The Gingerbread Unit! Week of December 11-15

This Week:

Thursday, Dec. 14th: Rohan’s 6th Birthday

Friday, Dec. 15th & Monday, Dec. 18th: Unit 2 Fundations Test

Thursday, Dec. 21st: Class Holiday Party, 1:00pm

As the weather has turned colder, please make sure that your child wears a winter coat to school so that they can play outside at Recess.  If it is below 45 degrees, I usually don’t take the children outside.

Our gingerbread unit continues!  This week, some of our featured gingerbread activities include writing about the gingerbread girl and a surprise activity!  We will also use gingerbread-themed math and reading stations!

The Gingerbread Unit! Week of December 4-8

This Week:

All Week: Holiday Shop open during school hours

Thursday, December 7th: Sloan’s 6th Birthday!

Sunday, December 10th: Alexandra’s 6th Birthday!

The Gingerbread Unit!

This week, some of our featured gingerbread unit activities include writing about the gingerbread baby and using the gingerbread man to play a counting by 10s game.  We will also use gingerbread-themed math and reading stations!  It should be lots of fun!!

The Gingerbread Unit! Week of November 27-December 1

The Gingerbread Unit!

It’s time for the gingerbread unit!  This is my favorite unit of the year and will be incorporated in all academic areas.  Our gingerbread unit is quite a big endeavor.  Therefore, it will run through December and into the first week of January.  The tale of the gingerbread man is actually a folk tale that is not related to the holidays at all!  In this way, it is the perfect unit to do during winter, as it celebrates the holidays (with our many gingerbread activities), but does not focus specifically on Christmas.

We will read almost 20 different versions of the gingerbread tale.  We will do many comprehension activities in which we retell the story using popsicle stick puppets, sequence the story, and make different kinds of gingerbread people.  The unit lends itself to an amazing amount of learning, and the children always love it!  Each week, we will focus on 3-4 different gingerbread books.  I look forward to having a wonderful time with the children!

 

FYI

Thank you to the parents who sent in food for our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast!  We had a great time, and the children did a wonderful job using their manners and trying new foods! 🙂

Please remember to send your child to school with a jacket/ coat for Recess and dismissal!  We go outside for Recess at 11:30am.  Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Week:

Monday, November 20th: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

Thursday, November 23rd: Madalyn’s 6th Birthday!

Wednesday, November 22nd  Sunday, November 26th: Thanksgiving Break

 

Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

Week of November 13-17

This Week:

Thursday, November 16th: Interims go home

Monday, November 20th: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

Wednesday, November 22nd Friday, November 24th: Thanksgiving Break

 

With the cool weather of fall, please remember to send your child to school with a coat/ jacket!  We go outside for Recess at 11:30am.  Thank you!

Please send your child to school with a snack each day!  I will no longer be providing extra snacks in the classroom.  Thank you!

Week of November 6-10

This Week:

Tuesday, November 7th: Election Day/ No School for Students!

Friday, November 10th: Veterans Day Lunch

With the cool weather of fall, please remember to send your child to school with a coat/ jacket!  We go outside for Recess at 11:30am.  Thank you!

Please send your child to school with a snack each day!  I will no longer be providing extra snacks in the classroom.  Thank you!

Week of October 30-November 3

This Week:

Tuesday, October 31st: Happy Halloween!

Saturday, November 4th: Zoey’s 6th Birthday!

Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day/ No School for Students!

 

Students are not allowed to wear costumes on Halloween!  Thank you!

With the cool weather of fall, please remember to send your child to school with a coat/ jacket!  We go outside for Recess at 11:30am.  Thank you!

Please send your child to school with a snack each day!  I will no longer be providing extra snacks in the classroom.  Thank you!

Week of October 23-27

This Week:

Sunday, October 22nd: Hamilton’s 6th Birthday!

Friday, October 27th: Muffins with Mom

Thank you to Robert Christensen and Dawn Smith for joining us as chaperones on our field trip to the pumpkin patch!  Thank you also to the other parents who enjoyed the day with us!  We had a wonderful time! 🙂

With the cool weather of fall, please remember to send your child to school with a coat/ jacket!  We go outside for Recess at 11:30am.  Thank you!

Please send your child to school with a snack each day!  I will no longer be providing extra snacks in the classroom.  Thank you!

Week of October 9-13

This Week:

Friday, October 13th: End of 1st 9 weeks/ Early Dismissal, 12:45pm

Monday, October 16th: No School/ Fall Break

Friday, October 20th: Kindergarten Field Trip to Belvedere Plantation

 

I will be absent next Tuesday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 18thMy dad is having heart surgery.

We will be going on our Kindergarten field trip to Belvedere Plantation on Friday, October 20th!  The cost for the trip is $13.00.  I am only allowed to have 2 chaperones ride the bus, and those spots have already been filled.  If you would still like to be a chaperone, you are welcome to drive separately and meet us there! 🙂

Please send your child to school with a snack each day!  I will no longer be providing extra snacks in the classroom.  Thank you!

Week of October 2-6

This Week:

All Week: Fall PALS Testing

Wednesday, Oct. 4th: Fall Picture Day

If your child buys lunch, please try to remember to pack them a snack.  I do not always have extra snacks in the classroom.  Please also remember to pack any utensils needed, such as a spoon for pudding.  Thank you!

PALS Testing for all Kindergarten students will take place from September 25 – October 6.  PALS stands for Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening.  It is a series of assessments that help us to determine if the students possess reading readiness skills. 

These skills include alphabet recognition, beginning letter sounds (in isolation), beginning letter sounds (with pictures), rhyming words, spelling (being able to blend letter sounds to spell 3-letter words), and concept of word (sight words, as well as the ability to recognize what a word is & that long words have more letters than short words.)  These concepts may seem very simple, but they are important.  We DO NOT expect the children to be ready to read this early in the school year.  The PALS test gives us a comprehensive view of where each child is and what skills they need to learn. 

There are several sections to the PALS test.  The test is administered individually or in small groups of 3-4 students.

Week of September 25-29

This Week:

All Week: Fall PALS Testing

All Week: Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, Sept. 28th: Parent/ Teacher Conferences, 4:30-7:45pm

Friday, Sept. 29th: Mrs. Peacemaker’s Birthday!

A note on ice cream: Many children are buying ice cream at lunch, but only eating the ice cream and not eating their lunches.  Please keep in mind that we eat at 10:45am, and that is when they are having ice cream!  Please only send ice cream money on Fridays, to ensure that your children are eating lunch each day.  Thank you!

PALS Testing for all Kindergarten students will take place from September 25 – October 6.  PALS stands for Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening.  It is a series of assessments that help us to determine if the students possess reading readiness skills. 

These skills include alphabet recognition, beginning letter sounds (in isolation), beginning letter sounds (with pictures), rhyming words, spelling (being able to blend letter sounds to spell 3-letter words), and concept of word (sight words, as well as the ability to recognize what a word is & that long words have more letters than short words.)  These concepts may seem very simple, but they are important.  We DO NOT expect the children to be ready to read this early in the school year.  The PALS test gives us a comprehensive view of where each child is and what skills they need to learn.  

There are several sections to the PALS test.  The test is administered individually or in small groups of 3-4 students.

If your child buys lunch, please try to remember to pack them a snack.  I do not always have extra snacks in the classroom.  Please also remember to pack any utensils needed, such as a spoon for pudding.  Thank you!

Please remember to have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Week of September 18-22

This Week:

Tuesday, September 19th: Cooper’s 5th Birthday!

 

A note on ice cream: Many children are buying ice cream at lunch, but only eating the ice cream and not eating their lunches.  Please keep in mind that we eat at 10:45am, and that is when they are having ice cream!  Please only send ice cream money on Fridays, to ensure that your children are eating lunch each day.  Thank you!

Kindergarten Homework has begun!  It will normally be sent home on Mondays and needs to be returned on Fridays.  Each day’s activity should take less than 15 minutes to complete.  Homework is used to reinforce skills we are learning in the classroom.  Even if homework is returned early, it will still not be checked until Friday.

If your child completes ALL of the homework, he will get to move his clip to Blue on Friday.

If your child buys lunch, please try to remember to pack them a snack.  I do not always have extra snacks in the classroom.  Please also remember to pack any utensils needed, such as a spoon for pudding.  Thank you!

Please remember to have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Week of September 11-15

This Week:

Thursday, September 14th: Interims go home

 

Kindergarten Homework has begun!  It will normally be sent home on Mondays and needs to be returned on Fridays.  Each day’s activity should take less than 15 minutes to complete.  Homework is used to reinforce skills we are learning in the classroom.  Even if homework is returned early, it will still not be checked until Friday.

If your child completes ALL of the homework, he will get to move his clip to Blue on Friday.

If your child buys lunch, please try to remember to pack them a snack.  I do not always have extra snacks in the classroom.  Please also remember to pack any utensils needed, such as a spoon for pudding.  Thank you!

Please remember to have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Week of September 5-8

This Week:

Thursday, September 7th: Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30pm

Last week, we started learning our rainbow sight words!  A letter will go home on Tuesday informing you of the 10 red words.

Kindergarten Homework has begun!  It will normally be sent home on Mondays and needs to be returned on Fridays.  Each day’s activity should take less than 15 minutes to complete.  Homework is used to reinforce skills we are learning in the classroom.  Even if homework is returned early, it will still not be checked until Friday.

If your child completes ALL of the homework, he will get to move his clip to Blue on Friday.

Please remember to have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Week of August 28 – September 1

This Week:

Sunday, September 3rd: Mateo’s 6th Birthday!

Monday, September 4th: Labor Day– No School!

Kindergarten Homework begins this week!  On some days, there will be letter writing practice.  Feel free to use fun things to write with—pens, markers, colored pencils, chalk, etc.!  Other days, you will simply need to read together with your child.  The reading logs are for you to write down what books you read together. 

Homework is not required, but it is encouraged.  Homework is always due on Friday!

This week, we will begin learning our rainbow sight words.  A letter will go home about this on Monday.  The first 10 words are red words!

We have snack time every day around 3:00pm.  Please try to send a snack with your child because I do not always have extra snacks.  Please try to send nutritious snacks if possible.  If you would like to send in snacks for the whole class, you are more than welcome!  Thank you!

Please remember to send a complete change of clothes for your child! 🙂

Please remember to have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for P.E.!

 

Fundations & Star Students

Fundations is a phonics program at Bowling Green Elementary School.  In Kindergarten, it provides systematic, daily instruction on skills such as: letters/ letter sounds, handwriting, comprehension skills, phonics/ word study, vocabulary, and spelling.  This week, we will learn the letters/ sounds for M & N.  We will also begin working on handwriting and comprehension skills.

We also spend part of our reading block on Star Student activities for the first 5 weeks of school.  Each day, I randomly choose a child’s name out of a bag.  That student is the Star Student of the day.  We learn the Star Student’s name by doing a “name cheer”, making the name with magnetic letters, writing the name, and drawing detailed pictures of the Star Student.  Every child will have the opportunity to be the Star Student!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome to Mrs. Peacemaker’s Kindergarten class!  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with your children.  This page is updated weekly, along with the tabs (on the left), which will show you what we are learning about each week.

This week, we will continue learning our procedures and routines.  Each child will have an opportunity to be the Star Student.  Star Students will help to learn each other’s names, how to spell and write each other’s names, and how to draw appropriate pictures of each other.  It is fun, and the kids will learn to write their letters at the same time!

If you need to reach me during the school day, it is best to email me.  My email address is apeacemaker@ccps.us.  I check my email several times a day. 🙂

Weeks of May 15-24

Birthdays & Special Events!

Monday, May 15th: Letter S: Sunglasses Day!  Connor’s early 6th birthday!

Tuesday, May 16th: Letter T: Team t-shirt Day! 

Wednesday, May 17th: Letter U: Under the Desk Day!  Cristal’s early 6th birthday!

Thursday, May 18th: Letter V: Very Special Show & Tell! 

Friday, May 19th: Letter W: Kindergarten Water Day!  Jashiya’s early 7th birthday!

Monday, May 22nd: Letter X: BGE’s Extreme Carnival (Kindergarten 9:00-10:30am)

Tuesday, May 23rd: End-of-Year Kindergarten Class Party, 2:00pm

Wednesday, May 24th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!

 

FYI

We are running low on baby wipes & Clorox wipes, so any donations are much appreciated! 🙂

Thursday, May 18th is Very Special Show & Tell Day!  Each child is allowed to bring in one item for a special Show-and-Tell.  

Our End-of-Year Class Party will be on Tuesday, May 23rd at 2:00pm.  Each child will receive a Kindergarten diploma and a special award.  Families are welcome!!

Week of May 8-12

This Week:

All Week: Spring PALS Test

Tuesday, May 9th: Letter O: Outside Day!  We will learn outside.

Wednesday, May 10th Letter P: Popcorn Day!  *Donations Needed*

Thursday, May 11th: Letter Q: Quiet Day!  Bring a book to share.

Friday, May 12th: Letter R: Relay Day!  We will have relays at recess.

Monday, May 15th: Letter S: Sunglasses Day!  Wear your sunglasses to school.  Connor’s early 6th birthday!

 

FYI

Several children in our class have summer birthdays: Connor, Cristal, and Jashiya.  In order to give them each their own special day, we will designate a day in May that will serve as their “early birthday”.  Families of these children are welcome to send in cupcakes/ cookies on their “early birthdays”, just as other children do on their birthdays!  Birthdays will be celebrated on the following days:

Monday, May 15th: Connor

Wednesday, May 17th: Cristal

Friday, May 19th: Jashiya

We look forward to giving them a special day!

I will be giving the Spring PALS test this week!  This test helps determines a child’s reading readiness. 

Thank you to the families who have donated Clorox wipes!  We are still running low, so any donations are much appreciated! 🙂

Week of May 1-5

This Week:

All Week: Teacher Appreciation Week!

Tuesday, May 2nd: Letter J: Jump Rope Day!  Bring your jump rope to school.

Wednesday, May 3rd: Letter K: Karaoke Day!  We will sing kid-friendly songs.

Thursday, May 4th: Letter L: Lollipops & Lemonade! *Donations Needed*

Friday, May 5th: Letter M: Movie Day!

Monday, May 8th: Letter N: Next Year, We are 1st Graders!  We will visit a 1st grade class.

FYI

Thank you to the parents who came out to help on Field Day last week!  We had a terrific time, and the children showed great sportsmanship. 🙂

We have begun Unit 5 of Fundations, which focuses on reading and writing sentences.

Thank you to the families who have donated Clorox wipes!  We are still running low, so any donations are much appreciated! 🙂

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

I will not meet with Reading Groups this week as I continue Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments with each student.

Week of April 24-28

This Week:

Tuesday, April 25th: Travis’s 6th Birthday!  Letter E: Excellent Artists!

Wednesday, April 26th: Letter F: Fish & Frisbees Day!

Thursday, April 27th: Letter G: Games & Fun on Field Day!  Kindergarten-2nd grade Field Day

Friday, April 28th: Letter H: Hat Day!

Saturday, April 29th: Riley’s 6th Birthday!

Monday, May 1st: Letter I: Ice Pop Day!

FYI:

I will be absent on Monday, April 24th.

This week will be the final week of Homework for the school year!

