Kindergarten News You Can Use

Sept. 29, 2017

Events to Remember

October 2

Stomp out Bullying! Wear blue and/or boots

October 6

Student Holiday-no school

October 9

Columbus Day- no school

October 12

Last day to turn in Laps for Learning Donations.

October 13

Dad's Club Movie Night

October 17

Panera Bread Spirit Night (1804 Precinct Line) 4-8:00pm

October 20

Kindergarten Field Trip to pumpkin patch

October 23-27

Red Ribbon Week

October 25

Unity Day- wear orange

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

We will be going to Hall's Pumpkin Patch on October 20th. When we finish there we will go to Kidsville for lunch and a little playtime before we head back to school. All students must ride on the buses. Your child should bring their lunch in a DISPOSABLE container with a drink. The 2-part permission slip went home in Friday's folder. Please return it as soon as possible along with the $12 (cash only) for the cost of the pumpkin patch and the buses. Every child will return to school with their own pumpkin. Parents are welcome to join us at Hall's and /or Kidsville. There is a fee at Hall's for parents.

STOMP out Bullying

STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying and cyberbullying. We are asking our Bransford Texans to wear blue and boots on Monday, October 2 to join the stand against hate, racism, and discrimination. Together we can help STOMP Out Bullying!

Progress Reports

Progress reports are posted in the 6th week of every 9 weeks. They will be posted on Skyward next Tuesday. A reminder of how to log into Skyward along with your child's login and password will be sent home in your child's take-home folder. Our reports at 6 and 9 weeks are Skills-based which means we look for mastery of certain concepts throughout the year. A mastered skill gets a 3. A skill that your child is making progress on but has not mastered will be a 2. A skill that is scored with a 1 means the child is struggling with that concept and could use some extra help at home to reinforce what's being done in the classroom. Contact your child's teacher if you need suggestions for how to do that. Any skills that are not marked yet simply means they have not been taught or are being taught and will be scored at the end of the 9 weeks. If you have any trouble logging in, please contact Shelly Sartin in the front office.

Laps for Learning

Laps for Learning was a big success on Friday morning. The kids may have been a bit hot and sweaty but they never gave up. Their perseverance was amazing to watch. Thank you to parents who were able to come out and cheer on our runners. And a HUGE thank you to those who were able to donate to our amazing PTA. We are blessed to have this dedicated group supporting us and this school. The last day to turn in donations is October 12.


Students are expected to be able to recognize and identify 20 uppercase letters and 20 lowercase letters by Oct. 20th.

Here are some activities for you to do at home to help your child try to make sense of letters and the sounds they make. It's very important that students feel confident with these letters and sounds as we guide them to put letters and sounds together to make words. Therefore, we need your help at home to help your child be as successful as possible. Here are a few suggestions to practice letter identification and sound recognition:

  1. Buy a normal set of letter flashcards. You can keep them loose or hold them together with a binder ring. Let your child pick 5 -10 letters out of order (like Q, R, M, A...). Mix lowercase letters in with capitals. Work with your child to be able to recognize each letter and give the sounds as fast as you can turn over the cards. When they are consistently able to give the sound and tell the letter's name, have them look for those letters in some of their reading books as well. Once they are successful with a letter on a consistent basis, let them place a sticker on that card and set it aside on a different binder ring. Add a new card into the deck for each one taken out. Don't ignore the finished cards, though; practice them regularly. These binder rings are fun to take in the car or keep in your purse for doctor visits, etc. Try timing your child and challenging him/her to beat their last time.
  2. Play a mystery word game. Name something that starts with the first letter of your child's name and ask them what the first sound is in the word. Have your child point to the letter on a chart and write it down. Do all of the letters in their name and then let them discover what they've spelled. You can play this game with Snap Words, too.
  3. As you're running errands, let your child look for examples of each letter in signs along the roads. Make your child responsible for their search. Have them write the alphabet on a piece of paper and cross out the letters as they are found.
  4. Let your child be the teacher and show you flashcards or give you sounds. Make sure to miss some so the child can catch the mistake and correct you.
  5. Try changing up the alphabet song and singing the letter sounds instead of their names. It helps to have an alphabet chart in front of you because this is harder than it sounds.
  6. Name a letter anywhere in the alphabet and have your child finish it all the way to Z.
  7. There are lots of appropriate free apps out for practicing letters and the sounds they represent. Try: or the Magnetic Alphabet app.

Tune in to your child's learning style because every child learns differently. Try a variety of approaches to see which ones work best. Remember, "skill-and-drill" may not be your child's preferred way to learn. Make learning a game!

Math Number Sense

We are in the process of establishing a strong number sense foundation in order to be able to understand the how:

  • We use numbers every day.
  • Numbers are related to each other through a variety of number relationships.
  • Counting tells how many things are in a set.
  • When counting a set of objects, the last word in the counting sequence names the quantity for that set. This is called cardinality.
  • A number can be represented by a set of objects, then by a word, and finally by a numeral.
  • Counting objects in a different order does not change the quantity.

Here are some of the math expectations for this grading period:

  • When counting objects say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object to 10 (or beyond).
  • Count backward with and without objects from 10 (or 20).
  • Write numbers from 0-10 (or beyond) correctly.
  • Represent a number of objects with a written numeral to 10 with 0 representing a count of no objects (for example, given a set of 5 objects, students write the numeral “5”).
  • Read numerals from 0 to 10 (not words).
  • Build a set of objects to represent a numeral.
  • Recognize sets less than 5 quickly without counting in a random or organized configuration (ten frame, dice, etc.).
  • Build a set equal to, more than or less than a given set.
  • Draw a set equal to, more than or less than a given set.
  • Name the number that is one more/one less than a given number (up to 10).
  • When looking at two written numerals, identify which one is greater than, less than or the same.
  • Count as high as possible (expected to count to 50 right now and 100 by the end of the year).
  • Count on starting with any given number.
  • Use the pattern of numbers to find out the next number in a sequence.

Library Days

Mrs. Hendry's class and Mrs. Romo's class go to the library on Tuesdays.

Ms. Allenbaugh's class and Mrs. Ryan's class go to the library on Wednesdays.

Bransford Kindergarten Teachers

Ms. Allenbaugh

Mrs. Hendry

Mrs. Romo

Mrs. Ryan