Ahoy there matey!

Mrs. Garza's Kindergarten parent newletter

More about Mrs. Garza

Hello there matey's. I am Mrs. Garza and I am a first year teacher here at Cougar Elementary. I am a graduate from University of Houston and I am very excited to be working with your child this school year and seeing how much your child grows. Kindergarten holds many milestones and I am grateful to be a part of it. Our classroom has a pirate theme and I want to provide as much opportunity for parental awareness and parental involvement. With this idea in mind I am glad you took the time to see what my little pirates are doing in class each week.

In the classroom

  • We will be learning about the colors red, yellow, and blue.
  • We will be learning about the shapes circle and triangle.
  • We will be learning and forming AB patterns using red, yellow, blue, circles, and triangles.
  • We will continue to trace and practice writing our name.
  • We will be reading Kevin knows the rules by Molly Dowd.

"About myself" project

Here is some information regarding the "about myself" project I sent home last week. I designated each of my pirates a week in which they will tell their classmates about themselves outside of the classroom. Please help your child add photos to a poster board and you can also write the sentences for them in their own words. This give the children a chance to get to know more about each other, plus they really enjoy telling all of their friends about their families, pets and extracurricular activities,

Some things we can work on at home:

We are working on tying our own shoes. Thank you for your help with this because tying 20+ students shoes can be very time consuming, can take away from instruction time and can be dangerous. This is something that you can practice at home with your child. I have found a video on Youtube that may be beneficial to try if your child is having trouble with the two traditional methods and can be worth trying out.

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Shoe-Tying Made Easy - Ross Elementary PTA

Classroom Management

I will be implementing a reward system for all my pirates. I will be using "fuzzies" both big and small and students will be rewarded with fuzzies when they are doing their best work. Students will be able to trade in their fuzzies at the end of each week for goodies like pencils, pencil grips, "sit at the teachers desk," and "bring a stuffed animal" passes. I love this idea and my students do too. I expect to see the desired behavior more so than the unwanted behavior with positive reinforcement. Please tell your child to whisper "happy green fuzzy" in my ear that their parent read the weekly newsletter and they will be give one big fuzzy.

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Contact me

If you need to contact me please feel free to do so anytime via email, phone call, or text. I look forward to having open communication with you.