This week in our reading series, we read an Expository (Informational Text) story called “Hands Can.” We discussed how this story was different from last weeks because it shared FACTS with us. We also discussed how this story used photographs of real people instead of illustrations. The children enjoyed reading about all of the different things our hands can do and could relate to many of the pictures. As we learned our new popcorn word, can, we also talked about many other things we CAN do. The children came up with a GREAT list! We decided that next week we are going to take photographs (like this week’s story) to create our own class book titled I Can. Each child will have a chance to dictate something they can do and then get their picture taken demonstrating it. The children are EXCITED to make our 2nd class book next week so they can read it with/to their family! This book will come home just like the “All About Us” book once we are finished putting it together.
This afternoon we will listen to speeches given by the candidates running for this year’s Student Council. It’s so good to see so many students wanting to be leaders of our school. I’m looking forward to hearing what many of my past students have to say this afternoon. Every grade level (K-8) will have a class representative to meet with the Student Council officers once a month to share ideas and come up with plans for activities and service projects throughout the year. Students will meet once a month during the middle school lunch period (during our”relaxation time”). I talked to the students about choosing a classmate that they thought would be a good representative for Kindergarten. We discussed how we’d need someone who is a good listener, respectful, kind and works hard in class to get things done. After our discussion, I had each student vote for one Kindergarten student that they thought could do the job. It was a close race, but the student who got the most votes was Isabell. Congratulations, Isabell! We know she will do a GREAT job!
As I noted in the “Back To School Night” packet, we will begin having a “star of the week.” If we ever have a 4-day week we will NOT have a STAR. We like to celebrate every child for a whole school week. Hopefully you had a chance to read through the “star” information in the Back To School Night packet I handed out (if not, please do). The “star envelope” will come home one week before your child is our “star.” Just a reminder that we DO have to keep the glass part of our door uncovered and the pictures must be on a poster board (not foam board or wrapping paper). Please let me know if you have any questions. Every week our “star” will be featured in our newsletter. Below are the upcoming stars:
As I discussed at “Back To School Night,” each month the Kindergartners will have a set of goals to be working on (“GOAL SHEET”) at home. Although the Kindergartners do not bring home “homework” every evening, I EXPECT them to be working on their monthly goals on a regular basis as well as reading every night (someone reading to them) and practicing their “popcorn words.” It is important that you reinforce these goals at home with your child. I realize that tying shoes can be very difficult for some, but the more practice they get the better. It is not unusual for some children to struggle with this goal for a while, but as you can imagine, if we spent all day tying shoes for 16 children we wouldn’t get much done. 🙂 If your child does not have “tie” shoes you can use a “tie” book for them to practice on (Scholastic Book Clubs usually offer these.). Sometimes using 2 different color shoestrings can be helpful too. If you feel like your child is struggling with a particular goal, please let me know and we can try to find a way to help your child be successful. Your child will bring home their goal sheet once it is completed. If they do not get their goal sheet the 1st time I assess them, I will send home a “goal sheet update form” to let you know which goals they have completed so far and which ones they may still need to work on. If your child does not bring home their goal sheet as early as you would expect them to, it may simply be because I have not had a chance to assess them yet. Please be reminded that it takes time to assess 16 children on an individual basis on these skills. I will BEGIN assessing around the 3rd week of September. If I notice your child is struggling with a particular goal you will be notified, otherwise they will bring home their goal sheet once I have had time to assess them on each of the following goals. The September goals are as follows:
- I can recognize my name (first name ONLY at this time; not nickname).
- I know my address (house number & street).
- I know my phone number including area code.
- I know my birthday (month/day).
- I can zip.
- I can tie my shoes.
- I can button.
**Each year I have a few children that like/need an “added challenge.” The September challenges are : City, State & zip code with address and year with birthday. If you would like your child to do the challenges, please be sure to make a note in the comment section of the Friday folder or you can send me a quick e-mail. The challenges are NOT mandatory, but please be sure you are practicing them if you marked that you want your child to do the challenges.**
Happy Birthday to our Kindergarten students that have September birthdays: Marshall & Isabell! If you would like to read your Kindergarten student’s favorite book in honor of their birthday, please send me an e-mail so we can set up a day and time. If your child’s birthday falls on a weekend, we can pick a day close to the date. We love having guests come share the gift of reading with our Kindergarten class! 🙂
*9/3 Mass @ 4:30 p.m. ALL ARE WELCOME!
*9/4 Mass @ 8:00 & 11:00 a.m. ALL ARE WELCOME!
*9/5 Labor Day (No School; ENJOY)
*9/6 PRIDE meeting @ 6:30 p.m. Your child will receive a NUT certificate just for your attendance.
*9/9 & 9/10 St. Rose Parish Festival. If you haven’t already signed up to help, please check out the below link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0849aba72ca4f58-strose2 Your help is GREATLY APPRECIATED!
*Please practice popcorn words a few times a week. You do not have to wait until the word is introduced at school to begin practicing them. The children are bringing home their 1st “mini sight word reader” today (see note in Friday folder).
*Library books are due every Friday. Don’t forget to hand in the Johnson County Library Card Application even if your child already has a library card. Our goal is to have all 16 students return this form.
*Please be sure to log onto https://safeandsacred-archindy.org/login/index.php to complete your “Safe and Sacred” training. This training is mandatory for all volunteers and all who attend field trips. It’s quick and easy. This MUST be completed before our October field trip to Apple Works. Please e-mail your certificate of completion to Mrs. Floyd at [email protected]. You must also have a current background check on file to volunteer or attend field trips. I hope to have a date for Apple Works by the end of next week, stay tuned.
*If at any time your e-mail address changes, PLEASE send me a message so that I can continue to keep you updated on all of the great things going on here at St. Rose. You should be receiving Mrs. Floyd’s weekly ROAR every Monday and my newsletter “blog” link every Friday. If not, there is a problem so please let me know so we can fix it and keep you in the loop. You can also find my newsletter at www.stroselions.net under the Kindergarten “blog” tab.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
*Thank you for helping out with the snacks every day! The children are really enjoying snack time!
*Thank you for the Scholastic Book Orders! Every time you order, we receive free books and materials for our classroom!
*Thanks to Sr. Loretta who visited all of our classrooms to talk about the mission work she does! The children always enjoy seeing her!
*Thanks to the Franklin Library for visiting our classroom this week to talk all about the wonderful programs they have to offer and for encouraging the children to get their own library card if they don’t already have one! I would LOVE to find out that ALL 16 of my students have a library card or will be signing up to receive one during the “Library Card Application Drive.” Talk about making your Kindergarten teacher SMILE!
*Thanks for sending me such WONDERFUL children!
*THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
ASK ME ABOUT…
…things that are green and our “green” song.
…Hands Can & the folktale we read, “The Gingerbread Boy.”
…what kinds of words many poems have in them (rhyming words).
…how many bundles of 10 straws we have and how many “ones” we have to illustrate how many days we’ve been in school (1 bundle of 10 straws & 8 ones).
…why we “circle” some numbers on our daily number line and why we “box” others (we are learning to count by 5’s & 10’s this year).
…our visitor from the Franklin Library, Ms. Heather.
…why it’s important to call people by their name and whose name is Holy.
…our visit from Sr. Loretta and her message to us; how she helps others.
…what we made with our 8th grade buddies for our St. Rose parishioners to show our love for them (we will give it to them at the next over 50’s breakfast).
Have a WONDERFUL 3-day weekend!
HAPPY LABOR DAY!