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Amy Brandner - Kindergarten  (Send e-mail)

Hello, Kindergarten families! I'm Mrs. Brandner (pronounced Brad-ner), & am honored to be your child's teacher! We're going to have an incredible year of learning, growing, & having fun! :-)

We have 23 wonderful friends in class this year: 12 boys & 11 girls.
Thank you for checking our website often for important dates, reminders, I CAN statements, & our classroom newsletter!

*** Take-Home Folders come home each day containing important notes & completed work.

Please be sure to empty folders each night, & send in any info/notes back to me via the folder!

(Please see the Remind 101 downloadable page to sign up for instant text alerts from me!)

*** Specials do NOT occur every Mon., Tue., etc.... Instead, they'll fall on a T, I, G, E, or R day. When we're off school, it's a NO LETTER day.

T day: P.E. & Technology
I day: P.E.
G day: P.E & Library
E day: P.E. & Music
R day: P.E. & Art

P.E.: every day! Please have gym shoes at school. Lunch: 11:20-11:40, then Recess: 11:40-12:00


I CAN statements break down objectives into learning targets students can read & understand.

3rd Quarter I canís:

I can put letters together to make words.
I can name uppercase & lowercase letters.
I can sound out words.
I can identify the first, middle, & ending letter in a word.
I can hear, say, & write words that rhyme.
I can break up words into parts.
I can put together the first sound with the last part to make a word.
I can separate & say the beginning, middle, & ending sounds in C-V-C words.
I can add or change letters in words to make new words.
I can quickly read high frequency words.


I can identify characters, settings, & major events in a story (with help).
I can retell stories that Iíve heard & include key details.
I can ask & answer questions about key details in a book (with help).
I can ask & answer questions to find the meaning of a word in a book.
I can use the illustrations to tell about a story (with help).
I can compare & contrast what happens to characters in stories that Iíve heard (with help).
I can tell you the connections between two people, ideas, or events in a book (with help).


I can use drawing, & writing to name a topic & tell something about it.
I can improve my writing by adding details with help from adults & my peers.


I can show how the numbers 11-19 are made of ten ones & more ones.
I can count to 100 by 10ís & ones
I can show addition.
I can add to solve word problems.
I can make a number less that ten by putting together 2 groups of pictures or objects.
I can show what number is needed to add to another number to make 10.


As you know, we're required by the new Erin's Law to provide lessons on sexual abuse and prevention education. In October GP Social Workers will be coming into our classroom to talk about the "Think First & Stay Safe" program. The lessons will cover the concepts of "Using My Built In Computer: Staying Healthy & Safe". In December, the final lesson will be on "Laws Help Protect Me: Kids Have Rights Too!" & "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: Ms. Bilthuis, Mrs. Reiser, & Mrs. Fagan.

This week in class

2/19: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day

2/20: E day: P.E. & Music

2/21: R day: P.E. & Art

2/22: T day - P.E. & Technology

* Theme Thursday: Blackhawks Day! Wear Blackhawks gear or red/black *

* Hot lunch! If your child ordered hot lunch, please still send in a snack *

2/23: I day: P.E. & Let's Find Out activity: Penguins!


Important Dates

Return your Read to Succeed reading log to earn your free 6 Flags ticket!!

NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institiute day

NO SCHOOL: Presidents' Day!

Firefighter Visit

$1 Popsicle Day

Education Foundation Casino Night to benefit the district!

Our class will visit the Book Fair from 12:15 - 12:50. All families welcome to join us!

Family Book Fair Night! 5:30-8:00pm

End of Q3!

Spring Break! 3/24 - 4/2


Mother's Day Tea! :-)


Downloads List

Around the World Event! [2/12/2018]
Box Top Sheet [8/26/2016]
Brandner Bulletin: February '18 [2/5/2018]
Classroom Behavior Information [9/2/2017]
Curriculum Night PowerPoint! [8/21/2017]
Dr. Seuss Celebration week [2/22/2018]
Ed. Foundation Casino Night info! (March 2nd) [2/5/2018]
Kindergarten No Excuse Words.pdf [8/21/2016]
Number Writing practice sheet [11/12/2017]
Remind 101 sign up steps [9/5/2017]
Sight Word Fun & Games! [10/2/2016]
Star of the Week Schedule! [10/17/2017]
TIGER calendar for this year [11/12/2017]
Words Their Way - Parent Letter [12/4/2016]


Cool Links

ABCYa - Educational Games & apps for kids!

Dr. Seuss presents: Seussville!

Fun ways to practice sight words!

FunBrain - Reading & math adventures for kids!

Go Noodle

Raz-Kids: Online guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable books, & reading quizzes.

Scholastic Book Order

Starfall: Phonics, Reading, & Math Practice

Vowel Bat - by Shari Sloane

Zearn! Have fun with math games anywhere!

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