Johnson's News

December 11, 2015

What's happening next week...

We are looking forward to a fabulous fun week of learning to wrap up our fall semester!


Next Wednesday, December 16th, Kindergarten will board the Polar Express. Students may wear school appropriate pajamas to school. Please make sure that your child wears normal school shoes as we will go outside to play.


We will also be decorating Gingerbread Houses! Students will be engineering and decorating their own houses. Please make sure you have sent in your child's donated item so that there are enough materials. This is an exciting event in Kindergarten and we appreciate your help and support.


Friday, December 18th is our Holiday Party. Kindergarten will have their parties from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to come and join us for the party and then stay for lunch.

Report Card Assessments

Next week teachers will finish assessing students on the standards taught in the 2nd nine weeks for GKIDS and our report cards.


Please practice the following skills with your child if he/she does not have mastery of these:

- Reading all sight words taught this year (see below)

- Writing at least 1 - 2 sentences about a topic, with capital letters at the beginning of a sentence

- When writing the word "I," capitalizing it. (i.e. My mom and I walked home).

- Coins and their values (penny, nickel, dime, & quarter)

- Counting from 1 - 100

- Counting from 1 - 100 by 10's (10, 20, 30, 40, and so on)

- Numbers 0 - 20 written correctly & legibly

-understanding place value (tens and ones) in two-digit numbers

Sight Words to Know

Here are the sight words we have learned in the 1st and 2nd nine weeks.


1st 9 weeks: the, at, can, I, see, my, it, is, me, in, to, we, like, up, mom, and, he, look, come, get, a


2nd 9 weeks: jump, have, be, here, make, was, little, play, she, went, by, on, has, one, you, girl, said, as, will, am

Literacy Learning

Next week is our Gingerbread week! Each day, we will be reading a different gingerbread story. After reading, we will review different skills such as identifying key details and main idea, comparing and contrasting characters to determine how they are alike and different as well as reviewing ongoing skills such as book handling skills, the role of author/illustrator, etc. Teachers continue to emphasize the importance of reading for meaning and using the picture to support understanding.


When reading with your child at home it is important to talk with your child about what they notice in pictures. Pictures have meaning and can help to increase your child's comprehension of the story. Ask your child to predict what will happen next and what clues make them think what they are thinking.


Please make sure your child continues to read their sight words. Sight words can be put on index cards and need to be read quickly. Knowing sight words will help your child be able to read quickly "on the run" and increase comprehension.


Finally, as the holiday break approaches, please encourage your child to continue reading at home. Students will benefit from reading and listening to quality literature. The county libraries have excellent resources as well as using the online resources on your child's e-class page.

Math Memo:

We will be finishing our place value unit of study. Students are expected to be able to build numbers to 20 using double ten frames and cubes and understand place value (tens and ones). Student are encouraged, but are not required, to write a number sentence to show that " 15 is one ten and 5 more" can be written as 10+5=15.


Also, please practice coins with your child! He/she must be able to correctly identify the coins by name and value. Use the study guide attached to practice. Try printing it, out, cutting the boxes apart, and playing coin memory with the cards!

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It's Beginning to Look A lot Like Winter

Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for school as we do go outside. Students are encouraged to zip and button their own jackets as this is an assessed skill on GKIDS (Georgia Kindergarten Inventory Development/Skills). Students are encouraged to dress comfortably for school and to learn to tie their own shoes. If your child does not know how to tie his/her own shoes, this is a skill that can practiced and mastered at home during the holiday break.

Events December 14 - 18:

Library: Wednesday

Email address



melissia johnson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us