Cool News from Team KB

March 2, 2016

Remember these on-going opportunities please :)

  • Practice counting to 100 with your child!
  • Take a few minutes to have your child read some sight words every day! They have really enjoyed playing Hangman with sight words here at school.
  • Check out the Seesaw app for new posts.
  • Many families are utilizing the little laminated cards to access the "homework" I assign on Reading A to Z (

Notes from Mrs. Rodriguez

We continue to enjoy the use of the Seesaw app and I hope you are able to check out the items that we are doing via that app. Comments are appreciated any time you are able. Yesterday we were stacking "hats" and the children narrated their thought process!

Thank you for helping your child participate in the Dr. Seuss Spirit Week Activities! Remember tomorrow is Crazy Sock Day for the story Fox in Socks and Friday is Cat in the Hat Day. We have been doing enrichment activities with the stories this week as well as working on Story Elements (character, setting, plot, solution).

Important Dates!!!

Friday, March 4th - Remember our IWES Carnival is going to be open from 6:00-8:00 that evening!!! Please plan to attend or find a family friend who can come in your place. :)

Friday, March 11th - Gallivanting in Gilman Field Trip - there is no monetary cost for this field trip. We would like you to donate food next week, so we can take it to the Food Pantry and help stock their shelves. They are in particular need of syrup, pancake mix, rice, dried beans, and hand soap right now. It would be super if each Kindergartener could bring in at least two items by next Thursday! Thanks so much!

Wednesday, March 16 - This is a 2 hour early out - Dismissal begins at 1:00.

Thursday, March 17 - St Patrick's Day

Friday, March 18 - Easter Party - Some nice room parent is working hard on this party, but I can't lay my hands on the list at this minute. :)

Monday, March 21-28 - No School - Easter Break


I thought I would let you know that the children know the rules of our classroom very well, but remembering to follow them seems to be hard currently. Say "Team KB Rules" to your child and she or he should be able to list:
  • Follow Directions
  • Raise Your Hand to Speak
  • Listen When Someone Else is Talking
  • Keep Your Hands and Feet to Yourself
  • Be Polite
Please take some time to review these rules with your child every once in a while. Thanks!

Cool Quote of the Week

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ~ Maya Angelou


Sharing may include
  • an item from your home that begins with the letter of the week.
  • a non-perishable food item for G.O.D.'s Food Pantry.

Sharing Schedule

Tuesday ~Robert, Claire, Miley, Aayden, Jasmine, Jayden, Autumn, Lizette

Wednesday ~ Alivia, Arianna, Andres, Emma, Issac, Edgar, Jose, Vander

Thursday ~ Ryan, Bentley, Carina, Avah, Owen, Eduardo, Samuel, Julian

Cold Weather Policy

Our classroom is warm most of the time, so you might want to consider dressing your child in layers, i.e. a short sleeve shirt and a long sleeve shirt over it. As far as recess time recently we have been needing a heavier jacket for the morning outdoor time and a lighter jacket for the afternoon recess. If you send your child with a heavy coat in the morning then I have them put it on for the morning outdoor time. They got warm and fussy, but I can't have them going in and out of the building to get a coat or hang it back up, so they have to keep it on. I also don't want them to lay the coats in a big stack on the playground because their coats will get dirty.

As far as going outside when the weather gets colder...Our school policy is that we go outside if the temperature is above 20 degrees. If the difference between the temperature and the wind chill is more than 10 degrees difference we try to not go outside. Remember the weather is ever-changing and just because it is nice here in Danforth on the back playground doesn't mean the wind is not blowing at your house or place of work. With this in mind, please send your child with clothing appropriate to the weather...hats, gloves, boots, scarves, coats that close, etc. When we are bundling up we also work on those zipping skills needed on the K report card, and following directions. It takes time to bundle up, but we use it as a learning time.

Can You Help Us Please?

How can you help your child from home?

*watch the green folder for important papers from the office and for homework. Take a few minutes each night to help your child complete the homework, making sure they write their *own* name. :) Every once in a while you might want to wipe down the green folder. They are getting really sticky :(

*read to your child, at least 20 minutes each day. We have been sending home Book-In-A-Bag as often as we have volunteers in to check them out for us.

How can you help our classroom from home?

*save Boxtops and Campbell's Labels for Education, put them in a bag and send them in to school!

*we love "good clean garbage" like:

~clean empty frosting containers

We have plenty of (need no more right now, thanks!)

~clean lids from water bottles, soda bottles and clean empty Crystal Light containers.