Friday, December 8, 2017

Week 14

We did a fun STEAM building activity as a whole class collaboration project.  We used cups to build a Christmas tree.  With many different plans, attempts, building, falling and rebuilding... we did it!













A few important reminders for our final days of school before winter break:

The Lower School Holiday Program is on Thursday, 12/14 and begins at 6:30 in the Chapel.  This is an evening for dressier attire for the children.  They should arrive to the classroom by 6:15 and you can pick them back up in the classroom immediately following the program.  

Tuesday, 12/19 is the final day of school before winter break begins and is kindergarten pajama day!  Children should come to school in the their pajamas but should have shoes & boots to wear as well.  We will watch "The Polar Express" together and do some festive activities.  Lockers will be fully cleaned out so expect many belongs to come home for washing (rest mats).  There is no extended day so please plan accordingly and communicate dismissal plans for your child.

Snapshot of the next 2 weeks:

Monday, 12/11:  Day 2 - Chinese & P.E.

Tuesday, 12/12:  Day 3 - Program Rehearsal & Art

Wednesday, 12/13:  Day 4 - St. Lucia Day!  Chinese, Program Rehearsal & Library

Thursday, 12/13:  Day 5 - Happy Hanukkah & Holiday Program Day!  Program Rehearsal, P.E. & Hanukkah Party

Friday, 12/14:  Day 6 - Music & P.E.

Monday, 12/18:  Day 1 - Christmas Party Day!  Music & Chinese 


Tuesday, 12/19:  Day 2 - Happy Pajama Day! Chinese & P.E.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Week 13

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us and the children's energy and excitement can be felt!  December is a magical month is kindergarten; all surrounding our social studies unit of holidays around the world.

Despite the excitement, we are squeezing in some learning too!  One curriculum highlight this week was establishing writing goals.  We are working hard, making our writing easy for readers to read.  We have a writing checklist that helps us focus on one area we want to be better at.  Ask your child what their writing goal is!


Our first day of skating was a success!  Thanks to all the parents who were able to help, we couldn't do it without you!

















Snapshot of next week:

Monday, 12/4:  Day 3 - Music & Art

Tuesday, 12/5:  Day 4 - Religion, Chinese, Library (return book)

Wednesday, 12/6:  Day 5 - St. Nicolas Day!  Chinese, Biobuddies & P.E.

Thursday, 12/7:  Day 6 - Music & P.E.

Friday, 12/8:  Day 1 - Music & Chinese

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week 12


Snapshot of next week:

Monday, 11/27:  Day 4 - Chapel, Chinese & Library (return book)

Tuesday, 11/28:  Day 5 - Chinese & P.E.

Wednesday, 11/29:  Day 6 - Music & P.E.

Thursday, 11/30:  Day 1 - Music, Chinese & Mindfulness

Friday, 12/1:  Day 2 - Kindergarten Skating!  Make sure your child has all skating gear at school in a separate bag:  skates, jacket, snow pants, helmet, mittens/gloves.  All parents are welcome to meet us at the rink at noon to help on and off the ice (with helmet).  Chinese & P.E.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Weeks 10 & 11

In math, we have learned about composing and decomposing numbers.  We have introduced the number bond using the language of part, part, whole. 


In reading workshop, we have been learning about what it means to be a good reading buddy.  We are realizing the importance of listening to one another and 
that reading buddies are helpful when stuck on words, to talk about favorite parts of a book or connections that we have.


In writing workshop we are writing true stories and will be thinking about writing for readers.  We are going to learn what it means to have easy to read writing by leaving spaces between our words as well as punctuation.  

We are reading the series of Little House on the Prairie books to discuss Life Long Ago and compare our lives today to the characters in the story.  Ask your child where the stories take place and who the people in the family are!


Grandparents' Day is coming up and we are looking forward to this special say at Breck.  Please look for a note to be coming home next week about transportation details for your child.

Snapshot of Next Week:   Snow pants, jackets, boots, hats and mittens/gloves are needed daily.

Monday, 11/13:  Day 3 - Please return your thankful tags (see note that was sent home) Music & Art

Tuesday, 11/14:  Day 4 - Chinese & Library (return book)

Wednesday, 11/15:  Day 5 - Chinese, Biobuddies & P.E.

