Friday 3-24-17

This is a reminder that tomorrow is our Sci- Tech Museum Field trip.

Please have your child bring a sack lunch (that can be disposed of at the museum)… unless you have already arranged to have a lunch from the school cafeteria. If you can, label the lunch with your child’s first and last name & Beye School (in case it goes missing at the museum somewhere).

Comfortable walking shoes is also helpful.

We will hopefully be back by 1:45 to cheer for Madelyn and the other K-2 students in the student vs. Faculty basketball game!

Thank you! And have a wonderful Spring Break!
~Jessica

3-20-17 Class Update

Hi Kindergarten Families,

Happy 1st Day of Spring!

Just a brief update this week to share some adorable kindergarten writing photos and photos from last week. I especially love the writing about what they would do if they found a pot of gold! Harrison said he wanted to buy a jetpack and go to his grandparent’s house. Jaylen wrote that he would buy a jetpack and also go to Harrison’s grandparents’! haha… Lily was insistent to she did not want the gold. Dakin said he would share it with homeless people. Allegra wants to buy a pet unicorn. Hank was thinking more about the chocolate gold candies (that Lucky the leprechaun left in their traps) and said he would eat it all! Elora said she would put her gold in her window sill so it could shine. Check them out for yourself here…

If I found a pot of gold writing
March photos (leprechaun traps, recess games, and more)

Last Friday was a fun day trying to catch the leprechaun in our classroom! The traps were awesome! Lucky the Leprechaun came through our room and left his mark everywhere, but did not get caught! The traps will come home today… you may want to keep it for 1st grade if there was a lot of effort put into it! 🙂

This week we are studying Mo Willems! The kiddos are very excited about the Mo Willems books they know and new stories. Mo Willems wrote Knuffle Bunny, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Elephant and Piggie books, and many more! We did check out Mo Willems’ website today in class. I told the class they could check it out more at home to play the games.

That’s it for now… Report Cards will go home on Friday! Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or ideas to share!
~Jessica


Jessica Bretl
Kindergarten TeacherBeye School

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3-13-17 Class Update

Hello Kindergarten Families!

Updates:

  • We have begun Unit 3 in Writing and are off to a running start writing How To stories. Part of your child’s homework this week is to come up with topic ideas for writing time.
  • Homework this week was a bit different with less paper work, since we are asking for the Leprechaun Traps to be brought in. Feel free to have your kindergartner bring in their leprechaun trap anytime this week up till Thursday. We will put the traps out on Thursday afternoon and hope to catch those sneaky little leprechauns on Thursday night!


What We’ve Been Learning in Kindergarten:

  • Reading: This week we are finishing up learning about Bears and we will switch to St. Patrick’s Day and leprechauns on Wednesday! Side Note: The class was super excited about Bears last week! Indoor recess has been a big mix of imagination games pretending to be bears… I was fielding questions like, "Is it still winter?" Once I answered yes, the students got very sleepy and told me they needed to go back to bed. I also had requests for fish for snack time! They are so funny! 🙂
  • Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are busy writing How To ____ stories. The kindergarten writers are being asked to finish about 2-3 How To stories each week! They are busy writing! I took a little video last week during writing time to give you a view of our classroom during writing! They are very serious workers during this time of day!
  • Handwriting: We are nearing the end of our Handwriting workbook! We still will work on q, x, z, and reviewing the numbers and then the orange book will come home!
  • Math: This week we are busy assessing our math knowledge and beginning Module 4: Number Pairs, Addition, and Subtraction to 10. By the end of this math unit, students should automatically know the partners to 5 (You say, 3, they say 2. You say 4, they say 1), and also begin to be more comfortable with the partners to 10 (6+4, 7+3, 8+2, etc.)

How to Help at Home:

  • Work on finishing your leprechaun traps and work on the How To writing ideas homework.

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day All Kindergartners are invited to wear green to celebrate our leprechaun traps and the holiday!

