Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

I wanted to let you know that the last day of school for our KINDERGARTEN students is Wednesday, June 14th. Our last day is earlier than the rest of SMS to allow time to screen the in-coming kindergarten students. Please save the date because we will be having a celebration in our classroom.

Here are some pictures from our week:

Our author visit!
 This week we had a big math problem to solve! The children had to use Post-it notes to see if they were tall enough to ride an imaginary amusement park ride. They needed to be 12 Post-it notes tall. Ask your child about this math activity.

Up-coming Events:
  • PTO Spring Social- 5/5
  • Ride Your Bike to School- 5/12
  • Early Release-5/17
  • MakerFest- 5/18
  • See Science Center Field Trip- 5/26 *More info to follow
  • No School-5/29
  • Grandparent Luncheon- 6/5
  • Field Day- 6/9
  • Last Day of K-6/14
Enjoy the vacation week.

Friday, April 14, 2017

April 14, 217


It was a pleasure meeting with all of you for conferences these last few weeks. There is so much growth and development to celebrate with these kindergarten students.

Please ask your child to tell you about our author visit today. JoAnn Adinolfi was great! She lives right in Portsmouth. We were lucky to see her art, watch her draw and learn about where she gets her story ideas.

Progress Reports were sent home today to report attendance. Conferences replace grades this quarter.  I only printed one side of the progress report in an effort to conserve ink. Please sign and return the envelope as soon as you can. Thank you.

We are working to determine the last day of kindergarten and will get the date to you ASAP. We end the school year a few days earlier than the rest of SMS to allow time to screen the in-coming kindergarten students.

Up-Coming Events:

  • LAST Word of the Week- she
  • LAST handwriting letters- x & z
  • Jump Rope for Heart-4/21
  • Spring Vacation- 4/24-4/28
  • Bike to School Day-5/12
  • Early Release-5/17
  • MakerFest-5/18
  • Field Trip-5/26 *More information to follow
  • No School- 5/29
  • Grandparent Luncheon-6/5
Donation Requests:

-flour for our texture table
-foaming hand soap

😊 Kristen

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

Hello Fish Families!

Mr. Fosher has asked me to pass along information about an exciting opportunity for SMS kindergarten students. This year 20 children have been invited to sing/recite a poem at the Exeter High School graduation on Friday, 6/16. He would like 2 boys and 2 girls from each kindergarten class to participate. More information will follow about rehearsals, but the children and parent (if you choose) are bused from SMS to EHS and back. The children are only there for the song/poem. Please email me if you would like to be a part of this.

Visual Arts: We made umbrella sun catchers and are working on coffee filter spring flowers.

Readers' Workshop: We began our last reading unit, "Becoming Avid Readers".  Avid readers read a lot. They read everywhere and can't stop reading. They have a stack of books-in-waiting. We are working on being avid readers during reading time. 

Writers' Workshop: The children are writing "How To" pieces. They are planning the steps to the teaching books across their fingers. We learned about how many "How To" books include a list of materials needed. The children are using first, next, then and last in their writing.

Math Workshop: We have been working on subtraction this week. We played a game "Disappearing Train" focusing on counting backwards, taking away, and the subtraction symbol. Please continue to practice counting backwards from 20-0 with your children when you can. The children also played a fun attribute game. 

Up-Coming Events:

Word of the Week- on
Handwriting- f and q
Early Release- Wednesday, 4/12
April Vacation- 4/24-4/28

Donation Requests:

  • Flour for our texture table


Friday, March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017


The children filled the fish jar last week and I'm hoping you heard all about the game day they had last Friday. Here are some pictures of the fun.

Up-coming Events:
  • Word of the Week-you
  • Handwriting- m, h and b
  • Early Release/Parent Conferences- 4/5 and 4/12
  • Jump Rope for Heart- 4/21 at 1:30
  • April Vacation- 4/24-4/28
Hopefully this weekend will be the last we see of this winter weather!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday, 3/27/17

Hi Fish Families.

We enjoyed the Elephant and Piggie play at the Music Hall last week. Thank you to all of our parent chaperones!

We sent home new math homework tonight. Math facts will be a part of our homework routines for the remainder of the year. We will be adding to these flashcards about every other week. 

