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. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

week of October 8, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of October 8)

Handwriting/Writing:  We will be working on Center Starters and letters that start with a Magic C.  The good habits that we learn with C, O, S, T, J will make learning the lowercase letters easier!  We have been talking about starting our letter formations at the top, stopping the strokes as the line (unless they are a descending letter that dips below like j), and what capital letters look like versus what lowercase letters look like.  We have been trying to find and fix mistakes hidden in our Morning Message.

Reading: We have started Unit 2 and the essential question of the unit is: “How are animals and plants unique?”  Our new story is: Flowers and it is a nonfiction story.  Our weekly essential question is: “How are flowers unique? “We will be also talking about the plant life cycle.  Our amazing words are: seeds, fruits, buds, stem, bloom, petals.  We did an awesome job of coming up with one person, place, or thing and then sorting them into the correct categories to practice nouns. 

 Math: We will be starting 2D and 3D Shapes and Solids.  We will continue to count to 100 everyday with our Big Numbers Song and count the days of school.  We will continue to practice number formation with our Handwriting as well as practice using 10 frames and calendar topics.

Science/Social Studies:  We will be still working through “What Is Science” and “How To Be A Good Citizen” along with the holidays of: Columbus Day and Halloween.  We will be completing a pumpkin unit as well during the month of October and will hopefully have a chance to explore bats and spiders!

Important dates to remember:
***Monday, October 8- No School for Students, Teacher In-Service Day
***October 9- 12- Homecoming Spirit Week
***Tuesday, October 9- Day 10
***Friday, October 12- NSE Pep Rally and Free Spartan Dress Down Day

Friday, September 28, 2018

week of Oct. 1, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of October 1)

Handwriting/Writing:  We will continue to review “Frog Jump Capitals” while we are teaching the remaining capital letters.  We will also continue to work on “Starting Corner Capitals” and numbers to 5.  We are very impressed with how handwriting is improving each and every day.  Things like: staying within the boundaries, making the correct curves and lines to form the letters, and being able to copy the letter formation has been going very well.  Keep up the good work!

Reading: Our new story is: Dig, Dig, Digging and it is a nonfiction story.  Our weekly essential question is: “How do machines help you work? “We will be classifying and categorizing.  Our amazing words are: scooping, swooshing, squelching, gobbling, spinning, rumbling.  We will continue to talk about nouns.  We have been introducing many letters and sounds wherever possible (Morning Meeting, Handwriting, Reading, Small Groups) to get as many of the letters and sounds taught as possible.  We continue to chop sounds in words and clap out the syllables.

In Math, we will be wrapping up our topic on Numbers 0-10.  We will review counting to 10, writing the numbers, identifying the numbers, and counting objects to represent the numbers.  We will continue to count to 100, add numbers on our daily school day count, and talk about calendar and weather.

Science/Social Studies:  This past week, we had an amazing apple unit to celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday and the beginning of Fall.  We made applesauce, made Johnny Appleseed headbands, read several books about apples, graphed our favorite apples after having an apple taste test, labeled parts of an apple, made an apple craft, and so much more!  We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Important dates to remember:
*** FREE DRESS DOWN DAY IF YOU WEAR a Blue Shirt on October 1st to Support Bullying Prevention in Schuylkill County.
***AR book logs for September due no later than October 1st.  Great job reading J
***Friday October 5-  Act 80 Half Day, Early Dismissal for students
***Monday, October 8- No School for Students, Teacher In-Service Day

Friday, September 21, 2018

week of Sept. 24, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of September 24)

Handwriting/Writing:  We will start working on “Starting Corner Capitals” and still review the “Frog Jump Capitals”.  We have been working so hard on writing our name, using a 2-finger space in between our first and last name, starting our letters at the top, and using our helper hand!  We are working so hard every day and our hands are getting stronger and our writing is improving.  We have also worked together to compose a letter and pointed out where a period is to stop our thought, making sounds in words to write the correct letter, and making sure our sentences make sense.

