Welcome to Kindergarten
Mission Statement: As kindergartners, we will come to school every day: listen, be nice, and participate. We will learn how to say and write our numbers and letters to become good readers, writers, and thinkers.
Due to our shortened week last week and a missing day this week, we are stretching our theme into another week. In addition, we are not learning any new letters this week but reviewing the letters we have already learned.
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Questions for Kindergartners
Big Question: What can you learn by going to different places?
Weekly Question: What are different sounds we hear?
Here are the words again for our catchy number song in case your child is singing it:
1-come right down, that is all
2-curve around, slide to the right
3-curve in and around again
4-down, over, down some more
5-down around, put on a hat
6-curve around and curl it up
7-slide to the right and slant it down
8-make an S and close the gate
9-make a circle, then a line
10-come right down and make a zero
Read red words– to and
Recognize: Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Hh
Ii, Ll, Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp ,Rr,
Sounds: a, b, c, d, e, f, h, i, l, m, n,
o, p, r, s, t.
While we continue to learn the letter sounds, please be sure to practice with your child at home. The more practice the children are exposed to the easier the letters and sounds will be. Again, here is how we practice the letters and sounds using our bodies:
1) We touch our head and say the letter name.
2) We tug on our ear and say the letter sound.
3) We tap our leg and say the picture clue.
listen exclaim familiar VOLUME CHAT
Vocabulary Words Reminder:
The words above are taken from our weekly language arts program. I realize it is a lot for 5-year-olds to learn five new vocabulary words a week. However if you could concentrate on two (I will put those in uppercase) by using them around the
house when possible, that would be really helpful. Thanks!
What is a sound you hear?
Example: I hear a telephone ringing.
I hear a bird singing.
Second Quarter ESW:
Our second quarter ESW (writing program) goal is for the children to write their own sentence. Here are the rubric goals we have:
*Write one sentence. (answer question,
sentence makes sense, letters are
*Put spaces between words.
*Put a period at the end of the
*Put an uppercase letter at the
beginning of the sentence.
*Draw a picture telling about writing.
Red words (more commonly called sight-words) are words the children need to learn by looking at them. Red words (unlike green words) can not be sounded out. The better children are at reading red words, the better readers they will become. We practice re words by:
1 saying the word
2. clapping the letters
3. snapping the word
Say it, clap it, snap it! Please practice the red words in your child's homework with them. Keep these words for continuing practice.
Our character counts for October is trustworthiness. Trustworthiness shows:
*doing the right thing*
Red Ribbon Week
The week of October 23-27 is Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon week is a national program that focuses on living drug free. The children will attend an age appropriate presentation on Monday. We will have several activities and handouts during the week to emphasis the program. The children will receive coloring pages, we will make a school wide chain link for the lobby and the children will receive wristbands, ribbons, pencils and a backpack from the district. In addition, we would like to celebrate with special dress up days during the week.
Monday-Wear Red Day
Tuesday-Wear Sunglasses Day
Thursday-Super Hero Day
Friday-School Spirit Day
Plans are underway for a Halloween celebration in the afternoon on Tuesday, October 31. We begin the afternoon with a parade down to the senior center. The children show off their costumes, get a treat, and we return to school. We work for a bit in the afternoon and our party begins about 1:30.
Things to know: PLEASE do not send your child to school in his/her costume. If you want your child to wear his/her costume PLEASE label everything that belongs to them and Mary and I will help them change in the afternoon. A costume is not required so if you do not want them to wear one, that is fine. If your child does wear a costume, please do not send a “scary” costume.
Also, if you would like to contribute a small treat for the party, you are welcome to. (We now have 12 children in our class.) Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!!
Upcoming Dates and Important numbers
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
August 28– October 20—Box Tops
October 17-27-Spirit/Pride T-shirt sale
October 19-Report Cards go Home
October 23-27-Red Ribbon Week
October 31 -Halloween Party-See reverse
November 5-Time Change-fall behind
Monday, November 13-No School,
November 20-24-Thanksgiving Break
School delays or closings 505-721-2233
Thoreau Elementary School has designated the 1st Friday of each month as a fun/hands-on-activity day.
This Friday is a scheduled Thoreau Elementary School Fun Friday. We will be working on making a mosaic fall pumpkin and toilet paper roll bats! We will also be enjoying some Navajo Tea while we make our creations.
A friendly reminder
The children come to the classroom at 7:35 in the morning. We begin our day by eating breakfast while introducing and reviewing materials for the day. The children leave for their "specials" at 8:00 and are not marked tardy until 8:05; however, if they come late, they do not have enough time to eat breakfast and miss daily introductions and review. Thank you for your cooperation in helping the children to be on time and successful with a good breakfast and daily review.
Please remember to have your child put his/her name on each homework sheet turned in even if they are stapled together. this is good practice for upper grades and some5times papers do get separated. Also if papers are not finished, please keep them at home. Completed papers can be torn from the packet and turned individually.
How can parents help?
How Can You Help?
These are hints to prompt your child to engage in discussion and activities at home.
1) Let’s practice writing the numbers 1-10.
2) Let’s work on your homework for today
3) Let’s practice the letter sounds you have learned so far this year.
4) Let’s practice counting from 1-50.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your students whom are in my class.
Note from Miss Sturrus:
If you need to get in touch with me during the day about your child, let me explain our phone system. The school district’s policy is to put all teacher’s phones on “do not disturb” during the school day. The office can contact the classrooms but we do not receive any outside or even calls from other classrooms. This is to ensure our time with your child is not interrupted. So… if you have an emergency or need to talk with me immediately, please contact the office (721-4400) and they will let me know. For example, your child was sick in the morning and you want to know how he/she is doing. If you leave me a message on my phone or e-mail me and I will get back with you as soon as I can. This will probably be after school. If you have a bus or pick-up change, let the office know and they will give me the message. I promise I will not ignore your calls but the phone does not ring in the classroom, unless it is the office, and I really do not have the opportunity to check messages throughout the day. Thanks for your understanding. Let me know if you have any questions.
I had a few questions during conferences about homework so I wanted to try to make things clearer. First, homework in kindergarten is to reinforce, review, practice what we learned in class that day. This is why we stamp the homework with a day to cover it. That being said, I realize life is busy and it is not always possible to do homework each evening. Please have your child complete the “designated” day as close to that day as possible to reinforce his/her learning. The children are not penalized if they do not return the homework the next day. If they finish a day, you can tear it off the packet and send it in. (PLEASE do not send in papers not finished.) If it is easier for your child and family to finish the whole packet and turn it in together, that is not a problem. Whatever works best for you. I do suggest though that the homework be completed by the following Monday for sure to be most beneficial for your child. Thanks. Let me know if you have questions.
I worked with each of the children last week and completed the September testing for data folders. As we talked about at conferences the children are learning! Here are your child’s results:
Recognize numbers 0-10: ____/11
Recognize numbers 11-20: ___/10
Recognize lowercase letters: ____/26
Recognize uppercase letters: ____/26
Provide letter sounds: ____/26
I want to explain how our grades work so when your child tells you they received a happy dance, you can cheer with them. I feel the grading structure is hard for the kids to understand so here is my version, I say:
A = happy dance - a happy face with hair
P = good job - a happy face
NP = Need to work on it-sad face
NY = Need lots of work - sad face
Phone: 505 -721-4417
Thank you for your support, and enjoy your fall break!