Tom the Turkey Homework Project Details


Tom Turkey Project

Due: Friday, November 3rd, 2017

It’s time to have fun creating a very unusual bird. As a family, disguise Tom Turkey so that he won’t be eaten for Thanksgiving! You may choose to dress your turkey as a doctor, an astronaut, a farmer, a cheerleader, a ballerina, a clown, etc… Be creative and use any materials you have at home. Everyone gets to help!

Cut out the turkey and mount him on cardboard or heavy paper. I enclosed a piece of white construction paper for you to glue him on for support. Make it very original and have fun! Please feel free to decorate the background to match your turkey. Turkeys do not have to animals! I have had dentists, police officers, trees, rockets, pilots, etc! PLEASE NO NOT JUST COLOR and send it back. This is a chance to be creative and add items to make it look amazing!

Please, help us save these turkeys! The turkey homework is due on Friday, November 3rd but you may send it in earlier.  When your Tom Turkey is incognito, he can “hide out” in our classroom!

Remember the goal is to hide Tom so he does not look like a turkey!

A few turkey ideas…..

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Newsletter for the week of 10/9-10/13!



Landon taught the class about his pet chickens. We know that baby chickens are called chicks. Then they grow up and lay eggs. You can buy more chickens at Tractor Supply Company 🙂

What we learned this week:

Readers Workshop: We focused on reading with a partner. We discussed that you can…. 

* hold the book between you and read together

* take turns reading that book

*trade books that you like

We also learned that all readers start reading privately (back to back). Then when it is time for partners you can sit EEKK (Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee).



This week finished Boot Camp! Even though we finished the alphabet, we will continue daily review. Please review the yellow paper that came home and work on any letter that your child has not mastered yet.

On Wednesday, students were able to wear their costumes and fly around the room. They shared two items that started with their letter! It was a ton of fun! Thank you for your help with this project.

Super Hero Flight Video!


Math: This week worked on strategies to prove our answers. We learned how to figure out how to solve problems that are done incorrectly. We talked about our new friends Gus the Plus and Linus the Minus!


*Return Conference Paper by Tuesday!

* Log in to Class Dojo



 Class DOJO is a new classroom management system. This tool allows the teacher to track behavior and add comments for parents. Please understand that I am still learning how to use this tool with the students. More details will be given at Parent-Teacher conferences as to how it relates to the old clip chart. Below are more details regarding this new system!

Hello Kindergarten Families,

I will be using a behavior tool in my classroom called Class Dojo. It is a website that allows me to give students immediate feedback on their behaviors- both positive and areas they need to work on. Students get very excited when they are awarded points and one of the best things I’ve noticed is that they root for each other!

Class Dojo will help me encourage important skills such as following directions quickly, focusing attention on what’s important (working hard), respect, responsibility, and raising a hand to share (participation). I’ll also use it to communicate with you: we can instantly share messages, updates, and photos from the class. It’s the easiest way for you to see how your child is doing at school! I know you will be proud to see the great behaviors they are displaying, and in turn, if there is something they need to work on, you will be able to see that as well.

I’d like all families to join me and sign up for Class Dojo BEFORE the end of next week! You can use it on any device: it’s a simple, free mobile app for iOS and Android and can also be used from a computer at Please join our classroom community on Class Dojo! Class Dojo will REPLACE our weekly behavior charts.

Thank you to all of the families that have already signed up!


This was a huge success! We made nearly $15,000 for classroom technology. The children loved walking and listening to music. We also got to enjoy our very own Tortoise and Hare race, followed by an ice cream sundae!

Next Tuesday, October 17th is our first Jet’s Pizza night. If you call the Jets on Baldwin and order pizza, a portion of the order will be donated to Alward. Make sure to mention you are in MRS. LALONDE’S CLASS. The class with the most calls will win a free pizza party for their class!


November 3rd @ 12:15


Tuesday, October 31st at 2-2:30!

Parents may view the parade from outside!


