• Friday, April 29

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 4/28/2022
    Dear families,
     
    Tomorrow's special hot lunch option is cheese pizza. Please let me know if your child will order or remind him/her to tell me in the morning. :)
     
    And tomorrow is superhero spirit day at Todd Hall. Wear your favorite superhero clothes to school!
     
    Todd Hall students are invited to participate in our annual service-learning project. This year's project will benefit a wonderful organization called Gratitude Generation. Each grade level is currently collecting items to contribute to "bye-bye boredom" bags for our neighbors in need. Kindergarten is tasked with contributing boxes of markers. UPDATE: THANK YOU for your overwhelming generosity! Our class currently leads the entire school in the amount of donations given! My heart is overflowing! The drive ends next Tuesday, May 3 so there is still time to give. Please see the attached flier for more information.
     
    Reminder! All families are invited to attend our annual Todd Hall family service night next Wednesday evening, May 4. Again, this evening will benefit Gratitude Generation. Together we'll pack boredom bags and make cards for children in need. I'll be there and hope to see you, too! Please see the attached invitation. Your child received a paper copy in his/her home folder this week, too.
     
    Our alphabet countdown to the last day of kindergarten starts TOMORROW! We'll do a little something fun each day to celebrate. Tomorrow is A for ART, and don't forget to wear baseball clothes on Monday. :)
     
    A few curriculum notes:
    • This week's popcorn words are put and read. Your child's weekly reading homework is posted and ready in RAZ Kids: I Set the Table and I Like to Read. We practiced every day this week, and I think you'll be so proud listening to your child read aloud to you!
    • We continued our geometry chapter on shapes and their attributes. The children learned about composing larger shapes from smaller ones. We'll take our final test on shapes next week.
    • Speaking of next week, we'll begin a new literacy unit on Monday. Our anchor text will be The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.
    Have a great Friday and a great weekend. I hope to see you next Wednesday evening!
     
    Please let me know if you have any questions,
    Mrs. Barringer
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  • Friday, April 22

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 4/23/2022

    Dear families,


    Thank you for the kind get-well messages. I'm starting to feel better and hope to return to school on Monday. It seems I caught the cold and fever circulating in our classroom!
     
    Todd Hall students are invited to participate in our annual service-learning project. This year's project will benefit a wonderful organization called Gratitude Generation. Each grade level will collect items to contribute to "bye-bye boredom" bags for our neighbors in need. Kindergarten is tasked with contributing boxes of markers. Starting Monday, children can donate boxes of markers for the boredom bags. We'll have a collection box in our classroom, and we'll track the number of donations room 400 receives. :) The drive runs all next week and ends on Tuesday, May 3. Please see the attached flier for more information.
     
    Then... All families are invited to attend our annual Todd Hall family service night on Wednesday evening, May 4. Again, this evening will benefit Gratitude Generation. Together we'll pack boredom bags and make cards for children in need. I'll be there and hope to see you, too! Please see the attached invitation. I'll send a paper copy home on Monday, too, in your child's home folder.
     
    Our alphabet countdown to the last day of kindergarten starts on Friday, April 29. We'll do a little something fun each day to celebrate. I'll send home a countdown calendar this week so you can prepare! :) Please look for it in your child's home folder.
     
    Finally, we began a new language arts unit this week. The anchor text is a nonfiction piece called Clothes In Many Cultures. Do you have photos you can share of your family in traditional clothing? If so, please email photos or send them to school with your child. I'd love to share them with the class.
     
    As always, let me know if you have any questions.
     
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
    Mrs. Barringer
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  • Friday, April 15

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 4/15/2022

    Hello and a happy Friday to all!

     
    It feels like the temperature has finally broken after a long winter, and we are enjoying snack time outside once again when the weather is agreeable! I thought you might enjoy the attached photo. :)
     
    A few curriculum updates...
    • This week's popcorn words are of, now, and then. We practice them daily in school, but at-home practice is important as well. Thank you! 
    • This week's sight-word books are posted in RAZ for a weekend homework assignment (or as soon as possible): Feelings and Where Will She Go?
    • We began a new nonfiction reading/writing unit this week. Children will practice important informational text standards with the anchor text Making Music. They are working on writing complete sentences, too, with appropriate capitalization and punctuation.
    • We began a new math chapter on geometric shapes. Children learned attributes of squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles this week.
    Mark your calendar!
    • Friday, April 22 - Half-day of attendance for students
    • Friday, April 29 - ABC countdown begins (More information coming soon!)
    • Wednesday, May 4 - Family serve night
    • Thursday, May 19 - Kindergarten family fitness night
    Have a wonderful weekend!
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  • Friday, April 8

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 4/8/2022

    Happy Friday! 

