The End is Near, Kindergarten Friends...
Spring Break is quckly approaching and May means end of the year traditions and End of Year Assessments in Reading and Math.
End of the Year Reading Assessments will begin on May 10. The EOY instructional reading goal for Kindergarten on Text Reading Comprehension is a level C or D. Final Math Assessments will also be completed during mid May. It is a very busy time of year so please make sure that your child is on time and at school each day if at all possible. As soon as all assessments have been completed I will send information home about your child's results. We will continue to send take home reading books through the week of May 13-17. All take home reading books will be due on Thursday May 23.
Important Dates and Information for April, May & June
April 8- Report Cards Issued for 3rd Quarter
April 12- Kindergarten Field Trip to Bandys Agriculture Day- Wear your turquoise blue class t- shirts
April 16- Easter Egg Hunt and Refreshments in the Nature Nook beginning at 1:00-Volunteers needed at 12:30 to help hide eggs
April 17- Kindergarten Field Trip to South Mountains State Park- Wear your navy blue Earth Day t-shirts
April 18- School Wide Field Trip to Lion King Jr- Newton Conover Auditorium-Wear your turquoise blue class t-shirts
April 19-28 SPRING BREAK! HAPPY EASTER!
April 29-May 3 Earth Fair -weeklong celebration for our SFE Nature Nook and Earth Day-special guests coming to teach outdoors
May 6-9 Mrs. Wight is at Science Conference for Outdoor Environmental Science (Thank you for helping with our Make it Happen Fundraiser because this helped to pay for my substitute so that I can attend!)
May 9- Progress Reports for 4th Quarter
May 17- Kindergarten Field Trip to Lake Norman State Park (Thank you for helping with our Make it Happen Fundraiser because I used the funds to pay for gasoline for buses and a free field trip for our students!)
May 22- Lineberger's Spirit Night- Mrs. Wight will be waiting tables!
May 23- Kindergarten Field Day
May 28- Our Class Kindergarten Celebration 1:00-2:30
June 10- PTO School Picnic 5:00-7:00
June 11- Last Day of School!
Spring is Here!
Thank you for your support with Dr. Seuss/Read Across American Spirit Week! We all had a fun time dressing up and being silly this week. The teacher assistants organized a fun event for our school.
We have studied many countries this year as part of our school focus on global education. Since the fall we have learned about Brazil, Venezuela, USA, St. Lucia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Japan and South Africa! This week we studied France and listened to French music while we painted like the French impressionist, Claude Monet! Our subscription to Little Passports has been very interesting and engaging for the students.
Nature Nook News....
When the rain decides to stop and the weather warms a bit we will begin working in our Kindergarten garden. We will be planting bulbs, seeds and maybe a vegetable or two as well. If you are a gardener or would like to help us, just let me know what days and times would suit your schedule in late March or early April. We will need help with 16 young students digging in the soil!
Important Dates and Reminders:
March 5- Progress Reports for Third quarter
March 7- Spring Pictures
March 15- All Pro Dads Breakfast at 6:40
March 15- Leprechaun Traps are due
March 21- Rising Kindergarten Orientation
12:30-1:30 OR 5:30-6:30
March 29-Teacher Workday
Focus on Phonics, Fluency, and Comprehension!
We love to read in Kindergarten
We have 17 weeks left in Kindergarten! Kinder students have been taught foundational reading skills and print concepts. It is during the spring semester that students begin to read and write with more confidence and accuracy. At home you can support your child's reading growth by reading every day, practicing sight words, and writing sentences together. Don't forget that students now have a comprehension activity each week to go along with their take home reading books. If you have any questions or need ideas, please give me a call. I would be happy to conference with you.
Please return money or picture sheets from Strawbridge Studios by February 15. Please let us know if you have paid online. It is a lot for us to keep up with. Thank you!
Many of you have asked me if the classroom needs anything. We are only running low on a few things. It is great to have white paper towels for cleaning and water bottle spills. The school's brown paper towels do not absorb well. We are also in need of Play-Doh. I do not have any containers left. Thank you if you are able to help provide Play-Doh or white paper towels.
Save the dates for Spring Field Trips
Friday April 12- Bandys High School Agriculture Day
Wednesday April 17- South Mountains State Park (chaperones needed)
Friday May 17- Lake Norman Day at Lake Norman State Park
I have planned LN Day for all 3 Kindergarten classes using part of my Make it Happen funds so this trip will be free for the kids! Together with Amy Shepherd (LN State Park Ranger), we are planning a fun day along the banks of Lake Norman for our students to better understand wildlife and develop a stewardship to care for our beautiful lake community. It is going to be so much fun and I am excited to take my first class to the lake! Parents will be able to meet us for a picnic lunch at the park after we complete our fun field work.