Halloween Party

Our class party will be from 2:30-3:15 on Tuesday, October 31st.

If you wish to attend, please know that you must have a cleared background check on file. To complete a background check please click the link on the right-hand side of the blog. No background check, no entry!

Here are helpful tips to help you know how to prepare for Tuesday, Oct. 31st!

Students MAY wear their costumes to school (this is my personal policy and may not be the same rule for other teachers). HOWEVER…….

  • Students MUST be able to use the bathroom by themselves while wearing their costume. Students MUST be able to participate in special, eat lunch, and play outside. Please remember costumes may get dirty, broken or lost while at school.

  • Often, students will wear an easy costume to school and save the fancy one for Halloween.

  • Please have all hair, make-up, etc., done BEFORE school. I cannot help assemble costumes. Please remember to keep it simple. Students still need to work, and we do not want too much of a distraction. NO WEAPONS, BLOOD OR GUTS PLEASE!

  • Students that have accessories will be asked to keep them put away until the parade/party (it is best to keep it simple and aim for wearing just the outfit). This includes masks and hats. Teachers should be able to see all faces during the day. DO NOT SEND ITEMS THAT APPEAR TO BE WEAPONS!

  • The Halloween parade will be from 2:00-2:30. Our party will be held from 2:30–3:15.

  • Please note our new no sibling policy!


After Halloween, students are NOT allowed to bring candy to school for lunch or a snack! Please stick to healthy food choices. Candy will be sent home or discarded. Thank you for your help!

Please remember to ALWAYS e-mail me AND contact the office if your child is absent, being picked up/dropped off early or if there is a transportation change. Sometimes, the office gets busy and with our recess being at the end of the day, I do not always have time to check and see if there have been changed called into the office. It is always best to call NO LATER THAN 2:00! Thank you for your help!


Library Books Due back Monday!

Please help your child take care of their book. If a book is damaged or lost, they will need to pay for a replacement BEFORE they are allowed to borrow another. All books are due back by Monday. We will go to the Library on Tuesday mornings! If you finish reading early, and you want to return the book early, please feel free!


Next Book Order Due:  No November Order Due To The Book Fair

Reminders for Tuesday 10/10!

Good Evening,

Please remember that the following items are due tomorrow.

  1. Walk-a-thon envelopes/$. Please make sure you return these EVEN IF you did NOT collect any money.
  2. We will go to the Library is first thing in the morning. Please pack their library book.
  3. Bootcamp capes are due. If possible, please pop holes and attach a string to make it a cape. If you turned yours in today, I will do it. However, if you haven’t turned them in, it will save me time tomorrow at home!

Friday Reminders:

  1. Friday is a 12:15 dismissal. Sack lunch is available to take with you if needed.
  2. Please place all October Scholastic orders by noon on Friday!

Newsletter 10/3-10/6



Sophie taught us that dolphins whistle to communicate.

She also taught us that they are very smart animals that live in the ocean!

What we learned this week:

Readers Workshop: This week focused on reading stories top to bottom and left to right. Students also got to find out who their Peanut Butter and Jelly partner was and practice reading next to them. Next week we learn how to learn with a partner.

This week we are working on A-X

Please review with your child these letter SOUNDS and how to write both upper and lower case letters. We tested students at the beginning of the year, please keep an eye out this week for a paper that shows your child’s growth and areas of improvement 🙂


Math: This week worked on printing numbers 1-4 and scenes.

Penmanship Terms: (will be moved to Parent Resource Page)

The children brought home a brown paper bag and a letter for our Bootcamp Fashion Show. Please help your child decorate the blank side of the bag with things that begin with that letter. They need to attach the letter they were given and write their name on the inside.

If you have a vowel, please find words that use the short sound. Ex. /a/ pple NOT  Acorn where the vowel says its name. Students are welcome to draw, print & cut, cut of magazine pictures or write words. Please do not attach items. 

Capes are due Tuesday.




