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    January Kindergarten Link

     

         Shared Reading: Hairy Bear, One Cold, Wet Night, The Farm Concert, and Sing a Song.

         In Reader’s Workshop, our new unit, Super Powers, teaches kids that they are super readers, who can activate lots of “super powers” (strategies) to read with even greater skill. This unit is organized into three bends. The first bend focuses on using different reading powers.  These powers will help readers match their reading voices to print on the page, develop one-to-one matching, and increase their knowledge of high-frequency words. The second bend focuses on using picture clues, searching for visual information, using the sounds of first letters, newly learned snap words, and developing persistence as readers when they feel stuck.  Finally, the third bend invites students to draw on all of their super powers as they read.  Children will read both to themselves and to others, working to make their voices smoother (fluency) and to communicate their understanding of the text (meaning).

          During the next unit in Writer’s Workshop, Personal Narratives, the students will engage in the writing workshop by telling stories from their own life and drawing these stories. Students will be expected to label, add words, and compose sentences.

         During our Read Alouds, our main emphasis will be on story elements and story structure through the use of the following books: The Three Bears, Good Boy, Fergus!, Splat the Cat, Interrupting Chicken, Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type, and Elmer.

         In the Everyday Math Program (EDM), students will compose and decompose numbers in a multiple of ways, explore weight with the pan balance, explore capacity, skip count by 10s, play Top-It with number cards to compare numbers, explore the Number Grid and use it as a counting tool, play Roll & Record with dot dice, play cooperative games to generate combinations that add to 10, describe and draw shapes, work with teen numbers, and solve comparison number stories and “prove” their solutions.

         In Social Studies, the unit of study is “School as a Social Unit.” Within that unit, the students will be practicing using “I” and “We” messages. They will work with activities to help recognize aggressive, passive, and assertive behaviors using Monster, Mouse, and Me. The students will practice recognizing the difference between telling and tattling, and when telling an adult is an appropriate action.

         In Science, our studies will revolve around the “Materials and Motion” book where they will continue to learn about paper and be introduced to fabric. Guided questions will ask: What in our world is made of paper and what properties make paper useful? What in our world is made of fabric and what properties make fabric useful?  How can we use materials in engineering a structure?

         In Health, the essential theme is: Staying safe is a responsibility for all members of a community and students should be aware of ways to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations. The essential question is: How can I keep myself safe at home, school, and in my community?

     

    Dates to Remember…

    Jan. 2:  School reopens. Shine Brite Assembly~wear red!

    Jan.10: School Store

    Jan.20: School is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

    Jan. 29: End of Marking Period

    Jan. 31: Shine Brite Assembly~wear teal or turquoise!

     

    Happy 2020!

    Mrs. Sherrie Scott

     

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    December Kindergarten Highlights

         Shared Reading continues to be an important component as it serves a time for the teacher to model the active reading strategies (thinking aloud). Big books, poems, nursery rhymes, and songs will be used for shared reading. Students will be provided with small copies of text to keep in their Look Book bags. The following skills will be taught during this time:

    • Locating known words by pointing to them~
    • Attending to the beginning letters in a word~
    • Predicting from the first letter or letters what the word may be~
    • Asking, “Does it sound right?”

    The big books for December are: The Jigaree, To Town, and Silly Sally.

         In Reader’s Workshop, the unit of study continues to be “Emergent Reading ~ Looking Closely at Familiar Texts.” Students will continue to strengthen their willingness to read as well as their confidence when approaching books. This unit focuses on rereading, and looking closely at books to sound like storytellers. The students will segment and hear more sounds in words, use developmental spelling to label, and begin to make two-word labels using articles such as the or use a few words to describe something. The children will learn that readers not only read, but also talk with others about what they read. They will be taught questions and prompts that partners can use with one another to develop their conversations.

         In Writer’s Workshop, the unit of study is Listen and Observe. In this unit students will develop foundational skills that will put them in good stead as they move from emergent toward conventional reading and writing.  Students will begin to transfer and apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to labeling items and listing observations. 

         Reading books aloud continues to be one of the most important things kindergarten teachers can do for their students. During this unit, the students will listen to an easy chapter book. Reading aloud serves various purposes:

    • To develop comprehension…
    • To continue to build on students’ abilities to talk about books…
    • To continue to build on students’ abilities to listen to their partners…
    • To continue to practice the “turn and talk” strategy…
    • To allow for embedding of cross curricular vocabulary…

         In the Everyday Math Program (EDM), students will engage in activities working with attribute blocks, finding shapes by feel, graphing favorite colors, working with the calculator, completing ten frames, and counting/recognizing teen numbers with the Monster Squeeze game.

         In Social Studies, the students will become more aware of school as a social unit as they continue to explore the character traits. They will learn about neighborhoods and community helpers.

         In Health, the students will discuss the proper use of medicine, and how families vary in composition.

         In Science, students will investigate trees throughout the seasons. In the Materials and Motions science book, the students will investigate paper and its properties, and record their findings in their science journals.

