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Make sure to bring your ID tomorrow morning. You will need to check in before heading to the classroom.

Classroom Update

I apologize for not being consistent with updating you on whats going on. Hopefully you are all paying attention to Peachjar that is sent from Little Lake to give you school-wide updates.
Just a few items:
This week there is a book fair in the Library. We go to the library tomorrow, Wednesday. If you'd like to send money, I will make sure that your child finds a book. Most books are $5 plus tax. So send $10.
Spring Pictures were sent home yesterday. Remember you have not paid for them. Please bring pictures and/or money ASAP!!!
Little Lake is a having a Family Steam Night! It will be held on Thursday, March 22nd. It should be lots of fun.
March Steam Challenge is to create a trap to catch a Leprechaun. These projects are due March 27th
This Friday is the end of the 3rd grading period. Expect report cards to go home next Friday, March 16th
On Friday, March 30th, we will have an Egg Hunt. I am asking every child to bring in 2 dozen FILLED plastic eggs and make sure they are TAPED. You may fill them with candy, stickers, or other small toys. You may start bring them in anytime. I will need help hiding them. Not sure what time yet but I will let you know.
Tuesday, April 17th, will be our field trip to Sea World. There will be more information coming soon. I will need every child to bring a chaperone and if you can drive that would be awesome. We are only taking 2 buses for 5 classes, so that we can keep the cost down. Mark your calendars!!!
Friday, March 16th- Report cards go home!
Thursday, March 22nd- Family Steam Night
Monday, March 27th- Leprechaun Trap Due
Friday, March 30th- Egg hunt
April 2-6th- Spring Break
Tuesday, April 17th- Field Trip to Sea World


Hello everyone! I hope you're still enjoying your Presidents week off. Its been a nice, relaxing week for me. just want to let you know whats going on next week. We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. Everyday next week there will be a dress up day.

Monday – Green Eggs and Ham Day – Wear Green to School.

Tuesday – Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat In the Hat – Wear

a crazy hat to school.

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – Wear your wackiest and tackiest clothes to school.

Thursday – Fox in Socks Day – Wear a crazy pair of socks to school.

Friday – It's Sleep Book Day. Wear your pajamas to school (No slippers!)

Along with the dress up days, we will be trying green eggs and ham on Friday.   

Enjoy your weekend!

100th day changes

Hello Parents,
So for the miscommunication! Instead of decorating  shirt for the 100th day, I would like your child to dress up like a 100 year old person. Ive been doing this for the last 2 years and the children love it. There are are many ideas on pinterest or google it. Looking forward to your creations!
Thank you again!
Mrs. Cripe


I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Your children came back after break ready to continue their learning. 
Last Friday I sent home report cards! Please send back the envelope signed. There were a few of you who didnt have an envelope and that is because you never brought back the 2nd quarter one.
I apologize for the homework that was sent home last week. There is one page that you can ignore. Its the one asking you to weigh things(lesson 30).
Tomorrow I will be sending home a field trip permission slip. We will be going to Hemet High to watch Busy Town the Musical. Please return it signed ASAP. This will take place on Friday Jan. 26th.
On Tuesday, Jan 23rd it is the 100th day of school! This is a celebration day for us! I would like you and your child to make a t-shirt or hat with 100 items on it! For ideas, look on pinterest or google 100th day. This is a fun day and I will need parents to volunteer from 8:00-10:00. Let me know if you are available. Thank you!
Monday, Jan 15th- No School! Martin Luther King B-Day
Tuesday, Jan 23rd- 100th Day!!!!
Friday, Jan 26th- Field Trip- Musical
Jan. 29th-Feb 2nd Parent/Teacher Conference week. I will not be meeting with everyone.
Thursday, Feb. 8th- Spring Pictures

Classroom Updates

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend! I know I did and am ready for the holidays.
Just a couple things for this week. We will finish up some testing this week. Make sure your children are at school. 
Tuesday, we will have pictures with Santa. The pictures will take place after school. Kindergarten from 12:50-2:00 and the rest of the school from 2:19-4:00. Pictures will be in room 203. I will direct you on where to go when you pick up your child. The cost of pictures will  be $3.00.
Thursday, we will be making our gingerbread houses. If you are signed up to help, please be here @8:20 so that we can start by 8:30. I have maybe 7 parents on the list to help. Remember, you need to be on the list in order for the office let you through to the classroom. Please let me know by Tuesday if you are coming in to help.
I have one parent who has volunteered to donate donuts for our movie after lunch. Is there anyone who would like to do milk or hot chocolate? Let me know by Tuesday. Thank you so much for volunteering! 

