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Week of 6-1-2018

Room 214 News and Announcements

June 1, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

Here we are at the beginning of June! We are busy writing persuasive letters, collecting and recording data, perfecting our lower case letter writing and getting all ready for our Pet Village.

Here are some important upcoming dates:

Monday, June 4–Literacy Assessment Day

Wednesday, June 6–FIELD TRIP to Southbridge Towers (1-2). Please turn in permission slips asap!

Thursday, June 7–No School for students

Monday, June 11–No School for students

Thursday, June 14–PET VILLAGE 9-9:30

Friday, June 15–No School

Tuesday, June 19th Music Concert


I hope you all have a nice weekend,


Week of 5-18-2018

Room 214 News and Announcements

May 18, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families

It’s time to talk about end of the year regression

It’s a real thing! For those of you who have older kids you’ve probably seen it before, and may remember it being particularly difficult at the end of kindergarten. If this is your first time, I wanted to let you know about the end of the year and how I will be trying to keep everyone comfortable and happy during these last few weeks.

Kids sense when a big change is about to happen and we have started having conversations about how our time in kindergarten is coming to a close in the next few weeks. You may notice your child is more reluctant to come to school in the morning and separate from you, they may be crying more or having small tantrums. You might feel they are forgetting things they knew a few weeks ago in terms of reading, writing, and math. I am definitely seeing all of these things in class now. It is hard and it is frustrating, but it is completely normal.

In class I am sticking to the regular routine as much as I can so kids know what to expect and am also increasing the amount of time they have to run around upstairs during snack time and increasing their work choice time. When it’s time for lessons and independent work I am still holding them to the same expectations as the rest of the year. As the days go by we will read, talk and write about how we are feeling as we end of our time together. What we enjoyed and what we are looking forward to in the future.

If you are sensing a change in your kiddo right now, it may be especially important to stick to a normal routine (or give a big heads up if there’s going to be a change) and take some time to talk to them about how they are feeling about the end of K, the summer, and next year. I think it’s very important to acknowledge how your child is feeling, but letting them know that they still have a job at school and need to follow the agreements so that everyone can stay safe and keep learning.

Please let me know if you have any questions or other concerns about anything I’ve just written. I’m also attaching two articles from Rebecca about end of the year regression.


Reading—We are continuing to practice how to sound out words and ask ourselves if they make sense.

Writing—This week we wrote new “how-to” books. Kids will get to finish them up next week and we’ll publish our “how to care for a pet books.”

Word Study—We are practicing our sight words and sounding out words and writing down all the sounds we hear.

Math—We continued to work on teen numbers. The kids seem to really get it! They can talk about them as “10 and” (i.e. 15 is 10 and 5). I’m attaching 10 and bingo to the website.

SEL—We’ve been doing a lot of read alouds about characters who move from other countries to live in the United States.

Content Study—we met a therapy bunny today! And learned about the ASPCA in the process.


  • I will send out one last Scholastic book order form next week. This will be a great chance to stock up on some books to read with your child over the summer. I will highlight some books and sets that are appropriate for readers of this age (i.e. they can read them!)
  • Please take a look at the remaining snack schedule for this year:
May 21 (5)Clark Malvern
May 28 (4)Gabriel Ivanovic
June 4 (4)Asher Kilroe
June 11 (3)Gabriel Ivanovic
June 18 (5)Amalia
June 25 (2)Kai Winbush

Upcoming dates:

Friday, May 25th—May Birthday Celebration 2:00-2:30 (I will email parents of May birthday kids)

Monday, May 28th—NO School Happy Memorial Day

Thursday, June 14th—SAVE THE DATE Pet Village Presentation 9:00-9:30

Tuesday, June 19th—Kindergarten Music Concert 8:45-9:35




Week of 5-11-2018

Room 214 News and Announcements

May 11, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

We had a very busy week that flew by. In the last eight schools days we have been on three field trips and the kids have started to build a “living museum” for you so you can come to learn about pets on June 14 (see below for details).

We are also in our final push for reading and math work. I will begin assessments next Wednesday. Thank you for staying on top of the sight words at home and continuing to read with your child.

Have a good weekend,



Reading—We are practicing sounding out words we don’t know and thinking about what makes sense if we’ve sounded out something that’s not quite right…

Writing—We are busy writing how-to care for pet books!

Math—This week we learned another teen number game. I will teach one more next week and then will put both games up on the website for you to play at home.

