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

***December News***

Important Dates:

December 6- Adventuremobile 2:45-3:15pm

December 7- Kennedy Academy Christmas Program

December 10-14-  Second Quarter Testing

Monday- Neon Day

Tuesday- Christmas Sweater Day

Wednesday- Christmas Character Day (Santa, elves, etc.)

Thursday-  Camo Day

Friday- PJ Day

December 20- Adventuremobile 2:45-3:15pm

December 21- Class Christmas Parties (Please bring a wrapped book as a gift for the party.  The book should NOT be gender specific.)

December 25-28- NO SCHOOL, Christmas Break

Student of the Month:  Aryana P.

Show and Tell Schedule:

December 7- Free Choice

December 14- A Christmas Item

December 21- NO SHOW AND TELL

December 28NO SCHOOL

Language Arts:

     This month will include a lesson on the “ng” sound.  This month will only have one spelling test, due to the holiday. We will be doing writing activities about Christmas and also reviewing the sounds and lessons we have learning this year. 

Math:

     We are learning more math skills working in our workbooks.  These skills will start involving telling time, adding money, and skip counting.  We are still playing our math games and gaining better number knowledge.

Science/Social Studies:

We will be finishing our lesson on dinosaurs this month.  The class will be enjoying our dinosaurs in the classroom until the end of the month. 

     We are also going to be doing lessons about Christmas.  They will be learning about the true meaning of Christmas, as well as the story of Santa.  We are going to be doing many crafts and activities for Christmas and also reading a lot of stories about Christmas. 

ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY AND VACATION!

***November News***

Important Dates:

November 1- Adventuremobile 2:45-3:15pm

November 15- Adventuremobile 2:45-3:15pm

November 21-Pizza Party

November 22-23- NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

Student of the Month: Frannie H.

Show and Tell Schedule:

November 2- Free Choice

November 9- A family picture

November 16- Something you are thankful for

November 23- NO SCHOOL

November 30- A Dinosaur

Language Arts:

  This months lessons are short vowel E, the “th” sound, and short vowel U.  These lessons are important because they are learning that when certain letters are next to each other that they make a different sound then when they are alone.  It is important that when you study the spelling words at home that you are reminding them that the “th” sound is made when the letters T and H are next to each other.  These letters no longer make their own sound, but make a new sound.  

Math:

We are continuing on in our math workbooks.  The students are gaining new math knowledge without even realizing it.  They are playing their math games and getting better at number skills. 

Science/Social Studies:

This month starts with our family unit.  We are going to be talking about the different types of families. We will be focusing on not just how families are different, but also how they are special.  Students will be learning about different types of households and how each one is great because they are filled with love.  No matter what, they are loved by their family, whether it is big or small. 

     We are also doing our thanksgiving unit this month.  We are going to be discussing the first thanksgiving and learning about the traditions that we follow in our own families. 

     The end of the month starts our unit on dinosaurs.  This is my favorite unit.  We talk about the different types of dinosaurs and what scientists think might have happened to them.  The students learn words like extinct and fossil and paleontologist.  This is a fun unit that will continue into December. 

 

***October News***

Important Dates:

October 4- Adventuremobile 2:45-3:15pm

October 8-11- Testing Week

Monday- Inside-out Day

Tuesday- Dress Like and Animal Day

Wednesday- Crazy Sock Day

Thursday- PJ Day

October 12- NO SCHOOL (P/T Conferences)

October 18- Adventuremobile 2:45-3:15pm

October 31- Halloween, Parade and Class Parties 3:00pm

Student of the Month:    Aiden C.

Show and Tell:

October 5- something related to community helpers

October 12- NO SCHOOL

October 19- a type of transportation

October 26- something scary

Language Arts:

     This months lessons include learning words that use the short vowel I, “ck” words, words that use short vowel O, and the “al” sound.  The spelling tests will reflect the weekly lessons.  The students will be learning to read, write and spell words in each of these categories.  Please continue studying the spelling words at home.  The homework will also help with the sight words that they are learning in class.  The more sight words they know, the better readers they will become.

