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 jstutz1@hpseagles.net.  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, jstutz1@hpseagles.net.

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 jstutz1@hpseagles.net

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Weekly Update


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 5, 2019

4/29 – 5/3

Popcorn Words:  have, on, of

Math:  We continued to work on our knowledge of number sentences that equal 10.  The kinders practiced looking at pictures of things that were in groups.  Finding groups of 10 and then some more to show teen numbers as well.  We worked on telling story problems and then writing addition number sentences.  We are really growing in our teen number sense.  They LOVED writing 1-100 in different marker colors this week too.  With excitement I heard many times, “It’s just like our 100 chart in our classroom!”  I LOVE their excitement about Math!!









Writers Workshop:  We have finished our exposure into How-to writing.  The Kindergartners loved getting a glimpse into this genre of writing.  Noticing how a How-to has steps, drawings and words that tell the reader what to do.  This week we wrapped up with writing about How-to make a sandcastle, How-to wash our hands, How-to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and How-to make a tornado in a bottle.  The kinders LOVED their How-to’s placed around the sinks in our classroom.  We also wanted to share our How-to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with our cafeteria lunch ladies.  They LOVED our writings!!  I wish we had MORE time to explore more How-to’s!!  However, with our snow days and limited time to complete curriculum we have to move on next week to Opinion writing.





























How-To Videos:  Although we need to move on in our writing….IF your child would like to create a How-To video and you would like to send it to me so they can share it with their classmates, I know the Kinders would LOVE IT!!!  We have had the chance to watch a few How-TO videos that kids have made and the class has LOVED THEM!!!  I know they would just eat up a How-To video starring their classmate.  SOOOOOO, feel free to get those cameras rolling and make a How-To video with your kinder (only if they want to).  It’s just for fun.  Send them my way and I will make sure their classmates get to view them together.

Readers Workshop:  The Kindergartners have done a GREAT job remembering all of their superpowers as readers.  We have worked on asking questions as we read this week.  Discovering that if we ask questions as readers we remember what we read and we comprehend as we read.  The Kinders also learned how to report on a topic or book they read.  Sharing the information they learn in a book by making a report.  We had a lot of fun with these “just in” breaking news reports after we read our scholastic Let’s Find Out on Rainbow Plants.  The kinders got to talk into the speaker system and I played the news reporter asking them breaking news questions!!  It was so much fun!


















Rocks:  This week we learned about Metamorphic and Igneous rocks.  The kinders had fun making their own Metamorphic rock by using 3 different starburst bites.  They added pressure with their hands and heat from their mouth to create this edible rock.  We made our Igneous rocks by using these starburst bites and adding EXTREME heat (the microwave).  After our “rocks” melted and cooled we enjoyed these hardened pieces of Igneous rock.







































Living and Non-Living:  We have been getting ourselves well versed in all things Living and Non-Living.  The Kinders have learned that Living things need food, water, air, shelter, space, and sunlight to grow.  We got to plant our own seeds (beans) this week.  The Kinders have been patiently watching for sprouts and signs of growth each day!  Hopefully, we will see some changes this week….come on sunshine!!  We have also added some caterpillars to our classroom.  The kinders have been so excited to see what changes they have made already.  There are 6 caterpillars that have already started to grown and make their way up to the top of the container they are in preparation for their next stage of life…chrysalis!  






















Mystery Reader:  This week Elijah was THRILLED to see his Mom “hop” in to be our Mystery Reader.  Mrs. Freed came dressed in her Frog disguise to surprise us.  Mrs. Freed and Elijah read us the very funny Elephant and Piggy book, I’m a Frog! written by Mo Willems.  Thank you for visiting with us Mrs. Freed!
















Snack Reminder:  Please be sure to send in 2 snacks for your Kinder each day.  Many of them are SOOO hungry….more moving around on these beautiful days make for a hungry little kiddo.   I am in need of more graham crackers and will gladly take donations.

Book Orders:  Our Book Order is due Friday, May 10.  If you would like to stock up on your summer reading library and want to make a scholastic book order please be sure to either go online or send in your book order by Friday, May 10.  A list of book series and book level correlation was sent home with the book orders.  If you need another please let me know.

