Weekly Update, May 15-19…

May 15-19

Popcorn Words: today, play, up, and away – We are done introducing new words! We will review all words from here on out! 

Math: We are wrapping up our Unit 5 Math concepts.  This week we explored identifying the difference between numbers.  We found numbers the were greater than, less than and equal to each other.  We will be reviewing and taking our Unit 5 test on Thursday this week! They will all do fantastic!

Writer’s Workshop:  The Kindergarteners finished up the week by completing their “on demand” opinion on what the best restaurant is.  They added two reasons why they like the restaurant, and a conclusion.  The Kindergarteners were careful to check for punctuation, labels in their pictures, and their best handwriting!  Amazing to think of where they started as writers and where they are now!!! These pieces will be graded and sent home next week. They did a wonderful job on our opinion unit! We will conclude the year with different types of fun writing pieces!

Reader’s Workshop:  As we near the end of the year the Kindergarteners have continued to work on reading stamina.  Our class has gotten up to 18 minutes!  It was fun to celebrate how far we have come as readers by “shining our light” as we read with our flashlights on Friday! 

Mystery Reader: We were lucky enough to have 3 mystery readers this week!

On Wednesday, we had a special visit from Mrs. Nelson, Kyla’s mom and her brother in 1st grade, Keelan! She read Kyla’s adorable and funny library book, I Would Never Eat a Tomato . We were laughing all the way thru!! Thanks for reading to us!!

Then on Friday we welcomed Finn’s grandma and mom as our mystery readers! Finn was beaming from head to toe as soon as he saw his grandma and mom enter our classroom! His Grandma read Shark Trouble and Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? These are two of Finn’s favorites that we all loved to hear too!

Finally, Friday afternoon was filled with one more big surprise! Carter, Lila’s big brother in 3rd grade made an appearance!! Lila has been talking and hoping her brother would come to read to us!! She was sooo excited to see him! Her smile didn’t leave her face! He read Lila’s favorite, Fly Guy ! It was so fun to see Carter come back to read, since I had 3 years ago in kindergarten!!!

There are only 3 weeks left to be our mystery reader!! If you, a grandparent, sibling, aunt/uncle, special babysitter,etc. Would like a turn- e-mail me and we will put you in! We sure LOVE mystery readers!!!

Science:  We have wrapped up our study of Living and Non-living things in Science.  The Kindergarteners did a GREAT job of demonstrating that they understand what a living thing needs (air, space, shelter, food and sunlight).  The Kindergarteners LOVED “eating a plant” on Monday!  We will continue to explore fun science concepts for the remainder of our year with some exciting experiments.

Social Studies:  Next week we will dive into our study of U.S. Symbols.  We will explore the many symbols of the U.S. (Liberty Bell, American flag, Bald Eagle and The Statue of Liberty).

Library: Please return your library book Tuesday this week! This past week was our final check out day for the year. We will still visit the library for a weekly story!

Take Home Books:  Thank you to all of our volunteers and parents with your help on our Take Home Book program!!  Our last day of this program was Thursday, May 18.  Please be sure to return any take home books!

Kindergarten Olympics:  Thank you so much for the awesome turnout of volunteers for our upcoming Kindergarten Olympics.  I will be contacting you soon to give you further details.

Homework:  This week will be the last week of homework.  Please continue to read daily with your child and practice sight words.  Thank you for all of your effort and support in helping your child with homework all year long!!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 22…MUSIC,
  • Tuesday, May 23…ART, LIBRARY, Celebrate Ellery’s Summer B’day!!!
  • Wednesday, May 24…STEAM.
  • Thursday, May 25…GYM, Celebrate Dayne’s Summer B’day!!!
  • Friday, May 26…MUSIC .  Wear Red, White and Blue Day!  
  • Monday, May 29…NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day!
  • Wednesday, May 31… Kayler and Braylee’s Summer Birthday!!!!
  • Friday, June 2…Kindergarten Olympics.
  • Friday, June 9…LAST DAY OF SCHOOL…Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

Flashlight Friday!!!

