Ms. Adams Kindergarten 2019-2020
About Ms. Adams •I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and Anthropolgy. I am currently working on my Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction. •I have 14 years of teaching experience. I taught a multiage Kindergarten-1st grade for 7 years as well as a multiage 2nd/3rd for 3 years at a private school in Seattle. I have 1 year teaching 3rd/4th grade as well as 3 years teaching full day Kindergarten. •I am originally from Massachusetts where my family still resides. I am an aunt to my newphew Julian and a Godmother to my God-daughter Lulu. •In my freetime I enjoy yoga, running, reading, exploring the outdoors and spending time with my boyfriend and friends!
My Role and Values • Building a community of belonging, care and respect • Fostering students sense of self and love of learning • Supporting students to reach their full, academic, social, emotional and moral development • Helping students to develop their independence • Teaching skills for learning to be prepared for the future
Bell Times Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:10 Warning Bell(Kids enter the building) 9:15 School Begins 10:30- 10:45 recess 12:15– 1:00Lunch/Recess 3:40 Dismissal Wednesday 9:10 Warning Bell 9:15 School Begins 10:30-10:45 Recess 12:15–1:00 Lunch/Recess 1:30 Dismissal
Typical Day In Kindergarten Morning Meeting/Morning Work Math Snack/Recess Literacy/Writing Read Aloud Lunch/Recess Community Building&Specialists Learning Centers Pack-up to go home Wacky Wednesday: Rotate Science/Social Studies/Health/Art/Technology
Specialist Schedule Monday: Music Tuesday: PE & Library Wednesday: Thursday: Music Friday: PE
Snack Information Snack: Small, healthy, simple snacks as students have only about 5 minutes to eat them. Please pack and label separately from their lunch. Children will put their snack in their cubby each morning. Fruit (Must be able to peel on own) Crackers Cheese sticks *No juice please! ***If we decided to do group snack: I will send out an e-mail when we are low on snacks or Dixie cups to hold snack. ☺
School Lunch Information Your child has the choice of bringing a lunch to school or buying a lunch from the school cafeteria. The cost of the lunch is $3.75 and there are several choices everyday. Each child has his/her own account number and you are able to deposit money in this account for his/her use. Whenever you send in money for the account please put your child’s number on the check and make it out to Issaquah Food Services. If you have any concerns about your child’s account call #425-837-5622. Pay online: MySchoolBucks.com ***Please label your child’s lunchbox***
Reading/LanguageFountas & Pinnell • Letter and sound recognition • Blending sounds to make words • Rhyming • Mini Lessons • Conferring with students • High frequency words (The, is, my, we…) *Special Program: Sight Word Keys Take Home Books
Making Meaning: Strategies that Build Comprehension and Community Comprehension Sequencing Prediction Making connections to real life experiences
Writing Writing Units Narrative-Launching the Writing Workshop Narrative-Writing for Readers Information-How to Books Opinion-Persuasive Writing of all Kinds Expectations for Writing • Uses pictures and print to convey meaning. • Begins to write using letter sounds, words and sentences. • Writing short stories with a beginning, middle and end.
Handwriting Without Tears I’ve included a handout for you to use with students that uses the verbiage and formations we will be using. *They have a great app for the ipad.
Eureka Math – A Story of Units • MODULE 1 - NUMBERS TO 10 • MODULE 2 - TWO-DIMENSIONAL AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPES • MODULE 3 - COMPARISON OF LENGTH, WEIGHT, CAPACITY, AND NUMBERS TO 10 • MODULE 4 - NUMBER PAIRS, ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION TO 10 • MODULE 5 - NUMBERS 10-20 AND COUNTING TO 100 • MODULE 6 - ANALYZING, COMPARING, AND COMPOSING SHAPES
Science/Health Science Labs with Science to Go: -Exploring Plants, Liquids and Solids -Rocks and Soil -Exploring Animals *Two Paid by the PTA! • Physical Science: Liquids • Earth and Space Science: Properties and Change • Life Science: Plant and Animal Parts
Social Studies Kindergarten: A Year of Change Cooperation: Working and Playing well with others Respecting Differences:We are all alike, we are all different *Weekly Reader Magazines
Friday Folders Every Friday you will receive a folder will student work and occasionally important school flyers. Please look at this work with your child and have meaningful conversations about their work. Please empty the folder, sign the form indicating you have received the work, and return it to school on Monday.
