Cool News from Team KB

January 13, 2016

Notes from Mrs. Rodriguez

Monday I sent out little laminated cards as part of the homework. We use a website called Reading A to Z ( in the classroom, both on the SmartBoard and on the iPads. You can get the app for free in the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store or the Amazon Appstore for Android, or you can log in on a computer. The card has my username: iwdesreadingaz and your child's username on it. I can send out reading assignments reflecting what we are working on in class, and your child can also read books at the book level where I feel they are reading successfully. Try this out with your child, and let me know if you have any questions. Happy Reading!

I have had many questions about Book-in-a-Bag...I rely on the parent volunteers to come in and take care of this for me because there is simply not enough time in the day. That being said, if we get busy or the parent volunteer is unable to come we don't get Book-in-a-Bag done that day.If your child comes home with the wrong bag for the book, just read the book you get and I will count it on your child's Book-It. I will get December Book-It slips outs by the end of the week.

Important Dates!!!

Thursday, January 14 - Please try to find time to come to our program "If You Give A Student a Story..." The K teachers and their friends have been working hard to create an evening of Family Fun!! We hope to see you here from 4:30-6:30 (plan to stay around 30 ish minutes please).

Friday, January 15 - SIP 1/2 Day of School - No lunch served. Dismissal begins at 11:00am.

Monday, January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19 - Please bring your zoo cages to school!!!

Wednesday, January 20 - Report cards come home. This is also a 2 hour early out - Dismissal begins at 1:00. Remember our Kindergarten Zoo is going to be open from 10:45-11:30 that morning!!! Plan to attend or find a family friend who can come in your place. :)


Sharing may include
  • an item from your home that begins with the letter of the week.
  • a non-perishable food item for G.O.D.'s Food Pantry.

Sharing Schedule

Tuesday ~Robert, Claire, Miley, Aayden, Jasmine, Jayden, Autumn, Lizette

Wednesday ~ Alivia, Arianna, Andres, Emma, Issac, Edgar, Jose, Vander

Thursday ~ Ryan, Bentley, Carina, Avah, Owen, Eduardo, Samuel, Julian

Cool Quote of the Week

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~ chinese Proverb

Can You Help Us Please?

How can you help your child from home?

*watch the green folder for important papers from the office and for homework. Take a few minutes each night to help your child complete the homework, making sure they write their *own* name. :) Every once in a while you might want to wipe down the greed folder. They are getting really sticky :(

*read to your child, at least 20 minutes each day. We have been sending home Book-In-A-Bag as often as we have volunteers in to check them out for us.

How can you help our classroom from home?

*we currently need patient friends to cut out the sight word cards, so we can get them laminated and put into our book totes. Let me know if you are handy with scissors, and they really need to be cut individually :|

*save Boxtops and Campbell's Labels for Education, put them in a bag and send them in to school!

*we love "good clean garbage" like:

~clean empty frosting containers

We have plenty of (need no more right now, thanks!)

~clean lids from water bottles, soda bottles and clean empty Crystal Light

Cold Weather Policy

Our classroom is warm most of the time, so you might want to consider dressing your child in layers, i.e. a short sleeve shirt and a long sleeve shirt over it. As far as recess time recently we have been needing a heavier jacket for the morning outdoor time and a lighter jacket for the afternoon recess. If you send your child with a heavy coat in the morning then I have them put it on for the morning outdoor time. They got warm and fussy, but I can't have them going in and out of the building to get a coat or hang it back up, so they have to keep it on. I also don't want them to lay the coats in a big stack on the playground because their coats will get dirty.

As far as going outside when the weather gets colder...Our school policy is that we go outside if the temperature is above 20 degrees. If the difference between the temperature and the wind chill is more than 10 degrees difference we try to not go outside. Remember the weather is ever-changing and just because it is nice here in Danforth on the back playground doesn't mean the wind is not blowing at your house or place of work. With this in mind, please send your child with clothing appropriate to the weather...hats, gloves, boots, scarves, coats that close, etc. When we are bundling up we also work on those zipping skills needed on the K report card, and following directions. It takes time to bundle up, but we use it as a learning time.