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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 9 and my daughter Rylee is 6.  
 
This is my 16th year of teaching and my 8th 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: 12:05-12:55
 

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Week of Oct. 19-23

Library is on Thursday!
 
Please bring a cup of any kind from home on Thursday to be used during our math lesson on capacity!
 
This Week in Class:
ELA:
- Letters Ww, Vv, Xx, Zz, Qq (need to recognize the capital and lowercase letter and the sound it makes)
-Sight Words: and, you
-Determining if words rhyme or don't rhyme
-Identify the syllables in a given word
-Retell a story from beginning to end
-Writing personal naratives
 
Math:
-Decomposing numbers
-Measurement (capacity and weight)
Measurement Assessment on Wednesday
 
Science/Social Studies:
-Physical Properties (capicity and temperature)
-What is a community?

Stuffed Animal Tomorrow

Please bring a stuffed animal to school tomorrow, Friday!  We are going to use it for a math activity.

Week of Oct. 12-16

Library is on Thursday!
 
Please bring a stuffed animal to school on Friday!  We will be using this for our math activity.
 
This Week in Class:
ELA:
- Letters Cc, Ee, Yy, Jj, Uu (need to recognize the capital and lowercase letter and the sound it makes)
-Sight Words: to, the
-Determining if words rhyme or don't rhyme
-Identify the syllables in a given word
-Identify the Plot of a story (characters, setting, problem, solution)
-Writing personal naratives
 
Math:
-Decomposing numbers
-Measurement (length and weight)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-Physical Properties (mass, size, and capacity)
-Christopher Columbus
-Being a good citizen

Week of Oct. 5-9

Library is on Thursday!
 
This Week in Class:
ELA:
- Letters Kk, Mm, Rr, Bb (need to recognize the capital and lowercase letter and the sound it makes)
-Sight Words: to, the
-Determining if words rhyme or don't rhyme
-Identify the syllables in a given word
-Identify and describe the setting of a story (when and where the story takes place)
-Writing with pictures and words
-We are continuing to introduce stations and being independent.
 
Math:
-Identify 2D shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)
-Describe the attributes of 2D shapes (corners, vertices)
-Identify 3D shapes (sphere, cone, cube, recangluar prism)
-Describe the attributes of 3D shapes (faces, vertices, edges)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-Physical Properties (shape and length)
-Flags Assessment
-Position and Location

Shape Museum!

We are going to create a 3D Kindergarten Shape Museum!

I challenge you and your child to search your house for examples of 3D shapes and bring them to school.  We want our students to recognize shapes in the real world.  We will be talking about the shapes that the kids bring in and asking questions: What shape is it?  How do you know?  What do you see?  This will help them to really understand the attributes that the 3D shapes have.  

We are looking for cubes, spheres, cylinders, and cones.


Please send at least 1 example by Monday, October 5th.

Week of Sept. 28- Oct. 2

Library is on Thursday!
 
This Week in Class:
ELA:
- Letters Ff, Hh, Gg, Oo (need to recognize the capital and lowercase letter and the sound it makes)
-Sight Words: look, my
-Determining if words rhyme or don't rhyme
-Identify and describe characters in a story (how do they feel, act, and look)
-Writing with pictures and words
-We are continuing to introduce stations and being independent.
 
Math:
-Identify and describe 2D shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)
-Identify and describe 3D shapes (sphere, cone, cube, recangluar prism)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-Physical Properties (color and texture)
-USA Pledge
-Texas Flag and Pledge

Virtual Room Moms

I am in need of TWO Room Parents this year. The PTO is requesting each class (Virtual and F2F) have TWO room parents.  Room Parent duties will help with communication between the teacher and class parents. They will help organize class parties, teachers gifts, etc. While parents are not allowed on campus at this time, restrictions may be lifted throughout the year, and room parents will need to be in place if that occurs.  If you are interested, please send your name, email and phone number to me and I will forward to Samantha Herington our PTO Vice President.  Thanks!!

IMPORTANT:  Mrs. Thompson sent out a message Friday about a change in the Parent Orientation format.

