Welcome to Ms. Russell's Kinder'garden'!

June 4, 2018 

Spring Updates & Reminders
  • Tuesday, 6/5 - Book Fair during Library

  • Wednesday, 6/6 - Ed Fair (5:30-7pm) & Book Fair

  • Friday, 6/15 - Summer Birthday Celebration

  • Tuesday, 6/19- Field Day

  • Wednesday, 6/20- Meet & greet with First Grade Teachers & Class ice cream party

  • Thursday, 6/21- Early Release, Last Day of School (report cards go home)

May 18, 2018 

Flashlight Friday 
Every other Friday morning, we are practicing our passwords using finger flashlights. It's important for us to keep practicing our passwords, because these words show up frequently in our early readers. We enjoyed turning the lights off and skywriting our passwords!

Chick Visit with Dr. Cramer
A huge thank you to Dr. Cramer and James for sharing their family's baby chicks with us! We loved learning how to take care of them and cuddling them! This was the perfect way to end our week! 

May 17, 2018 

I'm sure you've heard, but we filled our marble jar at the beginning of this week! The kiddos' voted on a special treat and nature walk. We enjoyed a special ice cream/ popsicle treat outside and ventured into the garden. We were lucky enough to find a hopscotch game made out of garden stones that the garden club created! We love learning outside! 

May 15, 2018 

Ask your Kinder:
  • to tell you about the how-to story that their publishing 
  • to retell you the story, Punctuation Vacation - What happened when the punctuation went missing?
  • to practice rereading a book of their choice to help build fluency (fluent reading is when our reading sounds like talking)
  • to find a real life example of a 3D solid (cube, cone, cylinder, sphere) in the house
  • to create a Linus the Minus number sentence (ex: 5-2=) and solve it using a strategy of their choice (picture, number line, etc.)
  • to be a weather watcher and observe the sky 
  • how we made lightning in our classroom
  • share the best part of their week
Work hard, play hard! 
Weather watchers observe the clouds!

Fun in the Sun

May 2, 2018

Hi Families! 

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed some family time over April vacation. I heard about lots of outside play time, family trips, and adventures with friends. I spent lots of time hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends and family! It's hard to believe that we only have 8 weeks left together! 

Updates & Reminders: 
  • May Reading Calendar - Today In your child's red folder you will find a May calendar with reading challenges. Each day their is a fun idea listed for your kiddo to complete as a way to practice their reading skills! This is completely optional! Please check off any challenges that you complete with your kiddo and return at the end of May! 
  • 5/24- Field trip to Concord Capitol Center (permission slip coming home today in your child's red folder) 
  • 5/28- Memorial Day (No School) 
  • 5/31 & 6/1- Incoming K Screening (No School for current K Kiddos)
  • 6/5- Book Fair during our library time from 1-1:30pm
  • 6/6 - Ed Fair (end of year open house where students have the opportunity to share their latest learning with their families)
April 18, 2018 

We had fun bird watching, finding animal homes, and exploring on our nature walk last Friday! Weather permitting, we will go out again this Friday!

"Ms. Russell I'm calling the wolves!"

April 4, 2018 

Updates & Reminders:
  • 4/13- Scholastic Book Order Due
  • 4/23-4/27 - Spring Break 
  • 5/24 - Field Trip to Capitol Center of the Arts (permission slip coming home after April Vacation)
  • 5/28 - Memorial Day, No School 
  • 5/31-6/1 - No School for Kindergarten (Kindergarten Screening for incoming kiddos)
  • 6/6 - Ed Fair (end of school year open house to celebrate our kiddos' learning)

Ask your Kinder:
  • To tell you the story of Gus The Plus's Brother, Linus the Minus
  • To show you how to hop on a number to help solve an addition sentence (2+3=)
  • How the math machine works 
  • To tell you about the rain experiments- how does water vapor form?
  • To show you how to use their wind sock 
  • To find the four different h brothers (th, ch, sh, wh) in a book of their reading 
  • To read you a story and make a text-to-text or text-to-self connection to the story
  • To explain how-to do something using step by step directions and transition words (first, next, then, after, last)
  • To tell you the best part of their week 
Boy, these H brothers sure are tricky! To help us practice we are focusing on a different H brother each week. Last week we made chicks to help us with our "Ch" brother named Charlie who loves choo-choo trains. This week we made whales to help us with our "Wh" brother named Whit, who loves to whistle. During reading groups, we practiced finding our h brothers hidden in words.

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This is an example of the poster that Ms. Russell has created in our classroom. The story told with each H brother helps the kiddos to remember the sound that "brother" makes and the position that there mouth needs to be in in order to produce that sound. 

Ms. Russell hid eggs in our bean table. When we opened each egg, we found some magnetic letters. We had to figure out how to put the magnetic letters in order to make one of our passwords. We had to be eggsperts! 

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We have also been practicing our passwords in all sorts of different ways! We played eggspert, similar to Jeopardy where the kiddos buzzed in to read the password. We also built our passwords using connecting cubes. 

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Writing: We are all experts!
  • Continuing to write informational stories where we are teaching our reader how- to do something (For example, how-to do a cartwheel, how-to make a PB&J)
  • We have also been using our writing time to build and strengthen our gross and fine motor skills! This includes an obstacle course in the hallway where we practice crossing our mid line. 
Gross Motor Activities
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Fine Motor Activities
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The story of Gus the Plus 

Number Line Fun
We created our own number line, but there's a catch... we had to try and get in order without using our voices. We did awesome! We are learning how to use a number line as a tool to help us add.

Using different tools to help us practice decomposing and composing numbers 1-10. 

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Writing addition equations 
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We continue to practice the names and attributes of our 2D shapes & 3D solids. 

