February 4 – 8

This month we will celebrate Valentine’s Day and the 100th day of school.  Today your child will bring home a list of names from our class.  Please have your child write names on valentines for each student of the class so that we can exchange them on February 14th.

The 100th day of school will be on February 13th.  Please look for details coming home about the 100th day of school.
Remember to check folders daily for studying ideas, school information and behavior.
Have a great week!
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January 22- 25

Hello!  Please remember that Thursday and Friday of this week are early release days (1:15).

Continue to complete activities from the study guide each night.  Continue to study sight words!

Remember that we will go outside each day (weather permitting).  Please send appropriate clothing.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions/concerns.  Thank you!

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January 2-4, 2019

Welcome back and welcome to 2019!  Please see the new study guide in your child’s homework folder.  We will be doing more writing in the coming weeks.  Many of the writing will be done in ‘writers workshop’ and will be kept in your child’s writing folder for a period of time.  During writers workshop, students are encouraged to write on the topic of their choice.  They are taught that pictures can tell a story too so that attention should be given when drawing.   Please look for some writings to come home at the end of January.

Thank you!

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November 26- November 30

Thank you for your generosity with the Thanksgiving feast.  The children enjoyed it very much.  Please remember that we will go out for recess when the temperature is above 40, so winter coats are a must.  Please consider switching your child’s change of clothes that is currently kept in their back pack.

I would greatly appreciate any donation of  Lysol wipes.  As you know, t’is the season for germs!  🙂

 As always, feel free to contact me with any questions and/or concerns.  Thank you!

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October 29

First, I need to apologize because I have passed on inaccurate information to you.  The kindergarten grading scale has changed this year.  We were aware of the new terminology-  but not the new percentages.  Again, I apologize for the confusion.  Here is the kindergarten grading scale:

M (mastery)= 70% – 100%

P (progressing)= 50%- 69%

NI (needs improvement) = Below 50%

We will be using candy tomorrow for a graph.  Please let me know if you have any concerns about this.

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October 15 – 19

Hello everyone! This week I plan to use M&Ms for a Monday graphing activity and Reese’s Pieces for a math activity on Friday.  The students will  have roughly ten pieces of each candy.  Please let me know if you have any concerns about this.

Continue to complete activities on the study guide.  Have fun with it!  I can see the students are exploring letters, numbers and words at home. Awesome!
Remember to include a change of clothes in your child’s backpack and take note of the changing weather.
As always- please don’t hesitate to come to me with any questions and/or concerns.
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October 8, 2018

I’ve had a few questions about the grading scale in kindergarten.   The scale was listed on the ‘at a glance’ sheet you received before school started but that seems like a lifetime ago!  Sorry for the confusion:

M=mastery (90%- 100%)
P=progressing (70%-89%)
NI=needs improvement (below 70%)
Please note that in kindergarten we do not average grades but rather continually assess (formally and informally) and when mastery is reached- that grade is recorded.
In the coming weeks, and throughout the year,  we will complete graphs involving taste tests with various candy.  I am aware of allergies in my class as the nurse passes on that information. However, if you have any other concerns about the candy- please let me know.  The students will only have 1 piece of each type.
Thank you for everything.  I hope everyone can make it tomorrow night for our Title 1 night at 6:30.
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October 1st

I will be out of the classroom on Monday and Tuesday.  I will be completing a one on one math test with each student. This is the first year we have completed this test in partnership with UVA.  This screening will give me lots of information about your child’s math strengths and weaknesses.

Progress reports will be issued on Thursday. Thank you!


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September 24

Hello everyone!  Please look a few items in your child’s backpack today.  There is a fundraising envelope.  There is also a Reading Eggs form along with card.  Reading Eggs is a game the students play in class and they can play it at home as well now that you have the username and password!

Please continue to read the September study guide and complete the suggested activities.  If you’re looking for a conversation starter ask your child about the bracelets they have on their wrist.  The students pulled bracelets out of a paper bag and we graphed the results.

The students are doing great learning the rules for our classroom and school.  Thank you so much for your continued support and continue to check their behavior folder each day!

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September 4 2018

Hello and welcome to kindergarten!  We have 17 students this year and all 17 families came on Thursday to ‘meet the teacher day’!  What an awesome turn out.  I’m looking forward to getting to know my new students as well as their families.

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