April Newsletters

Kindergarten News
April 29, 2016

Reading-This week’s stories focused around the question, “What do children learn in kindergarten?” It was fun to recall the many things we have learned this school year.  We spent some time thinking back to activities we have done this year and skills we have worked on.  It really is amazing to think of all we’ve done!  We wrote about one thing we have learned, and these will hang out in our hallway for a while.  We want to show off how we’ve grown!  Our words for the week were off, our, day, take, too, and show.  Those are our last new words for our reading series.


Science-We went on a snail hunt this week around our playground and had no luck!  To compare our water snails to land snails, then, we had to look at pictures online.  Feel free to still send in any land snails you may find!  We were supposed to have a snail race with land snails, but we used water snails instead.  We loved watching how the snails could move and were especially excited to cheer them on in the race!  On Thursday, we met our next animal…WORMS!  We will spend the next week comparing and contrasting red worms and earth worms.


Math–Our new unit is about creating and reading graphs.  This week we collected data and created graphs.  We also learned how to read the information represented on a graph.  We compared information to see which items had the most, least, or if some had the same as.


Snack Calendar-Your final snack calendar for the kindergarten school year is in your child’s Friday folder.  Please note your child’s date, and let me know if there is a conflict!  Thank you for a wonderful year of snacks and sharing.  We loved the clues that came along with each sharing and appreciate the time you took to help your child prepare.


Spring Pictures-You are receiving your child’s spring pictures in this week’s Friday folder.  Please decide if you’d like to pay for and keep any of the pictures.  You then will send back any unwanted pictures to school, and we will take care of sending them back to the company.


Ag in the Park-The Kindergarten classes will be going on their mini field trip on Friday, May 6.  At 8:45, we will leave the school and go to the Linn County Fairgrounds for the “Ag in the Park” celebration from approximately 9:00-10:15.  The children will have the opportunity to see many farm animals, equipment, and various exhibits. Also, your child will need to wear a jacket and comfortable shoes this day (no flip flops, please!).  Anyone is welcome to meet us at the Fairgrounds to join in the fun! J

Upcoming Dates:  
Art Show/Ice Cream Social: Tuesday, May 3rd: 5-8 p.m.
*Last Day of School: Wednesday, May 25th (normal 2:45 Wednesday dismissal)

Kindergarten News

April 22, 2016


Reading- We read a fun version of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.  We discussed that sometimes you have to keep trying to succeed in reaching your goals just like the little train in our story. Many great real world connections came up such as tying shoes, reading, and swinging on the monkey bars.  You Can Do It, Curious George! gave us a chance to practice our predicting and inferring skills.  We also took time to identify the characters, setting, and main events in the story.  Our new words for the week include: look, out, put, saw, their, and very.


Math-We solved word problems this week and had to find the missing addend.  For example: If I had $3 and needed $8 to buy a toy, how much more would I need?  We used our ten frames and circles to help us solve the problems.  We became very quick at solving those difficult problems.  This is a perfect type of problem to try and solve in the car, so keep up this work over the summer!


Ice Cream, Sweet, Waffle, ConeScience - This week we expanded our study of living things to include birds.  We enjoyed the opportunity to identify robins, sparrows, and crows. It was interesting to learn about their common body parts, their needs for survival, and to describe similarities and differences between them.  Our water snails also arrived this week.  We had fun watching them and learning about their body parts.  If anyone finds any land snails this weekend, please feel free to send them with your child to school on Monday.  We will create a habitat for them and watch them next week.


Upcoming Date:  Art Show/Ice Cream Social: Tuesday, May 3rd: 5-8 p.m.


Ag in the Park-The Kindergarten classes will be going on their mini field trip on the morning of Friday, May 6.  We will leave the school by bus and go to the Linn County Fairgrounds for the “Ag in the Park” celebration.  The children will have the opportunity to see many farm animals, equipment, and various exhibits.  We would like to have a couple volunteers from each kindergarten class ride the bus with us and help chaperone at the park.  If your name is not chosen to chaperone, any family members are welcome to meet us at the Fairgrounds for the time we are there! We will have more specific times in next week’s newsletter.  


Please send the form below back with your child to school on Wednesday, April 27th, if you are interested in volunteering. We will draw on this day for volunteers, so if your form is not turned in, you will not be in the drawing.  Thanks!


Kindergarten News
April 15, 2016

Reading - In large group reading this week, we thought about what it is like to be the youngest in a family.  We read a silly story about a little boy who was told he was too little to fly a kite in Someone Bigger.  We cheered as he was the person to successfully fly the kite by the end of the story!  We also read One of Three, which had us watching the youngest child in a family work to keep up with her two sisters.  Our skill work for the week had us comparing and contrasting, and our new sight words were: every, help, ask, have, walk, one.

Math – This week we started a unit on making ten from two addends.  We brought out the ten frames that we used earlier in the school year and explored what number combinations can be used to make ten.  We looked at number sentences like 7+___=10 and solved for the missing addend.


Science In science this week, we continued our exploration with fish.  We talked about what fish need to survive, and we added some plants to our goldfish tub.  We also loved spending a day watching how our goldfish act.  We added some tunnels to the tank and watched to see if the fish swam through them.  Finally, we brought out our tub of guppies and compared our goldfish to the guppies to see how they are alike and different.  We love taking care of our fish!


