Kindergarten News

February 2023

Dear Families,

We celebrated the 100th Day of school last week, which means we are more than half way through the school year!! Our Kindergarten students have been learning so many academic skills but they are also growing in the areas of Independence and social emotional learning. We encourage you to foster this growth at home as well. This can be as simple as teaching them to put on (and zip up) their own coats and/or shoes/socks. Instead of anticipating their needs, encourage them to use their words to ask what they need or explain their thinking.

Valentine's Day is Tuesday, February 14th. The kindergarten classes will be having small celebrations and learning activities that day. (If it's a snow day, we will celebrate the day we return.) Your child is invited to make or purchase Valentine cards for the students in his/her class. A class list will be coming home soon. Please be sure to include a Valentine for everyone on the list so no one is left out. If your child would like to participate but you are unable to purchase cards, please let one of us know and we can send a box home.

Remember: Physical breaks are very important for little minds and bodies so we try to go outside for recess every day. This means your child needs to be dressed for the weather. Coats, hats and gloves are a must! Walking from the car (or bus) to the school is very different from playing outside for 30 minutes.

One final thought....

We cannot stress enough the importance of reading TO and WITH your child. Take advantage of the cold weather and staying indoors by snuggling together to share stories. Your child should be bringing home books from both our class and school libraries. If you need more books or want to know what books are good for this age, reach out to any of us for ideas. We are always willing to help foster the love of reading.

From left to right: Ms. Upshaw; Mrs.Estes/Ms.Rosencrance; Sra.Vera; Srta.Flores

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Important Dates

Thursday, February 9-Class Picture Day

Friday, February 17-No School-PD Day

Monday, February 20-No School-Presidents Day

Thursday, February 23-School Wide STEAM night

Pandas Birthday Policy

Per school policy, we are asking that you not send in treats on your child’s birthday. Instead, each class will have a Birthday Celebration Day. This will be the last Friday of every month and will celebrate all birthdays for that month.

*If your child has a February birthday and you would like to provide a store bought treat for the class please contact your child's homeroom teacher. This month, the last Friday of the month will be February 24th.

This and That.....

CHROME BOOKS and Canvas for Snow Days

  • Our first Virtual Day seemed to go very well! Thank you for logging on, on time and participating. If you have any questions, now is the time to ask-before our next one.

  • We keep chrome books here at school unless there is inclement weather or school wide closure for other reasons. We will try to send these home BEFORE an upcoming snow.

  • Our Live Google Meets will be at 8:00 am. Other work will be posted


  • We have a school wide rule that toys stay at home. This prevents toys from being broken, lost, taken or posing as a distraction from our learning environment. Thank you!


  • These need to go back and forth to school. Please check these daily for important information from the office or teachers. There is a keep side and a return side.


  • Your child is encouraged to bring a water bottle from home but please be sure that it is labeled with his or her name

Contact Information

We work hard in an effort to provide the best learning environment possible for your child. Please reach out to any of us if you have any questions or concerns. WPS has a great new communication system called Talking Points!

Check it out and let us hear from you!

Talking Points Slide to Share

Frederick Douglass Elementary School

100 West Cedarmeade Avenue, Winchester, VA, USA


Email Us At:

Ms. Upshaw

Sra. Vera:

Srta. Flores:

Mrs. Estes/Ms Rosencrance