Friday, February 14, 2020

Kindergarten Update 2/18 - 2/22

Hello Families,

  I'm writing this a little early because I have to leave right after school. We are going to have such a fun Valentine's Day party!  Thank you so much to our amazing and lovely Roommom Sarrah Cowen and  all of our parent helpers! We could not do it without you! I know this party will be a blast!

Here is a peek at next week:

No school on Monday for Presidents' Day. 

Social Studies/ Science: We will continue learning about presidents and our country. This week our focus is on George Washington.  In science we will watch a video on dental health and eating healthy foods.  February is dental awareness month.  Please encourage students to brush teeth, floss and eat healthy foods. 

 Readers Workshop:  We are working on our "reading muscles."  We have learned many different strategies when reading.  For instance, using the picture to figure out a difficult word, putting words into "chunks" to sound it out, and using our pointer fingers (pointer power)to read each word on the page. When reading at home try to help them with reading for fluency with our take home books.  If students still continue to sound out the words have them repeat the sentence with fluency for understanding.  Please remind them that reading is for understanding/comprehending not just being able to read the words.  

Word Wall words: will, come

Math: We will continue with subtraction and addition with word problems and basic addition and subtraction to 10.  

Special thanks:  Thank you Becky and Sean for working on our folders and providing each student a new leveled book, when they are ready each day! It is a big job and I greatly appreciate it! A big thank you to Monique for helping with all our prep work!

Have a relaxing weekend!!!
Ms. Werner

Friday, February 7, 2020

Kindergarten Update 2/10 - 2/14

Hello Families,

Here is the Room 17 News for next week:

Home Reading Program:

 We will be starting our home reading program homework for Kindergarten.  These books will be coming home on Tuesday, February 11.  Please read the book and sign the envelope when your child can read it fluently without having to stop and sound out.  Signing the outside envelope tells me that you are ready for the next book.  Some of the books coming home can seem too hard but you can slow down and only do a few pages a day.  Please talk about the book and have them tell you about characters and what is happening in the story.  When your child gets to the Phonics Library books (which are the copied paper books), please do not keep, draw or write on them. We use them every year and need to keep them in good shape.
I have a paper that gives you a little info. on how to help your child read.  Again, once your child is fluently reading the book, send it back to get a new book.  Your child's reading ability will grow immensely if your child reads daily with these books.  

This Monday is a holiday so we will see you on Tuesday for centers and to celebrate Abe Lincoln's birthday.  We will be creating a log cabin in honor of Abe Lincoln and will be playing a game with pennies. **Centers are cancelled on Thursday due to a teacher training on Reader's Workshop.

 We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday at 12:30 with a lot of fun activities planned by our fabulous room mom, Sarah Cowen. When you and your child are working on Valentine cards, please leave the front of the envelope blank. Please have them sign their name on the card. Also, please make sure there is a card for every child. :)  

Word wall words:  they, of

Math:  We will continue working on addition and subtraction.  I am so impressed with the different strategies students have been able to use to solve word problems.  We will also begin talking about money. 

Thank you:  Many thanks for all the very generous class donations and gift card for supplies! Our class really appreciates it! Thank you to all our classroom volunteers we couldn't do it without you!


No school Monday, February 10.

No school Monday, February 17.

Have a great weekend!
Cathy Werner

Friday, January 31, 2020

Kindergarten Update 2/3 - 2/7

Hello Kindergarten Families,

Thank you so much for your generous donations!  I am so excited to buy some new books and art supplies needed for our class! I am so grateful to all of you wonderful parents!!!!

This week, we had so much fun learning about polar bears and penguins and how animals adapt to the cold areas.   We also did a science experiment on animal blubber.  Ask your child about what they learned about blubber.   

On Monday, we are celebrating  the 100th day of school.  The kiddos are so excited! We have fun centers planned to celebrate with the number 100!!!!  

word wall words: friend, from

Math:  Wow! I was so impressed with our CGI word problem this week!  Students are starting to understand so many ways to solve both addition and subtraction word problems.  Celebrate your child at home with how amazing their math knowledge is becoming with subtracting and adding!  Continue to practice mental math by sharing real world word problems to see if they can figure it out at home.  

 Valentine's Day Party:

 Our Valentine Party will be on Friday, the 14th from 12:30-2:05. Please contact Sarah Cowan if you can help with food, crafts or in party centers.  


Feb. 10-No school

Feb. 17-No school

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Werner

Friday, January 24, 2020

Kindergarten Update 1/27 - 1/31

Hello Families,

One more week of January and then February!  Time is sure flying by!

100th Day of School Project:   I thought it would be fun for our class to bring in a project for our 100th day of school coming up on Feb 3!  It is 100 of anything!  You can have a display or a container to share your 100 collection.   One student did 100 stickers in groups of 10.  One student made the number 100 out of a hundred rocks.  One student brought in 100 beads.  One student built a Lego design with 100 Legos.  It's your choice of what you would like to share.  Bring it any at anytime this week or next so that we can start sharing our collections. This is completely optional. 

Science: We will continue our theme on Winter Animals  We will learn many facts about the different types of penguins that live in the Southern Hemisphere.  We will also talk about Polar Bears that live in the Northern Hemisphere. We will talk about how these animals adapt with the type of feathers and blubber to make them able to live in coldest areas of the world.