Readers' Workshop:  We have been busy learning about how readers check their reading to make sure it looks right, sounds right, and makes sense. If it doesn't, they need to go back and fix it. A new challenge is emerging in many books the children are reading. The illustrations are more involved and the tricky words are becoming more complex. The children are practicing using the whole picture instead of just quick checking the picture to figure out the words. They are having to think about what they see and what is happening. We are calling this "extra strength picture power." We are also finding "snap words/sight words in disguise (i.e. looking, looked, sees, coming, going, playing). We will be finishing up our "Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles" unit next week.

Writers' Workshop:  We are beginning our "How-To" writing unit. I've been reading them lots of teaching books and we are in the process of brainstorming things we are experts at and can teach others how to do. The children learned that writers study the kind of text they intend to make.

Math Workshop
We are working on measurement right now. We cut string as long as each student and will be using next week for math activities. Some math vocabulary we are using is; longer, shorter, about the same, length, height, long and tall. We have been following sorting rules where we sort by attributes (i.e. having all students wearing red stand up and the students try to figure out the attribute they were sorted by.) 

Visual Arts: The children made paper kites and decorated them with various collage materials.

Some Books We Read: The Wind Blew, Wake Up, It's Spring, Bear Wants More, Interrupting Chicken

Up-Coming Events:

Handwriting- r and n
Word of the Week- go
Parent/ Teacher Conferences- Wednesday 4/5 and Wednesday, 4/12 *These are both Early Release Days
April Vacation- 4/24-4/28


Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017


Our dramatic play area is being changed to a grocery store. Our store will be opening on Monday. The children are excited to get in there to play! 

You may hear about our new lunch tables this weekend. We are trying assigned tables for a few weeks. The children have been having lots of conflict and hurt feelings when finding a table at lunch. We had a class discussion about how sometimes adults need to help find solutions to problems when children are having a hard time working things out on their own. The children randomly picked a crayon and were assigned to that color table.  After lunch today, I sought out feedback from the children about the new tables. Generally, it was very positive. I am confident that mixing combinations up for a few weeks will expose them to new friendships and flexibility to mingle with other peers.

Visual Arts: We have been painting rainbows, making pots of gold and sun catcher shamrocks. 

Readers' Workshop: The focus this week has been on letter-sound knowledge and how it helps when reading. The children worked on using their phonics skills to read unknown words. As our books get trickier, the words do, too. Many words are beginning with consonant blends (st, bl, br), so readers need to start looking past the initial sound in a word. We also learned that we need to read through the end of a word, too. (e.g. sat, sad & sand all begin the same and the end of the word is what helps us figure them out.) When the children get nervous reading a more challenging book they can quickly scan for sight words they do know on a page. This gives them a confident boost before reading. 

Writers' Workshop: We are finishing up our personal narrative unit. The children chose their favorite "true story about their lives" and began the process of editing/improving their piece. They worked in partnerships to get ideas of what they could add to their stories to make them better. We will continue this work next week.

Math Workshop: Your math thinkers have been busy playing dice addition games and working on double ten frames and tricky teens. The children are practicing number writing, as well. We finished Unit #5 and are working on the unit assessment. Those letters should be coming home at the end of next week. 

Literacy Centers: We learned about silent e at the end of words this week. We call him King Ed and he makes superstars say their own name. We practiced reading many cvce words, worked on handwriting and did activities reinforcing the word we. 

Up-Coming Events:

Word of the Week- my
Handwriting- j and p
Early Release- Thursday, 3/16
No School- Friday, 3/17
Author Visit & Music Hall Field Trip- Wednesday, 3/22

Donation Requests:

  • Foam soap

Don't forget to spring the clocks forward!

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017


We had a FUN week with all of the special themed days! Thank you for your participation in Read Across America Week.

Here are some pictures from a STEM activity we did this week. The children were challenged to build the tallest structure they could using large and small plastic cups and pieces of paper and cardboard. 

Up-coming Events:
  • Handwriting- k & y continued
  • Phonics- "King Ed" (silent e at the end of a word)
  • Word of the Week- me
  • Early Release- Thurs. 3/16
  • No School- Fri. 3/17
Happy Vacation!