Newsletter: Week of 12/10/17

2017-2018 Calendar

August 31 | Orientation
September 6 | First Day of School
September 29 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
October 20 | No School for Students
October 30 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
November 3 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
November 10 | Parent Teacher Conferences/No School for Students
November 13 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
November 22-24 | Thanksgiving Holiday
December 8 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
December 25-January 1 | Winter Break
January 15 | MLK Jr. Day No School
January 26 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
February 9 | No School for Students
February 19 | Presidents' Day
March 29 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
March 30-April 6 | Spring Break
May 28 | Memorial Day

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Newsletter: Week of 12/10/17

November STEM inventions were incredible! We saw the most amazing things some of which including: a gumball machine that plays music, a gnat trap, a pen holder, a guitar, a robot pencil holder, a nightlight, an egg carton waste basket complete with a built-in air freshener, and more! We were blown away with how well these turned out! We cannot wait to see the gifts our scholars make for December monthly homework due December 22nd!

This week in Kindergarten…

English Language Arts
We will be reading the story “Animal Babies in the Grasslands.” The story will look at animals that live in the grasslands! We will be discussing Main Idea, working with initial and final /p/, and learning about adjectives.

Mathematics
As we finish up counting and writing numbers 11-20, we will be moving onto counting numbers to 100! We will start with counting to 30, then skip counting to 100 by 10’s. It will be the first time we are going to use a hundreds chart! Please note: students should still practice finding 1 and 2 fewer. Be sure to get some extra practice at home! An easy way to incorporate this at home is during dinner prep or at the grocery. For example, “I have eight apples, but I need 2 more (or 2 fewer). How many will that be? Can you do that for me?” This will help make Subtraction and Addition much easier later in the year!

Science
Students will begin exploring the water cycle and using vocabulary terms including precipitation, accumulation, evaporation, condensation.

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week and returned the following Monday.
-December STEM homework is DUE December 22nd.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels!
– We have a pending field trip to the National Aquarium on January 30th. If you would like to chaperone any future field trips, you must have a fingerprint background check. This can be obtained from the Fingerprint office at the county building 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:45pm. For more information or to contact the fingerprinting office, please look at the fingerprint office website: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

The Kindergarten Team
www.kindergarten.cmitelementary.org

-The Kindergarten Team

Newsletter: Week of 11/06/17

This week in Kindergarten…
We had so much fun on our fall field trip to the farm! Our scholars went on hay rides, through mazes, in corn, and more! They also met a variety of animals including chickens, alpacas, sheep, ducks, goats, and even a horse! This experience will go nicely with our PBL research on farm animals! Stay tuned…

English Language Arts
We will continue exploring the story “Dig, Dig, Digging!” Along with the story, we will be reviewing classifying and categorizing. We will also be identifying initial and final /T/.

Mathematics
We will continue comparing and ordering numbers through 10!

Science
Students will continue exploring the Earth and sky.

Lastly, just a few dates and reminders:
– Homework is due on Friday every week.
-STEM Homework directions (separate from the school wide STEM fair) have been sent home. These projects will be due 11/30/2017.
-Parent conferences will be held 11/10/2017. Please sign up with your scholar’s teacher via Signup Genius.
-Please encourage responsibility for belongings.
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

-The Kindergarten Team

Newsletter: Week of 10/29/17

This week in Kindergarten…
We will begin our PBL animal research projects! Students will work in groups to research a farm animal of their choice. This will be connected with our field trip to the farm and our chicken project in the spring!English Language Arts
We will be reading the story “Dig, Dig, Digging!” Along with the story, we will be reviewing classifying and categorizing. We will also be identifying initial and final /T/.

Mathematics
We will begin comparing and ordering numbers through 10!

Science
Students will begin exploring the Earth and sky.

