Classroom BLOG

Opinions for extra credit!

Well, not really extra credit, but a fun thing to do!

Today we have received 10 class stars. That means, we need a celebration or a fun thing to do. I can't make up my mind on what we should do so, I need your help!

If your child has an opinion on how we should celebrate our ten stars, I am asking them to write an opinion piece. They are getting SO good at this! An opinion piece of writing includes a topic sentence, three sentences explaining three reasons, and a conclusion sentence. Kindergarten students CAN absolutely do this too!

Have them write their opinion and turn in on Thursday (tomorrow). We will have them read their opinion to the class and then vote.

This is an optional assignment.

Making Paper

Tomorrow, we will be making paper and it's going to be MESSY. Make sure your child is not wearing their Easter best!

Every day heroes

Tuesday, your child wrote about their favorite super hero and why they are considered the best super hero. We worked hard to define certain characteristics of super heroes so that we can transition to these questions:

  • What is a hero?
  • Who can be a hero?

So far, we have read books about farmers, firefighters, gardeners, teachers, veterinarians, doctors, and environmentalists. While reading these books, we are making connections to what it means to be a hero. So far this is what we've come up with:

A hero as all or some of these qualities:

  • helps people, kinds, the Earth, and animals
  • they follow the law
  • is brave
  • keeps us (including animals, wildlife, environment) safe
  • saves lives
  • has special equipment (gear, uniforms, or suits)
  • is associated with a symbol

In the next couple of school days, I am going to have students focus on a hero of their choice. We will start a writing project about this hero. Talk to your child about what hero they would like to write about. Collect books or information about this person or job. We are going to begin writing about this person/or job starting next week (Tuesday).

Some ideas of heroes can be:

  • firefighters, police, medics, ambulance drivers, doctors, nurses, councilors, social workers, teachers, park rangers, etc.
  • it can be someone you know. It can be an aunt who works for an environmental non profit, or who started a community garden. A grandparent who is a war veteran or volunteers in the community.
  • a hero can be historical: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela
  • They can be a famous person: Neil Armstrong, Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawkins, Temple Grandin

By this Tuesday (April 30th) identify who your hero is. Remember, it can be a group of people (firefighters or smoke jumpers) or an individual. Please have your child bring to school some reading material about their hero (books, internet printouts, or notes).

I am SO excited to see how this project will turn out! Honestly, we are getting CRAZY inspired in K/1!!!!!

Sharing

April 25th: Lewis and Ethan

April 30: Eli and Sadie


April 19, 2019


Safety...Follow-Up

Yesterday was an absolute wonderful, perfect, and normal day. We started out our morning with a community meeting. I talked about what I did on Wednesday and shared a funny story. We chatted about some other things and I got a feeling of the room. I came to the conclusion that our classroom was not aware or bothered at all by Wednesdays events (thankfully it was a home school day!) and we quickly got on with our day. Nothing about Wednesday's events was brought up.

Mrs. V and I will continue to listen and look for any signs of distress from children and address them in an appropriate manner.

Levi's Super Seedlings

Some of you have been asking about my families seedling business. Our family hobby is growing heirloom plants. Heirloom gardening is important in promoting diversity in our local agriculture.

Every spring, we grow thousands of plants at our home in Old Town. My son sells them to friends, family, community, Dunn Elementary, PGA, and Odell Brewery. If you are interested in what we do, or would like to order some plants, check out our site at bit.ly/LevisSuperSeedlings

Sharing Schedule

April 23rd: Nic and Emily

April 25th: Lewis and Ethan

April 30: Eli and Sadie


April 17, 2019


Safety

I must say, I was quite shocked when I received a phone call at 5am telling me that PSD was closed due to a safety threat. I'm certain, some of you were a bit confused too. Regardless on how we personally feel about events that transpired, we have one thing to focus on; our students, your children.

Tomorrow, we will have kindergarten through 12th grade students coming to school. Students will have varying levels of knowledge about today’s events. To deal with this, we as a staff will be as consistent and normal as possible. If asked about today's events, we will deliver the same message accross the building: Someone made a threat against schools in Denver. Even though the threat was in Denver, PSD decided to be extra careful in making sure our students and staff were safe. And now there’s no longer a threat, so we are back in school. And we are safe.

I will not make a big deal out of this event. Professional experience with uncertain times and events has taught me to let kids talk and express themselves if they need too. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. What I will do is remind them that they are safe, loved, and in a community. Because of that, we will always be okay.

Mrs. Fenlason sent out a very informative document from the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk to children about violence. It is attached to the reminder email for the blog.

I hope that you had a wonderful day with your families. I know I did (thus, the really late blog post!)

Now, let's enjoy tonight and tomorrow. I am so happy I will see your darling children's smiling faces!

Read-A-Thon

The NHS/NJHS Read-A-Thon fundraiser is wrapping up. The last day to log minutes is Monday, April 15th, then students can start collecting their pledged donations. NHS members will be handing out envelopes in classrooms for donations on April 16th. We can accept checks or cash - please make checks payable to PGA. Donations and log sheets can be turned in to classroom teachers starting the 16th. The last day to turn in donations and log sheets will be Tuesday, April 23rd. Remember, there are prizes for participation and for minutes read! NHS members will distribute prizes at the end of April. (Extra pledge sheets and reading logs are in the front office.) Also, thank you for all of the books that have been donated! I’m sure Reach Out and Read Colorado will be so grateful! Please contact Miss Chris (chhagge@psdschools.org) with any questions.

