Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 20, 2020

Today your kindergartener brought home a TAKE-HOME book bag. They were VERY excited that they were taking books home to read to you! You will find inside their bag a note with more details about this reading program.  Their bag is labeled with their name and days to return their books. In your child’s bag is a parent note with some tips, a parent comment sheet, a reading superpowers bookmark (more bookmarks coming) and a book just right for them to read. 

Please remember that TAKE-HOME books are not meant to be challenging for your kindergartener to read.  They should feel successful and be able to read these books to you.  We will save the challenging books for school time.  Our goal is to read at a B level by the end of February and a D level by the end of the school year.  Every child is different and develops reading skills at different times. 

Some kiddos will reach these goals, some will not be ready yet, and some will pass these goals.  Please accept and celebrate your child’s ability at this time.  Please encourage and support your child when they read their book to you.  It is good to read the book more than one time and on different occasions! 




On Wednesday, your kindergartener will read their book with a parent volunteer at school. Then they will pick out a new book to bring home. Happy Reading!!!! 

If your child was bringing home a book baggy earlier in the school year, this class-wide Take-Home Book Program will be replacing that, so you’ll only need to keep up with one bag and one set of instructions.

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Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 19, 2020

1/13 – 1/17

Popcorn Words:  said, make

Math: This week in Math the Kinders worked hard on sorting objects and pictures by attributes (big, small, 2 legs, 4 legs, wings, no wings, etc.).  They also worked on making 5 group drawings to show different numbers up to 9.  Drawing on their whiteboards groups of 5 and then some more to show a number.  They worked really hard on these Math concepts this week.

Writers Workshop:  We continued to dive into our How-To writing this week.  The Kinders had fun reading, making and writing several How-To’s.  We read about and made a liquid rainbow.  Following our How-To book step by step.  The Kindergartners did a GREAT job making predictions of what might happen if we didn’t follow the steps in the right order.  We also had a lot of fun making and trying pink lemonade.  The Kindergartners worked together on what steps come next in this How-To.  It was a lot of fun to watch them work together as a class to write, draw and then eat their own little cutie oranges.  The kinders ABSOLUTELY LOVED watching their friend Ella’s How-To Make Yogurt Parfait video.  If your Kinder has a How-To video you would like to send in for our class to view send it our way.  If your having any issues with figuring out how to send it….feel free to reach out and we can help you problem-solve.

Readers Workshop:  This week the Kinders worked hard on noticing patterns in books.  They practiced reading these patterns they found and sharing them with their reading partners.  We also worked hard on checking our reading and that it matched the pattern.  Working hard on making sure that the letters we see matched the sounds we know and putting it all together with words we see in books.  The Kinders also practiced making a pile of books they will read using their reading mats.  We are so amazed at how the Kinders are progressing as readers!!

P.J. and Comfy Day Fun:  The Kinders were so excited to celebrate their 5 stars for positive behavior.  They had lots of fun in their jammies.  The loved relaxing and watching a movie, Arthur’s Missing Pal in the afternoon.

Mystery Readers:

  • Norah was SOOOO EXCITED to see her Mom walk through the door as a Mystery Reader this week.  Mrs. VanSlyke read us the book, It’s a Seashell Day and then gave us each our own seashell!! Mrs. VanSlyke had a funny story of why she brought her seashell book….she got stuck in Florida with the weather we had last week!  Norah was so happy her Mom got home!  Thank you for visiting with us Mrs. VanSlyke!!

  • Kendall was THRILLED to see her Mom and little sister Kenzie as our Mystery Readers this week.  Mrs. Laurie read us the book, Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet.  An adorable story about a goldfish who had everything.  He was just missing one thing…a Pet!  Mrs. Laurie gave us each a fun goldfish stamp after our story.  Thanks for visiting with us Mrs. Laurie and Kenzie!!

