1/15/18

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

1/15/18

Thank you all for taking the time to come in and meet with me.  It was really fun sharing all the wonderful growth all the children have made.

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the extra time and cool weather this weekend!

This week we will be continuing our polar region investigations, practicing adding on, and reading, reading, reading!

Homework

Tuesday, January 16

  • Write three sentences about winter.
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, January 17

  • Draw a picture of your favorite arctic animal.
  • Return  library books

Thursday, January 18

–  Do 10 jumping jacks and 10 sit ups. Which is easier?

  • Home reading log/return

Friday, January 19

–   Home reading log/return

  • Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express

1/8/18

January 8, 2018

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a fabulous holiday!  We hope you all had the opportunity to be with family and friends.

Mrs. Greene and I appreciate all the generous gifts and heartfelt cards.  We both felt truly special. Thank you for all your time and energy!  We are glad you share your children with us.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please take a moment and sign up for a time to meet for conferences.  Conferences will be 15-20 minutes, we will be discussing  your child’s grow and goals.  This is a parent conference only so please make necessary child care arrangements. I am really looking forward to the conferences. It is a great time to discuss the your child and the growth they have made, and discuss any questions/concerns you may have.

There will not be any school on Monday 1.15 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

January is busy!  We will be studying weather, seasons, and polar animals. Students will be discussing the four seasons and learning why we have them. We will also look closely at fabrics and learn about different types of materials (cotton, burlap, silk, etc.), where they come from, and how they are used. Focus Sight words: you, what, to, do, me, we. Focus Letters: Rr, Oo, Ll. Subtraction will continue to be our math focus, as well as making ten and place value (using base ten blocks).

Please bring in one adult size shoebox before January 26th. Your child will be making a mailbox out of it! We will be turning our classroom into a post office in February where the kids will be delivering their valentines to each other. More to come – so much fun!

Our next field trip will be February 8th to Sabino Canyon from 8:30-11:30. A sign up sheet will be posted by the last week of January. The docents are very strict about the number of cars we can bring so if you are able to fit at least 3 car seats plus a volunteer in your car please consider being a driver. We will not be permitted to take more than 4 drivers (cars). Thanks!

Thank you!

Mrs. Sanders

Homework

Monday, January 8

  • Write about your favorite gift from the holidays.
  • Home reading log/return

Tuesday, January 9

-Draw a picture of something you did over the break.

  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, January 10

-Count how many doorknobs are in your house.

  • Home reading log/return

Thursday, January 11

– Run in place for 2 minutes (huff and puff)

  • Home reading log/return

Friday, January 12

  • Home reading log/return
  • Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express

12/18/17

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

12/18/17

We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday hubbub!

This week, we will be focusing on family traditions and having some fun!

Thursday 12.21 Pajama Day & Los Posadas Lunch

Your child may wear their pajamas to school and are allowed to bring one stuffed animal and one blanket if desired. We will be joining KB for some fun and games as we celebrate all the wonderful learning we’ve done so far. Please note that there is no after care available on Thursday! Also, the school will be providing lunch for the kids complete with mariachis for entertainment in celebration of Los Posadas! It’s going to be a great day!  If you think your child won’t like a Mexican lunch please send a lunch from home.

Friday 12.22 No School

We are officially on Christmas Break starting Friday. School resumes on Monday, January 8th.

No homework will be sent home this week. Please continue to read with your child every night.

Parent Teacher Conferences January 11th-19th

Parent teacher conferences will take place January 11th – 19th. We will be looking at the wonderful gains your child has made so far and setting goals for the end of the year. I’ll have a sign up sheet posted outside on the classroom bulletin board this week. Please sign up for a time that works for you. These are only 20 minute conferences. Thanks!

The Shoebox Project

Thanks for making our holiday giving program such a success! Kindergarten alone was able to fill 11 boxes!! Wow! Thanks for dropping off items and making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Mrs. Greene and I want to thank you for sharing your children with us!  We wish you all the very best holidays and hope you all make some wonderful memories!

Love, Mrs. Sanders

12/11/17

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

12/11/17

Wow!  The kids did such a terrific job on Friday!  They were fabulous!

Thanks to all of you for coming!  What a great show and fun way to get into the holiday spirit!

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and are ready for busy week.  We are continuing our conversation of wants versus needs.  We are headed to Mexico to learn about their holiday traditions and we are finding out that there are many different versions of the Gingerbread man.

Along with that we are talking about hard working vowels and practicing out CVC words.  We will continue working on subtraction and look for the patterns in math fact families.

The last day to drop something off to the classroom for our Shoebox Project will be this Thursday 12.14. Thanks to all of you who have already dropped off an item. The kids are excited to begin putting the shoeboxes together.

With the weather changing, please be sure to label and layer clothing.  We also know that the holiday season can be fun-filled and hectic, be sure to get lots of rest, eat healthy and drink lots of water!

Thanks,

Laura Sanders

Monday, December 11

  • Count how many days until Christmas.  Show how many using tally marks.
  • Home reading log/return

Tuesday, December 12

  • Draw a picture of a character from The Gingerbread man.
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, December 13

  • Practice writing “an” family words
  • Home reading log/return

Thursday, December 14

  • Search for number words in a magazine or newspaper.  Find five.
  • Home reading log/return

Friday, December 15

  • Home reading log/return
  • Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express

Practice words

1. can

2. fan

3. man

4. pan

5. ran

6. tan

7. van

8. run

9. fast

10. gingerbread

12/4/17

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

12/4/17

This week we will continue traveling around the globe and learning about different cultures.  We will be writing a wish list for Christmas and making different Santa crafts. We will also be preparing for our St. Nicholas program on Friday.  The show starts at 2:00, but we suggest an earlier arrival time so you can park and get a good seat.

The students return to our classroom after the performance and are dismissed from there.

Monday, December 4

  • Play the in /out game with someone.  Take five pennies.  Put some in one hand and guess how many are in the other hand.  Move to 10 pennies.
  • Home reading log/return

Tuesday, December 5

  • Draw a picture of yourself as an elf.
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, December 6

  • Practice writing color words.
  • Home reading log/return

Thursday, December 7

  • Practice singing your songs for St. Nicholas.
  • Home reading log/return

Friday, December8

  • Home reading log/return
  • Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express

11/27/17

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

11/27/17

We hope your Thanksgiving was filled with delicious food, wonderful people and great memories!

Now, we are headed into the crazy time of year!  We will be learning about how children around the world celebrate. We have all kinds of fun things planned and we will continue working on our reading skills, math skills and writing!

  St. Nicholas Day Performance  12/8

You won’t want to miss this performance! Please mark your calendars for this very special day. The show starts at 2:00, but I would suggest getting to school by 1:30 to get a parking spot and your seats. It’s going to be a wonderful show. After the performance you can pick up the kids back at the classroom for dismissal.

  Holiday Giving

Every December St. Michael’s chooses a charity to support. This year we have elected to participate in the Shoebox Project which helps needy children and families in Nogales, Mexico. From November 27th – December 15th KA & KB would like to invite you to drop off one unwrapped item/gift (clothing, toy, toiletry, book, etc) for children age five. It can be for a boy or girl. Our kindergarten students will be filling shoeboxes here in the classroom with the items brought in. If each family brings in one item, we should be able to fill 2 shoeboxes per kindergarten class. Each shoebox will be picked up by a local rotary club and delivered to children in Mexico. This is another great project that allows our kids to take part in giving back and understanding that they can make a difference in the lives of others by taking action! Please consider taking your child with you to pick out the item. The more involved they are, the better. This does not have to be an expensive item and it is absolutely voluntary!

Looking forward to a great week!

Monday, November 27

  • Draw a picture of your favorite part of your Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Home reading log/return

Tuesday, November 28

  • Make a list of three things you like to do.
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, November 29

  • Practice writing your abc’s in your best penmanship.
  • Home reading log/return
  • Return library book

Thursday, November 30

– Sing and dance with a stuffed animal for 2 minutes

  • Home reading log/return

Friday, December 1

  • Home reading log/return
  • Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express

11/20/17

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

11/20/17

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hard to believe it is already Thanksgiving!

We have a short week!

Monday:  We are getting ready for our gathering on Tuesday.  We are completing traditional Thanksgiving art projects and having fun.

Tuesday:  We are having our Thanksgiving gathering from 9-10:30.  The children are planting corn like the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims and we are playing some games, and generally having a great time together.

Wednesday:  No school today. Hopefully everyone is spending time with loved ones.

