Week 2 in Review

Hello Parents of 104,

Happy Friday! This week was a blast, we finished up our first unit ‘Getting to Know You’ and we are moving full steam ahead into our next, very short, unit on colors. This week we learned how to read a book 3 ways: reading the words, reading the pictures, and retelling the story. We used our pointer power to independently read for seven minutes! We got our book boxes and got the chance to pick two of our favorite books to put in. We are well on our way to becoming independent readers and writers during our Daily 5 Balanced Literacy block.

In math we practiced our calendar routine focusing on the days of the week, months, and graphing our weather. We began to graph our birthdays using a T-chart for who is 5 and who is 6. This graph will be updated throughout the year to give real life opportunities to interpret data. We learned how to use some of our math tools that we will use in our Guided math block such as: linking cubes, counting bears, pattern blocks, and three dimensional shapes. We will be using these tools throughout the year to solve problems, play mathematical games, and in small group instruction.

In our inquiry block, where we explore science and social studies used a problem-based approach, we discussed and decided on our classroom rules and values. We learned about kindness and how our actions affect our community. We began our Leader in Me notebooks, defining ourselves, what we like, and what is special to us.

Next week we will have 5 sight words, if you would like your student to be assessed on the first 100 sight words please send me an email. Currently we are doing our beginning of the year testing. In order for me to properly assess your student I need to collect all evidence of their knowledge. Unfortunately, I can not send classroom work home at this time. Once our assessments are complete I will send home student work with feedback.

Next week we have World Language on Tuesday and Thursday, Gym on Wednesday and Friday, and Art on Monday. Our Library day is every Thursday, be sure to send your student to school with their library book. If you have any questions always feel free to reach out! Have a great weekend 🙂

Wrap up on Week 1

Hello Parents of Room 104,

Happy first week of school! You should be so proud of your Kindergartners, they all had an amazing first week. A few things I want to update you all on.

Our annual Back to School Night will be next Tuesday 9/11 from 5:00-6:30. In order to see all your student’s teachers we will be doing a 15 minutes rotation schedule. I will have more details in a handout on Monday in the take home folders. Back to School night is a time where you learn all about the curriculum at Murray. I’ll be going over Kindergarten standards and what will be happening in our room during the year.

Next week we will have World Language on Monday and Thursday, Gym on Tuesday and Thursday, and Library on Thursday. Please send your student to school with their library book on Thursday.

One more note, everyday we have snack. This week I provided snack, but I need your help. I put a snack sign up here. Please pick a week where your family can provide snack. Room 104 is a nut free room, all snack needs to be nut free and not produced in a factory where nuts are used.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kindergarten First Day Logistics

Hello Parents,
Thank you so much for those who could make it to our Kindergarten Orientation! If you could not, no worries, I will be distilling all important information in this email.
Arrival:
The school doors will open at 8:30. Our door will be door 3 (labeled 104 on the sidewalk). The first week I will be outside the door with a sign saying Ms. Melanson Room 104 at 8:20. After the first week I will open the classroom door at 8:30. Please send your student to school at this time so we can start instruction at 8:45 sharp. Before school care is offered by Right at School. Drop off time for before school care is 8:15 using the main doors. If you are interested in before school care please contact the main office with any questions.
*** For the first day of school ***
Murray will be having a prep rally to celebrate the first day of school starting at 8:25 on the front lawn by the playground. Ms. Rayburn and I will be outside our door holding Room 104 signs. During this time, before 8:45, we will be taking first day pictures and getting students ready to say goodbye for the school day. At 8:45 we will take students inside to begin our day. Parents are not to accompany their students inside at this time. After school I invite parents into the classroom to take any remaining first day pictures, tour the classroom, have your kindergartner show you their work, or ask me any questions you have. I will be sending your student’s take home folder with them on the first day. Please check the take home folder everyday as it will have important forms and information.
 
Dismissal:
Students will be dismissed through our classroom door (the same one for arrival). I will keep students on the landing until they are picked up. Please let me know the morning of if someone not on the pick up list, is picking up your student. I will not release your student to anyone who is not approved by you. Students taking the bus will be walked to the bus and boarded by a staff member at 3:30. If your student will be taking the bus, we are waiting for routing and you will be informed when bus service can start as soon as possible. Students participating in after school programs will be dismissed at 3:45 and walked to the multipurpose room by Ms. Rayburn. From the multipurpose room, students will be picked up by their programs representatives.
I’ll be sending other important information the first week of school via the take home folder. If you would like to be updated when there is a new blog post please let me know, otherwise it will be updated every Friday after school. I’m very excited to be your kindergarten teacher. We will have an amazing year!
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out any time.
Sincerly,
Ms. Melanson

Kindergarten Orientation

Dear Families,

We would like to welcome your child to Kindergarten! We are looking forward to an exciting year. Please look for our Orientation Packet in the upcoming days.

