Thursday, May 24, 2018

week of May 28, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of May 28, 2018
***For the carnival on Friday, May 25, please put sunscreen on your child to come to school.  They should wear gym clothes and they must have socks in order to participate in the activities.  Please also send a book bag so that they can take home anything from the carnival.
-This is our last newsletter of the school year.  We would like to thank you for your time and cooperation over this past year.  We are so thrilled with all of the growth over the past year and we would like to wish you the best of luck for the following school year.
-Please continue to check your child’s folder for the rest of the school year and please continue to send a book bag for your child because there will still be things coming home for the rest of the year.
***Important Information-
-Please send back all library books as soon as possible so our librarian can begin the end of the year inventory.
-We have most of the AR books back, thanks for your cooperation!  If you happen to find one of our books at home, please just return it before the end of the school year, Thanks!
-Thank you to the local libraries for coming to visit Kindergarten on May 31.  Thank you also to the Chill Out for providing Kindergarten with an end of the year ice cream treat on May 30.  We appreciate all that you do!
***Upcoming Dates:
May 28- No School, Memorial Day
May 29- Day 7
June 5- Last Day of School, Early Dismissal

Friday, May 18, 2018

week of May 21, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of May 21, 2018
***In Math, we are steadily working on the Step Up to 1st Grade lessons and these will continue for the rest of the year.  We will also be sending home a reference sheet of vocabulary for the Step Up to 1st Grade lessons prior to the end of the school year that can be used as a review over the summer.  In Morning Meeting, we will continue to rote count, compare greater than/less than, reading numbers, and 3D and 2D shapes.
***In Reading, our new story is Alistair and Kip’s Great Adventure and it is an animal fantasy story.  Our amazing words are: gathered, distant, drifting, voyage, island, aboard. Our essential question is “What can friends build together?”.  We will also talk about plot and character of a story.  Any time that you read a story at home, it is important to talk about the characters in the story, the setting of the story, and the events that are happening in the story.  Talking about the story helps build those comprehension skills. 
***Handwriting/Writing-  We have been reviewing number writing to 20 as well as writing the lowercase letters.  We are now practicing 2 lowercase letters each morning to review their formation one more time before the end of Kindergarten.  We have also been trying to tie in our writing prompts to either our reading stories or what is happening around us (example: what we like to do on a rainy day).
***Kindergarten Graduation Dress Code- Students are encouraged to wear a while collared shirt with dress code appropriate pants, shorts, or skirt for Kindergarten Graduation, however, it is not mandatory.  When picking out your child’s outfit for Graduation Day, please keep in mind that they will be wearing a cap and gown for the ceremony and it can get very hot on the stage with the lights on them.  There is also a possibility that we will be walking to the high school the morning of Graduation to practice so we ask that your child wears good walking shoes.
***Important Information-
-Please send back all library books as soon as possible so our librarian can begin the end of the year inventory.
-We have most of the AR books back, thanks for your cooperation!  If you happen to find one of our books at home, please just return it before the end of the school year, Thanks!
-We are winding down with the newsletters, next week will be the last newsletter of the school year.  Please continue to check the folders for important notes and information until the end of the school year.  Many Thanks!
- A big THANK YOU AND CONGRATUTLATIONS for all of the hard work over this past school year.  For the end of the year DIBELS that included: letter naming, phoneme segmentation, and nonsense words, everyone in the class has improved since the beginning of the year!  We are so happy with the growth and thank you if you practiced at home, the support has really helped! J
***Upcoming Dates:
May 22- 1pm, Kindergarten Graduation
May 25- NSE Carnival Day
May 28- No School, Memorial Day
June 5- Last Day of School, Early Dismissal

