K-C Weekly News

March 13, 2015

What you really need to know.

  • Our literacy assessments are showing that we have learned a whole lot this year!
  • We wished Mostafa a happy birthday this week!
  • Last chance for March book orders is Sunday! Though there was only one sad flyer attached, the online options are endless, so don't forget to search for your child's favorites.

Mark your calendar.

Sunday, 3/15 - Book orders due

Friday, 3/20 - SCHOOL WIDE PAJAMA DAY!!!!

Friday 3/27 - March homework notebooks due

Tuesday, 3/31 - No AM Kindergarten

Friday, 4/3 - No School - Good Friday

Tuesday, 4/14 - No AM Kindergarten - Delayed Opening


What we've been up to.

  • We are expert rhymers now, which means we can generate and spell three-letter CVC word families (hot, pot, not, got, lot...). Try us!
  • Our math explorations this week included using a number line to add (jump), writing an addition algorithm horizontally and vertically, and telling which number in a pair is greater or less. We met Greater Gator, who always likes to chomp on the bigger number (and looks suspiciously like a greater/less symbol).
  • In our nonfiction writing unit, we learned about two more nonfiction features: Labels and Diagrams. We then labeled our own penguin diagrams.
  • We made some kooky Dr. Seuss crafts including colorful painted fish and giant Cat-style hats.
  • We learned a new poem called I LIKE... and found out that most kindergartners like candy. In case you were wondering. We also wrote book reviews for Green Eggs and Ham, commenting on the characters, setting and our favorite parts of the story.
  • We visited the Tech Lab to read stories and play word family games on Starfall.com
  • Breaking news: We can actually play on the playground structure. It has reappeared.

Thanks to our Mystery Reader!

Mostafa's mom, Mai, joined our class to read Happy Birthday to You! (the source of your child's birthday card!) by Dr. Seuss. Please keep in mind that we are flexible on Mystery Reader timing and welcome you to read to us when your schedule permits.

Links of the week.

Practice the concept or more, less and equal here:


Match CVC words here:


The things kids say. For Real.

We enjoyed a rousing performance of Latin American music by the group Manguito. When we returned to the room, we looked for Latin American countries on the globe and tried out some small musical instruments. We also examined a gourd that has been in the classroom since October. It has dried and now makes a maraca sound when you shake it.

Mrs. Cohen: This gourd used to be hard on the outside and soft on the inside, like a pumpkin. Now the inside has dried out. So you can hear the seeds when you shake it. This other gourd doesn't make a sound when you shake it. Why do you think this one is quiet?

Student 1: There's a pumpkin in it.