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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!

News:

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.

Announcements:

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:

News

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!

-Catherine

News

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.

Announcements

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.

https://clubs.scholastic.com/guided-science-readersand%238482%3B-animals-pack/9780545348157-rco-us.html?cgid=K_6#q=readers&start=15

https://clubs.scholastic.com/guided-science-readersand%238482%3B-spring-set/9780545463973-rco-us.html?cgid=K_5#q=readers&start=16

https://clubs.scholastic.com/sight-word-readers-box-set/9780545067652-rco-us.html?cgid=6_1#q=readers&prefn1=isBuyableByTeachers&sz=18&start=36&prefv1=true

*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:

www.ptcfast.com/reg1

Entry Code: Z2X1226906

 

I hope you all have a nice weekend,

Catherine

News:

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.

Announcements:

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

https://clubs.scholastic.com/home

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.

-Catherine

News:

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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445adaf22aaff2-information  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!

Catherine

News:

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

 

 

 

Week of 1-26-18

Room 214 News and Announcements

January 26, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

The days are just flying by! It was great to spend Thursday getting to meet with almost every kid one-on-one (If I wasn’t able to meet with your child I will do so by Monday!). The end of January to February marks a real turning point in the Kindergarten curriculum. Much of the foundation has been set in terms of reading, writing and math and things will start to get much “meatier” (i.e. challenging!). The math assessments gave me so much information about what kids can do and what we need to work on moving forward—I’m looking forward to doing the reading assessments in two weeks.

I may be reaching out to some of you with specific things it would be helpful for you to work on at home. This is not meant to worry you at all! I just prefer to give parents a heads up now rather than later so kids can continue to make progress. On Monday, February 12 the Kindergarten team will be hosting an information session from 3:00-3:30 to talk about the March report card. In a nutshell, students are “graded” based on end of the year benchmarks. This means that in March many kids may receive “approaching” grades and this is totally fine! It has, however, caused some stress in the past, so we’d like to give you all the information you need ahead of time.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

News:

Reading: This marks the last week where we are formally learning and practicing reading strategies during reading lesson times. Next week we will move on to how to choose a book that is just right for us! Many of you have been sending your child’s reading book back to school each day. Thank you! That helps the kids get into the swing of the book check out routine.

Writing: The kids produced THE BEST writing I have seen from them all year this week. They each chose a topic they know a lot about and started to write about it. They are really starting to use spaces and sight words in their sentences which is exciting because others can read them now!

Word Study: We reviewed the upper case M and N this week and learned the sight words by and my. We are also spending a lot of time making CVC words (consonant, short vowel, consonant).

Math: This week we finished up our unit about 2-D shapes and next week we move into 3D shapes. Kids are playing “just-right” math games with a partner 2-3 times a week. In the next week or so I hope to upload some more games to the website so you can play at home.

SEL: This week some students stood up for others in the class and we made a huge deal about it! We talked about the different things you can say or do if you see someone treating another person in an unacceptable way.

Content Study: You’ll have to come and see for yourselves all the wonderful work kids are doing to prepare for our Butterfly and Moth museum on February 7!

Some photos of our field trip and work on the museum

 

Announcements:

Scholastic—Whoops! I totally meant to hand out scholastic book orders this week and it just didn’t happen. I will aim to do so by next week and get those recommendations online. Thanks for your patience!

Jewelry-Jewelry and watches are becoming a problem in 214! Mostly kids are distracted by what they’re wearing and get upset when told to put things away. It would be much appreciated if you could help your child leave their jewelry and watches at home. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, February 7 BUTTERFLY AND MOTH CELEBRATION  8:50-9:20

Thursday, February 8—literacy assessment day. I will be in the hallway working one-on-one with kids

Monday, February 12—I am out for a reading professional development

`                                               March Report Card Information Session 3:00-3:30 (This is a grade-wide meeting,                               not by class. I will be out that day but am working to prepare materials for the                                                           presentation. Camille, Lesley, Julie and Robin will present!)

Tuesday, February 13 Family Volunteer Day

February 16-25 President’s Day Break, NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, February 28 February birthdays

 

Week of 1-19-2018

Room 214 News and Announcements

January 19, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

We made it through our first field trip! A very big thank you to Callie, Tiffany, Matt, Verbona and Vicky! And thank you again to everyone else who volunteered—there will be many more trips coming up in March, April and May and everyone who wants a chance to join will get one!