Important Dates and Reminders:
February 4- Valentine Grams on Sale
February 7- Dine for Dollars $$$ Sports Page
February 8-Report Cards issued for K-6
February 12- 100th Day of School!!!!
February 14- Valentine's Day card exchange
Valentine Grams delivered
February 18- Teacher Workday- no school for students
February 22- Mother & Son PTO event (must RSVP)
February 25-March 1 Teacher Assistant Fundraiser
"Dr. Seuss Spirit Week" *information coming*
March 15- SF Track Attack with Chuck E. Cheese!
March 21- Kindergarten Parent Orientation Meeting for
2019-2020 Rising Kindergarten Students
I hope that each of you had a restful Winter Break! We are ready to begin our second half of the school year. January is a very busy time of year as we transition to the second semester and also complete Mid-Year Benchmark literacy assessments as well as Math assessments. We are also likely in store for more winter weather and possibly snow days or delays. Dr. Stover has made a decision on the early release dates for February and March. February 27 is now a full day as is March 20. The reason for this decision is to make up lost instructional time due to our snow days in December.
It is important that your child comes to school well rested having had a good breakfast as we complete many reading and math assessments the next few weeks. Please continue to read take home reading books and library books. This is the best way to prepare your child for reading success at school.
Our January character trait is compassion.
Our class picture day is Friday January 11. Money for the class picture is collected before January 11. Please let me know if you did not receive the order form for class pictures.
Second Quarter SUCCESS Event is planned for Friday January 25. Kindergarten students will go on a field trip to a movie theater! Information will be sent home from the office soon.
The 100th day of school is February 12 and Valentine's Day is February 14. We will celebrate friendship and caring by exchanging valentine cards. Students may bring cards to classmates on February 14. Cards may have treats attached.
Our 100th Day of School project will be a box decorated with 100 items which will also serve as the Valentine collection box! I will send home an information letter about the special box very soon. Now is the time to find a shoe box or large cereal box that you can use for our 100th Day.
Important Dates and Reminders:
January 7- Mid Year Reading Testing begins
January 18- All Pro Dads
January 21- Martin L King Holiday No School
January 22 & 23- Teacher Workdays No School for Students
January 25- SUCCESS trip to Carolina Theater in Hickory
January 29- Report Cards issued for 2nd Quarter
Reminders: Please send a snack each day.
Please check Friday folders each weekend and agendas each evening.
Sign your child's agenda to note number of minutes read at home. Thank you.
"Tis the Season"
The month of December is filled with special events for SF students. We are continuing to work hard on many reading skills including sight word recognition and comprehension skills. In Math, we are learning to compare 2 D and 3 D shapes along with building teen numbers using base 10 blocks and adding on. Please continue to read at home with your child and practice reading the sight word lists. Kindergarten students are tested on 72 sight words mid year and end of the year.
Please return your child's permission slip and payment for our December 14th trip to Atria Assisted Living and Dairy-Os as soon as possible. Thank you.
We plan to paint our class holiday t-shirts on Friday the 7th beginning at 1:00. If you would like to volunteer, we are starting at 1:00.
Mid-Year Kindergarten Wish List Items:
We are running low on many items that we use each week and for special projects and centers.
24 count Crayola crayons
December 10-14 Holiday Shop
December 11- Cookies with Santa (RSVP event)
December 13- PTO Meeting and Kindergarten Performance
December 19- Polar Express Pajama Party 8:30-10:30
December 20- Early Releast at 11:30
December 21-January 2 Winter Break
We Are Thankful to Teach and
Learn at Sherrills Ford!
Thank you Sherrills Ford Community for a fantastic fundraiser and supporting your child and their teachers with MAKE It HAPPEN! The staff is so very appreciative of your financial support. My classroom order has just been placed. In the coming weeks we will have two new coding robotic kits with robots, an electronic math game, sensory bin tools, a one year subscription to Little Passports (www.littlepassports.com), and a big event in May that I am planning for all of Kindergarten at Lake Norman State Park!! We also have just received two new beautiful classroom rugs. I am so grateful!
Reading take home books are sent home each week on your child's day. Please be sure to practice sight word lists. Once your child masters letter and letter sounds, then proceed to the squirrel list. After each sight word list is mastered, your child will receive a new list and have their name placed under our Whooo Loves to Read? Tree designed by Miss Madi.
Junior Ranger Science lessons will begin this month! Each student will teach a 5 minute lesson on their topic for the week. If you have any questions, please send me a message!
