Hello Kindergarten Families,
This week in kindergarten our theme is "Family"! We continue to learn about each other by sharing about our families. We will also read many books about family members and different types of families. See more below…
- Friday is picture day! There are usually Beye parent volunteers to help make sure the transitions between students and classes goes smoothly (help smooth hair & straighten out shirts). I’m looking for one volunteer who can meet us on the playground at 9:55 for our class picture and snap a few photos of our class (so we don’t have to wait for the picture company to get back to us). Please let me know if you’re available and willing to swing by on Friday. Thanks!
- Our class’ Room Parents this year are Dessalina Day (Noah), Jessica Childs (Evelyn & Lafayette), Katrina Sifferd Kelley (Harrison), and Katy Borders (Madelyn). They will be working together to help keep you informed of any extra Beye School happenings and helping plan some of our big class events!
- Students are coming home today with two packets in their red folders. One is their normal homework packet. The other "All About Me" book is to be completed over the next few weeks. It is not due until Tuesday, October 11th. I’m asking that students do the writing with your help (simple words to fill in the sentences). You may add photographs or draw pictures in the picture boxes. We will share with the class the week of October 11th.
- We have begun using Lexia in school. You can access Lexia at home too! I have attached a document to show you how to get to Lexia from your computer or ipad. The recommended usage is 40-60 minutes per week. We try to get 40 minutes for each child each week, but if you want them to work on it more at home, feel free! I will send home the password cards tomorrow.
- Art Smocks: If your child does not have an art smock, please send one in ASAP. An old adult shirt works well…. Art smocks are kept in students’ lockers and used on Mondays for Art class.
- Extra change of clothes: It is very helpful that we have a change of clothes in each students’ locker for any unexpected accidents, spills, bloody noses, etc. If your child doesn’t have an extra set, please send one in!
- Donating old clothes: If your family is doing any fall cleaning and has clothes to donate, there are two great causes at Beye School. One is the nurse’s office. She is looking for cleaned girls and boys underwear and pants to keep in the office. Also, a Beye Girl Scout troop is starting a clothing drive for "gently used winter clothes (children or adult snow pants, coats, boots, hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, shirts and pants)
- Tomorrow is Library day for our class! Please help your child put their library book in their backpack tonight (some have already been returned).
What We’ve Been Learning Lately in School:
Our Theme this Week: Family Week!
We will read stories and practice reading family words (brother, sister, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa). We will also do a few crafts & play some math games focused on families and love.
Handwriting: We are working on our "Frog Jump Capital" letters: F, E, D, P, B, R
All of these letters start in the upper left corner (of an imaginary letter box). Once you make a straight line down, your pencil jumps like a frog back to the upper left to make the next pencil stroke.
Writing: Today we began our first "Writing Workshop". The class decided our writing club would be called the "Lightning Strike Writers". haha! Okay! We voted and everything. It works though- we must get right to work on our writing, moving fast like lightning. I’ll take it… Each day of the week we will have a 30-40 minute "Writer’s Workshop" where we meet for a 10 minute mini-lesson, have writing practice time, and then share about our work at the end. The mini-lessons and during the writing time are where I will explicitly teach how to write. This is an exciting journey we begin together! I look forward to showing you their growth at our conferences in the next few weeks. The students are already growing from one lesson- I’m seeing more risk takers putting letters on their paper to label their picture and try to sound out a word to write it.
Math: This week we continue our lessons on writing the numbers 8 & 9. We will also begin our Eureka Math lessons, focusing on classifying objects into groups, writing numbers, and counting objects up to 10 when shown in various ways (straight lines, in a circle, or scattered).
Ways You Can Help At Home:
- Download Lexia app on your ipad (or check it out on a computer). The Oak Park Public library also has Lexia on their computers. Have your kindergartner work on it with your light supervision for about 10 minutes at a time.
- Another app to check out is "Letter School". I think it is a paid app, but it is a good one for learning letters & the proper letter formation.
- Practice tying shoelaces! This is a big one for kindergartners… By the end of kindergarten, all students should be able to tie their own shoes.🙂
Kinder Quotes (overheard in our classroom):
Last week during "Me Week", we shared at Morning Meeting with the sentence starter, "I am good at…" Here were some of our class’ answers: tricks, 2 wheel bikes, flips, gym class, coloring, fishing, making potions, traveling, climbing, scooters, baseball🙂
Friday, September 30th: Picture Day!
Thursday, October 6th: Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, October 10th: NOSchool- Columbus Day
Thursday, October 13th: Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday & Friday October 20th & 21st: 1/2 Days of School
Monday, October 31st: Halloween celebration in the afternoon. Details TBD. Costumes are encouraged. Parents & siblings are invited to our afternoon parade & party.
Thanks! Have a great week. Let me know if you have any questions, comments!
Kindergarten TeacherBeye School