Upcoming Events!

Picture day tomorrow! 10/6- first thing in the morning!

Field trip: October 12th, this will take up the entire school time!

Parent Teacher Conferences: October 16, 17, or 18th.  Sign up through your child’s MyWeber!

 

 

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October Newsletter

 

A note from Ms. Rooks,

September was so much fun! We have learned 3 sight words: “I” “We” and “Can”! We have had science in the room to explore: a giant Sunflower head and root vegetables, as well as flowers in colored water to watch their petals change colors.  The color days have been so fun! Thank you to all of you who have donated snacks and decorations for those days!  Thank you also to all those who have volunteered their time in the classroom!  Centers (small groups) have started and are starting to be less chaotic! Your children are hard workers! It has been a great month and I am looking forward to October!  

If you have any questions or concerns or need my help in any way, please feel free to email me at jorooks@wsd.net.

Math

We are flying through our math lessons!  We have worked on the numbers 1,2,3,4, and 5.  We have started to break them apart and find “Hidden Partners” this will continue throughout the year, but we have a good base now!  The next few lessons will cover zero and how that fits into math.  We will also start writing out the numbers and getting those down!  We use a lot of manipulative and the kids LOVE them!  They are helping to establish the concrete application of the numbers.

Reading

I am still sending home reading logs with your child, please make sure to read with them every night for 20 minutes, and send it back to school every Monday! We are working hard on our letters “M” and “A” but are still covering the other letters as well.  We are talking about literature through reading stories and discussing them. We also read sight word heavy books in our centers and work at identifying those words! At Parent-Teacher Conferences I will be sending home some flash cards that you can use at home to reinforce their learning of letters and sight words.  We are also blending those sounds together to hear how they make words!

Weekly Specials

Tuesday                                                Reading Centers/Small Groups:

PE__________9:30-10                    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:___10:30-11:15

Computers_____10-10:30                 Friday_____9-9:45

Friday  

Library________10-10:30

Computers_____10:30-11

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This Last week! (September 11th-15th)

We had a great week! In phonics we worked on the sight word “I” and started today on the word “Can”.  We are working on our letters everyday and their sounds with fluency activities.  We finished the “Smart Start” workbook.  They can keep those home and continue to work on their pictures.  There is one page in their it has a column for “STOP” and a column for “EXIT” have them cut out pictures from magazines and newspapers to paste in those columns, if you are looking for an activity to work on together!  This week we also had some science about the life cycle of a butterfly, specifically a Monarch Butterfly! Mrs. Ott has a caterpillar in her class that is growing and is about to change from caterpillar to chrysalis! So we have been watching it and talking about the stages it is going through.  We are all so excited to see these transformations!

I hope your children had a wonderful week, and I will see them next week! We will be working on our sight word “I” in a sight word interactive journal, grouping things into groups of certain amounts, breaking numbers apart, and some caterpillar science! We will be working in centers next week, starting Tuesday, this will be a time when we are trying to get down our group procedures and working in small groups.  If you volunteered for a time to come in and help, you are welcome to come in at that time! I would love the extra help to get our centers working! Our time will be from 10:30-11:15 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

These are the volunteers I have:

Monday: Kendell B., Cyndi G., Brindy W., Casey P.

Tuesday: Christy F., Terra G., Carrie H., Melissa R.

Thursday: Cate F., Heather C.,

Friday: Melissa F., Tara S., Trinity P.


 

We had a short day today, as a reminder (Since I didn’t get one out before this) there is a calendar on wsd.net  that will let you know when there are short days and other scheduling things.  If there is a short day for the school, Kindergarten has a short day too!  Sorry I didn’t give out another reminder about the short day today!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Volunteers

Hey Parents!

Here is some volunteer information for you!  We will be using classroom volunteers during small group time. Small groups will be starting up the week after next (Week of September 18).  I will send out an email to those who have signed up to be a volunteer (by mid-next week). The email will let you know which day I would like to have you come and for which time frame.

Thank you all for your willingness to help!

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Wednesday, September 6

It’s Wednesday, a short day!  I had a few parents confused about the homework and what was expected, so let me clarify and I will try to let you know about what is expected through the blog!  The homework had them drawing a line between two similar objects.  Then as they are drawing the line or looking at them they say the sentence: “These are the same, but this one is (tell the difference, i.e. smaller, 5 points, has stripes, etc…) and this one is (how it differs).” So the sentence is just an oral part of the homework. They don’t need to write it in or write the sentence or anything like that.  Let me know if you have any other questions on it!