Thursday, 11/16:  Day 6 - Music & P.E.

Friday, 11/17:  Day 1 - Music, Chinese & Mindfulness

Monday, 11/20:  Day 2 - Chinese & P.E.

Tuesday, 11/21:  Day 3 - Music & Art

Wednesday, 11/22:  Grandparents' Day!  Children should come to school as usual.  Dismissal is at noon.

Thursday & Friday, 11/23-11/24:  No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 3, 2017

Week 10

Halloween came and went like and flash and I think we all survived the excitement this week!  After the parade we had our party which included a mud and worm food treat, halloween bingo and making candles.



We began learning about the skeletal system.  Ask your child how many bones are in a fully grown body!  We did a sorting, graphing and building activity with the different bones... and even a little eating too!










We are published authors again!  We have been writing like scientists by looking up closely at items from nature.  Each child wrote a pattern book to be published.  Hopefully you saw your child reading their book on seesaw.

Snapshot of Next Week:   Thanks for sending in snow gear each day!  Looks like we need it going forward.

Monday, 11/6:  Day 4 - Chinese & Library (return book)

Tuesday, 11/7:  Day 5 - Chinese & P.E.

Wednesday, 11/8:  Day 6 - Music & P.E.

Thursday, 11/9:  Day 1 - Music, Chinese & Mindfulness

Friday, 11/10:  Day 2 - Chinese & P.E.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Week 9

This week we started talking about what it means to have a growth mindset.  We learned that our brains are like a muscle that needs exercise to grow.  The best exercise is doing things that are challenging.  We learned that making mistakes is awesome because that is how we can change our brain and we talked about things we can't do...YET!  Anything is possible if you give it a try and make your own special dot.  Here are two books we have read:


As we think about Halloween coming up... Your child may come to school in their costume (please refer to the lower school handbook regarding appropriate costumes, i.e. non-violent etc.).  The children will participate in the costume parade beginning at 8:40.  The parade begins in Lower School and ends in The Anderson Gym.  Parents are welcome to join us for the sing-a-long in the gym.  After the parade, we will have our classroom party.  Please make sure your child has regular school clothes under their costume or in a separate bag for changing after the party.

Snapshot of Next Week:   Please make sure your child is prepared for colder temperatures and snow.  We do go outside everyday and we want children to be able to enjoy outdoor play.  Every day these items are needed:  jacket, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens/gloves.  Thank you!

Monday, 10/30:  Day 5 - Chinese & P.E.

Tuesday, 10/31:  Day 6 - Halloween parade and party & P.E.

Wednesday, 11/1:  Day 1 - Wear C.A.R.E. shirt to school.  Music & Chinese 

Thursday, 11/2:  Day 2 - Chinese & P.E.

Friday, 11/3:  Day 3 - Music & Art

Friday, October 20, 2017

Week 8

Although we had a short week it was packed with learning!  We had our first field trip to Murphy's Landing that began our study of Life Long Ago.  Hopefully you enjoyed the photos on seesaw.

Definitely, the highlight of our week was meeting our Biobuddies!  We did a "getting to know you activity;"  we weighed and measured ourselves; and used our 5 senses as we dissected a mini-pumpkin.










Snapshot of Next Week:   

Monday, 10/23:  Day 6 - Music & P.E.

Tuesday, 10/24:  Day 1 - Music, Chinese & Mindfulness

Wednesday, 10/25:  Day 2 - Service trip to Walker Nursing Home & P.E.

Thursday, 10/26:  Day 3 - Music & Art

Friday, 10/27:  Day 4 - Chinese & Library (return book)

Looking ahead to Halloween 10/31:  Your child may come to school in their costume (please refer to the lower school handbook regarding appropriate costumes, i.e. non-violent etc.).  The children will participate in the costume parade beginning at 8:40.  The parade begins in Lower School and ends in The Anderson Gym.  Parents are welcome to join us for the sing-a-long in the gym.  After the parade, we will have our classroom party.  Please make sure your child has regular school clothes under their costume or in a separate bag for changing after the party.
 

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