Kindergarten, Room 1
Mrs. Wilson's Bumblebee Class
Thank you to the parents and grandparents who attended our awesome first APTT meeting at Back to School Night!!!
I have added the school calendar for the entire year - see below!
Red Ribbon Week is Coming!
October 28 through November 1st
Wear red to support making healthy heart choices and good character!
Team Up Constructive Collaboration!
Wear the color or jersey of your favorite sports team
Time to Dream - Growth Mindset
Wear Pajamas to school - regular shoes and school appropriate clothing, please
Time to Grow Grit
When I don't give up, I can be anything I want to be!
Dress up like your dream job - doctor, scientist, fire fighter, teacher
No masks or props, please
Wear Coyle Colors to help our school be as healthy as it can be!
Wear Coyle Blue and Yellow!
Also, scroll down for a list for some of the awesome apps we will use on our tablets during the one day a week 15-20 minute small group iPad time! Remember to limit screen time and make sure what your child is spending that time on will help their brains grow. The apps below are terrific for extra practice for what they know and challenges for what they need to know.
Our day starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 11:20 a.m.Breakfast is served at 7:30. Please do not leave your sweet child before 7:30 (if they are having breakfast) or before 7:50 (The kindergarten gate opens at 7:50)
Mark Your Calendar
We had the most amazing pizza party on Friday, thanks to our awesome parents who sold chocolate and beef sticks. Our class had 4 out of 8 top sellers in the entire school. I love my kindergarten parents!!!
Thursday, Oct. 9: Make-up Picture Day
Please pick up a flyer if you want a picture re-do, or if you didn't order earlier. Email me if you would like me to put one in your child's mailbox to bring home.
October 28 through November 1: Red Ribbon Week
Watch for more information.
Thursday, Oct. 31: A visit from the Tooth Fairy
Friday, November 1 will be our Fun Fall Harvest Celebration
We will not be wearing costumes on Thursday or Friday. We would love to have 4 -5 volunteers for special activities on Friday. Let me know if you can help.
Monday, Nov. 11: Veteran's Day No School
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Teacher Workday No School
Nov. 11 - Nov. 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences APTT #2
Our class will dismiss at the regular time of 11:20. Grades 1 - 5 will be on a minimum day schedule.
Friday, Nov. 15 Friendship Feast Day and our Pawsitive Store! Volunteers, pretty please!
Everyone may bring something to share for the class to eat. All items must be from a store, no homemade food please. Watch for a flyer as the event nears.
Nov. 11 - Nov. 29: No School Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, Dec. 5 McTeacher Night at McDonalds on San Juan and Madison Avenue 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 Pancake Breakfast
Dec. 24 - Jan. 6 No School Winter Break
Monday, Jan. 20 Martin Luther Kind Jr. No School
Friday, February 14 Valentine's Day and our Pawsitive Store Love, love, love to have volunteers!
February 17 - February 21 President's Week No School
Tuesday, March 4 Sami's Circuit and Parent/Teacher Team Meeting APTT #3
March 10 - March 13 Parent/Teacher Conferences, as needed
Monday, March 16 No School -District Holiday
April 6 through April 10 No school Spring Break
Wednesday May 6 Spring Family Night Celebration APTT # 4 Minimum Day for Grades 1 - 5
May 20 and May 21 Starstruck Performances
Monday, May 25 No School Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 9 Last day of School for 2020 - Minimum Day (Same time for kinder)
We call Thursdays Flip Flop Day because our 3 classes are altogether in the A.M. 3 classes share 2 rooms plus the library. Below is our travel schedule in case you need to find us. Volunteers are especially appreciated on this day!
8:00 – 8:15: Room 1
8:15 – 9:05: Room K2
9:05 – 9:55: Bathroom Break and Library
9:55 – 10:15: Recess on the K playground
10:15 – 11:15: Room 1
Great Educational Apps for Kids
Remember to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per day – screen time includes tablets, phones, video games on the TV.
In Room 1, we use the following apps. Most are not the free version, as I have found that the free version is usually just a tease and a promotion for the full version – lots of limitations and pop-ups. However, most of the apps are very reasonable in cost - $1.00 to $10.00 with most falling somewhere in between that range.
Bugs and Buttons (fine motor, eye hand coordination)
ABC Magic Five (good for oral matching sounds)
Endless ABC (love this one!)
Find the Difference (fun visual noticings)
Montessori Crosswords (excellent!)
Montessori Numbers (math)
Teach Me Kindergarten
Wheels on the Bus
Word Wagon (great!)
Writing Wizard (good for fine motor, too)
This year, instead of traditional parent teacher conferences, we will have Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT), which is a more effective model for developing parent-teacher partnerships to better support your student’s learning. This is our 3rd year with APTT and we are very excited due to the amazing growth we saw last year with the families who participated.
With our APTT model we will be meeting four times a year; this includes three team meetings where all the families in each class will meet together plus one 30-minute individual meeting (parent/teacher conference in November)
Our first meeting was Wednesday, Sept.11
Next will be individual conferences the week of November 18 - 22
March 6, 2020
May 4, 2020
Most likely the times will stay the same: 5:30 to 6:30 but watch for updates as the event becomes closer.
This year, I am trying something new to make communication easy-breezy. Thank you to those who have already joined our Coyle Kindergarten group. There are 2 ways to receive messages right on your phone:
- On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to this link:
Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind
- To get text notifications:
Text the message
@bee3fre to the number 81010
Trouble? Try texting @bee3fre to
(931) 463-3723 We can do it!