Tomorrow we will celebrate the AMAZING READERS we have become with…. FLASHLIGHT FRIDAY!!!! We will turn off the lights and read by flashlight! Please send a flashlight or two (if you have extras for friends to borrow) with your child tomorrow, marked with their name! I will bring a few extras for those who forgot! We will bring the flashlights home tomorrow! 

Today was the final day for take home books! Thanks so much to all the wonderful parents who volunteered to read with us every week. This helped us as readers greatly!  Thank you for all your time! Wow!! We have all grown so much as readers!! It has been so fun to re-assess their levels this week! So many of us have jumped up! So proud of my readers 🙂 Keep reading at home every night!

Also, continue to work on those rainbow list sight words! I am in the process of re-assessing those words and sending new lists home to practice! No need to send the list back to list anymore. I will send the new lists home as we master them until the end of the school year. We also have lists to practice everyday in our book bins at school. We have all grown in our sight word knowledge this year! And for that in a few more weeks we will celebrate with a fun rainbow run and earning our gold!!! Keep practicing! 

Thanks! And can’t wait for a fun flashlight Friday tomorrow!!! 

More Kindergarten Olympic Volunteers Needed….

On Friday, June 2nd from 8:45-12:00pm we will be holding the Kindergarten Olympic’s. This is our special end of the year celebration where we combine all 4 kindergarten classes on the kindergarten playground for a morning of fun, filled relay games!! In order to make the morning run smoothly we need our wonderful parent helpers! So far I have only 3 volunteers from our classroom who have turned in the form to help! If your able to help please reach out to me by e-mail or return the form that was sent home back to school by this Friday, May 19. If you have younger siblings to watch or are not able to commit to the whole morning. All families are welcome to come watch and cheer us on at any point in the morning. Or join us at noon for a run award ceremony and picnic lunch! Thanks so much for your help and support!!!

Weekly Update, May 9-13…

May 9-13

Happy Mother’s Day:  The Kindergartners worked so hard on their gifts for Mom!!  They took such special care about just how they wanted their gifts to look.  Choosing just the right colors and words.  We hope you enjoy your special gift!!  Wishing you all a VERY HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!  Thank you so much for sharing your treasure with me!!

Popcorn Words:  my, by, and one

Math:  This week we continued our work in unit 5.  We practiced working with numbers to figure our greater than, less than and equal!  We worked on making teen numbers with groups of 10 and some more ones.  Also, practicing adding and subtracting numbers.

Writer’s Workshop:  We are continuing our work on opinion writing.  We wrote our opinions this week on…is home lunch or hot lunch better? And what special do we like best (gym, art or music). The kinders were so excited to share their opinion pieces with Mrs. Bowers (art teacher) on Thursday because many of them chose art as the best special!!!  We are having fun writing our opinion, coming up with two reasons why and then coming up with a wrap up sentence.

Readers Workshop:  We are continuing to work on our reading stamina.  Our goal is to be able to sit quietly for 20 minutes and look at books, practice our sight words and even try to read. Next Friday, May 19, we will bring our own flashlight to put a “spotlight/flashlight” on our reading progress!!!

Science:  We have continued our study on Living and Non-Living Things.  We brought our lima bean plants home Monday! Hopefully, you found a special place to re-plant them and keep them growing!

On Tuesday we took our big field trip to the Hemlock Crossing in West Olives and Hager Park!! We had a blast exploring living and non-living things in 3 different settings- meadows, forest and pond! Then we loved to picnic and play with our friends to follow at the park. Thanks to the  many parents who were apart of our day to make it extra special! Check out some pictures….

We also made mini booklet on Animal Needs this week.  The kinders also had fun creating a flower craft. It has been so amazing to witness their love for science and explore the outside with them!!  We will continue with Science for the rest of the year with some “fun” science experiments.

Kindergarten Olympics:  A note asking for parent volunteers came home.  Volunteers will be notified shortly with details.  This special day would not be possible without your help.  Thank you so much.  If you still would like to be part of this fun day, please let me know by Friday, May 19.  It is such a fun day!!  All are welcome to come watch and even enjoy lunch with your child on Olympic day!  We do the Kindergarten Olympics on our K/1 playground.

