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Do your best and help the rest.

Kindness in Kindergarten

We are safe, kind, helpful. We are scientists experimenting with new ideas every day. Please see this week’s Emergency Education Learning Resource Choice board.

​​​​Upcoming Events: 

School events and classes are canceled until April 24th. Please see the ISD announcement for more information. 

Practice at Home

Writing 

Health

Coding

Math 

Reading

Social Studies

Quick Links:

Choice Board 3/23-3/27 – EELR

We have had a lot of changes in the past couple weeks! I hope you are healthy and happy with your families now. I miss seeing everyone so much! I’ll bet that the children miss friends, too. Attached you’ll find our Choice Board for this week. Everything on the board...

Trimester 2 Report Cards Released

How are you doing? Did you get out in the sunshine one those amazingly bright days last week?  Attached you will find this week’s choice board. We’re covering reading and math, science and friendly games like Top-It (split a deck of cards and turn them over one-by-one...

March 12 Newsletter

We have had a lot of changes in the past couple weeks! I hope you are healthy and happy with your families now. I miss seeing everyone so much! I’ll bet that the children miss friends, too. Attached you’ll find our Choice Board for this week. Everything on the board...

March 6th Newsletter

Dear Families, Can you believe the second trimester is complete? Your children have grown so much, and in so many ways. Access to all Elementary student report cards became available through Family Access as of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th 2020. Directions for...

February 27th Newsletter

Dear families, We had a great first week back after Mid-Winter Break! This week we re-established expectations for being in groups and in the building and got a little sunshine! In math we’re continuing to find all the ways to add numbers together to make numbers...

February 14 Update

Dear Families, We’ve had a great week with our 100th Day of School and Read Across America’s kick off. We came up with over 30 words that our classmates know out of the phrase READING SPARKS YOUR IMAGINATION! Ask your child what words they know that they can find! Our...

February 1st Update

Dear Families,    Our district will be navigating our new situation, and we at Clark will absolutely keep you informed as we get more information. For now, children can practice How-To books (a template and a self-check are on my website and went home in Thursday's...

January 24th update

Dear families, This is kindness week at Clark! We're practicing a lot of small kindnesses as well as large. Kindness to ourselves as well as our classmates are in our discussions. We practiced how to give meaningful compliments and how to feel good for someone who is...

January 16th Update

 Welcome back, families! We have been re-establishing our expected behaviors for different times of the day and different places in the school. For example, in carpet time, we count the calendar and keep conversation to turn-and-talk times. In transitions we can head...

Current Classwork

This week’s Emergency Education Learning Resource Choice board.

 How-to books
Eureka Module 4 
Reading
Science: Our Planet: The Earth Under Our Feet (check out BrainPop Jr. and Actively Learn)
Social Studies & Civics: Why do we have rules? How do they change from place to place? (BrainPop Jr. has great resources.) Additionally, all students have jobs in our classroom. Here are some chores Kindergarteners can do at home that support brain-development.

Log into Clever and explore BrainPop Jr. to learn more about Science, Civics, and Social Studies. Use the Handwriting without Tears App through Clever to practice forming letters.

Typical Days:

Have a morning meeting, then readers’ workshop, writers’ workshop then snack and recess, then math, followed by lunch and recess. After lunch we have a read aloud, math centers, social studies or science, health or scocial-emotional learning followed by specialists (PE/Music/Library), Learning Center, reflection and dismissal.

Equal Opportunity Notice

The Issaquah School District complies with all applicable federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities, or employment related matters, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees are designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Executive Director of Compliance and Legal Affairs, District Title IX Coordinator, Section 504/ADA Coordinator or Compliance Coordinator for 28A.540 and 28A.642 RCW, in writing at or by telephone at 425.837.7060. The Issaquah School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all educational programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact the Director of Student Interventions in writing at 565 NW Holly St., Issaquah, WA 98027 or by telephone at 425.837.7000.

Most teachers ask 10-30 minutes of reading a night as homework of students. This reading practice builds stamina and should be enjoyable. Reading with your child, or asking your child to read aloud to you, will help share the joy and build family time into each night. Take a moment to view this video from the Cult of Pedagogy on parent supported reading practices that will help your student get the most out of your time reading in the evenings.

Reading is one of the quiet pleasures our children experience, and we can help support our young readers. Research shows that reading increases later school success. Help your student find a book for themselves to read with the 5 Finger Rule. Each time a child comes across an unknown word, they hold up a finger.

