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September 29, 2017

Dear Parents,

I can't believe this first quarter is almost finished.  Our first report cards will be going home October 12, so be sure you look for them in your child's folder.  I usually give some sort of reward to the children who bring them back signed by you on the next day.

I want to pass on some of the other things that will be going on in October.

October 2nd will be the kickoff of our Fall Fundraiser.  Your child will bring home information in his or her folder.

October 5th we will be wearing pink for breast cancer awareness.

October 9th ~ No School

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


September 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

This Wednesday, we have our first MKAS test.  This will simply show us where the children's strengths and weaknesses are at this point in time.  We will take the test again in the Spring and then we'll see their amazing growth!


We had a great time with our Teddy Bear Picnic, and we're looking forward to another Fun Friday this week:  Pajama and Popcorn Day!  We will also be working with construction paper 2D shapes to build a Paper Pizza. Circles will be the pepperonis, green triangles will be the green peppers, yellow rectangles will be cheese, and squares will be mushrooms.


When we discuss our shapes, we talk about how many sides and corners they have, and we stop to count them.  Soon we will be talking about 3D shapes and we will talk about curved sides, faces, etc.  We are also continuing to build our number sense with higher numbers.


In reading and writing, we are reading books together and writing each week ~ many times each day!  Please remember that much of their writing right now is simply telling their stories through their drawings. :) We are working hard to learn our letters AND their sounds as well as the sight words for this quarter.  Be on the lookout for a ring of pink words.  These are words the children need to learn this first quarter.  Learning these words will help your child read and write faster than ever!


Wishing you a wonderful week!

Barb Buchanan









Dear Parents,

Wow!  We have finished our first week of school!  We are working hard on getting our class rules down.

Rule #1:  Follow Directions Quickly

Rule #2:  Raise Your Hand to Talk

Rule #3:  Use Inside Voices

Rule #4:  Make Smart Choices

Rule #5:  Use Helpful Hands and Words

We are working hard to become a classroom family this year.  If someone misbehaves we know they are having a hard day, and we hope tomorrow is better!  I hope our children will love each other and take care of each other, support each other and encourage each other.  We are family.



Important Dates:

Monday, August 21 ~ Parent Orientation Night.  6:00-7:00  We will be discussing what your child will need to master this year in order to move on to first grade.  You will receive a printout of the powerpoint slides we go over.   See you then!                                                                       (If you are unable to come to the meeting, we will send home the Powerpoint printout in your child's daily folder.)

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Barb Buchanan








Dear Parents,

Welcome to Kindergarten!

We are so excited to have you visit the class website and hope you stop by each week to find out what's going on in our room. 

Our first day of class will be Thursday, August 3rd, and we look forward to seeing you.  If you are not bringing your child's supplies to Meet the Teacher Night, August 1st from 5-7, please be sure to bring them on August 3rd.

The first couple of weeks are all about procedures.  The children need to know what we expect in the classroom, the halls, the bathroom, the cafeteria, and when we line up, go to recess, go to activities, or even pack up to go home.  We will also be working hard to become a family in our classroom. I tell our children that I have six children and 8 grandchildren of my very own, but when I'm in the classroom I consider each of them to be my grandchildren, too.  I have many expectations about their behavior with each other and their work habits, just as you do!


In between becoming a class family and learning our procedures, we will begin checking to see which letters your child knows and moving into our first lessons.

Sadly, Mrs. Vicki Cooper, my friend and assistant for the past years, has moved up to first grade.  We will miss her so much, BUT, I am very excited to introduce our new assistant this year, Ms. Morgan Smith.  Morgan has just completed her college years, majoring in Elementary Education, and she is thrilled to join us in the classroom. She can hardly wait to put all of her learning to use in helping our class be the very best they can be. We'll be taking turns writing in this website, so you will get to know her soon, too!

Wishing us all a wonderful school year,

Barb Buchanan and Morgan Smith








May 11, 2017

Dear Parents,I've been trying to get a letter home to you, but life keeps getting in the way!  I'm going to attach it here so you can take a look ~ tomorrow it should come home to you in the Daily Folder.  Thanks!

:)   Here it is, revised and amended!!!!


May 11, 2017


Dear Parents,


We have a lot going on this coming week ~ we are so excited!


