The Kindergarten Scoop

Mrs. Eckenrode's Classroom Newsletter

Ask Me About...

Here are just a few of the things you can ask your kindergartner about from this past week:

We wrote about some really special women in our lives to get ready for Mother's Day. Be sure to check backpacks for a special gift on Sunday.

As we prepare to go to the farm later this month, we have been reading books about animals on farms. The class enjoyed a book about a pig named Gilbert who tried to tell the farmer and the other animals that eggs had hatched. The students loved reading and making the animal noises. They brought home the book and a story map they created to go along with the book. Please have them read the book and retell you the story's elements (characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end.)

The students learned about lines of symmetry. They practiced drawing lines of symmetry on symmetrical shapes and created symmetrical butterflies. Have your kindergartner explain and show you how to draw a line of symmetry.

What do we do when we've been cooped up all week because of the rain? Math Makarena, of course! The kindergarteners have gotten so good at counting by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's that we just had to put it to a dance! You can see us in action at Enjoy!

We enjoyed more student presentations during our social studies unit on Community Helpers. We heard about so many interesting careers, and the kids enjoyed presenting in front of their classmates.

Our plants/flowers are ready for a new home! We planted seeds two weeks ago and have watched their growth. Hopefully, they can find a new residence in your backyard or a window sill. Keep us posted on their future growth!

During library, Mrs. Jones filled in for Mrs. Robinson. She introduced call numbers focusing on fiction. They learned that the letters stand for Easy and the first three letters of the author’s last name.

Looking Ahead

Below is what we have coming up next week:
  • The kindergartners will attend an assembly by Payge McMahon- Adventure Athlete, Journalist, and Yoga Instructor.
  • The students will "show what they know" on end of the year literacy assessments.

Important Dates

  • Monday, May 9th: Assembly (Please wear Kutz colors or apparel.)
  • Friday, May 13th: Field trip permission form and money due
  • Saturday, May 14th: The Kutz Spring Fair (12:00-4:00)
  • Thursday, May 26th: Field Trip to Merrymead Farm (9:00-1:00)
  • Monday, May 30th: Memorial Day, No school

Field Trip to Merrymead Farm

May 26th is right around the corner, and we are excited to venture to the farm. The kindergartners will hear about caring for the animals, take a hayride, and even sample some of the ice cream!

Many of you have offered to chaperone, and we couldn't be happier! Once I hear back from everyone by May 13th, I will let you know if you will come on the bus with the class or if you will need to drive yourself because of limited space. Any parents who chaperone will need to have their clearances ahead of time. We appreciate younger siblings staying home since all three kindergarten classes are heading to the farm and space will be limited.

All students and parent chaperones riding the bus must arrive to school between 8:40 and 8:50 AM. School begins at 8:50 each day; therefore, normal bus service will allow your children to arrive on time. All students must ride the bus to and from the farm even if a parent drives separately.

Children and parent chaperones will need a brown bag lunch (food and drink) that is completely disposable (no lunch boxes or thermoses). Please make sure your child’s name is clearly visible on his/her lunch bag. We will not be having snack, so please make sure your child has a good breakfast and an extra snack in his/her lunch.

Please have your child dress according to the weather since all activities are outdoors. Remember that your child will be actively involved in farm activities.

I have been informed that light rain will NOT result in program cancellation (Please dress accordingly: rain gear, boots if necessary, etc.). In the event of severe weather, the farm will notify us of program cancellations. If cancellation is necessary, you will receive an email from me and kindergarten will have its normal session.

If you are not attending our trip, please make sure that you or someone else (listed on permission form) is present to pick up your child at 1:00. Please park in the lot and meet your child at the main entrance.

The kids and I are looking forward to a fun-filled and informative field trip. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Pictures of the Week

Community Helpers Presentations

Happy Birthday!

The Many Reasons We Love Our Moms! Happy Mother's Day!