Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekly Newsletter - August 29-September 2

Here's the scoop for the week.  The students will be participating in lots of fun activities.

Don't forget to check your child's agenda each evening for a note specific to the day's events and a short homework assignment.

03 Aug 29-Sept 2 Newsletter

Have a great week,

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Week in Review - August 22-26

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.
I have put together a few photos to show what we were up to this week.  I am still working on organizing photo releases for the students (thank you to those of you who have turned yours in with either a Yes or a No).  Hopefully next week I will be able to post additional photos of students, but for now, you can still see some of what we've been up to.

This was our bulletin board at the beginning of the year.  We've already updated it with student work - we are learning to record our math work.  Come by the room to see what we are doing.

Every morning we have a morning message that is written by the teachers.  Through this, we practice many literacy skills and talk about events of the day.  This is the message for August 25.

We began making a poster of "Sam the Scientist."  We are learning about what a scientist is and does.  We've drawn some of the tools a scientist uses in his or her work.

Here's our morning message from Friday.  We are reviewing our science lesson from Thursday and practicing counting skills.

One of our math workshop activities this week was identifying and writing numerals.

Another math workshop activity was number bingo.  We play many different bingo games throughout the year.

Thank you for checking in on us.  Look for lots more photos and information about our class activities in the coming weeks!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Family Fun Friday - Obstacle Course

Hello everyone!

Before the weather turns cold, I have some fun outdoor ideas for you.  I got these ideas from Disney's Family Fun web site.

My favorite idea is to have an obstacle course.  The linked article shows to create one outdoors, but if you are careful, you can do an obstacle course inside, too.  You might need to change some of the activities to fit your space if you choose to do this indoors.

I love spending time outside, so this is a great activity for my family!

All-Around-the-Yard Obstacle Course
Picture Source:

If you don't have a yard to create an obstacle course, head for one of the many parks around town.  You can take a picnic and spend the afternoon playing and enjoying the fresh air.

Here is the link to the obstacle course.  While on that site, look around at all the other fun outdoor activities they have.

Happy playing,

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekly Newsletter ~ August 22-26

Welcome to the second week of kindergarten!

Your child will bring home a paper copy of this newsletter today, and most Mondays through the school year.  Each time a newsletter is sent home, I will also post a copy on this site in case your family's hard copy is misplaced or you want to come back to access it later in the year.

Newsletter Aug 22-26

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

First Week in Review

Hello kindergarten families!

After waiting two days because of last week's storm, we enjoyed our first three days of school.

I forgot to bring the pictures of our activities home with me this weekend, so I can't show you what we've been up to.  I can tell you, though!

First of all, we've already started learning to read!!!!

We now know that there are 3 ways to read a book.

Photo source:  ballmom42 on Flickr

We practiced each of these ways by reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and by reading the books in our new book boxes.  We are working to build our stamina for Read to Self, part of our daily literacy activities.  By Friday, we were able to read independently for 7 minutes.  It is our goal to soon "read to self" for 20 minutes.

In addition to learning about reading books, we've made many new friends, met lots of people who work in the school, and have learned about routines that will help us work hard in kindergarten all year long.

On Friday we had a fire drill.  We know exactly what to do when we hear that loud noise.  We know that these practice drills will help us know what to do to stay safe if there is a real emergency one day.

Next week we will continue working on routines for all of our classroom work, meet more people who work at the school, and begin Math Workshop, among other activities.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Family Fun Friday-Art Sparks

Today's Family Fun Friday activity is a trip to the art museum.  There are lots of fun things to do at the Speed.  Art Sparks is set up especially for children to interact with art in many ways...

Art Sparks is an interactive gallery located at the Speed Art Museum.  There, you can explore art in many ways.  A cool note about the gallery is that most everything there is green and sustainable.

While at Art Sparks, kids can participate in a variety of hands-on activities with art materials supplied by the museum.

Younger children can visit Planet Preschool, which is a room of textures, shapes, and colors – all for the touching.

From their website: Admission to Art Sparks is FREE for Speed Members at the Family Level (and up) and included with museum admission for non-members. Special group rates are available. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Inquire about our artist led Art Sparks Family Studios.

