Kindergarten 2015-2016 Supply List

Hello! If your child is attending Ray Kindergarten next year, below is the list of supplies that the Kindergarten team is requesting! We can’t wait to see you next Fall!

Large Markers:  1 pack

Crayons:  8 packs

Jumbo Glue Sticks: 10 – 20 Glue Sticks

Pencils: 2 packs of 12 (Preferably Ticonderoga)

Big Erasers: 4

Expo Large Markers: 4

Paper Towels: 4 rolls

Kleenex: 2 boxes

Ziploc Gallon Bags (Last Name A-M): 1 package

Ziploc Sandwich Bags (Last Name N-Z): 1 package

Hand Sanitizer: 2

Disinfecting Wipes: 4

Watercolor Paint Pack

Folder: 1

Backpack

Supplies are communal (do not label)

Please label backpack and folder

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First Grade Supplies for 2015-2016 School Year

Here is the list of supplies students coming to first grade at Ray next year will need:

3 Dozen #2 Pencils (sharpened)

4 Marble Composition Books

8 Glue Sticks (no liquid glue)

1 Box of 24 Crayons

1 Box of Colored Pencils

4 3-prong pocket plastic folder (2 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue)

1 Box of markers

1 ream of copy paper

1 package black dry erase markers

2 rolls of paper towels

2 boxes of tissues

1 bottle of hand sanitizer

1 package of band-aids

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Sridevi Maya Heintz has Arrived!

Hello Room 102 Parents!

 

I am sure your child has told you by now that I had to leave in the middle of the day on Tuesday. My water broke right before the students were going to lunch. I had no idea that it was actually that and stayed two hours longer. I finally decided I better go get checked and when I went to the hospital, they told me that I was in labor. Everything happened so quickly!  On Tuesday, January 6th at 11:27pm, Sridevi Maya Heintz was born! She is 20 inches and is 6lbs 11 oz.

I want to thank all of you for being so supportive and understanding during this year. You will love Ms. Ralph! She has taught Kindergarten before and she is fun! Since this is a transition time for her, please understand that she will probably focus on routines and expectations.  If you have any questions, her email is the following:

amralph@cps.edu

I will keep in touch with her and visit the class (hopefully with Sridevi). Please keep in touch with me and let me know how the year is going! I will miss the class, I assessed half the class already and was so impressed with the progress they are making!

Below is a picture of Sridevi

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Week 17 Newsletter: January 5, 2015: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, January 5th: School Resumes!

Thursday, January 8th: International Night: 6-8pm

Friday, January 9th: Sight Word Assessment

Monday, January 19th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No School

Tuesday, January 20th: My due date: Baby Heintz is due!

Friday, January 30th: School Improvement Day: No School: End of the 2nd Quarter

 

Instruction for the Week

 

Doctor Appointments/Absences/Maternity Leave:

My doctor appointments have changed to every week. There might be a chance I will not be in due to a doctor appointment. I will notify parents through the blog.  My due date is Tuesday, January 20th. I plan to work until I cannot work anymore. Ms. Ralph will be my substitute for the rest of the year when that day comes. She was subbing for Ms. Burks who is now back in the classroom. Ms. Ralph will be at the school everyday so she will be ready when it is time for me to go. Thank you to all the parents/guardians who supported me during this time. I will definitely visit the class with the baby so the students can see her.

 

Literacy and Theme:

Our letter of the week is the letter “Zz”. The sight words for this week are: zero/do/that. Since we were not in school for two weeks, many students may need a review of our routines and expectations. We will work on what it means to be a peacemaker and peacebreaker. We will read stories about being a good listener, good citizen, being safe, and why we need rules in the classroom. Our literacy centers will be the following:

 

Read to Self: Students will read books and look for 5 “Zz” words.

Read with Someone: Students will read different stories that have great beginning/middle/end examples. They will read the stories with 4th graders and the students will ask the Kindergartners to sequence the story orally.

Word Work: Students will rainbow write their sight words, read around the room, use magnets and whiteboards, and sight word assessment (students can use the word wall to help them).

Writing: Students write one thing they want to do better in the new year (or sticker stories).

