Monthly Archives: March 2016

TK Days: March 21 – March 25


Welcome to Week 26!
This post includes:  •No Homework for Spring Break    •Help for the Homeless   •Welcoming Spring   • TK/K Science Night   •Field Trip   •Star of the Week    •This Week’s Curriculum   •Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

No Homework for Spring Break

Happy Spring Break! I hope you are all having a wonderful Spring Break. This time is to rest, refresh and replenish yourselves and your students, therefore there won’t be any homework/reading log. Feel free to read to your child an discuss the books and their understanding.

Take this time to ask some of the questions below on picture books with more complex ideas.

  • What do you think?
  • What makes you think that?
  • What is the character feeling?

We have been practicing this in class and discussing different feelings/concepts in our books. Here’s an example of a book we read and some concepts (concepts in black).

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Help for the Homeless

WOW! What an exciting time this has been! We finished collecting Generosity Bags on Friday! We had other classes/teachers bringing them in up to Friday afternoon! Our goal was to collect a minimum of 20 bags as this was the first time I have done this. What an underestimation this was! We ended up collecting 68 generosity bags! So exciting! Thank you all for helping so many people who go without the comfort of a home.

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Welcoming Spring

Friday we welcomed spring by making a ladybug art project, and decorating little planter pots (that students took home) along with eating some pizza and snacks! What a fun day it was!

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TK/K Science Night

I wasn’t able to attend due to my little one, but some 206 families were able to make it and had a great time at the TK/K Science Night! Students rotated through different science experiment set ups. What a great night!

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Field Trip

Our field trip is on Wednesday, April 12th and will be here before you know it! If you haven’t returned your forms, please return them ASAP so we know how many parents plan on going and who the drivers are. If we have extra parent driver/chaperones, they may ride along with students as a passenger.

We are still working to sing Rockin’ Robin and most of the kids know it by now. The other song we will be learning and singing is The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun. The kids heard it before we left on vacation. Lyrics will be going home the day we return with our reading logs for the week. (we are singing the Glee version of Here Comes the Sun on Amazon Prime if you want to practice singing early).

This Week’s Star!

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This past week in…

  • Math – We spent this past week reviewing “putting together” and “taking away” along with showing pictures to show our understanding.
  • Writing – 1. See a problem  2. Think   3. Write
  • Letter Vv! – see our Vv chart below. We practiced writing the letter Vv and reviewing the sound.
  • Read Aloud Concepts  – We’ve been discussing the concepts that are in the books we read aloud. We talk about the characters feelings and then discuss how the book talks about that particular concept. See the book and chart above in the “No Homework” section.

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Upcoming Events

  • Spring Break – Monday, March 28th – Friday,  April 1st
  • Book Order Due – Tuesday, April 5th
  • Field Trip – Wednesday, April 13th
  • EBS Idol – Friday, April 29th
  • Open House/Art Show – Thursday, May 12th

See Calendar Dates Page on our website to see important dates for this year!  http://www.linneamiller.com/calendar-dates/

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 4/4

  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner, Phyllis Chan

Tuesday – 4/5

  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan, Debra Marich
  • TK/K PLC collaboration day – Mrs. Leatherwood will be present that morning.

Wednesday – 4/6

  • Volunteers: Jeanne Smith, Megan McGarry
  • Fine Artists

Thursday – 4/7

  • Technology Academy with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Laarnie Chou, Monica Rashidian

Friday – 4/8

  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi, Leng Tang-Ritchie

TK Days: March 14 – March 18

Welcome to Week 25! This post includes:  •St. Patrick’s Day   •Character Education-Compassion  •Jog-A-Thon    •Help for the Homeless    •Star of the Week    •This Week’s Curriculum   •Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

St. Patrick’s Day

We celebrated this day and had lots of green fun! The day started with a surprise trail from a leprechaun!  He led us to the shelf where we found a pot of “lucky charms!” The students were so excited. He gave us a snack to enjoy during our day! As the day continued, we made special leprechaun hats, read some books about St. Patrick’s Day. Later as a student used the bathroom, we discovered a left green tinkle in the toilet! Oh my the students thought this was so funny and enjoyed the thrill of wonder and discovery.

