Book Orders

If you’d like to order any books from the Scholastic book order that was sent home earlier this month, please place your order online or send in the order form by Friday with your Kinder. Here is the link to Scholastic’s website:

I will be placing the order on Friday, November 22.

Just a reminder…we will be having a book exchange with our class. Our class code is: RB32K Thanks so much and happy reading!

Sack Lunch

If your kindergartener needs a sack lunch from the hot lunch program tomorrow for our early release day, please email me to let me know – along with their milk choice, chocolate or white. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll plan on your child eating lunch at home with you.


This Week in Kindergarten…


READING: This week in reading we continued learning about our Super Reader Powers! We practiced reading using our POINTER POWER, our REREAD POWER, our PARTNER POWER (which we practiced by reading The Itsy Bitsy Spider), our PICTURE POWER and our SNAP WORD POWER! Wow…we have a lot of reading powers! The Kinders loved looking for SNAP words (popcorn words) in their books and writing them down! I’m so proud of how hard they are working!

WRITING: During writing this week, we worked on writing a small moment story. We practiced writing a beginning, a middle and an end. The Kinders drew pictures on each page, labeled the pictures and wrote words to go on each page. They even added a speech bubble to tell what someone in their picture was saying! Way to take a risk with writing Kinders!

MATH: This week during math, we practiced writing the numbers 8 and 9 as well as identifying shapes. The Kinders had to find certain shapes and color them the correct color. Then they had to practice drawing different shapes around a hexagon. Ask them to sing you their hexagon song…it’s quite catchy! We finished the week by helping Puzzled Penguin write his numbers in the correct order. Good thing we helped him, he gets puzzled sometimes.

VETERAN’S DAY: On Monday, we learned about Veteran’s Day. We read about Veteran’s Day in our Scholastic News and then made a Veteran craft. I hope you enjoyed the soldiers! I sent my dad, a Veteran, a picture (he’s deer hunting) of the Veteran crafts and he loved it! 

WANTS AND NEEDS: This week we started to learn about the differences between wants and needs. We sorted pictures of things we want and need. We did a cut and paste activity about wants and needs and ended the week by reading a book about wants and needs. In the book, the Kinders drew a picture of something they want and something they need. 

MYSTERY READER: Brayden was excited when his mom surprised our class and was our mystery reader! It was fun to listen to her read us the story Flying High. It was a cute story written by a football player Julian Edelman. 

THANK YOU so much for the many boxes of Cheerios we received for our classroom! It’s greatly appreciated! We should be all set for awhile!


Monday, November 18: Art; Book fair preview day; Parent-Teacher conferences

Tuesday, November 19: STEAM; Book fair preview day

Wednesday, November 20: Music; Book fair purchase day; Parent-Teacher conferences

Thursday, November 21: Gym; Book fair purchase day

Friday, November 22: Art

November 27 – November 29: Thanksgiving Break

December 12 – Holiday Program at 6:30 p.m. at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches. The kids are very busy practicing their songs!

I’m looking forward to meeting with you next week at parent teacher conferences!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Holiday Book Exchange

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

As part of our Winter Holiday celebration we will be having a book gift exchange among the Kindergartners in our class.  The children will be exchanging a gift of a book between themselves.  We would prefer to keep the cost of the book to under $5.  The book should be gender neutral, something a boy or a girl might enjoy.  Some favorites are Berenstain Bears, Pete the Cat, and Clifford.

I recently sent home a book order from Scholastic Book Clubs.  If you would like to purchase any books please be sure to send in the completed order form and payment with your child’s name attached.  Or, you can go online to to place your order.  Our class activation code is RB32K.  Please keep in mind that you have the option of purchasing a book from a book store as well.

We would love for the wrapped books marked who it is from to be returned on Thursday, December 12.  If you are purchasing a book online for our book exchange please have these orders in to me or placed online by Wednesday, Dec. 4. 

Thank You,

Mrs. Baker

This Week in Kindergarten…

POPCORN WORDS: am, are, little

READING: This week during reading, we started our new reading unit – We are SUPER READERS! The Kinders learned they have PICTURE POWER! They can use the pictures while they are reading to help them become readers. They also learned they have POINTER POWER! They use their pointer finger to point to each word they read one time. We practiced using our pointer power with fun wiggly eye rings. When learning about POINTER POWER, we practiced reading from left to right. We practiced with pictures and colored dots “reading” them from left to right. The last power we learned about this week was SNAP WORD POWER! When we see words we know, we read them in a SNAP! It was fun to use our new books – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Who Do You See? during reading this week. Each Kinder has their own copy with pictures of all of their friends in the book. They have LOVED reading them this week! For now, they are keeping them in their blue book boxes at school. They will bring them home eventually. 

WRITING: During writing this week, we started writing small moment stories. These are stories about themselves, something that’s happened to them or something they’ve done. Each Kinder came up with their own idea, told their story to a partner, drew the pictures to their story, added labels, words and even tried adding a speech bubble! They worked very hard on their stories this week!

