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October 25, 2020

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 "Hybrid Assignments" 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 TTPTO.) My "eyes" (send a written note or email me,) "ears" (talk with me anytime,) and my "heart" are always OPEN to YOU and your child. It's going to be a "paws"itively great year for all!

Respectfully,

Jenny Agster                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

A quick glance at the week of October 26, 2020 

Theme/Unit: let the halloween fun continue

Reading: we will be reading fun stories about ghosts - bats - spiders - monsters

Sight Word(s): like -me (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... reading, spelling, and writing these words: the - see - can - is - go - at - am - I - name)

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: d and s (please review the following with your child: g - a - o - c - u - i - m - n - f - t - b )

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  

Week of August 24... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      

Week of August 31... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        

Week of September 7... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 14... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 21... we reviewed the circle - bubble - double bubble - tree thinking maps  

Week of September 28... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships

Week of October 5... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

This Week... I will introduce the Multi-Flow map which is used for cause and effect (we did NOT get to this last week because we reviewed and used several of the other thinking maps)

Math: we will continue Topic 2 in enVision math "Comparing Numbers to 5" (equal - not equal - greater than - less than)

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

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 9 (October 26 - 29, 2020) "Students' Strengths" (across the curriculum)

Week 8 (October 19 - 22, 2020)   "Goals and Strengths"

Week 7 (October 5 - 7, 2020) "Friendship and Gratitude"

Week 6 (September 28 - October 1, 2020) "Random Acts of Kindness" -  "Making Mistakes" -  "Encouraging Risk Taking"

Week 5 (September 21 - 24 , 2020) "Bullying" (definition of bullying)

Week 4 (September 14 - 17, 2020)  "Calming the Brain by Focusing on the Body and on the heart"

Week 3 (September 8 - 11, 2020) "Calming the brain through exercises" 

Week 2 (August 31 - September 4, 2020) "Learning About the Brain" - "Connecting the Brain to Safety" - "Waking Up the Brain"

Week 1 (August 24 - 28, 2020) "Creating Safety in the Classroom" through sharing and building a sense of belonging

Science: fire safety

Friendly Upcoming Reminders...

OCTOBER

30 Fall Fun Day. (wear your favorite Halloween shirt)

NOVEMBER

3    Professional Development; NO STUDENTS

9    Conference Week; November 9-12 23  Thanksgiving Break begins; NO SCHOOL November 23-27

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Just in case you missed something from previous weeks... October 19, 2020 

Theme/Unit: let the halloween fun begin

Reading: we will be reading about the growth of a "pumpkin seed to a jack-o-lantern"

Sight Word(s): see -the (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... reading, spelling, and writing these words: can - is - go - at - am - I - name)

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: a (I will refer to this as the "awkard a") and g (I will refer to this as the "goofy g") (please review the following with your child: o - c - u - i - m - n - f - t - b )

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  

Week of August 24... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      

Week of August 31... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        

Week of September 7... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 14... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 21... we reviewed the circle - bubble - double bubble - tree thinking maps  

Week of September 28... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships

Week of October 5... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

This Week... I will introduce the Multi-Flow map which is used for cause and effect

Math: we will begin Topic 2 in enVision math "Comparing Numbers to 5"

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

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 8 (October 19 - 22, 2020)   "Goals and Strengths"

Week 7 (October 5 - 7, 2020) "Friendship and Gratitude"

Week 6 (September 28 - October 1, 2020) "Random Acts of Kindness" -  "Making Mistakes" -  "Encouraging Risk Taking"

Week 5 (September 21 - 24 , 2020) "Bullying" (definition of bullying)

Week 4 (September 14 - 17, 2020)  "Calming the Brain by Focusing on the Body and on the heart"

Week 3 (September 8 - 11, 2020) "Calming the brain through exercises" 

Week 2 (August 31 - September 4, 2020) "Learning About the Brain" - "Connecting the Brain to Safety" - "Waking Up the Brain"

Week 1 (August 24 - 28, 2020) "Creating Safety in the Classroom" through sharing and building a sense of belonging

Science: the growth of a seed to a pumpkin

Friendly Upcoming Reminders...

OCTOBER

19  In Person learning resumes for Elementary, 5 days

NOVEMBER

3    Professional Development; NO STUDENTS

9    Conference Week; November 9-13. 23  Thanksgiving Break begins; NO SCHOOL November 23-27

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October 5, 2020 (You will find daily assignments under the tab "Hybrid Assignments for At Home Learning")

Theme/Unit: the beautiful season of autumn

Reading: we will be reading books about my favorite season "autumn"

Sight Word(s): can (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... reading, spelling, and writing these words: is - go - at - am - I - name)

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: c and o (please review the following with your child: u - i - m - n - f - t - b )

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  

Week of August 24... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      

Week of August 31... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        

Week of September 7... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 14... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 21... we reviewed the circle - bubble - double bubble - tree thinking maps  

Week of September 28... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships

This Week... I will introduce the Flow Map which is used for sequencing

Math: number quantities and sequencing

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

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 7 (October 5 - 7, 2020) "Friendship and Gratitude"

Week 6 (September 28 - October 1, 2020) "Random Acts of Kindness" -  "Making Mistakes" -  "Encouraging Risk Taking"

Week 5 (September 21 - 24 , 2020) "Bullying" (definition of bullying)

Week 4 (September 14 - 17, 2020)  "Calming the Brain by Focusing on the Body and on the heart"

Week 3 (September 8 - 11, 2020) "Calming the brain through exercises" 

Week 2 (August 31 - September 4, 2020) "Learning About the Brain" - "Connecting the Brain to Safety" - "Waking Up the Brain"

Week 1 (August 24 - 28, 2020) "Creating Safety in the Classroom" through sharing and building a sense of belonging

Friendly Upcoming Reminders...

