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Amy Brandner - Kindergarten  (Send e-mail)

Hello, Kindergarten families! I'm Mrs. Brandner (pronounced Brad-ner), & am honored to be your child's teacher! We're going to have an incredible year of learning, growing, & having fun! :-)

We have 23 wonderful friends in class this year: 12 boys & 11 girls.
Thank you for checking our website often for important dates, reminders, I CAN statements, & our classroom newsletter!

*** Take-Home Folders come home each day containing important notes & completed work.

Please be sure to empty folders each night, & send in any info/notes back to me via the folder!

(Please see the Remind 101 downloadable page to sign up for instant text alerts from me!)

*** Specials do NOT occur every Mon., Tue., etc.... Instead, they'll fall on a T, I, G, E, or R day. When we're off school, it's a NO LETTER day.

T day: P.E. & Technology
I day: P.E.
G day: P.E & Library
E day: P.E. & Music
R day: P.E. & Art

P.E.: every day! Please have gym shoes at school. Lunch: 11:20-11:40, then Recess: 11:40-12:00


I CAN statements break down objectives into learning targets students can read & understand.

1st Quarter I canís:

* I can name uppercase and lowercase letters.
* I can say the sound a consonant makes.
* I can quickly read high frequency words.
* I can put letters together to make words.
* I can put words together to make a sentence,
* I can identify the first letter of a word.
* I can break up words into parts.
* I can hear and say sounds that rhyme.

* I can identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
* I can name the author and illustrator of a book and tell you what they do.
* I can tell how illustrations and words match. I can retell a story I have heard including key details.

* I can use drawings to tell about something that happened in order and how I felt about it.

* I can count objects and write the number to show how many.
* I can write numbers 0-20.
* I can say the number as I count each object.
* I can understand that the last number I said is the total number of objects.
* I can count objects and answer questions.
* I can sort objects.
* I can make a number that is less than ten by putting together two groups of pictures or objects.

* I can participate in discussions of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
* I can ask questions to gather information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.


As you know, we're required by the new Erin's Law to provide lessons on sexual abuse and prevention education. In October GP Social Workers will be coming into our classroom to talk about the "Think First & Stay Safe" program. The lessons will cover the concepts of "Using My Built In Computer: Staying Healthy & Safe". In December, the final lesson will be on "Laws Help Protect Me: Kids Have Rights Too!" & "Listening to My Instincts: No Secrets".

Should your child have any questions, you may refer to the handout that will be provided to them on the day of the lesson. If you have additional questions feel free to contact a School Social Worker: Ms. Bilthuis, Mrs. Reiser, & Mrs. Fagan.

This week in class

10/16 I day: P.E. & Science experiment!

10/17: G day - P.E. & Library * Don't forget to bring back your book! *

* Fall Running Club continues! *

* Fireman's first visit to talk about fire safety & prevention! *

10/18: E day - P.E. & Music

10/19: R day - P.E. & Art

* Hot lunch! If your child ordered hot lunch, please still send in a snack *

* Wear GREEN to show off our Green community pride! :-) *

10/20: T day: P.E. & Technology

* Bus evacuation & safety drill *


Important Dates

Picture Retakes!

Popsicle Day! $1

Deadline to order November hot lunches

Wear GREEN! We're celebrating our Community Colors! Go Green, Purple, & Gold!

Bus evacuation/safety drill!

Book Fair Family Night at GP!

Our class's visit to the Book Fair!

End of Q1!

Erin's Law Presentation for our class

Support our Troops Popsicle Sale!

Report Cards come home! Please sign & return the envelope. I will reuse these each qtr. Thank you!

P/T Conferences - NO SCHOOL

P/T Conferences - NO SCHOOL


Downloads List

Box Top Sheet [8/26/2016]
Brandner Bulletin: October '17 [10/5/2017]
Brandner Bulletin: September '17 [9/11/2017]
Classroom Behavior Information [9/2/2017]
Curriculum Night PowerPoint! [8/21/2017]
Kindergarten No Excuse Words.pdf [8/21/2016]
Remind 101 sign up steps [9/5/2017]
Sight Word Fun & Games! [10/2/2016]
Star of the Week Schedule! [10/17/2017]
Words Their Way - Parent Letter [12/4/2016]


Cool Links

ABCYa - Educational Games & apps for kids!

Dr. Seuss presents: Seussville!

Fun ways to practice sight words!

FunBrain - Reading & math adventures for kids!

Go Noodle

Raz-Kids: Online guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable books, & reading quizzes.

Scholastic Book Order

Starfall: Phonics, Reading, & Math Practice

Vowel Bat - by Shari Sloane

Zearn! Have fun with math games anywhere!

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