Cool News from Team KB

January 27, 2016

Notes from Mrs. Rodriguez

I am so very pleased that so many families are utilizing the little laminated cards to access the "homework" I assign on Reading A to Z ( The children have been excited to tell me about how they are working on this at home! I have even gotten letter assessment results in m y inbox! Good for you and good for your child! If you haven't already done so you can get the app for free in the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store or the Amazon Appstore for Android, or you can log in on a computer. The card has my username: iwdesreadingaz and your child's username on it. Once the reading assignments are finished, your child can also read books at the book level where I feel they are reading successfully. Happy Reading!

Please feel free to write down any books read on the Reading A to Z app/website for Book-in-a-Bag as well. We learn to read by reading, no matter what the book looks like...electronic or paper copy! If your child comes home with the wrong bag for the book, just read the book you get and I will count it on your child's Book-It. I will get January Book-It slips outs by the end of next week.

Important Dates!!!

Friday, February 5 - Ag in the Classroom with Mr. Haigh - Topic is Presidents. This will also be the 100th Day of School! As a special activity for the 100's collection we are asking that you help your child make a cape to wear which has 100 items attached. Directions and a red or blue cape are coming home tomorrow with your child! This will help us to have a super 100th day!!!

Wednesday, February 10 - Please have your child's valentine's at school. I like to make sure everyone has valentines. I will be sending a class list home at the beginning of next week. Please plan to have your child make a valentine for each of our classmates. You also will not need to make a Valentine Mailbox, as we do something special here at school together as a Valentine Mailbox.

Friday, February 12 - Valentine's Party - Mommy Schwickrath is very busy planning this party for us.

Wednesday, February 17 - This is a 2 hour early out - Dismissal begins at 1:00. Remember our Kindergarten Parent Night is going to be open from 4:30-6:30 that afternoon!!! Plan to attend or find a family friend who can come in your place. :) The title this time is "Love to Learn" and we will be showing you how to make various games with your child to practice numbers, letter, sight words, math facts, etc. (Please plan to stay around 30 ish minutes.)


Sharing may include
  • an item from your home that begins with the letter of the week.
  • a non-perishable food item for G.O.D.'s Food Pantry.

Sharing Schedule

Tuesday ~Robert, Claire, Miley, Aayden, Jasmine, Jayden, Autumn, Lizette

Wednesday ~ Alivia, Arianna, Andres, Emma, Issac, Edgar, Jose, Vander

Thursday ~ Ryan, Bentley, Carina, Avah, Owen, Eduardo, Samuel, Julian

Can You Help Us Please?

How can you help your child from home?

*watch the green folder for important papers from the office and for homework. Take a few minutes each night to help your child complete the homework, making sure they write their *own* name. :) Every once in a while you might want to wipe down the greed folder. They are getting really sticky :(

*read to your child, at least 20 minutes each day. We have been sending home Book-In-A-Bag as often as we have volunteers in to check them out for us.

How can you help our classroom from home?

*we currently need patient friends to cut out the sight word cards, so we can get them laminated and put into our book totes. Let me know if you are handy with scissors, and they really need to be cut individually :|

*save Boxtops and Campbell's Labels for Education, put them in a bag and send them in to school!

*we love "good clean garbage" like:

~clean empty frosting containers

We have plenty of (need no more right now, thanks!)

~clean lids from water bottles, soda bottles and clean empty Crystal Light

Cold Weather Policy

Our classroom is warm most of the time, so you might want to consider dressing your child in layers, i.e. a short sleeve shirt and a long sleeve shirt over it. As far as recess time recently we have been needing a heavier jacket for the morning outdoor time and a lighter jacket for the afternoon recess. If you send your child with a heavy coat in the morning then I have them put it on for the morning outdoor time. They got warm and fussy, but I can't have them going in and out of the building to get a coat or hang it back up, so they have to keep it on. I also don't want them to lay the coats in a big stack on the playground because their coats will get dirty.

As far as going outside when the weather gets colder...Our school policy is that we go outside if the temperature is above 20 degrees. If the difference between the temperature and the wind chill is more than 10 degrees difference we try to not go outside. Remember the weather is ever-changing and just because it is nice here in Danforth on the back playground doesn't mean the wind is not blowing at your house or place of work. With this in mind, please send your child with clothing appropriate to the weather...hats, gloves, boots, scarves, coats that close, etc. When we are bundling up we also work on those zipping skills needed on the K report card, and following directions. It takes time to bundle up, but we use it as a learning time.