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October 5th Walk a thon 9:40 AM - 10:10 AM and Lunch on the Green (pick up your kinder at 11:15 to enjoy picnic lunch)


Make-up Picture Day:  Tue, October 9, 2018, 8:15am – 1:15pm


Thursday October 18th  October Fest  (Volunteers needed check Shutterfly)


DBPC Executive Board Mtg:  Fri, October 19, 2018, 8:20am – 9:20am


Thursday Oct 24 Alphabet Dress Up Day


Friday October 26  Carnoween


October  31ST Field Trip to CV Pumpkin Farm donation $25.00  (Everyone comes as laters 9:00-12;30) Wear new Kinder Shirt


November 15th  FALL Feast- ALL students come as earlies 8:10am  - 11:40am.  All families members invited sign up to bring a dish to share (TBA)


December 19th Winter Program  All students come as laters 9:00 - 12:30.  Performance is in MU room from 12N to 12:30 ALL families invited


December 21st Winter Fest ALL students come as earlies 8:10 - 11:40.  Special centers.  All families invited

School Fire Drill Awesome Listeners
School Fire Drill Awesome Listeners


ALL students come as earlies 8:10 - 11:40 

Beachbum Dates


9-25 Melawi

10-1 Dominic

10-8 Ben

10-15 Olivia

10-22 Brady

10-29  Logan

11-5  Carter

11-26  Maggie

12-3  Reanna

12-10  Nichilas

12-17  Kacey

1-14  Landon

1-28  Liat

2-4  Elisa

2-11  Sienna

3-4  Cookie

4-15  Oliver

4-22 Jazlene

4-29  Isabella

5-6  Ryan

Sight Words Taught

Week of 9/24

I can the 

Budding Artist
Budding Artist
Scientist in the making
Scientist in the making
Curriculm Details



Language Arts:

All letter recognition and sounds beginning formation of letters

sight words I-can-the-we-see



Counting to 30

Recognizing numbers 1-10

Shapes and patterning

ways to make 3-4-5-6-7-



Basic tools



Social Studies:

All about me

Community Helpers


New Spirit Wear

We have new spirit wear!  Click on link below to see the new awesome things for our Monte Gardens Community


Purchase your new Monte Gardens Spirit Wear here.

Scholastic Class Code


Why we have a song for everything
  • Singing is FUN
  • Singing builds language skills
  • Singing builds reading skills
  • Learning new songs builds self esteem
  • Singing with actions help develop motor skills
  • Singing build memory skills
  • Singing build social skills
  • Singing together develops relationships
Number Talks In Kindergarten


What is a Number Talk?

A Number Talk is a short, ongoing daily routine that provides students with meaningful ongoing practice with computation. A Number Talk is a powerful tool for helping students develop computational fluency because the expectation is that they will use number relationships and the structures of numbers to add, subtract, multiply and divide

Number Talks should be structured as short sessions alongside (but not necessarily directly related to) the ongoing math curriculum. It is important to keep Number Talks short, as they are not intended to replace current curriculum or take up the majority of the time spent on mathematics. In fact, teachers need to spend only 5 to 15 minutes on Number Talks. Number Talks are most effective when done everyday.

What is the Goal of Number Talks?

The primary goal of Number Talks is computational fluency.

Children develop computational fluency while thinking and reasoning like mathematicians. Children are asked to make connections and look for relationships and thus are engaged in "doing mathematics." When they share their strategies with others, they learn to clarify and express their thinking, thereby developing mathematical language. This in turn serves them well when they are asked to express their mathematical processes in writing

In order for children to become computationally fluent, they need to know particular mathematical concepts that go beyond what is required to memorize basic facts or procedures. Students need to understand that:

• Numbers are composed of smaller numbers.

• Numbers can be taken apart and combined with other numbers to make new numbers.

• What we know about one number can help us figure out other numbers.

• What we know about parts of smaller numbers can help us with parts of larger numbers.

• Numbers are organized into groups of tens and ones (and hundreds, tens and ones and so forth.)

