Mrs. Emery's Kindergarten Class

June 5 - June 9, 2017 'A' Week

Last Week of Kindergarten!!!

Final Edition of 2016-2017 Weekly Newsletter

Thank you for all the support you have provided for your child and our class this year! I am so proud of the growth they have made! I will treasure many fond memories of our year together and I wish the children a lifetime filled with learning! I hope you all have a relaxing, safe, fun-filled summer. All the best as they now head to 1ST GRADE!!!

Themed Days for Last Week of School

As we close out our last week of Kindergarten together, we will celebrate our learning with several different themes.

Monday - Camp Read - A - Lot - Students can wear PJs and bring a flashlight, towel and stuffed animal. We will make "s'mores" and enjoy reading lots of our favorite stories!

Tuesday - Worm Day - We will observe and learn about these creepy crawlers first hand!

Wednesday - Show and Tell Day- please allow your child to bring a special item from home to show and tell about!

Thursday - Picnic Day - We will eat lunch at the picnic tables, weather permitting. Lunch can also be purchased in the cafeteria.

Friday - "Popsicles, Popcorn and Play" End of Year Celebration from 12:30-1:30 pm behind the school near the track playground. All are invited to attend!

June 9th - End of Year Celebration - 12:30 - 1:30 "Popsicles, Popcorn and Play" Please join us as we celebrate the conclusion of an awesome year! We will meet under the oak tree by the track behind the school. Students will enjoy playing with chalk, beach balls, bubbles, hula hoops and other fun activities. We hope to see you there!

Harassment and Bullying Lesson Exemption Forms due ASAP / Lesson to be conducted on June 6th at 8am

Lunch Accounts and Media Center Items

As we approach the end of the school year, please return all library books by May 30th and settle any outstanding fees with the cafeteria. Thank You!

Please return all book baggy books this week if you have not already done so. Thank You!

Please return photo packages with or without payment as soon as possible! Thanks!

MES May/June Events

June 5th Blue Gold Closing Ceremony 1:45-2:15

June 5th MPTO Board Meeting 7pm Providence Hills' Clubhouse

June 9th Kindergarten End of Year Class Celebration 12:30-1:30pm

June 9th Last Day of School/Report Cards

Sight Word Practice Using Flippity Cards

Retell and Reading Super-Powers - Please Practice Nightly!!!

Please encourage your child to use "Reading Super-Powers" when reading.

1. "Pointer Power" - Point to each word.

2. "Mouth and Letter Power" - Get mouth ready to make sounds in words.

3. "Picture Power" - Look at the picture for a clue to tricky words.

4. "Tapping Power" - "Tap out" CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words.

5. "Chunking Power" - Look for chunks in a word, i.e. b-at = bat

6. "Question Power" - Ask, "What will make sense with the letter sounds and picture clues?"

7. "Hopping Power" - Hop over tricky words, then go back and reread.

8. "Retell Power"-

Lastly, have your child retell the story after reading. Encourage them to tell 5 things that happened in the story using the words, first, next, then, after that, finally.

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." -Emilie Buchwald


In reading, we are studying characters' emotions and reading Readers' Theater scripts. We are acting out our parts and enjoying working in cooperative groups. In writing, we are returning to narrative writing and trying to write longer, more detailed stories about true life events. In math, we are busy solving story problems of all types and thereby incorporating fact fluency and decomposition of numbers through 10. We will also build and create all 2D and 3D shapes. In science and social studies, we are learning about positions and motions of objects in our environment as well as beginning our butterfly and plant unit and maps.

Fry Sight Words and Phrases

Please feel free to use the documents below for continued sight word practice and fluency phrasing practice. If your child has mastered the first 100 Fry words, please feel free to use the second 100 words for enrichment. Fry phrases are also beneficial as they allow students to read sight words together with fluency.

Fry sight words:

Fry phrases:


Tapping Out Consonant Vowel Consonant Words

We are working hard in class to "tap out" CVC words. We use this strategy for practice with words in isolation and students are encouraged/prompted to use the strategy during Readers Workshop and Guided Reading. Please take a few moments to view the following video demonstrating how to "tap-out" CVC and CCVC words.