Friday, March 24th: Sci Tech Field Trip, Student- Teacher Basketball Game,Report Cards go home, Spring Break Begins

No School the week of March 27th= Spring Break
Monday, April 3rd: School Resumes
Tuesday, April 4th: No School- Institute Day (Election Day)

Far ahead dates to note:
Wednesday, May 24th: The Three Piggy Opera, 6 pm in the evening. Families welcome to attend our show!
Thursday, June 1st: Field Trip to the Brookfield Zoo – All families are welcome to join us!

3-6-17 Class Update

Hello Kindergarten Families,

Below is our class update for the week. We finished our Dr. Seuss unit this week and will begin learning about Bears this week and next!

Updates:

  • Beye School is having a March Madness reading challenge!
  • The point of the "challenge" is to encourage students to read, read, read!
  • We will have a student vs. faculty basketball game at the end of March.
  • Students can record their minutes read on the 1/2 sheet of paper that went home today (also attached in case you didn’t get it… as a few were on our classroom floor at 3:05).
  • Each week students turn in their reading log saying they have read 100 minutes that week, they will earn a basketball token with their name on it on the hallway display.
  • At the end of the month, anyone who has their name on a basketball will be entered in the drawing to play in the basketball game!
  • We finished Unit 2: Narrative Writing Stories last week! Students made cover pages and shared their writing with each other by reading to their writing partners on Thursday and Friday last week. Students also shared their stories by doing a "writing walk" to walk around the room and read a handful of their classmates’ stories. Next, we celebrated with an apple juice toast and some popcorn. It was a fun celebration! Some of the class’ story titles are:

I walk to School

My trip to Monkey Island

My 6th Birthday

My Trip to Florida

The Three Friends

My Nightmare

I had to go Home

The Zoo

When I got sick
The Most Exciting Thing in my Lifetime

What We’ve Been Learning in Kindergarten:

  • Reading: This week we are will be learning about Bears! The Common Core Standard we are focusing on is RI7 & RL7: Describe the relationship between the illustrations and the text, and RI3: Describe how to objects, people or ideas are connected between two texts.
  • Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we finished our 2nd narrative writing unit! I’m working on assessing each child’s writing and I hope to send you a scan of their final story and assessment by the end of this week! It has been so fun to see each child’s writing growth this last writing unit (and school year!)!
  • Handwriting: In the last week, we have been working on "Diver" lowercase letters. Diver letters start at the top and "dive down": p, n, r, m, h, b
  • Math: We have been learning about the vocabulary "one more", "one less" and making sure there is one to one correspondence when students are counting objects. We will finish our Math Module 3 this week and begin Module 4: Number Pairs, Addition, and Subtraction to 10.

How to Help at Home:

  • Read Dr. Seuss stories. The students were loving reading the fun rhyming stories, and the deeper stories with a plot. Adult side note: I enjoyed reading those deeper stories to the class this week and finding Dr. Seuss’ hidden message. You could tell from the times he was writing, what societal issues he was referring to… The Sneetches, The Lorax and Yertle the Turtle were a few of Dr. Seuss’ longer, deeper stories we read last week.
  • When your kindergartner is writing, remind them to put a "finger space" between all of their words. This really helps the writers be able to read their own writing back, which reinforces their hard work writing!

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 10th: End of 2nd Trimester
Friday, March 24th: Sci Tech Field Trip, Student- Teacher Basketball Game,Report Cards go home, Spring Break Begins

No School the week of March 27th= Spring Break
Monday, April 3rd: School Resumes
Tuesday, April 4th: No School- Institute Day (Election Day)

Far ahead dates to note:
Wednesday, May 24th: The Three Piggy Opera, 6 pm in the evening. Families welcome to attend our show!
Thursday, June 1st: Field Trip to the Brookfield Zoo – All families are welcome to join us!

March Minutes Madness Reading Slip.docx

P.S. 2-27-17 Class Update

As part of our Dr. Seuss week, tomorrow our class has decided we would like to have "Wacky Wednesday". We will read Dr. Seuss’ book Wacky Wednesday and students are invited to come to school dressed wacky! Mismatched patterns, backwards shirts, crazy hair… go wild!

