Summer Learning Challenge…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 22, 2018

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Check out this summer challenge from Mrs. Reagan:

Have you ever heard the phrase “summer slide?”  It refers to the loss of learning that can take place when skills are not practiced over the summer.    We want everyone to keep their learning brains turned on by spending a 10-50 minutes every day practicing math facts and reading.  To determine the appropriate minimum number of minutes/day for your child, multiple their grade level by 10.  For example, a first grader would spend a minimum of 10 minutes — 5 minutes on math and 5 minutes on reading.

Our school has a login for all students on MOBYMAX –  an excellent online tool for all content areas.  If your child has forgotten their password/login, email me.  

You can also check out the learning tabs on our classroom blog for ideas and games!

On Mobymax, I recommend the following:

  • Grade K:  Number Sense, Alphabet and Reading Trio
  • Grade 1:  Number Sense (review), Math Fact Fluency and Reading Trio
  • Grade 2-5:  Math Fact Fluency (keep those facts fresh) and any of the other applications on the site.

Also, if you would like to track reading minutes over the summer, this counts too.  Simply log into this form once a week to tell me how many minutes per week or per month you are reading.  Summer learning contest ends on August 20.

All students who participate in summer learning entered into a drawing 

for an AMAZON GIFT CARD.  

Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer.  If you have a photo of your reading during vacation, send her the photo at jvandenb@hpseagles.net

I hope that you are enjoying your summer!  ~~~~Mrs. Reagan

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Boxtops and Coke Caps!

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 20, 2018

It’s Summer… BOXTOPS and COKE CAPS and MORE!

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  • Did you know that every BOXTOP and every COKE CAP collected earns money for our school?   This summer we would like you to work hard to collect both.  
  • BOXTOPS:  Every completed BOXTOP sheet is worth $5.00.  If every child from Georgetown (approx 550) fills  one sheet this summer, our school will earn $2,750.   Many thanks to Lori Simpson and all of you who are on her team of BOX TOP counters, trimmers and packers.  This is a great program that pays off because of all of YOU!     Download your form here:  Summer Box TopsCOKE CAPS:  Super easy. Save the caps and go online to enter collection!  COKE WEBSITE  (https://us.coca-cola.com/give/)   Select Georgetown Elementary and enter the code on the cap.   Now you can recycle the cap.  No need to send it to school.

AND…don’t forget about your FAMILY FARE/D&W receipts.  Those add up too!  SAVE these all summer long and

Finally…AMAZON SMILE.  Order everything from AMAZON through our smile link to earn our school MONEY!

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WELCOME!!!

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 18, 2018

Welcome to Mrs. Stutz’s Kindergarten Classroom!

You are visiting my blog because you’ll be in my room next year! I am thrilled to welcome you and your child to my classroom!

Please take some time to explore all of the pages, posts, and links on our blog.

  • Be sure to check out the About Me page on the top of my homepage.
  • Sign up for email updates by filling in your e-mail address in the “subscribe by e-mail” rectangle located on the upper right-hand column.

Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, special events, pictures, curriculum, assessments, and so much more.

A school supply list will be posted on July 1. Later in the summer, I will provide information on the blog about the August Open House.

Be sure to sign up for blog updates so that you stay informed. This will be my primary way of communicating with parents throughout the year.

Feel free to contact me through email (jstutz1@hpseagles.net) if you have any questions or concerns prior to meeting at Open House. Enjoy your summer and I look forward to meeting you and your child at the end of August!

Take Care,

Mrs. Stutz

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Last Week of Kindergarten!!

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 8, 2018

June 4 – 8

Wow!  Where did the year go?  I can’t thank you enough for sharing your Kindergartner with me this year.  It has been such a pleasure to be part of their journey!  Here is snap shot of our week:

Countdown Fun:  We had a lot of fun popping a balloon every day to see what fun was coming for the afternoon.  We loved doing fun science experiments, having an ice cream treat with all of our Kindergarten friends, popcorn and movie day, sit anywhere day, and bubble gum day.  

First Grade Classroom Visit:  We got to visit Mrs. Stadt’s first grade classroom.  The first graders told and showed us all around her classroom.  It was fun to hear all about first grade!  Thanks for letting us visit Mrs. Stadt!!

