Happy Sunday Families,
Can you believe that it is 90 degrees today! Miss Froleiks loves the warm weather, however this is a little too hot. Your child has completed their second full week of school. I hope you are all adjusting to the drop off/pick up routines here at MACS. If you ever have any questions about routines or procedures, please don't hesitate to reach out.
-Our first Scholastic Book order has been placed and should be arriving by the end of this week. Thank you to all of the spectacular families who placed orders :)
-It has come to my attention from duty teachers that many Kindergarten students have been spotted being unsafe while getting dropped off in the morning carpool lane. Please make sure both you and your child are making safe choices! With that said, it has also been stated that in order to have morning carpool go a little more faster, encourage your son/daughter to be proactive about exiting the car. Although you DO have to wait to be in the designated drop off spot in the morning, your child can be ready to hop out of the car once you pull up to the back door.
-Our field trip to Parlee Farm is coming up on Thursday September 28th. Although there was a few errors on filling out the permission slips, all were turned in by last Friday! Thank you so much!! Please make sure if you gave permission for your child to attend the field trip, that they pack appropriate shoes to go apple picking (sneakers are highly recommend). On this adventure, your child will even get an opportunity to eat an apple cider donut!! How YUMMY!!
-Open House is this Thursday September 28th. This is a PARENT ONLY open house. No children may attend. This is a time to learn about your son/daughters curriculum, see into their classroom and view some of their work so far. This is NOT a time for conferencing about how your child is doing in school. Conferences will be in early November.
Kindergarten Academic Day:
This past week, students learned about the letter B. We brainstormed many different B words and even became detectives in our classroom to look for B objects. Your child has been exposed to their Handwriting Without Tears orange booklet and has completed their T and B letter pages. Your son/daughter has learned about how all letters and numbers are created using a combination of: little lines, big lines, big curves and little curves. Students are also becoming acclimated with completing table top worksheets. They continue to practice sitting up tall with their back to the back of the chair as well as using one hand to write and the other hand to support their paper.
At the start of the week, students went on a number walk throughout the whole school. We searched for numbers 0-9 in several areas of the school including the second grade classroom where we found LOTS of numbers :) In addition, students continued to play the "gotcha game" with peers and we learned how to appropriately write numbers 1 and 2 using HWT step by step instructions. Each day, students are following Everyday Math routines such as taking attendance, calendar, question of the day and counting the number of days in school. All of these activities help build your son/daughters number sense.
Kindergarten Enrichment Day
Your child has planted their very own plant in class. They have been observing its changes every few days. We discuss the changes we see through describing words and drawing pictures. Some plants have sprouted seedlings as others have not. We have talked about how each plant is different and they all grow at their own pace. In addition, your child has completed a plant life cycle mini book. We have read this book as a whole class and your child worked to add appropriate colors to the pages to grasp the understanding of the life cycle.
Students have been working to remember their classroom jobs daily. Each day they remember to do their class job, helps them earn money (MICRO bucks) that they will then get on pay day (Friday's). We have discussed how if you don't come to school, then you can't earn money for that day. Miss Froleiks gave the example of her job position to help the students better understand. In addition, we have talked about voting, elections and presidents during our Micro period. One student will be elected our class representative and will work in the government with Miss Walchak (2nd grade teacher). We will vote on Thursday September 28th in the afternoon. All other students will work in our classroom contained venture.
Donors Choose Projects:
As some of you know, I participated in creating Donors Choose Projects throughout the 2016-2017 school year. I am extremely lucky to have had seven different projects fulfilled this prior year. Your child benefits from these projects, even from last year, because items such as the classroom tablets, learning choice games or even the NEW Kindergarten chromebooks that I received last week are all available for your son/daughter to use.
With this said, I will be continuing to write these Donors Choose Projects during this 2017-2018 school year. With this comes an important thanking element for all of the donors who give to our project(s). This week, I will be sending home a PERMISSION SLIP granting permission for your child to participate in writing thank you letters and being able to be photographed in a few pictures for the donors to see how the materials are directly being used by the students. Below is an example of the permission slip that you can preview. If you have any questions about Donors Choose, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or visit the website yourself :)
Click Here for: Direct Information About Donors Choose
Click HERE to view the Donors Choose Student Permission Slip