Sunday, August 20, 2017

WELCOME!

Amazing Parents, 

I know how hard it was for you today to drop off your kindergartener and leave them in my care.  Please know that Mrs. Karen, Miss Hannah and I already love them and we are taking good care of them.  It will be a great first day!

Our motto in Kindergarten this year will be: 

It’s Good to Do Hard Things! 

Our mascot is a bumblebee because aerodynamically a bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but no one has ever told the bumblebee it can't, so it goes on flying.  



Every year I see kindergartners do amazing things that no one would ever think they would be able to do.  They definitely can do hard things and I am very proud to be their teacher.

Please click on the side link to the right, under the bumblebee, and read our classroom disclosure.  It will stay there all year so you can refer back to it. 

You can read it in Spanish too! Click on Informacion! Que necesito saber?

Please join our class "remind" group if you have not.  Follow the link to sign up: 

https://www.remind.com/join/ha693c

or take out your phone... Text: 81010 Enter: @ha693c

When you pick up your student at 12:45 p.m. we will be waiting for you at the light pole outside the front of the school.  Please meet us outside and help us start these procedures correctly. When you get home please ask your student to open their backpack and show you their homework folder. There will be homework for you this week.  I need you to fill out some forms.


If you need anything I am always here to help.  I am so excited to be your child's kindergarten teacher! Look at the post after this one to read a little about me and my team this year. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

About Mrs. Maag, Mrs. Karen and Miss Hannah!



 
WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN!

       My name is Mrs. Maag (rhymes with dog).  I am very excited to meet each of you and be your kindergarten teacher. We are going to have many adventures of learning and growing together this year.

Here is a little about me:
       I grew up not far from here in Farr West, Utah. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Weber State University in 2004 with a BS in Elementary Education and have been teaching ever since! Since my time at Weber State I have earned an ESL Endorsement and Reading Endorsement. I have taught 4th, 3rd, 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  My heart will always and forever be in kindergarten!
      
       I am married to my best friend and we have three great children, 2 of which attend OPA.  I have a great love for reading. I also enjoy running, camping, and hiking.

       This year I have 2 amazing teaching assistants!  Miss Hannah has been at OPA for 3 years and Mrs. Karen is new to OPA.  Hannah will be in our classroom Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Karen will be at school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  They are both amazing, wonderful teachers. Under my direction they will be conducting many of our interventions for any children who need a little more time learning concepts that have previously been taught in class.

       I look forward to seeing YOU at Back-to-School Night.  Please make every effort to attend: 

Thursday, August  24th from 4:30-6:30

It is an open house format so come anytime that night. I will be sharing important information that will help insure a successful year. I hope you are having a great summer! See you soon!


Mrs. Maag

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Week 37-Final Blog Post! Bah ha ha :(

I have the cute Graduation Cap and Gown Pictures Packets available in my room for purchase. I sent home the sample bookmark of what the pictures look like on Friday. 
We have the pictures already printed at school. 
The prices are as follows:

·      All 4 sheet and specialty fun pack with bag tag, key chain tags, and picture puzzle for $39.00
·      Any 4 sheets for $37.00
·      Any 3 sheets for $31.00
·      Any 2 sheet for $21.00
·      Any 1 sheet for $11.00

You can pay online and send the note back with the payment code written on it or 
send cash or check to the classroom.  Checks payable to Lifetouch.

You do not have to purchase these pictures. 
We will be sending the picture packets back to Lifetouch on Thursday May 18th.  You must come into my classroom to purchase before this date, after that the only option will be to purchase online.

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC



Don’t forget to send your child to school on Tuesday with their favorite Teddy Bear and a blanket for our Teddy Bear Picnic (it will be at our school during our regular lunchtime).  They can choose to eat school lunch or bring their lunch from home.







I will be sending home one final note about graduation on Monday.  Some students will be asked to practice a speaking part.  It will be stapled to the note.  Please, please, please come to graduation.  If their is any conflict please inform me before Friday.  I have a gift, their diploma and your child's writing portfolio to give them at graduation. Please make other arrangements with me if you can't attend for any reason. 

Graduation is Friday May 19th at 1:30 p.m.  Students need to come in best dress and be at the school no later than 1:10 p.m. We need a few minutes to get their graduation caps on. 

Thursday May 18th will be the last day of Kindergarten.  We also have P.E. Thursday. Please wear gym shoes.  