Monday morning at 9:00 is our Kindergarten Program. This is a musical program we’ve been working on for several weeks. We will be walking onto the stage at 9:00, so be sure to be in your seats early! Remember, everyone is wearing their red field trip shirt and jeans (knee-length jean shorts are fine!), except for our Blues Band (Arnav, Easton, Jacob, Isaiah, and Jase ) who will be wearing blue shirts with their jeans. If they have a pair of sunglasses, that would be wonderful! You may check your child out after the program if you would like to ~ just come to the room afterward!


Several of our kiddos have asked about Kindergarten Graduation. We do not hold a Kindergarten Graduation at our school.


Book Fair ~ You may come to the Book Fair with your child. Our class may go to the Book Fair Thursday or Friday during our activity time, which is about 1:15. I have just heard that the Book Fair will probably be open on Monday as well. Please let us know if you are coming. The children who are not buying books will be in the PE room during that time.


Field Day ~ Field Day is next Wednesday. As stated in the newsletters, your child will need to bring a sack lunch or get one in the cafeteria. An extra drink would be nice, too! Sometimes we have a parent come to help out. Most parents are not able to come since they are working, but you are welcome to drop in for a while if you would like. Younger siblings will not participate in any activities.


Awards Day ~ Awards Day is for grades 1-5. Kindergarten does not participate in this. If you want to check out your kindergartener after their sibling has had their special time, please go to the office and they will call down to the room.


Friday, May 19 and Monday, May 22 are half days, and we will not have lunch those days. If your child comes to school those days, please send a snack with them, so they don’t think they’re starving before they get home!   😊


Have a wonderful week! Seven more days!




Barb B.




April 23, 2017

Dear Parents,

We have a lot going on at school right now.  We kindergarteners are finishing up our year, and I am assessing each one as far as their official reading growth. This will take another two weeks, probably, depending on each one's different level.

While we are having class and assessing, the older kids are doing all their achievement tests.  Mrs. Vicki and I will be in and out of the room at times helping with these tests, but most of the time we will be working with your littles and trying to keep their days as normal as possible.

Our kindergarten program is coming up on May 15.  That seems like a long time away, but it's really not.  I hope everyone is practicing their singing at home or in the car.  For those who have speaking parts in the program, I hope you are practicing extra at home too!  The program will be at 9 am, in case you'd like to invite grandparents, etc.

Field Day is scheduled for May 17.  Your child will need to bring a sack lunch, or they may get one from the cafeteria.  There will be notices coming home about details in the days to come.

May 18 is Awards Day.  This is for 1st through 5th grade.  Kindergarten does not participate in this.  On this day, we will also have sack lunches.

May 19 is a half day.  No lunches will be served.

May 21 is a half day.  No lunches will be served.

I have already had a parent ask me about our last day.  They have planned their vacation to begin shortly after the Kindergarten Program. As I told her, this is fine; we will not be involved in the Awards Day for the older children.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Love,  Barb B.


By the way, I went with my grandkids to the zoo last week, and guess who I ran into?  Wyatt R., Drew, Easton, Eli, Jase, and William! 

And their parents! :)








April 9, 2017

Dear Parents,

I have some fun pictures from our Very Hungry Caterpillar work stations, but my computer won't take the pics off my phone.  I'm sending the best pictures that include some of your children to your personal phones.  I'm sorry about this.

This week we will be learning about the Sun, moon, and planets in our world.  They will be learning lots of interesting things about how shadows change during the day, too!

Monday is our Kindergarten MKAS test.  I believe the kids will do a wonderful job.  They have learned so much this year! 

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Love,   Barb B.







April 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

We are moving into one of my favorite weeks of kindergarten!  We will be reading some of Eric Carle's books this week ~ focusing on The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  The children will be writing about caterpillars and butterflies and learning about their life cycle.  Friday morning we will be working on several special workstations, and the kids will bring some of their things home early next week.  The leaves they color for Friday will come home in their end-of-year binder.

This is the time of year that we begin to see hummingbirds at our window feeders again ... the kids are reading ... teachers are smiling ... and we are reviewing like crazy.  It's just a lot of fun in kindergarten when we can show off what we already know ~ and learn so much more!

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Barb B.










March 19, 2017

Dear Parents,

Wow!  We are entering the fourth quarter ~ the last 9 weeks of school!  Please practice, practice, practice with your child.  We want to push their reading growth, their identification of all sight words, their counting skills, and knowledge of all shapes, addition, and subtraction.  The goal is for your little one to be reading at least on a D reading level. 

Remember:  The C reading level is the bare minimum.

We do have a lot going on for the rest of the school year. 

Report cards will go home this Thursday (the 23rd).