• What we know about numbers to 10 helps us with numbers to 100 and beyond

What is Computational Fluency?

The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics states that "Computational fluency refers to having efficient and accurate methods for computing. Students exhibit computational fluency when they demonstrate flexibility in the computational methods they choose, understand and can explain these methods, and produce accurate answers efficiently. The computational methods that a student uses should be based on mathematical ideas that the student understands well, including the structure of the base-ten number system, properties of multiplication and division, and number relationships."

A Number Talk is a powerful tool for helping students develop computational fluency because the expectation is that they will use number relationships and the structures of numbers to add, subtract, multiply and divide.


Math OverView for Kindergaarten

Grade K Overview

Counting and Cardinality

  • Know number names and the count sequence.
  • Count to tell the number of objects.
  • Compare numbers.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

Measurement and Data

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes.
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category


  • Identify and describe shapes.
  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

Mathematical Practices

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Why We do Poetry Journals in Kinder

It’s important to help young children learn and love to read. Simple poems are excellent tools for literacy because they are fun word play.

  • The connection between pre-reading and reading skills and later success in school is clear. Academic success can prevent risky behaviors in older children (e.g., dropping out of school, substance abuse and crime).
  • There is a strong relationship between learning to read and preventing behavior problems.
  • Poetry builds a love of words. Sharing poetry opens communication—laughing together at funny poems or making a game of silly rhymes. Talking together now leaves the door open for older children to continue to communicate and share their feelings and concerns.
Janet Riley Locker
Janet Riley Locker

Riley's Kindergarten Beach Bums


Hello October

Wow this year is really starting to pick up and we are literally running everywhere in kindergarten!  This week we have the Walk-A-Thon/Lunch on the Green on Friday.  I will be putting their new t shirts on them before the walk.  I have all the tickets for those buying BBQ lunch so pick that up from me before you head to the line.  We are asking ll parents who will be joining us to be here by 11:15 am.  Dismissal will be at 11:40. Remember  all students are earlies Oct 5th from 8:10 - 11:40.

We are finishing up our apple study unit and moving into everything fall.  We got a strong start on our math and reading skills using apples and now we will switch to pumpkins! 

So this month I wanted to focus on our STEM program.  We travel over to B6 every other Thursday from 9:50 - 10:20.  We have been having so much fun.  This past week we learned about and built robots., last time we constructed a building for our little pigs (from the Three Little Pigs story) and Mrs. Krupa came around with a hair dryer to see if our structures would blow down! SO much fun  Mrs. Krupa is our STEM teacher and we love her. Its always something the children look forward to.  This year we will work on chrome books. construct many different challenges and cover all our science areas.  

So as we hopefully head into cooler weather remember to label all clothing, our lost and found grows quickly!

Just a few reminders that help our days run better::


NO juices or liquids to drink except for a pop up water snack

Please try and provide spoons for kiddos when needed.

Take home readers are due on Friday with homework folders!

Label all jackets and sweaters



login: https//clever/in/mdusd

-Enter the id and password that is on the front of your homework folder.  Click on i-ready and begin!


Ms. Riley

MotorSkills Start 9/12/18

Each Wednesday is motor skills .  We need many volunteers so please look at your schedule and pencil us in! We are learning to tie shoes in kinder  they will get there : but until your child has this skill please put them in Velcro or slip one for motor skills .  Remember no tights and shorts must be worn under dresses and skirts. 

A word about handwriting

Recent research illustrates how writing by hand engages the brain in learning! We are beginning to engage our brains in kinder!  Please help your student by practice the strokes that have been coming home in the yellow folders.  Also I am noticing many issues with pencil grips and holding pencils.  I will continue to correct and teach proper grips and posture. You can also help at home by writing your child's name with the first letter capatilzed and the rest lower case ex: Jason.  I have notice lots and lots of capitals in the middle of names! We will be working on fine motor all year.  If I notice some real issues I will ask the OT to observe.  I will also send home some basic fine motor activites to do at home that wil help strengthen their hands! Off we go!


