BEGINNING OF THE YEAR ASSESSMENTS:
This week I was busy doing some one-on-one assessments with the children to get a feel for where they are and to help guide my instruction. I was pleased with how well the children did overall. A few students were hesitant to tell me what they know and some were unsure of some of the information I was asking, but this is to be expected. Please know that children are NOT expected to know all of their letter sounds when they enter Kindergarten, however, many of the children were pretty confident on several of the sounds. You will find information regarding these assessments in your child’s Friday folder this week. These are for you to keep. I look forward to watching your children progress throughout the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. We are off to a good start, but have lots of work to do as we prepare for 1st grade! As I tell the children, we all have to work together: “I CAN, YOU CAN, WE CAN!”
WE ARE SPECIAL
This week we started our reading series in Kindergarten. The children were EXCITED when I showed them all of our BIG books we’d be reading and when I gave them their 1st reading workbook to use. Unfortunately, our reading workbooks have not arrived yet so the 1st unit is a “copy” of the workbook. Hopefully by the time we start the next unit they will be in. We are looking forward to exploring our BIG books and workbooks. This week we read Animals in the Park and found out that the animal statues “come to life” at night. We discussed how this story was a fantasy and not real because we know statues can’t really come to life. We also talked about the many characters as we read about a different animal for every letter of the alphabet. I was amazed at how well many of the children were able to identify the meaning of several words we came across that I wasn’t sure if they would be familiar with. WOW! KUDOS to you parents! It’s evident that you are reading to your children at home. Keep reading! We also learned our first two “popcorn words” (high frequency words/sight words) this week: I & Jesus. The kids were once again very EXCITED as they started noticing these words popping up in our morning message and in several of our classroom books. We will keep our reading workbooks at school until we finish a unit and then the children will bring it home so they can show you what they’ve been learning. Hopefully they’ve shared some of this information with you already! You will find our first list of popcorn words in your child’s Friday folder today.
I’m in the beginning stages of planning our fall field trip to Apple Works in Trafalgar. This field trip will probably be in late October (this is when the bees aren’t as bad). I will let you know as soon as I have the date set. You MUST have your “Safe and Sacred” training completed and a background check on file to attend field trips. The link to the program is the following: https://safeandsacred-archindy.org/login/index.php. Towards the end of the program, it will allow you to forward your completion certificate to Mrs. Floyd electronically. Please use [email protected] or print off a copy of the certificate and send it in to the office. This will allow Mrs. Floyd to keep records of certified chaperones and volunteers. You will also need to complete a background check every five years. The cost is $10 payable to St. Rose. (When first completing Safe and Sacred, you will be given the choice of completing the background check at the same time.) As much as we love the little ones, we do NOT allow siblings to attend the field trips in Kindergarten because we need all of your attention on our “little ones” so please be sure to make other arrangements for siblings if you plan on attending once I have the date set. Stay tuned…I hope to have the date in the next week or two so you can mark your calendars.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS:
Your child will be bringing home three different Scholastic Book Orders this week. The orders are due NO LATER than Monday, August 24th. There is NO obligation to order. However, the more orders we have, the more points we build up to get free materials for our classroom. PLEASE send a check (NO CASH PLEASE) in an ENVELOPE by the due date. Please do NOT make your checks out to St. Rose. Your check should be made out to Scholastic Book Clubs. If you order from more than one book club, you ONLY need to write ONE check. If you ever need me to keep your order a surprise (gift), please just note this on the outside of the envelope and I will contact you when I receive the order. You may also order on-line by logging on to www.scholastic.com (click on Reading Clubs) and enter my code GVL8B.
**If you were unable to attend Back To School Night last night, you will find a packet in your child’s Friday folder. This is for you to keep and to refer to throughout the school year. If you have any questions after reading through it, please let me know. I will also be sending home a reference sheet (please note it’s front to back) for the style of handwriting we use called D’Nealian (Modern Manuscript).**
*8/23 Celebrate the Feast of St. Rose at 11:30 mass followed by a parish picnic.
*8/28 Fall picture day. This is an OUT OF UNIFORM DAY. All students will get their picture taken for our yearbook and for purchase. Order forms are coming home in this week’s Friday folder.
*Please return book orders and “September Goal Sheet” information sheet by Monday.
*Library books are due every Wednesday.
*Please be sure your child has his/her Show & Tell on their assigned day each week. They are off to a GREAT start! The children have been doing a really nice job speaking about their show & tell items. Your child is expected to bring their show & tell each week so please help your child to remember his/her ASSIGNED DAY EVERY WEEK (listed below). Your child’s show & tell day will be the SAME day EVERY week:
*Tuesday: Maddie, Vaylen, Torie, Lilli & Owen
*Wednesday: Bryson, Alayna, Emerson & Jillian
*Thursday: Logan, Emily, Chloe & Elisa
*Friday: Evey, Anthony, Ali & William
*The dismissal procedure has been running smoothly! Thanks for your cooperation and support! Please be sure to turn off your engines as soon as you pull into a spot in the “safety zone.” Also, please be sure to tell anyone that picks up your child about our dismissal procedure. If the same family member doesn’t pick up your child every day, it’s very helpful if you let your child know who is picking them up so they know what vehicle to look for. It may also be helpful for you to try to pull in the same “column” every day if possible or stand by your car so they can find you easily. Many of the children walk with an older sibling so that has been very helpful.
*Please be sure to visit our website at www.stroselions.net often to keep up on all of the happenings at St. Rose. My Weekly Newsletter will be posted there every FRIDAY. Please click the “blog” link and then click on Kindergarten Blog. Communication is key so please be sure to read the Kindergarten Newsletter every Friday and Mrs. Floyd’s weekly Roar.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
*Thank you for your continued help with our daily snacks! The children have been enjoying them!
*A SPECIAL THANKS to PRIDE for providing the teachers with “start up money” so we can purchase items we need for our classrooms. Kindergarten was in need of new, individual dry/erase boards (mine were 9 years old) and I was able to purchase them this week along with many other items that I purchased before school started. We TRULY APPRECIATE the continued support PRIDE gives to us!
*Thank you for attending Back To School Night! The children LOVE for you to be the STUDENT for a night & I love getting to see all of you. I know your time is valuable!
*THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
ASK ME ABOUT…
…some things that are blue and our “blue song.”
…reading Animals in the Park and starting our 1st reading workbook.
…reading the Fable “You Are Beautiful As You Are” and who the crow was trying to be like.
…our first two popcorn words “I & Jesus.”
…how we answer our morning message question every day.
…using our names for a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity.
..what I learned about SAINT Rose of Lima.
…having our first fire drill (we did GREAT!)
…where we can see God and how we can show God’s love to others.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!