Friday, September 20, 2019

Sept. 23-27

Hi Families!

Here is what’s going on in Kindergarten next week:

Our first field trip is coming up in a couple of weeks, October 2, 2019.  Please make sure you have a booster seat with your name and leave it in front of the class window that day.  Also, students need a sack lunch and sweatshirt.  We will be leaving at 8:15 am so please be here on time.  Thanks!

Art/Science/Theme: We will finish up our unit of Apples with a fun lesson about Johnny Appleseed. This week students started making a seasonal apple tree project. It is truly one of my favorite apple projects. The children are having so much fun learning about the apple life cycle through the four seasons while working in many different art mediums. We will  also weave our apple theme into math with an introduction to addition with apples! To conclude this engaging apple unit, we will celebrate our learning with an Apple Party on Friday!

Math: Students will continue learning about “5 frames” and “10 frames”.  They are also learning the concept of subitizing, which is the ability to see a small amount of objects and quickly know how many there are without counting (such as memorizing the amount of dots on a dice). Students will play math games at centers with race to 5, spill 5 beans, and recognizing numbers.

Word of the Week: “is, and”.  Students will practice writing an “I like to _____.” sentence.

Handwriting Focus Letters: W, E, Z

Next week we will continue the concept of the growth mindset. We  will talk about how the brain is a muscle and how we need to exercise it in order for it to grow. One way to do this is to have a keep on trying attitude and  to never give up. If we stop trying our brains wont grow to it's super max potential! In kindergarten, we are learning how to exercise our brains and if we don't know how to do something we can use the term, "I can't do that, YET!". In the following lesson, we will discuss the difference between a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. 

RTI  began  on Wednesday , September 18th.  As we discussed at Back to School Night, RTI (Response to Instruction) is our school-wide leveled reading program.  This program is designed to meet the specific reading needs of each child.  Students will move from group to group according to their ability, needs and growth.  A note was sent home in each student’s folder letting you know who your child’s RTI teacher will be during this time.  There will likely be a few changes throughout the next few weeks as we really get to know your child’s specific reading skills so we might move them to different groups accordingly and we will inform you of these changes as they come up.

Lexia- We have started doing the Computer Program called Lexia Core 5 in our computer lab.  This is a great way to help your child at home with phonics skills.  I sent a login card at Back to School night but if you have misplaced it please be sure to let me know and I will send another with instructions to get on at home. It's probably best to have them just do about 15 minutes per session a few times a week.   

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Sept. 16-20

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We had a very fun week!  Thank you so much for all of the classroom donations! We are set with tissues and wipes for a while.

Next Friday, September 20th is movie night! Show time is approximately 7:15 pm. This year, Rio will be showing  Disney's Aladdin. Come early and bring a picnic. Enjoy mingling with your Rio family. Low lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. It's sure to be a great time for all!

 Here is what’s going on in Kindergarten next week:
We are excited to have parent volunteers begin assisting in the classroom! Don’t forget to check in at the office to get a visitor sticker before coming to the classroom at 7:55. 

Art/Science/Math:  Students will be using apples to practice the concept of sorting, counting and tasting different colored apples, and graphing which flavor they like the most.  They will learn about different types of graphs through this investigation. Also,  we will be studying the life cycle of an apple tree as well as learning about the different stages that an apple tree goes through during the seasons. 
Friday is the first day of Fall and we will be discussing what happens during this season as we go for a “Fall Walk” around the school looking for signs of Fall. 

Math:  Besides using a variety of graphs with apples, we will be working on different strategies for solving word problems.  First, we start with using manipulatives (counting bears).  Then, we will use white boards to draw pictures to represent addition and subtraction equations.    At home, you can do this by using fingers as well.  

One example: Mary went apple picking.  She picked 2 apples.  How many more would she need to pick to have 8 apples?  (Please use names of people you know to picture that person doing the action).  
There are about 14 different ways to word the word problems. 

Handwriting focus letters: K,P

Words of the Week: go,at

Reading: We will begin reading the small paper books that focus on sight words in our centers.  When we send these books home, please have your child read them to you until they can read them fluently. 

Writer’s Workshop:  We will learn how "Writers Write".  We have looked at stories to compare how writers talk about their experiences. We are talking about our own experiences.  Please go over past experiences that have had an impact on them.   Then the next step will be having them write/draw beginning, middle, and end to a story.  Please think about trips, first times , happy moments, surprise moments, etc.  

