Ms. Missy's Messenger

What's up in the Community Classroom?

September 15 - September 25, 2014


This week and next week we will be learning about sports and the different equipment used to play sports. We will label and identify the different types of balls used for various sports and talk about what you do with them--kick them, hit them, or catch them. We will look at different sporting equipment and match them to the correct ball they go with. On the playground, we will practice kicking, throwing, and catching different balls. We will also work on some quality concepts, like: big/little, hard/soft, fast/slow, and up/down. As always, we will continue to focus on appropriate social skills, communication skills, and pre-academic skills.

Related Theme Books

Here are some great books about going to school and making friends. Check out your local library for more great books!

  • Big Kicks, by Bob Kolar
  • Family Huddle, by Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Archie Manning
  • Players in Pigtails, by Shana Corey
  • Tulip at the Bat, by J. Patrick Lewis
  • Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!, by Anne Rockwell
  • The Great Fuzz Frenzy, by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
  • Homer, by Diane deGroat and Shelley Rotner
  • Soccer Hour, by Carol Nevius
  • Pirates at the Plate, by Aaron Frisch
  • Out of the Ballpark!, by Alex Rodriguez

Ms. Stephie's Speech Spot

Hello Speech Families and welcome to another fun and exciting theme in Early Childhood! These next two weeks we will be learning and talking about different sports and the equipment associated with them. We will complete all sorts of activities including playing games, making art projects, singing songs, matching, sorting , sequencing, graphing, comparing, working on concepts such as small/medium/large, and learning about the different actions associated with each sport, i.e., kicking, catching, bouncing, throwing, etc. We will also talk about the different body parts we use to play sports as an extension of our previous theme Body Parts/Senses. Be sure and provide exposure for your children to the vocabulary and concepts associated with our Sports theme by playing with them, talking about the different type of balls and equipment, and watching some different sports together on TV as well as enjoying some of the local high school competitions. Move your bodies and exercise your minds! Be safe, but most of all, have some fun! Call or email me questions and concerns…Go Bearcats! Go Colts!

Farm Field Trip!

For our fall field trip, we will be going to Smith Family Farm in Pendleton. The AM classes will go on Monday, October 20. There will be NO PM classes that day. The PM classes will be going on Wednesday, October 22, in the MORNING. There will be no AM classes that day. At the farm we will see lots of animals, go on a hay ride, go through the corn maze, play on the farm playground, and pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch! We will also be eating lunch at the farm before returning to school. The cost of the field trip is $6.00 per student and $6.00 per adult volunteer. If you plan to volunteer, please include payment for you and your child when you send in your paperwork. Don't you want to volunteer on the trip, you MUST have a background check on file and you MUST view the anti-bullying webinar. Below is information on how to complete both of those. Please look for field trip forms in your child's backpack next week. We are looking forward to a great trip!

Volunteer Requirements

HSE school board policy requires parent volunteers to have criminal background checks every 3 years. Beginning this school year, the district is using a new background check service provider. The background checks are completed online at the cost of $13 per person. If you plan at any time to volunteer in the class or volunteer on field trips, you must have a current background on file. Most background checks take 3 business days to process, so please plan accordingly. If you are not sure of the status of your current background check, please let me know and I can check the database to see if yours is up-to-date.

Beginning this school year, all staff and volunteers are required by law to watch the anti-bullying webinar that is available on the HSE website. Once you have watched the webinar, you must complete a survey to verify you have done so. The following link will direct you to the HSE website where you can access the background check link, the anti-bullying webinar, and the webinar survey. If you have any questions, please let me know.

HSE Illness Policy

If your child has had a fever, has vomited, or has had diarrhea, he/she must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. With a fever, your child must be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school. I know this is sometimes frustrating, because you do not want your child to miss school. We don't want your child to miss school, either. However, we do not want to spread illness throughout the class. Thanks so much for your understanding.

Family Picture

We would like to put up a display of family pictures in our classroom so that the children can see and talk about their families while at school. Due to limited display space and the number of children in both classes, I am asking that each child send in only one family picture that is no larger than 4x6. If you have a digital picture that you can send via email, that would be great. If not, you can send a picture in your child's notebook. Please let me know if you have any questions.


  • If your child will not be riding the bus, please contact transportation prior to school to let them know at 594-4117.
  • Please check your child's notebook daily for important information and/or artwork that is being sent home.
  • If you have not already sent in an extra change of clothes for your child, please do so as soon as possible.