On Thursday, we will read the story Fox in Socks. Students are invited to wear their favorite, fun socks that day!

Thank you!

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:17 PM, Jessica Bretl <jbretl> wrote:

Hello Kindergarten Families,

Our busy month of February is almost over. We continue on our kindergarten learning journey for 3 more months. This is the sweet spot of kindergarten! Everyone is in the groove and taking off becoming better readers and writers, and more comfortable with school!

Updates

  • Here are two photos from recess last week…
  • We will have our end of Unit 2 Writing celebration on Friday! To make it a bigger deal, we will celebrate with a mini party in our class: sharing our books with each other, while toasting each other with some juice/ lemonade. So, I’m requesting if anyone can donate one box of Capri-Sun juices for our class (we already have 7 Capri-Suns left over from the 100th day celebration- so we need 8 more) & a bag or two of popcorn. Please email me to let me know if you can donate these! Thank you!
  • Additionally, if anyone is willing to clean our class cups & napkins, that would be very helpful! Please email me if you can do this! Thanks!🤗

What We’ve Been Learning in Kindergarten:

  • Reading: This week we are will be learning about Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd, so the first week of March is "Dr. Seuss week" in many schools! We will read many Dr. Seuss books as a class and make some projects to go along with our learning!
  • Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we have been focusing on our word choice, specifically asking the students to think about "Strong Beginnings" to their writing stories. We also are working on using uppercase and lowercase letters appropriately and end marks during writing time. The students will pick their favorite story this week and polish it up, so it is ready for publication at our end of unit writing celebration!
  • Handwriting: In the last week, we have been working on "Diver" lowercase letters. Diver letters start at the top and "dive down": p, n, r, m, h, b
  • Math: We finished our measurement unit on weight last week. We focused on length, height, weight, and volume by teaching the vocabulary for each of those parts and modeling how to find those measurements (in kindergarten friendly language). We are moving on this week to learn about the beginning of area, and one to one correspondence through story problems (EX: If there are 5 lollipops, and 3 people… how many people do not have lollipops? … We ask the students to draw a picture and line up each lollipop with each person).

How to Help at Home:
Read a few nonfiction stories together. Ask your kindergartner to tell you what the main idea of one page is… and then ask them to give you a detail about the main idea from the text. It is okay if they need support for this. That is expected in kindergarten.

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 10th: End of 2nd Trimester
Friday, March 24th: Sci Tech Field Trip,Report Cards go home, Spring Break Begins
No School the week of March 27th= Spring Break
Monday, April 3rd: School Resumes

Far ahead dates to note:
Wednesday, May 24th: The Three Piggy Opera, 6 pm in the evening. Families welcome to attend our show!
Thursday, June 1st: Field Trip to the Brookfield Zoo – All families are welcome to join us!

2-27-17 Class Update

Hello Kindergarten Families,

Our busy month of February is almost over. We continue on our kindergarten learning journey for 3 more months. This is the sweet spot of kindergarten! Everyone is in the groove and taking off becoming better readers and writers, and more comfortable with school!

Updates

  • Here are two photos from recess last week…
  • We will have our end of Unit 2 Writing celebration on Friday! To make it a bigger deal, we will celebrate with a mini party in our class: sharing our books with each other, while toasting each other with some juice/ lemonade. So, I’m requesting if anyone can donate one box of Capri-Sun juices for our class (we already have 7 Capri-Suns left over from the 100th day celebration- so we need 8 more) & a bag or two of popcorn. Please email me to let me know if you can donate these! Thank you!
  • Additionally, if anyone is willing to clean our class cups & napkins, that would be very helpful! Please email me if you can do this! Thanks!🤗

What We’ve Been Learning in Kindergarten:

