October 20, 2017

This week we have been practicing all the reading skills we have already learned (being a book lover, reading with reader respect, and 3 ways to read a book).  We have also added how to talk about book with our peanut butter/jelly partners.  We are learning how to share:

*our favorite part (the part we love most)

*that’s cool (something interesting)

*I didn’t know that (something new we learned)

*That’s happened to me! (we call it a “connection”)

This week our focus has been on drawing a picture of us with all our parts…..meaning….head, neck, body (torso), legs, arms, hands, fingers, feet, face, hair, and adding more details that make us special like glasses, freckles, designs on clothes.  We have also been practicing drawing us in different poses…standing, sitting, running.  Please help your child practice these skills at home by drawing pictures for you of things they do at school or at home.

We took our first math test of the year!  Our focus was on the numbers 1-5, identifying groups, drawing scenes, identifying shapes, drawing shapes, and writing 1-5 the “school way”.  I can’t wait to share these tests with you at conferences.

Order has been placed….just waiting for it to arrive.  When it does I will put any books that were ordered into your child’s backpack.  If you didn’t order this time, that’s okay!  We will be having a book fair the first week of November during parent teacher conferences.  It is a Wild West theme and we will be having a coin war.  So start checking those cushions and cars for loose change!


Here are pictures from our fashion show!  I tried to get a picture of each child with their cape(so we are not wearing them correctly).  We shared our letter and its sound with our friends.  And then shared 2 things we put on our cape that started with that sound.  We flew around the room like super heroes to show our capes off.  It was a lot of fun!

Was a HUGE success!  Thank you to all the families that collected donations.  Thank you to AMAZING PTC parents who organized it.  Thank you to all the parents who came to walk with your child.  And thank you to Mrs. McClure and Mr. Matt for making walk-a-thon lots of fun!

is on MONDAYS!  Please remember to return your child’s library book each week.  They are really excited about getting new books!

Our party will be on Tuesday, October 31st.  Our party will be from 2:30-3:30 PM.  I have enough volunteers already!  There will be a costume parade at 2:00 PM that you are welcome to come and watch.

Here is the attachment for the Halloween Costume note: Halloween Information-1iv7zie

Notes were sent home today, Friday, October 20 with your finalized conference time.  Please return the bottom portion of the note so I know you received it.  Please make sure to keep the top part of the note and save the date.   I look forward to meeting with you!

We read this story today as we are reading lots of fall stories in our classroom.  Homework was sent home with your child today.  It is due Friday, November 3.  I hope you enjoy thinking of ideas, helping your child plan, and making their turkey in disguise.  It is a great way to spend some one on one time with your child and make him/her feel special.



ABC Bootcamp Capes were due todayTwo kids have not turned them in yet (#2 and #7..your kiddos numbers are on their take home folders)!  Fashion show is tomorrow (Wed. Oct. 11)  Please return the cape in your child’s folder tomorrow if you still have one.  Thanks for making this day special for your child!


Walk-a-thon is on Thursday, October 12.  Please make sure your child wears comfortable shoes he/she can do themselves.  We don’t need anyone tripping on laces.  We walk from 10:10 to 10:55 AM.  Your child may bring their water bottle outside for Walk-a-thon.  Please label it with your child’s name.


is on Friday, October 13.  If your child need a sack lunch, remember to email me and let me know whether your child would like white or chocolate milk.  If I don’t hear from you, I will assume your child does not need a sack lunch.

October 6, 2017

This week we received our own individual book bag with books that are “just right” for us in them.  The books are books we have used as read-alouds in class and know the story by heart.  There are also books we can take pictures walks with and tell the stories that we see in the pictures.  And there are easy reader books that we can read the words in.  We learned that when we read the words we go left to right, and top to bottom.  We even sang a fun song about it.  See if your child can remember and sing it to you. (left to right, sweep back and down).

This week we focused on the letters Tt-Xx.  We colored and cut pictures of things that begin with those sounds.  We did letter centers every day.  We also read aloud lots of stories to go with these letters.

