KB Classroom Update 2

September 30, 2016

Parent Update

Hello amazing parents of KB! Can you believe it is already the last day of September? Thank you for helping to make Open School Night a success. It was great meeting all of you and sharing about what is happening in Kindergarten this year. We hope you enjoyed the presentation and received lots of information, while getting a glimpse of what it is like to be a Kindergartener in KB! For those of you who were unable to attend, we made handouts and will send it home in backpacks. We are truly grateful to have so many actively involved parents. Please reach out if you want any more information about our curriculum or how you can support your child's learning at home. We'll be keeping an eye on you using our attent-o-scopes! :-)
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BPCS Monthly IB Learner Profile: Caring

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Isabella, Edward, Ruby

Caring: "We are kind."

  • I am kind and respectful.
  • I think of others' feelings when I make choices.
  • I take care of my classmates, my classroom, and my school.
  • I notice how others feel and I try to have a positive impact on their day.

Over the last few weeks, these KB students have demonstrated what it means to be a caring student at Brooklyn Prospect, as defined by the learner profile. Other students gave examples of caring moments such as:

  • Carmen - "A few days ago in the gym, I kept falling down and Isabella helped take care of me."
  • Maartand - "Edward is caring because he let me go in front of him in the line."
  • Amelia - "I think Ruby is caring because she makes pictures for me during choice time."

September Birthday Celebrations

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Take a Look at Us Learning


In Reader's Workshop, we learned that readers get excited about books by learning to read for different purposes - reading for information, reading for enjoyment or reading because the book was recommended. We chose books by looking at the cover and guessing what the story would be about. Then, we pretended that we were the characters in the story by studying the illustrations and taking turns acting out scenes with our reading buddies. Our KB readers are getting better at reading by making sure they read the whole time and we read for a longer amount of time by rereading our books.


In Writer's Workshop, we continued to work on our stories. We learned that writers come up with solutions to their problems (sounding out letters to write the word, getting a new piece of paper if we are done, etc.) and carry on writing. We remembered that we needed to first call to mind what we wanted to write about and say, before putting that onto the page. We are currently working on saying words slowly and then writing down the sounds we hear as we write hard even to write ideas. Keep up the good work KB writers!


In Phonics, we have been learning the sounds for the letters: Ll, Ii, Tt, Oo, Aa, Dd, Cc, Ee, Ff, and Gg. We skywrite the uppercase and lower case letters using the letter formation chart, learn the movement which goes along with the sound, read an alphabet book which has pictures beginning with the letter of the day, explore the letter bin, listen to a story while tapping our heads for every word that begins with the letter, and lastly watch a funny Sesame Street Letter of the Day video.

We are also using the Fundations curriculum, which is a systematic program in the foundational skills for reading and spelling, emphasizing phonemic awareness, phonics-word study, high frequency word study, fluency, vocabulary, handwriting, and spelling. It is a way to learn our letters and how to write them with the correct formation so that we can write stories easily. We are also going to learn the sound that each letter makes so we can start to read words and read books. During the introduction, we learned that our letters must fall within the sky line, plane line, grass line, and worm line as we wrote the letters t, b, and f.


During our Core Math instruction, we are learning skills that help us to organize our materials, build a strong number sense of groups of objects, and sort based upon different categories, such as size, color or use. We worked on developing a strong number sense. This means that five objects in a row is still five objects even if it is moved into a circle. We will also work on learning to write our numbers correctly!

Number Stories is an exciting part of our week. We pose problems in a number story and then have 3 students are asked to come up and share the story in their own words. After listening to the story, students use snap cubes to represent the problem. This is a time where students can see a physical representation of how to solve the problem. Next, we have the students solve the problem. Students are sent off to draw the problem and solve it in a way that makes sense to them. When we come together, we can share the different strategies we used.

Math Block began this week on Friday! During this hour, students are placed in small differentiated groups and rotate around the classroom through 3 to 4 stations that are either independent, semi-independent, or teacher-led. Each station is designed to strengthen the students' number sense and challenge them to solve problems by thinking about already-taught math material in a new way. It was hard in the beginning, but also lots of fun!

IB: Community

As we continued to learn about our IB unit on Community, we went on a Community walk around the block to get an idea of what an urban community is like. Some of the things we noticed were police cars, police officers, construction workers, parking lot workers, fabric store workers, nail salons hair salons, big tall buildings, train stations, buses, restaurants, sneaker stores, other schools, H&M clothing stores, and more! After discussing the many important places we saw, we thought of the community which we belonged to - our BPCS school community. We then chose and drew about our favorite place in our school community, which included the gym, classroom, library, nurse's office, bathroom, and elevator. We are now learning about the difference between urban, suburban, and rural communities.
Community Walk around the Block

Social Emotional

At BPCS we always want to make sure we are creating a community where students come together and work with others to strengthen their academic as well as social emotional skills. Something we have added to our daily routine during closing circle is a social-emotional curriculum called "Second Step." In this program, students are called on to discuss, role-play, and play games about different social situations. This week, we focused on learning to listen and that rules tell us how to listen and act in a group so everyone can learn. The Listening Rules are: eyes watching, ears listening, voice quiet, and body still. Please feel free to talk with your children at home about ways in which to listen to others inside and outside of school.
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KB Morning Read Aloud

Volunteer for Morning Read Aloud

KB loves reading and we love hearing other adults read to us. If you (or an older sibling) would like to join us for a morning read aloud, please use the link provided below to volunteer. We can't wait for you to visit!