5th Grade Buddies:  We love our 5th grade buddies!!  They visited with us this week and celebrated our amazing sight word success.  They made a celebration tunnel for us to run through.  As we made our way to the end we collected a gold coin.  Then we got to have a yummy popsicle treat and play together on our playground.  Thank you to all of our 5th grade buddies for helping us all year through!!  Good luck in 6th grade!!

Mystery Reader:  

  • On Tuesday Olivia was so excited to see her Mom walk through the door as our Mystery Reader!  Mrs. Haase read us the book, First Grade, Here I Come!  by D.J. Steinberg.  We loved hearing this book!  It got us all excited for first grade!  Thank you for visiting with us Mrs. Haase!!

  • Thursday Danielle was so surprised to see her big sister, Audrey, a 4th grader at Georgetown, walk through our door as a Mystery Reader.  Audrey read us the book, Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas.  We loved this tale of the Good Knight who tirelessly helped put 3 dragons to sleep over and over again!

I wish you all a FANTASTIC summer!! Please keep in touch!  Thanks again for sharing your child with me!!

 

 

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Weekly Update…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 3, 2018

May 29 – June 1

Popcorn Words:  Review all words we have learned this year.

Math:  We have been having fun doing some U.S. Symbol Math and reviewing our Math skills that we have learned in K.

Readers Workshop:  We have been working with our friends during Readers Workshop.  Using our partner power to help each other read, share our books with each other and enjoy reading together.  We shared our love of reading with our 3rd grade friends from Mrs. Flory’s class.  They visited with us and read us a book.  It was fun to listen to them read to us!  Thanks for visiting with us Mrs. Flory’s 3rd graders!!

 

American Symbols:  We have been learning all about the American Symbols.  The Kindergartners learned about the White House, even trying to draw it themselves.  They were amazed that it has over 142 windows, a bowling alley and even a movie theater!!  We have talked about the American Flag, The Bald Eagle, The White House and The Liberty Bell.  The Kindergartners are getting really good at spotting these U.S. symbols around them!

Countdown to Summer:  We have had a lot of fun counting down to our end of the school year.  Each day after lunch we have gotten to pop a balloon to discover our surprise on our countdown wall.  We had fun writing with a pen and writing to a pen pal in Mrs. Baker’s classroom.  We also enjoyed having an extra recess on one of our countdown days!!  On one of our countdown days we even changed our names!!  We got to pick any name we wanted!!  The class chose my name….Mrs. Bologna Rainbow!!  We had a Kevin Durant, Bro, and even a Doggie!!  The Kindergartners have had so much fun with this countdown.  Who knows what the last few countdown balloons will bring?!?

Outstanding Awards:  We had two Outstanding Student award recipients this week!  Congratulations to Olivia and Ellary for being an example of working hard, being nice and learning well!!  

Mystery Reader:  Ellary was so surprised to see her Grandpa and Grandma walk through our door as our Mystery Reader this week!!  They shared the book, The Dark, Dark Night by Christina Butler.  The Kindergartners loved this adorable book about Frog who was afraid of a huge pond monster, or is it his shadow?  Thanks so much for visiting and reading to us Ellary’s grandparents!!  We LOVED our yummy suckers too!!

Kindergarten Olympics:  We had sooooo much fun at our Kindergarten Olympics!! I am working on putting together a Kindergarten Olympic video.  I would LOVE any pictures you may have from the day!  Feel free to send them my way at jstutz1@hpseagles.net.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for all of your help!!  It was a GREAT morning of fun!!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, June 4…COSTUME DAY!!  ART
  • Tuesday, June 5…STEAM
  • Wednesday, June 6…GYM
  • Thursday, June 7…MUSIC
  • Friday, June 8…LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Early Dismissal @ 12:15 p.m.

 

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Olympics TOMORROW…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 31, 2018

 

Our Kindergarten Olympics are being held tomorrow, Friday, June 1. Hooray!!

Here are a few reminders:

  • *Parent volunteers are asked to be on the Kindergarten playground at 8:45 a.m. for instructions.  Games should be finished around 12:00. Please stop at the office prior to this time for a name tag!
  • *Don’t forget to  wear tennis shoes, shorts and t-shirts.  We will be running and playing lots of games.  NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS PLEASE!!
  • *Please send a home lunch and drink  for your kinder.THERE WILL BE NO HOT LUNCH!  We will be eating a picnic lunch as a class. at 11:45am-12:00pm.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join us for a picnic lunch on our playground.  
  • *Please send a water bottle with your kinder’s name clearly marked on the outside.  It is going to be WARM and we will want to stay hydrated during our games.
  • *Apply sun screen BEFORE coming to school.
  • *Please send ONE backpack snack for the afternoon.  The kinder teachers are supplying pretzels for the morning snack. 
  • *Volunteering parents please dress in comfy active clothes.  You will be walking around with the kinders helping them play the games.  If you want to take along a lunch so that you can join us…you are welcome.

