Kindergarten News – 1/12/2018

Announcements:

  • There will be no school on Monday 1/15. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
  • Kindergarten’s Winter MAPs testing will be on Thursday 1/18 and Friday 1/19. Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time, well-rested, and well-fed.
  • Quarter 2 Extended Learning is due by this Friday 1/19. There will be no deadline extensions this time. Please turn in all four projects together with your child’s name on each part. Click here for the project details.
  • OTA Family Fun Night at Skate World is on Friday 1/19. For more information, click here.
  • Our half-day field trip to The New Children’s Museum will be on Wednesday 1/24. More details are to come next week.
  • Friday 1/26 is the end of Quarter 2. It is a minimum day with dismissal at 12pm. It is also Spirit Day: Throw-Back Day, where your child may dress up in apparel from another decade.
  • This is just a reminder that we have sight words tests on Fridays. If your child does not know their two sight words by the end of the week from learning them in class, then additional at-home practice is needed in order to keep up with the class.
  • If you have a preference, please let your child know how much of their lunch you would like them to eat and which items of their lunch to eat first. We do our best to judge if students have eaten enough when they are “full,” but we understand this is ultimately a parenting decision that differs from family to family. Also, snacks are not provided at school, so please pack a healthy snack for your child every day inside of a separate snack bag (to help your child distinguish snack versus lunch), labeled with your child’s name (to help your child know which snack is for them rather than them choosing the snack in the class that looks the yummiest). Lastly, water bottles should contain only water (no juice, soda, etc.), be labeled with your child’s name, and be sent to school every day.
  • Other OTA staff members have the ability to post on other grades’ blogs. Questions about the ZenTotz blog post can be directed to Mrs. Blackwood, the first grade teacher.

Next Week in Academics:

  • Language Arts – four- and five-sound words with consonant clusters, rhyming words, sight words: my, has
  • Math – solving related addition and subtraction equations, reasoning about numbers and operations
  • Science – taking care of the earth
  • Social Studies – presidents and American symbols

                      

ZenTotz Q3!

I apologize if you are receiving this message, and you are already signed up for the 3rd Quarter!  No need to read further 🙂

Hello Parents!
3rd Quarter ZenTotz will begin in a few weeks.  Please send a reply if your child(ren) would like to participate!  
The Tuesday after school class is full, but the Thursday after school class is available.  
I've attached a flyer with more information, as well as our quarterly schedule.  Thank you!  

Kindergarten News – 1/5/2018

Announcements:

  • Thanks to all of our chaperone volunteers, we are able to go to The New Children’s Museum on Wednesday 1/24. Permission slips went home in your child’s folder today. If your child will be attending the field trip, their permission slip and $8 in cash is due by this Tuesday 1/9.
  • There will be no school on Monday 1/15. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
  • Quarter 2 Extended Learning is due by Friday 1/19. There will be no deadline extensions this time. Please turn in all four projects together with your child’s name on each part. Click here for the project details.
  • OTA Family Fun Night at Skate World is on Friday 1/19. For more information, click here.

Next Week in Academics:

  • Language Arts – four- and five-sound words with consonant clusters, rhyming words, sight words: we, are
  • Math – use patterns to develop fluency in subtraction, use appropriate tools in subtraction problems, decompose and represent numbers to 5
  • Science – taking care of the earth
  • Social Studies – presidents and American symbols

                

Kindergarten News – 12/15/2017

Announcements:

  • Winter Break is from Monday 12/18 to Monday 1/1. There will be no school on these days. Have a restful, safe, and fun break!
  • We are preparing for an upcoming project by collecting recyclable items: cardboard, plastic bottles, plastic containers, aluminum cans, etc. If you have any of these laying around, then we would appreciate the donations. Please do not send glass to school. Thank you in advance!
  • We still need more chaperones to be able to go to The New Children’s Museum on Wednesday 1/24. If you are available, please let me know.
  • Thank you to everyone who helped out with our Winter Wonderland party. It was a huge success, and we couldn’t have done it without you!
  • Reading groups have started in our classroom. We have opened up volunteer opportunities to help lead these groups. If you are interested in signing up, click here.
  • Other OTA staff members have the ability to post on other grades’ blogs. Questions about the Zen Tots Summer Program blog post can be directed to Mrs. Blackwood, the first grade teacher.

Coming Up in Academics:

  • Language Arts – four- and five-sound words with beginning/ending consonant clusters, rhyming words, sight words: can, the
  • Math – use the minus sign, represent and explain subtraction with equations, solve “take from” subtraction word problems
  • Science – taking care of the earth
  • Social Studies – presidents and American symbols

                        

Project-Based Learning in Kindergarten – Update #2

We love Project-Based Learning projects in kindergarten. We recently completed another one of our favorite projects. Our challenge was: “How can we, as classifiers, make our play yard toys easier to find to maximize our amount of play time?” We have lots of fun toys to play with in our play yard, but sometimes it takes a long time to find the toys that we want to play with. Students used their problem solving and critical thinking skills to come up with a solution to our problem. A class brainstorming session included ideas such as, “Let’s leave the toys spread out on the ground all the time so we can always see them.” and “We can get rid of all of our toys so they don’t cause these tricky problems anymore.” and “We could ask a teacher to figure it out, but then the teacher would ask us how we can solve our own problem, so then we are back to having a problem.” and “We can give Dojo points to whoever finds the missing toy first.” We bounced off each other’s ideas and strategized for a few days. Students’ teamwork and persistence finally paid off when we decided on utilizing our storage tubs to categorize the toys (magnetic toys, foam toys, kitchen toys, etc.). Once the planning stage was complete, we implemented our ideas to turn our toy shed from starting out looking like this…
… to ending up looking like this…
… when we put our plans into action.
We have lots more projects coming up, so we will make sure to let you know about some of our favorites!