Shape Bingo 
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We also sorted, tallied and graphed jelly beans to practice 1:1 correspondence. This was a yummy math job!
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At the beginning of April we started our weather unit! Did you know that we are meteorologists who study and track weather patterns!? We started our weather exploration by brainstorming a list of all of the different types of weather that we want to learn more about. To kick off our exploration of weather, we chose four of our favorite types of weather and illustrated an activity that we enjoy doing in each. For example, in sunny weather I love to go to the beach and jump in the waves. We turned this piece of large construction paper with our beautiful illustrations into our wind socks! Our wind socks helped us discover which direction the wind was blowing by observing the direction of the streamers (we observed that the wind's direction can change very quickly)!  

We started our wind discovery by learning that even though we can't see wind we still know it's there. Our breath creates wind and was able to move paint! 
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This week we are learning about rain!

I can't wait to see which type of weather we learn about next week...!

March 31, 2018 

We hope you enjoyed our Kindergarten Show! 

Take 1

Take 2 

Take 3 (my personal favorite)

March 16, 2018
St Patrick's Day Activities 

Silly Leprechaun peed in our toilet!

Then the leprechaun managed to get into some paint that Ms. Russell left out and ran across our island!

We made rhyming rainbows to try and lure the leprechaun in to our classroom in hopes that we would find a pot of gold. 

And Friday morning this is what we found... The leprechaun left us each a gold coin!

During reading centers last week, we made shamrocks and wrote about why we are lucky. (These projects are currently being hung on our best work hooks... coming home soon!)

"I am lucky because my friends are amazing!" 

During math centers, we used gold coins to help us make addition equations. We rolled a dice to determine how many gold coins to put on the first pot and then rolled the dice again to fill the second pot. We then added the gold coins from both pots together to find out how many gold coins we had in total. We also played a roll, add, and cover partner game, spin the ten frame, and practiced skip counting by 10's with four leaf clovers! 

February 17, 2018 

Celebrating the 100th Day of School and Friendship Day all in the same week makes for one busy and exciting week! 

Sneak Peek from Our Past Week

"When I am 100... This is what I will look like. I will eat a lot of cake! When I am at home in Colorado I will spend time going to my neighbors!"

"When I am 100... This is what I will look like. I will eat a lot of muffins. When I am at home in the north I will spend time at the zoo and going to my city." 

"When I am 100... This is what I will look like. I will eat lots of donuts. When I am at home in a new house I will spend time looking at eagles and owls."

In honor of Read Across America week (2/19-2/23), we read Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. Each kiddo wrote, what being a kind friend means to them on a balloon. We discussed how when we all join together to create kind and meaningful relationships we have the power to soar to great places! Thank you Mrs. Conrad for turning my idea into an artistic masterpiece! 

You know it's going to be a fun afternoon when you come back from recess/lunch and find 100 Hershey kisses hidden around your classroom! 

After each kiddo ate one Hershey kiss, they searched around the classroom to find all 100. Written on the bottom of each kiss was a number from 1-100, so their job was to match the kiss to the corresponding number on our 100 chart. Surprisingly, all of the kisses made it to the 100 chart without being eaten! 

Candy Heart Math: Sort, Tally, & Graph your cup of candy hearts! Then you can enjoy the sweet treat!

Race to 100: With a partner, roll the dice and move that many spaces. Whoever gets to space 100 first wins!

100 Second Exercises: 
How many jumping jacks can you do in 100 seconds? (timer up on board) 

100 Cup Stack: 

100 Ant Picnic Game: 

Friendship Celebration: A huge thank you to all of my families for your dedication and participation in this event! Your help and support truly made this afternoon special! 

February 12, 2018 

Updates & Reminders:
  • 2/13 - Invention Convention
  • 2/14 - Friendship Day - Please send in 19 valentines for each member of our classroom community
  • 2/19-2/23- READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK - We will celebrate our love for reading school wide in recognition of Dr. Seuss's birthday! To celebrate we have some fun themes planned:
    • Monday: Marvelous Green Day-Wear something green! (Green Eggs and Ham)
    • Tuesday: Terrific Socks Day-Wear fancy or mismatched socks! (Fox in Socks)
    • Wednesday: Wacky Clothing/Hair Day-dress wacky/wear your hair wacky! (Wacky Wednesday)
    • Thursday: Thrilling Hat Day-Wear a funny or favorite hat! (The Cat in the Hat)
    • Friday: Fabulous Comfy Cozy Day-Wear pjs or comfy clothes! (The Sleep Book)
  • 2/19 - Early Release at 12:15pm
Ask your Kinder:
  • to be a storyteller and tell you the beginning, middle, and end of a story they want to write about
  • to practice writing their passwords with a fun tool (colored pens/pencils, shaving cream, sand, etc)
  • to read and then practice retelling a book (identifying the who, where, beginning, middle, and end details)
  • to share about our special 100th day of school activities
  • what Ms. Russell hid around our classroom 
  • to explain their 100 day necklace (lots of hard work!)
  • to count to 100 starting at 28
  • to show you different ways to represent the number 5 by drawing pictures of different math tools 
  • to use 2D shapes to draw a picture of a person (identifying each shape used!)
  • to tell you about the changes they've observed in winter and where all the animals are (hibernating)
  • if the groundhog saw it's shadow and what's the prediction for winter
Sneak Peek from Our Past Week


We read The Mitten and The Hat by author, Jan Brett. We practiced retelling both stories using character masks. In addition to our animal characters, we had a small group of narrators, Nikki (little boy), and Babshi (grandmother). This activity not only required the kiddos to create mental images of the story in order to help recall the details, but they also used "spinner spider" to make connections between both stories noticing the similarities and differences. 
Centers have included: 

Meet the Teach: Using our reading buddies, stretchy snake, lips the fish, and eagle to help us decode unknown words! We read the same text in our group all week long to help us build fluency! We want our reading to sound like talking!

Hidden Password Groundhogs: We searched around our classroom to find all of the passwords written on the groundhogs' bellies to help us practice. 

