Sunday, February 23, 2020

Feb. 24-28

Greetings Kinder Families,

We had a fun couple of short week! Next week we will have our first long week in a while!  We won't have a day off until Spring Break.  Let's try to win attendance, however please stay home if sick!

Here is a peek at next week.

Language Arts/Reading:  We are working on being "careful readers." "Careful readers" check their reading and make sure it makes sense.  We also try to sound out difficult words by using the picture to help us figure it out.  We continue to look for sight words in our reading. 

Homework:  Thank you for reading nightly with your child and returning the book each day.  I will be sending these books home daily. 

Math:  We are working hard learning about place value, teen numbers and missing addends.  (ie 3+_=5) This is a difficult skill but we will keep practicing!

Social Studies/Science:  We will continue learning about teeth.  This week we will learn about different types of animal teeth, and do an experiment to see what happens to teeth when exposed to sugary foods.

Writing Workshop:  We will continue to work on our "How to" books.  Our celebration is coming up next week.

Have a super weekend and I will see you all on Monday.
Mrs. Sandman

Monday, February 17, 2020

Feb. 17-21

Hello Families,

   We had such a fun Valentine's Day party!  Thank you so much to all of our parent helpers and amazing room parent! 

Here is a peek at next week:

No school on Monday for Presidents' Day. 

Social Studies/ Science: We will continue learning about presidents and our country. This week our focus is on George Washington.  In science, we will watch a video on dental health and eating healthy foods.  February is dental awareness month.  Please encourage students to brush teeth, floss and eat healthy foods. 

 Readers Workshop:  We are working on our "reading muscles."  We have learned many different strategies when reading.  For instance, using the picture to figure out a difficult word, putting words into "chunks" to sound it out, and using our pointer fingers (pointer power)to read each word on the page. When reading at home try to help them with reading for fluency with our take home books.  If students still continue to sound out the words have them repeat the sentence with fluency for understanding.  Please remind them that reading is for understanding/comprehending not just being able to read the words.  

Word Wall words: will, come

Math: We will continue with subtraction and addition with word problems and basic addition and subtraction to 10.  

Wednesday is spirit day!  Wear Tie Dye or spirit wear.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Mrs. Sandman

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Feb. 11-14

Hello Families,

Here is the Room 16 News for next week:

Home Reading Program:

 We will be starting our home reading program homework for Kindergarten.  These books will be coming home on Tuesday, February 11.  Please read the book and sign the envelope when your child can read it fluently without having to stop and sound out.  Signing the outside envelope tells me that you are ready for the next book.  Some of the books coming home can seem too hard but you can slow down and only do a few pages a day.  Please talk about the book and have them tell you about characters and what is happening in the story.  When your child gets to the Phonics Library books (which are the copied paper books), please do not keep, draw or write on them. We use them every year and need to keep them in good shape.
I have a paper that gives you a little info. on how to help your child read.  Again, once your child is fluently reading the book, send it back to get a new book.  Your child's reading ability will grow immensely if your child reads daily with these books.  

This Monday is a holiday so we will see you on Tuesday for centers and to celebrate Abe Lincoln's birthday.  We will be creating a log cabin in honor of Abe Lincoln and will be playing a game with pennies. 

 We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday at 8-9 am with a lot of fun activities planned by our fabulous room mom.  If  it is your day for centers, please tell me if you can't make it so I can get it covered.  

Word wall words:  they, of

Math:  We will continue working on addition and subtraction.  I am so impressed with the different strategies students have been able to use to solve word problems.  We will also begin talking about money. 


No school Monday, February 17.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Feb. 3-7

Hello Families,

Thank you so much for your generous donations!  I am so excited to buy some new books and art supplies needed for our class! I am so thankful to all of you wonderful parents!!!!

This week, we had so much fun learning about polar bears and penguins and how animals adapt to the cold areas.   We also did a science experiment on animal blubber.  Ask your child about what they learned about blubber.   

On Monday, we are celebrating  the 100th day of school.  The students are so excited! We have fun centers planned to celebrate with the number 100!!!!  

word wall words: friend, from

Math:  Wow! I was so impressed with our CGI word problem this week!  Students are starting to understand so many ways to solve both addition and subtraction word problems.  Celebrate your child at home with how amazing their math knowledge is becoming with subtracting and adding!  Continue to practice mental math by sharing real world word problems to see if they can figure it out at home.  

 Valentine's project:
We will have our party during our regular centers.  Please tell me if you can not make centers.  Thank you for all the grocery bags to decorate.  If you are making Valentine's please leave the "to" blank and just write the name of your child in the from.  It takes a long time to pass out when they have names and can not read them.  Thanks.

Morning Assembly -Wed.  Feb. 5, please be on time.Feb. 10-No school
Feb. 17-No school

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!
Mrs. Sandman

Friday, January 24, 2020

Jan. 27-31

Hello Families,

One more week of January and then February!  Time is sure flying by!

100th Day of School Project:   I thought it would be fun for our class to bring in a project for our 100th day of school coming up on Feb 3!  It is 100 of anything!  You can have a display or a container to share your 100 collection.  Last year, a student had a display of 100 stickers in groups of 10.  One student made the number 100 out of a hundred rocks.  One student had 100 beads.  One student built a Lego design with 100 Legos.  It's your choice of what you would like to share.  Bring it any at anytime this week or next so that we can start sharing our collections. This is optional! 

