Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2nd 9 weeks, week 5



Kindergarten News  
November 27- December 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

We will begin assessments on reading December 1st. Please make sure your child continues to read nightly.  ​I hope you all have a wonderful week at home with your child and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Learning This Week

We have been meeting in reading groups for the past couple of weeks.  Please make sure that your child’s book bag & book(s) are returned daily  if they go home. Also please continue to use Raz Kids at home.  It's a great resource!

Reading: We will be reading Non-Fiction books and learning about Wants and Needs.

Writing: We will continue working on personal stories. We are learning about using drawings to show action in our stories.

Math: We will continue our unit on comparing numbers to 10.


Science:  We will be learning about objects in the sky.

Please discuss your child’s day at school. This will help them internalize what they learn and develop their oral language skills. Examples of questions include::

1. What did you learn about Objects in the Sky?
2.  What did you learn about Wants and Needs?
3. Did you use action in your drawings during writing?
4. Can you draw me a picture with action in it?
5. Who did you play with on the playground? During Choice Time?
6. What was your favorite activity today?

*Encourage your children to make good choices and follow Stallion expectations...
someone is always on the lookout for a Key Stallion!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

 November 20th-24th-Thanksgiving Holidays

Our Winter Holiday Party will be the week of December 18-22.  Specific date and time coming soon.

Holiday Fun Days-
December 18th: Grinch Day
December 19th: Elf
December 20th- Reindeer
December 21- Polar Express(Pajama Day)
December 22- NO SCHOOL

Dec. 25th- Jan 8th- Winter Holiday Break

Jan 9th- 15th- Family PBL- more information to come

March 22- Field Trip to Crowe’s Nest Farm




Friday, November 10, 2017

2nd 9 weeks, week 4


Kindergarten News
Learning This Week
November 13-17, 2017


Reading: We will be reading Non-Fiction books and learning about Thanksgiving.

Writing: We will continue working on personal stories. We will practice using our sight words, sounding/stretching out unknown words, finger spaces and punctuation.

Math: We will be comparing numbers to 10.

Science:  We will be learning about rocks and soil.

Please discuss your child’s day at school. This will help them internalize what they learn and develop their oral language skills. Examples of questions include:

1. What did you learn about the First Thanksgiving?
2.  What did you play today?
3.  Who did you play/work with today?
4.  Did you like that? Why or why not?
5.  What was your favorite thing about today?

*Encourage your children to make good choices and follow Stallion expectations... someone is always on the lookout for a Key Stallion!

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

Parents,
Please have your child bring a rock from home small enough to fit in the palm of their hand.  We are requesting that rocks are sent in a small Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it.  Please send the rock by Monday, November 13. 
Thank you!
Kindergarten Teachers

November 20th-24th-Thanksgiving Holidays

Dec. 25th- Jan 8th- Winter Holiday Break

Jan 9th- 15th- Family PBL- more information to come




Saturday, November 4, 2017

2nd 9 weeks, week 3

Kindergarten News 

Dear Parents,

We've had a great two weeks learning about Spiders.  Your child will be bringing their books from the project home in the next couple of days.  Please take time to sit with your child and have them share this book with you.

Reminders from our Principal...

Honor Wall Pictures Needed
Sommer Elementary would like to invite our active duty, retired, or reserve service members to join us in honoring our Nation’s Heroes at our Veteran’ Day Assembly on November 10th, 2017 at 7:35am. Coffee and Snacks will be available for our special guests following the assembly in the library. If possible, please fill out and submit this RSVP.

We will also be putting up our Honor Wall again this year. Please attach a COPY of your Veterans picture to the appropriate ½ page on THIS form. We ask that you DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL copies of pictures as they will be on display and children will be looking and touching them. The Deadline to turn in Photos for the Veterans Wall is Tuesday, November 7th. If you still have your picture from previous years, please feel free to send it back in! Also, students, parents, and school staff is encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

2nd & 3rd Grade Thanksgiving Luncheon
The annual Thanksgiving meal will be held on Tuesday, November 14 for families of 2nd & 3rd graders.  Adult meals are $3.60.  Please complete the RSVP form by Thursday, November 9.
Learning This Week
November 6-10, 2017
Language Arts: We will be focusing on Non-Fiction and Fiction text and comparing the jobs of illustrators for both of these genres.

Writing: We will be working on writing and focusing on one topic.

Phonics: We have discussed all letters and sounds.  Please practice these skills if this was a goal for your child at conferences.

Sight Words for the week: we, I, see, can, me, like, look, am, go, to, a, am, and, at, the, is, she, he, in, up, and

Math: Our focus this week will be on 2-D shapes and their attributes.

Science: This week in science we will be learning about water, soil and rocks.

Important Dates:

Nov. 8- Turkey Project Due (project was sent home last Thursday) 
Nov. 10 -Veterans Day Assembly at 7:35am in the cafeteria 

A note from the teacher...