Creating habitats: 
We are observing the changes from Fall to Winter. We've learned that some animals need to go to sleep for the winter in order to survive. This is known as hibernation. We learned that bears are hibernators and created their winter dens! 

We have started learning and practicing different ways to compose and decompose quantities 1-10. This is hard work! We've used many math tools to help us practice including counters, bears, popsicle sticks, beads, and more! We have also continued to practice our number formation and subitizing skills (rolling a dice, seeing 5 dots, and automatically knowing there are 5 without having to count). 

Number Formation: 

Shaving Cream


2D Shape & 3D Solid Study Continues: 

Making our 100 day necklaces... 10 groups of 10!

January 30, 2018 

100 Day Project!!!

Dear Families,

How can it be? Our 100th day of kindergarten is scheduled for February 9th (unless we have any more snow days).

One of the things we do to celebrate this exciting day is have children make a 100 day project (with you at home) to bring to school.

Please help your child count out 100 objects and display them in whatever way you like.

Note that we will display our projects on the walls in the hallway. Please choose a collection of items that aren’t valuable (monetarily or personally) and can be hung up!

100 day projects are due by February 2nd!

Have fun!

January 22, 2018 

We have been busy bees here in Kinder! 

Ask your Kinder:
  • who is spinner the spider and what's his job
  • to practice their password ring in a fort they made
  • to read you a story using our decoding strategies: eagle eye, stretchy snake and lips the fish
  • to practice their lowercase letter formation using the Fundations dry erase board (sent home in September)
  • to show you how Jiji goes through different levels on ST math
  • to go around the house and find real life examples of cubes, cylinders, cones, and spheres (3D solids) 
  • about your special computer training (preparing us for I-ready math assessment)
  • to write you a story about their latest adventure in school 
Sneak Peek from Our Past Week

Here are some of the fun reading jobs we did this week during centers: 

1. Password Candyland - We realized that memorizing our passwords makes reading so much easier! We continue to spy passwords hidden in all of our books! This game took patience, team work, and sportsmanship!

2. Upper & lowercase letter formation 

3. Read-to-Self 

We have been exploring with 3D solids. We are learning the names, attributes, and real life examples of four 3-Dimensional solids (cube, cone, cylinder, sphere). In the following pictures we were testing and recording whether or not the solid rolled, stacked, and or slid. 

January 12, 2018

Happy New Year!

December 19, 2017

Gingerbread Celebration Reminder, Thursday Dec. 21

We wanted to update you on the schedule of events for our Surprise Gingerbread Celebration. Just a reminder families are welcomes!

Please plan on arriving at 12:40 pm to sign in at the main office.  Upon signing in, please go directly to your child’s classroom. During this time we will be on a gingerbread hunt around the school. (Please do not plan to arrive earlier as you may end up running into us on our surprise gingerbread hunt in the hall.) Our final surprise will be friends and family waiting in our classroom with gingerbread cookies! Thank you for keeping our secret!

Children will be invited to decorate their gingerbread cookie. They will then be given the supplies to decorate a special gingerbread house bag for their cookie to travel home in. Snacks and drinks provided by all of you will be available during this time so there will be no need to pack a snack.

The celebration will be over at 1:45pm after which students will be heading out for recess followed by dismissal at 2:15. Students will follow their regular after school routines unless you have made prior arrangements with the office staff.

Thank you all!

December 18, 2017

Ask your Kinder:
  • If they've noticed any signs of the gingerbread cookie 
  • To retell you one version of the gingerbread story (make sure they include the who, where, and first, then, last details)
  • To share with you the letters from the week (y & x are tricky so it might be fun to brainstorm some words that begin with y and words that end with x) 
  • To find 2 dimensional shapes on their dinner plates or after school snacks (Ex: Cheez Its are squares)
  • To show you how Jiji passes a level on ST math 
  • To share with you the best part of their week! 
Sneak Peek from Our Past Week
Our gingerbread theme continues to be apparent through all of our math and literacy learning! Not only has this month been lots of fun, but it's also been tasty and fragrant!

We made and decorated gingerbread ornaments for our third grade buddies! Working as a team to follow the steps of the recipe really tested our patience and community skills. Thank you Mrs. St. Germain for finding this awesome recipe and helping us create such a special gift!

We made gingerbread play-doh and used it to build our passwords at our Word Work reading center.

We even did some gingerbread science! We know that scientists predict, test, and draw conclusions based on their findings, so we did the same to learn what would happen if a gingerbread cookie fell in the "river". During snack time, we tried one of these tasty treats!

A special thank you to all of our gingerbread guest readers! Your participation really made these readings extra special!

December 11, 2017 

Sneak Peek from Our Past Week

Ask your Kinder:
  • about our surprise fire drill 
  • about our new reading strategy, Stretchy Snake
  • to write rainbow write this week's passwords: too & not
  • to find a word that starts with /v/ in a book or magazine
  • About our gingerbread math story... how many gingerbread cookies did they bake?
  • To share a piece of their ankle writing with you (coming home this week)
  • To share how they filled someone's bucket this week  
We have been using our reading strategies (eagle eye and stretchy the snake) to help us decode an unknown word when reading a new book in our reading groups. Here are the reading buddies that we've met so far: 

Here's a peek at some of our reading centers from the week: 
1. Playing gingerbread memory to practice our passwords - Flip over a cookie, read the password, and try to flip over a second cookie with the matching password 

2. Decoding consonant-vowel-consonant words (ex: cat) with Stretch Snake 

3. Crafting our own gingerbread cowboys and or cowgirls after reading, Gingerbread Cowboy 

4. Finding and tallying passwords here and is from our guided reading book 

Our classroom is transforming into a gingerbread house to lure the gingerbread man! Please take a peek at some projects we have been working on in math!

1. Peppermint Candy Patterns - Did you know a peppermint candy is divided into 8 parts and each part is in the shape of a triangle? 