Listening: Students will listen to a story and draw/write the ending of the story.

 

Family Project:

Thank you to all the families that turned in The Gingerbread Man Project. THEY ALL LOOK GREAT! AMAZING JOB!!  We will be sending home the January Family Project very soon. We hope you are enjoying spending this quality time with your child and that the rubric is helping with guidelines/expectations.

 

Math:

Everyday in Math students will take a survey and compare the findings. We also will work on our January Math Journals. We will work on the following activities:

 

  • ST Math
  • sorting rules
  • addition/subtraction stories
  • reading 2-digit numbers

 

Writer’s Workshop:

This week we will review the rubric (I will send home another copy of the writing rubric) for Writer’s Workshop. We will focus each day of the week on one component. Students will see examples of what a check plus, check, and check minus look like and they will explain why it was graded that way. Students will sit one-on-one with me during the week and assess their own writing with the rubric.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Prasad-Heintz

 

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Next Week is Spirit Week!!!

Next week is Spirit Week!  Here is what we are asking from the WHOLE SCHOOL!

 

Monday: “Nerd” Day: Dress like a nerd (glasses, suspenders, high pants, etc…)

Tuesday: Decade Day: dress in your favorite decade!

Wednesday: Wacky/Tacky/Opposite Day: dress silly (mismatched socks, crazy hair, silly clothes)

Thursday: Twin Day: pick a student that you know and dress alike

Friday:  All School Spirit Day: dress in Ray Gear (or green/white if you do not have anything)

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Week 15: December 8th – 12th 2014

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, December 8th: Goldilocks and the Three Bears Play

Friday, December 12th: Family Gingerbread Project due!

Friday, December 12th: Extra Gym Day! Remember Gym shoes!

Tuesday, December 16th: Doctor Appt: Substitute

Wednesday, December 17th: Winter Concert: After School

Friday, December 19th: Progress Reports are sent home

Friday, December 19th: Last day before the holiday break

 

Instruction for the Week

 

Doctor Appointments/Absences:

My doctor appointments have changed to every two weeks. I normally have my appointments after school, but there was not any available after school this week.

 

Literacy and Theme:

Our letter of the week is the letter “Ii”. The sight words for this week are: go/me/you. I am changing my plans for this week. Instead of focusing on the Gingerbread Man, the students are going to read different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Since we are watching the play, I felt it was important to compare the play to different versions of the story. We will still focus on the story elements of each book, but we will also compare and contrast different books. The Gingerbread project is still due this Friday.

 

Read to Self: Students will read books and look for 5 “Ii” words.

Read with Someone: Buddies will read different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the students will ask the Kindergartners comprehension questions.

Word Work: Students will rainbow write their sight words, read around the room, use stampers to write initial sounds, beginning/ending sounds, or the whole word, and students will write words from the -an family.

Writing: Students will change the endings of different versions of Goldilocks.

Listening: Students will listen to a story and explain their favorite part.

 

December Family Project:

The December Family Project is due this Friday. Please let me know if you do have the rubric or Gingerbread Man template. Students should create a gingerbread person that represents one of the stories we have read. Here is a list of Gingerbread stories we have read:

 

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • The Gingerbread Boy
  • The Gingerbread Girl
  • The Gingerbread Girl and Animal Crackers
  • The Gingerbread Bear
  • The Gingerbread Cowboy
  • The Library Gingerbread Man
  • The Gingerbread Baby
  • The Gingerbread Friends

Math:

Everyday in Math students will take a survey and compare the findings. We also will work on our December Math Journals. We will work on the following activities:

 

  • patterns
  • exploring calculators
  • ST Math
  • addition sentences

 

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Prasad-Heintz

 

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Field Trip Tomorrow!

Reminder!

* Field Trip tomorrow!

*Students should have a lunch packed!

*If you can…(not as necessary)…please have students wear green and white/Ray school clothes

 

Happy  Monday!

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December Family Project

December 1, 2014

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

For the month of December, we are focusing on The Gingerbread Man. The Kindergarten team is currently reading multiple versions of this story. We compare and contrast the books as well as discuss the characters, setting, and ending of all the books.