     
    Starting next week, the district will offer two hot lunches per week -- one on Wednesday and a second on Friday. The hot lunch calendar for April and May is attached.
     
    Here are a few curriculum updates:
    • This week's popcorn words are jump, play, will, and saw. Remember to practice at home daily! :) The popcorn word book of the week is assigned to your child in RAZ Kids. Its title is He Will Not Jump.
    • We continued our social studies chapter on neighborhoods this week, with a focus on maps and legends. Children drew legends and are working in groups to make neighborhood maps!
    • Next week we begin a new math chapter on geometry, particularly shapes and their attributes.
    If you haven't already, please consider downloading the Boddle app for math practice at home. It is highly engaging and provides important practice for Common Core standards! Please email me for your child's unique username and password.
     
    Finally, Sofia's mom was a mystery reader this week! :) Thank you!! Please see attached photos. I'd love to have you, too, surprise the children with a story. Please email me if you're interested and available. 
     
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Mrs. Barringer
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  • Friday, March 25

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 3/25/2022

    Happy Friday to all! 

     
    I enjoyed discussing your child's kindergarten progress during conference appointments this week! It was wonderful seeing many of you again in person, too. :)
     
    A few curriculum updates:
    • This week's popcorn words are how and his. Your child's RAZ assignments are posted to complete over spring break: Carlos and His Teacher and How Many?
    • We completed our Jolly Phonics program and began a new study of word families. Word families rhyme, and they follow the same spelling pattern. This week's word family is -an: ran, can, Dan, Jan, man, etc. Children practiced spelling and decoding -an words.
    • We began a new math chapter on position. Positional understanding provides the basis for geometry concepts. Children practiced describing objects using position words: in front of, behind, next to, and beside. They'll take a final math test on the chapter when we return from spring break. 
    • We also continued our social studies chapter on communities and neighborhoods. I introduced maps, and we learned about location.
    Leonardo's dad surprised the children as a mystery reader this week! If you're interested in joining our class, please let me know. We'd love to have you! 
     
    Many of the children are in need of new crayons and markers. Please send a new supply to school as soon as you are able. Thank you!
     
    Have a wonderful spring break! 
    Mrs. Barringer
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  • Friday, March 18

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 3/18/2022

    Happy Friday!

     
    We enjoyed a special day yesterday, celebrating St. Patrick's Day, wearing green, and even receiving a surprise visit from a leprechaun. The sneaky "leprechaun" rearranged desks while the children were in library class. :) 
     
    This week's popcorn words are eat and has. Please practice at home daily! :) You'll also find RAZ homework assigned to your child: What Animals Eat and What Has These Feet? Children are excited to read these books aloud to you, as we practiced every day this week. If your child gets stuck on a word, encourage them to use picture clues or sound out the word. 
     
    Children took their final test on sorting and classifying. We'll begin a new math chapter on Monday that covers position concepts and vocabulary: above, below, in front of, behind, next to, and beside.
     
    We are currently reading a beautiful book for our current reading unit called I Love Saturdays y Domingos. We use the story to practice important literature and writing skills such as retelling, using words and pictures to determine word meaning, and character study. We're also learning about nouns -- words that name people, places, things, and animals. Ask your child to name a few nouns for you this weekend! :)
     
    I look forward to discussing your child's progress with you next week! If you haven't yet scheduled a parent conference, please do so here: Mrs. Barringer Conference Appointments
     
    Finally, many of the children are in need of new crayons and markers. At your earliest convenience, please send an additional box of each to school. Thank you!
     
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Mrs. Barringer
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  • Friday, March 11

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 3/11/2022

    Dear parents,


    It is wonderful to be back at Todd Hall after a few days away at a conference. I missed my kindergartners and enjoyed catching up with them today! :) 
     
    We began trimester three popcorn words this week! This week's words are: ball, as. Daily home practice is essential, and I appreciate your support. Continue reviewing trimester one and two words as well. 
     
    We read two new sight-word books, and both are assigned to your child for weekend homework in RAZ Kids: I Can Be and Play Ball. Children should use two strategies to decode unknown words: picture clues (Eagle Eye) and blending (Stretchy Snake).
     
    If you have not yet scheduled a parent conference with me, please do so at your earliest convenience. SIGN UP HERE. You may select an in-person or remote conference (via Zoom).
     
    We are nearly finished with our math chapter on classifying objects. Children practiced sorting skills this week and last -- size, shape, count, color, etc. We focused on the following vocabulary words: alike, different, sort, size, shape. Children will take their final math test on chapter nine next week.
     
    We began a new social studies unit on neighborhoods and community helpers. 
     