Homework • Read with and to your child • Play and have quality family time • Explore and play with math in the world • Sight Word Keys start in December (more details at Family Conferences) • Take Home Books begin in January (more info to come in the New Year.) • There is no formal homework. The Take Home Books and Sight word keys are encouraged but optional.
Behavior Positive Reinforcement Sensational Sockeye Awards Encourage children to make good choices Building cooperation, community, sense of self and love of learning
K-5 Social Emotional Learning CurriculumSecond Step + Self management+Self Awareness + Relationship Skills +Social Awareness+Responsible Decision Making Builds Positive Social, Emotional and Behavior Skills
Unit 1: Skills for Learning • Listening • Focusing attention •Using self-talk •Being assertive Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Unit 2: Empathy • Identifying one's own and others' feelings •Taking others' perspectives • Showing care and concern for others K – 3rd Grade Units Unit 3: Emotion Management • Understanding strong feelings •Identifying and managing strong feelings • Calming down strong feelings Unit 4: Friendship Skills and Problem Solving • Making and keeping friends •Calming down and using Problem-Solving Steps
Online Family Resources www.secondstep.org • SSPK FAMI LY70 = Kindergarten • SSP1 FAMI LY71 = First Grade • SSP2 FAMI LY72 = Second Grade • SSP3 FAMI LY73 = Third Grade • SSP4 FAMI LY74 = Fourth Grade • SSP5 FAMI LY75 = Fifth Grade
Butterflyof the Week Monday:Questionaire and pictures Tuesday: Sharing and something for the estimationjar Wednesday: Snack and sharing Thursday: Sharing Friday: Sharing Starting in October! **Reminder note will go home on the Friday before with student! ☺
Birthday Celebrations Our grade level has decided to celebrate with students donating a special birthday book to the classroom. Students will also receive a birthday crown. (We love having parents come and read the donated book to the class! ☺) If your child has a summer birthday, we will celebrate their ½ birthday. Please contact me before the date to set up a time for you to come and read the book to the class.
Field Trips & In Class Activities Field Trips The Rainbow Fish: October 8th Lessons in the Classroom Howard McOmber: Children’s Drama Coach *We will be asking for an activity fee to cover the costs of these activities and Socal Studies Weekly Readers.
Special Events Harvest Party (October) Valentine’s Day (February) Mother’s Day Tea (May) Father’s Day Rise and Shine (End of May/June)
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Report Cards Report Cards Dates: December 2nd March 18th June 18th Conferences Dates: Dec. 4th & 5th (Sign-ups to come online) *These are no student days.
Sunset PTA Sunset PTA provides so much support for our staff, your children and your family! They fund many of our science, art, and technology. They gift the teachers $250-$350 a year for items for our classrooms, they have grade level grants that support our classrooms even more! Please take some time to learn about Sunset’s PTA and become a member if you can. If you are unable/uninterested in becoming a member, please at least log into the Sunset PTA site so that you can receive the Esplashemail each week. Sunset PTA
Parent Helpers General Everyday Parent Helpers Sometime in October you will be able to sign up to help the class. Starting late October to early November we will have helpers in the class. I will send out an attachment with the times I need helpers. All helpers must have completed the district background check. *These jobs can be photocopying, art projects, working with small groups of students, and much, much more...
Supplies Needed In Kindergarten Big Brown Grocery Bags Wish List is posted on my Connect website Currently we are looking for Learning Center activities for the kiddos.
Important Websites! Ms Adams’s Connect Site http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/elementary/sunset/staff/adamse_site/default.aspx The School District: http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/ Sunset: http://www.sunset.issaquah.wednet.edu/ Sunset PTA: http://www.sunsetsockeyepta.org/ Emergency School Information: http://www.schoolreport.org/
Contact Information •Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding your child. I’m very excited to get to know you and your child! I also have a connect website! Make sure to request membership at the top right. AdamsE@issaquah.wednet.edu (425)837-5646