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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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Timber Creek Math and Science Night is THIS THURSDAY, February 22nd!!

Please download a free QR Reader to your smart device to “FAST PASS” possible lines at the estimation stations and sign in! 

There will be several opportunities to enter to win PRIZES and the class with the highest attendance will win a PIZZA PARTY! 

We are cannot wait for all the fun on Thursday night from 5 pm-7pm! 

Dear Parents—

We are wrapping up Jump Rope For Heart with the American Heart Association. Thank you so much for helping our campus stay heart healthy and save lives at the same time! If you haven't had a chance to join the squad there's still a little time left to earn the #ScareSquad monsters. Sign up now at www.heart.org/Jump or download the Jump/Hoops App (App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android).



Thanks for making our community heart healthy!

Week of Feb. 20-23

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
 
Save the Date:  Math Science Night is Thursday February 22nd from 5-7.
                          Hope to see you there!
 
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.
 
Practice counting from 1-100.  I will be assessing the kids on this in the next 2 weeks.
 
 
Readers can:
-identify characteristics of a fairy tale and a fable
 
Writers can:
-write fictional stories
-edit their writing
-know that stories have a beginning, middle, and end
-use proper conventions when writing
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-decode CVC words (consonant/vowel/consonant)
-recognize alliteration
-Sight words: with, so, up, am
 
Math:
 -use a 100's chart (notice the patterns)
-count to 100 by 1's
-count to 100 by 10's
 
Science/Social Studies:
-living and non-living
-identify Texas Symbols

Message from Mrs. Culver

Good Morning Kindergarten Parents!

I just wanted to send a quick e-mail out about your child's upcoming music program, "Kinder's Got Talent," on March 8th. The information is below and I am also sending out a letter today in Wednesday folders!

Please note that there are 2 performances...one at 9am for the school and one at 6pm for parents. They will need to come dressed in their attire for BOTH of the programs!

Please let me know if you have any questions and have a great day!

Thanks!

Britney Culver 

Music Specialist

281-357-3060 EXT 4675 

britneyculver@tomballisd.net

Valentines Day!

Tomorrow is our Valentines Party.
 
If your child wants to pass out valentines, please send 1 for each child in the class.  We have 22 students.
 
You are welcome to come celebrate with us from 2:30-3:20.

Week of Feb. 12-16

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
100th Day of School is Thursday!  We would love to see the kids dress up as what a 100 year old person would look like.  I can't wait to see them!
 
Valentines Day is fast approaching!  We will be exchanging valentines in the classroom with each other.  We will decorate bags to use as mail boxes.  I am asking that you please bring one valentine for each student in our class (22 students) and that you DO NOT personally address each one.  Please just write who the valentine is from.  This greatly helps in the ease of passing them out in class.
 

Yes we can!  We are holding a Valentine’s Day canned food drive.  Our goal is 592 cans…..one from each student and each staff member!

We will walk them to the cafeteria Wednesday at lunch. Please mark your calendar!
 
Save the Date:  Math Science Night is Thursday February 22nd from 5-7.
                          Hope to see you there!
 
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 characteristics of a fairy tale
 
Writers can:
-write fictional stories
-edit their writing
-know that stories have a beginning, middle, and end
-use proper conventions when writing
-understand what a pronoun is
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-decode CVC words (consonant/vowel/consonant)
-segments phonemes (can they tell you all the individual sounds that they hear in a word)
-Sight words: on, they, he, she
 
Math:
 -use a 100's chart (notice the patterns)
-count to 100 by 1's
-count to 100 by 10's
 
Science/Social Studies:
-living and non-living
-identify Texas Symbols

Week of Feb. 5-9

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
Valentines Day is fast approaching!  We will be exchanging valentines in the classroom with each other.  We will decorate bags to use as mail boxes.  I am asking that you please bring one valentine for each student in our class (22 students) and that you DO NOT personally address each one.  Please just write who the valentine is from.  This greatly helps in the ease of passing them out in class.
 