Valentine’s Fun:  A letter came home this week about our upcoming Valentine’s Party.  It will be on Friday, February 14, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  As part of our Valentine’s celebration we will be making Valentine’s mailboxes at school.  If your Kinder would like to bring in Valentines for their classmates we sent home labels with names on it for easier Valentine addressing.  These Valentines can be sent in by Feb. 7, allowing us time for the Kinders to deliver their Valentines in class.  If you would like to coordinate our Valentine’s Party Day party please feel free to reach out to us (jstutz1@hpseagles.net or ablauwka@hpseagles.net).

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 20…Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, STEAM, Take-Home Books come home.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21…LIBRARY, MUSIC.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22…GYM, Bring Take-Home Books back
  • Thursday, Jan. 23…ART
  • Friday, Jan. 24…STEAM, Bring Take-Home Books back
  • Friday, Jan. 31…Early Release – 12:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 3 – 4…NO SCHOOL-Winter Break
  • Feb. 7…Bring Valentines to school
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P.J. Day Tomorrow!


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 16, 2020

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 17 is P.J./Comfies day in our classroom!  Your Kinder may also bring a blanket if they would like.  We will be celebrating positive behavior choices!!

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5 Stars = P.J. Day!


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 13, 2020

Our class has worked so hard together on earning points daily for positive behavior.  The Kinders have done so well that they have earned 5 yellow superstars!  This means they have earned a P.J./Comfies day.  They are allowed to also bring a blanket if they would like!  We will have a day of learning in “comfort.”   Our comfy day of learning will be this Friday, January 17.

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Weekly Update


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 12, 2020

1/6 – 1/10


It was so nice to be back at school with all of your sweet kinders! We missed them SO much over break!! Having two weeks off from school can be challenging especially for young students because they are just starting to get into the routine of school. With that being said, this week was a little tough, and we had to have lots of talks about how we should act at school. Tomorrow will be a fresh start!


Popcorn Words: at, that. The kindergarteners did an awesome job with these words and picking up on the relationship between the two with at being in the word that! They practiced writing the words throughout the week and finding them in their books during reader’s workshop.

Literacy Centers: This was a fun week of literacy centers because the students were taught a new center… and they LOVED it! We had them listen to books on tape. It was so cute to see their facial expressions as they followed along while they were read to. This really helps with their tracking skills and being able to find the same words in the book as the words are said to them. 


Math: This week in math we talked all about shapes. The kindergarteners were so excited to learn that we can use one shape to make another shape. We practiced using triangles to make squares, and we put two squares together to make a rectangle. To celebrate building new shapes, we made shape snowflakes on Friday. The students made predictions about what shapes might be on our snowflake by looking at the cut lines we had to do. They were so smart and used their reasoning skills to predict the new shapes we would cut! They were amazed when they were able to open up their snowflake and discover what they created!!

Writer’s Workshop: We started a how-to unit for writer’s workshop. The students learned that how-to stories tell the reader steps of how to do something. To help them understand this concept, they had to determine if we read a storybook or a how-to book. The kinders did a GREAT job finding the differences between the two. We practiced writing a few how-to’s as a class, including: washing your hands, building a snowman, and making hot cocoa. We will continue to practice this writing and they will eventually start writing their own how-to. We also thought it would be fun to challenge the kinders by having them record a how-to video at home! This is just something fun to do and it is NOT a requirement. If your kiddo would like to do this, you can upload the video to YouTube or email it to us, and we will share it with the class! Some examples you could do are: how to brush your teeth, make chocolate milk, make slime, etc. 

Reader’s Workshop: This week during reading, the students learned a few different skills to help them become better readers. We want them to be able to recognize which books are easy for them and which books are a little more difficult. We looked at some different leveled books and had a discussion about how some books have only a few words on each page while other books are filled with multiple words on each page. We then had them grab their book boxes so they could look through their books and make a stack with easy books on top and hard books on the bottom. Another skill we talked about was finiding patterns in books. They learned how patterns can help us understand the book better because we are seeing the same words over and over again.

