Sunday, September 23, 2018

HUNDLEY HEADLINEs for September 24-18, 2018


We are really enjoying getting to know your child.  They have settled in very nicely here at CAES!   Please let me know if you have any comments, questions, and/or concerns.  You can email me at dhundley@iwcs., or write a note in your child’s agenda.  
If you haven’t, please go to the Parent Portal and sign all forms.  I have sent home two copies of your child’s password needed for this. This much be completed in order for your child to use the iPads or computer labs.   The office will be glad to help you if you have any further questions.  

So far we have been ‘reading’ lots of yellow books during reading lab.  Our teachers have read many books to us.  Some of the things that we have worked on are…
  • identifying letters, words, and sentences and the differences between them
  • identify the front cover, the title, the back and the title page of a book
  • discuss what an author and an illustrator do
  • sorted objects by color, size, and shape


Agendas will come back and forth from home and school each day!  Please help your child get in this routine.  Also, write any notes for transportation changes in the agenda on the corresponding day.  Please make sure the agenda is signed/initialed each day and placed back in your child's backpack.  Also, note that at the front of the agendas are answers to frequently asked questions regarding various CAES guidelines.  The red folders will come home once a week, either Thursday or Friday.  Please read items, remove them, return what is needed, and return red folder the next day.  Red folders may also be sent home on special occasions.  Again, to be returned the next day.

As for breakfast, please let your child know whether they should or should not get breakfast at school.  Please write a note in their agenda to help us help them.  And please know that we have a snack time about 10:30 am each day.  It is very helpful to send them something nutritious that can be eaten with hands (not utensils) such as fruit, crackers, cheese, cereal bars, fruit snacks, etc.  Thank you so much!

Extra clothes would be helpful to be left in your child’s book bag in case of accidents.  Just place in a gallon ziploc with your child’s name on them as we have already needed these for slips into wet spots on the playground etc.  Thank you!

HOMEWORK:  (nightly)  Please practice what is needed for your child.
  • begin to recognize and tell your bus number if you ride a bus, or say that they are a YMCA student or a PICK UP!
  • practice writing your name using the first letter in uppercase form with all others being lowercase formation, start on left side of paper and work towards the right
  • read and/or listen to a book/story for 30 minutes each night with family or friends

ENCORE SCHEDULE (1:15 - 2:05pm)

Monday – CODING (enjoy technology)
Tuesday – ART (be creative and artistic)
Wednesday – LIBRARY (bring library book back each week)
Thursday – MUSIC (enjoy singing, learn songs)
Friday – PE (lots of exercise/activity)
Monday, October 1 – STEM (exercise your brain)

  • Sept. 28 – 1:00 dismissal (Door 12 will open at 12:50) and Smithfield High School’s homecoming parade
  • Oct. 1 – PTA Fun Run fundraiser starts
  • Oct. 3 – First quarter interim reports come home
  • Oct. 3 – School picture day #1: Ms. Seward’s class (new date), Pre-K, Kindergarten, & 1st grade
  • Oct. 4 – School picture day #2: Ms. Terry’s class (new date), 2nd grade, & 3rd grade
  • Oct. 5 – Spirit day: Crazy Hair/Crazy Hats (The Cardinal Spirit Stick will be up for grabs!)
  • Oct. 5 – New date for Fall Pizza Bingo (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Oct. 17 NO SCHOOL: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Oct. 19 – PTA Fun Run!!!!
  • Oct. 22 – 30 – Fall Scholastic Book Fair
  • Oct. 26 – Grand Lunch

Thursday, August 30, 2018

HUNDLEY’s HEADLINES for September 2018

Welcome…  Welcome, my name is Denise Hundley. Let me tell you a little about myself.  I have lived in Smithfield all of my life.  I have two grown sons, two young grandchildren, and a little ten pound dog named, Gizmo!  I enjoy the beach and I love spending time with family and friends. 

The quickest way to get in touch with me is via email at  Also, I will send group messages/reminders out through the REMIND system.  We check agendas daily if you need to write a note.  Please check out my blog at for important information and notices.  I look forward to teaching your child.  Together we will make it a great year!

Transportation…  Any time that your child has a change in afternoon transportation please send a note in their agenda.  For the first two weeks, please note each day how your child will get home.  (eg. Bus 5, mom will pick up, YMCA)

Volunteers…  I encourage parents to volunteer at the school and in our classroom.  If you are interested in volunteering please send me a note.

Daily Schedule…

8:35-9:05 Developmental Stations
9:05-9:35 Morning Meeting
9:40-11:35 Language Arts/Writing
11:30-12:25 Math
12:25-12:55 Lunch
1:15-2:05 Resource  (1:15-2:45 Tuesday ONLY)
2:05-2:35 Math Whole Group
2:35-3:00 Unit Study/Science Lab
3:00-3:20 Recess
3:20-3:40 Pack Up/Story Time/Dismissal

Resource Schedule…  We will follow a 6 Day Color Rotation as follows…
Red – LIBRARY with Ms. Mitra
Orange – MUSIC with Mr. Summit
Yellow - PE, Ms. Madden
Green – STEM with Ms. Vukmanic
Blue – CODING with Ms. Harris
Purple – ART with Ms. Enyingi

Homework…  Homework will consist of reading, practicing counting and learning your child’s Power Words.  We are asking that you read with your child 30 minutes each day and sign both steps each night in your child’s reading log.

Cheer Chart…  Each student will have their own Cheer Chart.  Students will earn a sticker each time they fill their 5-STARS on the Great Choices board.  This could be for treating others kindly, following directions, or being a star citizen.  When a student receives 20 stickers they will be rewarded with a visit to the treasure box.  

