Friday, May 17, 2019

week of May 20, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of May 20, 2019)
***This will be our last official newsletter of the school year.  We will send reminders and updates as needed. ***
Writing:  We are continuing to work on our Building Writers skills.  Coming up we have: Building Opinion Writers.  Opinions writing tells what you think.  We will be sending home the Building Writers book at the end of the year and there will be writings that we didn’t get to yet, so you can write over the summer!

Reading: Our new story is: The House That Tony Lives In and it is an informational fiction story. We will be working on setting of the story.  Our amazing words are: architect, electricians, plumbers, painters, landscapers, movers.  Our essential question for the story is: Who helps build a house?  We will continue to review all letter names (capital and lowercase), letter sounds including long and short vowels, chopping out all sounds in a given word, and blending/reading words.   Please continue to read at home and talk about the stories along with practicing the sight words.  Keep up the great work!

Math: Our new unit is Unit 9, and our essential question is “How can we represent numbers to show tens and ones?”  We will explore, count, write, and compare numbers.  We will continue to count to 100 by 10s and ones as well as practice what comes next in a number sequence, identify numbers by sight, and count dots and objects in two sets and identify the number that is greater.

***We are so proud of the growth that everyone showed on the Math DIBELS.  We ran the reports and will send them home next week after we take the Reading DIBELS.  If you have any questions about the reports or need more information, please just let us know.  Fantastic job; we are beyond thrilled with all of the hard work! ***

Important Dates:
May 20- Day 10
May 21- Spartan Games
May 27- No School, Memorial Day
May 28- Kindergarten Graduation (1pm)
May 29- Additional Day of Kindergarten Registration

Monday, May 13, 2019

week of May 13, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of May 13, 2019)
***Happy Mothers’ Day!!!***
Writing:  We will be writing about places such as rainforests and deserts.  We also wrote a fact that we learned from our Building Beavers story.  Everyone stayed on topic and wrote a real fact.  We are so proud of what you have learned!


Reading: Our new story is: Alistair and Kip’s Great Adventure and it is an animal fantasy story. We will be working on main idea of the story.  Our amazing words are: gathered, distant, drifting, voyage, island, aboard.  Our essential question for the story is: What can friends build together?  We will continue to review all letter names (capital and lowercase), letter sounds including long and short vowels, chopping out all sounds in a given word, and blending/reading words.   Please continue to read at home and talk about the stories along with practicing the sight words.  Keep up the great work!


Math: Our new unit is Unit 9, and our essential question is “How can we represent numbers to show tens and ones?”  We will explore, count, write, and compare numbers.  We will continue to count to 100 by 10s and ones as well as practice what comes next in a number sequence, identify numbers by sight, and count dots and objects in two sets and identify the number that is greater.


Science/Social Studies: Our Weekly Reader explored the ladybug life cycle.  We are super excited because we already are experts on the butterfly life cycle.  We also loved The Grouchy Ladybug by our favorite author, Eric Carle.


Important Dates:
Week of May 13- NSE Book Fair and our DIBELS Math End of the Year Testing
May 17- Spartan Dress Down Day
May 18- NSE Chorus Concert
May 28- Kindergarten Graduation (1pm)
May 29- Additional Day of Kindergarten Registration

Monday, May 6, 2019

week of May 6, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of May 6, 2019)
Writing:  We have been writing and building Informative Writers.  We are going to work on “what is it for” as well as “describing cheese”.  In addition to building Informative Writers, we are continuing to write in our Journals for Morning Work.  We are so proud of you for staying on topic and chopping out the words to write.

Reading: Our new story is: Building Beavers and it is an informational story. We will be working on main idea of the story.  Our amazing words are: beaver, paddle, stream, lodge, river, lake.  Our essential question for the story is: How do beavers build their homes?  We will continue to review all letter names (capital and lowercase), letter sounds including long and short vowels, chopping out all sounds in a given word, and blending/reading words.  We will also work on word families and rhyming words.  Please continue to read at home and talk about the stories along with practicing the sight words.  Keep up the great work!

Math: Our new unit is Unit 9, and our essential question is “How can we represent numbers to show tens and ones?”  We will explore, count, write, and compare numbers.  We will continue to count to 100 by 10s and ones as well as practice what comes next in a number sequence, identify numbers by sight, and count dots and objects in two sets and identify the number that is greater.

Science/Social Studies: Our Weekly Reader explored the 5 senses and how we can use them in our real world.  We are also continually reviewing what it means to be a good citizen and how to follow the SPARTY way all the way to the very last day.

Important Dates:

Monday, May 6- Day 10, NSE PTO Meeting at 6:30
Week of May 13- NSE Book Fair
May 17- Spartan Dress Down Day
May 28- Kindergarten Graduation (1pm)
May 29- Additional Day of Kindergarten Registration

Monday, April 22, 2019

week of April 22, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of April 22, 2019)

Writing:  We have been busy writing about many different topics including: our favorite plant, about our caterpillar, the windy weather, and what we did over the weekend.  We are trying to write to incorporate ideas from Reading and Science/Social Studies and Math whenever possible.  We always make sure that we are staying on the topic (and using the prompt) and that our illustration matches the writing.  Keep on writing!

Reading: Our new story is: Building With Dad and it is an informational fiction story. We will be working on comparing/contrasting within the story.  Our amazing words are: groundbreaking, trenches, foundation, welding, waterproof, gleaming.  Our essential question for the story is: How is a school built?  We will continue reading our words/sentences/stories in our small groups and doing lots of word work.  We will continue to chop out words, change sounds in words, make rhyming pairs, and blend sounds together to say/read words.  Keep on practicing those sight words, we are flying through the lists!