We can’t wait to enjoy a fun filled morning with all our kindergarten classrooms!!  Let the games begin!!

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Dress up day!!

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 31, 2018

 

Our amazing Kindergartners have earned their last star for superstar behavior!  The class voted and decided on a Dress-up day!!  

The kindergartners are invited to wear a costume, dress up in their favorite uniform, or put together their own version of a costume or dress up fun.  

We will be having our Dress-Up Day on Monday, June 4.  Please email me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net if you have any questions.  

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Weekly Update

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 29, 2018

May 21 – 25

Popcorn Words:  Review.  The Kindergartners LOVED hiding sight words to pictures that they drew.  

 

Math:  This week we took our LAST Kindergarten Math test!  These tests will be coming home before the end of the school year.  For the rest of the school year we will be reviewing all of the skills we have learned this year.

Writer’s Workshop:  This week we wrapped up our last writing unit for the year!  The Kindergartners did a GREAT job exploring their opinions on many different topics!!  We did our “on demand” Opinion writing this week.  Each kinder had to tell their own opinion on their favorite restaurant and give two reasons why.  They needed to write their opinion, draw pictures, add sentences and give a star statement at the end.  These assessments will also be coming home before the end of the school year.  We will be doing a variety of writing during the remainder of our school year.  Practicing different writing genres we have done throughout the year together.

Reader’s Workshop:  Wow!  We have really come a long way as readers!!  Our Kindergartners have been practicing stamina and doing VERY well!!  We will continue to work on reading silently for the rest of our year.  We will even get to read with our first grade friends this week as a special treat…shhhh!  The Kindergartners don’t know this yet.  We will also revisit some of the strategies we use as readers.  

Social Studies:  We got to learn about a couple of U.S. Symbols this week.  The Kinders loved learning about the American Flag, Statue of Liberty, American Bald Eagle and Liberty Bell.  It has been fun learning about these important symbols of America.  Seeing the Kindergartners find these symbols in books, pictures and environment around them is so exciting!  The Kindergartners really enjoyed doing our own little mini parade with our mini American Flags and hats!!  Also, enjoying a refreshing cold Red, White and Blue popsicle on Friday!!  Celebrating the colors of our American Flag!  We will explore more with U.S. Symbols next week as well.

 

Mystery Reader:  This week Ashlyn was DELIGHTED to see her Mom walk through the door as our Mystery Reader!  Mrs. Jones read us the hilarious book, Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.  The Kindergartners got a kick out of this book!!  A super hilarious book about a group of pirates who love to wear their underpants on the outside of their clothes!!  Thanks so much for visiting with us Mrs. Jones!!

Take Home Books:  A HUGE thank you to all of you for helping our Take Home Book Program be so successful!!  I couldn’t have done it without the home support and MANY volunteers who came in and helped this program run so smoothly!!  Our Take Home Books are finished for the year!!  

Kindergarten Olympics:  Thank you to all of the volunteers who are willing to help during our Kindergarten Olympics, Friday, June 1.  A note detailing specifics of our day and volunteer responsibilities will be coming home Tuesday.  Please email me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net if you have ANY questions or would like to volunteer!!  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 29…ART, NO TAKE HOME BOOKS!
  • Wednesday, May 30…STEAM, NO LIBRARY, Celebrate Kasey and Kamryn’s summer b-days!
  • Thursday, May 31…GYM, Celebrate Quinn’s summer b-day!
  • Friday, June 1…9-12:00 – Kindergarten Olympics!  Volunteers please be at school by 8: 45 a.m.  NO SPECIAL.
  • Monday, June 4…ART
  • Tuesday, June 5…STEAM
  • Wednesday, June 6…GYM
  • Thursday, June 7…MUSIC
  • Friday, June 8…LAST DAY OF SCHOOL…12:15 dismissal!

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Friday…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 23, 2018

 

Don’t forget, this Friday, May 25 is wear red, white and blue day!  

Come decked in your favorite red, white and blue attire!