Sharing Schedule

April 18th: Atticus and Uriah

April 23rd: Nic and Emily

April 25th: Lewis and Ethan

April 30: Eli and Sadie

April 3, 2019

Community/Environmental Super Heroes

Starting April 16th we will being a classroom project on community super heroes. This project will include our opinion writing unit as well as incorporate our earth sciences unit. This is my first time doing a project of this size, so I'm pretty nervous but so excited to see what your child can come up with! This will be a project we share with home and school.

Click HERE for information

CMAS Testing

Over the next couple of weeks, 3rd-5th grade students will be taking the CMAS test. Thankfully, K/1 students are not required to do this testing, but it will still impact our schedule. There will be some school days that we switch our PE/music time with 5th grade. Meaning, we will have our specials in the morning rather than the afternoon. This should not impact your student other than being a bit tired at the end of the day:)



Spring into Reading Read-A-Thon

The NHS/NJHS Read-A-Thon fundraiser is starting! Students were given pledge sheets to collect pledges last Tuesday. They can start logging their reading minutes this Tuesday, April 2nd. (Extra pledge sheets and reading logs are in the front office.) Students can log minutes through April 15th. Also, if you have any gently used books that you would like to donate to the book drive, boxes are at the front office. Proceeds and books will be donated to Reach Out and Read Colorado – getting books into the hands of families and children. Please contact Miss Chris (chhagge@psdschools.org) if you have any questions.


PTO Culver’s Night

Thursday, April 4th, Culver’s on S. Lemay Ave. will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase to PGA. Thank you for supporting PGA PTO!

Skate Night, April 11th, 6:15-7:45pm

Mark your calendars for a K-12 ice skating night at EPIC (1801 Riverside Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525), hosted by Student Council. PGA students skate for FREE; friends and family can skate for $6.25 (17 and under) or $7.25 (18 and up). See you there!

S.S. Sharing

April 4: Trindon and Kaiser

April 9th and 11th I will be absent: no sharing

April 16th: Zeno

April 18th: Atticus and Uriah

April 23rd: Nic and Emily

April 25th: Lewis and Ethan

April 30: Eli and Sadie


I will be absent Tuesday and Thursday of next week.



March 26, 2019

Leprechaun Reflections

Wow. Your children did SUCH amazing reflections on their project. I was so impressed! Thank you so much for all of your work with them to complete this assignment. I was so excited on how this project turned out, I am contemplating a new project that will incorporate our earth science standards and opinion writing standards. If we end up doing a project that is shared between home and school, I will make sure to mark off K12 lessons to compensate. Look for more info coming home!


Share-a-Thon

We did it again. We have earned 20 class stars. As a class, we originally decided on a popcorn party. But, things have changed! By popular demand, these kiddos have changed their mind to a share-a-thon (I still really want to eat popcorn, so we are doing that too!)

When? Thursday 3/28

Time? ALL day

What? have your child pick out something they want to share with the class (show-and-tell). It can be anything. I mean, anything: toy, stuffed animal, trophy, pet, person, etc. If you can bring it, they can share it!

If your child would like to bring in an item that needs you to be there (like an animal) please let me know. I will assign certain time slots according to need. Otherwise, have your child bring in their sharing item to school. I will have a sharing schedule to follow that will go throughout the day. If your child has S.S. sharing on this day, that will be in addition to the Share-a-Thon.

Please email if bringing an animal or a person. And, you can always email with other questions too! I'm super excited!


Report Cards

In your child's PGA folder, you should see your child's report card. Look this over prior to coming to conferences. At conferences, let me know if you have any questions/problems/successes you'd like to talk about.


S.S. Sharing

March 28: Grace and Levi

April 2: Liam and Quinn K.

April 4: Trindon and Kaiser

April 9th and 11th I will be absent: no sharing

April 16th: Zeno

April 18th: Atticus and Uriah

April 23rd: Nic and Emily

April 25th: Lewis and Ethan

April 30: Eli and Sadie


Thank you for all that you do!

March 14, 2019

A Leprechaun is coming to visit...tonight!

Late tonight, a leprechaun is coming to PGA because he knows the K/1 class has been up to some mischief. Leprechauns LOVE mischief. Tonight, we will see if our traps really work!

Tomorrow morning I will come in and take pictures of your child's trap. Let's see if it worked! I will notify you all when I post pictures of your child's trap. Make sure you share this with your child! Let's see if they have a leprechaun and/or a treat/treasure.

Once you look at the pictures, please fill out the reflection paper that was sent home in your child's PGA folder.

Bring back these reflection papers the Tuesday after spring break. If you lose your paper, here is the link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16pMc0Hw7QqPgl4Q6dqZKFKzvIvVMNKvVk9EJhgGCKG8/edit?usp=sharing


March 13, 2019

Snow day??? Not for online!