We have a great resource with RAZ-kids and many families are not taking advantage of it!  This program is at your child's fingertips and is very helpful in helping the kinders reinforce the concepts they need to be strong readers.  Each child has a login in and it is taped to their homeowrk folder.  I have always left everyone on their honor to login in weekly so I am counting on all of you to login and watch your child grow through this program!

Center Work


This is how to cut milk carton for our planting unit
This is how to cut milk carton for our planting unit
CV Pumpkin Farm

Here re the Chaperones.  Please remember all students come as laters 9:05 - 12:30  bring a packed labeled lunch and wear new yellow kinder shirt












Engineers at work
Engineers at work
A note about Walk a Thon/ Lunch on the Green on October 5th


ALL students come as earlies 8:10 - 11:40 am


Walk-a-thon 9:40 - 10:10 AM

We will be participating in the Walk a thon - Lunch on the Green on October 5th from 9:40 am to 10:10 am

Our walk-a-thon is a way for our school to raise money.  Each walkers laps are tallied and recorded and donations are drawn from the amount they walk or a flat fee.  Each child received a donation sheet in the Monday Envelope on 9/24.  Our t-shirts will be ready and we will be putting them on the children prior to the event.


Lunch on the Green 11:10 am  - 11:40 am is an annual family centered great event.  Families are invited to pick up heir kinder and come to the BIG yard to enjoy a picnic lunch with family and friends.  Bring your wagons to cart in blankets and chairs to sit on.  You can bring your own picnic or purchase one from the cafeteria ( a flyer went home last week)  Please arrive by 11:10 to participate in this family picnic. The only thing Kinder is asking is that if you can not participate please do not buy a BBQ lunch for your kinder as we have no one to wait in line with them  We are happy to picnic with them until release time at 11:40. All students wilbe released to parents or daycare by 11:40 am

Wish List

I will be posting something in the Shutterfly my kiddos would love if you are so inclined. 

Gettin to know each other
Gettin to know each other



Homework is due Daily!!

Our Beach Bum Pledge

I am proud to be  a Mountain Lion.

I will be safe

I will be respectful

I will be responsible

I will be a social superhero

With all my actions,

In all my thoughts,

and in everything I say!

I am a Mountain Lion

Today and everyday!

What your child will be learning in writing

Your child will learn to use writing for a variety of purposes in kindergarten, all of them practical. The first thing he's likely to master is how to print his own name correctly, using a capital letter at the beginning and lowercase letters for the rest. He'll learn to write numerals from 1 to 20 and a few core words. Most importantly, he'll be working on developing his fine motors skills as he learns how to write the alphabet in both capital and lowercase letters.

Why art is Important

Compiled by Denise Dobson and Janet Riley

This is just a partial list based on the research


Increases brain activity: 

*grows new neurons

*Visual Discrimination- requires differentiating light and dark colors shape, location, distance and motion.

*Uses both hemispheres of the brain, communicating with each other

*Adds to emotional intelligence

*Increases brain plasticity, fluid attention and IQ scores


My Homework Rationale

Being a student myself for most of the 60's & 70's and a mother of 3 Post College graduates, I empathize with the argument that homework assignments are often random and can take unrealistic amounts of time to complete. With that in mind, I frequently consider the homework I assign to my own Kindergartners. As each new school year approaches I weigh the purpose of the assignments and consider if they are making a positive impact not only in my students learning, but also in my students home school connection with their parents.

To be a successful teacher, I endeavor to empower my students with the confidence and knowledge to succeed in their academic and personal lives

Our school manages to attain and be recognized and commended on  performance levels within our district and our  area. Our staff and students work very hard for their successes. To further contribute to these successes, I continually seek innovative ways to bring quality learning to my students in and outside of the classroom.  Luckily, we have always had the autonomy to choose what homework we assign to our students and I strive to create interesting and meaningful projects throughout the year that will help extend the home school connection.