For our December family project, we are asking that families come together to create their favorite gingerbread character from one of the books we read. Students will present their gingerbread characters to the class. They must explain why that character was their favorite.

What types of objects could your family use? To get you started, here are some ideas for common objects that you might have lying around…  seeds, popcorn, raisins, peanuts, kernels of corn, ribbons, string, buttons, bottle caps, plastic forks, sticks, etc. Whatever you find!

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This project is due: Friday, December 12, 2014. A rubric is attached so both students and families understand the expectations.

Have fun and happy “baking” (paper baking)

Sincerely,

The Kindergarten Team

 

December Family Project: Favorite Gingerbread Character

 

CATEGORY
4
3
2
1
0
Name
Student has first, last name, and date on the project.
Student has first and last name on the project.
Student has just first name.
Student does not have name on the project.
Student did not turn in project.
Turned in on Time
Student turned in project on Friday, December 12, 2014.
Student turned in project on Monday, December 15, 2014.
Student turned in project on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.
Student turned in project on or later than Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
Student did not turn in project.
Objects are Used
Multiple objects were used on the project such as (but not limited to): raisins, seeds, buttons, glitter, etc…
Few objects were used on the project such as (but not limited to): raisins, seeds, buttons, glitter, etc…
Only one object was used on the project such as (but not limited to): raisins, seeds, buttons, glitter, etc…
No objects were used for the project. Student just colored on the project.
Student did not turn in project.
Gingerbread Character
Student correctly represented a gingerbread character that we read as a class.
Student mostly (80%) represented a gingerbread character that we read as a class.
Student somewhat (75%) correctly represented a gingerbread character that we read as a class.
Student did not represented a gingerbread character that we read as a class.
Student did not turn in project.
Presentation Voice
Student presented the project in a Level 4 voice.
Student presented the project in a Level 3 voice.
Student presented the project in a Level 2 voice.
Student presented the project in a Level 1 voice.
Student did not present project.

 

 

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Week 14: Newsletter: December 1st 2014

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, December 8th: Goldilocks and the Three Bears Play

Friday, December 12th: Family Gingerbread Project due!

Week of December 15th: Winter Concert: Time: TBA

Friday, December 19th: Progress Reports are sent home

Friday, December 19th: Last day before the holiday break

 

Instruction for the Week

Doctor Appointments/Absences:

My doctor appointments have changed to every two weeks. I normally have my appointments after school, but there was not any available after school this week. As we move into January, my appointments will be every week. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up.

Field Trip:

Next Monday (the 8th) is our 2nd field trip. Please remember that all students need to bring a lunch. This can be in their regular lunch box. We will eat in the classroom.

 

Literacy and Theme:

Our letter of the week is the letter “Gg”. The sight words for this week are: come/have/run. Our theme for the next two weeks is the Gingerbread Man. We will read several different versions of the book. We will then compare and contrast the multiple versions by discussing the characters, setting, phrases, and if the main character gets eaten. Students will work on the following during centers:

 

Read to Self: Students will read books and look for sight words.

Read with Someone: Buddies will read different versions of the Gingerbread Man and the students will ask the Kindergartners comprehension questions.

Word Work: Students will rainbow write their sight words, read around the room, use stampers to write initial sounds, beginning/ending sounds, or the whole word, and students will write words from the -an family.

Writing: Students will write sticker stories focusing on gingerbread people and continue to use their new rubric to focus on writing.

Listening: Students will listen to a Gingerbread Man story and focus on their favorite part.

 

This Monday, students will receive a letter and a rubric for our December family project. It will be due on Friday, December 12th. I will post the information after this post. Please do not allow your child to rush through the project. It is important that students take the time and use the provided rubric to help guide their choices. This is a family project so please help your child as well!  Enjoy!