2. Gingerbread Directed Drawings - We used different shapes to create the outline of our gingerbread man. We outlined our gingerbread with a black cray-paw to help resist our water colors from blending. 

3. Gingerbread Jar Math - We rolled a dice and placed the corresponding number of cookies into a jar. We rolled the dice a second time, to then determine how many cookies we would "eat". After, we counted how many cookies we had left in the jar and recorded the amount! 

4. Building shapes with Play-Doh 

December 6, 2017 

Gingerbread Celebration Reminder, Thursday Dec. 21

We wanted to update you on the schedule of events for our Surprise Gingerbread Celebration. Just a reminder families are welcomes!

Please plan on arriving at 12:40 pm to sign in at the main office.  Upon signing in, please go directly to your child’s classroom. During this time we will be on a gingerbread hunt around the school. (Please do not plan to arrive earlier as you may end up running into us on our surprise gingerbread hunt in the hall.) Our final surprise will be friends and family waiting in our classroom with gingerbread cookies! Thank you for keeping our secret!

Children will be invited to decorate their gingerbread cookie. They will then be given the supplies to decorate a special gingerbread house bag for their cookie to travel home in. Snacks and drinks provided by all of you will be available during this time so there will be no need to pack a snack.

The celebration will be over at 1:45pm after which students will be heading out for recess followed by dismissal at 2:15. Students will follow their regular after school routines unless you have made prior arrangements with the office staff.

Thank you all!

December 5, 2017
Sneak Peek from Our Past Week

Ask your Kinder:
  • About the best part of their week 
  • To share with you a word that begins with h, k, and l  (letters from the week)
  • To tell you about the story of the Gingerbread Man
  • About our shape study
  • To tell or show you a pattern 
  • To explain to you what a 5 star illustration is in Writing 
  • To share how they filled someone's bucket this week 
  • To help you stretch out the sounds in a three letter word (ex: cat, dog, wig, pig, etc.) 
  • About ST Math 
School rocks!

  • Our passwords this week were no and to. Students whispered them as they entered the classroom, found them in our morning message, used them in their writing, and spelled them by chanting each letter.
  • Our letters this week were h, l, and k. We made horses, lollipops, and kings for our letter crafts! 
  • Our big buddies worked on helping our kiddos with their writing... we are lucky!

  • Calendar Concepts - Each day we start our math block with calendar routines. The children are learning the days of the week, months of the year, counting the days of school, and graphing the day's weather. 
  • Shape Hunt - Students were detectives and went on a scavenger hunt throughout our classroom drawing sketches of any real life objects that were shapes (the seat of a desk chair is a square). We learned how shapes are all around us! 
  • Geoboard Shape Building - Ms. Russell pictured a shape in her head and gave us different clues to try and determine the shape she was thinking of. In the examples below, Ms. Russell said, "I'm thinking of a shape that has 3 corners and 3 sides..." 
  • We read, The Shapes We Eat and built our very own onions, peppers, pepperoni, and cheese pizzas. Each ingredient was a different shape, so when we were done cooking we had to count how many square onions, triangle peppers, circle pepperonis, and rectangle cheese slices we had on our pizza. This made us hungry!
  • We read, The Perfect Square and created our very own masterpieces. We started with one perfect square and turned had the job of turning it into something unique using all of the pieces! 

November 21, 2017 

Thankful for my 19 silly Turkeys! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 14, 2017

Happy 50th Day of School! 
We sure know how to celebrate in style... 

We love our "Bootsy" (Mrs. St. Germain)!

Ask your Kinder:
    • To teach you how to do the hand jive
    • To explain what records and jukeboxes are
    • Who was Bootsy and where was Mrs. St. Germain? 
    • To tell you about their mini book titled, "Sock Hop" (currently in their book bags at school)
    • To tell you about the partner math game, Race to 50
    • To share with you what your child wishes he/she had 50 of (Ms. Russell's wish was shoes)
    • To tell you about the best part of their day!
    Snow Arrival!

    Hi Families! 

    As the cold weather (snow) arrives, the kiddos will need to bring and wear their snow clothes out to recess in order to access all parts of the playground. The kindergarten team has made the following decisions:
    • Boots & Snow Clothes (pants, coat, mittens, hat) - Full access to all playground areas (field, structure, and pavement)
    • Boots but no snow pants - Partial access to pavement & structure (no field)
    • Sneakers -  Pavement only 
    We want to keep our children warm, dry and healthy through the cold winter season! Any additional practice with dressing in snow gear at home is encouraged! Please please please let the kiddos get dressed independently when going outside to play in the snow at home... it will build their self- confidence, motor skills, and dexterity. 

    Thank you so much for all of your support,

    November 13, 2017 

    Sneak Peek From Our Past Week
    Ask your Kinder:
      • To tell you about the rainbow experiment and explain birds eye view 
      • To skywrite letters e & r
      • To share with you the who and the where in a story of their choice
      • To show you how to tap out the word nap using finger tappers 
      • To try and remember their password to log on to ST math at home 
      • To use their bunny ears and show you a way to make 10 

      We reviewed letters e & r this week since it was a short week!

      We used food coloring to create rainbows. We added drops of yellow, blue, and red to each edge of a shallow bowl of milk. Students recorded their birds eye view observations. We then added a squirt of hand soap to the bowl. We watched as the primary colors transformed into secondary colors creating a rainbow.  

      R write the room - We searched around the room to find hidden pictures and words that all started with the letter r! 

      One of our reading centers was listening and reading books on the iPads... we love technology! 

      At Meet The Teach reading center, students practiced writing lowercase letters e and r and book handling skills. We searched for passwords and used our eagle eye to figure out unknown words.  


      Forming numbers with our slime! 

      Social Studies: 

      Thank you Dr. Cramer for visiting and teaching the entire Kindergarten! We loved examining the X-rays, testing out the blood pressure cuffs, learning about shots, and checking our reflexes. We learned that a pediatrician has many important jobs and tools to help children better and stay healthy!  We are lucky to have you as one of our community helpers!

