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    Welcome to Kindergarten! I am looking forward to working with you and your child.We have a new math series this year as well as many FUN and EXCITING things to learn! Explore this page to see some of the fun things we will be learning this year. It's going to be a fun year filled with lots of learning!

    This website will be an important tool for both students and parents throughout the year. Please make it a habit to check it weekly for up to date skills and concepts being covered in class as well as any special announcements


    Let's work together and make this a great year for your child!

    Please continue to read further down to the announcements and calendar section.  Those 2 sections will keep you updated with our activities and events. 


    As we start school, we will focus on a few different things.
    • We will work on school rules, routines and procedures.  Most importantly, we will work on being kind to each other.  We also will include sitting in our own spot, keeping our hands and feet to ourselves and using our listening ears. 
    • We will practice unpacking and packing up our own back packs each day.  Please have your child do this on their own at home so that they are learning to become an independent learner.  I will encourage our papers to go into a folder (supplied by the PTN).
    • We will also work on writing our first name correctly (the 1st letter uppercase, followed by lowercase letters for the remaining letters).

    f  Scholastic Reading Club

    Every month I will be sending home a Scholastic Reading Flyer. Please take a moment to look over the Scholastic Reading Club Flyer. The club features books of all levels for as little as $1.00. Orders are delivered to the school with no shipping and handling charges. Each order earns us points for our classroom library. 

    Simply complete the form and return it to school, ATTN Mrs.Albertino Scholastic Reading. Please make checks payable to Scholastic Reading Club. If you would like to order online please use code PMBKH at www.scholastic.com/readingclub.


     

    We are holding a voluntary poster contest for students in grades K-5.  Students are to create a poster regarding positive character.  They can focus on no name calling for No Name Calling Week held in January or kindness for Random Acts of Kindness Week held in February. We are asking that posters have correct spelling and are neat.  We will be selecting one winner from each grade level.  The winning posters will be displayed in the APR or hallway for all to see.    
    The posters will be due to me by Monday, February 4th.

    Dear Parents,

    Did you know that many of the plastic items we use are recyclable. Items like plastic shopping bags, bread or newspaper bags, and the plastic around your toilet paper and cases of water should be recycled separate from your cans and bottles.  

    Holman Elementary School is joining the Jackson Township Department of Public Works and TREX company to help educate students on the importance of recycling and keeping plastic out of landfills.  

    Here’s the challenge...we need your help to COLLECT 500 POUNDS OF PLASTIC!!  If we reach our goal by May 31st, the TREX decking company will build a special bench in our honor at the Veterans Memorial in Jackson.

     

    Let’s make this fun…

    • At home, keep and collect plastic bags
    • Once you have collected 25 bags, send them in to your child’s teacher (see acceptable items below)
    • Make sure the bags/plastic are clean and dry
    • Keep collecting, and sending in those bags (in bunches of 25)
    • Students who turn in their first 100 plastic bags willreceive a reusable eco-friendly bag as recognition of how environmentally aware they are
    • At the end of this challenge, when the totals are added up, the classroom with the most collected bags will receive a pizza party!!

     

    Acceptable plastic items:

    • Produce & bread bags
    • Grocery bags
    • Cereal bags
    • Ice bags
    • Ziplock bags
    • Case overwrap (over items like cases of water)
    • Newspaper sleeves
    • Dry Cleaning bags
    • Bubble wrap
    • Product wrap (over items like paper towels)


    Please help us reach our goal!

     

     

    LITERACY: 

     

    Our kindergarten program features a developmentally appropriate approach to learning and an intense emphasis on activities that promote early literacy. 

    The curriculum is organized and integrated around themes and focuses on the wide use of language, speaking and the early stages of the writing process. 

    The use of Big Books and many hands-on science and math activities incorporate the fine arts to provide a balanced and enriching  fundations

    We will begin our year introducing the alphabet using the Fundations Phonics Program.  During the 1st two short weeks, we will read Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom and introduce ALL the letters.  Starting the 3rd week, we will focus on 1-2 letters a week.  We will introduce (review) each letter, sound and discriminate between the uppercase and lowercase letter.   
     