The kids especially liked the books about underpants…silly books that are fun to read.  We learned about interrupting with the mouth like a volcano book.  I Went Walking was a book they could figure out the pattern with and ended up reading to me.  And Wemberly helped us learn to not worry so much.  All fun stories that can be found at your local library for rereading!

We will have our bootcamp celebration on Wednesday of next week.  We will be having a classroom fashion show.  Today your child brought home a cape and a letter.  Please have your child cut and glue the letter to the plain side of the cape.  Then find, cut out, glue, draw pictures onto the cape that start with that letter and/or make that sound.  Have your child put as many things on the cape as they can think of!  I am hoping for 5 or more on each cape!  Feel free to add ribbon/string/yarn/shoelaces to tie the cape so it stays on!  Please send capes to school on Tuesday, October 10.

I will take LOTS of photos of the kiddos fashion to share with you on next week’s blog.


We learned how to write the numbers 1, 2, and 3 the “school way”.  We say silly rhymes…”a straight line down, my one is done” and “curve up around, slant back, slide on the railroad track, it’s a two, two, two” and “backwards c, backwards c, that’s the way to make a 3.”  In handwriting language we say “tall down” for the number 1.  For 2 we say, “Roll up, slant, slide”.  And for 3 we say, “Roll around, roll around”.  A “roll” goes to the right…..a “curve” goes to the left.

We practiced printing the letters Tt-Xx the “school way.”  We are learning to make the letters in our name the “school way”.  And we are working on learning which letters are tall and which letters are small when writing our names.  Please make sure to practice this at home when doing homework.

Money is due on Tuesday, October 10.  The Walk-a-thon will occur on Thursday, October 12.  Please make sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather.  Our class walks at 10:10 AM, so it may be cool in the morning.  Please make sure your child wears comfortable shoes for walking and your child can do independently.  We don’t need anyone tripping on laces they can’t tie themselves.

You may also send a water bottle for your child to use during Walk-a-thon.  Please just make sure to label it with your child’s name.  Thank you!

Friday, October 13 is our next early release Friday.  If your child needs to order a sack lunch for that day, please email me that he/she needs a sack lunch and if he/she would like white milk or chocolate to take home.  This way we won’t (hopefully) have confusion like last time….but you never know!

Book order is due Friday, October 13 as well.  Go to https://clubs.scholastic.com/ and you can search for me!  I will place the order on Saturday.

If you are going to change the way your child is supposed to go home for the day, please write me a note and put it in your child’s take home folder OR send me an email.  I am the one who make sure your child gets to the correct spot for bussing and/or pick-up, so it just makes the most sense to let me know.

If your child is going to be absent for the day, or is being picked up early for an appointment.  Please contact the office, as the amazing secretaries deal with recording this information.

for taking the time to read my newsletters and blogs!  And thank you for working with me through my “oops”.  Please understand I am doing my best to keep your child safe, as well as help him/her grow as a learner.

Here is a link to this week’s newletter as well:K News 10:5:17-1m0t57l

I’m on a roll….late again….YIKES!

I can NOT believe how busy the start of this school year has been for me!  I am working hard to keep my boat afloat!

Last week we focused on lots of different skills we use during reader’s workshop.  We learned how to read with “Reader Respect” and how to work with an “elbow partner”.  Our skill focused on learning parts of a book.  Please continue to have your child practice these skills at home with you when you read together.  You can read with respect.  Then lean and tell your partner the title of the story or name one of the characters.  Then you can turn and talk about your favorite part of the story and explain why it is your favorite.  You can also talk about book parts every time you start a new story.  Your child could lean and tell the parts as you point to them.

We are still working on learning the names of the letters and the sounds they make.  We focus on one letter/sound a day.  We are putting LOTS of focus on the SOUNDS of letters as the sounds help us learn to read….not the letter name.  It is still important to know the name of the letter for handwriting…but AGAIN make sure your child can also make the sound.  So…..when I show him/her a letter, I always say…”What sound does it make?” (they make sound)  “What sound does it make?” (they make sound)  “What sound does it make?” (they make sound) “How do we write it?” (they name the letter).


Last week we practiced drawing scenes for 4 and 5.  We also introduced the words “addition” and “subtraction”.  “Addition”  is when you take a number…and then you take another number…and you put the to numbers together to make a new number.  “Subtraction” is when we take a number and break that number apart.  We have motions that go with the words.  Ask your child to show you!


