Kindergarten Spelling Bee

The week of January 7th, kindergarten is having a spelling bee in each classroom! Our spelling bee is going to be written rather than verbal and low key! I want all the kids to try their best but not have the words they don’t know how to spell highlighted publicly. Our spelling bee words are the kindergarten sight words. Another copy of the list is in the blue folder today. Please practice those words with your child to prepare them for the spelling bee. We will practice at school as well. If your child knows all the kindergarten words, you may practice the first grade words(on the note in the folder). We will not practice the first grade words in class. Any children who spell all the kindergarten words correctly will participate in a second written spelling bee over the first grade words to determine the top two spellers in our class.

December Dates

December 7th- Jingle Away JA Day
December 7th- Puzzle Day
December 10-14th Sharing our Family Traditions (There will be a note in the folder on Friday about this.)
December 14th- School Store Preview and Shopping(There will be more information in the folder on Friday.
December 19th- Reading logs due
December 20th- Winter Party(All grown ups are welcome to attend!)
December 20th- Cozy Day (More information to come in Friday folders.)
December 21st-January 2nd- No School for Winter Break

November Dates

November 1st – PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30

November 5th- No School for Teacher Workday

November 6th- No School for Election Day

November 9th- Heroes’ Day

November 9th- Progress Reports sent home

November 12th and November 15th- Parent Teacher Conferences

November 13th- Picture Retakes

November 15th- Dress to Impress Day (to celebrate learning about being respectful)

November 16th- No School

November 21st-23rd- Thanksgiving Break

November 30th- Reading logs due for November

Toy Day Tomorrow

We earned a celebration! Our class participated at learning time and we earned 20 stickers! We are celebrating with a special toy day. Please let your child bring one stuffed animal or other toy to school tomorrow, October 26th! The toy must fit in your child’s backpack. Please do not send fighting type toys to school.

Homework

At Beulah Ralph the only required homework (except for 5th grade) is reading homework. Our reading homework will begin next week. You can expect the reading log to be slipped into the back cover of the blue Daily Communication Folder this Friday so you will have it next week. The expectation is for students to read 15 minutes each night Monday-Thursday. You may read to your child, they may read to you, or they may read independently. Please fill out the reading log. If you miss a night of reading, please make the time up another night. I would recommend keeping the reading log in the back pocket of the blue folder and filling it out each evening. If you want to keep it at home or have another system that is great too. I will collect the reading logs at the end of each month. I will award Book-It pizza coupons for completed reading logs as long as your child has read most nights Monday-Thursday for 15 minutes. If you missed a few nights it is ok and if you read different nights, that’s ok too!

You will start finding math and alphabet work in your child’s folder each Friday. These are not considered homework and are not required for you to do. Please use them as a resource to work with your child as much as you feel they need extra practice. These papers are also a way for you to know some of the things we have learned this week at school and get a sense of how much your child has mastered. You do not need to send completed work back to school. I apologize that last week I sent some math pages in the folder but forgot to explain what they were in my weekly email!
As always, please email with any questions! Have fun reading (and mathing, and alphabeting)!

Important Dates for August and September

Here are some important dates for August and September. I will update the post if more events are scheduled later

August 14-15 K Assessment Appointments

August 16- First day of School for K

August 16- BooHoo Breakfast at 8:20 (K parents are invited to enjoy breakfast and special activities in the Media Center.)

August 30th- Get the Scoop Night(Come tell me all about your child. PTA is providing ice cream as well!)

September 3rd- No School for Labor Day

September 6th- PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30

September 10th- Dental Clinic (More information to come in Friday folders.)

September 24th- No School for Teacher Workday

September 28th PTA Movie Night

End of Summer School Newsletter

We had a wonderful summer school session! We made friends and connections, and became familiar with the routines of school. The kids enjoyed practicing letters with songs, poems, coloring, and crafts. We learned about circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, pentagons, rhombuses, ovals, and the numbers 1-10. We enjoyed chalk drawing, painting, puzzles, games, songs, and read aloud. I am proud of all the kids accomplished and excited to see them learn and grow in kindergarten!

Here are a few things practice at home to prepare your child for the upcoming school year:

• Student id number
• Writing first name
• Counting to 20
• Letter names and sounds (The students will learn them first trimester and they do not need to be mastered before kindergarten.)
• Identifying numerals 0-10
• Counting sets of objects up to 10
• Fastening and unfastening shoes, jackets, backpacks, and lunchboxes independently
• Following one or two step directions
• Unstructured play indoors and out
Please don’t worry if there are things on this list your child is still working on when they begin kindergarten. Any exposure to these skills will be beneficial to your child.
*Important Dates for the beginning of kindergarten are on the back of this sheet.

Have a wonderful summer!
Layla Cunningham
Important Dates for the Beginning of the School Year
Please check the school web site to stay informed of school events at www.cpsk12.org/beu.

August 9th- Meet the Teacher Night
Meet the Teacher Night is from 3:30-5:30 pm at Beulah Ralph Elementary. Meet your teacher and see you classroom. You will also sign up for a kindergarten screening appointment.

August 14th and 15th- Kindergarten Screening
Bring your child for your kindergarten screening appointment at the time you signed up for at Meet the Teacher Night. This appointment gives teachers valuable information about our students and helps guide our instruction at the beginning of the school year.
***The 15th and 16th are regular school days for all other grade levels besides kindergarten.

August 16th -First Day of Kindergarten
Arrival is from 8-8:20. Dismissal is 3:20.