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Hello Families! As your child's Kindergarten teacher, I am genuinely so excited to create a fun and encouraging environment this school year!
 
A peek into my life! I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelors in EC-6 Interdisciplinary Studies. Axe’em Jacks! I have always wanted to be a teacher, but through my education, my passion for elementary education flourished. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have been together 10 years! I love puzzles, strategy games, Harry Potter, and reading in my free time. A few of my day-to-day favorite things are spending time with family, the color purple, target, iced coffee, and chocolate!

Now that you know more about me, I can't wait to start learning more and building relationships with you and your child. I look forward to seeing growth within our classroom through the course of the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. Communication is part of the key to success, and I am always available! 
 
I look forward to a great year of learning together here on the Prairie.
Decker Strong, We can, We Will!
 
               Mr/Mrs/ Garcia          Family
                 (Mr.&Mrs. Garcia)                   (Family - Siblings, Sister-in-law, Nephew)
 
Warm Regards,
Mrs. Garcia
 

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Week of 4/25

Reader´s Workshop:

I can research an animal and find interesting facts. 

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight word: be

Book will be located in their Ï Can Read" binder

Writer's Workshop:

I can use my research to fill out a graphic organizer about what my animal can do, what they have, and what they are. 

Handwriting:

I can practice writing my letters using the correct pencil strokes..

Videos: Click Here

Math:

I can model joining to represent addition. 

I can model separating to model subtraction. 

Science:

I can observe changes that are part of a simple cycle. 

Important Reminders: 

Prairie Pulse: Click Here

Week of 4/4

GE Expectation: 

Propriety

For Families: Click Here

Reader´s Workshop:

I can make my own visualization in a poem. 

I can find rhythm and rhyme within a poem.

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight word: come & from

Come Video: Click Here

From Video: Click Here

Book will be located in their Ï Can Read" binder

Writer's Workshop:

I can write a personal narrative with a beginning, middle, and end.

What is a personal narrative video: Click Here

Handwriting:

I can practice writing my letters using the correct pencil strokes..

Videos: Click Here

Videos: Click Here

Math:

I can generate a number one more and one less from 0 to 20. 

Video: Click Here

Social Studies:

 I can identify examples of technology at home and school

Video: click here

Ideas To Work On At Home:

  • Review identifying and sounds (when you practice everyday, you’ll remember everyday!)
  • Review sounding out words (i.e. shut, cat, slip, crab)
  • Review sight words - our readers are now getting into books with MORE sight words, please be sure to practice all words regularly at home as we continue to practice at school too. 
  • Continue to practice counting to 100 by ones - the more your practice, the more you’ll retain! 

Important Reminders: 

4/14 - SAVE THE DATE - Paint the Prairie; Color Run!!!

4/15 Good Friday - Staff and Student Holiday

Week of 3/28

GE Expectation: 

Curiosity 

For Families: Click Here

Reader´s Workshop:

I can make my own visualization in a poem. 

I can find rhythm and rhyme within a poem.

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight word: do

Video: Click Here

Book will be located in their "I Can Read" binder

Writer's Workshop:

I can write a personal narrative with a beginning, middle, and end.

What is a personal narrative video: Click Here

Handwriting:

I can practice writing my letters using the correct pencil strokes..

Videos: Click Here

Videos: Click Here

Math:

I can compare numbers 0-20. 

Science:

I can observe and classify animals.

Video: Click Here

Important Reminders: 

3/31 This THURSDAY is our Field Trip to the Oil Ranch! Please review the email sent for reminders about our fun learning day!

Week of 3/21

Reader´s Workshop:

I can explain what a poem is.

Video: Click Here

I can share that nursery rhymes and poems are the same. 

I can share the difference between rhythm and rhyme.

Video: Click Here

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight word: or

Video: Click Here

Book will be located in their Ï Can Read" binder

Writer's Workshop:

I can create a draft to help me write  a personal narrative. 

Handwriting:

I can practice writing my letters using the correct pencil strokes..

Videos: Click Here

Math:

I can review reading, writing, and representing numbers 0 to 20. 

Video: Click Here

Science:

I can observe and classify animal.s. 

Video: Click Here

Important Reminders: 

Turn in ALL Field Trip Forms!!

