Weekly Update

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 17, 2017

9/11 – 9/15

STAR STUDENTS: We had 5 star students this week in our class. The kids came in every morning and asked who the star student was that day…they were so excited!! Every week I will send home 5 more star student papers until we have learned all about every friend in our class!!  Be on the lookout for these papers in your child’s blue folder.

CELEBRATING OUR CONSTITUTION:  On Friday we read a book that taught us all about Constitution Day and about the important men that got together and made important laws for our country.  These laws are like rules and were made to help the people get along and be nice to others.  At school, we have rules we need to follow. We sorted pictures of good choices we should make during the school day (green choices), and ones that we should never do in school (red choices). We will refer to our green and red choices throughout the school day as needed.   The Kindergartners also signed our “classroom Constitution” by placing a hand with their name on it around our Classroom rules.  We finished our celebration of Constitution Day by making a flag headband to wear. We had fun coloring our American flags!

POPCORN WORDS: I, see, yellow.  This week we had fun with our popcorns words! Every morning we read our popcorn words in our morning message and the Kinders found them and circled them. We made a yellow color book that we kept at school and put in our blue book boxes. It has pictures of all different yellow things and we can read it!! We sang a yellow song and searched for our popcorn words we know in the song. We ended the week by reading Pete the Cat The Wheels on the Bus and making our own yellow bus with Pete.  

SAFETY DRILLSThis week we practiced learning our school’s safety drills.  We practiced exiting the school and learning where our meeting spot is located during a fire drill. We also practiced sitting criss cross applesauce with our hands on our heads in a safe room within school during a tornado drill.  In case it was unsafe to be in the hallways, we practiced how to sit quietly in a safe place inside our locked room. That was a lot of practicing drills to keep us safe! The kinders did an amazing job!!

BUS SAFETY: We had a visit from Mrs. DeZeeuw and Mrs. Reeves, who came to Georgetown on a bus! They are bus drivers who taught us many safety rules! They shared bus safety tips with us. For example: No eating on the bus, keep our feet/legs out of the aisle, use quiet voices.  We learned the ” 4B rules” for sitting safely on the bus….back to back and bottom to bottom and more.

 

COOL TOOLS:  We finished the last of our cool tools this week. The last two books we read and tools that were inside the tool box were Hurty Feelings (a microphone to teach us that the tone of our voice is important) and Mine-a-saurs (a bug and a wishing wand to teach us that we can say STOP in a kind way).  We are practicing using our cool tools in kindergarten!

READER’S WORKSHOP:  During reader’s workshop this week, we practiced being a quiet reader and noticing parts of a book. When we read a book together as a class, we talked about the front and back of the book, the title, the author and illustrator and the words and pictures on the page. We have begun practicing our quiet reading time. We had a goal of reading quietly for 4 minutes and they did a great job! We have been practicing reading with our elbow partners this week. The kinders practiced how to “lean and tell” and “turn and talk” during this time too.

MATH:  Every day to get our Math brains warmed up we Count to 100 with a “Let’s Get Fit” counting song by Jack Hartmann.  The Kinders warm up their Math brain by practicing counting as they warm up their bodies too.  This week’s lessons focused on identifying numbers 1-5 and counting objects.  We began to identify groups of objects and drew a scene of 2 objects, 3 objects and 4 objects. The kinders practiced writing numbers  4 (Down and across, down once more. That’s the way to make a 4) and number 5 (Half way down, then a big round tummy, draw a hat on top, Mr. 5 is funny).  We also got to do our first page in our Math workbook this week!!

HOMEWORK:  This week the Kindergartners were so excited to get the first homework papers!  Homework papers will be coming home each Wednesday and are due back by the following week.  Please read the directions with your child, help them as needed, and encourage them!! The math homework that is sent home supplements what they have learned in class and helps to reinforce it. Thank you!

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  This week during writer’s workshop, we learned about Mat Man! We sang a Mat Man song and watched a Mat Man video. The kids had so much fun with this! We have a big Mat Man in our classroom on our board and the kids practiced making a Mat Man on their own too. They learned how a person has 1 head, 2 eyes, 1 nose, 2 ears, 1 mouth, 1 body, 2 arms and hands, 2 legs and feet. They practiced adding all of these details on their own Mat Man drawing! We also started to draw “shared stories” (things we as a class have all done).  We drew our favorite part on the bus safety tour and what we look like on the blue rug when we are ready to learn.  We are off to a great start as writers!