Spring Pictures (the 24th)

Kindergarten Computer Test (April 10th)

Easter Break (April 14-17th)

Kindergarten Program (May 15th)

And, here are some pictures from the Fun Run!








Have a wonderful week!

Love, Barb B






Dear Parents,

We have a lot going on for the rest of the school year.  Most importantly right now, Mrs. Vicki's birthday is Tuesday, February 28th and her surgery date is March 1st.  She will only be gone a few days, hopefully, since they're removing her gall bladder laproscopically.

Here are more dates:

February 28 ~ Last day to order yearbooks

March 9 ~ End of 3rd quarter

March 13-17 ~ Spring Break ~ no school!

March 23 ~ Report cards go home

March 24 ~ Spring Pictures - flyers will come home just before

April 10 ~ Kindergarten (Spring-Growth) Computer Test

April 14-17 ~ Good Friday/Easter ~ no school

May 15 ~ Kindergarten End-of-Year Program!

Have a great week!

Love,  Barbara B.







February 12, 2017

Dear Parents,

Valentine's Day is Tuesday, and the kids are so excited!  On Friday, we read a book that they really loved, and I wanted to share it with you so you could watch it together on Youtube.  It's called Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink!  It's a great story and teaches some wonderful life lessons, especially how to make things right when you've hurt someone's feelings and have gotten yourself into a big mess!

Please continue to allow your children to read with you each evening.  Besides the small books we are sending home, kindergarteners love the Biscuit (the dog) series.  Ones who are a bit higher reader may love the Ready Freddy books.

We are also becoming accomplished Shoe-Tyers! I'm adding some pictures ~ I hope!

Just a word about our children's behavior charts ~ This time of year weather, full moons, and Spring Fever all combine and collide and the kids seem to lose their minds for a while.  Even our children who hardly ever pull a clip are there. Thank you for encouraging them to do their best to stay on green. On our end, we are trying to reward all good behavior.  Together, hopefully we can all make it to Spring Break without too much trauma!

Please text me or send in a note if you would like to set up a conference. :)

With love,

Barb B                  


February 10, 2017




Tentative 2017-2018 DeSoto County Schools Calendar


August 1 Teachers’ First Day
August 3
Students’ First Day
September 4 Labor Day Holiday
October 9 Columbus Day Holiday
November 20-24 
Thanksgiving Break
December 18 – January 1 Christmas Break
January 2
Teachers Return
January 4
Students Return
January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
February 16 Professional Development Day (Tentative)
February 19 Presidents’ Day (Tentative)
March 12 – 16
Spring Break
March 30 Good Friday Holiday
April 2 Easter Holiday (Tentative)
May 23
Students’ Last Day
May 25 Teachers’ Last Day
May 28 Memorial Day Holiday






Scheduled Make-up Days


December 18, December 19, 2017


February 16, February 19, 2018


April 2, 2018


May 24, May 25, 2018



February 5, 2017

Superbowl Sunday (Lolol ~ watching the commercials!)

Dear Parents,

Just another word about Valentine's Day plans.  Please send in your child's valentines they are giving to other children. (Please do not send in valentines for only a few children.  We have 26 kiddo, and they would all love to have one.) Do not address them to anyone, just have your child sign their name to show who they are from.  The children will put them in the children's bags and it's simpler this way.  You do not need to send in boxes or bags ~ we will be using lunch bags that the kids can decorate.  :)

We will NOT be having a Valentine's Day party.  Mrs. Vicki and I will bring in a special snack for the kids, and we will have that snack before lunchtime.

We are in the middle of our Spring Crunch Time.  We have practiced, practiced, practiced, and now it's almost time for our Big Game.  Our kids have learned so much between August and February ~ now it's time to start putting it all together.  The next few months will show all the rewards!  I want all my babies to get their Game Ring!

Please continue to give your child time to read, read, read with you.  Practice those sight words (they are on every newsletter in their folders), practice their Sipps stories that go home a couple of times each week, and practice the books they bring home from their guided reading group.  A word of wisdom:  Please file all of these things away for your kiddo to practice on during the summer so they come back to school reading well and flying high!

We are very excited about the growth we have seen just since December!

In the math standards, counting to 100 without skipping any numbers is a very important skill.  They must be able to do this soon.  Also, we are working hard on subtracting.  It's difficult for some of our babies, so we have been watching a fun video on Youtube to help:  If You Subtract With a Pirate.

