Happy Summer!

Dear FIRST GRADE families,

We had a wonderful block party today! Here is a photo of our dance line through the hallway at the end of the day…


A quick addendum to the "What is included in this envelope" page…
I added your child’s portfolio that I have kept all year- their math assessments, writing samples and various tests. I highly recommend pulling out all of the writing samples and putting them in chronological order!

Have a GREAT summer! Thank you again for a wonderful year and sharing your angels with me! I look forward to seeing them in 1st Grade and hearing all their summer stories!
~Jessica

End of Year Exit Survey

Hello Families~

As this school year closes, I want to thank you for supporting me and supporting your learner all year long. Would you please help me to better understand how this year worked for you and your child? All Beye homeroom teachers are giving families an exit survey and the link to mine is here:

End of Year Survey- Ms. Bretl’s Class

It’s not long, it’s completely anonymous and it will go a long way toward helping make next year even better as we look at what worked well and what might be improved to make it even better. I greatly appreciate your partnership and the few minutes of your time it will take to complete the survey.

Thanks!

6-6-17 End of Kindergarten Update!

Hello Kindergarten Families! (ALMOST FIRST GRADE!)

This is our last official update of the year… Here is a photo of our zoo trip! We had a few extra students along! Thanks to all who were able to make it- made for a very nice trip to have so many chaperones!

Your kindergartner came home with a full backpack and possibly more bags of items from their locker, and our classroom. Please help them clean it out tonight before summer officially starts… I would like them to bring their empty backpack to school tomorrow. There will be more to come home tomorrow too 🙂 But today was the bulk of their "Kindergarten stuff"

Tomorrow is our Kindergarten Block Party: Sign up: Kindergarten Block Party Sign-UpOur class will come at 10:15! We have gym 9:45-10:15 & the kids love gym (and Ms. Bretl loves planning time to clean the classroom). We hope to see you then!

Dismissal is at 1:55 tomorrow. If your child has a different plan than usual (not riding the bus, etc.), please do let me know. There is an all school gathering & teacher dance at 1:30 that you are invited to attend- it is on the blacktop by the USA map & basketball hoops.

Check out our last few presentations and latest photos!
Their presentations were awesome!

I will be sending a separate email with a survey for you to complete about your child’s Kindergarten experience. Please do take a few minutes to help us plan to make kindergarten better!

Mr. Wither’s Library Newsletter


Recommended Reading List for incoming first graders from OPPL

I also found this nice infographic if you are looking for summer book ideas for your Kinder:

Thank you for a wonderful 2016-2017 school year! It was my pleasure to teach your kindergartners this year! Every year I learn more tricks and strategies for lessons and student situations… so thank you for letting me continue my practice on your children! And for sharing their important moldable kindergarten year with me! Each child in this class brought me so many smiles and laughs! I know they will all continue to grow in first grade and beyond!
~Jessica

Zoo Tomorrow

Hello Kindergarten Families!

Tomorrow is the zoo! Please have your child pack a lunch to bring along, apply sunscreen before school and wear comfortable walking shoes.

It is going to be a fun last few days of K! Same comfortable clothes, shoes & sunscreen recommendation for Friday’s Olympic Day.

I hope to see as many families that can make it to the Kindergarten end of year block party on Wednesday, June 7th 10AM-1PM. Also, there is an end of year whole school meeting on the black top at 1:30 that Wednesday- you can watch the teachers make fools of themselves doing a traditional end of year dance. Get excited! We will dismiss for the school year at 1:55 on Wednesday, when you will officially have 1st Graders!

I will keep updating this album from each of our end of year research project posters are shared… These projects are so great! Thanks for your efforts at home in researching and putting together the posters. The topic variety is so fun & seeing their actual creations is the best… You can tell Kindergartners made them & that is awesome! Way to be supportive parents!

This photo album also contains photos snapped from our other end of the year fun, including: ABC countdown, the PBIS (positive behavior incentive system we use whole-school) Kickball celebration, and general cute Kinder photos…

Photos

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments! Thanks!
~Jessica

P.S. 5-23-17 Class Update

After the 3 Piggy Opera, our class will head to the Music Room hallway. You may meet us there to pick up your Kindergartner! The music room is the first classroom outside of the Southeast door of the auditorium (the back of the auditorium). It is next to the stairs and ramp.

Mrs. Sigunick’s class will meet by the front office hallway.

Mr. Ricker’s class will meet outside of the Art room.

See you tonight! Oink, oink!

On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 5:49 PM, Jessica Bretl <jbretl> wrote:

Hello Kindergarten Families!

