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December 8, 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" are 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 (one for the a.m. and one for the p.m.) 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 on Tuesday or Thursday for check out  

*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 December 9, 2019

Dear Families,

SEASON"S GREETINGS!!! 

Theme/Unit: Gingerbread through Wednesday and Holidays/Family Traditions Reading: The 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 throughout 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. The students will be decorating a giant "gingerbread house" outside our classroom (we did not get to this on Friday.) We will wrap up this delicious unit on Wednesday. Your child's 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. High-Frequency Word(s:) we - and (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... reading, spelling, and writing the following words: am - at - go - can - is - see - the - like - me - dad - he - to - name - in - it - look - mom - my - up - on) Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: I have introduced all the letters. Please have your child practice and review these magic "c" lowercase letters... c - o - a - d - g - q, letters that begin with a "stick or straight line"... b - h - t - i - j - k - l - p, lowercase letters that have a "hump"... n - r - m - u, lowercase letters that begin with a "slant or diagonal line"... v - x - w - y - z, and letters that begin with a "curve"... e - f - s Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                    Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                      Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting                                                                                                                   Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps                                                                                                                 Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details                                                                                                              Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                          Week of September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing Week of September 30... Multi - Flow Maps are used for cause and effect Week of October 7... review by using Laura Numeroff's books Week of November 4... I will introduce the bridge map which is used for analogies/relationships All thinking maps have been introduced

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: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all. I also continue incorporating "Pack Pride"

In Focus Program / Pack PrideWeek 15 (December 9 - 12, 2019)  "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 02    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library 09    Choir Enrichment Performance; 6:00 pm in the Gym 11    KidStage Performance; 6:00 pm in the Gym 12    SAC Meeting; 5:00 pm in the Library

17 Our winter celebration (10:45 a.m. All are invited to attend) 20    Winter Break Begins; No School (12-20/19 - 1/6/20) Return 1/7/20                                                                                                                          

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Just in case you missed something from previous weeks... December 2, 2019

Dear Families,

     WELCOME BACK... 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: Gingerbread Reading: RUN, RUN, RUN as fast as you can... why it's The Gingerbread Man - The Gingerbread Baby - The Gingerbread Boy - The Gingerbread Girl 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. High-Frequency Word(s:) up - on (Please have your child review their learning by practicing... reading, spelling, and writing the following words: am - at - go - can - is - see - the - like - me - dad - he - to - name - in - it - look - mom - my) Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "f" and "s" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "stick or 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, letters that begin with a "stick or straight line"... i - t - j - k - l - p, lowercase letters that have a "hump"... n - r - m - u, lowercase letters that begin with a "slant or diagonal line"... v - x - w - y - z, and letters that begin with a "curve"... e Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting                                                                                                                    Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps                                                                                                                  Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details                                                                                                               Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                          Week of September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing Week of September 30... Multi - Flow Maps are used for cause and effect Week of October 7... review by using Laura Numeroff's books Week of November 4... I will introduce the bridge map which is used for analogies/relationships All thinking maps have been introduced

Math: we will conclude 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 for your student) when "counting on"

Vocabulary: one more- one less - ten to twenty

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all. I also continue incorporating "Pack Pride"

In Focus Program / Pack PrideWeek 14 (December 2 - 5, 2019)   "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...

December 02    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library 09    Choir Enrichment Performance; 6:00 pm in the Gym 11    KidStage Performance; 6:00 pm in the Gym 12    SAC Meeting; 5:00 pm in the Library 20    Winter Break Begins; No School (12-20/19 - 1/6/20) Return 1/7/20   

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November 18, 2019


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 22 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

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

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "e" and "z" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "stick or line" (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, letters that begin with a "stick or straight line"... i - t - j - k - l - p, lowercase letters that have a "hump"... n - r - m - u, and lowercase letters that begin with a "slant or diagonal line"... v - x - w - y)

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                          Week of September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

Week of September 30... Multi - Flow Maps are used for cause and effect

Week of October 7... review by using Laura Numeroff's books

Week of November 4... I will introduce the bridge map which is used for analogies/relationships

All thinking maps have been introduced

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 for your student) when "counting on"

Vocabulary: one more- one less - ten to twenty

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all. I also continue incorporating "Pack Pride"

*We will conclude discussing what we are thankful for and the difference between "needs and wants"

In Focus Program / Pack PrideWeek 13 (November 18 - 22, 2019)  "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

