Making stronger friendships during playtime!

Making stronger friendships during playtime!

Highlights: This week we continued to tweak our schedule, practice new classroom procedures (homework folders – yay!), learn about letters and numbers, play with our friends, and we visited Annie’s apple orchard! 

The bus to and from school seems to be working for many Ks. Bravo!!!

Literacy: All I can say is…WOW!!! Your kids are starting to read, no joke! They are touching each word as they read, using the first sound and the picture to figure out the words, and learning sight (snap) words, and it’s only the second week of school! Amazing! Writing is going to be a stellar area for this crew as well. Some Ks are writing sentences, all on their own!

Wellness: This week Beaver was back, this time with Bat and Turtle. They taught us about a new tool called the “personal space” tool. We used yarn to show where we each would like our “personal space bubble” to be. Please ask your child more about this!

Math: Unit 1 of Investigations continued with counting and sorting, work with the calendar, and we integrated literature into math by reading the kids’ favorite, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, and then played the board game to go with it. You’ll notice that this game has shown up in the Friday Folder for the week!

Science: We introduced “Annie’s Apple Orchard.” Some of the Ks chose to walk up and pick apples and pears from our small orchard above the school. We’ll have the rest go up this week. Then we’ll make apple-pear sauce out of the fruit!

Homework: Reading and math – PLEASE help your child read the books in his/her reading folder, and then encourage them to read these books every day, either with you or by themselves. They should be reading the “Kindergarten Way,” which is touching each word, and using the first sound in a word as well as the illustrations to figure out difficult words. These books may seem easy, which is just the point. These easy readers are filled with high frequency words, which they need to read over and over for the base of their reading fluency. None of the Ks could read the books in the folders when I first handed them out, which I did with a careful process. They could all read their books by Friday, so these young readers are already making progress!

For math, please play the Give a Mouse a Cookie game as many times as they will, and a minimum of once per day until homework is due. This game helps with 1:1 counting, which is a base for math fluency.

Generally, homework is given in Friday Folders every Friday, and is due back on Tuesday. If you need until Wednesday, that’s fine, and sometimes Thursday is OK as well. If we get too many folders back on Thursday, it’s much harder to get them ready to send back home, with new work, by the next day.

Gratitude: Thank you Leo & Wyatt Jay, Jessica, and Joseph for the wonderful snacks! Thanks to Krysten Madigan for helping with the book celebration. Thanks to all K families for the amazing communication, especially regarding the bus. Thanks to the 8th graders for taking on more leadership in the school, particularly in running All School Meetings. Thanks to our bus drivers, Barb and Fred, and for our own Garry P. for filling in!

General Information: 

Snack Queen will be Molly for the week of Sept. 9!

*Super Important: Please note that the Abe’s brand of muffins is not gluten free. The Abe’s Mom’s brand is gluten free. Please look for Abe’s Mom’s brand when buying snack for the class.

Updated Snack List for Kindergarten 2019-2020

  • Berries – strawberries are fine, blueberries are not
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Melons
  • Grapes
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Baby carrots
  • Applesauce pouches (Mott’s brand allergen free and Kosher)
  • Fruit leathers
  • Pamela’s brand Simple Bites Mini Cookies (allergen free and Kosher)
  • Glutino Vanilla Cream Cookies or Animal Crackers (allergen free and Kosher)
  • Anything from the Made Good brand is allergy safe/school friendly (available at Whole Foods)
  • Abe’s Mom’s muffins are also allergy safe/school friendly (available at Whole Foods)
  • Raisins (Sun Maid dark brand allergen free and Kosher)
  • Craisins (Ocean spray brand allergen free and Kosher)
  • Pirates Booty (allergen free and Kosher)
  • Pop Chips – regular sea salt flavor (allergen free and Kosher)
  • Lay’s original potato chip (allergen free and Kosher)
  • Ruffles original potato chip (allergen free and Kosher)
  • Tostitos simply organic scoops (allergen free and Kosher)
  • Glutino pretzels (allergen free and Kosher)
  • Popcorn

For our Field Trip this Week: This week will be our first field trip to Hallam Lake (ACES)! This trip is based on learning about beavers and their habitat. Parents are welcome to join, either on the bus, or you are welcome to meet us there. Parking is on the outside of ACES, behind the post office. Please park there and walk in. 

We will be taking the school bus to the lake. We are sharing the bus with the 3-4, on their way to the Smuggler Mine. In that case we may need to adjust the time a bit, but I am going to keep the same time on the schedule for now. I’ll email you the night before if there is an adjustment. 

What to bring? Please make sure your child packs the following in his/her backpack for Wednesday: proper jacket (please check the weather to see if a rain jacket and perhaps rain pants will be needed), sunglasses and hat (they may use those at school if needed), water bottle half filled with water (again, they may use the one at school if needed), lunch with extra snack (they get hungry while looking for the beavers), and please have them wear STURDY shoes – tennis or hiking shoes are great.

We encourage parents to help children pack their backpacks for field trips this year. By including your child in the process of packing, it gives them ownership, and they end up knowing where their stuff is inside of their pack. If they start helping pack, instead of having done for them, then by the time they are in 3rd or 4th grade, they will be able to pack themselves with maybe just a packing list and a little help from you. It is a GREAT thing for your child to be able to pack themselves for any kind of a trip when they are a bit older. 

Important Dates:

  • Weds., Sept. 11 – 8:30 – 11:00 – Field Trip to Hallam Lake with ACES Staff
  • Weds., Sept. 11 – 5:00pm-6:00pm – K-4 Back to School Night (5-8 6:15-7:30)
  • Fri., Sept. 13 – 9am – Picture Day Begins
  • Weds., Sept. 18 – Arts Field Trip (details TBD)
  • Thurs., Sept. 26 – School BBQ – Time TBD
  • Fri., Sept. 27 – Teacher Work Day – NO SCHOOL!
  • Fri., Oct. 4 – Picture Retake Day
  • Weds., Oct. 9 – 8:15-11:30am – Field Trip to Rock Bottom Ranch
  • Weds., Oct. 16 – Arts Field Trip (details TBD)
  • Thurs., Oct. 24 and Fri., Oct. 25 – Fall Break – NO SCHOOL!
  • Weds., Oct. 30 – 2 – 6:30pm – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences AFTER school!
  • Thurs., Oct 31 – Halloween Celebration/Carnival 
  • Fri., Nov. 1 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL!

Have a wonderful sunny weekend!


Margaret and Heather