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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
 

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Thank You!

I just wanted to say Thank You soo much for an amazing year.  I feel soo blessed to have gotten to teach your children this year.  They have been a wonderful bunch to have!  
 
Also thank you for all the sweet gifts, cards, and hugs yesterday!  You made me feel soo loved and appreciated.
 
I hope you all have a fantastic summer!
 
Love, 
Mrs. Harcrow

Tuesday Fun!!

Reminder!!!

Tuesday May 29th: Kindergarten Outside Fun

We will be playing with chalk, bubbles, having rocket races, and other outside games.  You are welcome to send in bubbles and bubble wands/toys and chalk. Please make sure their name is on their toy and that they are willing to share with their classmates.

Next Week Fun!!

End of the Year Fun!!!

Please note these days on your calendar…


Tuesday May 29th: Kindergarten Outside Fun

We will be playing with chalk, bubbles, having rocket races, and other outside games.  You are welcome to send in bubbles and bubble wands/toys and chalk. Please make sure their name is on their toy and that they are willing to share with their classmates.

Wednesday May 30th: Game Day

Your child may bring one board game.  Please no electronics (ipads, itouch, leapfrogs, kindles, etc.), just one board game that they know how to play and could teach their classmates. Also, please do not send Pokémon cards or other character card games.


Thursday May 31st: Last Day of School/ Class Party and Early Release

*The end of the year party will begin at 9:30. Parents are welcome to attend; we hope to see you there! We ask that if you are going to take your child early to please have them signed out with a red slip by 10:40.*


Dismissal will be at 12:40 if you do not take your child early.

Week of May 21-25

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
 I can't believe this year is flying by!!  
 
Thursday May 24th:  Read-a-thon Day!!!
"You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!"
- students may bring a pillow, flashlight, a small stuffed animal, and a bag of their favorite books.  
-we will also finish the book Charlotte's Web and watch the movie!
 
Friday May 25th: Career Day
-We will explore and learn about different careers in fun ways.
-We will have 2 quest speakers (a police officer and a dentist)
-Just a few things we will explore:
    *Pilots: and build paper airplanes to race.
    *Chefs: we will make chef hats and make ice cream.
    *Astronauts: we will make rockets that take off.
   
Readers can:
-use a picture dictionary
-make inferences using pictures
-Author study of Robert Munch (writing to entertain)
 
Writers can:
-write with appropriate conventions
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-decode CCVC/CVCC (consonant consonant vowel consonant) words with blends
-recognize that new words are created when you add, delete, or change  sounds/letters
-Sight words: review all
 
Math:
 -Step Up to 1st grade lessons
 
Science/Social Studies:
-conduct simple experiments 
-what is technology?  what would it be like with out it?

Field Day on Friday

 
*Field Day is Friday May 18th from 9:00-11:00.
 

*Lunch Time has been changed to allow us time to change clothes.

   12:10-12:45

-We will wear our navy blue class shirts on this day.
 
-Your child will also need a full change of clothes (shorts, shirt, extra shoes, and underwear) and a towel.  
 
-If you want your child to wear sunscreen or bug spray, please make sure you apply it at home before coming to school. 

Week of May 14-18

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
 
All Library Books and readers are due Thursday May 17th. 
 
Field Day is Friday the 18th!!
-Let's support our class pride and all wear our navy Class T-shirt.
- Please bring an extra change of clothes.  Many of the stations will be water stations where the kids get wet.  Bring a towel as well.
-Please be sure to wear tennis shoes.
-Remember to put sunscreen on your child in the morning.
-There will be multiple water stations throughout the morning, but you are welcome to send a water bottle with your child's name on it with them.  They will be responsible for carrying it around.
 
 
Readers can:
-show understanding of text with pictures and words (character traits)
-Author study of Mo Willems
 
Writers can:
-write with appropriate conventions
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-decode CCVC/CVCC (consonant consonant vowel consonant) words with blends fr, gr, pr, tr
-recognize that new words are created when you add, delete, or change  sounds/letters
-decode R controlled vowels (-ur)
-Sight words: from, went, this, her
 
Math:
 -measurement (capacity)
-comparing weights (holds more or less, same as)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-conduct simple experiments 
-Good Sportsmanship

Community Day

Don't forget to send in your used book donation for our Community Day Book Store.  The kids will get to pick through the books and "buy" a new book to bring home.
 
Please send these by Thursday!

Week of May 7-11

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
Please don't forget to send in your used book that you would like to donate to our Community Day Book Store.  Your child will then be able to pick out a new book to bring home.
 
I finished reading one on one with every kid and am soo excited with the growth that every child has made.  This is my favorite time of year to see what amazing readers the kids have become.  I hope all of you see what great students and kids you have.  I feel very blessed each day to get the opportunity to teach them!
 
We will have reading groups for 2 more weeks, so please be sure your are reading the little readers that are in your child's blue folder every night!  Make sure they are reading fluently and can discuss the details that happen in the story.  Comprehension is as important as the actual reading.
 
Please be sure you are practicing sight words with your child.  These are very important to help make sure that your child is reading on level at the end of the year.
 