    Dates to Remember…

    Dec. 2: Picture retakes

    Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6: Book Fair (We are scheduled to attend on Dec. 4th.)

    Dec. 13: School Store

    Dec. 20: Holiday Parties                           

    Dec. 23: 1:45 Dismissal; single session, lunch served

    Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Winter Recess

    Jan. 2: School reopens

    Jan. 2: Shine Bright Assembly

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    Happy and Safe Holidays to All!!!!

    Mrs. Sherrie Scott

     

     

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    November Kindergarten Highlights

         Shared Reading continues to be an important component as it serves a time for the teacher to model the active reading strategies (thinking aloud). Big books, poems, nursery rhymes, and songs will be used for shared reading. Students will have available small copies of the big books to read. The following skills will be taught during read alouds:

    • I’m at the end of the line, where should I go next?
    • Where should I start reading?
    • I should remember to use the first letter to help figure out what a word says.
    • One to one matching~

         The big books for November are: Woosh!, Lazy Mary, and Mr. Beekman’s Deli.

         In Reader’s Workshop, the unit of study is “Emergent Reading ~ Looking Closely at Familiar Texts.” Students will strengthen their willingness to read as well as their confidence when approaching books. Bend 1 focuses on rereading, and looking closely at books to sound like storytellers. In Bend 2, the students will segment and hear more sounds in words, use developmental spelling to label, and begin to make two-word labels using articles such as the or use a few words to describe something. In Bend 3, the children will learn that readers not only read, but also talk with others about what they read. They will be taught questions and prompts that partners can use with one another to develop their conversations.

         In Writer’s Workshop, the Storytelling and Narrative Writing unit will conclude. Students were introduced to the writing workshop through instruction in using writing materials, telling stories from their own lives and drawing these stories.  Students are expected to label and add words if appropriate. The Listen and Observe unit will begin. In this unit, students will develop foundational skills that will put them in good stead as they move from emergent toward conventional reading and writing.  Students will begin to transfer and apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to labeling items, listing observations, and writing sentences. 

         Reading books aloud serves many purposes:

    • Serves as a cozy time to share a book.
    • Reread so students grow familiar with the stories.
    • Teachers model the active reading strategies.
    • Provides opportunities to react to books, “ooh” and “ahh.”
    • Students can turn and talk, expanding comprehension.
    • Provides opportunities for teachers to carry over what they have been teaching during mini lessons.

          In the Everyday Math Program (EDM), the kindergarten children will work with reading and writing numbers so that they can link the symbols with the quantities they represent. Students will make comparisons in several different contexts. The children will have experiences that solidify their understanding of one-to-one correspondence and the cardinal principle when counting sets.

         In Social Studies, the students will become more aware of his/her role as a member of a family unit. They will understand the concept of family and how families are different and the same.

         In Health, the students will ask this essential question… “What are some ways that we can all prevent the spread of some diseases?” Additionally, safety will be stressed--staying safe in school, at home, and around strangers.

         In Science, students will continue to investigate leaves and begin to learn about trees through the seasons. In the Materials and Motions science book, students will investigate wood and its properties, and record their findings in their science journals.

    Dates to Remember…

    Nov. 1 East Brunswick Public Library field trip; please send in your child’s library card if s/he already has one along with a plastic grocery bag to transport books.

    Nov. 5: School is closed.

    Nov. 6: Walk to School Day

    Nov. 7 and 8: School is closed.

    Nov. 11 End of marking period~~

    Nov. 15: School Store

    Nov. 21: “Parent Visitation” sessions at 9:30-10:30; 1:30-2:30~~

    Nov. 27: Half day; lunch served; dismissal at 1:45

    Nov. 27: Shine Brite Assembly

    Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving Holiday

     

     

     

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    October Kindergarten Highlights

         Shared Reading continues to be an important component as it serves as a time for the teacher to model the active reading strategies (thinking aloud).  Big books, poems, nursery rhymes and songs will be used for shared reading.  Students will be provided with small copies of the texts to keep in their look book bags. The following skills will be taught during the read aloud:

    • Front and back cover
    • Book handling
    • Left to right
    • Top to bottom
    • Concepts of letter and word
    • Introduction of a period
    • Introduction using a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence
    • Identifying high frequency/sight words

         The big books for October are: If You Meet a Dragon, The Hungry Giant, Monster Sandwich, and In a Dark, Dark Wood.

         In Reader’s Workshop, we will continue our first unit of study entitled “We Are Readers.” This unit has introduced our young readers to the world of reading. The ultimate goal for this unit is to intrigue and excite children to want to learn to read and to believe that they can do it. This unit is organized into two bends.  The first bend invites children to reread informational texts by themselves and with others to help learn about the world.  The second bend adds storybooks to the mix and has readers rereading old favorite storybooks to grow in the understanding of story structure and story language.

         In Writer’s Workshop, students will continue to use writing materials, and tell stories from their own lives by drawing these stories. Students will be expected to begin to label and add words if appropriate.

