10-16-17 Class Update

Hello Kindergarten Families!

It has been great meeting with all of you the last few weeks about your child’s progress and goals in kindergarten! I look forward to continuing these conversations and having more conferences this Thursday!

Reminder: Thursday 10/19 & Friday 10/20 are half days of school for students. Dismissal is 11:00 AM. Please let me know if there is a change to your child’s after school dismissal plan on those days.

Updates

  • Want a sneak peak of our class’ group photo? Check out our class’ photos: Google photos here.

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  • Next Thursday is our Pumpkin Patch field trip!
  • Tuesday, October 31st students are welcome to bring their costume to school! We will change after lunch and have a school parade, ending in our classroom for a classroom party. All families are welcome (even little brothers & sisters). Please mark your calendars now! ~1:15 is the start of the parade… We will party ~ 1:45-2:45. More information to come for our class room parents!

What We’ve Been Up To in Room 200

  • We have been busy in our learning routines! Today we finished our Reading Unit 1 with a reading parade celebration! Check out our pictures in the link above… but here are a few highlights! We paraded through classrooms and the older kids cheered for us. "We are readers!" and "we love books!" we cheered… all the kids go to wear their reading crowns and we held up our favorite storybooks from the classroom.

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  • During writing today, we had our unit 1 post assessment – basically, I asked the students to go back to their writing areas and to write me a true story with a beginning, middle, and end. We have been working on adding labels to drawings, adding more color to our drawings, and trying to write a sentence on the writing lines. I will grade their end of unit 1 writing piece using the same rubric I used for the pre-unit 1 writing piece. I can’t wait to see their growth! It will be especially evident after unit 2. This is the exciting part of kindergarten! They are becoming writers!!
  • In our Morning Meetings, we have been playing "What did you hear me say?" after we share… that has been helping students focus on listening to the speaker, instead of preparing for their turn πŸ™‚
  • In Handwriting, we continue to work on capital letters! This week we will do A, I, T, J.
  • In Math, we have been practicing counting 7, 8, 9 objects. We look for the number five by circling a group of 5 objects inside of the 7,8,9. We have been talking about how 7 is five plus 2 more, etc.
  • In Second Step, we have been working on reading people’s faces and body language to see if we can tell how they are feeling.
  • We will begin Science next week! How can we possibly fit more fun and learning into a day? (you are probably thinking?! … me too!)

How You Can Help at Home:

  • Continue to read! During your parent teacher conference, I will send you home with your child’s book bag! Please keep their letter flash cards, sight words & books inside the bag. Return to school once a week to get new books!
  • If you have kid-appropriate magazines at home that you are done with, please send them in! We will look for letters in them and cut out to make a class alphabet poster. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, October 19th: Parent Teacher Conferences in afternoon & evening- Half Day (AM only) of Student Attendance

Friday, October 20th: Half Day (AM only) of Student Attendance

Thursday, October 26th: Pumpkin Patch Field Trip!

Tuesday, October 31st: Halloween parade & class party in afternoon

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or thoughts you’d like to share.

~Jessica

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10-5-17 Class Update

Hi Kindergarten Families!

A quick update with some District 97 & Beye School updates I wanted to raise up:

  • No School Friday Oct. 6th- INSTITUTE DAY & Monday, Oct. 9th- COLUMBUS DAY.
  • Picture Day is on Tuesday!! Our class is taking our class photo at 8:15 AM. I am looking for one parent to meet us on the playground at 8:15 to take a few photos using my phone. My goal is to send out a group shot before you get the professional photo weeks later. Please email me if you are able to do this Tuesday morning. Thanks!
  • Here is link to order your pictures online via the Van Gogh website. www.ordervgil.com Use School Code 20052201
  • Beye School Shirts & Sweatshirts- Fundraiser The "two" shirt or "peace sign" shirt has been a hot topic in our class the past month. If your child does not already have a Beye peace sign shirt and you think they’d like one, please see the link above!
  • Field Trip: We are heading to the Pumpkin Patch on Thursday, October 26th. Please see the permission slip attached to this email (also sent home on Wednesday). You can pay online following this link If you pay online, please do send in the paper permission slip & note that you already paid online.