Writing is simply learning how to form our “letters the school way” right now.  Later we will work on telling stories and writing words to go with them…but you can’t write stories until you know how to print your letters correctly.  Please make sure your child is starting letters at the TOP..TOP..TOP when he/she writes….especially on homework.  Here a is letter formation chart to help!

Please encourage correct pinch grip…one finger/one thumb OR two fingers/one thumb…the rest of the fingers hide inside and go for a ride.  Here is a link to a youtube video you may find helpful:

This week 9/25-9/29

Monday: Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday: 80’s Day

Wednesday: Favorite Sports Team

Thursday: Pajama Day

Friday: Hudsonville Pride

We had a kick-off assembly today.  Collection envelopes will be sent home tomorrow!


Friday, October 13


Order is due by Friday, October 13.  Go to https://clubs.scholastic.com/ and you can search for me!

I will submit all orders on Saturday at 9:00 AM.

is always on Mondays!  Please remember to send back library books each and every Monday!




So sorry the blog post is late:

  1.  I had a meeting all day at the Freshman building learning CPR
  2. When I came here at 3:30….a man was in my room taking down all my bulletin boards and marker boards (they ordered the wrong ones the first time)
  3. My furniture was moved all over the place
  4. The bulletin boards that were decorated, were now in disarray

So I stayed Friday night to redo my already decorated new classroom and left at 1:00 AM Saturday morning…now mind you that was with NO lesson plans in place for the following week.  I did those on Sunday….who says teachers don’t work hard….not me!

So the blog post will be short…sorry about that too (but I have another meeting tomorrow and have to type sub plans still…they will be a novel as it is the beginning of the school year!)  Wow!  This has certainly been a hectic start to my school year.  I hope yours is going more smoothly!

Here is the attached newsletter from last week Thursday.  Specials have been corrected so you can fix your “hard” copy if you would like.  K News 9:14:17-1u2bng8

We also started individual clips on our behavior chart today.  I will send a note home about all the details of the chart on Wednesday, as I won’t be here tomorrow.

Kids have CALENDARS in their folders today that they colored to show you where they ended their day.  If your child gets on green or above, he/she had a good day.  PRAISE him/her.  If he/she colors yellow, orange, or red…I would appreciate you having a conversation about what a good choice might have been instead.  PLEASE make sure to leave calendars in your child’s folder as they are for the whole month.  Thanks!

That is all the new things I can think of for now!  I’ll blog again on Friday!


Tomorrow….Wednesday, September 13 is


Please remember to send in the envelope from Geskus that was sent home in your child’s folder.  You may send payment in the envelope.  You may order online.  You may choose not to order pictures at all.  Whatever your choice may be, ENVELOPES must be returned to school tomorrow!  Please return it in your child’s folder on the return to school side!  Thank you!


Week #2 of School


We had a great week!  Kids are getting used to routines, expectations, and rules.  Speaking of rules…we have now learned all 5 Rules for our classroom.

Rule 1:  Focus your Attention (eyes on, ears on, mouth closed)

Rule 2:  Follow Directions Quickly (this one is still tricky!)

Rule 3:  Raise your Hand to Talk (getting really good at this)

Rule 4:  Use Kind Hands, Mouth and Hearts 

Rule 5:  Make Smart Choices (that makes our school a happy/safe place be)

We will continue to work on these rules on a daily basis.  We even started to use the clip chart as a class on Friday to “show” the kids when they were making smart choices.  We are using a “CLASS” clip right now.  I will start individual clips soon.   You will know when individual clips are being used as a monthly calendar will be in their folder.

We read LOTS of stories together this week….I was not able to put all the titles on the newsletter.  Here are the books we read.

Please, Mr. Panda – teaches us to ask when we would like something…not tell

The Pout, Pout Fish and The Pout, Pout Fish in the Big, Big Dark – teaches us to have a positive I CAN attitude which helps us make smart choices (Rule 5)

What Does it Mean to be Kind? – went along with rule number 4

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom – teaches us how to read a book looking at the pictures and we can read it by naming the letters or by making their sounds…that way we become letter experts!



