Friday, May 18, 2018

Final Days in Kindergarten

Hard to believe this year is coming to an end.  But, seeing the progress and growth in every kindergartner makes us realize they are almost first graders!

Here are some final reminders for our last days of kindergarten:

May 24th is the kindergarten movie and portfolio review.  This is a very special day in kindergarten.  We hope you are all able to come celebrate your child’s year and many accomplishments.  We will begin promptly at 1:30 in the theater that afternoon.  *If for some reason your child will not have a parent or other adult individually present for them for their portfolio review, please let us know so we can try to arrange another person to stand in your place.

There will be no school on May 28th for the Memorial Day holiday.

The final day of school is Friday, June 1st.  Lower School Closing Ceremonies begin at 1:30 on June 1st, in the Chapel.  Children should come to school as usual in the morning and they should be in semi-dressy attire. Parents are welcome to attend this special event. The Chapel doors will be locked until 12:00 and we are asking all families to respect not saving rows of seats.  You will pick your child up in the classroom after the program for final good-byes.  

Snapshot of our last two weeks:

Monday, 5/21:  Day 6 - Music & P.E

Tuesday, 5/22:  Day 1 - Music & Chinese

Wednesday, 5/23:  Day 2- Chinese & P.E.

Thursday, 5/24:  Day 3 - Music & Kindergarten Movie.  Please be seated in the theater at 1:15 if possible.

Friday, 5/25:  Day 4- Chapel, Art, Chinese & Library (all library books must be returned)

Monday, 5/28:  No School

Tuesday, 5/29:  Day 5 - Chinese & P.E

Wednesday, 5/30:  Day 6- Music & P.E.

Thursday, 5/31:  Day 1 - Rehearsal & Chinese

Friday, 6/1:  Day 2- Final day of school.  Closing ceremonies begin at 1:30

Ideas for summer fun:
  • Read, Read, Read!  We cannot stress the importance for each child to be reading daily.  Continued practice over the summer is important for them to be prepared as they enter first grade.  If you would like book suggestions for your child at their reading level, let us know!  The public library would be a great resource for finding books for your child.
  • Ask your child to write!  They can help you make lists or even write a story about something fun they did. 
  • Use money to count by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s.  Develop different scenarios where they would have to buy an item and come up with the correct amount. 
  • Educational websites and apps are also great reinforcement of skills!
  • Most importantly, we hope your child has the opportunity for play and the down time they all need!
What a wonderful year we have to celebrate!  This has been an enjoyable group of children to work with this year and we feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of their academic journey.  We thank you for sharing your children with us and for your continued support throughout the year.  Have a fun filled and relaxing summer.  We look forward to re-connecting in August as our new school year begins.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Week 28

Curriculum highlights this week:

Our final writing unti of the year is persuasive writing.  Writers do not have to wish problems they see away, they can use their words and drawings to persuade others.  We are noticing problems at Breck that need fixing and are making posters and signs to hang up.  A few ideas have been walking in the hallway, using manners at lunch, etc.

We are getting reading for our field trip to MIA this week and have been studying our animal atlases.

In math we are learning about solid shapes.

Snapshot of next week:  Bring water day supplies to school

Monday, 5/7:  Day 2 - Chinese & P.E.

Tuesday, 5/8:  Day 3 - All School Chapel, Music & Art

Wednesday, 5/9:  Day 4- Religion, Chinese & Library

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

Friday, 5/11:  Day 6- Field Trip to MIA & P.E.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Week 27

What an exciting week in kindergarten!  Much of our days were spent in preparation of our Three Bears Show.  We hope you enjoyed watching our performance on Seesaw.  We also managed to publish All-About books too!  Our final writing unit of the year will be persuasive writing.

Snapshot of next week

Monday, 4/30:  Day 3 - Music & Art

Tuesday, 5/1:  Day 4 - Service trip to Walker Nursing home & Library (return book)

Wednesday, 5/2:  Day 5- LS Chapel Each year our Native American students and families design a ceremony to be offered to our community known as the Native American Gathering. Traditional drumming, singing, and dancing is included, as well as stories and lessons from our kids from all grade levels. All are welcome to attend to be a part of the ceremony.  Chinese & P.E.

