Mrs. James' Kindergarten News
October 9, 2015
This Past Week in Kindergarten
This past week we read a realistic fictional story, "Dig Dig Digging" by Margaret Mayo from our ELA curriculum, Reading Street. This story is about trucks and tractors, fire engines and helicopters. They all like to work hard. But after a long, happy day of beep-beeping and vroom-vrooming, even the busiest engines need to rest. This bright, bouncy, noise-filled book brings together all the vehicles that our class love!
On Thursday we conducted a science experiment by making our own giant hand lens with a paper paint bucket, saran wrap and water! Children looked through the viewing hole at an object before and after water was poured on top of the saran to magnify the object. They then practiced recorded their observations. We continued Chapter 4 in math, counting and numbers 0-10 and discussed main idea in social studies. Also this week, our class made beautiful leaves out of tissue and contact paper. We have some very creative and artistic students in our class!
1.On Wednesday, October 28th from 1:30pm-3:15pm our class will have Pumpkin Math small groups in the cafeteria! The children will be split into four groups and will measure their pumpkin, count the ridges, scoop out the insides of the pumpkin, weigh the pumpkin, carve the pumpkin, count and separate the seeds, etc. Pumpkin design will be judged in 4 categories, and each group will be awarded accordingly. Each group needs a parent volunteer, so if you would like to come, please sign up on the sign-up genius link below. A Pumpkin Math Leader sheet will come home Friday, October 23rd for those who volunteer to lead! I also need parents to donate 4 medium sized pumpkins, and 2 sets of pumpkin carving tools (I’ll just borrow these for the day).
2. Please don't forget to send in money and permissions slips for the Art Barn Field Trip on Thursday, October 15th! :)
3. A lot of our class is doing a great job with following the dress code, however I am still seeing a few children not following FSA dress code requirements. These requirements can be found in the Student Handbook and I will also list them below. Dress Down Day is ONLY the second Friday of the month for children that are exhibiting good conduct. If you get an e-mail telling you otherwise, all children can dress down on this day.
From Lands End
Polos: should have logo
White or blue button down oxford
White peter pan blouse for the girls to wear under a jumper
From Lands End
Khaki or navy slacks or shorts – no cargo pants
Skirts or skorts, proper length
Jumpers with logo – for the younger students
Leggings-Solid, white, blue or black colors.
From Lands End
Navy fleece with logo
Closed toed dress shoes-brown, black or navy
Athletic shoes-predominantly white or black
Laces should be black or white as well
White, black, khaki or navy only
Shirts should always be tucked in. Pants with belt loops should always have a belt worn with them. (the 2nd grade and younger have elastic waist options)
4. Homework packets are due Monday. :)
5. If your child cannot eat cupcakes, cake or any other party foods, please send in a plastic bag with treats they can enjoy when we have celebrations. Thank you!
6. If your child has Mr. Chiappetta, your child's Spanish homework will also come home with our weekly homework packets on Monday and will be due that following Monday.
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!**
Math: Continue Chapter 4, Counting and Numbers 0-10.
Language Arts: Reading nonfiction book , "Flowers" by Vijaya Bodach. Text and photographs introduce the flowers found on plants, and includes information on how they grow, along with their uses.
Social Studies: Chapter 1, Lesson 4- What rules do we follow?
Science: Chapter 2- Solving problems. What problems can you solve?
Happy Birthday to Hudson and Saavan!
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
Change of Clothes
Classroom Donations Needed
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What's Coming Up?
October 9th- Science Test, Chapter 1- The Nature of Science
Spirit Day and Good Conduct Dress Down DayOctober 15th- Art Barn Field Trip
October 21st- Picture Re-take Day
October 26-30- Red Ribbon Week
October 28th- Pumpkin Math Day