Welcome to Kindergarten at Coyote Ridge Elementary! We are looking forward to working with you and your child throughout this school year. Kindergarten is a time of excitement, wonder, exploration, and discovery. We will open many doors and windows to learning-reading, writing, and thinking. We will develop reading and writing skills using Benchmark Advance and build math concepts using Everyday Math 4.
Our Second Step program supports social-emotional learning through growth-mindset, productive coping skills, empathy, and conflict-resolution in our classroom community. Kindergarten is a year of great academic growth as well as social-emotional strides. We feel the education of a child is a joint endeavor between the home and school. It’s a great day to be a Kindergartener at Coyote Ridge Elementary!
It’s hard to believe that we are now in the month of November. The first few months of school have certainly flown by. Every kindergarten student is learning and growing.
In Literacy we will be continuing Unit 3 in our Benchmark Advance program and focus on “Rules at Home and School”. We will gather information in order to answer the essential question, “Why do we have rules?” We are exploring nonfiction and fiction texts to gather information to further our understanding of this topic. Students will also review phonics and high-frequency word skills through sorting, blending, and word building activities.
In Writing, students will continue to write daily using words and pictures to convey a message along with adding details to our writing and illustrations. Students will also be practicing letter formation to further their writing development skills.
In Math we will continue exploring shapes and their attributes, sequencing numbers, along with writing numbers and creating matching number sets. Students will be solving problems by combining (compose) and taking apart (decompose) numbers and shapes. Students will further their oral counting by counting on from numbers other than one along with counting by 10’s.
In Science, we will continue our study of sorting organisms and objects while using our five senses including observing, investigating, and describing how objects can be sorted using their physical properties. Students will explain why objects are sorted into categories and then sort a set of objects based on their physical characteristics, and explain how the objects are sorted.
We are continuing our social-emotional program “Second Step” where students are learning how to understand and manage their feelings along with making friends and how to be a good friend. Students are receiving “Coyote Cash” as we incorporate PBIS - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support. This multi-device platform makes it easy to continuously recognize students for meeting behavior expectations from anywhere in our school. We reward students for making good choices!
With the weather changing, please take a moment to switch out your child’s extra change of clothes in his or her backpack to accommodate the ever changing Colorado weather. We believe that children need fresh air and should play outside each day. Therefore, unless it is actively raining/snowing or extremely cold temperatures (less than 20 degrees fahrenheit), the kindergarten students will be going outside for recess. Please send them with coats, hats, gloves, and boots as necessary.
November 2nd- PTO Meeting with Dr. Mike
November 10th- No school (Veterans Day)
November 20th- 24th - No school (Thanksgiving Break)
Thank you for all your support at home and school. We are most grateful for everything you do! We hope all of our kindergarten families have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Jennifer Lussier, Taylor Humphries, and Deena Pries