Thursday, 5/3:  Day 6 - Music & P.E.

Friday, 5/4:  Day 1- Wear C.A.R.E. shirts to school today!  LS Community Meeting, Music & Chinese

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Week 26

With all the enthusiasm of Bears, we decided to do a Goldilocks and the Three Bears show with all of kindergarten.  Every child made a prop and every child has a part!  Ask your child what their part is and what they made for the show.  We are so excited!  We will put the show on seesaw for families to enjoy.

Snapshot of next week

Monday, 4/23:  Day 4 - Chinese & Library (return book)

Tuesday, 4/24:  Day 5 - Music & Field trip to Eastman Nature Center.  This is an outdoor field trip so dress for the weather!

Wednesday, 4/25:  Day 6- Music & P.E.

Thursday, 4/26:  Day 1 - Music, Chinese & Mindfulness

Friday, 4/27:  Day 2- Chinese, P.E. and Three Bears Show!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Week 26

Learning highlights:
  • We have been reading a variety of non-fiction and fiction books about bears to discuss the text differences and author's purpose.  We have especially enjoyed comparing and contrasting the different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears books.
  • We have shifted our writing focus to non-fiction writing and are writing an all-about black bears book.  We will begin writing all-about books on our own expert topics next week.
  • We are learning about the animal classification system.  Ask your child what animal group humans are a part of!
  • We introduced subtraction in math.  We are telling subtraction stories and learning that a minus sign means taking away.  The number bond continues to be an integral part of this new math concept.  We know that subtraction with a number bond is: whole - part = part.

Snapshot of next week

Monday, 4/16:  Day 5 - Chinese & P.E.

Tuesday, 4/17:  Day 6 - Music & P.E.

Wednesday, 4/18:  Day 1- Biobiddies & Chinese

Thursday, 4/19:  Day 2 - Chinese & P.E.

Friday, 4/20:  Day 3- Music & Art

Friday, April 6, 2018

Welcome back!

Although our week was short, the children jumped right back into familiar routines and were eager to reacquaint themselves with one another after spring break.  

Spring has sprung... at least in room L175!  We were inspired by artist Georgia O'Keeffe with hopes of seeing spring flowers soon.

Snapshot of next week

Monday, 4/9:  Day 6 - Wear C.A.R.E. shirts to school today!  We will be attending LS community meeting.  We have an animal visit from the como zoo to kick off our science unit of the animal classification system.  Music & P.E.

Tuesday, 4/10:  Day 1 - Music & Chinese

Wednesday, 4/11:  Day 2- Chinese & P.E.

Thursday, 4/12:  Day 3 - Music & Art

Friday, 4/13:  Day 4- Chapel, Chinese & Library (return book)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Week 24

What a busy week!  Here are a few highlights:

  • We are in the process of publishing our small moment writing.  The children are busy editing and revising and will finish their books next week.
  • We are getting more automatic with partners of 10.  Ask your child what a reverse equation is!
  • We began learning about the digestive system.  We are getting ready for our biobuddy visit next week.
  • Kindergarten skating has come to an end.  We are impressed with the growth we have seen in the skaters this year.  Thank you to all the parents for your help at the rink.

Snapshot of next week

Monday, 3/12:  Day 5 - Chinese & P.E.

Tuesday, 3/13:  Day 6 - Music & P.E.

Wednesday, 3/14:  Day 1- Biobuddies & Chinese

Thursday, 3/15:  Day 2 - Chinese & P.E.

Friday, 3/16:  Day 3- Wear green to school in celebration of St. Patrick's day.  This is the last day of school before spring break.  There is no extended day, please communicate your child's dismissal plans.  Music & Art

3/17-4/4:  No School, Spring Break

Thursday 4/5:  School Resumes

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