  • 0-1 words (counted on fingers) that are challenging/not understood on a page means this book might be an easy read for your child.
  • 2 challenging words: this book is a good choice for fun reading.
  • 3 challenging words: this book will be good for reading and will probably teach new vocabulary. It’s a thinking book.
  • 4 words that are challenging on a page means this might be a hard book to read. Work together to read this one.
  • 5 challenging words on a page tells us that this book may be a struggle and if left to read it alone, a child might feel uncomfortable with their reading ability or bad about their reading experience. This might be a book to read to your child. Take a moment to talk about the challenging words that are important to the story.

Visit the Book Love page for ideas to find the right book for your child or family reading.

How reading is assessed.

Hard working teachers keep track of every student’s reading and comprehension on a daily basis, but three times a year an in-class formal Fountas and Pinnell evaluation helps teachers determine if children are progressing in their reading. The evaluation includes the child reading one or more short selection and then talking with the teacher about that text with specific questions provided by the evaluation’s manufacturer while the child has the reading selection in hand. For any questions about this evaluation, contact your teacher or visit the Fountas and Pinnell parent message board. As these evaluations are only to track reading progress, the school library recommends choosing books based on children’s interests, and when appropriate, the “5 finger” method.

The second reading evaluation in our district is part of the Smarter Balanced tests. Students read a short article and answer questions with the text available to refer to while responding. For more information about this end-of-year assessment, talk to your teacher. The Smarter Balance assessment group has created a web page with information for parents here.

 

Looking for more research resources for a class project? Check under Home Work Help.

Fact Monster

For young student reserach, try Fact Monster, a kid-friendly information site. It’s curated and ALA approved, so you can trust information on this site.

Kiddle

Use the kid-friendly Kiddle, a Google alternative, for all the questions that come up. As with Google, Kiddle is an open web source. Apply the CRAAP test and healthy skepticism to what you read. 

King County Libraries

Along with research and reading support, King County Library System is one of the best sources to find parent support, language and citizenship classes. Get a library card online or in person by providing your King County or address. Ecards are immediately available for online and database access.

Community Resources

Looking for a day trip or a helping hand? Check out this list of community resources.

Find a Book

Many links to lists and ideas for looking for a book for your child. Check out our Book Love page.

Science Abounds!

Science work with children can be rewarding and part of every day life. Asking for observations and helping see the connection between every day occurrences and their underlying scientific priciples is my philosophy.

Community

 When a classroom is a community we feel empowered to learn and express ourselves better. Children who feel loved and comforted will take risks and learn more.

Differentiation

Making all lessons assessable to every student is one of my primary goals. We all have ideas to add to the conversation, and differentiation will help each child realize their abilities.

Reading

Reading is one of the foundations of future learning and it builds empathy. By helping young children read and supporting them as they read for fun, we boost future achievement.

School Libraries Help Children Grow.

Many school library impact studies show the imporantce of having a well-funded, professionally staffed school library. School librarians motivate early learners to read and directly impact graduation rates (Coker, 2015; Getes 2013, p. 12).

School libraries increase student achievement both on standardized tests and in reading fluency (Getes, 2013, p. 15). By cooperating with teachers, the school librarian increases access to curriculum- related materials and gives students fun alternative routes to learn. Librarians provide resources and inservice training to teachers that directly affects students.

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians created this video to talk about the importance of school libraries for our children’s futures.

The American Library Association of School Librarians maintain standards that are upheld in my classes. Children should be empowered to explore, create, think, and share in the school library, and part of that is recieving instruction and guided experiences with the library materials and technology. Learning to research and to find quality sources as well as how to find and different ways to think about reading are all part of the curiculum. To learn more about the American Library Association’s standards and what that means for your child, visit their Parents Page.

American Association of School Librarians. (2019). Make the case (infographic). Retrieved from http://www.ilovelibraries.org/sites/default/files/AASL19_MaketheCase_IlovelibrariesV2_0.pdf
Coker, E. (2015). Certified teacher-librarians, library quality and student achievement in Washington State public schools: The Washington State school library impact study executive summary. Retrieved from https://wala.memberclicks.net/assets/WLMA/Advocacy/wsslit%20exec%20summary%204.7.15.pdf
Cult of Pedagogy. (2014). Nightly reading homework: Best practices for parents (video). Youtube. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/korfvEOQb14
Gretes, F. (2013). School library impact studies: A review of findings and guide to sources. https://www.baltimorelibraryproject.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/09/Library-Impact-Studies.pdf
 New Jersey Libray Association. (2012). NJASL school libraries video (video). Youtube. Retreived from https://youtu.be/KTslgjLEzLw