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Kristie Oates

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Important information

Please read the blog from Ms Kloczko if you have not already.  Watch for an email from me sometime this weekend.

Packets and other resources

Please check your email, texts and phone messages often this week and next.  We will have pickup times sometime next week for you to pick up resources for your student to continue learning at home.  Feel free to contact me via email if you have questions.


Don't forget that you have suggestions in weekly updates and access to IXL while we wait for more resources.  Please reread the books in your kiwi pack to keep your reading skills up.


Another Leprechaun Trap!
Another Leprechaun Trap!
Ms. Kloczko Request & IXL News

IXL now allows access to science and social studies until June 30th.  Please feel free to check it out!


Ms. Kloczko is asking if you haven't already done so...please fill out the survey below.



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Free stories during COVID-19 shelter in place

Audible is providing access to their story library during the shelter in place for free.

Don't forget to check the weekly updates periodically. Send me pictures of your students at work to add to this site!

I will try to add some new places on the web to explore each day.

Also, playing and creating is learning.  Using supplies around the house to build and thinking of ways to solve problems are good for the brain.

Unexpected school closure

I will be updating this site during the week.  I will add some notes about last week and the learning we did.  Today I have added Monday only to the weekly updates page.  Hopefully by this afternoon I will have time and more information to add.  Know that we are already missing our students and can't wait until we can be back together at school.  Please read every day and take care of yourselves.


Report cards will be mailed.  Please email me any questions or concerns.

March 9-13

What a week!  We started the week with music.  We colored in tulips and Hazel's mom took us out to look at the garden and discussed plant parts with us.  We talked about the many plant parts we eat.  We also used the computer.  (I have sent the log in information to you again for IXL so that you may use that at home.)  We learned about prepositions this week and visited Maker's Space.  On Wednesday, we read more about plants and went to the Middle School to learn about forces.  It was a fabulous trip.  Ask your child about the activities they saw and did (see the slideshow above).  We worked on symmetry, we wrote a lot and we drew and colored an owl.  We talked more about graphing and I sent home an assignment to make a Leprechaun trap.  Unfortunately, we will not be bringing those to school today as the district is closing school until the 6th of April. 


I can't wait until everyone is back on that Monday, ready to learn.  In the meantime, check the weekly updates for assignments. 


Don't forget learning happens when playing.  Dig out that deck of cards from the beginning of the year and play some games.  Some of the games are in the locker (scroll down on phones and tablets, to the left on computers) or visit this website for more card games.

March 2-6

We have spent this week learning about plants.  We tried to germinate seeds on a sponge.  We will continue to watch the progress of the seeds over the next few weeks.  If you noticed the new jewelry your child had on Friday, we also took the hearts we made in February and made symmetrical necklaces.  The children in room 8 continue to learn more sight words and practice reading daily.  We are really trying to focus on both comprehension (what is it we are reading, what is the plot of the story, why did the author write this book) and fluency (rereading and practicing so that we can read without sounding out each word, especially those that we have read many times before).  In math, we continue to work on number sense, understanding the value of various numbers, addition, subtraction and we are learning how to measure both with centimeters and inches.


Thank you to those of you who turned in permission slips this week.  We still need a few more.  Also, thank you to those of you who turned in parent conference forms.  I'm looking forward to seeing you all and talking about your creative and intelligent children.


On Wednesday this week we are going to the middle school to learn more science with eighth grade students.



February 24-28

We were fortunate to have Mrs. Saunders work with our class for the majority of the week.  The students did well and were able to keep up with their regular progress in all areas.  Thank you for such great children and a double thank you to Mrs. Matheson and Mrs. Saunders for making sure everything ran smoothly while I was gone.


We are still missing many field trip permission slips for our zoo trip the first week of April.  In order to make plans for the bus and the zoo, we need that information soon.


I hope your child told you all about the assembly with Phil Tulga.  I understand it was enjoyed by all.


On Friday, we explored shapes, structures and building with toothpicks and marshmallows.  The students showed concentration, creativity and persistence while demonstrating their knowledge of shapes and building structures.


Thank you to the many of you that come for Fit Friday.  It is fun to walk with you and then gather as a whole school for information, songs and dance.

