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Welcome to Kindergarten!
 
I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Elementary Education.  I am certified to teach Early Childhood through 4th grade and English as a Second Language (ESL).  I am married and we have two wonderful children.  My son Bryce is 6 and my daughter Rylee is 3.  
 
This is my 13th year of teaching and my 5th year here at Timber Creek Elementary.  I love it here and I know you will too.  I have taught 1st grade and Kindergarten, and kindergarten is my favorite.  Teaching is my passion and l love being able to do something that I love everyday!  I'm looking forward to a great school year!
 
Contact Me:
 
email: desiraeharcrow@tomballisd.net
 
Conference time: 1:10-2:05
 

Classes

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Week of September 25-29

 What's going on in class this week?
 
Tuesday is Picture Day!  Make sure you have sent in your order forms if you would like to purchase them.
 
Please be sure that you are practicing your letters and sounds!
 
Phonics/Reading/Writing:
-Recognize capital and lowercase letters, their sounds, and be able to write them. (Letters Oo, Kk, Mm, Cc, Rr, Bb)
-Deciding if two given words rhyme or non-rhyme (cat/hat vs. cat/dog)
 
-SIGHT WORDS: my, is, at, you
(Make sure you are practicing all the words that we have introduced soo far.  Your child will be tested over them at the end of the nine weeks for their report card.)
 
Readers know:
-recognize the parts of a book
-use pictures and beginning sounds to help them read (Eagle Eyes and Fish Lips)
 
Writers know:
-that writing is telling on paper
-use pictures and words
-our pictures match our words
-use spaces between words when writing
-use the word wall to help them spell sight words in their writing
-to use beginning sounds when writing 
 
Math:
Numbers 1-5
 
-read the number, write the number correctly, create and recognize a group of objects to show a set.
-compose and decompose numbers (showing different ways to make a number)(2 and 2 makes 4, 1 and 3 makes 4, 0 and 4 makes 4)
-compare numbers using comparative language (more than/less than/equal to)
-generate a set or number that is 1 more or 1 less than a given number
 
Science/Social Studies:
-5 Senses
-physical properties (texture and length)
-position and location
-what is a map?

Class T-shirts

Please be sure to check your child's blue folder today.  The order form for our class t-shirts is inside it.  Please return it and the $10 cash by Thursday next week!  The shirts will be navy with white writing.  We will be wearing this to our field trip, Dash and Bash, and Field Day so that we can all match and be easy to see!
 
Thanks to all that came out to Open House!  For those that couldn't make it, I am attaching the link to the presentation that I shared.  If you have any questions please let me know!
 

Parent Conference Sign Up

I would like to meet with each family during the month of October for parent/teacher conferences.  These conferences will be 20 minutes long and a chance for me to let you know about your individual child!  Please use the link below to sign up for a time.  You can also find the link on my website.
 

Week of September 18-22

 What's going on in class this week?
 
Don't forget about Open House.  This Thursday September 21st.  I will be doing two sessions/presentations (at 5:00 and 6:20).
 
Please look in their Blue Folders tonight!  I have tested every child on their Letter ID and Sound knowledge.  I will be using this information to form small groups for reading and phonics.  I am sending home what ability your child showed with identifying their capital and lowercase letters and their corresponding sounds.  Please use this in helping your child learn the letters and sounds that they don’t know.  Your child is expected to know all the letters and their sounds by the end of the nine weeks (2nd week in October).  
 
Phonics/Reading/Writing:
-Names!!  Students should be able to write their name properly (starts with a capital letter and the rest are lowercase)  They should also be able to identify the letters that are in their name.
-Recognize capital and lowercase letters, their sounds, and be able to write them. (Letters Aa, Dd, Ll, Ff, Hh, Gg)
-Deciding if two given words rhyme or non-rhyme (cat/hat vs. cat/dog)
 
-SIGHT WORDS: to, and, a, look
 
Readers know:
-make predictions when reading
-what real reading vs. fake reading looks like
-how to "turn and talk" to a partner about their reading
-use pictures and beginning sounds to help them read (Eagle Eyes and Fish Lips)
 
Writers know:
-that writing is telling on paper
-pictures tell a story
-use pictures and words
-to write top to bottom. left to right
-to add details to their pictures (through setting and character emotions)
-to use beginning sounds when writing 
 
