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room: 320
email: kasandrakirbow@tomballisd.net
phone: (281) 357-4526 x 3867
scholastic code: N9WNX
 
 

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Creekfest
Happy Creekfest! 
Thank you to all of the parents and volunteers that made this day a huge success. We had a BLAST!

Camp Creekfest is this Friday, April 9!  Please send a beach towel, or small blanket, with your child on Friday.  Students should dress accordingly for the weather, and sunscreen and/or bug spray should be applied at home.  Don't forget a water bottle!  We are looking to a fun day with our campers!
More info on raffle tickets and the silent auction can be found using the following links:
 
Cougar Campout homework is posted in Schoology and is due every Friday. 
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - ew/eu
-sight words: have
-writer's workshop - retelling a story orally, adding illustrations to our retelling,  adding sentences to match our illustrations
-informational writing/animal research
-handwriting - pencil grip and forming the letters correctly/using the lines appropriately
-reader's workshop: inferencing; author's craft - Mo Willems
-math review: counting to 100 by 10's, sets to 20, graphing, missing numbers
-number review - what is 1 more, 1 less, or the same 
-intro addition to 10
-animal groups 
-GE life principle: patience

There is not a Cougar Campout assignment this week. Please look through previous assignments and make sure you have completed all of them. 
 
Upcoming Dates:
April 2 - no school/holiday
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - aw/au
-sight words: saw
-word family: -ick
-writer's workshop - retelling a story orally, adding illustrations to our retelling,  adding sentences to match our illustrations
-writing across the pages - stories with a B-M-E
-handwriting - pencil grip and forming the letters correctly/using the lines appropriately
-reader's workshop: fairy tales / fractured fairy tales
-math review: counting to 100 by 10's, sets to 20, generating a , missing numbers
-spring season
-animal groups 
-GE life principle: resiliency

Kindergarten Parents,
Next week we will be doing spring math activities. Your child will need 1 egg carton filled with 12 plastic eggs. The eggs should be filled with trinkets (NO CANDY), and taped closed. Please clearly label your child's name on the outside of the egg carton.  Egg cartons filled with eggs are due by Monday, March 29.  Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.  Thank you!
 
Creekfest Basket Info:
Our class will be participating in the Silent Auction portion of our Creekfest fundraiser by creating a themed basket to be auctioned off online, the week leading up to the event. While participation in this is not required, we greatly appreciate your help in building our incredible basket  for this year’s Silent Auction.
Please use this link for details: Sign Up Genius
All items due by March 23.

Message from our Room Mom:

Camp Creekfest will be here before we know it! Our class is participating in the Silent Auction portion of the event by creating our very own basket. Each class will be donating a themed basket. We would love for you to participate by visiting the link below where you will find an itemized list via SignUpGenius. Then click on “View Full Description” to see details and instructions. 

All items are due to no later than  March 23rd

LINK HERE   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094ea8aa29a3f85-kkirbow

 
Upcoming dates:
March 15 - 19 - Spring Break
March 26 - end of 9 weeks 
 
Reminders:
NO Cougar Campout this week
Writing homework is due on Friday (blue folder).
Yellow Reading Bags - return on your child's assigned day
 
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - oo
-blends 
-sight words: come, on
-writer's workshop - retelling a story orally, adding illustrations to our retelling,  adding sentences to match our illustrations
-All About Me writing
-adjectives
-handwriting - pencil grip and forming the letters correctly/using the lines appropriately
-reader's workshop: fairy tales
-math: review
-review writing numbers 0 - 20 
-review sets: generating one more/one less/same
-animal parts
-GE life principle: fortitude

Important Dates
Tuesday, March 9 - class pictures
March 15 - 19 - Spring Break
 
Cougar Camp out homework is posted.
Writing homework is due on Fridays (blue folder).
Yellow Reading Bags - please return on your child's assigned day
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - ow/ou
-blends with s-sc, sk, sm, sp, st, sw
-sight words: out, so
-writer's workshop - retelling a story orally, adding illustrations to our retelling, add sentences to match illustration
-All About Me writing
-adjectives
-handwriting - forming the letters correctly and using the lines appropriately
-reader's workshop: folktales
-counting to 100 by tens and ones 
-Texas History- Stephen F. Austin & Jose Navarro
-Parts of Animals
-GE life principle: forgiveness