We are running low on Clorox wipes in our classroom!  Any donations are greatly appreciated! 🙂

We have begun Unit 5 of Fundations, which focuses on reading and writing sentences.

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

I will not meet with Reading Groups this week as I begin Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments with each student.

Week of April 18-21

This Week:

Wednesday, April 19th: Jefferson’s 6th Birthday!  Letter A: Animal Day! (Bring a stuffed animal.)

Thursday, April 20th: Interims go home; Letter B: Beach Day! (Bring a beach towel & a book.)

Friday, April 21st: Letter C: Crazy Hair Day!

Monday, April 24th: Letter D: Dance Party!

 

Be on the look-out for our ABC Countdown to the End of the Kindergarten, which will begin on Wednesday.

We are running low on Clorox wipes in our classroom!  Any donations are greatly appreciated! 🙂

I will be absent on Monday, April 24th.

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

I will only meet with Reading Groups on Friday this week so that I can complete the Unit 4 Fundations test.

Week of April 3-7

This Week:

Thursday, April 6th: Spring Egg Hunt, 1:30pm

Friday, April 7th: Kindergarten Field Trip to the Richmond Children’s Museum

Monday, April 10th Monday, April 17th: Spring Break/ No School

Sunday, April 16th: Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 18th: School Reopens

Our Spring Field Trip to the Richmond Children’s Museum is on Friday, April 7thI am only allowed to have 2 chaperones ride the bus, and those spots have already been filled.  You are more than welcome to follow the bus and be a chaperone upon arrival.  All students are $8, and chaperones are $4.  Please return permission slips and money as soon as possible!

We are running low on Clorox wipes in our classroom!  Any donations are greatly appreciated! 🙂

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Week of March 27-31

This Week:

Friday, March 31st: Abigail’s 6th Birthday!

Friday, April 7th: Kindergarten Field Trip to the Richmond Children’s Museum

Our Spring Field Trip to the Richmond Children’s Museum is on Friday, April 7thI am only allowed to have 2 chaperones ride the bus, and those spots have already been filled.  You are more than welcome to follow the bus and be a chaperone upon arrival.  All students are $8, and chaperones are $4.  Please return permission slips and money as soon as possible!

I will be absent on Friday, March 31st.

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Week of March 20-24

This Week:

Wednesday, March 22nd: Spring & Class Picture Day

Friday, March 24th: Career Day

 

Our Spring Field Trip to the Richmond Children’s Museum is on Friday, April 7thI am only allowed to have 2 chaperones ride the bus, and those spots have already been filled.  You are more than welcome to follow the bus and be a chaperone upon arrival.  All students are $8 and chaperones are $4.  Please return permission slips and money as soon as possible!

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Last week, we began Unit 4 of Fundations.  This unit will focus on learning five digraphs: sh, ch, th, wh, ck.  We will learn to read and spell words that begin and end with these sounds.  To show that these sounds stick together & make one sound, we underline them in words.  For example: math, ship, chat.

Week of March 14-17

This Week:

Thursday, March 16th: Report Cards go home

Friday, March 17th: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Last week, we began Unit 4 of Fundations.  This unit will focus on learning five digraphs: sh, ch, th, wh, ck.  We will learn to read and spell words that begin and end with these sounds.  To show that these sounds stick together & make one sound, we underline them in words.  For example: math, ship, chat.

Week of March 6-10

This Week:

Tuesday, March 7th: Kelcie’s 6th Birthday!

Thursday, March 9th: End of 3rd 9 weeks

Friday, March 10th: No School; Teacher Workday

Monday, March 13th: No School; Teacher Workday

 

I will not meet with Reading Groups Tuesday – Thursday because I will be giving the Unit 3 Fundations test.

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

This week, we will begin Unit 4 of Fundations.  This unit will focus on learning five digraphs: sh, ch, th, wh, ck.  We will learn to read and spell words that begin and end with these sounds.  To show that these sounds stick together & make one sound, we underline them in words.  For example: math, ship, chat.

Week of February 27 – March 3

All Week: Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, Feb. 28th: Wear Green for Dr. Seuss!

Wednesday, March 1st: Mismatch Day for Dr. Seuss!

Thursday, March 2nd: Wear Red & White for Dr. Seuss; Dr. Seuss Reading Night, 6:00-7:15pm

Friday, March 3rd: Wear a Vacation Shirt for Dr. Seuss!

 

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

We will be taking the Unit 3 Fundations Test Thursday and Friday of this week during Reading Groups!

Week of February 21 – 24

The children have earned another whole class reward for excellent behavior!  Their reward is that there will be NO HOMEWORK this week!  🙂

As part of Black History Month, each Kindergarten class is learning about an African-American who has made history.  We are learning about Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman astronaut.  We will read about her & create our own space shuttles! 

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

 

Week of February 13-17

Tuesday, Feb. 14th: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, Feb. 16th: Early Dismissal, 12:45pm; Parent/ Teacher Conferences, 1:15-7:30pm

Friday, Feb. 17th: Student Holiday/ Teacher Workday

Monday, Feb. 20th: No School; Presidents’ Day Holiday

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

If you would like to meet with me for a parent/ teacher conference, you MUST sign up ahead of time.  If Thursday does not work for you, I am happy to set up a time on another day. 🙂

Week of February 6-10

Saturday, Feb. 4th: Channing’s 6th Birthday & Lydia’s 6th Birthday!

Sunday, Feb. 5th: Emerson’s 6th Birthday!

Wednesday, Feb. 8th: Olivia’s 6th Birthday & Anya’s 6th Birthday!

Thursday, Feb. 9th: Syhara’s 6th Birthday!

Friday, Feb. 10th: Donuts with Dad, 9am; Teddy Bear Day in Mrs. Peacemaker’s Class!

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

As the weather has turned colder, please make sure that your child wears a winter coat to school so that they can play outside at Recess.  If it is below 45 degrees, I usually don’t take the children outside.

Week of January 30-February 3

This Week:

Thursday, Feb. 2nd: Interims go home

Saturday, Feb. 4th: Lydia’s 6th Birthday & Channing’s 6th Birthday!

Sunday, Feb. 5th: Emerson’s 6th Birthday!

 

I will be absent on Wednesday, February 1st.

I will be finishing Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessments this week!  Fountas and Pinnell is an assessment that is given individually and will help me to determine your child’s reading level.  I hope to meet with reading groups at the end of the week.

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

As the weather has turned colder, please make sure that your child wears a winter coat to school so that they can play outside at Recess.  If it is below 45 degrees, I usually don’t take the children outside.

Week of January 23-27

Wednesday, January 25th will be our 100th day of school!  This is a big deal in Kindergarten because we will celebrate being 100 days smarter.  The day will be filled with activities focused on the number 100, including stations, crafts, snacks, and math activities.  🙂

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessments began last Friday.  I will not be meeting with Reading Groups until these assessments are completeFountas and Pinnell is an assessment that is given individually and will help me to determine your child’s reading level.

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

As the weather has turned colder, please make sure that your child wears a winter coat to school so that they can play outside at Recess.  If it is below 45 degrees, I usually don’t take the children outside.

January 17-20

All Week: Midyear PALS Testing

Friday, Jan. 20th: Kindergarten & 1st Grade Awards Assembly, 10am; College Day!

Wednesday, Jan. 25th: 100th Day of School!

If your child is receiving an award at the Kindergarten/ 1st Grade Awards Assembly, you received a letter with your child’s report card.  The Awards Assembly is on Friday, January 20th in the Community Center Auditorium!

I will not be meeting with Reading Groups during Midyear PALS Testing.  All student who scored 40 or below on Fall PALS will take Midyear PALS.

As the weather has turned colder, please make sure that your child wears a winter coat to school so that they can play outside at Recess.  If it is below 45 degrees, I usually don’t take the children outside.

