Archive for August 2013

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: I, am

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also start our sight word songs.

Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the Brown Bear Greeting, Zoom Activity, and Favorite Outside Activity Sharing.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • We will continue building our Read to Self stamina with the hopes of reaching our goal of 15 minutes. Read to Self is the first of the Literacy Centers the students learn to do. Once we have reached our goal and are independent we will learn a new center while continuing on with Read to Self.

  • Determine which lowercase letters are tall, short, or have tails.

  • Listen to read alouds and participate in class discussions.

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above.


  • Graphing – eye color, pets.

  • Getting to Know Numbers (1-9). Groups will make posters together that will stay up in the room.

  • Sorting – students will sort using many different attributes.

  • Birthday Graph.

  • Sound and Motion Patterns.


  • Students will be continue to independent journal this week. We will use our how to make a wow picture anchor chart and our list of topics to write/draw about. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Our theme this week is All About Me

  • Complete the predictable chart “I am ___________.” with their names and point to all the words while reading it.

  • Make an all about me person. The body will be their age, favorite food, favorite color, and favorite activity. We will also make heads, arms, legs, hands, and feet to go with it.

  • Complete an All About Me glyphs. All will look different based on answers to the given questions.

Sharing Schedule:

  • First thing every morning we do our Morning Meeting. This consists of a greeting, activity (movement), sharing, morning message, and calendar. This week we will start the sharing component. Some weeks students will have to bring things in to share, but not this week. Below is the sharing schedule (please note that when there are days off students on those days will be moved to another day, I will put it in the newsletter. In case of an absence students will go another day):

  • Monday

                         Luka        Amir        Angelina    Ryann

  • Tuesday

                         Lauren        Elyse        Ilse        Laolu        Yukyum

  • Wednesday

                          Miles        Kasey        Dylan        Yota

  • Thursday

                         Summer    Neil        Deaven    Anna        Linda

  • Friday

                         Saphira    Marc        HaJin        Nicholas

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • There is no school on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

  • Homework will not start until Week 3, but please get in the habit of or continue reading at least 20 minutes a day with your child.

  • School starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. All students arriving after that will need to obtain a tardy slip.

  • If your child completed the All About Me poster over the summer, please bring it in this week so the students can present. The project was given to you either at the end of Pre-K in June or when you registered.

  • August and September birthdays will be celebrated at the end of September. A note about that will be sent home shortly. Individual birthdays will be acknowledged, but the big celebrations happen at the end of the month.

  • An updated schedule is linked above. Please note the different lunch/recess time.

  • Once we get our routines done I hope people will be able to volunteer in the classroom during our morning literacy block (until lunch/recess) and math. I will let you know when the time comes.

  • Wish List: Clear packing tape.

Ms. Maltz

The students completed self portraits yesterday and they turned out absolutely wonderful. They were given a half completed head and had to add all the parts that were missing. They also had to make sure they made it to look like themselves. Check them out:


During the beginning of the year I give the students a short free time in the classroom during the afternoon. Some of the students choose to draw/color. The paper I give them is extra copies of previous activities. Therefore some of the paper is from last school year. This is NOT homework. I appreciate that families have completed the work and turned it in, but the paper is simply used for coloring/drawing on the back. Some math activities, like pattern block tracing (done Tuesday), is also done on the back extra copies. Homework will start Week 3, it will be in a clearly marked homework packet, and be sent home every Monday.

The school has purchased home/homework folders for all the students. We should be getting them Thursday or Friday of this week. That folder is to come to and from school everyday. Work done in class will be there to keep at home as well as a place for papers to be returned to school.

Please turn in your parent surveys and emergency forms as soon as possible. Lunch forms were sent to the school, but they were the wrong forms. Once the correct ones are received they will be sent home in the home folder.


We are ready to blast off into Kindergarten!


The students made their Name Rockets yesterday. They had to put each letter of their name on an individual square then glue them going down the page in order. They then had to complete, “I have _______ letters in my first name.” with the correct number. It is hard to see in the pictures, but many of the students then decorated the paper to look like outer space.

Room 104 Families,

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Listen to Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for the First Day of Kindergarten.

  • Help read the pictures in No, David! and discuss class rules.

  • Students will be asked to identify their name, tell me the first letter, and tell me where it should go on the word wall.

  • Read to Self, our first literacy center will be introduced. This week we will work on building stamina starting with reading for three full minutes at a time and hopefully gaining a minute each day until we reach our goal of 15 minutes.

  • Students will learn the song, Who Let the Letters Out? There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page above.


  • Partner Match – students will need to find the person that has the same length paper as them. We will use the following vocabulary words: length, match, compare, bigger, smaller, longer, shorter, same length.

  • Introduction to Pattern Blocks – students will explore pattern blocks and their names/attributes. They will also be able to trace the blocks to make patterns/designs.

  • Countdown to Zero – we will learn about the word, “none” and read Five Little Monkeys. We will practice counting backwards.

