Sunday, October 1, 2017
Thanks to all those that helped with the Digger Dash.
The kids were adorable and had a great time.
Practice it at home as needed.
Your kindergarten students were surprised to learn that our Alphabet Chart was not just for those who didn't know the alphabet. Now that they are beginning to know the chant inside and out, the main purpose of the alphabet chart is to help them become independent writers. They will each have one in their writing folder to use as a "spelling" tool.
How to Spell a Word
Once you know what word you want to spell follow these steps:
- Say the word slowly.
- Tap it out. (they know how to do that)
- What is the first sound you hear?
- Find and point to that sound on the chart and the picture that begins with that sound.
- Copy the letter.
- Go back to the word...what other sounds do you hear? Find them and repeat.
What about Sight Words?
On the back of the Alphabet Chart is a small "word wall" of sight words they can copy. If they can read it, then they can copy it. If they can't, its better to sound it out. They need to be able to read whatever they write, and so if it is a word they can't read...well that defeats the purpose! Don't be tempted to spell words for them. The goal is to develop independent writers. You can't follow them around in life spelling words for them. (That is google and spell check's job!)
What CAN I do to help them?
Ask them what sounds they hear. Help them say it slowly and identify or "tap out" the sounds they hear. Go back to the beginning and start with the first sound. Let them find it on the chart and copy it. Continue with other sounds they hear. Don't worry about them getting all the sounds on paper. They will get more sounds as they develop an ear for it.
Get the chart out. Say a word. Help them hear the sounds in the word. Have them find and point to each sound as they hear it. For sight words, say a word on the back and let them find it. Feel free to add sight words on the back as they learn them. You'll notice that not all sight words are there, so add the ones they use the most.
We have been working hard to develop number sense by counting, writing numbers, learning and practicing math vocabulary, and using that vocabulary to share our thinking and observations. We made groups, sets, sorted, counted, drew, wrote numbers, categorized, graphed...and will continue to work on a variety of concepts around numbers going forward. Here are a few games we have played:
Students roll dice and record the number they rolled making a bar graph. They practiced using math vocabulary to compare numbers by describing which was greater, less than, equal, etc. Roll and Record can be differentiated to include two dice, writing numbers without tracing support, and using addition problems to represent numbers. They LOVE using dice to turn any math activity into a game!
Grab and count
This is a game you can play at home to practice number sense.
- Look for a collection of coins, buttons, legos, macaroni, or something similar around the house, and put it in an open container.
- Have your child grab a handful (or pinch) of items out of the container and place it on the table.
- Let them count what they grabbed.
- Have them write that number on a piece of paper and draw a picture representing that number.
- Put the items back in the container and go again!
These are links to games you can play at home provided by our Investigations Math program. These links contain an online version of many of the games we have learned (or will learn) in class. Check it out and add some math games into your homework routine!
Friday, June 2, 2017
Welcome to Kindergarten at Gold Rush Elementary. My name is Stephanie Brown and I will be your child’s Kindergarten teacher. Kindergarten is the first year of formal education that a child receives, and I am honored to be part of the journey with you and your family. This year your child will develop into a reader, writer, a mathematician, a scientist, a good friend, and a student! Talk about new beginnings! I am continually amazed by the brilliance of 5 and 6 year olds! They learn quickly, are curious, and have fun doing so. They truly are amazing!
Throughout the year your child will learn many academic concepts. We will learn about letters, words, and numbers. Students will do tons of reading, writing, and math. We will study the relationship between the earth and sun, force and motion, and lots about animals. We will learn about the 7 continents, how to be a good citizen and a little about the sequencing of historical events. Most importantly, we will work hard to establish a love for learning, thinking, and how to be part of a classroom community.
I am sure you are curious about me, as I will be spending lots of time with you and your child. I earned my teaching degree from the University of Northern Colorado, then immediately earned a Masters Degree in Literacy from The University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2004 I became National Board Certified in Literacy. I have been teaching for 18 years, with 14 of those years at the Kindergarten level. In addition to teaching Kindergarten I have worked as a reading specialist in first grade, and currently serve as the RtI specialist (Response to Intervention Specialist) here at Gold Rush for Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. I love Kindergarten, the newness, the energy of both students and families, the incredible amount of learning that occurs is inspiring.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family. I am married and have three children. Ellianna is 16 and will be a senior at Legend High School. Clara is 14 and will be a freshman at Legend. Kellen, is 8 and will be in 3rd grade here at Gold Rush. In my spare time I enjoy doing anything outdoors, exercising, practicing yoga, traveling, watching football (GO BUFFS!), learning, and carpooling my children to and from their activities. Truth be told, I spend the majority of my time outside of school in the car with my kids, but one can dream right? I love a challenge and enjoy learning anything new.
I look forward to working with you and your child in the upcoming school year! If you have questions over the summer, please feel free to email me at Stephanie.email@example.com.
In order for me to get to know you and your child please email me a letter and let me know a little bit about your child. Please include anything and everything you think I should know about your child both academically and socially. Please email me your letter by August 1st!
Click here for the online conference scheduler between July 17th – July 31st to select your assessment day and time. The password is digger. Because we value the information we
Monday, July 17th – July 31st – Online Express Check In
Online Express Check In will open at 12:01 AM on Monday, July 17. Click here to login. 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 7, 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 Registrar Anita Rudman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-387-7707
· GRE Administrative Assistant Janis Panico: email@example.com or 303-387-7704
· Student Data and Information Services Summer Hotline: 720-433-0095
· Business Services: 720-433-1244
· IT Support Center: 303-387-0001
Monday, July 17th - Class Placement
We know that your child is eager to know who his/her classroom teacher will be! Starting July 17th you can click here to access parent portal. You will be able to view your child’s teacher by selecting your student and clicking on the schedule tab. You can look forward to receiving a welcome letter from your child’s teacher via email by the end of the month.
Monday, August 7th - 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 7, 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 17th through July 31st and the password is digger. Each time slot is reserved for a maximum of six students. 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 an Edukit, it will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Click here for a map of teachers’ classrooms.
Sign Up For One of The Following Times on Monday, August 7th
Thursday, August 10th - First Full Day of School
The first full day of school for students in grades K-5 is Thursday, August 10th. Students will meet their teachers on the front blacktop on the first day of school for an opening flag ceremony. Each teacher will have a sign with her name on it. On the second day of school students will enter the building through the front door on their own between 8:20-8:30 and walk directly to their classrooms. Teachers and older students will be available to assist younger students. This rolling start will ensure a smooth start to the day. Parents of preschool students will need to walk their children into the building using the west entrance and sign their child in. School will be in session from 8:30AM-3:30PM next year.
Click here for the 2017 2018 Conventional Calendar
Click here for information regarding the Rolling Start to the School Day
Click here for general drop off and pick up procedures.
Wednesday, August 16th – Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 16th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM. I 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 17th or Friday, August 18st – 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 either August 17th or August 18th to complete reading and math assessments. Having students complete assessments with their teacher at the end of the second week of school allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures. The assessments administered will allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual needs and learning style.