         Listening to the teacher reading aloud is one of the most important components of the reading program. During the month of October, emphasis will be placed on schema and making text-to-self connections. Reading aloud serves many purposes:

    • Serves as a cozy time to share a book…
    • To reread so students grow familiar with the stories…
    • Allows teacher to model active reading strategies…

         In the Everyday Math Program (EDM), some of the skills the children will be learning are: shapes, sorting, ten frames, counting collections and number stories.

          In Social Studies, the focus is “All About Me.” The children will address and understand skills and concepts that are important in growing up such as: recognizing and learning their name, learning emotions, personal hygiene, peace education, and most of all… knowing that everyone is unique and special.

          In Science, studies will continue to encompass learning about trees and leaves. Additionally, we will begin our Materials and Motions unit.

           In Health, nutrition will be emphasized as the students begin to have an understanding of nutritious foods and allergies.

           On November 1st, we will be going on our first class trip to the East Brunswick Public Library.  The children will experience a storytelling session, a tour of the library, and will be able to check out 2-3 books. If you would like your child to receive their first library card, please fill out the application attached to the permission slip and return both by October 18th. If your child already has a library card, kindly send in the card on the day of the trip. Additionally, the library has requested each child bring a plastic “grocery” bag to transport any books checked out.

           Warnsdorfer library books need to be returned prior to or on your child’s library day, which is Monday.  

           At home, please stress with your child printing his/her first name correctly…with an uppercase letter followed by lowercase letters. 

           Our Halloween parade is on October 31st. Each class will have a Halloween party sponsored by the PTA. Please do not send in any extra “goodies” for the students as it is a school wide policy that all of Warnsdorfer School receive the same treats. Additional information about that day will be sent home nearer to Halloween.

               

    Dates to Remember…

    Oct. 4: Fire Safety Assembly

    Oct. 7-11: Respect Week/Disabilities Awareness—please see the attached form.

    Oct. 9: Fall Recess II

    Oct. 11: Scholastic See Saw Book Club order is due. I have extended the due date. Please enclose the completed order form with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs…NO CASH, PLEASE! Or, you may submit your order online at www.scholastic.com using the class code: H2BK3

    Oct. 18: School Store Day (Items will be available for purchase after lunchtime.)

    Oct. 18: East Brunswick Public Library permission slip/fee/card application  due~~

    Oct. 21: Picture Day

    Oct. 21-25: Peace Week

    Oct. 22: Evening Conferences~1:45 dismissal

    Oct. 23: Afternoon Conferences~1:45 dismissal

    Oct. 24: Evening Conferences~1:45 dismissal

    Oct. 25: Afternoon Conferences~1:45 dismissal

    Oct. 25: Boogie Bash

    Oct. 30: Warnsdorfer Theme Assembly (Wear pink if you so choose.)

    Oct. 31: PTA Halloween Abracabully Assembly; Halloween Parade and Party 

    *Nov. 6: Warnsdorfer Walk to School Day has been changed from the original date!    

     

     

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    September Kindergarten Highlights 2019

     

         Morning Meeting launches our day by creating a sense of community while supporting the children both socially and academically. During this integral part of our routine, the students greet each other and engage in a variety of activities such as share time, morning message, and fun group activities.

         Shared Reading is an exciting time where the students gather and read big books with the teacher. Here important skills are taught such as concepts of print, sight words, letter/sounds, etc. One big book is read for five days with different skills being highlighted each day. The big books for September are: In the Mirror, Monsters’ Party, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Meanies.

         In Reader’s Workshop, our first unit of study is entitled “We Are Readers.” This unit introduces our young readers to the world of reading. The ultimate goal for this unit is to intrigue and excite children to want to learn to read and to believe that they can do it. This unit is organized into two bends. The first bend invites children to reread informational texts by themselves and with others to help learn about the world. The second bend adds storybooks to the mix and has readers rereading old favorite storybooks to grow in the understanding of story structure and story language.

         In Writer’s Workshop, students will be introduced to the writer’s workshop through instruction in using writing materials, telling stories from their own life and drawing these stories. Students will be expected to begin to label and add words if appropriate.

         Read Alouds are important lessons that highlight comprehension skills, vocabulary development, and oral discussion (through turn and talk moments). Usually, one book is highlighted for five days although sometimes a variety of books by one author will be used for an author’s study. Emphasis during the month of September will be on mental images and visualizing.

          In the Everyday Math Program (EDM), students will begin the year with an introduction to routines. It is through these daily routines that essential skills will be practiced and in many cases mastered by the end of the school year. Routines involving attendance, calendar, and weather allow the students to practice counting, place value, the days of the week, and graph interpretation. Other skills include: five/ten frames, describing shapes, pattern block experimentation, and matching.

          In Social Studies, the children will learn the necessity and importance of rules. In Science, our studies will encompass learning about trees and leaves.

          In Health, personal growth and development will be emphasized. They will learn that wellness refers to a healthy body and mind, which includes expressing personal bathroom needs and dressing appropriately for the weather.

         The Wilson Fundations program makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. The kindergarten children will receive this systematic program in critical foundational skills emphasizing:

    • Phonemic awareness
    • Phonics/ word study
    • High frequency word study
    • Reading fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension strategies
    • Handwriting
    • Spelling

    Dates to Remember…

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    Sept. 5: First day of school for students!