Word Study—We are doing a lot of work around putting together and taking apart CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant) and changing those words. For example: make the word van. How can you change the word van into the word can? We are focusing on beginning, middle and end sounds.

Pet Study—This week we learned about animal hospitals, pet groomers and pet stores. We are busy writing about how to care for pets and making things for our “Pet Village”

Kids hard at work constructing things for our Pet Village

Learning about cat check-ups from the vet

Meeting Heather from Paws on Pine to learn about dog walkers


Please continue to check your child’s hair for lice/nits and continue to comb out your child’s hair if they have had lice/nits these past few weeks.

Please also continue to send us your empty boxes and containers. Thank you!


Upcoming dates:

Wednesday, May 16—Math Assessment Day

Friday, June 1—Literacy Assessment Day

Thursday, June 14—FINAL FAMILY FRIDAY Pet Village Day 9:00-9:30


Week of 4-20-18

Room 214 News and Announcement

April 20, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

Thanks to everyone who was able to come to Family Friday this morning to help out with making the 3-D pets! I will be sending out a sign up in the coming weeks for any parents who are free and would like to come help monitor kids painting their pets during work choice.

I don’t know how it’s already nearing the end of April! In the last week or two I have seen huge growth in kids’ reading, writing, and math abilities. It’s my intention to reassess for reading and sight words soon.

I hope you all have a good weekend!


Reading—In reading we practiced book shopping again. We are also working on reading independently for at least ten minutes every day. If you borrowed books from me during parent teacher conferences can you please send them back so I can swap out books? If you have sent them back, I will try to get new ones back to you by Monday.

Word Study—There were a lot of things added to our schedule this week (Family Friday, library, a visit from a math coach, a pet interview…) We honestly only got to word study twice and reviewed our letters and practicing making short words on the white board.

Writing—Your kids did amazing work this week! Everyone made a how-to book and they are really good. They will be on display at the end-of-year celebration on June 14 (more details to come). Kids are really starting to write strong sentences

Math—This week we continued to make combinations of 8 and used the ideas of order and opposites to help us stay organized as we attempted to find all the possible combinations of 8.


Using order

Using opposites


SEL—We continue our working treating each other with kindness and respect and ONLY using words that make other people feel good. This past week saw the introduction of chess and sewing into our work choice (per the kids request!). This has really changed up the usual patterns of play and groupings of kids and many kids have gotten a chance to engage with others which is great. I am checking in frequently with groups to see if kids are treating each other with kindness and respect.

Pet Study—we interviewed Maggie about what it’s like to take care of Gus. We also continued talking about how pets can care for people.


Lice–Please keep checking your child’s hair.  I have not heard of any more cases in our class. If you do find something please let me know asap. As of now, there will not be any professionals coming in to check heads.

Supplies—Please continue to send in boxes and empty containers of any kind. We are gearing up to start building supplies for our pet study!

Upcoming dates:

Monday, May 7—Field Trip to Petco in Union Square. I will send out permission slips on Monday! At that time you can indicate your interest in being a chaperone (preference will be given to those who did not get to come on the Museum of Natural History trip). Please note there will be two more pet related trips before that May 7th date (both in the neighborhood). We will have those dates confirmed soon.



Week of 4-13-2018

Room 214 News and Announcements

April 13, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

Just a quick newsletter today:


Reading-We reorganized our books and all kids book shopped for just-right books. Books will start coming home again on Monday. Thank you for your patience as we worked through fixing that routine.

Writing-This week kicked off our “how-to” writing unit. We read a book about how to make huge bubbles. Then we followed the steps and see how it works on Monday (the directions said to let the solution sit for 2-3 days).

Word Study-We reviewed letter sounds and digraphs.

Math-We began more work on finding different combinations of 6. The kids did great work. I will get some photos and more details up in next week’s letter.

SEL-We spent a lot of time this week revisiting the idea that we are all the same in some ways, but are different in other ways. We discussed only talking about people’s differences in a way that makes them feel comfortable and happy. We also spent a lot of time practicing saying compliments to one another. After work choice (and other points of the day) students shared out other things that people said to them that made them feel happy. We’ll continue this work through the rest of the year.

Content Study-This week we started to learn about how animals can care for humans. We talked about service dogs and met a real service dog, Domino, and his owner Annmarie!

