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About me

My name is Jessica Robinson. 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.

***Frosty February***

Important Dates:

February 14- Valentines Party

February 16- NO SCHOOL

February 21- Boomer visits from the library

February 28- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

Student of the Month:  Aarna C.

Show and Tell:

February 2- A Machine

February 9- Valentines item

February 16- NO SCHOOL

February 23- An Animal

Language Arts:

This month we are learning about the “qu” and “wh” sounds.  We are also going to be learning about “er”, “ir”, and “ur”.   This spelling list will be especially hard because it tests over all of them at the same time. Something that I have used in the past to help the students remember which letter combination to use is: 

 “Her name is Er.  Sir, the bird is in the dirt.  Don’t burn the fur.”

We will be working on double letters this month as well, in words like “middle” and “wiggle”.  We will also learn about the long vowel O, spelled “ow” and “oa”. 

Math:

We started doing our fast math last month, so this month we are going to continue improving our addition speed.  We are also going to be learning more about place value using place value cubes to represent the ones, tens, and hundreds place.  We will also continue working in our workbook. The goal is to finish book one by the end of the month and move on to book two.

Themes:

We will start the month learning about Valentines Day and making crafts to celebrate the holiday.  We will also be using our writing skills to create “love letters”. 

We are going to spend the middle of the month to learn all about animals.  We will focus on pets, zoo animals, and farm animals.  We will also be learning about habitats and animal homes.

At the end of the month we will start our unit on Dr. Seuss.  This will be where we get a lot of practice with rhymes.  We will be reading a lot of Dr. Seuss books and even creating rhymes of our own. 

***Jumping into January***

Important Dates:

 

  • January 1st- NO SCHOOL (Happy New Year)
  • January 12th- Kansas Connections Lesson (TSCPL)- Kansas Symbols
  • January 15th – Martin Luther King Jr Holiday – School is in session! (Calendar misprint)
  • January 17th- Adventuremobile 2:45pm
  • January 18th & 19th – Free Eye Exams
  • January 24th-  Boomer 9:30am
  • January 29th- Kansas’ Birthday
  • January 31st- Adventuremobile 2:45pm

Student of the Month:  Ameya G.

Show and Tell:

  • January 5- A Fairy Tale
  • January 12- Free Choice
  • January 19- Something “Kansas”
  • January 26- Free Choice

Themes: 

  • Fairy Tales- We will be reading fairy tales and talking about the difference between fiction and non-fiction stories.  We will be learning about how stories get passed down year after year and because of books we are able to read stories that were told years ago. 
  • Black History- We are going to be learning about famous men and women of history that helped to change laws so that all people could the same rights.  We will be learning about MLK and Rosa Parks and other people who helped the fight for equality.
  • Kansas- We are going to be learning about the Kansas symbols, such as the state bird and insect.  We are going to be learning where Kansas is on a map.  We will also discuss what Kansas is well known for- wheat, farming, and sunflowers. 
  • Machines/Magnets- We will be playing with magnets as well as learning about machines and how they work to make our lives easier.  We will be learning about simple machines and their uses. 

Language Arts:

We are going to really focus on handwriting as we start the new year.  The students will be learning to write sentences and use their spelling skills.  We will continue to expand on their spelling and sight words.  They will also be using their skills to start reading more. 

Math:

We will continue working on our math skills in our workbooks.  We are also going to be practicing our skills at doing “fast math.”  Each student will do as many addition problems as they can in two minutes.  We will start with adding zero and then move on from there with adding one, adding two and so on.  The goal is to be able to begin adding quicker. 

 

***Dashing Through December***

Important Dates: 

December 8-  Kennedy Academy Christmas Program

December 11-15- Testing Week 

  • Monday – Neon Day
  • Tuesday – Christmas Sweater/Shirt Day
  • Wednesday – Christmas Character Day 
  • Thursday – Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness
  • Friday – Pajama Day

December 13- Adventuremobile at 2:45 pm

December 20- Boomer at 9:30 am

December 22- Christmas Party/Book Exchange

December 25-January 1- NO SCHOOL, enjoy the holidays!

 

Student of the Month:  Audree S.

 

Show and Tell:

Dec. 1- Dinosaur

Dec. 8- Free Choice

Dec. 15- Something Christmas

Dec. 22-  NO SHOW AND TELL

 

Language Arts:  This month we are learning “th” and “ar”.  We are also going to be reviewing all of the sounds we have learned so far this year.  We will be testing over sight words we have learned and sounds we have learned so far this year.  We will be practicing our reading skills and getting ready to bump up our learning in January. 