  • I am in need of parents that can come in and bind our end of year books.  I think I should be ready for this to be done by Tuesday.  Let me know if you are available to come to school and do this.  
  • I also need some math boards cleaned.  This could be done at home.
  • Thursday May 18th from 3 pm-5 pm we will be decorating the school for Kindergarten Graduation.  If you can come help we would love the extra hands. 


Please remember that homework is reading on RAZ-KIDS.  If your student hasn't made it to level D they are not quite on first grade reading level and they need to keep working.  If they have made it they are should be reading to keep those skills fresh. raz kids image

Congratulations to Everett C-D, George C-D, Michael C3-D, Isabella D1-D2, Aleni A-B, Camden B-C, Fabian B-C, Millie D-E for moving to the next level in Raz-Kids!!!


We had a amazing trip to the zoo.  The weather was perfect and the kiddos were superb. A huge THANK YOU 
to all the parents that attended with us.  I could not have made it through the day without you.

We also had such a fun visit from a very special community helper.  Geela came with Mr. B and he taught us that animals can be workers too.  We learned about what service animals do.  

Thank you for the precious gift of sharing your children with me this year!  This year has been an adventure I will never forget!  I have loved it and loved seeing what great heights your tiny humans have achieved.  We can do hard things!  They have become readers, writers, mathematicians, and know what it means to be proactive!  Have a fabulous summer with your kiddo! I have grown to love them so much and hope they come give me lots of hugs next year. 



Love,
Mrs. Maag
Still love my job!





Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week 36 ZOO WEEK!!!!!

Homework folders came home today for the last time. The only thing that needs to come back to school is their ticket to our upcoming Teddy Bear Picnic.  Students need to return the ticket completed by Monday May 15th.  Teddy bear picnic will be the next day-Tuesday.


This week I have also included SUMMER ACTIVITIES your student can do to stay ready for kindergarten.  Research shows that students who don't read over the summer will lose more than 30% of their academic gain before 1st grade starts.  Please, please help our 1st grade teachers by continuing their growth. 

Please do not send the homework folder back after this week.  Keep it in a safe place that you can get it out work on activities over your break. 

Tuesday May 9th 8:30.  Please don't be late to school.

Need to bring a lunch in a brown paper sack.  No lunch boxes PLEASE!!!
George
Jimena
Jesus
Savannah
Mikaela
Camila
Mille
Everleigh
Mikey
Isabella

Parents riding the bus
Jenny Phillips
Stacey Peterson
Judy Rodriguez
Yesenia Salgado

Parents driving to the Zoo and paying for a ticket at the door.
Jose Rodriguez-Jonathan’s dad
Steve and Lucinda Trevino-Mikey’s parents
Blanca Vazquez- Aleni’s grandma
Miguel Lopez-Nayeli’s dad
Christy Daum-Jaxton’s mom
Brooke and Chris Barragan-George’s parents
Nicole Hutchins and Tami Hutching-Savannah’s mom and grandma
Chelsea-Mikaela

I hope you saw the note about all the winners we had for the love your library book contest.  Our class is incredible!!!



Reading Eagles Party!

Wednesday, May 10th our whole class is invited to a READING EAGLES party in the library at 10:40.  Students can bring a blanket and snack will be provided during a reading party. 

Volunteers needed! 
One of our amazing parents has made these templates to make these cute bees for our Bumblebee Graduation.  I have the supplies, but I am in need of a parent that can trace the bees onto yellow paper, the wings onto blue paper and color in the black with sharpie marker.  Please let me know if you are available to help with this project this week. 



Our last two Community Helper presentations were so much fun! 
My good friend Jami Tolman and is professional photographer.  She taught our students all about her camera and taking pictures, then she took our picture all dressed up in our community helper costumes. So fun!!!

One of our former kindergarten Parents works at North View Dental.  Kayi taught us about being a dental hygienist. We learned how to brush and floss our teeth.  We learned how much sugar is in certain foods and what tooth decay is.  We loved her spitting dragon named Drake!!
This week we took our counting skills to the next level!  We worked with a partner to count by tens all the way to 100!
 Then we did something even harder.  We were given a basket and we did not know if it had 100 things.  We had to make groups of ten, add the ones that are left over and write our number on a white boards. Wow it was hard, but IT'S GOOD TO DO HARD THINGS!