Miss Butz's Class Newsletter

February 22 - 26

The End of the 3rd Nine Weeks is Approaching...

It is hard to believe that the 3rd 9 weeks of kindergarten is almost here. In the next week or two I will begin report card assessments. We add a few more standards that we assess this time, including addition, 3D shapes, reading sight words, writing conventions, more handwriting, and a couple more concepts.

Handwriting is the one that is the biggest challenge for me to work on with your child. Individual practice is the best way to improve handwriting. Unfortunately I don't have the time to sit one-on-one with your child to practice again. At this point in the year, I have taught the class how to correctly write each upper case and lower case letter of the alphabet. Your child will be asked to write his/her first and last name correctly and to write every single letter of the alphabet (upper case and lower case). We are doing review pages in our handwriting books at this point to practice. I look at proper spacing, whether or not the letters are formed correctly, and if the letters are touching the correct lines. There is NO letter in the entire alphabet that starts at the bottom. If you see your child starting at the bottom, then he/she is not forming it correctly. Please refer to the picture below for how to properly write each letter and number. Thank you in advance for helping your child work on handwriting at home.

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Kindergarten Registration Information for Next Year...

Registration will be held at The Carver Community Education and Technology Center

(Administration Building)

6141 South Franklin Road

Indianapolis, IN 46259

Hours for this 3 day registration only

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 --> 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 16, 2016 --> 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 --> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Please bring the following documentsto registration:

  • Your child’s original birth certificate In order to enroll in Kindergarten in Indiana, a child must be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2016
  • A copy of your child’s immunization records
  • Students who are 5 by August 1st are expected to have a completed shot record, not appointments to complete their shots. 2 Doses of Hepatitis A are required for all Kindergarten students
  • Proof of Residency (Examples: Current Utility bill or cable bill with resident’s name and address AND current Lease Agreement or mortgage paperwork)


Please be prepared to wait.

Registration is a first come, first assisted service. It’s helpful to bring all forms completed, with requested information and necessary paperwork.

A Note from the Nurse...

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Outside Recess...on the blacktop because of the snow on our playground!

Important Dates

Sunday, February 21st - Spirit Day at The Gymnastics Company

Begins at 1:00pm. Check South Creek's FB page for more details soon!

Tuesday, March 1st - PTO Meeting

Begins at 7pm in the Library

Friday, March 4th - Gator Gear Day!

Wear your South Creek gear or green and blue to show your school spirit!

Thursday, March 10th - Spring Pictures

More information coming soon!

Wednesday, March 16th - Spirit Night @ Chicago's Pizza

Eat Chicago's Pizza tonight to earn money for our South Creek PTO

Friday, March 18th - South Creek's annual Spring Fling!

Information will be coming home soon about this HUGE PTO event!


A South Creek parent created a website for kids to practice Chomputation. It has levels P5 and up. Check it out!


Learning This Week!

Literacy Focus:

Story: Bear Snores On

Letter Sounds: /v/ and final /x/

Phonemic Awareness Skills: rereading, comparing and contrasting, middle sounds, ending sounds, segmenting words (saying all sounds in words, ex. dog -- /d/ /o/ /g/), adding sounds to words (ex. "it" add /h/ to the beginning, what is the new word?)

Reading Skills: asking and answering questions, character, plot, setting, problem/solution

Sight Words: said, want

Math Focus:

Introduction of the Dime, Coin Exchanges, Comparison Number Stories, Place Value, 3D Shapes

Writing Focus:

Conventions and Begin Class Book

Science Focus:

Homes for Living Things

Social Studies Focus:

Why We Work - Wants and Needs


Remember that BOOK-IT pizza forms are due at the end of each month. You reading to your child OR your child reading to you counts! Just fill up the chart for the 21 books, sign it, have your child sign it, and send it in! I will send home a personal pizza certificate for your child if you have reached the goal.


Monday: Library

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Music (rotates each week)

Thursday: Art

Friday: Gym (wear your gym shoes!)

*Please note that your child can NOT check out a new book unless the book is returned on our library day on Monday. If you send it in late, then he/she has to wait until the next Monday to check out another book.

5 Ways to Improve Your Child's Handwriting

  1. Make Practicing Fun
    Offer your child a special pencil or a rainbow of colored ones. Don't just give her words to copy. Try simple word puzzles, anagrams, a game of hangman, or ask her to brainstorm lists around a theme to give writing practice a purpose.
  2. Encourage Drawing and Puzzle Games
    In order to develop the physical requirements of writing — holding a pencil correctly, posture, control, dexterity, coordination — the more time your child spends manipulating objects, the better. Even using silverware can help him develop his fine-motor skills.
  3. Pinpoint the Problem
    Common handwriting problems lie in four main areas: letter formation, sizing, spaces between words, and line-alignment. Focus your child's practice on the letters or concepts that challenge her and make sure she's using two hands to control the paper.
  4. The Right Tools
    If your child's struggling with a regular pencil, try a smaller or shorter, kid-sized one. Ensure he has a good eraser handy so he's not afraid of making mistakes.
  5. Writing Outside the Box
    A foggy mirror, patch of mud, or bowl of leftover sauce make great surfaces. Whether your child's practicing with his fingers, a stick, or a pencil, inspiring his creativity will lend appeal to writing.

Online article from Scholastic - Parents


*Dismissal is at 3:50pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

*Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day. We dismiss at 3:20pm.