Mind Up:  We will begin our brain-focused strategies.  It builds self-confidence and friendship learning skills.  

Have a great week!

Wish List:

Prize Box Items
Play-doh accessories like rollers and cookie cutters...

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sept. 9-13

Hi Kindergarten Families!

Here is what’s going on in Kindergarten next week:

New Theme: Apples! Throughout this theme, students will learn about graphing, measuring, sorting/patterning, colors, and the life cycle of an apple. We have sent out an apple to decorate, and put the date due as of Monday, Sept 16th.  We will be sharing the apples daily when they come in. They are displayed on our Apple Orchard tree in the back of class.

Word of the Week:  to, my

Students will practice writing an “I like my ______.” sentence with their own ending word. Whichever word they decide to write at the end of sentences will be sounded out to the best of their ability. It is normal at this stage of writing for students to write only 2 or 3 sounds in each word and that's all that we want them to write for now. For example if they want to write the word "school" and they only hear the sounds "scl”- that's great! We want them to feel successful in hearing and writing the main sounds of each word. Also, when they're writing at home, please remind them to use "bunny ear finger spaces" between words, a capital first letter and a period at the end of the sentence. Of course we are just at the very beginning stages of writing, but it is always good to keep these things in mind :)

Math Focus: counting (1:1 correspondence), writing numbers correctly and patterns.  

Handwriting Focus Letters: b, r, m, n 

Thank you to everyone who signed up at Back to School Night to volunteer in our classroom! Centers will begin the week of September 16th  from 8:00-9:00.  Please remember to go to our school’s office to get information about being fingerprinted and getting your TB test prior to this date.  If the school already has this information on file from previous years, then you’re all cleared to volunteer! 

If it is your day to come in, please arrive by 7:55, sign-in at the office and get a visitor sticker, then come to our classroom to organize homework folders and to see what Center activity you are leading that day. If you are ever unable to attend, it is very important that you find a replacement (send out a group email asking for a sub) or let us know in advance because the lessons that we plan rely heavily on adult leadership/supervision.  Thank you in advance!!

Friday, September 20th is Free Movie night at our school with free popcorn.  Please join us in celebrating and getting to know new families at our school.  You can bring picnic or snacks, chairs, blankets, etc.  

Important dates:

Movie night- Friday, September 20
Picture Day- Friday, September 20
Run for Rio-September 15
Field trip- Wednesday, October 2

Classroom Wish List:

Hand Sanitizer
Clean-up wipes
Ziplock bags large and small
Playdoh & playdoh tools
Do-a-Dot paints
Fake food for our kitchen
Crayola twistible crayons

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, August 30, 2019

We had a great second week!  Thank you so much for making my Birthday so extra special with all of the flowers and gifts!  I was so touched!  What a group of sweet and thoughtful kids!

It was so nice to see all of you at Back to School Night . I hope that all of your questions were answered.  Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any more questions.

Here is a peek at next week:

Language Arts: We will introduce the new Word of the Week: “the”.  Word Wall Words are words that must be memorized and cannot be sounded out (also known as “sight words”).  It would be helpful for your child to create their own Word Wall at home (or just use flashcards) to help your child read, memorize and write these words daily until they have been mastered. Next week, we will read 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ and students will identify all of the “see” words in the book.  Also, students will choose a classmate’s name and write “I see _______ (name of that classmate).

Handwriting Focus Letters:   M,m, N,n, Rr. These letters are a combination of “straight line letters”, like we focused on last week, combined with what we call “Rainbow Letters” which are the lowercase letters (h,m,n,r) that curve in a rainbow shape.  Some students still need to practice writing their names with an uppercase first letter and the rest of the letters being lowercase.  Please spend time helping them with this every day until it is mastered so they feel confident writing their names easily.  

Math: We will continue to study patterns, counting with our “Counting Collections” and identifying/writing numbers 1-5.  We will begin math workshops this week.  We will have a variety of games that will teach number recognition. 

We are excited to have parent volunteers beginning on September 16.  As a reminder, if you are interested in volunteering in our classroom, you will need to be fingerprinted and have a TB test.  If you have already done this in the past for our district and our school has record of it, you will not have to do it again.  Please ask the office for more information and to get the Volunteer form ASAP. Look forward to seeing you soon! 

We are still in need of a Room Parent. Room Parents at Rio help to organize classroom parties as well as assisting with our classroom auction project and other classroom events.  Sometimes this role is more fun with a group of parents that want to share the job.  