Lastly, just a few dates and reminders:
-Please send a small or medium pumpkin for your child to decorate as a character from their favorite story. Pumpkins will be on an art display!
-Character Day 10/31
-Field trip 11/2 (Send money and slips!)
-Please encourage responsibility for belongings.
– Homework is due on Friday every week.
-STEM topics need to be turned in to classroom teachers.
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

-The Kindergarten Team

Newsletter: Week of 10/15/17

This week in Kindergarten…
We will continue discussing the word “Cooperation.” We still study what cooperation looks like and sounds like at home and school. We will participate in a variety of activities requiring cooperation!English Language Arts
We will be reading the story “Miss Bindergarten takes a Field Trip with Kindergarten.” Along with the story, we will be learning how to classify, categorize, and identify nouns. We will also be reading and writing letters to Z, as well as focusing on identifying beginning sounds of words.

Mathematics
We will continue identifying, reading, writing, and comparing numbers to ten.

Science
We will be wrapping up our unit on motion and moving into Earth and space science!

Lastly, just a few dates and reminders:
– 10/20 School is closed for students
-10/30 Early dismissal day
-10/31 Character Book Day
-Please send an extra uniform for scholars to keep at school. Accidents happen!
-Please continue to reinforce classroom and school rules and procedures (i.e. hands to self, being respectful, following directions the first time, etc.)
– Please be sure to label all personal items and also reinforce responsibility with your scholars.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

-The Kindergarten Team

Newsletter: Week of 10/7/17

Last week we learned about respect and what it looks like and sounds like in different settings. Although we completed our lessons on respect, and we will now be focusing on a new character word, we will continue to encourage and highlight respect throughout the year. We wrapped up our unit on problem solving in science as well as our unit on counting, comparing, and ordering numbers to 5!

This week in Kindergarten…

Character Education
We will begin focusing on cooperation! We have some very fun and challenging team building activities planned!

English Language Arts
We will be reading the story “Plaidypus Lost.” Along with the story, we will be continue to learn about setting, syllables. We will also be naming, sounding, writing letters to S.

Mathematics
We will be counting, comparing, and ordering numbers to 10!

Science
We will begin our unit on motion!

Lastly, just a few dates and reminders:

– 10/20 School is closed for students
-10/30 Early dismissal day
-10/30 Character Book Day
– MAP testing is now complete… Stay tuned for scores.
-Please send an extra uniform for scholars to keep at school. Accidents happen!
-Please continue to reinforce classroom and school rules and procedures (i.e. hands to self, being respectful, following directions the first time, etc.)
– Please be sure to label all personal items and also reinforce responsibility with your scholars.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

-The Kindergarten Team

Farewell for now, Tigers!

This summer, be sure to continue to read regularly! This is one simple way to avoid summer deficits when the school year starts again in September! Other easy ways to maintain learning is through having a writing journal, and having small projects. For ideas, check out Pinterest or this blog: http://amomwithalessonplan.com/20-summer-activities/

Good luck in first grade, Tigers!

Newsletter: Week of May 30

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Homework
The words for this week as as follows: go, from, yellow, blue, green, what, said, was, where, come. Sight Word Notebooks can stay home until Friday.Promotion
Thank you to all the parents that completed the promotion survey. Based on the responses, Kindergarten students are being asked to wear all White Dresses (Girls) or White Button down long sleeve shirts with Khaki Pants (boys). The theme will be “Oh, to First Grade We Will Go.”As a reminder, the promotion will be held in the cafeteria on Wednesday, June 7 from 8:30-10:00am. Tickets will be sent home on Monday, June 5 based on the survey responses. Remember, tickets should include siblings that are in the building. This will act as their pass to leave class.

Field Trip
Thank you to the parents that volunteered their time and joined us on our field trip last week! It was such a unique experience for the students, enjoying Dr. Seuss stories in a different medium!

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “Old MacDonald had a Workshop.” It is about a twist on a classic story! This is a fantasy text that will be looking at character and setting.

Mathematics
We are learning about time!
What you can do at home: Have students try to figure out what time it is, give them a time that you need to leave and have them be “time keeper,” or practice counting by 5 to 60 to show the minutes on a clock.

