Summer Learning Calendars


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 11, 2019

Looking for something to do? 

Check out these summer calendars for some fun learning for the month.

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Last Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 8, 2019

6/3 – 6/7

We had a wonderful last week of school!  I cannot believe how fast this year went by.  Thank you for sharing your treasure with me!  It has been such a gift to be part of all of these amazing Kindergartners educational experience!!  I cannot wait to hear about all of the amazing adventures that these Kindergartners paths take. Wishing you all a fabulous summer!!


Day 1: Remembering all that we have learned this year!  The Kinders loved looking back at our very first Math, Reading and Writing work we did.  We did our first Math assignment of when we drew number scenes.  The Kinders loved seeing how far they have come as Math learners!  Then we looked at our first writing assignment of when we drew Matman.  The Kinders had fun drawing and labeling this again.  Also, drawing and labeling our blue carpet.  On our first day of school we read, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin, then we found Pete the Cat in a scavenger hunt.  On Monday we reread this book and this time our class stuffed animal, Buttons, left us a note that sent us on a scavenger hunt looking for him.  We looked all over the school for Buttons with our 5th grade buddies.  Finally finding him on our playground slide!

Day 2:  Kindergarten Rocks!  We remembered how fun it was when we brought in our rock collections this year.  The Kinders loved painting our own rocks.

Day 3:  Our future is so bright we should wear shades!  We had fun picking out sunglasses to wear all day and did some fun writing craftivity.


Day 4:  Celebrating Friendships!  The Kinders had lots of fun remembering and celebrating their friends they made this year and talking about friends they will surely make in the future.  We loved making our kindergarten friendship bracelet.  We talked about the favorite color of each of our friends.  Then we added those beads to a pipe cleaner with the beads I (heart) K.  A keepsake of all the friends we have made.  We also enjoyed a fun ice cream treat with ALL of our Kindergarten classes together.


Day 5:  This year flew by!  We enjoyed lots of fun together on our last half day of Kindergarten!  The Kinders enjoyed some fun times together, signing their own beach ball keepsakes, making paper airplanes and flying them and enjoying a fun gift from Mrs. Stutz.


Mystery Readers:  Thank you to the cousins of Logan for being our last Mystery Readers of the year.  Maddie and Kaysie surprised Logan with a visit to read us the book, Cow Takes a Bow by Russell Punter and Fred Blunt.  Thank you for reading to us Maddie and Kaysie!!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, August 26…First Day of School!





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Weekly Update


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 2, 2019

5/28 -5/31


Thank you to all of the supporters and volunteers with our Kindergarten Olympics!  The Kinders had a BLAST!!  We were so lucky with the weather.

End of the Year:  The end of the year can often bring LOTS of anxiety in children.  My goal is to help the Kinders feel proud of their accomplishments this year and celebrate our time together.  So while we may have some fun activities during our last days together, the focus is on how much we have grown.  This week I have started to incorporate a book each day that explains what it is going on in our classroom or building during these last weeks of school.  We have reads books this week about:

  • End of year testing – Designed to explain how they will get a chance to show Mrs. Stutz how much they have learned this year.  Helps them understand why they may get pulled to do some one-on-one assessments.
  • Independent Work Packets – Designed to explain how independent work time is important during our testing times.
  • Friendships – Designed to help students see how their friendships were made and how to keep them.  We also reread our All About Our Class book and each Kinder got to take home their page.
  • Classroom Cleanup – Designed to help students be part of getting the classroom ready for new students next year.  Helps to explain how the classroom starts to look different and even our building.

Math:  This week we wrapped up our Math curriculum for the year with taking our last Math test.  They were so excited to be able to bring their Math workbook home to keep.

Readers Workshop:  We have been having fun practicing all of our superpowers as readers this week.  The Kinders enjoyed using their character voices in reading books this week as well.

Writers Workshop:  This week we have done some fun review of writing that we learned this school year.  It was fun to revisit all of the ways we have learned to write this year!  From small moment stories to information writing.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, June 3…STEAM
  • Tuesday, June 4…ART, Celebrate Allison’s Summer B-Day!
  • Wednesday, June 5…GYM, Celebrate Emma’s Summer B-Day!
  • Thursday, June 6…ART, Please email me or send a note by Thursday if your Kinder would like a sack lunch for Friday.
  • Friday, June 7…ART, Last Day of School…Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.


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Olympics TOMORROW!!!


