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room: 420
email: kasandrakirbow@tomballisd.net
phone: (281) 357-4526 x 3886
scholastic code: N9WNX
 

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Parent Orientation

Thanks to everyone who attended Parent Orientation. It was so great to see everyone!  Please let me know if you have any questions.
If you need a conference time other than my times available, please e-mail me and we will work something out. 
 
Thank you for making your child's education a priority!
 
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mrs. Kirbow
 

What's happening this week? (9/11-9/15) 

  • Our Parent Orientation has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st from 6:00-7:45.  Following a brief PTO meeting in the cafeteria, you may move to your child's classroom.  There are 2 identical sessions for those of you with more than one grade level to visit.  These are 6:30-7:00 and 7:00-7:00 with a few minutes between for transition.  I look forward to seeing you all then. This informational meeting is attended for parents/guardians only. Please plan in advance for child care so that younger siblings do not attend. There will be limited space and lots of information headed your way!

  • This week, students will take the online STAR Reading and Math beginning of the year assessments. It is important that students take their time and give their best effort for these assessments. I will also begin assessing each student using our district screener in order to update independent reading levels. In order to be an independent reader, the student must be strong in word recognition, oral fluency, and comprehension (both literal and inferential).

  • We are in need of a Wednesday Folder parent-volunteer to come to school each week and fill our Wednesday Folders! If you are interested, please e-mail me to confirm.
  • Second Grade moves quick and promotes independent work/study skills in preparation for third grade.Please reinforce the importance of following multi-step directions upon first request, listening to learn during direct teach, independent time-on-task, and work ethic (effort, completion, neatness).
Curriculum Updates: What are we learning this week?
 
Reading- Students will identify similarities and differences between fiction and informational/non-fiction text. Students will also continue to work on their independent reading skills, strategies and stamina. 
 
Writing- Students will continue to work on their understanding of the writing process. Students will continue drafting a narrative story that focuses on a small moment, stays on topic and has a beginning, middle, and end. 
Students will take the second Spelling Test of the year on Friday. The pre-test will be taken in your child's planner on Monday.
 
Math- Students will be reviewing addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems and generating addition and subtraction word problems. Students will have a major grade assessment on Friday, September 15th.  
Math fact checks will be taken on Tuesdays. These are "ungraded" for the first nine weeks, but used to help students practice the facts and prepare for next nine weeks when they will be taken for a grade. Students need to master addition and subtraction facts up to 20 and be able to solve each problem within 5 seconds. (a total of 2 minutes for the entire sheet)
 
Science- This week, students will begin learning physical properties of objects (size, shape, color, flexibility and hardness). 
 
Social Studies - Students will begin their study of maps. Students will be able to identify and use key parts of a map. 
 
Spelling Words:
clap, spot, end, skin, ponds, drum, plan, men, must, flat, kept, twin, brushes, family, after, little
 
A review for the math Addition & Subtraction Strategies Assessment went home in red folders today. This is to be used as a study tool in preparation for the test on Friday.
 
I'm excited for another exciting week!
 
-Mrs. Kirbow

Welcome Back!

We had a great first day back! We were able to jump right in and start establishing a routine! 
 
-We will visit the library tomorrow and check out 2 books! 
 
- Students took a spelling "pre-test" in their planners today. They will take their spelling test on Friday. (words + 3 dictation sentences). 
-You should be able to read the words as students made corrections to the missed words...but just in case, I will post the words this week.
Spelling words: band, send, hits, frog, jug, help, desk, wind, flap, hunt, clap, next, slip, over, new
 
What are we learning this week? (in addition to playing catch up!)
Reading - Students will focus on fiction texts to identify the problem/solution and check for comprehension by retelling the story using plot summaries. Students will also continue to work on stamina by reading "just right" books independently for a sustained amount of time. 
 
Writing - Students will be focusing on the elements of the writing process to compose a draft of a narrative text that stays on topic, and includes a beginning, middle and end. Writers will write the whole time during writer's workshop and will understand the expectation of what to do when they think they are done with their story. 
 

Work Work - Students will be identifying different types of sentences and use the correct punctuation marks. Students will also recognize and use capitalization for proper nouns, months, and days of the week. 

Math - Students will focus on addition and subtraction problems using a variety of strategies. Students will also identify, generate and solve addition and subtraction word problems. 

Students will also review number sense (example: 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less, odd/even)

We will begin taking our weekly fact checks (addition and subtraction facts up to 20). Students are given 2 minutes to complete (5 seconds per problem). The fact checks during the first nine weeks are not taken for a grade, but used for practice. 

Science - Students will identify safe practices and describe why safety is important by observing safe practices demonstration in Science lab.

Social Studies - Students will continue to work on our classroom community and understand how communities work. 
 