Mystery Reader’s:  Thank you to Mrs. Maldanado, Dayne’s mom for surprising us on Thursday!!!  When she walked into the door Dayne came running into her arms!!! She brought a familiar fairy tale, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, wrote partly in Spanish! It was fun to hear that Dayne’s parents speak Spanish at home and he knows many words! It was fun to learn some words in Spanish!! 

Also big thanks to Logan, Liam’s big brother in 5th grade on Friday for visiting us!!! Logan read his favorite book from when he was in kindergarten, Kitten’s First Full Moon! It was a sweet tale of a cute kitten! He did amazing reading aloud to us!! There are 4 more weeks left to get in to volunteer as our reader, e-mail me!!! 

More Summer B’day’s… We celebrated Rich and Liam this week! They have b’days in June and then July!!! Thanks for the treat bags Rich and the cookies, Liam!!! 

Library:  This coming Tuesday will be our last day to check out a library book for the year.  We LOVE our library time!!  Thank you Mrs. VandenBerg for guiding us this year during our library time.

Take Home Books:  We will wrap up our Take Home Books program Thursday, May 18.  Please be sure to send in any take home books by the end of the week.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 15…Take Home Books and Ellie’s Birthday!
  • Tuesday, May 16…Take Home Books, Last Day for Library Check-out! Celebrate Mady’s Summer B’day!!! 
  • Wednesday, May 17… Math and Lit HW Due and take home books! 
  • Thursday, May 18…LAST DAY FOR TAKE HOME BOOKS.  Celebrate Lila’s Summer B’day!!! 
  • Friday, May 19… BRING YOUR FLASHLIGHT!! Bring a flashlight to read with for the day. Label the flashlight with your child’s name, it will be returned home the same day.  I will have a few extras to share!
  • Wednesday, May 23… Ellery’s Summer Birthday!
  • Friday, May 26…Wear Red, White and Blue
  • May 29…NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
  • Friday, June 9…Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

Weekly Update, May 1-5….

Popcorn Words:  have, of, on

Math:  We are continuing to work on Unit 5.  The Kindergartners worked on story problems, comparing totals through 10, equal groups and explored tens and ones with teen numbers.  They are doing a GREAT job!

Writer’s Workshop:  This week in writer’s workshop we started a new type of writing:  Opinion Writing!!  We have learned that Opinion writing is when a writer states a belief about something and then gives two reasons to tell why.  This week we practiced opinion writing by telling if we liked swings or slides better and then giving two reasons why. We also wrote about the best way to eat ice cream- cup or cone? And the best pet- dog, cat, hamster, lizard or fish? We also got to taste test chips and salsa in celebration of Cinco de Mayo Friday!  The Kindergarteners had to give their opinion on whether or not they thought chips and salsa was yummy or yucky.   It has been fun to see them explore this genre of writing.  We will continue with Opinion writing over the next two weeks!

Reader’s Workshop:  This week in writer’s workshop we worked on our reading stamina.  We are revisiting the basic guidelines for our reader’s workshop: 1. We need to get started right away.  2.  We need to be readers the whole time.  3.  We stay in one spot.  and 4.  We read quietly.  The Kindergartener’s have done wonderful at revisiting our guidelines of reader’s workshop.

We also had a blast wearing shirts with words Friday!!! We had fun reading each other’s shirts!!! 

Science:  This week we continued exploring Living and Non-Living things around us.  We learned that living things need food, water, shelter, air, sunlight and space to grow.  Our plants continue to grow!! We will be taking these bean plants home soon as they’e quickly out growing their cups!

Split Lit.:  Our split lit. centers have been running very smoothly with the students continuing to work on their sight words, and building their reading skills.  We have also been doing some whole group lessons, reviewing  concepts from letters and sounds to sight words.  I will be assessing students for our end of the year report cards on all concepts.  Sliding can happen with basic skills often and review is needed to ensure that the concepts are mastered.  Thank you for continuing to work with your child on skills that we have learned throughout the year.  I am so excited to see their progress!!

