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Kathleen Malone - Kindergarten  (Send e-mail)

Dear Parents:

Welcome to our classroom web page! It's hard to believe it's already November.

Weather is getting colder, so 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 Statements 2nd Quarter:

I can identify upper and lowercase letters.
I can say the sound a consonant makes.
I can identify the first and last letter in a word.
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 count to 100 by ones and tens.
I can start counting with any number.
I can write to 10.
I can name, describe, draw and build shapes.
I can understand that the last number I said is the total number of objects.
I can write the number to show how many when I count objects.

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 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.


We have a collection of items for our holiday care packages that we will be sending overseas to our servicemen and women. There is an attachment below with a list of items that we are collecting from November 10th to the 17th.

If you know someone serving in our armed forces that you would a package sent to, please send me their name and address. I will need it by November 17th, as our packages will be packed on the 20th and sent on the 21st. Thank you again for all your help and in supporting the troops!

Erin's Law Lessons:

As you know, we are required by the new Erin's Law to provide lessons on sexual abuse and prevention education. In October, Grand Prairie Elementary School Social Workers will be coming into our classroom to talk about the "Think First and Stay Safe" program.

The lessons will cover the concepts of "Using My Built In Computer: Staying Healthy and Safe". In December, the lessons will be on "Laws Help Protect Me: Kids Have Rights Too!" and "Listening to My Instincts: No Secrets".

Should your child have any questions, you may refer to the handout that will be provided to them on the day of the lesson. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact a School Social Worker – Morgan Bilthuis, Nichole Reiser, or Maribeth Fagan.

This week in class

I Day- No Special Day

G Day- Computer Lab

E Day- Art

*Parent Visitation for American Education Week- 1-2:30. Come visit us in our classroom.

R Day- Library- be sure to bring back your book

*Athletic Booster's Hot Lunch
*Dress like a Scientist- looking forward to seeing those lab coats!

T Day- Music


Important Dates

Deadline to Purchase December Lunches and Smoothies

Parent Visitation for American Education Week- 1:00-2:30

Eureka Coffee for Parents- 9-10 AM and 4:30-5:30

Parent/Teacher Conferences- No School

Parent/Teacher Conferences- No School

No School- Thanksgiving Break

FSP Hot Lunch


Downloads List

Behavior Management Explanation [8/29/2017]
Box Top Sheet.pdf [8/15/2016]
Curriculum Night Power Point- 2017 [9/10/2017]
Kindergarten Sight Words [9/10/2017]
Mrs. Malone's Newsletter- November [11/5/2017]
No Excuse K Words.pdf [8/19/2016]
Quarter 2 Sight Words Flash Cards [11/3/2017]
Real Script- Hand with X Height [10/8/2017]
TIGER Schedule- 2017-2018 [8/29/2017]
TIGER Schedule- Letter to Parents [8/29/2017]
Troops- List of Collection Items [11/3/2017]
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

Starfall- Reading and Math Practice

Storyline Online- Listen to Your Favorite Stories


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