Miss Jones's Newsletter

April 2016

What we have going on in Room 150...

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break! I am so excited to get back to our normal routine in room 150 this month! Remember to always check out our classroom blog http://www.missjoneskindergartenclass.blogspot.com/ for weekly updates and posts of whats going on in our classroom! We have a lot going on this month, so make sure to check often! I couldn't be more proud of my amazing students and am so thankful for each and every one of them!
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What we are working on...

Nightly Reading Logs and Weekly Sight Words

Please continue to read every night with students in their reading logs. After every 10 books, students receive a free pizza pass!!! Please also make sure to review sight words every night! These words are so important for students to know and to be able to recognize to build reading fluency!

This month we are working on...


Place Value/Number in Base Ten -

*Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and further ones (e.g., using objects or drawings), and record compositions and decompositions using a drawing or equation

*Find the number that makes 10 when added to any number from one to 10 and record the answer with a drawing or equation.

Addition and Subtraction -

*Solve addition and subtraction word problems within 10 (e.g. using objects or drawing to represent problems)

Counting (Orally) –

* Count forward beginning from any given number within the known sequence (Count up to 120)

Representation of Numbers –

* Represent a number of objects between 0 and 20 with a numeral

*Count groups of objects up to 20

*Given a number from one to 20, count out that many objects

Shapes –

* Analyze and compare a variety of 2D and 3D shapes using informal language to describe similarities, differences, component parts (number of sides, vertices's) (K.G.B.4)

*Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes (joining two triangles to make a rectangle or square (K.G.B.6)

*Model shapes in the real world by building shapes from components and drawing shapes (K.G.B.5)


*Using Print Concepts when reading stories (Author, Title, Illustrator, where to start reading, direction to read, what a period is, and retelling the story - beginning, middle, end, characters, and setting.)

Themes and Central Ideas -

*With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

*With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details

Research Skills

*With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experience or gather information from provided sources to answer a question


*Writes beginning, middles, and final sounds. Writes words phonetically. Vowels begin to appear and begin to write complete sentences.

*Writes words phonetically; most words are readable. All syllables are represented. Spells many sight words correctly. Writes multiple, simple sentences.

*Writes many words, including sight words, correctly. Writes longer, more complex sentences.

Informational Writing –

*Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic and supply information about it.

Narrative Writing -

*Narrate a single event or several loosely linked events

*Tell about events in the order in which they occurred

*Provide a reaction to what happened

*Understand how to choose an event to focus on (zoom in)

*Understand basic story structures: beginning, middle, end

*Understand how to connect what happens in the story to their own thoughts/feelings about it

Phonological Awareness –

*Blend and Segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.

*Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.

*Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.

Phonics & Word Analysis –

*Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings for the five major vowels.

Science/Social Studies


Structures and Functions of Living Organisms:

Compare characteristics of animals that make them alike and different from other animals and nonliving things. (K.L.1)

Social Studies

Geography and Environmental Literacy

Use geographic representations and terms to describe surroundings. (K.G.1)

Pictures from our Field Trip to the Arboretum

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Fish Hatchery Field Trip...April 15th

Our next field trip will be in two weeks (April 15th) to the Pisgah Fish Hatchery in Brevard. We will be leaving school at 8:30 am, so please make sure your student is on time that morning! We have started learning about animals and their habitats, body coverings, and how they move so this field trip aligns perfectly with our current standards! We would love to have any volunteers that are free that day to join us! This field trip is free of charge so it's a great opportunity to join us for a fun day on our Field Trip!

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Thank you so much to everyone who has been working so hard on their homework each week! Please remember that the whole pack will be due the following Friday! You can either do 1 page each night for homework or if you need to skip a night you can do so and then do two pages the next night, whatever works best for your family! Students will get the pack on Mondays and they are expected to turn them in on Friday! When they turn their homework in on Fridays, they will get 2 pieces of Honey Money! Thank you so much for working at home with your child on the work we are teaching at school! We couldn't do it with out your help and I really appreciate everything you do at home to help reinforce what we are working on in class!
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Egg Hunt Celebration

We had so much fun at our Egg Hunt that we had on the last day of school before Spring Break! Thank you to everyone for sending in eggs and treats to help make this day such a fun and special day for our students! Y'all are truly the best, and I couldn't have done it without y'all!

Upcoming Events and Dates for March

April 8th - Report Cards Go Home!

April 10th - ACS Art Show at the YMI Cultural Center from 4:00-6:00

April 15th - Field Trip to Pisgah Fish Hatchery - (WE WILL BE LEAVING SCHOOL AT 8:30)

April 16th - Saturday, Claxton Grounds Workday

April 19 - Whole Child Forum at Central Office 5:15 until 6:15

April 28 - ACS Battle of the Books

April 28 - Family Voices/Community Outreach at the Grant Center 5:30-7:00

April 29 - Claxton Play: The Nifty Fifties 6:00

April 30 - Claxton Play: The Nifty Fifties 6:00

May 1 - Claxton Play: The Nifty Fifties 1:30

Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 6, Teacher Appreciation Week

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100 Books Club

Students who have read at least 100 books for their nightly reading logs get to add their names on the 100 Books Club Poster in our room! Congratulations!!!
We have a couple of students who are very close to joining the 100 Books Club, and we can't wait for you to join!

Holden Jones

Sally Fender

Oscar Harvey

Aiden Ye

Layla Hunter

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Sight Word Club

Congratulations to these students who have learned all 72 sight words!!! We are so proud of you! We have a couple of students who are very close to joining the sight word club, and we can’t wait for you to join! Knowing all of these words will help tremendously when it comes to reading and reading comprehension!

Sally Fender

Oscar Harvey

Nicholas Steffen

Holden Jones

Krysta Martin

Wilson Love

Corinne Russell

A note from Miss Jones...

Happy April and Happy Spring!!! I hope everyone had a safe, fun, relaxing, and enjoyable Spring Break! However, I am so happy to be back at school with my favorite Kindergartners! Since spring has sprung, so have our student's allergies! If you are able to donate any TISSUES or SNACKS for our classroom we would greatly appreciate it! We are very low on those materials! Also, please continue to work with your students at home on sight words and writing their numbers facing the correct direction 1-20! I am looking forward to all the exciting things we have going on this month and please remember to always check out our classroom blog and twitter pages for weekly updates!