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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.

***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. 

 

 

***April News***

Important Dates:  April 3- Adventuremobile

     April 10-14- Book Fair

     April 14- Trike-A-Thon  (please bring a riding toy and helmet, labeled with your child’s name)  and Easter Celebration

     April 17-  NO SCHOOL

     April 19-  Boomer Visits

Student of the Month:  Aarna C.

Show and Tell: 

    April 7- something from the fall/spring

     April 14-  Bring a riding toy and helmet

     April 21-  A recycled item

     April 28-  A package of seeds for planting

Language Arts:  This month the class will be learning about the soft C sound, like in the words “ice” and “nice.”  This can be a difficult sound for the class because it sounds like an S.   Please practice at home as well to help them remember that C has two sounds.  We are also going to be learning the “ow” sound, like in the words “cow” and “out.”  We are also doing more writing now.  The class will be focusing on writing correctly, using their best handwriting.

Math:  We are going to continue working in our math book.  The lessons are getting a little more difficult.  We will be focusing on fractions now and also learning about time and money. 

Science/Social Studies:  This month we are continuing our lessons about weather and seasons.  The class will be learning different types of weather and what season they can expect to see that type of weather.  Although, we live in Kansas, so anything can happen. 

     We are also going to be talking about Easter and reading about Jesus and his death/life.  We will be reading from the Bible.  We will also be doing several Easter projects/crafts.

     We are also learning about our Earth this month.  We are going to be focusing on how to help our Earth with the 3 R’s:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. 

     Lastly, we will be starting our unit on plants.  We will be planting seeds in our classroom, as well as starting our school garden.  We are very excited about this because it gives the chance to watch different plants grow and then they can even try the foods that they grow. 

***March Madness***

Important Dates:  March 2:  Pop Top and Read Day (bring a favorite book)

March 13-16:  3rd Quarter Testing 

March 13:  Adventuremobile

March 14:  Peer Modeling

March 15:  Boomer Visits

March 17:  No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 20-21:  Spring Break/No School

 

Student of the Month:  Abigail C.

 

Show and Tell:

March 3:  A Dr. Seuss Story

March 10:  free choice

March 17:  No School

March 24:  Something from Summer

March 31:  Something from Winter

 

Language Arts:  We are going to be learning Y as vowel E and long vowel I.  This month is also third quarter testing which will include testing over all sight words learning in the previous 12 weeks as well as testing over all letters and sounds.  This will also be our first reading speed test to see how fast each child can read.   

Math:  This month we will continue working on our workbooks, practicing our skills in addition and subtraction, as well as fractions, money, and telling time.  

Science/Social Studies:  We are going to be learning about our solar system this month.  We are going to be learning about the planets and stars.  We are also going to start our unit on weather and the seasons.  We will be learning about how the weather changes in the seasons.  We are also going to be learning about different types of natural disasters.  

 

 

***Welcome to 2017***

E4 Wish List: CLICK HERE

Important Dates:  Jan. 1- Happy New Year!

     Jan. 9-13- 2nd Quarter Testing

  • Monday 1/9: Neon Day 
  • Tuesday 1/10: Western Day
  • Wednesday 1/11: Workout Day (Exercise Clothes)
  • Thursday 1/12: Circle of Life Day (Dress Young or Old or anything in between)
  • Friday 1/13: PJ Day

 Jan. 16- MLK Day

     Jan. 17- Peer Modeling

     Jan. 18- Boomer Visits

     Jan. 30- Adventuremobile Comes

Student of the Month- 

Show and Tell Schedule:     Jan. 6-  A Fairy Tale

     Jan. 13-  Free Choice

     Jan. 20- something Kansas

     Jan. 27- Free Choice

Language Arts-  This month we are getting right back into learning after our hectic holiday schedule.  We are starting off the month learning the “ch” sound.  We will also be reading and even writing our own fairy tales.  The second week we are back is testing week, so we will be testing on all of the skills that we have been learning.  The rest of the month we will be learning about the “ar” sound and the “qu” and “wh” sounds.  The end of the month will be one of our hardest lessons in language arts, which is the “er”, “ir” and “ur” lesson.  This one typically is difficult for the class, so I will be doing mini lessons over it all month long, with our biggest focus at the end of the month.

Math-  The class is really improving on the math skills.  This month we are going to be focusing a lot more on addition.  We are going to be continuing in our math workbooks learning and practicing different math strategies.  We are also going to be playing some new math games to help quicken our math facts and understanding.

Science/Social Studies-  This month we are going to be learning about famous Americans and the role they have played in our government, such as MLK, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln.  We will also be talking about the african americans that helped to change the laws in our country.  

This month is also Kansas’ Birthday.  We will be doing a two week lesson on Kansas, in which we learn all about our state.  We will be learning about the state bird, tree, mammal, etc.  Then on Friday January 27 we will be having a birthday party to celebrate our state.  Kansas’ birthday is January 29th.