Have a great long weekend! See you Tuesday!
~Jessica

Goebberts Pumpkin Farm permission slip.pdf

9-26-17 Class Update

Hi Kindergarten Families!

Thank you for all of your well wishes! Wedding weekend went fabulously! It was a wonderful day filled with lots of happiness & dancing. I heard everything went well with Mrs. Fencl! Mrs. Fencl was at the wedding & I was even able to record a quick hello video to the kindergartners! Reminder I will be out Thursday, Friday, Monday and then will be back to regularly scheduled teaching! I have had a lot of requests from the kindergartners to come with Ryan & me to Florida & a few questions asking why I got married & why did I change my name… but it sure seems like they have been practicing my name because they had it down today- correcting each other what to call me- but I will go by Ms. Bretl anytime! I had many sweet Mrs. Milburn notes too- including a class note that they all read to me this morning! πŸ™‚

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I also wanted to inform you that we started Road to Reading today. Please see the attached letter describing Road to Reading. A paper copy of this letter will come home tomorrow as well. All kindergartners are working on reading readiness skills right now. This includes when working with oral sentences:

  • making sure they can identify which word is first/last
  • beginning middle, end
  • before/after
  • 1:1 correspondence (pointing to a word as you read in simple phrases)
  • adding and deleting words from a sentence orally
  • substituting words in a sentence orally

Please let me know if you have any questions or updates on your student! More detailed class update will come next week!
~Jessica

P.S. Please note: Friday, October 6th is a Teacher Institute Day (no student attendance) & Monday, October 9th is a Non-School Day for Columbus Day/ Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Road to Reading Intro letter.pdf

9-20-17 Class Update

Hello Kindergarten Families!

Every day with this class is so enjoyable! They are a fun group of kids who are becoming wonderful students! I love learning something new about them every day. On Monday I asked each child to tell us one thing they did over the weekend. Here is a quick look at our class’ sharing: ate macaroni & cheese with peas, went to two soccer games, played ‘the basketball game’ with my dad, rode my bike with no training wheels, saw my cousins, played dinosaurs, went to a restaurant with my family, played video games, had a sleepover with my brother. I can tell they have fun lives at home!

Updates

  • I will be out this Friday 9/22 & Monday 9/25 for my wedding, back on Tuesday & Wednesday next week & out Thursday 9/28, Friday 9/29, Monday 10/2 for a mini-honeymoon. Mrs. Fencl will be our class’ substitute. I am very confident leaving our class in her hands. She was a favorite Beye School 1st & 2nd Grade teacher for 20+ years and substitutes now for K-1-2 at Beye
  • Kindergartners Interests Survey If you have not filled this out yet, please do so! I’d love to make a one page document for all the parents that can be used to help you get to know our class & facilitate playdates and conversations about school at home. We have 8 student responses so far!
  • Sign up for our Fall Parent- Teacher Conference HERE! I will be holding conferences the evenings of Thursday October 12th & Thursday, October 19th. If these days don’t work for you, just let me know and we will find a different day/ time.
  • Check out our class’ photos: Google photos here.A few new photos added from making letters & a cute video at the end of a few students playing "School" πŸ™‚
  • Scholastic Reading Book Flyers will come home tomorrow. If you are interested in ordering books for your child, please see directions:
  • Go to Scholastic.com and click on "parents" > "book club orders" or: http://pcool.scholastic.com/parentordering/login.jsp
  • On your initial visit, you will need to sign up with your own information. In that process, it will ask you for an activation code in order to link you as a member of our class.
  • Activation Code Needed: GYVPT
  • After that initial sign up, you will then be able to enter your own information each time you log in.
  • PBIS certificates & Paw Passes… Have you heard your kindergartner talking about getting 10 paw passes? or mention their "certificate"…
  • PBIS = Positive Behavior Intervention System
  • It is a school wide system to encourage and shape positive behavior in all students. You can learn more if you’d like here.
  • Below is a "Paw Pass". Students can earn a paw pass when they are caught following a class or school rule or helping a friend, etc. We are collecting them in our classroom in individual bins- one for each student. Once a student reaches 10 paw passes, we staple them together and they get to turn them in for a "CERTIFICATE"!!!!
  • The certificate wall is in the hallway outside the office/ commons. The student will get to keep earning paw passes for a chance to add gold medal stickers to their certificate… and… They will get a copy of the certificate and sticker to come home too!! So you can have your own Paw Pass brag wall on your fridge or in your child’s bedroom!
  • Mrs. Harlan (school secretary) & Mr. Gray (Student Support Specialist) come around to each classroom on Tuesday mornings to check who has made it to 10 paw passes. Ask your student if they have made it to 10 yet!