Field Trip:  We are sooooo excited about our upcoming field trip!!  We will be going to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center in West Olive on Tuesday, May 7.  The bus will leave Georgetown Elementary by 9:30 a.m.  If you are a chaperone you should have gotten a note and an email with specific details for you.  We will be discovering things inside and outside on our field trip day.  Please dress your kinder ready for the weather that day….fingers crossed for no rain!!!  We will be leaving Hemlock Crossing Nature Center by 11:30 a.m. and heading to Hager Park for a picnic and playtime.  We will plan to arrive by 12 noon.  ALL PARENTS and younger siblings are welcome to join us at the park for our lunch and playtime.  If we have rain we will plan to come back to school and have a picnic lunch in our classroom with some playtime.  Parents and younger siblings will be welcome to join us there as well!  Please plan to pack a lunch for your kinder and a drink for our picnic lunch.  Don’t forget lunch for yourself too!!  If you would like your Kinder to have sunscreen, please pack it for the day with their name labeled on it.  I am able to apply sunscreen if you provide it.  PLEASE email me with ANY questions!  

Beach Day fun:  The Kinders had lots of fun on our Beach Day!  Even though the weather outside was ALL RAIN, it was warm and beachy in our classroom!  I am soooooo proud of them, earning superstars for amazing classroom behavior!!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 6…Celebrate Emmett’s B-Day!!!  GYM, LIBRARY *Bring your library book!  BRING TAKE HOME BOOKS – SCHEDULE CHANGE DUE TO FIELD TRIP.  Culver’s Night…I will be working at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  A GREAT excuse to not cook dinner and support our school.
  • Tuesday, May 7…Field Trip Day!!  Pack a lunch and drink with for your Kinder with their name labeled on each.  
  • Wednesday, May 8…STEAM
  • Thursday, May 9…MUSIC, Bring Take Home Books.
  • Friday, May 10…GYM, EARLY RELEASE DAY – 12:15 p.m. dismissal, CRAZY HAIR Day-We are CRAZY about reading!  Book Orders Due.  Mrs. Stutz will be gone – District Kindergarten Teacher learning day. 
  • Monday, May 27…NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day.
  • Friday, May 31…Kindergarten Olympics.  A volunteer note came home Friday, please return it ASAP if you are interested in being a volunteer for this fun morning!! 

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Reading is NO JOKE…


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

During the month of May, we are celebrating all of the hard work we have done in reading. 

Every Friday in Kindergarten we will have a fun reading celebration. 

Tomorrow, Friday, May 3 is bring a joke to share. 

Reading is NO JOKE!! 

A note came home with you Kinder today for a spot for you to help them write a joke to bring in tomorrow. 

Can’t wait to READ all the GREAT jokes our Kinders bring in to share!

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Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 28, 2019

4/22 – 4/26

We have an amazing group of Kinders in our classroom!   The Kinders helped add to our bulletin board outside of our classroom by telling how they would be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.  They had amazing responses: help them clean up, smile at someone, make them a card, help them tie their shoes, give a hug and so many adorable ways they would help someone feel better. We are continuing to remember to be bucket fillers to each other every day!  We have done such a GREAT job of superstar behavior that the class has earned their superstars to win a special day!!  We will be having Beach Day on Monday, April 29.  The Kinders are welcome to come in Beach themed attire, sunglasses and a beach towel.  NO BATHING SUITS PLEASE! We will be going outside for recess, so be sure to layer up on our Beach day with your attire.  

Popcorn Words:  some, come.

Math:  This week we started our study of Unit 5:  Consolidations and Concepts.  The Kinders will review their Math skills and build on their addition and subtraction skills to solve story problems in this unit.  We started the unit this week by making our own “Teen Scene” pictures.  The Kinders picked a teen number to draw.  We loved viewing our gallery of Teen Scene drawings in our classroom.  We off to a great start with Unit 5.  Working hard on story problems, drawing pictures to match and noticing patterns in number sentences.

Writing:  This week we wrapped up our All About Goats informational writing.  The Kindergartners worked hard on putting the information they gathered into their book.  Showing me everything they learned in this unit.  The kinders brought home all of their other All About books this week to enjoy at home.  The “on-demand” All About Goats book will be coming home as soon as I grade it.  This grade will be part of their final report card at the end of the school year.  We also, started a new unit of writing this week, How-to writing.  The Kinders learned that How-to writing is done to teach others about how to do something.  We started this unit by making a list of things we thought we could teach someone how to do.  There were a lot of great ideas that the kinders had:  how to play soccer, how to play baseball, how to do a cartwheel, how to add, how to read, etc.  We completed our first How-to writing this week, How-To Marble Paint.  The Kinders did a great job remembering the steps from Monday of what they did to make their Earth Day Marble Art piece.

