Ms. Borgert's Weekly Buzz
December 13th, 2015 (news from the past 2 weeks!)
Notes from the teacher
I want to thank all of you for your understanding and support this week as my family dealt with my dad's passing. It was an incredibly difficult week for all of us, and I cannot tell you how touched I was to see flowers from the class when I walked into the funeral home on Thursday night. That was so kind of all of you to think of me and it meant the world to see the beautiful planter as we began to celebrate his life. I missed all of your children so much and am very excited to see them and get back on track on Monday! I had other Kindergarten teachers checking on them all week and sending me texts periodically to keep me updated.
This past week was HOUR OF CODE week. Our class reserved the Ipads and Mrs. Hopper was kind enough to come in and help my guest teacher get the class started on doing some basic coding using some different apps that are perfect for this age. If you would like your child to show you their skills at home, a few of the free apps that we use for this are: Daisy the Dino, Kodable, Scratch Jr., Hopscotch, Tynker, and Cargo-Bot. I'm not sure what they enjoyed the most, but these are all basic coding apps that we have used!
I wonder.....we started meeting with Mrs. Hopper last week (December 2nd) for Genius Hour! This will be our time to wonder about things that we'd like to dive deeply into and learn about and then learn different ways we can research and find out more.....stay tuned for more on this exciting "wonder"ful learning adventure!
Thanks again for your support this week, and for sharing your wonderful kiddos with me.
3 Mystery Readers!!
Thank you so much to Mrs. Barr for being our Mystery Reader on the 4th. We loved having you and Brynn's little brother in to entertain us!
This past week, we were lucky to have TWO mystery readers. Thank you to Mr. Peaden and Mr. Summers for taking time out of their days to come in and read to us. I'll have to receive a report from the class to see if their predicting skills were correct. I am sure they were so excited to have both of you in.
If you haven't signed up yet to be a mystery reader, there are still many days left after our Winter break. Please do so by browsing for available Fridays this school year at http://vols.pt/nGGNUB. Remember if Friday at 10:30 doesn't work and you really really want to come in, just email me and we will work out a time that works for you! :)
Donuts in December
We loved having our special visitors come in for our Donuts for Dad last Friday, the 4th. It was so nice to see all of you playing games together, doing puzzles, making gingerbread men, and just getting to spend time together at school. There were a couple tears when our special visitors had to leave, but overall they were just so happy to have all of you here. Thank you so much for taking time out of your days to visit!
Academic Highlights for the Upcoming Week
Reviewing 2nd quarter concepts! Sequencing stories, inferring, Making predictions, Creating Mental Images, Making Connections (Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World) Non-fiction vs. Fiction, Story Elements – SETTING, CHARACTERS
REVIEW Qtr 2 words: black, white, purple, pink, brown, yellow, green, blue, orange, red, for, she, he, her, to, do, get, was, it, me, am, so,
Qtr 1 words (for your review):this, in, big, here, said, like, we, are, go, can, at, on, I, look, see, my, a, mom, dad, you, the, is, and
Nonstandard Measurement, Comparing 3 objects and putting in order (light to heavy etc.) - Review all concepts from Quarter 2
STRETCHY snake spelling, Story Hand introduction, Asking vs. telling sentences, end punctuation, Capitalizing first word in sentence and pronoun I, Writing for specific audiences. Writers label pictures, Pictures tell a story.
Traditions, Holidays around the world
Hour of Code
Pictures shared from Mrs. Hopper as our class embarked in the Hour of Code this week. Way to go, my little programmers!
From 12/4/15: This is Mrs. Foust with our news from Discovery. This week we began a new unit, Healthy Foods and Exercise. We read the book, Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food and then discussed good food choices. Students also had fun using the scooterboards for exercise this week! For Social Skills, we discussed the importance of calming down when we are upset and making good choices.
From 12/11/15: Hello wonderful parents! This is Mrs. Foust with our news from Discovery. This week we continued our Healthy Foods and Exercise unit. We reviewed the foods groups using the Choosemyplate.gov website. Students also visited the computer lab to practice coding for the Hour of Code week. For Social Skills, we discussed putting our hands on our belly, naming our feeling, and taking several belly breaths when we are feeling upset.