For more information, please call 502.634.2700 or 502.634.2100.
CLICK HERE to search the calendar for listings of exciting family programs and events.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Welcome to Kindergarten!

After two surprise days off, I'm glad to finally be able to say Welcome to Kindergarten!

I am excited to be your teacher this year and I'm looking forward to all the things we will do an learn.  See you in class!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Family Fun Friday–Visit the Library

In my free time, I read a blog called Momotics.  It’s author, Danielle Elwood, has a lot of great information about parenting, children, and many other ‘life topics.’  One feature that she has just introduced on her blog is called Two Free Things Tuesday.  I’ve emailed with her, and I will be taking some of her ideas to add to our Family Fun Friday section as she also has great ideas for family togetherness activities.

Today I am linking to her first TFTT post.  One of her ideas this week is to visit the library for story time.  I have also pasted her comments directly into this post in case the link doesn’t work for you.

Story Time at the Library – While I know not all of my readers will have this option because of where they live, I know a huge portion of you out there do have great local libraries with awesome programs for kids. I know the library I have in my neighborhood is chock full of programs for the kids, and kids of all ages.
The best part is you can go even if the weather is crappy outside because if is an indoor activity!
Some libraries even go above and beyond story time with the programs that they offer, so while you are there, check out the other resources available for your kids!

To help you find events close to you, visit the Louisville Free Public Library website.  I have linked to their children’s events here.  At the top of this page, you can click on “Events by Location” to find events specific to the library branch nearest you.


While at the library, make sure to check out some of the books in the children’s section.  Reading with your child throughout the summer, in the evenings, and on weekends, will help her keep up the literacy skills necessary for continued learning in first grade—and it’s fun!

Happy reading,

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kindergarten Supply List

As you are getting ready for school, please remember that we have a short supply list for our kindergarten students.  Please DO NOT put names on supplies as we will store them as community materials.  

Your child will need a backpack each day because many things will be transported to and from school throughout the year. 

Kindergarten supply list

10-glue sticks

2-composition notebooks
4-plain two pocket folders
2-boxes-24 count crayons
1 pkg. of 8 markers

Additional materials-if you can donate:
Clorox Wipes
Art Supplies
Extra glue sticks
Extra boxes tissues

In addition to this list, we always accept donations of extra supplies, art materials, and other things you think we might be able to use.  Please look at the Wish List tab at the top of our page for suggestions of items we are always looking for.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Beginning of the Year Information

Hello families!

As we get closer to the first day of school, I am busy preparing all the information that you will receive about our class.  This year I am testing a new way to share this information with you.  On this blog, I will be uploading the same documents that come home in your child's backpack.  This way, if you misplace a paper, you will be able to come here and not only get the information, but also get a new copy of the same handout.

This is our Kindergarten Notes page.  It gives a little information about important kindergarten topics for you and your child.  This is only the start of things you will learn about our class, but I don't want to overwhelm you on the first day, so I kept it brief!
1112 Kindergarten Notes Beginning of Year

The next page is a volunteer information page.  We love volunteers in our classroom.  If you'd like to help (look on the page for a variety of ways you can help us throughout the year), fill this in and I will contact you to work with us!

Classroom Volunteer Information

Thanks for looking at our newest communication-sharing system.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you in the next few days!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Family Fun Fridays

Last spring, I started a series of posts entitled Family Fun Fridays.

Each post describes something you can do with your family, either at home or in/around Louisville.

I will continue this series during the school year and I will share information about free or inexpensive activities you can do with your child.  Some of these activities may tie in to current school activities and some will simply be family-friendly.

The series is titled Family Fun Fridays because I will post these ideas on Friday.  This way you will always know when the ideas will be shared.  However, these activities are not just for Fridays.  You can engage in most of them any day of the week, although some of the community-sponsored events I highlight will have specific dates.  If the activity is a community one, I will list as much information as I know about the event, including locations, prices, and contact information.  I will also often have a link to another website that will give additional details or ideas for your family fun time.

You can see all of the posts for Family Fun Fridays by clicking here.

Look for the first Family Fun Friday activity next week!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Our Classroom

Hi kindergartners!