 

Math:  We are going to continue working on our math skills this month.  We learn a lot of our math skills during our circle time and then put them into practice in our math journals.  They are learning about addition and money, as well as place value and word problems. 

 

Themes:  Dinosaurs-  We are focusing on learning about fossils, types of dinosaurs, and even volcanoes this month. 

Christmas-  We are going to be doing a lot of fun Christmas crafts and activities, as well as reading Christmas stories.

 

***November News***

Important Dates: 

November 1- Happy Bear

November 8- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

November 22-  Boomer visits 9:30am

November 23, 24- No School, Thanksgiving

November 29- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

 

Student of the Month: Luv

 

Show and Tell:

November 3- Free choice

November 10- a family picture

November 17- something you are thankful for

November 24- NO SCHOOL

 

Themes: 

Family-  We are going to be talking about families and how they are the same and different.  We are going to be learning about the people in our families and discussing what they do. 

Thanksgiving-  We are going to be learning about the first thanksgiving and how it was celebrated.  We are going to be talking about turkeys and how each family celebrates the holiday.

Dinosaurs-  We are starting our unit on dinosaurs at the end of November.  We are going to be talking about the different types of dinosaurs and what happened to them.  The students will be learning the words extinct and fossils. 

 

Language Arts:  We are going to be continuing spelling tests and weekly lessons.  The students will be learning short vowel o, the “al” sound, short vowel e, and the “th” sound.  Please continue working on the spelling words at home to help with the student’s confidence and accuracy. 

 

Math:  We will continue working on our math curriculum, focusing on addition, subtraction, number recognition, and counting.  After testing, I have decided to add in more focus on ordinals and months of the year, so we will be spending time on those things as well. 

 

 

***October News***

Important Dates: 

October 9-13- 1st Quarter Testing and Spirit Week

Monday-Inside/Out Day

Tuesday- Dress Like an Animal Day

Wednesday- Crazy Sock Day

Thursday- Superhero/Villain Day

Friday- Pajama Day

October 11- Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

October 16- NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 25- Boomer at 9:30am, Adventuremobile at 2:45pm

October 27- Halloween Celebration and Parade of Costumes

Student of the Month:  Madison T.

Show and Tell:

October 6- something related to community helpers (such as a fireman hat, police badge, or doctor stethoscope)

October 13- Free Choice

October 20- a type of transportation

October 27- something scary

Language Arts:

This month we will be learning words with short vowel i and words with “ck” at the end.  We will continue with spelling this month.  We are also going to be doing our weekly nursery rhymes, writing, and reading lessons.  Testing is this month, so I will be figuring spelling grades and testing on what we have learned so far in class.

Math:

We are going to be continuing to work in our math books this month.  We are learning math games to help with number recognition and other math skills.  The students will be learning addition, as well as money and place value during our daily lessons.

Science and Social Studies:

This month we are learning about community helpers.  We are going to be talking about different jobs in the community and how people help each other while doing a job.  We are also going to be learning about transportation and different ways of getting from here to there.  We will also be discussing communication and the different methods of talking to others.  We also have our Halloween theme this month and will be doing different Halloween related crafts.  The end of the month begins our lesson on cultural diversity, where we learn about different cultures and traditions.

***September News***

Important Dates:

September 4-  NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

September 21-  School Pictures (please note that sibling pictures are on Sept. 20)

Student of the Month:  Sameep

Show and Tell:

September 1- something to “touch”

September 8- something to “see”

September 15- something to “hear”

September 22- something to “smell”

September 29- something to “taste”

Themes:  5 Senses and Nutrition

     This month we are focusing on each of the 5 senses.  We are going to be categorizing items based on their senses.  This month is also nutrition month, where we talk about healthy and unhealthy foods.  This unit focuses on overall health and wellness and how to develop healthy habits now.  We are going to be learning about foods and also about staying active. 

Language Arts:  Review

  This month we are going to be finishing our letter review.  The goal is that by the end of the month the students will know at least 90% of their letter sounds and be able to recognize all their letters.  By the end of the month we will be starting our spelling lessons.  A spelling list will go home each week to practice.  Spelling tests will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If your student gets a 100% on their test on Wednesday, they will NOT have to take the test again on Thursday.  The students who did not get 100% on Wednesday will try again on Thursday to get a better score.  The homework will also include sight word practice.  This will help them be able to read faster and with more fluency.

Math:  Circular Learning

    Our math curriculum consists of building on top of what the class has already learned.  We will be learning number recognition, as well as counting, and patterns throughout the whole school year. The curriculum adds in addition, subtraction, time, money, and other skills as the year continues.  Each time a new skill is introduced the curriculum has them keep practicing it throughout the year adding more skills to it and increased difficulty.  This insures that they continue practicing and building on their math skills. 

