# The Kindergarten Scoop

## Ask Me About...

Here are just a few of the things you can ask your kindergartner about from this past week:

We read many books about the history behind Thanksgiving. Ask your child who attended the first Thanksgiving and why they gathered together. What kinds of foods did the pilgrims and Native Americans eat?

We wrote about what we are thankful for and prepared for our feast on Monday.

We began talking about the ones and tens places within two digit numbers. As we keep track of how many days we've been in school (Today was 49!), we use that number to model using ones and tens. We also practiced using and trading pennies, nickels, and dimes. I think we have some future bankers among us!

We celebrated Veteran's Day and discussed how those in the military are keeping Americans safe.

In library, the students learned about computer parts with a PowerPoint presentation on the Smart Board. Then the children used a very helpful website called starfall.com to practice their skills.

## What's Next?

Here is a preview of what kindergartens will be doing next week:

• We are so excited for our Thanksgiving Feast and the 50th day of school on Monday!
• We will write about our favorite foods that we eat on Thanksgiving.
• On Wednesday, progress reports will be sent home. I look forward to our conference time to discuss your child's transition into kindergarten.
• Yes, you are reading it correctly. The kindergartners have off beginning Thursday, November 19th and return to school Monday, December 30th. I will miss their smiling faces!

## Important Dates

Monday, November 16th: Picture Re-takes (Please send back your entire booklet if you would like retakes.)
Monday, November 16th:
Thanksgiving Feast (Thank you to everyone who signed up to help!)
11/19-11/27: Conferences (No school for kindergartners)

## The Progress Report

Can you believe that we have already entered the second marking period? As I prepare the kindergartners' Progress Reports, a few thoughts have come to mind that I'd like to share with you.

First, I am very excited about this "new" way of reporting student progress. I was thinking about the old report card and how abstract an overall grade of an A, B, C, or D was. Did it mean that a student had no strengths in math if he/she earned a D for the marking period? And on the other end, did students who earned an A perform perfectly in all areas of math? Those days of wondering are long gone at the elementary level.

With the new Progress Report, you will have much more concrete and specific knowledge of how your child is performing in each area. With the many different standards assessed, you will have a true understanding of your kindergartner's strengths and goal areas. While he/she may be secure with counting skills, he/she may need additional time with writing numbers. This report will break it all down for you.

I have always thought that the most important part of the Progress Reports is the very first section. And I continue to believe this, especially with our kindergartners entering their first year in the public school setting. Within this section, I report how your child is performing with the "Learning to learn" habits such as work readiness (following routines and rules, independent work habits, etc.); social readiness (respect, listening, self-control, etc.) and physical readiness (using school materials correctly and writing tools effectively, etc.). Without these in place, it is very difficult for a student to meet success academically. My hope is that you will focus on these when you view the Progress Report. Celebrate the areas where your child is consistently demonstrating these standards. Help your kindergartner make a plan for the areas where he or she was not as consistent.

You will receive a copy of the progress report on Wednesday. Below is a breakdown of what each indicator means. As a team, we will work together to help your child reach his/her highest academic and social potential. I appreciate your continued support, and I am here if you have any questions about the Progress Report.

I came across a beautiful quote from one of my favorite authors (Patricia Polacco) that I thought captured the reasoning behind our reporting system. "A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can be. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different. Each one is special. Each one is beautiful." I am excited to talk with you about how special your kindergartner is at our conference in the upcoming weeks.

These are the indicators used for the Learning to Learn standards.
These are the indicators used for the academic areas.
For those more visual people like myself...