OCTOBER

5    TTE PTO Meeting (Zoom); 9:00am

5    Berg Haus fundraiser

7    5:00pm SAC Meeting (meet.google.com/mew-vyfy-vkq)

8    Asynchronous Learning from home - all students

8    Berg Haus fundraiser

9    Asynchronous Learning from home (no virtual meeting w/teachers) - all students

12  Fall Break begins; NO SCHOOL October 12-16

19  In Person learning resumes for Elementary, 5 days

NOVEMBER

3    Professional Development; NO STUDENTS

9    Conference Week; November 9-13. 23  Thanksgiving Break begins; NO SCHOOL November 23-27

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September 28, 2020 (You will find daily assignments under the tab "Hybrid Assignments for At Home Learning") 

Theme/Unit: our 2nd author study, books by Laura Numeroff

Reading: we will be reading books by the above author (Have your heard her first one, If You Give a Mouse A Cookie?)

Sight Word(s): is (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... reading, spelling, and writing these words: go - at - am - I - name)

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "i and u... our first vowels" (please review the following with your child: m - n - f - t - b )

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  

Week of August 24... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      

Week of August 31... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        

Week of September 7... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 14... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 21... we reviewed the circle - bubble - double bubble - tree thinking maps  

This Week... I will introduce the Brace Map which is used for part to whole relationships

Math: we will complete Topic 1 "Numbers to 5" and I will be assessing it

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

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 6 (September 28 - October 1, 2020) "Random Acts of Kindness" -  "Making Mistakes" -  "Encouraging Risk Taking"

Week 5 (September 21 - 24 , 2020) "Bullying" (definition of bullying)

Week 4 (September 14 - 17, 2020)  "Calming the Brain by Focusing on the Body and on the heart"

Week 3 (September 8 - 11, 2020) "Calming the brain through exercises" 

Week 2 (August 31 - September 4, 2020) "Learning About the Brain" - "Connecting the Brain to Safety" - "Waking Up the Brain"

Week 1 (August 24 - 28, 2020) "Creating Safety in the Classroom" through sharing and building a sense of belonging

Friendly Upcoming Reminders...

OCTOBER

8 NO IN PERSON SCHOOL for Cohort B (I will send hybrid assignments home and email them to you)

9 NO GOOGLE HANGOUT for Cohort A or B (I will send hybrid assignments home and email them to you)

12  Fall Break begins; NO SCHOOL October 12-16

19 School Resumes for BOTH cohorts and IN PERSON learning begins :-)

NOVEMBER

3    Professional Development; NO STUDENTS

9    Conference Week; November 9-13. 23  Thanksgiving Break begins; NO SCHOOL November 23-27

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September 21, 2020 (You will find daily assignments under the tab "Hybrid Assignments for At Home Learning")

Theme/Unit: Families (continued)

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

Sight Word(s): go (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... reading, spelling, and writing these words: at - am - I - name)

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "n and m" (please review the following with your child: f - t - b )

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  

Week of August 24... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      

Week of August 31... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        

Week of September 7... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 14... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

This week... we will review the circle - bubble - double bubble - tree thinking maps  

Math: we are almost done working in Topic 1 "Numbers to 5" and will continue this week

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 entails 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 21 - 24 , 2020) "Bullying" (definition of bullying)

Week 4 (September 14 - 17, 2020)  "Calming the Brain by Focusing on the Body and on the heart"

Week 3 (September 8 - 11, 2020) "Calming the brain through exercises" 

Week 2 (August 31 - September 4, 2020) "Learning About the Brain" - "Connecting the Brain to Safety" - "Waking Up the Brain"

Week 1 (August 24 - 28, 2020) "Creating Safety in the Classroom" through sharing and building a sense of belonging

Friendly Upcoming Reminders...

OCTOBER

12  Fall Break begins; NO SCHOOL October 12-16

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September 14, 2020 (You will find daily assignments under the tab "Hybrid Assignments for At Home Learning")

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)

Sight Word(s): am - at (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... reading, spelling, and writing these words: I - name)

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "f" (please review the following with your child: b - t )

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  

Week of August 24... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      

Week of August 31... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        

Week of September 7... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

This Week... I will be introducing the Tree Map which is used for classifying - main topic - details  

Math: we have been working in Topic 1 "Numbers to 5" and will continue this week

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 3 (September 8 - 11, 2020) "Calming the brain through exercises" 

Week 2 (August 31 - September 4, 2020) "Learning About the Brain" - "Connecting the Brain to Safety" - "Waking Up the Brain"

Week 1(August 24 - 28, 2020) "Creating Safety in the Classroom" through sharing and building a sense of belonging

Friendly Upcoming Reminders...

SEPTEMBER

15  Curriculum Night (Virtual) - KG & 1st Grades

16  Curriculum Night (Virtual) - 2nd & 3rd Grades

17  Curriculum Night (Virtual) - 4th & 5th Grades

OCTOBER

12  Fall Break begins; NO SCHOOL October 12-16