Tomorrow is the Three Piggy Opera!

Kindergartners should be dropped off in the in Commons (the lunchroom) at 5:40 p.m. Parents and family members may then head to the auditorium to secure their seats. The show will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will last about 30-40 minutes. Thank you for your support!

Here is a picture of our belated orange celebration! They are one cute class!

Please do send in your Brookfield Zoo permission slip & $4 and the end of the year Kindergarten Block Party slip & $5. All families are welcome to attend both!

Clarification: The Kindergarten Block Party is different than the end of year whole school picnic. The whole school picnic is in the evening of Tuesday, June 6th. The Kindergarten block party is during the school day on Wednesday, June 7th from 10-1. We hope to see you if you can make it!

More updates to come next week!

~Jessica

5-23-17 Class Update

Hello Kindergarten Families!

Tomorrow is the Three Piggy Opera!

Kindergartners should be dropped off in the in Commons (the lunchroom) at 5:40 p.m. Parents and family members may then head to the auditorium to secure their seats. The show will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will last about 30-40 minutes. Thank you for your support!

Here is a picture of our belated orange celebration! They are one cute class!

Please do send in your Brookfield Zoo permission slip & $4 and the end of the year Kindergarten Block Party slip & $5. All families are welcome to attend both!

Clarification: The Kindergarten Block Party is different than the end of year whole school picnic. The whole school picnic is in the evening of Tuesday, June 6th. The Kindergarten block party is during the school day on Wednesday, June 7th from 10-1. We hope to see you if you can make it!

More updates to come next week!

~Jessica

5-18-17 Class Update

Hello Kindergarten Families!

I am sorry for the delayed class updates. May is a crazy month here at Beye! But alas…

Here is a photo of how many students like to have snack lately 🙂 It’s just too beautiful outside… they need to find shade!

Here’s Ice pop I day love!


Updates:

  • The end of year research project has a mistake on the due date! I’m so sorry for causing any stress with a tight timeline. That date is supposed to read Tuesday, May 30th. You’re child has another week to work on research & making a poster for their presentation.
  • We had a lockdown drill today at the end of the day. We are required to practice lockdown drills as a whole school ever since the rise in school shootings. Basically we sit in the corner of the room quietly with the door locked. My message to our class is that we practice this, just like we do a fire drill or tornado drill, just in case there is a time where it is safest for us to stay locked in our room. We talked about the importance of students being silent. It didn’t get much deeper than that… I read some books to the class in a whisper voice during our 5 minute drill & I don’t think they were particularly affected by any of it, but if you hear talk about it at home please do let me know.
  • A Summer Launch Flyer is attached to this email. Summer Launch is District 97’s Summer School program for students entering 1st & 2nd grade. The focus is on Reading and Writing using the Reading Units of Study and Writing Units of Study programs we use during the school year. The deadline to sign up if you’d like to participate is approaching in 4 days. It is a paid program.
  • The end of the year has many events. We hope you can make all of these fun events! Please mark these special Kindergarten times in your calendar:
  • Wednesday, 5/24 6pm Three Piggy Opera
  • Thursday, 6/1 Brookfield Zoo field trip
  • Friday, 6/2 Olympic Day
  • Wednesday, 6/7 End of Year Block Party on the 300 block of Harvey 10am-1pm More information to come home soon!
  • Speaking of the Zoo, we are hoping as many families can come that would like to! The zoo is a great field trip & even better the more families come! 🙂 You are welcome to ride on the bus with the class, or drive your own vehicle. We encourage carpooling, especially to share any families which have a season pass and won’t need to pay for parking. You will send your child to school as normal and we will meet you at the zoo. The permission slip is attached to this email if you need it.
  • The last few Thursday packets had some important information in them you may have missed… Ordering yearbook is a big one. If you order a yearbook, your student will receive it the last week of school. From past classes I can tell you my students get very excited to get a yearbook and sad when they don’t get one. Information is pasted at the end of this email. Other information in those emails included signing up for after school programs next year (Beye Discovery and Right Club) & signing up to volunteer for Olympic Day. Olympic Day is a giant field day – students are mixed into teams with teacher team captains and they compete in various events both inside and outside with their team. It’s a great opportunity to volunteer and get to know more students & staff… Feel free to jump into Olympic Day as a parent volunteer or just drop by to cheer!
  • Here are our updated photos from last week Spring Photos. We also had fun writing about our moms last week! It carried over to this week too! Check out Elora & Lily’s writing during freechoice:

What We’ve Been Learning in Kindergarten:

  • Reading: This week we have been reading newage fairy tales- spins on traditional stories… such as The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf & The True Story of Cinderella by The Step Mother. We are comparing the stories to their traditional counterparts.
  • Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we started our opinion unit! The start of this unit asks students to think of a problem in the world, think of solutions and then write about it! These charts were made during our lessons. The problems and solutions are straight out of their mouths! You should see the books they have started! They are awesome! Next week we will get into different ways to "persuade" people through writing mediums: make posters, write letters, write a speech, make a petition, etc.