Our district provides free and reduced breakfast (before school 7:30-7:55)) or lunch (on Wednesdays at 11:15) to our students. If you are interested in receiving this service, please contact food services through the district office.

I hope you have a great long weekend with your families! 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Hi Kindergarten Families,

We had a fabulous first full week of school!

Here is a peek of what’s going on in class next week:

Handwriting: This week, we focused on writing “straight line letters”: I,i, L,l and, T,t.  Next week, we will focus on letters H,h , V,v and X,x.  While helping your child write letters at home, please remind them that letters always start at the top and go down. Students are also practicing how to write their name correctly- beginning with a capital letter first and followed by all lower case letters. We will teach them to think of a “Big Momma Duck (capital letter) with a line of Little Baby Ducks (lowercase letters) following”. Please reinforce these skills at home with DAILY handwriting practice if needed.

Math: We will focus on the concepts of number recognition, counting and writing numbers 0-5 correctly. We are also focusing on shapes and patterns.

Phonemic Awareness/Art: We will continue our “Nursery Rhyme” theme.  The students are enjoying these rhymes and art projects and are having fun coming up with their own silly rhymes as well!

Sight words for the week:  a, see

Beginning Weekly….
On Wednesdays and Fridays, our students get to visit our computer lab to use academic programs that support what we are studying in class.  Also on Wednesdays, students will visit our school library to listen to books read by our librarian "Mrs. Lowe".  Kinders do not check out books until first grade.  

Back-to-School night is Thursday, August 29th at 6:00 P.M.  This is a child-free night!  You can learn about what curriculum we use and sign up for centers and volunteering opportunities. I will be going over ways you can help at home too! 

Please remember to read with your child every night.  You can also keep track of our weekly word wall word to review at home.  

Have a great week!

Back to school night: Thursday, August 29th at 6:00 P.M.
First Field trip: Wednesday, October 2 to Gizdich Ranch. (Please get your finger prints and TB test results at the district office and driver forms ASAP)

Labor Day: Monday, September 2. NO school

Friday, August 16, 2019

Aug. 15-23

Hi Kindergarten Families!

Our first 3 days of Kindergarten have been a huge success! I am SO impressed with the easy transitions your children have made.  As parents, you have all done an amazing job at raising confident, independent, and respectful children and you should all be very proud of them!

We use a school wide program called "PBIS" Positive behavior interventions and supports.  This is a framework for teachers and students to use to create a safe environment from the beginning of the year.  Our whole school is using this approach to teach positive behaviors. We are all using the same guidelines in classrooms, hallways, on playgrounds, bathrooms, cafeteria, etc.  You will see these signs posted around the school.  This is intended to decrease the negative behaviors and less bullying behaviors by implementing what is the appropriate behaviors.  I will talk more about this at Back To School Night.

Next week we will continue to focus on building a caring classroom community by learning each other's names, singing songs, playing games, doing fun art projects and most importantly learning and reviewing our classroom rules and procedures.

We will begin our "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" theme which focuses on the letters and sounds of the alphabet through themed books and art activities. We will begin daily practice of our Zoophonics program which also focuses on letter names/sounds. Lastly, we will begin a short unit of familiar Nursery Rhymes to practice rhyming and segmenting of simple words. We will do some fun Nursery Rhyme art projects and practice that tricky skill of cutting with scissors. :)

REMINDER: Beginning on Thursday, August 22nd, the morning drop-off routine will be changing. All kindergarteners will go directly to the upper playground (the primary yard) before school begins instead of to their classrooms. We will continue to practice this routine with the students so they fully understand the playground safety rules and know where to line up. Our yard duties and teachers will be supervising every morning beginning at 7:30

Each week we will send you an email to update you on all of the fun and exciting things going on in our class.  Please make sure you have sent in the transportation form that gives us all your contact information.  Our blog has the same information.  If you prefer to NOT be on this weekly email list, please let us know and we will remove you from it. If you prefer a different email address please let us know that as well.

Please remember to send your child's "Homework Folder" (the plastic folder that was provided on the first day of school) EVERY day to school in your child's backpack. We use this every day to send school work and important information home to you.  Also, if your child is going home differently than their regular routine, please send a written note in their homework folder so we can make sure everyone gets home safely.

Have a great week!
Mrs. Victory

Important dates: 
Back to School night   Thursday, August 29  at 6:00-6:30 (No children event)Please be on time because we will start talking at 6:00.
No school on Monday, September 2.