Dear Families, Jan. 2, 2019
I hope your holiday break was enjoyable and gave you a chance to connect with family and friends. I also want to thank everyone for contributing to our Holiday craft activity and special snack. The children seemed to enjoy the special day. It was nice to see you all before the break. I really want to thank our room moms for all their efforts. The classroom still looks like a winter wonderland! Thank you very much.
January brings on some changes for our students. We will be sending home leveled books for your child to read Monday through Thursday night. In addition, your child needs to practice the sight words that we have been sending home each month. Forty words have been sent home for your child’s word ring. Focus for handwriting continues to be on proper placement. We will encourage students to use lower case letters in their narrative writing. Currently students are writing about their vacation and hopefully soon, the snow. Towards the end of the month, we will start a new unit in writing called “how to books”. For example, children might write a book on how to brush your teeth. In addition, during this month I will be meeting with each student individually to assess their ability levels for reading and number sense. This takes a considerable amount of time and it usually takes up most of the month. I will be using these results to help in the planning of instruction.
Dates to keep in mind are as follows:
Jan. 7th-KES Spirit Day-Dress like the 1980’s
Jan. 9th -Kindergarten Registration for next year 9:00-7:00
Jan. 10th -Kindergarten Registration for next year 9:00-3:00
Jan. 21st -No School-Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 22nd -Minimum Day-students leave at 1:05
Jan. 23rd -Minimum Day-students leave at 1:05
Jan. 25th -Kindergarten Donut Day (for Dads)-substitute stand-ins are always welcome @ 9:15-10:00
Jan. 29th -PTO Meeting @ 7:00
Jan. 30th-KES Spirit Day-Wear your favorite sports team!
Feb. 1st -First Friday Family Read at 9:00-9:30
Thanks for your continuous support.
Kathy Sullivan with Mrs. Maio
Dear Parents, Dec. 3, 2018
A big thank you goes out to all the parents who helped and donated items for our Thanksgiving feast. Our children had a great time. It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over and it is already December!
A gentle reminder to collect the Box Tops for Education. This is an easy way to support our school. Ask family members to collect them-grandparents, aunts and uncles. You can turn them in using a Ziploc bag. Be sure to put my name on the bag or inside the bag. I am hoping to win the trophy soon.
Family members are invited into the classroom this month on Dec. 20th at 2:00 for a special winter craft activity and party before the winter break.
Here is a quick update for special dates to remember.
Dec. 7th-First Friday Family Read-Family members can come read with their child from 9:00-9:30.
Dec. 10th -14th Spirit Week-to benefit this year’s Holiday Show at H-KHS
Dec. 10th-Crazy Sock Day-please donate a $1.00
Dec. 11th –Fancy Dress-Up Day- please donate a $1.00
Dec. 11th at 9:15 Dress rehearsal-in school concert for students only (Evening show at 6:30)-older students who have joined the chorus will be performing.
Dec. 12th –Crazy Hair Accessory Day- please donate a $1.00
Dec. 13th -Sportswear Day- please donate a $1.00
Dec. 14th Pajama Day to support CCMC-Connecticut Children’s Medical Center-Information to follow-please donate $1.00 or more if you can. Thanks.
Dec. 14th Report Cards go home
Dec. 18th-Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
Dec. 19th-Wear pajamas to school-please no slippers. Snowman movie, hot chocolate and cookies for afternoon snack.
Dec. 20th- at 2:00-Special Winter Craft Activity & Party before Winter Break-Parents Welcome. Small items will be used which can be a choking hazard to smaller siblings.
Dec. 21st-Minimum Day-Dismissal at 1:05-(special sing along for students only at 10:00).
It is a short, busy month. Take time to enjoy special moments with family and friends. Happy Holidays! -Kathy Sullivan with Mrs. Maio
Academics in December……………..
As for reading, the focus of this unit is to help students get better at reading by using everything they know about looking at both the pictures and the words. Students need to place greater emphasis on the print and develop the concept of one-to-one matching. This month, strategies are introduced to figure out unfamiliar words. Strong readers use a combination of strategies such as using the pictures, the first letter of a word, looking for words they know (sight words) or recognizing a pattern within a story. Students are learning to make sure their reading makes sense and sounds right. In addition, we will emphasize the importance of rereading books to build automaticity, phrasing, and expression.
In writing, students are working on writing true stories (something they did-something that really happened). The first trimester goal is that students will write words using two correct letters sounds (such as “was” might be “wz”). Kindergarten students are expected to spell sight words correctly by using the word wall or word ring. Students should be able to write a simple sentence independently, use spaces between words and a period at the end of a sentence. Students should stay on topic and use pictures with labels and/or speech bubbles. Please keep in mind that students develop at their own pace and there is a wide range of abilities. I will continue to model these skills and encourage students as they try to write stories.
In math, the focus will be on numbers 6 through 10. Students are working on writing numbers to ten and representing a number of objects with a written numeral (count and record). We are helping students to count objects using the correct order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object (one to one correspondence). Students need to understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted and that the number of objects counted is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted. Students need to understand that when they are counting each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger. Students are learning to identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than or equal to the number of objects in another group by using matching or counting strategies. Students will learn to compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numbers. For example, students might be asked to circle the larger number.