February 10-14

We started the week with a lockdown drill.  The students in room 8 were amazing.  The duration of the drill was close to 40 minutes and the children hid quietly as they had been instructed to and maintained this behavior for the duration.  Thank you for such thoughtful children.  We continue to work on rhyming, segmenting to write and blending to read.  We have learned a lot about penguins this week.  We went on a virtual field trip on Thursday to the California Academy of Sciences.  We learned about the importance of teamwork.  They talked about how biologists work together to learn about and care for the penguins.  The students also saw that penguins in this facility use paper (in this case Valentines) and other found material to make their nests.  We ended the week by exchanging Valentines.  The students read the names of their peers, enjoyed their cards and thanked each other for the Valentines.  Each child was allowed to pick a new book from my collection as their Valentine gift from me.


I hope everyone enjoys some family time during this extended weekend.  Please remember to read, read, read!



February 3-7

We had a great week.  On Monday, students did work focused around the book "A Bad Case of Stripes."  Ask them to tell you the story.  Global Play Day appeared to be enjoyed by all.  It was fun watching the children make choices about what they were going to do, who they would interact with and deciding when and where they were going to have a snack.  They handled themselves well and participated in a variety of different activities.  Thank you to all of the adults who have been joining us as we walk the track for Fit Friday.  The children and I love having you participate with us in this activity.  Ignacio has been going home regularly and the students have done an excellent job of helping him write in his journal.


Notes for the upcoming week:  Thursday we will be going on a virtual field trip.  We will join the California Academy of Science on the internet platform Zoom.  We will learn about the penguins from those that care for them.  This is also the day that students may bring Valentines to share with their classmates.  Students may only pass out Valentines if they have one for every student in the class.  The students need to write both their name and their classmate's name on the Valentine before Thursday.  We will not be having a party on that day.   Students will be allowed to look at and enjoy their Valentines at the end of the day.  


*If you have any penguin books at home that you would like to share with the class this week, we would love to see them.

January 27-31

We had a great week.  We celebrated the 100th day of school.  We paraded around in our hats, made 100 Froot Loop necklaces, and had a 100 piece trail mix.  We read and counted 100 things by 1's, 5's and 10's.  Thank you for the food donations and to the adults that helped us do this!

Erin Dealey came and visited.  The children loved listening, singing and retelling stories with her.  There is a link to her website in last week's update.

Ignacio, the class bear, started visiting homes.  The students have given him the nickname Iggy.  When he comes to your house, he wants to participate in the activities you normally do.  Then, the student writes about their adventures together.  Encourage your child to do the writing.  They may add pictures, maps or other interesting artifacts.

Your children are making great growth in all areas.  Please keep up the good work by ensuring that your child is playing with words, sounds and numbers.  Most importantly, please have an adult listen to your child read every day.  

January 21- 24

We had a great week.  We read, we played, we added and subtracted.  Subtraction is tricky for some of our students so playing with numbers, looking at the difference between numbers and adding and subtracting things while playing can help your child with number sense.  


I have been working on assessing students. 

Shapes, especially the cylinder, hexagon and rhombus, are tricky for young learners.

Most of our students know 25-26 letter names and sounds!  This knowledge is helping them become better readers and writers.  Thank you for your attention at home.  Please review occasionally so that the learning becomes permanent.

Please try and play with rhyming at home, in the car and when out playing.  Many students are close to rhyming consistently and some are just starting to understand it.  This skill will also help reading and writing.


This week we have the 100th day celebration.  I could use one parent volunteer from 8:40-9:50.  Also, I could use a giant bag of popcorn for that day.  We also have an assembly with the author Erin Dealey.  The children and I love having parents participate in Fit Friday!  If you haven't walked with us yet, we would love to have you.  If you are one of our regular walkers, we appreciate you and are happy to see you each Friday.

January 13-17

We had a great week!

In music we had a new teacher and learned about rhythms and melodies.  We also sang a song about freedom, equity and belonging.

We talked and read about Dr. Martin Luther KIng, Jr. We will not have school on Monday so that we may honor his messages and his work.

We went to the middle school and worked with two different 8th grade classes and through sink and float, we learned about density.  We continued thinking about the concepts we learned in our classroom.

Please make sure you are listening to your child read.  They are beginning to be very strong readers!  Thank you for the work and support from home.  Please also encourage them to write often.  They can help make lists, or make cards for family and friends.  Encourage story writing as well.  In math, we still have some students struggling with their teens.  Also, some students have forgotten a few of the shapes.  We will continue to review them periodically here but if you can do it out in the real world, that will help a lot. 

