Mrs. Bill's School Family News

January 13th

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What to ask?

Have a kiddo that is reluctant to talk about what they did at school all day? Here are a couple questions to get the conversation rolling;

  • Can you tell me one way to make the number 7? (i.e. 4+3=7 or ***** or 9-2=7)
  • How can you use "chunky monkey" to figure out a new word?
  • Who do you play with at recess?

Important Dates

  • Every Monday is library day-
  • January 15- 1/2 Day dismissal at 12:01

  • January 18- Dr. Martin Luther King Day, No School

  • February 5th- 1/2 Day Dismissal at 12:01

  • February 15th- President's Day, No School

  • February 16th- Flex Day- No school if we have not has a snow day up to this point

  • February 19th- President's Day Program (Details will be coming soon)

Pajama Day

This Friday the 15th is our class pajama day! I doubt we will be outside for recess but still dress them warmly enough for traveling to and from the building. =)They have worked hard for this privilege!

Bunny "Sitting"

Mocha and Steve have been in our room for a visit! Tuesday through Friday we hosted our wonderful school pets, Mocha and Steve, the TCE bunnies. Ask your child about our bunny sitting opportunity! I expect there will be a lot of bunny pictures and books written about our furry guests in the weeks to come!

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Just a friendly reminder to send WARM coats and gloves and hats with your little peep. We go out most days and I've had some very chilly little people lately. =) Thanks!

I will happily take donations of gloves for our class to use when someone doesn't have pair.

100th Day Kindergarten Project

Our 100th day of school is quickly approaching! Over the last several months at school we have focused on learning to be a good friend and being kind to others in our school family. To celebrate one hundred days of school we would like to commemorate this special day by doing something kind for our community. We will be collecting canned goods for local food pantries. Our goal as a grade level is to donate 100 canned foods in honor of 100 days of friendship in kindergarten at TCE. This activity is completely optional. Any student choosing to participate may bring in their canned goods anytime up until the 100th day.

Thank you for helping us to celebrate in this special way!

Academic Highlights

Our language arts focus is week was identifying the setting. We also are picking out the setting in our math problem solving.

We are also working on using a variety of reading skills, like eagle eyes and chunky monkey, this is when we use the beginning sound and use our picture clues to decode words or look inside the word for "words in a word" like and in sand.

The sight words fso far this quarter are; come, play, not, will, your, that

In math, we are working on problem solving. We are developing multiple strategies to to get to the same answer. For example, picture strategies or drawings and using a ten frame. They are amazing at this! Our current focus is addition.

Also, we are starting our study of money. One way I introduce the importance of money is through restaurant menus. If you dine out could you ask for a menu we could use in our classroom? Some restaurants will even give you a real one if they know what it is for. =) We will also be writing our own menus with values attached. Wonder if broccoli will be worth more than pizza? Hmmm. =)

In writing we are learning to stretch our words and use spacing to make our writing easier to read and will be strating "how to" books next week.

Penguin science is our science focus for January. Learning about penguins is always a favorite topic!

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

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Classroom Wish List


  • Starting a new collection of restaurant menus-any take out menu will be appreciated!

  • In other news...
  • Our collection is growing and we are using many of the donated items already. I am attaching an altered list just in case you come across something else you would like to share!
  • There is much research that shows that students have a high interest in things that are "real". We are loving our new environment! They are creating and finding more connections than I ever dreamed!

  • tables (wood but any size or shape)
  • water color paint
  • paint brushes
  • mirrors
  • peg board
  • latches and locks
  • larger nuts and bolts
  • plants
  • planters
  • sand
  • playdough
  • Discovery News

    Hello wonderful parents! This is Mrs. Foust with our news from Discovery. This week we are beginning a new unit on friendship. Students enjoyed reading the book, You Will Be My Friend and making a friendship card. We also practiced being a good friend during center time. For our movement day, it was fun to see the students participating in yoga! Ask your child to show you a yoga pose.
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