SPECIALS:  Our specials schedule may look a little different.  We had a change in our calendar last week that was last minute.  So sorry!!

Mrs. Stutz will be gone from school on Tuesday, September 19.   All of the K teachers will be attending a Literacy Learning Day.  I will be discussing my absence with the Kinders.  Please be sure to contact the office by 12 noon if you have any changes in the end of the day routines or write a note for the substitute.  

Please remember to send your Kinder with 2 snacks each day…they are always ready to munch on a healthy snack by snack time.  I do have some extra snacks just in case you forget.  

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday, September 18 – STEAM
  • Tuesday, September 19 — Gym
  • Wednesday, September 20 — MUSIC, Homework due, COLOR DAY…Wear BLUE!    
  • Thursday, September 21 — ART,  School pictures!!
  • Friday, September 22 — STEAM,  Walk-A-Thon—–Dress like your favorite Super Hero!! Parents…you are welcome to join us for a fun time!!     
  • Monday, September 25 —  GYM,  Walk-A-Thon money due.  
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Friday lunch!!!

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 14, 2017

 

Tomorrow, Friday, September 15 is our early release day.  The students will be finished with school at 12:15.  IF YOUR CHILD IS STAYING FOR EAGLES NEST AND YOU NEED TO ORDER A SACK LUNCH FOR THEM PLEASE EMAIL ME OR SEND ME A NOTE.  For those students who will be picked up or riding the bus you will NOT need to bring a lunch to school.  Please let me know if you have any questions (jstutz1@hpseagles.net).

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LIBRARY BOOKS DUE TOMORROW…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 12, 2017

 

Please be sure to return your library books tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13.  We will get to check out new ones when we return our books tomorrow.  If we forget our book then we will get to look at a magazine.  

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Weekly Update…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 10, 2017

9/5 – 9/8

Popcorn Words:  This week we had two popcorn words ( sight words) pop into our classroom, red and a.  We learned the red song, found red objects in our classroom, and put these words up on our word wall.  We celebrated the color red by wearing red on Friday and making Clifford the big red dog.  We have our Clifford creations hanging in our classroom.

Math:  We are learning how to become math magicians in our classroom.   We explored some of our math tools that we will be using.  Like our math trays and toolbox with math tiles in them.  We practiced using these tools and found our math tiles 1-10.  We even made the numbers by placing the number of single tiles that go with a number.  For example, we put three single tiles next to the number 3.  The kindergarteners are learning how to write the numbers in their own number books.  This week we wrote the numbers 2, around and back on a railroad track 2, 2, 2.  Then we added one more to make the number 3, around a tree, around a tree that’s the way to make a three.  Also, we worked on drawing a “scene” of 2 and 3.  The students practiced writing the number, drawing the number of objects and filling in a 10 stick of the number we are working on.

Writer’s Workshop:  During writer’s workshop time in our classroom we are learning how writer’s work.  Starting with learning how to draw a story, tell a story and listen to a story.  We practiced being peanut butter (listener) and jelly (story teller) as our friends told stories. We are working on telling our stories to friends first then we will start to work on drawing and writing over the next few weeks.  We are off to a great start in writer’s workshop.

Reader’s Workshop:  Reader’s workshop is a time in our classroom where we learn about what reader’s do.  We started this week with learning about how to treat books.  All of us agreed that we want to be a book lover not a book bully!  We learned how to hold a book and turn the pages carefully.  We learned that we need to look at every page of our books so that we don’t miss a thing!  Next week we will begin trying to build our “stamina” in looking at and reading books quietly during reader’s workshop.

Purposeful Play:  This week we explored more “stations” together.  They explored building amazing creations with legos.  Played with sand, practiced lacing objects, played with play dough and built amazing train tracks and towns with cars and trucks.  They are doing a great job during this time of playing together.  We rotate to four different stations during this time in our day.  With each child getting a chance to explore each “station.”  Near the end of our purposeful play/free choice time the Kindergarteners get to explore on their own in the stations.

Cool Tools:  This week we learned more cool tools out of our toolbox that we can use.  Each day a paper came home to explain the different tools that we learned about.  We had the most fun exploring how we can “cool down” if we get angry.  We played a game where we passed an ice cube around to show us how we can “cool down.”  It is so rewarding to see the kindergarteners use some of these tools when they are playing and interacting with each other already.