January 7-10

This week the students came back enthusiastic and ready to learn.  We began to talk about forces.  Students designed experiments and talked about the strength of pushes and pulls necessary to do work.  They experimented using blocks and toy cars.  They also watched a video about excavators and how machines help accomplish more work in less time.  They drew and wrote about excavators.  Come and read their writing that is displayed in the window.  We also are reviewing shapes.  Students need to be able to consistently identify the following shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus, hexagon, cylinder, cube, sphere and cone. I have been impressed with students efforts and abilities with reading this week.  Thank you for continuing to encourage them at home.


On Tuesday, the 14th, we will be going to the middle school to learn from our 8th grade buddies.  We will take a school bus. 

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had time to enjoy the break.  I'm looking forward to seeing eager, ready to learn faces on Tuesday, January 7.

This week we plan to learn about forces in science.  Also, we will continue to review all of the letter names and sounds, sight words, and we will practice writing using the sounds and words that we know.  We will talk about pronouns, we will review shapes, counting by 10 and all numbers from 1-100.


When we explore forces in science, we will be using cars.  Ask your child what questions he/she has about how the car moves and what things can influence the movement of the car.

December 9-13

This week we made trees with our handprints.  Students traced, cut out and arranged 10 copies of their hands to make beautiful trees.  We also made bead candy canes. We learned about blood, how it circulates and why we need it.  We continue to read and write daily.  Be sure to check the window to see some of your student's fabulous writing.  We also are learning to use a number line to do addition.  The numbers between 11-20 are becoming easier for us daily.


Please, during break, have your child read daily.  It is important to keep practicing.  Play with words and numbers whenever possible.  I hope everyone enjoys time together as a family.


Winter break goes from December 23 - January 6.


December 2-6

Thank you for those that made it to the holiday singing.  I hear it was great!


This past week we worked on singing, writing, reading and we continued working on the numbers between 11 and 20.  We managed to make it to Maker's Space two times.  The students are very creative and work well together solving problems and designing interesting creations.  They created cards for someone that they care about and painted snowmen.  They are now able to read 3 letter words such as cup, bid, dip, dip, bed...the more they practice, the better they will get.  We are still seeing confusion with the following letters: b, p, and d.  We also hear problems with the sounds that e and i make.  Many of the students have figured out how the silent e works.  


Please keep reading to your child and listening to your child read.


November 18-November 22

We had a great week.  We wrote, celebrated writing, tried paletas, drew and had fun. We had visitors from the Light Awards grant.  They have provided professional development opportunities in literacy for me and other teachers in the district.  They were very impressed with your students' writing and confidence when sharing their writing. The students made some awesome turkeys and we learned a little bit about Thanksgiving.  Each student chose a new book to keep as their own.  Many of the students are starting to become readers!  Thank you for your love and support from home. 


We have started practicing holiday songs for the optional performance on December 7th.  I will not be there on that day but all kindergarten students are welcome to attend and some of the other kindergarten teachers will be there to help the students organize and sing!  Most students love this opportunity.  We will practice so that they are ready.


I hope everyone enjoys the week of rest and I will see everyone on December 2.


November 12-15

 We had a great week with literacy! Wednesday we spent the day in the library. First, we walked energetically to the community library. Mrs. Rodriguez read us a story about Sarah Hale who advocated for Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. She emphasized how your words (writing) can lead to important change. Then, we wrote thank you cards, made leaf bookmarks and looked at books. Eventually, all students will have a school issued library card for the public library. Students with an active card checked out books. Students whose cards weren’t active yet were able to choose a book from the library bookstore to keep. We walked back, had lunch and then enjoyed the school library. Students are reading with more fluency and increased comprehension. Thank you for listening to them and talking with them each day. On Friday, students were able to choose what they wrote about. They enthusiastically wrote a lot about a variety of topics. Most students required very little, if any, assistance. The majority of students remembered spaces between their words. We continue to work on capital letters at the beginning (and not in the middle) of sentences and using end punctuation appropriately.  In math we are working on being fluent in our use and understanding of the numbers 11-20.

A celebration of Stars at the Board Meeting
A celebration of Stars at the Board Meeting
November 4 - November 8

This week was back to a more normal pace after Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. 


We continue to work on number sense.  Children this age often confuse the numbers 15 with 50 because they sound the same (this is one example of many) and 12 with 21 because they look the same.  Pointing out and talking about numbers in their world is really helpful.  Learning in context is more meaningful and more likely to stick.  Please count with your child often and talk about all of the numbers you see each day on buildings, on the television, in books, on products that you use... We continue to work with addition and subtraction.


