Archive for May, 2010

>On our way…First Grade…

May 23, 2010

>Well on Friday, May 28th it will be official…your child will be a first grader. It is amazing the year has come to an end and thinking back to how much they have learned this year. I first think back to the first few days in August and think…wow…some were just “babies.” I also think back to many of the children could not even recognize and write their name, recognize their letters and numbers, and did not even know what to do at school. The children throughout the year have learned not only their letters, but have become readers. All the children have met the end of the year Read Well goal of unit 10 and can read/blend basic three letter words. Some of the children are already reading early literature books. I have seen a huge growth in writing. The children came into school scribbling or just writing random letters. All the children can write a simple sentence and may be even two. It has spaces, capital and lowercase letters, and punctuation. In math, we have gone from sorting and patterning to adding and subtracting and thinking about numbers. All I can think of is one word for this year…AMAZING!

I can honestly say I have been lucky to teach your child this year and I have learned from them too. I have enjoyed coming in everyday to see their smiling and innocent faces eager to learn. I look forward to watching them in the hallway next year as first graders and watching them grow! Thank you for all of your hard work this year at home because without your dedication this year would not have been a success!

>AM make-up day…

May 21, 2010

>Monday the AM class will stay all day to make up the last of the three 2-hour delays from January/February. If you do not wish for your child to stay all day, then you will need to pick them up at 11:55 from school. In addition, you will need to send in a packed lunch with a drink if your child is staying. Your child will ride the bus home from school on the same bus they ride to school in the morning. If you have a special transportation request you will need to call or send in a note.

>Graduation…

May 19, 2010

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It is an exciting time in kindergarten as we begin to prepare for the Kindergarten Graduation Program. The program will take place on the last day of school, May 28th, and will start promptly at 9:30 and 1:15 in the gym. Please dress appropriately for this event and we ask for the children not to wear flip-flops, as this is a safety concern. The program will be the conclusion of your child’s kindergarten year. It has been an EXCITING and FUN year! I am thrilled to have been a port of your child’s education!

>DIBELS…

May 11, 2010

>We had our DIBELS assessment today.  The kids did a fantastic job showing what they have learned in reading.  There are three scores you will receive.  The first assessment is Letter Naming Fluency.  This is where there are a set of random letters and the chidlren have 1 minute to name as many as possible.  The benchmark for the spring is 40 letters per minute.  The second assessment is phoneme segmentation.  This assesses if the chidlren are able to hear the sounds in each word.  For example, if I would say “mop,” the child would say the three sounds /m/ /o/ /p/.  The children have to be able to produce 35 phonemes in a minute.  The final assessment is Nonsense Word Fluency.  The children are shown a page of three letter words and the children have to read each sound or read the whole word.  The children have to produce 25 sounds in a minute. 

Overall, you should be EXTREMELY proud of your child.  They “ROCKED” today! 

>Caterpillars to Butterflies…

May 7, 2010

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We are working on our literacy and science unit on caterpillars. We have read a great non-fiction book “I’m a Caterpillar.” The children loved it and learned a lot of information. We have also been observing them and having a blast. Our caterpillars have been growing and two of them today went into their chrysalis. We have learned the differences between cocoons and chrysalises. You should ask your kids what the difference is and ask them to keep you updated on our little friends!

>Field Trip Fun…

May 1, 2010

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We had a FANTASTIC field trip to the Children’s Museum on Friday! The kids had a lot of fun and this would not have been successful without the great chaperones. I want to thank everyone who chaperoned the trip today! You all did a fantastic job and the children told me how much fun they had! I heard a lot of great things once we returned to school. The kids were talking about what they did at the museum and then explained some great thinking on the science behind a few of the water activities and the “ball” area. This was very memorable for the kids and I hope to have some pictures posted here by Monday!