 
Readers can:
-show understanding of text with pictures and words (problem/solution, making connections, character traits, and making predictions)
 
Writers can:
-write with appropriate conventions
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-decode CCVC/CVCC (consonant consonant vowel consonant) words with blends br, cr, dr
-recognize that new words are created when you add, delete, or change  sounds/letters
-decode R controlled vowels (-or)
-Sight words: from, went, this, her
 
Math:
 -measurement (weight)
-comparing weights (heavier, lighter, same as)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-plant life cycle
-Community Day

Wednesday Folders

Please be sure to check your child's red Wednesday Folder today.  There is information going home about upcoming events at school and Spring Pictures.  
 
How does Spring Pictures work?
A whole packet of pictures will be sent home for you to look at.  Choose the pages that you want to keep/purchase (payment information will be inside the packet), then send your payment and left over pictures that you do not want back to school.  If you do not wish to purchase any, please send the whole packet of pictures back to school.

Week of April 1 - May 4

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
 
Please don't forget to send in your used book that you would like to donate to our Community Day Book Store.  Your child will then be able to pick out a new book to bring home.
 
I can't believe that it's already May!  Where has the time gone.  Starting this week I will begin pulling each kid one on one to test their independent reading level.  Because of this my reading groups will not be as regular.  Please be patient with me as I complete this task.  This is a process that takes 2-3 weeks. I'm soo excited to see what great readers that they have become!
 
Please be sure your are reading the little readers that are in your child's blue folder every night!  Make sure they are reading fluently and can discuss the details that happen in the story.  Comprehension is as important as the actual reading.
 
Please be sure you are practicing sight words with your child.  These are very important to help make sure that your child is reading on level at the end of the year.
 
 
Readers can:
-identify the author's purpose
 
Writers can:
-study different kinds of text
-write with a purpose in mind
-write letters
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-decode CCVC/CVCC (consonant consonant vowel consonant) words with blends gl, pl, sl
-recognize that new words are created when you add, delete, or change  sounds/letters
-decode R controlled vowels (-ir)
-Sight words: from, went, this, her
 
Math:
 -measurement (length)
-comparing lengths (longer, shorter, same as)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-taking care of our Earth
-Planting a seed (how do plants grow?)

Week of April 23-27

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
I am looking for 5 volunteers to help with Kindergarten Community Day.  If you are interested, please send me an email.  I will take the first 5 that volunteer!
 
We are out of tissues and our little noses seem to be very runny lately!  Please send in an extra box if you can.  Thanks!
 
The Book Fair is this week!
 -Kindergarten Book Fair time is each day from 9:00-9:30.  You are welcome to come to school and take your child to the Book Fair during this time.  Or you can send money with your child to go to the Book Fair.
 
Tuesday is Pastries With Parents from 7:30-8:10.
 
 
Please be sure your are reading the little readers that are in your child's blue folder every night!
 
Please be sure you are practicing sight words with your child.  These are very important to help make sure that your child is reading on level at the end of the year.
 
 
Readers can:
-identify different forms of media
-notice that text font conveys meaning
 
Writers can:
-study different kinds of text
-write with a purpose in mind
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-decode CCVC/CVCC (consonant consonant vowel consonant) words with blends bl, cl, fl
-recognize that new words are created when you add, delete, or change  sounds/letters
-decode R controlled vowels (-er)
-Sight words: all, out, be, saw
 
Math:
 -addition and subtraction (identify which the problem is asking us to do)
-using different strategies to figure out a addition and subtraction problem (drawing a picture, counting on, using a number line)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-reduce, reuse, recycle
-land forms

Kindergarten Community Day

Hi Parents!  

We are planning a fun day for the Kindergarten students!   As they move around the Kindergarten community learning about the different businesses that play a role in their community, they will also be working on identifying and counting out their play money coins.  It’s a great way for the children to re-emphasize what they are learning about money!

We have a number of fun stops at the community where they will write a letter at the POST OFFICE, learn about fire safety with firemen at the FIRE STATION, choose and read a book at the BOOK STORE, watch a movie at the MOVIE THEATRE, create a piece of artwork at the ART GALLERY, and take part in a fitness demonstration to understand the importance of health and fitness at the FITNESS CENTER.

We need your help to make this a great event for the children.

*We are asking each child to bring in a gently used book appropriate for Kindergarten aged students to be used at the Book Store by May 4th. Your child will be choosing a new book from the Book Store to bring home on Community Day.

*We are also asking for a few donations to help with this event.  You can sign up with our Sign Up Genius.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4cacad22a4fc1-kindergarten

THANKS!

Week of April 16-20

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
 
The Book Fair is Coming!
-Book fair set up will begin on Thursday of this week, so we will not be able to have library.  Instead, Mrs. Russell will be bringing the library to us on Wednesday instead.  Please be sure to send in your library books on Wednesday.
 
Here is link for items that we will be needing in the upcoming weeks.  If you would like to donate, please sign up and send by April 19th.
 
Please be sure your are reading the little readers that are in your child's blue folder every night!
 
Please be sure you are practicing sight words with your child.  These are very important to help make sure that your child is reading on level at the end of the year.
 
 
Readers can:
-research topics of interest and record their findings
 
Writers can:
-gather information and take notes
-organize information into categories
-report their findings through written form and share
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-decode CCVC/CVCC (consonant consonant vowel consonant) words with sh, th, ch, wh
-recognize compound words
-recognize that new words are created when you add, delete, or change  sounds/letters
-Sight words: all, out, be, saw
 
Math:
 -addition and subtraction (identify which the problem is asking us to do)
-using different strategies to figure out a addition and subtraction problem (drawing a picture, counting on, using a number line)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-parts of a plant
-Earth Day
-land forms