Also, this week we counted the number of stripes and stars on the flag.  We learned about this symbol of our country.  We talked about how the flag has evolved from a flag of 13 stars to one of 50.  The students learned that the stars represent the number of states in the United States of America.  We made a few beautiful flags that will be coming home to you of Friday.  


In writing, we are working to write at least three sentences that go together to tell a story.  We are trying to use transitions such as first, next and last.  Students continue to use both sight words and the sounds they know to write.  Their writing is getting more interesting and some are writing many interesting sentences that flow together and tell a story!


As children continue to develop their reading skills, they should play with words often: rhyming, segmenting and blending them.

We are working on sounding out and reading cvc words (three letter words that start and end with a consonant and have a vowel in the middle).  Students have a hard time clearly making the sound of a short i and short e when reading words like pin, pen, set, sit, etc.  They also frequently confuse words that have the following consonants in them: b, d and p.  You can help by practicing with words like bed, big, pig, dig, bog, bad...


Just a reminder on November 13 we will be walking to the high school to the library for a lesson on giving thanks and for an opportunity to check out a book from the "big" library.  Adults are welcome to come with us.  Please let me know if you can accompany us.  



October 28-November 1 Halloween, Red Ribbon Week and Dia de los Muertos

We had a busy and fun week.  With red clothing and acts of kindness, we started our week.  We practiced singing and learned about the art of Tai Chi.  We learned some games that depend on cooperation and being aware of our space.  We wore sunglasses on Tuesday to protect our eyes from the brightness emanated from the children everyday!  We performed our Halloween songs and worked with our names.  We paraded through town and made an x-ray drawing of our hands.  (Hold the drawing up to a window and see how the bones stand out.)  We rode the bus to the library where we learned about Dia de los Muertos, read and made sugar skulls.


We continue to learn the names and sounds of the letters of the alphabet.  We are trying to create rhymes with words that we hear.  We are learning about the importance of vowels in words.  Students should understand that sentences begin with capital letters, have spaces between words, tell a whole idea and end with some type of punctuation.  We are adding and subtracting with the numbers up to 10.  As we hear stories, we are working to understand what the author is trying to communicate.  When we write a story we are trying to include details to make our story clear.  We continue to learn to follow directions and work on our fine motor skills.  This week students drew a haunted house and a sugar skull.



October 21-25 Highlight- Pumpkin Patch

We had a fun week.  We learned about and created artistic perceptions of the life cycle of a pumpkin.  We drew and used oil pastels to color interesting pumpkins.  We worked on our songs for the Halloween concert for parents on October 30th at 8:15.  We wrote about the ag site, we wrote thank you notes and we wrote about pumpkins.  We continue to work on our reading and phonemic awareness skills.  Children at this point should know 10 words by sight (I, am, the, like, can, see, you, to, a, and) many students know and are using more in their daily reading and writing.  Children should know the name of and the sound of the majority of both the lower case and the upper case letters of the alphabet.  They should be able to blend sounds together orally and visually for 3 letter words.  They should be able to segment (separate) the sounds in words.  Please continue to work with your child on rhyming.

Students should know their numbers to 30.  We count and write the numbers often.  We are learning addition to sums of 10 and will be starting subtraction soon.  We learned about the colors of pumpkins and about different types of bats.


We went to the ag site and visited six stations (see 5 of them below).  We started with a hay ride, then we ran in the field to find our perfect pumpkin, we rode on hay again and had a snack and made ghost lollipops.  After that, we played Duck, Duck, Goose.  Then we made ghosts or zombies using our hands as a model.  We played in the hay maze and ran a few times.  We ended our time in the barn with the wonderful animals.  The students were well behaved and had a really good time.


Next week:  More fun.

For Red Ribbon Week we are celebrating that we are happy and healthy at Waggoner!

Monday:  Wear red and be kind.

Tuesday: Wear sunglasses and bright colors because our future is bright!

Wednesday: Create an awesome name tag to wear all day because you and your name are awesome.  We will sing this day at 8:15.

Thursday: Wear your costume for the parade.  (Students need to be able to walk, sit, and learn in their costumes.  They also need to be able to go to the bathroom on their own, so please make sure they can unbutton, zip, take off and put on anything they choose to wear!  We will not be assisting in the bathroom.)

