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January 21, 2019


jennifer.agster@dcsdk12.org

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Dear Families,

     Welcome to my Kindergarten website which will keep you informed about our curriculum and the latest happenings/news... I will update this on a weekly basis and will email you when I have.  Please look at each of the tabs above from the "Home" tab to the "TTE Home" tab and in between for a more in depth look at my website. Stay in touch by sending a note with your child in the morning and/or email me: jennifer.agster@dcsdk12.org  You can also contact the front office at 303-387-5700 and use the attendance line 303-387-5702 if your child is ill or going out of town. Also, sign up for TTE's website to stay informed (you will receive school wide information, notes from Ms. Radke, and from our wonderful TTEA.) My "eyes" (send a written note or email me,) "ears" (talk with me anytime,) and my "heart" is always OPEN to YOU and your child because I "TREASURE" your little "GEM" as much as you do! 

Respectfully,

Jenny Agster                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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I greatly appreciate...                

*you sending your child to school with appropriate winter clothing for these cold temperatures

*you sending 2 snacks and placing them in your child's front pocket/section of their backpack

*you sending a labeled, filled water bottle every day

*keeping me updated on your child's dismissal schedule

*you leaving a change of clothes in your child's backpack (for those "Oops, I had an accident" or "I spilt my drink at lunch all over my pants/shirt etc.")

*returning the blue Thursday folder on Friday or Monday every week

*you having your child return their library book by Monday so they can check out a new one when they go to the library every Tuesday  

*celebrating your child's work with them when they bring it home in their Thursday folder each week

*most of all, you sharing your little "gem" with me each day

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A quick glance at the week of January 22, 2019

Dear Families,

     I hope everyone had a nice, long weekend and are back safely from all your adventures. Welcome to penguin weather... it's going to be a chilly Tuesday!

Theme/PBL Unit: Let's Take A Trip

Reading: We will be reading about the season of "winter" and rhyming

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: we will review the uppercase letters C - O - A                                                                                                                                  We are finished introducing all the letters (Please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k, lowercase letters that have a "hump..." n - r - m - u, letters that begin with a "slanted or diagonal line"... v - x - w - y, letters that begin with a "curve..." f - s and finally, e - z)

High-Frequency Word(s:) got (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the - dad - he - to - in - it - look - my - mom - up - on - we - and - are - come - are)

Math: I will assess Chapter 8 "Numbers to 100" and we will begin Chapter 14 "Number Facts"  this week

Objectives: the students will 

*recognize and use pairs for counting

*use the counting by 2's sequence to count up to 20 objects

*revisit counting by 10's and continue counting by 5's

*build a given number with "10 tower unifix cubes" (for example: 5 towers of 10 unifix cubes each represent 50 and 7 individual cubes = 57 cubes)

*counting to... from a given number

Vocabulary: pairs - twos - five - ten - tally - twenty - thirty - forty - fifty - sixty - seventy - eighty - ninety - one hundred

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 20 (January 22 - 25, 2019) "Impulse Control and Focusing Attention"

Increasing Patience Through Challenge - Expanding Awareness of Impulsive Behavior - Strengthening Impulse Control - Keeping the Wiggles In

Some Friendly Reminders...

January

21    No School; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

23    Showcase Evening; event for all families


February

05    Honor Choir at Legend High School; 9:30 am (Performance 6:30 pm)

05    Dress Swap for Daddy/Daughter Dance; 4:00-5:00 pm

07    5th Grade Parents Meeting for Outdoor Ed (Gym); 6:00-7:00 pm

11    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library

15    No School; Professional Development (Staff only)

18    No School; President’s Day

21    4th Grade Field Trip to History Colorado Museum

23    Daddy/Daughter Dance; 6:00-9:00 pm __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Just in case you missed something from previous weeks... January 14, 2019

Dear Families,

     What a chilly but fun filled snowy weekend... I bet your child had fun sledding and building snowmen over the weekend. The snow has been a welcome, much needed, and beautiful sight! I hope you stayed warm, cozy, and safe. Here's a look at our week ahead...