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 30, 2019


Our Kindergarten Olympics are being held tomorrow, Friday, May 31.   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 or plan to have your Kinder order a lunch.  We will be eating a picnic lunch as a class. at 11:45am-12:00pm ish.  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 sunscreen BEFORE coming to school.  If you want to send it with your Kinder you may with a note allowing me to apply it.
  • *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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Weekly Update


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 26, 2019

5/20 – 5/24


Thank you to all of those who served our country in the military.  I honor your service and your memory.  I am wishing all of the Kindergarten families a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  

Popcorn Words:  Review.  This week we are reviewing our popcorn words (sight words) that have popped into our classroom all year long.  The Kinders have had fun identifying those words in our daily morning messages and in our literacy stations and word study time throughout the day.  The Kindergartners were taught 2 fun games to practice sight words.  One of the games was a bingo game.  A packet of these tools to play bingo sight words was sent home with each Kinder.  These can be used in the summer for extra practice.  They also played a fun popcorn word game.  Each kinder got their own popcorn box and put “popcorn” words inside the box.  We popped the popcorn and then pulled out pieces to read the sight word on each kernel.  This game will come home too!  Another game that can be used over the summer for extra sight word practice.  










Math:  We are still plugging away at Unit 5.  This week the Kinders practiced making numbers equal by either adding more or taking away.  They have also enjoyed playing “mingle,”  a fun warm-up for Math.  Mingle is a game where the kinders walk around the room quietly and then when I say a number they make a group of that number of students up and then sit in that group.  They have become Math lovers!!  They LOVE to do more and more Math every day!!  We will wrap up this unit this next week and take our LAST Math test as Kinders!!

Writers Workshop:  This week we wrapped up our Opinion writing unit.  The Kinders finished their “on demand/test” of this writing unit by deciding which restaurant was their favorite.  Then they needed to add 2 reasons why they liked the restaurant.  Finishing it with a “wrap-up” sentence.  They did a wonderful job!!  Opinion writing has been fun to explore.  We will be doing “review” writing for the rest of the school AND creating some special pieces for the end of our school year.

Readers Workshop:  We are continuing to work on our reading stamina and superpowers as readers.  It has been SOOOO exciting to see their growth as readers!  We are continuing to build our confidence as readers and develop our skills further as our year ends together.  Still working in small groups and whole groups to learn new words, reading strategies and grow as readers to the very end!  We have a classroom full of AVID readers!!

U.S. Symbols:  The Kindergartners have had lots of fun talking about and identifying U.S. Symbols.  We found that symbols are a mark, sign or word that means something.  The kinders discovered that there are symbols all around us!  They drew pictures of symbols that they were already very familiar with.  For example, the golden M means McDonald’s, a Nike swoosh, the Meijer sign, D for Detroit Tigers, and many more.  With our upcoming holiday, Memorial Day we talked all about U.S. Symbols this week.  The Kinders explored many of these amazing symbols of our country (Our flag, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Liberty Bell, the White House, and the Bald Eagle to name a few).  They had fun hearing books about these symbols.  We also enjoyed making a craft of the Statue of Liberty.  During Word Study this week we dove deeper into our reading skills and read informational texts and then pulled out information from the reading to answer questions.  Friday, Mr. Stutz surprised us with a special popsicle treat (red, white and blue rocket pops).  Thanks for visiting with us, Mr. Stutz!  We loved having our own American Flag as well, to wave proudly as we left for the Memorial Day weekend! 
























































































































































Mystery Readers:  

  • Wesley was THRILLED to see his Grandma, Mrs. Koopmans walk through the door as our Mystery Reader on Tuesday.  Mrs. Koopman read us a few FABULOUS books, one of them Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale  I was bummed to miss you Grandma Koopmans!  Thanks for visiting with us and reading to us!!























  • Kellan was SO SURPRISED to see his big sister Kendall (a 3rd grader at Georgetown) walk in as our Mystery Reader.  Kendall read us the very funny book The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka.  The Kinders loved this funny side of the story of the 3 Little Pigs.  Thanks for reading to us Kendall and to Paige for moral support!!! 






















  • On Thursday Piper JUMPED and RAN to greet her Mom as she surprised Piper as a Mystery Reader.  Mrs. Jesky, also a teacher in our district, visited with us and read the hilarious story, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin.  Thank you for visiting with us Mrs. Jesky!!
