Kindergarten will be pre-recording our Parent Orientation presentations and posting them to our Edlio sites on September 22nd . This will enable more viewing flexibility for families who have afterschool commitments and students in multiple grade levels. 

There will be no need for parents to log into a live session with this new format. We hope this will better fit the needs of all of our families at this busy time. 

 
This Week in Class:
ELA:
- Letters Ss, Aa, Ll, Dd (need to recognize the capital and lowercase letter and the sound it makes)
-Sight Words: see, a
-Counting words in a sentence
-Determining if words rhyme or don't rhyme
-Identify and describe characters in a story
-Writing with pictures and words
-We are continuing to introduce stations and being independent.
 
Math:
-Recognizing, writing, and counting numbers 0-10 
-Comparing numbers 0-10 (more, less, same/equal)
-Subitizing (quickly recognizing a group of objects in different ways that represent a number (ex. dice dots, tally marks, pictures, dominos, ten frames, etc..))
-Decomposing numbers 1-5 (Ways to make a number, ex: 1 and 3 makes 4, 2 and 2 makes for, 0 and 4 makes 4.)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-Five Senses
-Science Safety and Five Senses Assessment
-Rules in the community
-USA Flag

Parent Orientation Save the Date

You are invited to my Virtual Parent Orientation.  I will hold 2 repeated sessions to help you plan the best time fit for your family and to accommodate if your family has multiple classes to attend.
Tuesday Sept. 22
Session 1 : 5 - 5:30PM 
Session 2:  5:45 - 6:15PM
 
Here is a link to the Google Meet so you can join in!
 
Hope to see you there!

Week of Sept. 14-18

This Week in Class:
ELA:
- Letters Ii, Tt, Nn, Pp (need to recognize the capital and lowercase letter and the sound it makes)
-Sight Words: I, like
-counting words in a sentence
-making predictions when you read (I predict...)
-Making text to self connections (This reminds me of...)
-We are starting to introduce stations and being independent.
 
Math:
-Recognizing, writing, and counting numbers 0-10 
-Comparing numbers 0-10 (more, less, same/equal)
-Subitizing (quickly recognizing a group of objects in different ways that represent a number (ex. dice dots, tally marks, pictures, dominos, ten frames, etc..))
 
Science/Social Studies:
-Science Safety
-Science tools
-Five Senses
-rules at school and home
-Constitution Day

Spirit Shirts and Drop Off

We had an AMAZING week!  I hope your kids enjoyed it!
 
Message from Mrs. Thompson:
You did a great job with drop off this week! We are ready to transition our kinder kiddos to the regular car line in the front, starting Monday. We have a great team there to help them get to class, and the kinder teachers have practiced this with them during the week, as well.
 
If you are interested in ordering a Spirit Shirt, you still have time!
 
Message from PTO:
There’s still time to order! We’re now keeping the PTO store open  through September 18th. Log on to www.timbercreekpto.org today to order spirit wear and lanyards and join the PTO.

Week of Sept. 8-11

What a GREAT start to the year!  Soo excited to have all these kids in my class!
 
Important Information:
Blue Daily Folder:  I will be sending a daily folder home.  Please check it each night for any notes on their behavior calender.  If your child had a good day, I will leave the calender blank.  If there was a concern with behavior, I will write a note in the box for the day so you are aware.  No news is good news!  There is also a Communication Pocket in the folder.  This is where you can send any notes or lunch money.  I will be checking this each morning, I will not be checking inside student's backpacks.
 
Wednesday Folder: Every Wednesday your child will be bringing home a "Wednesday Folder."  This will contain any notes/flyers from the school and their work from the last week.  Please take the time to go through it and return anything that might need to be returned and view the work they have done.
 
This Week in Class:
ELA:
- alphabet
- writing their names (first letter capital and the rest lowercase)
- 3 ways to read a book (Read the Pictures, Retell the Story,a nd Read the Words)
 
Math:
-Recognizing, writing, and counting numbers 0-10 
 
Science/Social Studies:
- Washing Hands
-What is a Fire Drill?
-Science Safety
-Science tools
-School community (places and people at school)