Math: 

We are continuing to work in our workbook, as well as playing math games to help increase their number skills.  They will be learning to recognize numbers as well as use them to count, add, and determine their placement on a number grid.  The further into the math curriculum we get, the more skills they will be developing.  They will be learning about money everyday as well, during calendar time.  You can help practice with money at home by asking which coin it is and how much it is worth. 

Science/Social Studies:

     This month starts with a lesson about community helpers.  The class will be talking about jobs.  They will be discussing the job that they might want when they grow up. They will also be learning about all the other jobs that are available.  They will be focusing on the jobs that are important to the community, such as firefighter, police officer, and doctor.  These are community helper jobs because they are helping the people in the community.  They will also be learning the difference between a good and a service.  Both of these are important to the community.

The class will also be learning about different types of transportation and communication this month.  They will be discussing the different ways of getting from here to there.  They will be learning about planes, trains, automobiles, and much more.  We will also be talking about communication through interviews, mobile devices, and through written word. 

     They will be doing many fun Halloween activities and crafts as well. This will be an exciting month for them, because they enjoy dressing up and getting candy.  We will have plenty of activities that will include the Halloween theme. 

     The month ends with a lesson on cultural diversity.  The class will be learning about differences in cultures and how we can not only recognize those differences, but also celebrate them. They will be learning to understand that differences are a good thing, because without differences it would be a boring world.  Differences bring new ideas and new friendships.  We focus on the acceptance of all cultures and types of people. 

***September News***

Important Dates:

September 3- NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

September 18- Preschool/Sibling Pictures
September 19- Elementary Pictures (yep, that’s us)

September 20- Our first Adventuremobile day!  2:45-3:15 pm

Student of the Month:  Camryn R. 

Show and Tell Schedule:

September 7- Something you can SEE and TOUCH

September 14- Something that you can HEAR

September 21- Something you can SMELL

September 28- Something you can TASTE

Language Arts:

     This month we are finishing up our review of the letters and sounds.  Your student will get their first homework and spelling list on Friday, September 14th.  It will be due back on Friday, September 21.  You can stick it in the drop box on the purple cubbies when you return it.  The first spelling test will be on Wednesday, September 19th.  If your student does not get 100%, they will get another chance to take the test on the following day.  I encourage you to help study the words at home.  If you are limited on study time, studying in the car can also be effective.  They don’t necessarily have to write the words to study them. 

Math:

     By September we will be doing more work in our workbooks.  The class will also be doing daily math games to help them with the skills that they need to be able to complete the work and also to gain better number skills.  The math games are a lot of fun and the students don’t even realize that they are learning too. 

Science/Social Studies:

     September is the the month that we focus on the five senses.  The kids enjoy bringing show and tell items that demonstrate each of the five senses.  They will also be doing activities as well as projects that help to show what each sense means and how it works. 

     The second half of the month we are going to be doing our nutrition unit.  This is an important unit where we discuss the food groups, eating healthy, and living a healthy lifestyle.  They will bringing “something to taste” on the last Friday of the month.  They will be identifying not only how it tastes, but what food group it falls into.  This does not have to be something to share with others, but if you would like to send something that the whole class can share, that would be welcome as well. 

***Welcome to E4 in August***

Important Dates:

~ August 3rd
NO SCHOOL – New Student Orientation

~August 6th – 10th-
Placement Testing/Spirit Theme
Monday: Wear Your Favorite Color Day
Tuesday: Dress as your favorite sport or sports team
Wednesday: Dress Yourself Day
Thursday: Fun Hat Day
Friday: Bring your favorite stuffed animal/PJ Day

~August 17th-
Parent’s Night 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Student of the Month:  Raelynn

Welcome to E4:

I am excited to meet and get to know all of the new families.  It’s going to be a great school year.  The goal for the students this year is to be reading at least basic words/books.  They should be able to read at least 100 sight words and blend sounds together to make words.  They will also know basic math skills, such as addition, subtraction, telling time, and money. 

