Cool News from Team KB

September 24, 2015

Notes from Mrs. Rodriguez...

Milk Break - We are fortunate to be able to have snack in the afternoon, thanks to the snack friends who share yummy snacks with us. I wanted to remind you that even if your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch you stilll need to pay the 30 cents each day for the milk. Please let me know if that is too much of a hardship. The children eat like crazy each afternoon. I feel that the healthy snacks and milk are good for them,, especially while they are learning to eat lunch in the cafeteria.

Upcoming Dates...

Friday, September 25 - Mrs. Luhman comes to teach us about Handwashing. Our class is from 10:05-10:50. This week she will teach us how to wash our hands, and next Friday she will come back and check on how well we are doing.

Tuesday, September 29 - Scholastic Book Orders are due, either online or in class. There is an online code for our class GV4GV and you can order online, which earns coupons for you and free books for our class. New this year if you are paying by check please make the check out to Scholastic Book Clubs.

Friday, October 2 - Mrs. Luhman will be back to check on our handwashing techniques. Our class is from 10:05-10:50 and it would be a huge help to have 2 parents come in to help monitor the handwashing in the bathrooms. Please let me know if you are able to come in and help in this way.

Thursday, October 8 - Open House for Danforth Elementary and Gilman Elementary Schools. There will be a Scholastic Book Fair held at the Gilman Elementary School.

Friday, October 9 - No School for Kids - Teacher's Institute

Monday, October 12 - No School - Columbus Day


Just a reminder of the new dismissal routines here at DES. You should notice the bus identification tags on their backpacks. Please leave them where they are. Here is the procedure that is working the best:

2:55 pm - We line up Onarga/Thawville kids

3:00 pm - Onarga/Thawville kids board the bus

3:05 pm - Parents who pick up their children at DES can pick them up from the left door of the gym, to help alleviate confusion in the hallway.

3:10 pm - Gilman Students board the bus

3:40 pm - Rural Route bus students board their bus

Strategy of the Week

This week we are working on sitting on our "bottom pockets" when we are on the carpet. We either sit "criss-cross applesauce" or with our legs straight out in front of us, and keep our hands in our laps (so fingers don't get stepped on). We do some work on the floor so that we don't get too tired of sitting at the tables. We try to not "W-sit", because that can cause damage down the road for your children.

Occasionally we also lay on our tummies on the carpet to do some "tummy reading". this is called "propped and prone" and it is one way for the children to strengthen their core, and make sitting up easier. These would be two great things to practice at home so the children have an easier time when we are working at school.

Can You Help Us Please?

How can you help your child from home?

*watch the green folder for important papers from the office and for homework. Take a few minutes each night to help your child complete the homework, making sure they write their *own* name. :)

*read to your child, at least 20 minutes each day. Soon we will begin sending home Book-In-A-Bag so you will have more options.

How can you help our classroom from home?

*Our Help At Home Bag is hanging right inside my door with projects that need to be done. Check it when you stop in, or send a note and I can put something in your child's bookbag. Currently I have some lamination to be cut in the bag.

*save Boxtops and Campbell's Labels for Education, put them in a bag and send them in to school! Every Boxtop is worth 10 cents for our school and every Label for Education is worth points towards items for our school.

*we save "good clean garbage", so if you are able to provide any of these items (any time) that would be super

~clean empty Crystal Light (or similar) containers

~clean empty frosting containers

~clean empty soup or fruit cans

~clean lids from water bottles, soda bottles and the like. Prefer those with few words on the top. We use them for spelling games.

Cool Quote of the Week

falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly
~John Bailey, "Autumn," a haiku year, 2001, as posted on