    Sept. 12: Ice Cream Social

    Sept. 23: Back-to-School Night for Grades K to 2nd at 7:00-8:00 P.M.

    Sept. 27:Whooo’s in Kindergarten” project is due.

    Sept. 30-Oct. 1: School is closed for Fall Recess I.

    Oct. 9: School is closed for Fall Recess II.

                                        Sincerely yours,

                               Mrs. Sherrie Scott

                       

    * Reader’s Workshop Look Book bags will be sent home. Please read the letter enclosed in the bag and return the bag the next school day.

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    May Kindergarten Link 2019

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           During Reader’s Workshop, the kindergarten students will continue in their Growing Expertise in Little Books unit. This nonfiction unit teaches children to read, think, and gain information about the world. This means teaching children to ponder what their books are about and to read closely, searching for new ideas, information, and vocabulary on every page.  The children will do two big things: combine their learning from more than one book and compare and contrast books. The next unit entitled, “Becoming Avid Readers” will begin towards the end of the month. This unit explores the question, “What is an avid reader?,” and teaches kids that avid readers are people who love reading so much they can hardly bear to stop reading.  From the very start, this unit hands over more and more responsibility to the children, as they are encouraged to make their own decisions about what to read, and how to read with their partners. This unit is organized into three bends. The first bend focuses on reading fictional stories and thinking about characters, setting, and plot. The second bend is where readers will become avid readers of nonfiction text. Finally, the third bend has a celebratory feel as students play with rhyme and rhythm, and innovate upon existing poems and songs, all the while developing their fluency.

          During Writer’s Workshop, the children will continue to write All Abouts and explore the new unit of How To’s. This unit will teach writers that writing can teach others how to do things.  Teachers will show the students various how-to texts and allow them to figure out the differences between narrative and informational writing.  Students will bring their areas of expertise into the classroom.  Teachers will discover their students’ hidden talents as they write books. Finally, partnerships will play an important role to make sure their writing makes sense and to get ideas from one another.  The Persuasive Writing of All Kinds unit will begin at the end of the month. The children will be taught that they can write to make their classroom, school, and world a better place. Teachers will help them understand the importance of writing particular types of texts for specific audiences, and write with these audiences in mind.

         In Everyday Math, the students will continue to learn about tens and ones, calculators, non-consecutive numbers, addition, subtraction, math name collections, height, width, area and capacity, classroom maps, and utilizing mental math when solving math problems.

         In Social Studies, the children will be learning about maps in the Geography unit. The Essential Theme isStudents will learn that maps are used to represent different places. The Essential Questions are: What is a map? Why do people use maps?

         In Science, the children will continue to learn about Trees Through the Seasons, and Shadows in our Sunshine and Shadows unit. We will also continue science lessons in the Movement and Motions text by investigating Getting Things to Move with activities such as: pushes/pulls, colliding objects, rolling outdoors, and balloon rockets. Our study of Ladybugs will focus on the life cycle of ladybugs as the children observe and record in their journals their observations of live ladybugs.

         In Health, the unit of Advocacy and Service will focus on the Essential Theme of “Helping Others is Important.” In the unit entitled Health Services and Information, the Essential Theme of Community Helpers who Keep Us Safe and Healthy will be explored.

          On June 12, the children will be participating in Field Day. The morning will be devoted to outside fun activities. Please dress your child in comfortable clothing, include a hat, labeled water bottle, and a small towel to sit on. Please apply any sunscreen before coming to school. The kindergartners will be inside after lunch.

     

    May/June Calendar

    May 3: Spring Band and Orchestra Assembly at 2:00; bus evacuation practice

    May 10: Mother’s Day Plant Sale

    May 17: The final Scholastic book order is due. Please enclose the completed order form with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs…NO CASH, PLEASE! Or, you may submit your order online at www.scholastic.com using the class code: H2BK3. *Please note: GRL is noted under most books in the order form. That means Guided Reading Level. If you choose to order books for the summer, you may like to order one to two levels above your child’s independent reading level, and/or books on their independent reading level.

    May 17: School Store

    May 24: Half day with 1:45 dismissal, lunch served.

    May 27: School is closed for Memorial Day observation.

    June 4: Half-day dismissal at 1:15; no lunch served~~Please provide a large snack or small lunch.

    June 12: Field Day

    June 14: Rain date for Field Day

    June 18: Kindergarten End of the Year Program 10:00; parents are invited~~information will be sent home shortly

    June 19/20: Half-day dismissal at 1:15; no lunch served~~Please provide a large snack or small lunch.

    June 20: Last day of school!

    June 27: Reports card available online.