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:
-retell the main events of a story
-understand how the ideas of the text are related to the title
 
Writers can:
-write personal narratives
-know that stories have a beginning, middle, and end
-use proper conventions when writing
-understand and use nouns in their writing
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-decode CVC words (consonant/vowel/consonant)
-segments phonemes (can they tell you all the individual sounds that they hear in a word)
-Sight words: on, they, he, she
 
Math:
 -use a 100's chart (notice the patterns)
-count to 100 by 1's
-count to 100 by 10's
 
Science/Social Studies:
-discuss the pattern of day and night
-talk about Abraham Lincoln
-talk about why we celebrate Presidents Day

Week of Jan. 29- Feb. 2

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
Valentines Day is fast approaching!  We will be exchanging valentines in the classroom with each other.  We will decorate bags to use as mail boxes.  I am asking that you please bring one valentine for each student in our class (22 students) and that you DO NOT personally address each one.  Please just write who the valentine is from.  This greatly helps in the ease of passing them out in class.
  
Here soon I will be testing your child on can they count to 20 and backwards from 20 to 1.  Practice this at home!
 
Please be sure your are reading the little readers that are in your child's blue folder every night!
 
 
Readers can:
-use strategies to figure out words they don't know 
-look for small words inside bigger words to help decode them
-notice word ending like -s and -ing
-notice and use ending punctuation and reflect it in their voice when reading 
-reflect understanding of words in bold by saying the words louder
 
Writers can:
-write personal narratives
-add details to their words by using describing words or their five senses
-know that stories have a beginning, middle, and end
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-isolate medial sounds (short vowel sounds)
-segments phonemes (can they tell you all the individual sounds that they hear in a word)
-Sight words: on, they, he, she
 
Math:
 -read, write, represent numbers 11-20
-notice that numbers in the teens have a group of 10
-compare numbers to 20 (more/less/same)
-can generate a group of objects that is more/less/same
-can generate a number that is 1 more or 1 less than a given number
 
Science/Social Studies:
-discuss the pattern of the seasons
-talk about the President and what his job is
-talk about George Washington

Folder Today

Reminder: Please make sure that you are reading the small reader that is going home each day in your child's blue folder.  Reading groups have started up again and practicing reading is very important!
 
In your child's Wednesday Folder I have put Scholastic Book Orders.  This is a great way to get books for your home for a cheap price and it also earns points for my classroom so that I can get free books for the class!  If you are interested in ordering please do so with the link that is on my website using the code: MF24X.  Click Here to the direct link to that page.
 
I will be completing the order on Friday February 2nd.

Week of Jan. 22-26

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
Valentines Day is fast approaching!  We will be exchanging valentines in the classroom with each other.  We will decorate bags to use as mail boxes.  I am asking that you please bring one valentine for each student in our class (22 students) and that you DO NOT personally address each one.  Please just write who the valentine is from.  This greatly helps in the ease of passing them out in class.
  
Here soon I will be testing your child on can they count to 20 and backwards from 20 to 1.  Practice this at home!
 
 
Readers can:
-know the difference between procedural (How-to) text and a story book.
-know that procedural text are written in a sequence.
-describe characters and the reasons for their actions
 
Writers can:
-write procedural text (to teach someone how to do something)
-write personal narratives
-add details to their words by telling about their setting and their characters
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-isolate medial sounds (short vowel sounds)
-blend phonemes(sounds) in words
-Sight Words: we, me, was, his
 
Math:
 -read, write, represent numbers 11-20
-notice that numbers in the teens have a group of 10
-compare numbers to 20 (more/less/same)
-can generate a group of objects that is more/less/same
-can generate a number that is 1 more or 1 less than a given number
 
Science/Social Studies:
-discuss characteristics of the seasons
-recognize patriotic symbols

Week of Jan. 18-19

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
 
I hope you enjoyed a few extra days with your family and were able to have a little fun in the snow and ice!
 
Here is the link to the 3rd Nine Weeks Homework. Please be sure you are practicing the sight words that the kids will be tested on at the end of the nine weeks.  These words are very important to help your child insure that they are reading on level at the end of the year.
 
Also here soon I will be testing your child on can they count to 20 and backwards from 20 to 1.  Practice this at home!
 
 
Readers can:
-know the difference between procedural (How-to) text and a story book.
-know that procedural text are written in a sequence.
 
