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Friday, September 15, 2017

week of September 18, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
Week of September 18, 2017
***In Math, we are working on Identifying and Describing Shapes.   We will work on: rectangles, squares, circles, triangles, hexagons, as well as the solid figures and identifying the flat surfaces of solid figures.  We will continue to work on describing and sorting by color, shape, and size.    Please continue to work on shape and color identification as well as counting as high as you can.
***In Reading, our new story is: Plaidypus Lost and we will be discussing the Sequence of the story.  Our new amazing words are: platypus, lost, market, around, found, groceries.  We are working on the beginning sounds in words and identifying words with the same beginning sound.  We will continue to work on rhyming pairs as well as syllables.
***The small reader that came home with a Please Sign and Return stamp can be read together and then logged on the AR sheet.  We found the sight word “am” and read it together as well as worked on coloring the illustrations.  Thanks for reading at home. 
***We read a book all week on “Whole Body Listening” that helps us follow the SPARTY way.  We have enclosed a clean copy of all the things we need to be a whole body listener for your reference.
***Fall Festival Information: There will be a meeting at the Chill Out in Shenandoah on Sept. 19th at 6:30 pm.  If anyone is interested in helping out, please send in a note with your name, phone number, and email address so that we can get you on the contact list.  Thanks in advance!  Please also send in the money for the fall festival as soon as possible so that we can purchase the supplies for the day. 
***Reminders:  Please continue to check folders each day and clean them out from that day’s papers and sign and return anything that is stamped.  Please also continue to review sight words and read each night.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. 

Important Dates:
Monday, September 18- Day 4
Please don’t forget to wear sneakers on gym days, thank you!


Friday, September 8, 2017

week of September 11, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
***Reminders: 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. If you have any questions on: Accelerated Reader, Sight words, Identification number, snack, extra set of clothes, or anything else that was from a previous newsletter, please refer back to our blog or feel free to write a note or send an email.
***In Math, we are working on Sorting, Classifying, Counting and Categorizing data. This topic will continue next week. We have been working so hard on sorting objects by color, shape, and size and working on using describing words for these objects.  We will be taking our first Math assessment on this topic as well.
***In Reading, our new story is: We Are So Proud and we will be discussing the Setting of the story.  Our new amazing words are: proud, cooperation, float, preparation, creation, and guide.  We are going to be clapping out syllables in words and are working on letter names, corresponding letter sounds, and words that begin with each sound. 
***The small reader that came home with a Please Sign and Return stamp can be read together and then logged on the AR sheet.  We found the sight word “I” and read it together as well as worked on coloring the illustrations.
***We have started our Handwriting Without Tears program and so far we have been working on the lines and curves needed to make some of our capital letters.  We are also working on picking up our pencil and holding it correctly and have been doing some fine motor activities in Centers to improve our handwriting.
***Fall Festival Information: There will be a meeting at the Chill Out in Shenandoah on Sept. 19th at 6:30 pm.  If anyone is interested in helping out, please send in a note with your name, phone number, and email address so that we can get you on the contact list.  Thanks in advance!
***Sight Word Testing: will formally begin towards the end of next week.  We done some assessments on List 1 and those lists have stars by them in their folder.  Please continue on practicing those words each night.  Thanks for your cooperation!
Important Dates:
Monday, September 11- PTO meeting at 6:30 NSE cafeteria
Tuesday, September 12- NSE picture day
Wednesday, September 13- 2 hour data delay
Thursday, September  14- Hearing screenings
Friday, September 15- Dress Down Day ($1 donation)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter
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.
Accelerated Reader bags, logs and books were 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. At the end of the year students with the most books read receive prizes. See note in AR bag for additional details.
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.
Thank you to the Swails Family for donating pencils, glue sticks and crayons! If you’d like to donate to our classroom, we are always in need of Clorox Wipes, Ticonderoga Pencils, and tissues.
This week we began our Envision Math Series. We are working on Sorting, Classifying, Counting and Categorizing data. This topic will continue next week.
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!

Picture Day will be on Tuesday, September 12th.  Forms are in the folder. Please send back as soon as possible.

