Mrs. James' Kindergarten News

December 6, 2015

Happy December!

Dear Kindergarten Families,


We had a very productive week! I can't believe it's already December! This week Kindergarten had such a fun time and worked so hard on science fair experiments. We will be continuing science fair projects this week. Keep a look out for more pictures of this week's awesome experiments on the Homeroom app! I was also very pleased with how well everyone focused and tried their best during MAP testing. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I cannot believe only a few more weeks until Winter vacation!

Important Information


1. Field Trip Forms DUE on Monday:

Don't forget to turn in your child's permission form and payment to me by Monday, December 7th for our field trip to the Fern Bank Museum of Natural History! (more info. below)


2. Winter Celebration

We will be having our Elementary Winter Celebration on Thursday, December 17th. Ms. Fichter sent out a detailed email all about this fun day on Wednesday evening. Please sign up for materials or to volunteer if you are able! The materials sign up genius can be found below - be on the look out for the volunteer sign up from Mrs. Aimee Nobile!


3. Frosty Photos:

We will be taking a FUN frosty photo on Wednesday, December 9th as a class. Please send your students in with some winter gear: warm jacket, hats, scarf, mittens... for our fun photo! These will be used during Winter Celebration to fill the photo frames our students will be making.


4. Media Center:

We visit the media center as a class every Monday! Please make sure your student brings back their books once they have finished reading them so they can bring home new ones! Please note that students with books that are not returned or renewed within two weeks will be charge 5 cents per day overdue.


5. **Donations**

We have some fantastic readers in our class! It makes me one very proud teacher! If you have any books at home (especially nonfiction books) that you are no longer using, please consider donating them to our classroom library! I would greatly appreciate any and all books that we can collect to have more for our students to choose from.


**Please see prize box donation details below. Thank you!**

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Fernbank Museum of Natural History Information

Pre- K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will be heading on a field trip to The Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Thursday, December 10th. Students will begin the day withWonders of the Arctic IMAX movie. From there, we will split up into smaller groups and explore the museum, eat lunch together, and check out the souvenirs shop on our way out.


When: We depart from school by 8:30am and return to school between 3:00 and 3:30 pm on December 10th.


Where: 767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307

(404) 929-6300


How: Students and Chaperones will be transported using a school bus.


Cost: Students should bring $23 to their homeroom teacher in cash or a check made out to “FSAPS” byMonday, December 7th.


Lunch: Please make sure nothing needs to be heated and that your child’s lunch is packed in a disposable bag, labeled with their name and grade.

WT Café, our lunch provider, is also able to offer a sack lunch for your child that day. If you already ordered lunch through WT café for this day and you would like your child to have a bag lunch, please cancel your ordered lunch and then check the lunch option you prefer on the field trip permission form and send in the correct amount via check or cash.


Attire: Students must wear red FSA polo and uniform bottoms.

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Empty Water Bottles Needed!

We will be doing a special penguin craft activity during our Winter Celebration this year. We are in need of A LOT of empty water bottles... if you have empty water bottles at home, please send them in with your child! I would GREATLY appreciate it. Please keep the water bottle caps attached.

Warm gloves and socks charity drive

It is an awful truth that many people, even in our community, are victims of violence. Often times these people seek help from local organizations.



Family Haven, an organization in Forsyth County, offers safe shelter and needed items, for free to those in need. We can help them help others, by donating.


Cold winter weather is quickly approaching. Many people are in need of warm gloves and socks.


Make a difference in someone’s life.


Be kind and generous and bring in one or more pair of gloves and/or socks.


Together we can help.


Your donations can be dropped off at the front office or your child can give them to his/her homeroom teacher.


We will accept donations until December 16th.

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CURRICULUM CORNER

Week of 12/7

Math: Continue Chapter 7, Solid and Flat Shapes

Language Arts: Fictional book, "Jack and the Beanstalk"

Amazing words: beanstalk, ogre, naughty, lad, magic, lend. Adjectives. Review Unit 2

Social Studies: Chapter 2, Lesson 2- How do we get what we need and want?

Science: Science Fair experiments!

Mystery Reader

Starting this month I would love to have some mystery readers visit our class! It could be someone in your family; a sibling, grandparent, parent etc. It would be wonderful to have all parents/families take part of this program during the year. Please limit your visits to once a month so that other families can have an opportunity to be a reader. And lastly, please keep your visit a secret from your child! Thank you so much! You can sign up with this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d48aaac23a7fb6-mystery

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Change of Clothes

Please send in a change of clothes that can be kept in your child's cubby. For any reason clothes get soiled, I would like to have a backup outfit. Thank you!

Rest Time

In order to make rest time more comfortable for your child, they can bring in a comfy blanket to relax with. Students can also bring in a book from home if they would feel more comfortable with reading a book quietly during this time.

Lunch Thermos

If your child needs their lunch heated, I believe it would be best to buy a thermos to keep their lunch warm for lunch time. I have noticed a lot of children with lunches that need to be heated. Microwaves are limited and to ensure that your child has enough time to eat I feel as though a thermos would help this situation tremendously.

Symbaloo

Symbaloo is an at-home resource. It is a website that has links to our favorite and most used websites during our school day. I have sorted the links into categories for different skill practice, such as: Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. If you have any other sites that we can add to our Symbaloo webpage, please let me know!

Website Link:

http://edu.symbaloo.com/mix/jameskindergartenclass

Prize Box Donations Needed!

Students have the opportunity to earn "compliments" (tickets) for good behavior that can then be "cashed in" for a prize from the class prize box. I'm asking parents to donate any small prizes that would be appropriate for our box. Please no candy or food! Thank you so much!

Get Connected with the Homeroom App!

The Homeroom App is a great way for me to stay connected to you! It is a completely confidential app that will allow me to upload pictures and videos of your child throughout the school day. You can even comment and save these pictures right to your phone or computer! Here is the link to get started: https://gethomeroom.com/i/ZTXDDF
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What's Coming Up?

December 9: Frosty Photos!

December 10: Fernbank Museum field trip (K-2) more info to come later!

December 13: Open House for Prospective Families

December 17: Elementary Winter Celebration

December 18: Last day of 1st Semester

Mrs. Kimberly James

Kindergarten Teacher

Fulton Science Academy

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students

3035 Fanfare Way

Alpharetta, GA 30009