Buddies – Over the past two weeks with our buddies, we’ve had fun doing a mini research project.  After reading an informational text about animals, we decided to have our students write a question they wanted to know about any animal.  It was neat to see what our kindergarten minds came up with.  During buddy time, then, our buddies helped us to research on their Chromebooks to answer our animal question, along with finding out more facts about the animal.  We loved it!  Your child’s information sheet, along with the question sheet, are in his/her Friday folder.


Book Order – The last book orders for the school year are included with this week’s newsletter.  Orders can again be placed online, and the website is www.scholastic.com/bookclubs.  Our online access code is  GNQWG.  For paper orders, cash or checks made payable to Scholastic Book Club are accepted.  All orders, online and paper, are due on Friday, April 22nd.


Upcoming Dates of Importance –

*Friday, April 22nd ­: Elementary Dance-a-Thon will take place from 3:30-4:30 in the big gym.  If your child is interested in attending, please return the permission form that was sent in last week’s Friday folder by Wednesday, April 20th

Kindergarten News
April 8, 2016

Reading - In large group reading this week we focused on the idea of doing our best.  We revisited a familiar character when we read Curious George Makes Pancakes.  George was doing his best but still managed to get into some trouble! :)  Our other story was Kitten’s First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes.  This adorable kitten had the full moon mixed up with a bowl of milk, and we laughed at how hard she worked to try to drink the moon.  We focused on using the clues in the stories to answer questions, or draw conclusions.  Finally, our sight words for the week were only, little, just, down, do, went.

Math – We practiced telling time to the hour a bit more this week.  After we had grasped this concept, we took our knowledge and applied it to different daily activities.  We talked about what time of day it made the most sense to do certain activities, and we also briefly touched on the quarter and half past an hour.  We will assess time telling next week and continue to explore it in small groups if necessary.

Science – We began a new science kit this week that brought much excitement to our classrooms.  Our new kit, Animals 2 by 2, is accompanied by real animals!  On Wednesday, goldfish and guppies were delivered to our rooms, and we were so excited to see them!  During this science unit, we will observe, care for, and interact with two different types of the same animal, so that we can make comparisons and draw conclusions about how the animals are different.  We will also work to create habitats that will allow for our animals to continue to thrive.  This science kit is sure to bring forth a lot of curiosity, conversation, and fun!

Book Bags – I’m so excited for all the great reading that is going on at home with our book bag project.  Keep up the good work!  

Water Bottles – If your child is bringing in a drink from home, please make sure you are just sending in water or flavored water.  Juice and other drinks make for messy spills that attract ants in our room.  Thank you for your help with this!

Important Dates –

*Tuesday, April 12th- Spring Pictures!  If you want a certain pose for your child, please send the selection form back in by this date.

Remember Ms. Fear’s library contest goes throughout the month of April.  We earn points by checking out books, so please encourage your child to visit the library throughout the week.  Also, send in your Box Tops this month, too!

Kindergarten News

April 1, 2016

Reading - Our stories this week were all about food that people get from plants.  Our first story, Bread Comes to Life, showed us the steps taken from planting the wheat to eating bread.  Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert had us all hungry for pie!  The author in this story wrote about the changing stages of a cherry tree and the creatures which all enjoy the tree.  It concludes with the family making and enjoying a pie.  We created our own recipe for pie this week.  We also focused on different features of text and how the author uses them to help tell the story.  On Thursday, we had the opportunity to connect our stories about food from plants to our own life as we made applesauce together in our classroom.  Most of us enjoyed the smell and taste of this special treat.

Math--Our math this week wrapped up our money unit!  During this two-week unit, we focused on the four main coins (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter) and the dollar bill.  We looked at the different units of money, talked about the pictures, their worth, and how to count them.  We also began to look at telling time.  We will really dive into telling time to the hour next week.


Spring Pictures - Each year Lifetouch comes out to take spring pictures.  Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, April 12.  With spring pictures, all students have their pictures taken.  Pictures are sent home when received by the school, and at that time, you may choose to purchase.  If you do not want them, you just send them back to school.  If you have a preference for pose and background, please indicate your choice on the form in today’s Friday folder and send it back with your child on or before picture day. 

Book Bags--Thank you for a great first week of reading at home!  It was impressive to see how many students returned books multiple times this first week.  If a book is sent home that your child especially enjoys or struggles a bit with, it is fine to keep the book more than one night to read again.  Thank you!


Glue Sticks – We have gone through many glue sticks at school this year.  Some of us could use a few new ones for pencil boxes.  Please ask your child if he/she could use some more glue sticks! 


Gone- I will be gone on Monday and Tuesday of next week to attend the final two days of a six-day class I have been taking this school year.  I know the children will behave wonderfully for our substitute teacher, Mrs. Burns. J Also, I will not ask her to trade our books that go home those days, so you will not receive a new book again until I’m back on Wednesday.


100s Club- Some of us joined the “100s Club” for being able to count to 100!  If your child did not, as soon as he/she shows me a successful count to 100, a new member will be added. J  Keep up the hard work at home.