Tonight’s homework has them drawing a line (we use a ruler and pencil to make straight lines) between two objects that have the same pattern. They can say a sentence like: “These have the same pattern, but this one is pants and this one is a shirt.”

If any of your kids took a packet home that says “Start Smart” and the alphabet on the cover, please send that back to school, we use it daily and I don’t have too many extra copies!

Thanks for being amazing parents! I love spending the mornings with your kiddos and getting to know them! They are doing so well with the procedures and we have a lot of fun!

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Day Two: Wednesday, August 30th

Our first short day, and it flew by! We had a great day today and here are some of the things we did: calendar, rug routines, desk routines, hall routines, a math lesson on similar objects, and Recess!!

They brought home with them a yellow sheet explaining the new reading incentive program and I’ll be sending home a recording sheet soon. I also sent with them a brown paper bag, please fill it with 3 things that fit in the bag, to tell about their summer (instructions on the bag)! Bring this back on Friday for our first show and tell! They also got their first math homework paper! If they want to bring it back and show me, they can, but I don’t need them to come back, so don’t fret over it! Homework is just a way to keep them thinking about what they learned in school and provide you an opportunity and a subject to discuss about their day!

Sorry about the mix-up on the pick-up time. Wednesday/short day pick-ups are at 10:40! I corrected the time in the last post, for everyone, sorry again!

That’s it for today! See you tomorrow!

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The First Day!

Today was so fun! I am so excited to be your little one’s teacher! Getting to know these students will just be fun!  Thank you to everyone that was there to help out during drop-off and pick-up times. We will get the hang of all this! Thank you also for being patient with me as I try to figure this all out as well!

Everything went well today.  We practiced walking down the hall quietly, with our hands by our sides, eyes forward, and walking feet. We practiced using the restroom, getting a drink, sitting on the mat and in the desks.  We did our calendar and read an ABC book and watched a color song.  Getting the rules down is hard, but they are catching on quickly!  The brown bag wasn’t sent home today, but will be sent home tomorrow with a note attached. A couple notes were sent home today, be sure to send their folder back with them tomorrow!  We will see everyone tomorrow morning! Remember it’s a short day tomorrow out @10:40!

Attached is the color video we watched! Primary Colors!

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What I need to know the first day!

School building opens at 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast starts at 8:15 a.m.

School begins at 8:40 a.m.

Students have 2 choices in the morning:

  • They can eat breakfast
  • They can go to the fenced in park behind the school

Dismissal is at 11:40, Wednesdays @10:40. Please don’t come into the school.  Meet me outside by the North Wall of the school.  Students cannot leave without giving me their name tag and a high five. Please look in their backpack and read any notes in the homework folder.

Our classroom disclosure can be viewed on my blog:

http://blog.wsd.net/jorooks/

Click on the page called Disclosure.

Go home today, log onto my blog and learn about our rules, procedures, and routines in kindergarten. I have a message for you!

Also please join our class MYCONNECT.  You will receive classroom text messages or emails to help you know what is going on in our classroom.  I will use this a lot to share information with you.  It’s easy to join!  Take out your phone…

Text this number:   385-313-TEXT (8398)

Enter this message: join @jrooks1 

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Getting to Know Me!

Hello! My name is Jocelyn Okey Rooks!  I have my degree in Early Childhood from Weber State, Weber State, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!  My love for working with children came early on in life while watching my mom being a teacher, and working with her children in her classroom.  I saw her struggles and her triumphs and saw that she loved what she did, and I wanted that for myself.  I worked in preschools and after school programs, and with my own children as I grew and started my own family.  I now have 4 beautiful daughters from 12 years old to 18 months old! They are the light of my life and I have cherished being their Mom!  I have started a new chapter of life and am now a KINDERGARTEN TEACHER! I am so excited about this (that’s why it’s in all caps)! This is my first year teaching Kindergarten, but I was a preschool teacher before this, so I have some experience to lend a hand.  It will be an amazing year and with help from an amazing community of learners, professionals, and parents we will do amazing things!

Here’s to our new adventure!

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