Hillary Hoag

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    Our trip to the Community Bank on the 8th was wonderful. Thank you to everyone who helped get us there safely. Stop by and check out the beautifully decorated tree. The children were so proud of their work. Thank you to the ladies at the bank. They treated us to cupcakes, candy canes and pencils. 

A Few Reminders for your Calendars at home:

December 15th - Field Trip to Christmas Tree and Llama Farm

December 22nd - Holiday Party in the afternoon. Please let me know if you would like to send in a treat for the class. We have 17 students.

December 23rd - January 1st - Holiday Vacation. School resumes on January 2nd.

January 15 - No School

Save the Date

One of our most fabulous and meaningful events in Kindergarten is Grandparent's Day. This is happening on Friday, April 13th beginning at 12:15. More information will come home at a later date. Please mark your calendars and let Grandparent's know. 

Communication is extremely important to me. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 888- 6753 or hhoag@jesvt.org if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Unified Arts Schedule:

Monday: P.E. & Music

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Technology, P.E. & Music

Thursday: Guidance & ART

Health, 7 lessons per year

Friday: Spanish

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Field Trip Information:

The Kindergarten Team is heading to Waterville on December 15th to visit the Northern Vermont Christmas Tree and Llama Farm. We will leave school at 8:45 and return in time for lunch at 11:15. Please make sure your child comes to school dressed appropriately for this outside adventure. Jackets, snow pants, boots, mittens or gloves and hats are a must! 


Here is the list of Sight Words that we have learned so far: a          the      see      and      by      my      is               it      in     if        mom    dad      love   can   man            ran   you   this     that     are       at      as     am              an

We are reading a variety of stories about Gingerbread People. We are enjoying comparing and contrasting the characters in each book and discussing the fate of the Gingerbread person. We are going to bake and decorate enough gingerbread cookies to give to every person at JES. We are also going to make a giant gingerbread person for our class. Hopefully that one will not run away from us. We are still looking for molasses, sugar, flour and candy donations. 

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Math is such as exciting time in Kindergarten. We are laying the foundation for early number concepts and number sense. The children are exploring ways to make numbers using “Math Hands” and other hands on activities such as apples on a tree. We count every morning using our giant Rekenrek (white & red beads on a wire) or other movement activities.  Counting to 100 is an end of the year expectation in Kindergarten. Counting at home with your child would definitely help to reinforce this concept. Subitizing is an activity where the children learn to instantly recognize arrangements of patterns on cards, dice, hands and dominoes. I will hold up a card with dots for only 1 to 3 seconds, tell the children to “Put it in your head or take a picture”, then ask “How many dots did you see?” and “What did the pattern look like?” They truly enjoy this activity and are getting really good at it! The children are also learning about tally marks, number identification and the "tricky teen" numbers. 


We have worked on drawing pictures to tell stories and labeling our pictures.  We are finishing up our second personal narrative small moment stories. All of our stories have a beginning, middle and end. Our next Writing theme will be Opinion writing. 

                    Science or Social Studies:  

We are enjoying our study of the 5 Senses. Every child will have the opportunity to go into our 5 Sense Surprise Box. I take away their sense of sight by blindfolding them. This way, they have to tune into their other 4 senses to figure out what item they have. It is a lot of fun, especially the taste part. We will learn a bit about holidays around the world the week before vacation.