September 30, 2016


Thank you to everyone who attended a conference. It was such a pleasure getting to meet with you and go over your child's progress. The second quarter is approaching and students will be expected to use what they have learned to acquire new learning as well as master previous learned skills. Please talk with your student about how proud you are of her/him and that your child knows how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication to learning.

This Week in Kindergarten

It's hard to believe that the first nine weeks is almost over. This week the students worked hard to use what they are learning as "readers" in writing so they are able to write a patterned text using their sight words. Students have also been exploring the main idea of a text and retelling details from the story. In Math, students sorted objects by attribute. They also learned about the steps to the scientific method! Make sure and ask your student to tell you about it.

Coming Up

Next week we will be reviewing all Math skills so that students can complete their Unit 1 Summative Assessment. This 4-page assessment will assess all skills learned during the first nine weeks. It is important that students do their very best! Students will be expected to count objects and choose the correct number, understand the concept of "one more, " identify coins and their values correctly, as well as understand the concept of counting from a given number, identify numbers that would be next in a sequence, and sort objects by attritibute and count. Teachers will be using this assessment as well as evidence of previous learning to complete your child's GKIDS report for the first nine weeks!

A Message from Transportation

As a point of safety for our kindergarten students who ride the bus, a parent or guardian must meet the bus in the afternoons at the bus stop. If the parent is not at the stop, the kindergartener will be returned to school for parent pick-up. Exception: kindergarten students will be dropped off at their stop if they have an older sibling riding the bus with them. The bus supervisor, Tammy Daniel, may be reached through email should you have any questions or concerns with this protocol -

Guided Reading

Thank you to everyone who is reading with their child at home. Please make sure that your child returns guided reading book everyday. If your child does not have a new book to read, please reread the book from the night before. Familiar rereading helps to build confidence and fluency in young readers!

When reading with your child, please do not cover up the pictures! Students are taught to look at the pictures to help them figure out "tricky words." You can encourage your child to check the picture by prompting them to use their "eagle eye." Also, students need to use their finger to touch and read each word. This one-to-one correspondence helps encourage young readers to read through words and to independently self-correct.

New Sight Words Are Coming!

Please go over your child's "snap" sight word list with them. It is important that students be able to read these words quickly in isolation so that they are able to recognize them in their guided reading books. Please send a note letting me know that your child is ready for a sight word test and I will assess these words during reading groups. Students are able to work through word lists at their own pace, however students who can read the first 100 words will receive a special treat.

Computer Lab

Thank you to everyone who has sent in a head set for their child to use in the computer lab. Please encourage your child to keep up with their head set and use it properly. Kindergarten students will begin going to the computer lab with their classroom teacher once a week. This is in addition to their computer enrichment special.

Expected Student Behavior in Kindergarten

Please have a conversation with your child regarding appropriate behavior at school. Students are expected to focus, listen, follow directions and be respectful to others. Please encourage your child to be responsible citizens by keeping up with their orange folders, clothing items, book bags, etc. Please encourage your child to listen to his/her teachers and be considerate of others and their belongings. Students are expected to show respect to all students and adults at MPES. Also, students need to remember that hands are for helping, not hitting, and that bullying is not allowed. Students who misbehave will be sent to time out and this ultimately effects student learning. Thank you so much for your support of teaching and learning at MPES!

Mark Your Calendar

October 10- Student Holiday

Suggested Kindergarten Apps for Home

Endless Reader: sight words, lots of levels

Sight Words by Little Speller: sight words, nice parental controls

Kids Crosswords: spelling skills, sight words, and word recognition

PBS Kids: access to shows and other content

Little Patterns: creating and continuing patterns

ABC Letter Tracing: fine motor skills, letter recognition and letter formation

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