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What We’ve Been Up To in Room 200

  • We continue to finish up the one on one beginning of the year math and reading assessments! I look forward to sharing with you at our Parent Teacher Conference in a few weeks!
  • In our morning meetings, we have been practicing listening and participating, as well as using a loud speaker voice & making eye contact. We have also been taking turns sharing about our families πŸ™‚ It has been fun hearing about everyone’s family!
  • Part of our Phonemic Awareness practice the last few weeks has been practicing letter names & letter sounds with letter flash cards. This week our fun class has even been creating special hand signals to go along with each letter. IE: "Letter is F. Sound is /f/. Fish" *making hands into a fish movement swimming in the water.
  • In Reading Workshop, we have been practicing being excellent partners & learning how to find information on the page by touching the page, looking at the pictures, adding a "pinch of you" (I think…) and trying to find letters and words we can read. On Friday the class will transition from reading "read about the world" books to "old favorite storybooks". Think: Three Billy Goats Gruff, Cinderella, The Carrot Seed, Peter’s Chair, Berenstein Bears. If your child has some favorite storybooks at home and wants to bring them in to share- they can do so anytime. We will keep them in our class for a few days and then send them back. Please do write your child’s name on the inside or outside of the book so we can get it back to you! OR feel free to just discuss old favorite storybooks at home and look for new favorite storybooks at the library! A "storybook" is a literature story with a strong plot structure- a beginning, middle, end & usually a problem that gets resolved at the end.
  • We are reading the story Mrs. Wishy Washy this week during an activity called "Shared Reading". It is the same book each day for one week. I project the story onto the white board using my ipad & apple TV. The students read along with me. The shared reading book choice each week is just slightly above Kindergarten reading level. I model reading it for them & talk out loud how I think about the pictures and words. Each day the class get a little better at reading the words and building confidence!
  • In Handwriting, we begin our handwriting workbook tomorrow! Woohoo! We are still working on the "Frog Jump Capitals". These capital letters all start in the upper left hand side (imagine each letter inside of a vertical rectangle- or we call it "the doorframe"). They usually have a straight line down the doorframe & then it "Frog Jumps" (pick up your pencil and go back to the upper left corner of that doorframe) back to the start.
  • D, P, B, R, N, M, E, F
  • In Math, we have been practicing counting up to the number 5 and practicing reading color words (red, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, black, white, brown, yellow)
  • In Second Step today, Mrs. Sheth & I introduced "Self-Talk". We practiced repeating directions to yourself before you start the task to help you remember the task.

How You Can Help at Home:

  • Show and share your excitement for reading & books- especially your children’s books at home or the library! I saw a wonderful article the other week (sorry I forget to save it- will look for it)… how teacher and parent enthusiasm about books is a huge support for helping students to get into reading and becoming fluent readers!
  • If you have kid-appropriate magazines at home that you are done with, please send them in! We will look for letters in them and cut out to make a class alphabet poster. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, October 6th: No School, Teacher Institute Day

Monday, October 9th: No School, Columbus & Indigenous People (woohoo! Go Oak Park!) Day

Tuesday, October 10th: Picture Day (schedule those haircuts now!) πŸ™‚

Thursday, October 12th: Parent Teacher Conferences in the evening

Thursday, October 19th: Parent Teacher Conferences in afternoon & evening- Half Day (AM only) of Student Attendance

Friday, October 20th: Half Day (AM only) of Student Attendance

Thursday, October 26th: Pumpkin Patch Field Trip! More information to come soon!

