KB Classroom Update 11

January 29, 2016

Parent Update

Hello KB Families,

BRRRRR, it's cold in here! That must mean that winter is officially here! Time for big sweaters, cozy nights, warms blankets, and hot chocolate...yum! On the other hand, can you believe that January is almost over!? We hope that all of you survived Winter Storm Jonas without any damage and not too much cabin fever! As the weather is getting colder, we hope that everyone stays warm and bundled up.


We have been busy as ever learning and growing in KB. In Second Step, our social-emotional curriculum, we have been learning about how to control strong emotions, such as feeling angry and feeling disappointed. We learned strategies to regulate our emotions, like finding a quiet place to calm down, speaking to an adult, taking deep breaths, and thinking about how our actions can affect others.


In addition to lots of new academic concepts, our KB kids are really becoming super independent. They are learning to be responsible for taking home books and returning them back the next week, as well as letting their teacher know if they need snack or lunch every morning. They are also cleaning up after themselves in order to keep our classroom neat each day. We even received a compliment from other teachers on how our classroom always looks clean and smells great! We are so proud of how much they are growing!

January Birthday Celebration

January Birthday

Growing Our Brains!

Fort Greene Park in the Cold!

Winter Recess Playtime
Volunteer to help out during Recess at Metrotech

Please join us on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fridays from 11:15-12:00pm as we play at Metrotech!

Volunteer to help during Recess at Fort Greene Park

Please join us on Wednesdays from 11:15-1:00pm as we play and eat at Fort Greene Park!

Volunteer to help during Recess at Park Slope Armory

Please join on every other Friday from 10:00-12:00pm as we play at Park Slope Armory!

KB Morning Read Aloud

Volunteer for Morning Read Aloud

KB loves reading, and we love hearing other adults read to us. If you would like to join us for a morning read aloud, please use the link above to volunteer. We can't wait for you to visit!

KB Family Community Share

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Alice's Family (Nick, Alice, and Megan)

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Reuben's Family (Rafi, Reuben, and Leah)

3 Corners Has My Hat
Volunteer for Family Community Share

KB loves learning about different types of communities along with our inquiry unit. Please use the link above to sign up and share about your family's cultural tradition and heritage!

Specials in Kindergarten B!

Physical Education with Coach M

Our Winter Olympics Unit is in full swing! We have learned sports that take place in the olympics and we are practicing them in our gymnasium (modified of course), since we do not have a real ice skating rink and bobsled course available :)

We have learned about Curling, Bobsled & Skeleton so far.

Check out these future Olympians in action!

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Dance with Ms. Siby

Greetings KB Families! KB dancers have launched into their IB transportation units with driving and rocket ship dances. Some of their favorite maneuvers have been "reversing," "sudden stops," and "turning." We've also been practicing our jumps and astronaut shapes with our Aerospace shape museums, where dancers use their wands to mold their partner's body into different astronaut shapes. Take a look at the pictures and videos below!
Driving and Jumping
Go, Stop, U-turn

Science with Ms. Rosabal

In Kindergarten, we learned all about what Scientists do, while also learning about the properties of things. We've been especially interested in the properties of liquid, and learning about which materials float and which ones sink. This ties in to the Kindergarten Inquiry into modes of transportation, as we will soon start designing and build boats. And since Scientists make predictions (just like readers!), we've been predicting which building materials will sink or float and then testing our predictions with tubs of water and very official lab sheets. Our young engineers seem to have an intuitive understanding of what materials will work for their boat-building efforts, and have named ping-pong balls, plastic bottles, and sticker as must-have supplies.


While we are well-stocked on the above materials, any donations of used, clean wine corks would be kindly appreciated to support our boat-building efforts in Science. Thanks in advance!

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Announcements

  • BPCS Spring Gala and Auction! Save the date of March 12, 2016 for Our School’s Biggest Annual Fundraiser - Our Spring Gala & Auction. This year’s event will pay tribute to BPCS’s first graduating class of seniors, so we hope to have great turnout! In addition to supporting the Gala with your attendance, we are seeking volunteers to help plan as well as on the night of the event. Here are some of the things that you can do: solicit auction items, help with auction website and promotion, organize volunteers, help decide the menu, procure dessert donations, and more. You can sign up here or email auction@brooklynprospect.org to get involved - a little or a lot. We would love to have your help!
  • We are in need of ziplock baggies! Please check our Amazon wishlist to donate ziplock baggies to our classroom. Thank you parents!

Reminders

  • We started sending home books with your child on Fridays to read over the weekend. Your child will bring home 1-2 books that he or she read over the course of the week, plus a special book that you can read to your child (that book will be above your child's level). These books will give your child another opportunity to engage with texts at their independent reading level. Feel free to encourage your child to read it to you over the weekend and return it by Tuesday in his/her green take-home folder. Please note: this is not homework, as we do not assign homework in Kindergarten at BPCS. However, these are books your child will feel successful at reading and it would be a great opportunity for more practice. In order to receive a new book, it is important that your child returns the books they took home over the weekend.
  • Please support your child's reading at home by logging into the website, RAZ Kids (stands for Reading A-Z Kids) and accessing 100s of books that your child can read independently! The site is set for your child's specific reading level to help meet them where they are and support their reading growth. Happy reading everyone!
  • Bi-weekly trips to the Park Slope Armory began on Friday January 8th. We will go from 10-12pm and then come back to eat lunch in the classroom. Please send your child to school with rubber-soled shoes or a change of shoes (if they wear winter boots). Sign up to volunteer using the link provided below.
  • During our upcoming Transportation Unit, students will be inquiring about the different ways that we travel around Brooklyn, the country, and the world. As part of our study, we will be visiting the New York Transit Museum. YAY! We are going on our first field trip on Friday, March 11th from 9-12:30pm.

Classroom Links

RAZ Kids (Reading A-Z Kids)

Teacher Username: kbclassroom, Child's password: first and last initial.

KB Amazon Wish List

If you donate something to the class, we want to thank you in advance and we would appreciate if you could tell us the itemized list, so we could pass the information along to the Operations Team in order for them to ensure that we receive the items.

KB Instagram Account

Follow us on Instagram to take a look into our daily lives at school! *Please Note: If you have already requested to follow @kbclassroom and have not yet been accepted, please send us an email to let us know.

30 Questions to Ask Your Kid

The simple question, “How was your day?” is a conversation killer, especially for younger kids. Here are 30 alternatives that will inspire more than a grunt in reply!

Important Dates to Remember

  • 2/6 - BPCS Dance Party at Mark Morris (PTSO Sponsored Event)
  • 2/15-2/19 - Mid Winter Break (No school)
  • 2/22 - Classes Resume

Contact Us

Please feel free to reach out to us if you ever have any questions or concerns!