With online schools, we can work anytime and any where. This can be better sweet on a day like today. I'm online today working from home. Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions


Leprechaun trap

You might be wondering what your child brought home yesterday. What were all those scribbles and words? Yesterday, we took on a design challenge of building a leprechaun trap. Your child research about leprechauns and designed 4 of their own traps. Then, they got with a team and learned about collaboration. They learned how to share their ideas, listen to other's ideas, provide positive feedback, and worked with their team on a collaborative trap that they could all agree on. Once they agreed on a trap plan, they drew it out with their partner, wrote down materials they might need, and even might have talked with each other about who would bring what.

Today, make sure your child shows you their plan. Regardless, of how crazy it might sound, they took a long time to come up with this idea with their partner. Don't change it!

Have your child bring in materials for their plan. It shouldn't be anything crazy. Mostly, things like cardboard, jars, string, etc. I will provide, paint, glitter, tissue paper, pipe cleaners and classroom supplies.

PLEASE make sure your child brings in supplies TOMORROW< THURSDAY> If he or she doesn't, they will not be able to build their trap. If this happens, they will be sooooooo sad.

I will take lots of pictures!

Third Quarter Conferences!


Take home book bags

How is it going? Let me know if your child wants something different. So far, I'm checking out books with them. They pick out the books.

Super foods

Our micro greens are looking GOOOOOOOOOOOD! Your child will be taking them home tomorrow.



March 2, 2019

Third Quarter Conferences!

Sign-up! Let me know if you need to schedule different time with me:


Take home book bags

Some students have been checking out books from the library to read at home. I love it!

I am starting a more formal take home book program with our students this upcoming week. Look for your child coming home from school with a bag full of books (if reading chapter books, they will take home one book). This is an optional activity. Please read more by clicking on this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-bT89TCJTYC_GKCTUDtR2zMzSdK9w2cTKHReXIRPCsk/edit?usp=sharing

Super foods!

We started growing our super hero sunflower sprouts. Check out these links if you are looking to learn more about this super food:





February 27, 2019

Fourth Quarter S.S. Sharing Schedule:

I will be sending home a print out of the schedule

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uN8Q6xfuTxEAn8fbISdulOISm5exXPxWzOBIFG3WAXA/edit?usp=sharing

Earth Science

Tomorrow, I will be starting our Earth science standard: Earth’s materials can be compared and classified based on their properties.

For the remainder of the school year, we will be focusing on these 6 evidence outcomes:

a. Identify and represent similarities and differences such as the texture, size, color, and shape of various materials on Earth

b. Sort, group, and classify Earth’s materials based on observations and explorations

c. Make predictions about how a material on Earth might be useful based on its properties

d. Communicate ideas about the differences between soils from different places

e. Use a variety of tools to observe, analyze, record, and compare Earth’s materials

f. Analyze the impact of reducing, reusing, and recycling various materials

We still will have some plant sciences going on in the classroom. We are going to be growing plant SUPER food and other "fun" surprises. I just can't help myself...



February 21, 2019


Otter Box Design Challenge

Today, Otter Box will be at PGA! They are going to be participating and leading STEM design challenges all day. In K/1, an Otter Box team is doing a fairy tale challenge of Goldie Lock's bed. It sounds very exciting!

S.S. Presentations

Sadie: 2/21

Parents, you are welcome to come and watch your presenter! We have sharing every school day from 3:10-3:25

Mystery Science

Tuesday was our last mystery in our unit of Animal and Plant Super Powers. To celebrate the end of our unit, we will do some planting of super hero plants (sunflower sprouts) and create a book of super hero animals!

Research Projects

We are off to a fantastic start with our research projects! Today, we are going to work on drawing a diagram of our topic and labeling the parts


February 13, 2019


Valentine's Day Party

Thursday the 14th from 2:30-3:30

Go to the LC Resources and click on the class list link for a list of names!

Make sure to bring in Valentines

S.S. Presentations!

Zeno and Grace: 2/19

Sadie: 2/21

Parents, you are welcome to come and watch your presenter! We have sharing every school day from 3:10-3:25

Why Does Your Heart Pump Blood?

http://mysteryscience.com/trending/mystery-4/heart-body-structure-function/172?r=13406500&t=student

We took a break from life sciences and did a little Valentine (heart) science.

This week, we explored how the heart pumps blood. We saw evidence that the heart is a muscle which squeezes blood, similar to a squeeze toy that squeezes water. Then we did an activity that combines science with art, where students figured out how big their own heart was, took their pulse, and created a Valentine's card to their heart.


You can encourage your child's curiosity at home! Ask them to explain to you: "what exactly is happening when the heart makes that 'thump thump' sound?"

Research Projects

Please make sure to check your child's PGA folder every day after a PGA school. I will be sending home writing on various Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thank you!


February 6, 2019


Spirit day tomorrow

Spirit Day: Superhero Day: Thursday

Valentine's day party!

Thursday the 14th from 2:30-3:30

Go to the LC Resources and click on the class list link for a list of names!

Research project

This project has been a blast and we have only started! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with your child about what they are interested in. Tomorrow, make sure that your child brings in all of their research materials to class. We will spend most of our time tomorrow reading and learning more about our topic. We will then capture our ideas on our research graphic organizer. I did go to the library last night with Robyn and collected some extra books for the classroom. If I was able to pick up some books on your child's subject, I will email you.