Tuesday, October 31st: Halloween parade & class party in afternoon

Have a great weekend! Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or thoughts you’d like to share about your kindergartner, our class, or anything else πŸ™‚

~Jessica

Ms. Bretl’s Kindergarten Curriculum Night Summary

Hello Kindergarten Families,

This email is a summary of information from Curriculum Night on August 30th. It is long, but has useful information, including a learning overview, kindergarten logistic information, photo link, homework policy, a calendar link & our parent -teacher conference sign-up πŸ™‚

Curriculum Overview

Math: Your child will learn 2D & 3D shapes, recognize & write numbers to 30, count to 100, the concept of addition & subtraction, addition & subtraction facts under 5 fluently & under 10 with manipulatives. We will work with word problems, learn about length, weight & capacity, and learn teen numbers.

Science: Our units areTrees & Weather, Materials & Motion, and Animals

Social/ Emotional Growth & Learning: All of Beye School uses PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) to support positive behavior. You will hear your Kindergartner talk about Paw Passes & getting a certificate once they reach 10 paw passes. This is part of PBIS. Second Step teaches social skills that support learning and being a caring classmate. We have Second Step every Wednesday afternoon.

Reading & Writing: We are using the Reading Units of Study and Writing Units of Study program. This is our second year using Writing & the first using Reading. The lesson includes a "workshop time" which consists of a 10 minute mini-lesson by me, then students go practice the skill with me conferencing with them throughout their practice time & then finishing up with a sharing about our practice. We also have Read Aloud and Shared Reading times where students help me read a story together on the white board (project the book with the ipad camera) & I model reading decoding and comprehension strategies.

Handwriting: We use the Handwriting Without Tears program. I sent home some paper hand-outs that should help you with the terminology we use when teaching students how to form their letters. We practice with mini chalkboards, little chalk & sponges and playdoh & letter cards & also write letters in our handwriting workbook.

Logistics

  • Snack & water bottle are encouraged every day- A refillable water bottle with their name printed clearly on it is best. Snack can be any healthy nut-free food (crackers, pretzels, fruit, vegetables).
  • Lunch– Some people do hot lunch every day, some choose which days they want to participate, others do a packed lunch from home every day- it is up to you. Milk is also available for all students every day- they can choose regular or chocolate- make sure you talk with your child about your expectations for milk if you wish they drink that at at lunch.
  • Dismissal plan changes– Please do email me if it is before noon (I usually check my email at lunch) if there is a change in your child’s dismissal plan. After noon, please call the school office 708-524-3070 & Ms. Cooper or Mrs. Harlan will page into our classroom to let us know.
  • Vacations & Appointments- In general, if you are able to schedule doctor’s appointments and vacations outside of school hours, that is best. We are really pushing every child to be in school every day and on time. (Unless of course your child is truly sick- we do not want them to be at school)
  • Rainy Mornings– If it is raining in the morning (more than a drizzle), students may enter the building in the back door (by the art room) or the front door- by the office or flag pole… they will sit in the auditorium until the first bell at 7:55.
  • Our Room Parents this year are Jenn George & Cate Readling. Their emails are: jenncgeorge & creadling They will be reaching out with messages from the PTO or any time the class needs extra support- I may ask them to help me find the support! They will also help plan our class Halloween Party & end of the year block party.
  • All parents will need to get a background check before attending field trips with our class. You will need to swing by District 97’s Administration Building- 260 Madison. It should take ~10 minutes. Please call ahead to book an appointment. 708-524-3000. Once you get your background check done this year, you should be good for the rest of your child’s District 97 career.
  • Non-food treats & birthdays- We are celebrating birthdays in our class by reading a story – you (a parent or older sibling) are welcome to come in and read to the class the day of your child’s b-day! If you can’t make it, that’s okay, I can read a special story in your place… You are also welcome to provide a non-food treat (stickers, erasers, pencils, etc.) if you’d like to, but it is not necessary! We also celebrate birthdays with a birthday crown, singing to the birthday kiddo & getting a special serenade in the office with a birthday ribbon. πŸ™‚ If your child has a summer birthday, we will have special summer birthday celebrations at the end of May to celebrate.
  • I am on Instagram @MrsMilburnKindergarten ! Feel free to follow me and check out updates about our classroom throughout the week! If you are not on Instagram, you can see the same photos by clicking on Google photos here. I update the google photos every week – with the Monday updates.

