Upcoming events :)

by Julieanne Reed on November 19, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

There is a lot going on in Kindergarten at APA! Here is just a glance at some of the fun stuff we will be doing for the remainder of 2015.

November: Thanksgiving break! We are all so excited to have a short little break from school and spend time with our family. I will be spending a lot of time with my lovable niece and two handsome nephews as well as catching up on some quilting that needs to get done! It is a busy time of year but don’t forget to sit back and take a breath and see  everything around you that you have to be thankful for.

December: December 4th is a half day for the students and a professional development day for the staff. The students will be dismissed early and the teachers have to stay for professional development. The day will be filled with meetings for me! As teachers, we have to continually be learning new things to bring back in to the classroom. Although I am not looking forward to the meetings, I am really looking forward to learning new things to bring back in to our classroom!

December 18th is the last day of school before we go on Christmas Break! It is also a half day but I really need everyone to be here that day! We have a lot of fun exciting activities and learning opportunities for the kids that day and maybe even a special gift from their teachers :)

Our theme for December is Holidays around the world. We will be learning about how different countries celebrate Christmas including what they call it, what games they play, what they eat, and their family traditions. The kids will have a suitcase and a passport ready to go on this adventure around the world! I will keep you up to date on the various things we will be doing throughout the month of December in preparation for the Holiday season.


-Ms. Reed

We Can Statements

by Debra King on November 19, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

Math Standards:

We can compare the values of two numbers from 1 – 20 presented as numerals.


We can identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group.


Reading/Language Arts Standards:

We can read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g. a, my).


We can orally blend the onset (the initial sound) and the rime (the vowel and ending sound) in words.


We can recognize and name end punctuations.


We can actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding

Week of November 16, 2015 Newsletter

by Debra King on November 15, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

We are working on ending sounds and word families.  The word family for this week is ‘am.’

Reading:  This week’s sight words are do and has.  Continue to work with the words big, my, me, she, we, he, be, go, no, so, the, and the number words.

Reading: Fiction and Non-Fiction Thanksgiving.

Read with your child at least 20 minutes a day and record the books on the reading log.  When your child turns in a complete reading log, he or she will receive a certificate for a free personal pan pizza.

Math: Adding two numbers that equals 10 and the ten frame.

Reading Program

by Julieanne Reed on November 4, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten,Uncategorized

So I have run in to a bit of a snag with the reading rewards that I have set up in our classroom. I am going to have to substitute the previous prize for a different one. I will be doing some research on something that the kids will love this weekend in place of the other coupons. I apologize for the mix up.

Instead of using the reading logs we have been using, I have enrolled the class in Pizza Huts Book It! program. I participated in this program when I was in Elementary school and absolutely loved it! There is an app that you can use at home but you need to have an activation code which I have on my teacher dashboard. I will print it off and send it home as soon as I can! We will have new reading logs that are easier to track progress. You color in each day that your child reads 20 minutes or more. If your child reads more than the 15 minute goal I have set for them on my teacher dash board, feel free to write it in, and I will add it to their progress log on line. I haven’t looked at the parent app yet so I’m not sure what it does but I will do a little more research and keep you updated! Thank you for being flexible with me! I am still figuring out how to be a teacher in a public school. Thank you for all your help and participation in your child’s education.

We will be hosting a parent group call-out meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 5:30 in the 29th St. cafeteria.  All families are invited to attend as this group will serve all of our students K-12.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please complete this informational survey so that we can best serve your needs.

APA Parent Group Interest Survey

Vamos a tener una reunión llamada de salida del grupo de padres en Jueves, 05 de noviembre 2015, a las 5:30 en el edificio de calle 29 cafetería. Se invita a todas las familias a asistir ya que este grupo va a servir a todos nuestros estudiantes K-12. Se servirán refrescos.

Por favor, complete esta encuesta informativa para que podamos servir mejor a sus necesidades.

APA encuesta de interés del grupo de padres

Field Trip pictures

by Julieanne Reed on October 20, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

We had so much fun on our field trips we have taken so far! Here are some pictures I took of the kiddos on our trip to the Fire Department and the Pumpkin Patch.IMG_3434 IMG_3506 IMG_3512 IMG_3430 IMG_3514 IMG_3427 IMG_3515 IMG_3438 IMG_3518 IMG_3500

Flat Stanley!

by Julieanne Reed on October 20, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

Flat Stanley came home last night! You should have received an envelope, two letters, and Stanley. I am so excited to stay connected with the kids while I am on a boat in the middle of the ocean. I am extremely nervous about leaving the kiddos and I will miss them a lot! I’m nervous about my trip in general as well. My favorite quote from my all time favorite animated movie “Up” is “Adventure is out there!” I am heading out on an amazing adventure full of firsts; my first vacation without my parents, first time out of the country, first time going on a cruise, and first time on an island. There are so many things to see in the world and I hope that your child gets to see even just a small portion of it. Even though we aren’t leaving school to go on a cross country adventure, I hope that Flat Stanley will bring a little bit of the world back to us. My Flat Stanley will be going to Florida, Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan, Puetro Rico, and Grand Turk. He will also be visiting several different “World’s Biggest” land marks on our way to Florida. I can’t wait to see where you send your child’s Flat Stanley.

Always remember… Adventure is out there! We just have to discover it ourselves.


Ms. Reed

Flat Stanley’s Adventures!

by Julieanne Reed on October 16, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

We are SO excited to send Stanley out on his adventures! he will be coming home next week for you to send him to his next location. Make sure to check your child’s folder for the newsletter! For some reason, it didnt get saved this week :( but at least I am sending a hard copy with everyone. If you need a new copy, just shoot me an e-mail and I will send one home with your child. I am starting assessments next week! Keep working on the sight words and numbers! I am seeing huge improvements already just in the few weeks that we have been in the second 6 weeks. I am always so proud of the hard work the kiddos put in.