Classroom Update

Good Afternoon!
Happy Weekend!
It was hard getting back to the routines and working up to our potential after the week off. But your kiddos did great! We accomplished  a couple outstanding writings. One was sent home and the other is hanging in the room.
Today, Friday, there were a couple fliers that went home. One was for Little Lakes Santa Shop. This is a cheap way the students can purchase gifts for Christmas. We will be walking through on Monday and then shopping on Tuseday. Please make sure to fill out the envelope and send with money on Tuesday. You can send it Monday if that works for you.
The other flier was the Christmas trees from Washburn Ranch. The Washburn's have graciously offered to give back 10% of tree sales to Little Lake Kindergarten students. This is an easy way to help out our classrooms to supply extra learning materials. So, if you haven't bought your tree yet, bring this flier and you will be supporting a local business and your child.
I want to brag a little!!! Our class received the attendance trophy again! We have had the best attendance every month except for last month. Keep your children coming to school. Lets try for 100%.
I will be testing your children on their letter/sounds, sight words and other items next Friday. Make sure to be practicing.
Tuesday, Dec 5th- Shopping for Christmas 
Friday, Dec.8th- Testing
Tuesday, Dec. 12th- Santa Pictures-More info coming!
Thursday, Dec. 14th- Gingerbread Houses/Movie and Donuts
          Please let me know if you want to come and help with Gingerbread          
          houses. We will start at 8:30-9:30.
          After lunch, we will watch Polar Express and enjoy donuts and milk. If any  
          of you would like to donate the donuts or milk let me know. I will take care
          of items for gingerbread houses.
Have a wonderful weekend! 

Classroom Updates

Good afternoon!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I enjoyed my family and rest time. Ready to conquer the next 3 weeks. Its crazy to think that in 3 weeks, we will be half way through the school year! Make sure to be practicing those high frequency words and reading the Learning Dynamic (blue) books. 
This Friday, Dec. 1st Little Lake will hold a movie night "Polar Express" starting at 6:00 pm. Admission is free. There will be concessions for snacks.
On Thursday, December 14th, from 8:30-9:30, we will be building Gingerbread houses in the classroom. I will need lots of help. If you are interested in helping, please let me know ASAP. I need to turn in a list of volunteers to the office and if you are not on the list they will not let you through. So it is important that you let me know.
Also, on this day we will have a Holiday headwear and ugly sweater day!
Winter Break will begin Friday, Dec. 15th- Tuesday, Jan. 2nd 

Classroom Update

I want to let you know that library books were not sent home last week. Sorry for the confusion. We ran out of time to hand them out.
This Thursday we are celebrating Veterans Day by wearing Red, White, and Blue.
Our social skill focuses for the month are Showing Respect and Making an Apology.
No School this Friday, Nov. 11th
Thanksgiving Break is Nov 20th-24th
Oh yes and thank you to the parents who came into help on Halloween! WE had lots of fun!

Classroom Update

I want to thank all of you for donating soda for our booth at the fall festival. We had lots of fun and saw many of you there. 
I have had some of you ask about the Fun Run. It is scheduled for Feb 6th. 
On Tuesday October 31st we will have a fun filled day. Your child can wear their halloween costume. We will participate in a school wide parade first thing in the morning. Then we will have some fun in the classroom. You child might want to bring a change of clothes. If you are volunteering to help in the classroom, you need to let me know on Monday so that you will be on the list for the office. If you're not on the list, you will not be aloud to the room. However, you do not need to be on the list for the parade.
We have collected some socks for the needy. Tuesday will be the last day to bring them in.
Have an enjoyable weekend! 