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Mrs. Barringer
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  • Friday, March 4

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 3/4/2022
    Happy Friday!
     

    What a fun week in kindergarten as we celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America! :) I loved the wacky clothes, hats, silly socks, and more!

     
    Today marks the end of trimester two. Attached to this email are new flash cards for trimester three, along with an important letter about daily practice. I will send home a copy of both in your child's home folder as well.
     
    We read two new popcorn word books this week: Water Fight and I Can Go. Weekend homework is to read both books aloud with your child. Water Fight is assigned in RAZ Kids, and I Can Go is a Seesaw assignment (CLICK HERE). Like I tell the children.... Words you know right away are popcorn words. Sometimes we don't know words right away, so we have to use a strategy to read them. Encourage your child to use picture clues (Eagle Eye) and blending (Stretchy Snake) to read unknown words in this week's homework assignments!
     
    We made bird nests earlier this week. The lesson is here if you'd like to review it with your child: Why do birds lay eggs in the spring? The lesson is FUN, interactive, and encourages higher-level thinking skills. You might enjoy making another nest together, too!
     
    An important note about next week:
    I am speaking at an education conference and will be absent from school next Tuesday, March 8 through Thursday, March 10. I will return on Friday, March 11. I will check email in my absence, but my replies may not be prompt. If you need immediate assistance, please call the office. Thank you!
     
    Finally. thank you to Gavin's mom for surprising the children as a mystery reader today! :) If you're interested in joining us, we'd love to have you! Just send me a quick email and we'll schedule a time for you to join our class as a (surprise) mystery reader.
     
    Take care and enjoy the long weekend,
    Mrs. Barringer
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  • Friday, February 18

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 2/18/2022

    Good morning and a happy Friday to all!

     
    Our class will celebrate TWOS day on Tuesday (2-22-22). I have a day full of fun twos-day activities planned. The children filled our class marble jar for respectful and safe behavior, so we'll enjoy a "two" class reward on this day as well. Socks come in twos, so please wear crazy socks to school on Tuesday! :) It will be an exciting day, full of learning and fun!
     
    This week's popcorn words are sat and sit. We now have 15 children who successfully completed the trimester popcorn-word test! Hooray! Our kindergarten expectation is children will read all 25 popcorn words before the trimester ends on March 4. Knowing sight words is essential for beginning literacy development. I am extremely grateful for your support at home! Keep reviewing! You will receive a new list of 25 words when the third trimester begins in March.
     
    This week's sight-word book is We Can Sit. The homework assignment is posted HERE in Seesaw. Please complete it over the weekend or as soon as possible. :) Your child should record him/herself reading each page aloud to me. Use your child's Seesaw code to access the assignment. Thank you! I think you'll be quite proud when you hear this assignment read aloud to you! :)
     
    We completed our math unit on measurement and will take a final test next week. Children learned how to describe and compare measurable attributes of objects (shorter, longer, heavier).
     
    We learned about two important Americans this week: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Children learned they were both presidents during difficult times in our country.
     
    I hope you have a wonderful (long) weekend,
    Mrs. Barringer
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  • Friday, February 11

    Posted by Laura Barringer on 2/11/2022
    Happy Friday!
     

    What an exciting week in Kindergarten! We celebrated the 100th day of school, as well as Valentine's Day (a bit early). It was certainly a special week for all of us! Thank you to Mrs. Lawler (Gavin's mom) for volunteering at our classroom party today.

     
    Monday will be RED day! Wear red clothes to school! :)
     
    A reminder from Mr. Wong: 
    Children need gym shoes for class. Many have been wearing boots. Thank you!
     
    And from Mr. Harmon:
    Please make sure our students are aware of the proper attire for playing in the snow: snow pants, coat, hat, and gloves. The lunchroom supervisors are not letting students play in the snow without this gear.
     
    A few curriculum updates:
    • This week's popcorn words are not, mom. 14 children in our class have already successfully completed the popcorn word test! WOW! This is absolutely fantastic. I'm extremely proud -- and grateful to you for your support at home. Keep reviewing trimester one and trimester two words, and please let me know when your child is ready to test. Word automaticity is essential for beginning readers.
    • Our sight-word books of the week are Mom and I and One Not Two. Both are assigned to your child in RAZ Kids. Please complete both assignments this weekend or as soon as you are able. Thank you!
    • We completed our science study called "sunny skies" and will begin a new study next week on the seasons cycle. The science curriculum nicely complements our nonfiction literacy unit. Our new focus text is What Will the Weather Be? Children are learning nonfiction reading and writing skills, including identifying a text's topic and supporting details. 
    Thank you again for your support at home!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Mrs. Barringer
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