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Character Education – Compassion

This week Ann Tran Lien came in to teach our students about compassion. She read them a book about compassion and thinking about others and feeling for others. She then did an activity where she told the students mini stories about others and had volunteers come up to “walk in other people’s shoes.” It helped the students to relate and think about and care for other people in tough situations. One big concept that came out of today was having compassion for friends, family, community and our world! The students and families of 206 have really worked on compassion for others this year! Its a great practice and way of living ….to be compassionate for others!

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Jog-A-Thon

What a fabulous day we had at the Jog-A-Thon! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and the family turn-out was fantastic! Thank you for all of those who helped to cheer, pass out water/oranges, walk, stretch and hose-down the runners!

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Help for the Homeless

What an exciting week! Bags are coming in from all over! The students have more than doubled their goal. By Friday, we had 47 bags! We have one more week to collect bags. Thank you so much for your contribution and for discussing the needs of others with your students!

We have been practicing “Rockin’ Robin” (as on your homework) this week. The students are loving the beat and getting great at the lyrics! We just started to get choose some motions! So exciting and so cute!

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This Week’s Star!

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 This past week in…

  • Math – This past week we continued to practice addition and subtraction. Our focus is strongly on the counting and concept. Just as a reminder we are using “and” rather than plus and “take away” rather than “minus.” One of the most important concept/language terms is using “the same as” rather than “equals.” This helps the students to understand that the equal symbol is a mere center to show that regardless of what is on one side of the symbol, the other side is the same. (4 = 4, 3 + 1 = 4, 4 = 3 + 1, etc).
  • Writing – This week in writing we mostly wrote using prompts for the St. Patrick’s holiday. Our writing wall has a new writing piece up that answers the prompt… “I am lucky because….”
  • Letter Ee –  We practiced the letter Ee by writing and listening to both sounds. We also made a chart that shows many different words that begin with the short or long “Ee” sound.
  • Art – This week, the students made leprechaun faces with Mrs. Hickson on Monday and were also able to make Shamrock necklaces,  3D Shamrock Art, and Lucky Leprechaun Hats!

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Upcoming Events

  • Kindergarten Science Night – Thursday, April 24th @ 6:30 pm
  • Spring Break – 3/21 – 4/1
  • TK Field Trip to Belmont Village – Wednesday, April 13th
  • EBS Idol – Friday, April 29th

See Calendar Dates Page on our website to see important dates for this year!  http://www.linneamiller.com/calendar-dates/

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 3/21

  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner, Phyllis Chan, Saori Massey

Tuesday – 3/22

  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan

Wednesday – 3/23

  • Volunteers: Jeanne Smith, Megan McGarry, Meeyoung Lim

Thursday – 3/24

  • Kindergarten Science Night
  • Technology Academy with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Laarnie Chou, Monica Rashidian

Friday – 3/25

  • Spring Party in Room 206
  • Last Day before Spring Break
  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi

TK Days: March 7 – 11

Welcome to Week 24! This post includes:  •Jog-A-Thon  •EBS Idol    •TK/K Family Science Night   •Help for the Homeless    •Field trip   •Run Club Achievements   •Star of the Week    •This Week’s Curriculum   •Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

Jog-a-thon

We are still in need a few items for the 2016 Jog-A-Thon! See the sign-up list that will be posted by the backpacks as we will need them for Friday. If the Jog-A-Thon is new to you….check out the brief description below as its one of the main school spirit days of the year!

