Class Update 12-5-16

Hello, Kindergarten Families!

Below is our update this week… It’s a busy month of learning in Kindergarten! We greatly enjoyed hearing about everyone’s ethnicity dolls. Thanks for your hard work at home helping support your child’s homework project!

Updates:

  • Pete’s Fresh Market Field Trip on Friday: We will walk as a class to Pete’s, carry out our tour and then walk home. We will leave school at 9:50, tour 10:00-10:30 and walk home right after. So far, I have Derekh Cornwell, Pete Byers, Haeyoung Jang, and Nancy Dribin to help chaperone. We do not need any more chaperones, but if you’d like to come, feel free to join us! Let me know to expect you at 9:45 on Friday. Thanks!
  • Shop Amazon Smile for your holiday shopping! If you’re an Amazon shopper, use Beye’s Amazon Smile account! For every purchase you make at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate to Beye School PTO. Go to: smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3268968
  • Report Cards will come home on Friday. Here is highlights you may want to know about the report card:
  • PR= Proficient (meets the benchmark)
  • AP= Approaching Proficient (on your way to meeting the benchmark)
  • NP= Not Yet Proficient (does not yet meet the benchmark)
  • District 97 grades on an end of the year benchmark, meaning that it is normal for your child to receive AP (approaching proficient) during Trimester 1 and Trimester 2. The goal is that all children earn a Proficient (PR) by the end of the year.
  • The paper report card is yours to keep. We would love to recycle the white envelope that it comes home in. There is a spot for you to sign on the back of the envelope, indicating you have read the report card. Please then send the envelope back to school so we may reuse it for Trimester 2 and 3.
  • Winter is here!🙂 Which means it takes us twice as long to unpack and pack up! We had a class meeting yesterday about outdoor clothing plan… Here’s some take-aways to share with you & some other parents thoughts for wintertime:
  • Students must have snow pants, boots and gloves to play on the field in snowy days.
  • Ideally, students will have a winter coat, boots, snow pants, hat, gloves, and scarf for winter weather. We go outside for lunch recess (and morning recess most days) even when it is cold & snowy out!
  • We discussed the difference between cotton gloves and gloves with rubber on the outside for playing in the snow. We said if you have cotton gloves, those are great for keeping your fingers warm, but you probably should not pick up snow.
  • Please, please LABEL your child’s outside gear. Mittens, hats, gloves always end up in the lost and found (unless they are labeled).
  • It is a great idea to send in a new pair of pants, underwear, and socks right now that fit and are appropriate for winter. Well you’re at it, it would be great if you also sent in a warm sweater or sweatshirt your kindergartner could keep in their locker for days our classroom feels cold to them.
  • I must say I was very impressed this morning by how many kindergartners had brought in rubber gloves, snow pants, and boots today! They were sure motivated to play in the snow and were good listeners at our meeting yesterday!

What We’ve Been Learning Lately in School:

Our theme this week: Cultures & Family Traditions, focusing on Food! We will read many books about foods from around the world. We have been sharing our Ethnicity Dolls and are hanging them up in the hallway. Pictures here.

We are also discussing healthy foods and nutrition my looking into the myplate.gov website and reading stories & watching videos about healthy food choices. We will finish our cultures, & family traditions unit this week and transition into Gingerbread Man on Friday afternoon (and next week).

Writing: "Writing Workshop" unit 1 concluded last week with a writing celebration! We had lemonade and made a toast to their writing progress. Students also shared their latest finished booklets- a true story narrative.

Unit 2 starts this week! We are going to work on the fine tuning of writing: putting spaces between words, adding more letter sounds to words, and making sure other people can read our writing! I will be sharing pictures of your children’s progress soon!

Handwriting: We are finishing center start capitals: I, J… Next up: lowercase letters!

Math: We are working on Unit 2 in Eureka Math: Geometry. Kindergartners must be able to identify and describe: triangles, circles, rectangle, hexagons, squares, cubes, cones, cylinders, spheres. they must also be able to use and understand preposition words (under, in front of, behind, on top, etc.). They will learn to describe 2D shapes as "flat" and 3D as "solid".

Science: We will continue our study of trees.

How to Help at Home:

Make sure your kindergartner is getting in their daily 15-20 minutes of reading!

Please make sure your kindergartner is able to zip up their own coat and put on their own gloves, hat, scarf, boots! This is very important for their independence (and our classroom sanity! )🙂 If they are not able to get packed up for winter play time on their own, you should have them practice for homework. A few practices will do wonders!

Label your child’s outside winter gear. Consider sending in a warm sweatshirt to keep in their locker, along with a new pair of pants, underwear and socks.

Upcoming Dates
Friday, December 9th: Petes’s Fresh Market walking field trip, First Trimester Report Cards go home.
Friday, December 23rd: All School Health Fair in the AM (students rotate through different health-focused stations for the morning with their reading buddies). Last day of school in 2015.