Theme/Unit: Winter and Rhyming

Reading: We will be reading stories about the season of "winter" and rhyming

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: we will finish the "h" brothers with the following digraphs... /ph/ and review ch - sh - th - wh                                                              We  are finished introducing all the letters (Please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k, lowercase letters that have a "hump..." n - r - m - u, letters that begin with a "slanted or diagonal line"... v - x - w - y, letters that begin with a "curve..." f - s and finally, e - z)

High-Frequency Word(s:) come - for (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the - dad - he - to - in - it - look - my - mom - up - on - we - and - are)

Math: We will continue Chapter 8 "Numbers to 100" 

Objectives: the students will 

*recognize and use pairs for counting

*use the counting by 2's sequence to count up to 20 objects

*revisit counting by 10's and continue counting by 5's

*build a given number with "10 tower unifix cubes" (for example: 5 towers of 10 unifix cubes each represent 50 and 7 individual cubes = 57 cubes)

*counting to... from a given number

Vocabulary: pairs - twos - five - ten - tally - twenty - thirty - forty - fifty - sixty - seventy - eighty - ninety - one hundred

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 19 (January 14 - 18, 2019) "Managing Emotion"

Focusing on a Goal - Learning to Name and Contain Emotion - Reflecting on the Intensity of Emotion - Reflecting on a Goal 

Some Friendly Reminders...

JANUARY

14    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library

16    Spelling Bee; 1:45-2:45 pm

18    No School; Professional Development (Staff only)

21    No School; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

23    Showcase Evening; event for all families 

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January 7, 2019

Dear Families,

     WELCOME BACK and HAPPY 2019!! I hope you had a WONDERFUL break:-)

Theme/Unit: Snowmen and Rhyming

Reading: We will be reading stories about snowmen and rhyming

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: the "h" brothers with the following digraphs... /ch/ - /sh/ - /th/ - /wh/ - /ph/                                                                      

We  are finished introducing all the letters (Please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k, lowercase letters that have a "hump..." n - r - m - u, letters that begin with a "slanted or diagonal line"... v - x - w - y, letters that begin with a "curve..." f - s and finally, e - z)

High-Frequency Word(s:) are (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the - dad - he - to - in - it - look - my - mom - up - on - we - and)

Math: We will begin Chapter 8 "Numbers to 100" 

Objectives: the students will 

*recognize and use pairs for counting

*use the counting by 2's sequence to count up to 20 objects

*revisit counting by 10's and continue counting by 5's

*build a given number with "10 tower unifix cubes" (for example: 5 towers of 10 unifix cubes each represent 50 and 7 individual cubes = 57 cubes)

*counting to... from a given number

Vocabulary: pairs - twos - five - ten - tally - twenty - thirty - forty - fifty - sixty - seventy - eighty - ninety - one hundred

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 18 (January 7-11, 2019) "Dealing with Our Emotions" 

Discovering Strategies for Dealing with Sadness - Discovering Strategies for Dealing with Anger - Discovering Strategies for Dealing with Hurt - Discovering Strategies for Dealing with Fear 

Some Friendly Reminders...

JANUARY

07    1st day back from Winter Break

10 Volunteer calendar due for January

14    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library

16    Spelling Bee; 1:45-2:45 pm

18    No School; Professional Development (Staff only)

21    No School; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

23    Showcase Evening; event for all families

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December 10, 2018

Dear Families,

     SEASON"S GREETINGS!!! 

Theme/Unit: Gingerbread through Wednesday and Holidays/Family Traditions 

ReadingThe students are LOVING our "gingerbread" theme! Ask your child what their favorite gingerbread story is thus far and why. We are not finished yet... I have a few more gingerbread stories and activities planned for the beginning of this week. It has been a great opportunity to teach "characters, settings, problems/solutions, and that sequential, detailed retell (beginning - middle - ending.) Various "thinking maps" tie beautifully into this unit as well. RUN, RUN, RUN as fast as you can... and see the giant "gingerbread house" the students did outside our classroom on the wall. Their collaborative skills were in full gear and most impressive! In addition, as we wrap this theme on Wednesday, their little hands will be working to make their favorite gingerbread character (out of paper) on a pretend cookie sheet. These delicious masterpieces will be on display in the hall across from our gingerbread house and sent home later. 