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    April Kindergarten Link 2019

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                During Reader’s Workshop, the kindergarten students will continue in their Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Musclesunit. This unit focuses on readers moving from rereading mostly familiar texts to reading more difficult books with greater independence. The students’ banks of super power reading strategies will continue to grow in order to help them face the challenges of their new books. The last bend supports students in orchestrating all the strategies they have developed to read complex books with accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Next, the unit entitled, “Growing Expertise in Little Books” will begin. This nonfiction unit teaches children to read, think, and gain information about the world. This means teaching children to ponder what their books are about and to read closely, searching for new ideas, information, and vocabulary on every page. In Bend I, the big message will be that readers can learn about topics by reading books, asking questions, and talking to others. In Bend 2, readers will collect “expert words” from their independent reading books as well as from read alouds and shared reading texts, and then use these words to talk and teach about their topics as a reporter might. Finally, in Bend 3, children will do two big things: combine their learning from more than one book and compare and contrast books.

            In Writer’s Workshop, the students will call upon their own knowledge and passions to write many teaching books about a variety of topics in the “All About” unit. In addition to what students already know from past units, they will learn that when writing a book on a topic, they should plan to divide the book into categories, with each section of the book containing information that pertains to a different aspect of that topic. Throughout this unit, and throughout the rest of the year, students should work towards demonstrating a command of conventions of standard English, including the use of complete sentences, capital letters at the beginning of sentences, and punctuation at the end of sentences.

            In our Everyday Math program, the children will be exploring solid shapes, interrupted counting, addition and subtraction, number stories with calculators, non-consecutive numbers, function machines and number name collections.

            In science, the children will continue to learn about trees through the seasons, and shadows in our Sunshine and Shadows unit. We will also continue science lessons in the Movement and Motions text by investigating “Getting Things to Move” with activities such as: pushes/pulls, colliding objects, rolling outdoors, and balloon rockets. Some of the questions to be explored are:

    • What causes objects to move?
    • What happens when objects collide?
    • Where can balls roll on the schoolyard?
    • How can we change how far a balloon rocket travels?

              In social studies, the children will be learning about seasons and holidays. The Essential Theme isStudents will be aware of the four different seasons and identify the weather conditions commonly associated with each season. Students will discover that people celebrate different holidays throughout the year.

     

    April Calendar

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    April 5: Scholastic Book Club ordering forms are due online or sent to the class. Remember that GRL means guided reading level. You might want to order books that are a level or two above your child’s independent reading level.

    April 8-11: Scholastic Book Fair at school

    April 15-19: Spring recess

    April 23: Report cards online

    April 25: Bring Your Child to Work Day

    April 26: School Store

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    March Kindergarten Parent Link 2019

                In Reader’s Workshop, the new unit is entitled “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles.” This unit focuses on readers moving from rereading mostly familiar texts to reading more difficult books with greater independence.  The students’ banks of super power reading strategies will continue to grow in order to help them face the challenges of their new books. Bend one focuses on readers using their pattern power, and becoming equipped with strategies for tackling breaks in patterns, and thinking more deeply about what a book is really saying. In the second bend, the students will be using more visual information in addition to meaning and structure to solve tricky words.  Finally, the last bend supports students in orchestrating all the strategies they have developed to read more complex books with accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.

         In Writer’s Workshop we will begin the Patterns Unit. The students will independently author pattern books like the ones that they are reading.  Students will build on from the previous writing unit to use labels, lists, and sentences to make these pattern books.

         In our Everyday Math program, the children will be exploring attributes, addition and subtraction, number line experimentation, teen collections, solid shapes, calculators, skip counting, pan balance leveling, and working with survey data.

         In science, the children will continue to learn about trees through the seasons, and shadows in our Sunshine and Shadows Unit. We will also continue science lessons in the Movement and Motions text by investigating fabric. Some of the questions that will be explored are:

    • What in our world is made of fabric and what properties make fabric useful? 
    • How can we use materials in engineering a structure?

    Calendar for March

    Dates for Third Marking Period

    End of Marking Period:  April 8

    Report Cards Issued:  April 23

    *Check www.ebnet.org for updates for snow days.

    March 1: Daryl Cobb Assembly

    March 1: International Night

    March 1: School store

    March 19: 1:45 dismissal; conferences at 5:30-8:30

    March 20: 1:45 dismissal; afternoon conferences

    March 20: SPRING BEGINS!

    March 21: 1:45 dismissal; conferences at 5:30-8:30

    March 22: 1:45 dismissal; afternoon conferences

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    February Kindergarten Parent Link 2019

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               In Reader’s In Workshop, the unit Super Powers continues to teach children that they are super readers, who can activate lots of “super powers” (strategies) to read with even greater skill. This unit is organized into three bends.  The first bend focuses on using different reading powers.  These powers will help readers match their reading voices to print on the page, develop one-to-one matching, and increase their knowledge of high-frequency words. The second bend focuses on using picture clues, searching for visual information, using the sounds of first letters, newly learned snap words, and developing persistence as readers when they feel stuck.  Finally, the third bend invites students to draw on all of their super powers as they read.  Children will read both to themselves and to others, working to make their voices smoother (fluency) and to communicate their understanding of the text (meaning).