Readers Workshop:  This week we continued to build our reading stamina.  We also practiced being avid poetry readers.  The Kindergartners are so aware of the differences and similarities in books now, it has been so fun to see them want to show me and each other what they find.  Pointing out a table of contents in books, an index, glossaries, and so much more in Non-fiction books.  The kinders have also enjoyed diving into fiction books that they enjoy.  Gathering books that have the same characters and talking about what happened to the character in these different books.

Maps:  We continued to work on our Maps information this week.  The Kinders learned about the location of the state of Michigan, Lansing our state capital, what city they live in and their street name and number.  They are enjoying this idea of maps and have had fun getting some exposure to this concept.

Earth Day plus Living and Non-Living:  We are also exploring things that are living and non-living.  This week during our Earth Day exploring outside we took notice of things that were living and non-living.  Our Kindergartners used all of their senses during our Earth Day cleaning of around the school.  Noticing the different sounds they hear and the things they see.  They noticed things that make sounds that are living (birds) and non-living (cars).  Also, smelling things that were living, like a dandelion.  The Kindergartners did a GREAT job with our Earth Day walk.  They helped clean our playground and then also got to see where our schools BIG trash dumpster is and our Paper Gator.  They LOVED putting our paper that we recycle in our classroom in the big Paper Gator.  We LOVE our Earth!!

Rocks:  The amazing collection of rocks that the Kinders brought in were FABULOUS!!  So many cool collections with so many different kinds of rocks!  Thank you for helping your Kinder with this fun collection.  Also, for the special rocks that were sent in for us to see.  The collections came home the same day.  However, we will continue to explore rocks over the next week.  This week we talked about our favorite rocks in our collections.  The Kinders LOVED exploring with their rocks!  They got to weigh their rocks on a scale, drop it in water to see if it floated or sank and see if it changed colors.  They also got to measure their rocks to see how many unifix cubes it was.  We started to talk about the sedimentary rocks this week as well.  The Kinders learned that a sedimentary rock is made up of different sediments, weathering, and pressure.  They LOVED making their own sedimentary rocks!  They made one with 3 different sediments (jelly bean, starburst, and m & m).  The kinders combined these sediments to make a rock and then enjoyed eating it.  They also got to use many sediments of playdough to create their own sedimentary rock made out of playdough.  These rocks were sent home in a baggy on Friday.  They LOVED these hands-on learning with rocks this week!!

Field Trip:  Our field trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center is all set for Tuesday, May 7.  We will be leaving Georgetown by 9:30 a.m., The Kinders will get to explore Hemlock Crossing for about an hour and a half.  Then we will be going to Hager Park for our picnic lunch and some play time.  We will arrive at Hager Park by 12:00 noon.  All chaperones have been contacted.  All are welcome to join us for our picnic lunch and play time at Hager Park.  Each Kinder will need to bring a home lunch and a drink on our field trip day.  If we get rain on our field trip day we will still go to Hemlock Crossing.  However, we will NOT go to Hager Park if we have rain.  Please plan to dress your kinder according to weather on our field trip day.  I can’t wait!  I know the Kinders will LOVE this field trip day!!  Reminder notes with details will be coming home prior to our field trip date.

Mystery Reader:

  • Avery was soooo excited to see her Dad walk in as our Mystery Reader this week!  Mr. Pierce read us the very funny story, Goodnight Already! by Jory John.  The Kinders LOVED Mr. Pierce’s funny voices and the hilarious tale of Bear and Duck.  Thank you for visiting with us Mr. Pierce!

Art Show:  I hope you were able to see some of the amazing art that was at the Art Show this week.  I was able to stop by briefly to see some of the artists and their work.  There are some very talented artists in our district and classroom!  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 29…MUSIC, LIBRARY, *Bring Library Book, BEACH DAY!!
  • Tuesday, April 30…GYM, *Bring Take Home Books.
  • Wednesday, May 1…ART
  • Thursday, May 2…STEAM, *Bring Take Home Books.
  • Friday, May 3…MUSIC
  • Tuesday, May 7…Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center.  
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Weekly Update…


Posted by jstutz1 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 22, 2019

4/15 – 4/19

What a BEAUTIFUL weekend!  I hope you have all had a chance to enjoy this amazing weather!!  Looks like we will have a GREAT week of weather this week as well.  

Popcorn Words:  They, These.

