Happy Last Day of November! Our evacuation drill that was scheduled earlier this month was cancelled due to the weather. Today, we had a surprise fire drill. The students did a great job! We were outside quickly. After the fire drill, we went to watch the 6th grade performance which was based on Harry Potter but written by the 6th grade students. The Kindergarten students enjoyed it.
Our special Thanksgiving snack was a hit. All the friendship fruit salad and the Blessing/Thankful mix was gobbled up. The children shared what they were Thankful for and learned throughout the week how Thanksgiving originated. Thank you to everyone who donated items towards the snack.
The Pep rally was a also a great success! It was super loud and fun. The students did very well tolerating the noise level and listening to the directions of new games taught. They are excited to play sharks and minnows out at recess. They ALL looked super in their green clothing. We had 100% participation in showing our spirit by dressing in green-that is amazing!!!!
This past week, we focused on the letter Cc and the essential question -What places do we go to during the week? In math, we practiced counting spaces in a game. We did this by acting as a live game piece on a very long number line. We also learned to represent one number in a variety of ways(numeral writing, ten frame, showing that many fingers, writing the number word, drawing that many items). We worked with position words such as next to, above, below and followed directions using these terms. We played I have Who has with numbers to 20. The children answered questions to create a Gingerbread cookie. These will be hung on our bulletin board until right before our holiday break.
At the end of December-right before our Christmas Break, we will be celebrating December by taking part in our own Polar Express. We will invite the students to come in their pajamas. We will watch the story of Polar express(15 minute video). We will act out the Polar Express by pretending to have a train ride and drinking hot chocolate with candy canes and enjoying cookies. I would love donations of hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows, candy canes, and chocolate chip cookies. Earlier in the month, we will be making a craft that needs large jars of apple sauce and cinnamon. Our class will need approx 4 cups of applesauce and 4 cups of cinnamon. We would love donations of these as well. Please keep an eye out for a sign up genius. I really appreciate all of your assistance with items for the classroom.
As we head into the colder season, our class has been riddled with colds. Our class always welcomes donations of sanitizing wipes to keep our table clean.
I want to send another special Thank you to Mrs. Reardon, Mrs. Rachael Spray, and Mrs. St.John for volunteering in the classroom. I also want to thank Mrs. Reardon and Mrs. Young for organizing our celebrations. I am Thankful for you!
Thank you to all parents for all you do! Keep reading!
Evacuation Drill Reminder
On Thursday, November 16th. The whole school will participate in a whole school evacuation drill. There was a letter sent out in email form with the Thursday notice and sent home in paper form for those who get the email notice in paper form. We will accompany the students to designated "safe sites" in the village. Once the drill is complete, we will return to school and complete a normal school day. The afternoon class will also practice during their normal school day along with the afternoon preschool class. Please dress your child for the weather in case we are out in wet weather. Please contact me with any questions. It may be postponed due to weather. That decision will be made Thursday morning.
Please keep an eye out for a sign up genius email that will be coming out in the next week for parent teacher conferences. I would like to meet with all parents to discuss your child's progress so far this year. It is a brag session because all students have a lot to be proud of. We will also discuss skills to focus on at home. Please plan on the conference being a child free conference but if this is not possible, we can be flexible.
We will not be having a "class party" for Thanksgiving but we will be doing themed activities that day along with a special snack. Please keep an eye out for a new sign up genius requesting help with the ingredients of the two special snacks. We will do this activity on Tuesday for the afternoon class because there will be NO SCHOOL for the afternoon class on Wednesday, November 22nd. The morning class will participate in the activities on Wednesday November 22nd.
On, November 22nd, the New Boston Central School PBIS committee is hosting a pep rally for the whole school to discuss playground expectations in a fun upbeat way. Kindergarten's color in this pep rally is green. Please feel free to send your child dressed in green from head to toe to show our school spirit! Afternoon Kindergarten students are welcomed to join in. Feel free to come in and sit with your class. Parents must stay with their afternoon students during the pep rally.
Wow! The snow snuck up on us. We will continue to go outside daily until further notice. Once we get an accumulating snow that stays, we will start going outside once a week. I'll keep you up to date when that happens and let you know which day it will be. When there is accumulating snow, the children will need snowpants, winter coat, gloves or mittens, hat, and winter boots. They will need all these things to play in the snow. If they do not have all of these, they will have to stay on the tar area. Please let me know if you need assistance with any of these items. From now on, please send children in with coats, hats, and mittens. If your child wears boots to school, please send in shoes or sneakers for them to change into while they are inside. No slippers please. Boots track snow and mud into the classroom and we sit on the floor throughout the day.
Wish List items
Ziplock bags (quart size and gallon size)
Thank you Mrs. Reardon and Mrs. Young for organizing our fall celebration. The children had a great time! Thank you to all parents who sent in donations for the celebration. It was quite a feast and the children were well fed! They all looked great in their costumes!
What's happening in the Classroom?
The focus in reading has been about What are the different sounds we hear? We worked on blending words with the letter Nn. We focus on 1 letter a week and we use that letter when blending sounds into words. In our WIN groups(What I Need), we focused heavily on letter identification. At this time of the year, the expectation is that all students can identify all the letters(both upper case and lower case). Please continue to work with your child on any letters they are still working to learn. Some students will get some learning tools to practice with at home. We have learned 9 high frequency words-I, can, the, we, see, a like, to, and. Your child should be able to read these words independently in their reading. Each week, the children have a high frequency word reader that they work on reading at school. They will be bringing home books from units 1 and 2. These books are a great opportunity for your child to read independently to you during your daily reading time. Please continue to read to them daily in addition to them reading to you. The children have also been working on forming sentences in their journals. They have been working hard capitalizing. punctuating, and including spaces between words. They have also been working on drawing people with shapes instead of "sticks". Their drawings are looking great! If they draw at home remind them about "Mat Man". We have been singing a lot about where you start your letters(at the top) and how to hold a crayon(thumb bent, pointer finger pointing to the tip of the crayon, and tall man using his side). This language comes from Handwriting Without Tears. We carry this language into how they hold any writing instrument.
In math, we continue to practice counting by ones to 100, by 10's to 100, and from 20 backwards. We have learned Top it with dot cards which is basically the card game of war with dot cards. They compared 2 dot cards and then moved on to adding 2 dot cards and comparing that total with their partner's total. They practiced writing the number 7. The students also played ten bean spill it and colored in ten frames. Some children went home with the games pieces because they wanted to play at home. The directions are fairly simple. They shake their counters and dump them. Once the 10 counters are dumped-the child counts how many are red and how many are yellow and color in their one ten frame accordingly so they start to learn their combinations of 10(7+3=10, 2+8=10, etc). We continue to focus on shapes. We created shapes with yarn and on our geoboards with rubber bands-we focus on square, circle, rectangle, oval, rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon, and triangle. We graphed how many pattern blocks of each kind we had in our pile. The children are showing strong skills in reading a graph and doing great in filling one out! We continue to count all day long and learn about numbers,
We practice writing our letter of the week and our name. In Kindergarten the children are expected to write their first name with a upper case first letter and the rest lower case. We have started working on the last name too. The last name is still very new.
I could go and on about how much they do in the classroom. They are hard workers and are making great gains! They are also great friends. They communicate, make group plans, and problem solve. They also have become independent with dressing for the outdoors. They all can zip their coats and put on their hats and mittens without adult help. Nice Job Kindergarten Kiddos!