Some of us have really mastered writing sentences, and some need quite a bit of practice.  Your child should be able to write a short sentence of their own ~ not just copy a sentence.  It should be a simple sentence, such as I like my little dog.  or  Mom loves me.  or  I have a cat.  Writing more than one sentence is our goal.  Giving their opinion, telling a fact, or telling a story ~ those are our goals!  We have been working on writing facts about penguins and polar bears during the past two weeks.

We are wishing you well during this next week ~ thank you so much for all you do for our babies!

Love, Ms. Buchanan




January 22, 2017

Dear Parents,

We have passed our 100th day of school!  We had a great time counting out 10 piles of each item on our tables, and then the kiddos ate them.  They had 100 pieces of snack ~ they were so excited!  (Thank you all for sending in your items to help out.  We will be using the leftovers during addition and subtraction problems, etc.)  I'm adding some photos of our Counting Day so you can share it with us! :)
















This week we are continuing math assessments, Sipps lessons, work stations, and reading and writing lessons.  In reading we are going to be enjoying some of Dr. Seuss's books and focusing on rhyming words.  We need a little practice on that!

This week we are also going to focus on looking for ways to be a little kinder to each other.  At school, at home, on the playground, everywhere we go, I hope you and your child will look for ways to show kindness to those you see.  Happy notes, hugs and kisses, special thank you's ~ expect to see lots of those.  When you do, please mark them on the sheet that went home.  Those who participate will receive a little reward from Mrs. Hamilton, our school counselor!

Have a wonderful week!

Barb Buchanan




January 13, 2017

Dear Parents,

We are beginning our 3rd nine weeks of Kindergarten, and boy, are we busy! We are reading, reading, reading! 

In Guided Reading group with the teacher, in small groups, and individually we are simply immersed in books, words, and ideas.  Our friends are all growing, and they are reading so much more easily than even a few weeks ago.  In Guided Reading, we are working on reading books that are one level ABOVE their independent reading level.  So, if your child's independent reading level is a B, they are working on a C-level book in their group.  We have many levels in our class right now ~ from A all the way up to F.  Reading is so exciting during the winter and spring months of Kindergarten!


Next week is 100 Day ~  can you believe it!!!  We will be doing several activities that help the children grasp the idea of how large 100 things is ~ and how it's easy to count 100 things when we break them into groups of ten.  Thank you for being willing to contribute items for the children to count.  We do not have school on Monday, so please send your item in on Tuesday morning, if you have not already brought it to Mrs. Vicki.  Thank you!!!  When they are finished counting, they will be able to eat the parts they want for their snack. :)


In math, not only are we counting toward 100, but we are adding two numbers and also learning to subtract!  One of my favorite subtraction videos on Youtube is:  If You Subtract With a Pirate.  The kids love it, and it's easy to remember the song. We are also working on breaking teen numbers into tens and ones, such as:  15 is one ten and five ones.


Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and we will not have school.  We have been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and how he created so many changes in our world by focusing on loving other people.  We've been talking about how each of us, no matter how young, can change our world for the better.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Barb Buchanan



Dear Parents,

We were so excited to see some of you during the holidays!  I know Mrs. Vicki saw Jase and his family at the Polar Express, but I mostly met up with you at Walmart and Kroger!  Did your family go through snacks and, well, just FOOD so much faster than normal?????  Wow.  We had a great holiday, and I got to be with my grandkids more than I normally do.  PLUS, we had a few rainy days, so I got a little quiet time in, too.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas break, too.

Our next day off will be January 16, for Martin Luther King day. Through the years many of our families go out and do things for others on this holiday, and we enjoy hearing all the stories the kids share with all of us.

Report cards will go home on January 5.  Please look it over, sign it, and return it the next day.  Look over the report card at the standards we have not marked yet.  We will be working on many of those standards from now until March.  If you would like to meet with me, please just text me or attach a note to the report card letting me know when would be a good time for you and we will set it up.  :)

Sipps will be beginning again this week.  Most of our children will remain in their same groups and will move up with them. :)

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Barb and Vicki




December 11, 2016


We are down to the last few days before Christmas! 

This week we will be working on keeping our skills nice and sharp.  We will be working in stations and doing many fun things.  One of this week's activities will be a big candy cane on white paper.  All the white stripes will have sight words printed on them.  As the kids paint the red stripes, they will find "hidden" sight words to practice reading.  They LOVE this one! :)


Our field trip will be on Friday, instead of a Christmas Party.  The kids love all the bounces at Marshall's World!  We will leave the school at 9:30 and return to school between 12:30 and 1:00.  We will eat our sack lunches at Marshall's World.  If you want to check your child out, you may do so when we return to the school.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Break!  NO broken anything during this time off, please!!! lolol

Merry Christmas!