Reading: Our new story is: Smash! Crash! and it is a fantasy story.  Our weekly essential question is: “What do you like to do with your friends? “We will be identifying the characters in the story.  Our amazing words are: signals, dud, proper, pirates, perfect, fabulous.  We have also been working hard on identifying the initial sounds in words. (example: /m/ is the initial sound in map). We have also been clapping out syllables, and identifying rhyming pairs.  We have been naming nouns and verbs as well.

In Math, our essential question is: “How do we read, write, and count numbers up to 10?” We have been working on five frames, counting as high as we can, calendar activities, tally marks, and sorting activities.  We will continue to work on number sense and being able to read and write the numbers so we can build on that skill as we go. 

Science/Social Studies:  We have completed a lesson on what is it like to be a good friend and sharing/taking turns using one of our favorite stories, Rainbow Fish.  We will revisit the entire unit of being a good citizen throughout the school year because we are constantly reinforcing positive school habits.    


Important dates to remember:

***The next Fall Festival Meeting will be will be September 24th at Francesco's at 7 pm.  If you have your clearances and would like to volunteer and could not attend the first meeting here at school, you can attend this meeting. 
*** FREE DRESS DOWN DAY IF YOU WEAR a Blue Shirt on October 1st to Support Bullying Prevention in Schuylkill County.
***AR book logs for September due no later than October 1st.  Great job reading J

Sunday, September 16, 2018

week of September 17, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of September 17)

Handwriting/Writing:  We will continue work on the Frog Jump Capitals and work on letters: B, R, N, M and review all of the ones taught so far.  We are also practicing numbers 0-3 almost daily.  We have been talking about the author/illustrator and the audience when reading stories and our morning message so we know who wrote the selection.

Reading: Our new story is: Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip and we will talk about community helpers.  Our weekly essential question is: “How do people in a community cooperate? “We will be classifying and categorizing.  Our amazing words are: bakery, park, library, fire station, post office, chaperone.  We have also been working hard on identifying the initial sounds in words. (example: /m/ is the initial sound in map).

In Math, our essential question is: “How do we read, write, and count numbers up to 5?” and we will be counting a set of objects and demonstrating that the last number said tells the number of objects in that set.  We have been using domino cards, five frames, number cards, and handwriting practice to help us out in our small and large group lessons.

Science/Social Studies: We will tie in our community helpers from our weekly Reading story along with reviewing what being a good school/community citizen looks like from our previous social studies lessons. 


Important dates to remember:

***Paid Dress Down Friday, September 21st.  1-dollar donation to participate.

***The next Fall Festival Meeting will be will be September 24th at Francesco's at 7 pm.  If you have your clearances and would like to volunteer and could not attend the first meeting here at school, you can attend this meeting. 

*** FREE DRESS DOWN DAY IF YOU WEAR a Blue Shirt on October 1st to Support Bullying Prevention in Schuylkill County.

Monday, September 10, 2018

week of September 10, 2018


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

Handwriting/Writing:  Our first unit is Unit 1: Readiness, Name, Frog Jump Capitals, Numbers 1-3.  We have been working on strengthening our hands and using our helper hand to steady our paper when coloring and writing along with working on coloring every morning to warm up for the day.  We have been working on writing our first and last names and writing the numbers 0-2.  In our Morning Message, we have identified 2-finger spaces between words when we write along with starting at the top when writing our letters.

Reading: Our new story is: Pladypus Lost and it is Realistic Fiction.  Our weekly essential question is: “How do families cooperate? “We will be sequencing the story’s events and listening for Rhyme and Rhythm.  Our amazing words are: platypus, around, lost, found, market, groceries.  Just a reminder that AR book log books could be books at home, books from the library, or they can borrow from our “pool”.  Keep on reading J

In Math, we are working on Numbers 0-5.  We have been busy writing numbers, counting objects, and demonstrating 1-1 correspondence using objects and a 5 frame.  In Math Meeting, we are working on: filling in the daily calendar, oral counting to 100, introduction to basic shapes, and talking about time of day/seasons of the year.