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: We are finished introducing all the letters (Please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k, lowercase letters that have a "hump..." n - r - m - u, letters that begin with a "slanted or diagonal line"... v - x - w - y, letters that begin with a "curve..." f - s and finally, e - z)

High-Frequency Word(s:) we - and (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the - dad - he - to - in - it - look - my - mom - up - on)

Math: We will conclude Chapter 12 "Counting On and Back" and I will be assessing it Friday or Monday, December 17 

Objectives: the students will 

*revisit associating fingers with numbers

*ordering numbers to 10

*In addition, I have a few more gingerbread math activities planned this week (number ordering: fill in the missing numbers- gingerbread symmetry - patterning) 

Vocabulary: fewer - less - more - most

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 16 (December 10-14, 2018) "Character's Emotions" 

"Looking in the Mirror" - "Identifying the Emotions of Characters" - "Connecting to a Character's Emotions" - "Focusing on How Characters Express Emotions"

Some Friendly Reminders...

DECEMBER


10    TTEA Meeting (Library)

10    Choir Enrichment Performance; 6:30 pm

11    “Lean on Me” - 3rd Grade Bake Sale

11     SAC Meeting; 5:30 pm

18 Agster's Winter Party (8:45 a.m.)

19    KidStage Performance; 6:30 pm

21    No School; Winter Break 12/21/18-1/6/19

JANUARY

07    1st day back from Winter Break

14    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library

16    Spelling Bee; 1:45-2:45 pm

18    No School; Professional Development (Staff only)

21    No School; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

23    Showcase Evening; event for all families 

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December 3, 2018

Dear Families,

     Happy December... the sun is bright, but the temperature says "BRRR!"  

Theme/Unit: Gingerbread

ReadingRUN, RUN, RUN as fast as you can... why it's The Gingerbread Baby - The Gingerbread Man - The Gingerbread Boy - The Gingerbread Girl - Gingerbread Pirates all arriving in our classroom this week to be enjoyed by all! I love teaching this unit:-) It's a great opportunity to review/teach "characters, settings, problems/solutions, and that sequential, detailed retell (beginning - middle - ending.) We will also collaboratively and creatively work on a giant gingerbread house (a paper one) which will be on display on the wall outside our classroom at the end of the week.  

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "e" and "z" these are our final lowercase letters (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... E and Z, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k, lowercase letters that have a "hump..." n - r - m - u, letters that begin with a "slanted or diagonal line"... v - x - w - y, and letters that begin with a "curve..." f - s)

High-Frequency Word(s:) up - on (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the - dad - he - to - in - it - look - my - mom)

Math: We will begin Chapter 12 "Counting On and Back" this week

Objectives: the students will 

*revisit associating fingers with numbers

*ordering numbers to 10

*In addition, I have lots of fun gingerbread math activities planned throughout the week (number sequencing from 1-20 by connecting the dots - "count on" from a given number and write the remaining numbers in sequential order - addition - patterning - shapes) 

Vocabulary: fewer - less - more - most

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 15 (December 3-7, 2018) "Body Language" 

"Noticing the Feelings in Movement" - "Reading Faces to Name Feelings" - "Reading Eyes to Name Feelings" - "Reading Body Language to Name Feelings"

Some Friendly Reminders...

DECEMBER

5 Vision and Hearing Screening for Agster's Class

5 I will be having a sub for the full day so I can assess my students one on one in reading and have a strategic planning day with my teammate in the afternoon

6 Book orders are due

10    TTEA Meeting (Library)

10    Choir Enrichment Performance; 6:30 pm

18 Agster's Winter Party (time to be announced)

19    KidStage Performance; 6:30

21    No School; Winter Break 12/21/18-1/6/19 

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November 26, 2018

Dear Families,

     I am looking forward to seeing your child in the morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones and friends. I sure enjoyed having all my children home together and all the home cooked meals! College students really miss home cooking:-)  

Theme/Unit: Needs and Wants

Reading: we will reading about needs and wants and the differences between the two

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "f" and "s" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "curved line" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... F and S, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k, lowercase letters that have a "hump..." n - r - m - u, and letters that begin with a "slanted or diagonal line"... v - x - w - y)

High-Frequency Word(s:) my - mom (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the - dad - he - to - in - it - look)

Math: We will conclude Chapter 9 "Comparing Sets" and I will be assessing it at the end of the week

Objectives: the students will 

*learn to compare sets of up to 20 to find the difference between the two sets

*understand "most and fewest"

*review the concept of "one more" by using ten frames to "count on"

Vocabulary: fewer - less - more - most

Social Studies: We will begin a mini PBL unit on "Needs and Wants" this week

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 14 (November 26 - 30, 2018) "Awareness and Expression of Emotion" 

"Increasing Awareness of Emotion" - "Expressing Emotions Through Drawing or Writing" - "Sharing Emotions by Using "I-Messages" - "Being Set Up to Feel what Others Feel"

Some Friendly Reminders...

