August 24 - 28

What a great first full week of school! I am the luckiest teacher to have such a great group of students with me and I am excited about our year together. We are having so much fun getting to know one another and adjusting to this crazy little thing called kindergarten :) 

Thank you again to the parents that signed up to help us out in the morning with Daily Folders. Here is a reminder of our helpers: 

Mondays: Mrs. Cunanan 

Tuesdays: Mrs. Coate 

Wednesdays: Mrs. Argleben

Thursdays: Mrs. Tooker

Fridays: Mrs. Coate/Barro

We are very excited to have Cathy Coate as our room mom.  Cathy is Stevie’s  mommy.  Her contact information is as follows:


cell phone:  951 941-0090

In the future you can find all Cathy’s contact information on the Room Parent tab at the top of the page.

At Back to School Night, you should have received a Sight Word CD with most of our sight word songs. This is a fun way to learn our sight words and reinforce letter identification too. Have your child point to each letter on their flashcard as they sing the letter name and have fun singing! 

At Back to School Night, you should have also received a note showing you how to download the QR CODE app onto your phone or tablet. Your children will have the opportunity to scan QR codes in the classroom and watch great videos to help with reading, phonemic awareness, penmanship, and math. Every week, some of the papers we are working on in class will come home. Have your child scan those QR codes again and again for practice! They love the videos!  I will also post these (AND MORE!) QR Code practice activity pages on Parent Square so you can download them.  This is a great way to reinforce/practice at home!


Our first Scholastic Book Order is available online!   Check out the over 500 titles at the Scholastic Website. Here’s how it works:

  1. 1.GO ONLINE to (this link can also be found on our class website at the top of each page under the Scholastic Book Order tab.)  On the Scholastic site go to Parent Page, click “Don’t have a Username and Password? link, then register for your own username and password to use all year long!  When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code (GT7JC).  This code ensures your order is sent to our class.

2. SELECT the books you’d like to order from over 500 titles.

3.  SEND your order to me online by the due date.  Books will be delivered directly to our classroom within just a few weeks of ordering.

There is no school on Monday, September 7 due to the Labor Day holiday. Enjoy the time off with your families! 

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: IS, THE, ME, OR.

Letter Team: TH (we are learning that TH has two different sounds - a hard sound, like in MOTHER and THE, and a soft sound, like in THUMB and WITH). 

Word Family: AP (cap, tap, rap, etc.)

Reading: We are learning the vowels! Ask your child about our special vowel song and what sounds the vowels can make! We are learning that each vowel can make 2 sounds - short and long. We are also learning the parts of a book, including title, author, illustrator, and title page. You can help at home by having your child point to each part of the book before you read. Students will continue one-to-one matching, and we will learn a few more reading strategies, including, "Get your mouth ready for the first sound", "Know the Letter Sounds" and "Stretch out the sounds”, and Listen to fluent, expressive reading.

Writing: We are writing a new book together about our shapes and colors using our sight words of the week. We will practice that a sentence starts with an uppercase letter and ends with a period. We are working on putting finger spaces in between our words. We are learning that our ABC Sound Chart helps us to identify sounds/letters in words. (You will also find the ABC Sound Chart on your child's Take Home Folder!!)

Math: We will practice number identification, number writing, days of the week, months of the year, and shapes. We will also focus on identifying what number comes next without having to go back to start counting at 1. In class, we call it "Popcorn Counting". For example, if I ask a student to count on from the number 7, I would like them to say "8, 9, 10" and the numbers just pop out of our brain like popcorn. We sing a song about this called: Popcorn Count

Popcorn Count (Popcorn Count)

It’s what it’s all about! (It’s what it’s all about!)

It helps us add up numbers (It helps us add up numbers)

Really Quick!

Lickety Split!

Leadership: This month and throughout September, our theme is "GRIT". We are teaching that grit is perseverance and passion for long-term goals. We will discuss ways to demonstrate grit at home and at school. This topic will be our Turn-In Homework this week.