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10-20-17 News Letter

Room 214 News and Announcements

October 20, 2017

Dear Room 214 Families,

The days are just flying by in class. I can’t believe we’ve been in school almost 30 days! By this point, we have learned nearly all the routines we’ll be using throughout the year (everything from lining up to how we sit at our table to read a book), but we’ll certainly continue to practice and reinforce them throughout the year. This week we also opened the block corner! Every child will have a chance to build in this area in the coming weeks. Check out what some kids made:

    

I hope you all have a nice weekend!

News:

Reading: We continued to practice “reading” books to ourselves by looking at the pictures. We know it’s important to say the characters’ names (if we know them) or use general terms (the boy, the girl etc.) and talk about where the story is happening.

Writing: These kids are GREAT storytellers! I continue to be so impressed with their detailed drawings, and the fact that they are already telling stories that make sense across several pages. Next week we’ll add lables.

Word Study: we learned the letters o and c this week. We also started sight word work with “I” and “like.” Here’s a link to different ways you can practice sight words at home: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/10-simple-sight-word-activities/

Math: We learned a few partner game called “Build a City” that gives kids a chance to 1) count accurately and 2) practice taking turns and playing with a partner.

SEL: We spent A LOT of time this week talking about our job as kindergarteners. We discussed the fact that kindergarten brains are strong enough to control the muscles in our bodies (most of the time) and that following directions is not a choice in a class of 24 kids—it’s something we must do to stay safe, learn, and have fun.

Announcements:

Please, please, please remind your kiddos to leave their toys and other dodads at home. These little objects are starting to cause a lot of distractions. Thank you in advance!

Upcoming dates:

-Friday, October 27 Family Friday 8:50-9:15 Come see what we are learning about, more details to follow

-Friday, October 27 October Birthday Celebration 2:00-2:30 I will email families

-Friday, October 27 Scholastic Book Order Forms due online (see above)

-Thursday, November 16, 2017 Parent Conferences

Please sign up for a timeslot using this link (note there are four slots available on Monday the 13ths as I can’t see everyone in one day)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hFwQx8t5Zyfyl0D1DaI8Bl3ChIDD9aHXnY4R8QWaBsA/edit?usp=sharing

 

10-13-2017 Newsletter

Room 214 News and Announcements

October 13, 2017

Dear Room 214 Families

A short week means a shorter letter today! Yesterday I had the chance to assess half the class in math. I will finish assessing everyone else over the course of next week. Being out on Monday and having a substitute yesterday made for a challenging week as our schedule was so thrown off. We spent a lot of time today practicing how we treat each other and moving safely through our routines. Over the weekend it might be helpful to ask your child some questions about why we need to follow directions at school and some specific ways they act safe and kind here. Thank you.

News:

Reading: We learned to do a picture walk of new and familiar books. We quietly tell ourselves a story as we look at the pictures.

Writing: This week the class wrote their first stories that had a beginning, middle, and end. They were fabulous! I was very impressed 🙂  We are not focusing at all on words yet, just drawing detailed pictures that allow a reader to understand what’s going on. Words will come soon!

Word Study: we learned the letters i and u (vowels are always difficult at this age and many kids will not master these sounds for a long time). Please be sure to use the stickers I handed out and keep reviewing the sounds we’ve done in class already: t, b, f, m, n, i, u

Math: We finished up our work on patterns. Today students made patterns using construction paper. Many kids did ABAB patterns while others did ABCABC  etc. Look for this pattern work coming home in the next week or so.

SEL: Our bears have unique identities now! Kids spent time in work choice making jewelry and other items for their bears. We also practiced using the peace corner in a productive way.

Announcements:

-We are putting together a family photo album to keep in our peace corner. Please send in a family photo if you can and I’ll bind them into a book. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

-Tuesday, October 17 Family Volunteer Time 1:50-2:40 (Please email if you plan to attend!)

-Friday, October 20 PICTURE DAY (we are up at 9:50)

-Friday, October 27 Family Friday 8:50-9:15 Come see what we are learning about, more details to follow

-Friday, October 27 October Birthday Celebration 2:00-2:30 I will email families

-Friday, October 27 Scholastic Book Order Forms due online (see above)

 

10-6-17 Newsletter

 

Room 214 News and Announcements

October 6, 2017

Dear Room 214 Families,

A very big thank you to our class parents Megan and Katia for organizing such a nice get together last night! It was great to get to know many of you more. Here’s what happened in 214 this week!

News:

Reading-we practiced reading in a quiet bubble (talking softly to ourselves so as not disturb our neighbor) and keeping our eyes on the pages of our book. Next week we begin a new unit all about reading stories through pictures. More on that to come!

