## A little about Ms. Connie

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I am very excited to be working with you and your child during this school year. First, I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Constanza Pardo. However, my students call me Miss Connie since it is shorter. This is my first year teaching Kindergarten here in Cougar School. I earned my Bachelor Degree of Science Teaching and Learning in 2013 from the University of Houston “Go Coogs!”.My major is in Elementary Education and I have a minor in Psychology. I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and had the opportunity of moving to Houston, Texas in 2008. My hobbies include bike riding, reading and spending time with my two very spoiled dogs.

Kindergarten is one of the most important milestones in your child’s life because it is the beginning of their educational journey. I will be working very hard to establish a safe, comfortable, and happy learning environment for your child. One of my goals for this school year is to incorporate fun activities into the curriculum that will enrich the students learning and interests. Each student is unique, which is why I am looking forward to learn with your child and help them create a love for learning. Since this is your child’s first step in their academic journey, I encourage you to work with them by reinforcing at home what they are learning in the classroom.

In this newsletter, I will like to include some of the activities we will doing during the first week of August, along with important information about a field trip to the aquarium.

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## Reading and Writing: I Spy a Sight Word

During this first week we will be talking about the letters "A" "M" and "S". While reading, we will be looking for the sight words "I" "We" "Like" and "Can". During writing we will be practicing writing the three letters and review which sounds they make. We will also practice writing the sight words and how to wright them in sentences. Please review with your child at home how to write the letters and the sight words as well as what sounds they make.

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## Math: Lets Count From 0 to 5

We will start this first week by reviewing reading and writing the number from 0 to 5. We will be practicing counting and comparing the numbers from 0 to 5. By the end of the week, we will be mastering comparing amounts (more or less) and learn how to create patterns. In centers students will practice sorting shapes by color and size. If possible please assist your child while doing this weeks math homework and practice counting with them.

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## Class rules: What we value as a class

In order to maintain a happy and safe class we must follow the following rules

- Students must raise their hand in order to talk.

- Students must listen carefully to anyone who has the right to talk.

- Students must follow directions properly.

- Students must show respect for school personnel and property.

- Students must have a good attitude and work hard.

- Students must respect and value each other.

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### 410 Bagby Street

#### Houston, TX

We wanted to inform you about a Field Trip we are planning for Friday August 22, 2015 to the Aquarium. You will find a permission slip in your child's take home folder. Please fill it out as soon as possible and send it back. Also, please include the 8 dollar fee in order to pay for the students admission to the aquarium.

We would love for you to come join us in this fun activity! If any of the parents want to volunteer as chaperones please contact me as soon as possible.

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## Contact Information: I want to get to know all of you

It is important for us to communicate often since we are all working towards the same goal, which is the success of your child. Please free to contact me through my email or contact me by phone through the school. I hope I get to know each of you as the year progresses and I hope we can work together in order to create a great learning experience for your child.

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