Ms. Austin's Kindergarten

Newsletter, January 29, 2016

Dear Parents,

This year is flying by! I can't believe how much more independent and capable everyone is now. It is so much fun to have a front row seat to watch them grow. Kindergarten is great!

Please let me know if your child will miss any days of school in the coming week. Just send me an email or a WeChat (jka05161). I will need all reading bags back before you leave for the CNY break. Thank you so much for letting me know.



  • Tools for Measuring Length
  • Pet Bar Graph
  • Attribute Spinner Game
  • 100th Day of School Activities (Thursday morning)

Reading Workshop:

  • Comparing and contrasting information from 2 or more books on the same topic
  • Revisiting tips about reading non-fiction


  • What is an Engineer?
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Activities


  • Jesus Calms the Storm

Writing Workshop:

  • Writers use everything they know to make their writing easy for others to read.
  • Writers often write books for people they care about or for people they would like to teach. Writers often write dedications for those people, to let everyone know who the book was really written for.

Learning Centers:

  • Handwriting
  • Sorts
  • High Frequency Words

ES Book Week, February 22-26

Listen, Write, Read, Narrate, Imagine, Explore, and Create

BELIEVE in the Unbelievable…

Book Week 2016 Presents Page Turner Adventures

This year we will be going on a Literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) adventure with Page Turner Adventures features Riley Roam as the “World Famous Storyologist”, Page Turner, and former Ringling Bros. clown Kenny Mikey, as her slapstick sidekick. This Emmy Award winning duo has wowed countless children all over the country at theaters and festivals. Their antics and one-of-a-kind style of educational entertainment are always a hit with audiences. This will be no different during their weeklong adventure here at Concordia. Throughout the week students will be pushed to Believe in the unBelievable through story theatre and hands-on workshops with the Author/Storyteller/Artist in Residence. There will be time spent attending story theatre productions, workshops, and events, as well as, working through story-theatre related study-guides in their classes.

The events within the week include the following:

UnBelievable Puzzle Adventure

February 22-February 26

Throughout the week a series of puzzle pieces will be hidden throughout the school. On each floor (4 puzzles in total) there will be an oversized puzzle frame related to story-theatre productions throughout the week. Students will be charged with locating these puzzle pieces and attaching them to their correct location and puzzle (all of which will be labeled on the back of each puzzle piece found. Photos of the kids with the puzzle piece(s) found will be shared with me on our website and social media.

Storyologist Passport

A storyologist is someone who is an expert at stories (listening, writing, reading, narrating, imagining, exploring, and creating.

These passports are needed to attend each show during the week to earn the official Storyologist license. There are four pages, three of the pages will have a place for a sticker verifying that the child attended at least 3 story theatre productions/workshops that week; (Kenny and Riley will do the final stamp and have an official swearing-in ceremony at the Parade of Books). Passports should be given before attending each show and collected upon return. Students will take these home Friday, Janurary 26th after the Swearing-In Ceremony.

Book Sale Pre-Orders (Library)

Due Friday, January 29 – let us know if you need more forms

Great Pizza Cook Off (PC Commons Kitchen)*

February 22-26

Classes will work in groups of 4/5 to recreate the Great Pizza Contest. Hosted by Eurest. Chef Hats & Aprons provided. More details will follow.

Family Night Story Theatre (Rittman)

STEAM Trunk Circus Show: A grand spectacle as well as a captivating story. The STEAM Trunk Circus is full of magic, juggling, unicycling, and tons of physical comedy.

Wednesday, February 24 @ 6:30pm in the Rittman Theatre

This is a free event, but RSVP is necessary, as seating in the Rittman is limited.

All School Read-In (MSR)

Thursday, February 25 @ 2:15pm – More details to come

Parade of Books (MSR)

Book Character Dress Up Parade

Friday, February 26 @ 2:15pm

Storyologist Swearing-In Ceremony (MSR)

Page Turner Adventures will have the kids say an oath about being storyologist and everyone will officially become Storyologist!

Friday, February 26 @ 3:00pm

Please RSVP for the FREE Family Night Show during Book Week 2016

Show: S.T.E.A.M Trunk Circus Show

Location: Rittmann Theater

Target Audience: All Ages

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

A grand spectacle as well as a captivating story, The S.T.E.A.M Trunk Circus is full of magic, juggling, unicycling and tons of physical comedy. This unique storytheater show features action-packed slapstick and mesmerizing mystery while exciting kids about S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). RSVP via the link below.

Upcoming Dates:

January 29 K-4 Report cards available on Aspen (Check with the ES Office if you have

trouble accessing these.)

February 2- Scholastic Book Order money due to the ES Library if you wish to place an


February 4

  • 100th Day Celebration in the morning! See information above!
  • Chinese New Year Party from 1-2 p.m. in our classroom. Parents are welcome to attend.

February 5- All school CNY Assembly Early release day (School ends at 11:30 a.m.)

February 6-14- CNY Holiday Break

February 19- PSO Bake Sale Please send 10 rmb for your child to have a treat.

February 22-26- ES Book Week (See notice above)

March 8- Early Release Day School ends at 11:30 a.m.

March 25- Good Friday/Easter Assembly

March 26-April 4- Spring Break

Thursday and Friday, April 7-8- 3-Way Conferences

May 2- Labor Day Holiday- No School

May 21- High School Graduation

June 8- Last Day of School All School Closing Assembly Early Release Day (11:30 a.m.)

Important Announcement about Report Cards-K-4

If your child is in Kindergarten to Grade 4, report cards will be available to you on Aspen tomorrow, January 29. Please make sure you know how to get into Aspen. If you do not know how to log in, send an email to:
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