20    5th Grade Thanksgiving Feast; 1:00 pm (revised lunch schedule for all others)

22 Our Thanksgiving Program (12:30 p.m.)

25    Thanksgiving Break Begins; No School 11/25-29

December 02    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library 09    Choir Enrichment Performance; 6:00 pm in the Gym 11    KidStage Performance; 6:00 pm in the Gym 12    SAC Meeting; 5:00 pm in the Library 20    Winter Break Begins; No School (12-20/19 - 1/6/20) Return 1/7/20

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November 12, 2019

Dear Families, I hope everyone had a nice 3 day weekend. Thank you for attending your child's conference and celebrating their growth and progress. I am very proud of all my students-)


Theme/Unit: Thanksgiving continued and a mini unit on "Needs and Wants"

Reading: we will be reading about what we are thankful for and "needs and wants" (and the differences between the two)

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

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "w" and "y" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "stick or line" (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, letters that begin with a "stick or straight line"... i - t - j - k - l - p, lowercase letters that have a "hump"... n - r - m - u, and lowercase letters that begin with a "slant or diagonal line"... v - x)

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                          Week of September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

Week of September 30... Multi - Flow Maps are used for cause and effect

Week of October 7... review by using Laura Numeroff's books

Week of November 4... I will introduce the bridge map which is used for analogies/relationships

All thinking maps have been introduced

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 for your student) when "counting on"

Vocabulary: one more- one less - ten to twenty

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all. I also continue incorporating "Pack Pride"

*We will continue discussing what we are thankful for and the difference between "needs and wants"

In Focus Program / Pack PrideWeek 12 (November 12 - 15, 2019) "Expressing and Recognizing Emotions

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

Some Friendly Reminders...


November

11    Professional Development Day; No School

14    Mom’s Night Out - Sign Painting at 6:00 pm

15    4th Grade Field Trip - Manitou Cliff Dwellings

20    5th Grade Thanksgiving Feast; 1:00 pm (revised lunch schedule for all others)

22 Our Thanksgiving Program (12:30 p.m.)

25    Thanksgiving Break Begins; No School 11/25-29

December 02    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library 09    Choir Enrichment Performance; 6:00 pm in the Gym 11    KidStage Performance; 6:00 pm in the Gym 12    SAC Meeting; 5:00 pm in the Library 20    Winter Break Begins; No School (12-20/19 - 1/6/20) Return 1/7/20                        

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November 4, 2019

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 preparation for our program

Reading: we will be reading about the first Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for

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

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "v" and "x" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "stick or line" (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, letters that begin with a "stick or straight line"... i - t - j - k - l - p, and lowercase letters that have a "hump"..." n - r - m - u

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                  Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                          Week of September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

Week of September 30... Multi - Flow Maps are used for cause and effect

Week of October 7... review by using Laura Numeroff's books

Week of November 4... I will introduce the bridge map which is used for analogies/relationships

Math: we will conclude Chapter 7 "Shapes, Solids, and Flats"

Objectives: the students will 

*learn to recognize and name flat and solid shapes through the number of faces, corners, and edges, and if they have straight sides or curved outlines

Vocabulary: solid - faces - corners - edges

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all. I also continue incorporating "Pack Pride"

*We will be discussing the first Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for

In Focus Program / Pack PrideWeek 11 (November 4 - 8, 2019) "Naming, Expressing, and Recognizing Emotions

"Naming the 6 Emotions " - "Expressing Happiness" - "Recognizing Sadness In Our Body" - "Recognizing Anger In Our Body" (we did not get to this last week due to the delayed start - snow day - Halloween)

Some Friendly Reminders...


NOVEMBER

04    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library

04    Conference Week; November 4-8

08    BASE Event; Boys Night In 6:00 pm 

11    Professional Development Day; No School

25    Thanksgiving Break Begins; No School 11/25-29                                  

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October 28, 2019

Theme/Unit: let the "Halloween" fun continue

Reading: we will be reading fun books about ghosts, bats, and spiders

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

Letter(s) / Sound(s) / Handwriting: "m" and "u" and what's special about these formations is that they both begin with a "stick or line" (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, letters that begin with a "stick or straight line"... i - t - j - k - l - p, and lowercase letters that have a "hump"..." n - r

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                                                          

Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                                                            

Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                                                             

Week of September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

Week of September 30... Multi - Flow Maps are used for cause and effect

Week of October 7... review by using Laura Numeroff's books

Math: we will continue Chapter 7 "Shapes, Solids, and Flats"

Objectives: the students will 

*learn to recognize and name flat and solid shapes through the number of faces, corners, and edges, and if they have straight sides or curved outlines

Vocabulary: solid - faces - corners - edges

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all. I also continue incorporating "Pack Pride"

*we will begin discussing the first Thanksgiving on Friday

Science: bats and spiders

In Focus Program / Pack PrideWeek 11 (October 28 - November 1, 2019) "Naming, Expressing, and Recognizing Emotions

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

Some Friendly Reminders...