Science
Kindergarten welcomed 12 baby chicks this week! We will have the chicks in our care for just one more week before they go back to their home at a farm! It has been such a great journey and wonderful learning experience!

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five, here, go, from, yellow, blue, green, what, said, was, where, come

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to bring sight word journals every Friday. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels! Reading logs are due at the end of the month and will be given a zero if blank or missing from your child’s folder.
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.

Newsletter: Week of May 22

Homework
The words for this week as as follows: of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five, here. Sight Word Notebooks can stay home until Friday.

Promotion
Thank you to all the parents that completed the promotion survey. Based on the responses, Kindergarten students are being asked to wear all White Dresses (Girls) or White Button down long sleeve shirts with Khaki Pants (boys). The theme will be “Oh, to First Grade We Will Go.”

As a reminder, the promotion will be held in the cafeteria on Wednesday, June 7 from 8:30-10:00am. Tickets will be sent home on Monday, June 5 based on the survey responses. Remember, tickets should include siblings that are in the building. This will act as their pass to leave class. If you need to make changes to your ticket count, please contact Ms. Santiago at jlsantiago@cmitelementary.org and we will do our best to accommodate.

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “Building with Dad.” It is about a boy who joins his dad at a construction site! This is a realistic fiction text that will be looking at character and main idea.

Mathematics
We are learning about time!
What you can do at home: Have students try to figure out what time it is, give them a time that you need to leave and have them be “time keeper,” or practice counting by 5 to 60 to show the minutes on a clock.

Science
Our butterflies will soon be released! Additionally, we will continue observing the changes of both the egg and the baby chicks over the 2 weeks. Just one more week until our eggs hatch!

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five, here, go, from, yellow, blue, green, what, said, was, where, come

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to bring sight word journals every Friday. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels! Reading logs are due at the end of the month and will be given a zero if blank or missing from your child’s folder.
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.

Baby Chicks!

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Kindergarten has finished their first week with our baby chicks and eggs!

Over the last week, students were able to interact with the baby chicks.  They are showing rapid growth already!

Additionally, students learned about a embryology method called, “candling” where a bright light is shined through the egg in order to see what is inside.  The students were able to see the heart and vessels of the future baby chick!

It has been a fun and interesting learning experience for both the teachers and the students.  We can’t wait to see what unfolds over the next 2 weeks!

Newsletter: Week of May 15

Homework
The words for this week as as follows: like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you. Sight Word Notebooks can stay home until Friday.

Promotion
Thank you to all the parents that completed the promotion survey. Based on the responses, Kindergarten students are being asked to wear all White Dresses (Girls) or White Button down long sleeve shirts with Khaki Pants (boys). The theme will be “Oh, to First Grade We Will Go.”

As a reminder, the promotion will be held in the cafeteria on Wednesday, June 7 from 8:30-10:00am. Tickets will be sent home on Monday, June 5 based on the survey responses. Remember, tickets should include siblings that are in the building. This will act as their pass to leave class. If you need to make changes to your ticket count, please contact Ms. Santiago at jlsantiago@cmitelementary.org and we will do our best to accommodate.

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “This is the Way We Go to School.” It is about different ways children get to school all over the world! This is a realistic fiction text that will be looking at character and main idea.

Mathematics
We are learning about money! We will identify different coins and their worth. Additionally, we will be counting money and closing out with determining if we have enough money to make purchases!
What you can do at home: take out your change and encourage your scholar to identify the coins and even try counting how much money there is! (Utilize their knowledge of counting by 5’s and 10’s for nickels and dimes.)

Science
We will continue observing the life cycle of a butterfly in real time! Students will watch as our classroom caterpillars go through the metamorphosis stages to become a butterfly.
Additionally, we will continue observing the changes of both the egg and the baby chicks over the next month, until the egg hatches.

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five, here, go, from, yellow, blue, green, what, said, was, where, come

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to bring sight word journals every Friday. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels! Reading logs are due at the end of the month and will be given a zero if blank or missing from your child’s folder.
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.