The kids are busy preparing their own museum about butterflies and moths that you will all get to visit on February 7. They are so engaged and excited…it will be so fun to have you come in!

I hope you all have a nice weekend!

News:

I will write more next week about each of our subject areas, just check out word study so you can do some practice at home!

Word Study—please have your child practice all sight words up until this point! This week we learned be, he, me.

Announcements:

Book Borrowing–Starting Monday your child will be bringing home a “just-right” book to read each night. They will put one book in their folder before leaving school and that same needs to come back to school with them the next day. While your child may not be able to read everything in the book, they should be able to pick out sight words, point to the words they know as they read, and follow a basic text pattern. Feel free to provide support at this point in the year!

*Reading at home should never be a big stressful event. If it’s just “one of those nights” go ahead and read the book to your child and call it a day. IF you find that this is happening a lot, please feel free to reach out to me. Maybe some different books are in order…or maybe I can give you some other supports that might help.

Scholastic Orders—I got so behind in giving you order forms! Scholastic has a lot of books that are good for early readers. I will get order forms out to you sometime next week and will put recommendations on the scholastic website in case you’re interested.

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, January 25th—math assessment day. I will be in the hallway working one-on-one with kids

Wednesday, February 7 BUTTERFLY AND MOTH CELEBRATION  8:50-9:20

Thursday, February 8—literacy assessment day. I will be in the hallway working one-on-one with kids

Monday, February 12—I am out for a reading professional development

 

Week of 1-12-2018

Room 214 News and Announcements

January 12, 2018

Dear Room 214 Families,

Happy New Year! We’ve been talking in class about how it’s no longer the beginning of kindergarten—we’re in the middle now and expectations are even higher than before! For the most part, kids are rising to the challenge of working more quietly at their tables so as not to bother others, focusing on their work so their brains grow and doing the right thing more often without reminders from an adult. We are also spending a lot of time talking about ways to be a good friend in the middle of kindergarten and celebrating when kids take good care of each other.

I hope you enjoy the three day weekend. See you on Tuesday!

-Catherine

News:

Reading—Since coming back from break, all kids now have a book baggie with books that are just right for them. During independent reading these are the things kids are working on doing (see below) and I am able to meet with each child individually during this time (each kid once every two weeks). Your child will begin to take home a “just-right” book each night the week of January 22.

Guided reading has also begun! I am meeting with your child once a week in a small homogeneous group to target specific reading needs.

Writing—We are hard at work finishing our all about butterfly books so you can read them at our “museum” on February 7. These are the topics you should learn about when you read your child’s book!

 

Word Study—we looked at the uppercase T,B, and F and made lists of words starting with these sounds. We are also spending more time building cvc words like bat, man, bag, fan etc. The sight words we covered this week are do, to, up, am. Check out a fun way to practice sight words that one of our parents shared!

“Game we like to play… as he earns the word he gets to wear it!  Then we take the stickers and at them to a word wall we made in their room.”

Math—Students are now matched with a math partner who is working on similar skills/concepts in math. They are choosing from games that will help with those specific skills/concepts. We’ve also started a new unit about 2D shapes. This week we talked about what’s the same and different about rectangles and squares and also explored shape puzzles.

SEL—We are doing a lot of work about what it means to be a good friend. We’ve also discussed how we are all different in many ways (physical appearance and likes/dislikes) but the thing that is the same about friends is that they care for one another. We read a book about Martin Luther King Jr. and made connections to our friendship discussion.

Working on our museum during work choice:

Announcements:

Fieldtrip next week! If you will be sending your child with a lunch from home please be sure to send it in a paper or plastic bag that we can dispose of at the museum.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, January 15 NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 16 Family Volunteer Time 1:50-2:40. Please let me know if you plan to attend!

Wednesday, January 17 Fieldtrip to the Museum of Natural History (9:30-2ish)

Thursday, January 25th—math assessment day. I will be in the hallway working one-on-one with kids

Wednesday, February 7 BUTTERFLY AND MOTH CELEBRATION Time TBD (early morning)

Thursday, February 8—literacy assessment day. I will be in the hallway working one-on-one with kids

Monday, February 12—I am out for a reading professional development