January 10-13

ALL WEEK: Midyear PALS Testing

Tuesday, Jan. 10th: Report Cards go home

Thursday, Jan. 12th: BGE Food Lion Night, 5:30-6:30—I will be there!!

Monday, Jan. 16th: Martin Luther King, Jr. DayNo School!

I will not be meeting with Reading Groups during Midyear PALS Testing.  All student who scored 40 or below on Fall PALS will take Midyear PALS.

I will be absent on Wednesday, January 11th.

As the weather has turned colder, please make sure that your child wears a winter coat to school so that they can play outside at Recess.  If it is below 45 degrees, I usually don’t take the children outside.

Week of January 4-6

Happy New Year!!  Welcome back!

As the weather has turned colder, please make sure that your child wears a winter coat to school so that they can play outside at Recess.  If it is below 45 degrees, I usually don’t take the children outside.

Thank you to the families who sent items in for our holiday party!  Thank you to Naeda Gustard, Joanne Maloney & Tracey Mallory for their help during our holiday party.  The children had a terrific time! 🙂

The Week Before Christmas!

We have a fun, short week ahead, filled with holiday activities and treats!  On Monday, we will have Polar Express Day!  We will read the book, draw pictures of the Polar Express using oil pastels, watch the movie, and drink hot chocolate!  We will also share our gingerbread traps.

On Tuesday, we will read Gingerbread Pirates, make our own gingerbread pirates, open presents, and have our holiday party!

On Friday, we will read, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and we will make teacher-directed Rudolph drawings!  School will be dismissed at 12:45pm on Friday! 

 

Monday, Dec. 19th: Polar Express Day!

Tuesday, Dec. 20th: Class Holiday Party, 2:15pm

Wednesday, Dec. 21st: Early Dismissal, 12:45pm; End of 2nd 9 weeks

Thursday, Dec. 22nd Tuesday, Jan. 3rd: Winter Break!

Wednesday, Jan. 4th: School Reopens

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Week of December 12-16

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, Dec. 15th: Taralyn’s 6th Birthday!

Thursday, Dec. 15th & Friday, Dec. 16th: Unit 2 Fundations Test

Tuesday, Dec. 20th: Class Holiday Party, 2:15pm

Wednesday, Dec. 21st: Early Dismissal, 12:45pm; End of 2nd 9 weeks

Thursday, December 22nd – Tuesday, January 3rd: Winter Break!

As the weather has turned colder, please make sure that your child wears a winter coat to school so that they can play outside at Recess.  If it is below 45 degrees, I usually don’t take the children outside.

Our gingerbread unit continues!  This week, some of our featured gingerbread activities include writing about the gingerbread girl, creating a gingerbread craft, and a surprise activity!  We will also use gingerbread-themed math and reading stations!  It should be lots of fun!!

Week of December 5-9

BGE Holiday Spirit Week!

Monday, Dec. 5th: Wear your favorite holiday socks!

Tuesday, Dec. 6th: Wear your favorite holiday hat!  BGE Book It Night at Pizza Hut, 5-7pm

Wednesday, Dec. 7th: Wear your holiday pajamas!

Thursday, Dec. 8th: Wear red and green!

Friday, Dec. 9th: Wear a tacky holiday sweater!

On Wednesday, December 7th, your child can wear pajamas to school!  Your child is welcome to bring slippers to wear in the classroom, but must wear sneakers to shoes.  Please remember that we have P.E. that day!

Our gingerbread unit is quite a big endeavor.  It will last for 4-5 weeks.  Therefore, it will run through December and into January. 

This week, some of our featured gingerbread activities include writing about the gingerbread baby, using the gingerbread man to play a counting by 5s & 10s game, and counting by 10s with gingerbread men.  We will also use gingerbread-themed math and reading stations!  It should be lots of fun!!

Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2 & The Gingerbread Unit!!

 

Our gingerbread unit is quite a big endeavor.  Therefore, it will run through December and into the first week of January.  The tale of the gingerbread man is actually a folk tale that is not related to the holidays at all!  In this way, it is the perfect unit to do during winter, as it celebrates the holidays (with our many gingerbread activities), but does not focus specifically on Christmas.

We will read almost 20 different versions of the gingerbread tale.  We will do many comprehension activities in which we retell the story using popsicle stick puppets, sequence the story, and make different kinds of gingerbread people.  The unit lends itself to an amazing amount of learning, and the children always love it!  Each week, we will focus on 3-4 different gingerbread books.  I look forward to having a wonderful time with the children!

This week, we will create popsicle sticks to retell the gingerbread man story.  We will also taste gingerbread men & create a graph showing where we took our first bite!  

 

Thank you to the parents who sent in food for our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast!  We had a great time, and the children did a wonderful job using their manners and trying new foods!  🙂

Please remember to wear sneakers on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 It is a very short week, but we will do lots of Thanksgiving activities!  We will celebrate all of the things we have learned about Thanksgiving by creating a Pocahontas craft.  We will also create a “horn book” to understand how Pilgrim children learned. (Social Studies SOL K.1, 9, 10).

  In Reading, we typically work on many SOLs at once, as they all build on one another.  This week, we will read several more Thanksgiving books, including The Night Before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving is Here & Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving.  We will review the sight words we have learned, as well as the poems we have learned.  We will celebrate Thanksgiving with our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast on Monday at 2:15pm!

 

Birthdays & Special Events!

Thursday, November 24th: Giovanni’s 6th Birthday!

Wednesday, November 23rd-Friday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Break

 

 

 

 

 

FYI

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! J

 

 

 

Week of November 14-18

The students are excited about their Read Every Day (R.E.D.) folders!  I had many children turn their folders in at one time on Friday, so I will do my best to read with 2-3 children each morning.  This way, each child gets the chance to show me how they can read their R.E.D. folder book!  Thank you for your support! 🙂

Important Dates:

Wednesday, November 16th: Interims go home

Monday, November 21st: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

Wednesday, November 23rd-Friday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Break

With the cool weather of fall, please remember to send your child to school with a coat/ jacket!  We go outside for Recess around 1:00pm.  Thank you!

Week of November 7-11

All Week: Scholastic Book Fair in the Library

Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day/ No School/ Teacher Workday

Friday, November 11th: Veterans Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue!

 

Read Every Day (R.E.D.) Folders

We are beginning Kindergarten “Read Every Day” (R.E.D.) folders this week!  Look for your child’s R.E.D. folder, along with a letter and a reading log.  The book in your child’s R.E.D. folder should be on their current reading level.  Read Every Day folders are to encourage your child’s reading at home. 

 

With the cool weather of fall, please remember to send your child to school with a coat/ jacket!  We go outside for Recess around 1:00pm.  Thank you!

Week of October 31-November 4

Important Dates:

Monday, October 31st: Happy Halloween!

Thursday, November 3rd: Fall Make-up Pictures

Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day/ No School/ Teacher Workday

Thank you to the moms and grandmoms who came on Friday morning to join us for Muffins with Mom!  We enjoyed having you! 🙂

With the cool weather of fall, please remember to send your child to school with a coat/ jacket!  We go outside for Recess around 1:00pm.  Thank you!

Week of October 24-28

 

Important Dates:

Monday, October 24th: Wear Red!

Tuesday, October 25th: Makyia’s 6th Birthday!  Wear your favorite hat or crazy hair!

Wednesday, October 26th: Wear your favorite sports shirt/ jersey.

Thursday, October 27th: Wear a mismatched outfit!  Early Dismissal, 12:45pm; Parent/ Teacher Conferences, 1:15-7:30pm

Friday, October 28th: Wear a school shirt or school colors (Purple & Yellow).  PTA Costume Party.