Mystery Reader: We were super lucky this week and had two mystery readers in our classroom! Joe’s mom and his older sister, who is in fifth grade, both got to read us a book. They read us the story Railroad Hank and Pete the Kitty and the Case of the Hiccups. Joe was SO exctied to have both of you there. Thank you for visiting us and choosing such fun books to share with the class!

Jobs: Our kinders now have classroom jobs! This is something new we started after break, and the kinders were THRILLED. It is a great way for them to gain a little more responsibility in the classroom. Not everyone will have a job every week, so we say that those who do not have a job for the week are on “vacation”. It has been adorable to see how seriously some of them have been taking their job!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 13… ART
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14… STEAM, LIBRARY, help your kinder return their library book.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15… MUSIC
  • Thursday, Jan. 16… GYM
  • Friday, Jan. 17… ART, Emilie’s B-day!
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Calling ALL Take Home Book Volunteers…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 2, 2020

Calling all Take Home Book Volunteers!  To help assist with the signing up process I am using the Signup.com website.  If you can volunteer PLEASE go to Take Home Book Volunteer link to sign up on our Take Home Book Calendar.  Let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at jstutz1@hpseagles.net or ablauwka@hpseagles.net.  I can’t wait to get started!!!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com:  Take Home Book Volunteer
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 23, 2019

12/16 – 12/20


We had a fun-filled week full of friendship, curiosity and warm winter wishes!  Thank you all so much for sharing your Kindergartner with us!  We are wishing you all a VERY happy holiday season and time with family and friends!!

Grinch Day Fun:  The Kinders had a blast on Grinch Day!  Starting by making their own Grinch day crown.  They also found teen numbers in Math.  Then shared how they would make the Grinch smile.  We heard lots of sweet ideas:  hug him, play with him, give him a present.  Such a sweet group of kinders!  We got to celebrate Celia’s Birthday on Grinch Day too!!  Thank you Celia’s Mom for Grinch goodies!!

Holiday Party Fun:  Thank you to all of our volunteers, donation givers and coordinators for a wonderful holiday party!  The Kinders had a GREAT time!!!

Polar Express Day Fun:  The Kindergartners had so much fun on our “polar express” traveling to and from all the Kindergarten classrooms.  We got to watch a part of the movie Polar Express in each room.  Each Kinder had their own special ticket and got it stamped at each train stop.  We also enjoyed some yummy hot cocoa in the afternoon.

Mystery Reader:  Lucy was THRILLED to see her Dad, Mr. Selders walk through our door as the Mystery Reader.  Mr. Selders read us the book, Sorry Grown-Ups, you CAN’T go to school! A wonderful story that is sure to get every child excited about being in school!!  Thanks for visiting with us Mr. Selders!


January Calendar:  I can’t believe that when we return it will be 2020!!  WOW!  You will find our January Calendar under calendars at the top of our blog page, a paper copy is also in your child’s blue folder.  You can find it by clicking here:  January Calendar

Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec. 23-Jan. 5…Holiday Break, NO SCHOOL!
  • Dec. 31…Connor and Palmer’s Birthday!!!
  • Monday, Jan. 6…GYM, Back to School.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 7…ART, LIBRARY, Help your Kinder return their library book.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 8…STEAM, Evan’s B-Day!
  • Thursday, Jan. 9…MUSIC
  • Friday, Jan. 10…GYM


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A Few Reminders…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 17, 2019

Just a few reminders:

  • Penguin Patch Shopping tomorrow!  If you are interested in having your child do some shopping please send in their envelope with their name and details.   
  • Please be sure to send in a wrapped book for our class gift exchange.  We are hoping to have these books by the latest Thursday a.m.  
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Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 15, 2019

12/9 – 12/13

Popcorn Words:  what, was, it.  The Kindergartners did a GREAT job writing and finding these words this week.  We talked about how “what” and “was” are tricky words.  When we sound them out the letters don’t make the “usual” sounds.  

