KB Classroom Update 12

February 12, 2015

Parent Update

Dear KB Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I leave for break. I am so excited for this next chapter (and to not be pregnant anymore!) but I will miss all of you and your children! Thank you so much for being a supportive community this year. I love working at BPCS because of the sense of community that there is here. I have loved getting to know your kids and watching them grow this year. I am so amazed by them everyday! I know that I am leaving them in good hands with Angela and Karla and look forward to coming to visit and seeing how they have grown even more. Please welcome Elysse Adela Cordero Mulwanda!


With gratitude,

Dana Mulwanda

Goodbye Mrs. Mulwanda :-(

Introducing Ms. Salamea

Dear Parents,

I would like to begin by introducing myself, my name is Karla Salamea and I will filling in for Mrs. Mulwanda, as she sadly leaves us this academic year. Throughout this past week of shadowing, I have come to understand that there is a strong sense community within KB and Brooklyn Prospect. I cherish this sense of community very much, and believe this is one of the many keys to academic success; as a result, I first want to thank you for allowing me to become part of your school community and child’s life.


In regards of previous experience, I was in Public School 33 this past fall completing my Undergraduate program. P.S. 33 provided me with experience teaching students (1st and 4th graders) of various backgrounds. Previously, I lived in Buffalo, NY, and worked with many grades as well, varying from 1st to 5th grades. It is in Buffalo where I grew to be the educator I have become today. My future plans are to attend Teachers College, Columbia University in hopes of continuing my studies and obtaining my Masters degree in Childhood Education with an extension in Bilingual education this upcoming Fall 2016.


I come from a home of educators, and therefore the value of education has always been a continuous reminder for me. I believe the value of education planted my love for teaching and has simply grown since then. I look forward to beginning a journey with each of you and your child. Although Mrs. Mulwanda and Ms. Park have already built a road of academic success, I hope to continue and complete this Kindergarten journey together with Ms. Park!


Sincerely,

Ms. Salamea

BPCS Monthly IB Learner Profile: Thinker

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Nahlia and Nina

Thinker: "We use our heads."


  • I am decisive.
  • I take action to solve problems and decide the best plan of action.
  • I use critical and creative thinking skills to find the best solution.
  • I make decisions that are in the best interest of others. I help solve problems.


Over the past month of January, these KB students have exemplified what it means to be a risk taking student at Brooklyn Prospect. Other students gave examples of thinker moments such as:


  • Alice - "Nahlia is a thinker because she always raises her hand for every question (and shows that she thinks about wha t the teacher is saying)."
  • Nahlia - "Nina because she always has been listening to the speaker who is talking so I think sometimes if she doesn't know she could think about what they are saying and they can know."

We Love Working, Yes We Do!

Valentine's Day Party!

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Happy Valentine's Day from KB

We Love Playing, Yes We Do!

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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Max's family (Makela, Max, Wendy)

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Gracie's family (Gracie, Jillian, Talia)

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Milo's family (Callie, Tucker, Milo)

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!

Spanish with Ms. Rosado

¡KB keeps moving de norte (north) a sur (south) y de este (east) a oeste (west), but now following the transit rules. We are exploring some traffic signs and how to move around them. We are in the process of making a semáforo (traffic light)!!! Rojo, amarillo y verde! We also continue exploring derecha and izquierda, but now with a merengue latin touch. Please check out our dancing mini merengue party video, photos and more!


Thanks for all the support in our Spanish process. Please continue practicing at home by singing and/or speaking in Spanish!


Gracias,

Ms. Rosado


Ps,

¡Feliz día del amor y la amistad/ Día de San Valentín!

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Music with Ms. Raccio

Musicians in KB are having fun developing their listening skills while learning all about the major families of the traditional western orchestra. Ear Training activities, such as "Instrument Bingo", and listening to "Peter and the Wolf" have helped them to hear the differences between Trombones and Tubas and students looked for similarities and differences between the major families of instruments when building "Musical Family Trees."

Printing, Primary Colors, Patterns — Positively Perfect!!

KB Artists have been working hard in the Studio Lab to create vehicles. Our Kinders all agree that when creating a something to get across town — whether car, train, bus, or bicycle — wheels are “primary!


Using primary colors and plastic bottle caps, K Artists printed patterns! So very messy — but super fun! Gorgeous papers were then cut up and pinned to styrofoam to make vehicles. We’re currently figuring out how wheels and axels work. After vacation, we'll race them all. Stay tuned for the fun!!


Happy Vacation! Take some time to draw, paint, and maybe visit a museum! Your student will love it!

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Announcements

  • For our Transportation unit, the students will choose a vehicle they want to make a 3D model of. We are in need to materials, such as boxes (of any size), empty containers, empty plastic bottles, oatmeal tins, large bottle caps, jar lids, etc. Please send or drop off the materials with the students when they come to school. We would also love to have parent volunteers who can come into our classroom and help the students build the vehicles. We will share dates and times for you to come in through our class parents in the upcoming weeks. If you have any particular expertise in building models, please reach out and let us know!

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!
  • 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!

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.

Important Dates to Remember

  • 2/15-2/19 - Mid Winter Break (No school)
  • 2/22 - Classes Resume
  • 3/8 - Kindergarten Parent Coffee with Mr. Saunders (8:30 am)
  • 3/11 - Field Trip to New York Transit Museum (9-12:30pm)
  • 3/12 - BPCS Spring Gala and Auction
  • 3/23 - Winter Curriculum Share (9-12pm)
  • 3/24 - Pajama Day
  • 3/25 - Narrative #2 sent home
  • 3/25 - Good Friday (No school)
  • 3/30-3/31 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 4/1 - Parent Teacher Conferences (No school)

Contact Us

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