October 12th

October 13th @ 12:15


Details to Come


Library Books Due back Monday!

Please help your child take care of their book. If a book is damaged or lost, they will need to pay for a replacement BEFORE they are allowed to borrow another. All books are due back by Monday. We will go to the Library on Tuesday mornings! If you finish reading early, and you want to return the book early, please feel free!


Next Book Order Due: Friday, Oct. 13th

Hudsonville Public Schools Parent Connection Night!

Attention parents!
Please join us for our first Hudsonville Public Schools Parent Connection Night! This event will take place on Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30-8:00 at Baldwin Street Middle School. You will be able to choose 2 different sessions from the following options:
– Screen Time: Impact, Safety, and Setting Limits
– Teaching Kids to Get Along: Navigating the Roads of Friendships and Siblings
– Home Organization: Simple Systems to Help Your Entire Family be Successful
– Positive Behavioral Strategies for Younger Kids: Less Words and More Visuals
These sessions will all be run by Hudsonville staff members Lisa Keskitalo, Kate Randall, Carrie Ysseldyke, and Melissa DeGroot.  Childcare will be provided for children ages 5 and up.  We will also have desserts and giveaways!
Please sign up using the following link:

Important Updates

Good Evening,

I have a few quick updates….

  1. Tomorrow is our trip to the library, if you haven’t already done so, please make sure to return your library book! We go first thing in the morning.
  2. I sent home a Fire Fighter packet today. This is just for fun and you do not need to return anything! We get to meet the firefighters on Friday.
  3.  It is a new month. Please remember to sign and return the past month’s behavior chart. If you forgot, it was placed back in your child’s folder. If you did sign it, I pulled it out.
  4. Communication is key! Please make sure to have conversations with your child about our 5 rules. This month the reminders will be limited and expectations will be upheld. Remind your child that they are not “bad” or “in trouble”  if they fall below green, rather we need to make better choices and learn from our mistakes.
  5. Change of clothes: If you have not already sent them in, please do so ASAP. Please make sure they are Fall appropriate in case it actually comes 🙂
  6. Walk-a-thon is going on. Make sure you are collecting your donations. Envelopes are due next week!
  7. Fashion Show: This was labeled on the calendar. Details to come!

As always, if you have any questions please let me know! Happy October!

Newsletter 9/25-9/29


Grayson V

Grayson taught us about pool safety. He also taught us that pianos have letters. However, the keys only go to G and then repeat! Lastly, he taught us that there are no cars in Mackinaw only horse and buggies!

What we learned this week:

Readers Workshop: This week focused 3 ways to enjoy a story!

Students learned that they can tell a story they already know, they can use pictures to help tell a story, or they can read the words. This week students also got their own book bag to keep “Just Right” books in. Just Right books are books that are of their interest on their level, that they picked out.

This week we are working on A-X

Please review with your child these letter SOUNDS and how to write both upper and lower case letters.


Math: This week we sorted shapes based on their attributes. We had to “prove” our answers by explaining what we know about each shape.

Handwriting: We continued working on pencil grip and writing our letters T-X. If your child has a paper come home, please look over it and practice writing letters at home that they struggle with.  If you need tips on how to teach pencil grips, check out my new PARENT RESOURCE page!

Social/Emotional Skills: Please review their behavior folder every day. If your child was in below green, please speak with them about their behavior.

Wear Plaid on Friday!

We will have our yearly evacuation drill on Friday. Students will walk to a Fellowship. STUDENTS NEED GOOD WALKING SHOES! 


October 12th

October 13th @ 12:15


Library Books Due back Monday!

We went to the Library for the first time this week. Please help your child take care of their book. If a book is damaged or lost, they will need to pay for a replacement BEFORE they are allowed to borrow another. All books are due back by Monday. We will go to the Library on Tuesday mornings! If you finish reading early, and you want to return the book early, please feel free!


Next Book Order Due: Friday, Oct. 13th