KB Classroom Update 16

April 8, 2016

Parent Update

Happy April everyone! We embraced April with open arms and within the past few weeks, we have been having so much fun continuing to build close friendships and getting to know each other more in our classroom environment. As we wrapped up our socio-emotional curriculum, Second Step, we discussed possible solutions on how to handle name-calling and having things taken away. We discussed first ignoring the problem by walking away or doing something else, and then if ignoring doesn't work, then being assertive and standing up for ourselves by saying, "It's not okay to ____. I want you to stop ____." in a calm and firm voice. We learned that if ignoring someone or telling someone to stop in an assertive way didn't work, then we needed to seek assistance by telling a grown-up.


The weather has been rainy and cold since the first day of April, which only means one thing - April showers bring May flowers!

BPCS Learner Profile: Principled

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Hunter, Gracie, Kloey

Principled: "We do the right thing."


  • I am honest and fair.
  • I show respect to others and take responsibility for my own actions.
  • I act with integrity and honesty.
  • I tell the truth (even when it's hard) and treat others with dignity.


Over the past month of March, these KB students have exemplified what it means to be a principled student at Brooklyn Prospect. Other students gave examples of principled moments such as:


  • Ms. Salamea - "Hunter always takes responsibility to clean the classroom and always shows us respect by raising his hand and waiting for us to call on him.”
  • Ms. Park - "I think Gracie is principled because she shows respect to her friends by listening to what they have to say and she apologizes when she makes mistakes."
  • Nina - “Kloey because she always sits up straight and tries to do the right thing.”

Springtime Learning

Springtime KB Morning Read Aloud

Volunteer for Morning Read Aloud

KB loves reading, and we love hearing other adults read to us. If you would like to join us for a morning read aloud, please use the link above to volunteer. We can't wait for you to visit!

Springtime Writing Celebration

Springtime Eating

Hot Food Menu for Week of 4/11 - 4/15

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Springtime Playing

4 Corners Game
Volunteer to help out during Recess at Metrotech

Please join us on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fridays from 11:15-12:00pm as we play at Metrotech!

Volunteer to help during Recess at Fort Greene Park

Please join us on Wednesdays from 11:15-1:00pm as we play and eat at Fort Greene Park!

Springtime Traveling

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We are looking for several excellent Airport Security Guards (including Baggage Inspectors) for the morning shift on Friday, April 15th from 8:00-8:40am.

Contact awalsh@brooklynprospect.org or irosado@brooklynprospect.org


Our Lagos Photo Booth will be available to students during the day. (2-3 adults depending on availability: 2 hrs - 3 hrs). The booth will not be open during Town Hall Meeting from 12-1pm. Contact rsiby@brooklynprospect.org


Want to join the Welcome Lagos Install Team? Thursday, April 14 afternoon from 4-6pm.

Contact awalsh@brooklynprospect.org or irosado@brooklynpropsect.org


Want to help your students' class with their unique classroom Lagos Celebration?

Could be food, soccer, batik, drumming, etc. Contact dtes1a@brooklynprospect.org


ODABO! And many thanks! See you in Nigeria!

Specials in Kindergarten B!

P.E. with Coach M&M

We have completed our Dr. Seuss Unit! We read one of his classics and then tied the main idea of that read aloud into a kinesthetic activity after. It was an absolute blast!


KB is looking forward to a spring-like month of April and more exciting activities to come!

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Dance with Ms. Siby

BPCS hosted our first in-school dance performance! Modern dance company, Jennifer Muller/The Works presented excerpts of their repertory and students LOVED it! KB thoroughly enjoyed the performance, dancing and clapping along and were excellent audience members. Please see an excerpt here. After being inspired from the dance performance, KB came back to the classroom and showed off our own interpretive dance moves. Please check out the videos below, as well as our nature dance story videos!
Interpretive Slow Dance
Interpretive Fast Dance
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Science with Ms. Rosabal

In Kindergarten, we are learning that baby animals are called offspring, and that offspring often resemble their parents. Through a variety of games, read-alouds (the kinders especially loved the book On My First Day), and picture sorts, we are using our observation and classification skills to notice features of different animals like fur, claws, beaks, and wings. Soon we will be categorizing different living organisms into categories like mammals, amphibians, fish, reptiles, and insects. After that, we will delve into animal life cycles and discuss ways that animals adapt and survive!
Testing out our KB boats in Science

Announcements

  • In hopes of having our students be good citizens not only in the classroom but also outside of the classroom, we are going to begin: 1) incorporating situations into our daily role playing of different scenarios and also 2) give shout-outs at the end of the day during closing circle. Please email us different scenarios you want us to reenact, as well as examples of praise-worthy shout-outs...small or big!
  • Spring Break Camp at BPCS will offer a unique opportunity for the students to attend a week-long camp of exciting academic, sports and arts related activities. Students aged 4-9 may drop in for a day or participate in an entire week of activities. The camp will operate from 8:30am until 4:00pm with optional after-care to 5:30pm. Reach out to afterschool coordinators, Chris Pappas and Kristin Leigh for more information.

Reminders

  • KB has really been enjoying hot breakfast and lunch from the local food vendor, JB foods. This trial lunch pilot program for hot food service will run through the end of April. Please check out next week's menu above.
  • Inventory Running Low! We are running low on supplies that help keep our students and classrooms clean, so we are reaching out to you for some support! We are currently accepting donations of Tissues, Hand Sanitizers, Paper Towels, Baby Wipes, Clorox and/or Lysol Wipes...we need them all! Great times to bring in supply donations are during morning drop off and dismissal. All contributions, large or small, are appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Classroom Links

Volunteer for Family Community Share

KB loves learning about different types of communities along with our inquiry unit. Please use the link above to sign up and share about your family's cultural tradition and heritage!

RAZ Kids (Reading A-Z Kids)

Teacher Username: kbclassroom, Child's password: first and last initial.

KB Amazon Wish List

If you donate something to the class, we want to thank you in advance and we would appreciate if you could tell us the itemized list, so we could pass the information along to the Operations Team in order for them to ensure that we receive the items.

KB Instagram Account

Follow us on Instagram to take a look into our daily lives at school! *Please Note: If you have already requested to follow @kbclassroom and have not yet been accepted, please send us an email to let us know.

Important Dates to Remember

  • 4/25-4/29 - Spring Break; Spring Academy
  • 5/2 - Classes resume
  • 5/30 - Memorial Day (No school)

Contact Us!

Please feel free to reach out to us if you ever have any questions or concerns!