MJS Kinder Press

December 14th, 2015 - Week 14

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Kindergarten HOMEWORK Update

No Tic-Tac-Toe sheet will be sent home this week. Please take the time to enjoy the holidays and read stories to your children during the week for the homework assignment. The newsletter will resume the week of January 4th.

On behalf of the kindergarten staff, we wish our families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We'll see everyone in 2016!

SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Events

Friday, December 18th - Christmas Prayer Service
9:10 a.m. in the gym

Friday, December 18th - Half Day Dismissal at 12:00 p.m.
Beginning of Christmas Break and Extended Care will be open.

Monday, January 4th - First Day of School after Christmas Vacation.

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King Day - No School - Extended Care Closed

Thursday, January 28th - Kindergarten Field Trip to the Children's Hunger Fund at 8:15 a.m.

Friday, February 12th - Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day at Mayfield. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, March 3rd - Kindergarten Field Trip to the LA Zoo - Time TBD

KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM

Math-
In math this week we continued our learning of addition. This involved new vocabulary words like plus, equal and sum. And we practiced writing and solving addition equations.

Religion-
In religion, we continue to focus on the advent season, preparing our hearts for the coming Savior.

Guidance-
This week, Dr. Pannell shared the bucket metaphor with us to help us understand how what we say and do affects others. Are you filling or emptying someone's bucket? When a child is filled up, he/she is ready to be kind friend, even ready to learn.

Language Arts-
We are finishing up our adventures with Fritz from the SUPERKIDS program and have begun to work on the next character known as Ettabetta. Ettabetta likes rhyming games, secret codes, puzzles, and playing games.

Kindergarten Lunch and Bird Feeder Activity This Thursday At Mrs. Coleman's Backyard Spot

The kindergartners have been invited to have lunch on Thursday, December 17th at Mrs. Coleman's backyard spot located a half block from Mayfield Junior School on South Euclid Avenue. Each student should bring a brown bag or sack lunch for this outing. There will not be any way for the kindergarten staff to warm up food on this day.

Please cancel your child's hot lunch meal for Thursday, December 17th. You can contact our hot lunch vendor, California Fresh, to make arrangements to cancel the meal for Thursday.

We would also ask our parents to send in any pine cones you can spare for our students to take to Mrs. Coleman's backyard. We are going to make bird feeders for Mrs. Coleman's flying friends while visiting with her. We will take any pine cones donated as soon as possible so we can bring them with us on our trip this Thursday!

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Zachary Attanasio - December 4th/Mrs. Heupler's class
Eva Borncamp - December 10th/Mrs. Agundez's class
Frederik Larsen - December 14th/Mrs. Hale's class
Sophia Mills - December 15th/Mrs. Hale's class
Allie Charvat - December 17th/Mrs. Heupler's class
Tucker Conn - December 18th/Mrs. Heupler's class
Ave Maria Vargas - December 30th/Mrs. Agundez's class
Ryan Chen - December 31st/Mrs. Agundez's class

MJS Toy Drive To Benefit Pasadena Community

Thank you to all of our parents who generously gave toys to the MJS Toy Drive program to benefit families in the Pasadena area. Father Fausto visited with kindergarten and let the kindergartners know there are approximately 600 families signed up to receive toys for their children during the Christmas season. Thank you for bringing joy to those less fortunate in the community!

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day 2016

Please mark your calendars! It may seem early, but Mayfield’s annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ day is right around the corner. We look forward to welcoming the ones we love on February 12, 2016. This is a special tradition, a day when Grandparents or Special Family Friends join students on campus for Mass and classroom activities. To insure we get an invitation to your child's special guest, please fill out the form here if this is your first year at MJS (or there are changes to the addresses from last year's invitation mailing): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12VIQdERng0cKT1-D7Szb_StAXMSSNGZDWVkdrehN_I4/viewform

Thank you,

Nicole Dixon & Tina Yates

Carpool Update

A committee has been formed to address issues and concerns regarding the Mayfield Carpool experience. A new microphone to call out family names will be introduced for the end of the day carpool time to help us keep carpool moving smoothly.
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Mrs. Miller Enjoys The Gingerbread House Assembly Work!

Mrs. Crepaux Joins In the Fun!

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SUPERKIDS Fun with Mrs. Agundez!

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Father Fausto and Friend Thank the Kindergartners for their Toy Donations!

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Mrs. Coleman Visits Kindergarten!