  • Reading: This week we are will be learning about Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd, so the first week of March is "Dr. Seuss week" in many schools! We will read many Dr. Seuss books as a class and make some projects to go along with our learning!
  • Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we have been focusing on our word choice, specifically asking the students to think about "Strong Beginnings" to their writing stories. We also are working on using uppercase and lowercase letters appropriately and end marks during writing time. The students will pick their favorite story this week and polish it up, so it is ready for publication at our end of unit writing celebration!
  • Handwriting: In the last week, we have been working on "Diver" lowercase letters. Diver letters start at the top and "dive down": p, n, r, m, h, b
  • Math: We finished our measurement unit on weight last week. We focused on length, height, weight, and volume by teaching the vocabulary for each of those parts and modeling how to find those measurements (in kindergarten friendly language). We are moving on this week to learn about the beginning of area, and one to one correspondence through story problems (EX: If there are 5 lollipops, and 3 people… how many people do not have lollipops? … We ask the students to draw a picture and line up each lollipop with each person).

How to Help at Home:
Read a few nonfiction stories together. Ask your kindergartner to tell you what the main idea of one page is… and then ask them to give you a detail about the main idea from the text. It is okay if they need support for this. That is expected in kindergarten.

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 10th: End of 2nd Trimester
Friday, March 24th: Sci Tech Field Trip,Report Cards go home, Spring Break Begins
No School the week of March 27th= Spring Break
Monday, April 3rd: School Resumes

Far ahead dates to note:
Wednesday, May 24th: The Three Piggy Opera, 6 pm in the evening. Families welcome to attend our show!
Thursday, June 1st: Field Trip to the Brookfield Zoo – All families are welcome to join us!

2-13-17 Class Update

Dear Kindergarten Families,

It is a busy week in kindergarten! Below are our updates…

Updates:

  • We definitely have some illnesses going around our classroom. I am asking for some donations of Clorox brand wipes (with bleach) to use for extra disinfecting. If you could send a cylinder or two in with your kindergartner, we would appreciate it!
  • Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! We will be passing out Valentine’s to our classmates and keeping our Valentine’s celebration small… Please have your child sign their name on their valentine’s, but not fill in the "To:_______" line (it makes our distribution process much smoother!) Thank you! We have 17 students.
  • I hope to see you on Thursday for our Student Parent Teacher Conference! Please bring your kindergartner! We will meet in the Beye School Commons. You will be working with your kindergartner for the hour at 4 different stations.
  • Please check out our 100th Day Celebration photos below! You can even see the special photos at the end that were taken by a kindergartner!

When I am 100 writing (this should give you a good chuckle… the completed project is hanging in the hallway by our classroom if you want to take a look!)

100th Day of School Photos

  • On Friday, 2/17, we will be heading to the Beye School Scholastic Book Fair. If you would like your child to be able to pick out a book, please send them to school with a labeled plastic baggie or envelope containing cash. I would recommend $5, or $10. We will make sure the book comes home with the change and receipt. You may also feel free to bring your child to the book fair on your own Thursday afternoon/ evening.

What We’ve Been Learning in Kindergarten:

  • Reading: Our theme this week is love and kindness! We will be reading fiction stories about kindness, and also some about Valentine’s Day. We will do a few writing and craft activities about love and kindness!
  • We have been talking about our reading level in class. I told the class that they are all learning to read at different levels and that is just right. I explained that our job at school is to help them all learn to read and get better at reading, and that they do not need to talk about their reading level with their friend, or worry if they are on a different level than their classmates. (Kindergartners are pretty literal and good at taking that and saying "okay!" without us having to get into more discussion)…. The majority of our class is reading level B books, which is a typical kindergarten reading level for February. Some students are at a higher level in the alphabet and that is okay too. I introduced a new reading app on our ipads, called "Kids A-Z’. We have one account for our classroom. There are many features to the account, but right now I am just having the students listen to the stories at their level in the leveled reader library. Eventually, I will show the students how they can record themselves reading the books as well. Directions to download the account at home are below!
  • Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are working on making our stories more fun to read! Our lessons on this are teaching the students to write more sentences that answer our writing partner’s story questions, and focusing on writing amazing beginnings to our new stories.
  • Handwriting: lowercase k, y, j, p are our letters this week
  • Math: We continue to work on weight in our measurement unit this week. Last week we learned about balance scales and practiced using the terms "heavier than" and "lighter than". This week the students will compare the weight of objects to a set of unit weights on a balance scale.

