Our last butterfly is here! Wondering about the crumpled wings? It is because the butterfly just emerged from its chrysalis. As it has time, it will pump its wings and they will straighten and stretch out. We will keep the butterflies for the next few days because otherwise they will start mating, which we will not be talking about at school.
The class is very excited about our new butterflies but we also want to keep them safe: we’re like giants to them! When a child blows on a butterfly, it’s like a tornado to a human. We don’t want to be super loud or harmful to the butterflies so we need to be quiet and gentle with them. We will likely do our butterfly release later this week or early next week but will enjoy taking turns looking at them in the meantime.
When things are very still and quiet the caterpillars tend to be more active. The class will get to see a longer version tomorrow! The one on the left is working on web spinning.
Here are some important upcoming dates (now with details!):
Leadership Preview Night: April 22nd (notes came home yesterday)
-This is a night where the children are practicing for Leadership Day. Parents are invited to come with their children so they can practice talking about how they use their favorite Habit or how they use their Leadership Notebook.
Leadership Day: April 23rd
-Educators from across the area and sometimes the state will come to see what The Leader In Me looks like at Erie!
Mother’s Day Tea: May 8th
-Invitations are coming home today, but it is an afternoon of spending time with your child. If the mother cannot attend a grandmother, aunt, or other special woman may come instead. Only 1 adult may come for each child. Students will have a gift for their mothers, a project to make together, and spend some time with them.
Upland Hills Farm Field Trip: May 15th
-Field trip permission slips will come home next week. Please send in shirts by next Friday so we can begin painting them to get ready for the trip.
Look forward to notes about these events and please pay close attention to the classroom newsletter!
If you do not have Microsoft Publisher and were unable to view the newsletter, please click here: Newsletter 26, 3-31-15 for the pdf version. Thank you to the proactive families who let me know it wasn’t working!
Here is our classroom news for this week. It is a short week, so it is a short newsletter!
Newsletter 26, 3-31-15
Newsletter 21, 2-24-15
Especially important: Early Release Day is tomorrow.
Rollerskating money is due asap so that the children can start skating next Tuesday.
Have a great day,
We had a great 100th day of school, but school doesn’t end at day 100!
What does 100 days smarter look like in kindergarten? (Here are a few ways)
- Children who see themselves as leaders
- Children who know they have goals for learning and for behavior
- Children who have much more confidence when looking at letters and words
- Children who are amazing at discussing and doing math
- Children who know a lot about penguins!
What will we see as the year goes on?
- Children who become more confident readers
- Children who become great writers
- Children who learn to own the responsibility for their choices
- Children who make great friends
- Children who learn about the farm and about butterflies
How Can Parents Help?
- Make sure your child has a consistent sleep schedule
- Give them healthy snacks to fuel their brain power
- Spend time talking to your children about their day–ask specific questions like “Did you do workplaces?” or “What did you do with your BLAST buddy? instead of “What did you do/learn today?”
- Continue to enforce good effort. Working towards a goal is as important as achieving it.
- Since no child is ever perfect, talk with them about ways they can do better in their effort on behavior and academics
- Encourage them to practice sight words, reading, and counting in fun ways. We start the learning at school but how much they keep for the next 18 years is solidified at home by practice and by attitudes of families. Check pinterest or email me if you need ideas!
The Gingerbread Man has disappeared! We read about him this morning and then when we came back from lunch, he was gone. We do not know his current whereabouts. I promise I didn’t eat him (he wasn’t gluten-free after all). We started thinking of ideas of where we think the Gingerbread Man may have gone. If your child didn’t put an idea on the list yet, they will do so later this week.
Read below to see some of the children’s ideas!
Where did the gingerbread man go
Apparently we are having an issue with PowerSchool’s Parent Portal sending email progress reports to parents about grades. The only grades I currently have in PowerSchool are for returned letter homework. Your child should not have any math, reading, science, or social studies grades being displayed/sent to you.
Please click here to take a 2-question survey to let us know if you have been affected so that we can fix the issue.
We have been singing a lot in kindergarten. Some of that is positive, some is not.
Bad news first: If you listen to it on the radio, your children probably know the words. Some of those words are not appropriate for them to be singing at school. Help your child have a balanced musical intake of appropriate songs that are fun to sing with songs like those that follow.
Good news second: the class has gotten quite excited about the letter songs from Have Fun Teaching’s Youtube Channel (check out letter Z for an example) and about singing the 7 Habits to Erie’s music video (see here). Both of these are accessible from home as well. Have Fun Teaching Channel has a video for every letter, for counting, and for many of the sight words.
Have fun practicing reading and practicing appropriate songs