 

Math:

Everyday in Math students will take a survey and compare the findings. We also will work on our December Math Journals. I hope you have had a chance to look at the October and November Math Journals. This week in Math, students will focus on the following:

 

 

  • using a numberline to count
  • identifying the bigger number
  • ST Math
  • addition sentences

 

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Prasad-Heintz

 

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Newsletter Week 13: November 24, 2014

Important Dates to Remember:

Wed-Fri, November 26th -28th: Thanksgiving Holiday: NO SCHOOL

Friday, December 19th: Last day before the holiday break

Instruction for the Week

 

This week is a very short week! Here is what we are doing:

Literacy:

In Guided Reading this week, students will work on the -an family and using shaving cream to practice handwriting and writing sight words.  During Word Work, students will “Read Around the Room” and use stampers to spell out words. At the Listening Center, students will listen to a story and write the main character. During Read to Self, student will read books that they choose, but go on a “sight word hunt” looking for 5 different sight words. Finally, during Read with Someone, students will read with a buddy and discuss the beginning, middle, and ending of the book.

 

Theme:

During theme this week, students will create a turkey and write on each feather what they things they are thankful for.

 

Writer’s Workshop:

Students were introduced to a new rubric! They will free choice draw/write and practice using that rubric to help them become better writers.

 

Math:

Students will work on Math Centers that focus on the following:

 

  • measurement
  • shapes
  • greater numbers
  • sorting/patterning
  • graphing

 

 

Field Trip Slip/Money:

Money ($12) and permission slip were due last week for the field trip. I have sent reminders. Please turn it. If your child does not have both, she/he will not be able to attend the trip.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Prasad-Heintz

 

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Week 12 Newsletter: November 17th – 21st 2014

Important Dates to Remember:

Thursday, November 20th: November Birthday Celebration

Friday, November 21st: Science Leadership Meeting: Substitute

Wed-Fri, November 26th -28th: Thanksgiving Holiday: NO SCHOOL

 

Instruction for the Week

Snacks:

We are running low on snacks! It is the first of the month. We now have 24 students. Please remember that no snacks should contain peanuts.  Thank you!

 

Morning Meeting:

Thank you to all the families that turned in the turkey project. During Morning Meeting this week, your child will share their turkey.

 

Literacy:

Comprehension Skill: Comparing and Contrasting two characters

Sight Words: day/yes/no

Letter of the Week: Tt

 

Centers:

Centers this week will consist of the following:

 

  • Read to Self: Students will read self-selected books. As they read, they will search for sight words.
  • Read with Someone: Students will read with a 4th grade buddy. The buddies will ask the students about the main character.
  • Word Work: Students will read around the room, rainbow write, use stampers, and make a sight word flip book.
  • Writing: Students focus on punctuation, labeling, and making a “Wow” picture.
  • Listening: Students will listen to a story twice this week. The first time, they will write their favorite part and the second time, they will be given a writing prompt based on the story.

Social Studies:

This week, we will focus on Native Americans and Pilgrims. Students will learn about life when the Pilgrims first came to the United States. We will compare and contrast a Native American Cinderella story to the traditional Cinderella.

 

Mathematics:

Students will work in small group centers. Students will work together and have discussions about different math problems and why they come up with their answers in their Math Journals.  Here are the concepts we will cover this week:

 

  • graphing
  • counting by 10s
  • ST Math
  • using a ten frame
  • playing Math games

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Prasad-Heintz

 

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RE-POST Report Card Pick-up Schedule!

Ms. Prasad-Heintz Report Card Pick-up Schedule

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 

 

12:00:  Marquis

 

12:10:  Caroline

 

12:20:  Aumiracle

 

12:30:  Jordan

 

12:40:  Omer

 

12:50:  Sloan

 

1:00: Soo Samuel

 

1:10:  MaKyiah

 

1:20:  Zolo

 

1:30:  Sheldon

 

1:40:  Moses

 

1:50:  ____________________________

 

2:00:  ____________________________

 

2:10:  ____________________________

 

2:20:  Amari

 

2:30: ____________________________

 

2:40: Isaiah

 

2:50: Tyler

 

4:00:  Naomi

 

4:10: Jiovanni

 

4:20:  Anna

 

4:30: Aleksandra

 

4:40:  Vivica

 

4:50:  Kaya

 

5:00:  Deanna’s Dad

 

5:10:  Asa

 

5:20:  Brandon

 

5:30:  ____________________________

 

5:40:  ____________________________

 

5:50: Deanna’s Mom

 

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