Monday, January 9th: First day back to school after winter break
Thursday, January 19th: Kindergarten Family Breakfast Potluck 8:00-9:30 AM… All families welcome! More details to come.

Thanks! Have a great week. Let me know if you have any questions, comments! ~Jessica

Math Module 1

Hi Kindergarten Families,

Your kindergartner will be bringing home their Math Module 1 workbook today. You will find that many of the pages of the workbook are empty. I made the decision while teaching this unit which pages were important to work on for practice and where to not use a paper and pencil workbook. Our math time is so much more than a workbook. We use hands-on manipulatives, white boards and markers, and math games for many of our math lessons and do not use workbook practice.

These workbooks were printed from the district print shop at the start of the school year before teachers could make requests about which lessons we would actually need printed. With that being said, it is up to you if you’d like to keep the workbook at home, recycle it, or use it for extra practice at home.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks!
~Jessica

Class Update 11-28-16

Welcome back, Kindergarten Families!

I hope you all had a restful and fun Thanksgiving break!

It was great to be back at school today with the kindergartners. We have a lot of exciting learning going on now. It is the 60th day of school, which means only 40 more until our great 100th Day of School Party!🙂

Updates:

  • Copied from Mr. E’s Beye Bytes because they seem worth repeating:
  • Hurry! Register now for the 2nd trimester after-school programming run by Right at School – some classes are in danger of cancellation!
Lego minecraft. Chess (and Girl’s-only Chess!) Tae kwon do. Hip hop dance. And so much more. Don’t miss the opportunity to sign up your kids for high-quality after-school program run by beloved local businesses. See the flyer and go to rightatschool.com

  • Shop Amazon Smile for your holiday shopping! If you’re an Amazon shopper, use Beye’s Amazon Smile account! For every purchase you make at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate to Beye School PTO. Go to: smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3268968

What We’ve Been Learning Lately in School:

Our theme this week: Cultures & Family Traditions, focusing on Food! We will read many books about foods from around the world. We will also briefly study healthy foods and nutrition my looking into the myplate.gov website and reading stories & watching videos about healthy food choices.

Writing: "Writing Workshop" is working on adding speech bubbles to our drawings. We will finish our True Story narratives this week and complete our end of writing assessment. I am excited to compare the students’ pre and post assessments to see all of their writing improvements! We will begin writing How To stories next.

Handwriting: We have begun center start capitals: A, I, J… Next up: lowercase letters!

Math: We are busy doing our one on one student math assessments to close out Unit 1 and prepare for First Trimester Report Cards… We are also beginning Unit 2 in Eureka Math: Geometry. Kindergartners must be able to identify and describe: triangles, circles, rectangle, hexagons, squares, cubes, cones, cylinders, spheres. they must also be able to use and understand preposition words (under, in front of, behind, on top, etc.). They will learn to describe 2D shapes as "flat" and 3D as "solid".

Science: We will continue our study of trees.

How to Help at Home:

Work on your yellow sight word cards. Students are already bringing in their first and second round of sight words to get to the next level. Keep it up!

Please have your child turn in their Ethnicity Doll by next Monday, 12/5, as we will be sharing them with the class next week!

Upcoming Dates
Friday, December 9th: Petes’s Fresh Market walking field trip, First Trimester Report Cards go home.
Friday, December 23rd: All School Health Fair in the AM (students rotate through different health-focused stations for the morning with their reading buddies). Last day of school in 2015.

Monday, January 9th: First day back to school after winter break
Thursday, January 19th: Kindergarten Family Breakfast Potluck 8:00-9:30 AM… All families welcome! More details to come.

Thanks! Have a great week. Let me know if you have any questions, comments! ~Jessica

Class Update 11/7/16

Hi Kindergarten Families,

Tuesday, November 8th is a Non-student attendance day because of the election. It is also a Teacher Institute Day. I will see your kiddos on Wednesday for the 50th Day of School! … How did that happen already?!… Well get ready, it seems like from this time of year to February; time flies in Kindergarten!

Updates:

  • Wednesday is the 50th Day of School! That is a big deal in kindergarten, because it is half way to 100! Woohoo! We will celebrate by having a 1950s themed day. Students are welcome to dress up in their best Pink Lady and T-birds outfits🙂 Dressing up is not necessary! We will have a sock hop during school- so please help your kindergartner pick out their favorite pair of fun socks to wear to school on Wednesday!
  • Today the Ethnicity Dolls came home. They are currently blank. A direction/ writing page is also included. We hope you have fun with them at home talking about which country(ies) your family originated from & your family’s cultures. Please see pictures below for examples from previous classes. And of course, I found one blank ethnicity doll on the ground today after dismissal, so if your child does not have one in their red folder, please let me know!