S.S. Presentations!

Lewis and Ethan: tomorrow 4/7

Kaiser and Sadie: 4/12

Zeno and Grace: 4/19

Parents, you are welcome to come and watch your presenter! We have sharing every school day from 3:10-3:25

Why don't trees blow down in the wind?

http://mysteryscience.com/powers/mystery-5/plants-engineering/133?r=13406500&t=student

This week, students were introduced to the idea that the natural world can provide insights for designing products to meet human needs. Students examined the structures of trees that keep them from blowing down in the wind, using their observations to design umbrellas that could stay up in a strong wind. Be prepared to see some creative umbrellas coming home with your child tomorrow.

January 30, 2019


Green tickets at home

Hopefully everyone received a master copy of our classroom green tickets to use at home. If you can't find your master or you cut-up your copy, just let me know and we will replace. I would also love to hear feedback with using these at home. Remember, this is completely optional. Just something you might like to implement to promote positive behavior at home.

Research info coming home tomorrow

Make sure to look in your child's PGA folder tomorrow after school. There will be information about our upcoming research project. Yes, we are doing a research project in the classroom!


How am I like my parents?

Science standards: All living things share similar characteristics with their parents. For example, a baby duckling looks like a duck, not a cow! You’ll notice that young animals and plants look similar to their parents, but not identical. DCIs: LS3.A, LS3.B

Click here to see the mystery: http://mysteryscience.com/powers/mystery-4/inheritance-variation-of-traits/145?r=13406500&t=student


Spirit days next week:

Spirit Day: Pajama Day: Tuesday

Spirit Day: Superhero Day: Thursday

Valentine's day party!

Thursday from 2:30-3:30

Go to the LC Resources and click on the class list link for a list of names!


January 23, 2019

Scholastic book orders

I recently sent home some Scholastic book orders. I am making my our classroom order early next week. Make sure you order online by Monday. There are some fantastic books to order!

Why are polar bears white?

This has been one of my FAVORITE mysteries yet! Check out what your child learned yesterday. http://mysteryscience.com/powers/mystery-3/structure-survival/118?r=13406500&t=student

This link will expire in 10 days.


Green tickets at home

Tomorrow, I am sending home some green tickets for YOU. YOU the parent to use at home! If you are wanting to positively reward your child's behavior at home similar to how we do it at school, you are welcome to pass out green tickets to your child. Feel free to use the tickets as you see fit. I would use tickets for these reasons:

  • kindness and empathy towards others
  • focused work and effort
  • cleaning-up and taking responsibility

I typically never give a ticket to a child if they ask for it and only for good/positive behavior. I have to catch them in the "act." Again, you can use green tickets for how you see fit. It is your choice to use these tickets. It is nothing mandatory.

Your child can collect these tickets from home along with tickets from school for a trip to the prize box.

A copy of our tickets will be in your child's PGA folder. It will be your master copy to use at home.

Please email with any questions.







January 10, 2019


science: animal super powers!

Click on the link below to check out what we learned in science today:

The "student view" of the lesson will remove all teacher related material, isolating just the lesson.

This link will expire 10 days from today

http://mysteryscience.com/powers/mystery-1/structure-survival/117?r=13406500&t=student


winter conference sign-ups

Click on this link to sign-up for conferences: Quarter Conferences

  • Remember, quarterly conferences are mandatory. Sorry, we love talking to you;)
  • Please let me know if my times do not work for you. We can always figure something out.


new writing unit: writing teaching books

In your child's PGA folder, you will see one of their writing samples stapled to an explanation of what type of writing we are studying this quarter. Please go over this information carefully and complete the assignment by next Tuesday.





January 2, 2019

Happy New Year

With the new year, comes new and exciting things to learn!

Social Studies Sharing:

Click on this link: Third Quarter S.S. to see when your child's sharing day will be. The schedule is also posted on the Learning Coaches Resource page.

science: animal super powers!

This quarter, we are continuing to investigate animals and plants.

The learning targets for January and February are:

An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive.

  • The question we will be asking is, what helps certain animals survive? What helps plants survive?
  • by the end of the unit, your child will be able to answer the question I know what helps animals/plants survive...

Offspring have characteristics that are similar to but not exactly like their parents

  • The questions we will be asking is, how are you like your parents? in what other ways do offspring resemble their parents?
  • by the end of the unit, your child will be able to answer the question, I am like my parents in this way ..., a animal is like their parents in this way....

home and school connections with science

We will continue to investigate our learning targets through Mystery Science and our districts FOSS kids. I am super excited to discover a new way to share our science learning:

With every Mystery lesson I am able to share a "student view" link to our lesson so you and your student can access it at home. The "student view" of the lesson will remove all teacher related material, isolating just the lesson. Once the link is sent, it will expire in 10 days.

winter conference sign-ups

Click on this link to sign-up for conferences: Quarter Conferences

  • Remember, quarterly conferences are mandatory. Sorry, we love talking to you;)
  • Please let me know if my times do not work for you. We can always figure something out.



December 23, 2018

Grades have been posted!

All students have received a grade in Synergy. You can view via Parent View.