As you are reading with your child each night, prompt them to use the strategy when they come to a tricky word in a text. Ask them to tap out the letter sounds and look at the picture for a clue. I will also be placing a monthly list of "nonsense words" in the book baggies beginning this week. These words can also be tapped-out for practice. While these are not words encountered while reading, this is an excellent way for students to isolate phonemes and blend the phonemes together to make a silly word.

I also encourage you to utilize the Fundations Parent support resources at home. These resources provide handwriting practice, book suggestions and words for tapping out.

Unit 1:

Unit 2:

Unit 3:

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Additional Sight Word Resources

The students are working hard in class to recognize sight words! Please check out this blog post on many apps that can be used to provide variety to sight word practice:

Also, if students have mastered recognizing the sight words, they can turn their sights to writing/spelling them correctly. This is an option for nightly practice but not required. If your child chooses this option, please send in the practice paper on Friday and I will give them one star on their "Super Improvers" card!!! (Any piece of scratch/notebook paper you have around the house will be just fine! :)

Friday Family Story Time

Would you like to volunteer by sharing the joy of reading aloud to the class? If so, please visit the link below to choose a date and join in the fun! The students really enjoy this special time!

Spirit Rock

If you would like to decorate the spirit rock for your child's birthday this year, please visit the links below.

The sign up genius is found on the website on the home page. The link is:

Raz-Kids Reading Program and Dreambox Math Program

Our school offers 2 excellent student resources that can be accessed from home using a digital device. Raz-Kids Reading allows students to access a multitude of leveled texts across genres. Students will be highly encouraged to use Raz-Kids every night once nightly reading homework begins later this month. Dreambox Math is carefully aligned with the Kindergarten math standards taught in class and will provide opportunities for your child to practice their skills. We use both programs in class during the "technology" portion of Literacy and Math rotations. Two parent letters explaining how to access these resources will be placed in the blue folder on Monday. Please take some time to provide access to the programs for your child at home if you are able. After completing the Raz-Kids log-in process, please sign and return the bottom portion of the form. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

Reporting An Absence From School

When and if your child is absent from school, please report the absence using the following link:

Report An Absence

This link can also be found on the MES homepage on the left hand side by clicking the "Report An Absence" tab. This allows you to communicate directly with Toscha Carroll, our attendance coordinator. Thank You!

Whole Brain Teaching Rules

Matthews Elementary students adhere to the following schoolwide rules:

1. Follow directions quickly.

2. Raise your hand for permission to speak.

3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.

4. Make smart choices.

5. Keep your dear teacher happy.

6. Diamond Rule: Keep your eyes on the target.

Thank you for your support as we work together to provide a solid foundation for learning!

Daily Schedule

7:15-7:45 Arrive and Unpack/Prepare for Day

7:45-8:15 Morning Meeting

8:15-8:30 Fundations (Phonics)

8:30-8:45 Shared Reading

8:45-9:30 Readers' Workshop

9:30-10:00 Recess

10:00-10:30 Lunch/Bathroom

10:30-11:40 Interactive Writing/Writers' Workshop

11:40-12:30 Specials

12:30-1:30 Literacy Rotations (working snack)

1:30-2:30 Math Workshop

2:30-2:45 Packup, Read Aloud, Dismissal

Specials Schedule

A Week

  • M- Music
  • T- Computer Lab
  • W- Art
  • Th- PE (please wear tennis shoes)
  • F- Media Center

B Week

  • M- Art
  • T- PE (please wear tennis shoes)
  • W- Science Lab
  • Th- Music
  • F- Computer Lab

Reading Resources

Starfall provides opportunities for students to practice letter recognition, decode/blend words as well as beginner reading selections.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is a great resource for quality children's picture books. Books are read to the children by famous actors with fabulous digital book illustrations. Storyline Online provides opportunities for questioning, conversation, and "book talks".

Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library also offers several online options for children to read and/or listen to stories. Storyplace and Tumblebooks are two such options. Sudents can use their school ID number to access online services such as Storyplace and Tumblebooks. Students can also use their school ID number to check out books from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public library. The CMLibrary is a great place to visit and find just right, beginning readers for your child!

Thank you for supporting your growing reader!

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." -Dr. Seuss


Angela Emery- Kindergarten teacher MES

Please contact me with any questions or concerns. I appreciate your support at home as we work together to help your child learn, grow and develop throughout the school year!