NOVEMBER

19    Thanksgiving Week; School closed 11/19-23

26    School resumes

30    December Volunteer Calendar due

DECEMBER

5 Vision and Hearing Screening for Agster's Class

10    TTEA Meeting (Library)

10    Choir Enrichment Performance; 6:30 pm

18 Agster's Winter Party (time to be announced)

19    KidStage Performance; 6:30

21    No School; Winter Break 12/21/18-1/6/19 

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November 12, 2018

Dear Families,

     I look forward to meeting with all families this week... the conference will last 20 minutes and take place in our classroom (children do not attend, thank you.)

Theme/Unit: Thanksgiving and our program (the children are excited to share songs, chants/poems, their props, laughter, and some other surprises. See you on Friday, November 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Reading: we will continue reading about the first Thanksgiving and all the delicious food we will enjoy around our Thanksgiving tables

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "w" and "y" and what's special about these formations is that they both have  "slanted lines" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... W and Y, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k, lowercase letters that have a "hump..." n - r - m - u, and letters that begin with a "slanted or diagonal line"... v - x)

High-Frequency Word(s:) look (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the - dad - he - to - in - it)

Math: We will begin Chapter 9 "Comparing Sets"

Objectives: the students will 

*learn to compare sets of up to 20 to find the difference between the two sets

*understand "most and fewest"

*review the concept of "one more" by using ten frames to "count on"

Vocabulary: fewer - less - more - most

Social Studies: We will conclude discussing the first Thanksgiving

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 13 (November 12 - 16, 2018) "Awareness and Tolerance of Emotion" 

"Increasing Students' Awareness of Their Emotional Responses" - "Exploring the Emotional Differences of Girls and Boys" - "Creating Tolerance for Feeling All Emotions" - "Feeling Safe to Express Emotions"

Some Friendly Reminders...


NOVEMBER

12    Conference Week; 11/12-16/18 (Sign Up Genius coming this week)

12    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the library

14    5th Grade Parents; Thanksgiving Feast with student 

16    Our Kindergarten "Thanksgiving Program" in our classroom at 12:30 pm... MARK YOUR CALENDARS, you won't want to miss this adorable program!       

19    Thanksgiving Week; School closed 11/19-23 

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November 5, 2018

Dear Families,

     I look forward to meeting with all families next week, November 12 - 15. The conference will last 20 minutes and take place in our classroom.

Theme/Unit: Thanksgiving and preparation for our program

Reading: we will continue reading about the first Thanksgiving

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "v" and "x" and what's special about these formations is that they both have  "slanted lines" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... V and X, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k, and lowercase letters that have a "hump..." n - r - m - u)

High-Frequency Word(s:) in - it (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the - dad - he - to)

Math: We will review Chapter 6 "Numbers to 20"  and I will assess it (before moving on to Chapter 9 "Comparing Sets")

Objectives: the students will 

*count up to 20 objects by using one to one correspondence

*learn to compare and sequence numbers to 20

*build on the concept of "one more" by using ten frames (this will become a favorite of your student) to "count on"

Vocabulary: one more - one less - ten through twenty)

Social Studies: We will continue discussing the first Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 12 (November 5 - 9, 2018) "Expressing and Recognizing Emotions " 

"Recognizing Hurt in the Body" - "Recognizing Fear in the Body" - "Expressing Love" - "Paying Attention to Emotions"

Some Friendly Reminders...

*Just some "friendly reminders..." please sign up for a Parent/Teacher conference the week of November 12th - return both the signed gold slip AND the blue Chapter 4 math assessment... thank you and let me know if you have any questions - NO SCHOOL for students (Professional Development Day for teachers) next Tuesday, November 6.


NOVEMBER

06    No School - Staff Professional Development Day

07    KidStage Performance; 6:30 pm in the Gym

07    Intermediate Orchestra Performance at Redstone; 6:00 call time

07    TTEA - Mom’s Night Out Paint-A-Sign

09    Dine & Dash at Parry’s Pizza; 4:00-9:00 pm

12    Conference Week; 11/12-16/18 (Sign Up Genius coming this week)

12    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the library

14    5th Grade Parents; Thanksgiving Feast with student 

16    Our Kindergarten "Thanksgiving Program" in our classroom at 12:30 pm... MARK YOUR CALENDARS, you won't want to miss this adorable program!       

