Kindergarten Newsletter


Reading Workshop

Students completed the super powers reading unit! We celebrated by creating our own super power badge. Some of the new reading strategies that we learned last month were:

  • Pattern Power: When we figure out the pattern in a book, it can help us read almost every page and help us know what our book is about.
  • Echo Reading: One person reads a sentence/page and their partner reads it back (by repeating the same sentence and reading it aloud).
  • Book Talk power: Super readers don’t just read books; we talk about books too!  We can activate our book talk power by introducing our book to our partner, by telling our partners what it is about, by retelling the story in order of events, by discussing our favorite parts and by talking about how the book makes us feel.


Writing Workshop

  • We wrapped up our Writing for Readers unit and had a very successful publishing party before the break! Thank you all for coming!
  • Our next unit shifts back to informational writing. Students will be writing “How-To” books that include clear steps and procedures to teach readers to make or do something.



  • We started a new unit in math called Make a Shape, Fill a Hexagon. This geometry unit focuses on two-dimensional shapes. In this unit, students look for and identify two-dimensional shapes in their environment and create pictures using geometric shapes to depict the objects they see. They look carefully at the attributes of shapes as they describe, identify, compare, construct, and represent 2-D shapes. Students also combine shapes to make new shapes (e.g. 2 trapezoids make a hexagon).



  • We learned all about amphibians during our last art farm visit! We met Leo, a leopard frog, who has smooth and sensitive skin.  We met Humphrey, a toad, who has bumpy and dry skin. We met Sally, a tiger salamander, who has slimy, wet skin. We also played a game to learn about different frog sounds! Here are some of the things we learned:
    • The life cycle of a frog (metamorphosis)
    • All amphibians hatch from eggs
    • All tadpoles (baby frogs) eat plants and live in water
    • The back legs grow first, then the front legs grow, it breathes with gills (like fish)
    • The tail goes inside its body and then the little baby frog can jump on land.  And then it grows into a full frog.


Social Studies

  • We discussed the December holidays and had wonderful parent volunteers come in to teach us about their family traditions.
  • We finished our Star of the Day presentations! Students learned lots of new facts about their classmates, which highlights the fact that people in a community share similarities and differences.
  • We read books and talked about what it means to be TOLERANT (the willingness to accept behaviors and beliefs that are different from our own.) We have also started talking about PATIENCE and what it means (looks like/sounds like) to be patient.  

Zumba Kids at PS 77


Dear families,

We have some exciting news! For the third straight year, our students will have the opportunity to participate in free Zumba classes at recess. The classes will be run by certified Zumba instructors from Training Concepts LLC. Classes will be held on Monday’s and Friday’s in the auditorium from 10:05 AM to 10:25 AM and 11:00 AM to 11:25 AM.

Zumba Kids will run on the following dates:

January 8, 12, 26, 29

February 2, 5

If your child is interested in signing up for Zumba, please fill out the school permission slip and Zumba release forms below. Both forms should be turned in to your classroom teacher.

Zumba Kids Waiver

ZUMBA KIDS school permission slip 2017

If you have further questions, please email Mr. Goodman at

Kindergarten Newsletter

Word Study

  • We’ve been studying “snap words”, also known as high-frequency words (i.e. words that appear frequently in the texts). Students learn new snap words by looking at the written word (visual), spelling the word (auditory rhythmic), and writing the word (kinesthetic). We encourage you to practice these words at home.
  • The words we’ve studied so far are: the, I, to, a, is, my, go, me, like, on, in, so, we, it, and, up, at, see, he, do, you, an, can, no, am

Reading Workshop

  • Students are learning to activate more super reading powers!
    • Picture Power: Students use the pictures to help each other figure out tricky words.
    • Snap Word Power: They hunt for snap words with partners and read the words
      • Students also learned how to memorize a word (look at the work, read it, spell it, write it, look at the word again and reread it)
      • Sound power: super readers look at the first letter and say the first sound to help them predict and read tricky words.  
        • We also played the “I spy” game using letter sounds For example, “I spy something that starts with the /m/ sound”  Feel free to play this at home!



    • Persistence power: when one power doesn’t work, we don’t give up, instead we try to activate other powers! 