Math:  This week we wrapped up our study of Unit 4.  We took the Unit 4 Math test.  These tests will come home soon.  We will begin our Unit 5 this next week.  Our next unit will continue to build on addition and subtraction while using them in solving story problems.  We will deepen our understanding of teen numbers as well.

Writers Workshop:  We have started to work on our “on demand/test” for our All About/Non-fiction writing unit.  The Kindergarteners will wrap up their writing this next week.  They are writing All About Goats.  We have gathered research, organized it and started to write it in our own books.  We are off to a GREAT start!  

Readers Workshop:  This week the Kindergartners worked on their reading stamina, finding differences in Non-fiction books and dove into becoming Avid Readers of Poetry.  It was so fun to see the Kindergartners share their Non-fiction books with their reading partners.  They were so eager to share the  similarities and differences in their books.  We talked about how Poetry is a lot like a song.  We hear songs and they get stuck in our heads and we sing them over and over.  So many of the Poetry we know is often sung like a song.  Making it easy for us to remember, allowing us to be Avid Readers/Listeners of Poetry.  We enjoyed the fabulous Baby Shark Poem/Song, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  The kinders have each of these poems and have enjoyed reading/singing them during our read to self time.  This class has a real LOVE for books!  It has been so fun to see their stamina and love for reading to self time grow!!

Rocks:  Collections are due Thursday, April 25.  We are so excited to explore these together!

Maps:  We have started to talk about Maps in our classroom.  Exploring what continent, country, and state we live in.  This is a VERY big concept for the Kindergartners.  They have been so excited to start this exploring!  I will continue to introduce these skills to the Kinders throughout the next couple of weeks.

Living and Non-Living:  We have also started to explore things that are LIVING and Non-Living.  Noticing that Living things need certain things: Air, Water, Food, Light and Shelter to grow and survive.  Also, discovering that things like a rock, chair and ball are NOT living.  This exploration will help us get ready for our field trip coming up on May 7.  

Mystery Reader:

  • Charlotte was SOOOO SURPRISED to see her Aunt Molly walk through our door as a Mystery Reader!  Molly read us the hilarious book, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On:  Things About Me by Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate.  The kinders LOVED this VERY funny book!!  Thank you for visiting with us and being our Mystery Reader Molly!!  

We hatched Eggs:  Well, sort of!  The Kinders decorated a paper egg and then sat on it to keep it warm.  When they returned to the classroom after special they saw that these paper eggs cracked and 2 eggs had hatched!!  They found that inside these eggs were some yummy treats for them to enjoy!  It was fun to see the Kinders enjoy this magical treat!  Also, a BIG thank you to Mrs. Castle for the yummy pretzel/Peeps treats!!  


Snack Reminder:  Please be sure to pack 2 snacks for your Kinder.  We have an a.m. and p.m. snack break everyday!  With all of this extra outdoor time the Kinders are extra hungry and ready to snack.  Our Graham Cracker classroom supply is running low, any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Cleaning:  We try to keep our classroom as germ free and as clean as we can.  To help with this process we like to wipe our tables off daily with a Clorox Cleaning Wipe.  We are running low on these supplies as well.  If you are able and would like to donate a container of Clorox (or any other kind) of cleaning wipes it would be greatly appreciated!

Field Trip:  Our Spring Field Trip will be on Tuesday, May 7.  Our class, along with Mrs. Baker’s Kindergarten class will be going to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center.  We will plan to arrive at Hemlock Crossing by 10:00 a.m.  After some learning adventure we will then travel to Hager Park for a picnic lunch and some play time.  The Chaperones have been contacted.  All parents and younger siblings are welcome to attend our Hager Park picnic lunch and play time.  So, if you don’t get to go to the first part of our field trip you are all welcome to attend our second part of the field trip at Hager Park.

Fun at Free Choice Time:  These series of pictures show the amazing creativity that these Kinders have during their Free Choice Time!  Check out their super cool creations and how TALL their structure got!!  

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 22…STEAM, LIBRARY, Earth Day, *Bring your library book.  Art Show – 5:30 p.m. @ Hudsonville City Hall
  • Tuesday, April 23…MUSIC, *Bring your Take Home Books.
  • Wednesday, April 24…GYM
  • Thursday, April 25…ART, *Bring your Take Home Books, Rock Collections Due.
  • Friday, April 26…STEAM, Popcorn Friday.
  • Tuesday, May 7…Field Trip
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