19    Thanksgiving Week; School closed 11/19-23 

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October 29, 2018

Theme/Unit: Halloween and the first Thanksgiving

Reading: we will be reading about monsters and spiders and the first Thanksgiving

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "m" and "u" and what's special about these formations is that they both have a "hump" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... M and U, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k, and lowercase letters that have a "hump..." n - r)

High-Frequency Word(s:) to (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the - dad - he)

Math: We will conclude Chapter 6 "Numbers to 20." I have several Halloween math activities planned throughout the week: uniquely "shaped" pumpkins - dot to dots - jack -o-lantern 10 frames - matching and counting Halloween things to a given number - symmetry  

Objectives: the students will 

*count up to 20 objects by using one to one correspondence

*learn to compare and sequence numbers to 20

*build on the concept of "one more" by using ten frames (this will become a favorite of your student) to "count on"

Vocabulary: one more - one less - ten through twenty)

Science: Spiders

Social Studies: We will begin discussing the first Thanksgiving later in the week

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 11 (October 29 - November 2, 2018) "Naming, Expressing, and Recognizing Emotions " 

"Naming the 6 Emotions " - "Expressing Happiness" - "Recognizing Sadness In Our Body" - "Recognizing Anger In Our Body"

Some Friendly Reminders...

*Just some "friendly reminders..." please sign up for a Parent/Teacher conference the week of November 12th - return both the signed gold slip AND the blue Chapter 4 math assessment... thank you and let me know if you have any questions - NO SCHOOL for students (Professional Development Day for teachers) next Tuesday, November 6.


OCTOBER

31    Kindergarten Halloween Celebration at 9:00 am in our classroom... ALL are invited

NOVEMBER

06    No School - Staff Professional Development Day

07    KidStage Performance; 6:30 pm in the Gym

07    Intermediate Orchestra Performance at Redstone; 6:00 call time

07    TTEA - Mom’s Night Out Paint-A-Sign

09    Dine & Dash at Parry’s Pizza; 4:00-9:00 pm

12    Conference Week; 11/12-16/18 (Sign Up Genius coming this week)

12    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the library

14    5th Grade Parents; Thanksgiving Feast with student        

19    Thanksgiving Week; School closed 11/19-23 

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October 22, 2018

Theme/Unit: Halloween

Reading: we will be reading about ghosts, bats, jack-o-lanterns and the growth of a pumpkin from "seed to jack-o-lantern," and friendly witches

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "n" and "r" and what's special about these formations is that they both have a "hump" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... N and R, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q and lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k)

High-Frequency Word(s:) dad - he (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me - see - the)

Math: We will continue Chapter 6 "Numbers to 20." I have several Halloween math activities planned throughout the week: uniquely "shaped" pumpkins - dot to dots - jack -o-lantern 10 frames - matching and counting Halloween things to a given number - symmetry  

Objectives: the students will 

*count up to 20 objects by using one to one correspondence

*learn to compare and sequence numbers to 20

*build on the concept of "one more" by using ten frames (this will become a favorite of your student) to "count on"

Vocabulary: one more - one less - ten through twenty)

Science: We will learn about the growth from seed to jack-o-lantern

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 10 (October 22 - 26, 2018) "Students' Strengths:

"Discovering Students' Strengths: Musical Ability " - "Discovering Students' Strengths: Interpersonal Ability" - "Discovering Students' Strengths: Intrapersonal Ability" - "Discovering Students' Strengths: Naturalist Ability"

Some Friendly Reminders...

*Just a "friendly reminder..." please return both the signed gold slip AND the blue Chapter 4 math assessment... thank you and let me know if you have any questions.


*Please send in your $25.00 party fee (which covers the whole year) as soon as possible (thank you to those that have already!) in an envelope with your child's name and Allyson Kreycik (a room parent.) My party committee will be preparing for a very FUN FILLED Halloween celebration... THANK YOU!


