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My name is Jessica Robinson. I have been working here at Kennedy Academy since 2006. I am the kindergarten teacher in the E4 classroom and also the building director. I have my bachelors degree in elementary education from Emporia State University. I also have three children of my own; ages 12, 4, and 18 months. I enjoy teaching and find joy in seeing children grow and learn to their fullest potential.

***August News***

Important Dates:  Aug. 1- No School (Teacher Work Day)

      Aug. 11-15- Testing Week (Placement testing, to determine if all kids are placed in the appropriate classrooms.)

Please have all school supplies at the school by August 4th.  Thank you. 

Student of the Month:  Lily Welch

Show and Tell:      Aug. 8- Free Choice

Aug. 15- Something you can hear

Aug. 22- Something you can smell

  Aug. 29- Something you can taste

Language Arts:  During the month of August we are going to be doing a lot of review.  This month is foundation building.  The kids will review the letters and letter sounds.  This gives them the skills necessary for reading later.  They will need to know most letters and sounds by mid September, because at the end of September we will be starting spelling lists and guided reading.  This month you can help your child get a head start by reviewing the letters and sounds with them at home as well.  We will also be working on writing letters. 

Math:  In August we are going to be starting our numbers unit.  We will be learning to count to 100.  We start slowly, but by the 100th day of school all of the kids should be able to count to 100.  Each day we are going to be adding a number to our counting.  So, on the 5th day of school we count to five, on the 10th day of school we count to 10 and so on.  We are also going to be learning about money right away as well.  Each day we add a penny to our chart, until we can exchange for a nickel and so on.  We also start right away with place value, learning about the ones place. 

Science:  In August we learn about the five senses.  The kids spend time talking about what they can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste.  They will also be doing activities that help them focus on each sense.  This unit is really fun because they get to do numerous activities that help them learn about each sense. 

Social Studies:  This month in my class we focus on rules and manners.  The kids are going to learn about the class schedule and what is expected from them each day.  They will be learning about classroom rules and school rules.  They will also be learning about my discipline policy. 

***July News Flash***

Important Dates:  June 30-July 4- NO SCHOOL, SUMMER VACATION

Weekly Themes:  July 7-11- Summer/Camping

July 14-18- Sports

July 21-25- Circus

July 28- Aug 1-  Luau/ Back to School

Show and Tell Schedule:    July 11- a hat

      July 18- a ball

  July 25- a plain white shirt to tie dye

     Aug 1- free choice

Summer Schedule:  Monday- Cooking/Science

Tuesday- Fun and Games

Wednesday-  Walk to Linn Elementary (please wear tennis shoes and bring a water bottle)

Thursday-  Splash Day (please bring a swim suit, towel, and sandals for playing in the water)

Friday- Arts and Crafts Day

***June News***

Important Dates:             June 9-13- Final Testing Week (4th Quarter)

June 19- Last day of school before summer care begins

   June 20- All School Picnic 11-1 at Shawnee Lake Shelter House 1

Graduation  3:00 at the VA Theater  (please arrive 15 min. early)

     June 23- Summer Care Begins

June 30-July 4- NO SCHOOL (Summer Vacation)

Student of the Month:  Arnav Chauhan

Show and Tell:  June 6- Ocean Animals

June 13-  Picture of Dad

  June 20- NO SCHOOL (picnic/graduation)

June 27- Free Choice

Language Arts:  This month we are no longer going to be doing the regular spelling tests.  We are going to be doing more fun writing and reading activities.  We will be doing a lot of review as well.  Some things we will be reviewing are the “th,” “ch,” “sh,” and “wh” sounds.   We are also going to be doing more whole group reading activities and KWL charts. 

Math:  We are going to be focusing on fractions, time, and measuring this month.  We will also be reviewing concepts that we have been working on this year.  We will also be doing some double digit addition.  This is something that many of the kids are ready to start learning. 

Science:  This month we are going to be learning about the ocean and ocean life.   We will be talking about the different types of animals that live in the ocean.  We will also discuss the effects of pollution on ocean life.

Social Studies:  This month we will be talking about our dads.  We will be discussing what makes our dads special to us. 

***MARVELOUS MAY NEWS***

Important Dates:  May 26- No School, Memorial Day

Student of the Month:  Hunter Kennedy

Language Arts:  This month we are going to be learning about the “ow” sound.  They are also going to be learning about the letter Y that makes the long I sound.  They will be learning the long vowel o sound as well.  Please help them by practicing these sounds with them at home. 

Math:  For math this month we are going to continue working on time.  The kids have been learning to tell time by the hour, but will now be learning to tell time by the minute.  They are also going to start learning about fractions.  This is always a fun subject because they get to talk about pieces of a pie or a pizza.