Barb Buchanan







December 4, 2016


Dear Parents,

Mrs. Vicki and I cannot believe that it's already Christmastime!  We are almost halfway through the school year! 

We have a busy two weeks ahead of us.  We teachers are finishing up our children's formal reading assessments to see where they are in their growth.  (When we come back in January, the children will also do a test on the computer to see their growth in everything they were checked on back in August.)  We are also checking the children on report card standards because report cards will go home right after we begin school in January.

This week is one of my favorite weeks this time of year.  Each day we will be reading a gingerbread man book.  The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread GirlThe Gingerbread Cowboy, Gingerbread Baby, and The Gingerbread Mouse.  We will compare and contrast them ~ especially the endings and the refrain in each book:

"Run, run, as fast as you can.

You can't catch me,

I'm the gingerbread man!"


Each book is different and fun!




Now, if you are planning for your child to attend the field trip to Marshall's World, their money needs to be turned in by this Friday, December 9.

Thank you all!  I hope you have a wonderful week, and I've been so happy to hear that you are looking for ways to pass along kindnesses to others.  Believe me, your little ones are watching the things you do for others, and they want to tell about the happy and exciting things that happen to your family! :) 

With Love, Barb Buchanan






November 14, 2016

Dear Parents,

Our next few weeks are going to be very busy ~ Thanksgiving will be a week earlier this year and that will shuttle us right into the Christmas season.

We have started our Sipps reading classes, and they are going well.  I'm looking forward to our first reading check to see how much the children have grown!

Speaking of assessments, our first official reading assessment will begin this week.  During these assessments, we begin with reading some of our sight words and then move into the reading books.  The children will read one book at a time until they get to one that is too hard for them.  This is how we decide which reading level they are on right now.  You will see this on their report card at the beginning of January, but I will also send a note home in December to let you know on which level your child is reading.

Our reading goal is to be on a level D by the end of the year.  I know the "official" goal is level C, but I know that children will slide back a little during Summer Break, so I want each one to at least be reading on that D level.  That's my goal.

If your child is struggling with their sight words, that is something you can help us with at home.  The sooner your child knows these words, the better a reader they will be.


I dont'know about you, but I love to read.  I want our babies to LOVE to read, too!

I hope you have a really wonderful week ~

Barb Buchanan




November 6, 2016

Dear Parents,

Isn't the temperature change wonderful!!!! It's beginning to feel like Autumn now.

Just a little news:

First on my mind right now, I hope that everyone will go out to vote on Tuesday.  It's a privilege that is very precious.

I also want to say Thank You to the parents who came with us on our Field Trip to the Children's Museum.  It was a lot of fun, wasn't it?!  We appreciated your help!

Chicken Biscuit Day is coming up on November 18th.  You must order by this Friday (November 11th) if you would like your child to have a chicken biscuit and juice for Nov. 18.

I'm also sending home our next Scholastic book order forms.  If you would like to order some for your child's Christmas, Mrs. Vicki and I can keep that a secret for you.  Just enclose the order in an envelope so your child doesn't see it.

And now, a few pictures from our field trip.  You know my computer ~ how it hates my phone! ~ right now it will only download a few pictures from the Children's Museum.  I will continue to try again and download more, if not all.  Thanks for your patience.





I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Barb Buchanan





October 23, 2016

Dear Parents,

It was a bit of a crazy week!  We had lots of things going on, and I wanted to be sure to share a few pictures with you.

On Wednesday, we all wore orange for anti-bullying day, and SURPRISE! We had special visitors!  We had two members of the Harlem Globetrotters ~ one was the legendary Michael Douglas, who joined the Globetrotters in the 1980's. He spoke about kindness and showed some of his trick moves ~ and let some of the Kindergarteners - 2nd graders play, too!  Here are some pics of that day.  Sadly, most did not turn out because they all kept moving!  Imagine that!


Teaching one of our second graders how to spin the ball on her finger.


You can see the backs of some of our kiddos.


And it's sideways again.

Friday was Pumpkin Fun Day ~ we measured and weighed our pumpkin, and then we did several different activities that had to do with pumpkins or Fall.  Here are a few pictures from scooping out the pumpkin ~


Ja'Zyiah grabs a big handful!


Destiny just finished, and now it's MJ's turn.



And now Wyatt digs in .....

And ~ at the end, most of the kiddos pile onto Mrs. Vicki for a picture!