5th Grade Buddies:  We were THRILLED to get to visit our 5th-grade buddies in their classroom on Friday.  They designed puppets that we could choose from to make with them!  We LOVED making these paper bag puppets with our buddies!!!!  Thanks, Mrs. Ball’s 5th-grade buddies!!! 







































































































































Kindergarten Olympics:  Our end of the year celebration for Kindergarten is “Kindergarten Olympics.”  We do this in place of any kind of Kindergarten graduation.  Thank you to the many volunteers who have agreed to help out with this fun morning!!  A note went home with your child letting you know more specific details.  Volunteers, please plan to arrive at 8:45 a.m. on Friday for your instructions. If you would like to still volunteer…we would LOVE to have you!!!  Feel free to email me at  Kindergarten Olympics is a fun-filled morning of outside games.  We mix the Kindergarten classes together to form teams and the Kinders rotate to different games throughout the morning of fun together with parent volunteers.  Kinders will need to wear tennis shoes, no flip flops, sandals or crocs please.  They will also need a water bottle labeled with their name.  Sunscreen can be brought as well, labeled with your child’s name.  If it is sunny you will want to have it!  Younger siblings and parents are welcome to come to join us for a picnic lunch on the playground or inside our classroom, depending on the weather.  We will be eating around 12:00 p.m.  Hot lunch and milk are available to order this Friday for your kinder as well.  Please email me with any questions you might have,

Butterflies:  This week we enjoyed another full week with our beautiful butterflies!  It has been so fun to see them hatch from their chrysalis’ and grow into strong butterflies.  We enjoyed feeding them with flowers and sugar water.  Thursday was such a beautiful day that we decided it was time for them to fly free!  It was awesome to see them take flight!! 














Snacks:  Please be sure to continue to send in 2 snacks for your Kinder every day.  We have an a.m. and p.m. snack every day.  

Library:  A big thank you to Mrs. VandenBurg for giving us our last read aloud with her for the year!  We will not be checking out any library books for the end of the year.  Many of the Kinders have returned their library books.  If you have any library books please be sure to send them in with your Kinder to return to the library.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 27…NO SCHOOL.  Memorial Day.
  • Tuesday, May 28…STEAM
  • Wednesday, May 29…MUSIC
  • Thursday, May 30…GYM
  • Friday, May 31…ART, Kindergarten Olympics in the a.m. 9:00-11:30 a.m.  Lunch at 12:00 p.m.  You are WELCOME to join us!!  Volunteers plan to arrive by 8:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 4…Celebrate Allison’s summer birthday!
  • Wednesday, June 5…Celebrate Emma’s summer birthday!
  • Friday, June 7…Last Day of School!!!  Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.  



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Weekly Update


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 19, 2019

5/13 – 5/17

Popcorn Words:  today, play, away.  The Kinders worked hard this week learning these words.  They did a word hunt in our classroom.  Finding these words in sentences and places in our classroom.  They also discovered other words that end in -ay with several word study tasks.
































Math:  This week we continued to work on Unit 5.  We are plugging away at breaking apart numbers up to 10.  Finding unknown partners of number sentences that equal 10, drawing and completing a teen number book and telling math stories.  The Kinders are working hard!


















Writing:  We have been working on our Opinion Writing this week.  The Kinders have gotten great at identifying a fact vs. opinion.  It has been so adorable to hear them use the words with each other in conversation like, “that’s my opinion, or hey we have different opinions and that’s ok.”  I LOVE IT!!  They have loved hearing some great opinion stories that have helped to get our opinions flowing.  On Friday, they LOVED hearing the book, What If You Had Animal Eyes!? by Sandra Markle and Howard McWilliam.  Then, they wrote their opinion on what animal eyes they would choose.  Opinion writing has been lots of fun to explore!











































Readers Workshop:  We are having fun celebrating how far we have come in our reading this year!  The Kinders loved hearing books on Friday that were authored and illustrated by several Michiganders.  We LOVED seeing all of the fun places shirts our friends wore!!  From Mexico to Australia, Pennsylvania, and Hudsonville Michigan our State gear day was full of celebrating our love for reading!!










































Caterpillars, Tadpoles, and Snakes Oh My!:  We have had so much fun watching our caterpillars form their chrysalis’.  We loved hearing the story, The Very Impatient Caterpillar.  An adorable story about a caterpillar that is having a very hard time waiting inside his chrysalis.  Thank you, Weston, for sharing his tadpoles with us.  It has been lots of fun to keep an eye on their growth.  I was so excited to find a snake in my backyard to bring in and share with the Kinders as well!  We love getting to view these little critters.  





