Science:  This month we are learning about weather and seasons.  We are going to be talking about the different seasons and how the weather changes with each season.  We are also going to be talking about the different types of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and volcanoes.  The kids really enjoy this unit.  They will be practicing weather procedures, such as tornado drills.  Take a few minutes at home to discuss with your child what they would do at home if there was a tornado. 

This month is also our insect unit.  We will be learning about the parts of a bug and how many legs insects have.  We will also be getting caterpillars to watch as they change into butterflies.  This is always very exciting to watch. 

Social Studies:  This month is Mother’s Day so we are going to be talking about our moms and what makes them special.  We will also be doing a project for the moms for Mother’s Day.

***Amazing April News***

Dates to Remember:  April 14 – 18 - Scholastic Book Fair

April 18- Trike-a-thon (all day)

April 21-  No School

Student of the Month:  Khloe Padilla

Show and Tell:  4th-Packet of Seeds for planting

11th- Something yellow

18th- Bring your bike and helmet for the trike-a-thon

25th- free choice

Language Arts:  This month we are going to be learning about the letter “y”.  We will be learning words that have the long vowel “e” sound spelled with a “y”.  We will also be working on the long vowel “I” used in words with a “sneaky e” at the end. 

Math:  This month we are going to be focusing on telling time.  We will be learning to tell time on an analog clock.  We are also going to be learning about cubes, prisms, pyramids, spheres, and cones.  This month we will also be working on counting by 2s.  Word problems are also something we are going to be learning about this month. 

Science:  This month we are going to be learning all about plants.  The kids will get to experience planting seeds and watching them grow.  They will be caring for their plant each day and keeping a journal showing the changes.  We will be studying the parts of the plant.

Social Studies:  This month we will be discussing the different types of transportation.  We are also going to be talking about the different types of communication.  This month is also Easter, so we will be learning the Biblical reasons behind Easter and why we celebrate it. 

***Marvelous March News***

Upcoming dates:  March 7- Adventuremobile comes

  March 10-13- Testing Week

March 14- No School/Parent teacher conferences

March 17 & 19- We WILL be having school

March 17- St. Patricks Day (Wear green)

March 21- Adventuremobile comes

Student of the Month:  Eli Newman

Language Arts: This month we are going to be learning about the long vowel e and long vowel a with a silent e at the end.  During testing week we will be focusing on testing sight words and reading skills. 

Math:  This month we are going to be starting subtraction.  Some of the kids will be finishing up their fast math addition and will move on to subtraction.  We are also going to continue working on place value.  This month we will also be starting word problems.  These are harder for the kids because they have to pick out the words that help them know what they are going to do, add or subtract. 

Science:  This month we are going to be learning about the solar system.  The kids are going to be learning about the sun, the moon, and other planets.  We will be trying to learn all the planet names.

Social Studies:  We are going to be learning about the community helpers this month.  The kids will be learning about the different types of jobs that community helpers do and they will be discussing the type of job that they may want to have some day.  It is always fun to see what jobs each child wants to have when they grow up. 

***Fabulous February News***

Important Dates:  Feb. 14-  Valentines Party

Feb. 17- NO SCHOOL

 

Student of the Month:  Audrey Smith

 

Show and Tell:  Feb.  7- Something PINK

  Feb. 14-  A MAP

Feb. 21- Free Choice

Feb. 28-  A MAGNET

 

Language Arts:  This month we will be learning about the “er,” “ir,” and “ur” sound.  These sounds are all the same, but all three spellings of it will be on the same spelling test.  This will be the hardest spelling test so far.  Please help your child study for it at home.  We will also be learning about double consonants, like “gg” and “dd.”  We will be learning that double consonants only make one sound.  The last week of the month we will be learning the long o sound, spelled “ow” and “oa.” 

 

Math:  This month we will be continuing to build on the concepts that we have already begun.  We have now reached over 100 days of school and EVERY child was able to count to 100 by themselves!  Now we will be focusing on every child being able to count to 100 by 10s, 5s, and 2s.  We will begin with 10s, and then work on the other two.   Almost every child can already count by 10s, so I don’t anticipate that taking too long.  We are also going to be doing more work with place value this month, now that we have reached 100.  The kids are all doing well with fast math.  Some of them have already reached the adding 3 page.  We are going to continue doing fast math. 

 

Science:   This month we will be learning about machines.  We will be talking about the different types of machines that you can use, such as gears, incline planes, and pullys.  We are also going to be talking about magnets, and magnetic pulls. 

 

Social Studies:  This month we will be learning to read a map.  We will make maps of the classroom.  We will be playing games that help learn about reading maps.  This month we will also be learning about the presidents.  The kids will learn about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Barak Obama.  We will be talking about what the president’s job is and how government works. 

