MJS Kinder Press

December 7th, 2015 - Week 13

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Kindergarten Nativity Play

Thank you for joining us at the Nativity play this year. We would especially like to thank all of the parents who helped out with costumes, make-up, photos, and any other job that supported the kindergarten play. We could not have done it without our wonderful parents!

Ginger Bread House-Making Event - Friday, December 11th, 2015

On Friday, December 11th, all three kindergarten classes will participate in our annual gingerbread house-making event. This event will take place in Mrs. Heupler's class and all three classes will rotate into her class to complete this fun project.

A wonderland of candy, frosting and gingerbread pieces will be magically assembled at this special event. Long tables will be set up to accommodate parent (Dad's are welcome!) and child pairings. We are allocating 40 minutes for each child to make their own gingerbread house. The class schedule is listed below:

8:00 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. - Mrs. Heupler's class
8:40 a.m .to 9:20 a.m. - Mrs. Hale's class
9:20 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Mrs. Agundez's class

We request each child have a a parent, grandparent, or family friend join in the fun and help build a gingerbread house with your kindergartner. If you, a grandparent or family friend are unable to participate, please send a note to your homeroom teacher by Thursday, December 10th, so other arrangements can be made for your child.

The Mothers' Luncheon is scheduled for the same day of the event (11:30 a.m. in the gym) so our suggestion would be to wear clothing that can withstand the test of gingerbread house-making! We'll have some aprons available to use on the day of this event for anyone who will be attending our event in Mothers' Luncheon attire.

If other arrangements need to be made for a different class start time than noted, please contact Mrs. Heupler at aheupler@mayfieldjs.org to determine if we can accommodate your request.

SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Events

Friday, December 11th - Kindergarten Gingerbread House-Making Event.
Please meet in Mrs. Heupler's classroom for this event at your assigned time.

8:00 a.m. - Mrs. Heupler's class
8:40 a.m. - Mrs. Hale's class
9:20 a.m. - Mrs. Agundez's class


Friday, December 11th - Mothers' Christmas Luncheon
11:30 a.m. in the Gym

Friday, December 18th - Christmas Prayer Service
9:10 a.m. in the gym

Friday, December 18th - Half Day Dismissal at 12:00 p.m.
Beginning of Christmas Break and Extended Care will be open.

Monday, January 4th - First Day of School after Christmas Vacation.

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King Day - No School - Extended Care Closed

Thursday, January 28th - Kindergarten Field Trip to the Children's Hunger Fund at 8:15 a.m.

Friday, February 12th - Grandparents and Special Friends Day at Mayfield. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM

Math-
This week in math we began learning the skill of joining two groups of numbers or addition. We started with hands-on learning by joining items and then counting to see how many were in all. For example we had girls wearing yellow dresses in one group and girls wearing blue in another. Then we joined the groups by having them all step into a hula hoop to see how many there were in all. On paper we wrote number sentences like 2 and 3 is 5.
Religion-
We have been learning about the first Christmas, culminating with the production of the Nativity Play last Friday. The children are making their own shoebox nativities in the classroom and are memorizing this verse from the Bible which sums up the significance of Christmas:

For God so loved the world that He gave His Son, that whoever believes shall have eternal life. John 3:16

Language Arts-
This week we are introducing a new SUPERKIDS character, Fritz, who loves to go fishing. The children are continuing to work on their beginning and ending sounds in language arts.

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Zachary Attanasio - December 4th/Mrs. Heupler's class
Eva Borncamp - December 10th/Mrs. Agundez's class
Frederik Larsen - December 14th/Mrs. Hale's class
Sophia Mills - December 15th/Mrs. Hale's class
Allie Charvat - December 17th/Mrs. Heupler's class
Tucker Conn - December 18th/Mrs. Heupler's class
Ave Maria Vargas - December 30th/Mrs. Agundez's class
Ryan Chen - December 31st/Mrs. Agundez's class

MJS Toy Drive

Mayfield Junior School is having its annual toy drive to benefit families in need in the Pasadena community. All toys collected will be given to the staff at St. Andrew's Church to distribute toys to families in the Pasadena area. We would ask our families to donate an unwrapped toy for our annual toy drive. All toys should be dropped off in each child's kindergarten classroom by Friday, December 11th. This is a voluntary request and any toys donated are greatly appreciated!

In the words of Deacon Fausto of St. Andrew's Church, "For many children, this is the only gift they will receive."

We have included some suggestions from our Director of Religion, Susan Hubert:

"Some needed gifts are soccer balls, basketballs, board games, and toys of any variety up to about age 15. Anything is welcome and all gifts are distributed to needy local families who sign up and wait in line to receive gifts for their children.

Thank you for your generosity and for blessing the many children who would otherwise not receive any gifts at Christmas. We are truly blessed to have the honor to share from our own blessings."

Shoebox Nativity Scene

Last Friday, the 6th Grade K-Pals helped the kindergartners with their Nativity scenes made out of shoeboxes. These are Nativity scenes that each child makes in kindergarten and they are a keepsake item that are pulled out each year at Christmas. All of the figurines and items included in the Nativity scene should fit neatly in each shoebox and can be stored until the next Christmas celebration!

Carpool Reminder

In an effort to make carpool run more smoothly in the morning, we would ask our kindergarten parents to continue following the rules that apply to the carpool line. We want all of our students to be safe and keep the flow of morning carpool drop-off moving efficiently. We ask for your cooperation in adhering to the rules while in the carpool line.

Each morning, 7th Graders are out in force to assist students exiting vehicles in the carpool line on South Euclid Avenue. We wanted to pass along a "gentle reminder" to all kindergarten parents that turning left onto South Euclid Avenue from Del Mar Boulevard is not allowed.

7th Grade Morning Carpool Reminder

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