Writing Workshop

  • We launched our Writing for Readers unit, shifting our focus to narrative writing. They’ve thought about their topics, planned across their pages and sketched their drawings. Students are learning to include who was there, where the story takes place and what they did. We have discussed what makes writing hard to read and what makes our reading easy to read.  The students came up with the following lists:
    • What makes reading hard to read:
      • writing the wrong letters in a word
      • when you don’t put a space between words
      • when you don’t put down enough letters
      • when you confuse the letters and write down the wrong one
    • What makes reading easy to read:
      • When words are not so close together
      • When the writing is neat
      • When the pictures help you read the words
      • When you use a lot of letters to spell the words
      • When you use snap words


  • Students continued to compare numbers this week, determining which number is greater than, less than, and equal to. We have been playing a card game called Compare that is similar to the familiar card game, War. Feel free to play at home with a deck of cards. If you are not familiar with the game, encourage your child to teach you how to play.
  • Another major focus of this unit is comparing objects to see which is longer. We encourage you to find opportunities to ask your child about the length of different objects; for example, ‘What do you think the longest part of the cereal box is? Do you think the cereal box is longer than the milk carton? How could we find out?”


This month, we had Art Farm come and we learned about mammals!  We felt antelope skin, a bone from a cow, and looked at hair from a porcupine.  We also met and pet 3 types of mammals: a chinchilla named Fluffy, a guinea pig named Reese, and a gerbil named Eloise!

We learned that all mammals have lungs, fur or hair, bones in their bodies, and drink milk as babies.

Kindergarten Newsletter


Hi Families!  

Please see below for an update on things we are learning in class :


We celebrated our first unit in Reading! We can proudly say, “We are storybook readers!” We are now starting our second Reading Unit called SUPER POWERS!! Readers have “super powers” to look, point, and read everything they can!

  • Some of the reading strategies we have learned so far include:
    • Reread power: super readers “activate” their reread power by rereading sentences in special ways (i.e. whispering it, singing it etc.)
    • Pointer power: super readers use pointer power to check their reading, making sure what they say matches what they see (i.e. every word gets one tap)



We celebrated our first unit in Writing by having an in class publishing party!  We are now working on our next writing unit called. Looking Closely, Observing and Labeling like Scientists.  Students have been hard at work writing like scientists by observing things in nature.  They do this by following these steps:

  • Looking closely at the objects
  • Drawing what they see
  • Adding labels



  • We started a new unit in Math called Counting Quantities, Comparing Lengths.  We are working on counting and comparing quantities and beginning to explore measurement by comparing objects to see which is longer.
  • In class, students engage in math problems and games and discuss the underlying concepts.  They are asked to share their reasonings and solutions.  


Social Studies

  • We are starting to learn about different cultures and traditions.  
    • Thanks to Kanan (Shaleen and Sahil’s mom) we learned all about Diwali!  We learned this is the Hindu festival of light that is celebrated every year. The students had the opportunity to make really cool candle holders 🙂



  • Our core value this month is TOLERANCE and we will be learning about what that means and what it looks like.  



Miss Tracy & Miss Sophia

An Update From K101 & K106

Hi Families!  

Please see below for a quick update on things we are learning in class :


This month, we had Art Farm come and we learned about birds!  We met and pet Princess (a dove), Dolly (a hen), and Pumpkin (a parrot).  Some of the things we learned:

  • We learned that all birds have bones, feathers, wings, and lay eggs.  
  • We also learned that birds have ears behind their eyes.  
  • We learned that a girl chicken is called a hen
  • We learned that a boy chicken is called a rooster
  • We learned that baby birds come from eggs



We are Storybook Readers!

  • We look at the pictures and the words, remember how the story goes, and  
  • Good Readers:
    • Understand that all of the pages in a book go together (begin to see sequence)
    • Notice more words and think about what they say
    • Re-tell the story (in order of events)



We are super Writers!

  • We say the words slowly and write the first and last sounds we hear
  • We are learning to add more pages to our writing to make books



  • We are counting and recording the number of objects and creating a set with the same number
  • We are counting and analyzing data about our class, such as how many girls/boys we have in our class


Social Studies

  • We are learning about communities and all the people involved in our school community



  • Our core value this month is RESPECT and we have been learning about what respect means and what it looks like.  
  • We are remembering the importance of keeping our hands to ourselves and the importance of sharing and working together



Miss Tracy & Miss Sophia

Off To A Great Start in K-101 & K-106 :)

Hi Families!