We ate a plant?:  Yes!  We had fun eating parts of a plant with vegetables.  The Kinders discovered that carrots are a root, celery is like a stem, spinach is a leaf, broccoli is considered a flower and it starts with a seed (sunflower seeds in our example).  They LOVED listening to the book From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons and then building their own plant with our veggies.  We decided there were parts of plants we liked better than others, but that was our opinion.










Mystery Readers:  

  • Charlotte was SO SURPRISED to see her Aunt Ginny and cousin Olivia walk through the door as our Mystery Readers!!  Aunt Ginny read us the adorable book Olivia Opens a Lemonade Stand by Kama Einhorn.  A timely story as our weather is warming and lemonade stands are beginning to pop up.  Thanks for visiting and reading to us Aunt Ginny and Olivia!



















  • Henry was so shocked to see his Mom, big sister Kenzie, and little brother Carson walk in as our Mystery Readers.  Kenzie and Mrs. Schut read two Elephant and Piggie books us the books, Can I Play Too? and Let’s Go for a Drive!  by Mo Willems.  We LOVE these books!!  Thanks so much for visiting with us Schut family!!
























  • Emery was THRILLED to see her big sister Jorja walk in as our Mystery Reader this week!  She hugged her all the way to the rocking chair before she read to the class.  Jorja read us hilarious book Monster’s New Undies by Samantha Berger.  Thanks for reading to us Jorja!





















5th Grade Buddies:  We missed our 5th grade buddies on Thursday and Friday this week.  They were at 5th grade camp.  This gave us a GREAT opportunity to practice walking to our busses (bus riders only) like we will do as first graders.  The Kinders did a WONDERFUL job! We hope our 5th grade buddies had a GLOWING time at camp!







Kindergarten Olympics:  Thank you to the many volunteers who signed up to help during our Kindergarten Olympics.  If you are still interested in helping please feel free to email me.  We can always use extra help.   

Take Home Books:  This week wrapped up the end of our Take Home Books.  A HUGE thank you to all of our Take Home Book volunteers, parents and supporters.  I am SO IMPRESSED with how far the Kinders have grown as readers!!  This program and your involvement has been vital to each Kinders reading progress.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  If you have any Take Home Books hanging around your house please be sure to send them back to school.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 20…ART, LIBRARY.  Be sure to return your library books today.
  • Tuesday, May 21…STEAM, Mrs. Stutz absent for the day, Mrs. Snow will be our substitute teacher (a familiar face in our building).
  • Wednesday, May 22…MUSIC
  • Thursday, May 23…GYM
  • Friday, May 24…ART, Wear red, white and blue.  We will be celebrating American Symbols.
  • Monday, May 27…NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day.
  • Friday, May 31…Kindergarten Olympics in the a.m.  
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We LOVE our state!


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 16, 2019


Because we think OUR STATE IS GREAT!

Wear clothing from places in Michigan (other states are fine too) tomorrow, Friday, May 17. 

Can’t wait to see all of the towns, cities, places to visit in our state.

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Weekly Update


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 12, 2019

5/6 – 5/10

Thank you for the kind words, treasures and goodies that you gave this past week of Teacher Appreciation Week!!  It was so thoughtful and kind of you!  I am SOOOO lucky to LOVE what I do!!  I LOVE being part of your child’s educational experience!!  Thank you for sharing them with me!!!

Popcorn Words:  by, my, one.  These words were practiced all week.  The kinders discovered that y says” i” in these words and that o says “w”.  The May flashcards were also sent home this week.  We will be reviewing sight words for the last few weeks of school.  So these are the last of the sight word flashcards you will receive.  If you would like a full list of sight words for the year please email me and I will send home a full list of words.

Math:  This week in Math we worked on finding the missing partner in Math mountains, telling stories with pictures, played a hide the 0 game in teen number sentences, writing number sentences that match pictures and working on completing addition and subtraction number sentences.  This group of Kinders LOVES Math!!!  We will continue to build our knowledge of these Math concepts for the next couple of weeks.



















