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We have wrapped up our first real week of school and many milestones have been achieved. We are learning about limits for each Choice center. We practice doing a great job in our Poetry Journals and with the reports for our listening center story. We are also seeing how well others work in creating mathematical ideas by creating shapes and patterns with math manipulatives. Everyone is more proficient in travelling to and from lunch and specials and all children are now entering the school through the main entrance and finding their way to our classroom.
One area that will continue to need lots of help is ordering lunch and snack accurately. While lunch seems to be going pretty well, we have lots of trouble with snack. We need to get extras or we need to ask the lunch manager to credit us when students’ orders don’t jive with what they ask for. I know that this can become especially confusing when lunch and snack are packed together. A full lunch box looks like lunch only. We (and your child) really don’t know if they are
supposed to “save” something from lunch to have for snack. It is far better to have them packaged separately. Some lunch sacks have a separate compartment on the bottom for snack. This is usually successful. Other parents may send snack in a separate bag. If you are sending lunch and snack in the same container, please rehearse how your child should report their plans to Ms Grace. You would be amazed by how easily they are confused and very few children even speak up in the lunch line so they might not get what they wanted. We have 65 kindergarten kids at lunch and confusions really slow down the lines. Your help is appreciated.
We are making progress in other areas as well. The children are learning each others names and developing friendships. Every play experience involves some negotiating. This is looking good. This is a good place to remind parents that if your child reports problems they are experiencing at school and especially at recess and have kept the news to themselves, please contact me so Ms Grace and I can be made aware and work toward resolution / prevention of further problems. Sometimes it just takes a lesson in how we speak up for ourselves and the vocabulary we can use. We also do some dramatic modeling of problem solving with real problems children experience.
Wed. the 14th is Open House for PreK - 5
Please plan to attend. It is not a time for private conversations about individual students, but it is a time for you to circulate through the classrooms and school, learning from your child about how they spend their day. Yes, children are invited. I will be available to answer general questions. This coming week I’ll do our first formal assessments. I will be looking for: (* = by the end of the year) Upper and lower case letter ID as soon as possible! Identifying initial sounds Identifying rhyming words reading the 25 high frequency words * or more number ID to 20 * or more rote counting – 100 * 1-1 counting of objects to 20 or more identifying shapes (both standard and those used in Investigations Math) writing numbers to 20 * ID 10 basic colors (includes pink and gray) knows address including town and state knows phone number We are also getting a head start on fire safety with a visit from Firefighter Allen. He explained to the children that we will be having fire drills. They will need to line up by the outside door, be very quiet, and follow the teacher out to a safe spot near the trees. We had some practice with fire drills and we’ll be ready for the real thing maybe as early as next week. Firefighter Allen said he will return with more firefighters to show us the turn-out gear they wear when going to a fire. We hope to learn lots of new things from him all year. Thanks for being our special buddy –
Thanks to everyone who has returned all necessary paperwork and extra clothes. You have made my job easier. I’ll be sending reminders home to parents who need them. I actually will need a few things to make our learning more fun in the coming weeks. Here’s a list of things you can donate if you happen to have them available. • dry beans and peas • more tissues • picture postcards of attractions in our area (at least 30!) for an exchange project with distant schools • doll house furniture and figures for our empty doll house • antibacterial wipes for cleaning the keyboards on the laptops next month The last bit of news is the beginning of the much anticipated
Show & Tell
Each child is invited to bring in one object from home to share with the class. I ask that we keep it to one object as the process can be pretty drawn out. We only do this on Tuesdays. What are some good ideas for show & tell? How about a picture of a pet, a shell from a trip to the shore, a family photo, a project you made at home, rocks from a hike, a picture of the child doing something they love. That’s a start. Try not to have a parade of trucks or stuffed animals. Every once in a while is okay but the kids will remark if an item is repeated. This is optional and we will support your child in sharing something about their object. Children need to share with a group of their peers as it helps develop confidence, presentation and language skills. That’s all for now! Have a wonderful weekend with your children. They are ready for some extended play with family. Regards, Mrs. Gail Poulin