Monday, May 14, 2018

week of May 14, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of May 14, 2018
***In Math, we have covered all of the lessons in the Kindergarten math series.  There is a Step Up to First grade component that we will begin in order to prepare for the transition to 1st grade.  We will continue to review: rote counting to 100, identifying numbers and writing numbers 0-20, one to one correspondence, greater than/less than, comparing two numbers or two groups of objects, composing and decomposing numbers up to 19 into ten and ones, and two and three dimensional shapes.
***In Reading, our new story is Building Beavers and it is an expository nonfiction story.  Our amazing words are: beaver, lodge, paddle, river, stream, lake. Our essential question is “How do beavers build their homes?”.  We will also talk about main idea of a story.  Please continue to review: letter names, letter sounds, all the sounds you hear in a word, blending sounds together to make a word, reading nightly and practicing all sight words.
***Handwriting/Writing-  We will continue responding to a given prompt.  We are practicing chopping out the sounds in the words that we want to write in order to write the letters in the words independently.  We are also saying out loud what we want to write before we begin to write so that we are focusing on answering the prompt correctly.  We are making an illustration to match the writing as the final step.
***Kindergarten Graduation Dress Code- Students are encouraged to wear a while collared shirt with dress code appropriate pants, shorts, or skirt for Kindergarten Graduation, however, it is not mandatory.  When picking out your child’s outfit for Graduation Day, please keep in mind that they will be wearing a cap and gown for the ceremony and it can get very hot on the stage with the lights on them.  There is also a possibility that we will be walking to the high school the morning of Graduation to practice so we ask that your child wears good walking shoes.
***Important Information-
-Please send back all library books as soon as possible so our librarian can begin the end of the year inventory.
-Please also send back books that you may have borrowed for AR to return to our classroom library.
-Please continue to practice skills for the DIBELS test that is happening the week of May 14.  Please complete the practice packet and send back ASAP for a prize!
***Important Dates:
Monday, May 14- Day 8
Week of May 14- DIBELS Reading Testing
***Upcoming Dates:
May 22- 1pm, Kindergarten Graduation
May 25- NSE Carnival Day
May 28- No School, Memorial Day
June 5- Last Day of School, Early Dismissal

Friday, May 4, 2018

week of May 7, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of May 7, 2018
***In Math, we will continue Topic 12, Measurement.  Our topic essential question is: “How can objects be compared by length, height, capacity, and weight?” Our new Math words are: longer (than), shorter (than), as tall as, taller (than), lighter (than).  Please continue to review: counting to 100 (by ones and tens), identifying numbers, writing numbers 0-20, more/less and greater/fewer, and next number in a series.
***In Reading, our new story is Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop and it is an animal fantasy story.  Our amazing words are: saw, drill, hammer, screwdriver, file, chisel. Our essential question is “What tools do you need to build things?”.  We will also talk about characters in a story.  Please continue to review: letter names, letter sounds, all the sounds you hear in a word, blending sounds together to make a word, reading nightly and practicing all sight words.
***Science and Social Studies-  We will be working on problem solving skills and listening skills as we end the school year.  We will continue to review how to be part of a group and working hard on our PBIS skills (being safe, participating, acting respectful, and teamwork) to earn our last reward of the school year.
***Handwriting/Writing-  We are working on independently answering a given prompt.  We are trying hard to stay on topic, use two finger spaces, using a period to end our thought, using lowercase letters when writing (unless it begins a sentence or an important word) and chopping out the sounds in the word before we write it down.
***Important Information-
-Please send back all library books as soon as possible so our librarian can begin the end of the year inventory.
-Please also send back books that you may have borrowed for AR to return to our classroom library.
-Please continue to practice skills for the DIBELS test that is happening the week of May 14.  Please complete the practice packet and send back ASAP for a prize!

***Important Dates:
Monday, May 7- Day 3, Parent Night for the Book Fair (4-7 pm), PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
Thursday, May 10- Our Book Fair shopping day
Friday, May 11- Dress Down Day (please see separate paper for further information), DIBELS practice packet due for a prize
***Upcoming Dates:
May 22- 1pm, Kindergarten Graduation
May 25- NSE Carnival Day
May 28- No School, Memorial Day
June 5- Last Day of School, Early Dismissal

Friday, April 27, 2018

week of April 30, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of April 30, 2018

***In Math, we will move on to Topic 12, Measurement.  Our topic essential questions is: “How can objects be compared by length, height, capacity, and weight?” Our new Math words are: longer (than), shorter (than), as tall as, taller (than), lighter (than).  Please continue to review: counting to 100 (by ones and tens), identifying numbers, writing numbers 0-20, more/less and greater/fewer, and next number in a series.

