Thursday, November 29, 2018

2018 Winter Party!


KINDERGARTEN WINTER PARTY
Wednesday, December 19   12:45-1:45 PM

Come pass through the 7 Levels of the Candy Cane Forest and through the Sea of Swirly, Twirly Gumdrops for our Kindergarten Winter Party! And bring your smile, because smiling is our favorite!

This year's party will have an ELF theme! We need lots of volunteers and supply donations to make it happen! Please sign up below if you can help!

WINTER PARTY SIGN-UP


A NOTE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING:
We know that you want to spend time with your own little elves at the party. We are purposely asking for more volunteers than we need at one time so that volunteers are able to leave to spend time with their kids and we will still have enough help. You will not have to volunteer the whole time! 

We are also making the activities super simple and as stress free as possible. So if you are coming to the party, please consider signing up to volunteer!

A NOTE ABOUT SUPPLIES:
Several of the things we need are from Amazon or Oriental Trading (Links below, but if you buy them please remember to sign up on the sign-up genius.) Please let us know if you have any questions. If you sign up for one of these, please order ASAP so that we get them in plenty of time. THANKS!






We really think this is going to be a great party and we hope to see you all there. Thank-you for helping to make this a special day for our kinder kids!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

October Newsletter


HELLO KINDER FAMILIES!
It was a BIG month in kindergarten...with a lot of changes. While we were sad to see Mrs. Morton go, we are so very happy to welcome new students into our classrooms! More kids = more hugs = more giggles = more fun!

NO SCHOOL ON OCTOBER 8 or 9!

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, October 8 or Tuesday, October 9.

CONFERENCES

We hope to see you all at Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences. We would love to talk to you about your child's progress so far in kindergarten and about ways you can support their learning at home. Please contact your child's teacher if you still need to sign up for a conference.

REPORT CARDS
Report cards for the first nine weeks of kindergarten will be sent home on October 30. Some parents are alarmed by the number of 1's and 2’s on the report card at this time of year.  Please be assured that “1's” and "2's" mean your child is performing exactly where he or she should be at the beginning of the school year. Most students will remain at the same level for more than one reporting period.  This is natural and does not mean that there is a concern or problem. Your Parent/Teacher conference is the best indicator of how your child is performing in kindergarten. If  there are any concerns about your child’s performance or understanding of any concept, your child’s teacher will make it very clear at that time. If you have any questions, please contact us!

EXPLORE U
Recently, our kids started participating in Explore U--a school-wide enrichment program that takes place every Friday afternoon for 1 hour. Your child was placed in a fun class based on their interests. Kindergartners are participating in things like Yoga, Lego Challenges, Spanish Club, Fun Snack Academy and much more! This session will last 8 weeks and we will do another 8 week session in the spring. The kids have so much fun and are learning so many new things. Please be sure to ask your child about Explore U!

BOOK CHARACTER PARADE
On Halloween (Wednesday, October 31), your child may dress as a (non-scary) Book Character (completely optional but fun!). Please no weapons, blood, or masks. Be thinking and planning if you have a book character in mind (as simple as Goldilocks from the Three Bears or Pete the Cat from one of his books.) Pinterest has lots of quick, easy and cheap ideas. Click here to see!

Your child MUST have a book to match his or her costume to carry during the parade.

The parade will begin in the Kindergarten classrooms (students will report to classrooms as usual in the morning). Families can watch for us in the main hallway as we march through the grade level hallways of the school.  The parade ends in the main hallway and students then head back to class.

We will not be having classroom parties on October 31.

WHAT WE'RE LEARNING

READING:
We have been building stamina as readers--learning how to read for a long time. We have been learning about characters, settings and how to retell stories.

WRITING:
We are beginning to use phonetic, or "kindergarten" spelling to sound out words to write. Although this may look silly, it is an essential step in children's spelling development. Children will stretch out words and write the sounds they hear--so a child might write the sentence "The pumpkin said BOO" as "DA PMKIN SED BO!" As children learn formal spelling patterns and see more words in print, they will slowly replace kindergarten spelling with conventional spelling (this is over the course of several years).

MATH:
We are learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes. We are learning to identify and describe squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, cubes, cones, cylinders and spheres. We are also learning how to sort objects by their different attributes (color, shape, size, etc.) and organizing data into graphs.

SCIENCE:
We have been exploring how heat can change things--so basically, we've been melting a bunch of stuff and watching what happens (closely supervised!).

We will also be using our Five Senses to explore THERMAL, LIGHT and SOUND ENERGY. We don't get very technical in kinder. We simply want kids to understand that we can feel thermal energy, hear and FEEL sound energy, and see light energy. We also want kids to be able to identify different objects that produce heat, sound and/or light energy (for example, a cell phone would produce all three).

WE LOVE TEACHING YOUR LITTLE PUMPKINS!




Friday, September 14, 2018

Back-to-School Night Presentation

Thank-you to everyone who made it out to Back-to-School Night! If you were not able to make it, please take a few minutes to look over presentation. There is a lot of valuable information in it. Thanks!


Friday, August 31, 2018

September Newsletter



Hello Kinder Families!

We made it to September! We have been working so hard in kindergarten learning all of the rules, routines and expectations. There is so much to learn and the kids have been doing a great job. You should be very proud of them!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Welcome to Kindergarten!


We are so excited to meet you! This next year, we are going to read books, write stories, solve problems, explore exciting new things, use our imaginations and make new friends! Are you ready for the adventure?

Here is some important information you will need for Back-to-School!