  • Student will begin bringing home Sight Word Flash Cards this week. Like all aspects of literacy, learning sight words is an individual journey. Kindergartners start school with none, a few, or many sight words under their belt.
  • This week you will receive a note explaining how I will assess your child’s sight words… students will get a page or two of yellow sight word cards- these should be cut up and used at home.
  • Here is a sight with some ideas for playing sight word games at home: Sight Word Games
  • I have heard families put the yellow flash cards up on the fridge, or in their child’s bedroom, put a hole on them and placed them on a ring, or put in a pile by the homework area…. do whatever works best for you and will help your kindergartner learn to read these important words.

What We’ve Been Learning Lately in School:

  • Our Theme This Week has been Election and Shadows! We read stories today about elections and had our own mock elections for cats vs. dogs. Also, all of Beye School & District 97 students voted on two characters from popular children’s books: Scaredy Squirrel and Bad Kitty. On Wednesday we will work on the number 50! We will have a sock hop listening to the 1950s station, have root beer floats, and practice counting up to 50 by playing different math and literacy games.
  • Writing: "Writing Workshop" last week was all about starting our narratives- stories that have happened to us. This week we continue to add more to our story!

  • Handwriting: We continue to work on our "Frog Jump Capital" Letters: H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. All of these letters start in the upper left corner (of an imaginary letter box). Once you make a straight line down, your pencil jumps like a frog back to the upper left to make the next pencil stroke.
  • Math: Counting to 50 by 1s, 5s, and 10s! We will also practice our number handwriting to 10 in math and complete our first math assessment for Unit 1.
  • Science: We will begin our study of trees.

How to Help at Home:

  • Talk about your plan for your Ethnicity Doll!

Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, November 8th: NO SCHOOL- Teacher Institute Day

Wednesday, November 9th: Sock Hop! 50th Day of School! Wear fun socks!

Thanks! Have a great week. Let me know if you have any questions, comments!

Class Update 11/1/16

Hi Kindergarten Families & Happy November!

Thanks to our room parents, Dessalina Day, Jessica Childs, Katy Borders & Katrina Sifferd for planning and preparing our Halloween party yesterday! It was a great success!

Updates:

Fall & Halloween Pictures Check out our pictures from the pumpkin patch, our pumpkin experiment (that’s my mom in the photos!), working with our 5th Grade Reading Buddies on counting pumpkin seeds, & the Halloween party. If you have any photos from the pumpkin patch or Halloween party, please email them to me and I will add them to our class photo albums. Thanks!

What We’ve Been Learning Lately in School:

  • Our Theme This Week is Shadows! We will read stories about shadows and talk about what makes a shadow. We will also make our own shadows and write about them!
  • Writing: "Writing Workshop" this week focuses on students using a student-friendly rubric to check their own work.

  • Handwriting: We continue to work on our "Frog Jump Capital" Letters: H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. All of these letters start in the upper left corner (of an imaginary letter box). Once you make a straight line down, your pencil jumps like a frog back to the upper left to make the next pencil stroke.
  • Math: We are breaking a part numbers under 10 to see all of their combinations and "hidden partners". We are also working on our handwriting writing numbers 0-10 and counting our teen numbers forward and backward.
  • Science: This week we begin our unit on trees!

How to Help at Home:

  • Check out our Sight Word Pictures here!
  • Ask your kindergartner to dump out all of their Halloween candy and sort it into groups (by color, by brand, by types, etc.). Once they are sorted, have them count the groups and put a post it note or piece of paper on the group with the total number!🙂 Then they can eat one and say the number one less & again write that number on the piece of paper.

Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, November 8th: No School- Teacher Institute Day/ Election Day

Wednesday, November 22nd-24th: No School for Thanksgiving Break

Thanks! Have a great week. Let me know if you have any questions, comments!
~Jessica

HALLOWEEN UPDATE 10-31-16

Hello Parents,

As you may have read from Mr. E., our Halloween schedule looks different today… I copied his email below for your reference, but here is the jist:

  • Our lunch hour is from 12:00-1:00.
  • We change into costumes 1:00-1:15 (parents welcome to our classroom to help with this).
  • We will parade from 1:15-1:45, then will head back to our classroom for a party 1:45-2:55. (thank you to our room parents for planning this!)
  • If you are picking your kindergartner up at lunch, you may meet us on the back soccer field at 12:00. Please bring your child back to the field at 1:00.
  • Siblings *even younger ones* are welcome to our class party today!