Our field trips have been AMAZING! I will post pictures as soon as I am able to put them on my computer. We mined for gems, looked at the different types of Christmas trees, went on a hay ride, and picked a pumpkin. I hope the kids had as much fun as I did! I was exhausted when I got home last night from all the fun and excitement at the pumpkin patch.


I won’t be posting next week since I will not have internet access while on the cruise.


Ms. Reed

New Month Madness!

by Julieanne Reed on October 1, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

It’s October and we are gearing up for Halloween! Unfortunately I will be on vacation during Halloween and unable to be with the class :( Even though I will be in the Caribbean, I am really sad that I have to miss Halloween!

While I am on vacation, the kiddos will have a great sub and I will stay connected with the kids with an activity we are doing with the book series, Flat Stanley. I will be taking my “Flat Ms. Reed” with me on my cruise and taking pictures with her everywhere we go. Your kids will bring home a Flat Person of their very own to send out to family members! Send it to a person you know out of state or outside of the city and have them take a picture with the flat person and then either send it back to you with a picture or have them send it to another family member. If you don’t have anyone to send it to, feel free to take the Flat Person around with you and take pictures with the person. You can either e-mail the pictures to me, or send in hard copies of the pictures so we can create a slide show or class board with all the really neat pictures we have and all the places that our Flat People have been. I am really excited about this activity! I will provide the initial envelope and you will need to put a stamp on it to send it wherever it is going. Happy Thursday!


Ms. Reed

Parents of Fine Arts Students,

Please let me thank you for partnering with APA to provide your child with the best possible educational experience we can provide.  It has been a privilege to serve here at APA for the past 6 years.  I don’t typically send out posts of this nature but I believe that this is probably one of the most important decisions that our State Board of Education is getting ready to make and it will potentially affect each child enrolled in the fine arts; not just at APA but at every public school in our state.

It has been brought to my attention that the rumors that I heard over the summer are actually now being proposed in regards to your child’s high school diploma requirements.  This proposal affects the amount and flexibility of your child’s curricular involvement in the arts. Below is the text of an email that I received from our executive board of the Indiana Music Educators Association.  After you have taken the time to read it, please consider what your appropriate action to take would be and act as you deem necessary.  Please also pass this on to anyone that you know that may help in blocking this proposal so that every child can have the benefits and rewards of a well-rounded education that includes the wonderful experiences that a quality fine arts program can bring.


The Executive Committee of the Indiana State School Music Association shares in the concerns about the proposed changes to the Graduation Requirements, and encourages all directors to read the IMEA alert and take immediate action by contacting members of the State Board of Education.


Action Alert: High School Diploma Proposal potentially hinders Fine Arts participation. Contact members of the Indiana State Board of Education today.

The Indiana Music Education Association voices serious concerns about the new Diploma proposal being examined by the State Board of Education. The new College and Career Ready Diploma (which replaces the Core 40 and Honors Diploma) requirements will limit student access to the arts and will be a detriment to their educational progress.

1) All High School students should experience a well-rounded education that includes music and arts. Fine Arts should not be accessible only to those students who think their career path will involve music or art. Research on music education consistently shows a correlation to higher academic and personal achievement for students, regardless of socioeconomic background. If the State Board of Education is truly concerned about College & Career ready — there should be a greater mandate for fine arts in the diploma requirements, not a lesser one.

2) The proposal under current consideration makes Fine Arts less accessible to all students. The Fine Arts ‘option’ is no longer a requirement under this proposal, and is the least attainable concentration for the new Honors Diploma, being tied in with 6 credit hours of world language, leaving only one credit for the arts. Further, the other tracks for an Honors Diploma contain base requirements that most students will take anyway to get into college. These guidelines do not encourage students to participate in fine arts — in fact, it dissuades them from participating due to the limited way music and arts may be taken.

3) The new diploma requirements should focus on providing ways for students to gain necessary 21st century skills such as grit, creativity and improved cognition. These skills and more are gained through regular participation in a high-quality music education program.

4) The current diploma proposal is overly prescriptive and does not provide options for local control or student choice when developing a diploma path that will best suit them. Proposed requirements like World History, Geography and Personal Finance should be viewed as electives that give students and parents the flexibility to decide what is best for them.

Our ask: The Indiana Music Education Association asks the State Board of Education to make 2 credit hours of fine arts classes a specific requirement in the College and Career ready diploma being considered. Additionally, we ask that the new Diploma requirements provide a measure of flexibility so that students and their parents can make educated decisions about what classes they take beyond the ‘core’, giving them the flexibility to participate in music and fine arts for all 4 years of their High School Careers, if they actively choose to. This ensures all Indiana Learners gain a well-rounded education that helps them gain the necessary 21st century skills that businesses want from the workforce of the future.

See the current proposed diploma outline here.

Using the talking points above, make contact and encourage others to make contact with the Indiana State Board of Education.

Dr. Vince Bertram:

Dr. Byron Ernest:

Dr. David Freitas:

Gordon Hendry:

Lee Ann Kwiatkowski:

Eddie Melton:

Sarah O’Brien:

Superintendent Ritz:

B.J. Watts:

Cari Whicker:

Dr. Steve Yager:

Click here to view the State Board of Education Members

Thank you for supporting all of our fine art faculty members and students.  We take great pride in what we do here at APA and we want to be able to continue to bring the best of what we can offer to our community that we humbly serve.

Mister Brian Long
Director of Creative & Performing Arts
Anderson Preparatory Academy – email
765-649-8472 ext. 3114 – office phone