October News

Sorry I haven't sent any information lately. The next couple weeks are busy weeks. This Friday, Oct. 20th is the Family Monster Ball from 6-8pm. It is $8 per person which includes dinner, dessert, and a raffle ticket.
The following Friday, Oct. 27th is our Annual Fall Festival from 4-6 pm. Come and have fun with your family. Lots of fun games and yummy food!
I still need more soda bottles and also if you can provide 9 inch balloons, that would be awesome.
Next week we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week! There will be a dress up day everyday. 
Monday- Crazy Hair
Tuesday- Favorite Team shirt
Wednesday- Wear RED
Thursday- Wear Shades
Friday- There has been a change from the calendar. We are wearing Orange and Black.
Tuesday Oct 31st- Your child may wear their Halloween costume. No Masks! We will be having a parade out in the field @ 8am. Afterwards, in the classroom we will be having some fun activities. If you'd like to help please come see me!
As a school this month we are collecting new socks for the homeless. Lets see if our class can bring in the most pairs. There will be a prize for the class that brings in the most.

You're Invited

Your children are going to be involved in a culminating Task dealing with Numbers 1-10. They will be working together in partners to show and represent numbers. On Friday, Oct. 6th, you are invited into our classroom to see their project. You may enter the classroom as you pick up your child at 12:50. Do not arrive any earlier and do not come through the office. This is just a quick look as you pick up your child. Hope to see you all!


I want to thank you all for showing and meeting with me about your child. This is the first time in 20 years teaching that all parents showed up. Great job!
I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!  NO SCHOOL on Monday and Tuesday.
Next week we will be finishing Module 1 (numbers 1-10) and finishing up with the story "The Three Little Pigs" Review the story with your children(characters, setting, and beginning, middle, and end of the story). The children will be working in small groups and completing a culminating activity with the numbers. Im excited to see what they do.
At each conference, I tried to mention Little Lakes Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 27th from 4-6 pm. I have asked each child to bring in 2 2 liter bottles of soda. You may start bringing them in. Thank you in advanced!
For the month of October the Schools Social Skill Focuses will be FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS and LISTENING to OTHERS.
October is also Cancer Awareness Month. Along with that we will have dress up days every Friday.
Oct. 6th- Wear White
Oct. 13th- Wear Gray
Oct. 20th- Wear Pink
Oct. 27th- Wear Halloween costume
A couple other important days
Friday, Oct. 13th- Movie Night/Math Night. Not sure what time, but the movie is for the children and parents are going to learn a little bit about our new math curriculum.
Friday, Oct. 20th- Monster Ball 6-8pm


Just a reminder we have early release all next week!  Your children get out at 10:54. Please be on time. Im starting my conferences at 11:00. 

Classroom Update

We've made it through another week. This week started out rough. The children struggled with noise and staying on task. By Wednesday, their behavior improved. It seems like when ever there's a substitute, the following day they struggle with my expectations in the classroom.
This next Tuesday we will have introduced all 26 letters and sounds. I am not expecting them to know all of them but at least half. I will be testing your children on Thursday. So make sure to be reviewing letters, sounds, sight words, rhyming, counting, and number recognition to 10.
On Wednesday we will be taking a math test on the computer. Make sure your child is at school on Wednesday and Thursday.
The next 2 weeks we will be learning about apples and participating in some fun activities. Friday we will make apple sauce. Yummy! We will be taste testing apples to see which ones we like the best. We might possibly be trying some other foods containing apples.
Today, your child should have received their school pictures. There will be make ups but Im not sure when. You will receive the class picture on a later date.
The week of September 25th, will be Parent/Teacher Conference week. Kindergarten will be getting out early everyday at 10:54. Please make sure to pick him/her up on time. My conferences start at 11:00. I have 4 parents who have not returned the conference form back. Please do so on Monday. I need to know whether you can meet with me. If you need another time, let me know and I will give you another time slot. I also have an opening at 7:10 am on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Just a friendly reminder... place your book orders by Friday, 22nd. If you want to order online, I posted the link on my website or go to You may also pay by cash or check. Check needs to be payable to Scholastic.
I have started sending home Learning Dynamic books. They are blue. These books stay home. Find a safe place for them and have your child read them daily. When they are able to read it to me perfectly, they will receive the next one. If your child is struggling with reading it, that is completely OK! They just aren't ready to read and blend sounds together. Make sure to keep these books, I do not have extras.
Enjoy your weekend!