Monday, December 10, 2018

week of December 10, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of December 10)

Handwriting/Writing:  We are moving through Unit 4- More Vowels, Transition Group, and Words and Sentences and then will move into the last part (diver letters, final group, and writing activities) before moving into all writing activities.  We are so impressed with how our class is trying to chop out the sounds in words and write the letters when writing!  Keep up the good work everyone!

Reading: Our new story is: George Washington Visits and it is a historical fiction story. We will be working on cause and effect and rhyming.  Our amazing words are: celebration, sprinted, barn, blacksmith, arch, soldier.  Our essential question for the story is: How is life today different from things we used long ago?  We will also review verbs.

Math: We will be finishing up our numbers 0-20 and we have been doing a great job writing our numbers, counting objects, and drawing objects to match the number.  We will continue to count to 100, count our days of school, write numbers in the tens and ones place. 


Important dates to remember:

December 8- Winter Concert in the High School Auditorium (Kindergarten performs at 10 am) *Holiday attire/dress up clothing is permitted, please no jeans or sweat pants.*

Monday December 10- Day 7

December 11- Spartan Dress Down Day- donation of a non-perishable food item or monetary donation

December 11- Krispy Kreme Doughnut delivery and pickup in the elementary cafeteria 4-6 pm

Friday, December 14- Kindergarten Field Trip to the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway (pajamas are encouraged)

Monday, December 3, 2018

week of December 3, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of December 3)
Handwriting/Writing:  We will work on the “descending letters” like g that dip below the bottom line.  Some letters are tall like d, some letters are small like a, and some letters are descending like j.  We are starting to explore the concept of writing sentences on the back of our morning work.  We are working on making the sounds in the words in order to write the corresponding letters in the word.

Reading: Our new story is: Little Quack and it is an animal fantasy. We will be working on plot and sequence in this story.  Our amazing words are: duckling, paddle, pond, plunged, proud, brave.  Our essential question for the story is: What new things can you do as you get older?  We can also compare and contrast this story which has fiction characters to last week’s story of Little Panda which was nonfiction and full of wonderful information.

Math: We have been working on identifying numbers 11-20, writing the numbers 11-20, counting objects with 11-20 and filling in 10 frames with the correct number.  In Spring Math, we are still working on missing numbers 0-11.  Sometimes the number is missing in the first spot, the last spot, or the middle spot.  An example would be: 4 __ 6 and we would have to write 5.

Science/Social Studies:  We will be working on seasons and weather, especially identifying all of the characteristics of winter and what is may look like outside in comparison to another season.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

week of November 26, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of November 26)

Handwriting/Writing:  We will continue to work our way through the lowercase letter formations in order to start copying words, phrases, and sentences in our Handwriting book.  We recently reinforced the concept of staying in between the midline and the bottom line for most of the lowercase letters using our large chalkboards.  Everyone followed along and wrote their best lowercase letters!


Reading: Our new story is: Little Panda and it is non-fiction. We will be comparing and contrasting in this story.  Our amazing words are: weigh, measure, healthy, bamboo, curious, explore.  Our essential question for the story is: How does a panda change in its first year of life?


Math: We will continue our Unit 2, Numbers 11-20 and then move on to Unit 3, Comparing Numbers to 20.  We will work each day reviewing number formations, counting to 100, and working with our buddies in our Spring Math program.  We have also been counting by 10’s and reviewing ones and tens place when writing what day of school it is each day.


Science/Social Studies:  We will be reviewing hibernation in an upcoming Weekly Reader and then be moving into winter characteristics.  We will also be exploring various holidays in December. 



Important dates to remember:

November 26- No School

November 30- Community Involvement Night 7pm High School

Friday, November 9, 2018

week of November 12, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of November 12)
Handwriting/Writing:  We have been practicing many of the lowercase letters and they look wonderful.  We are working very hard on the carry over to when we are writing in small groups or writing on papers in centers.  We also did a writing for our bulletin board about what we are thankful for as we prepare for Thanksgiving.  Everyone stayed on topic and did a great job sounding out the words and writing the letters for the sounds that they made!

Reading: Our new story is: Jack and the Beanstalk and it is a fiction. We will be comparing real and make believe plants and talking more about realism vs fantasy.  Our amazing words are: beanstalk, lad, ogre, naughty, lend, magic.  We have a few versions of the story that we can compare and contrast to find the similarities and differences between all of them. 

Math: We have started Unit 2, numbers 11-20.  What we are covering in Unit 2 includes: counting, number sense, write and represent numbers, and putting together and taking apart numbers. We have been taking our time and working with 2 ten frames to make the teens.  We have also been working on our Math skills everyday using the Spring Math program.  We hope that you were able to read over the newsletter sent home this week about the program and if you have any questions about it, feel free to contact us. 

Science/Social Studies:  We have finally finished up our problem solving topic and the class did a great job working together to formulate a plan.  We also reviewed Cause/Effect and that is something that comes up in our Reading lessons a lot, so we will be talking about it throughout the school year. 

Important dates to remember:

November 12- No school for students

November 16- Spartan Dress Down Day ($1 donation)

***Please return the envelopes for the report cards as soon as possible after you have reviewed the report card and signed off on the envelope.

