Miss Nina's Class Newsletter

May 2016

April showers bring May flowers...

Happy belated May Day! I hope you all had a great weekend and had a chance to spend time outside in that crazy beautiful weather. We have been having so much fun in our classroom this month with our campsite, our new garden, and learning about Montana wildlife, frogs and fish, our planet, and bees. The children have been very engaged in learning about the world around them, and many of them have some great insights into nature and a great love for the outdoors.

What's coming up?

This is our last month of school before the summer session starts, so we will be working hard to make sure we are ready for next year! Our first two weeks will be devoted to learning about building and construction. Our focus for the first week will be tools; we will learn about different kinds of tools, how to use them, and tool safety. The second week will be devoted to building a classroom project. My hope for this project is to have the children as involved as possible in the process, so they will be helping me glue, paint, and nail our project together. If you (or a relative) have some knowledge about building and construction, we would love for you to visit and maybe talk about the tools you use or the work you do!

We will also be learning about the ocean and marine animals, summer safety, and, of course, having some summer fun! I will be doing our final assessments this month, and will send home a folder with their assessments and a write up of their progress since September.

We're also going on a field trip! Mallory Levengood has offered to host our class at her house on Wednesday, May 18. We are still working on coordinating times, but be on the lookout for permission slips and more information.

We will be having a Trike-a-thon this month on Thursday, May 26. Please bring your child's bike and a helmet on that day so we can have some biking fun.

As the sunny weather approaches, I would like to review our sunscreen policy. We ask that you apply the first coat of sunscreen in the morning at drop-off. In the interest of getting some Vitamin D, I generally do not apply sunscreen for our first outdoor time (10:00-10:30), but if you would like me to, please let me know. It is my policy to have the children apply their own sunscreen with adult supervision; this is to foster a spirit of independence, teach them a useful life skill, and expedite the sunscreen process. If you would prefer that I or one of our classroom aides applies the sunscreen, let me know. Also, please bring in a bottle of sunscreen for your child with his or her name on it (Sharpie wears off with the sunscreen, but we will re-label as needed). This is to ensure that we are applying sunscreen that you feel comfortable with your child having on.

Some bittersweet news...

As many of you have probably heard, I will not be returning to St. Matthew's next year. I have been given the opportunity to spend a year volunteering in Alajuela, Costa Rica starting in August. I will be working with Franciscan monks and serving the poor through FrancisCorps, an organization based out of Syracuse. If you are interested in more information about this experience, you can visit their website (http://www.franciscorps.org/) or come talk to me. I am very sad to leave the wonderful community at St. Matthew, but I am also excited to continue serving and working with children in Costa Rica!

Contact me...

As always, if you need to contact me, but can't catch me during pick-up time, feel free to send me an email, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.