      November 7, 2017 
      Updates & Reminders:
      • Parent Teacher Conferences 
      • Thursday 11/9

        Friday  11/10

        1:00 Madelyn


        1:30  Lilly

        8:00 Logan

        2:00 Avery



        9:00 Meldin


        9:30 Morgan

        3:30 Sadie

        10:00 Johnny

        4:00 Josh

        10:30 Natalie

        4:30 Victor


        5:00 Kai


        5:30 Brody


        6:00 Alexandra

        12:30 Owen

        6:30 Ellie


        7:00 Hayley



        2:30 James

      • Monday, 11/13- All lost & found items will be donated, so please collect them soon!
      • Tuesday, 11/ 14 - 50's Day - Let's celebrate the 50th day of school by wearing styles from the 1950's!
      • Friday, 11/17 - PJ Day - Kiddos are invited to wear their PJ's to school in celebration of our letter study (P & J) that week 
      • Wednesday- Friday 11/22-11/24- Thanksgiving Recess
      Thank you for your continued support!

      November 5, 2017
      Sneak Peek From Our Past Week

      Ask your Kinder:
      • about our egg experiment
      • to retell you the "who" and "where" from a story of their choice
      • to share their pumpkin science discoveries 
      • to tell you about some challenges and obstacles that JiJi had to overcome (ST math)
      • to teach you how to clap the beats/syllables in different words 

      Our Pumpkin Investigation Continued... 
      We investigated:
      • whether a pumpkin sinks or floats when submerged in water (our classroom sink) 
      • how many lines are on the outside of our pumpkins
      • the amount of seeds inside our pumpkin (way too many to count, but we tried!) 

      Egg Experiment

      We try to do as many experiments as possible to help us practice our letters and sounds. Can you guess which letter we studied this past week? 

      What will happen when an egg is placed in a cup of vinegar? As scientists, we observed, recorded, and tracked the results over the course of three days. 

      November 1, 2017 

      Important Updates:
      • 11/7 - Picture Retake Day
      • 11/13 - All unclaimed clothes/missing items in the lost and found will be donated 

      October 31, 2017 

      Thank you Bow Fire & Police Departments! 

      We learned a whole bunch from our community helpers, the Bow Fire and Police Departments when we visited the new Safety Complex today! The students learned all about the many jobs of both firefighters and police officers and also toured the vehicles and spaces that both helpers use to do their jobs! 

      Our firefighters educated us on:
      • What constitutes an emergency 
      • What number to call in case of an emergency
      • What to do if you hear a firefighter calling for you when you are stuck inside of a building (ie. make noise so the firefighter can locate you)
      • What to do if you catch on fire (Stop, Drop, & Roll)!
      • How their suit helps to protect them (ie. oxygen tank, breathing mask)
      • To create an outside meeting spot so in case there is an emergency and the family needs to evacuate, everyone knows where go outside (ie. big rock in the front yard) 
      Here's a few snapshots from our visit with the fire department: 

      1. Fireman Tom & Fireman Brandon showed us what they look like with their fire gear on. At first, we were a little fearful of fireman Tom as he dressed in his gear, but once we heard his voice, through the mask, we knew it was still him. Fireman Tom, told us that sometimes firemen feel like Darth Vader when they are dressed in their protective suits. We learned the reason why fireman Tom has to wear a mask is so he can breathe when he is putting out a fire. The tank strapped on his back sends oxygen up through a tube and into his mask. He also showed us how he would safely come to get you in the case of an emergency. 

      2. After, we headed to out learn more about the tools a fireman uses to put out a fire. We also explored where this equipment is located on the firetruck. We saw water hoses, fire extinguishers, axes, spare oxygen tanks, and ladders. Fireman Brandon, even let us ring the bell, view the emergency lights, and hear the sirens. We had fun sitting in the ambulance and fire truck!

      Our police officers educated us on: 
      • the different jobs and duties of a police officer (protecting us from bad people and keeping us safe)
      • patrol the roads and monitor speed limits
      • work with firemen to help in emergency situations
      • use tools such as walkie talkies, computers, sirens, and lights to communicate emergency situations 
      Here's a few snapshots from our visit with the police department: 

      1. We learned all about the different holding cells that the police station has. Bad guys get transferred to larger jails, so they are typically only here for a couple of hours. We thought it was pretty fun to explore each cell!

      2. Next, we explored the police car. Officer Carpenter even talked to us through his intercom system! We noticed that his vehicle's siren wasn't as loud as the fire trucks, but it still signaled other vehicles on the road to move to the side when there's an emergency! 

      October 30, 3017 

      Updates & Reminders:
      • 10/31- Safety Complex Field Trip 12-1:30pm
      • 10/31 - We are studying letters e & r this week, so we invite the children to dress up in exciting rainbow colors tomorrow!
      • 11/1 - Library is moved to Wednesday this week (we will be on our field trip during our normal library time) 
      • 11/9-11/10- Parent Teacher Conference Days (half day Thursday & no school Friday for students) 
      • 11/22-11/24 - Thanksgiving Recess 

      Sneak Peek From Our Past Week
      Ask your Kinder:
      • to show you how to skywrite lowercase letters, d & s
      • to sort their toys into three groups (we've been working on sorting): 
        • 1. toys that begin with /d/ (doll, dog) 
        • 2. toys that begin with /s/ (snake, stuffed animal)
        • 3. toys that don't belong in either group 
      • to search through magazines for numbers 1-10 and create a collage 
      • to look at a calendar and help you answer the following questions about the days of the week: Today is? Yesterday was? Tomorrow will be? What is today's date?
      • to share about the penguin named Jiji that we met on Friday (a character from ST math on the iPads)
      • to tell you their favorite part from our week! 
      Our passwords this week were come and see. Students whispered them as they entered the classroom, found them in our morning message, used them in their writing, and spelled them by chanting each letter. Our letters this week were s and d. We made dotted dinosaur d's and slithering snake s's. At the end of the week, we made slime as a whole class because slime starts with the letter s. Each student was then able to practice forming their lowercase letters with the slime. Take a peek! 