Upcoming dates:
Thursday, February 25 - dress as a detective
Monday, March 1 - 100th Day of School, dress as a 100 year old
Tuesday, March 9 - class pictures
March 15 - 19 - Spring Break
 
Cougar Campout homework is due by Friday.
Writing homework is due on Fridays (blue folder).
Yellow Reading Bags - please return on your child's assigned day- if you missed their day, please send in ASAP.
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - sneaky y
-blends with s- sc, sk, sm, sp, st, sw
-sight words: from, with
-writer's workshop - retelling a story orally, adding illustrations to our retelling, add sentences to match illustration
-All About Me writing
-handwriting - forming the letters correctly and using the lines appropriately
-reader's workshop: fables
-graphs- collect data using a survey and make a graph
-living/nonliving / TX symbols
-GE life principle: loyalty

Face to Face Updates

Reading bags will go home this week! The bag will have books that are appropriate for your child's reading level. Students are placed in a group of similar readers and each group will have a different day that their bag will be sent home and returned (this day is written in the front pocket). Inside you will find a packet with tips for reading with your student (keep these items at home for your reference). 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Upcoming dates:
Wednesday, February 10 - Valentine boxes/bags and cards due
Thursday, February 11 - Random Acts of Kindness Bingo sheet due
Friday, February 12- Valentine exchange
Monday, February 15- Staff Development, Student Holiday
Thursday, February 18- Dress as a Detective
Monday, February 22- 100th Day of School, dress as a 100 year old
 
Valentines information:
Friday, February 12 is our Valentine exchange.  Students can make a box or bag for their Valentines.  You will need to do this at home.  If you need a bag please let me know, and I can send one home with your child.  Please send boxes/bags and cards to school by Wednesday
 
Cougar Campout homework is due by Friday.
Writing homework is due on Fridays (red folder).
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - ay/ey
-blends with s- sc, sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sw
-sight words: from, her
-writer's workshop - retelling a story orally, adding illustrations to our retelling, writing books with beginning, middle, end
-writing facts
-handwriting - forming the letters correctly and using the lines appropriately
-reader's workshop: Author's purpose / Reader's purpose - PIE: Inform, text features: graphics and titles, biographies
-graphs- collect data and make graph
-living/nonliving
-GE life principle: empathy

Face to Face: 
*Please send a small flashlight to school with your child.  We will be using them throughout the year.  Make sure it is labeled with your child's name.  Thank you!

TVS Reminders:
  • Please look at the student resources page on our daily schedule for items that will be needed this week (white paper plate, colored goldfish, fruit loops, skittles, conversation hearts)
  • TVS students will be creating virtual valentines together as a class assignment.
  • A reminder from Coach Bryan- Please make sure your students are completing their specials activities in PE, Art, and Music. The unit assignments are posted for 3 weeks, and there will be 3 units this grading period. When the unit ends, it is no longer accessible, and the new unit begins. These assignments are not optional and will be calculated into their PE, Art, and Music grade.
F2F Reminders:
  • Corrections have been made to the lunch menu dates for February. TISD Lunch menu
  • Families will be financially responsible for the replacement of the Smart Tags should their student lose it. Online payments can be made with the following link Smart Tag Replacement.
  • Students can make boxes/bags at home and bring them into school to collect their cards if they wish. Bags are provided by the school. Please send boxes and cards by Feb. 11th.
  • Small treats (pencil, sucker, etc.) attached to the cards are fine but please no treat bags. Keep it simple and store-bought.

TVS Information:
 
We will be doing a Virtual Kindergarten Materials Pick-up on Tuesday, January 26. This will be a self-service drive-thru, because we will be teaching during this time. Each child’s materials will be in a bag labeled with their name. They will be placed outside from 9:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M due to parents not being able to enter the building. The bags will be lined up on the sidewalk near the building by the car rider number 1 sign. This is near the flagpole.  You may come pick up your child’s bag anytime between 9:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. If that time does not work for you, please email me. 
 
