The Jungle Beat

Mrs. Allen's K-Learners /September 30, 2016

Our mission is to create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.

News and Notes

Parents-I am going Monday afternoon to visit someone that has graciously offered for our learners to come watch her tend her bee hive. I will know more after my visit on Monday. Thank you for donating the supplies for learners to use to begin making models of bees and wasp. We could not do all we do without your continued support. Also parents, as the weather starts to turn cooler, you may want to consider sending a light jacket for learners to wear outside. Please be sure to put their name inside the jacket. Be sure to look in the Home-School section of the Newsletter to sign up for a conference time on October 10th. I am looking forward to another great week!

Bee Project Update

Peer Provides Support

I work with amazing peers. Last year, Coach Hines routinely stopped by to offer support for our project work. He recently heard that we were looking for supplies to build a bee hive house. He dropped off several boxes to get us started. Coach Hines' interest in our project brings value to our learning. THANK YOU COACH HINES!

Wasp Nest

Our project began with the learners wondering why there were bees on the playground. Councilman Dunn informed us that what we thought were bees were really yellow jackets which are a type of wasp.


The learners began thinking about the paper like substance that wasp produce to make their nest. They decided they needed to use paper to make a wasp next.


The learners began to wonder about the color of the nest. They began innovating by mixing water colors to match the color of the nest that Mason had brought.


Learners will be creating a wasp nest with the painted paper and using Mason's wasp nest as a model.

Learning Areas

We have added two new sensory learning areas to our environment. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain's pathways. This leads to the child's ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.

Sit and Sew

There are many benefits from sewing that go beyond increased creativity. Click on the link below to read more about the research done by Dr. Robert Reiner. Everyone wants to Sit and Sew!

Benefits of sewing:

• Provides a sense of accomplishment

• Builds self-esteem

• Encourages perseverance

• Enhances problem-solving skills

• Hones hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills

• Provides opportunity for personal expression

Sit and Sew


The learners have been wanting a sand area for a very long time. .


  • Development of fine motor skills
  • Eye & hand coordination – watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
  • Promote creativity and imagination through role and developing stories.
  • Sensory- Development of the sense of touch. Feeling and manipulating objects and moulding the sand.

Book Area

As I was passing by the book area, I noticed a learner had cleverly displayed the much loved Mercy Watson books. Because of your donations, this learning area continues to stay full of learners practicing print awareness skills. I am sad to say that on Friday we finished the books from this wonderful series. Stay Tuned...We may do a literature celebration for Mercy Watson! I have added other books by this same author to our Amazon Wishlist that learners discovered listed in the back of the Mercy Watson books.

School-Home Connection

Thank you for supporting learning and each other outside of our school day!

Learner Finds Shape

Over the weekend this learner spotted a bee hive in the shape of a hexagon. According to Aubree Alice's mom, they were walking through a children's museum and she spotted a hexagon. When knowledge from our learning environment is applied to moments outside of our school day, we know that genuine learning has taken place.

The Buddy Walk-Team Millie

What a beautiful day for the Buddy Walk! It was great to see not only learners from our family but others from Pike Road School take part in this community event. Supporting each other builds a capacity for a sense of community and belonging. Thank you Millie Grace for inviting us to share this special day with you.

Rhyming Bags

Thank you for working with your learner at home on the rhyming activity. Our learners really enjoyed trying to guess the object based on the rhyming clue. Because this was such a success, we may do it for 3D shapes as well.

School Library

We have the opportunity to participate in a school library check out system that will allow your learner to take books home. I placed the letter in your learners book bag on Friday. I must have the letter back in order for your leaner to be able to take the book home. For now, we will go to the library on Monday's from 1:30-2:00. Please add this time to your form.

Go Fish Alphabet Game!

Thank you Annabelle for donating this great letter recognition game from our Amazon Wishlist. We will be using this game to reinforce alphabet recognition, working in groups, and math skills as we count cards.

Parent Conferences

Please click the box below to go to the SignUp Genius for conference time slots.

What's Coming Up

As we continue working on personal narratives, we will read Red Rubber Boot Day as a mentor text for other points of view. Our Bee Project has been such a great opportunity to authentically work on shapes. We will read The Shape of Things to support our learning of shapes. We will use the Bee and Me to continue to support our project work. We will also continue to read other books that support our learning of rhymes such as Big Pig on a Dig.

Sight Words

Sight Words:

First Set: I, a, go, play, you, to, me, my, the, can, am

Oct. 3: Patriot Day
Oct. 3: Board of Education Meeting

Oct. 10: Parent Conference Day (no school for learners)

Nov 16 Pete the Cat

Scarecrow Contest

Parents I wanted to make you aware of a great opportunity with SweetCreek. I think the dead line date has been extended.
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Amazon Wish List

Parents-thank you for purchasing items to facilitate our learning. I have updated our classroom wish list. It includes such things as a sewing supplies, new chapter books, and honey bee life cycle set for the science area.. Thank you for your constant support.

PTA Membership

Parents I hope you will consider joining PTA! We need your support. Below are membership forms.

Breakfast/ Lunch

Pizza Option

Parents as of right now we will not be participating in the pizza option.


Wednesday: Chick-fil-A @ lunch (chicken sandwich and/or nuggets) - $3.75 OR COMBO: sandwich, small water, snack - $5.00

No Nancy's Italian Ice

We will not be purchasing slushies.


Please consider only sending one snack to be eaten during snack time.