Cool News from Team KB

April 6, 2016

Remember these on-going opportunities please :)

  • Practice counting to 100 with your child!
  • Take a few minutes to have your child read some sight words every day! Watch for some sight word "assignments" in Class Dojo!
  • Check out the Seesaw app for new posts.
  • Many families are utilizing the little laminated cards to access the "homework" I assign on Reading A to Z (

Notes from Mrs. Rodriguez

Our study of the alphabet is complete and now we begin our study of vowel patterns, combinations and digraphs. This week we are looking at Long Vowels and we are learning that we code long vowels with macrons instead of breves as we did with short vowels. In our classroom we practice coding words on our whiteboards. Remember an example of a word with a breve is hat, and the breve goes above the a, because the a is a vowel that is followed by a consonant. So, our focus this week is the open long in the word go, The o has a macron above it because there is no consonant following it. (The children will also tell you that it needs an accent.) It can be confusing but the children understand what we are doing and they are doing well at reading the words that follow the rules.

Since our study of the alphabet is finished sharing will take a little turn. Sometimes I will ask the children to bring something that uses the rule we are studying, other times the focus might be on a theme we are studying. This week we are learning about measuring with a ruler. Please find a measuring tool that will fit in your child's backpack for sharing this week. Thanks!

Important Dates!!!

Fri., April 8th- Ag in the Classroom- Beanie Babies with Mr. Haigh

Thur., April 14th- Pre-Registration for Incoming Iroquois West Kindergartners- Come meet all the Kindergarten teachers and get help filling out registration papers (if needed)

Fri., April 15th- Midterm for 4th Quarter

Wednesday, April 20 - This is a 2 hour early out - Dismissal begins at 1:00.

Fri., April 22nd- Mrs. Luhman presents Calcium Bone

Preschool Screenings

Free screenings are being offered to families with children birth to age five in Ford and

Iroquois Counties. The first screening will be held at the Gilman United Methodist Church on April 15th. For an appointment time call 1-815-269-2230 (Danforth school)


I thought I would let you know that the children know the rules of our classroom very well, but remembering to follow them seems to be hard currently. Say "Team KB Rules" to your child and she or he should be able to list:
  • Follow Directions
  • Raise Your Hand to Speak
  • Listen When Someone Else is Talking
  • Keep Your Hands and Feet to Yourself
  • Be Polite
Please take some time to review these rules with your child every once in a while. Thanks!

Cool Quote of the Week

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ~ Maya Angelou


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

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 get 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.

Remember the weather is ever-changing (especially this year) 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.

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 green 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?

*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 containers.