 
Reminders:
- Please check and initial your child's planner EVERY night. Planners will be used for students to write their weekly tests and activities, take their spelling pre-tests each week, and behavior will also be documented. 
- Please make sure students are reading each night. Students should also practice their math facts (addition/subtraction up to 20)
 
***Parent information night will be rescheduled and I will communicate the new date when we receive that information.
 
Have a wonderful night!
Mrs. Kirbow

First Day Back

We had a great first day back! We were able to jump right in and start establishing a routine! 
 
-We will visit the library tomorrow and check out 2 books! 
 
- Students took a spelling "pre-test" in their planners today. They will take their spelling test on Friday. (words + 3 dictation sentences). 
-You should be able to read the words as students made corrections to the missed words...but just in case, I will post the words this week.
Spelling words: band, send, hits, frog, jug, help, desk, wind, flap, hunt, clap, next, slip, over, new
 
What are we learning this week? (in addition to playing catch up!)
Reading - Students will focus on fiction texts to identify the problem/solution and check for comprehension by retelling the story using plot summaries. Students will also continue to work on stamina by reading "just right" books independently for a sustained amount of time. 
 
Writing - Students will be focusing on the elements of the writing process to compose a draft of a narrative text that stays on topic, and includes a beginning, middle and end. Writers will write the whole time during writer's workshop and will understand the expectation of what to do when they think they are done with their story. 
 

Work Work - Students will be identifying different types of sentences and use the correct punctuation marks. Students will also recognize and use capitalization for proper nouns, months, and days of the week. 

Math - Students will focus on addition and subtraction problems using a variety of strategies. Students will also identify, generate and solve addition and subtraction word problems. 

Students will also review number sense (example: 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less, odd/even)

We will begin taking our weekly fact checks (addition and subtraction facts up to 20). Students are given 2 minutes to complete (5 seconds per problem). The fact checks during the first nine weeks are not taken for a grade, but used for practice. 

Science - Students will identify safe practices and describe why safety is important by observing safe practices demonstration in Science lab.

Social Studies - Students will continue to work on our classroom community and understand how communities work. 
 
 
Reminders:
- Please check and initial your child's planner EVERY night. Planners will be used for students to write their weekly tests and activities, take their spelling pre-tests each week, and behavior will also be documented. 
- Please make sure students are reading each night. Students should also practice their math facts (addition/subtraction up to 20)
 
***Parent information night will be rescheduled and I will communicate the new date when we receive that information.
 
Have a wonderful night!
Mrs. Kirbow

1st Day of Second Grade

WOW! What a great first day in 2nd grade!

The day passed quickly as we got to know each other and learned & practiced many classroom procedures. By 2nd grade, they are pretty familiar with CFES expectations, but I have to brag on your kiddos… they are fantastic learners!  

Your child brought home their red daily folder this afternoon. This is one communication tool we use in 2nd grade. Today, we sent home a “first day letter” with a lot of important information!

Tomorrow, we will send home a "me bag". Your child may return this any day this week. They can place 5-6 small items in the bag to share with the class that will help us learn more about  them. Please do not send in anything valuable or irreplaceable...They can draw a picture of those items if they wish. 

 

*Please make note of one change*

- SPECIALS -

Mon./Tues. - ART/MUSIC

Wed./Thurs./Fri - P.E.

 

Planners - This is the other main communication tool between home and school! Each week, students will write down upcoming tests, events, etc. Behavior issues are documented in the planner. Students will take spelling pre-tests in their planners as well. PLEASE make sure to check and initial your child’s planner each night. We encourage students to take responsibility to bring it to you as part of their nightly routine.

 

Reminders:

Please send in a pair of headphones (labeled & in a baggie) with your child ASAP!

 

Upcoming Dates:

August 31st - Parent information night 6:00pm (I will also have a Fall Conference sign up sheet available).

September 4th - No School (Labor Day)

 

I have no doubt that this week is going to fly by and we will be in the swing of things in no time.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!


Looking forward to another awesome day tomorrow! 
Mrs. Kirbow
 

WOW! It has been an amazing year! I love seeing how much each student has grown since the beginning of school. Also, thank you for all the end of year goodies. Have a GREAT summer! 

A big THANK YOU to everyone for the amazing wedding shower and gifts! The students were so excited about giving the gifts and seeing me open them!  I am so thankful to have a class full of such thoughtful families! 
 
If you ordered a yearbook for your child, they will be sent home today. If you were unable to purchase one and you would like one, there are a limited number available in the office for $40. Please write your child's name inside the front cover and send them back to school on your student's signing day.
 
