October 1, 2010

Dear Kindergarten Families, As October arrives, teachers and students alike are settling into a full day of Kindergarten as well as the routines that support our young learners. We will be welcoming autumn as we plow into life on the farm. Our theme in October is In the Barnyard, and with it comes a wagonload of exciting activities. Our students will discover many aspects of farms including barnyard animals, jobs of a farmer, farm crops and machinery. We will obtain first hand experience of farm life when we visit Slate Run Historical Farm on Thursday, October 21. The visit will help us better understand how farming took place in the late 1800s. Please remember that children need to bring a lunch and beverage (all packed in disposable bags and containers) for this field trip. The children should wear comfortable play clothes appropriate for the weather. This year the Kindergarten classes will be Exploring the Outdoors on some E days. This month we will investigate nature around us on October 5th and 22nd. The children can dress down on these days. Please check the weather for appropriate clothing. No sandals please! We will be decorating those all-important symbols of harvest---pumpkins! We will meet with our Senior Buddies to create special jack-o-lanterns. Please note, each Kindergartner will need to bring a small pumpkin (that he/she can easily carry) to school for this activity. Please begin sending these in the week of October 12th. Of course, there will be lots of exciting learning going on inside the school throughout the month. We will begin meeting with our Math groups once every six-day rotation. Nine different math activities will be explored by all of the Kindergartners during this math time. This will give concrete learners many different hands-on experiences. Not only do the Kindergartners enjoy the explorations, but they also have fun working with friends and teachers from other K classes. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Cavnar join us for this experience allowing us to have nine groups. No discussion about October would be complete without mentioning Halloween. Our party and parade will take place during the afternoon of Friday, October 29. Parties begin at 2:00 and the parade will start at 2:30. Our room parents will be in touch with you to provide more information regarding how you can participate in these festivities.

Before we close this newsletter, we want to let you know about another fall tradition at The Columbus Academy. Beginning October 25th there will be a school-wide Food Drive. Thanks to the school community, along with our Service Club, over thirty families will be receiving many, many meals. Everyone is encouraged to donate as many nonperishable food items as possible. We encourage you to help your child become involved in this project by helping select suitable food items to donate. It not only helps develop an understanding of how we can reach out and support others in our local community, but it also has the benefit of helping your child start to recognize which food choices are healthy and nutritious. We ask that you send a note when after school arrangements change for you K child. Also, this is an important time of year for your child to get plenty of rest.

Dates to rememberOctober 11 No School- Columbus Day October 15 Due date for small pumpkin October 21 Field Trip- Slate Run October 25 Food Drive begins October 29 Halloween Celebration We hope you and your family enjoy the beauty of the fall season. Sincerely, KA Teachers: KB Teachers: KC Teachers: KD Teachers: Mrs. Luers and Mrs. Newman Mrs. Turnock and Mrs. Schreiber Mr. Connick and Mrs. Korda Ms. Boaz and Mrs. Paulson