Students will also be given an agenda sticker daily.  If they struggled to follow classroom expectations for that day we will remove the sticker and write a note in the agenda to inform you of what occurred that day.

Rewards…  The class will be working together as a team to earn rewards for desired behaviors.  This may include compliments from other adults in the building for exhibiting desired behavior as a group.  When the class receives twenty compliments they will have a compliment party.
Other positive reinforcements for behavior include: extra recess, stickers, good notes in agendas, or positive phone calls home.

Weekly Folders…  Each Thursday your child will bring home their weekly folder.  The folder will have any graded papers that were completed the previous week and announcements from the school / classroom.  The graded papers should be kept at home.  Please look over papers and return the empty folder to school on Friday.

A Look Ahead…
-        August 30 - Meet your Teacher Night
-        Sept 3  - NO SCHOOL Labor Day
-        Sept 4 - First Day of School
-        Oct 3 – Interims
-        Oct 17 – Elementary School Holiday, Teacher Work Day, Parent Conference

Monday, May 21, 2018

Hundley’s Headlines for Week 35: May 21-25, 2018

I can NOT believe this year is flying by.  Busy days ahead for us.
·       Remember ‘Muffins for Mom’ is this Friday May 25th at 8:35A.  Please return invite form. (sending another form today in case you misplaced yours) 
·       May 25th is also ‘Flag Waving Day’ so wear your red, white, and blue to honor our service people. 
·       Our ‘ABC Countdown’ for this week includes the letters H-L this week.  (Hats, Inside/Out, Joke Day, Kindness, Letters). 
·       The ‘Kindergarten Program’ will be the morning of June 12th if you can attend.  It will be in our classrooms.  More information will be forthcoming!  We hope to see you!

This week:
·       lots of reading and writing will continue
·       lots of adding and subtracting will continue
(using skills including number line, counters, draw it out, counting on)
·       review ALL Power Words every night, practice Power Goals

·      continue reading for 30 minutes each night and log your 2 steps
·      practice Power Words and Power Goals

Upcoming dates:
  • May 23-24 – 3rd grade SOL Reading testing
  • May 25 – ‘Muffins for Mom’ 8:35 in cafeteria
    • also, wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE for Flag Waving Day!!1
  • May 28 -  NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • May 29-30 – 3rd grade SOL Math testing
  • June 1 – ‘Fancy Schmancy Friday’ – (wear your dressy best!)
    • also, ‘Pajama Day’ in Kdg, so you pick your attire for the day
  • June 5 – ‘Tacky Tourist Tuesday’ – (Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts, socks with sandals, etc.)
    • also, ‘Rodeo: Cowboy/Cowgirl Day’ in Kdg, so you pick you attire for the day
  • June 12 – Kindergarten Celebration in the A.M. (more info to come)
  • June 13 - FIELD DAY (tennis shoes, sunscreen)
  • June 14 – Early Release @ 12:50 pm
  • June 15 – Early Release @ 12:50 pm; Last Day of 2017-18 School Year
Resource schedule for the week:
·       Monday – LIBRARY – Please return ALL library books to CAES
·       Tuesday – MUSIC
·       Wednesday – TBA because of 3rd grade SOL testing
·       Thursday – TBA because of 3rd grade SOL testing
·       Friday – TBA because of 3rd grade SOL testing
·       Tuesday, May 30 - TBA because of 3rd grade SOL testing

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hundley Headlines for May 7-11, 2018

Parents –
KINDERGARTEN EXPO – Our Bee Expo was a huge success!!!  The students shared a wealth of knowledge that we researched and learned!  I was so very proud of each of them!  Thank you for your many positive comments and support! J

BOX TOPS – We are trying to collect the most Box Tops to win a contest here at CAES.
Please send in Box Tops!  Thank you!

This week, we will:
  • continue learning about spiders
  • continue learning 1G and 2G Power Words at FLASH SPEED and/or work on your Power Goal
  • writing using our 4-STAR goals
  • working on addition and beginning subtraction
  • ask your child to tell you what they have learned about spiders (2 body segments, 8 legs, molting, ballooning)
  • help your child to work on the 4 STARs of writing (meatball space, beg/end sounds, capitals/punct., spell PWs)
  • read 30 minutes each eve & log 2 books (students are happier if they don’t need to make up steps @ school)
  • practice ALL Power Words (reading each of these words @ FLASH SPEED helps students to have better understanding and read more efficiently)
Upcoming Events/Dates:
  • May 8 – PTA and 1st grade performance @ 7pm – Mrs. Willard’s last show!!!
  • May 9 – BLOOD DRIVE @ CAES Lobby from 2-7pm - American Red Cross
  • May 23-24 – 3rd grade SOL Reading testing
  • May 25 – wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE for Flag Waving Day!!1
  • May 28 -  NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • May 29-30 – 3rd grade SOL Math testing
  • June 1 – ‘Fancy Schmancy Friday’ – (wear your dressy best!)
  • June 5 – ‘Tacky Tourist Tuesday’ – (Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts, socks with sandals, etc.)
  • June 12 – Kindergarten Celebration in the A.M. (more info to come)
  • June 13 - FIELD DAY
  • June 14 – Early Release @ 12:50 pm
  • June 15 – Early Release @ 12:50 pm; Last Day of 2017-18 School Year
·       Monday – PE
·       Tuesday – STEM
·       Wednesday – Coding
·       Thursday – Art
·        Friday – Library
·       Monday, May 14 - Music