Mrs. Birkland's Kindergarten Class

Room 108



This week’s letters were Yy , Yank the YoYo and Pp, Pat the Pizza. Ask your child the sign for Yy and Pp. With Yy we made our own yo-yos. With the letter Pp, we played with playdough pretending to pat pizza dough, make pies, make people, and even the letter P. We also searched for our letters in poems. We read “When I Get Up in the Morning” and "Mix a Pancake." Make sure to read these poems at home as they come home in your child’s daily folder. During this time we also worked on our kindergarten high frequency words. This week we learned our last 2 for the quarter if and said.

Making the yo-yos

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Letters We have studied

Ss , Nn, Tt, Mm, Aa, Rr, Ii, and Ff, Hh, Uu, Dd, Cc, Kk, Oo, Bb, Yy, Pp

Sight Words We have practiced-PLEASE PRACTICE AT HOME!!!

I, see, the, you, me, my, can, a, in, is, and, we, an, on, am, yes, no, if, said

Reading Comprehension

We know that kindergarten is often a time where students begin their reading journey. We focus a lot on the foundational skills that will set them up to become a great reader. What makes a "great reader?" Not only can they technically read, but the most important thing-do they understand what they are reading or what is being read to them? And, how can you help your child? Well, the helping hand we brought home yesterday is one way for you to be able to sit down, read, teach, and assess your child with their reading comprehension. The hand is used AFTER reading. When done reading to your child, or listening to your child read to you, ask them these questions:

  • Who were the characters in this story? (the people/animals the story was about)
  • When and where did the story take place? (sometimes this can be figured out in the picture clues throughout the story)
  • Can you tell me what happened in the story starting at the beginning? What happened next? Then what? How did the story end?
  • Was there a problem in the story? How did it get solved?
  • Did you make any connection in the story?

If your child can't answers these, then, open up the book and find the answers together. Happy Reading!

Hour of Code

How can we make something move without touching it or talking? We use code! On Thursday we participated in our district's Hour of Code. To prepare students to be career ready, we are introducing them early to the concepts and ideas behind coding and programing. Today was a jumping off point. :) We learned a big word- algorithm. It acts a lot like a recipe, or a set of directions to accomplish a task. Our task today was to help move a Flurb to his fruit using a 1 step direction with arrows. We then moved him to his flower pot using 2-3 step directions. We wrapped it up by downloading Kodable, a cool coding app with multistep directions for coding. We can't wait to continue to learn more about coding throughout this next quarter and beyond!

We moved from using hand signals to using arrows

Then we tried it on our own with paper

Finally, coding with the kodable app using multistep directions

iPad update

We have been given the okay to update to iOS 9. Please do that this weekend if you have not already done so. This does make some changes to the keyboard now. It now switches between upper and lowercase letters. Oh, the fun! So, please allow your child to get on their device this weekend to practice this change. The notepad is an easy app your child can get on to practice their login and password with this new format.

United Way Campaign is Next Week

Each year our school district collects money for United Way. Families in our community utilize many of the services offered but most are non-profit so they rely on funds like these to continue serving the community. There are a couple ways to participate in our school community with United Way. United Way week is October 19-23. (Next Week) This year we will work to “Be a Lifesaver” to meet a building wide goal. Our school goal is $1800.

Monday— The flavor of the day is Cherry (Pennies)

*Incorporate as much RED into your outfit as you can

Tuesday— The flavor of the day is Watermelon (Nickels)

*Incorporate as much GREEN into your outfit as you can

Wednesday— The flavor of the day is Orange (Dimes)

*Incorporate as much ORANGE into your outfit as you can

Thursday – The flavor of the day is Raspberry (Quarters)

* Incorporate as much PURPLE into your outfit as you can

Friday— The flavor of the day is Pineapple (Dollars)

*Incorporate as much YELLOW into your outfit as you can

Parent Teacher Conference

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me to talk about your child's progress in Kindergarten so far. I really enjoyed getting to sit down with each of you. This quarter has flown by! I am excited to have gotten to a point where I know your child better and can work to meet them where they are at in their journey of reading, writing, and math. Please know that I am doing my best to make this a great year for your child. Should you have any concerns or need anything, always feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

Discovery Fun


We are in need of a few items in our room:

  • hershey kisses
  • skittles
  • starburst
  • small toy items for our store on Friday (small things that can fit in our treasure box like items you would buy for a goodie bag, at US TOY, or you would get at McDonald's and such)

Snack and Share

Our snack and share students next week are:






*Please remember that we are a peanut free classroom. Check out the peanut free snack list for acceptable snacks.

Just a Few Reminders

  • All students need a change of clothes labeled in a large baggie or plastic bag. If you have not sent one in yet, please do so.
  • Water bottles are welcome on PE days. They exercise a lot and cannot be going out to get drinks all the time, so if they want a drink, they need to bring a water bottle.

I Wonder (Things to ask your child at home)

  • Can you type in your login and password for me?
  • What is your favorite thing to study at school?
  • Who do you play with at recess? What do you like to do?

Specials Schedule for next week





Friday-Music Enrichment

Dates to Remember


16th: No School!

19th-23rd: United Way Campaign (see above)

30th: Book Character Day ( We ask that students dress as a book character and bring accompanying book)

30th: Fall Party 3:15-3:45