Mrs. James' Kindergarten News

November 13, 2015

Happy Friday!

Kindergarten has been working so hard for our Thankful feast! I am sure a lot of our families are getting previews of the songs at home. We are really looking forward to seeing all the parents and family members!
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FSA Family Thanksgiving Dinner

All families are invited to the annual Thanksgiving Dinner to be held on Thursday November 19th. Join us to celebrate Thanksgiving together by bringing a dish to share or if you are too busy to cook, send in a donation. Dinner starts at 6:00. I hope to see you there! If you are attending.. please make sure you sign up to RSVP and to bring a yummy dish to share!

· Enjoy a great pot luck dinner

· Laugh with your friends

· Find unique gifts and handmade creations at our Monster Bazaar

· Browse books at our Scholastic book fair

· Find even more books at the Read-it-Again book fair in the media center

Thanksgiving Dinner Decorations, Setup and Teardown, Musical Performance help

Thanksgiving Dinner Bring a Dish

RSVP to let us know if you planning to attend:

Important Information

Thank you so so much to the families that have brought in prize box prizes, signed up to bring in items for our Thankful Feast, and cans for the food drive. All of your help is GREATLY appreciated!! :)

1. Kindergarten Thankful Feast

On Wednesday, November 18th Ms. Fichter and Mrs. James' Kindergarten classes will have a Thankful Feast in our school cafeteria from 1:30-2:45 pm. We are inviting all family members to come and join your Kindergartener for their Thankful Feast... siblings too! During our feast, our two kindergarten classes will perform a Thanksgiving song (or three!), participate in a fun Turkey dance, share what they are all thankful for this year, and enjoy some delicious food! If you can’t come come be a part of our day, make sure you still sign-up to bring something in on our supply list using Sign-Up Genius. Please save this date if you want to come be a part of this exciting day in Kindergarten at FSAPS! Here is the sign-up genius link: Thankful Feast Sign-Up Genius

2. Book Fair:

Your child will be coming home with a "Book Fair Wish List" on Tuesday after we visit the book fair to preview books. On Thursday, we will return to the book fair to purchase books. If you would like your child to purchase books.... please return their wish list, circle the books you approve on their wish list, and send them with the correct amount of money for those books!

**Since the book fair will be taking place in the media center, we will not be visiting it on Monday

3. Canned Food Drive at FSAPS

Our student council is organizing a canned food drive that will continue from Monday, November 2 - Wednesday, November 18th. We will be collecting and donating canned foods for North Fulton Charities. This will be a contest! The three grades who collect the most (in relation to how many students in each grade) will earn a dress down day!

Your students can bring in cans from Nov. 2 - Nov. 18. If you drop them off at the front office, please make sure you let them know which homeroom they should go to so we can count them in our total number of cans collected.

We will count how many cans each grade receives and divide it by the number of students in that grade to find the average per student... the top 3 highest numbers will win a dress down day! As of today we have 26 cans.

Let's go Kindergarten!!

4. Traveling for the Holidays?

A few families have already spoken to me about their child's upcoming absence during the winter season. If you will be traveling before Thanksgiving or winter break and your child will be absent, PLEASE let me know asap. I will prepare for your child's absence and we will make sure they are able to take their winter MAP assessments before their travels.

5. Spirit Wear orders due Thursday, November 19th!

Spirit wear shirts, which can be worn with uniform pants and skirts every Friday, are available for order. Order forms are available at the front desk and must be accompanied by a check made out to the PVO.

**The PVO plans to offer another opportunity for names to be embroidered on jackets in December.**

6. 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.

7. Talent Show Auditions!

Mrs. Peacock & Mrs. Millar will be starting auditions for the Winter Talent Show THIS Monday November 9th! Auditions will be held before school in Mrs. Peacock’s room. Audition sign up sheets are outside Mrs. Peacock and Mrs. Millar’s classrooms. Auditions will be from Monday November 9th – Thursday November 19th. By Friday November 20th, there will be a FINAL talent show list of student performers for the FSAPS Winter Talent Show on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015!

The Elementary talent show will be held in the morning, and a separate talent show for the middle school will be held in the afternoon.

8. Pre-K and Kindergarten Dismissal Hallway Safety

During the dismissal periods, please make sure you wait outside the side door until a teacher lets you in. Parents should only enter the hallway when a Pre-K or Kindergarten teacher is present. It is a safety issue when parents waiting in the hall open the door for other adults.

Likewise, other teachers and students whose classrooms are in that hallway have been asked not to open the door for people waiting there. The safety of our students must always come first! Let’s all work together to make sure we always keep that in mind. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

9. Food Allergy Treats

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!

10. **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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Some topics for next week:

Math: Review Chapters 3-6, **Chapter 3-6 test on Friday 11/20**

Language Arts: Nonfiction book, "A Bed for the Winter" By Dorling Kindersley

Amazing words: nest, stump, hive, meadow, tree trunk, den. Adjectives for opposites, numbers and sizes. Phonics: Reviewing all letters sounds

Social Studies: Chapter 1, Lesson 8- What are our country's monuments?

**Chapter 1 Test on Friday 11/20**

Science: Begin 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:

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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 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:
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What's Coming Up?

November 2-18: FSA Canned Food Drive

November 9-19: Talent Show Auditions

November 16-20: Book Fair

November 18: Kindergarten Thankful Feast

November 19: FSAPS Thanksgiving Dinner 6pm

November 20: Math Test, Chapters 3-6

November 20: Social Studies Test, Chapter 1

November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break

December 1-4: MAP testing K-8

December 10: Fernbank Museum Field Trip (More info to come soon!)

December 13: Open House for prospective families

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