December 14th- Birthday Celebration
December 18th- Family Visit @ 8:30AM
December 24-January 1st- School closed for Winter Recess
January 2nd- School Resumes
January 21st- Dr. Martin Luther King Day, school closed
Dear K210 Families,
Our class is in full Butterfly Mode as we continue to learn more about butterflies and their lifecycle. This month our Painted Lady eggs and caterpillars arrived. We are beginning to learn how to be lepidopterist and use special tools that will help us learn more about butterflies. Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights of the month:
- We had our first conferences!
- We are learning how to write Non-Fiction books.
- We learned the Sight Words “she”, “go”, “so, “no”, “as”, “by”, “be”, “have”, “my”, “do”.
- We learned the letters p, j, l, h, k, v and w, as well as their corresponding sounds.
- We are practicing our Super Reader Powers by reading in our “Reading Bubbles” (a quiet independent reading time) and Partner Reading (reading one book with a partner) for 6 minutes.
- We are learning how to do Flower Power and solve problems with our friends.
This month has been filled with exciting events. I can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure. Also, please make sure you sign up to bring in snack to our classroom. Several slots are still open and you would really be helping out the class. Thank you in advance! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YFp–rtM9GLXFTQZO7KZ4B1nNFaJ16tmDeiRO_9iK94/edit?usp=sharing
Guess what we are learning?
This month in reading…
We are learning how to become better readers and enhancing our Super Reader Power with the help of a few reading strategies. The strategies are Quiet Bubble, Picture Walk, Point from left to right, Mouth & Picture, Look for Sight Words and more to come. After the break, students will get their own Reading Thinkmark bookmark to practice their reading skills at home as well as individual Book Baggies!
This month in writing…
We are learning how to write Non-Fiction books. So far students have written and published at least one book detailing something they know all about. Most students are beginning to take the first steps in sounding out words to create sentences by using learned writing strategies like “Stretch the word”. Other strategies include, using the Word Wall and ABC Line to sound out unknown words. Later, students will learn to write like lepidopterist. This means learning how to write facts, like the ones we have learned about in the butterfly non-fiction books we have been reading. Some students may using the sentences starters Butterflies have… Butterflies can, and Butterflies are… or create their own, to help write these all about books. We can’t wait for you to read them!
This month in math…
We learned all about counting. We have been thinking about ways to count efficiently and accurately, since that is what great mathematicians do. We played partner games to help enhance our “Super Counter Power” and also learned how to move in stations during math. Later this month, we will begin learning about measurement. Students will learn terms like longer, shorter, same, length, size and measure. After the break, we will start Geometry and begin to lean all about 2D and 3D shapes!
This month in Social Emotional Learning…
Students have been learning how to be a better friend with the help of Flower Power. Flower Power is a school-wide program that allows students to independently solve peer conflicts. Right now, most students still need some teacher assistance to help navigate these conflicts, but overtime, students will be able to do this on their own.
This month and later…
- We will learn the letters v, w, x, y, z, and qu as well as the corresponding sounds. We will also review the letters we have learned.
- Sight Words we are learning up, am, and, are, in, an, on.
We are lepidopterist! As our class learns more about butterflies and their life cycles, we also observe how they change and learn vocabulary to describe what we see.
November 6th- School closed to students for Election Day
November 8th- K210 Family Mixer (after school)
November 12th- School closed for Veteran’s Day
November 14-19th- Book Fair
November 15th- Parent Teacher Conference
November 20th- Family Tuesday @8:30am
November 22nd-23rd- School closed for Thanksgiving Recess
Dear K210 Families,
October came and went within the blink of an eye and boy did we have some exciting moments. From learning new letters, to an eye check, writing new stories and of course the Halloween Parade, it has been an exciting month. Over the course of the last month, students spent time learning how to write stories with the help of writing strategies and different writing tools. This anchor chart have been helping students keep track of the steps writers have to take in order to produce amazing stories.
This month our class will begin our Content Study. Students will learn how all about butterflies and luna moths(SHHH THEY DONT KNOW YET SO DON’T TELL). They will become Lepidopterist, a person who studies butterflies and moths. By the end of the study, students will be able to tell you what these insects eat, how long their life cycles are, and provided dozens of interesting facts to tell to anyone who will listen.
Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights of the month:
- We played our first partner game during math.
- We learned how to be a Storyteller.
- We learned the letters i, u, c, o, g, a, d and s as well as their corresponding sounds.
- We practiced reading in our “Reading Bubbles” (a quiet independent reading time) and Partner Reading (reading one book with a partner) for 6 minutes.
- We talked about different ways to solve problems with a friend.
- We learned the difference between “reporting” and “tattling”
This month has been filled with exciting events. We can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure.
This month in reading…
We learned how to take a Picture Walk and look for the characters and setting. Students are learning how to use the pictures to help tell the story without reading the words. With the help up a reading tool called 5 Finger Retell. Students can use their own hand to keep track of the story elements within a given text. After identifying all the story elements, student can begin to retell the story to another student. On occasion, you might even find them acting said story out. Over the course of this month, students will continue to practice 5 Finger Retell and learn how to have a strong feeling about about different books.