Prairie Pulse: Click Here

March 14th - March 18th - Spring Break

3/21 - NEW TISD student enrollment opens for 2022-23 school year (in prairie pulse)

3/25 - Yearbook pre-sale ends (in prairie pulse)

4/4- ONLINE PreK Registration opens

4/14 - SAVE THE DATE - Paint the Prairie; Color Run!!! (in prairie pulse)

Picture Information (in prairie pulse)

Attendance is imperative!

Week of 3/7

Reader´s Workshop:

I can make text-to-world connections. 

What is a Text to World connection Video: Click Here

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight word: am

Video: Click Here

Book will be located in their Ï Can Read" binder

Writer's Workshop:

I can write a personal narrative with a beginning, middle, and end.

What is a personal narrative video: Click Here

Handwriting:

I can practice writing my letters using the correct pencil strokes..

Videos: Click Here

 

Math:

I can use data to create a graph and draw conclusions.

Sid the Science Kid Graphing: Click Here

Using data to create a graph Video: Click Here

Social Studies: 

I can ID Texas on a map and Texas Symbols.

Video: Click Here

Ideas To Work On At Home:

  • Review how to write the letters this week by ALWAYS starting at the top
  • Review sight words and go on a word hunt around the house or at the store to help your child learn them
  • Practice making a book at home with the parts of a book. 
  • Practice graphing real objects at home and talking about: Which has more? Which has less? How many more? How many less?

Important Reminders: 

Return Field Trip Forms Monday 3/7!

Prairie Pulse: Click Here

March 11th - Field Day - 9:00-10:30am Prek, Kinder, 1st grade

March 14th - March 18th - Spring Break

Field Day/Trip Forms

Dear Families,

Today in your child's yellow folder there were two forms that got sent home: The GREEN form is for Field Day and will need to be returned no later than this FRIDAY, March 4th. The WHITE forms are are for Field Trip. See below for more details about Field Trip. 

 All field trip information has been sent home this afternoon in your child's yellow folder. We will need all forms completed and sent back no later than this coming Monday March 7th. Please note, the chaperone form is optional if you would like to assist and guide other students along with your own child during our trip. If you would like to be with your child only, you are welcome to meet us on location and attend the trip with your child only. All adults and additional children attending are responsible for admission cost, food, and transportation.

Future Chaperones, please make sure that if you would like the option to volunteer your help that you have completed and been cleared through a background check for this opportunity. If you have not, please fill out the following form to chaperone: TISD Volunteers/Classroom Observations (click here). Moreover, it is important that you fill out this form as soon as possible to be approved in time for our field trip experience as there is a turn around time. 

-Mrs. Garcia

Week of 2/28

Reader´s Workshop:

I can make text-to-self connections. 

What is a Text to Self connection Video: Click Here

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight words UP.

Video: Click Here

Writer's Workshop:

I can write a personal narrative with a beginning, middle, and end.

What is a personal narrative video: Click Here

Handwriting:

I can practice writing my letters using the correct pencil strokes..

Videos: Click Here

Math:

I can use data to create a graph and draw conclusions.

Sid the Science Kid Graphing: Click Here

Social Studies: 

I can ID Texas on a map and Texas Symbols.

Video: Click Here

Ideas To Work On At Home:

Review identifying and sounds for this weeks letters.

Review how to write the letters this week by ALWAYS starting at the top.

Review sight words and go on a word hunt around the house or at the store to help your child learn them.

Practice making a book at home with the parts of a book.
 

Important Reminders: 

Prairie Pulse: Click Here 

Feb. 28th - March 4th - Book Fair

March 3rd - "Best in Show, Come See What We Know!" 

  • Family Education Night
  •  Family Book Fair Night (Information in Prairie Pulse)
  • Names / Times - A-M 5:45-6:30 or N-Z 6:45 7:30

March 4th Tomball Reads (Sign up below to be a guest reader in the Prairie Pulse)

March 11th - 

  • Field Day
  • 9:00-10:30am Prek, Kinder, 1st grade
  • 1:30-3:00 2nd, 3rd, 4th

March 14th - March 18th - Spring Break

Week of 2/22 Important Reminders

Important Reminders: 

Prairie Pulse: Click Here 

Feb. 24th- Kindergarten Music Program- Go Texan! - Evening Performance at 6:30 (students meet in the gym at 6:00 pm dressed and ready)

Feb. 25th - Go Texan Day - Dress in your Western Best

Feb. 28th - March 4th - Book Fair

March 3rd - "Best in Show, Come See What We Know!" 