                Our unit in Writer’s Workshop continues to be Writing for Readers~~ Personal Narratives. In this unit, the children tell real stories from their lives. While telling and recording these stories, they learn the importance of putting enough letters into the words they write so that the reader is able to understand what they are trying to say. One main purpose is to teach strategies for making clearer, richer stories, and the other main purpose is to strengthen the conventions and mechanics of their writing. Students learn revision strategies for adding details to their pictures and words. They also focus on stretching out words to isolate and hear sounds and to record those sounds correctly.  They focus on end punctuation.  It will be important for the children to reread the books they write, turning pages from front to back, reading them from left to right, and top to bottom.  By the end of this unit, students should be able to read their own final draft booklet and better understand the importance of creating a writing piece that makes sense and is easy for others to read.

                February 14th is our Valentine’s Day celebration. We will be exchanging Valentine’s Day cards. The children will have bags labeled with their names hanging in class.  Valentine’s Day cards may be sent in ANYTIME starting February 1st.  Please do not address the outsides of the envelopes, as it is easier for the children to distribute the valentines by dropping them in the already labeled bags. Also, please remember that there is a “no candy” policy in our school so there should not be any candy attached to the cards. There are 19 children in our class.

                Essential themes for social studies are:

    • The students will be learning about communities so their neighborhood becomes a broader picture for them to think about as a place where they are a member and can make a difference. Learning that the community is diverse is important.
    • Children often see community helpers as those people who wear uniforms or have jobs that we see or hear about on television. The children will be learning that there are many other workers who contribute to a successful community. The purpose of this unit is to help children recognize community helpers and what they do, realize that it takes many varied jobs for a city or town to work as a community. 
    • In science, the children will continue to learn about trees through the seasons, and will begin the Sunshine and Shadows Unit. In this unit, the students will learn how a shadow is formed on a surface and the three things needed to make a shadow. Also, discussion will be generated on how the darkness of a shadow is dependent upon its light source. In the Materials and Motions text, exploration with fabric will occur.
    • In health, the essential themes are: It is important for us to make good decisions, to have and display good character, and to help others.
    • In our Every Day Math program, the children will be representing and comparing teen numbers, learning about the equal, addition and subtraction symbols, modeling addition and subtraction concretely and symbolically through games, writing numbers on scrolls to deepen their understanding of the count sequence and place value, combining shapes to create new shapes, comparing body heights and ordering lengths, interpreting graphs, comparing 3-D shapes, applying sorting rules, and playing games to find combinations adding to 10.

     

     

    Dates for Second Marking Period

    End of Marking Period:  Jan. 30

    Report Cards Issued:  Feb 8

    *Check www.ebnet.org for updates for snow days.

     

    Calendar for February

     

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    Feb. 1: The American Civil Rights Movement Assembly

    Feb. 4: School Pep Rally to kickoff the APEX Leadership program and fundraiser…

    Feb. 4: Scholastic See Saw Book Club order is due. Please enclose the completed order form with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs…NO CASH, PLEASE! Or, you may submit your order online at www.scholastic.com using the class code: H2BK3. Remember that the code next to each book entitled GRL indicates the guided reading level. You might be interested in ordering books a level or two higher for your child.

    Feb. 5: School is closed ~~ staff professional day

    Feb. 8: Report cards posted~~

    Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Card Exchange & Party in class…please see directions above. Make-A-Wish Dance-a-Thon~~

    Feb. 15: School Store

    Feb. 15 : We will celebrate the 100th day of school. A note will be sent home explaining some of our activities.

    Feb. 18: School is closed for Presidents’ Day

    March 1: International Night

     

     

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    January Kindergarten Link 2019

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    • Shared Reading: Hairy Bear, One Cold, Wet Night, The Farm Concert, and Sing a Song
    • In Reader’s Workshop, our new unit, Super Powers, teaches kids that they are super readers, who can activate lots of “super powers” (strategies) to read with even greater skill. This unit is organized into three bends. The first bend focuses on using different reading powers.  These powers will help readers match their reading voices to print on the page, develop one-to-one matching, and increase their knowledge of high-frequency words. The second bend focuses on using picture clues, searching for visual information, using the sounds of first letters, newly learned snap words, and developing persistence as readers when they feel stuck.  Finally, the third bend invites students to draw on all of their super powers as they read.  Children will read both to themselves and to others, working to make their voices smoother (fluency) and to communicate their understanding of the text (meaning).
    • During the next unit in Writer’s Workshop, Personal Narratives, the students will engage in the writing workshop by telling stories from their own life and drawing these stories. Students will be expected to label, add words, and compose sentences.
    • During our Read Alouds, our main emphasis will be on story elements and story structure through the use of the following books: The Three Bears, Good Boy, Fergus!, Splat the Cat, Interrupting Chicken, Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type, and Elmer.
    • In the Everyday Math Program (EDM), students will compose and decompose numbers in a multiple of ways, explore weight with the pan balance, explore capacity, skip count by 10s, play Top-It with number cards to compare numbers, explore the Number Grid and use it as a counting tool, play Roll & Record with dot dice, play cooperative games to generate combinations that add to 10, describe and draw shapes, work with teen numbers, and solve comparison number stories and “prove” their solutions.
    • In Social Studies, the unit of study is “School as a Social Unit.” Within that unit, the students will be practicing using “I” and “We” messages. They will work with activities to help recognize aggressive, passive, and assertive behaviors using Monster, Mouse, and Me. The students will practice recognizing the difference between telling and tattling, and when telling an adult is an appropriate action.
    • In Science, our studies will revolve around the “Materials and Motion” book where they will continue to learn about paper and be introduced to fabric. Guided questions will ask: What in our world is made of paper and what properties make paper useful? What in our world is made of fabric and what properties make fabric useful?  How can we use materials in engineering a structure?
    • In Health, the essential theme is: Staying safe is a responsibility for all members of a community and students should be aware of ways to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations. The essential question is: How can I keep myself safe at home, school, and in my community?

     

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    Dates to Remember…

               Jan. 2:  School reopens.

               Jan. 9: Grand Falloons Earth Science Assembly

               Jan.21: School is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

     

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    December 2018 Kindergarten Highlights

         Shared Reading continues to be an important component as it serves a time for the teacher to model the active reading strategies (thinking aloud). Big books, poems, nursery rhymes, and songs will be used for shared reading. Students will be provided with small copies of text to keep in their Look Book bags. The following skills will be taught during this time:

    • Locating known words by pointing to them~
    • Attending to the beginning letters in a word~
    • Predicting from the first letter or letters what the word may be~
    • Asking, “Does it sound right?”

         The big books for December are: The Jigaree, To Town, and Silly Sally.

         In Reader’s Workshop, the unit of study continues to be “Emergent Reading ~ Looking Closely at Familiar Texts.” Students will continue to strengthen their willingness to read as well as their confidence when approaching books. This unit focuses on rereading, and looking closely at books to sound like storytellers. The students will segment and hear more sounds in words, use developmental spelling to label, and begin to make two-word labels using articles such as the or use a few words to describe something. The children will learn that readers not only read, but also talk with others about what they read. They will be taught questions and prompts that partners can use with one another to develop their conversations.

         In Writer’s Workshop, the unit of study is Listen and Observe. In this unit students will develop foundational skills that will put them in good stead as they move from emergent toward conventional reading and writing. Students will begin to transfer and apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to labeling items and listing observations.

         Reading books aloud continues to be one of the most important things kindergarten teachers can do for their students. During this unit, the students will listen to an easy chapter book. Reading aloud serves various purposes:

    • To develop comprehension…
    • To continue to build on students’ abilities to talk about books…
    • To continue to build on students’ abilities to listen to their partners…
    • To continue to practice the “turn and talk” strategy…
    • To allow for embedding of cross curricular vocabulary…

         In the Everyday Math Program (EDM), students will engage in activities working with attribute blocks, finding shapes by feel, graphing favorite colors, working with the calculator, completing ten frames, and counting/recognizing teen numbers with the Monster Squeeze game.

         In Social Studies, the students will become more aware of school as a social unit as they continue to explore the character traits. They will learn about neighborhoods and community helpers.

         In Health, the students will discuss the proper use of medicine, and how families vary in composition.

         In Science, students will investigate trees throughout the seasons. In the Materials and Motions science book, the students will investigate paper and its properties, and record their findings in their science journals.

    Dates to Remember…

    Dec. 3: Picture retakes

    Dec. 4-6: Book Fair (We are scheduled to attend on Dec. 4th.)

    Dec. 21 – 1:45 Dismissal; Holiday Parties

                                         Single session, lunch served

    Dec. 25-Jan. 1: Winter Recess

    Jan. 2: School reopens

    Happy and Safe Holidays to All!!!!

    Mrs. Sherrie Scott

     

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    October Kindergarten Highlights~2018

         Shared Reading continues to be an important component as it serves as a time for the teacher to model the active reading strategies (thinking aloud). Big books, poems, nursery rhymes and songs will be used for shared reading. Students will be provided with small copies of the texts to keep in their look book bags. The following skills will be taught during the read aloud:

    • Front and back cover
    • Book handling
    • Left to right
    • Top to bottom
    • Concepts of letter and word
    • Introduction of a period
    • Introduction using a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence
    • Identifying high frequency/sight words

         The big books for October are: If You Meet a DragonThe Hungry GiantMonster Sandwich, and In a Dark, Dark Wood.

         In Reader’s Workshop, we will continue our first unit of study entitled “We Are Readers.” This unit has introduced our young readers to the world of reading. The ultimate goal for this unit is to intrigue and excite children to want to learn to read and to believe that they can do it. This unit is organized into two bends. The first bend invites children to reread informational texts by themselves and with others to help learn about the world. The second bend adds storybooks to the mix and has readers rereading old favorite storybooks to grow in the understanding of story structure and story language.

         In Writer’s Workshop, students will continue to use writing materials, and tell stories from their own lives by drawing these stories. Students will be expected to begin to label and add words if appropriate.

         Listening to the teacher reading aloud is one of the most important components of the reading program. During the month of October, emphasis will be placed on schema and making text-to-self connections. Reading aloud serves many purposes:

    • Serves as a cozy time to share a book…
    • To reread so students grow familiar with the stories…
    • Allows teacher to model active reading strategies…

               In the Everyday Math Program (EDM), some of the skills the children will be learning are: shapes, sorting, ten frames, counting collections and number stories.

             In Social Studies, the focus is “All About Me.” The children will address and understand skills and concepts that are important in growing up such as: recognizing and learning their name, learning emotions, personal hygiene, peace education, and most of all… knowing that everyone is unique and special.

             In Science, the studies will continue to encompass learning about trees and leaves.

             In Health, nutrition will be emphasized as the students begin to have an understanding of nutritious foods and allergies.

             On November 2nd, we will be going on our first class trip to the East Brunswick Public Library. The children will experience a storytelling session, a tour of the library, and will be able to check out 2-3 books. If you would like your child to receive their first library card, please fill out the application attached to the permission slip and return both by October 19th. If your child already has a library card, kindly send in the card on the day of the trip.

             Warnsdorfer library books need to be returned prior to or on your child’s library day, which is Wednesday.  

             At home, please stress with your child printing his/her first name correctly…with an uppercase letter followed by lowercase letters.

             Our Halloween parade is on October 31st. Each class will have a Halloween party sponsored by the PTA. Please do not send in any extra “goodies” for the students as it is a school wide policy that all of Warnsdorfer School receive the same treats. Additional information about that day will be sent home nearer to Halloween.

               

    Dates to Remember…

    Oct. 9: Fire Safety Assembly

    Oct. 12: Scholastic See Saw Book Club order is due. Please enclose the completed order form with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs…NO CASH, PLEASE! Or, you may submit your order online at www.scholastic.com using the class code: H2BK3

    Oct. 12: Warnsdorfer School’s 50th birthday celebration

    Oct. 18: Warnsdorfer Walk to School Day

    Oct. 19: East Brunswick Public Library permission slip/fee/card application due~~

    Oct. 19: What’s on Your Mind project is due.

    Oct. 22: Picture Day

    Oct. 23: Evening Conferences~1:45 dismissal

    Oct. 24: Afternoon Conferences~1:45 dismissal

    Oct. 25: Evening Conferences~1:45 dismissal

    Oct. 26: Afternoon Conferences~1:45 dismissal

    Oct. 26: Boogie Bash

    Oct. 31: PTA Halloween Spooktacular Assembly; Halloween Parade and Party

     

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    September Kindergarten Highlights 2018

     

         Shared Reading is an exciting time at the beginning of each day where the students gather and read big books with the teacher. Here important skills are taught such as concepts of print, sight words, letter/sounds, etc. One big book is read for five days with different skills being highlighted each day. The big books for September are: In the MirrorMonsters’ PartyBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Meanies.

         In Reader’s Workshop, our first unit of study is entitled “We Are Readers.” This unit introduces our young readers to the world of reading. The ultimate goal for this unit is to intrigue and excite children to want to learn to read and to believe that they can do it. This unit is organized into two bends. The first bend invites children to reread informational texts by themselves and with others to help learn about the world. The second bend adds storybooks to the mix and has readers rereading old favorite storybooks to grow in the understanding of story structure and story language.

         In Writer’s Workshop, students will be introduced to the writer’s workshop through instruction in using writing materials, telling stories from their own life and drawing these stories. Students will be expected to begin to label and add words if appropriate.

         Read Alouds are important lessons that highlight comprehension skills, vocabulary development, and oral discussion (through turn and talk moments). Usually, one book is highlighted for five days although sometimes a variety of books by one author will be used for an author’s study. Emphasis during the month of September will be on mental images and visualizing.

         In the Everyday Math Program (EDM), students will begin the year with an introduction to routines. It is through these daily routines that essential skills will be practiced and in many cases mastered by the end of the school year. Routines involving attendance, calendar, and weather allow the students to practice counting, place value, the days of the week, and graph interpretation. Other skills include: five/ten frames, describing shapes, pattern block experimentation, and matching.

         In Social Studies, the children will learn the necessity and importance of rules. In Science, our studies will encompass learning about trees and leaves.

         In Health, personal growth and development will be emphasized. They will learn that wellness refers to a healthy body and mind, which includes expressing personal bathroom needs and dressing appropriately for the weather.

         The Wilson Fundations program makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. The kindergarten children will receive this systematic program in critical foundational skills emphasizing:

    • Phonemic awareness
    • Phonics/ word study
    • High frequency word study
    • Reading fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension strategies
    • Handwriting
    • Spelling

    Dates to Remember…

    Sept. 5: First day of school for students! 

    Sept. 10-11: School is closed for Fall Recess I. 

    Sept. 13: Ice Cream Social 

    * Reader’s Workshop Look Book bags will be sent home. Please read the letter enclosed in the bag and return the bag the next school day.

     

    Sept. 19: School is closed for Fall Recess II. 

    Sept. 24: Back-to-School Night for Grades K to 2nd at 7:00-8:00 P.M. 

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                                        Sincerely yours,

                                Mrs. Sherrie Scott

       

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