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 September 16, 2018


jennifer.agster@dcsdk12.org


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 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 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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Just in case you missed something from previous weeks... 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