Friday, December 9, 2016

Week 15

December is a busy month in kindergarten as we study holidays from around the world.  St. Nicholas, St. Lucia, Hanukkah and Christmas are ones we especially highlight and celebrate together.

In addition to celebrating we squeeze in learning as well!  We met with our Biobuddies for a STEAM filled day.  We gave them the challenge of making a Christmas tree stand up without holding it using straws and model magic. The second challenge was making a spinning dreidel using either 2 egg cartons and a toothpick or a milk carton and pencil all held together with painters tape.  Hopefully you saw the creations on seesaw!

We will be publishing our personal narratives this upcoming week and are concluding our math unit of number sense to 10 with a variety of math games and story problems.  

Look at our awesome tree we made out of cups!  This took planning, creativity, imagination, trial, error and most of all TEAMWORK and COLLABORATION. 

Snapshot of Next Week:

Monday 12/12 - Day 1:  Spanish, Library (return book) & Hanukkah Party

Tuesday 12/13 - Day 2: St. Lucia Day!  Spanish, Rehearsal & P.E.

Wednesday 12/14 - Day 3:  Rehearsal & Christmas Party

Thursday 12/15 - Day 4:  Rehearsal, Spanish & P.E.  Holiday Program begins at 6:30 in the Chapel.  Children should arrive to the classroom no later than 6:15.  Parents can pick children up in the classroom after the performance.  Dressy attire is appropriate for this special evening.

Friday 12/9 - Day 6:  Kindergarten Pajama Day!  Children wear pajamas to school and we will be watching The Polar Express together.  Music & Art.  Last day of school before winter break.  No extended Day (please communicate end of day transportation).

School resumes on January 3rd.  Have a wonderful, restful winter break!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Week 14

Note from Ms. Z:

Winter Wear Wanted!

The Lower School is collecting new and gently used Winter Wear 
for families experiencing homelessness.
Coats  Jackets  Boots Snowpants

Students may bring donations to their classroom or 
deliver to the "Service Shelf" located near Gym C.

Nov. 29 - Th. Dec. 14 - Thanks!

Snapshot of Next Week:

Monday 12/5 - Day 2:  Spanish & P.E.

Tuesday 12/6 - Day 3: Music & Religion

Wednesday 12/7 - Day 4:  Biobuddies & P.E.

Thursday 12/8 - Day 5:  Spanish & P.E.

Friday 12/9 - Day 6:  Music & Art

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Weeks 12 & 13

Thank you for helping your child with our sharing of patterns from around the world.  Almost all continents were represented!  Our discussion was rich as we brought math, geography and different cultures together.

We have been reading the "My First Little House" series of books as we discuss life long ago and compare it to our lives today.  We even decided to churn cream into butter the way that Ma, Mary and Laura did.  We made corn bread muffins to go with it.

Our week ended with one of the most special days of the year... Grandparents' Day.  

Snapshot of the Next Week:

Please make sure your child has all winter clothing for outdoor play every day:  boots, snow pants, jackets, hats and mittens/gloves (waterproof).

Monday 11/28 - No School, Faculty Workshop

Tuesday 11/29 - Day 4: Chapel, Spanish & P.E.

Wednesday 11/30 - Day 5:  Spanish & P.E.

Thursday 12/1 - Day 6:  Music & Art

Friday 12/2 - Day 1:  Skating & Library (return book).  *Please refer to the note that was sent home last week*  All parents are welcome to join us at the rink.  We can use all the help possible both in the locker room tying skates as well as on the ice.  Please meet us at the arena at 9:50.  

Friday, November 11, 2016

Week 11

This weeks highlights:

We spent time in the classroom talking about leaders.  We identified different reasons for having leaders and who some leaders are that we know.  This was a great conversation that led well to an introduction on the presidential election.  We used the basis of the book, Duck for President.  We talked about voting (being private, voting only once, making difficult choices) and gave each child the opportunity to have a private vote for either Duck or Farmer.  Duck received the most votes from our class.  We also discussed the importance of accepting results even if the one we voted for was not elected.

Number sense continues to be our math focus.  We have been using a variety of different math manipulatives to develop an understanding of "part-part-whole." 

We hope you had the chance to see your child's newest published book on seesaw.  We are very proud of the authors in our class!

Snapshot of the Next 2 Weeks:

Please bring in sharing of a pattern from a different country this week

Monday 11/14 - Day 3:  Music & Religion

Tuesday 11/15 - Day 4: Spanish & P.E.

Wednesday 11/16 - Day 5:  Spanish & P.E.

Thursday 11/17 - Day 6:  Music & Art

Friday 11/18 - Day 1:  Spanish, Music & Library

Monday 11/21 - Day 2:  Spanish & P.E.

Tuesday 11/22 - Day 3: Music

Wednesday 11/22- Grandparents' Day:  This is a special day at school where kindergartners spend the day with their grandparents or special guest.  School is dismissed at noon that day and no lunch is served.

Thursday 11/23-Monday 11/28 - No School:  Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 4, 2016

Week 10

We all survived Halloween week and all the festivities that surrounded this exciting holiday.  Our party was fun making halloween candles, playing bingo and making monster treats to eat.  We used the candy wrappers from trick-or-treating as a graphing activity the following day!

The other highlight this week was seeing our Biobuddies!  Our activities together surrounded the skeletal system.  We made bones out of model magic, played a dice game to build a paper skeleton and made an x-ray of our hand using q-tips.

Snapshot of Next Week:

Monday 11/7 - Day 4:  Chapel, Spanish & P.E.

Tuesday 11/8 - Day 5: Spanish & P.E.

Wednesday 11/9 - Day 6:  Music & Art

Thursday 11/10 - Day 1:  Wear C.A.R.E. shirt to school.  Community Meeting, Spanish & Library (return book)

Friday 11/1 - Day 2:  Spanish & P.E.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Week 9

We are so impressed with the readers and writers in our classroom.  Hopefully you saw your child's first guided reading book brought home in their book baggie.  Please see the instructions given in the bag and make sure books, reading logs and book are all returned together by Monday.  We are continuing writing like scientists during writing workshop. Some children are even writing pattern books that are similar to books we are reading.

We are using manipulatives to teach number sense.  We are learning the concept of greater and less than as well as adding and subtracting using cubes (make a tower that is 2 more than 5).  We are learning how to see groups of objects in a way to count more quickly.  This is called subatizing and the children love this challenge!

In science, we have shifted from the 5 senses to the skeletal system. Ask your child how many bones a body has!  We did a skelton sorting activing using bones made out of cheetos and graphed our results (even ate a few too!).

We have introduced the children to the world map and globe.  We talked about where we live and located a few other countires children in the family have connections to.  We even had a special visit from Indigo's Mom and Aunt who did a special presentation about the holiday in India, Diwali - The Festival of Lights.  We made rangoli, lit a clay lantern, each child received a marigold and wore a bindi on their forehead.  What a special afternoon we had!

Snapshot of Next Week:

Monday 10/31 - Day 5:  Halloween parade and party!  Please come dressed to school in costume with clothes for changing in a spearate bag.  The parade begins at 8:40 in Lower School and ends in the Anderson Gym with the sing-a-long.  Parents are welcome to join us in the gym for halloween fun!  P.E.

Tuesday 11/1 - Day 6: Please bring in one candy wrapper from trick-or-treating.  Music, Religion & Art

Wednesday 11/2 - Day 1:  Spanish, Biobuddies & Library (return book).

Thursday 11/3 - Day 2:  Spanish & P.E.

Friday 11/4 - Day 3:  Music

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