Keeping Up With Kindergarten

Mrs. Enright's Class

October 9, 2015

We have had a very busy and exciting two weeks in Kindergarten! Last week we met our 3rd grade buddies in Ms. Massara's class. We learned a lot about our buddies by creating a class book where we each worked with our buddy to complete one page that tells about one another. Before we bind the book, it will be on display in the hallway this month!

We had a fire drill on Tuesday and afterwards the Kindergarten and Preschool students got to meet and talk with some members of the Haddonfield Fire Department! They showed us all of their gear and taught us how to check our fire alarms at home to make sure the batteries are working properly.

We also had our first community meeting this week in the APR where the National Circus Project came and visited. On Wednesday, they performed lots of tricks such as plate spinning, juggling, riding a unicycle and doing tricks with a yoyo! Later in the week we got the chance to meet the performers as a class and practice some of the tricks we saw them perform!

Looking ahead, Parent Visitation Day is this coming Tuesday from 9-11 AM. The following is an outline of our schedule during this time:

  • 9:00-9:45 - Centers
  • 9:45-10:00 - Snack
  • 10:00-10:30 - Art
  • 10:30-10:45 - Recess
  • 10:45-11:00 - Show and Share

Special Note From the Teacher

As some of you may have already suspected, I wanted to formally announce that I am expecting a baby early this Spring! While this has been an incredibly exciting time for my husband and I, I know that this may also bring questions and concerns on your end regarding my absence. I am currently 15 weeks, due April 2nd, and have requested a short 6 week maternity leave so that I can return and be with the students for the remainder of the school year. I plan on returning Monday, May 16th.

Mr. Bissinger and I are working together and our utmost priority is to ensure a smooth and efficient transition with minimal disruption to your child’s education. A rigorous interview process will be undertaken including candidates teaching a demonstration lesson. Our transition plan includes time for myself and the substitute, who is hired to meet and strategize, as well as in-class time where both teachers will work together with students. We will teach collaboratively prior to my leave. My substitute will also have the full support of school district resources including having an experienced mentor.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns that have not been addressed. I am happy to meet in person or answer any questions via email if there is anything you would like to discuss regarding this transition time.

What's Happening in the Classroom?

Literacy: The past two weeks we continued our Wilson curriculum with focus on the letters i, u, c and o. We continued practicing with our student notebooks, dry erase tablets and magnet letter boards. We focused on the importance of vowels, how they are unique in that they make two sounds and their important role in words. We also started our Words Their Way curriculum during centers where students practice their phonemic awareness skills through sorting. This is one of my favorite literacy programs and will be my 5th year using it to support reading skills. I'm looking forward to diving into it with such a wonderful group of students!

Math: We started working on sorting objects by common attributes. We continued working with our pattern blocks to help develop these skills and sorted by color, shape, and common attributes of shapes such as how many sides. We also have added to our daily procedure of keeping track of our days in school by placing emphasis on every 5th and 10th number. Practicing counting by 5's and 10's is just around the corner and highlighting those numbers when counting by 1's will help develop those counting skills.

Social Studies: This week was Respect Week! Thank you so much for making sure your child came dressed in each day's special colors. The kids really loved making their respect books where we wrote and drew about what respect looks like in a variety of settings including both at school and at home.

Quick Notes & Reminders

  • Parent Visitation Day is Tuesday, October 13th from 9-11. Please see the note above regarding our schedule.
  • Picture Day is Friday, October 16th! If you have not already sent in your forms and would like to order pictures, please do so ASAP. Forms must be in by Picture Day as the photographer will not accept forms past this day.
  • Our room mom, Becky Foley, sent out an email regarding the building of our scarecrow that will be on display at the Fall Festival. We appreciate all of your donations and also for those planning on volunteering! Please see her email for more details.
  • We are collecting money for Unicef (through Oct. 30th) as well as gently used Halloween costumes (through Oct. 20th) for Sacred Heart in Camden if you would like to send in either. Thank you to those who have already donated! Our Unicef container is almost full and the kids are so proud of themselves!
  • Library books are due back Monday, October 12th. I will also send a text reminder Sunday night!