Grant El. Kindergarten Weekly News From Mrs. Conran and Mrs. Caya September Newsletter Important Dates Thursday, 9/7 Kona Ice on Playground After School Wednesday, 9/13 Spirit Day – Wear School Colors Thursday, 9/14 Kona Ice on Playground After School OPT Meeting 6pm Friday, 9/15 Action Territory Night Turn in Apple Holler permission slips and payment by today. Wednesday, 9/20 2nd Cup of Coffee (Come inside at the beginning of the school day. Look for signs.) Wednesday, 9/27 All School BBQ at PETS Park Thursday, 9/28 Kona Ice on Playground After School Friday, 9/29 Kindergarten Field Trip to Apple Holler Monday, 10/2 Homework #1 is Due Today! Our goal is 100% turn-in! ******* Be sure to say good-bye to your Kindergartner outside on the first days of school to ease the transition.
Other News, Notes and Reminders Library Check Out Each class will have one day each week to check out books. This day will stay the same all year. Books should be returned each week on this day. Mrs. Conran’s Class – Mondays. Mrs. Caya’s Class – Tuesdays. Water Students are allowed to bring water bottles (with JUST water, no stir or shake-ins) to sip during the day. They are kept in their cubbies. Folder Be sure your child returns his/her folder each day. Remind your child to turn the folder into the folder basket. Headphones If you have not yet sent headphones, please send them to school by Friday 9/8. Reading Log A reading log is included with this information pack. Students are expected to read or be read to for at least 20 minutes every day. Send the completed form back on October 1st for an incentive! This will continue all year within the homework. Parent Volunteers Please come inside and sign up to participate in classroom events. The sign-up is between the Kindergarten classrooms.
Math We are working on math skills during our morning routines. We are learning numbers, counting, and place value through the calendar, days in school, milk count, and the weather. You can build these skills by counting with your child daily. Have them sort and count objects found around the house. By the end of the quarter, our students will be able to write numbers to 10, count to 20, name numbers, name and describe attributes circle and triangle, count by 10s to 20+, match numbers to groups of objects. How is your student doing on these skills? Check the center pages of your child’s take-home folder for 1st Quarter Report Card goals. Learning Targets: I can count to 20. I can name numbers to 10.
Reading We are working on listening to stories and answering “the W questions”. “W Questions” are who was in the story, where did the story happen, when did the story happen (time of day, season…), and what happened in the story. You can help build this skill at home by reading stories together every day and asking and answering questions. Learning Target: I can answer ‘who’ and ‘where’ questions about stories I hear.
Letter names and sounds should be mastered by November 1st. To begin, we are practicing writing our names correctly and naming the letters in our own names. To support this at home, practice naming letters (uppercase and lowercase should be separated) and making their sounds often. Check the center pages of your child’s take-home folder for 1st Quarter Report Card goals. Learning Target: I can name letters and their sounds. Kindergartners should know all letters and sounds by November 1st.
Writing We are working on thinking of ideas to write about. Inspiration may come from family activities, games, hobbies, funny experiences… This list goes on and on. At this time, our goal is to draw a detailed picture and label it with beginning sounds. Some students who know lots of letter sounds are being challenged to sound out words and sentences to go along with their detailed drawings. Using pictures, we are showing our stories in the order they happen, with a beginning, middle and end. Learning Target: I can write a story in order using pictures, beginning sounds and words.
Investigations “Investigations” is Science and Social Studies. All of our content areas are integrated. This means that we take a theme and apply our learning in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. We take care to blend these areas to make learning more meaningful and authentic for our students. Our September theme is: My Family, My Community. We are learning about how to be good citizens and why rules and laws are important. Additionally, we will discovers trends in weather and how weather affects our lives. Learning Targets: I can share information about myself. I can identify the U.S. Flag.I can identify the White House.I can name similarities and differences between people.I can name rules that support order and good working relationships.I can name traits of leaders.
Questions to Ask Your Child to Spark Conversations What are the 3 ways to read a book? (read the pictures, retell a story you know, read the words) What are the names of the friends you sit by at your table? At lunch? What do you do at recess? Tell me about some school rules. What is the best thing you did today?