Room 106 New: May 25, 2016

Hi everyone,

We are in the home stretch now, but there are more important dates and events in these next few weeks than any others. As we finish the year we will be exploring rocks and fossils and then the kids will participate in Camp-Learned-A-Lot. There is an important homework assignement coming home this afternoon that needs to be completed for next week. We are asking the students to please assemble a rock collection so we will be able to investigate the different types of rocks and make observations. Please do not go out an purchase any rock samples for your child's collection. In math we are reviewing and practicing our skills to make sure the kids are prepared for the final report card assessments. Please see the following important dates below and then please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thanks,

Katie Redmond

Lacamas Student Showcase June 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30

The showcase is a fun time for families to come in and see what we have been working on this spring. The students will have a portfolio of work to show you, including their certificates for earning different charms for their key chains. There is also a free ice cream social and a special performance by various grade levels. Your child will also have the opportunity to teach you some math skills by playing math games we use in class. They are also looking forward to showing you their awesome reading skills. The kindergarten students will be performing a special "secret song" in the gym at 6:55 that evening. 

Kindergarten Review Tuesday June 7th at 1:30

All the kindergarten students have been working very hard to practice the songs and speaking parts for the kindergarten review. This is a special event to highlight the amazing work the kids have done this year. Following the performace there will be refreshments and the students will receive their kindergarten diplomas. We certainly hope that all families are able to make that afternoon. You will be able to take your student with you when we are finished with the refreshments. Please make sure that you check out with the office before taking them. We would also like the children to dress up for this event.

Royal Tea Party this Friday at 2:15

Please have the kids dress in their fanciest attire for this event. We are makng crowns in class tomorrow so we all look really regal! If you would like to volunteer for this event please just let me know. We could use some help setting up around 1:45 if you can make it. Thank you to the families who have brought items already! We still need cheese cubes, a loaf of white bread like Wonder bread, and a bag of apples for slicing. If you can supply any of these items please send them in tomorrow. Whatever we don't get by tomorrow I will go and get.

 

Other reminders

  • No school Monday for Memorial Day
  • Tuesday May 31st rock collections are due
  • Please bring a plain white t-shirt for your child to tie-dye for field day
  • Lacamas showcase June 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30
  • Kindergarten Review June 7th at 1:30
  • Please keep collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House.
  • Royal Tea This Friday May 27th at 2:15. Please have the kids dress in their fanciest attire.
  • Grands Breakfast May 27th from 8:30am to 9:00am in the cafeteria
  • Talent June 13th the time is still to be determined
  • Field Day June 14th. At this time our class is scheduled from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon. We need as many volunteers as we can get for this event so please let me know if you can make it.
  • Last day June 15th! Dismissal is at 11:00 that day

Room 106 News: May 2, 2016

Hi everyone,

Spring has definitely sprung around here! We are loving the nice weather, but the excitement of summer is certainly building. Sciece is dominating our weekly themes. We started with seends and flowers and then planted our own vegetable gardens. Hopefully you have had some success with your sprouts. Some of the kids have already brought back their homework sheet for this project. The past two weeks we have been learning about the life cycle of the butterfly. We spent time last week comparing butterflies and moths. Our own class caterpillars arrived at the end of last week so the kids will be able to witness the life cycle on their own. We have had a dozen chicken eggs incubating in our room for the last couple of weeks. The anticipation of hatching this week is getting really exciting. The chicks will be able to stay in our room until they get to big for the brooder box. We are studying the life cycle of the chicken and the development inside the egg this week. Next week we will focus on pond life with our tad poles, sea snails,and fish. The following week will be all about the farm. Whew! 

 

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In math we have been really working with our interactive notebooks to solve word problems. The kids were involved in an activity that helped them decide which addition and subtraction strategy works best for them. These include counting on, drawing a picture, using a numberline, or using manipulatives to solve the problem. This helped them have a tool to use when working in the notebook. We are introducing them to the CUBES method for solving problems. This is still a new process, and not one that they have to have mastered by the end of kindergarten.

