Monthly Archives: January 2019

TK Days: Jan. 21 – 25

IN THIS POST:  Half Way Through TK, STEAM Problem Solving, 100th Day, Valentine’s Day, Copiers Down – Need a Reading Log, EBS Idol – April 12th, Canned Food Drive, Math Tile Penguins, Super Penguin, Sight Words, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Half Way Through TK!

Did you realize that this past week we hit the half-way point of the school year! As part of our counting routine we count the days of school and do a little math warm up each day with this number. This week we hit 90 days which is half way through TK! Give these kids a round of applause for their efforts this far! They are doing great and each have a sweetness about them in their own individual way! The effort factor is quite amazing! #imsoproud

Just as an FYI, some of the counting activities we do each morning are:

  • Name the number of days we’ve been in school
  • Is the number of the day a doubles or doubles + 1 (odd or even) – NEW
  • What is the equation for the doubles or doubles +1 (95 = 2 + 2 + 1) – NEW
  • Count by 10’s to 100
  • Count from a random number past a decade number (38, 39….40, 41, 42)
  • Count backwards from 20

There are varied levels of difficulty for varied levels of learners. We have added, modified and changed these routines through the year based on the student abilities and progress! They are doing great!

STEAM Problem Solving

Our current unit in STEAM is Forces, Push and Pull. Last week we read a STEAM story about some friends that were trying to solve this problem: 

How can we move varied sizes of rocks (some very heavy) from the corner of his backyard, to the side of their house so that a new swing set could get put in. 

The students each went back to their “Wondering Journals” and tried to come up with 1-2 ideas of devices that would solve the problem. Their ideas blew me away. This week we used our legos to try and build one of our device ideas. We also noticed that when we started to build, we changed some of the original ideas we had drawn into our plan. Check out some of these devices and the inventors explaining their ideas and how they work! 

We have a future unit coming up on Human Impact to our Earth!! Super excited! 

100th Day

The 100th day is quickly approaching! A reminder will also go home but we are celebrating in a few different ways! Most of the activities are optional (except for 1 as it will receive a listening/speaking grade when students present/read it). Check below for a recap of what we are doing. Please reach out if you have any questions.

  • 100 Item/Design Aprons – to be modeled on the 100th day! 
  • 100 Year Old Dress Up – on Wed. Feb. 6th
  • 100 Year Old Writing – presented the week of 2/4/19 (graded for speaking)
  • 100th day activities done in class on 2/6/19 (please let me know if you are available to volunteer as we need a couple parents to help run a station). 

This is a special and fun day that we look forward to every year! The pictures will be way too adorable! I promise you will enjoy it! 

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly! We will be having a party on Thursday, Feb. 14th sometime between 9 – 11 am. More details will go out soon. Please remember when making your Valentines, to only label who the valentine is from not who it is to (as it makes it extremely challenging for each student to pass out when they are individually labeled. Thank you for your help in this! There are 24 students in the class. As a friendly reminder, students are not able to send any candy or food valentines. If you need ideas, please visit Pinterest for non-food valentines. This is completely optional, but very exciting for the students to give any type of note, treat, message to each of their peers! 

Copiers Down – Need a Reading Log?

Our school copiers are on their last legs and should be replaced soon, therefore I was unable to copy more reading logs this week. I should be able to copy more this week, but if you are in need, remember you can always write or print your own reading logs from our resource page on the class website or feel free to write down books read on paper. Please remember you are always welcome to leave any questions or comments on the log if you are wondering anything about your child’s reading progression.

EBS Idol – April 12th

If you are new to EBS you’ll want to know about EBS Idol! Its our annual talent show and such a hit to watch or participate in! Students can perform an instrument, a skit, a song, a dance in front of our whole school audience on a Friday evening show time! Its a great experience for kids and super memorable! My favorite part is the courage students muster to perform in front of so many! Watch for upcoming details to participate and mark your calendars for the April 12th evening show! 

Canned Food Drive

To help those going through the furlough, we are having a school food drive. We are trying to get all students to bring 1 can to help keep the food banks full to help those families. As a school we can provide 750+ cans if everyone bring one or more cans. Would you be willing to help??

Math Tile Penguins

If you receive a Math Tile Penguin that is all colored in like the ones below it means that your child completed and entire set/level of Math Tiles! Give him/her a huge congratulations as it means they are moving on to the next level! Great perseverance!!

