Miss Jones's Newsletter

May 2016

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What we have going on in Room 150...

Wow, I cannot believe we are so close to the end of the year! We have been doing our end of year reading assessments and I am so proud of how amazing my students are doing on the assessments! It truly is a blessing to see how much growth they are making and I thank each and every one of you for helping reinforce what they are learning at school at home! Also, please always remember to 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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Claxton's "Bee" Day

It is so exciting to be the first elementary school in North Carolina to have a live and active Honeybee observatory in our library! Our students LOVED learning all there is to know about honeybees and make the connections between what we were learning to their real life when in front of the honeybee exhibit!
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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...

Math

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)

Literacy

*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

Writing

*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

Science

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 Fish Hatchery

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Announcing.... Our Walking Field Trip to Weaver Park...May 23rd

Our next field trip will be in three weeks (May 23rd) to Weaver Park. We will be walking there and practicing our mapping skills, which is one of our major standards for social studies this quarter! We would love to have any volunteers that are free that day to join us! This field trip is free of charge, since we are walking to a neighborhood park, so it's a great opportunity to join us for a fun day on our Field Trip! After mapping the park out we will enjoy playing games with the other Kindergarten Classes as well as a picnic lunch! Please make sure to put sunscreen on your students before they arrive to school in the morning now that the weather is warm and sunny! It's going to be a great day!

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Virtual Field Trip to The Sea Turtle Hospital in Key West Florida

It was so amazing Skyping with a real live Sea Turtle Hospital in Key West Florida. One of our major writing standards this quarter is comparing animals of the same species so we have chosen sea turtles and are comparing the Green Sea Turtle to the Loggerhead Sea Turtle and to the Leatherback Sea Turtle! My little marine biologist are truly doing an amazing job with this and I am so proud of the amazing questions they asked the Sea turtle hospital, including what their water ambulances looked like! It was an amazing experience and I am so thankful we have the technology at Claxton to be able to participate in such amazing educational opportunities!

Our Latest Bulletin Board - "All About Fish" from our research on fish before visiting the Fish Hatchery last month!

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Upcoming Events and Dates for March

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

Tuesday, May 3 - PTO Meeting 6:00pm - 7:00pm at Claxton

Wednesday, May 4 - Progress Reports Go Home

Thursday, May 5 - Field Trip to see Henry and Mudge

Thursday, May 19th - Kindergarten Spring Concert and Celebration of Learning Pot Luck Dinner (5:30 - 8:00)

Friday, May 20th - Wed, May 25th - Spring Book Fair

Monday, May 23rd - Walking Mapping Field Trip to Weaver Park

Monday, May 30th - No School, Holiday

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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

Corinne Russell

Nicholas Steffen

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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

Layla Hunter

Tyana Shannon

A note from Miss Jones...

Oh my goodness, I cannot hardly believe it is already May! We have been super busy prepping for our end of year assessments and I could not be any more proud of my genius students and how amazing they are doing on their assessments! It is truly heart warming to see the amount of growth they have all made since September and how much their hard work has paid off!!! I am truly so proud of them and hope they feel as successful and proud of themselves as I am of them! Since spring has sprung, our students' allergies are in full force! If you are able to donate any TISSUES or CLOROX WIPES for our classroom we would greatly appreciate it! We are very low on those materials! I am looking forward to all the exciting end-of-year celebrations and things we have going on this month and next so please remember to always check out our classroom blog and twitter pages for weekly updates!