What is the BIG PICTURE OF KINDERGARTEN?!

  • By the end of the year, they will all be readers!! Let’s all celebrate! πŸŽŠπŸ€— Wait, we aren’t there yet… I will need your help… and I will let you know soon how you can help at home with this… Teaching your children to read this year, means,
  • I will get to know your child as a reader explicitly & will share that information with you. Assessing students’ letter and sound identification skills, as well as sight words has already begun. We will also be assessing their "concepts about print"- showing if they have the necessary book handling and overall intro. to reading skills (finding the difference between letters, words and pictures on a page, naming punctuation, pointing to words while it is read out loud).
  • As the year progresses, I will also be assessing for their reading level. We will be using the Fountas & Pinnell leveling system, which levels books A-Z. Kindergartners should leave kindergarten reading a Level D book or above. Below is an example of a level A book (each page follows a pattern with only one new word & the photo can be used to decode the word)

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  • This is an example of a Level D book. The pattern is less predictable and there are longer, multi-syllabic words.

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  • How will you know about your child’s progress? I will be sharing that with you throughout the year- through email, phone calls, and our parent-teacher conferences. There is one parent teacher conference scheduled in October (sign up below) & another in February. Feel free to let me know if you’d like to meet any other time besides those two previously set times. I will be letting you know what skill your child is working on and our goals for them for the immediate future… as well as what you can do at home to support them.
  • HOMEWORK: The homework this year is going to be supporting your budding reader! We just got our reading bags delivered! Woohoo! The bags are pictured below. Starting in October, I will send home books each week that you can read with your child. There will also be letter flash cards to work on letter & sound identification. Once your child masters the majority of their letters, we will work on sight words with sight word flash cards. More information to come once we get ready to cross that bridge…

  • ​Calendar- Here is a link to the Beye School calendar by month- feel free to click through and find dates that are pertinent to you. The Kindergarten team is working on getting a kindergarten list of field trips and events for the year out soon. http://www.op97.org/beye/calendar/monthly/2017/09
  • Finally, sign up for our fall Parent- Teacher Conference HERE! I will be holding conferences the evenings of Thursday October 12th & Thursday, October 19th. If these days don’t work for you, just let me know and we will find a different day/ time.

I look forward to working with you this year as we help shape your kindergartner to be even smarter, confident & kinder (I just realized I have been calling the kindergartners "kinders" for short (short i sound) & when you spell out kinder (long i sound, as in being more kind), it is the same word… ironic?! Nah!) Have a great weekend!

~Jessica

Class Update 9-11-17

Hi Kindergarten Families!

Well here is our first official Monday update – on a Friday. And it’s the 4th week of school. Doh! I am sorry… It has been very busy getting Kindergarten off the ground, but now that we have the kindergartners smooth sailing, I better let you know what is going on πŸ™‚ I’m sorry for my lack of emails the last few weeks! I promise to be more consistent going forward. It has been a wonderful four weeks with your kiddos! I can tell it is going to be a fun year filled with much growth & joy.

Updates

  • Kindergartners Interests Survey If you have not filled this out yet, please do so! I’d love to make a one page document for all the parents that can be used to help you get to know our class & facilitate playdates and conversations about school at home.
  • Sign up for our Fall Parent- Teacher Conference HERE! I will be holding conferences the evenings of Thursday October 12th & Thursday, October 19th. If these days don’t work for you, just let me know and we will find a different day/ time.
  • Beye’s After-School Electives Classes have started, but some still have openings. Still consider an after-school elective for your child? Some classes still have openings. Check available and sign up here: https://rightatschool.com/william-beye-elementary/