C-Circle the Number with the label

U-Underline the question

B-Box the action word (the one that gives you a hint to subtract or add)

E-Evaluate, what steps should I take

S-Sovle

Reminders

  • Vegetable homework can be turned in any time you are finished collecting data
  • Character Assembly this Wednesday at 9:15
  • Disney Day is also Wednesday. Students can dress as their favorite character or just wear a shirt with the character on it. 
  • Volunteer Luncheon May 25th at Noon. Invitations will be sent home in your child's communication folder soon.
  • Planner homework is still important as we finish the school year. Every single student is able to stretch out the sounds and write at least one sentence in class so they should also be able to do it at home. 
  • In a few weeks we will be studying rocks and are asking every student to bring in a rock collection. Please do not go out and buy any rocks. They will be able to collect them in an egg carton that will be sent home next week.
  • We still need glue sticks and wipes if anyone is able to send them in. We are also out of our snack supply.
  • The Lacamas Showcase is June 2nd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Please mark it on your calendars. This is a special night when the kids get to show you everything we have been working on.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me. As always, thanks for your support!

Katie Redmond

Room 106 News: March 24, 2016

Hi everyone!

These past couple of weeks have flown right by trying to get all the assessments completed for the report cards. Our class is amazing and works so hard! The last two weeks in math we have been reviewing skills and assessing. In literacy we have been working on digraphs th, wh, sh, and ch. We have been developing our compare and contrasting skills, and determining the main idea and supporting details in non-fiction texts. Last week we had fun learning about St. Patrick's Day. Those little leprechauns were up to know good playing tricks on Fridau! This week we have diving into the science of wind and how it effects aircrafts in flight. With spring on its way we are focusing on life cycles of plants, insects, and butterflies!

New Literacy Rotations

Hopefully you have a noticed the new pink literacy menu forms that have been coming home in your child's backpack. This new format for our small group instruction is meant to allow kids more choice, the ability to practice and improve multiple standards daily, and get the focused instruction they need at their learning level. The pink sheet is my way of communicating how your child did during literacy and the skills they worked on. The red, green, and yellow stickers let you know they literacy choices they made. The colors are another way to differentiate for different learning abilities in the classroom. The notes next to each activity give you an idea of how they are managin their time. The initial means they completed the activity in the alloted amount of time. Thank you to those of you who take time to complete any unfinished work with your child at home!

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If you have any questions or concerns about anything please feel free to contact me. 

Thanks,

Katie Redmond

Reminders

  • Next week is Jungle Week in PE. This is such an exciting experience for the kids as they wrap up thegymnastics unit. They are encouraged to send in a jungle animal stuffed animal tomorrow to help decorate the space. Next Friday is Jungle Animal Day when the kids are supposed to dress up as their favorite jungle animal.
  • If you would like to place a book order please do it by tomorrow. 
  • We are in desperate need of glue sticks and Clorox wipes. Even baby wipes would be appreciated. 
  • Step Throat is still being passed around. Some of the kids aren't showing any symptoms, but are carrying the illness. If your child seems extra tired, has an unexplained rash, or swollen glands please get them checked by the doctor. 
  • Please make sure you check the Communication Folder every day and take out the papers. The report cards are in their today!
  • Thank you to everyone who donated money to Jump Rope for Heart. Our school raised over $15,000. That's a school record!
  • Please remember that car rides are great times to practice counting to 100, sight words, and letter names and sounds with your student. 

Below are some photos of the kids testing out their kites!

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Room 106 News: February 15, 2016

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying this President's Day weekend! We had a great time at our Valentine party last Friday. The kids really practiced making connections with their peers. We focused on compliments and manners to make our hearts feel well. We also learned all about the human heart last week and how to keep it strong and healthy. This week's theme continues to focus on the students' bodies with dental hygiene, germs, and how sleep effects our overall health and wellness. In math we will continue to work with tens and ones. This is definitely a complex concept for the kids. They do much better with repeated practice. They enjoy counting small objects like beans, or beads, etc. and grouping them by tens and ones. So if you are bored at home you can pull out some beans or noodles from the cupboard. 