Please discuss your child’s day at school. This will help them internalize what they learn and develop their oral language skills. Examples of questions you can ask include:

1.    What are you writing a story about during writing time?
2.    What are some uses of water that you have discussed in class?
3.    What are the differences in a fiction and non-fiction book?
4.    What are some things in the kitchen that are squares, circles, hexagons etc...
  Homework
1.              Read 15 mins. daily (Raz-kids, books sent from reading groups).       Parents please ask questions about the story read.

2.             Practice writing letters or making a picture(s) and writing a story about it using sight words and phonetic spelling (sounding out words).

3.              Practice counting orally to 100 or higher.

4.              Practice writing numbers to 30 or higher.






Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Photo retakes

Parents,

Student photos are here!  They will go home in Thursday folders this week.  IF you are interested in retaking the picture, Photo Texas will be here on Friday, November 3rd.  Please let your child's teacher know so they can arrange your child to take the picture that day.  


Kinder Team 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

2nd 9 weeks, week 2


Kindergarten News 

October 30- November 3, 2017

Learning This Week

Science/Social Studies: We will continue our Project Based learning unit about Spiders. 

Writing: We will be doing research about Spiders and create non-fiction books with the information we have learned.

Language Arts: We will be reading fiction & non-fiction books about spiders. We will be making predictions about the stories and making connections.

Popcorn (Sight) Words: a, am, and, see, go, to, me, the, can, see, is, look, like, an, on, at, my, he, she

Bonus Words:
about, after, because, been, came, could, down, going, have, how, some, would, your, there, these, very, other, our, put, many, their, where, what, they,

Math: We will be reviewing different math concepts that go along with our Spider PBL unit.

Important Dates:

Oct. 27: Reflections Entries due

Oct. 30: Flu Shots

Oct. 31: Dress as your favorite book character day

Nov. 2: TAG information night-5:45-6:45

Nov. 3: PTA’s Multicultural Passport Fair-5:30-8:30

Nov. 10- Veterans Day Assembly

Please discuss your child’s day at school. This will help them internalize what they learn and develop their oral language skills. Examples of questions include:

1. Where do spiders live?
2. What do spiders eat?
3. Are spiders helpful or harmful?
4. What color are spiders?
5. What was your favorite thing about today?

*Encourage your child to make good choices and follow Stallion expectations...
someone is always on the lookout for a Spotlight Stallion!

 Homework
1. Read 15 mins. daily (Raz-kids, books sent from reading groups).  Parents ask questions about the story read.

2. Practice writing letters or making a picture(s) and writing a story about it using sight words and phonetic spelling (sounding out words).

3. Practice counting orally to 100 or higher.

4. Practice writing numbers to 30 or higher.





Thursday, September 14, 2017

1st nine week, 4th week newsletter

Coming Up...

Language Arts:
Establishing reading workshop routines
We will be reading that are about the Alphabet and include rhyming words.
We will also be reviewing and assessing letter names and sounds.

Handwriting:
Establishing routines during handwriting
·         letter shape/size
·         directionality
·         fine motor control
·         sitting correctly
We will be working on capital letters:
F,D, P, B

Writer’s Workshop:
Establishing Routines and writing words to match a picture & sharing stories with our friends.

Sight Words:
Please review these words at home:
We, I, can

Math:
We will be working on Number Sense 1-10
Exploring with manipulatives and learning guided math expectations.

Science:
We will continue studying our Five Senses.


Important Dates:

Sept. 22- Kinder-2nd Grade Assembly

Sept. 29- Community Helper Presentations- 12:45-2:15- See link below if you are interested in presenting
October 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 9-10- No School 
HOMEWORK

*Remember to read every night for 15 minutes, review letter names, letter sounds, practice writing name and number writing.
Enjoy your weekend! J

1st nine weeks, 5th week newsletter

Coming Up...

Language Arts:
Colors- we will be discussing characters, action & prediction.

Handwriting/Phonics:
Sight Words for the week: I, A, go, am
Handwriting letter & Phonics (sounds)

Math- We will begin our unit on sorting and graphing. Our vocabulary words are attribute, organize, data, sorting & sorting rule.  Please discuss these words at home when asking about your child's day.

Science-We will continue to work on counting, writing, recognizing and problem solving using numbers to 10 or higher
         
  HOMEWORK

*Remember to read each night for 15 minutes.
**Please review letters and sounds with your child. 

**Practice writing the letters of the alphabet & numbers (1-15) or more if possible.    Please remind your child that when you want to write a letter/number you always start at the top.

 Important Dates:

Sept. 22- Kinder-2nd Grade Assembly
Principal 2nd cup of coffee meeting

Sept. 29- Community Helper Presentations- 12:45-2:15- See link below if you are interested in presenting
October 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 9-10- No School for students

October 20- Kinder-2nd Grade Assembly

Have a Great Weekend!