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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.

***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. 

***October News***

Important Dates:  October 21-25:  Testing Week

October 28:  No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences

(Please check outside the classroom for the sign up sheet closer to the date.)

Student of the Month:  Laliana Turner

Show and Tell for October:

  October 4:  Something black

October 11:  Something to represent your favorite holiday

October 18:  A healthy snack

October 25:  Free choice

  November 1:  Something Halloween

Language Arts:  This month we are going to continue working on reading simple words, using the skills they are developing throughout the week.  They are going to be working in small groups to read stories at their own pace.  Please continue working on their homework.  The sight words that they are learning are going to really help them to be successful at reading.  Spelling tests will gradually get more difficult through the year.  Each test will have six words that focus on the concept for the week, two words to review from the previous week, and two sight words.  When I give the spelling tests, I sound out all of the words, except the sight words.  Please check your child’s folder each Thursday to see if they missed any words.  If they did, they can study and retake the test on Friday to get a better score. 

Math:  We will continue working on recognizing numbers 1-100.  Recognizing all the numbers will help with the other concepts we are learning.  The kids are going to be learning about adding, money, and telling time.  We work on these concepts every day.  A great way to help your child with money identification is to let them keep the change that they can identify.  Kids really like getting money and if you let them identify your loose change and keep the ones they know, they will be more excited to learn the coins.  Once they can identify the coin and the amount of the coin, encourage them to add up the coin amounts.

Science:  This month we are doing our health unit.  We are going to be learning about healthy foods, staying active, and taking care of our bodies.  We are going to be doing a lot of activities to promote being healthy.  The kids will be learning about healthy snacks, brushing their teeth, and protecting themselves from germs.

Social Studies:  This month we are going to be focusing on learning the months of the year.  We will also be talking about the holidays and how each family celebrates each holiday. 

Important Notes:

With the changing weather, please be sure to send a jacket to school.  Sometimes it is very chilly in the mornings. 

Please remember that the books that your child gets from the adventuremobile can go home over the weekend, but MUST be returned on Monday and kept at school for the week.  Thank you.

Also, please do not take home anything from the red hanging pockets inside the classroom.  Anything that needs to go home will be either in their folder or on their desk.  If something needs to go home besides what is in the folder, I will let your child know and I will leave a note about it (either in their folder or on the white board outside my classroom.)

***Super September News***

Important Dates:  Sept. 2- NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Student of the Month:  Kael Harman

Show and Tell:  Sept. 6- free choice

Sept. 13- something blue

Sept. 20- a baby picture AND a current picture

Sept. 27- Hats!

 

Language Arts:  After the first week of September, we will be finished with our month of review.  By this time your child should be able to recognize most of the letters and letter sounds.  If they don’t know all of them, don’t worry, we will continue working on them as the year goes by.  But, we will start our spelling tests in September.  This is a time when the kids will begin putting letters together to form words and the more letters and sounds they know, the better.  We will also be starting our reading groups this month.  The kids will get even more individual lessons in reading.  They will start with simple words and expand as the year goes on. 

IMPORTANT:  Homework will also begin this month.  Each week your child will be bringing home a packet of homework on Monday.  They have the whole week to complete their homework and bring it back by Friday.  The packet will include several worksheets that will help them with learning 10 new sight words.  Learning sight words is essential to learning to read.  By knowing these words, it will help them to become better and faster readers.  Feel free to work on the worksheets at your own pace, but I recommend doing one worksheet a night to not overwhelm your child.  The goal is for your child to know all 10 sight words by the end of the week.  It may also help to make flash cards for your child to practice in the car or away from home.  The homework will also include the spelling list for the week.  Although we will be working on both spelling and sight words in class, it really helps when parents also help with learning them at home.  We will take a pretest on Thursday and if your child gets all of their words right, they will not have to take the test on Friday.  However, if they get any words wrong they will have another opportunity to take the test on Friday to get a better grade.  There may also be other assignments in the homework packet for other subjects.  If you spend just 15-20 minutes a night on homework, it shouldn’t be difficult to get through the homework packet. I appreciate your help with your child’s education. 

Math:  This month we will continue with our math curriculum, adding to what they have already learned.  They will also start more hands on activities to help them get more engaged in learning.  They will be working on addition, time, and money.  At this point they should be able to recognize the numbers 1-10, so we will be using those numbers to complete different math concepts. 

Science:  I am very excited about our science curriculum.  We are going to be learning about the human body this month.  We will start with learning the visible parts of the body, and then we will be learning about the organs and the different systems in the body.  This is always a fun unit to learn about.

Social Studies:  We are going to be starting our ALL ABOUT ME unit this month.  The kids will be focusing on themselves.  They will be doing activities to learn about themselves, including their appearance, likes, dislikes, and how each one of them is special in their own way.  This unit helps to show each child how important they are and how each one of them plays an important part in life. 

***August Back to School News***

Important Dates:  August 2- NO SCHOOL

August 5-  WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

August 5-9- Testing Week (Placement testing is done this week to ensure that your children are placed in the class that best suits their individual needs.)

Student of the Month:  Landen Miller

          This is an exciting time of the year.  We get to start the school year fresh and new.  There are a few things that your child will need for school this year.  If you have not already provided them, please bring them to school ASAP. 

__Book bag filled with a fitted sheet and small blanket (pillow and stuffed animal are optional) All items must fit inside the bookbag. 

__Toothbrush and toothpaste

__A change of clothes (shorts, shirt, underwear, socks)

 

Language Arts:  The school year will start off with a lot of review.  We will be working on the kids knowing how to recognize all of the letters and the sounds that the letters make.  For the first month of school we will be devoting each day to one or two different letters.  Each day we will be doing activities that we help the kids learn how to recognize the letter and know the sound that it makes.  

Math:    For math, we will be starting very slowly with recognizing the numbers 1-10 and counting.  We will increase difficulty as the year goes on, learning to read all numbers to 100.  The kids will be learning to add and subtract, count by 5s, 10s, and 2s, and do fractions.

Science:               For science, in August we will be learning about the five senses.  The kids will be experiencing activities that help them recognize each of their senses. 

Social Studies: In August we are going to be learning about school/classroom rules and manners.  The kids will be getting used to their new class, teacher, and friends.  We will be learning about how to get along and how to behave in class. 

I am excited to get to know this new group of kids.  I have a great year planned for us and can’t wait to get started.