Monday, September 1, 2014

September is here!

Important dates this month:

Sept. 1-Labor day-no school
Sept. 16-Back to school night (Pk-2nd grade) 6 p.m.
Sept. 17-Back to school night (3rd-5th grade) 6 p.m.
Sept. 18-Fall Pictures! 
Sept. 19-Mid-Autumn Festival at Summitt from 7-9 p.m.

Click below for attachment of our First Edition of our class Newsletter.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Our first week in Kindergarten!

We started off learning our routines, rules, and expectations for our class and our school.  Whew!  Let me tell you, there are a LOT of them.   We read the book No David by David Shannon.  It's about a boy who has difficulty making good choices.  As a class, we came up with a list of good choices to make in school and a list of choices that we should NOT make at school.  The kids got to make David mask as a reminder to make good choices. 

In addition, the class came up with our very own Class Promise for the entire year.  The children all wrote their names on the chart and it is posted where the children could be reminded of their promise.  Here is what we came up with.

Hands and Feet to your self.
Raise your hand to speak.
Listen to the teacher.
Be respectful.
Try your best! 
We read many books about manners, respect, and taking care of things. Here are few that we have read so far.

The children were excited to watch two stories on our new projector.  We have one ipad in the classroom so children can share.  This is a great learning opportunity for children to learn with technology.  We will also be visiting our computer lab in two weeks.  We visit the lab every other week for computer lessons by our lab teacher, Ms. Barbara Neil.  
Stories we watched so far

 Routines, routines, routines!

We have been working on getting use to our schedule.  I will send home a schedule soon.   The children have been working on remembering their morning routine, lunch routine, line expecatation, and dismissal.  Here are few pictures of them.

Getting ready-being responsible for own things

Lunchroom expectation
We made lunch boxes after reading a book called, Mouse Mess. The children worked on cutting, coloring, and tried out glue! 

 Line expectations
"We are lined up straight and tall.
Our hands are by our sides.
Voices off, eyes ahead.
We're showing SUMMITT pride!"

What we have been learning:

We have already begun talking about routines and expectations in order for every student to read independently at his/her level. We also discussed how to treat books.  Our goal in reading is to create life long readers.  Next week, the children will be going to Mrs. Pearson for Reading time! They will also be making their own book boxes filling it with books everyday for reading time.  I'm so excited for the children to start reading.

Check out the children reading!

WE have reading buddies too!

We are going to practice counting and looking at some ways to be good counters.   We have already begun to explore math tools and rules on how to use them.  We will be learning more about our  math problem solving notebooks, routines, and expectations of a thinking mathematician. 

Check out the children exploring math tools.

Social Studies:
We are starting our "All About Me" unit to get to know each other.  We will continue to build a school community.  We have learned what are qualities of being a good friend.  We read, Words are not for hurting.  We discussed  words that can be hurtful and words that are kind and heartful.
 The children made two hearts. One that has a sad face representing hurtful heart when children use unkind words. The heart is crumbled because it is hurting from hearing hurtful words.  The other heart with a smiley face representing heartful heart when children choose to use kind words to each other.  We will revisit this concept throughout the year.

Check out the children playing with each other.  

Things to remember:

1) Water bottles-please send a water bottle with your child for recess time.  It is very hot and I always have a spray bottle to spray them down.  We would like to keep them as hydrated as much as possible.

2) Clothes-please send an extra pair of clothes in a bag to keep as a backup inside your child's backpack.  You never know with kindergarteners.  :)

3) Snacks-this year, our class has a later lunch.  Therefore, I am asking parents for your help and sending a snack for the class.  I will have a sign up monthly sign up sheet for you to contribute to snack time.  August and September are covered.  I had two parents contribute for September.  I will send home details soon.

4) Daily folders-please check your child's daily folder every day and initial on the day inside the box so that I know you have checked it.  A sticker means that your child had a great day.  I usually write a small note for that day on the calendar if your child had a hard day. Also, every Monday I will be sending home another folder called the EAGLE folder.  This folder contains info from the office.  Please take everything out and send the folder empty back on Tuesday.  If there is a holiday on Monday, I will send it home on Tuesday.  In that case the folder is due back on Wednesday.   There may be important information so please check the folder everyday.

Until next time...Pete the cat would say,
"keep on singing your song because it's all good!"


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome! Welcome!

Mrs. Cao's Kindergarten Class!

I am thrilled to have you and your child as members of our learning community. It was so good meeting some of you on MEET THE TEACHER night.

My goal this year is to build a foundation for life-long, independent learning which emphasizes reading and mathematical readiness, scientific inquiry, creative expression and the development of social skills through a developmentally appropriate program. As your teacher, I am committed to providing  meaningful learning opportunities to meet your child's needs. Thank you for taking a moment of your time to visit our classroom website. Here you will find information specific to our classroom. I truly appreciate your support and look forward to a great year.

First Day of School News
  • There will be no Morning Assembly on the first day of school. Please report to your child's classroom. Morning assembly will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 a.m.
  • For Pre-K and Kinder parents, there will be a "Woo Hoo, Boo Hoo" breakfast in the library. Please come by after you drop off your child and get to know more about Summitt.  

I cannot wait to see you all on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! 

Monday, August 18, 2014


WELCOME to Kindergarten!

I am so happy to have you in my class and I cannot wait to see you at Meet your Teacher Night on Thursday, August 21 at 3:30 pm! Don't forget to bring your school supplies! 

In the meantime, here a a few videos you might enjoy watching to get you excited about everything we will do this year...

See you soon!

Mrs. Cao 

Friday, June 22, 2012