***January News***

Upcoming Events:  January 1- No School, Happy New Year!

                                January 6-10- 2nd Quarter Testing

Student of the Month:  Bryan Figueroa

Show and Tell:  January 3-  Free Choice

                                January 10-  Free Choice

                                January 17-  Something Purple

January 24-  Something Kansas (wear your favorite Kansas Team Colors)

January 31-  Something that Floats

Language Arts:  We are going to be learning the “ch” sound, the “ar” sound, the “qu” and “wh” sounds.  At this point in the year the kids should know most individual letter sounds and we will start learning the more complicated sounds. Please help your child be successful with these new sounds and letter combinations by reviewing them at home.

Math:  We have started our fast math now and the kids are really enjoying it.  About half the class has made it to the “plus 2” page.  We will continue doing fast math this month.  I am excited to see how fast the kids get with their addition facts.  We are also going to be doing some measuring, graphing, and place value this month.

Science:   This month we are going to be learning about air, soil, and water.  We will be playing with things that float and learning about what floats and what doesn’t.  We are going to be playing in water and making boats this month. 

Social Studies This month we will be learning about our great state- Kansas!  We will be learning the state bird, mammal, tree, etc.  We are also going to be learning about the history of Martin Luther King Jr.  and other famous people in history.

***Blustery December News***

Upcoming Dates:  December 19-  All School Christmas Program at the VA Theater 6:30pm

December 20-  Christmas Party  3:00pm

       We will be doing a book exchange for the party.  Each child will need to bring in a wrapped book that any child (boy or girl) would enjoy. 

  December 23- January 1- No School/Winter Break

 

Student of the Month:  Kaydence Martin

 

Show and Tell Schedule:  Dec. 6-  Something Red

Dec. 13-  An Ornament

Dec. 20-  A Dinosaur

 

Language Arts:  This month we are going to be learning the “ng” sound, the “or” sound, and the “sh” sound.  Our spelling words this month will reflect those letter combinations.  Please help your child practice those sounds at home as we learn them at school.  We are also going to be working on writing more this month.  The kids will even be writing a letter to Santa. 

 

Math:  This month we will be working on graphing, adding, and place value.  This kids will get to do some hands on activities that will help them learn about place value.  We are also going to be learning about measuring this month.  The kids will practice using rulers, as well as other instruments, to help them measure different things. 

 

Science:  This month we will be learning about dinosaurs.  The class will be learning about different types of dinosaurs, when they lived, and what fossils are.  This is always a very fun unit.

 

Social Studies:  We are going to be learning about Christmas and Christmas traditions this month.  We will be talking about the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.  We are also going to be discussing what each family does for Christmas. 

***Chilly November News***

Important Dates November 8- Adventuremobile Visits

November 20- Boomer visits from the Library

       November 22- Adventuremobile Visits

   November 28-29- NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

***Please remember that if you take the books from the Adventuremobile home over the weekend, they MUST come back to school on Monday.  We use them in class.  Thank you.

 

Student of the Month:  Lorenzo Perez

 

Show and Tell:  November 1- something Halloween

                                November 8- something orange

                                November 15- a family picture

                                November 22- a stuffed animal

                                November 29- NO SCHOOL

 

Language Arts:  This month we are going to be learning the “th” sound and how to use it in words.  We will also be leaning about short vowel e and short vowel u.  Please continue working on the spelling words and sight words.  The kids are very excited about the sight word race.  Each child has a character on the wall outside my classroom.  As they learn sight words, they move along the wall in a “race” to the end.  The goal is to reach 200 sight words by the end of the year.  It may seem like a lot, but you will be surprised to see just how many your child knows by the end of the year.  Keep working on them at home and they will reach that goal. 

 

Math:  This month we are going to start fast math.  Fast math is a fun game that the kids really enjoy doing.  It involves doing as many addition problems as they can in two minutes.  The kids get really excited about this game and in the past it has been a very big deal in class.  The problems start off easy (+ 0 and +1) and get harder as the year goes on (+4 and +5).  This helps the kids get faster and more efficient at doing addition. 

 

Science:  This month  we are doing an animal lesson.  The kids will be learning about all different types of animals, where they live, and what they eat.  They will be learning about all different types of animals.  We will also be talking about our pets.  If you have a pet at home, talk to your child about it.  Tell your child what kind of animal it is, how old it is, or what it eats.  The more they know about their pet, the more they can share with the class. 

 

Social Studies:  This month is going to be about families.  We will be learning about how each family is different from others.  We will be talking about who is in a family.  We are also going to be talking about the thanksgiving holiday and what each child is thankful for.  I will be sending home a turkey project this month.  Each child will have a turkey sent home to decorate with their family.  Please help your child make their turkey look special.  Return it to school and it will be displayed in the hall.