I went to school today and this is what I saw when I walked in our classroom:

It doesn't look like it's ready for 22 kindergartners, does it?  Don't worry - I spent some time in the room today and I'll go back tomorrow to work some more.  Soon it will be ready for all the great activities we will do throughout the year.  I'll give you a tour in a few days so you can see how things change as I get ready to welcome you to school.

Enjoy your last few days of summer vacation!

Meet Mrs. Hawley

My name is Mrs. Hawley and I am excited to be your teacher.  This year we will learn a lot and have many adventures.  I can't wait to learn all about you, but first, I'll tell you about me.  

GirlsI was born and raised in Barron, Wisconsin and have 2 sisters.  I am the middle child.  Are any of you a middle child?  I attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, where I majored in communications, business management, and Spanish.  After that, I attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where I got my teaching degree.  I am certified in Early Childhood through 6th Grade.  I am also a National Board Certified Teacher.  I earned this honor in 2008.  I have taught in Jefferson County for 7 years.  I taught first grade for one year, kindergarten for 5 years, and last year taught a K/1 split class.

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I am married to a wonderful man named Josh.  He is a student at the UofL and on many days, we carpool to our schools since they are so close.  You will probably get to meet him once or twice this year.  He sometimes brings me lunch when I forget mine :)

100_2051We have two cats - Casey and Joey.  You will learn a lot about them because I like to tell stories about the crazy things they do.  During writing time, I like to write some of my stories about them.

When I am at home, I like to sew and cross-stitch, cook and bake, and spend time with family.  On Sunday afternoons, we either hang out at one family's house or we go to another family's house and play games.  I love to read books.  I always have a stack of library books in the living room so I am never without something to read.

Some other things about me:
* My favorite color is royal blue.  It is a bright, happy color.
* Irises are my favorite flower.  My grandparents had an iris flower garden when I was growing up and I liked to walk through it and see how many different kinds of irises I could see.
* Baseball is my favorite sport.  In college, I worked for the Minnesota Twins.  I got to hand out free tickets and prizes to people who played games with us.  I also got to pick people to sing the National Anthem.  That was my favorite job before I became a teacher.
* I love to bike.  I didn't get to at all this summer and I missed it.  One summer, I rode more than 1,000 miles!

Finally, here is a picture of my kindergarten class.  Can you tell which one is me?

You will learn many more things about me this school year, and I can't wait to start learning about each of you!

See you soon!
Monday, August 1, 2011

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Hello everybody!  Are you as excited for kindergarten as I am?  I hope so!
We will start school in just two weeks, and there are many things you can do to be ready to make new friends and learn a lot as we start school.
* Please label your backpack with your first and last name, address, phone number.  This will help us in many ways.  Some students have the same backpacks and we want to quickly know whose is whose.  It will also help if your child gets lost or is very shy – we will be able to see his or her name and quickly help him or her get to the right class or bus line.
* Practice saying your first and last name together so you can introduce yourself.  Now, can you write your name?  If not, please start practicing.  You will be writing your name on lots of things during the school year.
* Do you know your phone number?  This will be homework during the year.
* Do your parents know your transportation arrangements and/or bus information?  Make sure you know how you will get to and from school before the first day.
* Do you have your kindergarten supplies?  Gather your supplies so you can bring them during the first week of school.  All these supplies will help us do LOTS of learning activities in class.

10-glue sticks
2-composition notebooks
4-plain two pocket folders
2-boxes-24 count crayons
1 pkg. of 8 markers
*  Talk with your family about things that will happen at school this year.  Some of the things we will do are: eat lunch in the cafeteria, work in the library and computer lab, write stories, run/skip/hop outside, work in groups, sing songs, and MANY other things.  Look at older posts on this blog to see and read about things that last year’s students did.
* Start a bedtime routine – children need rest each night to be ready to work, share, and learn in class.  A bedtime routine will help children get to sleep easier and sleep better at night.
* Practice reading and writing your letters and numbers.  Do you know all the capital and all the lowercase letters yet?  Can you read and write numbers 0-10?  What about 0-20?  If you don’t know this yet, practice at home.  We will also practice in class.  Each of these skills is very important for beginning to read and do math work throughout kindergarten.
I can’t wait to start the school year and work with each of you!