Thank you to Eva Carmine, Carrie Jackson, Shakyla Robinson, Heather Casey, Naeda Gustard, Tracey Mallory, and Joanne Maloney for joining us as chaperones on our field trip to the pumpkin patch!  Thank you also to the other parents who enjoyed the day with us!  We had a wonderful time! 🙂

If you would like to meet with me for a parent/ teacher conference, you MUST sign up ahead of time.  If Thursday, October 27th does not work for you, I am happy to set up a time on another day.

With the cool weather of fall, please remember to send your child to school with a coat/ jacket!  We go outside for Recess around 1:00pm.  Thank you!

Week of October 17-21 & Our Field Trip!

We will be going on our Kindergarten field trip to Belvedere Plantation on Friday, October 21st!

I am only allowed to have 2 chaperones ride the bus, and those spots have already been filled.  Parents/ Guardians are welcome to follow the bus and meet us there!

Please turn in your field trip permission forms and money ($12) ASAP!! 🙂

 

This Week:

Wednesday, October 19th: Report Cards go home

Friday, October 21st: Kindergarten Field Trip to Belvedere Plantation

Week of October 10-14

Thursday, October 13th: End of 1st 9 weeks

Friday, October 14th: Teacher Workday

Friday, October 21st: Kindergarten Field Trip to Belvedere Plantation

FYI

I will be absent on Thursday, October 13th.

We will be going on our Kindergarten field trip to Belvedere Plantation on Friday, October 21stI am only allowed to have 2 chaperones ride the bus, and those spots have already been filled.  If you would still like to be a chaperone, you are welcome to drive separately and meet us there! 🙂

Please be mindful of picking up your children early from school!  I understand that family emergencies and situations arise.  However, if a child is picked up at 12:00pm, they are missing the majority of reading instruction, as well as all of math and science/ social studies.  This is because we have Specials and lunch before 11:30am.  Thank you!

Week of October 3-7

The BGE Color Run is on Tuesday, October 4th.  Kindergarten will be participating from 11:30am-12:00pm.  Due to anonymous donations, our entire class will be participating!  Please send in a change of clothes for your child on this dayjust in case!!

PALS Testing for all Kindergarten students will take place from September 26 – October 7.  PALS stands for Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening.  It is a series of assessments that help us to determine if the students possess reading readiness skills. 

These skills include alphabet recognition, beginning letter sounds (in isolation), beginning letter sounds (with pictures), rhyming words, spelling (being able to blend letter sounds to spell 3-letter words), and concept of word (sight words, as well as the ability to recognize what a word is & that long words have more letters than short words.)  These concepts may seem very simple, but they are important.  We DO NOT expect the children to be ready to read this early in the school year.  The PALS test gives us a comprehensive view of where each child is and what skills they need to learn.  

Week of September 26-30

I will be at a training at school on Wednesday, September 28thWhile I will be in the school building, I will not be in my classroom all day.  A substitute will be there instead.  This is the last training!

The BGE Color Run is on Thursday, September 29th (which is also my birthday!).  Kindergarten will be participating from 11:30am-12:00pm.  Due to anonymous donations, our entire class will be participating!  Please send in a change of clothes for your child on this dayjust in case!!

PALS Testing for all Kindergarten students will take place from September 26 – October 7.  PALS stands for Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening.  It is a series of assessments that help us to determine if the students possess reading readiness skills. 

These skills include alphabet recognition, beginning letter sounds (in isolation), beginning letter sounds (with pictures), rhyming words, spelling (being able to blend letter sounds to spell 3-letter words), and concept of word (sight words, as well as the ability to recognize what a word is & that long words have more letters than short words.)  These concepts may seem very simple, but they are important.  We DO NOT expect the children to be ready to read this early in the school year.  The PALS test gives us a comprehensive view of where each child is and what skills they need to learn. 

Week of September 19-23

I will be absent on Tuesday, September 20th.  I will be at a training off school grounds. 

I will be at a training at school on Thursday, September 22ndWhile I will be in the school building, I will not be in my classroom all day.  A substitute will be there instead.

Kindergarten Homework has begun!  It will normally be sent home on Mondays and needs to be returned on Fridays.  Each day’s activity should take less than 15 minutes to complete.  Homework is used to reinforce skills we are learning in the classroom.  Even if homework is returned early, it will still not be checked until Friday.

A note on Kindergarten homework: The top row of activities on the homework calendar are for everyone.  The bottom row of activities are the “Bonus” parts of the homework.  They are not required, but will provide an additional challenge if your child needs it.  If your child completes ALL of the regular homework, he will get to move his clip to Blue on Friday.  If your child completes ALL of the regular homework & the bonus, your child will get to move his/ her clip to Purple on Friday.

Week of September 12-16

Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 13th: Interims go home

Thursday, September 15th: Back to School Night, 6-7:30pm

I will be at a training at school on Thursday, September 15thWhile I will be in the school building, I will not be in my classroom all day.  A substitute will be there instead.

Kindergarten Homework has begun!  It will normally be sent home on Mondays and needs to be returned on Fridays.  Each day’s activity should take less than 15 minutes to complete.  Homework is used to reinforce skills we are learning in the classroom.  Even if homework is returned early, it will still not be checked until Friday.

A note on Kindergarten homework: The top row of activities on the homework calendar are for everyone.  The bottom row of activities are the “Bonus” parts of the homework.  They are not required, but will provide an additional challenge if your child needs it.  If your child completes ALL of the regular homework, he will get to move his clip to Blue on Friday.  If your child completes ALL of the regular homework & the bonus, your child will get to move his/ her clip to Purple on Friday.

Please remember to have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Week of September 6-9

Last week, we started learning our rainbow sight words!  A letter will go home on Tuesday informing you of the 10 red words.

Kindergarten Homework has begun!  It will normally be sent home on Mondays and needs to be returned on Fridays.  Each day’s activity should take less than 15 minutes to complete.  Homework is used to reinforce skills we are learning in the classroom.  Even if homework is returned early, it will still not be checked until Friday.

A note on Kindergarten homework: The top row of activities on the homework calendar are for everyone.  The bottom row of activities are the “Bonus” parts of the homework.  They are not required, but will provide an additional challenge if your child needs it.  If your child completes ALL of the regular homework, he will get to move his clip to Blue on Friday.  If your child completes ALL of the regular homework & the bonus, your child will get to move his/ her clip to Purple on Friday.

Please remember to have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for P.E.!

We are continuing with our Star Student activities! Every child will get the chance to be the Star Student.  🙂

Week of August 29 – September 2

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Monday, September 5th is Labor Day!  School will be closed!

We have snack time every day around 3:00pm.  Please try to send nutritious snacks if possible, such as fruit, cereal, granola bars, goldfish, crackers, etc.  If your child brings candy or soda, he/ she will not be allowed to have it for snack.  If you would like to send in snacks for the whole class, you are more than welcome!  Please try to send peanut-free items, as we have a student with a peanut allergy.  Thank you! 🙂

Please remember to send a complete change of clothes for your child.  

Please remember to have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Fundations & Star Students

Fundations is a new reading program at Bowling Green Elementary School this year.  In Kindergarten, it provides systematic, daily instruction on skills such as: letters/ letter sounds, handwriting, comprehension skills, phonics/ word study, vocabulary, and spelling. This week, we will work on the letters/ sounds for T, B, F, M & N.  We will also begin working on handwriting and comprehension skills.

We also spend part of our reading block on Star Student activities for the first 5 weeks of school.  Each day, I randomly choose a child’s name out of a bag.  That student is the Star Student of the day.  Children are always fascinated by their names, and we spend time learning to recognize each other’s names.  We learn the Star Student’s name by doing a “name cheer”, making the name with magnetic letters, writing the name, and drawing detailed pictures of the Star Student.  Every child will have the opportunity to be the Star Student!