Upcoming dates

Friday, April 20–8:50-9:15 Family Friday. Please come learn about the ways that animals can help people! We will also begin building our 3-D pets with your help. If you are able to make it, please bring 1-2 newspapers with you. We’ll need them to make the animals. Please let me know if you won’t be able to attend so I can plan accordingly. Thank you!

Week of 3-28-2018

Room 214 News and Announcements

March 28, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

I’m so sorry for not getting a letter out these past few weeks. We have been very busy in here! I hope you all have a wonderful break! Please be sure to keep up with reading, sight word practice and math games at home. When we get back we’ll be in the home stretch! I have been busy re-assessing kids and, if I haven’t already, I will be sharing updated information with you throughout April.

See you all on April 9!



Reading—We have been reading non-fiction books about pets. Before we read about a new pet, we think about what we already know and what we wonder. After we read, we are writing down new information we learned.

We are charting as a whole class, but kids are also free to write their own ideas on their paper.

Writing—We spent the week publishing our stories. You should notice your child using spaces between words (more often than not!) and writing down a lot more letters they hear in each word they sound out. When we get back we will start a new nonfiction writing unit on “how-to” books.

Word Study—We have now reviewed all the words on the sight word list through March 26 (the list is in the resources section of this webpage). We continue to work on building words, lower-case letter formation and simple sentence writing. We have also studied the “ch” and “sh” digraphs.

Math—In math we continue to play partner games, practicing “counting on” instead of “counting all” to save time, and we’ve done some work solving addition story problems and learning to show our math thinking on paper.

Content Study—We’re deep into our pet study now! We’re learning about different pets and how to care for them, we’re exploring why people get pets and what makes a pet perfect for some people, but not for other. When we come back from the break we’ll be meeting with two service dogs. I will have more information for you soon about our upcoming trips to the dog groomer, the animal hospital and Petco.

Interviewing second graders about their pet chinchilla

SEL—we continue to talk about Rock Brain and Superflex. We’ve done a lot of role-playing and practiced language we can use to be flexible in a variety of situations.


Scholastic Book orders are due tomorrow! If you are interested in buying some “just-right” books for your child, these boxed sets would be a great fit for more kids.

*Please start to save boxes and any cylindrical containers (without rough edges). After break we will be building things for our Pet Expo and it would be great to have some materials all ready to go. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates

-Friday, March 30—NO SCHOOL

-Monday, April 9—Back to school

-Tuesday, April 17 Family Volunteer Time 1:50-2:40

-Friday, April 20 Family Friday 8:50-9:15)

-Friday, April 27 April Birthday Celebration ( I will email families closer to the date)




3-9-2018 Newsletter

Room 214 News and Announcements

March 9, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

We had a big week in Room 214! We began our 2nd content study: Pets! We also shifted around our schedule so we could do more of our academic work during the morning when our brains are the freshest. This is a move to help slowly get kids ready for first grade. Don’t worry, we will still have plenty of time for work choice and play (in fact, it’s easier sometimes to give more time to play when it’s in the afternoon more often). Conferences are coming up next Thursday, March 15. If you have not already done so, please sign up using this link and code:

Entry Code: Z2X1226906


I hope you all have a nice weekend,



Reading—In reading we are challenging ourselves as a class to increase the number of minutes we are able to focus on our independent reading. We’re up to 6 uninterrupted minutes. Kids are also shopping for new “just-right” books once a week. A new book should be coming home every night.

Writing—We’ve been talking a lot about how to make sure that we can actually read our own writing (and that others can read our writing too!).These are the writing moves we are concentrating on:

Word Study—words this week were: this, then, they. We are working hard on building cvc words (encoding) and read them (decoding).

Math—This week partnerships were given a bag with different objects. Their task was to show on paper what they had in their bag, in a clear enough way, so others could read the paper and know without looking in the bag. We talked about how to represent objects on paper and how to clearly record information.

SEL—this week we went back and talked about what are “big deal” incidents that you may ask a teacher’s help in solving, what are “little deal” incidents” that you can solve on your own with a friend and what are things you can just “ignore.” Take a look:

We also learned about Superflex and Rockbrain. Superflex is able to compromise! We began to work on the language of compromise—more to follow.

Content Study—We began our Pet Study this week! We read a few books about pets, recorded what we already know about pets and what we hope to learn.