Math:  This week in Math we continued to work on teen numbers.  The Kindergartners practiced writing teen numbers, identifying numbers and drawing circles to match numbers.  We also had a lot of fun practicing adding and subtracting holiday candy corn filling and emptying Santa’s sleigh.

Writers Workshop:  The Kindergartners did a GREAT job this week of continuing to work on their true story writing.  They practiced using their checklist once they finished writing stories.  Making sure they added labels, speech bubbles, started sentences with uppercase letters, making sure that writing was easy to read and that their sentences matched their drawings.  

Readers Workshop:  This week the Kinders learned that practicing reading helps us read smoothly.  The more we use our reading superpowers the stronger they become.  We also noticed the punctuation in sentences.  Learning that a question mark is used to asking.  We worked at finding answers to questions when we saw this punctuation as we practiced being readers this week.

Mystery Readers:

  • On Tuesday we were treated to a first grade Mystery Reader, Elija Freed.  Elija was a Kindergartner in my class last year.  He was eager to come and visit us and read to our class.  He read us the book Parts and Not a Box.  Two hilarious books!  It was awesome to hear his amazing reading skills!  Thanks for visiting Elijah!!  

  • On Thursday our birthday boy Hudson was surprised by his big sister, Brooklyn as our Mystery Reader.  Brooklyn is a prior student of mine and a first-grader at Georgetown.  Hudson was so surprised to see Brooklyn, little brother Owen and his Mom!!  Brooklyn read us the book If a T-Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party.  Thanks for visiting with us Brooklyn, Owen and Mrs. Vaiana!!

  • Isaiah was THRILLED to see his Mom walk through our door as a Mystery Reader! Mrs. Tolsma read us the timely book Christmas Magic.  Thanks so much for visiting with us, Mrs. Tolsma!

Holiday Music Program:  The Kinders did such an AMAZING job at the Holiday Music Program!  

Holiday Class Party:  Our Holiday Class Party is on Thursday, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  If you would like to donate supplies you can find the link here:  Party Supplies Needed  If you are scheduled to volunteer at the party please feel free to come by 1:30 p.m. to help set up for the party.  The Kinders are so excited for the fun!!

Candy Cane Sales:  The 5th graders’ annual candy cane sale ends on Wednesday, Dec. 18.  If your Kinder is interested in buying a candy cane for $1 don’t miss out!  All proceeds go to support their 5th-grade celebration.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Dec. 16…Wear Red and Green Day!
    • MUSIC.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17…Wear a Holiday Hat Day (headband, hat, etc)
    • GYM
    • LIBRARY.  Help your Kinder return their library book.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18…Wear cozy socks or scarf or Grinch attire (so many options!)
    • Penguin Shopping Day – Send in money with your Kinder in the designated envelope if you wish to purchase items.
    • Last Day to buy candy canes.
    • Grinch Day in Kindergarten!
    • ART
    • Celia’s Birthday!!! 
  • Thursday, Dec. 19…Wear a holiday sweater Day! 
    • Class Book exchange in a.m.
    • STEAM,
    • Class holiday Party 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Volunteers feel free to come at 1:30 p.m. to help set up. 
  • Friday, Dec. 20…Wear P.J.’s or comfies Day! 
    • MUSIC  
    • Polar Express Day in Kindergarten.
  • Monday, Dec. 23 – Friday, Jan. 3…NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, Jan. 6…Back to school!


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Party Supplies Needed


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 14, 2019

Hello Fabulous Kindergarten Parents!  Our list of party supplies needed for our Holiday Party can be found at this link Holiday Party Supplies

If you are interested in donating a supply please sign up and send in your donation with your Kinder or drop it off in the office. 

The Kinders are getting SOOOO excited about our Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 19.  Please email us jstutz1@hpseagles.net or ablauwka@hpseagles.net for any questions.

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