Friday 21th April
Math work. The measuring unit advances with the children measuring object in inches. The children are making progress in their practice of money and recognizing coins.
Story writing The children continue to write stories using sight words and phonetic spelling. This week they wrote how they could help the world. Each week they are reading and recognizing new sight words. They are now up to 30 sight words. They are working hard and learning a great deal, while still having fun and feeling good about themselves.
Their reading skills are progressing well.
Science. The children are learning about birds and we will bird watching. It is a lot of fun. They also completed an experiment to show why different birds have different shaped beaks.
This week the children were divided into 4 mixed grade groups of kindergarten, first grade and second grade students. There were 4 activities related to earth day and the children rotated around all four activities. These activities were related to water which is the JEM theme and also learning to work together for the good of everyone.
The activities included erosion, water/ soil filtration, gardening by planting onion bulbs and creating a wonderful weaving. Thank you to Olivia Brangan, Qwen Stolz, Amy Kaufman, Mrs Fox, Ms Sinisi, Mrs O'Mara, Mrs Nyce, Miss Wells and Mrs Partridge for helping with these projects. It was a wonderful earth day celebration.
Children of kindergarten age are learning and growing daily but they are children, so mistakes will happen. Please reinforce to your children that at BFS, every child needs to be responsible and a friend to everyone. Simplicity, kindness, friendship and helping the community are really important to the values of BFS and I am certain to all of you as parents. The children all want to do the right thing!
Please remember that the weather is changeable at this time of the year. Please send a light jacket for the mornings. Our playground often does not get warm until lunchtime.
The JEM visitors from Russia and India arrived on Thursday 20th April and will leave on Friday 28th April. The lower school children will get to meet and be with the visitors.
Cultural Assembly Wednesday 26th April at 12:50 to 2:00 pm. All parents are welcome.
Friday May 5th Trip to Honey Hollow for Pond dipping. Need 3 parents to come.
Saturday May 6th Spring Frolic. Kindergarten parents are helping to organize this.
Wednesday 10th May Trip to the Keswick Theater. Please send in a snack and lunch to be eaten on the bus.
Wednesday 10th May. Bike assembly for Kindergarten children. Children will bring bikes into school. Only bikes! This is just for fun, as I love to go biking and I like to inspire a love of exercise and keeping fit, while having a good time. They can have training wheels! This is not a competition and should NOT be stressful for anyone. Big friends help! The children need helmets. The bikes can come in on Tuesday 9th May and I will keep them in the classroom.
Grandparents day 12th May. Grandparents or a special grown up friend come to school. Unfortunately there is no room for parents! It is a wonderful morning! Sabrina will give you information on what the k class parents do for this event. I will send home a schedule as soon as I get it. It may be the day before.
The art show will be up so make sure you look at it as it has all the children’s work in it. There will be an opportunity to view the art show on Wednesday 17th May.
Thursday 25th May Conferences for Kindergarten parents. Children will have a normal school day.
Move-up assembly Wednesday 24th May. Children will visit 1st grade for about half an hour. They will come back excited but still a little nervous, but they will be well prepared and ready to move to 1st grade. The 8th graders come back to Kindergarten.
Friday 26th May. Crayola factory trip with big friends.
Friday 2nd June. Track and Field day. It is a normal day of school so the children come for 8:30 and so parents come to school for 10:45 am. The event starts for lower school at 10:45 AM on the lower school playground then the lower school moves to the little field behind the meetinghouse. The children will be on the blue team or the grey teams. I will get to know the teams soon. If in doubt, please ask me.
There is a lot going on but I will remind you as the date arrives.
In peace and friendship,