Science/Social Studies: We are learning about “What is Science” and what science means to us.  We are also talking about “Being A Good Citizen” and we have been reviewing all of the points of the SPARTY way and we have attached our Larry the Listener that we use to review what whole body listening looks like to us so that we are ready to learn.


Important dates to remember:

***Picture Day will be on September 14th.  Next Friday, September 14, 2018, is the first official PAID DRESS DOWN DAY for the district. It is also picture day at NSE.  Therefore, we are rescheduling our paid dress down day at NSE to Friday, September 21st.  Please return the picture paper and money ASAP.
***School store will be starting on September 10th, and Mondays are the days that Kindergarten can shop.  If your child would like to buy something from the school store, make sure that he/she has an envelope marked with their name and homeroom and that the money is for “School Store”.

***The next PTO meeting is September 10 and if you did not yet sign up for PTO, you can do so at this meeting.  Please make sure to sign up and also send in your clearances if you would like to volunteer at school.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

week of September 4, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (2018-2019)
Please read carefully (this newsletter and all of the papers included in the folder this week)!

It was a great first week! We are settling in and learning our new routines and expectations. Just a few reminders to help our classroom run smoothly:

***Please check folders each day. Take out any papers on the Left at Home side and complete or sign any pages on the Bring Right Back Side as soon as possible. *We realized some of the stickers were on the wrong sides, so we are working on correcting that! The front of the folder is for things left at home and the back of the folder is for things that need to be returned.  Thanks! *
***Accelerated Reader books will be sent home this week. There is no written homework but we expect children to read with someone each night. Sometimes there will be books in their bag that they can read to you, most times you can read to them and have your child pick out the letters and words they know. You can also use books from home to add to your log located in the folder. At the end of the year students with the most books read receive prizes.   We are also enclosing a read aloud list to give you some ideas of books that will be helpful in building vocabulary.
***Sight words will also be practiced each night in place of written homework. Begin with the first list. I will test students and put a star under the list when they’ve read it correctly you can then move on to the next list. Cut out the flashcards as you work on them and keep them in the envelope included in the communication folder and begin working on List 1.
***Help your child learn their Identification number. This number was sent home in their welcome letter. If you need it again, please let me know. It will be used to get lunch, log on to the computers and check out library books.
***Please send a snack each day. We have an early lunch so we will grab a quick snack while we work in the afternoon.
***Don’t forget to send a dress code appropriate extra set of clothes to keep in your child’s cubby. Please put it in a bag (a gallon size Ziploc works great) and label it with their first and last name.
***LABEL EVERYTHING! Make sure backpacks, lunch bags, coats etc. are labeled with first and last names. All money being sent to school must be in an envelope labeled with first and last name, teacher name, what it’s for, and the amount included.

***This week we began learning how to use the manipulatives and staying in our centers for our Math Groups.

***We will begin our new Reading story, The Little School Bus by Pamela Paparone. We are using this story to talk about school and bus safety, following directions, and characters in a story. This story will be continued into next week with other Back to School literature. Ask your child about the books we’ve read this week. The Kissing Hand was one of our favorites. We even had a scavenger hunt throughout the building looking for Chester the character from our book and important rooms in our building. We didn’t find Chester but we did find a cookie for our hard work! 

***There is no school on Labor Day, and it will be Day 6 when we return on September 4th.

***Picture Day will be on September 14th

***This newsletter will be sent home as a hard copy and located on our class blog.  The remaining newsletters for the year will be on our class blog and sent out as an email unless you request a hard copy. 
***Thanks for a great start to the school year; we are looking forward to working with you and can’t wait to see all of the progress!