Kindergarten News

a closer look at our week

Science with Redworms & Night Crawlers

Did you know that worms don't have eyes but they have five hearts and lay their eggs from the top of their heads? Not to mention of course, that they add nutrients to the soil and their tunnels loosen the soil for roots and rain. This week, we learned some amazing facts about worms. Nat, from Seattle Tilth, came on Tuesday and showed us how worms eat things like banana peels, apple cores, and rotten leaves, and then poop out the castings which nourish the soil and help our gardens to grow. Next week, we will take a closer look at snails!
Worms on Wheels

World Tour: Japan & Australia

During Literacy and Social Studies this past month, we have been looking at expository texts about different countries and continents. Our goal has been to pull information from the text to answer questions about a topic. All of this, we have recorded in our Travel Journals. This week in Japan, we celebrated the Cherry Blossom Festival and learned the folktale of the Beckoning Cat. The kids even learned how to fold paper in the origami style to make a fish! During the second half of the week, we headed to the land down under to see some kangaroos and koalas. We learned about the Sydney Opera House and a created a model, painted animals using the Aboriginal dot method, and made fairy bread (see recipe below). Delicious!
Fairy Bread

Homecoming & World Cup Soccer Tournament on Friday

We also hope you can stop by for a few minutes before the World Cup game on Friday to check out our travel journals and suitcases full of all our amazing work! Next Friday, May 6th, we will have our classrooms open for you to visit at 1:45. Then at about 2:00, we will head down to the field for our annual World Cup game. The tournament will be all for fun, of course, and will include all the kindergartners. Mr. T has been working on soccer skills with them in PE class and will be reffing the game. Please be sure your child wears his/her World Cup t-shirt to school on Friday. They should also dress in shorts or sweats (depending on weather) and tennis shoes. No cleats, please, as not everyone has shin guards and that could get dangerous.

AABL Testing

Our week of testing is complete and the kids did very well following directions, and had some fun as well! The Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL) consists of two main sections: reasoning (verbal and quantitative) and achievement (early literacy and mathematics). The test took about 30-40 minutes to complete. Remember, standardized tests are only one tool that we use to assess your child’s progress and particular learning needs. We look forward to seeing the results and using that information to improve our curriculum, support materials and professional development programs.

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

  • 5/1 - Mariners Game 1 pm
  • 5/5 - OPT Meeting
  • 5/6 - Kindergarten World Cup
  • 5/9 - Teacher In-Service Day, no school
  • 5/20 - Field Trip to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium