Hello Kindergarten Families,
This email is a summary of information from Curriculum Night on August 30th. It is long, but has useful information, including a learning overview, kindergarten logistic information, photo link, homework policy, a calendar link & our parent -teacher conference sign-up 🙂
Math: Your child will learn 2D & 3D shapes, recognize & write numbers to 30, count to 100, the concept of addition & subtraction, addition & subtraction facts under 5 fluently & under 10 with manipulatives. We will work with word problems, learn about length, weight & capacity, and learn teen numbers.
Science: Our units areTrees & Weather, Materials & Motion, and Animals
Social/ Emotional Growth & Learning: All of Beye School uses PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) to support positive behavior. You will hear your Kindergartner talk about Paw Passes & getting a certificate once they reach 10 paw passes. This is part of PBIS. Second Step teaches social skills that support learning and being a caring classmate. We have Second Step every Wednesday afternoon.
Reading & Writing: We are using the Reading Units of Study and Writing Units of Study program. This is our second year using Writing & the first using Reading. The lesson includes a "workshop time" which consists of a 10 minute mini-lesson by me, then students go practice the skill with me conferencing with them throughout their practice time & then finishing up with a sharing about our practice. We also have Read Aloud and Shared Reading times where students help me read a story together on the white board (project the book with the ipad camera) & I model reading decoding and comprehension strategies.
Handwriting: We use the Handwriting Without Tears program. I sent home some paper hand-outs that should help you with the terminology we use when teaching students how to form their letters. We practice with mini chalkboards, little chalk & sponges and playdoh & letter cards & also write letters in our handwriting workbook.
- Snack & water bottle are encouraged every day- A refillable water bottle with their name printed clearly on it is best. Snack can be any healthy nut-free food (crackers, pretzels, fruit, vegetables).
- Lunch– Some people do hot lunch every day, some choose which days they want to participate, others do a packed lunch from home every day- it is up to you. Milk is also available for all students every day- they can choose regular or chocolate- make sure you talk with your child about your expectations for milk if you wish they drink that at at lunch.
- Dismissal plan changes– Please do email me if it is before noon (I usually check my email at lunch) if there is a change in your child’s dismissal plan. After noon, please call the school office 708-524-3070 & Ms. Cooper or Mrs. Harlan will page into our classroom to let us know.
- Vacations & Appointments- In general, if you are able to schedule doctor’s appointments and vacations outside of school hours, that is best. We are really pushing every child to be in school every day and on time. (Unless of course your child is truly sick- we do not want them to be at school)
- Rainy Mornings– If it is raining in the morning (more than a drizzle), students may enter the building in the back door (by the art room) or the front door- by the office or flag pole… they will sit in the auditorium until the first bell at 7:55.
- Our Room Parents this year are Jenn George & Cate Readling. Their emails are: jenncgeorge & creadling They will be reaching out with messages from the PTO or any time the class needs extra support- I may ask them to help me find the support! They will also help plan our class Halloween Party & end of the year block party.
- All parents will need to get a background check before attending field trips with our class. You will need to swing by District 97’s Administration Building- 260 Madison. It should take ~10 minutes. Please call ahead to book an appointment. 708-524-3000. Once you get your background check done this year, you should be good for the rest of your child’s District 97 career.
- Non-food treats & birthdays- We are celebrating birthdays in our class by reading a story – you (a parent or older sibling) are welcome to come in and read to the class the day of your child’s b-day! If you can’t make it, that’s okay, I can read a special story in your place… You are also welcome to provide a non-food treat (stickers, erasers, pencils, etc.) if you’d like to, but it is not necessary! We also celebrate birthdays with a birthday crown, singing to the birthday kiddo & getting a special serenade in the office with a birthday ribbon. 🙂 If your child has a summer birthday, we will have special summer birthday celebrations at the end of May to celebrate.
- I am on Instagram @MrsMilburnKindergarten ! Feel free to follow me and check out updates about our classroom throughout the week! If you are not on Instagram, you can see the same photos by clicking on Google photos here. I update the google photos every week – with the Monday updates.
What is the BIG PICTURE OF KINDERGARTEN?!
- By the end of the year, they will all be readers!! Let’s all celebrate! 🎊🤗 Wait, we aren’t there yet… I will need your help… and I will let you know soon how you can help at home with this… Teaching your children to read this year, means,
- I will get to know your child as a reader explicitly & will share that information with you. Assessing students’ letter and sound identification skills, as well as sight words has already begun. We will also be assessing their "concepts about print"- showing if they have the necessary book handling and overall intro. to reading skills (finding the difference between letters, words and pictures on a page, naming punctuation, pointing to words while it is read out loud).
- As the year progresses, I will also be assessing for their reading level. We will be using the Fountas & Pinnell leveling system, which levels books A-Z. Kindergartners should leave kindergarten reading a Level D book or above. Below is an example of a level A book (each page follows a pattern with only one new word & the photo can be used to decode the word)
- This is an example of a Level D book. The pattern is less predictable and there are longer, multi-syllabic words.
- How will you know about your child’s progress? I will be sharing that with you throughout the year- through email, phone calls, and our parent-teacher conferences. There is one parent teacher conference scheduled in October (sign up below) & another in February. Feel free to let me know if you’d like to meet any other time besides those two previously set times. I will be letting you know what skill your child is working on and our goals for them for the immediate future… as well as what you can do at home to support them.
- HOMEWORK: The homework this year is going to be supporting your budding reader! We just got our reading bags delivered! Woohoo! The bags are pictured below. Starting in October, I will send home books each week that you can read with your child. There will also be letter flash cards to work on letter & sound identification. Once your child masters the majority of their letters, we will work on sight words with sight word flash cards. More information to come once we get ready to cross that bridge…
- Calendar- Here is a link to the Beye School calendar by month- feel free to click through and find dates that are pertinent to you. The Kindergarten team is working on getting a kindergarten list of field trips and events for the year out soon. http://www.op97.org/beye/calendar/monthly/2017/09
- Finally, sign up for our fall Parent- Teacher Conference HERE! I will be holding conferences the evenings of Thursday October 12th & Thursday, October 19th. If these days don’t work for you, just let me know and we will find a different day/ time.
I look forward to working with you this year as we help shape your kindergartner to be even smarter, confident & kinder (I just realized I have been calling the kindergartners "kinders" for short (short i sound) & when you spell out kinder (long i sound, as in being more kind), it is the same word… ironic?! Nah!) Have a great weekend!