We have letter centers (capital letter focus this week) that help us practice letters/sounds.  These are our centers:

Write the Room – letters hidden around room kids find and color on paper

Spin the Letter – kids use a spinner with capital letters and color the matching letter on a paper

Letter Puzzles – match the capital to the lower case letter

Find the Sound – read the picture clue, listen to the sound, color the letter that makes that sound

Sound Clippers – read the picture, use a clothespin to clip the letter that makes that sound

Magnet Letters – put the missing capital letter in the correct spot (ex.  M, __, O)

Please remember to send 2 snack each day.  Our little brains do a lot of thinking and need to be fueled.  Please make sure snack are healthy.  No candy please! (and thank you!)  Please make sure to pack your child’s snack in a special pocket of their backpack…NOT in their lunchbox. 

Shoes can be distracting for kindergartners and their teacher.  PLEASE send your child to school in shoes he/she can do independently.  If they do not know how to tie, please send him/her in slip-on shoes or velcro shoes.  Kids are tripping over laces or eating the laces (yuck).  So for safety sake and to help your child follow Rule #1…please send other shoes.  If your child can tie shoes, independently…he/she may certainly wear them to school.

Save the Date:  Wednesday, September 13

Please remember to return the envelope from Geskus that was sent home with your child on Friday.  All envelopes need to be returned whether you are purchasing pictures or not.   Please do not send it in until Wednesday, September 13.  That way envelopes will not get lost in our classroom.  Thanks for your help and understanding!

Here is a link to this week’s newletter as well:  K News 9:7:17-2952rr4

Have a super weekend!  Home football game tonight!  Go Eagles!

through our first week of kindergarten!

Kids are doing a great job adjusting to “school” mode instead of “summer mode”.

We are working on learning classroom rules.  So far we have practiced:

  1.  Focus you attention – eyes on, ears on, mouth closed
  2.  Follow directions quickly – teacher gives direction, child gets started right away.

We will learn the rest of the rules next week.  There are three more to learn.

We spent a lot of time reading books.  This week we read:

We read The Kissing Hand twice and did many activities that helped us with our coloring, cutting, and gluing (fine motor skills).

We are working on using a pinch grip to hold our crayons (one finger/one thumb or two fingers/one thumb).

We are working on holding our scissors with thumb on top/fingers on bottom.  Scissors always point away from us and we turn our paper, not the scissors.

We are working on gluing the edges down flat by putting glue at the edges without falling off/out of the shape that needs to be glued.

We acted out/retold Five Little Monkeys by wiggling and moving.  Ask your child to show you the story.

We read the Mine-o-saur and discussed how we should behave with friends.  We talked about sharing, be kind, and being polite.  When we do these things, other people will want to play/work with us and be our friend.

We spent a lot of time playing with tools and toys in our room and getting to know each other.

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**Return all paperwork to school, if you haven’t done so already

**Send 2, yes two, snack each day.  Please put them in a small pocket of your child’s backpack.  NOT in his/her lunch box.

**Label your child’s backpack, coats, and yes….winter gear when you get it!  I labeled lunch boxes as the kids were having a difficult time finding their lunch box in our classroom bucket in the lunchroom.  Sorry there was not prior notification.  It was done to help your child find his/her lunch box quickly so they would have more time to eat.

for the week of September 5-8

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday:  Art

Thursday:  STEAM

Friday:  PE


Friday, September 1 and Monday, September 4 – NO SCHOOL due to holiday

Wednesday, September 13 – School Pictures

Friday, September 29 – Popcorn Friday




Getting Ready for a NEW YEAR!

Hello Kindergarten Families,

Thank you so much for attending Open House!  If you didn’t, I look forward to meeting you soon!

Thank you so much for turning in your child’s school supplies at Open House, and thank you for all the extras you provided from the wish list!

1)If you have not already dropped off your supplies, PLEASE be sure you have them turned in ASAP. Remember the wish list items are NOT REQUIRED!  Please make sure to use the class supplies list in your child’s take home folder or on this blog.  Some parents have used the generic one for the “new” kindergarten teacher, and therefore are missing some important supplies (paint/play-doh)

Please remember to label your child’s bag with his/her name, as I am marking a checklist.  I will contact you if your child is missing anything.  I will be sending home some scissors that were sent in as they are not on my list.  I do have a few bags with “no names”…  so if you receive an email later, that is why.