The Home School Connection

One of the main goals of my homework assignments is to create opportunities for my students to interact with their parents and take time to learn about what makes themselves and their families special. We will have plenty of family projects that help with this. .

I always give the students time to present their projects in class.. The things they share can be quite insightful, touching and funny. I always display these projects so everyone can share in them

What About Traditional Daily Assignments?

Research has consistently shown that parental involvement in a child's learning is a key factor in that child's achievement in school. With the reality of the test driven world of education, many parents expect what they were given in school for homework, familiar daily or weekly assignments. I do agree with the rationale behind these daily assignments: 

  • Homework reinforces skills, concepts and information learned in class.

  • Homework prepares students for upcoming class topics.

  • Homework teaches students to work independently and develop self-discipline.

  • Homework encourages students to take initiative and responsibility for completing a task.

  • Homework allows parents to have an active role in their child's education and helps them to evaluate their child's progress.

  • Homework activities relate what is learned in school to children's lives outside of school and helps to connect school learning to the real world.

  • Returning these assignments daily gives me the opportunity to talk to the children about what they did and help correct any issues they might have had right away.


    Homework is an important time to review concepts learned at school, make connections and reflect; on self, family, friends, new or familiar information, and the world beyond.. Homework should be fun and full of discovery, not only your students, but for you as well!

Why we Play in Kindergarten

It is very important to make sure a child can sustain play.  When a child plays he or she is building social language, imagination and creativity.  Sustained play will teach a child how to focus on one topic at a time and help develop natural conversation skills.  More importantly, playing teaches a child new concepts, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills.  Using simple blocks as an example, a child may learn about construction, spatial awareness, balance, colors, sizes, shapes, etc.  If a child has delayed language, an adult could model a lot of functional language by simply talking about what kind of building he or she wants to build, suggest who might live in the building, or compare her building to something else.

What your child will learn in reading

Kindergarten is a year of discovery in reading and literacy. In the first few months of school, your child will learn to recognize simple words in print, including his own name and those of his classmates.  Letter-sound correspondence, phonemic awareness, sight word recognition,  rhyming and words families and concepts about print are the areas in which your child will expand his knowledge this year. By the end of the year some  of my kinders may even be reading a little bit.


Daily Schedules

For Kindergarten:

Early Group - 8:05am - 11:30am 
(Wednesday 8:05am - 11:30am)
Late Group - 9:45am - 1:10pm 
(Wednesday 9:05am - 12:30pm)






Numbers Galore Kindergarten Math

In Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two critical areas: (1) representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; (2) describing shapes and space. More learning time in Kindergarten should be devoted to number than to other topics.

  1. Students use numbers, including written numerals, to represent quantities and to solve quantitative problems, such as counting objects in a set; counting out a given number of objects; comparing sets or numerals; and modeling simple joining and separating situations with sets of objects, or eventually with equations such as 5 + 2 = 7 and 7 – 2 = 5. (Kindergarten students should see addition and subtraction equations, and student writing of equations in kindergarten is encouraged, but it is not required.) Students choose, combine, and apply effective strategies for answering quantitative questions, including quickly recognizing the cardinalities of small sets of objects, counting and producing sets of given sizes, counting the number of objects in combined sets, or counting the number of objects that remain in a set after some are taken away.

  2. Students describe their physical world using geometric ideas (e.g., shape, orientation, spatial relations) and vocabulary. They identify, name, and describe basic two-dimensional shapes, such as squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, and hexagons, presented in a variety of ways (e.g., with different sizes and orientations), as well as three-dimensional shapes such as cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. They use basic shapes and spatial reasoning to model objects in their environment and to construct more complex shapes.

High Frequency Words for Kinder

You can find all 40 high frequency words in the resource section of this blog.  These are the words we will be working on this year.  We usually follow a word a week format. 


Parents please remember to log your volunteer hours through Our Volts on our school website. Parent support and volunteer time directly effects each student in the class and helps to make Monte Gardens such a great school.