The Buzz...from the Busy Bees

Mrs. Slominsky's Class 2015-2016

Last Week of School May 16-19

Hello Busy Bee Families,
Wow! It is the last week of school. Is it just me or did this year fly by? From the bottom of my heart, thank you for a wonderful year. I have never taken my job as a teacher lightly. I know the incredible trust you place in me each day to nurture and educate your children. Although I won't be your child's classroom teacher next year, I want you to know I always care about your child. Please continue to keep in touch and let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you.

We have lots of fun events happening during this last week. Please let me know if you have any questions. I sent home a blue note last Thursday, but I noticed a few notes found their way to the floor. Here is a re-cap of the note:
Monday, May 16 - Campout Day *Students may wear pajamas and bring flashlights. No stuffed animals, please. If your child wears slippers, please also send in tennis shoes for bathroom and recess. We'll be doing tons of fun reading, writing and math activities centered around camping/nature. *Yearbook signing is today. Please send your child's yearbook if they purchased one.
Tuesday, May 17 - Beach Day *Your child may bring sunglasses and a beach towel. We'll be doing lots of reading, writing and math activities centered around Fun in the Sun.
Wednesday, May 18 - Talent Show *The Talent Show is from 9-11 in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend.
Thursday, May 19 - Last Day of School *Several parents have generously offered to provide a pizza lunch for our class and the other two Kindergarten classes on the last day of school. The total for pizza and delivery is $130. If you would like to contribute, please send in money to school with your child on Monday in an envelope/bag labeled "Last Day Lunch." If we received more than the $130 needed, we'll donate the rest to the PTA. If you would like to send in drinks or sides like chips, apples, etc., please email me at mmslominsky@spsmail.org to coordinate.
Dismissal on last day is at 1:30 (My last note said 1:35 - sorry).
Thank you to all of the parents and families who helped plan and put on a great Field Day for our students. I am sure there were lots of tired Busy Bees on Friday night.
It's going to "bee" a great week!

Mrs. Michelle Slominsky

Reader's Workshop

A great way to keep your child reading over the summer is the Greene County Library Summer Reading Program. Check out some of the great offerings by clicking here. Also, students who attend summer school will have access to Lexia. Other students should continue to have access to Lexia through the end of June.

Writer's Workshop

If you don't use it, you lose it. This is true for many students when it comes to writing. That is why it is very important to keep your children writing over the summer. Some great ways to motivate your kids to write through the summer are:
1. Summer Fun Journal - take pictures of fun things you do, print in color or black and white and have them write a short story to match.
2. Write to friends, family or teachers - My address is 202 N. LeAnn Drive, Nixa, MO 65714. I always write kids back when I receive a letter.
3. On-line writing: A great app to use is called Write About This. There are great pics that kids can choose to write about or they can take their own pictures, type a matching story and even record themselves reading. You can send the link to me at mmslominsky@spsmail.org or email/text it to family and friends.
4. Chalk: Have kids practice their word work with sidewalk chalk

Math Workshop

To keep kids practicing their numeracy skills over the summer:
1. Dreambox - should be available for students who are not in summer school through the end of June. If your child is in Explore, they'll have access all summer.
2. www.abcya.com: great free on-line games
3. Real-world math: Have them plan a budget for a summer activity, help with party planning, talk about how much things cost at the grocery store, etc.

Content/Language Workshop

There are lots of great activities offered throughout the summer for kids in Springfield. While some cost a bit, others are free. Check out the 2016 Summer Guide by clicking here.

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