Reminders

  • Please continue to check the communication folder and complete the writing homework in the planner every night.
  • If you would like to place a book order please do so by tomorrow afternoon so I can submit the order. 
  • This Wednesday we will be celebrating the 100th day of school. If I have any parents who would like to volunteer in the morning between 9:30 and 11:30 I would appreciate the help. 
  • February 26th is our PALS Dr. Seuss Dance from 6:00 to 8:00. This is a super fun event with an awesome DJ. food, and great picture opportunities. I will definitely be there with Charlotte having a blast!
  • To celebrate the dance there is also a spirit day February 26th. Students can choose to dress as their favorite Dr. Suess character or wear as many stripes as possible in honor of Dr. Seuss during the school day on Friday. They will already be dressed for the dance that night!
  • March first is the monthly character assembly and Super Hero day. Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero during the school day.
  • Shopkins: The appearance of Shopkins and other small toys has been on the rise in our classroom. Shopkins are teachers worst enemy because they are tiny and easy to sneak. I have explained multiple times to the kids that we have plenty of toys in our classroom so their personal toys need to stay at home. The kids are trading them without permission and they are getting lost. Please help support with this and make sure they don't get into your child's backpack. If for some reason they do make their way here and get lost or traded there is nothing I can do about it.

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Thanks,

Katie Redmond

Room 106 News: February 1, 2016

Hi everyone!

We are now half way throught the school year. I can't believe it! The kids are working really hard, and it is nice to get back to our routine after all those short weeks. For the next three weeks we will be focusing on our body and what it looks like on the outside. What features make us unique, and how our bodies work on the inside. We started today by completing a self portrait and measuring our height and weight. Tomorrow we will look closely at our facial features, and finish the week with bones and muscles. Next week we will learn all about the human heart and how to keep it strong and healthy. We will have our Valentine party next Friday. The following week we will be learning about healthy teeth and healthy emotions. In math we are really working on place value. We are trying to get the students to understand what it means when we talk about the tens place and the ones place. they will be exploring composing and decomposing numbers. Decomposing means they can look at a number and break it down into tens and ones. Composing means that they can look at base ten blocks and tell the number they represent. We are now commiting to writers workshop three days a week, so the students will be practicing their writing skills more often and have the freedom to be more creative with their written work.

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Reminders

  • Wednesday is Mismatch day and the February character assembly at 9:15
  • Friday February 12th is our Valentine Party from 2:15 to 3:15
  • Wednesday February 17th is our hundred day of school party
  • Planner homework: Please make sure that your child is completing a sentence in their planner every single night. I should no longer see parent handwriting in the planner. You may sit with them and help them think of a sentence and sound out the words, but all the writing should be done by the student. Please make sure they are writing a complete sentence with a capital at the beginning, finger space between the words, and a period at the end. Please no phrases. If your child likes to use the same sentence starter please give them suggestions for other ways to start. Instead of I like…., you could suggest I enjoy….
  • Communication Folders: Please check your child's backpack every night. If there are papers in the folder please take them out and only return what is necessary.
  • Wish list: Thank you so much to the Cheng family for donating an awesome pencil sharpener to our classroom! If anyone else is interested in contributing something, we are running low on Clorox wipes.
  • Valentine Party: Please have your child write the names of their classmates on the envelopes themselves. This is excellent handwriting practice. Your child is not required to bring Valentine cards for the class, but if you choose to send them with cards they need to have one for every child. We will be making boxes in class, so please send your student with a shoe box or something similar by next Wednesday.

Class List: I will also send a hard copy of this list in the communication folders tomorrow. It will be saved here in case it gets misplaced.

  1. Korina
  2. Kendall
  3. Carter
  4. Stiv
  5. Aaron
  6. Katie
  7. Harmony
  8. Penelope
  9. Ethan
  10. Yasmine
  11. Keith
  12. Madison
  13. Kenzie
  14. David
  15. Adelle
  16. Nicole
  17. Aubrie
  18. Brody
  19. Sofia

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Kindergarten Incentive Clubs

Hi everyone,

We are starting some new clubs in kindergarten to help motivate students to keep making goals and practicing in these areas. It is possibel for each student to earn a charm for each club. They will receive a keychain to attach to their backpack to hold each charm that they earn. The clubs are listed below with a brief description. I want everyone to be aware of the clubs so that you can be heping your child practice these skills at home as well. I hope every child will earn every charm by the end of the school year. These clubs run more smoothly, and the students have more chances to practice at school when there are volunteers to help the last hour of the school day. If you are interested in helping please let me know. I would love to have you!