    Sight Words:

     

    January 7-11

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    I am sending home a new set of sight word cards. I didnt realize that the last set of words was missing. My sincere apologies! Please add them to your word ring at home. Thank you!  

     Each week, we will introduce 2-3 sight words. Sight words are words that your child will see in their leveled reading books. We will send home flashcards to review. Please keep these cards in a safe place and review them daily. 

    *Sight Word flash cards- PLEASE take 5 minutes to review the words I've introduced in class EVERY DAY!

     

    Reader's Workshop

    In class during our readers workshop time, we are learning how to be a Reader. 
    We are learning that there are 3 ways to read a book...
    1. Look at the pictures
    2. Look at the words
    3.  Retell the story

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    We are also very busy looking at those letters in our books and using the pictures to help us "read" the words.  Many of our books have our sight words, so we are having fun while learning and being a detective to look for our sight words!
     
    We also are learning how to retell stories by listening to some "Old Storybook Favorites" like "The Carrot Seed",  "Caps For Sale" and "Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm".  We have read the stories numerous times and the children are now "reading" the books to their reading partners!  

     

    Writer's Workshop

    Writer's Workshop is a designated time each day where students become “authors”.
     
    After each mini-lesson students will have independent writing time where they will choose their own topic for their writing and have an opportunity to practice skills and strategies taught in the mini lesson. By giving the students choices in their topics, the writing becomes authentic, engaging, and meaningful. During this independent writing time the teacher will be meet with individuals or small groups to conference and encourage their growth as authors.
     
    Students will learn to write, revise, edit, and publish stories throughout the school year. They will also begin to assess their own writing and learn to implement the characteristics of quality writing into their own work.
     
    Our first unit of study will be writing Personal Narratives.
     

     

    Like Literacy, the Math skills and thinking is encouraged across the curriculum.  I love to incorporate stories, songs, art projects, and hands-on activities when teaching, and Math time is no exception.   

     

    You can expect a packet for each topic to come home This is, by no means, a requirement, but rather supplemental to what we're doing in class.

     

    This year we are using a program called Envision 2.0

     PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE NEW DIRECTIONS TO LOGIN FOR PEARSON. (UPDATED 9/23/18)

    New this year, students will use their district Google account credentials to log into Pearson Envision Math. You will no longer use a username or password to access your Math resources.

    1. Login into your district Google account (or gmail)

    2. Your email is studentID#@jacksonsd.org

    b. If this is your first time logging into Gmail, your password is welcome#jsd.

    2. Open a new tab and go to your school website (Holman)

    3. At the top of the page, go to "For the parents and students"

    4. Click on "Elementary Envision Math"

    5. You will be taken to the Pearson Envision website and will automatically be signed in. 

    You can expect a packet for each topic to come home This is, by no means, a requirement, but rather supplemental to what we're doing in class.

    In Math, We solve and share together.  We practice together.  We learn together!  The Vocabulary cards, again, are not meant to be 'sight' words for the kiddos...they are to be used as a tool to aid in understanding of the concept behind the word.  You'll notice a pictoral representation on the back of each card.  The picture and the opportunity to explore the concept of the word is much more meaningful at this developmental stage.   Use the language in your day to day interactions, just as I do in class.  

     

     


     

    • We will eat lunch from 11:50-12:25. 
    • You will need to send in a lunch (ready to eat, we cannot heat up anything), easy to open snacks and a drink.  
    • Your child does have the option to purchase lunch everyday.  Please visit the school website for the lunch menu.  Your child will be given a lunch code # to memorize to use to purchase their lunch.  Please practice this at home to help with the purchasing process in school.   
    • PLEASE alert us to any allergies that your child has with a note.

     

  • Class Schedule

     

    Math

    Social Studies/Science/ Health

    Writing

    Lunch

    Special

    Recess

    Literacy

     

    Wishlist Items 

    • large white paper plates
    • small white paper plates
    • ziploc bags (any size)
    • hand sanitizer
    • Lysol wipes
    • Baby wipes
    • tissues
    • playdough
    • foaming shaving cream 
    • prizes for our prize box (small toys, dollar store items, Target Spot)