Writing-we continued to practice good writing habits as outlined on our chart. I also had the kids write a story and will use this as my baseline assessment as we move into our next unit “Telling Stories Through Pictures and Labels.”

Word Study-this week we learned the sounds “m” and “n” and learned to write these letters. If your child already knows their sounds very well and can form the letters, please note that these lessons are quite short and also serve as a chance for kids to practice cutting, gluing, sorting, holding a pencil correctly, keeping papers organized, and staying at their table until time is up (i.e. it’s not a waste of time and tailored lessons will be coming up once our class is able to work independently in small groups).

These are the videos we listening to during our movement breaks:

Math-we began an exploration of patterns this week! Kids were told to make a pattern with no direction from me. I took pictures and afterward we discussed what made a pattern a pattern. We came to the understanding that patterns are things that happen “again and again and again.” We will continue to think about the repeating part of a pattern as we move into next week.

SEL (Social/Emotional Learning)-The bears came down! Kids wrote letters to a bear explaining exactly how they would care for it. Late Wednesday night the bears read the letters and each chose a kid it wanted to care for it. As a class we made  a promise and on Thursday kids met their bears for the first time and got to care for them during work choice. We will use the bears in a variety of ways moving forward.

Announcements:

Today I sent home Scholastic book order forms. Buying through Scholastic is a great way to expand your home library while also earning our class points that we can then use to purchase books for our classroom! To get started 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 October 27.

Upcoming dates:

-Monday, October 9 NO SCHOOL

-Wednesday, October 11 Vision Screening 10:20-11:00 (all kids will receive a screening)

-Thursday, October 12 Math Assessment Day (I will be in the hall, a sub will be in the room)

-Tuesday, October 17 Family Volunteer Time 1:50-2:40 (Please email if you plan to attend!)

-Friday, October 20 PICTURE DAY (we are up at 9:50)

-Friday, October 27 Family Friday 8:50-9:15 Come see what we are learning about, more details to follow

-Friday, October 27 October Birthday Celebration 2:00-2:30 I will email families

-Friday, October 27 Scholastic Book Order Forms due online (see above)

 

 

 

9-29-17 Newsletter

Room 214 News and Announcements

September 29, 2017

 

Dear 214 Families,

This five-day week flew by and we did a lot! Please see below for more information on our work, paying special attention to word study. Today we will be celebrating our September birthdays in class. Once the website is password protected I’ll be able to include birthday kids’ names and some photos of the celebration.

I hope you all have a nice weekend!

News

Reading—We discussed why people read: to learn and to have fun! Kids continued to practice reading at their tables. We also read a big book together and talked about how we move from left to right and how we point to each word in a book. We will practice these skills as a whole class with every big book that we read.

Word Study—This week we began our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, which teaches letter formation. In addition, we did some activities sorting pictures based on beginning sounds. We studied t, b, and f. If you were at the back to school night you received a packet of letter and word stickers (if you were unable to attend look for a manila folder in your child’s folder today). Please start using the stickers to practice these first three letters! You may want to punch a hole in some index cards and assign each card a letter. Here is a link for other ways to practice the sounds as we learn them:

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/letters-and-sounds-practical-ideas-parents

Writing-We practiced three writing habits this week: write until time is up, get more paper if you need it, use a pencil. Students also got to decorate their writing folders so now everyone has their own safe space to store their work.

Math-We continue to track how many days we’ve been in school in multiple ways. Take a look at our math wall below:

We also played two new partner games: Button Match-Up (matching attributes) and Counting Jar (Making equal piles of an object). Next week we will be moving into some pattern work. If you have examples of objects with patterns in real life and would like to send them in with your child to share, that would be great! They will be returned at the end of next week. Thank you!

SEL (Social/Emotional Learning)-Kids are definitely getting comfortable in class now (as is always the case this time of year) so we have spent a little extra time reviewing the rules, why we have rules, and what it looks like to follow them.

We worked together to make a special set of rules for our work choice time so that all kids feel safe and can have fun the whole time. If students break one of these rules, they will take a break from their play.

Finally, the bears have still not come down yet! They have been carefully watching our whole class be safe, be kind, be helpful and follow directions. Hopefully they’ll feel comfortable enough with what they see to come down next week and be taken care of by a group of K kids!

 

Announcements:

-Our bear purchase has been fully funded. Thank you to everyone who was able to donate!

-Yesterday was our first day with a substitute teacher in the room. The day went well! I was able to meet with almost every child to get to know them better as a reader—I’ll have met with everyone by Monday afternoon. I will use this information to plan reading and word work for the next few months.

-It’s been brought to my attention that some parents are unhappy with how long dismissal is taking. My number one concern is that I see each kid walk from me directly to their caregiver and this takes a few seconds longer per child. This five-day week has really helped me to match each child with their caregiver (or caregivers), which has helped speed up our routine. As I see caregivers in the crowd, I will pull that kid forward to go meet them. Thank you for your continued patience in the name of safety.

