Kindergarten News – 6/15/2018

Announcements:

  • Thank you, Kindergarten Team, for joining us at our graduation ceremony today. It was special to OTA and the kids that you were part of the ceremony with your heartwarming messages. Some of the photos and videos, including the student interview video that was hard to hear, can be downloaded here.
  • Please contact me if you accidentally took another student’s yearbook home! Each yearbook is personalized and labeled with students’ names. We would appreciate if you would do a quick check, even if you think you grabbed the right one.
  • Lots of items were left at school today. Make sure to stop by the school lost-and-found to retrieve your belongings.
  • If you forgot to pick up your child’s diploma after the ceremony or if your copy got damaged, please let me know so that I can email you a replacement.
  • You should have received a handout about your child’s reading level this week. If you did not, please let me know so that I can send you information about which reading level your child’s reading practice would benefit from the most.
  • Quarter 4 report cards, along with Spring MAPs reports, will be mailed out within a couple of weeks. FAQs regarding grades can be found here, and FAQs about MAPs assessments can be found here. Let me know if you have additional questions.
  • I cannot go an entire summer without my favorite littles, so I will be offering tutoring and babysitting services this summer. Click here for the details.
  • Thank you SO MUCH for an amazing school year. We couldn’t have made this kindergarten year so successful if it weren’t for all of the support from you – the parents! We are so appreciative of everything you have done to make these awesome kids grow their love for learning.
  • I can be reached by email this summer if you have ANY questions about your child’s academic progress (or anything else). Have a great summer break!

Suggestions for Summer Academic Practice:

  • Language Arts – practicing reading and writing high-frequency sight words, leveled reading (see announcement above), writing in various forms (stories, lists, letters, steps, etc.)
  • Math – practicing math fact fluency, solving real-life math problems (calculating the change of a $12 item bought with a $20 bill, figuring out how much time on there is until you have to leave the house to go somewhere, etc.), getting comfortable with various math tools (counters, number lines, hundreds charts, ten frames, rulers, clocks, dot cubes, etc.)

Kindergarten News – 6/8/2018

Announcements:

  • Please sign and return the permission slip that was sent home today to allow your child watch The Lego Movie (rated PG) during our movie party on Wednesday 6/13. If you prefer to not sign the permission slip, your child will participate in a different activity elsewhere. Students may bring one stuffed animal to school on this day.
  • Our kindergarten graduation ceremony is on the last day of school, Friday 6/15, from 10-11am. Dismissal is at 12pm, unless you are taking your child home after the ceremony. If you are planning to share a special message with your child during the ceremony, please email me your written or video message (or let me know that you are planning to speak) by 8am on Thursday 6/14. All families are encouraged to come up with some type of message! Click here if you would like to sign up to bring a food or drink item to share with the class after the ceremony.
  • If you would like us to sign your child’s keepsake book (Oh The Places You’ll Go, etc.), we would love to. However, please bring it in before graduation day so that we have enough time to sign and return all of them.
  • We are searching for a good home for our classroom goldfish. Supplies are not included. Let me know if you are interested in adopting Shark and What’s Shakin’ Little Bacon.

Next Week in Academics:

  • Language Arts – kindergarten review
  • Math – kindergarten review
  • Science – famous scientists

                   

Kindergarten News – 6/1/2018

Announcements:

  • Kindergarten’s Spring MAPs testing will be on Monday 6/4 and Tuesday 6/5. Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time, well-rested, and well-fed.
  • Kindergarten Field Day is on Thursday 6/7. Your child may wear their PE uniform on this day. If you are interested in helping out at the event, click here to sign-up.
  • Quarter 4 Extended Learning is due by Friday 6/8, which is just a week away. Late submissions will not receive credit.
  • Friday 6/15 is the last day of school, a minimum day, and graduation day. You are invited to the kindergarten graduation ceremony in the kindergarten classroom from 10-11am. There will not a specific theme, but students may come dressed in any nice attire. Click here to sign up to bring a food or drink item to share with everyone after the ceremony.
  • Graduation is approaching, and we want to include you (parents) in the ceremony, since you are a huge part of your kindergartener’s success. You are encouraged to share a special message for your child, which will be read/shown during the graduation ceremony. Some ideas for your 30-60 second message are: a description of a moment in which you were proud of your kindergartener, a funny story relating to your child’s kindergarten experience, or hopes and well wishes for your child’s future. You may deliver your message in various ways: email me a video of you sharing your message that I will show during the ceremony, email me a written message that I will read during the ceremony, or prepare a verbal message that you will share during the ceremony. 
  • There are lots more field trip photos that could not fit in this newsletter. Click here to see/download more photos from our fun day. Photos will be added to the album as I receive more from parents, so keep checking back.

Next Week in Academics:

  • Language Arts – review long vowels, review tricky words
  • Math – tangrams, telling time
  • Science – famous scientists
  • Social Studies – kings and queens

                  

Kindergarten News – 5/25/2018

Announcements:

  • There will be no school on Monday 5/28. Happy Memorial Day!
  • Kindergarteners are finishing up a few projects that they are really excited about. Parents are invited to come to our classroom on Thursday 5/31 from 8:30-10 to: listen to our friends read aloud the fictional stories they wrote this week, watch/help students buy and sell products from the businesses they created (everyone chose bakeries), see the progress of our salad ingredients that are currently growing in our garden, and meet the fish that students helped care for and keep alive. If you are able to make it, no need to check in at the office.
  • Yearbook order forms are due by Thursday 5/31. If you haven’t already, make sure to place an order so that your child does not feel left out during yearbook distribution.
  • Our field trip to the San Diego Zoo is on Friday 6/1. It will be an all day field trip, so please send your child to school dressed in their OTA uniform (PE or regular) with a lunch, snack, water bottle, and car seat or booster seat. Students who do not have a car seat or booster seat will stay behind at school. Safety is our first priority. Chaperones: look out for an email from me early next week.
  • Other OTA staff members have the ability to post announcements on any class’s blog. Zentotz blog posts are posted by Mrs. Blackwood, the first grade teacher. Questions about Zentotz should be directed to her.

Next Week in Academics:

  • Language Arts – sound u_e, tricky words (you, your)
  • Math – money
  • Science – famous scientists
  • Social Studies – kings and queens

           

Kindergarten News – 5/18/2018

Announcements:

  • Kindergarteners requested another Show ‘N Tell. On Thursday 5/24, each student may bring in one school-appropriate item to share with the class on that day.
  • There will be no school on Monday 5/28. Happy Memorial Day!
  • Kindergarten will be participating in Field Day (a friendly athletic competition) on Thursday 6/7 from 8-11am, and we need your help! If you are able to assist with the event, please sign up here.
  • If you missed last week’s announcement, we will be having a kindergarten graduation ceremony on Friday 6/15 from 10-11am. More details are to come, but save the date in the meantime.
  • 🙂Thank you for letting me know in advance when your child is going to be absent or miss part of the school day. It is in your child’s best interest if you notify me because we can usually make accommodations (rescheduling your child’s small groups, teaching a mini lesson to your child, etc.). More accommodations can be made if we are notified before your child is gone, but we can sometimes make accommodations for excused, unplanned absences as well.

Next Week in Academics:

  • Language Arts – sound o_e
  • Math – money
  • Science – famous scientists
  • Social Studies – colonial towns and townspeople