recovering and help prevent the spread of illness. It’s still not too late for a flu vaccine. Here are some links for everything flu related and handwashing. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ https://www.henrythehand.com/videos/
Did you know that children ages 5-12 need 10 or 11 hours of sleep a night? Without enough sleep your brain doesn’t function normally, you can have a difficult time performing usually easy tasks, and your immune system can even be affected! There is no better time than flu season to keep your body healthy! The following are some tips to help make sure you and your child are getting enough sleep.
· Try to go to bed at the same time every night.
· Follow a bed time routine that helps your body relax and get ready for sleep.
· Limit sugary foods and drinks with caffeine, especially in the evening time.
· Don’t have a TV in the bedroom. If you do, turn it off when it’s bedtime.
Let’s make sure all of our Cougars are bright-eyed, healthy, and ready to learn!
Happy and Healthy New Year
Karen Maidens RN
Nominations for GT Testing
GT nominations are now closed. For nominated students, paperwork will be coming home for parents to fill out the week of January 13. Please return this paperwork by January 17. All testing information will be included in the paperwork. Any questions can be directed to Tonya Twilla.
Dates to Remember for January:
1st – January 7th - Winter Break – No School
13th - PTO Meeting @ 10:00 am
16th – Sk8 Town Spirit
20th – Martin Luther King Day – No School
24th – Winter Dance
Thank you to everyone who supported Kaufman at Spring Creek for Spirit Night! We raised $700.00.
SUBMIT PHOTOS TO YEARBOOK! Send In any pictures you take when visiting Kaufman. You can email all your pictures to Stefanie Bohuslav at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit your pictures on the Balfour Image Share App using code 018770.
ENROLL IN THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM! This program is a great way to raise money for our school, no need to re-register if you did last year. Please register at https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow/. Our organization number is KPSSO.
AMAZON SMILE! When you shop, support us on Amazon Smile! (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5195849) Kaufman Elementary PTO
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION! Keep collecting those Box Tops! Collection date is just around the corner! If you are interested in joining the Box Top Clip and Count Club, please contact email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER! We would love to have you volunteer on campus. All adults that visit the campus while school is in session must submit a volunteer application form to CISD. This form can be found at https://apps.conroeisd.net/volunteer/. This application must be re-submitted each new school year.
JOIN PTO! Joining the PTO is free! Visit https://kaufmanelementarypto.wildapricot.org/ to find out more about the Kaufman PTO as well as updates for upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help support our school!
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QUESTIONS? Contact the Kaufman PTO for more information at KaufmanPTO@gmail.com.
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