Upcoming Kindergarten Events!
Kindergarten Music Program
Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th
Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th the kindergarten and preschool classes will join together for a music program. Times will be announced soon. We are having the program at two times to accommodate all parents and family members. Please be considerate of others and choose one time/day to attend. Please make sure your child is dressed nicely for the occasion.
Time Capsule: Due Friday, May 3rd
We are planning a memorable project. Students will construct a time capsule to be opened on their graduation day: May 2025. It will include a picture of him or her in kindergarten, writings and other surprises. We are asking two things from you:
1. Please have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other special people in your child’s life write a personal letter for your child to open in the year 2025. Date it and tell them anything you wish. Please seal it and put your child’s name on the outside of the envelope.
2. Please have the letters to school by Friday, May 3rd so that they may be place in the time capsule. The time capsule will be sealed and sent back home for you to store until graduation day. You may also wish to send in a lock of hair, a family picture, a favorite small toy, ect.
Chronological Time Line: Due Friday, May 3rd
In class we will be working on sequencing events. We would like each child to construct a chronological time line. We will be sending home a time line with directions for you to construct with your child. We would like a picture for each age, along with a little writing by your child about something that was important or a milestone during that year. This will also go in their time capsule; therefore please send it in by Friday, May 3rd.
Cinco De Mayo Lunch: Friday, May 3rd
Kindergarteners will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a field trip lunch to Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant Friday, May 3rd at 10:30 am. We will tour the restaurant and celebrate with a Taco Bar lunch. Permission slips with the lunch cost will be sent out in April.
Art Day: Friday, May 10th
The kindergarteners will have Art Day Friday, May 10th from 8:30am to 11:00am. Please dress your child in clothes you won’t mind them getting dirty in. We also need a few volunteers to help us out that day. If you would like to help please let us know.
Field Day: Friday, May 17th
Sunset Elementary will be partaking in Field Day Friday, May 17th. Parents may come watch their child partake in the events. Please send your child with sunscreen on, tennis shoes, and a bottle of water. Students will also need a sack lunch with a drink that day.
Last Regular Day of Class: Monday, May 20th
Please send your child with a backpack and a plastic bag, so they can bring home all of their remaining classroom items.
Kindergarten Author’s Share & Picnic: Tuesday, May 21st
Tuesday, May 21st will be the kindergartners last day of school. We would like to conclude our kindergarten experience with an Author’s Share, followed by a Family Picnic in the Sunset Arboretum. The Author’s Share will start at 10:30 am. Students will share a story and receive a kindergarten completion certificate. Following the Author’s Share around 11am, all the kindergarteners will join together for a family picnic in the arboretum behind Sunset Elementary. Please bring your family a picnic lunch and a blanket to sit on. Students will be free to go after the picnic. Please invite family members to share this joyous occasion with us!
Our new big concept in kindergarten is expression. We have been learning about different ways people can express themselves. We will be working on this in all content areas. In math we have been working on expressing numbers in different ways; through addition, tally marks, subitizing, ect. In literacy looking into the way authors and illustrators express their words and drawings though books. We will also explore how stories can be expressed through plays, movies, song, ect. We will be reading a lot of Dr. Suess and Fairy Tales. When you are reading to your child, ask them who the characters are, to retell the story, to pick out rhyming words. By doing this you are reinforcing the skills that I teach every day.
Each student received a red night writer before break. We would like students to be writing in their journals at least 3 times a week at home. It is a place they can write about anything. It is very important to their growth that parents aren’t spelling the words for them. The kids are spelling sight words correctly but all other words are sounded out phonetically. We practice writing daily and they can sound out words on their own. Please send their night writer back daily in their BEE Notebook so I can be assessing their progress.
The B.E.E. Book is a three-ring notebook that your kindergartner will use everyday to develop organizational skills and learn responsibility. This book is a way of maintaining effective communication between home and school. It aims to eliminate lost notes, newsletters, calendars, and homework as well as keep parents and students informed of important events and academic progress. So if you want to know what the "buzz" is in Mrs. Linsacum’s kindergarten class, check out your child's B.E.E. Book!
Things to work on at home
Sight word practice
· Help your child learn their sight words J write the date you tested your child on the top and mark in the boxes corresponding to the words when you child reads them correctly. There are a lot of words to begin with and we have not taught every word yet so start slow with your child. Just exposing your child to these words will help. Initial that you worked on these with your child. We will also use this sheet at school. When your child is proficient on the sheet we will add new words. When your child fills up a sheet they will receive a reward for working so hard.
· The classroom books are for practicing at home. One book at a time will be checked out by your child. Your child should be practicing reading this book to you. Once you feel they are proficient reading the book please sign the form so they can check out a new book J We will also send home paper books in their take home folder… those are for them to keep at home.
· If there is something special we feel your child could use a little help on, or makeup work from a day they missed in school we will put this in their homework folder for them to complete and return to school.
· Inside your child’s zip-up pouch there are flash cards that your child should practice daily at home. These cards are differentiated to your child’s needs and will change over time. It is important that even though your child may know the words/letters/numbers they continue to practice them for complete mastery.