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Katherine Welcomer's Email

kwelcome@lafsd.org

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Mrs. Welcomer's Kindergarten

Mrs. Welcomer's Kindergarten

Hi everyone, we had a super week in kindergarten!

 

In math, we worked on; subitizing and composing the numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, and identifying numbers 1-20. Two days a week we are having “math workshop”. During math workshop, the boys and girls work with math concepts in game like formats. The children are becoming more and more independent, and are really enjoying the autonomy in their learning!

 

The hundredth day of kindergarten is approaching fast! On Friday, February 2nd, the students are invited to bring 100 items to use in the classroom for the day. They must fit into a 1-gallon zip lock bag and please, no food items. Some suggestions are; stickers, pennies, crayons, rocks, legos, and toothpicks. Please also make sure that your child’s bag is labeled with his or her name. We will be engaged in various learning activities throughout the100th day to work with the number “100”.

 

In Writer’s Workshop, we are learning all about the tools that writers can use to help make their writing better, and easier to read! Some of the tools your child can use are his or her “Sound-a-bet” chart, a vowel chart, and a mini word-wall. All of these tools are found in the student’s writing folder! We are still writing “how to” books. This week we discussed using diagrams in our illustrations to give the reader more important information. To give added practice to this new kind of writing, we wrote “How to Make a Snowman Recipes” with our fifth grade buddies on Friday! They had to think of “ingredients” they would need, and wrote step by step instructions to complete a snowman!

 

In Reader’s Workshop this week we focused on recognizing vowel sounds in the middle of a word. We worked a lot with the short sound of the letter “e”. Next week we will work with the short “I”. We also talked about rhyming words and patterns in books. We started to use Soundabet to warm up our reading muscles each day. Soundabet is a program developed by a veteran kindergarten teacher that focuses on sounds not letters. The children are learning about digraphs and dipthongs. Digraphs are two letters that make one sound. Some examples are "ch" and "sh." Dipthongs are when two vowels are together and there is a strong vowel sound and weak vowel sound. Some examples are "ay" and "ee." The more your child can recognize these tricky sounds, the better his or her reading and writing will become! I have sent home a copy with your child. Please look for the Soundabet Sheet in your child's Friday Bag. Please keep this Soundabet chart accessible to your child and practice with your child at home!

 

We continued reading lots of informational books about MLK and Rosa Parks. We talked about living in peace, celebrating diversity, accepting and celebrating differences. We learned about Dr. King”s beliefs on non-violent protests, and the struggles that America went through during his lifetime. The children had the opportunity to write about some of the teachings and beliefs Martin Luther King had. They are inspirational! They also wrote their own dreams for a better world! Come by and take a look!

 

We had our 8th LPIE art lesson on Friday! The lesson focused on the art concept of “outline”. Each artist drew and water-colored a sea-monster! Once again, the lesson was engaging and fun for the children!

Enjoy the weekend, and hug those dear children!

 

What a very unique time this kindergarten year is in your child’s life. I am in awe of each child’s growth and development. Can you believe we are half way through the year?!!! Please know how much I enjoy each day with them! - Katherine

 

Welcome to K2  Kindergarten

Mrs. Welcomer's class!

My name is Katherine Welcomer and I am so happy to be your child's teacher. This kindergarten year will be a year of new beginnings, a year filled with large and small accomplishments, a year of trying new things and making new friends. Kindergarten is an important year in your child's education. It sets the foundation for future years. I am honored to be on this very memorable and special journey with you and your child!

 

Gentle Beginnings Schedule: Aug. 21 - Sept. 1, 8:15-11:45 - All Students Attend - Please have your child wait by the front door until the door is opened by the teacher. Please be on time to pick up your child, and please let me know how your child will be picked up (Happy Days, Baby Sitter).

 

Extended Day Schedule Begins Sept. 5

  • Early Friends 8:15-12:45
  • Late Friends: 9:30-2:00 
  • Wacky Wednesday Begins Sept. 6 All Students Attend 8:15-11:45

 

I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, weekly newsletters, emails, and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. The best way to contact me is through my school's email:

 

kwelcome@lafsd.org

 

I'm looking forward to a wonderful year with you and your child! - Katherine

Scholastic Book Order Information

Order Forms due by Monday, Jan. 15th

Scholastic Book Clubs Ordering

 Information
www.scholastic.com/bookclubs     


Class Activation Code:  GR23C
    

Dear Parents,



This month's Scholastic Book Club flyers are ready for you to explore with your child. Children read more when they choose their own books, so I encourage you to look at the flyers together.

You can return the order form and payment to me, or give online ordering a try. It saves time, offers more book choices, and earns extra rewards for the classroom!

 Happy reading,

Katherine Welcomer

Important Dates!

  • Important Dates:
  • Friday, February 2nd 100th Day of Kindergarten!

Club Fit Fun!

Club Fit Fun!

Math Workshop!

Math Workshop!

LPIE Art

LPIE Art

LPIE Art

LPIE Art

Springhill Science Fair!

Springhill Science Fair!

Springhill Science Fair!

Springhill Science Fair!

Fifth Grade Buddies!

Fifth Grade Buddies!

MLK

MLK

MLK

MLK

MLK

MLK