  • Family Education Night
  •  Family Book Fair Night (Information in Prairie Pulse)
  • Names / Times - A-M 5:45-6:30 or N-Z 6:45 7:30

March 4th Tomball Reads (Sign up below to be a guest reader in the Prairie Pulse)

March 11th - Field Day

9:00-10:30am Prek, Kinder, 1st grade

1:30-3:00 2nd, 3rd, 4th

March 14th - March 18th - Spring Break

100th Day Of School Reminder

Dear Families, 

Our 100th day of school will be next Wednesday, February 2nd. We would love to have kindergarten celebrate their 100 days of learning by dressing up like they are 100 years old and bringing in a 100-piece snack!

Snack Tomorrow- You and your child can, if you choose, can pack a 100-piece snack. The directions for this activity are easy! You will pick a snack of your choosing and count that snack out to 100 (i.e.100 goldfish, 100 raisins, 100 cheerios, etc.) Please consider the food allergies of others when packing your child’s snack. Once you have counted the snack out with your child just pack it in a labeled baggie and place it in their backpack on the 100th day of school! 

Dress up tomorrow- This is a fun dress up day and a DPES kinder tradition, feel free to get creative in dressing your child as a 100 year old. We just ask that no canes are brought to school for safety purposes. I have included some ideas to help you get started planning, should you choose to have your child participate. On our 100th day our campus is also participating in a 2-2-22 day. If you choose to participate, please feel free to choose your type of dress for your child as either a 100 years old and/or participate in our 2-2-22 by wearing tutus, ties, or mismatched tennis shoes.

Outfit Ideas: Printed skirts, pearls, eyeglasses, sweater, wig or curled hairstyle, gray hair spray, knee high stocking, large purse, and/or scarfs, button down shirt, flannel shirt, suspenders, tie, eyeglasses, and drawn on mustache or beard.  

We attempt daily to get all belongings that come to school back home safely, however please avoid sending mementos and heirlooms that are of high importance to your family. We would be heartbroken should they become lost or broken during our learning day!

Best Regards,

Kindergarten Team

Week of 1/31

Reader´s Workshop:

I can identify the main idea of the biography about the Wright Brothers

Wright Brothers Video: Click Here

I can understand what a procedural text is trying to teach me to do step by step. 

How to make a paper airplane video: Click Here

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight words

New: they

Review:  All first and second nine weeks sight words (the first 24 sight words)

Book: Their “they” book will be located in their “I Can Read” white binder on Friday.

Letters & Sounds: 

I can identify all uppercase letters and all lowercase letters. 

Uppercase Letters Video: Click Here

Lowercase Letters Video: Click Here

I can produce all sounds for the letters of the alphabet. 

Letter Sounds Video: Click Here

Writer's Workshop:

I can write a procedural text by writing about all the steps in the correct order from beginning to end. 

Sequential Order Video: Click Here 

Math:

I can count to 100s by tens and ones. 

Count by ones Video: Click Here

Count by tens Video: Click Here

Social Studies: 

I can identify objects in the daytime and nighttime sky.

Video: Click Here

Ideas To Work On At Home:

  • Review identifying and sounds for this weeks letters
  • Review how to write the letters this week by ALWAYS starting at the top
  • Review sight words and go on a word hunt around the house or at the store to help your child learn them
  • Practice making a book at home with the parts of a book. 
  • Using the same wording from the numbers video, please be finding ways to practice writing numbers at home in playdough, rice, shaving cream, water filled bags, hair gel filled bags, pencil, crayons, markers, torn strips of paper, and more. 

Important Reminders: 

  • Watch Dog sign ups will be open to sign up starting 1/18 (can be found in Prairie Pulse)
  • Attendance Counts! Please help us teach the importance of being at school to your child through daily talks.
  • Prairie Parent Partners: Sign Ups (can be found in Prairie Pulse) 
  • Your Library Day is _______. Be sure to bring back books so you can switch them out for new books!

Week of 1/24

Reader´s Workshop:

I can discuss the main characters in a drama.

Outside Character Traits - What can we see with our sense of sight about the main character in the story?

Inside Character Traits - How does the character feel or act?

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight words.

here - Click Here

of  - Click Here

Book: Fall is Here - this book will be in their “I Can Read” binder on Friday.

Letters/Sounds  - This is connected to our learning of lowercase letters and sounds

i - in, tin, pin, 

s - sit, sip, at, sat, 

a - pat, ant, tap

Alphabet Arc - Click Here

Writer's Workshop:

I can stretch my story across pages by sketching. 

