Cool News from Team KB

December 2, 2015

Notes from Mrs. Rodriguez

We will be doing a special study of gingerbread men and their stories next week. Avah's mommy has graciously agreed to make the gingerbread cookies for Foodie Fun Day. We will be decorating those special guys next Wednesday afternoon! If you would like to send in a bag of pull and peel licorice or a bag of gum drops or a bag of red hots.

I have had many questions about Book-in-a-Bag...I rely on the parent volunteers to come in and take care of this for me because there is simply not enough time in the day. That being said, if we get busy or the parent volunteer is unable to come we don't get Book-in-a-Bag done that day. November must have been super busy because I had lots of days where we didn't get it done. Just know we are doing our best. If your child comes home with the wrong bag for the book, just read the book you get and I will count it on your child's Book-It. I will get November Book-It slips outs by the end of the week.

I sent home progress reports today. If you have any questions please let me know!

Important Dates!!!

Wednesday, December 2 - Midterm Progress Reports come home.

Thursday, December 3 - Christmas Dinner Reservations (pre-paid) are due - We have 15 families signed up so far!!! This is really important to your child, perhaps if you can't come a family member could attend in your place?? :)

Thursday, December 3 - Foodie Fun Day - Tasty Fire Trucks

Friday, December 4 - Candy Cane Day - wear red and white!!! Also, Mr. Haigh will present

Thursday, December 10 - Elementary Christmas Concert at IWMS in Onarga. The concert will start at 7:00pm, but children will need to be in their seats (without their coats) by 6:45 pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Friday, December 11 - Frosty the Snowman Day - wear white, and a hat, scarf and gloves today! Also, Mrs. Luhman presents.

Wednesday, December 16 - 2 hour early out - dismissal beginning at 1:00pm

Friday, December 18 - Christmas Party in the morning...Christmas Dinner for Lunch. Jingle Bell and Santa Hat Day


Sharing may include
  • an item from your home that begins with the letter of the week.
  • a non-perishable food item for G.O.D.'s Food Pantry.

Sharing Schedule

Tuesday ~Robert, Claire, Miley, Aayden, Jasmine, Jayden, Autumn, Lizette

Wednesday ~ Alivia, Arianna, Andres, Emma, Issac, Edgar, Jose, Vander

Thursday ~ Ryan, Bentley, Carina, Avah, Owen, Eduardo, Samuel, Julian

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. We have been sending home Book-In-A-Bag as often as we have volunteers in to check them out for us.

How can you help our classroom from home?

*we always have projects to prepare, whether it is organizing pieces, cutting paper, etc. I have a bag hanging right inside my door or 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.

*save Boxtops and Campbell's Labels for Education, put them in a bag and send them in to school!

*we love "good clean garbage" like:

~clean empty frosting containers

We have plenty of (need no more right now, thanks!)

~clean lids from water bottles, soda bottles and clean empty Crystal Light

Cold Weather Policy

Our classroom is warm most of the time, so you might want to consider dressing your child in layers, i.e. a short sleeve shirt and a long sleeve shirt over it. As far as recess time recently we have been needing a heavier jacket for the morning outdoor time and a lighter jacket for the afternoon recess. If you send your child with a heavy coat in the morning then I have them put it on for the morning outdoor time. They got warm and fussy, but I can't have them going in and out of the building to get a coat or hang it back up, so they have to keep it on. I also don't want them to lay the coats in a big stack on the playground because their coats will get dirty.

As far as going outside when the weather gets colder...Our school policy is that we go outside if the temperature is above 20 degrees. If the difference between the temperature and the wind chill is more than 10 degrees difference we try to not go outside. Remember the weather is ever-changing and just because it is nice here in Danforth on the back playground doesn't mean the wind is not blowing at your house or place of work. With this in mind, please send your child with clothing appropriate to the weather...hats, gloves, boots, scarves, coats that close, etc. When we are bundling up we also work on those zipping skills needed on the K report card, and following directions. It takes time to bundle up, but we use it as a learning time.