  • Math: This week we worked on solidifying combinations under 10 with drawings, number bonds, and written equations. We also touched on the measurement idea of "estimate" and "actual" with a math lesson focused on first estimating, then counting sunflower seeds.

How to Help at Home:

  • Work on your research project.
  • Pick out your outfit for the 3 Piggy Opera. Students should wear a pink or white top & dark bottoms.

Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday, May 24th: The Three Piggy Opera, 6 pm in the evening. Families welcome to attend our show!

Thursday, June 1st: Field Trip to the Brookfield Zoo – All families are welcome to join us!
Friday, June 2nd: Olympic Day (see below if you want to volunteer)
Wednesday, June 7th: Last day of Kindergarten! Block Party 10am-1pm

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1st-2nd Reading-Writing Workshop 2017 flyer .pdf
Brookfield Zoo permission slip 2017 .docx

5-10-17 Class Update

Hi Kindergarten Families!

A late class update this week…

The ABC countdown is off to a great start! Thank you for all of your support helping your child prepare each day! Game day was a hit today! It was fun to see your children dive right in to teaching other’s how to play their game. And fancy day was a hoot yesterday!

Check out our photos here in the Spring Album.

You may have seen the email from Mr. E or letter from District 97 about Erin’s Law. This is a law in Illinois that all schools are mandated to teach students Pre-K – 12th Grade about sexual abuse in an age-appropriate manner. You can check out more information here.

The Second Step Program we already use to teach emotional and social skills has supplemental supports for Erin’s Law with pictures about "Never Never" activities: Never-never touch a gun, swallow medicine you find, cross a street without a grown-ups’ permission, swim in a pool without an adult, play with fire, etc. Today’s lesson focused on unsafe touching & private parts. The message we shared with the kindergartners was that there are ways to give people safe touches (hugs, high fives, fist bumps) if they want it – and it is a good idea to ask people first. And we talked about unsafe ways to touch (hitting, kicking, pushing) & that those touches hurt people. If someone uses an unsafe touch on you, then you can say to them, "Stop. I don’t like that." We practiced different ways to say that and practiced how to have a firm tone of voice. We also discussed that private parts are areas of your body that only your doctor should touch, and your parents and doctor should see, & that nobody else should ask to see your private parts. And if you feel unsafe, you should report it to a trusted adult.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
~Jessica

Class Update 5-1-17

Happy May Kindergarten Families! The ABC Countdown starts tomorrow- that is truly a sign of the last few weeks! Ahh! Time flies in Kindergarten!

Updates:

  • Tomorrow begins our ABC Countdown!! We have planned a fun event or theme for each of the last 26 days of school! Tomorrow is A day: Bring a stuffed ANIMAL day! (If your child forgets a day, or does not want to participate one day, that is okay too! We will always have extras at school too.) A colorful handout went home today. We talked in school about possibly taping the paper to your refrigerator at home, or somewhere that will help your kindergartner keep track of the special celebrations!
  • Tomorrow is also the Walking Field Trip to the Library. Please help your kindergartner pick out comfortable walking shoes tomorrow.
  • Please put May 24th on your calendar for the 3 Piggy Opera at 6pm at Beye School. The flyer invite went home today as well!


What We’ve Been Learning in Kindergarten:

  • This week we are focusing on science lessons we did not get to last week 🙂 and of course, work stations and writing workshop keep us busy most of the morning!
  • Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are finishing the How To ____ unit this week! Next week we will begin writing opinions and persuasive letters!
  • Math: The decomposing numbers book came home today! The kindergartners worked hard on that book! We will begin working on subtraction this week!
  • Science: We are exploring the properties of fabrics and paper this week as part of our Materials and Motion Unit.

How to Help at Home:

  • Read, read, read!
  • Get ready for the fun ABC countdown events by checking out the flyer (attached to this email and sent home in your child’s folder today).

Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, May 2nd: Walk to the Oak Park Public Library field trip

Wednesday, May 24th: The Three Piggy Opera, 6 pm in the evening. Families welcome to attend our show!
Thursday, June 1st: Field Trip to the Brookfield Zoo – All families are welcome to join us!

abc-countdown-2017.docx