The Kindergarten Scoop

Mrs. Eckenrode's Classroom Newsletter

Ask Me About...

Here are just a few of the things you can ask your kindergartner about from this past week:

To help kick off our upcoming Science Fair (March 21st), we had a science assembly. The scientist used music and fire to model how sound is made. A flyer came home this week explaining the Kutz Science Fair. It would be fabulous to have some kindergarten scientists at the fair!

With winter weather upon us, we read several books about winter activities and snowmen. Our centers this week and next week focus around a winter theme.

We practiced using the words First, Next, Then, and Last to retell the books that we read. After reading a picture book together, have your kindergartner try using these words to tell about the big events from the story.

We read a book about what snowmen do at night while we sleep. We used our imaginations and creativity to write about what we think snowmen do while we aren't around. Ask your child what he/she wrote. I never knew that a snowman can play video games:)

We also read about a snowman named Sneezy that kept doing activities to cause him to melt. We brainstormed causes for snowmen melting and then wrote about what caused our own snowmen to melt.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we read a biography about his life and the ways he helped shape our nation. We talked about how a box of crayons contains different colors, but together the crayons can create beautiful pictures. We created our own self-portraits to display our differences; yet realize that together we make up an amazing class.

During math/calendar time, we are continuing to count by 1's, 5's, and 10's. We will add counting backwards and counting by 2's to our daily practice. The students are counting money using dimes, nickels, and pennies. Can your child tell you what each coin is worth? I am extremely impressed with how many students are going home and completing the parts of the calendar journal that we do not get to.

In library, Mrs. Robinson also discussed MLK and read a book about him. They also read The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf and Shades of People by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly.

End of the marking period assessments have begun, and I am so proud of the work the students are producing. Results will be shared with you when report cards are distributed on February 1oth.

After receiving our 25th compliment (50th for the year!), we celebrated our great choices with soft pretzels and hot chocolate (and who could forget the marshmallows!) Kudos to the entire class for always displaying Cougar pride and being outstanding citizens!

Looking Ahead

Below is what we having coming up next week:
  • We will read more winter themed books and continue to retell the characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end of the stories.
  • We will visit centers that have a winter theme.
  • We will demonstrate our amazing skills on the Kindergarten Literacy Assessment and math assessments.

Important Dates

Monday, January 18th: MLK Jr. Day (No School)
Tuesday, January 19th: Kutz Chick-Fil-A Night
Friday, January 22nd: Me and My Gal Event 6:30pm
Friday, January 22nd: Last day to order books from Scholastic.com using the code H3K2T
Wednesday, January 28th: End of Marking Period, early dismissal for grades 1-6, regular schedule for morning kindergartners
Thursday and Friday, February 4th and 5th: Staff Development, No school for students
Wednesday, February 10th: Kindergarten progress reports sent home
Friday, February 12th: Valentine's Day Party (More info coming home this week)
Monday, February 15th: Presidents' Day, No school
Thursday, February 18th: 100th Day of School Celebration (More info coming home this week)

Pictures of the Week

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Learning Centers

25 Compliments Celebration