Weekly Updates


I will do weekly updates to keep you in the loop of what's going on in our classroom! I try to get them done by Friday or Sunday night, but if I'm traveling that weekend, they're sometimes delayed! Check back here frequently for pictures & news!

Weekly Update 9/13:

We had another great week! We celebrated two birthdays and earned 200 paws! We will celebrate tomorrow with a popsicle party!

Reminders:

-Be practicing those lunch numbers! When they learn it, they get a free bowling pass from Mrs. Grotts!

-They also need to know student numbers for checking out library books, so practice a lot!! :))

-Take out all papers from Thursday folders and return the folder in your child's backpack Friday!

-4 books went home in book bags this week along with Friday folders! These are for your child to read and you can fill these out on the log! Return all books on Friday's with homework folder so your child can get new books. :)

-Be looking for an e-mail from me on Monday, the 16th at 4:00pm to sign-up for conferences!

-NO School Friday, September 20th due to Teacher Professional Development Day! BASE will be closed :)

Week of September 16th:

Reading: Character settings and major events.

Writing: Uppercase and lowercase letters: Oo, Aa, Dd, Cc, Ee

Phonics: Letters Jj, Gg, Qq, beginning sounds, onset, rime (/r/ /at/= rat)

Math: Representing quantities on a number rack

Science/Social Studies: Apple Unit

Specials Schedule for week -9/16-9/20:

Monday – P.E

Tuesday – World Cultures

Wednesday – Art

Thursday – Music

Friday – No School

Weekly Update: 9/8

This week we learned even more about our brains! We learned about the Reticular Activating System (RAS)! One activity we did, modeled how the RAS acts as a filter for auditory information in our brains. I used a sifter which represented the RAS, and beads, puff balls and sand to represent all of the information we hear throughout the day. The beads and the puff balls represented all of the sounds kids need to filter out during the day so they can learn. The sand represented a teachers voice or the speakers voice. We watched as the sifter let the sand through but not the beads or puff balls.

In addition we spent time in math learning about and extending patterns! In science/ read aloud we learned about force and motion. We found all the ways we use push/ pull in our classroom!

Ask your child about:

Reading: We started reading groups, talking about books, reading from left to right, 1-1 correspondence, stretching out words

Writing: writing positions, basic strokes, starting to form letters

Phonics: Letters Ee, Ff, beginning sounds, onset, rime (/r/ /at/= rat), rhyming

Math: comparing numbers, creating numbers to 5, 1 to 1 matching

Science/Social Studies: Force and Motion

REMINDERS:

-Be practicing those lunch numbers! When they learn it, they get a free bowling pass from Mrs. Grotts!

-Take out all papers from Thursday folders and return the folder in your child's backpack Friday!

-4 books went home in book bags this week along with Friday folders! These are for your child to read and you can fill these out on the log! Return all books on Friday's with homework folder so your child can get new books. :)

-Office prefers families to call the attendance line when reporting your child's absence :)

- For all safety, visitors will not be allowed in the building during soft start, visitors will be allowed in after kids are safely in their classrooms. Everyone will need to sign in using our RAPTOR system. Visitors must always wear their sticker\badge when walking around the school.

Weekly Update: 8/31 Week of Mindfulness and STAMINA


This week was full of mindfulness and more community building! We began learning about the brain and how our amygdala and prefrontal cortex work together! We learned that our amygdala is our security guard or watch dog and our prefrontal cortex is our wise old owl. When we use our 5 senses, the desirable information gets sent to our prefrontal cortex but when we perceive input that is threatening our amygdala reacts with our flight, flee or freeze response. Using our new learning we discussed mindful and unmindful responses to undesired information. We role played how to solve classroom problems such as getting cut in line or someone not sharing a pencil or other classroom tools/ materials, with our mindful/ helpful responses. We talked about mindful/helpful responses such as using please or telling someone to watch where they are going or even saying “stop” if someone is bothering them. We also discussed unmindful/ hurtful responses such as yelling or hitting. Please use these terms at home with your student. Talk about mindful responses such as taking deep breaths to calm down, walking away, talking to someone, or hugging a stuffed animal.

In addition to all of our social emotional learning we have also been increasing our stamina during read to self! We are now reading independently for 2.5 minutes without losing independence!

I have also started a positive behavior clip chart! Each student has a clothespin (clip) with their name and picture. Every day your students clip will start on white. If they are ready to learn and doing their best their clip gets moved to green. If they are exceeding expectations and continually following directions the first time their clip gets moved to purple! I will write students a paw for being on purple at the end of the day. Please ask your student each day what color they ended on!


Ask Your Child About:

-Phonics: Aa, Oo(what sound does each letter make? What's the motion?

-Phonological Awareness: Rhyming, Beginning sounds, Blending onset & rime (blend /r/ + /at/=rat)

-Writing: How to draw a person, and what is a setting? Also, we are authors to our own stories!

-Reading: Literacy Centers, Sequencing, Identifying characters, & 3 ways to read a book (read the pictures, read the words, retell the story)

-Social Studies: Civics (rules, voting, community)

-Math: Writing numerals, recognize numbers 0-10.



Reminders/FYI:

-We earned our first paw party and named our cub Tigger! The kids voted to have a PAJAMA DAY on Tuesday! Please have your child wear his/her pj's to school!

-White t-shirt (labeled with your child's name) was due 8/30. However we haven't decorated them yet so please bring them in if you still haven't.

-Homework went home Friday! It's due every Friday.

