Hi families,

 

We had a fun week in kindergarten! It’s hard to believe that we only 3 full weeks of school left! The students are loving our alphabet countdown. Please don’t forget to send in your child’s poster that was sent home last week. Only a few have bought theirs to school and we will be presenting these on Tuesday the 4th. Be sure to read this entire update as it has a lot of new in the “Important Information” section. 

 

have Phonics/Daily 5:

  • Reviewed and learned phonics skills:
    • ee/ea
    • ai/ay
    • oa/oe
    • ou/ow
    • oo/ew
    • oy/oi
  • Continued to practice sight words
  • Continued to practice using lowercase letters in our writing

 

Math:

  • We finished Module 5 in math.
    • We took the end of module assessment. These came home in your child’s BEE folder earlier this week
  • We began Module 6 in math. This is the last module. Check out the parent tip sheet attached.
  • Students can:
    • Describe the systematic construction of flat shapes using ordinal numbers

 

Writing:

  • We continued to work on opinion writing
  • Students can:
    • Reread and fix up their writing
    • Study a mentor text
    • Students are continuing to share their opinion while working on:
    • Spelling
    • Read their own writing
    • Write a letter for the sounds they heard
    • Use the word wall to help them spell (correctly write sight words)
    • Punctuation
    • Put spaces between words
    • Used lowercase letters unless capitals are needed
    • Write a capital letter to start ever sentence

 

Reviewing Classroom and School Wide Expectations

Our amazing PBSES Coach, Stephanie Wallace, created a fun game called Comet Attack! to encourage teachers to review both classroom expectations and school wide expectations in their classroom. With less than 20 days left of school, many of our students are having trouble remembering what the expectations are at school. This was a fun way to reinforce the rules ! Each class had to take a path from a rocket to a comet. There were many different options to get there, but by connecting the two objects, the class had a chance to win an extra recess. Our kiddos did amazing and made choices together of what we wanted to review in order to make it to the comet. Below is a list of the different activities we did over the week while playing this game:

  • Practice the Comet Pledge
  • Make a video to teach others about a school expectation
  • Walk up/down the hallway (voice off, quiet feet, stay to the right)
  • Get a compliment from a specialist teacher (Ms. E)
  • Make your teacher smile
  • Student earns a Comet Coin
  • Get a class Comet Coin from another adult (can’t be your teacher)
  • Choral read the “hallway expectations” poster
  • Practice lining up quickly when the bell rings after recess
  • Review challenger school restroom expectations
  • Line up without talking
  • Practice using your classroom silent signal to “freeze and look at teacher”
  • Take a picture of your class being respectful, responsible, resourceful or safe around the school
  • Pretend you have a new student, what do they need to know?
  • Practice transitioning from the lesson to work time. How fast can you do it? How quietly?
  • Create an expectation book
  • Do a second STEP lesson

 

Alphabet Countdown:

  • We danced our hearts out on Tuesday! The kiddos had some great moves to share!
  • We did a lot of exercises on Wednesday. The kids came home tired!
  • We did several activities with flashlights on Thursday. It was a huge hit!
  • On Friday the kiddos got to play several fun whole-class games! They loved it! These are the ones we played
    • Snowman (like hangman)
    • Good Morning Judge
    • Heads Up Seven Up (we only play with using 4)
    • Silent Ball (HUGE HIT)
    • Whole Class Tic-Tac-Toe

 

How can I help at home?

  • Read with your child each night!
  • Review phonics with your child:
    • Short vowels
    • Long vowels (magic e)
    • Digraphs
    • Blends
    • ee/ea
    • ai/ay
    • oe/oa
    • ou/ow
    • oo/ew
    • oi/oy
  • Practice addition and subtraction to 10 (using pictures, number bonds and equations)
  • Practice finding groups of 10-20 and using the phrasing “I have 10 ones and ____ ones”
    • This will help the transition to teen numbers
  • Practicing writing numbers 0-100
  • Work on fact fluency with your child. If you notice they are coming home with the same practice sheet each day, then reviewing addition problems to 5 would be helpful!
  • Practice showing/counting/writing teen numbers
  • Have your child teach you facts about tigers (start with tigers can, tigers have or tigers are) 
  • Continue to practice writing at home. This can be reviewing how-to books, writing true stories, or writing about their day. Any type of writing will be helpful. Make sure students are writing using lowercase letters unless capitals are needed!

 

Important Information:

 

  • Walk to Yellow Lake: Monday, June 24th 11:30-1:00. More info to come in the next few weeks!
  • Many families have made plans before the school year was extended to June 27th. Please let me know in advance if your child will be missing any of the last days of school.
  • Next week we have:

6/3- H Day- Happiness Day- share what makes you happy!

6/4- I Day- I Day- come prepared to share something cool about yourself!

Don’t forget to send in the poster that was sent home last week. The kids will each get the opportunity to present their poster to the class on this day!

6/5- J Day- Jammie Day- wear your jammies today!

6/6- K Day- Kindness- we will do random acts of kindness today!

6/7- L Day- Lunch with Teacher Day- we will eat together in the classroom! YUM!

 

  • Field Day: Friday, June 21stChallenger’s annual Field Day is coming up on Friday June 21st and we are seeking volunteers to help us run the stations for this exciting event!  We appreciate all that you have done to help us this year, and would greatly appreciate volunteers for this special end of the year event that students look forward to each year.  Field Day cannot run successfully without your help.  Below is a link for a Google Doc that contains information about the stations for our session and other volunteer opportunities for assisting at stations, setting up/taking down Field Day equipment and assisting with drinking water stations and filling water balloons.  You do not need a Google account to use the document.  All you have to do is click on the link, review the list of volunteer opportunities, type your name into one of the designated volunteer slots and then close your internet browser window.  No need to save or send anything.  

 

Field Day Sessions:
Morning session- Kinder, 1st & 2nd grades: 9:30-11:00

Afternoon session- 3rd, 4th & 5th grades: 1:30-3:00

 

All volunteers must be cleared through the Issaquah School District background check prior to volunteering for Field Day.  If you have questions about this, please let me know.

 

Google Document for Volunteering: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HYu-COKD-udZEj_LvjB8idy3So8ooBaEJhYCBJPpwS0/edit

Thank you in advance for volunteering for this special, exciting event!  Please feel free to e-mail me if you are having problems with the document or have questions.”

 

 

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Anonymous