Monthly Archives: July 2017

We are READERS!

As we are building our classroom community, we are also building our ability to read sight words, and touch and read simple sentences. “Touching and reading” is the process of touching each word as you read it. This helps a child not skip words, use strategies to read words and check for understanding along the way. Please encourage your child to use the pointer (index) finger, which I call their “reading finger”.  This should be with the same hand they use to write with.   Point under each word as they read it.

A fun way to practice to touch and read and get to meet their classmates is within our first class book. There are 3 words in this book that we have learned: I, am, a. For some extra fun, feel free to print this out and add this book to your home library. Have students practice touching and reading each word of each page. Reading repetitive texts help build fluency and accuracy and are a great way to practice memorizing sight words. Or you may feel free to read this on the computer (with directions on how to lightly touch the screen).

I am class book 2017-2018

Touch and Read Video Tutorial

You may also practice this skill with the weekly sight word poems!


Writing! How you can help!

Hi Families,

This past week your child took home some writing of their first sentence in Kindergarten. We will be making an All About Me Book and last week they practiced writing their first sentence, “I am __(name)___.” Some things we are working on are

  1. Counting out how many words we will have in our sentence
  2. Touching and reading the cards before we pick up our pencil
  3. Starting on the left
  4. Starting with a capital letter
  5. Using the writing lines correctly
  6. Forming our letters correctly and the right size.
  7. Using a space between each word
  8. Putting a period at the end
  9. After writing the sentence, touching and reading it to make sure we have all of the words there.

Attached you will see an example of a student’s ALLSTAR work!! I will also attach the writing paper, and you can print at home and practice!! Practice is what counts! This week we will be working on some new pieces of information. They will be writing a sentence with their age and their height. I am four/five. I am short/tall. Beginning Writing Paper Star


Sight Word Resources

We are already learning to read in Kindergarten! This week we learned our first 3 words. We practiced reading these words in isolation, reading them in a poem, singing a song with the words in them, and we practiced writing sentences with them.

Each week we will learn 2-3 new words. Today your child is taking home some tools to use at home to practice reading the words. I have sent home a binder ring with three flash cards of words, “I”, “am”, “a”. This ring is to be kept at home so that it does NOT GET LOST. Each week on Friday I will send home the new words of the week, and you will add them to the ring, as they will already be hole punched. Also being sent home on Friday’s is the sight word poem. This is to also be kept at home. Have your child practice reading it to you by touching and reading each word. Your child can underline all of the sight words they see in the poem. Save these in a binder, or a folder, and have your at home sight word book. This poem does not need to be returned with homework (we will go over HW next Wednesday at curriculum night). They also have a copy in the classroom to use.

Attached right here is also a list of the FIRST 100 sight words. Your child will be exposed to all of these words throughout the year. Reading 100 words is our GOAL! Sight Word Checklists Final 2014-2015

*I often refer to sight words as “popcorn words” in our class. They are also known as high frequency words (HFW). If you hear any of those terms, we are talking about the same thing!

Have a great weekend!

 


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Blue Communication Folders

Today we learned MANY new classroom routines. Learning how to pack up, use our mailboxes, and get our folders was one of them.

The blue folder is expected to come to class everyday and will be returned back home in the afternoon. This is a place where students can put their work that they are so proud of, where I can send home any important classroom or office documents and you can also leave notes, papers, etc. for me.

Please clean this folder out NIGHTLY! Remember, Kindergartners may not remember to tell you that there is something important in their folder so please don’t forget to check. It may even be a good idea to practice putting papers in the pocket, if need be. This way we won’t have papers smooshed in the bottom of their backpacks.

These folders are sturdy and will last. We will be using them the entire year, so please be responsible with them.


Week 2 News

What a great first week we had! This week will begin our first full week of school. Monday-Thursday will be a 2:30 dismissal and Friday will be a 1:00 dismissal. Please meet at the blacktop at 8:10 or before on line R. Just like last week, we will have you say your goodbyes outside of the Kinder gate and continue that for the remaining of the year. I am starting to recognize parents and their children, so dismissal should go a little smoother and quicker.

Color Days begins this week! Please have your child wear these colors on these days!

  • Monday- RED
  • Tuesday- ORANGE
  • Wednesday- YELLOW
  • Thursday- GREEN
  • Friday- BLUE

Lunch/Snack: Please talk to your child about whether they will be a buyer or a packer. If they are going to pack lunch, they will put their lunchbox in my red wagon. Snacks will go in the purple basket. If your child is packing lunch, talk to them about what to eat at lunch and what to save for afternoon snack. You may want to write the letter “S” on their snack, so that they save something for snack time. If your child is buying lunch, their lunch card will be ready to go and the noon duties will help them get through that process. If they are buying lunch, please pack a snack for them. The cafeteria does not provide snack.

Quiet Corner: If you have not already, please pack a small towel/blanket with your child’s name on it. We will take a rest/listen to a story after lunch and rest our brains. These will be returned on Fridays to be washed and expected to be returned on Mondays. We may keep them for two weeks at a time, but I will let you know.

Extra Clothes: Please turn in an extra bag of clothes (pants, shirt, underwear, socks) if you have not already. I will keep these in the classroom just in case of an accident. They will be returned at the end of the year.

Save the Date for Curriculum Night, August 2nd at 4:00 pm: This is a meeting for parents, children do not need to come. Please make sure at least one member of your family can attend the meeting. We will be discussing what your child will be learning in kindergarten, as well as homework, what to look forward to this year, and classroom environment.