Water Day Info:
We will enjoy the outdoors in Kindergarten with a water fun day! The students will participate in all kinds of fun water activities, such as water balloons, misters and squirt bottles, relay races and everything water. Clothing & shoes will get completely wet. Please send a full change of clothing – including socks, shoes, and underwear. Students will change after the activities. Boys may wear swimsuit bottoms and a t-shirt or swim shirt. Girls may wear swimsuits under their clothes, or shorts and a swim top. Clothing must meet dress code requirements.  You may send a hat for and please apply sunscreen at home.  Each student will enjoy popsicles to wrap up the fun!
 
important dates:
  • Tuesday, May 23 - author visit
  • Friday, May 26 - kindergarten water day
  • Monday, May 29 - no school
  • Tuesday, May 30 - yearbook signing
  • Wednesday, May 31 - game day
  • Thursday, June 1 - last day of school! class party 11:30. early dismissal 12:50

-TOMORROW May 9th Kindergarten will have a picnic at the park. Send your child with a towel and lunch (students can still purchase a cafeteria lunch if needed).
 
Field Day
Field day is Thursday, May 11th from 9:30 - 12:30
Wear a YELLOW shirt and sunscreen.
Bring a change of clothes - including shoes. 
Your child will need to bring a lunch from home on THURSDAY and FRIDAY, unless they signed up to buy one from the cafeteria. 
There are still spots available if you would like to sign up to help with field day.
 
-Today BLUE homework folders will come home. Please keep them at home to use for continued practice. 

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5, will have an opportunity to show all that they’ve learned this year as they take a variety of STAAR tests.   

May 8th, 2017:  3rd, 4th, Math STAAR, 5th retest

May 9th, 2017: 3rd, 4th, Reading STAAR, 5th retest

May 10th, 2017: 5th Science STAAR

 Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), will eat lunch with their children on other dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.

Warm regards,

Elysia Dean - Counselor

 
 -Our program is Today at 6:30. We are so excited!! Please see previous posts for additional information, or check out Mrs. Fender's website.
 
 -School will be closed to visitors Monday (5/9), Tuesday (5/10) and Wednesday (5/11) due to STAAR testing. 
 
 -Tuesday May 9th Kindergarten will have a picnic at the park. Send your child with a towel and lunch (students can still purchase a cafeteria lunch if needed).
 
important dates:
  • Thursday, May 4 - Kindergarten Program
  • Tuesday, May 9 - picnic at the park
  • Thursday, May 11 - Field Day (lunch from home)
  • Friday, May 12 - cafeteria is closed
  • Friday, May 12 - RED reading folder books due
  • Friday, May 19 - library books due
  • Tuesday, May 23 - author visit
  • Friday, May 26 - kindergarten water day
  • Monday, May 29 - no school
  • Thursday, June 1 - last day of school! class party 11:15. early dismissal 12:40

FRIDAY is the field trip!
Here are a few reminders:
-Leave your students backpack and all folders at home. Folders will be turned in on Monday.
-Please pack lunch in a plastic/ziploc bag with their name on it. Lunch kits are not allowed. Everything needs to be able to be thrown away.
-Wear a blue shirt.
-Bring one disposable water bottle labeled with name.
-Have your student at school as early as possible. We will leave at 8:45
 
Important dates:
  • Friday, April 28 - book fair closes at 12
  • FridayApril 28 - field trip to the Oil Ranch
  • Thursday, May 4 - Kindergarten Program - 9:30 & 6:30

End of the year conferences have begun. I cannot believe it is already the end of April! If you would like to schedule a conference to discuss questions/concerns prior to 1st grade, please click here (this is not mandatory). 
 
April and May are busy months! Please add the following dates to your calendar.
  • Next week, April 24-28 is our book fair. We will go as a class to the book fair on Tuesday during our library time - 1:00. You are more than welcome to send money with your student or join us at that time. 
  • Tuesday, April 25 is Muffins with Mom.
  • FridayApril 28 is our field trip to the Oil Ranch. Students will ride the bus to the ranch and will be paid for my PTO.Chaperones will be assigned a small group of students on the day of the trip. All parents attending will need to provide their own transportation. All students will ride the bus back to school.
  • Thursday, May 4 is our Kindergarten Program.
  • Thursday, May 11 is Field Day.
  • Friday, May 12 - cafeteria is closed.
  • Friday, May 26 is Kindergarten Water Day
  • There is no school May 29. 

Tomorrow is RUN THE CREEK! If you would like to come cheer your student on... we run at 9:03 at the park. 
CREEKFEST is in the evening. Please come and support CFES!

Run the Creek fundraising is in full swing and we need your help! As of today, we are $19,210 dollars away from our goal of $20,000! Remember, if you raise $50, you will receive 10 tickets for the raffle; if you raise $100 you will receive 25 tickets; and if we meet our goal, we will receive a school wide dance party! We appreciate your support!!
 
Upcoming events:
April 7 - Run the Creek & Creekfest (5:30-8:00 PM)
April 14 - No School (Good Friday)
April 24-28 - Book Fair
April 25 - Muffins with Mom
April 28 - Field Trip to the Oil Ranch