Take Home Books:  Our last day of Take Home Books will be next  Thursday, May 18.  Thank you to all of the parent volunteers for coming in to read with our Kindergarteners!!!  All Take Home Books will be returned Thursday for the school year!

Mystery Reader: No readers this week! 🙁

We only have a few more weeks for mystery readers if you, an older sibling, grandparent, etc. would like to surprise us please e-mail me to set up a time! Please volunteer if you can!! The kinders have all been asking when their special parent will be coming! I am flexible on times, it takes 10 minutes!

Kindergarten Olympics:  What are the Kindergarten Olympics?  A fun day of games where all the Kindergarten classes join together!  We will be having the Kindergarten Olympics on Friday, June 2 .  A note asking for parent volunteers went home the start of the week. I received a few back already! Thank you!!! I will be contact with all volunteers soon with more info. Please bring those slips back if you can help out!

Summer Birthday Celebrations... we have so many summer b’days.. we will be recognizing this and celebrating them throughout the month of May..Jasper and Jay were this week! Thanks for the fabulous b’day treats!! It was fun to have some early celebrations with you! 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 8… Bring take home book! 
  • Tuesday, May 9…Field Trip- Field Trip to Hemlock Crossing Nature Center &  HAGER PARK!!!  HOME LUNCH WITH DRINK INSIDE OF LABELED PAPER BAG IS NEEDED. We will not be ordering hot lunch. Please feel free to join us for our picnic lunch.  We will be at the park around 12:00pm. Your kinder will need a home lunch and water bottle to enjoy during our picnic lunch.  NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS. TENNIS SHOES NEED TO BE WORN!!  We will be walking through woods and trails and playing on a big playground.  Please dress your child according to the weather. We will be OUTSIDE for most of the day!;  Bring your Library Book!!! 
  • Wednesday, May 10… Rich’s Summer B’day! Celebration!!!! Take home book due and Literacy and Math Homework Due!!!
  • Thursday, May 11… Bring take home books and Liam’s Summer B’day Celebration!!! 
  • Tuesday, May 16.. Mady’s summer b’day celebration!!!
  • Thursday, May 18… Lila’s summer b’day celebration!!!
  • Thursday, May 18…Bring all take home books to school!! LAST DAY OF TAKE HOME BOOKS PROGRAM. 
  • Friday, May 26… Wear Red, White and Blue Day!!!
  • Monday, May 29…NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day!
  • Friday, June 2 …Kindergarten Olympics
  • Friday, June 9…LAST DAY OF SCHOOL…dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

As apart of our reader’s time we also practiced plays again….. we performed this time for Mrs. Stutz’s kinders!!! We did amazing! You can watch below!!! So many kinders are loving their time on stage! 

Field Trip Change!!! Please Read!!!


We will be changing the park that we are going to after our Hemlock Nature Center part of our field trip.  Instead of going to Huizenga Park in Zeeland we will now be going to Hager Parkin Jenison.

We plan to be at Hager Park around 12:00 and have our picnic lunch near the wood structure playground.  Then enjoy some playtime before returning to school around 1:30 p.m.  If you are planning to meet your child for lunch please join us as Hager Park in Jenison on our field trip day.  A note regarding this change will also be coming home with your child on Monday along with directions to Hager Park.

Georgetown Summer Tutors…

I mentioned summer tutors to many of you at conference time in March. However, I wanted to send the list our again because I know many of their schedules are filling up fast! All of these teachers and paraprofessionals would be a great choice to work with your child this summer to help prevent the summer slide! Even just one day a week for a few weeks would be great to keep their reading, writing and math skills fresh for 1st grade! Send them an e-mail soon to secure a spot! 

Karyn McIntire kmcintir@hpseagles.net K-5 Reading and Math Monday-Thursday
Pam Oosterbroek poosterb@hpseagles.net K-5 Reading and Math Monday-Friday
Lisa Kuieck lkuieck@hpseagles.net K-3 Reading and Math
Katie Burdis kburdis@springlakeschools.org K-2 Reading and Math Monday- Friday
Jen Baker jbaker4@hpseagles.net K-5 Reading and Math Tues. & Thurs.