It has been a wonderful start to the school year.  We have been getting to know each other and working really hard on our classroom routines and procedures.  It is so exciting to be a Kindergartner!  We want to tell you a little bit about what we have been up to so far…


We are in our first unit of reading! Some of the reading strategies we have learned so far include:

  • Reading a book cover-to-cover
    • Front to back
    • Top to bottom
    • Left to right
  • We can learn from pictures and words
  • Good Readers:
    • Read cover to cover (first page, then the next, and the next…until the end)
    • Slow down (we don’t rush or skip pages)
    • Re-read to notice more and learn new things
    • Put one book in the middle and take turns reading with a partner
    • Share Wow! Parts and talk about the book with partners


We are in our first unit of writing! Some of the writing strategies we have learned so far include:

  • Putting ideas onto paper
    • Picturing a topic, putting all the details onto paper
  • Creating informational stories
    • Drawing and writing about topics we know a lot about
    • Going back and adding more to our pictures and words
  • Carrying on as independent writers
    • Solving our own problems


As part of our daily morning routine, the children are enjoying our Calendar math work.  This includes components of recognizing numbers, counting how many days we have been in school, and counting to take attendance. We are also exploring math manipulatives (unifix cubes, geoblocks, pattern tiles etc.) counting and sorting objects, describing attributes and creating equivalent sets.


We are learning about respect and following classroom rules.  We are learning about saying please, thank you, keeping our hands/feet to ourselves, waiting our turns, sharing, listening and following directions.


Miss Tracy & Miss Sophia

Welcome to K-101 & K-106!

Dear K-101 & K-106 Families,

Welcome to Kindergarten!  We hope you had a fun and relaxing summer; we are looking forward to a successful year together!

Below you will find some information regarding the policies and procedures in Kindergarten. Please keep this information handy!


Each child will have a Red Home/School Folder that will be used to transport ‘mail’ to and from school each day.  Please check and empty this folder daily as all members of our school community communicate with families via backpack. If you have a note for us (or someone else in the school community), please put it in their Home/School Folder.  At school, each folder will be checked daily and mail will be delivered as marked. If you have concern that something that you sent may not have been received just send an email and we will check on the item.  

You may also e-mail Miss Tracy at (K-101) and Miss Sophia at ( (K-106) with any questions or comments. E-mail is a great way to communicate however, notes regarding dismissal and other time sensitive matters MUST be sent via backpack as we have limited access to a computer during school hours.

We are available and willing to meet with you as needed. If you’d like to set up an appointment please let us know via note or e-mail and we will schedule a time that works.

Morning Arrival

The doors on Third Avenue open at 8:00 AM and close at 8:15 AM.  From there, students will be escorted to the classroom by our student monitors and supervised by the teaching assistant. Students will unpack, talk quietly with their friends and/or read a book until the official school day begins at 8:15 AM.  

Please Note: Toys are not allowed in school; please refrain from sending them with your child.

Dismissal Procedures

(Please communicate these routines with anyone who will be picking up your child.)  

All kindergarten children being picked up are dismissed from the Third Avenue entrance of the school building at 2:25 PM.  We will bring the children down to the doors, ask them to sit on the steps and wait. Once we see you we will call each child individually and send him or her out to you. This is often a very hectic time of day; We will do my best to be quick and efficient! Your cooperation in this routine is greatly appreciated; it ensures the safety of all students and helps to keep dismissal procedures running smoothly.  

At 2:35 PM we will take the students who have not been picked up to the office. If you are late, please enter the building on 95th Street between Third and Lexington, and your child will be waiting in the P.S. 77 office (room #143). You MUST sign your child out with the school staff member before leaving with your child.

A member of the school staff will escort bus and/or After School students to their proper places.  

Any changes to your child’s dismissal schedule must be made in writing. This policy is strictly enforced in order to ensure the safety of all students. Please arrange play-dates in advance so you can let us know the dismissal plans for your child.  Only people who are listed on your child’s blue card will be permitted to pick your child up without a note. In the event of an emergency change in your child’s dismissal, please contact the office and they will relay the message to us.  


The doors on Third Avenue close at 8:15 AM. If your child arrives after 8:15 AM, you must enter the building on 95th Street between Third and Lexington and obtain a late pass from the main office before coming to the classroom.  

It is best to notify the school teacher AND the office if your child is absent. A doctor’s note is required after 3 consecutive days of absence. Moreover, if you are planning a trip that will require your child to miss 3 or more consecutive days, please send in a copy of your itinerary PRIOR to your departure. Please contact the office if you have any questions.  

Snack & Water Bottles

Each child will bring their own snack to school. Students may have water bottles, but please refrain from sending juice boxes and the like for snacktime. When packing your child’s snack, please keep in mind that students will only have approximately 10-15 minutes to eat. Please keep snack separate from your child’s lunch and clearly label it as a snack and include your child’s name. Inside the classroom, the snacks are stored separate from their lunches. If your child has a food allergy, the snack will be kept in a separate place.

Our classrooms have water fountains however, we encourage you to send in a water bottle labeled with your child’s name so that each student has easy access to water at all times, especially during Recess, Lunch, and P.E.