Math: Our Unit 8, Coins and Financial Literacy, is off to a great start.  We started with identifying a Penny and the value.  We are also talking about earning, spending, and saving.  Any chance you have to go over coins at home would be great and much appreciated!

Science/Social Studies: We have been talking about different ways to be good to our Earth. We have learned about reduce, reuse, recycle and how we can help out by being responsible citizens.  We had a great Weekly Reader to explain Earth Day to us.

Important Dates:

April 22- School is in session, Day 10
April 25- Take Your Child to Work Day
April 27 and April 28- PTO Basket Raffle (look for our class basket!)

Tuesday, May 28th (1:00 PM)- Kindergarten Graduation at the High School


Monday, April 15, 2019

week of April 15, 2019


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (week of April 15, 2019)

Writing-We are so excited to be able to start our Building Information Writers next week!  We will be: writing about a true topic, writing facts about the topic, and drawing a picture to match the topic.  We have also been using Writing Journals in the morning right for Morning Work.  We put a sentence starter on the board and they copy it and then finish the thought.  They will also make an illustration to match the story and read it to a buddy.  We are so thrilled with the authors/illustrators they have become!

Reading- We have a new story this week and it is: This Is The Way We Go To School!  It is an informational fiction story.  Our essential question is: How do children around the world get to school?  Our amazing words are: cable car, trolley, horse-and-buggy, skis, Metro line, vaporetto.   We will be drawing conclusions and talking about plot of the story.  We are so impressed with the class chopping out sounds in words, writing words, writing sentences, and reading words and sentences.  Keep up the fabulous work!

Math- We are finishing up: Time, Measurement, and Data.  We will be moving on to: Coins and Financial Literacy next.  We have been working on the names of: penny, nickel, dime, and quarter along with dollar bill throughout the school year.  We also talk about what we use money for along with needs vs. wants. 

Science- We had a wonderful lesson on the Butterfly life cycle while exploring living things.  We were able to incorporate “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle while completing an art activity for our bulletin board.  We also talked about the different colors in the rainbow and the plant life cycle with this week’s Weekly Reader.


Important Dates:
Monday, April 15- Day 6, Guidance
Friday, April 19- No School
April 27 and April 28- PTO Basket Auction
Thank you, thank you, thank you! All of the donations for our basket for the PTO basket auction are much appreciated.  We are so excited to put this basket together and can’t wait to show off the final product at the Auction this month.  Many thanks!
Students who brought a donation will receive a free dress down day on Friday, April 26th.


Friday, April 5, 2019

week of April 8, 2019

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (week of April 8, 2019)

Writing- We are starting to write about going different places and what we do there.  For example, we wrote about going camping.  We set up a tent, built a fire, and ate some hot dogs (or marshmallows).  We also wrote about something that we can now do that we could not do before we started Kindergarten.  We had some great responses including: reading, counting to 100, doing Math, and handwriting.  We are so proud of everyone’s progress.

Reading- We have a new story this week and it is: On The Move!  It is an informational fiction story.  Our essential question is: How do people in different parts of the world travel?  Our amazing words are: travel, kayak, llama, dogsled, submarine, double-decker bus.   We will be working on main idea and we will identify nouns in sentences.  Keep on practicing those sight words and reading together each night for your book logs!  We are so proud of the blending and reading that everyone is doing!

Math- We started Measurement and Time.  Our essential question is “How and why do we measure things?”  We have been measuring objects with cubes and comparing their lengths.  We have attached our class graph of progress from the Spring Math Benchmarks.  We are so proud of everyone’s hard work and progress!

Important Dates:
Monday, April 8- Day 1, Library
Saturday, April 13th- Kindergarten Prom if you signed up and paid
April 27 and April 28- PTO Basket Auction
Thank you, thank you, thank you! All of the donations for our basket for the PTO basket auction are much appreciated.  We are so excited to put this basket together and can’t wait to show off the final product at the Auction this month.  Many thanks!
Students who brought a donation will receive a free dress down day on Friday, April 26th.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Week of April 1

Writing-  We are writing about what we can see, eat, and ride in different parts of the world. We learned about India and Australia this week and will check out China, and England next week.

Reading- Our new story this week is called The Little Engine that Could. It is a classic fairytale.  Our essential question is: What kind of work do trains do?  Our amazing words are: engine, passenger, mountain, tracks, roudhouse, and valley.  We will be working on plot.  Keep on practicing those sight words and reading together each night for your book logs!  Books logs are due on Monday, new logs will come home then.

Math- We completed our Subtraction unit this week.  Our next unit is called Measurement and Time. We are very excited to get hands on with new Math manipulatives. Our essential question is How and Why do we measure things?

Graduation Pictures- Thursday, April 4. There will be NO make-up picture day. All students will be photographed for the class photo. Students will wear a cap and gown. A white collared shirt is recommended for underneath.  Graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 28th @ 1:00PM in the NS High School Auditorium.

Important Dates:
Monday, April 1 - Day 6 Guidance
Thursday, April 4- Kindergarten Graduation Pictures
Saturday, April 13th- Kindergarten Prom if you signed up and paid
April 27th and 28th – PTO Basket Auction

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! All of the donations for our basket for the PTO basket auction are much appreciated!  We are so excited to put this basket together and can’t wait to show off the final product at the auction in April.  Many thanks!
Students who brought a donation will receive a free dress down day of Friday April 26th!!!!