Mrs. James' Kindergarten News

February 5, 2016

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We had a busy and exciting week! To name a few activities, students worked so hard in literacy centers, learned about classifying different types of objects in science and worked on comparing sets in math. On Wednesday we unfortunately had to say goodbye to our classmates Nicholas and Sebastian since they moved up to New York. We had a nice last day together, playing in their favorite centers and celebrating their new adventure. We miss them so much already and wish them the best of luck in their new school!

Please see below for important information, pictures from this week and our favorite memories with Nicholas. Have a wonderful weekend!


Mrs. James

Nicholas' Last Day at FSA

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Fun memories with Nicholas!

Literacy Centers

We celebrate Mrs. Irshadullah's birthday on Thursday! Happy Birthday Mrs. Irshadullah!

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Important Information

1. Valentine's Day Party/Tissue Boxes: Below is a sign up for our Valentine's day celebration. If you are able to bring in a treat for our party, it would be a BIG help! Also, please send in an empty, large, rectangular tissue box by Monday (2/8) so that your child can make a Valentine's day craft. Thank you!

2. "Buy a cutie for your cutie" fundraiser is still happening this week in the cafeteria. Students can bring $2 to send their valentine a special treat! :)

3. 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!

4. 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!

5. **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!

6. Dr. Seuss Day is coming SOON! (March 2). If you are interested in volunteering, please email me! :)

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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:

Tissue Boxes!!

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

Sweetheart Breakfast

​Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we want to celebrate our sweet parents!​ Please join all of kindergarten from 7:55 am- 9:15 am in the cafeteria on Friday, February 12​. Please feel free to come anytime during this time to enjoy breakfast with your

​child. If you come with your kindergartener after 8 am, you will not be consid​ered​ late​. Come on​ in and relax at breakfast​!​ All refreshments will be prepared by myself, Mrs. Irshadullah, and Ms. Fichter; no donation is necessary. The menu will include a few breakfast favorites such as mini doughnuts, bagels, cream cheese, eggs, yogurts, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, waffles, etc. We will try to have a completely Kosher menu but if something is not, we will make sure we let everyone know with a sign in front of the selection!

​We look forward to seeing 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

**Academic Team Perception Survey**

Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. Stathos will be making a presentation at the RESA STEM conference in March. The title of our talk is "Academic Teams as a Means of Enhancing School Climate." We need some data about parents' perceptions of our Academic Teams and how much of a role our Academic Teams played in their decision to send their child to FSA.

The link to the survey is here: Academic Teams Perception Survey -- Pre-K -- 2nd Grade Parents

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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 :

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Week of 2/8/16

Math: Continue Chapter 9, Comparing Sets

Language Arts: "George Washington Visits," by Dennis Fertig, Verbs that add -s, beginning, middle and end sounds

Social Studies: Start Chapter 3, Where We Live

Science: Continue 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:

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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 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!

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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:

What's Coming Up?

February 5- Re-enrollment for guaranteed spot 2016-2017deadline

February 5- Maker Faire submission deadline

February 5-FSA Leadership Camp deadline

February 7 - Open House for Prospective Families at 1 pm.

February 12- Sweetheart Breakfast (7:55am-9:15am), Valentines Day Dance & Celebration (1:30pm-3:00pm)

February 15 - Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL

February 16- Spring Picture Day- Dress up for participants only

February 25 - Alliance Theater Trip The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Pre-K-5 Grade

February 26th and 27th 6 pm - Drama 101 presentation of " The Giver"

Mrs. Kimberly James

Kindergarten Teacher

Fulton Science Academy

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students

3035 Fanfare Way

Alpharetta, GA 30009