October Word Boxes
Word boxes are super important as way to store and use the many word cards we will send home this year. A few minutes every day studying and playing word games is the key to successful reading. The words with stars on them will be the ones we assess for proficiency. The complete word list is available on our class webpage.
Homework!Nearly every Friday I will send home a little taste of what we are doing each week in the form of a math or language arts page, along with flash cards of the new words as we learn them. This way, you are aware of what your child is learning and your child has the opportunity to practice what they are learning. Complete the homework together and return it to me for pink Pawsitives. Pawsitives are coupons that students earn to spend at our classroom Pawsitive store 3-4 times a year. You may return the foldout papermath games with the completed review activities for Pawsitives, as well, or keep them to play at home. The only homework that I record for report cards is the Reading Log which is due at the end of every month. Thank you so much for all you do!Scholastic Book Order Flyers!From time to time, we send home flyers for you to choose books for your child to build your home library. They are very inexpensive and very motivating for kids. The easiest way to order is online. See ordering information on the flyer for more details.For many families, kindergarten is a child's first experience with school - very exciting! . Kids need 8-10 hours sleep to do their best thinking, handle upsets with grace, and minimize the grumpys. If you haven't already, start a regular routine of bath, book/s/, and bedtime to acquaint your child with the joy and wonder of reading.
Did you know that our children may have breakfast before school beginning at 7:30 AND lunch after our day ends at 11:15?Complete the Free and Reduced Price form included in the Back to School package. Much of our funding is based on the number of children who qualify for this discount. Even if you do not plan on taking advantage of this program now, you may wish to do so in the future. An online application is convenient, easy and confidential. Please go to: http://mealapps.sanjuan.edu
Thank you so much for sharing our vision and working with us to provide healthy meals for our awesome kindergarten kids!
Reading Logs/Family Projects/VolunteersIn October, our family project is to make a book box for a safe place to keep the orange word cards. Kids who practice just a little each day become fluent readers. When your child has finished decorating a tissue box (or other appropriate box), send it to school so they can also share how they made it. (Speaking and Listening practice!) After they tell all about how they made it, they bring it back home along with a very cool bookmark. Speaking of reading:
Reading Logs are due on the last Thursday of each month. Return the completed reading log. Don't forget to have your child sign their name along with your signature! As you read each book, it is your child's job to color in one of the little pictures on the front to document each book they read with you. This helps them be accountable. Studies have proven that reading together regularly is the best way for your child to become a lifelong lover of reading. Please read with your child often. Be sure to write the titles on the back. This completed form will be the primary basis for your child’s report card homework grade.I am so thankful for all of the parents who are able to help us out each year. If you would like to join this amazing team, just let me know. We love extra hands and eyes! We need adult helpers each day from 8:20 to 9:45. Kids learn best in small focused groups. Your presence allows us do this and enables us do fun and interesting art and science projects, as well. Please let me know which day you can give either each week or every other week. Thank you!!!
See you soon!
Mrs. WilsonLooking ahead:EXPECTATIONS FOR THE END OF THE YEAR STANDARDS and some suggestions for ways you can help your child at home.
Reading: To be ready for the rigor of 1st grade, your child must be able to recognize and write all 52 letters and know the sound of each. We teach the short vowel sound of a, e, i, o, and u ( /a/ as in apple, /e/ as in elephant, /i/ as in insect, /o/ as in octopus, /u/ as in under. We are working on our second word list (Yellow words) for a total (to date) of 30 words. Our goal is to teach 75 + words by the end of the year. Your child should also be able to decode (sound out) two and three letter words, recognize and reproduce rhyming words and be familiar with Concepts of Print. Pointing out individual letters, individual words, and individual sentences, knowing the direction to read, and tracking words by touching them as they read are important Concepts of Print skills. As you read together for the Monthly Reading Log, these happy habits help build your child’s reading fluency. Of course, the more words that your child has mastered, the more prepared he/she will be for rigorous reading next year.
Writing: Encouraging your child to write daily will build his/her writing fluency. Your child should be able to neatly write her/his name using a capital letter at the beginning and the rest of the letters all lowercase with the letters starting at the top and ending at the bottom of a line unless a letter dips under the line like the lowercase letters y, j, p, g. Your child needs to be able to use the sound of letters to write words (invented spelling is ok – it indicates a solid letter/sound relationship). Lists, notes to grandparents, daily journals, etc., are great authentic ways to practice writing skills all year long.
Math: Your child should be able to count out loud to 100 and count 30 objects. He/she needs to be able to write the numerals to 20 and recognize the numerals to 30. Skip counting by 5’s and 10’s to 100 will come in handy right away in 1st grade. Adding and subtracting numbers below the number 10 with ease is another important math skill. Your child should be able to understand and use words like more, less, and equal to compare sets of numbers. The ability to read a calendar, tell time on a clock to the hour, and know the days of the week are also important math skills.
Successful Practice: Constructive CollaborationConstructive collaboration is working together. We do this when we turn to a partner to talk about a story, think deeper about a math question, and put heads together to build a puzzle or a project. People who collaborate become better thinkers because, as my mom always said, "Two heads are better than one!"
Successful Practice: Gratitude/RespectNovember is the month we celebrate gratitude but it is a quality we want to practice all year long. Gratitude is noticing and appreciating when people do things for us -big things and little things. It is appreciating the beauty and wonder around us, as well, as the people who help us and love us for who we are. We show respect for people who help us, teach us, and protect us. Respect is treating people the way we would like them to treat us.Questions? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgForever young,Mrs. Wilson