OCTOBER

25    TTEA Family Halloween Bingo Night at 6:30 pm

31    Kindergarten Halloween Celebration at 9:00 am (information coming soon) 

NOVEMBER

06    No School - Staff Professional Development Day

07    KidStage Performance; 6:30 pm in the Gym

07    Intermediate Orchestra Performance at Redstone; 6:00 call time

07    TTEA - Mom’s Night Out Paint-A-Sign

09    Dine & Dash at Parry’s Pizza; 4:00-9:00 pm

12    Conference Week; 11/12-16/18 (Sign Up Genius coming this week)

12    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the library

14    5th Grade Parents; Thanksgiving Feast with student        

19    Thanksgiving Week; School closed 11/19-23

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October 15, 2018

WELCOME BACK... I hope everyone had a delightful Fall break with loved ones! I sure did with my family, but I am anxiously awaiting the November break when all 3 of my children will be home together in Colorado. I look forward to seeing my students in the morning and hearing all about their adventures last week!

Theme/Unit: Fall and Apples

Reading: we will be reading about the season of "fall" and the growth of an apple from "seed to that nutritious fruit"

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "l" and "p" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "stick or line" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... L and P, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q and lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i - j - k)

High-Frequency Word(s:) see - the (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is - like - me)

Math: We will begin Chapter 6 "Numbers to 20" 

Objectives: the students will 

*count up to 20 objects by using one to one correspondence

*learn to compare and sequence numbers to 20

*build on the concept of "one more" by using ten frames (this will become a favorite of your student) to "count on"

Vocabulary: one more - one less - ten through twenty)

Science: We will discuss the beautiful season "Autumn" and the life cycle of an "apple seed"

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 9 (October 15 - 19, 2018) "Students' Strengths:

"Discovering Students' Strengths: Linguistic Ability " - "Discovering Students' Strengths: Logical/Mathematical Ability" - "Discovering Students' Strengths: Spatial Ability" - "Discovering Students' Strengths: Bodily-Kinesthetic"

Some Friendly Reminders...

*Just a "friendly reminder..." please return both the signed gold slip AND the white Chapter 2 math assessment... thank you and let me know if you have any questions.


*Please send in your $25.00 party fee (which covers the whole year) as soon as possible (thank you to those that have already!) in an envelope with your child's name and Allyson Kreycik (a room parent.) My party committee will be preparing for a very FUN FILLED Halloween celebration... THANK YOU!


OCTOBER

15    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the library

17    4th Grade Onsite Presentation

18    Picture Re-Take Day

25    TTEA Family Halloween Bingo Night at 6:30 pm

31    Kindergarten Halloween Celebration at 9:00 am  

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October 1, 2018

Theme/Unit: You Are My Sunshine

Reading: we will be reading about the "earth - moon - temperatures"

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "j" and "k" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "stick or line" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... J and K, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q and lowercase letters that begin with a "stick"... b - h - t - i)

High-Frequency Word(s:) like - me (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go - is)

Math: We will conclude Chapter 4 "Numbers to 10" 

Objectives: the students will 

*compose and decompose numbers through 5 to help build a strong foundation with number facts 

*count up to 20  and compare numerals to sets using the terms more, less, fewer, and the same number. They will also learn to count how many in all, which is the basic form of addition.

Vocabulary: one more - one less - fewer)

Science: This week, the students will continue our 2 week PBL unit on the "sun." We will be learning about the Colorado state standard... "the sun influences the temperature on the Earth due to the sun's rotation." we will be discussing such questions as: "How does the sun impact the Earth?" and "What happens when the sun's light is blocked?" 

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 8 (October 1 - 5, 2018) "Goals and Strengths:

"Generating Weekly Goals" - "Using Both Sides of the Brain" - "Reflecting on Goals" - "Introducing Students' Strengths"

October Volunteers: will begin this week

Some Friendly Reminders...

*Just a "friendly reminder..." please return both the signed gold slip AND the white Chapter 2 math assessment... thank you and let me know if you have any questions


*Fall Break begins Monday, October 8 (school resumes Monday, October 15)


OCTOBER

01    Shaved Ice Truck; Move-a-Thon reward during recess

04    KidStage Performance; 6:30 pm in the Gym

08    Fall Break; 10/8-10/12; back to school 10/15

15    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the library

17    4th Grade Onsite Presentation

18    Picture Re-Take Day

25    TTEA Family Halloween Bingo Night at 6:30 pm

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September 24, 2018

Theme/Unit: You Are My Sunshine

Reading: we will be reading about the "sun"

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "t" and "i" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "stick or line" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... T and I, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q)

High-Frequency Word(s:) is (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at - can - go)

Math: We will continue Chapter 4 "Numbers to 10" 

Objectives: the students will 

*compose and decompose numbers through 5 to help build a strong foundation with number facts 

*count up to 20  and compare numerals to sets using the terms more, less, fewer, and the same number. They will also learn to count how many in all, which is the basic form of addition.

