White Pine Field Trip - Wednesday, October 17th This field trip is rain or shine!
The forecast for the coming week looks promising - let's keep our fingers crossed. Children will eat snack before they depart for the trip and eat lunch after we return.
Be prepared: *Children should be dressed in layers that can be shed if the day warms. *Footwear should be sturdy, there may be mud and we do walk on rough hewn log bridges to cross the small streams. *Gloves or mittens may be appropriate (it's forecast to be in the 40's that day). *Children may bring water bottles.
Walk to the York Public Library - Friday, October 19th, 1:10-2:30 We have a date with Miss Kathleen for story time in the children's library from 1:30-2:00 and then will proceed back to the school where we will have a special stop along the way to pick some... Pumpkins!! On our return walk from the library, we will stop at the Pumpkin Patch in front of the old library where the children may purchase a small pumpkin to bring home. The small pumpkins (easily carried by young children) are $2.50. Please send this amount by Friday AM (cash or check payable to Mrs. W.Roy) if your child is able to purchase a pumpkin We will be enjoying a day of pumpkin/fall activities on Monday, October 22nd.
Halloween Party, Tuesday, October 30th, 9:00-10:30 Children may wear their costumes to school if they are safe for getting in and out of the bus. They may also bring them to school and we will help them dress here. Children may not wear costumes that are violent in appearance as this may be upsetting to others. Please leave any weapon related props at home! :) If your child wears their costume to school, please be sure to send a change of clothes, we do have p.e. immediately following the party. Parents and siblings are invited to come and join in the fun!
That's all for now! Thank you!
Upcoming events and dates:
Tuesday, October 9th,Fire Safety assembly with the York Fire Department during our specials time. Thursday, October 11th, Todd Gutner, meteorologist, from WCSH 6 will visit VES and teach us about weather forecasting! Wednesday, October 17th, Field trip to White Pinein Cape Neddick departing at 9 AM and returning at 12:30 PM Friday, October 19th,Walking field trip to the York Public Library for story time. Departing at 1:10 pm and returning at 2:30 pm. Parent chaperones are welcome to join us! Tuesday, October 30th,Halloween Party, parade 9:00-9:15, party activities - 9:15-10:20 - parents and siblings are welcome to attend as guests or as volunteers for party activities. I will be sending out a Signup Genius for party supplies this week.
Other News and Information
Classroom volunteers have started! Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering and have not yet arranged a date and time with me. You can access the volunteer calendar using the link above. Here are the most helpful times: 9:45-10:30 writer's workshop 11:35-12:25 Math Centers 1:55-2:40 Literacy Centers
September Writing The children will be bringing home their writing collection from September this week. Please take a moment to look through their work with them and celebrate their success!
Weather We will continue to discuss and graph the daily weather throughout the school year but we have finished our weather projects and books. The children will be bringing home a predictable weather reader to share with you this week.
Native American Studies We will begin our study of Native Americans this week. The children will learn about Maine Native Americans both long ago and today. We will learn through song, story, art projects, and video! This unit of study will continue through the month of November.
Yoga 4 Classrooms During our early release day last week, the teachers of VES and CRES, began learning how to implement yoga in our daily classroom activities! We will begin this week. One of the goals of the program is to "promote a positive, peaceful, learning ready classroom". I suspect you may hear about some of the moves we will practice this week. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Class Made Books to Share The children will be taking turns to bring home class made books - each child contributing a page around a common theme or title! Please be on the lookout for these books (they will arrive in the blue folders). Enjoy them with your child and then please do send them right back to school so I may send the "publication" on to the next family. :)
Phone Conferences I am including the link for Signup Genius if you wish to have a 10 minute "check-in" conversation with me about how kindergarten is working so far from both the home and school perspective! Please let me know if there is a time better for you than what I have suggested and we can make a plan! www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48a8a82ba20-conversation1
That's it for now! :) As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Sunday, September 24, 2018
Upcoming dates of interest:
Wednesday, September 26th Early Release Day - students are dismissed at 12:30 pm Children may bring lunch from home or purchase a bagged lunch from the cafeteria. I will send home the order forms for bagged lunch tomorrow. The listed main meal menu item for the day is not available on early release days.
Thursday, September 27th Open House, 5:30-6:30 Children are invited to come and escort their parents through the school!
Friday, September 28th Picture Day! Please return photo envelopes before Friday if possible unless you have purchased photo packages online (assuming you are purchasing photos! :)
What have we been working on in kindergarten?
Most importantly, we have been learning how to work as a class community, treating each other, our classroom and school with respect - using kind words, and teamwork! Listening for the class signals for quiet, clean-up, and coming together quickly and quietly for our class meetings and lessons. We are making good progress with some expected "whoops" when we forget! Reminding and redirecting children are frequent teacher tools to help us learn procedures, expected behavior, and following the group plan! Lots to learn but eager children to help. :)
The children have been introduced to writer's workshop and the writing process: "think, draw, write". They are learning to write their name on their papers, use the date stamp and get started right away! They are encouraged to write any letters or words (independently) that tell about their story that teaches us about something they know a lot about! They are doing a great job thus far!
Our focus in math has been on creating sets of numbers 0-7 (thus far) and showing their understanding of the number by moving that number of times, and showing the number with their 2 hands to represent the number in several different ways (i.e the number 6 can be shown as 5+1, 4+2, 3+3). We are also learning about the attributes of our pattern blocks, their names and how to describe them - what makes a hexagon a hexagon? 6 straight sides of equal size, for example.