Here's a hint... you all got A's. For kindergarten and first grade children, letter grades are not developmentally appropriate. We are a K-12 school, I have to enter in letter grades into Synergy. The REAL report card and grades will come during our parent teacher conferences in January. That way we can talk about achievement, effort, and progress of your child. If there are any concerns about "grades" or development of your child, we would have already have spoken.

Where should I be in K12, Envision, and TCI

End of semester is technically December 17th. For our classroom, the end of semester will be January 7th

For K12 progress, our end of semester language skills, comprehension, and vocabulary was set for 50%. I realize that was a lofty goal considering that we started K12 later than we typically do.

  • For first semester, aim at 40% or above with your k12 subjects.
  • Kindergarten Phonics should be at 26%
  • First grade writing should be at 14%

Envision Math- you need to be finished with every lesson on your December calendar

TCI - Kindergarten is complete with units 1-5, First grade is complete with units 1-8. You have also completed ONE social studies presentation.

Have a wonderful break



December 17, 2018

Shhhhhhhhhhh.....

You are going to hear me saying that a LOT tomorrow. I have a mild concussion from skiing this Saturday. I have been on bed rest for two days. I feel like I am okay to teach tomorrow but, I might have ear plugs in my ears and the lights dimmed! My plan is to last the whole day. If I am feeling like I need to go home, I will do so when the kids go to P.E. (1:00). Then someone will cover my classroom for the remainder of the day. Don't worry, Mrs. V will be there.

December Class Party

December 20th from 2:30-3:30

We will have our winter holiday party December 20th from 2:30-3:30. Angie Edwards is planning our party and will be sending out a google doc to ask for help planning or donating items.

Class Party Fund

At the beginning of every year, we ask for a $5 dollar donation from every family to help pay for our classroom parties. Our party planners spend a lot of their own money on these special days for our kids. If you could, please donate $5 OR sign-up to donate a food or craft items that is being asked for. This really helps out. Thank you!

P.E. Buddies was a hit!

Last Thursday, Mr. Wagner and I combined his middle school class with our K/1 class for a 30 minute P.E. session. We did this to create k-12 connections at our school and to foster positive peer relationships. It was a hit! We are going to plan to do this next quarter as well.

Check out the photo below!

December 5, 2018


Celebration of Learning!

December 6th 5:00-7:00

Please plan on attending this very special evening where your child gets to be your guide in our classroom. This night you will get to see all of the amazing things your student has been learning. You will get a sneak peek at your child's science journal, take home a very unique and independent piece of narrative writing, watch a science imovie on our seed and plant investigations, and play their favorite math game!

Wednesday Assessment Days

December 12th and 12th 8:20-11:30

These students will come to school NEXT Wednesday:

December 12th:

  • Ethan Teramoto
  • Levi Carruth
  • Zeno Martinez
  • Uriah Wells
  • Lewis Odell
  • Liam Norton
  • Sadie Stenfors

While I am testing children one-on-one, Mrs. Van de lindt will be working with the kids on writing and math. This day you will not need to do the home assigned math lesson. We will cover this at school!

Assessment Scores Coming Home

Once I complete assessing your child on Wednesday, I will send home their math and reading data. If you have any questions about these scores, let me know. Typically, we have parent teacher conferences in December. Due to the upper elementary math and reading MAPs assessments, their data will not be complete until after December. Because of this, we are going to have elementary conferences in the third week of January. If you would like to meet with me earlier, please let me know! I would be more than happy to have a conference with you in December. Again, just let me know. Otherwise, I will do conferences in January.

Holidays Around the World!

For the rest of our December school days, we will be talking about a different holiday or celebration that is observed during this time of the year. We have covered Kwanzaa and started to talk about Hanukkah. You might see some crafts or papers coming home about these celebrations. Hopefully, your child will be able to explain what the celebration is about!

December Class Party

December 20th from 2:30-3:30

We will have our winter holiday party December 20th from 2:30-3:30. Angie Edwards is planning our party and will be sending out a google doc to ask for help planning or donating items.

Class Party Fund

At the beginning of every year, we ask for a $5 dollar donation from every family to help pay for our classroom parties. Our party planners spend a lot of their own money on these special days for our kids. If you could, please donate $5 OR sign-up to donate a food or craft items that is being asked for. This really helps out. Thank you!

November 28, 2018

I am so happy to be back! I missed your kiddos so much! There is a lot I need to cover in this weeks blog post. So, here we go...

First Grade Field Trip to CSU:

Friday 11/30/18 from 12:00-1:00

All first grade students need to return your permission slip to me tomorrow or at the field trip location. We will meet at 11:45 at the National Laboratory for Genetic Resource. This tour is a small tour and siblings are not invited. Parents are more than welcome to attend.

A map was attached to the permission slip form. Tomorrow, I will send out an email to first grade parents in regards to parking at CSU. I am so looking forward to this trip!

Wednesday Assessment Days

December 5th and 12th 8:20-11:30

These students will come to school on this specific Wednesday. They will not need to attend both Wednesdays. If something changes in your family schedule, please let me know ASAP.

