Our fabulous kindergarten team • Mrs. Palmieri (ITL), Mrs. Burnett, Mrs. Dorsey, Ms. Meier, Mrs. Halpern, Ms. Zontek • Mrs. Schulze, Ms. Royster, • Mrs. Kerr • Mrs. McNeeley • Mrs. Gilbert “A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener” 8:40 9:00 10:15 10:45 11:00 12:30 1:00 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:20 Arrival and Breakfast Math Spanish Snack Language Arts (Sci/SS/Health) Lunch Related Arts Recess Free Choice Packing-up Dismissal Units of Study • Language Arts • Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Daily 5 • Math • Common Core Curriculum • Social Studies • Home and School (rules and routines) Maps and Me, Road Trip USA (American Symbols) The Market (goods and services) • Science What is a Scientist/Engineer? Weather and Climate, Pushes and Pulls, Ecosystems • Health • Social and Emotional, Nutrition and Fitness, Safety, Injury and Illness Prevention Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) What will my child be learning this year in Science? Key Shifts • K-12 science education should focus on BOTH content and skill, so that students know how to apply their factual knowledge. • Science and engineering are integrated in the NGSS from Kindergarten through Twelve Grade. • The NGSS were specifically designed to prepare students for college, careers, and citizenship. NGSS Lead States. 2013. Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States. Appendix A: Conceptual Shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Link Key Shifts • The NGSS are aligned with the Maryland College and Career Readiness ELA and Mathematics Standards. • The NGSS were purposefully created based on research, by an extensive group - across 26 states - of practicing scientists, brain research professionals, science education researchers, educators, policy experts, and were even released to the public for review and revision. NGSS Lead States. 2013. Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States. Appendix A: Conceptual Shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Link 2014 - 2015 As we We want to focus on implement… Scientific and Engineering Practices 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Asking Questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering) Developing and using models Planning and carrying out investigations Analyzing and interpreting data Using mathematics and computational thinking Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering) Engaging in argument from evidence Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information Kindergarten: Quarter 1 Scientists and Engineers • Scientists and engineers have different responsibilities but work together to solve problems. • Scientists investigate the world around them and gather evidence related to questions asked. • Engineers work to design solutions to problems using the Engineering Design Process (EDP). • Both careers use a variety of tools to support their work. Kindergarten: Quarter 2 Weather • Sunlight warms the Earth’s surface. • Weather is a combination of sunlight, wind, snow or rain, and temperature in a certain place at a certain time. • People measure weather conditions and notice patterns over time. • Some kinds of severe weather are more likely in some areas, and communities can use forecasts to prepare and respond to these events. Kindergarten: Quarter 3 Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls • Pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions. • Pushing or pulling on an object can change the speed or direction of its motion. • When objects touch or collide, they push on one another and can change motion. • A bigger push or pull can make things speed up or slow down more quickly. • People can solve problems through engineering. Kindergarten: Quarter 4 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment • All animals need food in order to live and grow. • Plants and animals can change their environment. • Living things need water, air, and resources from the land. • Humans use natural resources for everything they do. • People can make choices to reduce their impact on the land, water, air, and other living things. For more information: http://www.nextgenscience.org/ Long Range Planning • Once each quarter, every team in the school has a long range planning session for one full day. • We meet with our RST and MST to plan for future lessons, ensure we are meeting Common Core Standards, and to build a sense of team work, with everyone sharing ideas—making the most of our talented team! • Substitutes will be utilized in the classroom while we are meeting. Reading • Reading groups based on each student’s current level (flexible and changing) • Levels: Emergent, Early 1, Early 2 , Early 3, Fluent • Reading behavior checklist for each level • Benchmark assessments to determine level of books to choose ( A-C Emergent level, C, D, E Early 1 level, and E, F, G, H, I, Early 2 level) REading • Letter sounds, rhyming, word families, decoding skills, fluency, comprehension • Sight word practice is beneficial to help students gain confidence in their reading skills (20-25 words by end of K.) Will be part of homework. • Reading to your child every night is a great way to increase their reading skills and to encourage a love of reading REading • We will follow the Common Core Reading Standards • There will be a balance between fiction and nonfiction text. • Text dependent questions • Vocabulary instruction • Meeting goals of Common Core through Daily 5 structure Writing First Quarter—Developing a Community of Writers • Various writing experiences including class stories, dictating a response and drawing a picture, shared writing (teacher and students write together) independent attempts at expressing ideas with scribbles, random letters or copying words • Students feeling like writers or authors! Writing projects include--ABC book and Fact book--Book Review and Thank You Notes—Personal Narrative and Acrostic Poems (all part of the Writing Framework) math • Common Core Math Standards will be followed. Parents will receive quarterly updates about what students are learning and how to help at home. • Students will be grouped by ability within each classroom and across classrooms based on Summer Math Assessments, classroom observations and data collection. • We will begin switching for Math instruction on October 6th. Parents will be notified if their child will be switching to another classroom for Math. Most students will remain in their homerooms. Math • We need parent support too!!!!!!! • Start now by having your child work on counting from 1-100 by ones and counting on from random numbers (begin at 36 and count to 51) • Make Math part of your child’s life every day by talking with them about numbers ( i.e. if Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe are coming for dinner, how many total plates will we need on the table?) What Will Our Students Learn? Pre K Kindergarten • Problem Solving • Problem Solving • Counting & Cardinality • Counting & Cardinality • Measurement • Place Value (tens and ones) • Shapes and Attributes • Addition/Subtraction • Sorting & Classifying • Fact Fluency (within 5) • Making and Breaking Apart Sets • Measurement • Shapes and Figures Reminders: SMART PAGES What Your Child Will Learn • skills/concepts taught • vocabulary • activities at home • links for games Mobile Apps http://smart.wikispaces.hcpss.org Resources for Parents • Vision 2018 • Information about Common Core • Books Additional Resources • http://smart.hcpss.wikispaces.net/Common+Core+State+Standards • http://pta.org/common_core_state_standards.asp • www.mdk12.org • www.corestandards.org • www.parcconline.org Homework Homework will begin in October— sent home on Mondays in the Phelps Luck folder Take Home book, sight words and a Math review Special activities on occasion Return homework each Friday Children who are solid readers: * perform better in school * have a healthy self-image * become lifelong learners All of the these outcomes lead to our children’s viability in a competitive world. Difficulties with reading are related to a child’s opportunity to read. Daily reading at home provides opportunity for practice, growing interests, and expanding vocabulary and knowledge Folders Folders are used to communicate from home to school and from school to home. Folders promote responsibility and provide an organizational tool for your child. Please send and check folders DAILY. PBIS at Phelps Luck Elementary School “ Fabulous Falcons Respect Self Respect Others Respect Property Fabulous Falcons • Fabulous Falcon incentive tickets are used through out the school day. Students can receive Falcons during their bus ride and during the school day. • When a student demonstrates the expected behaviors (Respecting self, others, and property) they receive a Falcon. The Falcons are redeemed for incentives in the classroom, team, or school-wide. Classroom incentives examples: Sit at teacher’s desk Use special pen to do class work Extra computer time Read a story to the class Sit in a special chair Special classroom job Lunch bunch Student incentives Team-wide incentives Team-wide monthly incentives include many of the following activities: •Extra recess time •Team-wide art project •Movie •Stations •Dance party School-wide incentives At the end of each quarter, all students will participate in a school-wide incentive. Some incentive ideas are: •DROP EVERYTHING AND DANCE! •Dining in style •Gift Card Raffles Steps for Soaring to Success! Step 1: Green Card Everyone starts here When a disruptive behavior occurs, the teacher will use nonverbal redirections and whole class affirmations in order to redirect the student. If the student continues to display disruptive behaviors, the student will receive Verbal Warning 1. If disruptive behaviors continue, then the student will receive Verbal Warning 2. Steps for Soaring t0 Success Continued Step 2: Yellow Stop and Think Level 1. Move student to new area. Give 3-5 minutes to make required behavior change. 2. If behavior has not changed, the student is made aware that they need to stop and think about their behavior. They will be asked to complete a Stop and Think Form with the teacher. The top portion will go home along with a yellow parent letter. 3. At home parents can support their child by reviewing the Stop and Think form, signing and sending back to school the yellow letter. Soaring to Success Continued • Step 3: Red • Office Support If disruptive behaviors continue, then the staff member will seek office support. How can parents support PBIS at home? • Talk with your child about what it means to respect self, others and property at home. • Focus on the positive things that your child does at home and talk about why these behaviors are important to you. • Assist teachers in the classroom with management of the PBIS program if needed. Behavior Calendar October Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 I had a great day I Needed a Few Reminders Support Teacher Needed Phone Call Home Fabulous Falcons School Wide Breakfast Program •Breakfast is offered to our students everyday. • Participation in breakfast is completely voluntary. • There is no charge for breakfast. •Breakfast is offered from 8:40-8:55. •Students should arrive in time to eat breakfast so that the instructional day can begin promptly at 9:00. Prepackaged breakfast items include cereal, juice, apple sauce or muffins. Milk is offered separately. Lunch & Snack Lunch: •Labeled $ in baggie/envelope •Exact change if possible •Discuss selections prior •Uneaten lunch sent home •Encourage NO sharing PEANUT FREE Snack: Separate from lunch Labeled w/name & “snack” Non-perishable Utensils Pretzels, Goldfish, fruit, etc. Recess •Recess is 30 minutes long. •Children will go outside in winter as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. •Be sure children are dressed for outdoor play. (appropriate shoes and clothing) •Children are expected to respond to the whistle by coming to line immediately. (safety precaution) Specials Art - Mrs. Langevin and Ms. Papaioannu Music– Ms. Nordquist and Mrs. Yi P.E. - Mr. Deppen and Mr. Nunn Media - Mrs. Krivach and Mrs. Greene Technology Support in the classroom – Mrs. Anderson and Dr. Stevens Birthday Celebrations Non-food items such as party favors, playdough, stickers Contact your child’s teacher before sending items Party invitations should be sent from home rather than given out at school Field Trips • Mid October-- Sharp’s Farm • All students must return permission slips to attend. • Chaperone sign up will be on the field trip permission slip form. • Chaperones must sign and return chaperone form. • No siblings are allowed on field trips. School Supplies Thank you for sending in school supplies! Accidents can occur… please send an extra set of clothing in a bag labeled with your child’s name. We will periodically ask for extra supplies such as tissues, glue sticks and baggies. Parent Involvement • Volunteers: begins in OCTOBER • One-to-One Reading • Small Groups • Assembling Books at School or at Home • Special Events and Celebrations • Room Parents (send note to teacher if interested) • Conferences (Held in November and February) Parent Involvement • Working with your child at home • Read stories daily • Discuss the characters, setting, and plot • Make connections from personal experiences • www.starfall.com www.abcya.com • • • • Make Math Moments Count objects Use math vocabulary (more, less, equal) http://www.pbs.org/parents/earlymath/index.ht ml • Assist with Homework daily Have your child practice… • Tying their shoe laces • Zipping and buttoning their jackets • Opening juice boxes and food bags • Writing their name Back to School Night! •Thank you for joining us this evening. •You may visit your child’s classroom after the presentation. Be sure to check their table for any important papers you may need to fill out. •You can also leave your child a little note from you THANK YOU FOR COMING!! We look forward to a fabulous year!