It will be a spooktacular day! I’ll upload pictures from our field trip last week and all the pumpkin learning, plus our class party this evening! More classroom information and photos will be sent out tomorrow!
~Jessica

Good Afternoon Beye Families~

To facilitate the Halloween going and coming for students heading home at lunch on Monday, we’ll use the same plan as last year for sign out:

-All students will be escorted by their teacher out to the field and lined up by grade and homeroom as we do for a fire drill at 11:55am (there’ll be a bell) for parent pickup by 12pm. We’ll be organized from oldest (at the north end nearest Erie) to youngest (at the south end alongside the playground).

-Parents who are picking up children for the lunch hour should sign them out with their teacher at 11:55 am on the field.

-We’ll eat lunch & play in three shifts as usual (though they’ll be slightly shorter at 20 minutes each) from 12pm-1pm.

– At 1pm, all students will meet their teacher back on the field in the same spots, where teachers will take afternoon attendance..

– Classes will enter the building at 1pm and return to the blacktop in costume for the parade that kicks off at 1:15pm.

Class Update 10-24-16

Hi Kindergarten Families,

Tomorrow is our pumpkin patch field trip! We are hoping it will not rain too hard and we will still be able to go tomorrow. I will let you know first thing Wednesday morning if we will need reschedule due to weather.

Updates:

  • Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our field trip to Siegel’s Cottonwood farm! Siegel’s Farm is a family run working farm. We will get to see the animals, experience the petting zoo, take a hayride, have lunch, learn about farms from the farm owners, and pick out a mini-pumpkin to bring home!
  • What to know for our field trip:
  • Children should dress in layers and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Please make sure your child has a disposable lunch, labeled with their name (it is much easier to not have to worry about losing any containers/ bags/ water bottles at the farm).
  • We will leave school at 9 AM and return by 1:40 PM. School is out at 1:55.
  • We are lucky to have 4 chaperones coming with us too.

I am planning various pumpkin activities this week and Monday. According to my information, no one in our class is allergic to pumpkin. However, please let me know if you are uneasy with your child eating a few pumpkin seeds.

  • We will celebrate Halloween on Monday, 10/31! Here’s what you need to know:
  • Monday morning is a typical morning of academics and it is extended by one hour.
  • Lunch is from 12:00-12:55.
  • We do have a class party & a parade in the afternoon. All parents are welcome!
  • The parade starts ~ 1:15. If it is nice out, we will parade as a school to the Heritage House on Lake Street to greet the senior citizens.
  • The parade heads south on Harvey, East on Lake St. to cruise through Heritage house, North on Lombard and West on Ontario.

The party will begin after we return from the parade (around 2). Students … (and parents too!) are welcome to dress up! Please have students bring their costume to school in a bag/ in their backpack. Our parent volunteers and myself will help them change after they are done eating lunch. No scary props or weapons (guns, swords, nun-chucks, etc.) Students can go home for lunch to change, but I do not recommend it! The office is very busy and not worth the hassle! If you do plan to have your kindergartner go home at lunch, please email me so I can remind them & send them down to meet you in the office at 12:00.

  • Many parents asked for book recommendations for early readers for their kindergartners. This type of book is great for students who are ready to take the next step in their reading journey- if your child knows a handful of sight words and can recognize all letters and letter sounds, you might want to try a few of these.

What We’ve Been Learning Lately in School:

  • Our Theme This Week is Halloween! We will read stories about Halloween both informational and fiction stories. We are finding the main idea and details in informational stories and talking about the characters and setting in fiction stories.

    We also read about the life cycle of a pumpkin and retell the story.

  • Writing: "Writing Workshop" this week focuses on students working on planning out their writing stories. We are transitioning from writing teaching topics to writing stories. Students will be introduced to using a student-friendly rubric to check their own work.

  • Handwriting: We continue to work on our "Frog Jump Capital" Letters: H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. All of these letters start in the upper left corner (of an imaginary letter box). Once you make a straight line down, your pencil jumps like a frog back to the upper left to make the next pencil stroke.
  • Math: making combinations of 5: and being able to count 4, 5, 6 objects when presented in a straight line, an array, a circle, or scattered.
  • Writing & Science: Describing the inside of pumpkins? We will also learn the word "adjective" as we describe our class pumpkin.

How to Help at Home:

  • You may hear your kindergartner ask about the b/ d story when they are trying to recognize b/d… An FYI: I told the class two stories to help them learn b & d:
  • d story: When I was in kindergarten, my mom would make me eat a donut every morning before I walked out the door… So, for the letter d: the donut (the circle part of the letter) comes before the door (the straight line part of the letter).
  • b story: The baseball player has to grab a bat (the straight line part of the letter) before he can hit the ball (the circle)… So, for the letter b: the bat comes before the ball.

Upcoming Dates
Wednesday, October 26th: Pumpkin Patch field trip

Monday, October 31st: Halloween celebration in the afternoon. Costumes are encouraged. Parents & siblings are invited to our afternoon parade & party.

Thanks! Have a great week. Let me know if you have any questions, comments!
~Jessica