I can add words/labels/sentences to my writing.

I can add details to my illustrations to help my reader know more about my story. 

Handwriting:

I can practice writing the letters: n, s, a

Lowercase a - click here

Lowercase s - click here

Lowercase n - click here

Math:

I can read/write/represent numbers 6 to 10.

I can compose and decompose numbers 6 to 10.

Compose means to make the set of numbers. - Click here

Decompose means to break the number apart and showing how to make the original number using two sets of numbers. For example, the number 6 is decomposed to 3 and 3 is 6, 4 and 2 is 6, 5 and 1 is 6. 

Social Studies: 

I can identify and discuss heat energy, light energy, and sound energy. 

Heat Energy: Click Here

Light Energy: Click Here

Sound Energy: Click Here

Ideas To Work On At Home:

  • Review identifying and sounds for this weeks letters
  • Review how to write the letters this week by ALWAYS starting at the top
  • Review sight words and go on a word hunt around the house or at the store to help your child learn them
  • Practice making a book at home with the parts of a book. 
  • Using the same wording from the numbers video, please be finding ways to practice writing numbers at home in playdough, rice, shaving cream, water filled bags, hair gel filled bags, pencil, crayons, markers, torn strips of paper, and more. 

Important Reminders: 

  • NO SCHOOL ON NOVEMBER 2
  • Report Card Grades are now posted in Home Access Center
  • PTO’s Fall Fundraiser kicked off October 1st! We are excited to raise funds to improve our atrium, science lab and outdoor track. Please see the Fundraiser Flyer Calendar for all details and in your child’s Yellow Folder coming home. Check out the flyer for details on PRIZED! You can also find more information on the PTO Facebook page.
  • PIcture Day RETAKES - October 29th 
  • Red Ribbon Week October 25th - 29th

GE Expectation:

I can learn to forgive others. 

Life Principle: Forgiveness.

Lesson Video: Click Here

Reader´s Workshop:

I can identify the main idea of the biography about Louis Pasteur. 

Louis Pasteur Video: Click Here


I can identify the important facts/steps in a nonfiction procedural text. 

How to Make Chocolate Milk Video: Click Here 

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight words

New: on vs. no

On Video: Click Here 

Review:  All first and second nine weeks sight words (the first 24 sight words)

Book: Their “HIS” book will be located in their “I Can Read” white binder on Friday.

Letters & Sounds: 

I can identify all uppercase letters and all lowercase letters. 

Uppercase Letters Video: Click Here

Lowercase Letters Video: Click Here

I can produce all sounds for the letters of the alphabet. 

Letter Sounds Video: Click Here

Writer's Workshop:

I can write a procedural text by writing about all the steps in the correct order from beginning to end. 

Sequential Order Video: Click Here  

Math:

I can compare teen numbers.

Questions to ask:

  1. Which number is more? How do you know?
  2. What number is less? How do you know?
  3. Can you show me WHY ___ is more than ___?
  4. Can you show me WHY ___ is less than ___?

Review Reading, Writing, and Representing Numbers 0 to 20. 

Video: Click Here

Video: Click Here

Social Studies: 

I can identify US symbols. 

US symbols Video: Click Here 

Ideas To Work On At Home:

  • Review identifying ALL uppercase and lowercase letters and sounds! 
  • Review how to write the letters this week by ALWAYS starting at the top
  • Review sight words and go on a word hunt around the house or at the store to help your child learn them
  • Practice making a book at home about HOW To make or do something. 
  • Practice reading, writing, and representing ALL numbers 0-20.
  • Practice comparing numbers 0 to 20. 

Important Reminders: 

  • Watch Dog sign ups will be open to sign up starting 1/18 (can be found in Prairie Pulse)
  • Attendance Counts! Please help us teach the importance of being at school to your child through daily talks.
  • Prairie Parent Partners: Sign Ups (can be found in Prairie Pulse) 
  • Your Library Day is Tuesday. Be sure to bring back books so you can switch them out for new books!

Week of 1/17

GE Expectation:

I can learn to forgive others. 

Forgiveness: Click Here


Reader´s Workshop:

I can share that nonfiction text can teach me something new!

I can retell a procedural text in order. 

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight words

New: his

Video: Click Here

Video: Click Here:  

Review:  All first and second nine weeks sight words (the first 24 sight words)

Book: Their “HIS” book will be located in their “I Can Read” white binder on Friday. 