Week of August 22-26

Welcome to Kindergarten!

We have snack time every day around 3:00pm.  Please try to send nutritious snacks if possible, such as fruit, cereal, granola bars, goldfish, crackers, etc.  If your child brings candy or soda, he/ she will not be allowed to have it for snack.  If you would like to send in snacks for the whole class, you are more than welcome!  Please try to send peanut-free items, as we have a student with a peanut allergy.  Thank you! 🙂

Please remember to send a complete change of clothes for your child.  Even if your child does not typically have accidents, it is better to be safe than sorry.  Also, we never know when there might be spills or illnesses!

Kindergarten homework will begin the week of August 29th.

Please remember to have your child wear tennis shoes on Wednesdays for P.E.!

Fundations & Star Students

Fundations is a new reading program at Bowling Green Elementary School this year.  In Kindergarten, it provides systematic, daily instruction on skills such as: letters/ letter sounds, handwriting, comprehension skills, phonics/ word study, vocabulary, and spelling.  We will begin this week by learning the letters/ sounds for T, B, and F.  We will also begin working on handwriting and comprehension skills.

We also spend part of our reading block on Star Student activities for the first 5 weeks of school.  Each day, I randomly choose a child’s name out of a bag.  That student is the Star Student of the day.  Children are always fascinated by their names, and we spend time learning to recognize each other’s names.  We learn the Star Student’s name by doing a “name cheer”, making the name with magnetic letters, writing the name, and drawing detailed pictures of the Star Student.  Every child will have the opportunity to be the Star Student!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome to Mrs. Peacemaker’s Kindergarten class!  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with your children.  This page is updated weekly, along with the tabs (on the left), which will show you what we are learning about each week.

This week, we will focus on learning classroom procedures and routines.  We will also begin “Star Students” on Tuesday.  Each child will have an opportunity to be the Star Student.  Star Students will help to learn each other’s names, how to spell and write each other’s names, and how to draw appropriate pictures of each other.  It is fun, and the kids will learn to write their letters at the same time!

Our ABC Countdown continues….


Our ABC Countdown continues!!

Here are the activities for the remainder of the school year:

Monday, May 16th: Letter S: Sunglasses Day! Wear your sunglasses to school.

Tuesday, May 17th: Letter T: Team T-shirt Day!

Wednesday, May 18th: Letter U: Under the Desk Day!  We will learn under our desks.

Thursday, May 19th: Letter V: Very Special Show & Tell and Video Day!  Please bring one item from home to share.

Friday, May 20th: Letter W: Kindergarten Water Day!  Your child MUST bring a COMPLETE change of clothes in order to participate in Water Day.

Monday, May 23rd: Letter X: eXchange Autographs!

Tuesday, May 24th: Letter Y: Year-End Classroom Party & Kindergarten Awards at 2:00pm in our classroom

Wednesday, May 25th: Letter Z: Zip up and Zoom home!  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!

 

  • The Kindergarten Math Benchmark Test was rescheduled and will now be given on Tuesday, May 17th.  Attendance is very important!!! 🙂

 

Summer Birthdays!

Several children in our class have summer birthdays: Jashiya, Brizen, Gabriel, Chester, Arnold & Kayla.  In order to give them each their own special day, we will designate a day in May that will serve as their “early birthday”.  Families of these children are welcome to send in cupcakes/ cookies on their “early birthdays”, just as other children do on their birthdays!  The remaining summer birthdays will be celebrated on the following days:

 

May 16th: Jashiya

May 18th: Chester

May 20th: Gabriel

May 23rd: Brizen

We look forward to giving them a special day!

ABC Countdown for Week of May 9-13 & Summer Birthdays!

Our ABC Countdown continues!!

Here are this week’s activities:

Monday, May 9th: Letter N: Next Year, We Are 1st Graders!  We will visit first grade classrooms.

Tuesday, May 10th: Letter O: Outside Day.  We will learn outside.

Wednesday, May 11th: Letter P: Purple & Popcorn Day!  Wear purple!  We will enjoy a popcorn snack.

Thursday, May 12th: Letter Q: Quiet Day.  Bring a book to share.

Friday, May 13th: Letter R: Relay Day!  We will have relay races!

Monday, May 16th: Letter S: Sunglasses Day! Wear your sunglasses to school.

 

Summer Birthdays!

Several children in our class have summer birthdays: Jashiya, Brizen, Gabriel, Chester, Arnold & Kayla.  In order to give them each their own special day, we will designate a day in May that will serve as their “early birthday”.  Families of these children are welcome to send in cupcakes/ cookies on their “early birthdays”, just as other children do on their birthdays!  Birthdays will be celebrated on the following days:

May 11th: Arnold

May 13th: Kayla

May 16th: Jashiya

May 18th: Chester

May 20th: Gabriel

May 23rd: Brizen

We look forward to giving them a special day!

Week of May 2-6 & ABC Countdown

Important Dates:

May 2nd-6th: Teacher Appreciation Week

ALL WEEK: Spring PALS Testing

Thursday, May 5th: Kindergarten Reading Benchmark Test

NOTE: We are running VERY LOW on Clorox wipes!  I use these to clean the tables in our classroom.  Any donations are welcome! 🙂

Our ABC Countdown continues!!

Here are this week’s activities:

Monday, May 2nd: Letter I: Ice Cream Day.  No money needed. 🙂

Tuesday, May 3rd: Letter J: Jump Rope Day.  Bring a jump rope!

Wednesday, May 4th: Letter K: Karaoke Day.  We will sing songs during the day!

Thursday, May 5th: Letter L: Lollipops & Lemonade!  Donations are needed!!

Friday, May 6th: Letter M: Ms. Jones & Mrs. Metzger Day!  Dress up like a principal.

Monday, May 9th: Letter N: Next Year, We Will Be 1st Graders!  We will visit a 1st grade classroom.

Week of April 25-29 & ABC Countdown

Our ABC Countdown has begun!!

Here are this week’s activities:

Monday, April 25th: Letter D: Dance Party.  Wear your dancing shoes!

Tuesday, April 26th: Letter E: Excellent Artist.  We will have an art contest.

Wednesday, April 27th: Letter F: Fish and Frisbees Day.  We will eat Goldfish crackers and fly frisbees at Recess.

Thursday, April 28th: Letter G: Game Day.  Bring your favorite game to school.

Friday, April 29th: Letter H: Hat Day.

Monday, May 2nd: Letter I: Ice Cream Day.  No money needed. 🙂

Week of April 18-22

Thank you to all of the chaperones who joined us for our field trip: Stacy Foster (Johntay’s mom), Richard Elmore (Destinee’s dad), Shelly Gannon (Gabriel’s mom), and Lance & Katrina Martin (Kayla’s parents).  We had a great time, and all of the help was greatly appreciated! 🙂

I will be absent on Wednesday, April 20th.

Many thanks to Lance & Katrina Martin (Kayla’s parents) for their generous donation of snacks to our classroom!!

Be on the look-out for our ABC Countdown to the End of the Kindergarten, which will be coming home this week!

We are running very low on baby wipes.  Any donations are welcome!

Week of April 11-15

We are going on our Kindergarten Field Trip to the Richmond Children’s Museum on Friday, April 15th!  

Please make sure all money and permission slips are turned in by Wednesday, April 13th

We still need more chaperones, including one to ride the bus with us.  If you are interested, please let me know!  Chaperones are free! 🙂

We are running very low on baby wipes.  Any donations are welcome!