Hundred Club: Students will earn a charm with the number 100. This shows that they have memorized the numbers from 1-100 and can recite them without a single mistake.

Hundred Club

Letter Names and Sounds Club: Students who have memorized all the letter names and sounds and have shown mastery on their assessments for 3 weeks or more will earn an ABC charm.

Letter names and Sounds Club

Name Writing Club: Students who can clearly print their name exactly as it appears on their printing practice sheet will earn a thumbs up charm.

Name Writing Club

Race to Reading: This is our sight word program. Students have a race car that moves from level to level as they memorize the sight words for each leveled book. The charm for this club is a trophy.

Race to reading Club

Shoe Tying Club: Students Who can tie both of their shoes without any help will earn a show charm for their bracelet. Please help with this goal at home! 

Shoe tying Club

School Song Club: We practice the school every single afternoon before dismissal. Students who can sing the song without mistakes and with the hand movements will earn a purple paw charm for their bracelet.

 

School Song Club

 

 

 

Room 106 News: January 12, 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing holiday break. I had a great time haning out and focusing on my little family. I was definitely ready to see my other 19 kids last Monday, and was so disappointed by the snow day. Thank you all for the thoughtful Christmas gifts. It was very kind of everyone to think of me this holiday season!

This time of year between the holidays and spring break is a huge chunk of learning. We are progressing past the introduction of the alphabet and basic number sense. The students will be working on more complex tasks from now until June. We are beginning to write complete sentences in our writing journal with illustrations. We are learning multiple strategies for addition and subtraction and using them to solve story problems. In reading the students will start bringing more complex leveled books home to be practicing. We are also focusing on reading comprehension strategies as well as phonics. 

We will continue to work with our weekly themes in literacy. Last week we focused on polar animals and where they are located on the globe. This week has been all about animal adaptations in winter. Next week we will focus on the science of crystals, specifically snowflakes. We will round out January with gingerbread men. Our focus with gingerbread men is on following the steps in a process, like a recipe, and the math that is involved in measuring the ingredients.

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Reminders

  • There is no school this Monday for MLK day, nor the following Monday for a teacher in-service day.
  • The Scholastic book orders need to be placed by Monday so I can send it in. On-line ordering with the class activation code is the simplest way to go, but you can also send in your order and a check made out to Scholastic and I will mail in the payment.
  • If you would like to volunteer at any time we could certainly use the help. You do not need to commit to a regular volunteer schedule. As long as I know you are coming the day before you would like to volunteer it will be fine. Thank you to the volunteers that have been coming each week!
  • We are completely out of classroom snacks. I like to have them available for students who forget. 
  • Wish List: I had a parent ask if there is anything on our classroom wish list and I thought of something important. We are desperate need of an electric pencil sharpener. If you have an extra one at home I would love to have it!

If you have any questions or concerns about anything happening here at school please let me know. Thank you for your continued support!

Katie Redmond

Room 106 News: December 7, 2015

Hi everyone,

The kids have been busy little elves working on learning their five senses. Hopefully you had a chance to have you child read the Little Elf book to you. We have also been working very hard on composing and decomposing numbers to 10. The kids are starting to see there are different combinations of numbers that equal the same amount. We are now working on addition and subtraction using a number line as a tool. Our themes for the rest of the season are evergreen trees and reindeer. We continue to work heavily on our phonics skills, sight words, and decoding emergent reader texts. This time of year we also have many fun arts and crafts that are included with our themes. These activities are also valuable for building fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, and their ability to follow multi-step directions. There are many exciting events coing up in the next two weeks, so please take a moment to read carefully. If you have any questions about anything please feel free to contact me.