December 5th:

  • Uzziah Black
  • Trindon Herrick
  • Quinn Kendall
  • Kaiser Jones
  • Atticus Maston
  • Emily Robinson
  • Nicholas Morris Palmer

December 12th:

  • Ethan Teramoto
  • Levi Carruth
  • Zeno Martinez
  • Uriah Wells
  • Lewis Odell
  • Liam Norton
  • Quin Owens
  • Sadie Stenfors

While I am testing children one-on-one, Mrs. Van de lindt will be working with the kids on writing and math. This day you will not need to do the home assigned math lesson. We will cover this at school! I will send out more information as the time gets closer.


Animals and plants need food to survive: I need plastic bottles

I bet you are wondering, what in the world am I talking about! This Thursday we are talking about need specific needs of plants and animals. The class has done a great job at discovering what plants need, now we are taking our investigation to animals. In tomorrows science lesson, we will investigate that all animals need food. Winter is a hard time for some animals to find food, so on Tuesday, we are going to make bird feeders out of reused water bottles. I am asking every student to bring in one or more:

  • plastic bottles
  • plastic spoons ( I would like to reuse spoons over pencils)
  • Bird seed (optional! If you are able to donate a bag of bird seed, please let me know by Friday. That would be super helpful!)

Scholastic Book Orders

Recnetly, I have sent home some Scholastic book orders for the upcoming holiday season. I would like to make these orders by next week on December 3rd. Go to our class page to make your online order: https://clubs.scholastic.com/home

Celebration of Learning!

December 6th 5:00-7:00

Please plan on attending this very special evening where your child gets to be your guide in our classroom. This night you will get to see all of the amazing things your student has been learning. You will get a sneak peek at your child's science journal, take home a very unique and independent piece of narrative writing, watch a science imovie on our seed and plant investigations, and play their favorite math game!

Second Quarter Conferences

This Quarter's conferences will be held in January. Look for a google sign-up coming out on January 8th.



November 16, 2018

Testing days...

Recently you revived an email from our assistant principal, Brad Avery about sharing the testing load with home and school. The scheduled day for testing is December 5th from 8:20-11:30 and make ups on December 12th from 8:20-11:30.

The kindergarten and first grade assessments are over 20 minutes per child making them impossible to complete in one half day. We came up with the idea of having kindergarten come in on the 5th and first grade coming in on the 13th. I would like to split the class with the idea of being flexible with family scheduling. So, I am putting out a google survey asking what day works better for each individual family. Please fill this out so I can figure out how to "split" the classroom for these testing days. https://goo.gl/forms/4InCp4QuXkJx5hYR2

Lloyd Absent

Many of you already know but, I am going to miss the next two PGA days. I will be absent on the 20th and 27th. Luanne Kainer will be the sub for both days. She is amazing!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday week!


November 9, 2018

Books and Bags

Our classroom has earned 20 class stars! To celebrate, we are having a books and bags party. To participate, your child needs to bring a bag full of their favorite books from home AND a comfy quilt, blanket, or even sleeping bag to spread out on the classroom floor. Once we get all comfy, you and your child OR an older sibling, relative, or friend can read with each other. This celebration has been a classroom favorite for many years.

When: Tuesday, November 13 at 3:00 (30 minutes before pick-up)

Where: In our classroom!

seed scientist visiting our classroom

We are so lucky here at PGA, our very own Jennifer Kendall (Quinn Kendall's mom) works at the CSU Seed Laboratory. She is visiting our classroom to teach us more about seeds and also will have us doing some hands on science! This Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 there will be a lot of cool science happening in our classroom. Don't worry, we will clean-up before Books and Bags!

first grade field trip to CSU's seed lab

Jennifer Kendall is also opening up the CSU Seed lab to first grade students for an amazing field trip!

Friday, November 30th from 11:00-12:00 the first grade will visit the lab for an amazing opportunity to learn about plants. CSU's lab is only open to tour groups first grade and above. Although, I would love our kindergarten students to have this opportunity, I do respect the rules of the lab. My hope would be to do this trip again, next school year when all the kindergartners are first graders.

This is a small field trip and will happen on a home school day (Friday). We will not be able to accommodate siblings for this trip. We will only be able to have first grade students and their parent. Our meeting location has yet to be determined but plan to meet at 10:30 the day of the field trip.

If you are unable to attend this field trip with your child, I would love to figure out an alternative mode of transportation. For example, carpooling with another family.

I will send home permission slips sometime next week. I will also send out a google survey to figure out who (if any) need transportation to the lab.

I'm really looking forward to this. My own first grade daughter is joining!

Envision math making ten

First grade is currently working on learning about different strategies for addition. Some of these strategies are confusing to some children. Don't worry, this is normal. Most children have an addition strategy that they rely on for adding. What this unit is trying to do is expose students to more that one way to add numbers together.

Envision highlights the strategies, doubles, doubles +1, doubles +2, and making ten. Working with my students on making ten, most understand this concept. Some more so than others, but everyone can explain how 8+3 can be solved by making 8+2=10 and 10+1=11. The procedure Envision uses to teach the students can often be confusing. When working on adding by making a ten, focus on the equation and not the step by step procedure Envision math is laying out.