Library:  On Wednesday we got to meet Mrs. Vandenberg our school media specialist (library teacher).  She taught us all about the library.  We even got to check out our first book!!  The kindergarteners will have library every Wednesday afternoon.  They may keep this book for a whole week!!  Sometimes students keep this book in their backpack everyday so that they don’t lose track of it.  Please enjoy the book this week and return it to school on Wednesday for library day!!

Class Rules:  This week we learned about our classroom rules.  We talked about why we have rules and how important it is to follow the rules in school.  Our class rules are 1. Keep our hands and feet to ourselves.  2. Raise our hand to talk. 3. Stay in our seats. 4. Be on task.  5.  Listen and follow directions.  6.  Be nice to others.  The Kindergarteners are off to a great start!

Rainbow Chart:  This week our classroom worked together to keep our class clip on green, ready to learn.  Green is the goal, where we want to be everyday!!   We only have three colors on our new rainbow chart this year.  Green (our goal), yellow below green (reset) and then the top of our chart is blue (good choices).  This year we are going to work hard as a class to make good choices.  If individuals need to be reminded then I will ask them to reset or move their clip to yellow if needed.  The goal is to get our students to “reset” and change their behavior quickly and return to their task they are being asked to do.  If a child needs more reminders or has a hard time with resetting then more one on one attention will be given to that child to help them make the right choice.  As a class if we get a compliment from another teacher or we are doing AMAZING listening then we will get to clip up to blue.  If we are on blue at the end of the day then as a class we will earn a “superstar.”  When we have earned our first 5 superstars then we will get to have a special day (P.J. day, fort day, extra recess day, etc.).   Please reinforce to your child the importance of being ready to learn everyday.  Green is the goal!!

Turtle Time:  Friday Charlotte brought in 2 baby snapping turtles that her Grandma caught.  It was so fun for us to get a chance to see these little guys.  The Kindergarteners LOVED being able to see them (we didn’t touch them).  Thanks so much to Charlotte’s Grandma JoAnne for sharing these finds with us.  

Star Student:  This next week we will be starting to celebrate star students.  Each child will be given a date that they get to be our star student.  These papers with dates will come home in your child’s daily blue homework folder.  Each week we celebrate 5 students.  The student shares their All About Me and Favorite Things paper.  We keep this paper and will be making a class book with it.  I also use this paper to explore writing ideas with each kindergartner during writing time.  Thank you for helping your child put together this page when it comes home!!

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, September 11…STEAM
  • Tuesday, September 12…GYM
  • Wednesday, September 13…MUSIC, LIBRARY.  First homework paper coming home.
  • Thursday, September 14…ART
  • Friday, September 15…GYM.  Wear YELLOW.  Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:15.

I hope you all enjoy this weekend!!  It has been such a joy to get to know your kindergartener better!!  I am so lucky to love what I do!!!  Thank you for sharing your child with me!!  Please be sure to contact me with any questions at jstutz1@hpseagles.net.

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Wear RED tomorrow 9/8…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 7, 2017

Remember to wear RED tomorrow!!

We have been talking about the color word RED this week and want to celebrate tomorrow, Friday, September 8 by wearing RED!

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Weekly Update…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 2, 2017

8/29 – 8/31

Morning Routine:  We are practicing hanging our backpacks, taking care of our blue folders, making our lunch choices, and starting on our morning work.  We are off to a GREAT start!!

Using Supplies: We have so many awesome tools that we get to use at school! This week, we learned about the right way to use crayons, dry erase markers, whiteboards, pencils, glue sticks and scissors.

Free Choice Time: Our friends get to choose their play time activity each afternoon.

Bathroom Buddies: We are learning all about how to use the restroom quickly and keep our bathroom clean. We learned a bathroom hand signal that lets Mrs. Stutz know we need to go during her teaching time.

Recess: These kindergarteners are loving recess! They do such a great job at finding their line-up spots as soon as they hear the whistle.  We have a new piece of equipment to our playground this year.  A funnel ball game.  It has been fun to see the Kindergarteners explore the many choices on the playground and find friends in other classes too.

Specials: We learned that “specials” are Gym, Music, Art and Steam.  This week we met Mrs. VanKoevering in Gym, Mrs. Bretz in Music and Mrs. Brouwer in Art.  In Art we got to design our own rocks for ArtPrize.  The Kindergarteners did a GREAT job in these specials.  We will get to meet Mrs. Totten in Steam on Tuesday.  

Cool Tools: I have a special toolbox full of “Cool Tools” that help us learn about many social aspects of school. Every day, we read a story and do an activity that teaches us about a cool tool. Check your child’s folder to see this weeks cool tool activities.