***North Schuylkill will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Feed-A-Friend program.  Donations will be accepted until November 13th.  We thank you for the support.

Monday, November 5, 2018

week of November 5, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of November 5)

Handwriting/Writing:  We have been working hard on writing letters that correspond with the sound given.  We have also introduced writing CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) like hat.  We also have been stressing that a sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with punctuation so we know when it stops.  We practiced the lowercase alphabet one time in our Handwriting books, but will wait until after we introduce all of the lowercase letters to send home a copy of that one.

Reading: Our new story is: A Bed for The Winter and it is a nonfiction story.  Our weekly essential question is: “What kind of home does an animal need?” We will also be sequencing the story.  Our amazing words are: nest, meadow, stump, tree trunk, hive, den.  We will be able to compare the animals in this story to the animals in last week’s story (Bear Snores On) and see how the animals are different in a fiction story vs. a nonfiction story and also see if there are any similarities. 

Math: We will continue our unit on 2D and 3D shapes.  We have identified and listed the features of plane shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, circle, oval, hexagon, rhombus, and trapezoid) and have moved on to finding 3D shapes in real life (cube, cone, sphere, cylinder, rectangular prism).  We will continue to work on our math skill practice of identifying a number (1-10) and drawing the correct number of circles in order to increase our fluency with this skill.

Science/Social Studies:  We will be problem solving in Science along with touching on November holidays of: Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.  We continually review citizenship in school with reinforcement of the SPARTY way. 

Important dates to remember:
November 4- ends Daylight Savings time, no shorts are allowed at NSE

November 5- NSE PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

November 8- Report Cards sent home
***North Schuylkill will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Feed-A-Friend program.  Donations will be accepted until November 13th.  We thank you for the support.

Monday, October 29, 2018

week of October 29, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of October 29)

Handwriting/Writing:  We also have finished all of our numbers to 10 and they look really gorgeous!  We will need those numbers when we start practicing the teens.  We are also sending home a clean copy of all of the capital letters so that they can be used as practice for at home.  When we get into more of the lowercase formations, we will send a copy of those home as well. Keep up the great work!

Reading: Our new story is: Bear Snores On and it is an animal fantasy story.  Our weekly essential question is: “What unique thing does a bear do in winter?” We will also be listening for setting along with comparing/contrasting realism vs. fantasy.  Our amazing words are: sleep, winter, cave, woods, storm, blustery.  ***Along with the weekly newsletter, we have enclosed an article on emerging writing from a site called “Reading Rockets”.  We hope that you found the one on phonemes useful and will keep our eye out for articles that pertain to early reading/writing skills.

Math: We will still be continuing our shape unit but we have moved onto our next math skill.  After practicing the skill of counting objects/pictures and finding the correct number (0-10) we are able to move on to drawing the correct number of circles ourselves (0-10) when given a number at random.  We will continue to sharpen our math skills with this daily practice and watch as we make progress each time.

Science/Social Studies:  We have been using our observation skills to compare the big carving pumpkin that we have in our room to the variety of tiny pumpkins and gourds.  We noticed the different sizes, shapes, and colors.  We will also be getting into problem solving in our next science topic that we will be starting.

Important dates to remember:

October 29 and October 30- continuation of Red Ribbon week (please see school calendar for more information)

October 31- Fall Celebration (please review the informational sheet about the costume guidelines as well as the parade information that was previously sent home.)

Monday, October 22, 2018

week of October 22, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of October 22)

Handwriting/Writing:  We are starting our lowercase letters!  Hooray!  We will be starting the lowercase letters that look like the capitals (Ss for example) and will be continually reviewing our capitals and the importance of starting our letters at the top and using our big lines, little lines, big curves, and little curves to form our letters. 

Reading: Our new story is: Animal Babies in Grasslands and it is a nonfiction story.  Our weekly essential question is: “What special animals live in grasslands?” We will be also talking about the main idea of the story.  Our amazing words are: calf, grasslands, cub, pup, joey, foal.  ***Along with the weekly newsletter, we have enclosed an article on teaching your child about phonemes from a site called “Reading Rockets”.  We will occasionally add some of these articles just as a little FYI so you know what we are working on daily to build lifelong readers. *** 

Math: The 2D Shapes are going great!  We have worked on: circle, square, triangle, rectangle and have spent time identifying them, their characteristics, and finding real life objects from our paper and in the room by going on a “Shape Hunt’.  We are also working on solidifying our skills in numbers 0-10 by counting objects, finding the number, and working with partners on these skills. 

Science/Social Studies:  We will be finishing up our citizenship unit in Social Studies along with completing a Pumpkin Investigation!  We will be digging deep into the characteristics of a pumpkin and can’t wait to see what we uncover!

Important dates to remember:

-Week of October 22- Red Ribbon Week- Follow the themes on the school monthly calendar if you would like to participate.  If not, you must still be in dress code.
-October 22- Day 9
-October 23- Picture Retake Day
-October 26- Kindergarten Fall Festival, Gym clothes are allowed.  We will be outside (weather permitting) so please dress accordingly. Please also wear sneakers.