Room 205 News

Come learn about what we are exploring in our classroom.

Kindercubs Care!

Our Valentine's Day party was fun and caring. We designed centers for the children to share kindness with others. We made a tie blanket and Valentine's cards for children in the hospital. We also made Cheerio bird feeders to hang for the animals in our woods. We placed them on our walk back from the library. Thanks to Sarah Wilson for organizing the party and for Christy Kreucher for designing some games for us to play. I truly enjoy working with these children and amazed at the kind hearts they all have towards others. Thank you all for your continued support and sharing your precious children with me each day. We hope to start working on an academic service learning project in the near future to help others as well.

Question of the Day

Each day the children come in to our classroom and answer a question of the day. Some days the questions focus on feelings (How do you feel today?). Some days the questions involve favorite activities (what do you like to do in the winter) and other days they focus on what we are learning about (would you rather be...). Still other days our question is used to stimulate prior knowledge (have you ever...). While these questions may seem simplistic, they generate rich discourse in our classroom. They allow us to compare numbers and use math in a realistic way, analyze our thoughts and feelings and build connections among ideas. We have had some our deepest and most thoughtful conversations around ideas that began as a question of the day. You will also see a few class books come home that started this way as well. Before your child enters our classroom in the morning, discuss the question (if you can see it through our window). Or ask your child in the evening what the results were for the question. Below are some recent examples of our daily questions.

Kindergarten Registration and Orientations

You DO NOT need to re-register your child for Kindergarten in Clarkston. Your child is already a Clarkston Community Schools student. We do ask you to bring your child to visit his/her home school during Kindergarten Orientation in April. This is an important time for children to visit the school and meet future teachers. For parents, it is a time to find out specific information about the school and kindergarten in Clarkston. Please see the following list for your child's specific date. You should receive a letter from your child's home school with more specific information.

Orientation dates in Clarkston:

  • Andersonville Elementary: April 25
  • Bailey Lake Elementary: April 19
  • Clarkston Elementary: April 22
  • Independence Elementary: April 21
  • North Sashabaw Elementary: April 29
  • Pine Knob Elementary: April 27
  • Springfield Plains Elementary: April 26

Fairy Tale Study

Our class voted to create the plays Three Billy Goats Gruff and Three Little Pigs. We began working on scenery for Three Billy Goats Gruff and will start working on the script next week. The children are excited and have listened and read many versions of each fairy tale. Ask your child what he or she knows about these two fairy tales.

Donations Needed

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Cereal Boxes (empty and cleaned out....please no nut or sesame cereals)
  • Blue Painters Tape
  • If you are getting rid of toys your child no longer plays with, we are happy to take them. If we do not use them we may share with another classroom in need.

Upcoming Events

  • February 15 & 16: Midwinter Recess...No School
  • February 18: Tornado Drill
  • February 19: Dentist Visits Young Fives
  • February 24: Field Trip to Indian Springs Metro Park
  • March 17: Impression 5 Museum Visits Young Fives
  • March 25: No School
  • April 1: Half Day...dismissal at 11:15
  • April 4-8: Spring Break...No School
  • May 25: No School for Young Fives. This is our orientation date for next year's students to visit.

Room 205 Kindercubs

  • Sandi Larkins, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Lisa Smith, Instructional Aide
  • Donna Bassett, Instructional Aide