  • Letters in Name Graph – we will create a big chart about the letters in our name.

  • Boy/Girl Graph – this will help us to count the number of boys and girls in the class. We will talk about the words more, less, and same.


  • Students will be introduced to independent journaling this week. We will start with how to make a wow picture and come up with a list of topics to write about. Students are encouraged to draw very detailed pictures and the students who can write words will be encouraged to do so.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Our theme this week is All About Me

  • Listen to The Kissing Hand then make a first day of school project.

  • Name Rockets – each student will make a rocket with the letters of their name then write how many letters on the bottom.

  • LIsten to Wemberly Worried then make a portrait of themselves.

  • Listen to Chrysanthemum then complete the how many people live in your house activity.

  • LIsten to Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse then draw about their favorite part.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • We have not started homework yet, but please get in the habit of or continue reading at least 20 minutes a night with your child.

  • I have updated some of the posts below, please check them out.

  • Parents are encouraged to come up to Room 104 for the first 10 minutes of school on Monday, August 26th. You may see the room, where your child sits, help carry in supplies, and take pictures of your child.

  • School starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. All students arriving after that will need to obtain a tardy slip.

Ms. Maltz

Welcome to Kindergarten!

It was wonderful seeing so many Room 104 families today. I am now even more excited to start the school year. Below I will answer some questions that came up today. If I missed any please email me at I am sure I will think of more things before Monday so I will just post them here. Please subscribe to the blog by clicking the follow button below and entering your email address. Once done you will get an email every time I post to the blog.

  • School starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. All students coming in after 8:45 will be marked tardy. They will need to go to the main office and obtain a tardy slip.
  • Drop off (8:45 a.m.) and dismissal (3:45 p.m.) will be on the north playground. There will be a spot labeled 104.
  • While we only have PE once a week we do go outside two times a day for recess. Tied shoes are preferred to be worn daily.
  • Accidents happen – please consider sending your child with a extra pair of clothes. The student may keep them in their backpack or their locker in our classroom.
  • Going paperless – I post a weekly newsletter to the blog and will send a paper copy home for the first few months. If you would like to go paperless with the weekly newsletter, please email me.
  • Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria from 8:20 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Students eating breakfast should enter through the doors on Kimbark closer to 57th. Students will then go to the north playground to line up for the school day. It is very important that students get a healthy and filling breakfast daily at home or at school.
  • Lunch – The price of lunch is $2.45 daily for families who pay full price and 40 cents daily for reduced. Milk is 35 cents daily. Soon you will get a paper to fill out and turn in which will determine if you pay full price, reduced, or are free. I ask that when sending money for lunch it is in an envelope or bag with the students name and the amount of money inside. Change should be given by the following day if you do not have the exact amount. Some families decide to pay for the whole week at once ($12.25) or just a few days. A lunch calendar can be found on either the Ray or CPS websites. If a student usually brings a lunch from home but forgets they will be given lunch on an IOU. Just send in the money as soon as possible.
  • We will be doing monthly birthday celebrations this year. They will usually be held the last Friday of the month. Letters will come home about that the month of your child’s birthday. Individual birthdays will be acknowledged with a sticker, pencil, and song but the big celebration will be at the end of the month. This year we are asking for only the small two bite cupcakes, healthy snacks, and/or donations to the classroom of pencils, erasers, books, etc.
  • Volunteers – We love and appreciate having volunteers in Room 104. The best times are during our Literacy Block (until 10:35 a.m. daily) and math (1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.). However, we need to get the routines and rules down first. I will not be asking for volunteers until around October at the earliest. When we are ready I will send home letters asking for volunteers.

Please feel free to email with any questions and I look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday!

Room 104 Schedule 2013-2014

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – – Morning Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. – – Literacy Block

10:35 a.m – 11:20 a.m. — Recess/Lunch

11:20 a.m – 11:45 a.m. — Quiet Time/Bathroom and Literacy

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m — Specials (Monday – Spanish, Tuesday – Library, Wednesday – Computers, Thursday – Art, Friday – PE)

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Theme (Science/Social Studies)

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. — Recess

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. — Math

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Writing

3:30 p.m.  — Pack Up

3:45 p.m. — Dismissal

*This schedule is also posted on a page at the top for future reference

Room 104 Families,

Below is the kindergarten supply list. Ideally, I would like all the supplies to come with the students on Monday, however  I understand busy lives and request that all the supplies come by Wednesday.

Large markers:  1 pack

Crayons:  3 packs

Colored pencils:  2 packs

Jumbo  glue sticks: 10

Durable green folder: 1

Durable red folder: 1

Pencils: 1 pack of 12

Big erasers: 4

Expo large markers: 4

Paper Towels: 3 rolls

Kleenex: 3 boxes

Ziploc gallon bags: 1 package

Ziploc sandwich bags: 1 package

Hand sanitizer: 2


Disinfecting wipes: 4