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Nicole Rutan - Kindergarten  (Send e-mail)

Welcome to Kindergarten! Our classroom is in the Green Community. I am super excited to be your child’s teacher this year! I cannot wait to meet everyone and start the year!
My teacher page will be updated often and important dates and reminders will be located here.

Each student has a Take-Home folder that will travel to and from school daily. Please check the folder nightly to ensure important papers and updates are being sent home. You can send any notes back to school in the folder.

I will be sending home a green fluency reading bag that will go home daily. For the first couple weeks, I will be putting books in the fluency bag not at your child’s level. For these books: read the book together, let your child pick out known letters/words, and talk about the book. Once we get into the swing of school, I will put leveled readers inside the bag.

***Specials do NOT occur every Monday, Tuesday, etc… Instead, they will fall on a T, I, G, E, or R day. When we are off of school, it is a NO LETTER day.

T day: PE and ELC
I day: PE
G day: PE and Art
E day: PE and Technology
R day: PE and Music

We have PE every day! YAY! Please have gym shoes at school.


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

2nd Quarter I can’s:


I can put letters together to make words.
I can start at the top and 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 and lowercase letters.
I can read C-V-C words.
I can quickly read high frequency words.
I can write a consonant sound and short vowel sound I hear in a word.
I can sort common objects into groups and tell you why they belong in the group.
I can tell you the opposite of action words and describing words I use.


I can identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
I can tell you how illustrations and words match.
I can identify real life connections between words and their use.
I can retell a story I've heard including details.


I can use drawings and talking to tell about something that happened in order and how I felt.
I can spell simple words.
I can write sentences using Kindergarten spelling which begin with uppercase letters, have spaces, and end with a period.
I can talk and write using correct grammar and punctuation.
I can write my uppercase and lowercase letters.
I can use correct nouns and verbs when I talk and write.
I can use correct prepositions when I talk and write.
I can use more than one sentence to share an idea when I talk and write.
I can capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
I can recognize and name end punctuation.


I can compare groups of objects to decide which is greater than, less than, or equal to.
I can compare two written numerals to decide which is greater than, less than, or equal to.
I can describe objects by their characteristics.
I can compare objects that have similar characteristics.
I can sort and count objects.
I can describe objects that are around me by their shape and where they are found.
I can name and describe shapes.
I can tell if a shape is flat or solid.
I can describe how flat and solid shapes are alike and different.

This week in class

Jan. 22: R day Music & PE

1/23: T Day & PE (ELC please bring back your library books)

1/24: I Day class project/science

1/25: G Day- P.E. & Art
Thursdays Spirit Day Theme: Winter Scarf Day

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

1/26: E Day- PE & Technology


Important Dates

Blackhawks spirit day - wear Red and Black! :-)

GP Spirit Day!

Erin's Law Presentation for our class

Holiday Hat Spirit day! :-)

Polar Express day: All School Pajama day!

Holiday Clothes Spirit day! :-)

1 Hour Early Release for Winter Break!

Teacher Institute: NO SCHOOL

School resumes from Winter Break!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! NO SCHOOL

Q2 Report Cards Go Home


Downloads List

Class Dojo powerpoint [8/19/2017]
Classroom Behavior: Class Dojo [8/19/2017]
High frequency words [8/19/2017]
Meet the Teacher [8/20/2017]
Miss Rutan's December News.pdf [12/11/2017]
Newsletter [8/19/2017]
November Newsletter [11/7/2017]
October Newsletter [10/8/2017]
September Newsletter [9/11/2017]
TIGER schedule [10/1/2017]
Updated Daily Schedule [10/8/2017]


Cool Links


Eureka Math

funbrain: reading and games

Make me a genuis: Educational Videos

PBS kids


Spelling City: Sight word practice

Starfall: Reading and Math practice


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