How to Help at Home:

Download the app "Kids A-Z". Our school’s account is "Beyereading"… click on "Bretl". Our whole class shares one account. Our password is the strawberry. The students have been listening to stories on the app, in the "leveled readers" section. Feel free to have them also listen to the nursery rhymes at home too!

Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day- Students may bring in Valentine’s to pass out
Thursday, February 16th: Parent- Teacher- Student Conferences (see link above to sign up)
Thursday, February 16th & Friday, February 17th: AM Attendance for Students Only
Monday, February 20th: No School- President’s Day

Please let me know if you have any questions! See you Thursday!
~Jessica

Class Update 2-6-17

Hello Kindergarten Families!

In 2 more days it will be the 100th Day of School! So exciting! February seems like one of the busiest months in Kindergarten! There is so much going on!

Below are some school and class updates… re: 100th Day, Parent Teacher Conferences, Valentine’s Day, What We’ve Been Learning in School.

Have a great week! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Updates

  • Wednesday is the 100th Day of School, Wednesday, February 8th!
  • Reminder: We are asking each child to bring in a 100 Day special snack– 100 items in a baggie… The students should count the items out themselves for homework. We will combine our snacks together in a class bowl to make a 100 day Trail mix! Ideas include: cheerios, dried fruit, raisins, goldfish, pretzels, chocolate chips, marshmallows, etc. We do not have any peanut allergies in our classroom, but it is asked that we still keep all of our snacks peanut and tree nut free. Thank you!
  • Reminder: We are also asking for you to help your child make a 100 day shirt or sweater. Feel free to use an old shirt. Need inspiration? Google image search "100 day shirts"… There are tons of ideas!
  • Thank you to Kara Nickels, Karen Migneault, Katy Borders, Angie Hawkins, Julie Padilla, Jessica Childs volunteered to help run a station during our 100 Day Rotations…If you did not sign up, but would like to stop by and help out & visit with the kindergartners celebrating their 100 days of learning, feel free!
  • The students will be mixed together with the other 2 Kindergarten classrooms and rotating through ten different stations. It will be a fun morning!
  • Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday, February 14th. In Kindergarten, we get Valentine’s for everybody in our class. We have 17 students in our class. I’m asking that you help your child sign their name on their valentine’s, but not fill out the "To:____" line. This helps our Valentine distribution process a great deal! We will celebrate Valentine’s Day in our classroom with love themed math and literacy activities, as well as pass out Valentine’s. We will not have a class party for Valentine’s Day though as there is already a lot going on in February already!

What We’ve Been Learning in Kindergarten:

  • Reading: This week our theme is 100 for the first 3 days! On Thursday and Friday we will read stories about a few African American people from history and literature: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson and a character named Grace from the story: Amazing Grace. As we study Black History Month, we will also learn about comparing people in informational stories (Reading Informational Common Core Standard 3).
  • We will also continue to read various nonfiction stories and discuss the main idea and the details listed in that story to support the main idea (Reading Informational Common Core Standard 8).
  • Writing: During Writer’s Workshop, we are focusing on trying to listen for more sounds in words… The idea is to transition students from writing 3-4 letters of a word to writing 5,6,7 letters of longer words!
  • Handwriting: This week we will work on lowercase k, y, j.
  • Math: The next part of our measurement unit is weight. We will be using scales and learning when to use the vocabulary "is heavier than"/ "is lighter than".

How to Help at Home:
Help your child make sure they have their 100 day shirt & snack ready for Wednesday!

Upcoming Dates:
100th Day Stations: Wednesday, February 8th

Tuesday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day- Students may bring in Valentine’s to pass out if you wish.
Thursday, February 16th: Parent- Teacher- Student Conferences (see link above)
Thursday, February 16th & Friday, February 17th: AM Attendance for Students Only
Monday, February 20th: No School- President’s Day