Nov 6-9 Chloe- owls
Nov 12-16 Emma- squirrels
Nov 26-30 Melany- deer
Dec 3-7 Bentley- fox
Dec 10-14 Luke- reindeer
Dec 17-20 Grant- Snow! & Winter Time
November Character Trait: Responsibility
November 9- Veterans Day Breakfast
November 12- Veterans Day Holiday- No School
November 13- Dine for Dollars at Daddy K's
November 20- Class Brunch 8:00-9:00 (more info coming soon)
November 21-23- Thanksgiving Holiday Break- No School
Fall is Here!
Parent conferences have concluded and I enjoyed speaking with each of you about your child's start in Kindergarten. We are working hard on in our guided reading groups each morning learning about concepts of print and early reading strategies for emergent readers. In order for students to reach their full potentia,l it is vital for Kindergarteners to practice with letters and reading at home. Ask questions about the stories: What was this book mostly about? Tell about a character or the setting. Was the book non-fiction and did you learn something new? What did you like or not like about the story?
In Math we have studied number sense to 10 using songs, games, and manipulatives. If you want to try something fun, check youtube videos on subitizing numbers. What is subitizing? Using visual perception and immediately recognizing a number without counting. We like Jack Hartmann's song "Subitize Rock!"
Sherrills Ford's highly successful fundraiser "Make it Happen" is underway. The campaign began on October 1 and runs through October 17. Over the past two years my classroom has benefited tremendously with MIH money. I have added over 35 books to my Kindergarten Literacy units, an electronic microscope, science games, a terrarium, STEM Marble Run game, and so much more! I am so fortunate to work in a school that supports teachers with new classroom materials which would otherwise not be provided by any other source. I encourage you to please consider making a donation even if it is just $10. PTO would appreciate 100% participation by our families. For more information, please visit their website : https://www.sherrillsfordpto.org/2018.html Thank you very much for families that have already supported MIH!
On October 31, Halloween, all three Kindergarten classes will celebrate Fall Fun with our first quarter SUCCESS Event for good behavior. We will have fun stations, games, and crafts in each classroom. More information coming soon! Happy Halloween! No costumes, please.
October 18 Earthquake Drill
October 18 Ident-A-Kid Pictures
October 19 All Pro Dads Breakfast 6:40 am
October 20 SFE Fall Festival 11:00-4:00
October 23 Fall Picture Day
October 24 Early Release Day 11:30
October 24 Make It Happen Dodgeball Game
October 25 Dr. Stover visits our class for character education lesson
October 29 Teacher Workday- no school for students
October 31 Kindergarten SUCCESS Event Fall Fun Day!
November 9 Veterans Day Breakfast
November 12 Veterans Day Holiday observed
Welcome to Kindergarten!
Each month I will update the our webpage with curriculum news, special events and also keep you posted on important dates for Sherrills Ford Elementary School. More frequently I will send reminders and brief updates using the Classroom DOJO app. Please remember that to contact me you may message me through DOJO, e-mail me, send a note in the agenda, or call me at school.
We are settling in as a class and learning procedures. We have learned so many rules and practiced responsible citizenship while in the classroom, hallways, restrooms, and cafeteria. It is a long day so we will continue to have a few minutes of quiet time each afternoon for a few more weeks.
In September Kindergarten students are assessed in several areas. For information on the NC Read to Achieve Kindergarten Entry Assessments please visit: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/earlylearning/k3assessment/
I am also beginning early literacy assessments with each student. In September I test each Kindergartener in the following areas: Letter Recognition, Letter Sounds, Sight Word (High Frequency Word) Recognition, Another teacher will assess Kindergarten students on Print Concepts and Reading Behaviors. Print Concepts and Reading Behaviors are pre-reading levels. For more detailed information on Kindergarten Literacy and assessments please check the tab on my webpage entitled Curriculum Night and Literacy Assessments.
When I finish assessments, I begin to form guided reading groups based on the needs of individual students. I will also begin parent conferences and weekly reading take home books. This usually happens by the third or fourth week of September. This coincides with the start of reading homework. Reading homework is simply reading short take home books and practicing sight words together.
Many weeks you will find a letter in your child's agenda explaining stories and topics that we are studying. There are examples of poems, crafts, and vocabulary words to read and practice together. These letters are simply to keep you informed and start conversations at home that may begin with you asking, "What did you do at school today?"
September 6- PTO Dine and Dollars Night at La Unica, Mooresville
September 10-14 Book Fair
September 10 or 11 Grandparents Breakfast (see schedule)
September 26-Early release day 11:30 dismissal
September 27- PTO Curriculum Night
October 1- Make it Happen Fall Fundraiser Kickoff!
October 5- Apple Hill Orchard Field Trip
October 24- Early release day 11:30 dismissal