In Math...we have been focusing on numbers within 10 and their relationships to quantities. Within this unit, students have practiced recognition, counting on from various numbers, putting together and taking apart numbers. Along the way, they have been learning how to explain their thinking. We have begun introducing word/story problems in math and the children have focused on recording different ways they can solve the problem.
Please continue practicing counting and number recognition at home. These are essential skills your child needs to continue building their number sense.
We will be starting a new unit on Measurement.
Our focus questions for this unit are:
Why are objects measured?
What are different ways objects can be measured?
What attributes of an object can be measured?
Because the unit on measurable attributes is just beginning, we will not be assessing your child in this area on the Learning Feedback Document. Also, any skills that relate to understanding addition and subtraction and place value will not be assessed until the 2nd half of the year.
Building a Culture of Thinking
I See... I Think.. I Wonder
This routine helps students make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations; to stimulate curiosity and set the stage for inquiry. We use this routine when we want students to think carefully about why something looks the way it does or is the way it is.
Please send in your child's grey "Specials" shirt that has their name on it. They need it as soon as possible. Thanks!
Media Center Update (Jen Palecek)
In Media classes, we have been learning about the different procedures used in the library and computer lab. We have also been learning about how to take care of books and have been reading book titles that were nominated for the Michigan Great Lakes Great Books award. We are also starting to log onto Chromebooks in the lab and are working on basic computer coding activities.
January Word Wall Words
Please practice the following words! Thanks!
it, on , so , do, he , up, like
100th Day of School
Valentine's Day in Kindergarten
Its a party!
Our Valentine Party will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 12th. Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to come! The PTO has donated money to support our Valentine's Day party. If additional supplies are needed for this party, we will send home a sign up sheet! If you have ideas or would like to help plan the party, please contact us.
Another home project that your child can begin working on is their Valentine’s Day Mailbox. Shoe boxes work well for this project. You can use tissue boxes, or other medium sized boxes you might have at home. Please cut a hole in your child’s box and let them decorate it in a festive way. There are lots of fun ideas online. Make sure your child's name is on the box in large print.
At home, your child should make Valentine cards for each person in our class. They will need to write their name on each card. It is your choice if you would like them to write each of their classmate's names on the cards. We will send home a class list in case you want to do this. They will pass these out the day of our party. Valentine's should be turned by Thursday, February 11th.
Its a party!
Monday, January 18th
Professional Development Day for staff; No School for Students.
Thursday, January 28th and Friday, January 29th
Record’s Day for staff; Half Day for Students. Dismissal is at 11:31 a.m.
Learning Feedback Document (formerly known as a report card :) )
The ParentVue portal is an important part of our Student Information System. In this portal parents can view their child’s attendance, transportation information, academic progress, and update important student information like phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc. As we continue to work toward paperless communications, please plan to use ParentVue regularly.
It is important that you take the time to set up and activate your account if you have not already done so. You will need an activation key to do this. Here’s how:
1. Email SynergySupport@clarkston.k12.mi.us to request an activation key. Provide the following information in your email:
Your Student(s) Name
Your Student(s) Date Of Birth
Your Home Address
Your Phone Number
Also, please make sure to take some time to review the information in Parent Vue and make sure that we have the most accurate and updated information, particularly phone numbers and emergency contacts. To access ParentVue (once you have activated your account):
Go to the Clarkston Schools’ webpage www.clarkston.k12.mi.us
Choose the Resources tab and then select ParentVue
If you would like to discuss your child's growth or have any questions feel free to contact us by phone or email