2) Transportation- PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make sure to send me an e-mail if your transportation is not listed or is not correct on the link below.   This way, I can make sure to send everyone home safely.

If your CHILD IS NOT LISTED…it is because you were calling the bus barn or waiting for an email.  Please make sure to email me ASAP so I can add to/change the schedule.


**Bus Riders- Must go home on the bus they are assigned UNLESS I have a written notice with other arrangements. If your child goes on a different bus to a different place on different days, PLEASE SEND ME A SCHEDULE, especially for every other Fridays,  so I know which day to put them on the correct bus. 

**Car Riders- Parents must place their name placard  (given at pick up on the first day) on the dash of their car. Cars must line up in the car pick up line. Children will be called to you.

**Walkers- Please make sure you have practiced walking home and they know where they are going. Often they find an older child to help walk them home. 

3) Please make sure to subscribe to our classroom blog.  The subscribe box is at the top of the blog!  Remember I will communicate with you through this blog, as well as a weekly newsletter that is sent in your child’s take home folder!

4) Please return ALL paperwork ASAP! You can return everything in the red take home folder, and I can deliver it.

5) Don’t forget to send an entire change of clothes in a bag labeled with your child’s name.  Children often spill their drinks, splash in puddles, etc, and this will help prevent unnecessary phone calls home.

6) Lunch- Please discuss with your child what the lunch choices are. Menus were sent home in the envelope at our open house. They need to be able to tell me if they want blue or white.  If they have a cold lunch make sure they know if a drink is packed or that they need to order milk.

7) Snack- Children need 2 healthy snacks that they can open. Please have their snack in a separate area of their backpack. Discuss that they are to eat those items ONLY AT SNACK TIME.

8) Complete Background Check- On the right-hand side of this page you will see a link to Background Checks. This must be redone EVERY year. If you wish to come to school for any event (lunch, book fair, volunteering, parties, etc) you must have a background check on file.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email!  Hopefully this will help our school year get off to a fabulous start!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Field Trip Fun at the Farm!

We had a spectacular day at Teusink’s Pony Farm today.  We started our day with a long bus ride to the farm.  Teusink’s Farm is in Holland, MI off of 32nd Street.  When we got to the farm, kids started peeking out the windows right away!

First we took a ride in the hay wagon and noticed lots of living and nonliving things around the farm.

Then we took a walk into the barn with Farmer Teusink and he showed us all the baby animals that live in the barn.  We got to touch and pet them all!  We pet ducks, chicks, bunnies, a kid, a lamb, and a calf.  After that, we walked through the rest of the barn to see the mommy and daddy animals too.

We took a walk around the farm after that to see many different kinds of birds.  We saw pheasants, peacocks, and turkeys.  We were really lucky today because the peacocks decided to put on a really good show with their feathers.  And the turkey decided it wanted to be really noisy and tell us jokes!  They must have been really good jokes because the kids were laughing and giggling every time the turkey spoke!

We waited patiently to feed the sheep and goats after our walk around the farm.  Kids were taught how to cup their hands correctly so they didn’t get their fingers nibbled.

We finished up our tour of the farm with a pony ride.  Students were given instructions for how to mount the ponies by putting their left foot in the stir-up and swinging their leg over.  They were also taught how to dismount.  Most students were super excited to ride while a few were a bit nervous.  Kids who were nervous were SUPER BRAVE today and still rode a pony.  SO PROUD of them for trying something that was a bit scary.

After a busy morning, we sat in the picnic area and filled our bellies with some lunch.  Thank you for remembering to pack and send these with your child today!  We were happy to get some rest and take a break!

Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who volunteered to help.  Thank you to all the parents who were able to go…you did a fabulous job interacting with the kids today!  And thank you to all the parents who helped get your child ready at home for a fantastic trip to the farm…everyone dressed appropriately and had something yummy to eat today!  This field trip couldn’t have been successful without you!