Less than one week left for early ticket sale prices! Early sale prices are only available through Wednesday, April 3rd. Buy online: http://oldtown.my-pta.org/ or please send in the pink ticket form from the carnival packet. If you need another copy, you can find it here: http://oldtown.my-pta.org/content.asp?PageID=16 or in the front office. Ticket sales that come through after Wednesday, April 3rd will be processed, but will not be sent home, they will be held at “Will Call” and available for pick up at the Carnival on Friday, April 5th starting at 4:30pm.
If you are interested in being a family or business sponsor, forms are due to the front office by Friday, March 29th! It’s the neon green form in the CarnivalPacket, or you can download another copy here: http://www.oldtown.my-pta.org/content.asp?PageID=16
Spring has sprung and we are busy bees in kindergarten! Here is some important information you need to know about upcoming events:
FIELD TRIP--MARCH 27
Our field trip to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center is quickly approaching! Here is some important information you will need to know:
Texas weather in the spring is very unpredictable! Please check the weather in the morning and dress your child appropriately. If your child has a gray Old Town Kinder T-shirt, please have them wear it. We will be doing a LOT of walking, so tennis shoes are recommended.
If your child is bringing a sack lunch from home, please make sure everything is disposable--even water bottles. It is difficult for children to keep track of their belongings while walking around.
If you are chaperoning, please make sure you get your $12 admission fee to your child's teacher ASAP. Unfortunately, due to insurance reasons, parents are not allowed to ride the bus. And because our primary focus is on the safety of our students, siblings are not allowed to attend.
The PTA Spring Carnival is Friday, April 5th from 4:30-7:30 pm! Come join us for lots of fun including inflatables, ring toss, football throw, petting zoo, train rides, face painting, plinko, duck pond, and a cake walk!
We need parent volunteers to work at the booths at our Spring Carnival. Please consider working a shift! Students in middle school and high school can also receive community service hours for volunteering at the carnival! As a thank you, Adult volunteers will receive 5 free raffle tickets and a free food coupon!
Pre-sale tickets and wristbands are on sale now! Please visit the PTA Website for more information!
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!
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).
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!
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!