Valentine's Day-
During the week of February 8-12, our class will participate in virtual friendship/kindness activities. The students will make a virtual Valentine and we will put it in a Google Slideshow for our class to see. More information about our activities will be sent out when appropriate. You will not need a Valentines box or Valentine cards. 
 
 
Face-to-Face Information:
 
Valentine's Day-
Friday, February 12 is our Valentine exchange.  Students can make a box or bag for their Valentines.  You will need to do this at home.  If you need a bag please let me know, and I can send one home with your child. 
Please click on link for additional information:
 
GE homework is posted in Schoology.  Please submit your video by Friday, January 29.  Click the link below for the GE homework:
January 25-29: GE- Humanitarianism
 
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story: blends and -or
-blend: bl
-sight words: or, was
-writer's workshop - drawing a picture (with lots of details) to tell our story, saying our sentence out loud, sounding out the words (we spell phonetically), spaces between words, using a capital and period. 
-handwriting - forming the letters correctly and using the lines appropriately
-reader's workshop: Author's purpose / Reader's purpose - PIE: inform - text features
-numbers to 20: greater than, less than, 1 more, 1 less
-weather
-GE life principle: humanitarianism 

Happy January!! 

Today a BLUE homework folder came home. Please complete and return the BLUE folder every Friday. It will be returned home that afternoon.
-Complete 1 writing page.  Please remember to let your child sound out the words they want to write and write the letters for the sounds they hear in their words.  Students should be writing at least 2 sentences using appropriate capital / lower case letters, spaces, and punctuation.   
-Homework is turned in on Friday.
*Cougar Campout Homework - due Friday, Jan. 15: Life Principle: Integrity
 
Thursday is MIX and MATCH day!
 
What are we learning about?
-secret story - ing, ang, ong, ung
-word family: ing
-sight words: me, she, he, be
-writer's workshop - drawing a picture (with lots of details) to tell our story, saying our sentence out loud, sounding out the words (we spell phonetically), spaces between words, using a capital and period. 
-writing facts
-handwriting - forming the letters correctly and using the lines appropriately
-reader's workshop: Author's purpose / Reader's purpose - PIE: persuade
-numbers to 20
-seasons and weather
-GE life principle: integrity 

WOW! I can't believe it is the end of the 2nd 9 weeks! Friday we will celebrate with a fun day. Here are some of the activities that will take place:
-service project 
-watch the Polar Express. Students may wear their pajamas, bring a small blanket, and a stuffed animal. Please be sure your child is able to carry the blanket on their own. If not, a smaller blanket may be a better choice. Students may also wear slippers, but be sure to send sneakers for PE and recess.
-snack and activities
-sing along
 
There will not be a new homework assignment this week. I have left this week open, so you are able to finish any past homework assignments that your child has not finished. Please check in the Cougar Campout folder in Schoology and make sure your child has completed all 4 assignments. 

Reminders:
Thursday, December 10Dress in Grinch clothing
December 15- Sonic Spirit Night
December 18- Pajama Day, Polar Express Day, Holiday party
December 19 - January 5: Winter Break
Wednesday, January 6- Students return to school
 
What are we learning about?
-sight words: in/said
-word family - in
-secret story - wh, ph
-rhyming words - producing 
-blending onset + rime
-reader's workshop - story elements, comparing different versions of The       Gingerbread Man stories
-writer's workshop - 5 star writing
-handwriting - pencil grip, correctly forming numbers 0-10 and lower case letters
-calendar math, groups, and stations
-coins: identify and name of penny, nickel, dime, quarter
-rocks, water, soil
-begin holiday customs/traditions
-GE life principle - service

We will be learning about ROCKS and SOIL soon. Please send in 2 sandwich size ziploc bags - one with small rocks and one with soil. Label bags with your child's name. You may send these in as soon as possible.