Octobe

31    Halloween Party (9:00 - 10:15 a.m. and walking over to Legacy Village to parade and trick or treat)  

NOVEMBER

04    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library

04    Conference Week; November 4-8

08    BASE Event; Boys Night In 6:00 pm 

11    Professional Development Day; No School

25    Thanksgiving Break Begins; No School 11/25-29      

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October 21, 2019

Theme/Unit: let the "Halloween" fun begin

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

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

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

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                                                          

Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                                                            

Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                                                             

Week of September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

Week of September 30... Multi - Flow Maps are used for cause and effect

Week of October 7... review by using Laura Numeroff's books

Math: we will begin Chapter 7 "Shapes, Solids, and Flats"

Objectives: the students will 

*learn to recognize and name flat and solid shapes through the number of faces, corners, and edges, and if they have straight sides or curved outlines

Vocabulary: solid - faces - corners - edges

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all. I also continue incorporating "Pack Pride"

Science: life cycle of a pumpkin seed to a jack-o-lantern

In Focus Program / Pack PrideWeek 10 (October 21 - 25, 2019)  "Students' Strengths:

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


Some Friendly Reminders...

Octobe

21    4th Grade - Onsite Presentation by Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo

23    Picture Retake Day

24    Halloween Bingo; 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria

29    4th Grade Field Trip to Manitou Cliff Dwellings

31    Halloween Party (n the morning, I will let you know the time very soon  


NOVEMBER

04    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 am in the Library

04    Conference Week; November 4-8

08    BASE Event; Boys Night In 6:00 pm 

11    Professional Development Day; No School

25    Thanksgiving Break Begins; No School 11/25-29          

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October 7, 2019

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?)

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

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 letters that begin with a stick or straight line... i - t - j - k )

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                                                          

Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                                                            

Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                                                             

Week of September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

Week of September 30... Multi - Flow Maps are used for cause and effect

This week October 7... review

Math:  We will conclude Chapter 4 "Numbers to 10" and I will be assessing it before Fall Break

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. I am also incorporating "Pack Pride"

Author Study: Laura Numeroff

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 9 (October 7 - 11, 2019)  "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...

Octobe

03    SAC Meeting; 5:30 pm in the Library

07    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 in the Library

10 October Volunteer Calendar due

10    KidStage Performance; 6:30 pm in the Gym

14    Fall Break through Friday, 10/18; No School

21    4th Grade - Onsite Presentation by Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo

23    Picture Retake Day

24    Halloween Bingo; 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria

29    4th Grade Field Trip to Manitou Cliff Dwellings                                                 

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September 30, 2019

Theme/Unit: Autumn season

Reading: we will be reading about my favorite season "Autumn"

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

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 letters that begin with a stick or straight line... i - t )

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                                                          

Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                                                            

Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                                                             

Week of September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

This Week September 30... Multi - Flow Maps are used for cause and effect

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: Autumn season

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all. I am also incorporating "Pack Pride"

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 8 (September 30 - October 4, 2019)  "Goals and Strengths:

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


Some Friendly Reminders...

Octobe

03    SAC Meeting; 5:30 pm in the Library

07    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 in the Library

10    KidStage Performance; 6:30 pm in the Gym

14    Fall Break through Friday, 10/18; No School

21    4th Grade - Onsite Presentation by Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo

23    Picture Retake Day

24    Halloween Bingo; 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria

29    4th Grade Field Trip to Manitou Cliff Dwellings                                                                                                                                   


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September 23, 2019

Theme/Unit: Apples

Reading: we will be reading about our "5 Senses" (seeing - touching - hearing - smelling - tasting) and "Apples"

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

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)

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                                                          

Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                                                            

Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

Week of September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships                                                                                                                                                             

This Week September 23... Flow Maps are used for sequencing

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

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)

Science: our "5 Senses" and "Apples"

Social Studies: continuing routines, rules, and expectations - making friends and being "bucket fillers" to all. I am also incorporating "Pack Pride"

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 7 (September 23 - 27, 2019) "Friendship and Gratitude:" 

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


Some Friendly Reminders...