Super Penguin!

Each week, Mrs. Sloan chooses 3 Super Penguins from the school raffle! This week was our very own 206 student! Give a round for his effort and excellence! He won a gift card to Rita’s!

Sight Words

Keep on working on those sight words! The new list for February is coming out next Friday! This will be the light blue list! This is an amazing skill that will strengthen their reading and writing AND prepare them greatly for kindergarten next year!

Upcoming Events

  • January 29th and February 1st – Mrs. Taber teaches! 
  • January 4th – Turn in 100 Day Writing and Aprons
  • January 5th – TK/K Teacher PLC Day, Mrs.Van Duren Teaches
  • February 6th – 100th Day of School
  • February 8th – EBS Father Daughter Dance, Register Soon!
  • February 15th – 18th – No School (President’s Holiday)

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 1/28/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Star of the Week Poster(s) due

Tuesday – 1/29/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Mrs. Taber will be teaching

Wednesday – 1/30/19

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 1/31/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am

Friday – 2/1/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!
  • Mrs. Taber will be teaching!

TK Days: Jan. 14 – 18

IN THIS POST:  Laptop Swap!, How-To Writing, Math Tiles – Math Concepts, 100th Day of School, Character Education – Forgiveness, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Laptops Swap!

Our kind neighbor, Mrs. Offord is swapping her class Chromebooks with us for some STEAM materials! We have been able to log into ST Math and soon we will get on RAZKids in class. The log in process is little different than the computer lab since the Chromebooks remember them by name. The kids are navigating the new modified process but we have almost every student who is able to type in their own Password now! 

How To Writing

We have continued with our How-To Writing this week! The students are doing great! They are progressing in understanding how this informational text works and how to write procedure in steps with visual pictures that match! Check out this student book on How to Clean Your Room! 

Math Tiles – Math Concepts

We also started Math Tiles recently! This is a program used in TK – 1st grade at EBS that builds Math Concepts and Number Sense. It begins with very basic counting and number matching, and gets more challenging as they move through the levels. The students are doing fantastic! See a sample below!

100th Day of School – 2/6/19

For the 100th day of school there are many ways in which we will acknowledge and celebrate this monumental number and day. An information sheet will be going home on Wednesday to explain all the parts but here is a snap shot of them now. The apron is one part of our day and went home this past Thursday.

  • 100 Day Aprons – You received directions and an apron for the 100th day. These will be used for a Fashion Show on the 100th Day! 
  • 100 Day Writing – This will go home this week, but is a simple writing prompt that parents can help students will The grade will only be based on the presentation. 
  • Dress Like your 100 Years Old – On the 100th Day al Kindergarten and TK students (and teachers) will be dressing like they are 100 years old. This information will also go home this week! It is purely for fun and super adorable! Be creative! 
  • 100 Day Activities – On the actual day of 100 Days of School we will be doing a few different activities to celebrate in addition to the Fashion Show. 

Character Ed. – Forgiveness

This past Friday, Deb Marich came in to teach us about our January  is FORGIVENESS. This was a big concept for our TK’s to understand and Deb personally tailored this lesson to fit these guys. First she explained making a mistake and how we apologize for what we have done (even by mistake). Then she explained the concept of saying, “Will you forgive me?”  She read them the book, Words Are Not For Hurting? The concept of this book was to use words for helping not hurting, but if we misuse our words (by mistake) we can ask for forgiveness to apologize, forget and try again. The book also touched on the feeling of regret and fixing our mistake after we say hurtful words.

Next she used  blowing up a balloon to demonstrate the concept that when we are getting frustrated our balloon inside us get bigger and bigger. Rather than going crazy with built up anger (letting the balloon run wild while air escapes), we can calm down and slowly release air in small spurts by the tips in the song below!

This is where she sang a song to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it…” to show how to calm down when we are mad. 

  • Blow it out (breathing to calm down)
  • Walk away (as a way to calm down)
  • Tell someone how you feel (to release frustration)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

This past week, we read about Martin Luther King and how he wanted to make the world fair and a better place. We touched on some of the injustices during his youth and how he was brave to peacefully speak out to help gain equality for all. The students made their own art and wrote what their own, “I have a dream…” statements. 