Adding by making ten is a very efficient and effective strategy. Just don't get hung-up on the particular way Envision wants you to teach it. As always, contact me with any questions or frustrations. I'm here to help.

minute math and number writing

You might have been noticing minute math papers and number handwriting papers coming home in your PGA folder. Every Tuesday we come in the classroom and practice a certain math skill that is individually appropriate for your child. Some children are working on number formations, some are writing to 10, and some are working on fluency with addition.

I typically comment on all of these papers and let you and the student know what they are working on next. Once they master a certain number, I have them color in a personalized chart that shows their math growth. That way they can see why they are learning numbers or equations and also take ownership in improving.

If you have the time in your school day, you might want to work with your child on whatever skill they are learning (handwriting or equations). I'm sure that will be extra helpful for them!

turkey feathers

Don't forget to send in your turkey feathers to school! This is a fun project we do K-5 at PGA. Later on this month, make sure you come in and check our PGA turkey.

November 5, 2018

Thank You to Angie Edwards!

A BIG thank you goes out to Angie Edwards who planned our fall party. The kids had a blast! Go to our classroom photos page to see photos from our party.

Classroom Photos Page

Finally! It's up and running. I was having some major tech issues connecting my pictures with the classroom website. They have been resolved. The cool thing about our classroom picture page is you can take copies of photos that you like AND you can add your own photos too! Try it out.


Science

This week, students planted radish seeds in the light and the dark to discover that sunlight is necessary for plants to grow.

You can support your child's curiosity at home by keeping household plants! You can grow them from seeds, or buy them full-grown at the store. Invite your child to choose a plant that they find interesting. Then invite your child to think about how best to meet the plant's needs (such as how often to water it, and where to place it so that it gets sunlight).

Sharing

Our social studies sharing is off to a fabulous start! Thank you for all your hard work and creativity!

This is a reminder to all parents that sharing begins around 3:10 each day. You are welcome to come and watch your child share!

October 22, 2018

Fall Classroom Party

This upcoming Tuesday, October 30th, we will have our classroom Fall party.

We will celebrate from 2:30-3:30 in our classroom.

Your child is allowed to come dressed in their costume. Yes, that means the can wear their costume ALL day!


Dark Side

Thank you for everyone who has been working hard on your Dark Side writing. I'm hoping that you enjoyed using your rubric. I will also use the grade level rubric that you used with this assignment. We can see how much our grading aligns! Once I grade, I will send it back to you to compare.


Fall Festival

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Fall Festival tomorrow night. Let's see if you can figure out who I am...;)


October 14, 2018

Welcome to the dark side...Homework for the Learning Coaches!

In our writing training, I mentioned that you will have some "homework" for you to do. I am sending home a writing packet that has Darth Vader on it (hard to miss!). There is a lesson plan on the back page and all the materials you could possibly need to complete this assignment. My intention for this assignment is for you to apply all of your new writing knowledge.

Plan on making a rough and final draft. Kindergarten, focus on what your child knows and what are the next writing steps needed to advance to the next developmental writing level. First grade, use your convention's check list and your narrative rubric to help guide your writer. You will be working with your writer. This is not an assessment, so help them out with what they need! I have even included planning paper if needed.

These papers are due next week. Send in your completed Darth and your writing. Also, include your rubric on how you graded your child's writing.

Due Date: October 23rd or the 25th. If you need more time, let me know!

May the force be with you strong Learning Coach...

Pumpkin Patch

This year's trip to the Bartel's pumpkin patch we are not using a school bus. We will be counting on parents drivers to transport kids to the patch.

To find out who is planning on driving or who is able to take other children, please fill out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/yoJgUoy3N1GUjkty2

Permission slips will come home on Tuesday.

With permission slips, do not send money to school. You will pay directly at the patch. It will be $4 per person. This includes a hayride and a pumpkin.

Early Writing Workshop

Thank you for all that were able to attend this past Thursday's writing workshop. I think we had a lot of learning going on! Some "ah ha" moments too!

If you were unable to attend, please watch the recorded video on the workshop. http://staffweb.psdschools.org/bavery/k1writing

You all need to look at the google slide show and watch the short You Tube videos are are in the presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-b6hoyoLMS0qFpfORTlYKwHA5axyjJ5-unin3wibfA0/edit?usp=sharing

Once you have completed watching these links, please email me and let me know!

High Tech High

This Tuesday, I will be leaving school one hour earlier than normal. Our high school 6th grade language arts teacher will be with your child this last hour and will walk your child out for parent pick-up.

I am leaving early to catch a flight to San Diego! Four PGA teachers are traveling to San Diego to visit the famous High Tech High and participate in a workshop. We are very excited to learn from these K-12 grade teachers!

No School on Thursday

Happy short week! There is no school on Thursday and Friday. Enjoy this time with your family.

September 26, 2018

Conferences

It's time to sign-up for conferences! Click HERE for the link

Stuffed Animal Day!

Our class has earned 10 class stars. To celebrate this accomplishment, we are having a stuffed animal day at school TOMORROW (September 26). Your child is allowed to bring in a stuffed animal that can FIT in their backpack. This animal will be their "friend" all day! This has been one of our FAVORITE class celebrations and I know your child will have a blast.

Field Trip to the Bartel's Pumpkin Patch!

