Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

Happy Friday Everyone!

Progress Reports can be found in your child's folder today. We don't report grades during the first marking period due to conferences. The progress reports are printed to report first quarter attendance. Please sign and return the envelope to school as soon as possible. We re-use them each quarter. The progress report is yours to keep.  Thank you!

Up-coming Events:
  • Fish Class Breakfast- Tuesday, 11/21 starting at 8:00 in our classroom
  • Thanksgiving Break- 11/22-11/24
  • Word of the Week-I
  • Phonics- m and n
  • Handwriting- C, O and Q
  • SMS Book Fair- 11/27-12/1
  • FISH CLASS Book Fair shopping- Thursday, 11/30 from 2:15-2:45
  • Early Release- Wednesday, 12/13
Fondly,
Kristen




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017

Celebrating Unit #1

Reading with our Buddies

Launching Reading Unit #2 

A Visit from our very own SMS Superhero"LIT LADY" 


Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017

Hello.

Thank you for filling up our Sign Up Genius requests so quickly! I appreciate your continued support.

Picture re-take is on Monday. If you want re-takes done, please put your picture package in your child's folder and return it to school on Monday.

Up-coming Events:

  • Word of the Week- so
  • Phonics- superstar o
  • Handwriting- X, Y, and Z
  • PTO Spaghetti and Bingo- 11/17
  • Fish Class Breakfast- 11/21 8-8:30
  • Thanksgiving Break- 11/22-11/24
  • Book Fair- 11/27-12/1
Fondly,
Kristen


Friday, November 3, 2017

November 3, 2017


Hello Fish Families.

A superintendent search survey is now available to community members on the SAU 16 website. This survey provides parents an opportunity to have a voice in the process. It is a quick, user friendly survey. Feel free to check it out. 

There will be a family breakfast on Tuesday, November 21st in our classroom from 8-8:25. Please save the date. Invitations will be coming home next week. 

Apps We Like: QuickImages & LetterSchool

Some Books We Have Read: I Will Surprise My Friend, Leaves, Fall Mixed Up

Up-Coming Events:
  • Handwriting- V and W continued
  • Phonics- a (our first vowel/superstar) continued
  • Word of the Week- an continued
  • Early Release for Parent/Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, 11/8
  • No School for Teacher Workshop day- Thursday, 11/9
  • No School for Veterans' Day- Friday, 11/10
  • PTO Spaghetti and Bingo- Friday, 11/17
  • Thanksgiving Breakfast, Tuesday, 11/21 8-8:30
  • Thanksgiving Break- 11/22-11/24
  • Book Fair- 11/27-12/1

Happy "Turn the Clocks Back" Weekend. 
Kristen

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017

Greetings Fish Families! 

I am looking forward to conferencing with all of you over the next few weeks. There are so many things to celebrate with these kindergarten children. Until then, here is a snapshot of what we have been doing these past two weeks.

Writers' Workshop: We have been empowering your young writers to write even when it is hard. Taking risks and persevering are two major habits we want to instill in your authors. We made the jump to booklets as a choice when the children select paper to work with. Up until now, the children have been using single sheets of paper. They learned how to plan their writing piece across the pages before beginning. Partnerships are important during this time. When you tell your partner your story first, you are organizing your thoughts and are ready to get to the drawing part. We continue to work on making sure all the pages in a book go together (are about the same topic.)

Readers' Workshop: We have been doing lots of work with our "old favorites" or familiar stories. Children love re-reading stories they have heard many times. The fish are doing a great job using the pictures to read a familiar text. They are working hard to make sure the words they read match the pictures on the page. They use the language of the story and are even using exact character words! 

Math Workshop:  We continue to work with 10 frames, subitizing, writing numbers 0-10, making and analyzing graphs. This week the children worked on building numbers. They used cubes in two different colors to represent towers of 6. They recorded the many combinations of 6. We are almost done our first math unit, Counting and Cardinality 0-10. I will be doing some informal assessment next week. Letters will be sent home letting you know how your mathematician is doing once we are done with the unit and assessments.  

Science/Social Studies: We continue with our safety unit and learning about community helpers who help keep us safe. We also spent some time in the garden today planting daffodil bulbs. The children dug individual holes, planted their bulbs roots down and filled the holes back in. It was a beautiful day to work outside!



Visual Arts: We made black cats, witches, candy corn people and patterned place mats this week. There will be lots of art to check out when you are in for conferences.


Up-Coming Events:
  • Handwriting- V and W
  • Phonics- a (our first vowel/superstar)
  • Word of the Week- an
  • Class Halloween Celebration- 10/31 in the afternoon
  • Early Release for Parent/Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, 11/1 and Wednesday 11/8
  • No School for Teacher Workshop day- Thursday, 11/9
  • No School for Veterans' Day- Friday, 11/10
  • Thanksgiving Break- 11/22-11/24

Fondly, 
Kristen

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017

Greetings!

Today we continued our social studies safety unit with a visit from Mrs. Griffith, our school counselor. She taught the children about personal safety. There is a handout in the folder for you and please ask your child to tell you what they learned. (1.Tell the person to STOP. 2.Get away. 3.Tell someone.)

Up-Coming Events:
  • Handwriting- L and U
  • Phonics- th (voiced and unvoiced)
  • Word of the Week- see
  • Class Halloween Celebration- 10/31 in the afternoon
  • Early Release for Parent/Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, 11/1 and Wednesday 11/8
  • No School for Teacher Workshop day- Thursday, 11/9
  • No School for Veterans' Day- Friday, 11/10
  • Thanksgiving Break- 11/22-11/24

Sounds like the beautiful weather is here for the weekend. Hope you get to enjoy it!
Kristen




Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

Hello!

October is safety month. We will be learning about community helpers this month. Today was fire safety day for kindergarten! A big Thank You to our Stratham Fire and EMT Volunteers for coming to teach us this morning. Please ask your fish what they learned visiting all the activities today. They should remind you about the importance of a family meeting spot somewhere outside.  

We will talk with our school guidance counselor about personal safety next week and our Police Officers will be coming in later this month.  

Wish List:
  • rice for our texture table


Up-Coming Events:
  • Handwriting- H and K will continue
  • Phonics- qu will continue
  • Word of the Week- in will continue
  • Class Halloween Celebration- 10/31 in the afternoon
  • Early Release for Parent/Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, 11/1 and Wednesday 11/8
  • No School for Teacher Workshop day- Thursday, 11/9
  • No School for Veterans' Day- Friday, 11/10
  • Thanksgiving Break- 11/22-11/24
Enjoy these adorable photos!
Kristen