Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Dear Kindergarten Families,
Hello! Here we are in the eighth week of Kindergarten! I just want to let
you know how much I enjoy Wednesdays and Fridays with your child. This class is a
great bunch--I enjoy their clever thoughts and great attitudes!
Field trip money was due today. If you have turned it in, thank you! If you
have not turned it in, I must have it Friday! It’s $5 for the children and $7 for
adult chaperones. Also, no one volunteered to organize a game for CCA’s Harvest
Festival on the 24th. If you decide you’d be willing to do this, please let me know
ASAP, otherwise we will not have a game. Many of you have either sent in $5 or
have signed up to donate to the Cowboy/Western theme basket, which will be
auctioned off at the Harvest Festival--thank you!
I have the kids placed in four different language arts groups at this point,
which meet their needs and abilities on the reading log books and the phonograms.
Having at least one parent each morning allows me to have time to read with each
group/child (which is so important so that I can continue to monitor their growth
and needs), as well as test them on their phonograms in small groups, which is so
much more effective than large group testing. Last time I checked, I do not have
any helpers signed up for the rest of the month. If you can come in from 9:30-
10:50 to help out, please sign-up in the hallway--THANKS!
Today in Kindergarten, we read the poem “Early to Bed,” and on Friday we
will read “My Nose.“ We tested through phonogram #12 today and we will do the
same Friday the 9th. Next Wednesday the 14th we’ll test through #13. I have a
note attached to your child’s phonogram quiz today, so check the home folder for
As for our studies in Character Education, we just wrapped up a study of
the character trait “respect.” Our class voted Carlea Santos as the most
respectful Kindergartener for raising her hand when she wants to talk, not
interrupting her friends when they are talking, walking when in the hallway, and
treating her friends the way she wants to be treated. Carlea had breakfast with
Mr. Ewing in honor of her award! One child will be chosen “Character Kid” of the
month each remaining month of the school year. Our trait for the month of
October is “responsibility” so we began to discuss what this means today.
In science today, we learned about our sense of vision and we graphed eye
color, as well as learned about eye and eyelash functions. On Friday, we’ll learn
about our sense of hearing, and we will read a funny book called You Can’t Taste a
Pickle with Your Ear. We continue to study maps and globes in science, and of
course we painted our paper mache balloons into globes today! Thanks to those who
were able to make it in to help us! In math today, we wrote the number 15, and we
counted pennies. On Friday, we will write the number 16, and we’ll identify a
number between two numbers. I’m so sorry, I forgot to tell you in last week’s
letter that we were having a math assessment last Friday. Coming home in the
home folder today, you’ll see your child’s assessment. Let me know if you have any
Also in the home folder today, you’ll see a calendar which your child wrote
“September” and the days of the month on, with some lined pages stapled to it.
Each month your child will do one of these calendar/journals. The calendar is an
opportunity for your child to practice writing numbers and the following pages are
journal pages, where I give the kids a writing prompt and they have to try to get
some words down (sometimes with help, sometimes they can do it on their own by
sounding words out). Then, they draw a corresponding picture. On the first
journal page, Mrs. Farmer, Russell’s mom, read a poem called “Kindergarten Rocks”
to the kids during language arts centers. Then she asked the kids, which part of
Kindergarten “rocked” for them (i.e. their favorite part of the day, excluding lunch
and recess!). I’m always optimistic that we will get to journal more than we actually
get to, so you’ll see there are numerous blank pages attached. You can use the
blank pages that follow for some writing and drawing fun at home if you’d like since
we didn’t have time at school =).
As for the field trip on Friday, October 16th, here are some items to note:
*we’ll arrive at Morwai Dairy outside of Hudson first, then we’ll travel to Miller
Farms outside of Platteville for lunch and a farm tour.
*wear a red shirt/hoodie/jacket/coat, if possible--chaperones, too, if possible.
*pack a sack/plastic bag lunch--write your child’s name on the bag/sack. No
Tupperware or anything of the sort. Everything should be disposable so we don’t
have to carry anything around after lunch.
*we will be leaving at 8:45 and returning at approximately 2:30.
Have a great week!
Ms. Stacy Thompson