Mrs. Schatte's Cougar News

October 9, 2015

Thanks Mrs. Ruffing!

I'm sad that I missed field day (it was hard for me to stay away), but I knew everything would be great with Mrs. Ruffing taking care of everything. I've seen several pictures, and I can tell the kids had a blast!

This Week in Kindergarten

It's the end of the first nine weeks of Kindergarten! The children have learned so many new skills and are growing up. The next nine weeks will bring new learning and an opportunity for your child to master previous taught skills. Please continue to work with your child at home and read with them daily.


This week student learning was focused on Christopher Columbus and map/globe skills. They used this time to participate in shared research and writing which is a kindergarten assessed skill. They listened to several informational stories about Columbus and were able to generate ideas for their writings based on what they learned. Ask your child to tell you about Columbus and what they learned about his life.


In math, students spent time exploring coins. They are expected to be able to identify the coins as well as their values. Students played games, sorted coins, and even learned how to do a coin rubbing. Learning about coins and their values will help students to better understand personal finance in December and learn that we exchange money for goods or services.

Looking Ahead in Kindergarten

During the second nine weeks your child will have an opportunity to master letter identification, letter sounds, number identification to 20 as well as writing numbers correctly. Students will also be expected to write their name legibly as well as write a sentence that is clear and meaningful. This can be a difficult skill for Kindergarteners to master and needs to be reinforced at home. In math, students will explore place value, the meanings of greater than, less than, and equal to, compare numbers, and explore basic addition and subtraction facts. Your child will need to continue reading their guided reading books and also begin to comprehend what they are reading.

Treats and Snacks

When sending in treats and snacks for other children to eat, please be mindful of peanut allergies. We do have a peanut allergy in our class. This does not effect what you send in for your child. We are not a peanut free room, but when treats are sent in for everyone we would like everyone to be able to enjoy them. Please let me know if there are any food concerns that you may have for your child.

Thank you!

Thank you to the parents who came to our rescue and provided us with glue sticks! We appreciate your help.

The 50th Day of School is Approaching....

and we will celebrate 50's style! So be looking for ideas for your child to dress up and rock out! Think of poodle skirts, white t-shirts, and jeans. More information to come.

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 - tammy_daniel@gwinnett.k12.ga.us

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.

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.

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 8- End of Term and Field Day

October 12- Student Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

October 16 - Report Cards Issued

Octobe 19 - Fire Safety Presentation

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