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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 22 wonderful friends in class this year: 12 boys & 10 girls.
Thank you for checking our website often for important dates, reminders, I CAN statements, & our classroom newsletter!

*** Green 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!

*** To receive instant & secure text alerts from me via the Remind 101 app, please:

Send this text message: @fd36gg
to this number: 81010

*Instructions are also below in the Downloads section of the webpage!

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

P.E. is every day! Please have gym shoes at school. Lunch: 11:15-11:35, then Recess: 11:35-11:55


Q2 I CAN statements break down objectives into learning targets students can read & understand.

*I can put letters together to make words.
*I can start at the top & read across to the bottom on each page.
*I can put words together to make a sentence.
*I can leave spaces between my words.
*I can name uppercase & lowercase letters.
*I can read C-V-C words.
*I can quickly read high frequency words.
*I can tell you how the illustrations and words match (with help).
*I can talk and write using correct grammar and punctuation.
*I can write my uppercase and lowercase letters.
*I can use correct nouns, verbs, & prepositions when I talk & write.
*I can use more than one sentence to share an idea when I talk & write.
*I can write sentences using kindergarten spelling which begin with uppercase letters, have spaces, & end with a period.
*I can capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
*I can recognize & name end punctuation.
*I can write a letter for a consonant sound & short vowel sound I hear in a word.

he, she, said, go, do, we, is, as, his, has, was, this, my

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


*I can count to 100 by 1ís.
*When I count objects, I can write the number to show how many.
*I can write numbers 0-20 & 0-50.
*I can say the number as I count each object.
*I can understand the last number I said is the total number of objects.
*I can understand that when I count, the next number is one larger than the one I just said.
*I can count objects to answer questions.
*I can sort and count objects.
*I can describe objects around me by their shape and where they are found
*I can name and describe shapes.) (2-D/flat & 3-D/solid)
*I can tell if a shape is flat or solid.

We are required by Erin's Law to provide lessons on sexual abuse & prevention education. During the weeks of November 12th & January 27th, Grand Prairie Elementary School Social Workers will be teaching a lesson during your studentís art class about the "Think First and Stay Safe" program. The lesson in November will cover the concepts of "Using My Built In Computer: Staying Healthy and Safe." The lesson in January will cover "Laws Help Protect Me: Kids Have Rights Too!" and "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 Ė Morgan Bilthuis, Nichole Reiser, and Sarah Altobelli.

This week in class

12/17: T day: P.E. & Library

* Don't forget to bring back your books! *

* Our Holidays Around the World unit kicks off this week! Students will learn all about Eid! *

12/18: I day: P.E. & Technology

* Holidays Around the World: learning about Hannukah! *

* GP is still accepting donations of NEW hats & mittens on our Giving Tree right at the front entrance! *

12/19: G day: P.E. & Music

* Holidays Around the World: learning about Kwanzaa! *

12/20: E day: P.E. & Science

* Holidays Around the World: learning about Christmas! *

* ALL ABOARD!! IT'S POLAR EXPRESS DAY!! :-) Wear your comfiest PJs to school - and slippers too, if you choose! (still bring gym shoes)

* Hot Lunch today! Please don't forget to still bring a snack! *

12/21: R day: P.E. & Art


*WINTER PARTY from 12:50 - 1:30 pm (room parents can sign into the office & set up at 12:45!)


** No school for the kids on Monday, 1/7 (Teacher Institute Day). Students return Tuesday, 1/8 **


Important Dates

Last day to order January hot lunches online!

Holidays Around the World begin! :-)

Family Traditions Quilt piece due! :-)

Polar Express Day! :-) Wear your PJ's & slippers (optional) to school!

Winter Party & Early Release Day: 1:50 pm dismissal!

Winter Break Begins! :-)

Teacher Institute: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!

School resumes!

Valentine's Day / Friendship Party!

Education Foundation's Casino Night!


Downloads List

Box Top Sheet [8/26/2016]
Brandner Bulletin: December [11/30/2018]
Classroom Behavior Info [8/20/2018]
December events calendar! [12/4/2018]
Education Foundation's Casino Night! [11/20/2018]
Eureka Math Set-Up Parent Letter [8/29/2018]
Hot Lunch & Smoothie Menu/Dates [11/14/2018]
Kindergarten No Excuse Words.pdf [8/21/2016]
Number Writing practice sheet [11/12/2017]
Remind 101 sign-up instructions [8/20/2018]
Sight Word Fun & Games! [10/2/2016]
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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