Week of April 4-8

Important Dates:

Thursday, April 7th: Kindergarten-2nd grade Field Day

Friday, April 8th: Kindergarten Registration Day for upcoming Kindergartners

Thursday, April 14th: Career Day

Friday, April 15th: Kindergarten Field Trip to the Richmond Children’s Museum

Kindergarten-2nd grade Field Day is on Thursday, April 7th!!  It will be from 9-11:30am.  It is NOT an all-day event, as the permission slip stated. 

We will come back to school for lunch and a movie. J

Please have your child wear YELLOW and wear sneakers on Field Day!!

If it rains, Field Day will be held in the gym.

Week of March 21-25

Important Dates:

All Week: Scholastic Book Fair in the Library

Tuesday, March 22nd: Sailing on the USS Bowling Green Math and Reading Night, 5:30-7:00pm

Wednesday, March 23rd: Billy’s 6th Birthday!

Sunday, March 27th: Happy Easter!  Alvaro’s 6th Birthday!

Saturday, March 26th – Sunday, April 3rd: Spring Break!  No School

Monday, April 4th: School reopens

  • Please remember to send a snack for your child every day!  I do not always have extra snacks in the classroom.  Also, please remember to send utensils for snack, if needed.  For example, if your child has applesauce, please send in a spoon.

Week of March 7-11

Important Dates:

Thursday, March 10th: Faculty/ Student Basketball Game at CMS, 7pm

Friday, March 11th: End of 3rd 9 weeks

Sunday, March 13th: Daylight Savings Time Begins

Week of February 22-26

Please come out to Food Lion Math Night at the Bowling Green Food Lion on Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:30pm!

Be on the look-out for a letter about our Dr. Seuss week, February 29 – March 4!  Please let me know if you’d like to come read a story to our class that week! 🙂

 

Week of February 16-19

 

Important Events:

Monday, February 15th: Presidents’ Day: No School

Thursday, February 18th: Parent/ Teacher Conferences, 4:30-6:45pm

Friday, February 19th: Donuts with Dad & Flying Squirrels Reading Assembly

  • If you would like to meet with me for a parent/ teacher conference, you MUST sign up ahead of time.  If Feb. 18 does not work for you, I am happy to set up a time on another day. 🙂

Week of February 8 – 12

Important Events:

Wednesday, February 10th: Interims go home

Thursday, February 11th: Parent/ Teacher Conferences, 4:30-6:45pm

Friday, February 12th: We will exchange valentines!

Sunday, February 14th: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 15th: Presidents’ Day: No School

Thursday, February 18th: Parent/ Teacher Conferences, 4:30-6:45pm

  • If you would like to meet with me for a parent/ teacher conference, you MUST sign up ahead of time.  If Feb. 11 & 18 do not work for you, I am happy to set up a time on another day. 🙂

Week of January 19-22

I will not meet with Reading Groups this week as I continue to give Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments.  Fountas and Pinnell is an assessment that is given individually and will help me to determine your child’s reading level.

Last week’s letter about the 100th Day of School cape project incorrectly listed the 100th Day of School as January 26th.  It is actually on Wednesday, January 27th.

Week of January 11-15

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, January 12th: Report Cards go home
  • Friday, January 15th: K-2 Awards Assembly, 1:15pm
    • Note: Only students who are receiving an award will attend this assembly.
  • Monday, January 18th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday: No School

I will not meet with Reading Groups this week due to Midyear PALS Testing and Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments.

Only students who scored below 30 will take Midyear PALS.  

Fountas & Pinnell is a reading assessment that helps me to determine your child’s reading level.  It is given in January and May.

Week of November 30-December 4 & The Gingerbread Unit!!!

Thank you to the parents who sent in food for our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast!  We had a great time, and the children did a wonderful job using their manners and trying new foods!  🙂

Our gingerbread unit is quite a big endeavor.  It will last for 4-5 weeks.  Therefore, it will run through December and into January.  The tale of the gingerbread man is actually a folk tale that is not related to the holidays at all!  In this way, it is the perfect unit to do during winter, as it celebrates the holidays (with our many gingerbread activities), but does not focus specifically on Christmas.

We will read almost 20 different versions of the gingerbread tale.  We will do many comprehension activities in which we act out the story, sequence it, and make different kinds of gingerbread people.  The unit lends itself to an amazing amount of learning material, and the children always love it!  Each week, we will focus on 2-3 different gingerbread books.  I look forward to having a wonderful time with the children!

This week, our books include:

  • The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth
  • The Gingerbread Man by Catherine McCafferty
  • The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
  • Ten Gingerbread Men

Our activities this week include:

  • Creating a gingerbread puzzle
  • Making popsicle stick puppets to help us retell the story of the Gingerbread Man
  • Eating real gingerbread cookies & making a picture graph showing where we took our first bite
  • Sequencing the events of The Gingerbread Boy
  • Using gingerbread men in lots of ordinal position Math activities!!

Week of November 9-13

Please remember to send your child to school with a jacket on cool Fall days.  We go out for Recess around 11:30am.  Thank you!!

 

Thank you to Shelly Gannon for sending in extra snacks for our class!!  🙂

 

With Halloween behind us, please remember not to send your child to school with lots of Halloween candy!  They are welcome to bring ONE piece with lunch or snack.  Candy should NEVER replace snack!  Thank you!!

Week of November 2-6

Please remember– Tuesday, November 3rd is a Teacher Workday and Student Holiday.  There is NO school.  I will not be available to meet for conferences on this day because I will be at a professional conference in Hampton.  Thank you!! 🙂

With Halloween behind us, please remember not to send your child to school with lots of Halloween candy!  They are welcome to bring ONE piece with lunch or snack.  Candy should NEVER replace snack!  Thank you!!

 

 

Week of October 19-23

Kindergarten is going on a Field Trip!  We are going to Westmoreland Berry Farm on Friday, October 23rd.  All permission slips and money need to be turned in ASAP!  I am only allowed to take 2 chaperones, and those spots have already been filled.  Parents are more than welcome to follow the buses and meet us there! :)

 

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Week of October 12-16

Kindergarten is going on a Field Trip!  We are going to Westmoreland Berry Farm on Friday, October 23rd.  All permission slips and money are due by Friday, October 16th.  I am only allowed to take 2 chaperones, and those spots have already been filled.  Parents are more than welcome to follow the buses and meet us there! 🙂

There is no school for students on Friday, October 16th.  It is a Teacher Workday.

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Week of October 5 – 9

We will be going on our Kindergarten Field Trip to Westmoreland Berry Farm on Friday, October 23rd.  Be on the look-out for permissions to be going home soon.

I will be absent on Tuesday, October 6th.

 

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PALS Testing for all Kindergarten students will take place from September 28 – October 9.  PALS stands for Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening.  It is a series of assessments that help us to determine if the students possess reading readiness skills. 

These skills include alphabet recognition, beginning letter sounds (in isolation), beginning letter sounds (with pictures), rhyming words, spelling (being able to blend letter sounds to spell 3-letter words), and concept of word (sight words, as well as the ability to recognize what a word is & that long words have more letters than short words.)  These concepts may seem very simple, but they are important.  We DO NOT expect the children to be ready to read this early in the school year.  The PALS test gives us a comprehensive view of where each child is and what skills they need to learn. 

There are several sections to the PALS test.  The test is administered individually or in small groups of 3-4 students.

If you need to reach me during the school day, it is best to email me.  My email address is apeacemaker@ccps.us.  I check my email several times a day.

Week of September 28 – October 2

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PALS Testing for all Kindergarten students will take place from September 28 – October 9.  PALS stands for Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening.  It is a series of assessments that help us to determine if the students possess reading readiness skills. 

These skills include alphabet recognition, beginning letter sounds (in isolation), beginning letter sounds (with pictures), rhyming words, spelling (being able to blend letter sounds to spell 3-letter words), and concept of word (sight words, as well as the ability to recognize what a word is & that long words have more letters than short words.)  These concepts may seem very simple, but they are important.  We DO NOT expect the children to be ready to read this early in the school year.  The PALS test gives us a comprehensive view of where each child is and what skills they need to learn. 