Upcoming Events

  • January 22nd – Mrs. Miller attends one-day STEAM training
  • January 31st – EBS International Event
  • January 5th – TK/K Teacher PLC Day
  • January 6th – 100th Day of School
  • January 8th – EBS Father Daughter Dance

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 1/21/19

  • NO SCHOOL – MLK Holiday

Tuesday – 1/22/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am
  • Mrs. Van Duren will teach. Mrs. Miller will be at STEAM training!

Wednesday – 1/23/19

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 1/24/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am

Friday – 1/25/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!

TK Days: Jan. 7 – 11

IN THIS POST: Mrs. Leatherwood, Mother/Son Bowling, 100th Day of School, Star of the Week, Library Books, How-To Writing, Math Tiles, Updated Cleared List, Upcoming Events, The Week Ahead

Upcoming Events

Mrs. Leatherwood

As many of your have heard Mrs. Leatherwood will not be joining us this semester as planned. She accepted another position at Walker Elementary as a third grade teacher! We will miss her so much, but are so proud of this milestone for her! Congrats Mrs. Leatherwood! 

Mother/Son Bowling

This past Saturday was the EBS annual Mother/Son Bowling event! It was my first time I had attended and what a blast. I believe we had the whole bowling alley in use with about 250 EBS family members! Here’s a couple EBS/206 families I spied there! #somuchfun

100th Day of School

The 100th Day of TK/K is a big deal in school world!! We have been counting the days since August and are already at 83 days of school! This year our 100th day falls on Wednesday, February 6th. For this day we will celebrate in many fun ways! We wanted to give you a heads up as to what was coming so you could start to think ahead about some ideas. 

  • Dress 100 Years Old – Be thinking and be creative how your 5 year old could dress as if they are 100 years old. Want some ideas…check out ideas on Pinterest or Google. Then get your cameras ready….cuteness factor comes in full effect on this day! 
  • Soon each student will receive an child-sized apron. Directions in detail will be attached. Students will be gluing 100 items (one type or idea) on their apron. Students will walk the red carpet in class to model their 100 day collection (wearing their apron). 
  • We will also do some in class activities/art on the 100th day as well! 

Star of the Week

We will begin our Star of the Week Presentations this next week! Each week, one child will receive a Star of the Week Poster with directions and a sample rubric. The focus of the presentation is listening/speaking skills. Students/Families will have a week to create and the poster and MOST IMPORTANTLY practice presenting their poster. Remember, only one child a week will have a turn, so it may be soon or in a month or two that your child has a turn. 

Library Books

We will be returning to the library next week! Please make sure you have returned your books by Tuesday at the latest as the library needs to check them in early before we come. Thank you! 

How-to Writing

This last week, we began a new type of writing….”How-To” writing! First we read a “How-to” book and discussed/charted what we noticed. Then we wrote a “How-to” book together as a class. We also made a list of different topics that the students know “how-to” do that could be possible topics to start their first book. Students then tried writing their own “How-to” books. They did awesome on their first shot. We will continue working on this type of writing for the next couple of weeks. Ask your child to tell you about their “How-to” book or help them come up with an idea that they they know how to do well and independently. 

Updated Cleared List

The most recent Cleared List came out this week! Check to see if you are on it and if so, what clearance level are you?! We will be attending about 2 field trips this spring and need enough drivers to help us get there. You must be D cleared to attend or drive any field trip. Please make sure if you plan to join us or are interested in helping, you must get D cleared. The fingerprinting lasts a lifetime in our district, though an updated school application will need to be submitted each year. 

Cleared volunteers as of 1-10-19

Upcoming Events

  • January 21st – No School for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday!
  • January 22nd – Mrs. Miller attends one-day STEAM training
  • January 31st – EBS International Event
  • January 5th – TK/K Teacher PLC Day
  • January 6th – 100th Day of School

The Week Ahead…

Monday – 1/14/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Tuesday – 1/15/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Computer Lab @ 10:15 am

Wednesday – 1/16/19

  • Before School Run Club

Thursday – 1/17/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • Whole School Dismisses at 12:30
  • Music @ 11:05 am

Friday – 1/18/19

  • Before School Run Club
  • EBS Spirit Days: Wear Red & Black or any EBS shirt!