Description of the Day: We all head up together and the kids are able to run laps around the lower field. The students get scanned each time they go around. Many EBS families, grandparents and siblings come out to cheer, pass out fruit and water, squirt water guns (bring your own) as the laps of fun continue! There is a DJ playing music and all the TK – 2 classes are out running at the same time. Each student receives a free T-Shirt that matches the color of rest of the grade. I’ll be out there running as well! We hope you can all join in the fun! Megan McGarry has offered to help our class but could use some extra help as she is also volunteering for another class! If you think you could help man the snack table, donate fruit or water or just want to come and cheer on the runners, sign up and come on out!

Our start time is scheduled at 10:45 on Friday, March 18th!

Finally, this is the main fundraiser of year besides all the fun we have. If you are collecting flat donations from family and friends or getting laps sponsored (many TK’s run/walk anywhere from 7 – 15 laps), envelopes already went home and need to be turned in by the week after spring break! Thank you for supporting our school and our year of fun!

Here’s some pics from last year!

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EBS Idol

I know you have all heard talk about the infamous and upcoming EBS Idol! This is a Friday evening event and so much fun! In short its a school wide talent show! Students or groups of students audition to perform and at the actual evening show, the students show their stuff! You will see kids of all ages being as adorable and impressive as ever! The show always ends with a teacher performance (which I will be a part of as well). I’m hoping you all are able to make it out to watch as you may have a little performer next year or in future years ahead!

Pictures from last year below:

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TK/K Family Science Night

On Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 6:30pm in the MPR is the Kindergarten/TK Family Science Night! This is a fun event that is put on just for the TK/K students. The multi-purpose room is set up with many different science experiments. TK/K students and their parents rotate through each of the experiments for the the evening!

Minimum Days for Conferences

Next week there are three days reserved for Parent Teacher conferences. Just as a note, Wednesday 3/16, Thursday 3/17, and Friday 3/18 the entire school will dismiss at 12:30 and we will dismiss from the classroom for each of those days.

Help for the Homeless

By the end of this week we had 21 bags for the Homeless! Its so exciting! I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and for being involved in our heart goals! We have already achieved our goal and we still have 2 more weeks of collecting!  You are all such givers with big hearts!

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Field Trip…

Our first field trip is on Wednesday, April 13th! This field trip will tie into the learning we’ve been doing in the classroom as it will center around our Heart Goals. We will be visiting a nearby senior center to sing some songs and share love through pictures and words. After our visit with the residents there, we will be stopping at a nearby park to eat lunch and play before we head back to our school campus! Information will be going out very soon so keep your eyes out!

PS The back of the homework log this week has the lyrics to a song we’ll be singing so you can practice at home. The song is free on Amazon Music if you are a Prime Member. Thanks!

FYI…this is also Spring Picture Day so we will be taking our school pictures before we depart!

Run Club Achievements

These ladies both reached some Run Club Milestones this week! Applaud them for their diligence and effort as they worked hard to achieve these ribbons!

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This Week’s Star!

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 This past week in…

  • Math – We continued to practice subtraction. We go over the concept daily by using our hands/arms to show when adding we bring our arms together, and when subtracting we take one hand away from the other. We also showed the symbol for the first time this week as we were writing ___ take away ____ is ____. To shorten the words we written, we explained that the symbol, “-” means the same as take away and the symbol, “=” means “the same as.” We are now reading our number sentences…. Seven take away 3 is the same as 4 (7 – 3 = 4)  Try this new link on subtracting practice. Subtraction with Cubes
  • Writing: This week we started a new unit on Opinion/Persuasive writing. We discussed how if there is a problem we can use writing to communicate and prevent the problem. Some students made signs to communicate to a group of people about a problem and other students wrote letters to solicit help from another person.
  • Handwriting: Keep on practicing those lower case letters and numbers. Check for reversals.
  • Letter Xx!  This letter is unique in that it can sound so different depending on where it is in the word and what word it is. This week our collection of words varied in many ways.