What We’ve Been Up To in Room 200

  • Learning each other’s names, the classroom & school rules & all of the procedures that go into making our classroom run smoothly has taken up a lot of our first few weeks! Ask your kindergartner to tell you our 3 class rules (complete with hand signals!)
  • In our morning meetings, we have been practicing listening and participating, as well as using a loud speaker voice & making eye contact. We have also been taking turns sharing about our families πŸ™‚ It has been fun hearing about everyone’s family!
  • We have been assessing student’s reading and math skills- specifically letter and sound identification, sight words for reading. Number identification & counting under 10.
  • We have read many books! Elmer was one of our favorites a few weeks ago. We made a craft about what we are all one of a kind too (just like Elmer the Elephant). You can check out our work in the photos above!
  • We have begun our Reading Workshop & Writing Workshop! In reading we have been working on really slowwwwwiinnng down to look at a page and see everything on the page. Our focus right now is on "learn about the world" books (nonfiction). We have learned about and been practicing having private reading & partner reading as part of our daily reading workshop! In writing workshop we have learned about drawing people & adding letters on your page to label your people. Next week we will practice saying words slowly and writing down the sounds you hear in that word! (So exciting!!! This is where they start to write more and more!)
  • In Handwriting, we have been using our mini-chalkboards, baby chalk & baby damp sponges to practice capital F, E, D, R, P, N & M. Ask your kindergartner where their letters should start? (at the top!) And see if they can write those letters for you on paper with a pencil. You could also ask them to show you how they hold their pencils (parents in the front seat of the car -thumb and pointer finger & kids in the back- last three fingers tucked behind the fingers gripping the pencil).
  • In Math, we have been learning about same & different and putting objects into categories.
  • In Second Step, we have been working with Mrs. Sheth, the Language Arts specialist, to learn more about the rules for listening and how to be focused in school. You should be getting weekly Second Step email updates from Mr. Gray that go along with our weekly lessons to keep you in the loop.
  • Today we had a fire drill & a hearing screening!

How You Can Help at Home:

  • Make sure you are setting up a routine for reading at home! Ask your kindergartner to show you different letters on the page (Can you point to a W on this page? etc.)
  • If you have kid-appropriate magazines at home that you are done with, please send them in! We will look for letters in them and cut out to make a class alphabet poster. Thank you!

Have a great weekend! Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or thoughts you’d like to share about your kindergartner, our class, or anything else πŸ™‚
~Jessica

8-29-17 Class Update

Hello Kindergarten Families!

We have had a busy first 5 days of school! I bet your kindergartners are tired at home… that is normal! I hope to see as many as you that can make it tomorrow to our curriculum night!

In the last 5 days we have been reading books about Kindergarten & Pete The Cat… writing our name and letters, learning class and school procedures & meeting new friends! We began working on handwriting by practicing building "Mat Man" – how to draw a person… and drawing people with all of their basic body parts. Below are pictures of lining up with our Hug & Bubble and making Mat Man on the rug today.

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Please see below for our first class update.

Updates:

  • Curriculum Night: Tomorrow! Wednesday, August 30
  • Meet in our classroom- Room 200… 6:00-6:30 … I will talk briefly about what we are learning this year (an overview) & dive deeper into how you can support your kindergartner at home- our class’ homework policy & classroom life details.
  • Babysitting for pre-school aged children and older will be in the Gym tomorrow evening. High School students (usually Beye alum) come watch the students while you are in the classrooms.
  • Mr. E will present about Reader’s Workshop & how to grow avid readers at 6:45 in the commons (you could go see him after our class’ session). I’m sure he’d love to see you and you would learn a bunch about our new reading program from him.
  • Student Survey: In an effort to help you all (the kindergarten parents) to help your kindergartners at home & enhance students’ social relationships, I’d love to compile a small bit of information about each child in our class – that you would like shared with other parents. Think: interests, strengths, play habits & extracurricular activities. This can help guide your conversations at home… For example, "Did you play superheroes at recess with ____?" or "How about you ask _____ to come over and we can make a craft about frogs* together" (insert a topic of choice here). I would love to have 100% participation so you can get to know a little something about everyone… but, if you do not wish to have your child included in this, that’s okay too. If you could take a moment to fill this out, I will be able to compile information into one page to have for everyone. Student Survey
  • Lunch:
  • Your child is welcome to get a hot lunch every day. Some families choose certain days to get hot lunch and certain days to bring a lunch from home. A lunch menu comes home each month & is always posted on the Beye School Website. http://www.op97.org/beye
  • Please do let me know if you plan to have your kindergartner begin getting hot lunch so I can help make sure they understand the process and get their lunch smoothly.
  • There is also an option to get a sandwich/ wrap or a salad from the lunchroom.
  • All students are welcome to get a milk at lunch. There is plain white milk (dairy) & chocolate milk. If you do want your kindergartner to get milk every day, please have a conversation with them at home and also let me know so I can help guide this routine to begin (also specify with them which kind of milk).
  • Mysteries with Mr. E – Mr. Ellwanger is beginning a 1st Friday of the month lunch reading activity in the library. Students are welcome to go to the library during their lunch time to listen to Mr. E. read Mysteries (get it?!)… If you think your kindergartner would be interested in this, the first one starts this Friday. Feel free to mention it at home- I will do the same in our class and gauge if their is interest… and help whoever wishes to attend get their on Friday.