Vocabulary: one more - one less - fewer)

Science: This week, the students will be participating in a 2 week PBL unit on the "sun." We will be learning about the Colorado state standard... "the sun influences the temperature on the Earth due to the sun's rotation." we will be discussing such questions as: "How does the sun impact the Earth?" and "What happens when the sun's light is blocked?" 

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 7 (September 24 - 28, 2018) "Friendship and Gratitude:" 

"Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude" - "Qualities of a Friend" - "Making Friends" - "Identifying Ways to Behave in Friendship"

October Volunteers: will begin next week (look for an October sign up calendar in your child's homework folder on Monday afternoon... I'll send a confirmation to those who choose to sign up)

Some Friendly Reminders...


*Just a "friendly reminder..." please return both the signed gold slip AND the white Chapter 2 math assessment... thank you and let me know if you have any questions


SEPTEMBER

24    Book Fair begins; ends on the 28th

25    Official Student Count day - Please make sure your student is here

25    Parent Info Night; 6:00-7:00 pm (come hear our principal and superintendent  speak about funding etc.)

26    Dads and Donuts; 7:45 am on the grassy knoll 

OCTOBER

01    Shaved Ice Truck; Move-a-Thon reward during recess

04    KidStage Performance; 6:30 pm in the Gym

08    Fall Break; 10/8-10/12; back to school 10/15

15    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the library

17    4th Grade Onsite Presentation

18    Picture Re-Take Day

25    TTEA Family Halloween Bingo Night at 6:30 pm

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September 17, 2018

Theme/Unit: A mini unit on our Five Senses

Reading: we will be reading about our "Five Senses"... seeing - touching - hearing - smelling - tasting

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "b" and "h" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "stick or line" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... B and H, in addition, please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q)

High-Frequency Word(s:) can - go (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am - at)

Math: I will assess Chapter 2 "Numbers to 9" and we will begin Chapter 4 "Numbers to 10" 

Objectives: the students will 

*compose and decompose numbers through 5 to help build a strong foundation with number facts 

*count up to 20  and compare numerals to sets using the terms more, less, fewer, and the same number. They will also learn to count how many in all, which is the basic form of addition.

Vocabulary: one more - one less - fewer)

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all

*We will conclude our first PBL (Project Based Learning) Unit "Family Ties." We have been learning about the importance of family members, their roles, and about their past - present - futures. The students have been sharing their interview answers and are doing a great job of asking a few additional questions of their own. The baby pictures have been one of my favorite parts of this PBL (the students love looking at one and another as babies... they are on display in the hallway for all to admire and enjoy... simply ADORABLE!)

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 6 (September 17 - 20, 2018) "Focusing on Random Acts of Kindness" -  "Making Mistakes" -  "Encouraging Risk Taking"

Some Friendly Reminders...


*Just a "friendly reminder..." please return both the signed gold slip AND the blue Chapter 1 math assessment... thank you and let me know if you have any questions


SEPTEMBER

19    Taste of DCSD Nutrition Services Open House

20    Move-A-Thon

21    No School - Staff Professional Development Day

24    Book Fair begins; ends on the 28th

25    Official Student Count day - Please make sure your student is here

25    Parent Info Night; 6:00-7:00 pm

26    Dads and Donuts; 7:45 am on the grassy knoll (date changed from 25th to 26th)  

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September 10, 2018

Theme/Unit: Families continued

Reading: we will continue reading about "families" and I will be incorporating Mercer Mayer's books (this will be our first author study)

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "g" and "q" and what's special about these formations is that they both contain "magic c" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... G and Q)

High-Frequency Word(s:) at (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name - am)

Math: we will continue Chapter 2 "Numbers to 9" 

Objectives: the students will 

*count up to 9 objects by using one to one correspondence 

*compare two sets of   objects to determine if there is a difference of 1 more, 1 less, or the same number of objects 

Vocabulary: six - seven - eight - nine - five - one more - one less - the same number)

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all

*We will continue our first PBL (Project Based Learning) Unit "Family Ties." This unit will last 2 weeks as we learn the importance of family members and about their past - our present - and our futures. During PBL units, the students will be introduced to the 4 C's (communication - collaboration - critical thinking - creativity.) This unit will focus on "communication." The students will learn to communicate both in and outside of the classroom. Our summative projects will be a "family album and crest."