 

 

 

9-20-17 Newsletter

Room 214 News and Announcements

9-20-2017 Newsletter

Dear Room 214 Families,

Just a short newsletter for this short week. We are really starting to settle into the routines of the room and starting to talk about how our choice to follow the directions helps our whole class learn and have fun!

News

We continued much of the same work in reading and writing as we did last week. In math we played a game called “Button Match Up.” Kids chose two buttons and their partner had to decide what matched (drawing attention to different attributes—color, shape, size etc.).

During work choice kids spent several days working on magnatile structures, train set-ups and imaginary play scenarios. We also introduced the doll house and natural world choice time centers.

Announcements

A very big thank you to Megan Malvern and Katia Herman for being our class parents this year!

Bear Fund—if you have not yet donated $3 to our bear fund and would like to, it’s not too late! Please send money in your child’s folder on Monday. The bears spent the week “watching” our class….they should feel comfortable enough to join the class next week J

Snack—thank you to everyone who has already signed up for at least 2 snack weeks this year. If you have not yet done so here is the link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aWV3r37FF_7Gm63vnEksaQKKwZDKKnSCBI6FnyxkjS4/edit?usp=sharing

Upcoming dates:

Thursday, September 28 I will be conducting literacy assessments in the hallway outside our class. I will have an ear and eye on the room, but this will be the first time a sub is with the kids. I will prep the kids on Wednesday so everything runs smoothly.

Friday, September 29—SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY PARTY. If your child had or has a birthday in September I will be reaching out to you on Monday to coordinate who would like to bring in what for the celebration. Please note the time change—1:55-2:35.

Happy holidays to those of you celebrating in the next few days! See you all on Monday!

9-15-17 Newsletter

Room 214 News and Announcements

September 15, 2017

Dear Room 214 Families,

Welcome to the Room 214 page of the Peck Slip website! This is where you will find the newsletter each Friday. I will also start to upload all documents that have gone out (class information, calendar etc.). Please make a habit of checking this website each week!

Here is what we did this week:

News

Reading-we learned how to handle a book gently and look at the front cover to see if the book seemed interesting to us. We sat at our tables and enjoyed books each day. We also read the Itsy Bitsy Spider. We talked about how the words we say with our mouth can be written on paper and read out loud. We drew pictures that matched each line and then put the song back in order after it had been all mixed up.

Writing—we learned that writers keep writing until the time is up! Writers can write about things they know, things they love, or things that have happened to them. Many kids started a book and continued to work on that book over the course of several days which was really exciting to see!

Math—we explored different math materials we will be using this year: pattern blocks, geoblocks, cubes, tiles, and counting bears and chips. We also thought about different ways to count how many kids have been in school each day. We can count the number of attendance pictures or we can count around the circle.

SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)—Before work choice we talked about what it means to be a good friend and I walked around trying to catch kids being good friends. Afterwards, I shared out different things I saw. This week we finished making a list of our hopes for the year and we started to make our classroom rules together.

Other—This week Annaba, Ethan, Clark, Kai and Emily had their Star Name day! We worked their names, learned more about them and made them a class book. All kids in 214 will have a Star Name day.

 

Announcements

Snack. Please sign up for several weeks’ worth of snack using this link below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aWV3r37FF_7Gm63vnEksaQKKwZDKKnSCBI6FnyxkjS4/edit?usp=sharing

As we discussed at back to school night, this year kindergarteners do not eat lunch until 12:50. I will be giving snack around 10, but it will need to be bigger than in previous years to tide them over. Food that stick with you longer like string cheese or fruit in addition to dry snacks like pretzels, crackers etc. will be best this year. If necessary, I will also hand out a mini snack around 11:30. All this to say, your child will not go hungry! But we may need you to bring in a little more snack than five days’ worth. Thank you!

Bear fund. This year we will be using small bears as part of our social emotional curriculum. Each bear cost $3. If you are able and willing to donate to cover the cost of your child’s bear it would be much appreciated (but not mandatory). Please send the money in an envelope in your child’s fold and remember, the bears are a surprise! Thank you to those of you who have already contributed!

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, September 18—Story teller Bill Gordh visits our class from 9:15-9:45

Tuesday, September 19—Parent Volunteer time 1:50-2:40 I have a few little jobs I need help with (cutting number cards for math games, organizing book orders, making writing booklets and cutting up rhyming games). If you are interested in coming please send me an email so I have an idea of how much to set out. If you end up showing up unannounced that’s fine too J

Thursday and Friday, September 21 & 22—NO SCHOOL