KA Classroom Update

December 18, 2015

What's happening in KA

As we near the end of the first term of Kindergarten and the year of 2015, we are so proud to see how much we have grown in KA. We are so thankful for our supportive families! Thank you for making time to visit during our Community Curriculum Share, we were thrilled with the turnout and the students were so proud to share their classroom and learning with you. And thank you to all the families for attending Parent Teacher Conferences. It is always a pleasure to share with you how much students have learned in the first three months of school. We are so excited to see where they are at the end of the year. Please enjoy the pictures below, and stay warm!
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Sounds in Motion (password: kaclassroom)

We want you to visit our class!

Hello Families! We have had so much fun getting to know your children during these first few months of school. Now, we would love it if all of you could come in and share with us too! Kindergarten is asking that each family come into our classroom and share about their family. This can include sharing a family tradition, information about your cultural heritage, or a special song or holiday. The presentation can be up to 30 minutes and include a dance, a song, a book, food and/or an art project. We are asking that you come in at the specific times that we are outlined below in the sign up sheet. Please click the sign up sheet to find out when your child's class has free time for a presentation. If you have any questions, please feel free reach out to us. We can't wait to see you!

A Science Update From Ms. Rosabal!

Science has been a whirlwind of sculpting, painting, and moving our bodies to show our understanding! First, KA Scientists got to explore the changes that trees go through in the Spring, when blossoms start to appear. Through this exploration they really became captivated by the idea of fruits that grow on trees. Later, they fashioned tree models out of salt dough, with an emphasis on trees with verdant crowns, blossoms, buds, and fruit. Because KA Scientists really responded to learning about fruit trees, lately we've been exploring the world of apple trees. We learned that apples have been around for over two million years, there are thousands of species of apple, and the little pockets where the seeds live are called carpals! Later, we made up a body movement to show each structural component of the apple fruit. KA Scientists should feel very proud of themselves for all that they've learned!

Dance With Ms. Siby

I'd like to congratulate our KA dancers on a wonderful curriculum share! As you were able to see, they are well versed in attending to the rhythm (Pata Pata dance), and changing directions in unison. Even more impressive, is their ability to create unique shapes in response to verbal cues and their improvisation skills - these dancers are amazing! As we approach the year's end, we've been exploring the Nutcracker through a dance story where the toys come to life! Ask your dancers to share their favorite part of the story with you. Happy Holidays!

Curriculum Share Dance with Ms. Siby (password: kaclassroom)

Physical Education Update from Coach M & M

Wow! KA has finished a great semester of activities and our parachute unit! We are looking forward to new units after the holiday break! Encourage your KA kiddo to do their ABC pushups over the vacation to keep those kindergarten muscles strong :)

Reminders!

  • Please clearly label all of your child's belongings. If you child is missing something, check out the Lost and Found on the 10th floor!
  • We will send home student work every Friday. Students should place their folder in their mailbox each Monday. Families can empty the folders and finish any incomplete work together at home.
  • Park days to Fort Greene Park are on Wednesdays, as long as weather permits. Please pack a bagged lunch on those days and send your child to school with rubber-soled shoes.
  • Beginning Friday, January 8th, we will visit the Park Slope Armory every other Friday. Please make sure your child wears comfortable running shoes these days.
  • As long as weather permits we will have recess at MetroTech. Please send your child with a warm jacket. There is limited sun and it is cold.
  • Our specials schedule is: Spanish (Mon-Thurs), Dance (Tues), Science (Wed), Art (Mon, Thurs), PE (Thurs), Music (Fri).

Important Dates!

  • Wednesday, December 23rd, early dismissal at 1:30 pm.
  • No School from December 24th through January 3rd, 2016.
  • Monday, January 4th- classes resume.
  • Monday, January 18th- No School for Martin Luther King Jr. Day