Upcoming Events

  • St. Patrick’s Day – Wear GREEN!
  • Jog-A-Thon – You don’t want to miss this one! 3/18/16 (volunteers still needed)
  • Parent Teacher Conferences – Wed 3/16, Thurs. 3/17, and Fri. 3/18
  • Kindergarten Science Night – Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 pm
  • Generosity Bags Due – Friday, March 25th
  • Spring Break – Monday March 28th – Friday, April 1st

See Calendar Dates Page on our website to see important dates for this year!  http://www.linneamiller.com/calendar-dates/

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 3/14

  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner, Nikki Green

Tuesday – 3/15

  • PLC Day for TK/K teachers – Mrs. Leatherwood will be here in the morning
  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan

Wednesday – 3/16

  • Minimum Day – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Volunteers: Jeanne Smith, Megan McGarry

Thursday – 3/17

  • St. Patrick’s Day – Wear GREEN
  • Character Education with Ann Tran-Lien
  • Parent Conferences
  • Technology Academy with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Kelly Lyman, Ann Tran-Lien

Friday – 3/18

  • Jog-A-Thon @ 10:45
  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi

TK Days: February 29 – March 4

Welcome to Week 23! This post includes:  •Dr. Seuss Week  •Help for the Homeless    •Field trip  •Star of the Week    •This Week’s Curriculum   •Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

Dr. Seuss Week

What an awesome and fun week we had celebrating this loved author! Check out the pictures below! These kids participated with so much spirit! Thank you for all your help!

Monday – Green Eggs and Ham (Wear Green)

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Tuesday – Fox in Socks (mis-matched, crazy socks)

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Wednesday – Read Across America Day! (PJ Day)

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Thursday – Cat in the Hat (Wear your favorite HAT)

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Friday – The Lorax (wear a mustache) 

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Help for the Homeless

What a positive response! We extended this invitation to the staff and many other classes are participating in our effort to create Generosity Bags for those without a home. We received our first bags today! Its super exciting! Thank you for taking part, giving and sharing this opportunity with your child!

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Field Trip…

Our first field trip is on Wednesday, April 13th! As our field trips tie into the learning in the classroom, we will be doing this first field trip around our Heart Goals. We will be visiting a nearby senior center to sing some songs and share love through pictures and words. After our visit with the residents there we will be stopping at a nearby park to eat lunch and play before we head back to our school campus! Information will be going out in the next couple of weeks!

This Week’s Star!

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 This past week in…

  • Math – We are working a lot with putting numbers together but also to build a really strong foundation in understanding number and having number sense. Here is a great little game you can have your student play to build number sense, automaticity with number parts and counting. Give it a try!  10 Frame Math
  • Writing: Continue to practice having your child stretch new words by saying the word very slowly and writing down what they hear. Help them as needed, but truly encourage them to listen for the first sound and the following sounds!
  • Handwriting: Practice writing letters in lower case and numbers (check for backwards numbers and letters). To make it more interesting, pour a little rice in a cookie tray and shake it out so its flat. Then have your child trace letters that you call out in lower case or numbers.
  • Letter Zz!  This week we practiced with the letter and sound /z/. We came up with different words and names that begin with the /z/ sound.

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Upcoming Events

  • Jog-A-Thon – You don’t want to miss this one! 3/18/16 (volunteers still needed)
  • Parent Teacher Conferences – Wed 3/16, Thurs. 3/17, and Fri. 3/18
  • Kindergarten Science Night – Thursday, March 24th
  • Generosity Bags Due – Friday, March 25th
  • Spring Break – Monday March 28th – Friday, April 1st

See Calendar Dates Page on our website to see important dates for this year!  http://www.linneamiller.com/calendar-dates/

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 3/7

  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner, Phyllis Chan

Tuesday – 3/8

  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan, Deb Marich

Wednesday – 3/9

  • Volunteers: Jeanne Smith, Megan McGarry

Thursday – 3/10

  • Technology Academy with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Laarnie Chou, Monica Rashidian

Friday – 3/11

  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi,