Monday, March 27, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 March 27-31


Upcoming Events
Monday, March 27:  Fluoride

Thursday, March 30: P.E./Music

Tuesday, April 11:  Field Trip to
C-A-L Ranch Store

Friday, May 19:  End of Year Kindergarten Program


Friday Treat

Early Literacy Idea

Have your child write “ng” words and have him/her read them to you.  (sing, king, ring, Spring, thing)


News
        We are going on a fun field trip on April 11th to the C-A-L Ranch store for their “Chick Days Tours”. A permission slip will come home for you to sign in the next week or so, but we are sure excited about it!  We will be walking to and from the store so let’s hope we have nice weather. J
         I also wanted to let you know so you can plan ahead that our End of Year Kindergarten Program will be held on Friday, May 19th at 10:30 AM.  This will be for ALL kindergarten students!  We will combine both AM and PM classes!  If your student attends Extended Day Kindergarten, they will not have class in the afternoon on that day.  If your student is in Mrs. Ekker’s PM class, they will come in the morning that day and will not have class in the afternoon.  School begins at 8:50. At the conclusion of the program, parents are welcome to take their students home for the remainder of the day.  
         Enjoy your week and thank you for your support!
        
ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Monday, March 20, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 March 20-24


Upcoming Events
Monday, March 20:  Fluoride

Thursday, March 23: P.E./Music


Friday Treat
AM: Aiden Leko


Early Literacy Idea
Have your child predict what a story will be about by looking at the pictures on the cover page and throughout the book.


News
         The students will continue to learn about both sounds for the digraph /th/ (voiceless as in three, bath, thin) and /th/ (voiced as in this, the, that).  We will also add the /qu/ and /ng/ spellings.
         In math, we are learning about geometry by focusing on shapes and positions.  We are better understanding that numbers are connected to geometry as we look at two and three-dimensional shapes. Working with shapes strengthens student’s spatial sense as well as connecting other areas of the curriculum such as art, science and social studies.
         Thank you for sharing your amazing children with me!  I enjoy each one of them and am so excited to see their growth from the beginning of the year!  Thank you for your support at home!
         Take Care!
        
ginger.ekker@ironmail.org  
586-2850

Monday, March 13, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS

 March 13-17



Upcoming Events
Monday, March 13:  Fluoride

Thursday, March 16: P.E./Music


Friday Treat
AM:  Julie Dastrup


Early Literacy Idea
Say words one at a time and have your child touch his/her nose if it begins with the /ch/ sound.  (chair, sun, moon, cheese, chase,  boat, chips, etc.)  They love it when you cannot “trick” them with any words!


News
         We are having fun learning about the sounds /ch/ and /sh/.  The students know they are “letter teams” and they work together as a team to make one sound. 
         Our unit on seasons is going well as we learn from our pretend pen pal, Annie, (from Washington DC) all about the characteristics of the four seasons of the year.
         For math, we will continue to learn about number sense and counting by tens and fives.  For a challenge, you could ask your students how many fingers are on four hands.J
         Thanks again for all you do to make your child’s education a priority!  You are all greatly appreciated and I sure love working with your amazing kids!
         Have an awesome week!
        
ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Friday, March 3, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS

 February 6-10

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 6:  Fluoride

Thursday, March 9-Friday, March 10:  Teacher Training Days—No school for students


Remember no school on Thursday and Friday!


Early Literacy Idea
Say a word and then ask your child to think of 2 words that rhyme with it.


News
         Please remember to keep track of the minutes your child is reading or you are reading to him/her.  The March calendar should have come home with your student in the homework folder last week so you can record the minutes read on that calendar and on the Kite Flight for Sight calendar as well.  Our goal is 15 minutes a night/5 days a week.  Of course even more minutes is better!  THANK YOU!!
         In math, we are discovering how to model, represent and count 20 with objects.  We are also comparing numbers one through twenty. 
         For science our unit is on earth and space.  This week we discovered how rocks break down to smaller rocks, then into pebbles and finally into sand. 
         It is exciting to see the students reading and writing words!  Our focus has been on rhyming words this week.  They are continually getting better at nonsense words as well. 
         Thank you for sharing your awesome kids with me!  They are such a joy!  Have a wonderful week and let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 
        
ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kindergarten NEWS
 February 27-March 3


Friday Treat Day Assignment
Friday, March 3: 


Early Literacy Idea
Have your child write fun phrases:
    dad is glad
                 mom has milk
flip flops
  big plant


News
          Reading at home and helping with homework make such a big difference in your child’s learning!  You are a wonderful support to your precious kindergartner.  Thank you for making school a priority!       
         We have a student teacher in our room.  Her name is Miss Deatherage and she will be with us for the next 6 weeks.  We are looking forward to getting to know her and see the great things she has to offer.
         In math we are finishing up on Chapter 7 with representing, counting, and writing numerals 11-19.  Your child will be bringing their assessment home in the next few days. 
         We are continuing to read and write decodable words and stories in our Language Arts program.  It is exciting to see the progress and the confidence that is happening with each student.  They are also getting really good at writing phrases and sentences. 
         Have a wonderful week!
        
ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 February 20-24


Friday Treat Day Assignment
Friday, Feb. 24:  


Early Literacy Idea
Have your child clap the syllables in different words.  (For example, “ba-na-na” gets three claps.)  


News
          Thank you for your continued support at home!  I appreciate you doing homework, reading, and providing the many other educational experiences for your child that you do.  We will continue to work hard at school and learn new concepts that relate to the kindergarten academic curriculum as well as life skills. 
         Students are learning to use narrative language to tell about the setting, characters, events, actions and scenes from fiction stories.  We will continue to talk about comprehension and questioning skills.
         We are learning about numerals 11-16 in math.  The students are learning how to figure out how they can decompose these numbers as “ten ones and some more ones” as well as learning to write each numeral correctly.  
         Have a wonderful week and please let me know if there are any questions or concerns.
        
ginger.ekker@ironmail.org  
586-2850