So today, we're enjoying looking back at last week, at all the fun.  And we're looking forward to this coming week ~ a good week, a normal week ......... :)

Barb Buchanan



October 15, 2016

Dear Parents,

This is Claire, one of our sweet girls who is growing up (in second grade now!) and who came back to read to our kindergarteners! 


                         Claire reading to our class.


Last week, I couldn't access the internet from home ~ my neighborhood was NOT happy with the intermittent service! But we are back on, and I wan't to post a few pictures from Kindness Day!

Here are some pictures I wasn't able to download for you to see!









I have tried everything I can think of to turn the next two photos around the right way, but it just won't work.  They are wonderful pictures and I wanted to share them anyway!










October 2, 2016

Dear Parents,

Please be sure you read all of this note!!!!

We have lots of things going on at school ~

Our school counselor, Tiffany Hamilton, is having a once a month lunch with a child from each classroom as a reward for good character. She had her first lunch on Friday, rewarding the character quality of being Respectful.  About twelve of our children were caught being respectful, and their names were put up on the wall.  Congratulations, Wyatt Rodgers, for being chosen to have lunch with Mrs. Hamilton!  During October we will be watching for children who show the quality of kindness.

Monday, October 3, we will kick off Kindness Month by taking the children out and letting them draw and write things about being kind to others. We have lots of sidewalk chalk.  The kindergarteners will be doing their writing and drawing on the sidewalks closest to our hallway.  :)

Tuesday, October 4 is our school celebration and Make a Wish Day.  The children need to bring a sack lunch and a beach towel (or an older towel) in case we get to eat our lunches outside. If your child usually gets a tray for lunch, the cafeteria will make up sack lunches, too. 

The child who is receiving his wish is 6 years old. Our special time with him begins about 1:00.  Because of his illness, he needs a very quiet atmosphere so we're doing all we can to impress on the children that they cannot cheer, yell, etc. while they are near him.  The children will need to wave and do "happy hands" ~ waving both hands in the air silently.  We would appreciate it if you also encouraged your child to do the same.

For our Make a Wish time, your child may wear any cowboy or cowgirl gear they may have.  For the games, the morning, your child should wear sneakers.  If they want to bring boots to wear for Make a Wish, they may change into them before 1:00.

Oct. 11-14, Spirit Week.  Tuesday is Tropical Tuesday, Wednesday is Sports Teams, Thursday is Class Spirit Day (wear red), and Friday is Mustangs Day (wear red, black, or white).

October 13 is Report Card Day.  Please look over your child's report card, sign in the blank on the top right corner, and please return the next day. Also, take a look at what we'll be covering during the second quarter!

October 20 is Pink Day.  Please wear something that is pink.

October 31 is Halloween Day.  We do not have Halloween parties, but we do send home treat bags for the children.  We have already begun collecting little goodies to go in them, but we need more!  Please send in a bag of candy (NO PEANUT BUTTER products) or fun little items such as pencils, erasers, etc. Please send these in by Oct 24 so we can make up the treat bags. :)

ANOTHER fun thing for October 31, is that we are having our first Field Trip!

We are going to the Children's Museum.  A letter will be going home soon with all the details!  Parents are allowed to join us at the museum. :)

Busy, busy month!  Talk with you again soon!

Barb Buchanan 





September 25, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a great turnout for Grandparents' Night. Thanks for coming!


We have so much going on during the next few weeks!  Here's our upcoming schedule:

Sept 29:  This Thursday is our first Domino's Dough-Raising Night.  CHES will receive a percentage of the money from all pizzas purchased that evening!

Oct 4:  Make-A-Wish Day.  This afternoon we will grant the wish of a 6-year-old who lives in our community.  Before that, we will be celebrating our older students' amazing test scores from last year!  The children will be doing games and other activities during the morning, and then Make-a-Wish and our Disney Fundraiser kickoff in the afternoon. I'll send home more information next week.


Oct 11-14 will be Spirit Week to support Center Hill High School.

Tuesday is Tropical Tuesday.

Wednesday is Game Day. (sports' teams)

Thursday is Class Spirit Day. (Wear red for the K hall)

Friday is Spirit Day. (Wear black, red, white)

Please remind your children that school rules apply, and we will be having our normal school days ~ they will simply be able to wear something a little more fun!

Oct 20 ~ Wear pink for breast cancer awareness.


Our first quarter is winding down.  Next Monday, I'll be sending home our new list of sight words.