Math:
Numbers 1-5
 
-read the number, write the number correctly, create and recognize a group of objects to show a set.
-compose and decompose numbers (showing different ways to make a number)(2 and 2 makes 4, 1 and 3 makes 4, 0 and 4 makes 4)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-5 Senses
-physical properties (color)
-pledge (USA and Texas)
-Texas Flag

Room Moms

I will be needing two room moms this year.  Room moms will be planning our three class parties, helping with class t-shirts, and helping with other fun kindergarten activities throughout the year.  There is usually a room mom meeting to discuss details of parties and other things you might need to know.  Please send me an email if you are interested in being one of the room moms this year.  I don't know how many volunteers I will have so I will send an email to you letting you know if you will be one of our room moms.  Thank you so much!!

1st Nine Weeks Homework

Kindergarteners will not be bringing home homework this year.  Instead we have created a homework calendar for you to print out at home or even just pull up on your computer.  The homework calendar is set up to give you ideas of ways that you can practice and reinforce what we are doing in the classroom at home.  Please take the time to click on the link below and see how you can help your child at home to be more successful in the classroom.  Later on in the year, your child will also be bringing home little readers/books to read at home with you.
 

Week of September 11-15

 What's going on in class this week?
 
Please be sure to send in your head phones if you haven't already.  Wednesday will be our first day to go to the computer lab, and your child will need them.
 
Thursdays will be library day!  Last week your child was able to check out a library book and bring it home to share with you.  Please make sure your child returns their book Thursday morning so that they can check out a new book.
 
Phonics/Reading/Writing:
-Names!!  Students should be able to write their name properly (starts with a capital letter and the rest are lowercase)  They should also be able to identify the letters that are in their name.
-Recognize capital and lowercase letters, their sounds, and be able to write them. (Letters Ii, Tt, Nn, Pp, Ss)
 
-SIGHT WORDS: the, see, like, I
 
Readers know:
-retelling a story read aloud
-read an alphabet chart (Here is the link to see what it looks like and you can practice at home Alphabet Chart )
-readers can use the picture and the beginning sound/letter of a word to help them read
-readers read from left to right
 
Writers know:
-that writing is telling on paper
-pictures tell a story
 
Math:
Geometry
 
Students need to be able to identify, build/draw, and describe the features of each shape.  (2D FLAT shapes: square, rectangle, triangle, trapezoid, octagon, rhombus, circle, oval) (3D "FAT" shapes cube, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, sphere, pyramid)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-5 Senses
-using a hand lens (magnifying glass)
-good Citizenship
-USA Flag

Week of September 5-8

 What's going on in class this week?
 
Phonics/Reading/Writing:
-Names!!  Students should be able to write their name properly (starts with a capital letter and the rest are lowercase)  They should also be able to identify the letters that are in their name.
-letters vs. numbers (can they tell the difference and sort them)
-SIGHT WORDS: the, see, like, I
 
Readers know:
-3 ways to read a book (read the picture, read the words, retell the story)
-how to read from front to back of a book
-how turn the pages properly
 
Writers know:
-that writing is telling on paper
-pictures tell a story
 
Math:
Geometry
 
Students need to be able to identify, build/draw, and describe the features of each shape.  (2D FLAT shapes: square, rectangle, triangle, trapezoid, octagon, rhombus, circle, oval) (3D "FAT" shapes cube, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, sphere, pyramid)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-What is a Scientist?
-Tools that scientists use
-Science Safety
-Rules (home/school)
-Community Helpers

Update!

School will be starting back up on Tuesday September 5th!  I know that you and the kids are ready to return to a regular schedule.  I am excited to get back into the classroom and continue all of the fun things that have been going on.
 
Since the the first week of school was only 3 days, I want to double check what your child's end of day transportation will be.  Please email me with how your child will be getting home from school normally (EVERYDAY).  If you ever want to change this transportation, then you will need to send a written note to school. 
 
 
Thanks!  I can't wait to see the kids on Tuesday.

Names, Names, Names!

 This week we are spending time on our names.  Please help your child practice writing their name the correct way.  Your name should start with a capital letter and all the rest should be lowercase.  Also, this is a great time to make sure that your child can recognize all their letters in their name.  Please help practice this at home!

