This week seems to have flown by! We are already in fall temperatures and keeping busy at school. Please make sure your child is dressed properly for recess! We expect them to have a coat or jacket on if the temperature is below 60 degrees and we do enforce this.
This week the students are continuing with our letter of the day, writing name/address/phone number/ and handwriting book page. So far we have practiced vertical lines, horizontal lines, and now circles. These are how we will form the letters in the days to come. This week I have also introduced Benchmark which is the districts language program. The focus is living vs nonliving things and plants and animals have needs. We will be exploring these topics over the next three weeks. Since we have finished our Social Studies rules unit we will focus on science right now. As a fun intro to our apples unit starting next week we have painted with apples today! It was lots of fun to get our fingers messy and stamp paint. My hopes is to do fun projects each Friday as time allows.
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Please remember book bags should be brought to school every day! I use these books each day in reading groups where we are working on reading foundational skills (turning pages, pointing while reading, practicing sight words, and gaining confidence in independently reading).
Each Monday your child should get new books in their book bags (For the group not working with Ms. Jen). If they did not get new books it is because they were missing a book.
Last Friday we had library for the first time. In Kindergarten they are allowed to check out a book but it must stay at school. If you ever see one come home then please send it back to school.
We go outside as long as it is above 20 degrees! Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather (coats, hats, gloves, boots, snowpants if need be). All of these things can be kept in their locker if you would prefer. They are required to get 2 fifteen minute recesses each day. I give 3 usually and they are pretty miserable if they are not dressed appropriately. It looks like we are having fall temperatures from here on out so be prepared 🙂
October calendar is coming home today!
The September calendar (and all the other months) do not have a coloring item for all of the days in a month. I understand that life happens and kids have after school things going on. It has 20 days worth and I think that is a reasonable expectation that your child is reading that much at home. I forgot pizza hut does not have a coupon for September. They do not begin until October! OOOps! Sorry!
Since I will be out tomorrow for personal reasons I am posting the updates today!
This week we have added another goal to our language Montessori work time. We have started our Zaner bloser handwriting curriculum. We are practicing opening up to the correct page and doing the activity. This week has been working on vertical lines. Next we will continue with vertical, horizontal, and circles.
Reminder to make sure to pack a snack daily! They have been getting hungry in the afternoons so I have moved snack to that time.
Our school policy is coats or jackets must be worn if the temperature is below 60 degrees! We were pretty close today! Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather. We go outside daily if the temperatures are above 20 degrees. They need that fresh air and exercise.
Reminder that field trip forms are due by tomorrow.
Please remember to approach the substitute and tell them your child’s name so they know who you are picking up. It will be Mrs. S again 🙂
If you ordered Mums the pick up is today in the back parking lot between 2-4 pm!
I am sending home last minute permission slips and ichat volunteer forms in red folders today. If you get one please return it to me by Friday or email and let me know you will not be attending the field trip.
Field trip info- This is an all day field trip on Tuesday, October 11th. We are supposed to be there at 9:50 am and classes start promptly at 10 am. We have a nature hike, animal adventure class, farm tour, and pumpkin program on that day! The three classes that are going (kindergarten/1st/2nd) will be split up evenly into four groups. More will come about that. We should finish at Kensington no later then 2:30 pm so everyone can make it back in time to pick up siblings. Please remember every child must have their own parent chaperone them! We are also NOT allowed to have younger siblings attend because this is a district paid field trip. More information will be coming in October…. but we wanted you to know some of the details so you can plan ahead.
Raz kids logins came home in todays folders! Please use this as a supplement when reading at home. When kids are asking for tablet time this is a great resource! I can also keep track and see what they are reading and how they did on the quizzes. Practicing the quizzes is great practice for the NWEA reading test!
Tomorrow afternoon I will not be at school. I will have a sub. Please come up to her at dismissal and tell her your child’s name. This will help her.
Reminder for a late start on Wednesday! School starts at 10 am.
What a fun first week of whole days! The students did great at learning our new routine and making it through the long days! They also enjoyed finally getting able to go to gym, art, and music! We have been busy diving into the district curriculum for math and social studies!
Our district math program is Eureka math and we completed lesson 1-3 this week! It worked on the vocabulary same/different and counting the Eureka math way! Turning pages and opening the book is always the hardest task and I am happy to report we are also improving on doing that themselves! (Not possible for Mrs. Angela to open 16 math books when its time!)
As for Social Studies we begin with Rules! Rules of the outside world, rules at home, and of course rules at school! We came up with the most important rules we thought that could keep us safe and having fun at school. Below is a picture of our classroom rules that we “pinky promised” and signed saying we would follow. Although Constitution day is celebrated more in the upper grades we did our best to compare our rules to the fact that the constitution has rules also.
Reminder we have a late start next Wednesday, September 21st! School begins at 10 am that day.
PTA forms are coming home for those who have not signed up yet. They have included a contest this year to help get more parents involved! Each class who has over 95% signed up gets orchard donuts and cider. I’m pretty competitive when it comes to competitions so let’s do this! 🙂
The first PTA meeting is on Thursday night at 6 pm. Zoom link is below. Please join if you can!
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Reminder to pack a healthy snack for our snack time each day. Right now it was in the morning but I may switch it to afternoons if they get hungry before it is time to go home. Regardless they will need one healthy snack every day!
Field trip papers are coming home in today’s daily folder! This is a FREE field trip (except the $10 to get into the metro park). Please sign and let me know who is chaperoning. Forms are due by Friday, September 23rd.
Make sure to read your child’s book bag books EVERY night! They get new ones each Monday and right now we are working on confidence and picture reading if they do not know the words. Nightly reading is the only homework I give and the reading log is a grade on the report card.
Also- tomorrow is the deadline for the Mums sale! Please turn in any money and order forms!
We have finally finished our soft start half days! We are all excited to be full day as I am sure you are as well. Thanks for all of the flexibility and working with me the last two weeks as I tested after school. We are busy learning so many things at school and those will carry over into next week when we begin full days!
Our dismissal time is 3:55 pm next week! We will be dismissing with 1st and 2nd grade at the same doors we have been. It gets a bit more crowded now so please make sure to arrive early.
We will have snack at 10:30 am each day and lunch is from 12-12:30. Please make sure to send healthy food for your child!
You will find lots of coloring pages in todays folder. We have been working on looking at the board in the morning and getting out that page to work on. It is reinforcing that what they need to be doing is usually on our whiteboard as a reminder. The coloring pages will lessen as the year goes on and it may switch to morning academic bell work.
In your red folder you will find a district lunch paper! In order to continue with free breakfasts and lunches we need this form filled out and returned by TUESDAY! Please do this over the weekend and send back 🙂
If you took a volunteer form from open house please fill that out and return it as well. Our first field trip is Tuesday, October 11th… (more info will come out next week). Each child needs a parent to chaperone.
Mums sales flyers were sent home this week. Please ask family and friends and sell some! Our school gets a portion of the money back to use for activities in our building. If you have any questions about this please ask.
Reminder – Friday, September 16th is a half day for the district. 12 pm dismissal.