When you get your child's report card on October 13, please look it over and sign in the top right corner on the front of the report card.  If you send it back the next morning, your child will get a little happy. There will be an insert with the report card; please make sure it comes back, too.  That's where we mark which sight words your child knows! :)

Whew!  I think that's all ~ at least for now!  Have a happy week!

Barb Buchanan






September 18, 2016

Dear Parents,

Don't forget our Grandparent's Night on Thursday!  You may come any time between 5:30 and 7:30, although to see everything and have a good time, you'll probably want to be at school by 7:00. I hope you'll come to the classroom first so your child can show you things we do during our days ~ and THEN we have a scavenger hunt for you!  It will lead you to the Book Fair.  I hope you will all come and have a great time.  Grandparents' Night is always a lot of fun!

Have a great week ~ and See you Thursday!!!

Barb Buchanan



September 12, 2016

Dear Parents,

Be sure to read the newsletter in your child's daily folder each week!  Or you can access it in This Week's Learning here on our site.


One of our girls has a big sister in 4th grade.  Whitney came to kindergarten to read to us this week!  Thank you, Whitney!


We will be having an absolutely normal week this week.  We have worked hard to know how to do our different work stations, and this week we will complete two language arts stations each day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I will be meeting with each group of children during their station to work on letters, sounds, sight words, and beginning reading.  We are so excited!

Here are a few pictures from work stations this past week.  Enjoy!!!






     Have a wonderful week!

       Barb Buchanan




September 5, 2016

Dear Parents,

Good evening!  I hope your family has had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!  I drove through the park this morning and saw several large families setting up their smokers and tables ~ and children playing catch, some fishing with their grandparents, and some just flopped on the grass resting.  I hope today was a great day for you!

Wednesday,we will be sending home your child's first progress report. Please remember that when we are checking on what your child knows, it is just what they know SO FAR.  The things we check are the items that we will be grading on for the first quarter. This simply shows how they're doing on it these first few weeks. :)

I want you to know that I asked your child to write their own name on their progress report, so you can see how they write their names in the classroom.  They have also written their numbers and the letters we have studied so far.

Please sign your name and return the progress report the next morning.  The children get a little reward for returning it the first day! :)

      Have a wonderful week!

                          Barb Buchanan




August 28, 2016


Dear Parents,

We've had a busy week ~ full of learning new letters and their sounds, playing our alphabet review game (Ruh-Roh!), putting letters together to make words ( lot, got, hot ), working on numbers and shapes, and working hard on making our transitions between work stations!

I wanted to share a couple of pictures from this week.  I love, love, LOVE having students from the years before come read to our class!  Emma is our first reader this year!  She read a book about Pete the Cat for us!


At the end of each day when we are all packed up, we line the car riders up first, then the daycare kids, and then the walkers and bus riders.  A few days ago, the last kids asked if they could play "being the teacher and Ruh-Roh".  This is a picture of them playing the game without me!  :)                    



This week we'll be working on the letters Aa and Nn. Our main stories will be Flower Garden and When I Get Bigger.

Have a wonderful week!

Barb Buchanan




August 21. 2016

Dear Parents,

Wow!  We have had two and a half weeks of excitement!  We have been learning to come together on the rug, talk to each other about our stories, get started right away on our work ~ and work hard the whole time! 

While writing about our colors, we are learning to use the colors the teachers ask for and to write the name of the color.

We get complimented as we walk in line through the school ~ until recess is over at 11:15 ... but we are working on our long-term self-control, too, so we won't talk about that! :)

We are learning to open many of our food items at lunchtime ~ or to ask our neighbors for help.

We are learning that we work with certain friends during work stations, and we work the entire time.  Then we clean up when our time is up!

We have had our first letter assessment, and now we know which letters each child needs to work on!  AND we have had our first MKAS computerized test to see how well your child can hear words that rhyme and many other things!

We are now in the middle of testing your child's knowledge of counting, numbers, shapes, adding, and subtracting.  They will be tested on this again in January and in May. :)

Mrs. Vicki and I love our sweet, sweet boys and girls ~ and we want them to have an amazingly wonderful kindergarten year ... so we are helping our kiddos work on controlling their talkitivity. :)

We have a wonderful class and look forward to many more happy updates here on our site!

I also wanted to share a couple of pictures from our weekend!  I wasn't there Friday so I could help my daughter get ready for her wedding on Saturday. :)

   My daughters , Alyssa and Joy             

                Alyssa and my new son, Kacy!

Aren't weddings wonderful !!!      


