Mrs. James' Kindergarten News

January 29, 2016

Dear Kindergarten Families,

It was an exciting and busy week for kindergarten! Our class celebrated the 100th day of school on Wednesday! Although I wasn't able to be there, the kids still shared their amazing 100th day projects with me and filled me in about all the fun they had that day! Thank you to all the parents and families that helped out and volunteered. We also had the pre-k and kindergarten soccer game today! The kids had a blast.


Please see below for pictures from the 100th day of school, soccer game and important new information. Ms. Fichter will be sending out additional 100th day pictures that she took during the very fun day! Have a wonderful weekend!


Love,

Mrs. James

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Important Information


1. Jackets: We are experiencing some Winter weather now :) Please make sure your child comes to school in an appropriate jacket for the weather outside. Also, many jackets are ending up in the lost and found because students go directly from recess to the cafeteria. Please make sure your child's jackets are labeled with their name!


2. Student re-enrollment forms:

Your child has brought home their re-enrollment form for the 2016-2017 school year. I hope your child is having a wonderful year at FSA, and that they will be continuing their journey with us! Please note that these forms along with the tuition deposit are due this week on February 5, 2016.


3. Lunches: Please consider purchasing a thermos for your child's hot lunch. Our students have a short time to eat lunch each day. With all students needing to have items warmed up in the microwave, we fear that students may not be eating enough of their lunch!


4. **Donations**

We have some fantastic readers in our class! It makes me one very proud teacher! If you have any books at home (especially nonfiction books) that you are no longer using, please consider donating them to our classroom library! I would greatly appreciate any and all books that we can collect to have more for our students to choose from.


Students have the opportunity to earn "compliments" (tickets) for good behavior that can then be "cashed in" for a prize from the class prize box. I'm asking parents to donate any small prizes that would be appropriate for our box. Please no candy or food! Thank you so much to the families that have donated already! It is GREATLY appreciated!

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Mrs. James' Class Valentine's Day Celebration!

Mrs. James' class is excited to celebrate Valentine's Day! Our day will consist of fun crafts, read alouds, writing activities, cards and treats! To make sure the students enjoy a variety of foods, we are asking our parents to send in a few snacks. If you are willing to send items in, please sign up below! As always, thank you so much for all you do for our class! :)


Date: 02/12/2016 (Fri.)


Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST


Location: Mrs. James' Classroom
Here is the link to sign up:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d48aaac23a7fb6-valentines

Tissue Boxes!!

Please send your child in with an empty, rectangular, tissue box by February 8th for a Valentine's Day project. :) Thank you!
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Box Tops for Education

This semester the NJHS club is collecting Box Tops for Education for our school! For each Box Top collected, our school will receive 10¢. The homeroom that collects the most Box Tops between now and March 31st will receive a dress down day! Send in any box tops you have with your child from now until March 31st so we can be the winning homeroom :D

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FSAPS Maker Faire

We are excited to announce that we will be holding a Maker Faire at FSAPS this semester! A Maker Faire is the best Show (and Tell) on Earth! It is a festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.


All students are invited to create a project to display at our school Maker Faire to be held on our campus. Please refer to the email sent by Mr. Turan this past week to find the project description if your Kindergartener is interested. We would like for students to submit project proposals to ME - their Science teacher by Friday, February 5th. These proposals can change! However, in order to participate you must have one turned in by Friday, February 5th.


Students who participate will have a chance to win an EXCITING award and a cash prize! [Kindergarten-2nd Grade Prizes include: LEGO sets, craft sets, and Snap Circuits!]



I am SO excited to see what CREATIVE things my students will make!

Valentine's Day Fundraiser


Send your Valentine a sweet message!


Student Council and Mrs. Carmona’s CMP/CE class are teaming up to sell valentines for the students to give to their friends or valentine.


What: A wrapped Cutie (mandarin orange) with a small candy and a valentine card.

Who: Anyone can purchase them for their friends or valentine.

When: Sales begin January 27th. The last day to purchase is February 9th. Valentines will be distributed on February 12th.

Where: Sales will take place in the cafeteria. Valentines will be distributed to student’s 1st period class.

Cost: $2.00 All proceeds will go to “Together We Learn – Juntos Aprendemos Community"-

Mission: Latino Network provides transformative opportunities, services, and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families and communities


Volunteers Needed for Valentine's Dance


The dance will be on February 12th

Elementary School- 1:30-2:30 pm

Middle School- 2:30-3:30 pm

Please sign up using the following link :https://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/918119612067


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CURRICULUM CORNER

Week of 2/1/16

Math: Start Chapter 9, Comparing Sets

Language Arts: Nonfiction book, "Little Quack" By: Lauren Thompson

Social Studies: Everybody Works Chapter Assessment (Tuesday 2/2)

Science: Start Chapter 6, Physical Science-Objects

Mystery Reader

Starting this month I would love to have some mystery readers visit our class! It could be someone in your family; a sibling, grandparent, parent etc. It would be wonderful to have all parents/families take part of this program during the year. Please limit your visits to once a month so that other families can have an opportunity to be a reader. And lastly, please keep your visit a secret from your child! Thank you so much! You can sign up with this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d48aaac23a7fb6-mystery

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Change of Clothes

Please send in a change of clothes that can be kept in your child's cubby. For any reason clothes get soiled, I would like to have a backup outfit. Thank you!

Symbaloo

Symbaloo is an at-home resource. It is a website that has links to our favorite and most used websites during our school day. I have sorted the links into categories for different skill practice, such as: Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. If you have any other sites that we can add to our Symbaloo webpage, please let me know!

Website Link:

http://edu.symbaloo.com/mix/jameskindergartenclass

Get Connected with the Homeroom App!

The Homeroom App is a great way for me to stay connected to you! It is a completely confidential app that will allow me to upload pictures and videos of your child throughout the school day. You can even comment and save these pictures right to your phone or computer! Here is the link to get started: https://gethomeroom.com/i/ZTXDDF

What's Coming Up?

February 1: January reading logs due

February 5: Re-enrollment forms due

February 5: Maker Faire Proposal due

February 12: Valentine's Day Dance and Valentine's Day Celebration

February 15: Presidents Day - No School

February 25: PreK-5th Grade field trip to the Alliance Theatre

Mrs. Kimberly James

Kindergarten Teacher

Fulton Science Academy

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students

3035 Fanfare Way

Alpharetta, GA 30009