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Kindergarten News – 12/8/2017

Announcements:

  • Friday 12/15 is a minimum day with dismissal at 12pm. It is also Ugly Sweater Day. Your child may wear an ugly holiday or non-holiday sweater to school on this day.
  • Winter Break is from Monday 12/18 to Monday 1/1. There will be no school on these days. Have a safe and fun break!
  • Kindergarten is going to be doing a project-based learning project using recycled items when we return from winter break. We would appreciate donations of the following items if you have any of these laying around at home: cardboard, plastic bottles, plastic containers, aluminum cans, etc. Please do not send glass to school. Thank you in advance!
  • We still need more chaperones to be able to go to The New Children’s Museum on Wednesday 1/24. If you are available, please let me know.
  • OTA’s annual sock drive ends on Thursday 12/14. Please help us make the holidays special for the homeless kids at StandUp for Kids Center by donating new packs of athletic socks.
  • Sight word assessments are on Fridays. These assessments will count toward your child’s overall quarterly language arts grade.
  • We respect students’ privacy of those who choose not to be in newsletter photos, which is why you may not see your child in the blog as frequently as other students.
  • Thank you for helping your child learn about and practice cleanliness. We recognize that there are diverse parenting techniques when it comes to this topic. Students are encouraged and reminded to perform basic cleanliness tasks regularly. However, as teachers and not parents, we cannot tell students which of these techniques are the “right” ones in every situation. For example, some parents may want their child to wash their hands before eating snack, while others are content with the use of hand sanitizer or hand wipes. Thank you for your support in this matter by teaching your child how to be responsible for their own cleanliness, while also keeping in mind that we want to maximize learning time by taking care of such tasks during appropriate times.

Next Week in Academics:

  • Language Arts – four-sound words with beginning/ending consonant clusters, plural ‘s,’ read words in which ‘s’ sounds like ‘z,’ sight words: I, see
  • Math – explore subtraction, represent subtraction as “taking apart”/”taking from”
  • Science – taking care of the earth
  • Social Studies – American geography

                   

Kindergarten News – 12/1/2017

Announcements:

  • Kindergarten earned a Free-Dress Day, thanks to your support in raising funds for OTA during the Jog-A-Thon. Kindergarteners do not have to wear their uniforms this Monday 12/4. However, please make sure that apparel is still school-appropriate (no inappropriate graphics, closed-toe shoes, no spaghetti straps, etc.).
  • We are going to have weekly sight words tests. Weekly sight words will be posted in the “Next Week in Academics” section below. Please help your child to practice reading and writing these words to prepare them for Friday’s assessment each week.
  • Our class enjoys going on field trips for greater hands-on learning experiences, but we need parent volunteers to be able to do so. The next tentative kindergarten field trip is to the The New Children’s Museum on Wednesday 1/24. Please send me an email ([email protected]) if you are able to be a parent chaperone and driver on that day. If we have enough volunteers, then we will make this field trip official.
  • OTA’s annual sock drive will be from Monday 12/4 to Friday 12/15. If you are able, please donate by sending with your child to school some new packs of athletic socks. Kindergarten will earn another Free-Dress Day if we fill up our large trash bag full of socks. Thank you for helping OTA make the holidays special for the homeless kids at the StandUp for Kids Center.

Next Week in Academics:

  • Language Arts – review letter sounds, sight words: the, and
  • Math – represent and explain addition with equations, solve addition word problems: “add to”/”put together,” use patterns to develop fluency in addition
  • Science – seasons and weather, taking care of the earth
  • Social Studies – American geography

                              

Kindergarten News – 11/17/2017

Announcements:

  • Thanksgiving Break is from Monday 11/20 to Friday 11/24. There will be no school on these days. Have a safe and fun break!
  • Students have requested another Show ‘N Tell. Your child may bring any 1 school-appropriate item to share with the class on Thursday 11/30.
  • Scholastic Book Club has some great reading materials in case you would like to purchase books for your child to have at home. Our class’s Scholastic code is: QJ3GL. Each order earns our class points to put towards new books for our classroom library.
  • If your child is looking for something to do over the break, some suggestions are: IXL Math or Language Arts practice, practice reading and writing sight words, and Quarter 2 Extended Learning projects.

Coming Up in Academics:

  • Language Arts – letter sounds: w, j, y, x, k
  • Math – explore addition, represent addition as “adding to” and “putting together,” use the plus sign, represent and explain addition with equations
  • Science – seasons and weather
  • Social Studies – continents

                  

Kindergarten News – 11/9/2017

Announcements:

  • There will be no school tomorrow, Friday 11/10. Happy Veterans’ Day!
  • Wednesday 11/15, Thursday 11/16, and Friday 11/17 are minimum days, with dismissal at 12pm, due to parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conference sign-ups were sent out last week. If you did not yet sign up for your child’s conference, then please do so here.
  • Thanksgiving Break is from Monday 11/20 to Friday 11/24. There will be no school on these days.
  • Quarter 2 Extended Learning can be found here. Do not wait until the last minute to complete these projects. Please turn in all pieces together with your child’s name on them by Friday 1/19.

Next Week in Academics:

  • Language Arts – letter sounds: b, l, r, u
  • Math – classifying objects, sorting into categories
  • Science – seasons and weather
  • Social Studies – continents