Letters & Sounds: 

At home, always continue to work on recognizing uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and letter sounds to allow for automaticity. 

Writer's Workshop:

I can sequence events in order to help me create a how ro book about how to brush my teeth. 

Sequential Order: Click Here

Handwriting:

I can practice writing uppercase and lowercase letters in my daily writing throughout all subjects. 

Math:

I can read, write, and represent numbers 15-17. 

Video: Click Here

Video: Click Here

Social Studies: 

I can tell about American symbols, historical figures, and holidays.

President’s Day: Click Here

Biographies :

George Washington: Click Here

Abraham Lincoln: Click Here

Ideas To Work On At Home:

  • Review identifying ALL uppercase and lowercase letters and sounds! 
  • Review how to write the letters this week by ALWAYS starting at the top
  • Review sight words and go on a word hunt around the house or at the store to help your child learn them
  • Practice making a book at home about HOW To make or do something. 
  • Practice reading, writing, and representing ALL numbers 0-20.

Important Reminders: 

  • NO SCHOOL MONDAY ( JAN. 17, 2022 )
  • Watch Dog sign ups will be open to sign up starting 1/18 (can be found in Prairie Pulse)
  • Attendance Counts! Please help us teach the importance of being at school to your child through daily talks.
  • Prairie Parent Partners: Sign Ups (can be found in Prairie Pulse) 
  • Kids Heart Challenge (can be found in Prairie Pulse) 
  • Your Library Day is Tuesday. Be sure to bring back books so you can switch them out for new books!

Week of 1/10

GE Expectation: 

Humility - being humble and not bragging. 

Quote: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”– Rick Warren

Reader´s Workshop: I can share and compare biographies and procedural text. 

HFW:

I can identify, read, and write the sight words

New:  was 

Video: Click Here

Video: Click Here

Review: all previous sight words 

Book: The mitten! (this will be located in your child’s “I Can Read” binder sent home on Friday.)

Writer's Workshop:

I can review what a good writer is, does, and how they make sure that their illustrations match their sentences. I can write sentences with finger spaces, punctuation, and a capital letter.

Handwriting:

I can practice writing uppercase letters such as:

C,O,Q,G,S,A,I,T

Song: The Alphabet Boogie

Video: Letter S story

Song: Where do we start the letters?


Math:

I can read, write and represent numbers 11-15.

Video: Writing Teen Numbers with Jack Hartman

Video: Representing Teen Numbers with Story Bots

Video: Counting to 100 with Jack Hartman

Science: 

I can identify the seasons of the year.

Video: Seasons of the Year

Ideas To Work On At Home:

  • Practice identifying letters/letter sounds and  sight words! You could go on a word hunt around the house  by posting words/letters on the wall to help your child learn them. 

Important Reminders: 

  • Library day is Tuesday , please remember to return books so your child can engage in new fun reading each week!
  • Upcoming informational text unit, please reference email sent on 1/7 if you would like to donate to our Kindergarten informational text unit
  • Please remember to update your child’s clothes in their backpack to winter clothes as our weather is shifting and we always want to be prepared as we know kindergarten learning is fun and sometimes messy!
  • Students need a water bottle and snack daily, please send your child to school with a snack to enjoy and a reusable water bottle.

Week of 12/13-12/17

GE Expectation: Forgiveness: the act of excusing a mistake or offense

Reader´s Workshop: I can share that an author can write stories to entertain their readers

HFW: I can identify, read, and write the sight words

Review:  Review all Sight Words

Letters & Sounds: lowercase z, q

Writer's Workshop: I can use adjectives to describe characters.


Math: I can identify a quarter, dime, nickel, and penny.  Video: Click Here

Science: I can observe and describe physical properties of natural sources of water.

Ideas To Work On At Home:

  • Review identifying and sounds for this weeks letters
  • Review how to write the letters this week by ALWAYS starting at the top
  • Review sight words and go on a word hunt around the house or at the store to help your child learn them
  • Practice making a book at home with the parts of a book. 
  • Using the same wording from the numbers video, please be finding ways to practice writing numbers at home in playdough, rice, shaving cream, water filled bags, hair gel filled bags, pencil, crayons, markers, torn strips of paper, and more. 

Important Reminders: 

  • Fill Out the Google Form!! 
  • WDD 
  • Thursday - Winter Wonderland
  • Friday - EARLY RELEASE
  • Happy Holidays and here's to a Happy New Year!!