Library: Wednesday at 1:30 will be our Library Day each week. We will go for the first time next week to learn about the Camarena Library. We will learn about how the library is organized and how we check out books. We will either attend each week or every other week. Your child will check out one library book. S/he will be able to bring it home to read together for one week. Before the following Wednesday, please have your child bring the book back to our classroom so we can return it on Wednesdays. If your child does not return the book by Wednesday, s/he will not be able to check out a new book. If the book is damaged or lost, you will be charged for the book.

School Documents: Please turn in any school documents ASAP, especially the white Emergency Card. This card lets myself and any substitutes know who can pick up your child from the classroom.

Classroom Behavior: During this past week we talked about many routines and behaviors that we expect during the school day. It would be great for you to have conversations at home with your child in regards to these expectations, to help with consistency. I expect my students to sit in body basics (eyes watching, ears listening, lips closed, body still), to raise their hand to speak, be friendly, responsible and respectful, and to do their best. Students can earn WOW tickets as individual recognition, tables points and class points. Your child has been bringing home blue ROBO tickets. These are yours to keep at home. We will chat about them at curriculum night, but it is a way to communicate that your child had a great day. If your child was off task, they will be sent home with an orange Stop and Think, letting you know about their behaviors that were off task.

VAPA: Starting this Thursday, your child will have the opportunity to participate in Visual and Performing Arts classes. This is a time where the Kinder teachers collaborate, and your children get to work with specialized teachers in areas such as dance, music, photography, etc. This will occur every other Thursday, in the afternoon. The VAPA teachers will dismiss the students in afternoon. Their first week will be this week. I will dismiss the students on this Thursday afternoon and get the VAPA teacher accustomed to my dismissal procedures. The next time your children will get this opportunity will be August 10th.

Shutterfly: Please be on the lookout this coming week for an email in regards to a Shutterfly account. I take so many pictures throughout the year and I want to be able to share them with my families. Only people that I send the link to will be able to access the site, otherwise it is private. I do not have it set up yet, but will try to by the end of the week.

Remind 101: If you have not already, please sign up for Remind 101. Information regarding this was sent home in the welcome packet you picked up on Monday, or that was sent home with you on Wednesday. *Only 12 parents are signed up and I do a lot of my quick communication reminders through this app.

Thank you for everything so far. It has been wonderful getting to know each of you and I am super excited for a wonderful year. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns! Courtney.Demchuk@cvesd.org


We are WRITERS!

What a great first day of Kindergarten! Today we did our first piece of writing. We wrote our names and drew ourselves. I just wanted to post some resources on pencil grip as we get started in our year.

Alligator Chomp-How to hold a pencil

Fine Motor Skills Activities

Pencil Grip Article


Orientation PPT

It was great meeting so many new shining faces today! Attached is the PPT just in case. Please feel free to email me if you have any pressing questions before Wednesday! Can’t wait! Kinder Parent Orientation Revised 2017-2018


Welcome 2017 Kinder Robo Griffins

I am so excited to meet all of you and our newest little Robo Griffins this year in kindergarten! We have a busy week planned with getting to know each other, our classroom, school, and our amazing staff!

Here is some important information regarding this first week of school…Please subscribe to this blog. It is my main mode of communicating with all of you about events and updates in our class as well as at the school. MrsDemchuk.com Click on “blog”and then type in your email and click subscribe in the top right corner. This way you will stay in the loop.

Also, please sign up to receive text alerts by sending the text message @mrsdemch to the number 81010. I use this to send quick reminders such as picture day, library day, etc.

This week’s schedule is as follows…

Wednesday 8:15-12:00

For morning drop off, please bring your child to the big black top and line up on letter R.  Check that the sign that says Demchuk and look for your child’s nametag in the red pocket chart. If you have your white emergency card filled out, please give that to me.  I need these cards completed asap!  This information tells us who you authorize to pick up your child from school. If you have the rest of the paperwork, please keep it all together in the provided envelope and put it in the bin below the pocket chart.  I will also have this bin out when you pick up your child. Help your child form a line in front of my letter with the class.  After I arrive, please say goodbye to your children from here, we want to avoid parents coming into the kinder playground area. Dismissal will be at 12:00 from the classrooms. Please park in the front of the school and the 2 gates should be opened at 11:55. Please form a line on the blue tape outside of our class and I will open the door to welcome you in.  Please have your IDs ready to show me. Please be prepared that this will take some time as I am checking Ids until I get to know each of your faces and your patience is greatly appreciated. Please pack a healthy snack for your child  this week as we will not be having lunch.

Thursday 8:15-12:00

Morning drop off is on the blacktop with the rest of the school.  My class will line up by the letter “R”. Dismissal will be from the classrooms. Remember to have your IDs ready. Please remember there is no playing on the play structure or with the equipment after school. Pack a healthy snack for your child as we will not have lunch.

Friday 8:15-12:00

Morning drop off is on the blacktop for the rest of the school year. Dismissal will be from the classroom for the rest of the school year. Please be patient as I will be checking IDs each day until I get to know your faces! Pack a healthy snack for your child as we will not have lunch.

Thank you! There is so much to know and do in the beginning of the year!  Make sure you are subscribed to the school blog also to receive important information at camarenaelementary.com 

How to contact me…

Room: 402

email:courtney.demchuk@cvesd.org

phone: 619-591-5500

Thank you and looking forward to an exciting year ahead!