Weekly Update…


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

2/11 – 2/15

Popcorn Words:  This week we had the popcorn words how and now pop into our classroom.  The kinders did a GREAT job of learning the “ow” letter team is in many different words.  They created books and made new words with these popcorn words this week.

Math:  You may have noticed that your Kinder brought home their Math book on Friday!  They were SOOOO EXCITED to bring these home.  We will be reviewing for our test and taking our Unit 3 Math test next week.  This Math book can stay at home!  The kinders will be getting a new Math book for the rest of the school year.  They worked hard this week on noticing different ways to write number sentences, showing objects to make number sentences, adding and subtracting and discovering shapes.  

Literacy:  Each day the kinders work hard on skills that help them get ready to be readers, help them grow as readers and are challenged as readers to reach new heights.  Your kinder works independently on skills such as reading to self, finding popcorn words, writing words that they sound out or exploring many different skills to help build their reading skills.  They may work by themselves sometimes or in a small group.  Each kinder works on skills that are specific to their needs when working in a small group.  I am very proud of how they are able to work during this time in our day.  Gathering tools they need and making choices on skills they wish to build on.  Often having fun at the same time!!  It is always a good idea to keep practicing sight words, letters and letter sound at home with the flashcards that come home monthly.  If you are in need of more flashcards please email me to let me know.  I can get you those no problem.

Writers Workshop:  This week we continued to build on our small moment story writing.  The kinders have done a GREAT job coming up with ideas of what to write about.  They seem to get the idea of what a small moment is.  We will continue to build on this type of writing and become more and more independent with our writing.  Soon, they will be doing their own test “on demand” small moment story writing.  This will involve them coming up with their own idea, writing their story across a page on their own and showing me all that they have learned.  Making sure they sound out words, add punctuation, uppercase letters, and label pictures.  We talked about how it can be really hard to be a writer and that it takes a lot of practice to sound out words we don’t know.  The kinders have done such a great job of this.  However, they were quick to say that it can be hard and that we need to use one of our reading super power skills and not give up!  Any practice at home of having your child practice stretching out words and writing sounds they hear is always a great mini way to train them how to be more confident as writers.  

Readers Workshop:  The kinders noticed that books become more and more challenging.  Noticing that some books have more words, more lines, longer words, more challenging patterns, and even surprise endings.  We talked about how we want to remember to also never give up when we are working on reading.  Using our persistence power!  We discovered that patterns help us sound like readers.  Also, when we discover a pattern it makes reading the rest of the book much easier.  We explored a book called, Picnic to discover this challenging pattern.  The kinders noticed how the pattern alternated and then had a surprise ending.  

Valentines Fun:  Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who donated supplies and time to our Valentine Day party.  The kinders had a blast!  They opened lots of Valentines, played a fun game of musical hearts, made an adorable Valentine photo frame, played a stacking hearts game and a fun Valentine ping pong ball toss.  They also loved their yummy snack of chocolate dipped pretzel rods and a juice box.  What a fun Valentine party we had!!

Upcoming schedule:  This week all of the K teachers will be in and out of the classroom to do Kindergarten screening for incoming kindergartners.  Also, with the snow days, we have had over the last several weeks each Kindergarten teacher will be taking some time to be at school to test our own kinders while having a substitute in our classroom.  On Monday, I will be at school but in the a.m. I will be testing my kinders.  In the afternoon on Monday, I will be doing kindergarten screening.  A substitute will be in our classroom on Monday all day.  I will be in and out in the a.m.   On Wednesday afternoon the kindergarten teachers district-wide will be attending an in-service for curriculum.  So, on Wednesday afternoon there will be a substitute teacher in our classroom.  The kinders do know about Monday so far.  One day at a time.  If you have any changes in your child’s schedule on Monday or Wednesday please be sure to write a note or contact the office, 797-9797.  I will have access to my computer.  However, a note or office (797-9797) contact helps to cover all the bases if a change is happening.  

Spring Conferences:  We will be meeting in spring to discuss your kinders progress.  Our Spring Conferences will be on March 11 and 13.  These will be scheduled and dates and times will be sent to you prior to these spring dates.  

Mystery Reader:  This week Kendall was thrilled to see her Mom, Mrs. Rodriguez walk through our door as our Mystery Reader.  Mrs. Rodriguez read us the adorable story of One Good Deed by Terri Fields.  A wonderful story about a neighborhood and how they helped each other.  A great story that goes hand in hand with our bucket filler classroom environment.  In this story, one good deed caught on and several good deeds happen in a neighborhood.  A truly heartwarming story about helping others.  Thanks for visiting with us, Mrs. Rodriguez.


  • Please be sure to pack 2 healthy snacks for your kinder.  We have an a.m. and p.m. snack daily.
  • Send your child to school DAILY with the appropriate winter gear (hat, snow pants, gloves/mittens, boots, etc.).  I have some extra supplies but cannot share hats.  If it is above freezing we do go outside two times a day.  
  • Take home books can be kept at home until it is a Take-Home Book day, Tuesday/Thursday.  With this crazy winter weather pattern, I have switched out books from the week before.  However, with a more normal week, you can keep these books home unless it is a T/TH. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 18…ART, LIBRARY, Bring your library book!  Mrs. Stutz at school but not in the classroom…testing classroom Kinders in the a.m., kindergarten screening in the afternoon.  Please call the office (797-9797) or write a note with any changes in your child’s schedule for the day.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 19…STEAM, Bring Take Home Books.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20…MUSIC, Henry 1/2 B-Day celebration!  Mrs. Stutz not at school in the p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 21…GYM, Bring Take Home Books.
  • Friday, Feb. 22…ART, Popcorn Friday
  • March 8…Early Dismissal, 12:15 p.m.
  • March 9… Boys Event, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. @ BAM Entertainment.  
  • March 11…Spring Conferences, 4-8 p.m.
  • March 13…Spring Conferences, 4-8 pm. 

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