Friday: Wear pajamas today because we dream big. We will also be going to the town library for some sugar skull and Dia de los Muertos fun.


A look back at October 7-18

I'm sorry I didn't recap the week of October 7-11th last week.  I got home from the International Literacy Association Conference at 1 am on the 14th so I was a little travel weary.


The emphasis of the week from the 7th to the 11th was on shapes.  The students reviewed the ten shapes we are expected to know in kindergarten: circle, square, rhombus, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, cube, cone, sphere and cylinder.  They used shapes in a variety of activities including drawing, reading, building and more.  We started work on learning what a verb is and continued working on our reading and writing skills; continually reviewing letter names, sounds, blending words together and segmenting them apart to use while we read and write. We had a wonderful substitute and dealt with a day of learning without electricity.


October 14-18 we talked about bugs but focused in on the butterfly.  The children drew, colored and painted beautiful butterflies.  They learned about the life cycle of butterflies and while learning verbs, acted out some movements that a caterpillar or butterfly might do.  Noah's mom took the children out into the garden to hunt for bugs.  They used magnifying glasses and had great discussions about their discoveries.  The children wrote great pieces about their butterflies or the houses that they drew.  Be sure to look in the window for the new writing.


We had an earthquake drill on Thursday.  Your children were awesome.  They listened to directions, quickly protected their heads and bodies and were quiet until the end of the drill.


We went to Maker's Space and we worked on computer skills.  We accomplished a lot of learning in our 4 day week.

September 30-October 4 Conferences and Bears

Thank you to everyone!  I loved meeting with you and talking about your wonderful, smart and inquisitive children.  Also thank you for the supplies for our picnic.  If you loaned us a blanket, please pick it up this week.  


We crammed a lot of learning and fun into the minimum days this past week.  We read a few different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  We retold the story thinking about the order events happened.  Also Mrs. Kloczko dressed up as a bear (See photo slideshow below) and sang The Teddy Bear Picnic song.  We read the Teddy Bear Picnic book and sang the song in class as well.


We continue working on putting numbers in order to 30.  We talked about tools and used a ruler as a tool to compare numbers and to determine how much greater or less than one number is compared to another.  We constructed a graph using gummy bears.  We told story problems for addition using bears as the characters in the story.


We heard the story Ira Sleeps Over.  Ask your child about Ira's sleep over and how his teddy bear played a part in the story.  We also hunted for hidden sight words on bears.  I hid 8.  Ask your child how many he/she found!


We did a variety of activities with our bears on our picnic day. (See the slideshow above.)


We continue to code using blockly and we did some practice activities in math and language arts on the computer using IXL.


Next week (October 10 and 11), I will be in New Orleans learning more about literacy.  The students will be focusing in on shapes, addition, the word like and reviewing the following letters and sounds: m, s, a, p, and t.  They will also continue to work on blending the sounds to read words (map, Pam, pat, at, am, Sam, sat...).  Please enjoy listening to your child read each day.  Remind them to touch each word as they read.



Week of September 23-27

We had a fun writing celebration this week.  A few students shared their writing with the whole class, then all students shared with each other.  We ate cookies and drank water.  Check your Friday folders to see your child's independent writing.  Please ask them to tell you the story they wrote.  We are working on writing down the sounds we hear in a word, leaving spaces between each word we write, using speech bubbles and to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end.


We continue to practice writing our numbers.  We practice frequently writing to 30.  We are getting better.  We are working on less reversals and knowing the difference between numbers such as 12 and 21, and 13 and 31.


The 5 senses are important when you are noticing the world around you.  Please ask your child to name the 5 senses.  Then, go for a walk or during dinner have your child use all 5 senses to describe various things in their surroundings.  


Your children are starting to read!  Many of them know 8 or more sight words (words that they just know by looking at them) and a lot of the students are sounding out correctly 3 and 4 letter words.  If you find opportunities to write notes to them, this will encourage their reading.


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Songs and Stories

We learn in a variety of ways.  One way we work on sight words is by listening to and watching videos.  Here are links to some of the songs we have sung.

See Song

We Song

The Song 


Like #2



Math songs:

Days of the Week

Months of the Year


We also listen to stories on video. Discuss how the story is being read.  Point out the text that you can see.  Discuss the expressions used by the reader.


Tacky the Penguin


Teddy Bears' Picnic

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Eency Weency Spider

Our science program led us to these videos of animals eating.


Read, Read, Read!
Read, Read, Read!