Anderson's Announcements

October 3, 2015

This Week in Kindergarten

It's hard to believe that the first nine weeks is almost over. This week the students worked hard to learn and apply reading strategies in small groups as well as use their sight words to write simple sentences. In math, students explored the 100's chart and patterns in numbers. It is important that students have strong number sense skills so that they are able to explore place value, compare numbers, and begin to add and subtract during the second nine weeks. In science, we explored motion and how things move. We learned about movement in straight, zig-zag, circular, and up and down lines. Ask your child to tell you examples of how items move, such as push and pull.

Coming Up

Next week I will be assessing your child's ability to count to 100 by ones and tens. It is important that students do their best and feel confident. Students will have an opportunity for mastery of this skill during the second nine weeks. Also, next week you child will be learning about the coins. I am sending home a coin study guide in your child's orange folder. Please help your child learn their coins at home. They need to be able to identify them and tell their value.

Also, Field Day is coming up. This is an opportunity for your child to participate in individual and team building activities. Activities will be indoor and outdoor. Students are encouraged to dress appropriately. If you are interested in sending in popsicles for the class to enjoy at the end of the day please let me know.

Fun Run Update

Our class has done an amazing job this year participating in the Fun Run and collecting pledge money. Thank you to everyone for your hard work and help with this years fundraiser. I am pleased to announce that our class was one of the top three classes to collect over $1000 in three days! Therefore, I am working with administrators to reward the class with some playtime at Mt. Park Park. I will let you know when this time is scheduled so that I can arrange for us to walk to the park and for chaperones to attend. Again, thank you so much for your support. I can't wait to get to purchase items for our class that will support and enrich their learning!

A Message from Transportation

As a point of safety for our kindergarten students who ride the bus, a parent or guardian must meet the bus in the afternoons at the bus stop. If the parent is not at the stop, the kindergartener will be returned to school for parent pick-up. Exception: kindergarten students will be dropped off at their stop if they have an older sibling riding the bus with them. The bus supervisor, Tammy Daniel, may be reached through email should you have any questions or concerns with this protocol -

Guided Reading

Thank you to everyone who is reading with their child at home. Please make sure that your child returns guided reading book everyday. If your child does not have a new book to read, please reread the book from the night before. Familiar rereading helps to build confidence and fluency in young readers!

When reading with your child, please do not cover up the pictures! Students are taught to look at the pictures to help them figure out "tricky words." You can encourage your child to check the picture by prompting them to use their "eagle eye." Also, students need to use their finger to touch and read each word. This one-to-one correspondence helps encourage young readers to read through words and to independently self-correct.

I am sending home an information sheet in your child's orange folder that will give you tips on how to help your child become a better reader.

Sight Words

Please go over your child's sight word list with them. It is important that students be able to read these words quickly in isolation so that they are able to recognize them in their guided reading books. Please send a note letting me know that your child is ready for a sight word test and I will assess these words during reading groups. Students are able to work through word lists at their own pace, however students who can read the first 100 words will receive a special treat.

Computer Lab

Thank you to everyone who has sent in a head set for their child to use in the computer lab. Please encourage your child to keep up with their head set and use it properly. Kindergarten students will begin going to the computer lab with their classroom teacher once a week. This is in addition to their computer enrichment special.

Expected Student Behavior in Kindergarten

Please have a conversation with your child regarding appropriate behavior at school. Students are expected to focus, listen, follow directions and be respectful to others. Please encourage your child to be responsible citizens by keeping up with their orange folders, clothing items, book bags, etc. Please encourage your child to listen to his/her teachers and be considerate of others and their belongings. Students are expected to show respect to all students and adults at MPES. Also, students need to remember that hands are for helping, not hitting, and that bullying is not allowed. Students who misbehave will be sent to time out and this ultimately effects student learning. Thank you so much for your support of teaching and learning at MPES!

Mark Your Calendar

October 7- Little Caesars Spirit Night

October 8- End of Term and Field Day

October 12- Student Holiday

Suggested Kindergarten Apps for Home

Endless Reader: sight words, lots of levels

Sight Words by Little Speller: sight words, nice parental controls

Kids Crosswords: spelling skills, sight words, and word recognition

PBS Kids: access to shows and other content

Little Patterns: creating and continuing patterns

ABC Letter Tracing: fine motor skills, letter recognition and letter formation