We are exploring the elements of typical weather (rain, snow, clouds, sun) and how we dress for these conditions. Each day our class meteorologist dresses our weather bear for the day's conditions, posts the weather and the relevant weather words. Our temperature reporters put the thermometer outdoors to capture the current temperature and report the results on our indoor class thermometer and on the weather calendar. This is an ongoing study throughout the year.
We our exploring our classmate's names for our word study, noting the number of letters, and using the initial letter of each name to help us identify the name. We are also learning some simple songs (Rain, Rain and The Butterfly Song) and poems (Thumbkin, BINGO, What's the Weather?) that we sing and follow along as we point to each word, learning that text moves from left to right and top to bottom.
And other news....
I will send a separate email about parent volunteers this week as parents are welcome to join us beginning in October which is right around the corner!
I am also sending out a Signup Genius this week for phone conferences the 2nd week in October. I'm sure you are anxious to hear how things are going thus far for your special little one and I am excited to check in with you and see how things are going from the home perspective!
Many thanks for reading all the way to the end!
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Specials Schedule Monday - Art Tuesday - P.E. and Music (sneakers needed please) Wednesday - Library Thursday - Music and P.E. (sneakers) Friday - rotating schedule (p.e. and music this week)
Homework in Kindergarten The children will bring home their first math homework page tomorrow. Work that is sent home gives you a little peek as to what we have been working on in class but it is optional. Please complete and return it if your child is willing to do this with you and you have the time. There is no pressure! Most children do enjoy it but it is sometimes one thing too many for others! Please do what is best for your young learner and your family schedule.
Lunch Plan It was a huge help to have you send a little note each day last week informing me of your child's lunch choice for the day. I hope you are willing to do this for one more week to increase your child's confidence in making the correct choice! Many thanks for your help with this!
Bus Tags Please keep those bus tags coming back for one more week! The children are doing an amazing job remembering where to go but I want to ensure that we have that confirming information handy for all to see!
Scholastic Book Club On Tuesday the children will bring home a Scholastic book order form for those who may wish to purchase books for storytime at home. I offer this opportunity 3-4 times each year. It is a wonderful way to add to your home library collection if you are interested. It is also an opportunity for me to earn points for our class which in turn allows me to order free books for our classroom. If you choose to order books, you may do so online with our class code (found on the book flyer) or return it to school with the order form and a check payable to Scholastic. Volunteers I am delighted to have parent volunteers join us for our activity time in class beginning in October. Many of you have indicated your interest on the parent questionnaire this summer which is so exciting! There will be 3 different time slots to choose from:
9:45-10:30 writer's workshop 11:35-12:25 Math Centers 1:55-2:40 Literacy Centers You may join us for a time of day and frequency that best suits your schedule (weekly, biweekly, monthly, or for special events). Please let me know, at your convenience, if you are interested and if so, what day of the week, timeframe and frequency works for you!
That's it for now! If you have read this far - thank you for your patience and perseverance!
August 18, 2018 Information to help get your child off to a good start! *Please send an extra set of clothing in a large ziploc bag, labeled with your child’s name, in case of a spill or other mishap! :) I will keep this bag in the classroom for easy access.
*Sneak a Peek - Wednesday, August 29th, 1:15-2:00.Please come and enjoy a practice bus ride with your child at 1:15 and then spend 30 minutes in our classroom to meet teachers and explore the room! Please let me know if you are not able to join us via email: email@example.com
*Bus and Pick-up InformationOne of our most important tasks on the first day of school is to be certain that we know where your child should go at day’s end. I will check in with you at our Sneak a Peek visit to ensure I have the correct information for your child.
*Blue FoldersEach day your child will bring home a blue plastic pocket folder to transport school work and notes from school. You should please return it each morning. This folder is the best vehicle for delivering notes to the classroom or returning forms.
*School SnacksChildren are asked to please bring 2 snacks each day that are quick and easy to eat. Just a reminder that we are a nut free school. We will have one snack time mid morning as we have a late lunch. We respectfully request that children bring healthy snacks - pretzels, fruit, veggies, popcorn, yogurt, etc. It is also helpful if these snacks are packed separately from the lunch you pack from home as children often get confused about what to eat when! :) The small front zipper pocket is often a good choice!
*LunchChildren may bring lunch from home or purchase a school lunch. You can send a check to school for the “York Nutrition Program” or go online to create an account (use the link at the end of this section - it will take you to the VES webpage, choose the breakfast and lunch menu link from there).The lunch menu for September will be available on the VES website by the end of the month:VES Website
*LabelsPlease use a Sharpie to label all your children’s belongings: jackets, sneakers, water bottles, backpacks, lunch boxes and lunch containers. This will ensure that if your child leaves something behind it will be returned to them.
*Physical Education (P.E.)Our class will have p.e. With Mr. Demeritt each Tuesday and Thursday. Please be sure to have your child wear or bring sneakers on these days.
*Quiet TimeChildren are asked to bring a beach size towel or blanket to keep at school for our daily rest period. They may also bring a small stuffed animal to snuggle with if they choose. Please send these items in a labeled plastic Hannaford type bag so these items can be kept at school on our coat hooks.
*VolunteersParent volunteers are welcome to help in our classroom beginning in October. I will send more information about this soon.
*Mrs. TooheyWe are fortunate to have the help of Joan Toohey, our classroom ed tech, 2.5 days each week. Thank you for reading all the way through to the end!
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