Monday, January 18, 2021


It's great to get back to school and I look forward to an amazing second semester. Now that routines and expectations are in place, we can dig deeper into every subject and use our new skills to do some truly fun activities. The next few months are crucial as they strengthen skills and begin to synthesize and apply what they know. 

The new year also brings a new focus in homework.  Last semester students needed to read each night and do an activity. This semester they will continue those activities and add a writing component. This is SO important for their growth and doesn't have to take much time. It helps them get more confident and automatic in applying their knowledge. Let them choose a special notebook or folder to get started to make it fun. If you need my help with this let me know and I can create one with your child. The important thing is that they have a special writing journal to use at home. Below are the basics to Homework 2021. This can also be found in their homework folder. I can be a lot of work for some kids in the beginning, so remember 20 minutes is about right. They will become faster readers and writers as their skills improve.

Read every day.
  • Books will continue to come home each night for practice and review with you. 
Write every day.
  • Keep a journal and write at least one sentence about your day or a  book you read.
1.    Students stretch the word out and write the sounds they hear.
2.    When they get stuck, support them by giving them their Alphabet Chart instead of telling them the spelling.  You can also print one from the blog.
3.   Let them read it back to you. (pointing to words and sounding them out)
4.  If they know some sight words, I would let them find and copy them from the back of the alphabet chart. You can add other ones to the back as they learn them. If they can’t read them yet…just let them use phonetic spelling.
*** If you are doing this…you are practicing sounds, letters, blending, segmenting AND sight words. It is the best bang for your buck!

Practice letters and sounds.
  • Finish learning any letters or sounds. Do the weekly sorts each night to help, and review vowels regularly. Prepare for spelling test on that sort on Fridays.
Practice blending and segmenting.
  • The blog has word lists and directions for this.
Practice sight words.  
·      Look on the check-up for sight words to work on

Practice MATH skills.
  1. Identify numbers to 20 or higher.
  2. Writing numbers to 20, 50...100
  3. Counting to 20, 50…100
  4. Skip counting by 10s, 5s, to 100 and by 2s to 22
  5. Compare numbers and sets (greater than, less than, equal)
  6. Addition and Subtraction to 10

Goals for 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Snowmen at Night

                      PJ Day

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Welcome to Kindergarten!

August 12th - 14th   Meet The Teacher 
I am excited to meet you this week. Please sign-up if you haven't already. Here is the link:

Please bring your supplies to drop off and a letter about your child if you would like. (You could also email that) Thanks!

Aug. 17th-20th: Orientation Days
Each student will come one full day this week to get orientated to the schedule, rules, do some assessments and meet some class friends.

Cohort A: Sign up on Monday or Wednesday
Cohort B: Sign up on Tuesdat or Thursday

Sign-up came to you through school email.

First Day Reminders:
* Drop off outside my classroom door outside between 8:20 and 8:30.

* Be sure to send your child with a backpack, snacks, lunch (or money in School Bucks to buy a lunch) and a full water bottle on the first day.

*Please say goodbye to your child at the door. I know this is hard, but not only are parents not allowed in the building, it also sends a good message to your child letting them know you are confident that they are in a good place. I promise we will take good care of them. :) 

* Pick up is at 3:20-3:30 outside my door. Those that don't pick up then I will walk out to the car-loop where they will wait with the rest of the school. If a sibling is coming to pick them up they may leave their classes at 3:20 to go meet them at my outside door. If you are in the car loop...Please do not get out of the car when using this lane and keep pulling up to the front. If your child is riding the bus an adult will pick them up from the classroom to walk them there. If you are going to BASE an adult will pick your child up in the classroom.

August 24th - August 28th – First Full Week of Hybrid
Everyone will come to school on their assigned days and work at home on other days. More details to come as we get closer.