Caldwell Kinders

January Newsletter

Wrapping Up January!

I hope everyone is enjoying their day off! Below you will find information for the last two weeks of January, upcoming dates, and friendly reminders! Have a WARM and relaxing MLK Jr. Day and we will see everyone tomorrow!

Units of Study & Thematic Curriculum

Reader's Workshop:

This month we are learning that readers are teachers. Our essential questions for this unit are:

  • How can I become the kind of reader who can teach myself and others about how to read?

  • Why is it important to reflect and celebrate about our learning?

  • How have I grown as a reader?

  • How can we use everything we know about reading to support each other as a reading community?

  • Why do we use everything we know about reading to support each other as a reading community?

  • How can readers think and talk to support each other toward new understandings?


We will continue to practice our independent reading, buddy reading, and working in small groups. Word study groups will continue to challenge us on our individual academic levels. We are still reviewing beginning digraphs (wh, sh, ph, th, ch), beginning blends, short and long vowels, and sneaky E! Jan Brett books will lead us on the journey to teach one another how to be great readers! Keep practicing those quarter 3 star words with your child! I love listening to your student read their leveled readers they bring home each night! They are so proud to share their reading with me!


Writer's Workshop:

We are still sharpening our skills on writing how-to stories. There is heavy emphasis on noticing capital letters and lowercase letters in our writing. I am emphasizing that sentences start with a capital and end with punctuation. Spelling is still phonetic and we are working to incorporate new spelling strategies as we learn them in word study! Many of us are hearing sneaky E's and using this new skill to spell more!


Everyday Mathematics:

Double digit numbers are huge in Unit 5 this month! We are counting higher, exploring double digit numerals, breaking apart numbers, and practicing number sentences! The "fishing" game is one of our favorites. We are learning to identify shapes based on numerous characteristics. For example, " I am fishing for a blue shape. I am fishing for a blue, flat shape. I am fishing for a blue, flat shape that has 3 sides. "


4th Grade Technology Buddies:

We are wrapping up exploration stations with Mrs. Badgett's 4th graders. We have learned how to practice skills using "Kahoot". Check out Kahoot here! We have really enjoying sharpening our math and spelling skills using Osmo! Some of us also learned how to use iMovie trailers to create star word movies!


5th Grade Reading Buddies:

We meet with our 5th Grade reading buddies on early release days. This week we will meet on Wednesday to do an icy science experiment. Why does ice melt? What melts ice? We will be exploring difference substances to try and melt ice. Our 5th grade buddies help us communication our ideas through discussion and writing. We love learning with our buddies!

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100th Day is next Monday!

100th Day Project

Dear Kindergarten Families,


We will be celebrating the 100th day of Kindergarten on Monday, January 25th! THIS IS A CHANGE from our student calendars. For this exciting milestone, we have planned many hands-on learning experiences. One of which, we could use your help from home!


Please help you child to compile a collection of 100 things. The collection should be small enough to fit into the bag provided. All 100 objects should be the same. For example, you child could bring 100 pennies, 100 pebbles, 100 cotton balls, or 100 paperclips. Be creative!


After gathering 100 things, help your child think of three clues that describe his or her collection. Then, have your child write the clues on the paper that was sent home on Friday! The kids will get to share their clues with the class to see if anyone can guess what is in the bag.


Please send the collection to school no later than Thursday, January 21st. It will be kept at school for a few days. Thank you for you assistance in making our 100th Day celebration an exciting, learning experience.


***On this day, students will participate in station rotations among all kindergarten classrooms! My classroom will be a 100th Day necklace. I am still in need of 2 volunteers on this morning - January 25th! If you could be an extra set of hands to help students, I would GREATLY appreciate your help! You can post your volunteer status on our VolunteerSpot website. Thank you! ***



Thanks for your help!


Miss Caldwell

Important Dates & Upcoming Dates

January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

January 20th: Early Release Day @ 2:55

January 22: Happy Birthday Mrs. Newcomb!

January 25th: HAPPY 100th DAY OF SCHOOL!

January 29th: Movie Night from 6:00-8:00 p.m

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February 17th: Wizards Basketball Game in Noblesville

February 18th: Hazel Dell Spectacular & Science Fair

Always Need Volunteers!

Looking to volunteer in our classroom??

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.


Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:


1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/1taycQ

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.


Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Thank you!


Scholastic Books for January

Scholastic Books for January

Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code: LLBVP


Dear Families,

Good news! This month's Scholastic Reading Club flyers are ready for you to explore with your child. Children read more when they choose their own books, so I encourage you to look at the flyers together. Each flyer is filled with grade-specific, affordable titles.

Place your order online at scholastic.com/readingclub. Ordering online is the easiest way to ensure I get your order on time. Also, there are more books to choose from as well as teacher recommendations.

Remember, for every book you order, our class earns FREE Books and supplies...and we have our eye on some new additions.

Thank you for your support!


PS: Books make wonderful gifts! Please let me know if your order includes a gift, and I will contact you when it arrives.


Ordering online is fast and easy:

  • VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  • All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!