There is no homework this week.  Read, read, read, may it be cereal boxes to street signs.  Look for things to read.

Make sure you look in your child’s backpack for all their finished work on Tuesday.  I really love the book on How to cook a turkey.  So cute!  The traditional handprint turkey is there too.

I would like to take this opportunity and thank you all.

You are remarkable parents!!  You are hard-working, supportive, and generous.

We are grateful to be working with such a great community!

Enjoy your holiday, make some memories and have a great time!

Sincerely,

Laura Sanders and Kim Greene

November 13, 2017

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

November 13, 2017

We will be collecting canned foods through the rest of this week!  Thank you for your generosity!

This week we will be focusing on all things Thanksgiving! The kids will be learning about the pilgrims and their journey to America on the Mayflower, how the Wampanoag people helped the pilgrims plant food and build houses, making placemats for Thanksgiving, and they will also be writing about something they are grateful for that is intangible!

Next week KA & KB will have their annual Thanksgiving celebration. We will be rotating through both classrooms in small groups as we learn symbols of the Wampanoag, play math games, make crafts, and eat some pumpkin bread. You are welcome to join in the fun if you’d like. It will be next Tuesday November 21st from 9:00-10:30.

 

Report cards will come home this Friday. We use a grading system of 1, 2, and 3.

1 = needs improvement (your child is still working on understanding the skill/concept).

2 = satisfactory (your child fully understands the concept/skill and is demonstrating appropriate problem solving).

3 = excelling (your child has mastered the skill/concept and can relate it to other subject areas).

Please make sure you congratulate your child on all their hard work! They have been doing a wonderful job and should feel good about their effort!

It is going to be a wonderful week!

Monday, November 13

  • Draw your favorite breakfast
  • Home reading log/return

Tuesday, November 14

  • Write a list of what you would bring with you on the Mayflower. You may use kinderspelling and pictures.
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, November 15

  • Practice our new sight words.
  • Return library book
  • Home reading log/return

Thursday, November 16

  • Count how many socks you have.  How many pairs is that?
  • Home reading log/return

Friday, November 17

  • Home reading log/return
  • Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express

11/6/17

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

11/6/17

Buckle your seat belts, because if you thought school was fast moving before; now it gets really crazy! Last we introduced our math books and the class loved them!  This week we are going to be wrapping up our first trimester.

Lots of things going on….

Thank you so much for coming out and supporting our car wash fundraiser for the Community Food Bank. In two hours we raised $560 – that is amazing!! To make things even sweeter, TEP is matching our funds – WOW! I hope your child had fun and got a glimpse of what it means to give your time and energy to a good cause. We will be continuing to collect canned food for the next two weeks. Please drop off any canned items to our classroom between now and Monday, November 20th. Over the next several weeks, we will be discussing wants versus needs, the idea of giving and acknowledging what we are truly grateful for.

Spirit Week

This week will be such fun!

Monday 11.6 – show off your crazy hair & crazy socks

Tuesday 11.7 – wear your favorite color

Wednesday 11.8 – wear your favorite sports team attire (no helmets/cleats)

Thursday 11.9 – field day t-shirts – I have them for every student in the classroom.

Thursday – Field Day – Half Day

This Thursday is our annual Field Day where our entire school spends the morning outside together rotating through team building games and activities. It’s a lot of fun! Please put sunscreen on your child before they come to school and make sure they bring their water bottle & hat. We will dismiss at 12:00 as this is also a teacher in-service day.

Happy Veteran’s Day! There is no school this Friday 11.10 in honor of all those who have served in our military.  It is also grading day for teachers.

Monday, November 7  Crazy hair-crazy socks

  • Count all the spoons and forks.  How many are there “IN ALL”?

–  Reading log

Tuesday, November 7 Wear your favorite color

  • Try to write 5 “it” words.
  • Reading log and return

Wednesday, November 8  Wear your favorite sports team

–  Write who your favorite team is and why?

  • Reading log and return

Thursday, November 9

–  Reading log and return

–  Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express

10/31/17

Wow!

What a fun party!  There was great decorations, delicious food and fun crafts!

Thanks to everyone for all your help!  We couldn’t have done it with out you!

The class had a wonderful time and the parade was a huge success!

KA has the best parents!

Laura Sanders