Scholastic book orders are back! (finally!!). If you’d like to order go here:

And click where it says “First Time Parents” to create your account. Our Class code is: PKPFC. There should be a section that says “Teacher’s Desk” where I’ve added recommendations. These are mostly of books we’ve read in class that would be fun and useful for your child to experience again and again at home. Scholastic book orders are completely optional! Please let me know if you have questions. Online orders are due Thursday, March 29th.

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, March 14th—reports go home for families to read

Thursday, March 15th –1/2 day for kids, dismissal at 11:40

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, March 20th—family volunteer time 1:50-2:40. Please email if you plan to attend!

Thursday, March 23rd—March birthdays. If your child has a birthday in March you should have received an email from me about the celebration!

Thursday, March 29th–Scholastic book orders due ONLINE


Week of 2-15-2018

Room 214 News and Announcements

February 15, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

I’m not sure how it’s already February break, but here we are! You will all be receiving an email from me shortly about a few targeted things you can work on with your child over the break. I’m also uploading information about the March report card for those of you who were unable to attend the information session this Monday. The most important take away is that we evaluate kids based on where they should be in June so many kids will have “below” or “approaching” marks on their report and THIS IS OK! For those of you wondering how this may look in terms of future records etc. the report explicitly states how we evaluate here at Peck Slip. Please let me know if you’re having trouble signing up for Parent-Teacher Conferences on March 15 using the link I sent out yesterday.

I hope you all have a wonderful break wherever you’ll be!

See you all back on February 26.



Reading: We spent some time this week learning how to “shop” for books in class and what constitutes a “just-right” book for our own reading brains. Kids practiced this and should now be taking home books that are just right for them on a daily basis (please let me know if you feel something is off).

Writing: After our celebration last week we went back to basics a bit this week and reviewed how to use materials in a safe and productive way.

Word Study: we learned boy, girl and as this week! Please please please keep up on the sight word review at home. It helps!

Math: We learned a few new math games and celebrated being in school for 100 days!

SEL: We talked about how we can get into bad habits (like not listening). We are celebrating when kids help themselves and our class and we’re working together to help others break their bad habits.

Upcoming dates:

March 15-Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-7:30

March 20-Family Volunteer Time 1:50-2:40 Please email me if you plan to attend!

March 23-March birthday celebration (I will email those families directly closer to the date)


2-9-2018 Newsletter

Room 214 News and Announcements

February 9, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

Thank you so much for coming to our Butterfly and Moth Museum this week! The kids worked so hard. I am very proud of them as I’m sure you are too. Over the course of next week we’ll be slowly taking our butterfly work down to make space for our next content study about pets.

Our museum preparations messed a bit with our normal schedules and routines. Thanks for your patience as we continue to work out the kinks of book shopping and choosing a book to take home each night. The most important thing you can do right now is read with your child each night and make sure that book is in their folder every morning before they come to school. Thank you!

Finally, the information about the K March report will be next Monday from 3:00-3:30. If you haven’t done so already, please let us know you’re coming using this link:  If you are unable to attend, I will upload the handouts to this website on Tuesday. Some of you may also receive an email from me about a few things you can work on over the February break with your child!

The 100 day celebration museum on Tuesday is for kids only! Just a small classroom celebration. Sorry if that was not clear in my email yesterday.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Reading: Because of our whacky schedule this week we mostly focused on doing our centers rotation in a safe calm manner. I’m continuing to meet with small guided reading groups each day.

Writing: We published the beautiful books you got to see.

Word Study: We are behind! Next week we will study the words as, boy, girl. Please make sure you’re keeping up with these words at home! If you need suggestions about how to practice them see the links in earlier newsletters (or email me).

Math: We began a new unit about number sense and addition and subtraction concepts by looking at different tile arrangements and learning a new game called “Shake and Spill.” Kids toss out 5 two-sided chips and record how many landed on yellow how many on red. They will then learn to record their “spill” using a number sentence (ex: 3+2=5). Games like these will help build their combinations within 5 fluency.

SEL/Content Study: You got to see this all firsthand!

Announcements: I included them in the introduction today! See above.

Upcoming dates:

-Monday, February 12 I am out for a PD again. Andrew will be here in my place so your kids will be in good hands. And hopefully this will be the end of subs in the room for a while!

-Monday, February 12 3:00-3:30 March Kindergarten Report  information session

-Tuesday, February 13 100th Day of School (please see email from 2-8 about what to send your child to school with)

-Friday, February 16 NO SCHOOL

-Monday-Friday (19-23) NO SCHOOL