Thanks,

Katie Redmond

Reminders

  • Report cards go home next Thursday December 10th.
  • This Friday December 11th is the PALS movie night and the Family Game Night hosted by the Student Leadership team. There will be free popcorn and hot chocolate. Doors will open at 5:30, the movie will begin at 6:00 and we will be playing games until 7:30. I hope to see you all there!
  • School wide pajama day December 16th
  • Christmas sweater day December 18th with the school Holiday Sing-a-long in the afternoon from 2:30 to 3:15. Please come and sing with us!
  • Please make sure you are helping your child complete their planner homework each night. Many of the students are ready to start writing and stretching out the entire sentence on their own, with little support. Please push them to be as independent with this process as possible.
  • Please check the Communication Folder every night.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the canned food drive. They stuffed the bus last friday while we sang along with the high school Jazz. Thank you for all of your support. Our class contributed 94 food items. Way to go!!!

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Room 106 News: November 12th, 2015

Hi everyone,

I can't believe it is already the middle of November. The time is flying right by! We have been working hard this week focusing on what we are thankful for and we learned about about turkeys. Our math focus has been to get familiar with the teen numbers and understanding the place value. It is very tricky for five and six year olds to understand a 1 in the tens place is worth one whole ten. We have also been exploring patterns with skip counting by fives, tens, and twos. Next week we will be studying the history of the Pilgrims and what their life was like once they reached America. I hope everyone had a nice Veteran's Day and had a chance to remember and honor the men and women who have served our country. It was great to see everyone at the assembly, and reach the members of our extended community. There are many important reminders and events coming up in the next couple of weeks.

 

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It’s time to Stuff the Bus!

 

We will be collecting canned food and other non-perishable food items starting November 16th through December 4th.  The items collected will benefit local families in need this winter season.  Our school goal is to collect at least 1,000 food items to support the district goal of 40,000 pounds of food. Please remember that every can counts!

Volunteers

So far our classroom only has one parent helper. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved with our classroom and start working with kids. If you are at all interested please let me know. Even if you can only volunteer one day a month the kids will benefit from your time.

Planner and Communication Folders

  • Planner: Please remember that the only nightly homework I will assign is the nightly writing practice in the student planner. It is very important that this gets finished each night. Even if your child can't remember anything about the clue word they still need to write a sentence about something.
  • Communication Fodlers: The folders need to be emptied each night. This is the daily means of communication between school and home. There is often important reminders and work to be completed. I am planning to buy nice new plastic folders that will hopefully last the entire year, as the paper ones are looking pretty sad. If there is unfinished work in your child's folder it is because they ran out of time to complete it all during literacy rotations. Please help them complete this work when you have time. I do not expect you to send it back to school when it is complete. However, it is good practice for their literacy skills.

Turkey Homework

I sent home a sheet that is titled Gorgeous Gobbler. This is a fun art project that you can complete with your child at home. Feel free to get creative and use whatever materials you can imagine. When your turkey is complete please send it back to school so it can be displayed.

Play Centers

One of the most popular play centers in our room is the play dough. With all the kids playing with the dough it gets kind of gross and needs to be replaced often. I am wondering if anyone would be interested in making some play dough for our classroom. There are many recipes available on Pinterest for different seasonal play dough, which would be fun. If someone is willing to make some for us please let me know.

Also, with the holidays coming up I know I am going through my daughters toys and making a donation pile. Before you take them to Goodwill please consider donating them to our classroom. Some great items are dress up clothes, any type of block or building material like Legos or Kenects, animal figures (especially horses and dinosaurs), picture books or coloring books. One item on our classroom wish list is an old doll house. Thank you so much for thinking of us!

ABC Mania Assessment Update

Please remember to check the ABC Mania progress sheet that comes home every Friday in the Communication folder. It will show you what letters and sounds your child still needs to work on. We will continue to practice the alphabet every single day at school all the up to the last day of school. If the letter is circled it means they know the letter name. If the letter has a small plus sign in the box it means they know the letter sound. It is not unusual for a student to know a sound one week and forget it the next week. That is why I continue to monitor student progress until they know 100% of the names and sounds three weeks in a row. Once your child has mastered them I will monitor about once a month.

Book Orders

I sent home the new set up Scholastic flyers in the Communication Folder on Friday. There are many awesome deals, especially if you are looking for Christmas gifts. The easiest way to order is online using the class activation code highlighted on the cover letter of the flier. You can also send a check in with the the flier and I can enter your order as well. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Thank you for your continued support!

Katie Redmond