How You Can Help at Home:

  • Sleep! Parents know their children best… if you notice tiring in your kindergartner as they begin their full day adventures of school, it might be a good time to push up the bed time for a while. A friend of mine is a pediatrician at Lurie’s & she often sends me health related articles about school aged children. She recently sent me the suggestion for 5 year olds is 10-13 hours of sleep & 9-12 hours for 6 year olds. Here is the article. That’s a lot of sleep!

I hope to see you tomorrow! Please always feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or information about your child!
~Jessica

Welcome to Kindergarten!

HELLO KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES! Welcome to Room 200!

  • I am so excited to meet your cherubs (hopefully this afternoon at the supply drop-off, or tomorrow morning!)… and to work with you this year!
  • My name is Jessica & I will be your child’s teacher this year. They will have many other teachers in special area classes too- more information about that to come… Basically, I’m going to become your email inbox best friend this year! πŸ™‚ Email updates will come out every Monday… And more information about our class will be presented at Curriculum Night… insert curriculum night plug here:
  • Please do come! It is quick and painless: Curriculum Night: 6-6:30pm Wednesday, August 30th. You will get to meet and see parents of other kindergartners in our class & I will present about our class’ procedures and curriculum!
  • Please fill out my quick Ms. Bretl’s First Day Survey so I understand the dismissal plan for your kindergartner tomorrow & day 2 on… as well as get your permission to post pictures of your kiddo! … or not, if you are opposed, but I hope you would be okay with this so you can share in watching photos of your child’s experiences in our classroom.
  • There is a supply drop-off in Room 200 today 2:30-3:30. If you are able, please do bring your kindergartner to our room today! Note: We do not need hand sanitizer in our class- you can leave that at home. I have a locker full of it still from previous years. Feel free to use at home or return to the store.
  • Please do bring an extra set of clothes for your kindergartner- they will need a set of underwear, pants, a shirt and socks… You never know when accidents, or water spills or puddles happen. And they will happen.
  • If your child likes to wear sandals to school (or boots in the winter), please consider keeping a pair of gym shoes in their locker… If they wear sneakers regularly to school, then there is no need for extra gym shoes at school.
  • Where to line up for school? Students in Kindergarten and First Grade will line up on the blacktop by the back deck & playground. Our class will line up on the letter F … look for the Chalk Letter F! It is right in front of the Door 6E.
  • They will also be dismissed from Door 6E if they are a "walker". If students are going to an after school program or taking the bus during the first week

    (and beyond), please do let me know.

  • Please send a small healthy snack for mid-morning. A piece of fruit, vegetables, pretzels, crackers, etc. are perfect options. Please do not send anything with peanuts or nut products. Package the snack separately from lunch and put it in a special place (front pocket of backpack, etc.) so your child can find it. They are also welcome to bring a reusable water bottle (please label).
  • Please consider having your child bring a cold lunch (lunch from home) for the first week of school to make the lunchroom experience a smoother transition. Please label your child’s lunch bag.
  • Feel free to email me back with any information about your child you think I should know before starting school tomorrow! I will send a paper questionnaire for you to fill out tomorrow seeking basic information from everyone.
  • Please go over the answers to these questions with your child each day:
  • Are you getting hot lunch (cafeteria food) or do you have a cold lunch (lunch from home). Do you need to buy a milk?
  • What is your teacher’s name?
  • How are you getting home after school? Are you being picked up? Who is picking you up? Do you ride the bus? If so, which number? What stop do you get off at?

We are going to have a great first day!

~Jessica