  • when? October 23rd 10:30-12:30
  • where? Bartel's Farm: Website
  • cost? $4 per person. This includes a hayride and a pumpkin
  • lunch? We will have lunch at the farm. All students will need to bring a sack lunch on this day.
  • why? it's our annual event of the year! This year, we will travel to the patch on a Tuesday. Instead of getting a giant school bus, we are asking parents to drive.

More information will be coming home soon.

Toys

I sure love toys BUT please have your child keep their toys at home. When toys come to school they often become a distraction or get lost or damaged.

During your child's student of the week sharing, they are more than welcome to bring in a favorite toy to share with their classmates.

Until then, keep toys at home. Thank you for understanding!

September 12, 2018

Assessments for First Grade

We are finally finished with our first grade reading and math assessments!

If you have a first grader, you will see a printout of your child's DIBELS data coming home in tomorrow's blue folder. Please see me if you have any questions.

New Math Packets

Next Tuesday, you will receive your next installment of enVision math work sheets and lessons. A huge thank you to April Maston and Kirsten Black for helping out with this!

Parent Phone Calls

I had a wonderful time speaking with many of you today! There were many parents that did not sign-up for a phone conference. If you would still like to have a quick 15 minute conference, please sign-up using this link: 15 minute phone conference

September 6, 2018

Volunteers

I am still looking for volunteers to help out with our math and reading times. sign-up on our volunteer document if you think you can dedicate one time every week or couple of weeks: VOLUNTEER HERE

Math Testing

Thursday, I will have a substitute teacher in the classroom with Mrs. van de Lindt (Mrs. V). This makes it possible for me to sit one on one with your child and complete my district mandated math assessments.

K12 JumpStart

This week, you started your intro to online education within the K12 platform. September 10th, you will start your first language arts lessons. You might notice that I have gone into your K12 and have skipped lessons and units. On Tuesday, I will send home your K12 language arts and phonics pacing guides and information. Any questions regarding K12, talk to your mentor. They are the experts!

August 29, 2018

Volunteers

I am still looking for volunteers to help out with our math and reading times. sign-up on our volunteer document if you think you can dedicate one time every week or couple of weeks: VOLUNTEER HERE

Scholastic Books

Scholastic book orders went home yesterday with your child. If you would like to order, please send your child with their selections plus a check made out to Scholastic. You can also go online and order! Information is on our Learning Coach Resource page.

Math Manipulatives

The envision math manipulative that were sent home with you during the envsion math training will be collected at the end of the school year. Please keep track of your supplies so that they can be returned. Thank you!

Math Training Follow-Up Q&A

If you would like to attend our math follow-up Q&A tomorrow, please RSVP by using this google doc:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgOO-8k37CRkiYXA86rVVjz1rUmVBG2AQgMHPhmDUqZXYhtg/viewform?usp=sf_link


Classroom Book Checkout

If you would like to attend our math follow-up Q&A tomorrow, please RSVP by using this google doc:

Your students have been BEGGING me to check out classroom library books. I wanted to wait a bit but... they are just so excited about it! It really is my fault... I have REALLY good books!

If your child comes home with a book from my classroom, it will have my name on it and a label that says to return to Jessy Lloyd. You can keep this book for however long you would like. I will keep track of what student has what book.

Please email me with any questions:)

August 26, 2018

Picture Day is Tuesday

This Tuesday, come to school ready to say, "CHEEEEESE"! It is picture day! If you would like to purchase pictures, return the Skillman envelope this Tuesday with money and your order OR order on line. Contact the front office if you have any questions.

Volunteering in the Classroom

Tuesday and Thursday volunteering for WIN time: I am looking for some consistent volunteer spots to be filled for our math and literacy WIN (What I Need) time. This would be once or twice a week throughout the semester or year. I have had volunteers split these shifts with another parent OR some parents commit to every PGA day. If you are interested in this consistent volunteer position, please sign-up using this google doc: VOLUNTEERING

I also understand that not every parent is able to (or wants to!) volunteer every week. That's okay! Any time you are available and would like to come into the classroom to hangout with us, you are welcome! You can email me ahead of time if you'd like or just show up.

Scholastic Book Orders--separating the book orders and putting them in students mailboxes. Sign-up: VOLUNTEERING

Party Planner--We will have a number of celebrations throughout the year, I would love to have a parent or ten that would help coordinate snacks and activities. Sign-up: VOLUNTEERING

Math Master--We will be separating out pages of our math books for lessons taught at home and at school. Its a very easy task, but takes some time! You can do this at home or at school. Sign-up: VOLUNTEERING

August 18, 2018

Welcome Back Picnic

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our back to school picnic from 12:00-1:30. During this time, you may drop off your child's supplies in our classroom. That way, your child will already be settled on the first day of school (this Tuesday!!!!)

While you are at your training from 1:30-2:30, your child will be in the classroom with me. We will be doing fun games and songs that are designed to get to know one another.

After your training, you can come to the classroom and pick them up. I'm sure they will want to show you all sorts of things about the room:)

Classroom Schedule is posted

I have a challenge for you... go to the LC resources page and see if you can find our classroom schedule. This is a rough draft for the year and things are always subject to change. I will let you know of any such changes.

Bring Your Handwriting Book (HWT) to School this Week

When bringing in your HWT book, please write your child's name on the cover. Thank you!

October 14, 2018