      Math & Science Integration:

      We have been studying and observing the change of season over the past couple of weeks. At the end of last week we did a two day project. On the first day we went on a nature walk and collected signs of Fall (10 colorful leaves). We then sorted and graphed the different groups of colorful leaves. The next day we read, Louis Elhert's The Leaf Man, and created beautiful transient art making our own leaf wonders! This was tons of fun!

      When returning our leaves back to nature, we had an impromptu rain dance! What better to let out some wiggles, then dancing with your friends (it was only sprinkling and very humid out)! 

      I think the children would agree, when I say one of my favorite parts of this past week was our pumpkin investigation! Prior to our investigation, we studied the life cycle of a pumpkin, read It's Pumpkin Time, and made life cycle crowns so we were ready to be pumpkin scientists. We learned, a scientist's job is to make observations and predictions. As scientists, we wanted to be as accurate as possible when studying our pumpkins. On Friday, we measured the height carefully with unifix cubes, drew a detailed sketch including the stem and lines, and predicted whether it would sink or float. Boy, being scientists sure was hard work! Our exploration of the inside of our pumpkins will begin this week! Stay tuned for more pictures and thank you for all of the generous donations!

      October 23, 2017 

      Sneak Peek From Our Past Week

      Ask your Kinder:
      • to show you the months of the year Macarena 
      • to find the week's passwords am and for in a magazine
      • to use their Cookie Puppet to retell the story of Cookie's Week 
      • to share with you the riddle of the little red house with no windows, no doors, and a star inside
      • to pull out one of their collections (marbles, cars, crayons) and count the objects
      • to practice writing numbers 1-9 using a fun tool (shaving cream, sand tray, paint, highlighters) 
      • to teach you how to stretch out the word cat (like you're stretching out a piece of bubble gum)

      We learned and practiced letters a and g this week. We made apple print A's and gum ball machine G's. We began practicing the third way to read a book, which is to retell the story. Right now, we are focusing on identifying and retelling the "who" in each story we read. We also met our 3rd grade buddies (who we will meet with once a week)! This week, our buddies interviewed us to find out our interests and then we read books from our book bags together. We loved meeting our buddies and building our school community!

      Our number study this week focused on numbers 8 and 9. We also practiced math-to-self and math-with-a-partner, which will be two different jobs during our center rotations. 

      Spiders have 8 legs, so why not make fun spider hats when studying the number 8?!

      Math-to-Self: We are building our subitizing skills! When we roll a dice we look at the dots and automatically know the amount without counting each dot. 

      Math-With-A-Partner: We played math memory and had to match the numeral to the corresponding number of dots in a ten frame. We also played race to trace to help us practice number formation!

      October 19, 2017
      Our Trip to Black Forest Nursery
      Thank you Mr. Warner & Mrs. Burns for joining us on this fun field trip to the nursery! We explored the gardens, searched for frogs, found a family of birds, and even painted pumpkins (coming home soon after they dry)! 

      Team 110 was joined with some friends from Mrs. Leite and Mrs. Kaufman's classrooms!

      Tis the season!

      We loved sitting with our friends on the bus! We even practiced our counting skills and sang some of our color songs to help pass the time!

      Exploring the gardens and greenhouse... do you know that Mum is short for Chrysanthemum? 

      We spotted the bird family nesting in the rafters of the nursery store!

      We tried to be super quiet as we approached the pond to find a frog... with all of our excitement the frogs heard us coming and decided to hide! 

      I think our favorite station was painting the pumpkins! 

      October 16, 2017

      Updates & Reminders: 
      • 10/18- Black Forest Nursery Field Trip - students will be back in time for lunch
      • 10/20- BES Spirit Wear Orders Due
      • 10/31 - Safety Complex Field Trip (please send in permission slips asap) & Rainbow Wear Day (information coming home soon)
      • 11/9 & 11/10 - Parent Teacher Conference 
      • 11/22-11/24- Teacher Workshop & Thanksgiving Break 
      Sneak Peek From Our Past Week

      Ask your Kinder: 
      • to tell and show you "magic c" 
      • to explain their 6 sticks project (currently hanging in our hallway)
      • to find 7 items around the house and count them with you
      • to share with you what they turned their perfect square into
      • to give you three words that start with the letter c and three that start with o
      • to see how many words they can brainstorm to rhyme with cat 
      • to find last week's passwords (me and you) in a magazine 
      • to tell you about our writing club... the best writer's in the world
      • We made two letter projects - O for octopus and C for cat 
        • Each week we make a letter craft to help us learn and practice the letters of that week
        • These projects are staying in a special spot in our classroom and will be coming home eventually
      • We've learned 3 Ways to read a book: 
        1. Read the Pictures - Use your eagle eye to zoom in on the picture to help you tell the story 
        2. Read the Words - Students start to find passwords and notice the beginning sounds of words
        3. Retell- Students practice identifying the "who" in the book that their reading 

      • We created our writing club! 
      • We've decorated our writing folders making them extra special
      • We've learned how to think, picture, & then draw the details of our story topic 
      • It is important to make sure you have the "who" and "where" in your illustration
      • We've practiced Math-to-Self (this will be one of our center rotations once we start math centers) 
      • Our number study focused on numbers 6 & 7 
        • We sorted between items that represented 6 from items that represented 7 
        • We made 7 math monsters (currently hanging in our hallway) - The kiddos could use any of the arts & crafts materials to create their monster; however if they used googly eyes then they had to use 7 etc.
      • Introduced our first shape, Square by reading The Perfect Square and creating our own abstract pictures using all of the pieces of our square (hanging in our classroom) 

      Lastly, we rested and slept!!! 