There are several sections to the PALS test.  The test is administered individually or in small groups of 3-4 students.

Back to School Night is on Tuesday, September 29th from 5-7pm!  I hope you’ll be able to come and see what your child is learning in Kindergarten! :)

 

If you need to reach me during the school day, it is best to email me.  My email address is apeacemaker@ccps.us.  I check my email several times a day.

Week of September 21-25

Over the next several weeks, we will be doing the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program Math screenings.  This is a pilot program that Caroline County is a part of.  I will conduct a 1:1 math screening with each child to determine a variety of math skills.

Back to School Night is on Tuesday, September 29th from 5-7pm!  I hope you’ll be able to come and see what your child is learning in Kindergarten! 🙂

 

If you need to reach me during the school day, it is best to email me.  My email address is apeacemaker@ccps.us.  I check my email several times a day.

Week of September 14-18

Over the next two weeks, we will be doing the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program Math screenings.  This is a pilot program that Caroline County is a part of.  I will conduct a 1:1 math screening with each child to determine a variety of math skills.  

Please note that our lunch time has changed!!  Our new lunch time is from 10:30-11:00am.

We are almost finished with our “Star Students” program!  We only have 3 children left.  Each child will have an opportunity to be the Star Student.  Star Students will help to learn each other’s names, how to spell and write each other’s names, and how to draw appropriate pictures of each other.  It is fun, and the kids will learn to write their letters at the same time!

 

If you need to reach me during the school day, it is best to email me.  My email address is apeacemaker@ccps.us.  I check my email several times a day. 🙂

Week of August 31- September 4

Please note that our lunch time has changed!!  Our new lunch time is from 10:30-11:00am.

We are continuing to learn our procedures and routines.  We are now halfway through our “Star Students”!  Each child will have an opportunity to be the Star Student.  Star Students will help to learn each other’s names, how to spell and write each other’s names, and how to draw appropriate pictures of each other.  It is fun, and the kids will learn to write their letters at the same time!

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, September 7th due to the Labor Day holiday!

If you need to reach me during the school day, it is best to email me.  My email address is apeacemaker@ccps.us.  I check my email several times a day. 🙂

Week of August 24-28

Welcome to Mrs. Peacemaker’s Kindergarten class!  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with your children.  This page is updated weekly, along with the tabs (on the left), which will show you what we are learning about each week.

Please note that our lunch time has changed!!  Our new lunch time is from 10:30-11:00am.

This week, we will continue learning our procedures and routines.  We will also begin “Star Students” on Tuesday.  Each child will have an opportunity to be the Star Student.  Star Students will help to learn each other’s names, how to spell and write each other’s names, and how to draw appropriate pictures of each other.  It is fun, and the kids will learn to write their letters at the same time!

If you need to reach me during the school day, it is best to email me.  My email address is apeacemaker@ccps.us.  I check my email several times a day. 🙂

Welcome to Kindergarten!!

Welcome to Mrs. Peacemaker’s Kindergarten class!  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with your children.  This page is updated weekly, along with the tabs (on the left), which will show you what we are learning about each week.

This week, we will focus on learning classroom procedures and routines.  We will also begin “Star Students” on Tuesday.  Each child will have an opportunity to be the Star Student.  Star Students will help to learn each other’s names, how to spell and write each other’s names, and how to draw appropriate pictures of each other.  It is fun, and the kids will learn to write their letters at the same time!

ABC Countdown– Weeks of May 11-19

Our ABC Countdown to the End of Kindergarten is nearing its end!!  Here are the activities for the remainder of the school year:

Monday, May 11th: Letter T: Team Shirt Day.  Wear your favorite team shirt or colors.

Tuesday, May 12th: Letter U: Under the Desk Day.  We will learn under our desks today!

Wednesday, May 13th: Letter V: Very Special Day.  We will have a special Show-and-Tell.  Please bring one item to share!

Thursday, May 14th: Letter W: Write to Rising Kindergartners.  We will write letters to children coming to Kindergarten next year.

Friday, May 15th: Letter X: eXtreme Kindergarten Water Day!!!  We will also have an ice cream party in the afternoon.  A letter will go home about this on Monday. 🙂

Monday, May 18th: Letter Y: Year-End Party.  We will celebrate the end of Kindergarten with a party.  Each child will receive a diploma and a special award.  It will be held at 1:30pm in our classroom.  Families are welcome!!

Tuesday, May 19th: Letter Z: Zip up and Zoom Home!!  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!

ABC Countdown– Week of April 27 – May 1

Our ABC Countdown to the End of Kindergarten in underway!!  Here are this week’s activities:

Monday, April 27th: Letter J: Jump Rope Day.  We will jump rope outside with other classes.

Tuesday, April 28th: Letter K: Kindergarten is Kind.  We will only do kind things today.

Wednesday, April 29th: Letter L: Lollipops and Lemonade!  Donations are needed!!

Thursday, April 30th: Letter M: Dress like Ms. Jones and Mrs. Metzger Day!

Friday, May 1st: Letter N: Next year, we will be 1st graders!  We will visit a 1st grade classroom.

Monday, May 4th: Letter O: Outside Day.  We will learn outside today!

  • As part of our unit on addition and subtraction, we will use lots of “story math” to practice using concrete objects to add/ subtract.  I am looking for donations of Teddy Grahams (any flavor) for help with this!  Thank you! 🙂

ABC Countdown to the End of Kindergarten!

Our ABC Countdown to the End of Kindergarten has begun!!  Here are this week’s activities:

Monday, April 20th: Letter E: Exchange Autographs

Tuesday, April 21st: Letter F: Fantastic Performers!  Our Kindergarten Show is at 6:00pm. 🙂

Wednesday, April 22nd: Letter G: Grab a bag and Clean up for Earth Day!  We will go on a walk around school grounds to help take care of the environment.

Thursday, April 23rd: Letter H: Hat Day

Friday, April 24th: Letter I: Ice Cream Day.  No money needed!

Monday, April 27th: Letter J: Jump Rope Day

 

  • As part of our unit on addition and subtraction, we will use lots of “story math” to practice using concrete objects to add/ subtract.  I am looking for donations of Teddy Grahams (any flavor) for help with this!  Thank you! 🙂

Week of April 13 – 17

Tuesday, April 14th:  Field Day for Pre-K/ Kindergarten!!

  • Please note that Field Day is only from 9:00-11:30am, NOT all day as the permission slip stated.
  • Please have your child wear GREEN and wear sneakers!!
  • When we return to school, we will have lunch and watch a movie. 🙂

Wednesday, April 15th: Wear Purple for the Military Child

Thursday, April 16th: Interims go home

March 30 – April 3

I am in need of a parent volunteer who would like to help with making future projects for our classroom!  If you are interested, please contact me. 🙂

Spring Break is from Saturday, April 4th – Sunday, April 12th.  Have a safe and happy Spring Break, as well as a Happy Easter!

School reopens on Monday, April 13th.

March 23 – 27

On Tuesday, March 24th, we are going on our Kindergarten Field Trip to the Richmond Children’s Museum.  We will leave at 9:00am.  If you are not a chaperone, you are more than welcome to follow the buses and meet us there!  We look forward to a wonderful day!

March 9 – 13

Although the snow interfered with some of our Dr. Seuss plans, I would still like to invite parents to come read to our class on Friday, March 13th.  If you would like to come read, please contact me!  🙂

Please note the following calendar changes:

Friday, March 13th: Regular school day/ End of 3rd 9 weeks

Monday, March 16th: Regular school day