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Ms. Sarube's Kindergarten

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn
sense of wonder, he needs the companionship
of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy,
excitement and mystery of the
world we live in.”

~Rachel Carson
 

 

Classroom News and Notes

 
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Welcome to Ms. Sarube’s Kindergarten

Our Specials

Monday: Art

Tuesday:  Music

Wednesday:  Gym

Thursday:  Music and Library

Friday:  Computers and Gym

 Lunch and Snack:  We will have snack everyday.  Healthy snacks are encouraged.  Lunchtime is from 11:30-12:30

*PLEASE AVOID ALL PEANUT/NUT SNACKS FOR THE CLASSROOM!

They can keep their money in their lunchbox or I know that some of the children have sent money into the cafeteria already.  We have a separate “Peanut Free” table for some of the children to sit at.

 

Parties:  We love to celebrate birthdays and holidays.  When your child’s birthday approaches we would love to share in the celebration.  Feel free to send in a special goody.  Please Note:  Classroom Allergies

As Holiday/Special Day parties approach our class mothers will contact you to help them prepare for the celebrations.

 

Homework Policy:  We will be working up to sending home a weekly packet that will be due back by Friday.

Classroom rules of Behavior:  We use our eyes and ears before our mouths.  We treat each other the way we would like to be treated.

How our classroom works:  The children enter each morning and put their folders and lunchboxes in bins on the table by the hooks.  After a morning practice sheet, they then sit on the rug where we go though our morning routine…pledge, lunch count, calendar, weather, special events and review our daily schedule.  We are counting our days until the 100th day of school…at that point we’ll have a BIG PARTY!

 

Following our morning routine we do some ELA (English Language Arts) work…journals and Fundations.

 

Most of our instructional lessons are done from the “rug area” followed by independent work at their tables.  During “center-time” I will be pulling groups of students to my table to work on specific skills. 

 What we’re learning this year:  Kindergartners are ACTIVE learners…we are learning with EVERYTHING that we do in school…our classroom is bright and full of energy and we will use that energy to explore the world around us.

 

Some of the “academic” subjects we teach include…

 

I.                  ELA (English Language Arts) ~  

 a.     We are using the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill http://treasures.macmillanmh.com/new_york/students

b.    We will also be using the “Fundations” program for writing/reading. 

  http://www.fundations.com

http://www.longwood.k12.ny.us/fund_lessons.html

c.    One of Kramer Lane’s Reading Specialists, will be “pushing in” and “pulling out” of our classroom during the year.  She will focus on Early Intervention Stratagies.

 

II.              Math ~  We are using Macmillian McGraw-Hill’s Math Connects Program.  There are many online tools for you to use.  Please see attached handout.  http://www.macmillanmh.com/math/2003/student/index.html

We also follow the New York State Common Core Learning Standards. 

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/

 

III.           Social Studies ~ In Kindergarten we focus on ourselves and others, our families and our community.  We learn about being a citizen, rules and laws, customs and traditions.

IV.           Science ~ We do many fun and exciting things in Science this year…Weather, the world around us, plants and animals and at the end of the year we grow ladybugs!

 

Report Cards:  *See attached

 Class Trips:  Pumpkin Farm, Bethpage Firehouse, Bethpage Library and possibly Hofstra Playhouse

 KEY WORDS:

CARING and RESPECT

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with ANY questions or concerns you may have.  You can call me at school and leave a message 644-4500.  You can write me a note and I’ll call you back.  You can e-mail me at dsarube@bethpage.ws

 

I look forward to an exciting and enjoyable year!

 Quotable Quotes

 Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them. ~ Lady Bird Johnson

 

We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open. ~ Harry Edwards

 

Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more.  They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.

~ A. Lou Vickery

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. ~ Chinese proverb

When all men think alike, no one thinks very much. ~ Walter Lippmann

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.  The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure. ~ Emma Goldman

We learn 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we both see and hear and 70% of what is discussed with others, 80% of what we experience personally and 95% of what we TEACH someone else. ~ William Glasser

The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.

~ Maria Montessori

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. ~ Henry C. Link

Helping All Children Blossom

A child is like a butterfly in the wind

Some can fly higher than others,

But each one flies the best it can.

Why compare one against the other?

Each one is different!  Each one is special!

Each one is beautiful!

~ Author Unknown

Rachel Carson“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

Stacia Tauscher: “We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”

 

 

 
     
 
Our Favorite Websites
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We have fun learning while playing on some great websites.  Click on the links below the pictures to access them from home.


Starfall




Illuminations Math Activity Pages

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Fundations Alphabet
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Wilson Fundations for K-3 is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure.

Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that complement installed programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.

Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities. Furthermore, targeted small group intervention is available for students in the lowest 30th percentile.

Fundations is recommended as part of a total literacy solution, including a literature-based language arts program and a Wilson Reading System® intervention and intensive program.

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Sight words
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Kindergarten Sight Words

I    can    we    the    like    a    see    go    to     have    is    play    are    for    you    this    do    and    what    little    said    here    was    she    he    has    look    with    my    me    where