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Kathleen Malone - Kindergarten  (Send e-mail)

Dear Parents:

Welcome to our classroom web page!

Happy February! It's the shortest month of the year, but it is jammed packed with special days: Ground Hog Day, 100th Day, Valentine's Day and President's Day...WOW...what an exciting month!!!

Weather has been cold, please be sure to dress your child for the weather. The lunch aides still take the kids out to run around and get fresh air.

Our TIGER schedule:

T- PE and Music
G- PE and Technology
E- PE and Art
R- PE and ELC

Lunch is 11:20-11:40.
Recess is 11:40-12:00.

Our Specials Teachers:

Art- Mrs.Corkery
Library- Mrs. Winkler
Music- Mrs.Turbough
PE- Mrs. McCurdy
Technology- Mrs.Borden

As you can see, we are lucky enough to have PE everyday, so please be sure to have your child wear gym shoes daily.

Please visit this classroom webpage regularly. I will update it weekly with school events and reminders. My main means of communication will be through this classroom webpage, emails, and Remind 101. If you haven't already done so, please join Remind 101. It's a great way to receive reminders.

Lastly, please remember to call the office at 815.469.3366 if your child will be absent.

I CAN statements are simple sentences designed from Common Core Standards. They are written in student-friendly language. I CAN statements break down learning objectives into actions that students can read, understand and perform. In our class, I CAN statements are posted in front of the room and are read daily. This helps students to understand the expectations, become more responsible for their learning and more reflective of their work. Kindergarten Outcome Assessments are created from I CAN statements, which are posted on each assessment. This helps parents and students to have a clear visual of kindergarten expectations, and a better understanding of their child’s development and growth.


I can identify upper and lowercase letters.
I can say the sound a consonant makes.
I can identify the initial, middle and ending letter/sound in a word.
I can separate and say the initial, middle and ending sounds in CVC words (c-a-t).
I can add or change letters in words to make new words.
I can quickly read high-frequency words.
I can identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
I can name the author and illustrator of a book and tell you what they do.
I can tell you how the illustrations and words match with help.
I can retell a story I've heard including key details with help.
I can identify characters, settings, and major events in a story (with help).
I can recognize different types of text.

I can put letters together to make words.
I can put words together to make a sentence.
I can leave spaces between my words.
I can write sentences using kindergarten spelling which begins with uppercase letters, have spaces, and end with a period.
I can recognize and name end punctuation.
I can capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
I can spell simple words.
I can add details to my writing using pictures and words (with help).
I can use drawing, and writing to name a topic and tell something about it.

I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
I can start counting with any number.
I can write to 20.
I can show addition.
I can add to solve word problems.
I can quickly add numbers up to 5.
I can show how the numbers 11-19 are made up of ten ones and more ones.


Grand Prairie will be collecting canned and dry goods until February 8th to donate to our local food pantry. The food drive will assist families in need in our community.

Frankfort Township Food Pantry provides food for 325 families monthly. Community food drives help make sure those children and their families can get emergency food assistance when needed.

We are collecting canned goods in conjunction with our cup stacking tournament being held on February 6th and 7th at Grand Prairie School. First and second graders participate in the cup stacking tournament. We want to “Stack our Food Pantry!”

Please share what you can. If every child at Grand Prairie brings in one item, we can donate 811 cans to the pantry! Every single donation helps, and together we hope our combined donations will make a real difference for those in need. The food pantry is asking for nutritious canned and dry goods. Thank you in advance for your support!

Thank you to all those that already donated!!


**Organized by the Educational Foundation**

Please support the Education Foundation by attending Casino Night at the Odyssey in Tinley Park on March 2, 2018. A flyer with more details was sent home.


When? Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Where? Hickory Creek Middle School

What time? 5:30 pm-8 pm

Who is invited? All teachers, students, and families


This week in class

President's Day- No School

E Day- Art

**Last day to Register for Education Foundation
2018 Casino Night Fundraising Event. Please consider joining us. I will be there with my husband.

R Day- Library- Remember to pack your library book!

**Board of Education Mtg. @ 7:00 p.m.**

T Day-

Thursday Spirit Theme: Wear Black Hawk Attire or colors

FSP Hot Lunch

I day- PE Only


Important Dates

Thursday Spirit Day Theme: Wear Red, White and Blue.

Mother's Day Tea & Spa- Details to Follow.


Downloads List

Behavior Management Explanation [8/29/2017]
Box Top Sheet.pdf [8/15/2016]
Countries Around the World- 2018 [2/5/2018]
Curriculum Night Power Point- 2017 [9/10/2017]
Kindergarten Sight Words [9/10/2017]
Mrs. Malone's Newsletter- December [12/9/2017]
Mrs. Malone's Newsletter- February [2/4/2018]
Mrs. Malone's Newsletter- January [1/7/2018]
Mrs. Malone's Newsletter- November [11/5/2017]
No Excuse K Words.pdf [8/19/2016]
Real Script- Hand with X Height [10/8/2017]
TIGER Schedule- 2017-2018 [8/29/2017]
TIGER Schedule- Letter to Parents [8/29/2017]
Words Their Way- Letter of Explanation to Parents [12/2/2016]


Cool Links

ABCya- Fun Activities to Practice Reading and Math

Great Minds- Math

Into the Book- Practice for Reading Comprehension Strategies

Raz Kids A-Z- Funded by Educational Foundation

Starfall- Reading and Math Practice

Storyline Online- Listen to Your Favorite Stories


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