Writers can:
-write procedural text (to teach someone how to do something)
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-isolate medial sounds (short vowel sounds)
-blend phonemes(sounds) in words
-Sight Words: we, me, was, his
 
Math:
 -read, write, represent numbers 11-20
 
Science/Social Studies:
-discuss characteristics of the seasons
-recognize patriotic symbols

Week of Jan. 10-13

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
 
I hope you and your families had a restful holiday break full of FUN!  I am excited to see the kids tomorrow!
 
Here is the link to the 3rd Nine Weeks Homework. Please be sure you are practicing the sight words that the kids will be tested on at the end of the nine weeks.  These words are very important to help your child insure that they are reading on level at the end of the year.
 
 
Readers can:
-know the difference between procedural (How-to) text and a story book.
-know that procedural text are written in a sequence.
 
Writers can:
-write procedural text (to teach someone how to do something)
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-isolate medial sounds (short vowel sounds)
-blend phonemes(sounds) in words
-Sight Words: we, me, was, his
 
Math:
 -read, write, represent numbers 11-20
 
Science/Social Studies:
-discuss different types of weather
-Martin Luther King Jr. (Holiday)

Week of Dec. 18-22

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
Please view the sign up if you are willing to donate any of the items for upcoming activities with class.
 
Our Christmas Party will be Next Friday December 22nd from 9:50-10:40.  Parents are invited, so we hope to see you there!  You are welcome to check your child out early after the party if you wish without being counted absent.  If you choose to do so, you will sign them out on a sign up sheet I will have and I will then give you a pass that you will need to exit the building.
 
Polar Express Day will be next Thursday December 21st.  Your child may wear pajamas that day to school but please make sure they wear regular shoes.  Please send a water bottle or a water container (Thermos-type) with your child so they will have something to drink with their popcorn.  
 
Check out https://reindeercam.com/ .  Ask the kids about it!!  Last week our class's name was on the nice list!
 
 
Readers can:
-identify the characters and the reasons for their actions
-respond to the stories that they read.
-sequence a story and activities
 
Writers can:
-respond to what they are reading
- use conventions when writing (starts with capital letter, writes all others with lowercase letters, uses spaces between words, and punctuation at the end)
-use the word wall to help them spell sight words in their writing
-to use beginning and ending sounds when writing 
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-notice features of letters (tall, short, hang off the line, straight lines, curved lines, slanted lines)
-Sight Words: review all words
 
Math:
 -some FUN Christmas Graphing activities
- review numbers (1-20)
 
Science/Social Studies:
-Christmas Around the World: each day your child will "travel" to a new place to learn something that that country does to celebrate the holidays.

Week of Dec. 11-15

 
What's going on in class this week?
 
Please view the sign up if you are willing to donate any of the items for upcoming activities with class.
 
Our Christmas Party will be Next Friday December 22nd from 9:50-10:40.  Parents are invited, so we hope to see you there!  You are welcome to check your child out early after the party if you wish without being counted absent.  If you choose to do so, you will sign them out on a sign up sheet I will have and I will then give you a pass that you will need to exit the building.
 
Polar Express Day will be next Thursday December 21st.  Your child may wear pajamas that day to school.
 
Don't forget that Fridays are Holiday Hat day.  Feel free to wear a holiday hat!
 
Check out https://reindeercam.com/ .  Ask the kids about it!!
 
Benchmark Testing and Report Card Testing has begun.  I will be pulling each kid individually to test their independent reading levels.  The students need to be on an Independent Level A at this time.  Please be patient with me, as I am pulling kids this means that I am not able to pull groups so new books will not be going home as often until I am finished.  Thanks!
 
Readers can:
-identify the characters and setting of a story
-identify the problem and solution of a story
-retell a story
 
Writers can:
-write stories that have details by writing a "small moment"
- use conventions when writing (starts with capital letter, writes all others with lowercase letters, uses spaces between words, and punctuation at the end)
-use the word wall to help them spell sight words in their writing
-to use beginning and ending sounds when writing 
 
Phonics/Phonemic Awareness:
-recognize that sentences are made up of words
-review beginning and ending sounds
-Sight Words: review all words
 
Math:
 -Recognizing coins and their values.
-needs and wants
-job skills
-gifts vs. income
 
Science/Social Studies:
-discuss uses for water and where to find natural sources of water