Friday, November 23, 2018

November was a BUSY month!



Thankful for my GREAT class and their families! 

Hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday break! 
Mr. Tremaine with the boys! 

Mrs. Padrnos with the girl pilgrims! 

We also researched about Veteran's Day on Brain Pop and on Pebble Go which are two age appropriate non-fiction sites that explain things in a way that makes sense to my young students. We made flags to celebrate the day!

 Writing and Reading

In writing we have been continuing to write about a variety of things to keep up our skills of sounding out words phonetically and becoming more confident writing independently. The kids have been writing about things in their lives, bats, Thanksgiving, new learning and reflections about a book. In reading, we have been continuing with our Lucy Calkins reading lessons that help the students understand and unlock their "Super Reader" powers. This has been a lot of fun and a creative way for kindies to understand reading strategies in a way that is meaningful to them. We even have a little song that goes to the original Spider Man theme song tune called "Super Reader." Here are some of the powers we have been learning about: Pointer Power, Snap Word Power, Partner Power, Picture Power, Re-read Power, and Sound Power. Here are a few pictures from our day where we wore Super Hero Shirts! We also continue to appreciate all the parent support during our reading groups which is an important part of our daily reading program. Thank you for reading with your child every night at home. It makes a difference! Finally, this class really loves to have independent reading time where they can choose free choice books, read their song books and ABC books and their colored level books. They are growing and learning daily! 




MATH
In math we have been practicing  a variety of skills. We have been graphing and gathering data.  We have practiced calendar skills and leaning all the months of the year. We have worked on greater and less than and Longer/shorter concepts. We count daily together with math movement! I am betting most everyone can count by 10s by now! Ask your child and see! We are still working on number sense and writing the numbers correctly and higher each time that we try! We have also been working with shapes and learning more than just the basics. We have introduced hexagon, pentagon, trapezoid and more. They have enjoyed working with the "Fill the Hexagon" gameboards and the pattern block i-pad app.


TECHNOLOGYDuring the past month we had our first co-teaching Tech rotation with Mrs. Fleet where we learned how to use the app ChatterPix and upload to SeeSaw. Hopefully you have been able to log on to see the variety of things that the kids have uploaded to share with you. If not, let me know and I can get that access to you again.




Sunday, October 14, 2018

OCTOBER

Fall has officially arrived! 

     With the ending of fall break and the weather that has arrived in Parker, Colorado...it is clear that fall is upon us! I spent some time on the final day of break changing the kids seats around, replenishing markers and sharpening pencils. Each new quarter brings changes and more opportunities for learning! I am so impressed with how much my students have already learned and I look forward to seeing what they can do this quarter! 

What have we been working on in class?? 

We have been diving into our new reading lessons in the Lucy Calkins We Are Readers series. We have been learning what good readers do and how to read independently by looking at pictures, searching for words we know, making inferences, and using our phonic skills to unlock some unknown words. We have been reading independently with our book envelopes and with books of choice. We have practiced in groups and with partners. We are learning how to make great connections with literature and that we are ALL readers...no matter where we are in the process! Thank you also to all our reading group volunteers. Those guided reading groups are such a valuable time for all of our students. 

I can draw a hat. 
I can fold my bed. 
I can play soccer.

In writing we finished up our whole group name study and then began trying to write all on our own. We wrote about the Digger Dash and about our Pumpkin Patch field trip. We also did a short author study on Todd Parr and made an "I Can" book. Here are a few examples of work done completely by the kids. SO much to celebrate in these three pages! We will now spend time focussing on writing about small moments in their lives. 

In math we have been concentrating on number sense, writing our numerals, patterning, graphing whole group questions, exploring with the math materials and how to count in a variety of ways. 

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip





Digger Dash









 






Tuesday, July 24, 2018

2018-2019 P.M. Kindergarten

Send a letter to Mrs. Padrnos
I would love it if each of my new student's families could send me an email introducing me to your child. It is helpful for me to know some of their favorite things as a connection builder. Let me know any information that you believe is important and anything that you feel will help me be the best teacher for your little one. Feel free to attach a picture as well. Another thing I would love to know is how your student will be released at the end of the day. Will you pick up? Carpool? Bus? BASE? Sibling? If you could send me the email letter by August 4....that would be great! My email is hays.padrnos@dcsdk12.org 

If you haven't already signed up....
Wednesday, July 18th – July 31st  Online Express Check In
Online Express Check In will open on Wednesday, July 18.  Click here to login using your Parent Portal credentials.  You will use Online Express Check In to update your contact information, pay school fees and sign up for volunteer opportunities.  Please note that some of the forms need to be printed and turned in to your teacher during Meet Your Teacher Day on Monday, August 6, or the first day of school.  All students must register via Online Express Check In by July 31st.  For assistance please contact one of the individuals below:
·       GRE Administrative Assistant Anita Rudman: anita.rudman@dcsdk12.org 303-387-7704
·       GRE Registrar Christi Dismang: christi.dismang@dcsdk12.org 303-387-7707

Monday, August 6th - Meet Your Teacher
We believe that it is essential for students to have the opportunity to meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are welcome to visit their classroom on Monday, August 6, and drop off school supplies.  
We want to ensure that families are able to spend time with the teacher in a small group setting so we ask that you sign up for one of the times shown below by clicking here for our online scheduler.  The online scheduler will be available July 18th through July 31st and the password is digger.  The sign up is first come first serve, so please sign up as soon as possible if you have a preferred time or wish to align siblings’ times.  If you ordered school supplies through the PTO they will be delivered to your child’s classroom.  Click here for a map of teachers’ classrooms.
Meet Your Teacher Times on Monday, August 6th
8:45-9:15
9:15-9:45
9:45-10:15
Thursday, August 9th -  First Full Day of School for PM Kindies
Our first day of class will be on Thursday, August 9th. We do not have a rolling start for afternoon kindergarten. I open the back door of our classroom at 12:25 and hold it open for a few minutes until the kids are inside and getting settled. The Kindergarten Enrichment kids are escorted to my room by their teacher. I know what a big day this is for all of your families but ask that you say your goodbyes at the door as it makes it easier for all of the kids to transition when they know that no one's parents are coming into the classroom. I will also open the door at 3:25 which is 5 minutes before the school bell rings. We have found that it is easier for our kindies to let out a little early. If your child will be riding a bus or attending BASE, someone will come and escort them there at 3:25. Last year most parents waited right outside my door and picked up their students. If you will be using the carpool line, I will be walking the kids to the shelter by the front playground and then I assist with carpool. 

Wednesday, August 15th – Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 15th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM.  The principal will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 5:45-6:00 PM.  We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.

Thursday, August 28th – 1 Assessment Hour
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs each child will come to school for one hour only on August 28th to complete reading and math assessments.  The assessments administered allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual needs and learning style.
Click here for the online conference scheduler between July 18th – July 31st to select an assessment time for your child.  The password is digger.  Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on August 28th.  Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort him/her to his/her testing location.  Students will conclude their assessment hour in the gym where your child take his/her school picture.  Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on August 28th.  Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.