-Please make sure your child is going to the bathroom before school! We have a lot needing to go first thing in the morning & we're trying to establish routines & procedures!

Have a great weekend!

With love,

Mrs.Reichert


8/23/2019: BROWN BEAR!

We had such a fun week focused all around "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" Our main learning goals were identifying characters and retelling main events (sequencing!).

We began learning about the Zones of Regulation during community circle! We talked about what puts us in the green zone. We also discussed how we feel in the yellow zone. Yellow zone is when our body begins to lose control from being frustrated or silly.

Ask Your Child About:
-Phonics: Ll, Ii, Tt (what sound does each letter make? What's the motion? (licking a lollipop, inchworm, & turtle) -Phonological Awareness: Rhyming, Beginning sounds, Blending onset & rime (blend /r/ + /at/=rat) -Writing: 3 star coloring: 1. stay in the lines 2. make the white go away 3. use the right colors! -Reading: Literacy Centers, Sequencing, Identifying characters, & 3 ways to read a book (read the pictures, read the words, retell the story)-Social Studies: Civics (rules, voting, community) -Math: Writing numerals 1-5, Finger Patterns, Game: Spill 5 beans!
Reminders/FYI:
-We have earned 92 paw cards!! When we have earned 100, we will get to vote on what type of paw party we want to have.-White t-shirt (labeled with your child's name) is due Friday!-Homework went home Friday! It's due every Friday. -Please make sure your child is going to the bathroom before school! We have a lot needing to go first thing in the morning & we're trying to establish routines & procedures! -Tuesday is not a regular school day; please make sure your child is on time for his/her assessment day time slot!-We celebrated our first birthday with a birthday book! If you haven't already, please send in a book of your child's choice for our birthday book bin!-Please check out clubs/after school programs your child may be interested in!
I hope everyone had a great weekend,With love,Mrs.Reichert

Kindies are ROCKIN' IN OUR SCHOOL SHOES!

We had a great first full week & we’ve learned so much already! We're still taking it slow to build our classroom communities, but we're very much into our routines now! We do community circles every day to learn about each other and the expectations of school! Our main read aloud this week was: "Pete the Cat: Rockin' in My School Shoes!" and we had a very shoe-filled week in reading and math!

We’re earning lots of paw cards for following our school expectations of being safe, respectful, and responsible. We’ve been processing so much new information about good choices vs. poor choices, routines & procedures, and kindergarten life in general! We love our brain breaks on GoNoodle & getting to play. Kindergarten in August can be tough when you’re 5/6, but our teachers are SO proud!

We learned

there are 3 ways to read!

Reading the pictures

sounds like: "I see _______" and "I wonder ______."



ASK YOUR CHILD ABOUT:

-Phonological Awareness: Beginning sounds & identifying rhyme-Phonics: letters & sounds song (We have motions for each letter & sound - C, cookie, /c/) -Social Studies: Classroom community- what are our 3 big rules? Be safe, be responsible, be respectful. -Writing: Pencil grip, sticker names, straight & curvy lines -Reading: reading the pictures, library procedures-Math: Sorting our shoes, counting (one-to-one correspondence), making human graphs to compare which number is GREATEST.

REMINDERS:

-Back to school night is Tuesday, August 20th from 5-6:30 (Parents only; no kids please!) -Thursday folders need to come back EMPTY on Friday morning please! -Tuesday, August 27th is not a regular school day- if you haven't signed up for an assessment day time slot, I will be emailing you next week!
*Thank you to all who donated extra snacks- You're amazing!
Have a wonderful weekend! With love,Mrs.Reichert

Weekly Update 8/9/19


The first two days of kindergarten have been great! I'm loving getting to know each of these little ones! We started Thursday with rotations around MVE to learn about expectations and what we do in each area of the school. It was a TON of information and they were great listeners! Because of that and pictures on Friday, we're just starting to learn our routines and procedures. We've made lots of time for play and brain breaks on GoNoodle because their brains are working SO hard to process all of this new information. Ask your child to show you how we kiss our brains when they've worked really hard. I promise you will be absolutely amazed at how much your child will learn this year, but we start the year off slow (building community/family, setting expectations, and praising everything!) so that we can go fast later.

ASK YOUR CHILD ABOUT:

Morning Procedures: Where does your water bottle go? Where do your snacks go? Where does your lunch box go?

Recess: What's your favorite thing to do at recess?

Community: What are some of your new friends' names? What do you like to play with them?

Number Corner: How many days have we been in school? How many links are on the chain? (2)

Lunch: What character is on Mrs.Reichert's lunch baskets? (Pete the Cat)

Reminders

-Please make sure your child comes with a water bottle every single day!

-Please make sure your child has a drink in his/her lunch box that is not that water bottle. Because we go to recess and then lunch, our water bottles stay in the classroom so they don't get lost. If your child wants to buy a milk or water from the cafeteria, they may, but please make sure you go to MySchoolBucks (there's a convenient app) to put money on his/her account!

-Snack donation: If you're at costco or walmart this weekend and are willing & able to donate some extra snacks for us to keep in our classroom, we would be so grateful! Life happens & sometimes we don't always have our 2 snacks!

-Be practicing those lunch numbers! When they learn it, they get a free bowling pass from Mrs. Grotts!

-Pete the Cat tennis shoe is due Monday!

-Birthday book donation and the family collage is due on Friday!

-Monday morning drop off is NORMAL... I will not meet you on the playground. I'll be waiting in the classroom to say good morning to each of my kiddos! Ask your child what color tape they follow to get to our room. (green)

Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Mrs.Reichert