September


23    Book Fair opens; will close 27th

24    Donuts with Dads; 7:45 am

Octobe

03    SAC Meeting; 5:30 pm in the Library

07    Timber Trail PTO Meeting; 9:00 in the Library

10    KidStage Performance; 6:30 pm in the Gym

14    Fall Break through Friday, 10/18; No School

21    4th Grade - Onsite Presentation by Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo

23    Picture Retake Day

24    Halloween Bingo; 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria

29    4th Grade Field Trip to Manitou Cliff Dwellings                   

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September 16, 2019

Theme/Unit: Alphabet

Reading: we will be reading alphabet books (a favorite of mine Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)

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

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)

Thinking Maps: I have introduced the following maps thus far:                                                                                                                                                                                        Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                                                          

Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                                                            

Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

Week of September 9... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details

This week September 16... Brace Maps are used for part to whole relationships

Math: we will conclude 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 conclude our first PBL (Project Based Learning) Unit "Family Ties." This unit has lasted 2 weeks as we learned the importance of family members and about their past - our present - and our futures. During PBL units, the students are introduced to the 4 C's (communication - collaboration - critical thinking - creativity.) This unit focused on "communication." The students had to communicate both in and outside of the classroom. Our summative projects were a "family album and crest."

In Focus Program / Pack Pride

Week 6 (September 16 - 20, 2019) "Focusing on Random Acts of Kindness" -  "Making Mistakes" - "Encouraging Risk Taking"


Some Friendly Reminders...

Book Orders are due Thursday, September 19th if you are interested in ordering books for your child


September
19    Annual TTE Fundraiser: Move-A-Thon
20    Professional Development Day: No School (teachers only)
23    Book Fair opens; will close 27th

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September 9, 2019

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)

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

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)

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

Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                    

Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                      

Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

Week of September 3... we reviewed the Circle - Bubble - Double Bubble Maps 

This Week... Tree Maps are used for classifying - main topic - details 

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 9 - 13, 2019) "Definition of Bullying" -  "Paying Attention to Bullying" - "Taking Action When Being Bullied" - "Taking Action When Watching Bullying"


Some Friendly Reminders...

September
09    TTEA Meeting: 9:00 in the Library
13    5th Grade Field Trip: Young Ameritowne
19    Annual TTE Fundraiser: Move-A-Thon
20    Professional Development Day: No School (teachers only)
23    Book Fair opens; will close 27th

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September 2, 2019

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)

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

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)

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

Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      

Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        

Week of August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting

This Week... we will be reviewing the Circle - Bubble - Double Maps  

Math: we will begin Chapter 2 "Numbers to 9" which we will be involved with for the next couple of 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 3 - 6, 2019) "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
02    District Holiday - No School
06    Mother/Son Kickball Tournament
09    TTEA Meeting: 9:00 in the Library
13    5th Grade Field Trip: Young Ameritowne
19    Annual TTE Fundraiser: Move-A-Thon
20    Professional Development Day: No School (teachers only)
23    Book Fair opens; will close 27th

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August 26, 2019 

Theme: finish "colors" and "friendships"

Reading: we will continue reading about "secondary colors" 

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

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

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

Week of August 12... Circle Maps are used to define and brainstorm about a topic                                                                                                                      

Week of August 19... Bubble Maps are used for describing                                                                                                                                                        

This Week August 26... Double Bubble Maps are used for comparing/contrasting  

Math: we have been working in 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 26 - 30, 2019) "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 19 - 23, 2019) "Learning About the Brain" - "Connecting the Brain to Safety" - "Learning About the Nervous System" - "Waking Up the Brain"

Week 1(August 12 - 16, 2019) "Creating Safety in the Classroom" - "Sharing Vulnerability" - "Honoring the Needs for Safety" - "Building A Sense of Belonging"

Friendly Upcoming Reminders...

August
26   orange day
27   NO SCHOOL (assessment day)
28   yellow day
29   favorite color

September
02    District Holiday - No School
06    Mother/Son Kickball Tournament
09    TTEA Meeting: 9:00 in the Library
13    5th Grade Field Trip: Young Ameritowne
19    Annual TTE Fundraiser: Move-A-Thon
20    Professional Development Day: No School (teachers only)
23    Book Fair opens; will close 27th