      October 5, 2017 

      Ask your Kinder:
      • to find this week's passwords (is and at) in a one of their favorite picture books
      • to use their eagle eye and read you the pictures of their favorite book
      • to find items around the house that start with the letters m and n
      • to retell you the story of Pete the Cat: 5 Little Pumpkins using their pumpkin puppets
      • to sing you one of our number writing poems (to the tune of skip-to-my-lou) In case they need help...
        • 1- "Come straight down and then your done, come straight down and then your done, that makes number 1"
        • 2- "Half a heart and slide to the right, half a heart and slide to the right, that makes number 2"
        • 3- Half way around and around again, half way around and around again, that makes number 3"
        • 4- "Down, over, cut it in half"
        • 5- "Neck, belly, hat"
      • to show you the "expected" way to sit on their letter spot 
      • to give you an example of a helper in our community
      We are building friendships in room 110! This week we had many conversations around what it means to be a friend, the power of a friend, and even took pictures of friendships to hang on our door! 

      September 29, 2017 

      Ask your Kinder:
      • to skywrite letters: m & n
      • to tell you about our personal best board hanging in the hallway
      • to teach you how to read the pictures 
      • to find a sign of Fall 
      • to tell you how they feel in the green zone (zones of regulation) 
      • what to do if you need someone to play with on the playground
      • ask you child the day of the week and the ask what tomorrow will be
      • who the leader of the day is and what their jobs are
      Passwords: look, on 
      Letters: m, n (plane line letters... to find more on letter formation please refer to our page titled, Fundations with Echo on the left sidebar.)

      This week we did center rotations! The children love working in small groups and rotating through different reading activities. Here are some of the centers from our week: 
      • tracing their passwords in sand trays
      • creating newspaper N's
      • creating a mouse for the letter M
      • read-to-self
      • drawing a person practice
      • meet the teach- practicing letter formation, letter sounds, and learning how to take a picture walk through a book

      In Writing this week, we continued our study of The Three Little Pigs. The children had to put themselves in the pig's perspective and illustrate one way that they would try to trick the big bad wolf! 

      "I would build a log house!"

      "I'm going to cook the wolf in the oven for dinner with my friends Sadie & Josh!"

      In Math this week, Ms. Russell tried to trick us! When we pulled items out of the mystery bag we realized that we had some items showed ways to represent 4 and some that showed 5... the only thing left to do was sort these items into two different number collections! 

      We also learned and practiced some math-to-self and partner math to help us build our understanding of numbers 1-5. 


      Gum Ball Machine- Students rolled a dice and added that many "gum balls" to the machine. To challenge students, we asked them to add or take away the number of gum balls that were needed when they rolled the dice the second time. For example, if I had six gum balls in my machine and on my second roll I landed a four, I would take two gum balls out so I only had four left in my machine.

      Classroom scavenger hunt to search for representations of 4 & 5- students went around our classroom and drew a quick sketch of anything that showed or represented the numbers 4 and 5. 

      5 Little Monkeys Booklet- We created our very own version of The 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed book. Students colored, cut, and glued the number of monkeys that they needed for each page of the story. 

      Partner Math:

      Top-It (also referred to as war) - We used cluster and numeral cards to practice subitizing numbers 1-5. Whoever had the larger number won the pair! 

      Connect Four - We had fun trying to get four in a row!

      September 23, 2017

      Sneak Peek from Our Past Week 

      Ask your Kinder:
      • to show you how to form lowercase letters t, b, & f using their Fundations whiteboard (please reference the Fundations with Echo tab to help support your child in using the writing grid).
      • to share with you our classroom rules 
      • to retell you the story of The 3 Little Pigs 
      • to look around the house and find a pair of something (when studying the number 2 we learned the meaning of a pair)
      • to find three items in the house that begin with the letter b
      • to show you how to use the scissors safely 
      To help support and grow our understanding of each letter we will construct a letter project. This week we focused on letters b & f and reviewed t. All three lowercase letters are skyline letters (start at the skyline). On Friday, we chose which letter project we were most proud of and wanted to hang up in the hallway for the whole school to see!

      B - bunny
      T- tissue paper 
      F - feathers

      In writing this week, we brainstormed a list of rules that we should have in our classroom (as seen on the left). We then realized that a lot of these ideas connected, so we combined them and came up with four classroom rules (as seen on the right)! We all agreed to these rules and signed our name around our new rule poster that is hanging up in our classroom!

      Our number collection is growing! Each week we have been spending our math time studying and learning about different numbers. This week we learned all about the numbers 2 and 3. When we passed around our mystery bag we found items that were all connected to the number 2!  When studying the number 2, we learned how to compare and contrast two similar objects using words like, "these objects are almost the same, but they're not exactly the same because _________." We also searched our classroom to find "pairs of items" (ex. a pair of shoes). 

      Mystery Bag & Number Collection: 

      When studying the number 3, we read two different versions of The Three Little Pigs. On Friday, each table team was given a STEM challenge. The challenge was to create a house that would keep the wolf's huffs and puffs out using these three materials: milk straws (straw), toothpicks (sticks), and legos (bricks). Each table team had to sketch their plan of how they were going to design their house. After each house was built, we tested them to see if they were sturdy enough to withstand the wolf (aka the hair dryer)! I am so proud of how well the children worked together in their small groups. Please check out our fun Friday culminating project. 

      Purple Table Team:

      Teal Table Team:

      Green Table Team:

      Pink Table Team:

      Orange Table Team:

      Big Bad Wolf: 

      September 20, 2017 

      Welcome Bow Elementary Families! 

      Our PTO subscribes to the MySchoolAnywhere service for our family and faculty directories, online store, volunteer signups and email communications. It's secure, easy to use, and free to families.  