Take a Look at Us Playing

Gummy Bear Song
Recess at Metro Tech
Volunteer to help during Recess at MetroTech

Please join us on Tues, Thurs, and Fridays from 11:30-12:00pm as we play at Metrotech!

Specials in Kindergarten B!

Art with Ms. Walsh

Ooh la la! Kinder artist are off and running! They love our new studio!

In our first class together, we read Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn because hands are so important with ART making. To emphasize the importance of strengthening hands (and learning studio routines) we’ve been working with modeling clay.

K-Artists love it! Check out the photos below!

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Support your artist and the studio!

As you know, there’s so much art in NYC! Please spend time looking at art with your student. Consider collecting the following supplies (with your artist) for the studio: dryer lint, plastic bottle caps, corks, game pieces, buttons in bulk, tubes, etc.

Many thanks! Questions? Want to volunteer to work with us? Here’s to a great year!! awalsh@brooklynprospect.org

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Anytime, Anywhere | Time Travel through Reading!!

Great to see you all on Tuesday! So excited to travel in time with you all this year!

As Artist in Residence, I will help drive this adventure but please understand: while the Specials Team leads the cultural aspects of our travel, all students and teachers will travel to every destination. You can contact me with ideas, questions, etc. or check in with your student’s core teachers. Many thanks!!

Dance with Ms. Siby

It was great meeting you all this week and it has been great dancing with your children the past few weeks! To ensure the most spectacular dance class, please make sure your dancer is wearing comfortable pants/shorts and shoes on Mondays and Fridays.

Please enjoy this clip of KB dancers practicing the 3 strategies for moving safely (Look Around, Slow Down, Change Directions) in a short rhythmic class dance.

Moving Safely Dance


  • We will send home a stapled packet of student work every Friday. Students should bring back their orange folders in their backpacks on Monday. Families can empty the folders and finish any incomplete work together at home.

  • We extend a big thank you to Anwar Montgomery (Lennon’s Dad) and Maurice Clarke (Morgan’s Dad) for volunteering to be KB’s class parents! We look forward to a year of partnership in supporting the children of KB. Please find their contact information below should you wish to reach out - Anwar Montgomery (anwar.montgomery@gmail.com) and Maurice Clarke (maurice@mmcii.me).

  • Our social worker, Monique Sierra wanted to pass along information on several workshops offered by the Child Study Center at the Hassenfeld Children's Hospital of New York at NYU Langone. This is a wonderful New York City resource available for parents and educators. For a comprehensive list of event options, as well as a detailed description of each event, please visit this link: NYU Langone Child Study Center Educational Workshop.


  • Send an email of the beginning of school questionnaire (located below) if you haven't done so already.

  • We need photos of your family! We are beginning the school year with a unit on community by learning about our families. Please email or send a copy of pictures of your family to dteskb@brooklynprospect.org.

  • Please bring in an extra change of clothing in case of spills, accidents or other incidents. This includes a shirt, bottoms, undergarments and socks. All clothing should be labeled and placed in a ziplock bag with your child’s name in front.

  • If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday in school this year, please inform your child’s teacher at least one week in advance. If you do choose to celebrate with treats, please make sure that it is nut free and does not include candy.

  • Also, we want to remind you that school begins at 8:30am. We open our classroom door at 8:10am. Please try to come to class as close to 8:10am as possible, so that we can begin our day on time. Remember, there is also an early drop-off available at the MPR on the 10th floor beginning at 7:45am.

  • If your child needs school snack/lunch, please make sure to sign in (sheet attached to door) every morning on your way into the classroom. If your child comes on the bus, we will check their backpacks for snack/lunch.

  • We are choosing 1-2 students to share their favorite book each day. They may choose to leave the book at school or in their backpacks.

  • Kindergarten trips to Fort Greene Park will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. The first trip will be Monday, October 17th when bus service begins.

  • Kindergarten may be new to some of our families. If you would like to read about what your child will learn in Kindergarten, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has a great resource that provides an overview of academic topics for each grade level at http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583&navItemNumber=3363

Kindergarten Welcome Questionnaire

  • What does your child love? Please tell us what your child is passionate about or a topic he or she is an expert on.
  • What are your hopes for your child this year? We would love to hear about both academic and personal growth expectations.
  • Is there anything else you would like us to know about your child? (i.e. food allergies, school experience, learning style, routine, etc.)

Classroom links

KB Amazon Wishlist

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.

Important Dates to Remember

  • 10/6 - Kindergarten Parent Coffee (8:30-9:00am in MRP)
  • 10/10 - Columbus Day (No school)
  • 10/11 - Faculty Professional Development (No school)
  • 10/14 - Picture Day (Come dressed to impress! Do not have to wear school uniforms)
  • 10/31 - Halloween Trick or Treat Parade (2:15-3:15pm)

Contact Us!

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