This month in writing…
We are learning how to become storytellers. We have learned how to put on our storyteller backpacks full of stories we know, a nice talking voice and our imagination. As we write our own stories, students are learning how to write sentences by stretching out sounds and jotting down the initial letter sounds.
This month in math…
We have been learning all about patterns. We have made pattern snakes with pattern blocks, questioned if color mattered in a pattern and even learned how to build patterns with colored tiles. We also played our first partner game called What Comes Next, as well as the game Add on. Both of these games required students to either guess the missing part of a pattern or add on and complete the pattern. As we wrap up patterns, students will be practicing counting this month. We will discuss ways students can become an accurate counter and a strong mathematician.
- We will learn the letters e,r,p,j,l, and h as well as the corresponding sounds. We will also review the letters we have learned.
- Sight Words we are learning go, so, no, in, an, on.
- We will learn how
- We will become lepidopterist! Pretty soon, we will begin our Content Study and start learning about butterflies and luna moths. We also observe how they change and learn vocabulary to describe what we see.
Learning to tie shoes can be quite challenging, but this video may provide some help for you and your child.
This video is great for helping students with number writing! Sing along and practice together at home.
10/8- School Closed for Columbus Day
10/16- Kindergarten Family Tuesday @ 8:30am
10/18-10/19- Picture Day (K210 picture day TBD)
10/20- Taste of the Seaport
10/31- Halloween Parade
Dear K210 Families,
So much has happened this last month! Not only did we begin our journey together as a class, but we also learned the rules of Peck Slip School and we are continuing to practice them everyday. We also explored different math manipulatives and discovered the different ways we can use them in math. As our class continues to learn and grow, we will continue to learn to become independent and learn how to work in small groups. These small groups will give me a chance to work with every student and get to know them individually as learners. Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights of the month:
We have completed a month of school!
Bill Gordh came to visit our classroom.
We had our first fire and lockdown drill.
We learned the Sight Words “like”, “the”, “me”, and “can”.
We learned the letters t, b, f, m, and n as well as their corresponding sounds.
We practiced reading in our “Reading Bubbles” (a quiet independent reading time) to help build our stamina.
We received writing folders to store our writing pieces.
We received our very own sight word books!
We met our Class Buddies
This month has been filled with exciting events. I can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure.
Guess what we are learning?
THIS MONTH IN READING…
We will continue to practice Reading Bubble and learn how to choose books that interest us. Later we will also learn how to read with a partner and discuss favorite parts of the book. We will also learn how to take a Picture Walks (looking at the pictures of the book), and the terms characters, setting, beginning, middle and end.
we may even have a guest reader or two as well.
THIS MONTH IN WRITING…
While we are still practicing the routines of writing, students are learning what writers write about. Each student has had the opportunity to free write their own stories and learn how to make each story better with the help of labels and backgrounds. This month, K210 will learn how to write about what they know, love and something that happened to them. As the class learns how to become Storytellers, they will learn to create stories that are real or made up in order to entertain the readers or listeners. We are also learning how to create these stories and drawing the pictures to match. Soon we will start expanding on those stories and learn to add more labels and words.
THIS MONTH IN MATH…
We have had the best time learning how to use math manipulatives such as snap cubes, pattern blocks, attribute blocks, dice and number cards. Now that we have learned how to use all the manipulatives, we practiced number writing by singing The Number Song. Although some numbers are still backwards, students are learning to be comfortable with simply just trying their best. Later this month we will begin to discuss patterns. We will spend time thinking about what a pattern is and explaining how we know. As we build and create patterns of our own, students will also learn how to record the patterns they make. By the end of the unit they will begin to play their first partner game about patterns.
- We will learn the letters u, i, c, o, a, g, d and s as well as the corresponding sounds. We will also review the letters b, t, f, m and n
- Sight Words we are learning this month are: you, we, I, see, to, was, A/a, love
- We will practice Flower Power and learn how to resolve conflicts with friends.
- We will start the Snoopy Project.
Add these dates to your September calendar:
- September 10th & 11th- School Closed (Rosh Hashanah)
- September 17th- Back to School Night
- September 19th- School Closed (Yom Kippur)
WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN!
Dear incoming kindergarten families,
Welcome to Peck Slip! I am so excited to welcome you to my kindergarten class. This is going to be an amazing school year full of fun, play and plenty of learning. I am so excited to meet all of you and I can’t wait to start our year together.
Allow me introduce myself, my name is Camille Trotman and yes I do have purple hair. But, don’t be surprised if you see it change during the year, I’m always mixing it up. This will be my fourth year at Peck Slip and my sixth year teaching in New York City. I can’t believe that I have been teaching kindergarten for five years and I have truly fallen for this grade. I am a born and raised New Yorker and currently live in Harlem with my best friend and few pet fish. Our classroom also has a pet fish named Rainbow, I’m sure he’ll be excited to meet you! Little known fact around the school, I LOVE TO EAT and also cook, but mostly eat. I am always trying new recipes and usually use my friends as guinea pigs to try the food. Needless to say, everyone is always at my apartment for dinner. When I’m not cooking, I’m trying to add stamps to my passport. I’m hoping to add two more next year and at least four more by 2020.
I am really looking forward to growing and working together this year. If you have any questions or concerns before then please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will begin checking emails on Monday, September 3rd. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer and I will see you soon!
Your new teacher,