Kindergarten Orientation is Monday August 27th 2018 at 5:00 pm starting in the Multipurpose room. This will be a time that you can meet the teachers, see the classroom, drop off supplies. We will also share some information about the first day of school.

In this letter you will find some information about kindergarten, some information for you to fill out, and one activity for you to do with your kindergartner.

Supplies: Each child should donate to the class:

  • Two boxes of Ticonderoga #2 pencils
  • Ten glue sticks
  • One pair of Fiskars child-size scissors
  • A package of dry erase markers
  • 3 Marble wide ruled notebooks ( these are the black and white ones without a metal spiral)
  • 3 poly folders ( plastic folders: 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 green)
  • One ream of white copy paper
  • One ream of white cardstock
  • One ream of colored cardstock
  • Two boxes of tissues
  • Four rolls of paper towels
  • Four containers of moist towelettes for cleaning hands before lunch
  • Four container of Clorox Wipes for cleaning surfaces
  • Three boxes of 5 oz paper cups
  • Four boxes ziplock baggies (Boys: sandwich size bags, Girls: 
gallon size)
  • A shoebox size container with a change of clothing (all items labeled)

Please do not label these supplies with your child’s name (unless noted); they will be combined and used as needed. Please bring in all supplies for Kindergarten Orientation.

  • Change of clothing: Toileting accidents do sometimes occur in kindergarten, and children sometimes get wet or dirty on the playground, so please send a change of clothing for your child to keep at school.  PLEASE LABEL ALL ITEMS WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME!

 

  • Classroom facilities: Each classroom has a coat room and a single washroom.  Each child will be assigned a hook on which to hang his/her coat and a cubby for storing personal items.  Please assure your child that s/he will be allowed to use the class washroom whenever necessary.

 

  • Lunch and Breakfast: All CPS children receive free lunch and breakfast everyday. However, if you wish for your child to eat something other than the school lunch, feel free to send a labeled lunch with your child to school in the morning. Please be sure to include any allergies or dietary needs on the provided form.

 

  • Communication: The most efficient way to communicate with me is to send an email. or  through the classdojo app. You can also include a note in your child’s homework folder. These folders will be checked at school everyday before the end of the day.  Please check them at home for notes and classroom information.
  • Homework:  Brief homework assignments will be assigned daily; math, phonics, and sight word practice.  Your kindergartener will come home with a weekly reading log and sight word log. These will come home on Friday and should be returned the following Friday You should also spend some time every day reading to your child and talking about the day’s activities.

 

  • Attendance: Daily attendance is very important. If your child must be absent, please call the school office at (773) 535-0585 to let us know. You must also send a note when your child returns; otherwise, the absence cannot be considered excused.

 

  • Gym: Kindergartners  will have gym class weekly. We will notify you of your child’s gym schedule no later than the first week of school. The children should wear blue or gray shorts or sweatpants, a white or navy shirt, and gym shoes on gym days. The PTO will be selling “Murray Wear”, which is appropriate (but not required) for gym. Children will not have an opportunity to change before gym, so gym clothes should be worn instead of regular clothes.

 

  • Transportation Home: Please send a note if your child is taking a different form of transportation home at the end of the day.  Communication reduces panic among children and teachers alike

 

  • Birthdays: You may send purchased treats to school on your child’s birthday.  Do not send invitations to your child’s birthday party to school and ask me, or your child, to pass them out unless all of the children are invited.

 

  • Class Blog:  Information about class activities will be posted on our class blog. If you do not have access to the Internet or if you would simply prefer to receive a hard copy of the most current message, just send a note and we will print it out and send it home with your child.

 

  • Important Dates:  1) Monday, August 27th, Kindergarten Orientation.  2)Tuesday, September 4, first day of Kindergarten!

 

Sincerely,

The Kindergarten Team

Kindergarten Supply List 2018-2019

Supplies: Each child should donate to the class:

  • Two boxes of Ticonderoga #2 pencils
  • Ten glue sticks
  • One pair of Fiskars child-size scissors
  • A package of dry erase markers
  • 3 Marble wide ruled notebooks ( these are the black and white ones without a metal spiral)
  • 3 poly folders ( plastic folders: 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 green)
  • One ream of white copy paper
  • One ream of white cardstock
  • One ream of colored cardstock
  • Two boxes of tissues
  • Four rolls of paper towels
  • Four containers of moist towelettes for cleaning hands before lunch
  • Four container of Clorox Wipes for cleaning surfaces
  • Three boxes of 5 oz paper cups
  • Four boxes ziplock baggies (Boys: sandwich size bags, Girls: 
gallon size)
  • A shoebox size container with a change of clothing (all items labeled)