5th Grade Buddies:  We love our fifth grade buddies from Mr. Cooley’s classroom! They help us get on the bus and go home every day. 


Notes for Parents:

  • Please bring in gym shoes and any papers for the office if you haven’t done so yet!
  • Please make sure to check your child’s blue folder every day.
  • Please pack 2 snacks for your Kindergartener to enjoy during our a.m. and p.m. snack time.
  • If your child will be ordering milk with their cold lunch, please put a note either on their lunchbox or in their FROG folder. This really streamlines our lunch process!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, September 1 – NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, September 4 – NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, September 5 – STEAM
  • Wednesday, September 6 – GYM, LIBRARY
  • Thursday, September 7 – MUSIC
  • Friday, September 8 – ART, Wear RED!
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GREAT first day in K…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 30, 2017

We had a GREAT start to our school year already!  The Kindergarteners did such an AMAZING job today!  We learned all kinds of things today: how to unpack, check-in, make a lunch choice, explored our school and SO MUCH MORE!!  We will focus on getting to know each other better over the next couple of weeks and learning all kinds of “procedures” and EVERYTHING K!  Thanks so much for sharing your child with me!!  We have an AWESOME group of Kindergarteners!!  

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What if it rains tomorrow?

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 28, 2017

 

If it is raining in the morning when school starts what will we do? 

  • When the buses arrive the children will be escorted into the building and into my classroom.  If you are following the bus you can feel free to come to my outside door “N”.  
  • If you are driving your child you can feel free to come to door “N” and see your Kinder into school.

Coming to my outside door will eliminate the congestion at the front lobby area.  Please let me know if you have any questions (jstutz1@hpseagles.net).

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First Day Reminders…

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 27, 2017

A few reminders for Tuesday:

  • Send your kinder to school wearing one of the name tags that was in their blue take home folder. Those are for day 1 and day 2 of school. This will help us make sure every kinder gets to the correct classroom. 
  • Send your kinder’s “ME Bag” with 2 items in it to help us get to know a little something about them.  Be sure to write their name on their bag.
  • A note for end of the day plans IF they are different than what you stated on your parent survey or in the confirmation email from me.  
  • Gym shoes if you haven’t brought them in yet.  We will have Gym (PE) the first day of school.  If you do not have gym shoes, it’s OK your child will still be able to participate.
  • A lunch from home or make sure your kinder knows what hot lunch choice they get to have.  There are 2 hot lunch choices each day (blue or white). Here is the link to the September menu for lunch options.  If needed, check out the Hudsonville Food Service website for payment information and information about setting up a hot lunch account. If your kinder will be having home lunch but ordering milk, please attach a small note on the outside of their lunch box for the first few weeks of school. This helps me and them remember they would like milk.  They will get to choose from chocolate or white milk inside the cafeteria.
  • 2 snacks for your kinder.  We will have an a.m. snack time and a p.m. snack time.  
  • Your child’s cuddle buddy…unless it is already at school.
  • Any completed paperwork that you have. Please put this in your kinder’s blue folder.  I will deliver the papers to the correct places.
  • Extra set of clothes if your worried about your kinder having an accident or just in case.  I have some extra clothes…but not a lot.  These can always be left inside their backpack for whenever they may need.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 29…Me Bag due, PE, 1st Day of School!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 30…ART, Claire and Colin Birthday!!!
  • Thursday, Aug. 31…MUSIC
  • Friday, Sept. 1…NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, Sept. 4…NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5…STEAM
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6…PE
  • Thursday, Sept. 7…ART
  • Friday, Sept. 8…MUSIC, Wear red!

I can’t wait for our first day of Kindergarten together!  See you on Tuesday! Be sure to email me if you have ANY questions (jstutz1@hpseagles.net).

See you soon,

Mrs. Stutz

 

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Thanks for coming!

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Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 25, 2017

 

Thank you to all who were able to make it to our Kindergarten Open House last night!

It was wonderful to get to meet you. What a GREAT group of kindergarteners and families! I am so excited to start the school year together! 

Please take a little time to go through your child’s blue folder that you got at open house and the yellow envelope that was tucked inside it. There is a lot of information in there!! There are some important things that you will want to read before school starts next week. Please be sure to email me with ANY questions you might have along the way (jstutz1@hpseagles.net).

Thank you so much for all of the supplies that you donated to our classroom! Our class will use many supplies as we journey through our year.   

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