***Back to School in August***

WELCOME TO E4!!!!

Important Dates: 

August 4-  NO SCHOOL

August 7-11- PLACEMENT TESTING and SPIRIT WEEK

Monday- Favorite Color Day (wear your favorite color to school)

Tuesday- Favorite Stuffed Animal (bring your favorite stuffed animal to school for the day)

Wednesday- Favorite Sports Team (dress in your favorite team colors or logo)

Thursday- Dress Yourself Day (let your child pick out their own outfit, no matter crazy it looks)

Friday-  Fun Hat Day (any hat works and if you don’t have one, make one)

August 18- Parents Night at 6pm  (Come meet your child’s teacher, get classroom information, etc.)

 

Show and Tell:

Aug 4- No School

Aug 11-  free choice

Aug 18-  A favorite toy

Aug 25- A current photo of self

 

Themes:

This month is all about getting to know each other.  We are going to be learning about our classmates and our teachers.  We will be working on learning how to be friends and get along with each other.  We are going to be learning the rules of the classroom.  We are also going to start our lesson on the human body at the end of the month.  The class will learn about body parts and how they work.  They will also be learning about hygiene and how to take care of their body by washing their hands, bathing, and eating healthy. 

 

Language Arts:

We are going to be starting our letter review this month.  We are going to be spending about 6 weeks reviewing all the letters and sounds.  The goal is that by the end of the 6 weeks the students will know at least 90% of the letters and sounds and are prepared for spelling tests.  We are going to be focusing on one or two letters a day.  The students will be learning to recognize each letter and write it. 

 

Math: 

We are going to start of the year with learning about the calendar.  We will be learning about the days of the week and the months of the year.  We are also going to start the year learning about money.  We will learn about patterns too.  The kids will start with two part patterns and move on to three part patterns.  We will start using our math journals by the end of the month.  In our math journals we are learning about different math concepts each day and reviewing what we already learned.

***Summer Fun***

Important Dates:  July 3-7– NO SCHOOL (Summer Vacation)

Show and Tell-  Free Choice every Friday in July

Splash Days- Tuesdays and Fridays

(Bring swim suits on Monday for the week, take home on Friday to wash.)

This July we will be working on our school garden.  We will be learning about plants, nutrition, and growing our own foods. 

We will continue doing circle time, reading stories, practicing basic math skills, and reading skills.  We will also practice writing.

***June has arrived***

Important Dates:

18th–  Fathers Day

1922–  4th Quarter Testing

Monday–  Career Day

Tuesday–  Sports Team Day

Wednesday–  Luau Day

Thursday–  Red, White, and Blue Day

21st–  Boomer Visits

23rd–  All School Picnic 10:00am-12:00pm at Shelter House #2 Shawnee Lake

Graduation- 3:00pm at the VA Theater

 

Show and Tell-

2ndFavorite Nursery Rhyme

9th–  Free Choice

16th–  Pic of Dad

23rd–  No School

30thFree Choice

This month we are going to be doing a lot of summer activities.  We are going to be planting our plants, playing outside and doing lots of nutritional activities. 

We are going to be learning about sports and circuses as well. 

We are going to be discussing our dad’s this month.  We will be talking about why we love our dads and how special they are. 

 

***May Has Arrived***

Important Dates:  May 1- Adventuremobile

May 14- Mothers Day

May 15-19- Junior Achievement

May 17-  Boomer Visits

May 29- No School/Memorial Day

Student of the Month Camden

Show and Tell Schedule:

May 5- an insect

May 12- a picture of mom

May 19- an ocean item

May 26- free choice

Language Arts:  This month we are wrapping up our spelling lessons.  We will learn about using y as vowel i, in words like “my, try, and by.”  We are also going to be learning about long vowel o.  Our last spelling test will be on May 11.  There will also be no more homework after that week.  Yay!  We will continue doing activities in class to help with writing and reading, but no more spelling for the year. 

Math:  We are finishing up our math books.  This will continue with lessons about shapes and fractions.  We will also be working on addition speed.  Time and money will also be a focus this month.

Science:  This month we are learning about insects.  We are going to be talking about their bodies, what they do and where they live. 

We are also going to have our ocean lesson this month.  We will be talking about ocean life and the types of plants and animals that live in the ocean. 

This month we are also learning about the four elements: fire, air, water, and earth. 

Social Studies:  This month is all about Mom.  We are going to be learning about our moms and discussing what makes all of our mom’s special. 

We will also be doing our nursery rhyme lesson in which we learn all about rhyming and have fun with nursery rhymes.