Fall Festival Meeting will be held Thursday, September 7th at 2:00 in the Cafeteria. Volunteers must have clearances the day of the festival. You do not need to be a PTO member. If you don't have clearances but would like to help you can attend the meetings, prepare materials or make donations.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Mrs. Borden and I am so excited to be your teacher this year!!  This will be my fourteenth year teaching Kindergarten.
          I live in Lake Wynonah with my husband, twelve-year-old son Tyler and nine -year-old daughter Anna. I attended Bloomsburg University where I studied to become a teacher.  I then received my Master’s Degree at Penn State University.
          This school year Mrs. Jones will also be working in our room. Together we will implement differentiated instruction to meet everyone’s needs. This will be our thirteenth year working together. Mrs. Jones attended Lebanon Valley College and has her Master’s Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Ringtown with her husband and six-year-old son Cameron.
          Mrs. Jones and I have been busy getting your new classroom ready.  We can’t wait to start learning and having fun!  Kindergarten is packed with tons of wonderful things to learn.  In fact, we will explore letters and numbers… and even learn to read and write stories.  We will also read many books this year and work on the computer too! 
          Our Kindergarten adventure begins on Monday, August 28th, the first day of school!  We will spend some time getting to know each other and learning about what makes our classroom special…YOU! 

          We are very excited to be your teachers and to share all of the fun things that we will be doing in Kindergarten. We look forward to working with you!

Friday, May 19, 2017

week of May 22, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of May 22, 2017)

**This will be our last official newsletter.  Reminders and information will still be sent home as individual papers, so please let us know if you have any questions.  Also, we appreciate all of your time and support this year.  We are so very proud of all of the hard work!

**Please also continue to check your child’s folder and book bag each day because there are many projects and important papers being sent home during this hectic time of year.

**If you have any questions or concerns about any of the upcoming events, please contact us via note, email, or phone call. 

**All books are due back to the Library, if you still have one out, please return it ASAP…thanks!

Important Reminders:
-Kindergarten Graduation is May 23 at 1:00 pm in the High School Auditorium.  Tickets will be sent home on May 19, they will not be replaced if they are lost.  Doors open at 12:45 pm.

Important Dates for Kindergarten:
May 22- Day 2
May 23- Kindergarten Graduation, 1 pm
May 25- Petting Zoo for Kindergarten
May 26- NSE Carnival Day, non-rotation day (please put on sunscreen before you come to school)
May 29- Memorial Day (No School)
May 31- Last Day of School (report cards sent home)


Sunday, May 14, 2017

week of May 15, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of May 15, 2017)
**Please continue to send in a small snack and drink daily if you would like your child to have a snack at snack time.
**Please also continue to check your child’s folder and book bag each day because there are many projects and important papers being sent home during this hectic time of year.
**If you have any questions or concerns about any of the upcoming events, please contact us via note, email, or phone call. 

Important Reminders:
-Kindergarten Graduation is May 23 at 1:00 pm in the High School Auditorium.  Tickets will be sent home on May 19, they will not be replaced if they are lost.
-Please send back the Kindergarten Graduation Student Sign out Paper along with the Permission for the Petting Zoo paper if you did not do so already.
Important Dates for Kindergarten:
May 15- Day 7, Diversity Day
May 25- Petting Zoo for Kindergarten
May 26- NSE Carnival Day, non-rotation day
May 29- Memorial Day (No School)

May 31- Last Day of School (report cards sent home)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

week of May 8, 2017

Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Jones’ Newsletter (Week of May 8, 2017)

Math: We will be starting our Step-Up Lessons in Math in order to be better prepared for 1st grade.  We will be introducing addition number sentences and have stories about joining to get started.  The lessons will be coming home after they are completed that will also include the math vocabulary that you can review at home.

Reading: Our new story is Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop and it is a book that we will use to focus on fact and opinion.  We will be looking at what tools we need to build things and revisit the important story elements of: character, setting, cause/effect, sequencing, and main idea.

Handwriting/Writing:  We will work on writing words that we can spell.  We will practice sight words, CVC words, and words we use a lot.  We will also be working on missing letters in the alphabet and all the sounds the letters make.  We will continue our sentence dictation and staying on topic while writing.

Reminders:
***Please continue to review all letters, sounds, numbers, counting patterns, as well as sight words.  Also, please continue to read each night and complete the AR book log as the goal is at least 15 books a month.

***Please also remember to pack a snack each day for your child.  If they would like a drink, please pack that as well.  Thank you!

Important Dates: (please also check the folders for any reminders and new calendar for May)

May 8-12- NSE Spring PTO Book Fair
May 8- extended school day (Day 2 Rotation Day)
May 12- Wedding of Q and U for Kindergarten
May 23- Kindergarten Graduation at High School (1pm)
May 26- NSE Carnival Day
May 29- Memorial Day

May 31- Last Day of School (Report cards sent home)