Writers Workshop:  This week we dove into Opinion Writing.  The Kinders learned that an opinion is their own belief about something.  There is no right or wrong.  We can support our opinions by developing reasons why we like something and then wrapping it up with a closing sentence.  The Kinders started this week of Opinion writing with trying chips and salsa.  Then they wrote about what animals ears they thought were best.  Also, exploring what pet would be their favorite pet.  They are loving this Opinion writing genre!








Readers Workshop:  This week the Kinders worked hard on exploring Non-fiction and Fiction Genres.  They worked on using all of their reading superpowers to practice their stamina every day!  Never giving up on their books and REALLY enjoyed Friday’s Crazy Hair Day…..because WE ARE CRAZY ABOUT READING!!  We will continue to build our reading skills for the remainder of the school year.  Working hard on reaching reading level goals and specific skills to get us further developed as readers.  Our goal by the end of the school year is to be able to read a D level independently.  























































Plant Update:  Our plants are beginning to grow!!  It has been so exciting to see them pop out of the dirt.  The Kinders are so excited!!




























Mystery Readers:  This week the Kinders were surprised to see a couple of 3rd-grade friends walk through our door as Mystery Readers.  Our friends Kyra Poisson and Kendall Sinke visited us (both prior Kinders of Mrs. Stutz’s class).  Kyra Poisson read us the book, Let’s Play! by Herve’ Tullet.  The kinders LOVED this interactive book!!  Thanks for reading to us Kyra!!  










Brody was SOOOO HAPPY to see his big sister Savannah, a second grader surprise our class as being a Mystery Reader.  Savannah, also a prior Kindergartener of Mrs. Stutz’s class, read us the adorable book, My No, No, No Day by Rebecca Patterson.  Thank you so much for visiting with us Savannah!!


















Charlotte leaped up with joy when she saw her Mom, Mrs. Becker and little brother Luke walk in as our Mystery Readers!  Mrs. Becker read us the hilarious and timely tale, Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin.  The Kinders loved this tale of Charlotte’s pet rock…..or was it?  We wondered if Luke’s rock was maybe going to hatch too?  Thank you for visiting with us and reading to us Mrs. Becker and Luke!!




































Field Trip Fun:  We were SO LUCKY with our weather forecast and our field trip.  What a perfect day to enjoy Hemlock Nature Center and Hager Park.  Thank you to all of our chaperones and family that visited with us at our picnic and park fun!

Happy Mothers Day!!  Wishing you all a VERY HAPPY Mothers Day!!  I hope you enjoy the treasures that your Kinder made for you.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 13…GYM, LIBRARY, **Bring your library book.
  • Tuesday, May 14…ART, **Bring your Take Home Books.
  • Wednesday, May 15…STEAM
  • Thursday, May 16…MUSIC, **Bring your Take Home Books.
  • Friday, May 17…GYM, **Wear your favorite State gear Day…Celebrating authors from Michigan and all over the USA!!
  • Monday, May 27….NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day.
  • Friday, May 31…Kindergarten Olympics







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Tomorrow is crazy hair day!


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 10, 2019

Because we are CRAZY about READING…

Tomorrow is CRAZY HAIR DAY!!

Be creative and have fun with it!!

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Field Trip Tomorrow!!!


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 6, 2019


Our field trip is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7!   

We will be at Hemlock Crossing Nature Park for the morning.  The bus will leave around 9:20 a.m. and arrive at Hemlock Crossing by 10:00 a.m.  Chaperones please plan to either meet us at Hemlock Crossing or come here and you are welcome to follow the bus out that way. 

The bus will be leaving around 11:30 a.m. from Hemlock Crossing to take us to Hager Park for our picnic lunch and play time.  We plan on arriving at Hager Park around 12:00pm.  We will be eating our picnic lunch at the picnic tables. The kinders will have some time to play on the playground after lunch before returning to Georgetown. 

Please be sure to dress your Kinder for trail walking and the weather (layers are helpful).  Also, don’t forget their labeled lunch and water bottle (or something to drink).  If you would like your child to have sunscreen for the day please feel free to label it and pack it for them for the day.  I will do my best to apply it.  Fingers crossed for NO RAIN!!!

If you are planning to meet your kinder for lunch, we will be eating by the area near the bathrooms of the wooden structure play area.  When you first pull into the park we will be on the left.  Younger siblings are welcome to join in the fun at the park.  

If we have rain after the nature center we will plan to return to Georgetown and have our lunch in our classroom.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join us!!

If you have any questions, please contact me at

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