Kindergarten

Kindergarten Newsletter September 15, 2017

posted Sep 15, 2017, 12:17 PM by Sylvia Emery   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 12:21 PM ]

The September 15, 2017 Newsletter is attached below. 

Beginning of School Letter August 2017

posted Aug 13, 2017, 10:41 AM by Sylvia Emery

Hi Everyone,  

Welcome. I am looking forward to a great year in Kindergarten. Your child will learn an amazing amount of information this year.  By the end of the year your child will be reading, writing, and doing addition and subtraction, know 2-D and 3-D shapes, and count to 100 by 1's and 10's.  It still amazes me how much they learn in Kindergarten.   

I am sending out the beginning of school letter on Monday.  If you have any questions you can email me or call 636-2100 Ext 105 and leave a message so I can get back to you.  I am in and out of the classroom so if you would like to visit just let me know so we can plan a time when I am available.  The room is still a work in progress but it will be ready for the first day of school.  

Please let me know what is the best way to contact you.  My email or the school phone number is best for me.  

Love, 

Mrs. Emery

Kindergarten Highlights March and April 2017

posted May 3, 2017, 9:13 AM by Norma Pettegrow

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February/March News

posted Mar 13, 2017, 11:51 AM by Norma Pettegrow

Kindergarten News 

We finished February with our Valentine’s Day celebration, stories, and the exchange of cards.  For Presidents’ Day we studied George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  We also had a great time doing many activities to celebrate the 100th day of school!  We began March with our “In like a lion and out like a lamb” activities.  For Science, as students worked with models, we made observations and recorded their observations in their Launch Logs to illustrate the structures and describe the functions of each part.    

 

PLTW Structure and Function Human Body Activities     

 
Human Body PartsLung Demonstration


 
 






100th Day of School 100 inch snake.

In writing, students have written information pieces about Martin Luther King Jr. and are currently working on writing opinion pieces.  Students need help with continued reading practice of the books they bring home, their letter recognition and letter sounds, their “Need to Know” popcorn words (sight words), and counting to 100 by 1’s.  Most students are doing great with counting by 10’s.  Some can even count by 5’s, a first grade standard!!! 

Be sure to check Mastery Connect at the end of March for your child’s most current progress and comments.

We are excited and looking forward to our field trip on April 12th to the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to see a play about the book “The Rainbow Fish”.  Look for more detailed information in your child’s blue envelope and please return the permission slip with the required ticket fee.      

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posted Feb 2, 2017, 12:20 PM by Norma Pettegrow   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 12:36 PM ]

February Newsletter 2017

Students have enjoyed the beginning of our new PLTW unit: Structure and Function of the Human Body.  We investigated inner body organs and discussed their structure and function.  We then cut out colored representations of the inner organs and glued them to the appropriate place on the inner body outline.  We then labeled the parts.  After that, we colored our outer bodies.  Check out the photos.  We will continue to explore more organs and body structures.  They will make observations as they interact with models and describe the structures of each part.


 
 
  

February is a busy month with Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, the 100th Day of School, Presidents’ Day, and Winter Break.  Don’t forget that Friday the 17th is a 12:30 Early Release Day.

Barring any more “Snow Days”, the 100th day of school will be on

Wednesday, February 15th!  Can you believe it is here already?  Can you please help your child find 100 identical small things to bring to school?  You may send them in any time between now and then.  Some examples are: 100 popcorn kernels, 100 toothpicks, 100 mini-marshmallows, 100 Cheerios, 100 M&M’s, 100 chocolate chips, 100 buttons, 100 small LEGO pieces, etc.  Try to keep the size of what you send in to items small enough to fit in one sandwich size or medium size zip lock bag.  If your child brings something edible, it will probably not make it back home.  We will have fun dividing it as equally as possible with our classmates!  Anything non-edible will be returned.  Have fun and be creative. 

We will be exchanging Valentine cards on Tuesday, the 14th.  Please make sure to include a card for all members of the class.  If anyone would like to send in Valentine’s Day treats, please let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly.

"The Gingerbread Man Play" January 2017

posted Jan 14, 2017, 11:05 AM by Sylvia Emery

Gingerbread Man Play 2017


Mrs. Emery's and Mrs. Pettegrow's Kindergarten Classes presented "The Gingerbread Man Play" at the school assembly on January 13, 2017. 

January 13, 2017 Counting Sheets & Shapes

posted Jan 12, 2017, 1:41 PM by Sylvia Emery

One of the math standards in the Common Core is K.CC.A.1: Count to 100 by ones and by tens.  In order to help students practice at home, we are sending home counting sheets.  Students should touch the numbers as they count.  Some students may even practice counting by 5’s and by 2’s, however, this is not a Kindergarten standard.

 Soon we will also be working on shapes.  The following are the Geometry Standards that we will be working on:

  • ·      K.G.A.1 Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
  • ·      K.G.A.2 Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientation or overall size.
  • ·      K.G.A.3 Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three-dimensional (“solid”).

Kindergarten News January 6, 2017

posted Jan 8, 2017, 11:40 AM by Sylvia Emery

On January 13, 2017 Mrs. Emery’s Kindergarten class will be performing “The Gingerbread Man” at the Friday Assembly at 2 pm with Mrs. Pettegrow’s class assisting.  You are welcome to attend.

Following is the cast:

  • ·     Gingerbread Man-Joseph
  • ·     Old Man-Colin
  • ·      Old Woman-Lydia
  • ·      Little Boy-Clay
  • ·      3 Farmers-Evan, Eva, Kolby
  • ·      Bear-Elanor
  • ·      Wolf-Makenna
  • ·      Fox-Daijah
  • ·      Voices-Kindergarten students from both Kindergarten classes
  • ·      Rock-Trevor and Kade
  • ·      Tree-Chloe
  • ·      Oven-Abigail and Austin

 

Kindergarten Blog

Check out the Kindergarten Blog.  News and information will be placed on the Kindergarten blog for you to be able to access. The Wildcat Press did not have room for our full article that we submitted but you can find it on our blog. The Kindergarten Blog can be found on the school web page: www.actonschool.org/blog/kindergarten . To see the photo of the students with their painting tools, click on the attachment. 

Kindergarten News-PLTW and Gingerbread Men

posted Dec 18, 2016, 5:02 AM by Sylvia Emery   [ updated Dec 18, 2016, 5:15 AM ]


Kindergarten students have had a great time with our Project Lead the Way Science unit - Structure and Function: Exploring Design.  As engineers they have planned, designed, built, and then tested the function of: pipe cleaner beanstalks, 3 little pig houses, multi-purpose painting tools (pictured), and last but not least, gingerbread man houses to capture their run away gingerbread men. The gingerbread houses will be placed throughout the school and put to the test next week, before winter break!  The children are very excited and looking forward to capturing those run away gingerbread men!

PLTW-Structure and Function: Exploring Design

posted Dec 17, 2016, 1:15 PM by Sylvia Emery

PLTW-Structure and Function Video

In our new science program, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), students learned about the design process and how engineers influence their lives. They explored the elements of structure and function by identifying products around them designed by engineers. In small groups, the students designed, built, and tested structures: beanstalks from pipe cleaners for the Jack in the Beanstalk story; straw, stick, and brick houses for the 3 Little Pigs. The students also used the design process to sketch, build, test, and reflect on a new paintbrush design.

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