      To register please go to the site below, enter our school's code and follows the steps to register your family.  You can specify what information you'd like to appear in the directory - or choose not to appear at all.  

      Register at join.myschoolanywhere.com

      Invitation Code:  BESBobcats

      Once we've had a chance to verify your family information, you'll receive an email with login credentials and instructions to access the system.

      Questions? Contact our system administrator at aforbes@bownet.org

      Install the Free app!  After you get your login information, download the app by searching for MySchoolAnywhere in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.  The app allows you to access our directory, manage your family information, purchase in our store and signup for volunteer activities all from your phone!

      September 18, 2017 

      Sneak Peek from Our Past Week

      Updates & Reminders:
      • 9/18- Fundations (Echo) introduction letter & whiteboard were sent home. Children can practice the correct letter formation for the letters that they've learned that week using the writing grid (skyline, plane line, grass line, worm line).
        • Please click on the "Fundations with Echo" tab to the left for more guidance on how to use the writing grid whiteboard at home
      • 9/19- Library Day (Tuesdays)
      • 9/19- Password Rings going on (I, the)
      • 9/19- Please return hopes & dreams star and the permission slip to use electronics
      • 9/25 - Picture Day
      • 10/6- NEA Day (No School)
      • 10/9- Columbus Day (No School)

      Ask your Kinder:
      • To draw and sing mat man
      • To teach you how to read the pictures with one their favorite books 
      • To share with you their hope and dream for this school year
      • To find two items in the house that are exactly the same and two items that are different and explain their math thinking
      • To share with you what we've been finding in our mystery bag (objects that all have to do with the number 1, ex. 1 penny, 1 dollar bill, 1 dot on a ten frame).
      • To tell you about the bucket filler story and to share one way they can fill someone else's bucket this week 
      The children have been learning and practicing how to care and handle books, choose a good-fit spot and read the pictures. We have been learning how to navigate our classroom library as we book shopped this morning and picked out two new books for our book bags. Below you will see pictures of the children practicing how to read-to-self. 

      This week our letter study was focused on lowercase letter t. Students are learning to identify, produce and write the letter t. Please take a look at our "Fundations with Echo" tab (located on left hand side of this page) for more information on our letter study! We had fun watching Echo flew around has we made our tissue paper T's!

      We focused on creating our hopes and dreams for kindergarten this year! We brainstormed a list as a class, discussed how important our dreams are and then chose and illustrated the one dream that was most important to us. 

      A mystery bag was dropped off in our classroom! As we passed the bag around, we each pulled out one and tried to figure out what the item was and if there was a reason why all of these items were left here! After a long investigation, we realized that all of our items were connected to the number 1! Please ask your child about our one collection. 

      Below you will see our kiddos using dobbers to explore counting and patterns. 

      Recess Fun: 

      September 9, 2017 

      Ask your Kinder:
      • what to do during a fire drill 
      • to explain the jobs of our  "classroom helpers"
      • to respond to "Chicka Chicka" (your kiddo will say "Boom Boom" and this is one of the many tools that I use to get my class's attention) 
      • how to use a glue stick
      • to teach you how to pick up a pencil using baby shark (pointer and thumb fingers form "baby shark")
      • to sing the days of the week song (to the tune of Adams Family)
      • to show you how to safely use scissors
      • to share with you their favorite part of their week 
      We have successfully learned how to navigate the lunchroom!

      Choice Time: 
      We are learning how to share and work together during free play time! As you can see, we are rocking it!

      We talked about the importance of caring for our books. We learned how to pick the right fit books from our classroom library and then we added two books to our very own book bags. You can ask your child about the story, Dog In Boots and why Ms. Russell tried on so many different shoes until she found the right fit!

      We learned and practiced how to hold a pencil using our baby shark grasp (pointer and thumb)! 

      We also drew self-portraits during writing time! 

      We continued to explore different math manipulatives located on our math shelf. We built patterns, sorted blocks, and counted the height of our unifix cube towers.

      Scissor practice

      Routines: Below you will see a list of just some of the routines that your child has been learning over the past two weeks. I don't have pictures for all of the routines that we've been practicing, but please know your child has been doing a wonderful job with learning these structures. It's hard work! 
      • morning unpack routine- red folders in bin, sign in for tray lunch or lunchbox lunch, unstack chair, start morning work
      • morning meeting flow - greeting, share, activity, message 
      • snack time - wash hands, get lunch boxes, stay seated while eating, ask a friend at your table if you need help opening your snack
      • recess/lunch procedures
      • rest time - choosing a spot in the room to place your mat, laying down and calming your body, resting your mind so your brain will grow!
      • pack-up/ dismissal- take your red folder from Ms. Russell, check your mailbox, put any mail in your folder, pack up your backpack, bring your stuff over to your table spot, and stack your chair. 

      September 3, 2017 

      First (Third) Day of School Pictures 

      August 31, 2017

      Here's a Sneak Peek from our First Week - First day(week) of school pictures coming soon 
      We have had so much fun learning about each other this week! We have been busy making friends, learning our classroom routines, and playing at recess!!

      "Let's say whaaaawhoo Kindergarten!" 

      Funny face time!

      Exploring with pattern blocks (a math manipulative): Here are a few of the responses I received when I asked the kiddos to tell me about their creations. 

      "It's a robot!"

      "Rapunzel's castle, you know Ms. Russell the princess who wears a purple dress and has the long hair?!"

      "Mines a tower, but Sadie's is a submarine. How cool!" 

      Playground Fun:

      August 29, 2017

      Welcome to Kindergarten! This is our classroom website! I am excited to share Team 110's latest news and decided this website would be a great resource for both parents and students to utilize. I want to create as many opportunities as possible to help our students grow as learners. On this site you will find our class newsletters, sight words of the week, class/school calendar of events, and links to helpful educational websites.

      August 2, 2017

      I can't wait to meet all of my incoming kiddos and families on Monday, August 29th at Open House from 4-5:30pm!