Wednesday August 23 Notes

- Daily Blue Folder:  Please make sure that you check your child's daily blue folder every day and return it the next day.  They need to have this folder everyday!  If their behavior calendar is blank for the day, that means that they had a great day.  If you see that there is a mark in the box, please take the time to talk to your child about what they did and how they can do better tomorrow.
 
-Wednesday Folders: These are red and white folders that will be coming home every Wednesday in your child's backpack. They came home for the first time today.  Please view and keep the papers then send the folder back the next day. Wednesday folders will have flyers from our PTO, progress reports, report cards and so much more. 
 
-Headphones: Your child will need headphones for computer lab and using the computers in class.  Please label  your child's headphones with their name. I will put them in a Ziploc bag with their name when they get to school. If you ordered school supplies from the school headphones were not included. If I could have headphones by August 30th that would be great! 
 
-If you ever need to change the way your child is going home you must write and sign a note and put it in the communication pocket of their blue folder. If I don't have a note I can't send them home that way. It is just for the students safety. Thank you for your help and understanding!
 
-If you have signed up to be a parent reader, or plan to volunteer anytime in the school you must have filled out the volunteer application.  They will not let you back to the classroom unless it has been approved.  Also, it is a school wide rule that  younger siblings are not allowed when you are volunteering or reading to the class. Thank you for understanding! Here is the link if you still need to do the volunteer application. https://tomball.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=2235
 
 
-Remind 101 text messages: Please sign up for my remind text messages. I will be sending out updates, info, reminders, and fun pictures of things we are doing in class. Here are the directions on how to sign up. 
Sign Up Here  or text @harcrowk to the number 81010. I have already sent out some pictures of the kids doing things in class.  You will not receive these if you have not signed up for my remind. 
 
-Parent/Mystery Reader is something the kids love every year. If you would like to come read to our class here is the link to the directions and sign up. Parent Reader Link
 
-One more thing about remind 101. If you did not give consent for media release when you registered your child then I will not be able to take pictures and send them to you via remind or put your child in our end of the year slide show and many other things we take pictures for throughout the year.  If you would like to change this you can change this with the front office or I can get you a letter to sign.

TCES PTO

 
TCES Faculty, 
 
We know you are busy getting ready to welcome all the students this week at the Meet the Teacher and we appreciate that many of you have taken the time to check out our online portal, Myschoolanywhere. 
 
We are hoping for another successful Membership Drive this year. As you may know, we came SO close to reaching our goal of 80% last year but increasing membership from 35% to 75% was a big accomplishment. This year we plan to make that 80%!! We'd like to share the success with you so in addition to the recess incentive for the kids, there will be a lunch/recess duty pass for the teacher in each grade with the highest percentage of participation. 
 
Here are the details if you wish to share them with your class:
 
The 2017-2018 PTO Membership Drive is going on NOW until September 15th
 
Stay connected and informed by registering through our quick and easy online portal. Membership is a great way to find out about upcoming fun family events, opportunities and activities for your student(s) and how YOU can get involved in your child's school! 
 
Go to join.myschoolanywhere.com and enter TCESPTO to register
  • The $10 Annual Membership fee per family will give parents access to the secure online school directory
 
A strong partnership between parents and faculty at TCES helps your child succeed!! 
 
Help our class win extra recess, the class in each grade with the highest participation will win extra recess and if the PTO reaches the membership goal of 80%, ALL STUDENTS will get extra recess!! 

Back to School!

 Thank you all for coming out to Meet the Teacher on Thursday.  I loved seeing all the kid's smiling faces and I can't wait to see them Tuesday morning!  I am very excited for what this year is going to hold!  I can't wait to see each kid grow and fall in love with learning.  
 
Please be sure to check in with me Tuesday morning when you drop off your child to make sure that I have the correct form of transportation for your child for the first day and all days after.  
 
These "Posts" will be my main form of communication with with parents.  Each week I will send out a post that will let you know what will be going on in class.
 
Please take the time to sign up for my Remind 101, which is a text messaging form of communication that I will use for quick reminders and as a way to share pictures of what is happening in the classroom.  
 
Here is a direct link: Sign Up Here  or you can text @harcrowk to 81010.
 
Get a great night's sleep and I can't wait to see you Tuesday!