Cool News from Team KB

February 10, 2016

Notes from Mrs. Rodriguez

The 100th day capes were fabulous! Thank you so much for taking time with your child to create this project and to help them count 100 items for their capes! We have been trying to sign our names on the SmartBoard when we are able to count to 100 all by ourselves. Ask your child if he or she got to write their name on the SmartBoard yet.

We are enjoying the use of the Seesaw app and I hope you are able to check out the items that we are doing via that app. Comments are appreciated any time you are able. I have also included the link ( ) to the Class Dojo video that we watched today. These videos have sparked some good class discussions.

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! 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. Happy Reading!

Important Dates!!!

Wednesday, February 10 - Please have your child's valentine's at school. 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. You are welcome to come and join us for this party. It is very exciting as this is the first year so many of the children are able to read some of the words on their valentine cards!!

Monday, February 15 - No School - President's Day

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.)


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 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.

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.