MATH: This week during math, we practiced showing numbers using pennies. We added one penny each time to make the number bigger. Then we practiced showing the equations. For example, 2 + 1 = 3. The Kinders enjoyed using real pennies during math! In our math workbooks, we practiced writing the number 10 and showing 10 objects along with working more on shapes. The Kinders have been working hard on writing their numbers 1-10. 

LITERACY: During our literacy time this week, we practiced name writing! The Kinders continue to work on using an uppercase letter or the first letter and lowercase letters for the rest. We also practiced syllables, did activities with our popcorn words as well as learned about concepts of print. 

MYSTERY READER: Xander was excited his mom visited our class as a mystery reader! She read us a super fun book called, I Wanna Iguana! After she was done, she had little “pet” iguanas for each of us! 



WINTER GEAR – Brrrr….our Michigan weather is changing quickly. Please be sure to gather up those warmer coats, mittens, boots, hats and snow pants. When it snows, this gear is mandatory to play outside. When the snow arrives we do go outside and play! However, if the temperature or wind chill get below freezing we do opt to stay inside. If anyone needs any help with getting these winter items PLEASE let me know. Keep in mind that the goal for all Kinders to get their winter gear on and off independently. Please LABEL your Kinder’s winter gear.  It will make it easier for me to help each child keep track of their own belongings.

SNACKS – Please remember to send your Kinder with 2 snacks each day. We have a morning and an afternoon snack. I always have Cheerios for kids who forget. Thank you so much for all of the Cheerios donations! That was so kind of you!



Monday, November 11: Art; Library – remember to return library books!

Tuesday, November 12: STEAM

Wednesday, November 13: Music

Thursday, November 14: Gym; Jet’s Pizza Night

Friday, November 15: STEAM; Popcorn Friday; Early Release – dismissal at 12:15. Please email me if your Kinder will need a sack lunch from the hot lunch program. 

Monday, November 18: Parent-Teacher conferences; Book Fair preview day; no library today

Wednesday, November 20: Parent-Teacher conferences; Book Fair purchase day

November 27-November 29: Thanksgiving Break

December 12 – Holiday Program at 6:30 p.m. at Fair Haven Church in Jenison.  More details coming as date approaches. The kids are very busy practicing their songs!

Have a wonderful weekend!

~Mrs. Baker


The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 6.

We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville. Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
(please no ramen noodles).

The food drive will continue until Nov. 21. We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive. The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.

This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering. 

Below is a link to their blog: 

P.E. Blog

Star Reward Day!!

The Kinders have done such a great job at earning points! They have done this by making good choices and having good behavior. As a class, we voted and the Kinders decided on having a PJ day to celebrate earning their 5 points! 

Tomorrow, November 6 will be PJ day in our class!

The Kinders are welcome to wear PJ’s and slippers, please keep pillows and blankets at home. 

This Week in Kindergarten…


READING: During reading this week, we practiced building our stamina! The Kinders have enjoyed choosing their own books for their book boxes and reading them during our reading time. They worked hard on building their stamina for reading to themselves. 

WRITING: This week during writing, we wrote two pattern books! The Kinders wrote one book all about a leaf. They wrote the pattern – This is the stem. This is the vein. This is the color. This is the leaf. The Kinders wrote another book about our classroom. They wrote the pattern – I see the kids. I see the books. I see the tables. On the last page they got to choose what they wrote about. The Kinders are doing a great job during writing! 

MATH: During our math time this week, we practiced writing the number 8, finding and drawing 8 objects. We practiced the same activities with the number 9. I am so proud of how hard the Kinders work during math! On Friday, we had a great time playing math games with the GVSU baseball players! 

LITERACY: This week during literacy, we made an autumn house. The Kinders decorated an autumn house and then filled it with fun literacy activities. We practiced rhyming words and put them in our house. We practiced onset and rime and put those pictures in our house. We practiced letter identification and sounds and put the letters into our house. We also rolled and colored sight words. 

CHEERIOS NEEDED…I always have Cheerios (or similar brand) on hand for Kinders who forget their snack. I am running low and am planning to buy some this weekend. If you’re out shopping this weekend and would be willing to donate a box, that would be wonderful. Thank you! 


Monday, November 4: Gym, Library – remember to return library books!

Tuesday, November 5: Art

Wednesday, November 6: STEAM

Thursday, November 7: Music

Friday, November 8: Gym; Wear RAINBOW colors or your FAVORITE COLOR!

November 15: Early Release Day – dismissal at 12:15

November 18 and 20: Parent Teacher conferences – I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you!

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break…no school

Thank you again to everyone who sent in donations for our party this week and those who were able to help out at the party! It was so fun! I really appreciate everything everyone did to make it a success! 

Have a wonderful weekend!!