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 5 (September 10 - 14, 2018) "Definition of Bullying" -  "Paying Attention to Bullying" -  "Taking Action When Being Bullied" - "Taking Action When Watching Bullying"

Some Friendly Reminders...


*Just a "friendly reminder..." please return both the signed gold slip AND the blue Chapter 1 math assessment... thank you and let me know if you have any questions


SEPTEMBER

10    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the library

11    5th Grade Field Trip to Young Ameritowne

13    Destination Imagination Fun Night at RCHS; 6:30-8:00 pm

19    Taste of DCSD Nutrition Services Open House

20    Move-A-Thon

21    No School - Staff Professional Development Day

24    Book Fair begins; ends on the 28th

25    Official Student Count day - Please make sure your student is here

25    Parent Info Night; 6:00-7:00 pm

26    Dads and Donuts; 7:45 am on the grassy knoll (date changed from 25th to 26th) 

September 4, 2018

Theme/Unit: Families

Reading: we will be reading about "families" and I will be incorporating Mercer Mayer's books (this will be our first author study)

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "a" and "d" and what's special about these formations is that they both contain "magic c" (we will also review the UPPERCASE letters... A and D)

High-Frequency Word(s:) am - at (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... readingspelling, and writing the following words: name)

Math: we will begin Chapter 2 "Numbers to 9" which we will be involved with for the next 2 weeks 

Objectives: the students will 

*count up to 9 objects by using one to one correspondence 

*compare two sets of   objects to determine if there is a difference of 1 more, 1 less, or the same number of objects 

Vocabulary: six - seven - eight - nine - five - one more - one less - the same number)

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all

*We will begin our first PBL (Project Based Learning) Unit "Family Ties." This unit will last 2 weeks as we learn the importance of family members and about their past - our present - and our futures. During PBL units, the students will be introduced to the 4 C's (communication - collaboration - critical thinking - creativity.) This unit will focus on "communication." The students will learn to communicate both in and outside of the classroom. Our summative projects will be a "family album and crest."

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 4 (September 4 - 7, 2018) "Calming the Brain by Focusing on the Body" -  "Calming the Brain by Focusing on the Heart" -  "Calming the Brain Through Progressive Body Relaxation" - "Balancing the Nervous System"

Some Friendly Reminders...


SEPTEMBER

03    No School - Labor Day

07    Annual Mother Son Kickball at 4:30 pm

10    TTEA Meeting; 9:00 am in the library

11    5th Grade Field Trip to Young Ameritowne

13    Destination Imagination Fun Night at RCHS; 6:30-8:00 pm

19    Taste of DCSD Nutrition Services Open House

20    Move-A-Thon

21    No School - Staff Professional Development Day

24    Book Fair begins; ends on the 28th

25    Official Student Count day - Please make sure your student is here

25    Parent Info Night; 6:00-7:00 pm

26    Dads and Donuts; 7:45 am on the grassy knoll (date changed from 25th to 26th)

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August 27, 2018 

Theme: finish "colors" and "alphabet fun"

Reading: we will continue reading about "colors" and enjoy "alphabet books"

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "c" and "o" and what's special about these formations (they begin with magic "c")

High-Frequency Word: name (we will practice reading this word and locating it on our papers)

Math: we have been working on Chapter 1 "Numbers to 5" and will finish this week 

Objectives: the students have been *counting up to 5 objects by using one to one correspondence and *learning how to identify "same and different" attributes of objects 

Vocabulary: one - two - three - four - five - same (alike) - different (not the same)

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 3 (August 27 - 31, 2018) "Calming the Brain by Belly Breathing" - "Calming the Brain Through Mindfulness" - "Calming the Brain by Putting Pressure on the Body" - 

"Calming the Brain by Scanning the Body" 

Week 2 (August 20 - 23, 2018) "Learning About the Brain" - "Connecting the Brain to Safety" - "Learning About the Nervous System" - "Waking Up the Brain"

Week 1(August 13 - 16, 2018) "Creating Safety in the Classroom" - "Sharing Vulnerability" - "Honoring the Needs for Safety" - "Building A Sense of Belonging"

Friendly Upcoming Reminders...

AUGUST
27    orange day
28    NO SCHOOL (assessment day)
29    yellow day
30    favorite color