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Weekly Update

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 20, 2018

May 14 – May 18

Popcorn Words:  today, play, away, up.

Math:  We are continuing to work on our last unit in Math.  The Kinder have been working hard at drawing number sentences, making groups of 10 and some ones, and adding and subtracting numbers.

Science:  We have learned so much during our living and non-living studies.  The Kinders have been able to identify that all living things need food, water, air, home and space to grow.  We have been trying to be patient as our plants have been attempting to grow!!  Each kinder planted a couple of bean seeds and we have been waiting so patiently for them to grow.  Ashton’s plant took off fast and has grown a lot!  A few more have started to grow slowly.  We are trying to remain hopeful and are still watching and waiting patiently for our other plants to grow!!    It has been so fun to be able to learn about living things while also watching our butterflies grow and change as well.  We set our beautiful butterflies free this week.  It was so fun to watch them grow from caterpillars to beautiful butterflies!!

Readers Workshop:  The Kinders have come so far with their reading skills!  From noticing characters in books to discovering different reading genres it has been so fun to see them grow!!  During our last month of school we are focusing on our reading stamina.  How long can we read the books in our blue book boxes?  We have reached a total of 21 minutes of reading stamina time!!  WOW!!!  I am so proud of these kiddos!!  That’s a long time to stay in one spot, read books, stay quiet and keep reading!!  We will continue to work on stamina, reading fluency and discovering all types of reading genres over the last few weeks of school.  We LOVED reading with flashlights on Friday!!  Thank you Mrs. Carter for sending in some extras!!  With my extras we had everybody covered during our flashlight reading times throughout the day!  It was a lot of fun!!

Writers Workshop:  We have been continuing to build our opinions on different topics this week.  The kinders explored their own opinions on what their favorite sport is.  I LOVED how so many of them picked another sport other than what was given for examples.  Making the point that there are so many choices out there and they definitely have opinions on what they like or don’t like!!  They REALLY loved our opinion writing days on the series of books written by Sandra Markle.  We dove into our opinions on topics like What If You Had Animal Eyes, What If You Had Animal Ears, What If I had an Animal Nose?  The Kinders did such a great job giving their reasons why they would pick a specific animals ears, nose or eyes.  Then giving a star statement in the end to their readers.  We will wrap up our Opinion writing next week by taking our “on demand” writing.  The Kinders will be writing their own opinions by giving two reasons why they have the opinion they do.  Drawing examples and writing sentences.

5th Grade Buddies:  We gave our buddies a “sweet” send off to camp this week.  Our Kinders decorated cards for their buddies and gave them a pack of starburst wishing them star”bursts” of fun at their 5th grade camp.  Thank you to our 4th grade buddies from Mrs. Huizenga’s class who helped get us to our buses on Thursday and Friday while our buddies were away.

Take Home Books:  This week is our LAST WEEK of our Take Home Book program.  Thank you so much to all of our parents and volunteers!!  I could not have done this amazing program without you all!!  Please be sure to return all of your take home books by Friday, May 25.  

Mystery Reader:  Ashton was THRILLED to see his Mom walk through our door as our Mystery Reader Friday!  Mrs. Carter read us the funny book What the Dinosaurs Did at School by Refe Tuma and Susan Tuma.  The Kinders got a kick out of those silly dinosaurs and all the problems they created at school!  She also brought us a yummy treat for Ashton’s summer b-day celebration!  Thanks so much for visiting with us Mrs. Carter!!

Kindergarten Olympics:  Please be sure to email me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net if you would like to volunteer for our June 1 Kindergarten Olympics!!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 21…MUSIC, Take Home Books, Celebrate Aubrey’s summer b-day.
  • Tuesday, May 22…ART, Take Home Books.
  • Wednesday, May 23…STEAM, LAST LIBRARY DAY…Bring ALL library books!
  • Thursday, May 24…GYM
  • Friday, May 25…MUSIC, Take Home Books, Wear Red, White and Blue!  Return ALL TAKE HOME BOOKS!!
  • Monday, May 28…NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, May 29…ART
  • Wednesday, May 30…STEAM, Celebrate Kasey and Kamryn’s summer b-day.
  • Thursday, May 31…GYM, Celebrate Quinn’s summer b-day.
  • Friday, June 1….K OLYMPICS 9:00-12:00.
  • Friday, June 8…Last Day of School, 12:15 Dismissal.

 

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