Science: We will continue our theme on Winter Animals  We will learn many facts about the different types of penguins that live in the Southern Hemisphere.  We will also talk about Polar Bears that live in the Northern Hemisphere. We will talk about how these animals adapt with the type of feathers and blubber to make them able to live in the coldest areas of the world.

: This next week, we will be back to a full week with counting collections, math games in centers, learning to count on, etc.  Please continue to practice counting to 100 by 1's , 5's, and 10's.  We have started subtracting to 10.

word wall word for the week
: has, had

We have a few more celebrations coming up.  We have our 100 days of school on Feb. 3.  and Valentine's Day on Friday, Feb. 14. We also celebrate President's Day with no school on Feb. 10 and 17th.
Donations Needed:  I am wondering if anyone would like to donate the following items:

Cotton balls for comparing Polar bears to grizzly bears

This year, some of you have donated Amazon cards and Target gift cards for me to buy things.  I also use my own money but it gets very expensive.  We love doing projects and don't want to give that up.  I really appreciate all the help and thank you all!!

Science Fair: January 31
Morning Assembly:  Wednesday Feb 5
No school on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17
Math Festival: February 6

Thank you all! Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Sandman

Friday, January 17, 2020

Jan. 20-24

Dear Families,

We had a great first week back from Winter Break!  We are ready to start 2020 off with a bang.  

There will be no school this Monday, Jan. 20 to observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We read a couple of stories about this amazing man and had a discussion on how he wanted all people to be equal and be treated fairly.  We read a poem called "The Crayons that Talked".  It is about how each crayon is unique and when you put them all together it creates a beautiful picture.  I talked about us being that box of crayons and we all have different talents that come together to make a beautiful picture.

Chinese New Year : Next Friday, we will march through the classrooms to celebrate Chinese New Year.  If your child would like to bring in a "noisemaker" (ie tamborines, bongos, bells, maracas,etc.) they are welcome to bring in on Friday. It should be lots of fun!

Language Arts:
 Our new theme is winter animals!  We already introduced owls and penguins and will talk about how winter animals adapt to their environment during the winter months by hibernating, growing more fur, storing food, etc.  This week and next, we will have center activities focusing on  owls. and penguins.

In the next few weeks, we have a few holidays/occasions to celebrate.  We celebrate Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day,  100th day of school, Valentine's Day, and President's Day.  This makes these next few months go quickly!

Word wall words: this, that

Math:  We will continue to work on number bonds and practice word problems as well as addition to 10.
Please continue to practice counting to 100 , and counting by 5's,and  10's.

Math Festival coming up on February 6th!!!! We need parent volunteers.  
We need 2 volunteers for both sessions:
First Session: 7:55-10:35
Second Session 11:35-2:10
Volunteers will be assisting with classes, grade K-6th, as they filter through the MPR to explore math activities and games.  
You do not need to teach any math or know the skills, you will be more of a facilitator at a center- cleaning up materials  between each class, helping younger students read the directions, etc.
If you are interested and can commit to one of the sessions, please email (our academic coordinator).  We definite need volunteers for this to run smoothly.

Classroom Needs/Donations:

red lunch or dinner size plates
white paper plates
paper grocery bags (need 25)
Paper towels
Clean-up wipes
necklace string (for 100 day project)
Individual boxes of conversation Valentine hearts(for math activities)
Trader Joes's brand whole wheat pretzels (for Abe Lincoln log cabin)
2 huge tubs of Crisco for our Blubber experiment

No school this Monday- Jan.20
No school Monday Feb. 10
No school Monday Feb. 17
Math Festival Tuesday, Feb. 6

Have a great week!  Thank you!
Ms. Sandman

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Dec. 16-19

Hello Families,

Thank you all for all the birthday wishes and gifts.  I love refuge and am excited to visit it over vacation.  thanks!

This week is going to go quickly!!!! We will not have centers this week.  Students are ready for the holidays and have a lot of energy!!  We will be doing lots of fun activities and continue to explore our winter theme and talk about how animals adapt in the winter.

Math: We will be continuing our CGI (word problems) using subtraction and finding the missing addend.

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 Our winter party will be on Thursday at 9:30-10:40.  Students can wear their pajamas on Thursday.

There is no school on Friday, Dec. 20.

School will resume on Tuesday, January 14.

When we get back, we will continue our theme on winter animals and their adaptations.  We will have a few owl and penguin projects.  Besides winter animals, we will discuss Martin Luther King, Jr. and how we treat everyone fairly.  We will read a poem "The Crayon Box that Talked"by Shane DeRolf.  It talks about how every crayon is unique and special.  "And when we get together the picture is complete!"

Have an amazing and relaxing break and I will see you next year!!!
Mrs. Sandman

Wednesday: Stick it to Hunger
Wednesday: "Spirit Day" Ugly Sweater or Holiday sweater
Thursday: School Wide sing along at 8:15 
Thursday: Class Party at 9:30-10:40 (Wear P.J.'s)