***In Reading, our new story is Building With Dad and it is an informational fiction story.  Our amazing words are: groundbreaking, trenches, foundation, welding, waterproof, gleaming. Our essential question is “How is a school built?”.  We will also talk about comparing and contrasting and pronouns I and me.  Please continue to review: letter names, letter sounds, all the sounds you hear in a word, blending sounds together to make a word, reading nightly and practicing all sight words.

***Science and Social Studies-  We were able to discuss maps and map features between our past two reading stories, “On The Move” and “This is the Way we go to School” and we also looked at what a globe looks like through our Earth Day activities.  We cannot wait to explore more living things and life cycles as the weather continues to warm up and things begin to bloom!

***Handwriting/Writing-  We will be working on forming thoughts and sentences.  We will also check to make sure that the illustration matches the sentence so that we are staying on topic.

***Important Dates:
Monday, April 30-Day 8
Next Week- DIBELS Math Testing

Friday, April 20, 2018

week of April 23, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of April 23, 2018

***In Math, we will move on to Topic 11, Decomposing Numbers 11-19.  We will learn to break the numbers 11-19 into parts made up of ten ones and some further ones.  We will also write number sentences to show how we broke the numbers into parts.  Our new Math words are: double ten frame, set.

***In Reading, our new story is This is the Way we go to School and it is an informational fiction story.  Our amazing words are: cable car, trolley, horse and buggy, skis, Metro line, vaporetto . Our essential question is “How do children around the world go to school?”.  We will also talk about drawing conclusions and plot. 

***Science and Social Studies-  We were able to discuss things that would help the Earth for Earth Day.  We also have been identifying plants and animals that live on land and plants and animals that live in water.

***Handwriting/Writing-  We will continue to review capital letter formations each day, one letter review at a time.  After that, we will review lower case letter formations one letter review at a time.  We will also continue responding to prompts while trying to stay in the lines with our lowercase letters and use our 2-finger spacing in between words.

***Important Reminders-  For Kindergarten Graduation Pictures, please wear a white collared shirt.  Girls should not wear their hair up high since they will be wearing caps.  If you are purchasing a package, please return your child’s order form and payment by Wednesday, April 25. 

***Important Dates:
Monday, April 23-Day 3
Thursday, April 26- Kindergarten Graduation Pictures

Friday, April 13, 2018

week of April 16, 2018


Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of April 16, 2018

***In Math, we will move on to Topic 10, Composing Numbers 11-19.  We will make 11-19 and problem solve by looking for a pattern.  Our essential question is “How can numbers 11-19 be represented as the sum of 10 and some more?”  Please review: counting to 100, number writing to 20, shapes, and positional words.

  ***In Reading, our new story is On the Move and it is a nonfiction story.  Our amazing words are: travel, kayak, llama, dogsled, submarine, double-decker bus.  Our essential question is “How do people in different parts of the world travel?”.  We will also talk about the main idea of the story.  Please review: letter identification, blending words, sounds in words, and answering questions about a story.

   ***Science and Social Studies-  We have just started looking at living things.  We are comparing plants and animals and we will read a few books about the plant life cycle.  We will also read and learn about Earth Day and brainstorm ideas on how to: reduce, reuse, recycle.

***Handwriting/Writing-  We dove into completing a prompt about feelings (happy and sad) and drew a picture to make it match what we wrote about.  We will continue to encourage using our best lowercase letters and two finger spaces while writing.  We only use a capital letter to start a sentence or important word and always end with punctuation.

***Important Reminders-  Please don’t forget to either send the money for the pictures or send the pictures back to school if you do not want to purchase them.  Please also continue to check folders each day for important papers and reminders of upcoming events and to clean out the daily work.

***Important Dates:
Friday, April 13- Movie Night, 7pm High School Auditorium
Saturday and Sunday (April 14 and 15)- Come out to NSE to help support the PTO by coming to the Basket Auction
Monday, April 16- Day 8
Friday, April 20- Spartan Dress Down Day ($1 donation)