Hello Kinder Families,
What a wonderful week the children and I had! From attending our last town hall meeting on Wednesday to going on our field trip to Benson's Park. There was so much excitement to be had! And just like that...there are only 8 more school days left. This is a bittersweet time of year and Miss Froleiks will certainly be shedding some tears when she sees this class leave her for 1st grade.
Since we did travel to Benson's Park on Thursday, please make sure you have been regularly checking your son/daughter for ticks. Nearly all of the students went on "adventures" through the trails in the woods. It has been shared that Benson's has made a statement reporting higher tick counts than past seasons.
All Kindergarten students will be taking their spell-a-thon test on Monday June 5th. All of the words on the list ARE trick words the students have learned throughout the school year.
Kindergarten will be performing in their Spring concert on Wednesday June 7th at 1 PM. This performance will take place in the multipurpose room.
Field Day will be this Friday June 9th. Kindergartens color this year is YELLOW. This is an all day event happening at Stello's and back at MACS. Volunteers are needed for the 50 Yard Dash (It is such an easy activity to run!). If you would like to have your son/daughter tie-dye at Field Day PLEASE SEND IN A WHITE SHIRT. I have been labeling them and holding on to them until the kids need them on Friday.
END OF YEAR KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATION:
Both Miss Froleiks and Mrs. Tannariello are beginning to plan an end of year celebration. There will be a fun treat to eat as well as classroom awards handed out at that time. This will take place on Monday June 12th in the afternoon.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL:
All K-6 students will participate in a whole school assembly on Wednesday June 14th. Students will be dismissed BEFORE lunch. Please be sure to ONLY pack a morning snack for that day.
Starting yesterday, students are beginning to bring home work and materials from throughout the school year period. You may see some work that Miss Froleiks held on to from September. It has been amazing to see how much your child has grown and developed throughout the year.
Kindergarten Academic Day:
Over the last two weeks, students have been significantly working on their writing during literacy block. Several students have been working on their ability to recall and spell a variety of sight words in their written work. The students are also being encouraged to recall all writing mechanics we have talked about through the last few months. During this week at center rotations, we discussed everything that needs a capital letter such as
-someones name -a holiday -a day of the week -a month
-"I" by itself -names of places
In addition, students also worked on a typing project in the computer lab over the last two weeks. Students who participate in the full day program typed up a sentence about their favorite American Symbol (a previous social students unit). The children learned about how to log on to their google accounts, type a capital letter and open a new blank word document! Yesterday, students illustrated their sentence and we put it in their writing binders.
Students are continuing to practice their addition/subtraction math facts while play whole class games, worksheet activities and working on XtraMath 3 times a week. The class was also introduced to name collection boxes and function machines (in and out rule machine). We continue to work in our Everyday Math workbooks to practice both new and old skills.
Coming up this week, we will further discuss height, weight and capacity using backpacks instead of our bodies (a previous lesson).
Kindergarten Enrichment Day:
Students are currently learning about the life cycle stages of a frog. We have read several books, acted out the stages in small groups and drew pictures to help us remember the cycle. Friends who stay for music have learned and sung a song about a frogs life cycle as well! Miss Froleiks was hoping to see some frog eggs at one of the ponds at Benson's Park ... but no luck!
Over the last two weeks, students have wrapped up their unit on American Symbols and have started to discuss Needs & Wants. It has been a wonderful opportunity to listen to almost all of the students discuss their personal needs and wants with one another. As you may have seen, your son/daughter completes a variety of worksheets throughout the last few days on deciphering the two differences. At this point in Kindergarten, it is important for your child to understand that there are only 3 main wants: FOOD, CLOTHING, SHELTER. We have talked about appropriate needs and what it may look like at different times throughout the year.
MACS Marketplace has officially come to a close. Students wrapped up their final week participating in marketplace. Employee's at the Underwater Aquarium recently have been evaluated by their two managers. The Underwater Aquarium managers also recently chose a NEW EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH. To find out who it is, check out the MICRO tab under ACADEMICS.
Students also had their final Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday. Several Kindergarten friends earned a citizenship award! Check out some pictures below:
Field Trip Fun to Benson's Park:
What an amazing field trip for our Kindergarten class. Students were split up into small groups to travel throughout Benson's park with a chaperone. The students were not only thrilled to play on the playgrounds and go explore...but they were also excited to travel on a school bus for the very first time!! Below are several pictures from that fabulous day: