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!

Important Information

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.

Dress Code:


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.

7. **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!**

Curriculum Corner

Some topics for next week:

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!

Hudson and Saavan share the same birthday! They will be celebrating their birthdays on October 14th!

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:

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 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:

Classroom 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:

What's Coming Up?

October 9th- Science Test, Chapter 1- The Nature of Science

Spirit Day and Good Conduct Dress Down Day

October 15th- Art Barn Field Trip

October 21st- Picture Re-take Day

October 26-30- Red Ribbon Week

October 28th- Pumpkin Math Day

Mrs. Kimberly James

Kindergarten Teacher

Fulton Science Academy

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students

3035 Fanfare Way

Alpharetta, GA 30009