Language Arts:

We start off the school year with reviewing our letters and letter sounds.  We spend the first six weeks of school focusing on the basics.  The goal is to know all of the letters and most of the sounds by the end of the six weeks.  Having this as a foundation for the school year will really help when we start spelling and reading.  We are also going to be learning some basic sight words during this review.  We won’t be testing over sight words though until after we have finished with the review.

Math:

In August we are going to start off our school year by reviewing the numbers one through twenty.  We will be adding to our numbers as the year goes on.  We will also be doing many hands on activities to help with learning the basic math concepts.  The students will be playing math games and using manipulatives to reinforce their math skills. 

Themes:

In August we start off the year learning about ourselves.  We are going to do an All About Me theme, where the students talk about their interests, looks, and family.  They will be sharing the information with their friends to get to know each other.  We will also be learning the rules of the classroom and learning how to get along with each other.  We will be learning about table manners and being polite as well.  We will also start our human body theme, where we learn about the parts of the body and what each part does.

 

Summer News

Due to a family emergency, the E4 classroom will be closed for the summer.

Please refer to the Director’s Blog for a list of upcoming important dates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Kandice or Chelsie in the office. Thank you!

***June News***

Important Dates:

June 4-8- Testing Week/Spirit Week

Monday- Career Day

Tuesday- Sports Team Day

Wednesday- Luau Day

Thursday- Red, White, and Blue Day

Friday- Pajama Day

June 6- Fire Safety Demonstration

June 12- EMT Demonstration

June 13- Fire Safety Demonstration, part 2

June 20- Fire Safety Demonstration, part 3

June 22- No School, All School Picnic and Graduation

June 25- Pop, Top, and Read

June 27- Boomer Visits/Final Fire Safety Demonstration

Student of the Month- RC

Show and Tell:

June 1- A Nursery Rhyme to Recite

  June 8- Free Choice

June 15- A picture of Dad

June 22- No School

     June 29- Free Choice

As we are wrapping up this school year we will be doing our final school testing.  The students will be tested on all of the sight words we have learned this year.  They will be tested on all of the areas we have covered throughout the year, including reading speed and math facts. 

This month we will be discussing our dads and how they are special to us.  We will spend a week writing about our dads and making fathers day gifts. 

We are also going to be practicing our songs for graduation and preparing for the cap and gown ceremony. 

The last week of the month we are going to be starting our summer program.  The class will be doing more play and hands on fun activities. 

***Yay it’s May!***

Important Dates:

May 2- Adventuremobile 2:45

May 23-  Boomer 9:30

May 21-25- Book Fair

May 28- NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

Student of the Month- Allie and Tanya

Show and Tell-

May 4- an insect

May 11- a picture of mom

May 18- an ocean item

May 25- free choice

Language Arts:  This month we are wrapping up our final spelling tests.  May also marks the end of having homework.  The final homework will be due May 18th.  We will be doing more reading and writing, using the skills they have been learning all year long. 

Math:  The goal is to finish the second math workbook by the end of May.  Students will be learning about fractions this month, as well as shapes, graphing, and addition skills.  We are wrapping up our lessons, so that we can use our gained knowledge toward fun activities in the classroom.

Science/Social Studies:  This month we are going to be doing our lesson about insects.  The students will be learning about different types of insects and how they change.  They will be learning the difference between spiders and insects as well.  Our class caterpillars will be butterflies by the end of May and we are looking forward to releasing them. 

We are also going to have our unit on Mothers this month.  The kids will be making mothers day gifts as well as discussing what makes their moms special.

This month we also have our ocean theme.  We will be studying the ocean, ocean creatures, and what you can find in the ocean.