Barb Buchanan





August 7, 2016

Dear Parents,

I wanted to let you know that we are really enjoying getting to know your children!  They are sweet, funny, kind, busy, and probably every other adjective you can imagine!  The children are learning that there is a time limit on doing their work, that knowing how to write your name is important, and that when we are together on the rug, each person has his or her own square.

This week we will really be working on schoolwork.  We will be learning to write, read, and sound out two letters: Ll and Oo.  We have an alphabet song we are learning to help us remember the sounds the letters make.  We will be reading several books about friendship and discussing those books.  We will also be working on our writing.  Please remember that a kindergartener's first writing is done by drawing!  This week we will be writing/drawing about a color each day.  These will be done in our journals.

We will also be starting our work stations!  The children will be in groups of four and will work together on tracing and writing letters, cutting and pasting, matching upper and lower-case letters, and making letters with Play-doh. This week will be practicing how to do the station, getting started right away, working and not playing during stations (staying on task!), and cleaning up right away so we can move on to the next station ~ or on with our day. The children always love work stations, but it takes about a week for them to understand how they work!

Here are just a couple of things parents have asked about:  Lunchtime is from 12:20-12:50.  You can meet us in the rotunda or in the cafeteria hallway if you would like to join us for lunch! 

We are not able to warm up your child's food in the cafeteria.  They will need to have things they will eat straight from their lunchbox.

If your child has a birthday, you are more than welcome to bring cookies, cupcakes, etc and have lunch with us!  The children love helping their friends celebrate birthdays!  Please make sure they do not contain nuts of any kind.  Thank you so very much for helping us keep all of our children happy and healthy.

And, Woo-Hoo!  We had several notes this week about changing how your children go home.  We appreciate you so much!!!!  It makes getting them home so much easier if we know at the beginning of the day.  Thank you, too, for returning the bus and car tags that the children wear home each day.  The children will continue to wear them for another week or two ...

Please don't forget about the Parent and Teacher Orientation on August 15 from 6:00-7:00.  We will spend that hour discussing what your child will be learning this year and what they must know to move on to first grade. :)

My phone number is 901-356-2507 ~ please text if you have any concerns or questions and I will get back with you as soon as possible.

Barb Buchanan


August 1, 2016

Dear New Kindergarten Parents,

We were so excited to meet you and your children tonight!  We also had some happy surprises, finding out that we have some siblings or cousins of former students we dearly love!

Thank you for taking your time to come in to meet us and to bring in your child's supplies.  We appreciate you so much.  I have six children of my own, and I know how expensive all the supplies can be.  So thank you.  Very much! We will teach our little ones to be careful with these supplies so they don't need to be replaced.  The first month the children are hard on the glue sticks ~ it takes a while to master just how much to use!

During the next few weeks, you will be receiving different sets of papers explaining what your child will be learning this year.  I will also send home a blank copy of the report card so you can see exactly what your child needs to master to move to first grade.

Each week I will try to update the website.  I hope you'll scroll down a little bit more ~ I left some pictures from last spring for you to see!

Thank you again for your kindness and friendly words tonight.  I think we're going to all have a wonderful year!

Ms. Buchanan 





April 10, 2016

Dear Parents,

We are moving into some very busy weeks, but I wanted to share the fun times we had on Friday with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  We had so much fun!

We had five work stations going at the same time:

    1.  Painting the Hungry Caterpillar


    2.  Mrs. Vicki helping the kids make their toe prints into the caterpillar



    3.  Butterfly Life Cycle


    4.  Writing about caterpillars


    5.  Coloring a special leaf for the toe prints to be mounted on




Dear Parents,

We have had so much fun showing what we know about tying our shoes!  After Spring Break, Maya, Eli, Saniyah, Emma, Marquis, Cate, and Gracelynn could tie their shoes by themselves!  They became members of our Pete the Cat Shoe-Tying Club!

Thursday, Riley and Piper joined the club!  That makes nine of our boys and girls who can tie their shoes by themselves and help their friends tie their shoes.  Their reward for this accomplishment was to take a container of bubbles outside with Mrs. Vicki while the rest of us did some of our work.  I have some pictures and will get them downloaded for you to enjoy!

Our final Kindergarten Math Screener and our final Kindergarten Computerized Reading test are this week and next week.  Ours is Wednesday of this week and also next week.  Please make sure they get a good night's sleep Tuesday night ~ and they'll take it from there!  I can't believe how much they have grown with their skills this year!  Wow!














  Our first seven!







Keep working on those shoes! 

Love,  Ms. Buchanan