As your child’s birthday approaches, you can email us to set up a day and time for your child to share a small, sweet treat with the class (something easy to pass out: mini-cupcakes, donuts, brownies etc.) Please, NO CAKES! Also, please provide napkins for the snack.

Usually a member of the birthday child’s family reads a story to the class while the children eat their snack. Your child can choose the story or you can surprise us!  As per school policy, siblings will not be allowed to attend in-class celebrations.

Please do not bring any decorations or candles. Keep in mind, in-class birthday celebrations are short and simple (10-15 minutes) at the end of the day at 1:45-2:00 PM.

Children who eat gluten-free or with food allergies, should bring their own special snack to keep in the classroom for birthday celebrations to avoid any issues.

Invitations for birthday parties outside of school may not be distributed in class UNLESS your child is inviting the whole class to their birthday party. This policy protects the feelings of all our children.


Children may bring their own lunch or choose to purchase a school lunch. The cafeteria/office staff will contact you regarding semester fees for lunches.  Milk is also available for purchase in the cafeteria.  

Change of Clothes

Each child will need a change of clothing that will be kept in the classroom in case of accidents. Please send underwear, socks, long pants and a shirt in a baggie marked with your child’s name ASAP. We will keep their change of clothes for the entire year, so please avoid sending shorts, skirts etc. All the items can be rolled up and tucked into a Ziplock bag!


Please label your child’s jacket(s), sweatshirt(s), sweater(s), backpack, lunchbox, water bottle and anything else with his or her name and class number. Items that are labeled have a far greater chance of making their way back to the classroom!

Items that are lost and found are kept in a bin under the windows across from main office. However, without labels, we cannot guarantee that lost items will be recovered.

Class Trips

Our class will go on a variety of trips throughout the city. Volunteers are always needed and welcome! Sometimes there is a limit to the number of chaperones, but we will try our best to give each interested family a turn.  

Permission slips will be sent home before the trip and I will make it clear if there is a small cost involved. Details will be given prior to each trip via the Home/School Folder.


Kindergarten students start an official homework routine in January. The monthly packet will contain various reading, writing and math activities.  


Details about the Kindergarten curriculum will be given during Back to School Night on Wednesday September 13, 2017.  In addition to Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies students will also be involved in a Human Body Study. If you have any contacts in either field or ideas regarding these curriculum areas and would like to volunteer, please let us know! Thank you!

Again, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments. We are both very excited about our new class of wonderful Kindergarteners!


Miss Tracy & Miss Sophia

A Kindergarten Update :)

Reading Workshop

  • We started a new unit in reading which focuses on getting to know characters.  We are learning how to put ourselves in the characters’ shoes to imagine what they are thinking, and what they should say. Students will spend time performing their favorite books by role-playing with a partner to make the character think and talk.

Writing Workshop

  • In writing, we started our unit on “All About” books. Students are learning to think of a topic they know a lot about, collect and/or organize their facts, plan their books, and then to begin writing.
  • Goals for students include: staying on topic, using illustrations and diagraphs, as well as, words to teach, stretching out their writing, and keeping their writing organized.


  • We’ve started our measurement unit. A letter was sent home that lists fun unit-related activities to try at home!

Preview Night May 25th TONIGHT! 5:00-7:00 See schedule below

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Take a brief view of next year’s curriculum 
across the content/specialty areas.

• Teachers will present work/expectations/goals across the year for next years class/grade.

• Music, Art, Science, PE and Technology will provide a curriculum overview for their specific subject with presentations for Grades 1-2 and 3-5.

• 5th Grade Families will participate in a Workshop with Josh and Gina – Transition to Middle School

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We love learning!


We started our Data Analysis unit. Students are learning to use surveys to collect data, make representations of their findings and to analyze them. We’ll be conducting a few quick surveys (e.g. Did you drink milk with your lunch today; do you prefer ice cream in a cup or cone; are you left or right-handed; How big are your feet? Etc.) and students will plan and conduct their own class surveys. Students will also continue to practice and review addition and subtraction as we progress through the unit.

Writing Workshop

Students brainstormed different types of writing writers can produce when trying to be persuasive. We came up with: books, letters, poems, speeches, songs, lists, signs/posters. Now we’re spending time studying mentor texts for each as students use these different ways to convince others to protect our earth.

Reading Workshop

We started the bend on Poetry in our Avid Readers unit! Students will spend time reading a variety of different poems and songs both independently and with partners. They’re learning that avid poetry readers not only read the words but also think and talk about meaning and try to match the beat and rhythm. Students will also learn about feeling and mood. We’ll be tying this bend to writing workshop, giving students the opportunity to get creative and write poems of their own.