: This next week, we will be back to a full week with counting collections, math games in centers, learning to count on, etc.  Please continue to practice counting to 100 by 1's , 5's, and 10's.

word wall word for the week
: has, had

We have a few more celebrations coming up.  We have our 100 days of school on Feb. 3.  and Valentine's Day on Friday, Feb. 14. We also celebrate President's Day with no school on Feb. 10 and 17th.
Donations Needed:  I am wondering if anyone would like to donate the following items:

the thick pretzel sticks from Trader Joes (to make log cabins for Abe Lincoln)
Cotton balls for comparing Polar bears to grizzly bears
100 red cups (for 100 day celebration)

This year, some of you have donated Amazon cards and Target gift cards for me to buy things.  I also use my own money but it gets very expensive.  We love doing projects and don't want to give that up.  I really appreciate all the help and thank you all!!

Science Fair January 31
Morning Assembly  Wednesday Feb 5
No school on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17
Math Festival: February 6

Have a lovely weekend,
Cathy Werner

Friday, January 17, 2020

Kindergarten Update 1/21 - 1/24

Jan. 21-25

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We had a great first week back from Winter Break!  We really  started 2020 off with a bang.  

There will be no school this Monday, Jan. 20th to observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Chinese New Year : Next Friday, we will march through the classrooms to celebrate Chinese New Year.  If your child would like to bring in a "noisemaker" (ie tamborines, bongos, bells, maracas,etc.) they are welcome to bring in on Friday. It should be lots of fun!

Language Arts:
 Our new theme is winter animals!  We already introduced owls and penguins and will talk about how winter animals adapt to their environment during the winter months by hibernating, growing more fur, storing food, etc.  This week and next, we will have center activities focusing on penguins.

Word wall words: this, that

Math: Our class has been keeping track of how many days we've been in school using tallies. We have been counting those tallies by fives and are excited that we have been in school 89 days! Only 11 days until our 100th day of school! We will continue to work on number bonds, ten frames, place value and practice word problems as well as addition to 10.
Please continue to practice counting to 100 ( especially counting those tricky teens 11 - 19 where the pattern is different) , and counting by 5's,and  10's.

Math Festival coming up on February 6th!!!! We need parent volunteers.  
We need 2 volunteers for both sessions:
First Session: 7:55-10:35
Second Session 11:35-2:10
Volunteers will be assisting with classes, grades K-6th, as they filter through the MPR to explore math activities and games.  
You do not need to teach any math or know the skills, you will be more of a facilitator at a center- cleaning up materials  between each class, helping younger students read the directions, etc.
If you are interested and can commit to one of the sessions, please email (our academic coordinator).  We definite need volunteers for this to run smoothly.

Classroom Needs/Donations:

red lunch or dinner size plates
white paper plates
paper grocery bags (need 25)
Paper towels
Baby wipes
Clean-up wipes
Crayola twistable crayons
Fruit loops/necklace string (for 100 day project)
Individual boxes of conversation Valentine hearts(for math activities)
Trader Joes's brand whole wheat pretzels (for Abe Lincoln log cabin)

No school this Monday- Jan.20
No school Monday Feb. 10
No school Monday Feb. 17
Math Festival Tuesday, Feb. 6

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Werner

Friday, December 13, 2019

Kindergarten Update 12/16 - 12/19

Hello Families,

This week is going to go quickly!!!! We will not have centers this week.  Students are ready for the holidays and have a lot of energy!!  We will be doing lots of fun activities and continue to explore our winter theme and talk about how animals adapt in the winter.

Math: We will be continuing our CGI (word problems) using subtraction and finding the missing addend.

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 Our winter party will be on Thursday at 12:00-2:00.  

There is no school on Friday, Dec. 20.

School will resume on Tuesday, January 14.

When we get back, we will continue our theme on winter animals and their adaptations.  We will have a few owl and penguin projects.  Besides winter animals, we will discuss Martin Luther King, Jr. and how we treat everyone fairly.  We will read a poem "The Crayon Box that Talked"by Shane DeRolf.  It talks about how every crayon is unique and special.  "And when we get together the picture is complete!"

Have an amazing and relaxing break and I will see you next year!!!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Hello Families,

This week, we will be finishing up  our gingerbread unit. We will also wrap up comparing and contrasting different gingerbread stories. We will make a our gift to our buddies for the holidays. We will continue to talk about how to be kind and mindful of others.  The class is getting excited about the holidays, please remind them that we still need to be nice and respectful to peers and faculty. We will have a lesson in Mind Up next Friday. :)

We are starting our "Stick It to Hunger" fundraiser to raise money for people in need of food.  We will be sticking the principal to the wall next Wednesday, December 18th.  Please send in donations, the flyer was sent home.  All classes get to put a piece of tape on her if they want.

In Writer's Workshop, we have started our "How To"(Informational Writing) Our students will be writing about a topic they are an expert in (an example: how to ride a bike, bake a cookie, brush teeth, etc.).  They are excited about this new step by step way to write.

Word Wall Words: as and come

In math, we will be doing a couple word problems with 3 addends and solving using  2 strategies.  We will counting to 100 by 5's, 10's and reviewing the tricky teens 11-19.

No Centers the week of Dec. 16-19
No school on the Dec. 20th.
Holiday party on Dec. 19th, an email was sent from the room parent.
School resumes on Tuesday, January 14th.  We will start centers on Friday, Jan. 17

Kindergarten Update 2/18 - 2/22

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