We will be learning about the four elements this month.  We will discuss Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.  This will be the unit that we get to talk about sinking and floating and make boats to float. 

We will conclude the month with our lesson about nursery rhymes.  We will be reading nursery rhymes and learning to recite them.

***April Showers***

Important Dates:

April 4- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

April 18- Adventuremobile at 2:45 pm

April 25- Boomer Visits 9:30 am

April 27- No School/Inservice Day

 

Show and Tell:

April 6- something “winter”

April 13- something “fall/spring”

April 20- a recycled item

April 27- NO SCHOOL

 

Language Arts:  This month we will continue working on spelling.  Please continue practicing their words at home.  We are also going to be working on our writing skills and our reading skills.  The students will be encouraged to practice their reading skills in a one on one setting during free choice time.  I want to help individuals on the skills that they need help with.  

Math:  I have seen after testing that the class really needs to work on clock skills.  So, we will be devoting more time to learning to read an analog clock.  You can help to encourage this skill by testing them at home to see if they can tell you the time.  We will also continue working on the other skills as well, such as adding, money, and number skills.

Science/Social Studies:  This month is our weather and seasons month.  We are going to be talking a lot about weather changes and what types of weather to expect during each season.  I noticed during testing that most of the class did not know what types of weather changes they would see in each season, so this lesson will help with that a lot. 

We are also doing our unit on the Earth and recycling this month.  The class will be learning about what they can do to help our environment.   They will also be learning what it means to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

We are finishing out the month with our plant lesson.  We have already started planting seeds to grow our own vegetables in our school garden.  We will watch them grow and change and observe how different plants grow.  We are also going to be learning what plants need to grow. 

***March Madness***

Important Dates: 

March 5-9- Testing Week/Spirit Week

  Monday- Crazy Hair Day

              Tuesday- Pattern Day

              Wednesday- Blast from the Past Day

              Thursday- Camo Day

              Friday- PJ Day

March 14- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

March 16- NO SCHOOL

March 19-20- NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

March 22- Kansas Connections (Topeka Library) *Earth, Moon, Sun* 9-10am

March 28- Boomer Bear Visits 9:30am

March 30- Trike-A-Thon (Bring a riding toy AND helmet, labeled with the student’s name.)

 

March Themes:  Dr. Seuss, St. Patricks Day, Solar System, Easter

 

Student of the Month:  Maddox

 

Show and Tell: 

March 2- A Dr. Seuss Story

March 9- Free Choice

March 16- NO SCHOOL

March 23- something summer

March 30- Riding toy and helmet (labeled with students name)

 

Language Arts:  This month we are going to be reviewing the sounds and letters that we have learned this year.  The class will be using the skills that they have learned this year to read and write.  The class is really starting to enjoy writing and using their phonemic knowledge to sound out words.  Remember that inventive spelling is a good thing.  Having the students try spelling words on their own really shows their growth in being able to spell and write on their own.  Even if words aren’t spelled correctly, it’s a great development to be using their own skills to “sound out” words.

 

Math:  We have moved into our second math book.  We are going to continue working on our number skills.  The class is getting much faster at adding and using their skills.  We are continuing our fast math activities and playing math games to increase our math skills. 

 

Theme Activities:  We are going to be learning more about rhyming during our Dr. Seuss week.  We will be using those predictable text skills to read stories.  This is a fun week full of Dr. Seuss stories.

We are also going to be doing St. Patricks Day activities.  We are going to be doing a lot of green activities during the week leading to St. Patricks Day.

We are going to be learning about the solar system this month.  We will be learning the planets names and other information about the solar system.  This is also when we discuss what we see in the sky and what is around our Earth.  We will also be talking about maps this week and there will be a focus on addresses this month. 

We are ending the month with our Easter theme.  This is the same week that we do riding lessons leading to the trike-a-thon.  The students will be learning about how to ride their bikes safely.